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Thursday, May 30, 2019

President Trump Delivers Remarks at the 2019 United States Air Force Academy Graduation Ceremony

 

President Trump Delivers Remarks at the 2019 United States Air Force Academy Graduation Ceremony

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 


Ensuring America Reaches Its 5G Potential

 

“Making good on his promise to invest in the Industries of the Future, President Donald J. Trump is ensuring the United States leads in the global race to deploy secure and reliable 5G communications. This Administration’s policies empower innovation and investment in America’s 5G readiness, paving the way for what are sure to be some of the most substantial technological and economic advancements of the 21st century.

According to a leading industry association, America’s telecommunications operators plan to invest $275 billion to deploy 5G networks, creating 3 million new jobs and adding $500 billion to our economy. Spurring this investment in 5G is only possible with a forward-looking, strategic approach that will sustain high-speed and high-capacity applications. Spectrum is a crucial resource needed to facilitate the exchange of vast data quantities that support cutting-edge technologies from autonomous vehicles and telemedicine to advanced public safety communications networks. Recognizing this, President Trump and the Federal Communications Commission recently announced that the largest spectrum auction in American history will kick off in December.

This announcement was not the first time the Administration demonstrated its commitment to efficient spectrum use and boosting private-sector investment in 5G and other advanced technologies, as well as ensuring that our Federal agencies are equipped with the spectrum they need for mission critical activities. On October 25, 2018, President Trump issued the Presidential Memorandum on Developing a Sustainable Spectrum Strategy for America’s Future, directing the Secretary of Commerce to lead the creation of a long-term spectrum plan.

Today, in response to that Presidential Memorandum, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), along with the Wireless Spectrum R&D (WSRD) Interagency Working Group, released a report on Research and Development Priorities for American Leadership in Wireless Communications. In addition, OSTP simultaneously released a report on Emerging Technologies and their Expected Impact on Non-Federal Spectrum Demand. These reports will inform the National Spectrum Strategy and ensure American leadership in terrestrial wireless and satellite technologies for 5G and beyond.

Efficient spectrum use and spectrum availability are fundamental to the Nation’s security and prosperity, requiring a “whole-spectrum solution” that encompasses and addresses scientific research, technology, policy, legislation, operations, and economics.

FEDERAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

By focusing on both short-term and long-term goals, the WSRD Spectrum R&D Priorities Report recognizes the need to move efficiently towards better use of spectrum, while acknowledging the need for a sustainable strategy and development.

The new report offers three priority areas to increase the utility of one of our Nation’s most valuable resources.

Priority 1: Pursue spectrum flexibility and agility to use multiple bands and new waveforms.

Spectrum R&D is needed to improve the temporal use of Federal and private spectrum. Wireless systems need new and improved radio frequency technologies that support the flexibility to use multiple bands.

Priority 2: Improve near real-time spectrum awareness.

As the spectrum environment continues to become more congested and contested, R&D is needed to improve spectrum awareness, such as near real-time network sensing and monitoring, in a manner that is secure and preserves privacy. In addition to providing more up-to-date information on network and spectrum environment changes, monitoring also supports enhanced interference detection and resolution. The increased use of lower-power and highly directional antennas presents a challenge as well as an opportunity in realizing spectrum awareness capabilities.

Priority 3: Increase spectrum efficiency and effectiveness through secure autonomous spectrum decision making.

Future wireless networks are likely to be more decentralized and better able to react to changing environmental conditions. Spectrum sharing decisions need to be made in near real-time, autonomously and securely, and coordinated with other disparate wireless systems over a wide frequency range in the same geographic area, while balancing efficient use of spectrum with effectiveness of Federal and private missions.

Emerging Technologies

In addition to Federal R&D, it is critical to recognize the ways in which non-Federal demand for spectrum will evolve in response to emerging technologies enabled by 5G networks. The second report released today analyzes new technologies and how they will utilize spectrum in the years to come.

With the advent of 5G and the proliferation of Wi-Fi, as well as the applications that will result from these networks, we anticipate that spectrum needs will change in ways that are only now being explored. Use cases like self-driving cars, factory automation, and remote surgery will require high capacity and ultra-low latency. Smart cities, precision agriculture, and connected homes will place unique demands on networks as well. We also must ensure that spectrum is available for emerging space-based technologies enabled by the President’s commitment that the United States will lead in commercial space.

Whether ensuring efficient use of spectrum, authorizing innovative satellite constellations, or developing rules of the road to govern co-existence between incumbents and new entrants, it is essential that we provide entrepreneurs and engineers with the spectrum sandbox needed to innovate here in America.

