Vice President Mike Pence presents remarks at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda preceding the Lying in State of Senator John McCain on Friday, August 31, 2018 in Washington DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photos by Karen Ann Carr/ThewhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
Vice President Mike Pence presents remarks at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda preceding the Lying in State of Senator John McCain on Friday, August 31, 2018 in Washington DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photos by Karen Ann Carr/ThewhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
Vice President Mike Pence presents remarks at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda preceding the Lying in State of Senator John McCain on Friday, August 31, 2018 in Washington DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photos by Karen Ann Carr/ThewhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

 

Remarks of Vice President Mike Pence at Ceremony Preceding the Lying in State of the Honorable Senator John McCain at the United States Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., the United States of America
11:09 A.M. EDT – 11:17 A.M. EDT

 

 

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE: “Leader McConnell, Speaker Ryan, Leader Schumer, Leader Pelosi, distinguished members of Congress, members of the Cabinet, members of our armed forces and honored guests, and most of all, to the McCain family — to Cindy, his children, and Mrs. Roberta McCain: It is deeply humbling to stand before you today at the United States Capitol to commemorate the life and service of an American patriot, Senator John McCain.

The President asked me to be here, on behalf of a grateful nation, to pay a debt of honor and respect, to a man who served our country throughout his life in uniform and in public office. And it’s my great honor to be here.

In the long history of our nation, only 30 Americans have lain in state in the United States Capitol Rotunda. Today, as a reflection of the esteem in which his colleagues and our country hold him, Senator John McCain joins those ranks.

The son and the grandson of four-star admirals, John came from a family that prized military service. He entered the United States Naval Academy when he was just 17 years old. His service as a naval aviator took him around the world and eventually to the war in Vietnam.

It was there, on his 23rd bombing run, that John was shot down and captured. Refusing early release for the sake of his comrades, he endured five and a half years of confinement and torture. Then, as now, Americans marveled at the iron will of John McCain.

But captivity did not diminish John’s sense of calling or his commitment to mission. As he would later say, “I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s.”

And after he made it home, John traded service in the uniform of the United States for service in Congress, exchanging the rank of captain for congressman, and later, senator. For 35 years, John served in these very halls, under this very dome, and he fought for what he believed in.

In my years in Congress, and as Vice President, we didn’t always agree either, and he almost always noticed. But his support for limited government, for tax reform, and support for our armed forces surely left our nation more prosperous and more secure, and he will be missed. As President Trump said yesterday, we “respect his service to the country.”

Like many of you gathered here, I also had the privilege of traveling with Senator McCain to visit our troops overseas. Earlier this week, I told Cindy of a time on a trip through Iraq, after another 18-hour day, when I was literally falling asleep in the middle of a dinner with Iraqi officials.

After the dinner, John who was more than 20 years older than me, walked up, put his hand on my shoulder, and said, “Mike, we’ve got a few more meetings tonight” — (laughter) — “but why don’t you turn in. You look like you could use some rest.” (Laughter.) Thanks, John.

Honestly, seeing him downrange, I never traveled with a colleague who was better to our enlisted, or harder on our generals. John McCain loved the men and women who serve in the uniform of the United States, and he was a champion of our armed forces throughout his career.

In every generation, there are those who put country first, who prize service ahead of self, who summon idealism from a cynical age. John McCain was such a man.

Today, he lies in the place where he served to the last, the Congress of the United States. Soon, he will go to rest on the grounds where he served first, the United States Naval Academy.

The eyes of the American people will be upon him as he goes, and so too will their prayers for him, and especially for his beloved family gathered here today. And we will pray that those who mourn shall be comforted.

So we mourn with those who mourn, and grieve with those who grieve, but we do not grieve like those who have no hope. Because John McCain, like millions of Americans, held firm to that hope from an old hymn that became the title of a book he wrote some 20 years ago, “Faith of our Fathers.”

The full stanza of that hymn reads:

“Faith of our Fathers! living still

In spite of dungeon, fire, and sword;

O how our hearts beat high with joy,

Whene’er we hear that, glorious word.”

John McCain held firm to that faith, the faith of his fathers, through dungeons, fire, and sword. And he held fast to his faith in America through six decades of service.

We gather here today to honor an American patriot who served a cause greater than himself. And we gather here remembering a man who knew how he wanted to be remembered.

And so let me say to all those gathered, and his beloved family, on behalf of a grateful nation, we will ever remember that John McCain served his country. And John McCain served his country honorably.

May God bless the memory of John McCain. May God comfort his family and friends. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.”

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President Donald J. Trump

 

 

 

President Donald J. Trump at a a Signing Event on Strengthening Retirement Security in America

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

 

WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump departs the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews from the White House South Lawn at 12:45 PM, Friday, morning August 30, 2018. President Trump arrives at Joint Base Andrews at 12:55 PM. President Trump departs Washington, D.C., en route to Charlotte, NC in Joint Base Andrews at 1:05 PM. President Trump arrives at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, NC at 2:15 PM. President Trump departs Charlotte Douglas International Airport en route to Harris Conference Center in Charlotte, NC at 2:25 PM. President Trump arrives at Harris Conference Center in Charlotte, NC at 2:30 PM. President Trump participates in a signing event on strengthening retirement security in America in Charlotte, NC at 2:35 PM. President Trump departs Harris Conference Center en route to Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, NC at 3:10 PM. President Trump arrives at Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, NC at 3:35PM. President Trump participates in a roundtable with supporters in Charlotte, NC at 3:40 PM. President Trump delivers remarks at a joint fundraising committee reception in Charlotte, NC at 4:40 PM. President Trump departs Carmel Country Club en route to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, NC at 5:15PM. President Trump arrives at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, NC at 5:45 PM. President Trump departs Charlotte, NC, en route to Washington, D.C.. President Trump arrives at Joint Base Andrews at 7:05 PM.


 

Statement from President Trump

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“Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.

I have asked Vice President Mike Pence to offer an address at the ceremony honoring Senator McCain at the United States Capitol this Friday.

At the request of the McCain family, I have also authorized military transportation of Senator McCain’s remains from Arizona to Washington, D.C., military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy.

Finally, I have asked General John Kelly, Secretary James Mattis, and Ambassador John Bolton to represent my Administration at his services.”

Presidential Proclamation on the Death of Senator John Sidney McCain III

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“As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of Senator John Sidney McCain III, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half‑staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.”

DONALD J. TRUMP


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Vice President Mike Pence at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda

 

Vice President Pence Remarks at a Ceremony Preceding the Lying in State of Senator John McCain on Friday, August 31, 2018 at the US Capitol Building in Washington DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photos by Karen Ann Carr/ThewhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

 

 

Vice President Mike Pence

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Vice President Pence Remarks at a Ceremony Preceding the Lying in State of Senator John McCain on Friday, August 31, 2018 at the US Capitol Building in Washington DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photos by Karen Ann Carr/ThewhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

WASHINGTON DC – Vice President Mike Pence will participate in a ceremony preceding the lying in state of Senator John McCain at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington DC. This event will happen at 11:00 AM Friday morning.

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Presidential Candidate / Senator John McCain

 

“the world now shares the ache of John’s death.”

 

Memorial Service for Arizona Senator John McCain U.S. Republican

 

Memorial Service for Arizona Senator John McCain

 

 

Memorial Service For Senator John McCain Including Tribute From Former Vice President Joe Biden

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

With a hearty dose of humor, sports figures and family friends remembered the former senator as America’s “hero” at his Arizona memorial service on Thursday — all with a hearty dose of humor.

McCain’s casket now heads to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland ahead of a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Friday where he will lie in state.

former Vice President Joe Biden highlighted the senator’s spirit of bipartisanship as his lasting legacy in American politics.

“John’s story is the American story, that’s not hyperbole. It’s the American story. Grounded in respect and decency, basic fairness. The intolerance for the abuse of power,” said Biden.

 

 

 



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President Donald J. Trump at

Make America Great Again Rally

 

 

President Donald J. Trump

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America today receives his intelligence briefing in the White House Oval Office at 11:30 PM. President Trump will not attend the memorial service for Senator John McCain as requested.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump Welcomes the 2018 Presidential Sites Summit to the White House

 

 

 

In the evening President Trump will depart the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews from the White House South Lawn at 4:20 PM. President Trump will then arrive at Joint Base Andrews and depart the Washington DC region, en route to Evansville, Indiana. At 5:15PM CDT, President Trump will arrive at Evansville Regional Airport in Evansville, Indiana. President Trump will then travel from the Evansville Regional Airport en route to Old National Events Plaza in Evansville, Indiana. After the arrival, President Trump will host a roundtable with supporters at Old National Events Plaza in Evansville, Indiana prior to presenting remarks at a joint fundraising committee reception in Evansville, Indiana. President Trump’s remarks are scheduled to begin at 6:40 PM. President Trump then departs Old National Events Plaza en route to the Ford Center in Evansville where he will deliver remarks at the Make America Great Again Rally at Evansville, Indiana. President Trump’s remarks are scheduled to begin at 7:25 PM CDT. President Trump then departs the Ford Center en route to Evansville Regional Airport in Evansville, Indiana and arrives at Evansville Regional Airport en route to Washington, D.C.. President Trump will depart at approximately 8:50 PM CDT after a very profitable day. At 11:20PM, President Trump arrives at Joint Base Andrews in Prince Georges County, Maryland and departs en route to the White House South Lawn. President Trump is scheduled to arrive at 11:40PM.


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President Trump Announces a Grant for Drug-free Communities Support Program

 

President Donald J. Trump grants $90.9 Million to 731 Drug-Free Community Programs operating to Prevent Youth Substance Use on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the White House in Washington DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photos by Karen Ann Carr/ThewhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

 

 

President Donald J. Trump Announces Grants for Drug-free Support Program

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WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump announces a grant for Drug-free Communities Support Program on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the White House in Washington DC, USA.

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President Donald J. Trump Awards an Historic 731 Grants Drug-Free Communities working to Prevent Youth Substance Use
President Donald J. Trump grants $90.9 Million to 731 Drug-Free Community Programs operating to Prevent Youth Substance Use on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the White House in Washington DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photos by Karen Ann Carr/ThewhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump announces an Historic $90.9 Million to 731 Drug-Free Communities Programs in an effort to: Prevent Youth Substance Use. The announcement took place at the White House on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the White House in Washington DC, USA.

The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, will facilitate the $90.9 Million awarded by the Trump administration. Money will go to local coalition who are working to end substance abuse.

Today action awards the largest ever number of Local Coalitions at one time. All 50 States will be receiving funds, the Trump administration affirms.

“The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use. Directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use.”

“Prescription drug abuse prevention is one of the core measures of effectiveness for local DFC coalitions, and coalitions nationwide have led innovative opioid prevention initiatives. DFC’s 2017 National Evaluation End-of-Year Report found that at least 97% of middle school and 94% of high school youth report that they have not misused prescription drugs in the past 30-days in DFC communities.”

“Marking the 20 year anniversary of the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s (ONDCP) Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grant awards, today President Trump announced $90.9 million in grants to 731 local drug prevention coalitions. This year’s group represents the largest number of single-year grantees since the program’s founding. The grants will provide local community coalitions funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol. President Trump and the ONDCP Deputy Director James W. Carroll hosted a roundtable discussion with DFC grant awardees and Youth Representatives at the White House.”

“Since our first grant awards were made in 1998, the DFC Program has continued to expand its reach in communities across the country. It is a testament to the great work DFC coalitions are doing, together with community partners that include parent groups, schools, healthcare professionals, law enforcement, businesses, and others to prevent drug use and improve the health of communities,” said Deputy Director Carroll. “Our local DFC coalitions are a key part of this effort because they are relentless in their work to prevent youth from initiating drug use and ultimately, saving more lives.”

Participants at the roundtable discussion:

Trump Administration

President Donald J. Trump

Kellyanne Conway, Senior Counselor to the President

Mercedes Schlapp, Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications

Jim Carroll, Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Michael Gottlieb, Associate Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Charmaine Yoest, Associate Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Helen Hernandez, Administrator of the Drug Free Communities Support Program of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

External

West Virginia: Jackson County Anti-Drug Coalition

Amy Haskins (Adult)

Sarah Purvis (Youth)

Tennessee: Anderson County Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention

Stephanie Armbrister Strutner (Adult)

Tennessee: Schools Together Allowing No Drugs –STAND

Trent Coffey (Adult)

Jacob Hughett (Youth)

Ohio: Wood County Prevention Coalition

Milan Karna (Adult)

New Hampshire: Raymond Coalition for Youth

Celeste Clark (Adult)

Savannah Cooney (Youth)

Kentucky: Carter County Drug Free Coalition

Shelly Steiner (Adult)

Christopher Prince (Youth)

National Training Organization: CADCA- Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

Gen. Arthur T. Dean (Adult)

Ananya Pati (Youth, from Chicago)


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Vice President Mike Pence of the United States of America

 

 

WASHINGTON DC – Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence of the United States of America departs Washington, DC on Air Force Two en route to Minneapolis, Minnesota from Joint Base Andrews in Prince Georges, Maryland at 9:30 AM Thursday, August 30, 2018. At 10:45AM CDT, Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence arrive in Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Saint Paul International Airport on Air Force Two. Vice President Pence will then travel to the Minneapolis Convention Center to present remarks to the American Legion’s 100th National Convention at 11:40 AM. In the afternoon, Vice President Pence will present remarks at a Minnesota Republican Party event in Bloomington, Minnesota at 2:00 PM. Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence will then depart the Saint Paul International Airport in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Air Force Two en route to the General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence then arrive at the General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Air Force Two at 4:05 PM. Vice President Pence then presents remarks at a Leah Vukmir US Senate event at 5:25PM in Milwaukee, WI region of the United States of America. Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence depart from the General Mitchell International Airport Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Air Force Two en route to Washington, DC, USA at 6:35PM CDT. Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence will then arrive at Joint Base Andrews in Prince Georges County, Maryland on Air Force Two. Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence will then travel from Joint Base Andrews in Prince Georges, Maryland en route to Washington, DC..


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President Donald J. Trump is Keeping His Promise to Renegotiate NAFTA

 

A PROMISE KEPT:

President Donald J. Trump is delivering on his promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) so all American workers can benefit.

  • The Administration has secured a preliminary United States–Mexico Trade Agreement that modernizes and rebalances the trade relationship to reflect the realities of the 21st century.
    • This agreement will create more reciprocal trade that grows the economy, supports high-paying jobs for American workers, and protects American intellectual property.
    • The preliminary agreement is a mutually beneficial win for North American farmers, ranchers, workers, and businesses.
  • President Trump is following through after years of promises by politicians to fix NAFTA.
    • This is the first time that a modern United States trade agreement has been renegotiated.
  • The preliminary agreement will benefit American workers, American manufacturing, and American agriculture, through provisions including:
    • New “rules of origin” requirements to incentivize billions a year in vehicle and automobile parts production in the United States, supporting high-wage jobs.
    • The strongest, fully enforceable labor standards of any trade agreement.
    • New commitments to reduce trade-distorting policies for agricultural goods.
    • Improvements enabling food and agriculture to trade more fairly.
    • Strong and effective intellectual property protections.
    • The strongest disciplines on digital trade of any international agreement.
    • The most robust transparency obligations of any United States trade agreement.

 

MODERNIZING NAFTA:

The 24-year-old NAFTA was outdated and unbalanced, hurting American jobs and businesses.

  • Many Americans have been hurt by closed factories, exported jobs, and broken political promises resulting from the old NAFTA.
  • NAFTA has contributed to our ballooning annual goods trade deficit, which grew from $115 billion in 1993, the year before NAFTA’s implementation, to nearly $800 billion in 2017.
    • The United States went from a $1.6 billion goods trade surplus with Mexico to a $70 billion goods trade deficit during that same time period.
  • The old NAFTA includes many outdated provisions that have not been updated to reflect modern standards, new technologies, or the 21st century global economy.

 

NEGOTIATING FOR THE AMERICAN WORKER:

President Trump has made it a priority of his Administration to replace unfair deals with free, fair, and reciprocal trade.

  • Since taking office, President Trump has undertaken multiple trade negotiations in addition to NAFTA that will benefit American workers.
  • President Trump reached an agreement with the European Commission to work toward zero tariffs, increase energy exports, reduce non-tariff barriers, and address unfair trade.
  • Keeping another campaign promise, the Trump Administration successfully secured key amendments to the trade agreement with South Korea to strengthen our manufacturing base.”


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Presidential Proclamation Adjusting Imports of Steel into the United States

 

 

“1. On January 11, 2018, the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) transmitted to me a report on his investigation into the effect of imports of steel articles on the national security of the United States under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1862). The Secretary found and advised me of his opinion that steel articles are being imported into the United States in such quantities and under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security of the United States. In light of this conclusion, the Secretary recommended action to adjust the imports of steel articles so that such imports will not threaten to impair the national security. The Secretary also recommended that I authorize him, in response to specific requests from affected domestic parties, to exclude from any adopted import restrictions those steel articles for which the Secretary determines there is a lack of sufficient domestic production capacity of comparable products, or to exclude steel articles from such restrictions for specific national security-based considerations.

2. In Proclamation 9705 of March 8, 2018 (Adjusting Imports of Steel Into the United States), I concurred in the Secretary’s finding that steel articles, as defined in clause 1 of Proclamation 9705, as amended by clause 8 of Proclamation 9711 of March 22, 2018 (Adjusting Imports of Steel Into the United States), are being imported into the United States in such quantities and under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security of the United States, and decided to adjust the imports of these steel articles by imposing a 25 percent ad valorem tariff on such articles imported from most countries. I further authorized the Secretary to provide relief from these additional duties for any steel article determined not to be produced in the United States in a sufficient and reasonably available amount or of a satisfactory quality and also to provide such relief based on specific national security considerations.

3. Consistent with the Secretary’s recommendation that I authorize him to exclude from any adopted import restrictions those steel articles for which the Secretary determines there is a lack of sufficient domestic production of comparable products, or for specific national security-based considerations, I have determined to authorize the Secretary to provide relief from quantitative limitations on steel articles adopted pursuant to section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended, including those set forth in Proclamation 9740 of April 30, 2018 (Adjusting Imports of Steel Into the United States), and Proclamation 9759 of May 31, 2018 (Adjusting Imports of Steel Into the United States), on the same basis as the Secretary is currently authorized to provide relief from the duty established in clause 2 of Proclamation 9705.

4. In addition, I have been informed that the quantitative limitations set forth in Proclamation 9740 and Proclamation 9759 have in some cases already filled for this year, and that projects in the United States employing thousands of workers may be significantly disrupted or delayed because imports of specific steel articles, which were contracted for purchase prior to my decision to adjust imports of these articles, cannot presently be entered into the United States because the quantitative limits have already been reached. In light of these circumstances, and after considering the impact on the economy and the national security objectives of section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended, I have determined to direct the Secretary to provide relief from the quantitative limitations set forth in Proclamation 9740 and Proclamation 9759 in limited circumstances.

5. In light of my determinations, I have considered whether it is necessary and appropriate in light of our national security interests to make any corresponding adjustments to the tariff or quotas imposed by previous proclamations. It is my judgment that it is necessary and appropriate, at this time, to maintain the current tariff and quota levels. As directed in Proclamation 9705, the Secretary shall continue to monitor imports of steel articles and inform me of any circumstances that, in his opinion, might indicate the need for further action under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended.