These reports lay a strong foundation for the National Spectrum Strategy and serve as a resource for decision makers formulating spectrum policy. The upcoming strategy will focus on a balanced approach to spectrum management to support critical government services and future demands for spectrum. As we work to ensure America remains the world leader in technology, this Administration has and will continue to embrace innovation-driven 5G and spectrum policy to ensure that our Nation will not only be first to 5G, but the American people will enjoy the greatest benefit possible from next-generation networks.”



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Monday, May 27, 2019

First Lady Melania Trump and Mrs. Akie Abe View Art

 

First Lady Melania Trump and Mrs. Akie Abe Visit Digital Art Museum in Tokyo

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

 

TOKYO, JAPAN – First Lady Melania Trump and Mrs. Akie Abe Visit Digital Art Museum in Tokyo



Remarks of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America

The White HouseSouth Lawn

8:10 A.M. EDT

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP: Good morning, everybody. We just had news that Turkey released a prisoner that we were trying to get, and they released him a little while ago into home custody and will be released from home custody to the United States pretty soon. And I just want to thank President Erdoğan. We dealt with that, and he was — it was great.

They released this prisoner, hostage — whatever you want to call him. He’s at home custody, in Turkey. He’ll be released fairly soon, so that’s good news. I guess, probably, you know about that.

Other than that, I think things are going very well. The economy is doing fantastically well, beyond any expectation. Unemployment numbers are just about the best in the history of our country. Employment numbers are the best. We have close to 160 million people working today, which is more than we’ve ever had before.

I’m going out to Colorado today to give the commencement address for the Air Force, which is actually very exciting for me. It’s an amazing place. These are great people. So I look forward to doing that.

Any questions?

QUESTION: What did you make of Mueller’s statement yesterday?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I think it was the same as the report. There wasn’t much change. It was, to me, the same as the report. And there’s no obstruction. You see what we’re saying. There’s no obstruction, there’s no collusion, there’s no nothing. It’s nothing but a witch hunt. This is a witch hunt by the media and the Democrats. They’re partners.

And it keeps going. I thought it was finished when the report was released, but it goes on. And, to me, it was the same, frankly, as the report. And he said, basically, it was the same as the report.

QUESTION: Do you still think Robert Mueller behaved honorably?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I think he’s totally conflicted. Because, as you know, he wanted to be the FBI Director, and I said no. As you know, I had a business dispute with him. After he left the FBI, we had a business dispute. Not a nice one. He wasn’t happy with what I did, and I don’t blame him. But I had to do it because that was the right thing to do. But I had a business dispute.

And he loves Comey. You look at the relationship with those two. So whether it’s love or deep like, but he was conflicted.

Look, Robert Mueller should’ve never been chosen because he wanted the FBI job and he didn’t get it. And the next day, he was picked as Special Counsel. So you tell somebody, “I’m sorry, you can’t have the job.” And then, after you say that, he’s going to make a ruling on you? It doesn’t work that way. Plus, we had a business dispute. Plus, his relationship with Comey was extraordinary.

Now, one other thing I’ll say: Why didn’t he investigate Strzok, and Page, and McCabe, and Comey and all the lies, and Brennan and the lies, and Clapper and the lies to Congress, and all of the things that happened to start this investigation? Why didn’t Comey come clean? Why didn’t Comey come clean and say the things that he knows are fact? Why didn’t Mueller investigate Comey, his best friend or his very good friend? And there are so many other things.

Here’s a question. This is a study of Russia. Why didn’t they invest the insurance policy? In other words, should Hillary Clinton lose, we’ve got an insurance policy. Guess what? What we’re in right now is the insurance policy.

QUESTION: Do you think he behaved dishonorably?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I think he is a total conflicted person. I think Mueller is a true Never Trumper. He’s somebody that dislikes Donald Trump. He’s somebody that didn’t get a job that he requested that he wanted very badly, and then he was appointed. And despite that — and despite $40 million, 18 Trump haters, including people that worked for Hillary Clinton and some of the worst human beings on Earth — they got nothing. It’s pretty amazing.

QUESTION: Do you believe that Russia helped you get elected?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: No, Russia did not help me get elected.

QUESTION: That’s what it said (inaudible).

PRESIDENT TRUMP: You know who got me elected? You know who got me elected? I got me elected. Russia didn’t help me at all. Russia, if anything, I think, helped the other side. What you ought to ask is this: Do you think the media helped Hillary Clinton get elected? She didn’t make it, but you take a look at collusion between Hillary Clinton and the media. You take a look at collusion between Hillary Clinton and Russia. She had more to do, in the campaign, with Russia than I did. I had nothing to do.

And, by the way, that’s one other thing. If you look, this was all about Russia, Russia, Russia. They don’t talk about Russia anymore because it turned out to be a hoax. It was all a hoax. And then they say, “Gee, he fought back. Isn’t that terrible? He fought back.” Of course, I fight back. Because it was a false accusation — a totally false accusation. And it’s a disgrace. And it’s a very — it’s a very sad period for this country.