6. The United States continues to hold discussions with countries on satisfactory alternative means to address the threatened impairment to our national security posed by steel articles imports. Should these discussions result in an agreement concerning such alternative means, I will take further action as appropriate.

7. Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended, authorizes the President to adjust the imports of an article and its derivatives that are being imported into the United States in such quantities or under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security.

8. Section 604 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2483), authorizes the President to embody in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) the substance of statutes affecting import treatment, and actions thereunder, including the removal, modification, continuance, or imposition of any rate of duty or other import restriction.

Now, Therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended, section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and section 604 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, do hereby proclaim as follows:

(1) The Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, and such other senior Executive Branch officials as the Secretary deems appropriate, is hereby authorized to provide relief from the quantitative limitations applicable to steel articles described in subheadings 9903.80.05 through 9903.80.58 of subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS for any steel article determined not to be produced in the United States in a sufficient and reasonably available amount or of a satisfactory quality, and is also authorized to provide such relief based upon specific national security considerations. Such relief shall be provided for a steel article only after a request for relief is made by a directly affected party located in the United States. Such relief may be provided to directly affected parties on a party‑by‑party basis taking into account the regional availability of particular articles, the ability to transport articles within the United States, and any other factors as the Secretary deems appropriate. If the Secretary determines that relief should be granted to a requesting party for the importation of a particular steel article, the Secretary shall publicly post such determination and notify U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security concerning such article so that it will be excluded from the applicable quantitative limitation. Relief granted under this clause shall apply only to an article entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the date on which the request for relief is granted by the Secretary. Until such time as any applicable quantitative limitation for a particular article has been reached, CBP shall count any steel article for which relief is granted under this clause toward such quantitative limitation at the time when such steel article is entered for consumption or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption. Any steel article for which relief is granted under this clause shall not be subject to the additional rate of duty set forth in Proclamation 9705, as amended. Steel articles for which relief is granted under this clause shall be subject to the duty treatment provided in subheading 9903.80.60 of subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS, as established by the Annex to this proclamation.

(2) The Secretary shall, on an expedited basis, grant relief from the quantitative limitations set forth in Proclamation 9740 and Proclamation 9759 and their accompanying annexes for any steel article where (i) the party requesting relief entered into a written contract for production and shipment of such steel article before March 8, 2018; (ii) such contract specifies the quantity of such steel article that is to be produced and shipped to the United States consistent with a schedule contained in such contract; (iii) such steel article is to be used to construct a facility in the United States and such steel article cannot be procured from a supplier in the United States to meet the delivery schedule and specifications contained in such contract; (iv) the payments made pursuant to such contract constitute 10 percent or less of the cost of the facility under construction; and (v) lack of relief from the quantitative limitations on such steel article would significantly disrupt or delay completion of the facility being constructed in the United States with the steel article specified in such contract. Until such time as any applicable quantitative limitation for a particular article has been reached, CBP shall count any steel article for which relief is granted under this clause toward such quantitative limitation at the time when such steel article is entered for consumption or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption. Any steel article for which relief is granted under this clause shall be subject to the additional rate of duty set forth in clause 2 of Proclamation 9705, as amended by this proclamation, when such steel article is entered for consumption or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption. This rate of duty is in addition to any other duties, fees, exactions, and charges applicable to such steel article. Any steel article provided relief under this clause must be entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or before March 31, 2019, and may not be granted further relief by the Secretary under clause 3 of Proclamation 9705, as amended. Steel articles for which relief is granted under this clause shall be subject to the duty treatment provided in subheading 9903.80.61 of subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS, as established by the Annex to this proclamation.

(3) The Secretary shall grant relief under clause 2 of this proclamation only upon receipt of a sworn statement signed by the chief executive officer and the chief legal officer of the party requesting relief. Such statement shall attest that (i) the steel article for which relief is sought and the associated contract meet all of the criteria for relief set forth in clause 2 of this proclamation; (ii) the party requesting relief will accurately report to CBP, in the manner that CBP prescribes, the quantity of steel articles entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, pursuant to any grant of relief; and (iii) the quantity of steel articles entered pursuant to a grant of relief will not exceed the quantity specified in such contract for delivery on or before March 31, 2019. Upon granting relief under clause 2 of this proclamation, the Secretary shall notify CBP and publish a notice of relief for the quantity of steel articles specified in such contract that are scheduled for delivery on or before March 31, 2019. The Secretary shall revoke any grant of relief under clause 2 of this proclamation if the Secretary determines at any time after such grant that the criteria for relief have not been met and may, if the Secretary deems it appropriate, notify the Attorney General of the facts that led to such revocation.

(4) As soon as practicable, the Secretary shall issue procedures for the requests for exclusion described in clause 1 of this proclamation. The issuance of such procedures is exempt from Executive Order 13771 of January 30, 2017 (Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs). CBP shall implement exclusions granted pursuant to clause 1 or relief provided under clause 2 of this proclamation as soon as practicable.

(5) Clause 3 of Proclamation 9705, as amended by Proclamation 9711, is further amended by striking the fourth and fifth sentences and inserting in lieu thereof the following two sentences: “If the Secretary determines that a particular steel article should be excluded, the Secretary shall publicly post such determination and notify U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security concerning such article so that it will be excluded from the duties described in clause 2 of this proclamation. For merchandise entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the date the duty established under this proclamation is effective and with respect to which liquidation is not final, such relief shall be retroactive to the date the request for relief was accepted by the Department of Commerce.”.

(6) In order to establish the duty rate on imports of steel articles for which relief is granted under clause 2 of this proclamation, clause 2 of Proclamation 9705, as amended, is further amended by striking the last sentence and inserting in lieu thereof the following two sentences: “All steel articles imports covered by subheading 9903.80.61, in subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS, shall be subject to the additional 25 percent ad valorem rate of duty established herein with respect to goods entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on the date specified in a determination by the Secretary granting relief. These rates of duty, which are in addition to any other duties, fees, exactions, and charges applicable to such imported steel articles, shall apply to imports of steel articles from each country as specified in the preceding three sentences.”.

(7) Where the government of a country identified in the superior text to subheadings 9903.80.05 through 9903.80.58 of subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS notifies the United States that it has established a mechanism for the certification of exports to the United States of products covered by the quantitative limitations applicable to these subheadings, and where such mechanism meets the operational requirements for participation in an export certification system administered by the United States, CBP, in consultation with the Secretary, USTR, and other relevant executive departments and agencies, may require that importers of these products furnish relevant export certification information in order to qualify for the treatment set forth in subheadings 9903.80.05 through 9903.80.58. Where CBP adopts such a requirement, it shall publish in the Federal Register notice of the requirement and procedures for the submission of relevant export certification information. No article that is subject to the export certification requirement announced in such notice may be entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the effective date specified in such notice, except upon presentation of a valid and properly executed certification, in accordance with the procedures set forth in the notice.

(8) Subdivision (c) of U.S. note 16 to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS is amended by inserting at the end the following new sentence: “Pursuant to subheadings 9903.80.60 and 9903.80.61 and superior text thereto, the Secretary may provide that any excluded product shall be granted entry into the customs territory of the United States when the applicable quantitative limitation has filled for the specified period for such good.”.

(9) Subdivision (d) of U.S. note 16 to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS is amended by inserting after “9903.80.58” the phrase “and 9903.80.60 and 9903.80.61”.

(10) The rate of duty specified in the HTSUS in the general column for heading 9903.80.01 is amended by striking “25%” and inserting in lieu thereof: “The duty provided in the applicable subheading + 25%”.

(11) The rate of duty specified in the HTSUS in the general column for heading 9903.80.02 is amended by striking “50%” and inserting in lieu thereof: “The duty provided in the applicable subheading + 50%”.

(12) The superior text for subheadings 9903.80.05 through 9903.80.58 of the HTSUS is amended by deleting “Iron” and inserting in lieu thereof: “Except as provided in subheadings 9903.80.60 and 9903.80.61, iron”.

(13) To implement clauses 1 and 2 of this proclamation, subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS is modified as provided in the Annex to this proclamation.

(14) The modifications to the HTSUS made by clauses 8 through 13 of this proclamation and the Annex to this proclamation shall be effective with respect to goods entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on August 30, 2018, and shall continue in effect, unless such actions are expressly reduced, modified, or terminated.

(15) Clause 5 of Proclamation 9705 is amended by inserting “for consumption” after “goods entered” in the first sentence. Clause 5 of Proclamation 9711, as amended, is amended by striking “by this proclamation” from the end of the second sentence. Clause 6 of Proclamation 9740 is amended by striking “by clause 1 of this proclamation”.

(16) The Secretary, in consultation with CBP and other relevant executive departments and agencies, shall revise the HTSUS so that it conforms to the amendments directed by this proclamation. The Secretary shall publish any such modification to the HTSUS in the Federal Register.

(17) Any provision of previous proclamations and Executive Orders that is inconsistent with the actions taken in this proclamation is superseded to the extent of such inconsistency.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.”

DONALD J. TRUMP


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Presidential Proclamation Adjusting Imports of Aluminum into the United States

 

 

“1. On January 19, 2018, the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) transmitted to me a report on his investigation into the effect of imports of aluminum articles on the national security of the United States under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1862). The Secretary found and advised me of his opinion that aluminum articles are being imported into the United States in such quantities and under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security of the United States. In light of this conclusion, the Secretary recommended action to adjust the imports of aluminum articles so that such imports will not threaten to impair the national security. The Secretary also recommended that I authorize him, in response to specific requests from affected domestic parties, to exclude from any adopted import restrictions those aluminum articles for which the Secretary determines there is a lack of sufficient domestic production capacity of comparable products, or to exclude aluminum articles from such restrictions for specific national security-based considerations.

2. In Proclamation 9704 of March 8, 2018 (Adjusting Imports of Aluminum Into the United States), I concurred in the Secretary’s finding that aluminum articles, as defined in clause 1 of Proclamation 9704, are being imported into the United States in such quantities and under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security of the United States, and decided to adjust the imports of these aluminum articles by imposing a 10 percent ad valorem tariff on such articles imported from most countries. I further authorized the Secretary to provide relief from these additional duties for any aluminum article determined not to be produced in the United States in a sufficient and reasonably available amount or of a satisfactory quality and also to provide such relief based on specific national security considerations.

3. Consistent with the Secretary’s recommendation that I authorize him to exclude from any adopted import restrictions those aluminum articles for which the Secretary determines there is a lack of sufficient domestic production of comparable products, or for specific national security-based considerations, I have determined to authorize the Secretary to provide relief from quantitative limitations on aluminum articles adopted pursuant to section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended, including those set forth in Proclamation 9758 of May 31, 2018 (Adjusting Imports of Aluminum Into the United States), on the same basis as the Secretary is currently authorized to provide relief from the duty established in clause 2 of Proclamation 9704.

4. In light of my determinations, I have considered whether it is necessary and appropriate in light of our national security interests to make any corresponding adjustments to the tariff or quotas imposed by previous proclamations. It is my judgment that it is necessary and appropriate, at this time, to maintain the current tariff and quota levels. As directed in Proclamation 9704, the Secretary shall continue to monitor imports of aluminum articles and inform me of any circumstances that, in his opinion, might indicate the need for further action under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended.

5. The United States continues to hold discussions with countries on satisfactory alternative means to address the threatened impairment to our national security posed by aluminum articles imports. Should these discussions result in an agreement concerning such alternative means, I will take further action as appropriate.

6. Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended, authorizes the President to adjust the imports of an article and its derivatives that are being imported into the United States in such quantities or under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security.

7. Section 604 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2483), authorizes the President to embody in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) the substance of statutes affecting import treatment, and actions thereunder, including the removal, modification, continuance, or imposition of any rate of duty or other import restriction.

Now, Therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended, section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and section 604 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, do hereby proclaim as follows:

(1) The Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, and such other senior Executive Branch officials as the Secretary deems appropriate, is hereby authorized to provide relief from the quantitative limitations applicable to aluminum articles described in subheadings 9903.85.05 and 9903.85.06 of sub chapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS for any aluminum article determined not to be produced in the United States in a sufficient and reasonably available amount or of a satisfactory quality, and is also authorized to provide such relief based upon specific national security considerations. Such relief shall be provided for an aluminum article only after a request for relief is made by a directly affected party located in the United States. Such relief may be provided to directly affected parties on a party‑by‑party basis taking into account the regional availability of particular articles, the ability to transport articles within the United States, and any other factors as the Secretary deems appropriate. If the Secretary determines that relief should be granted to a requesting party for the importation of a particular aluminum article, the Secretary shall publicly post such determination and notify U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security concerning such article so that it will be excluded from the applicable quantitative limitation. Relief granted under this clause shall apply only to an article entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the date on which the request for relief is granted by the Secretary. Until such time as any applicable quantitative limitation for a particular article has been reached, CBP shall count any aluminum article for which relief is granted under this clause toward such quantitative limitation at the time when such aluminum article is entered for consumption or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption. Any aluminum article for which relief is granted under this clause shall not be subject to the additional rate of duty set forth in Proclamation 9704, as amended. Aluminum articles for which relief is granted under this clause shall be subject to the duty treatment provided in subheading 9903.85.11 of subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS, as established by the Annex to this proclamation.

(2) As soon as practicable, the Secretary shall issue procedures for the requests for exclusion described in clause 1 of this proclamation. The issuance of such procedures is exempt from Executive Order 13771 of January 30, 2017 (Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs). CBP shall implement exclusions granted pursuant to clause 1 of this proclamation as soon as practicable.

(3) Clause 3 of Proclamation 9704, as amended by Proclamation 9710, is further amended by striking the fourth and fifth sentences and inserting in lieu thereof the following two sentences: “If the Secretary determines that a particular aluminum article should be excluded, the Secretary shall publicly post such determination and notify U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security concerning such article so that it will be excluded from the duties described in clause 2 of this proclamation. For merchandise entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the date the duty established under this proclamation is effective and with respect to which liquidation is not final, such relief shall be retroactive to the date the request for relief was accepted by the Department of Commerce.”.

(4) Where the government of a country identified in the superior text to subheadings 9903.85.05 and 9903.85.06 of subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS notifies the United States that it has established a mechanism for the certification of exports to the United States of products covered by the quantitative limitations applicable to these subheadings, and where such mechanism meets the operational requirements for participation in an export certification system administered by the United States, CBP, in consultation with the Secretary, USTR, and other relevant executive departments and agencies, may require that importers of these products furnish relevant export certification information in order to qualify for the treatment set forth in subheadings 9903.85.05 and 9903.85.06. Where CBP adopts such a requirement, it shall publish in the Federal Register notice of the requirement and procedures for the submission of relevant export certification information. No article that is subject to the export certification requirement announced in such notice may be entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the effective date specified in such notice, except upon presentation of a valid and properly executed certification, in accordance with the procedures set forth in the notice.

(5) Subdivision (c) of U.S. note 19 to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS is amended by inserting at the end the following new sentence: “Pursuant to subheading 9903.85.11 and superior text thereto, the Secretary may provide that any excluded product shall be granted entry into the customs territory of the United States when the applicable quantitative limitation has filled for the specified period for such good.”.

(6) Subdivision (d) of U.S. note 19 to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS is amended by inserting after “9903.85.06” the phrase “and 9903.85.11”.

(7) The superior text for subheadings 9903.85.05 and 9903.85.06 of the HTSUS is amended by deleting “Aluminum” and inserting in lieu thereof: “Except as provided in subheading 9903.85.11, aluminum”.

(8) To implement clause 1 of this proclamation, subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS is modified as provided in the Annex to this proclamation.

(9) The modifications to the HTSUS made by clauses 5 through 8 of this proclamation and the Annex to this proclamation shall be effective with respect to goods entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on August 30, 2018, and shall continue in effect, unless such actions are expressly reduced, modified, or terminated.

(10) Clause 5 of Proclamation 9704 is amended by inserting “for consumption” after “goods entered” in the first sentence. Clause 5 of Proclamation 9710, as amended, is amended by striking “by this proclamation” from the end of the second sentence. Clause 5 of Proclamation 9739 is amended by striking “by clause 1 of this proclamation”.

(11) The Secretary, in consultation with CBP and other relevant executive departments and agencies, shall revise the HTSUS so that it conforms to the amendments directed by this proclamation. The Secretary shall publish any such modification to the HTSUS in the Federal Register.

(12) Any provision of previous proclamations and Executive Orders that is inconsistent with the actions taken in this proclamation is superseded to the extent of such inconsistency.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.”

DONALD J. TRUMP


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Trump Administration Stands with United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

 

 

STANDING WITH ICE AND CBP:

“President Donald J. Trump resolutely supports the brave heroes of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

  • President Trump is holding an event today to salute the brave heroes of ICE and CBP.
  • President Trump has made clear that he will stand with these men and women and oppose any effort to undermine the work they do to enforce our laws and secure our borders.
  • Calls to abolish ICE are a grave betrayal of these law enforcement officers and the noble sacrifices they make to uphold our laws, secure our borders, and protect our safety.”

 

ENFORCING OUR LAWS AND SECURING OUR BORDERS:

“ICE and CBP work tirelessly to uphold the rule of law by enforcing our immigration laws and securing our borders.

  • ICE and CBP are responsible for enforcing our immigration laws and securing our borders, without which we would have no borders, no nation, and utter anarchy.
  • Abolishing ICE would effectively open our borders and nullify our immigration laws, as even those apprehended for illegally crossing our border could not be removed.
  • Without ICE, anyone who illegally crosses our border, is released from detention, or overstays their visa would be able to remain in the United States indefinitely without removal.
    • ICE removed 226,119 illegal aliens during fiscal year (FY) 2017.
    • ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) made 143,470 administrative arrests in FY 2017.
    • There were nearly 629,000 visa overstays in the United States in FY 2016.”

 

PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES:

“ICE and CBP help prevent criminal illegal aliens, gang members, and deadly drugs from being able to flood into and remain in our communities.

  • ICE and CBP play a vital role in protecting our safety by combatting the flow of criminal aliens, gang members, and deadly drugs across our borders and into our communities.
  • Abolishing ICE would endanger the safety of all Americans and prevent the removal of criminal aliens, including members of the murderous, bloodthirsty MS-13 gang.
    • ICE-Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) made 4,818 gang arrests in FY 2017, including nearly 800 arrests related to MS-13.
    • In FY 2017, ICE ERO removed 5,396 suspected gang members from the United States.
  • In FY 2017, ICE ERO arrested more than 127,000 criminal aliens, who were responsible for:
    • More than 76,000 dangerous drug offenses;
    • More than 48,000 assault offenses;
    • More than 5,000 sexual assault offenses;
    • More than 1,800 homicide offenses.
  • ICE HSI made 11,691 narcotics-related arrests and seized 981,586 pounds of narcotics in FY 2017.
    • ICE HSI is at the forefront of the war on opioids, seizing 2,370 pounds of fentanyl and 6,967 pounds of heroin in FY 2017.
  • Those calling to abolish ICE should justify their position to the 518 human trafficking victims and 904 child exploitation victims rescued or identified by ICE HSI in FY 2017 alone.”