And I think, in the end, I will consider what’s happening now to be one of my greatest achievements: exposing this corruption.

QUESTION: Do you think they’re going to impeach you?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I don’t see how they can. Because they’re possibly allowed, although I can’t imagine the courts allowing it. I’ve never gone into it. I never thought that would even be possible to be using that word. To me, it’s a dirty word — the word “impeach.” It’s a dirty, filthy, disgusting word. And it had nothing to do with me.

So I don’t think so, because there was no crime. You know, it’s “high crimes and…” not “with” or “or.” It’s “high crimes and misdemeanors.” There was no high crime and there was no misdemeanor. So how do you impeach based on that?

And it came out that there was nothing to do with Russia. The whole thing is a scam. It’s one of — it’s a giant presidential harassment. And, honestly, I hope it goes down as one of my greatest achievements because I’ve exposed corruption — I’ve exposed corruption like nobody knew existed.

QUESTION: China says it’s going to restrict (inaudible) and rare earth elements if your trade strategy (inaudible).

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I think we’re doing very well with China.

Come here, I want to shake your hand. Come here. You’ve treated me fairly. Thank you. Thank you.

QUESTION: Mr. President —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Wait. Wait. I want to answer a real reporter’s question. We’re going to answer a real reporter’s question, okay?

China would love to make a deal with us. We had a deal, and they broke the deal. I think, if they had to do again, they wouldn’t have done what they did. We’re taking in billions of dollars in tariffs. China is subsidizing products. So the United States taxpayer is paying for very little of it. And if you look at inflation and if you look at pricing, it’s gone up very little.

The tariffs are having a devastating effect on China. People are fleeing the country with their companies. These companies are leaving for Vietnam, other parts of Asia, and they’re even coming to the United States because then there’s no tariff.

I think we’re doing very well with China. We’ll see what happens. But I can tell you China very much wants to make a deal because the companies are leaving China to avoid the tariff. China is becoming a very weakened nation, just as Iran has become a very weakened nation. And Iran wants to make a deal also.

QUESTION: Will you see Boris Johnson or Nigel Farage in the UK?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Say it?

QUESTION: Will you see Boris or Mr. Farage?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I may. Nigel Farage is a friend of mine. Boris is a friend of mine. They’re two very good guys. Very interesting people. Nigel has had a big victory; he’s picked up 32 percent of the vote, starting from nothing. And I think they’re big powers over there. I think they’ve done a good job.

QUESTION: Would you support either of them?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I like them. I mean, they’re friends of mine, but I haven’t thought about supporting them. Maybe it’s not my business to support people. But I have a lot of respect for both of those men.

QUESTION: On the USS McCain, do you think it’s fair to the sailors of the John McCain that they were banned from hearing you speak simply because they (inaudible)?

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, I don’t know what happened. I wasn’t involved. I would not have done that. I was very angry with John McCain because he killed healthcare. I was not a big fan of John McCain in any way, shape, or form. I think John McCain had a lot to getting President Bush — a lot to do with it — to go into the Middle East, which was a catastrophe.

To me, John McCain — I wasn’t a fan. But I would never do a thing like that. Now, somebody did it because they thought I didn’t like him, okay? And they were well meaning, I will say. I didn’t know anything about it. I would never have done that.

QUESTION: Do you owe the sailors of the McCain an apology?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: No, not at all. I heard sailors all went on. We had a tremendous group of sailors from various ships. It was a beautiful day. But the McCain thing, I knew nothing about.

QUESTION: What are you doing to (inaudible) foreign adversaries from interfering in 2020?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I think I’ve been much tougher on elections than President Obama. President Obama was told, in 2016, just before the election in September, that Russia may try and interfere with the election. He did nothing. And the reason he did nothing is he thought Hillary was going to win.
We are doing a lot, and we’re trying to do paper ballots, as a back-up system, as much as possible. Because going to good, old-fashioned paper, in this modern age, is the best way to do it.

QUESTION: (Inaudible) talks with President Putin? What does the U.S. gain from that?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I think we want to have a relationship with Russia and China and everybody. And I’ve said that for a long time. Getting along with Russia, getting along with China is a good thing if we can do it on fair terms or our terms.

QUESTION: (Inaudible) with Venezuela?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, Venezuela — we’re just on watch. We’ll see what happens. I’d love to see them work out their problems. I understand there are a lot of talks going on. But I’m all for the people of Venezuela. You know that probably better than anyone.

Steve, go ahead.

QUESTION: In Israel, Netanyahu has been failing to form a coalition. Are you worried about that?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, it’s too bad what happened in Israel. It looked like a total win for Netanyahu, who’s a great guy. He’s a great guy. And now they’re back in the debate stage and they’re back in the election stage. That is too bad, because they don’t need this. I mean, they’ve got enough turmoil over there. It’s a tough place. I feel very badly about that.