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President Donald J. Trump meets with the President of Fédération Internationale de Football Association

President Donald J. Trump meets with the President Gianni Infantino of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in Washington DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

 

President Donald J. Trump meets with the President of Fédération Internationale de Football Association

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President Donald J. Trump meets with the President Gianni Infantino of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in Washington DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump meets with the President Gianni Infantino of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in Washington DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump meets with the President Gianni Infantino of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in Washington DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
WASHINGTON DC – After a non-stop Monday, President Donald J. Trump was not himself. He literally led six White House events of great importance. The fatigue was noticeably.
President Trump, however, meets with the President Gianni Infantino of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) as scheduled on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in Washington DC, USA. The FIFA is a private association which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, futsal, and beach soccer.
President Donald J. Trump meets with the President Gianni Infantino of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in Washington DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Infantino presented President Trump with a yellow card and a red card, explaining that the former is used as a warning during matches and the latter is used to kick a player out. The humor re-invigorated the President, who just been shouted a question by a reporter.
President Trump took the red card from President Infantino and mimed flinging it in the direction of the press.

 

President Donald J. Trump meets with the President Gianni Infantino of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in Washington DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump meets with the President Gianni Infantino of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in Washington DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump meets with the President Gianni Infantino of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in Washington DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump meets with the President Gianni Infantino of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in Washington DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
Joking President Trump mimed tossing a red card in the direction of members of the media during a meeting with FIFA and U.S. Soccer officials in the White House Oval Office.
“That’s very good. I like that,” Trump said.

“The next media session,” U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro joked.


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President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

 

 

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America

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President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America participates in a conference call discussion about the United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House.

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

 

Remarks of President Donald J. Trump in Telephone Call with President Peña Nieto of Mexico On the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement

The White House Oval Office

11:09 A.M. EDT

 

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: “Hello everybody. It’s a big day for trade, a big day for our country. A lot of people thought we’d never get here because we all negotiate tough. We do, and so does Mexico. And this is a tremendous thing.

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

This has to do — they used to call it NAFTA. We’re going to call it the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement, and we’ll get rid of the name NAFTA. It has a bad connotation because the United States was hurt very badly by NAFTA for many years. And now it’s a really good deal for both countries, and we look very much forward to it.

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

And I believe the President is on the phone. Enrique? You can hook him up. Tell me when.

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

How are you? It’s a big thing. A lot of people waiting. Hello? Do you want to put that on this phone, please? Hello? Be helpful.”

PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO: (As interpreted.) “President Trump, how are you? Good morning.”

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Thank you, Enrique. And congratulations. That’s really a fantastic thing. We’ve all worked very hard, and your brilliant representatives are sitting right in front of me. And I thought we would congratulate each other before it got out. And I know we’ll have a formal news conference in the not-too-distant future.”

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO: (As interpreted.) “Thank you very much, President Trump. I think this is something very positive for the United States and Mexico. And the first reason for this call, Mr. President, is, first of all, to celebrate the understanding we have had between both negotiating peace on NAFTA, in the interest we have had for quite a few months now to renew it, to modernize it, to update it, and to generate a framework that will boost and potentiate productivity in North America.

It is our wish, Mr. President, that now Canada will also be able to be incorporated in all this. And I assume that they going to carry out negotiations of the sensitive bilateral issues between Mexico — rather, between Canada and the United States.

And I’m really grateful, Mr. President. I want to say that you — I greatly recognize and acknowledge your political will and your participation in this. And on this paved path, I want to bear my testimony, Mr. President, and my acknowledgement to both negotiating teams, especially the team that is headed and led by Mr. Robert Lighthizer, and also the accompaniment and the support we have had from the White House through Jared Kushner.

And I also extend this recognition to the Mexican team. They are listening to you. They are close to you right now — Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and the Secretary of the Economy, Mr. Guajardo.

Yes, in terms of (inaudible) the negotiations that have taken months, it’s been difficult, complex, and a very hard negotiation altogether with difficult moments, of course. But I truly acknowledge now the fact that we’ve been able to reach an agreement that we are about to make public. And this is the result of good understanding and good work. And I — of course, I am quite hopeful that now Canada would start discussing with the United States the sensitive bilateral issue.

Congratulations, President Trump. I am very grateful and I am attentive to your comments.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Well, Mr. President, thank you very much. It’s an honor. You’ve been my friend. It’s been a long time since I traveled to Mexico, where we got to know each other quite well and we actually had a good meeting. Some people weren’t sure if it was a good meeting, but I was.

I have a lot of good meetings that a lot of people aren’t sure if they were good or not.

But it’s been a long time, and this is something that’s very special for our manufacturers and for our farmers from both countries, for all of the people that work for jobs. It’s also great trade and it makes it a much more fair bill. And we are very, very excited about it.

We have worked long and hard. Your representatives have been terrific. My representatives have been fantastic too. They’ve gotten along very well, and they’ve worked late into the night for months. It’s an extremely complex bill and it’s something that I think will be talked about for many years to come. It’s just good for both countries.

As far Canada is concerned, we haven’t started with Canada yet. We wanted to do Mexico and see if that was possible to do. And it wasn’t — I think, it wasn’t from any standpoint something that most people thought was even doable when we started.

If you look at it, you remember, at the beginning, many people thought that this was something that just couldn’t happen because of all of the different factions, all of the different sides, and the complexity. And we made it much simpler, much better. Much better for both countries.

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

Canada will start negotiations shortly. I’ll be calling the Prime Minister very soon. And we’ll start negotiation, and if they’d like to negotiate fairly, we’ll do that. You know, they have tariffs of almost 300 percent on some of our dairy products, and we can’t have that. We’re not going to stand for that.

I think with Canada, frankly, the easiest thing we can do is to tariff their cars coming in. It’s a tremendous amount of money and it’s a very simple negotiation. It could end in one day and we take in a lot of money the following day.

But I think we’ll give them a chance to probably have a separate deal. We can have a separate deal or we can put it into this deal. I like to call this deal the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement. I think it’s an elegant name. I think NAFTA has a lot of bad connotations for the United States because it was a rip-off. It was a deal that was a horrible deal for our country, and I think it’s got a lot of bad connotations to a lot of people. And so we will probably — you and I will agree to the name.

We will see whether or not we decide to put up Canada or just do a separate deal with Canada, if they want to make the deal. The simplest deal is more or less already made. It would be very easy to do and execute.

But I will — I will tell you that working with you has been a pleasure. Speaking with and working President-elect López Obrador has been absolutely a very, very special time.

You both came together for your country. You worked together. I think that’s important for the media to know. We have a little — a small amount of media in our presence, like everybody. And the media should know that the President and the President-elect worked very closely together because the President felt it was important that the President-elect liked what he was seeing.

And our teams worked together. Our teams were really well unified, and your team was very well unified. I was very impressed with the fact that the two Presidents came together and worked out something mutually agreeable.

So it’s an incredible deal. It’s an incredible deal for both parties. Most importantly, it’s an incredible deal for the workers and for the citizens of both countries. Our farmers are going to be so happy. You know, my farmers — the farmers have stuck with me; I said we were going to do this. And Mexico has promised to immediately start purchasing as much farm product as they can. They’re going to work on that very hard.

And as you know, we’re working — unrelated to this, we’re working very much with other countries. China is one; they want to talk. And it’s just not right time to talk right now, to be honest, with China. It’s been — it’s too one-sided for too many years, for too many decades. And so it’s not the right time to talk. But eventually, I’m sure, that we’ll be able to work out a deal with China. In the meantime, we’re doing very well with China.

Our economy is up. It’s never been this good before, and I think it’s only going to get better.

But, Mr. President, you’ve been my friend and you have been somebody that’s been very special in a lot of ways. We talk a lot. We talked a lot about this deal. And I’d like to congratulate you and the Mexican people.”

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO: (As interpreted.) “Thank you very much, Mr. President.

I finally recognize this, especially because of the point of understanding we are now reaching on this deal. And I really hope and I desire — I wish — that the part with Canada will be materializing in a very concrete fashion; that we can have an agreement the way we proposed it from the initiation of this renegotiating process, a tripartite.

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

But today I celebrate the (inaudible) between the United States and Mexico because we’re reaching a final point of understanding. And I hope that in the following days we can materialize (inaudible) in the formalization of the agreement.

Something additional, Mr. President — and you have already mentioned it — it has to do with an involved and committed participation of the administration and the President-elect of Mexico. As you know, we are now going through a period of transition, and it has been possible to create a highly unified front between the negotiating team of this administration and the people appointed by the President-elect of Mexico to be observers and participate in this agreement, in this understanding, to reach the point we are now reaching.

The President-elect has been aware of everything that has been happening, and I have also had the opportunity of talking to him directly and personally on the progress being made.

You have also had direct conversations with President-elect. Things that we have to do and I hope we have the space to do it would be to find — to toast a good toast with tequila, of course — (laughter) — to celebrate this understanding.”

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Enrique, I think that’s exactly right. And you know the good relationship that I’ve already established with the President-elect. I was very impressed with him, I must tell you. He was terrific in every way. And he wants — you know, he loves your country like you love your country. You want to do the right thing. And we’re really doing the right thing for all of us. So I really enjoy that. Please send him my regards, and I will speak to him very shortly.

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

But this was great that you were able to do it together. I think doing it mutually as opposed to just you doing it — or even just him doing it — I think a mutual agreement between your two administrations was a fantastic thing. I suggested that early on, and I think it was immediately embraced and I think it was a really fantastic thing that you were able to do it — and with great spirit. I mean, it was great coordination and spirit. So I think that is really just great.

And, you know, one of the things that I’m excited about is you’re going to be helping us at the border. You’re going to be working together with us on agriculture. You’re going to be working in many different ways, and we’re going to be working with you in many different ways. This is a very comprehensive agreement.

So, Enrique, I will see you soon. I think we’re going to have a very formal ceremony. This is one of the largest trade deals ever made. Maybe the largest trade deal ever made. And it’s really something very special that two countries were able to come together and get it done.

And I just want to thank all of my people — Bob and Jared. And, gentlemen, you have been really great, the way you’ve worked so long. And I know you’ve been going up until three o’clock, four o’clock in the morning, and then getting in at eight.

So I just want to — on behalf of the United States, I want to thank you very much. And I can say that Mexico is very proud of you. They’re very proud of you. Thank you all very much.

Enrique, I’ll see you soon. I’ll talk to you soon. And congratulations, and job well done.”

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO: (As interpreted). “Thank you, Mr. President, and congratulations as well to you, to the negotiating team, to the (inaudible) of both countries. We’ll be waiting for Canada to be integrated into this process.

I send you an affectionate hug. And all my greetings to you and my regards.”

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “A hug from you would be very nice. (Laughter). Thank you. So long. Thanks. Goodbye, Enrique.

Okay, so we’ve made the deal with Canada. It’s a very —”

QUESTION: ” With Canada?”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “They’re starting. We made the deal with Mexico. And I think it’s a very — deal. We’re starting negotiations with Canada, pretty much immediately. I can’t tell you where those negotiations are gone. It’s going to be a — it’s a smaller segment, as you know. Mexico is a very large trading partner. But we’ve now concluded our deal and it’s being finalized.

And, Bob, when would you say it will be signed — actually, formally, signed?”

AMBASSADOR LIGHTHIZER: “Well, it will likely be signed at the end of November because there’s a 90-day layover period because of our statute. But we expect to submit our letter to Congress, beginning that process on Friday.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Okay, so that starts the process.”

AMBASSADOR LIGHTHIZER: “And then 90 days later, it will be signed.”

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We have an agreement where — both with Canada and with Mexico — I will terminate the existing deal. When that happens, I can’t quite tell you; it depends on what the timetable is with Congress. But I’ll be terminating the existing deal and going into this deal. We’ll start negotiating with Canada relatively soon. They want to start — they want to negotiate very badly.

But one way or the other, we have a deal with Canada. It will either be a tariff on cars, or it will be a negotiated deal. And, frankly, a tariff on cars is a much easier way to go. But perhaps the other would be much better for Canada.

And we’re looking to help — you know, we’re looking to help our neighbors, too. If we can help our neighbors, that’s a good thing, not a bad thing. So we’re going to start that negotiation imminently. I’ll be speaking with Prime Minister Trudeau in a little while.

So I want to thank everybody. I want to thank you. What a great job you’ve all done. And it’s been — it’s been a long one, but a lot of people thought this was not a doable transaction. It’s going to be great for our people. And again, I want to thank you folks. And we’ll see you at the signing, and we’ll see you many times before that, I’m sure.

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

So, congratulations to the people of Mexico. Great job.

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America On United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

Thank you very much everybody.”


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President Trump and the First Lady Welcome President Kenyatta and Mrs. Kenyatta

 

President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta arrive at the White House South Portico, overlooking the beautiful Washington Monument and White House South Lawn on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

 

 

President Trump and The First Lady Host President and First Lady of Kenya

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump of the United States of America welcomes President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya at the White House South Portico, overlooking the beautiful Washington Monument and White House South Lawn on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump of the United States of America greet President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya at the White House South Portico, overlooking the beautiful Washington Monument and White House South Lawn on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump of the United States of America greet President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya at the White House South Portico, overlooking the beautiful Washington Monument and White House South Lawn on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump of the United States of America with President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya at the White House South Portico, overlooking the beautiful Washington Monument and White House South Lawn on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump of the United States of America welcomes President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya at the White House South Portico, overlooking the beautiful Washington Monument and White House South Lawn on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump of the United States of America with President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya at the White House South Portico, overlooking the beautiful Washington Monument and White House South Lawn on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump of the United States of America with President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya at the White House South Portico, overlooking the beautiful Washington Monument and White House South Lawn on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
The White House Rose Garden on Monday, August 27, 2018 in Washington DC, USA. | Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump of the United States of America with President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump of the United States of America with President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump of the United States of America with President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump of the United States of America with President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump of the United States of America with President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
The beautiful Washington Monument and White House South Lawn on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
Mrs. Trump and Mrs. Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya enjoyed an afternoon together with an open dialogue focused on their common goals and their respective initiatives on behalf of children. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
Mrs. Trump and Mrs. Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya enjoyed an afternoon together with an open dialogue focused on their common goals and their respective initiatives on behalf of children. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
Mrs. Trump and Mrs. Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya enjoyed an afternoon together with an open dialogue focused on their common goals and their respective initiatives on behalf of children. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya at the White House West Wing on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya at the White House West Wing on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump with Leaders of the Republic of Kenya at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump with Leaders of the Republic of Kenya at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump with L with Leaders of the Republic of Kenya at the White House Oval Office on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump with Leaders of the Republic of Kenya at the White House West Wing on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump with Leaders of the Republic of Kenya at the White House West Wing on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Trump and the First Lady will later participate in the departure of the President Kenyatta and First Lady of the Republic of Kenya at the White House West Wing Lobby at 3:00 PM. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Trump and the First Lady will later participate in the departure of the President Kenyatta and First Lady of the Republic of Kenya at the White House West Wing Lobby at 3:00 PM. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Trump and the First Lady participate in the departure of the President Kenyatta and First Lady of the Republic of Kenya at the White House West Wing Lobby at 3:00 PM. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

Remarks of President Donald J. Trump and President President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta

The White House Oval Office

1:53 P.M. EDT 1:55 PM EDT

 

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP: “Thank you very much. It’s great to have President Kenyatta of Kenya, and First Lady Kenyatta. Thank you very much for being here. It’s a great honor.

We have a tremendous relationship with Kenya. We have terrorism, a lot of trade, getting bigger and bigger all the time.”

PRESIDENT KENYATTA: “Absolutely.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We’re working on a major infrastructure project, a massive roadway that will be record setting, in many ways. And we are going to conclude a lot of good things.

We have the President’s representatives in the next room. And we’re going to be going in there, and we’re going to be making some great deals for both countries.

So thank you very much, both, for being here. This is a tremendous honor. Thank you very much.”

PRESIDENT KENYATTA: “Great pleasure. Wonderful to have us. Thank you. We appreciate it.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Thank you very much.”

PRESIDENT KENYATTA: “Yep.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Would you like to say something?”

PRESIDENT KENYATTA: “Yes. I want to just take this opportunity to thank Mr. President and the First Lady for welcoming us here to the White House.

As President Trump has said, Kenya and United States have had strong, solid relationships ever since our independence. We are here to renew that partnership. We are here to strengthen it. We have had very good and excellent cooperation, especially in our fight against terrorism because of the neighborhood that we’re in — al-Shabaab fights, which the United States have been a very good, strong, and solid partner.

But more importantly, we’re here to pursue and to strengthen our trade and investment ties, which are already very strong. We have a good number of American companies in Kenya. And we want to see how we can strengthen that going forward for the mutual benefit of our two countries.

And I believe that we will have very fruitful discussions this afternoon. And we’ll have a lot to report at the end of it.

Well, thank you once again, Mr. President —”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Thank you.”

PRESIDENT KENYATTA: “— for welcoming us to the White House.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Great honor.”

PRESIDENT KENYATTA: “Happy to be with you.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Thank you.”

PRESIDENT KENYATTA: “Thanks, Melania.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Thank you very much everybody. Thank you.”

 

 

 

Mrs. Trump and Mrs. Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya enjoyed an afternoon together with an open dialogue focused on their common goals and their respective initiatives on behalf of children. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
Mrs. Trump and Mrs. Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya enjoyed an afternoon together with an open dialogue focused on their common goals and their respective initiatives on behalf of children. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

Mrs. Trump and Mrs. Kenyatta enjoyed an afternoon together with an open dialogue focused on their common goals and their respective initiatives on behalf of children.

President Trump and the First Lady will later participate in the departure of the President Kenyatta and First Lady of the Republic of Kenya at the White House West Wing Lobby at 3:00 PM.

First Lady Melania Trump also participates today in a Presidential tree planting ceremony on the south grounds of the White House on Monday afternoon. Joining Mrs. Trump for the ceremony at the site will be Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Emory Gatchell, Jr., a fifth generation grandson of President James Monroe, additional presidential descendants along with leadership from the White House Historical Association.

Meanwhile, President Donald J. Trump participates in a conference call discussion about the United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House.

In the evening, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will host a dinner celebrating Evangelical leadership at the White House State Dining Room in Washington DC, United States of America.

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First Lady Melania Trump Welcomes the First Lady of Kenya to the White House

Mrs. Trump and Mrs. Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya enjoyed an afternoon together with an open dialogue focused on their common goals and their respective initiatives on behalf of children at the White House on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc..

 

First Lady Melania Trump joined President Donald J. Trump in welcoming President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta to the White House.

Mrs. Trump and Mrs. Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya enjoyed an afternoon together with an open dialogue focused on their common goals and their respective initiatives on behalf of children at the White House on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc..

Mrs. Trump and Mrs. Kenyatta engaged in an open dialogue focused on their common goals and their respective initiatives on behalf of children. Mrs. Trump’s Be Best campaign and Mrs. Kenyatta’s Beyond Zero Initiative are united under the goal of improving and protecting the well-being of children.

Mrs. Trump plans to visit Africa in October, further reinforcing the deep and long-standing partnerships between the United States and many African countries.

“The determination with which Kenya strives to create better lives for its children is a shared compassion with the United States,” said First Lady Melania Trump. “I am very much looking forward to visiting Africa. Thank you to First Lady Margaret Kenyatta for coming to the White House today. I look forward to future opportunities for us to collaborate.”


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President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America Celebrates Evangelical Leadership

 

President Trump and The First Lady Host a Dinner Celebrating Evangelical Leadership

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

 

WASHINGTON DC – In the evening, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will host a dinner celebrating Evangelical leadership at the White House State Dining Room in Washington DC, United States of America.

 

Remarks of President Trump at Dinner with Evangelical Leaders

The White House State Dining Room

6:54 P.M. EDT – 7:05 P.M. EDT

 

 

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump host a dinner celebrating Evangelical leadership at the White House State Dining Room in Washington DC, United States of America on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATS OF AMERICA DONALD J. TRUMP: “What a nice group. Thank you very much. Please.

Melania and I are thrilled to welcome you. And these are very special friends of mine, Evangelical pastors and leaders from all across the nation. We welcome you to the White House. It’s a special place. It’s a place we love. We’re having a lot of fun, we’re having a lot of success.

Today we reached the highest level in the history of the stock market. We broke 26,000 — (applause) — so I assume you have some stock. And I view that differently. We’re respected all over the world again, and it means jobs. So it’s a lot of good things happening.

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump host a dinner celebrating Evangelical leadership at the White House State Dining Room in Washington DC, United States of America on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

I also want to thank a family of faith that is truly a blessing to our nation. I want to thank Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence. Where are you, Mike? (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you, Mike.

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump host a dinner celebrating Evangelical leadership at the White House State Dining Room in Washington DC, United States of America on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump host a dinner celebrating Evangelical leadership at the White House State Dining Room in Washington DC, United States of America on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

And our incredible First Lady for hosting this evening. Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.)

America is a nation of believers. And tonight we’re joined by faith leaders from across the country who believe in the dignity of life, the glory of God, and the power of prayer. Everybody agree with that?

AUDIENCE: Yes! (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: If you didn’t, we’d have a big story, wouldn’t we? (Laughter.)

I want to say a special thank you to Paula White, Alveda King, Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, Darrell Scott, Robert Jeffress, Ralph Reed, Tony Perkins, Lester Warner, and everyone here tonight. So many great, great leaders. Incredible leaders. I know you, I watch you, I see you. Yours are the words we want to hear.

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump host a dinner celebrating Evangelical leadership at the White House State Dining Room in Washington DC, United States of America on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump host a dinner celebrating Evangelical leadership at the White House State Dining Room in Washington DC, United States of America on Monday, August 27, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

I also understand that tonight is the 58th wedding anniversary. So we have a very big wedding — where is he? Dr. James and Shirley Dobson. Where are they? (Applause.) Where are they? That’s great. Congratulations. That’s something.

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MRS. DOBSON: Thank you for throwing a party of us tonight. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: That’s right. This is a party for you. We can look at it that way, actually. (Laughter.) Thank you. Congratulations.

We’re also joined by Secretary Alex Azar, Secretary Ben Carson –- hello, Ben –- (applause) — and Ambassador Sam Brownback. (Applause.)

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Before going any further, I want to extend our prayers and condolences to the victims of the tragic shooting in Jacksonville, Florida. That was a terrible thing indeed. And how it happens, nobody really knows. But they’ve done an incredible job down in Jacksonville, as they always do in Florida and throughout the country. But condolences.

Also, our hearts and prayers are going to the family of Senator John McCain. There’s going to be a lot of activity over the next number of days. And we very much appreciate everything that Senator McCain has done for our country. So thank you very much. (Applause.)

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We’re here this evening to celebrate America’s heritage of faith, family, and freedom. As you know, in recent years, the government tried to undermine religious freedom. But the attacks on communities of faith are over. We’ve ended it. We’ve ended it. (Applause.) Unlike some before us, we are protecting your religious liberty.

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In the last 18 months alone, we have stopped the Johnson Amendment from interfering with your First Amendment rights. (Applause.) A big deal. It’s a big deal.

We’ve taken action to defend the religious conscience of doctors, nurses, teachers, students, preachers, faith groups, and religious employers.

We sent the entire executive branch guidance on protecting religious liberty. Big deal. Brought the Faith and Opportunity Initiative to the White House.

Reinstated the Mexico City Policy we first put into place. And if you know, if you study it –- and most of you know about this –- first under President Ronald Reagan, not since then –- the Mexico City Policy. (Applause.)

We proposed regulations to prevent Title 10 taxpayer funding from subsidizing abortion. I was the first President to stand in the Rose Garden to address the March for Life. First one. (Applause.)

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My administration has strongly spoken out against religious persecution around the world, including the persecution of Christians. All over the world, what’s going on. (Applause.) And for that, we’ve become not only a strong voice but a very, very powerful force. We’re stopping a lot of bad things from happening.

We brought home hostages from North Korea, including an American pastor. And we’re fighting to release Pastor Brunson from Turkey. (Applause.) And we’ve made (inaudible).

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We’ve recognized the capital of Israel and opened the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. (Applause.)

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We’re restoring opportunity for all Americans. African American, Hispanic American, Asian American unemployment have all recently achieved their lowest rates ever recorded in the history of our country. (Applause.) And women’s unemployment recently achieved its lowest rate in 65 years. (Applause.)

Very important to me, youth unemployment has reached its lowest rate in nearly 50 years. And unemployment for Americans without a high school diploma –- think of that — has reached its lowest rate ever. (Applause.)

We’re advancing prison reform to give former inmates a second chance. And these incredible unemployment numbers are probably the greatest thing that ever happened to people getting out and wanting a second, and sometimes a third, chance. But they’d come out of prison, and they were not hired, and bad things would happen, and they’d go back. Now they’re coming out of prison, they’re getting jobs. We’re working with them. And they are very, very thankful.

I’ll tell you who else is thankful: the employers. I have a friend who hired numerous people coming out of prison — something he never thought he’d do — and in a way, he was forced to do it, frankly. He was forced to do it by the fact that he couldn’t get people; he needed people. The numbers are so low in that community. He is so happy. He’s hired some people that he said he hopes he never loses them. They’re happy, and he is thrilled. So that’s a great story. A great story. (Applause.)

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Every day, we’re standing for religious believers, because we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of American life. (Applause.) And we know that freedom is a gift from our Creator.

Here in the State Dining Room, carved into this fireplace, is the famous prayer of John Adams. It says, “I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this House.” And that’s really what it is. This is an incredible house. Means so much. It means so much to our country. It means so much to the world. And it means, really, so much to religion and to Christians. So it’s an honor to have you.

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Together, we will uplift our nation in prayer, defend the sanctity of life, and forever proudly remain one nation under God. (Applause.)

So thank you again to all of my friends and faith leaders for being here tonight. You are really special people. The support you’ve given me has been incredible. But I really don’t feel guilty because I have given you a lot back, just about everything I promised. (Applause.) And as one of our great pastors just said, “Actually, you’ve given us much more, sir, than you promised.” And I think that’s true, in many respects. (Applause.)

And now I would like to ask a tremendous friend of all of ours, Pastor Paula White, to come up and bless our meal. Paula, please. (Applause.)

 

(A prayer is given.)

 

PASTOR WHITE: It’s an honor to be here. And before we pray the prayer, this group would like to present to you and First Lady a Bible that is signed by over a hundred Christians, Evangelicals that love you, pray for you. And I’d just love to read the inscription for you and First Lady. It’s very important for –- I have to put on my glasses, so — sorry.

It says: “First Lady and President, you are in our prayers always. Thank you for your courageous and bold stand for religious liberty, and for your timeless service to all Americans. We appreciate the price that you have paid to walk in the high calling. History will record the greatness that you have brought for generations.”

We pray this prayer. And if all of you agree with that, say “Amen.”

AUDIENCE: Amen!

(A prayer is given.)


 

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Ivanka Trump On Women’s Economic Empowerment at OAS

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WASHINGTON DC – Ivanka Trump – Kushner discusses Women’s Economic Empowerment at OAS

Ivanka Trump Focuses On Gender Equality & Equity

 

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Secretary General Luis Leonardo Almagro Lemes of OAS Meets with White House Advisor Ivanka Trump, of the United States of America on August 27, 2018 in Washington DC
Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Herrera/OAS

 

Luis Leonardo Almagro Lemes, Secretary General OAS – The Secretary General of the hemispheric institution announced he will work with all the countries of the region “without exception” and expressed his conviction that “it is time to put an end to unnecessary fragmentations. Beginning on May 26, as Secretary General of the OAS, my efforts will be focused on making the Organization a useful tool in the interests of all the peoples of the Americas, wherever they are from,” he said.

“To you, as representatives of the peoples of the Americas, I owe you, and I thank you for your vote of confidence. In me you will find a tireless fighter for the unity of the Americas, more concerned with seeking practical solutions to the enduring problems of our region than with rhetoric and stridency in statements guided by one ideology or another.”

Luis Almagro Lemes
Secretary General


XLIX Special General
Assembly of the OAS
March 18, 2015
Washington D.C.

 

WASHINGTON DC — White House Adviser Ivanka Trump addressees the OAS Council for Integral Development on Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Americas, ‎chaired by Ambassador Carlos Trujillo, August 27, 2018.

 

Secretary General Meets with White House Advisor and President and CEO of OPIC
From left to right:
Ray W. Washburne, President and CEO of Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Ivanka Trump, Adviser to the President of the United States
Luis Almagro, OAS Secretary General
Carlos Trujillo, Chair of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) and Permanent Representative of United States to the OAS
Date: August 27, 2018
Place: Washington DC
Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Herrera/OAS

 

From left to right: Ray W. Washburne, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)‎, Ivanka Trump, Adviser to the President of the United States, OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, and Ambassador Carlos Trujillo, Permanent Representative of United States to the OAS‎.

 

Thank you, Ambassador Trujillo, for that kind introduction – and thank you for your commitment to advancing economic opportunities for women throughout our hemisphere.

Secretary General Almagro, and distinguished Ambassadors, it is an honor to speak with you today – and it was a privilege to meet the women Ambassadors representing so many of your countries – you are an inspiration to women and girls across the world. Thank you for your leadership! [Pause]

As we gather today, I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Senator John McCain, an American patriot who served our country with distinction for more than six decades. The country is united in its grief and the world mourns the loss of a true hero and statesman.

This afternoon, I am honored to join you at your inaugural session to discuss Women’s Economic Empowerment in the western hemisphere.

We come together today united by a shared goal: we believe—we KNOW – that the world will be more prosperous – and more at peace – when women across the globe can fully participate in the economy.

Advancing economic opportunity for women in our hemisphere is essential to fostering lasting peace, stability and opportunities to prosper in Central and South America – and beyond.

As we mark the 70th anniversary of the Organization of American States, we reflect upon the progress that has been made in recent decades.

  • Over the past 35 years, the number of people living in extreme poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean has been reduced by MORE THAN 60 PERCENT.
  • Since 1990, women’s labor force participation rate in Latin America and the Caribbean has risen by 30 percent.
  • Just today, President Trump and President Pena Nieto announced a major breakthrough in our trading relationship with Mexico which will greatly benefit both countries for decades to come.

These are remarkable strides. But as you know, there is still much work to be done.

In many nations throughout our region, women face enormous barriers to fully participating in all aspects of their countries’ economies and societies. Here in North America, women are still underrepresented in boardrooms and in politics as well as in critical fields such as science and technology.

We continue to experience a persistent gender pay gap across both the developed and developing worlds.

Women are in fact one of the greatest under-tapped resources for accelerating global economic growth.

Research has shown a strong correlation between the prosperity of a country and its level of gender equality.

One study estimates that increasing Latin American women’s participation in the workforce could grow the Latin American economy by over a trillion dollars within a decade.

Our Administration is committed to the economic empowerment of women across the globe, as a matter of national security.

When women are empowered, communities thrive and countries prosper, which is the best and most sure path to self-reliance.

The President’s National Security Strategy states that, “Societies that empower women to participate fully in civic and economic life are more prosperous and peaceful.”

To this end, our Administration has launched bold new initiatives to empower women to succeed in the global economy.

Last fall, we partnered with the World Bank as founding member of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative — or We-Fi. Through this initiative, we have increased access to capital, markets and mentorship so women in the developing world can start and grow a business.

The first allocation of $120 million is expected to mobilize over $1.6 billion in additional public and private-sector funds, which will unlock vast opportunities for women entrepreneurs across the developing world.

We have also launched the U.S.AID WomenConnect Challenge to increase women’s access to digital technology.

Last year, the President signed into law the Women, Peace, and Security Act aimed at engaging women to help us prevent conflict and advance peace.

And in April, I traveled to Lima, Peru to join OPIC CEO Ray Washburne to announce OPIC’s “2X Americas” initiative.

Since the launch, we have committed more than $195 million to empower women entrepreneurs across Latin America and the Caribbean.

We will continue to build on our efforts to further expand and accelerate women’s economic empowerment globally. In doing so, we have identified three primary areas to focus our work:

  • First, we will advance workforce development and vocational education so women have the skills and training necessary to secure family sustaining jobs in their local economies.
  • Second, we will promote women’s entrepreneurship and provide women with access to capital, markets, technical assistance, and networks.
  • Third, we will strive to eliminate the legal and cultural barriers that constrain women from being able to fully and freely participate in their local economies.

The United States is committed to pursuing these goals – and furthering the success of programs like OPIC 2X – because when we invest in women, our economies soar, our communities flourish, and our nations achieve greater stability and peace.

I ask you to join us as we work towards this vision for our hemisphere. If we seize this opportunity, we will set free the potential of our citizens, unleash unprecedented growth and innovation, and create a safer, more prosperous and just future for our people – and our entire region. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

Remarks by
Ray W. Washburne, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Organization of American States Washington, D.C.
August 27, 2018

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is a self-sustaining U.S. Government agency that helps American businesses invest in emerging markets. Established in 1971, OPIC provides businesses with the tools to manage the risks associated with foreign direct investment, fosters economic development in emerging market countries, and advances U.S. foreign policy and national security priorities. OPIC helps American businesses gain footholds in new markets, catalyzes new revenues and contributes to jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC fulfills its mission by providing businesses with financing, political risk insurance, advocacy and by partnering with private equity fund managers.

OPIC services are available to new and expanding businesses planning to invest in more than 160 countries worldwide. Because OPIC charges market-based fees for its products, it operates on a self-sustaining basis at no net cost to taxpayers. All OPIC projects must adhere to best international practices and cannot cause job loss in the United States.

 

 

“Thank you Ambassador Trujillo, for inviting OPIC to address this important institution. For more than 70 years, the Organization of American States has served a critical role fostering solidarity and cooperation among the countries of the Americas. This shared commitment to freedom, peace and security has brought countless benefits to the people of the Western Hemisphere.

Since his first day in office, President Trump has made these values a top Administration priority, and has committed to promoting stability and prosperity throughout Latin America.

OPIC works closely with the Administration to advance these goals. As the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, OPIC mobilizes private investment in developing countries to improve lives and promote stability around the world.

OPIC has a strong and longstanding commitment to Latin America. We have more than $5.2 billion invested in 120 projects across the region; investments that are expected to catalyze an additional $7.5 billion external capital, bringing total investment in the region to nearly $13 billion. This capital is being put to work to build power plants and other critical infrastructure and to expand access to education and financial services.

OPIC is working hard to do even more. Over the past year, OPIC leadership has traveled extensively to Latin America to identify ways we can mobilize more investment to the region. The Agency has seen results; just since October, OPIC has supported $1.3 billion in investment in Latin America.

OPIC also recognizes that investing in women is one of the ways the Agency can extend its impact and bring about positive change in the world.

Earlier this year OPIC launched 2X: A commitment to mobilize $1 billion to invest in women. And Latin America is a key component of our global strategy.

In April, Ivanka and I traveled to the Summit of the Americas in Lima, where we announced 2X Americas; OPIC’s pledge to mobilize $500 million to support women in Latin America. This support will provide women in the hemisphere with access to capital, jobs, skills and services.

2X represents a bold commitment; the single largest financing commitment the U.S. has ever made to global women’s economic empowerment. We’ve identified many worthy investments and we’re moving quickly. Since we launched 2X, we’ve committed more than $195 million to support women in the Americas.

For example, 2X Americas is providing improved financial services for women-owned businesses. OPIC does this by partnering with local financial institutions such as the recently approved financing to Lafise Bank in Panama to support lending to women-owned business.

2X Americas is also providing support to women and families living near the base of the pyramid. For example, OPIC provided financing to a social investment fund called Global Partnerships, which focuses on providing women in the hardest to reach places with access to financial services, health services, training and education.

And finally, OPIC has added a gender lens to our existing investment strategy. That means factoring in how the project, whether it is a hospital or a toll road or a power plant, will address the specific concerns of women; and supporting projects that are women-led or have gender diverse management teams.

As OPIC pursues a gender-smart investment strategy and aims to mobilize $1 billion globally, I want close by reiterating our specific commitment to Latin America.

This Administration’s $500 million target for 2X Americas is ambitious but OPIC is in this for the long haul. OPIC will continue to support the women of Latin America, long after our $500 million target is reached.

Because — there are many, great opportunities to invest in women and OPIC is committed to being a leader in empowering women around the world.

Thank you for letting me share a bit about this vision. As OAS has demonstrated for so long, we can all achieve much more for all countries in the region when we work together.

I look forward to working with all of you.”


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President Donald J. Trump On the United States – Mexico Trade Agreement

 

 

President Donald J. Trump Participates in a Discussion On the United States – Mexico Trade Agreement

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

 

WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump participates in a conference call discussion about the United States – Mexico Trade Agreement at the White House on Monday, August 27, 2018.


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FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP BEGINS WHITE HOUSE 2018 CHRISTMAS SEASON

 

 

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Father of Inez Williams, Builder and Developer, dies at 92

”I have lived 92 years and the Lord has given me a good life.”

“Today my daddy’s journey here on earth was completed. In the early hours of this morning Jesus tenderly called his name and he answered the call. My dad always says, ”I have lived 92 years and the Lord has given me a good life.” Even as he was transitioning he would testify to the goodness of the Lord. He wanted everyone to know God is real, heaven is real, and the devil is real. Although he is absent from his body, he is present with the Lord. Jesus promised daddy that he would leave this life pain free and debt free(because Jesus paid it all on the cross). True to the end daddy left us peacefully surrounded by his children in his home.

Before his voice was silenced in the earth realm he said, “this technology is something else it has allowed me to talk with my family who can’t be with me.” He also ask me, “ are you putting this on that ‘face thing’(Facebook )? Please allow me to share my daddy’s testimony.

When you find some time please read. Read 1Thessalonians 4:13-18″

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

“Thank you all for allowing me to share one most intimate and difficult journeys one must travel. I pray that I have captured the love of God and family and the blessed assurance of a life lived in total faith in Jesus Christ.”

Father of Inez Williams and husband Rev. Darryl Williams



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