It looks like they’re talking, but more likely they’ll have to go back into election mode. That’s too bad.

QUESTION: The Mueller report said Russia was trying to help you and hurt Hillary Clinton. Was Mueller wrong about that?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I believe that Russia would rather have Hillary Clinton as President of the United States than Donald Trump. The reason is: Nobody has been tougher on Russia than me. Whether it’s our energy policy, which was not hers; whether it’s the pipelines, as you know, in Europe, going all over the place that I’ve been bitterly complaining about; whether it’s Ukraine; whether it’s a whole host of things — there has nobody ever been more tough or difficult for Russia than Donald Trump.

Now, I have to tell you this: I put sanctions on Russia at a level that nobody has seen before. Nobody even wants to write about it.

With all of that, I want to get along with Russia, and I want to get along with China, and I want to get along with Europe. I want to get along with everybody, if it’s possible. I even want to get along with Iran, and Iran wants to talk. And if they want to talk, I’m available. Thank you.

QUESTION: (Inaudible) what you hope to do?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, we’re going to be staying at Doonbeg, in Ireland because it’s convenient and it’s a great place. But it’s convenient. We’ll be meeting with a lot of the Irish officials, and it’ll be an overnight stay. And I look forward to that.

QUESTION: What will you be discussing with the Taoiseach?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: A lot of the things that you (inaudible).

QUESTION: Mr. President, do you think the White House should apologize for (inaudible) John McCain?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I can’t because I didn’t know anything about it. I don’t know who did it. We’ll probably be able to find out who did it. They thought they were doing me a favor because they know I am not a fan of John McCain. John McCain killed healthcare for the Republican Party and he killed healthcare for the nation. I disagree with John McCain on the way he handled the vets, because I said you got get to Choice. He was never able to get Choice. I got Choice. I disagreed with John McCain on the Middle East. He helped force Bush to make a very bad decision and go into the Middle East.

So, I wasn’t a fan of John McCain and I never will be. But certainly, I couldn’t care less whether or not there’s a boat named after his father.

QUESTION: Robert Mueller did not say “no obstruction.” He said he did not feel he could charge with you a crime because (inaudible).

PRESIDENT TRUMP: There were no charges. None. If you look at — if you look at Bill Clinton, that very nice gentleman who’s been so much on my side, as you know, his special prosecutor — it was guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty. So many guiltys. With me, there was no guilty. Number one, there was no crime. And number two, I fought back. And I’ll tell you —

QUESTION: (Inaudible) said he couldn’t say “no crime.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait. Well, here was no collusion. There was no collusion. Read volume one. There was no collusion.

QUESTION: (Inaudible.) He said he could not say there was no crime. He could not clear you.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: That means you’re innocent. That means you’re innocent.

QUESTION: He said he couldn’t say you were innocent.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Excuse me — then he should’ve said “you’re guilty.”

QUESTION: But he said he couldn’t do that because that would be unfair. (Inaudible.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP: That’s wrong. That’s wrong. No. Because he said it — he said it differently the first time. So he said, essentially, “You’re innocent.” I’m innocent of all charges. And, you know, the thing that nobody brings up: There was no crime. They’re saying “he’s obstructing something” and there was no crime. And nobody brings it up.

Also, someday, you ought to read a thing called Article 2. Read Article 2, which gives the President powers that you wouldn’t believe. But I don’t even have to rely on Article 2. There was no crime. There was no obstruction. There was no collusion. There was no nothing. And this is from a group of people that hate me. If they only found anything, they would’ve had it. And he knows that better than anybody.

QUESTION: He did not say that you were innocent. He said he did not —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: There was no crime, there was no charge because he had no information.

QUESTION: Do you agree with Louisiana’s ban on abortion at six weeks? Is that a good law?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, we’re going to have a statement about it. And I’m also going to have, probably today, a major statement on the border. This is a big league statement. But we are going to do something very dramatic on the border, because people are coming into our country — the Democrats will not give us laws. They will not change laws. They will not meet. They will not do anything. They want to have open borders. They want to have crime. They want to have drugs pouring into our country. They want to have human trafficking. I’m going to be making a statement probably tomorrow but maybe today.

QUESTION: Are you closing the border?

THE PRESIDENT: No, I’m not closing the border. I’m doing something else.

We’re going to be having a major statement on the border sometime later today or tomorrow.

QUESTION: What’s the (inaudible) of it?

THE PRESIDENT: It will be a statement having to do with the border and having to do with people illegally coming over the border. And it will be my biggest statement, so far, on the border. We have brought something to the light of the people. They see now it’s a national emergency, and most people agree. The Democrats agree too, but they won’t give us the legislation you need to fix it.

Right now, when you catch somebody, you have to release them. They won’t give us the legislation. Whether it’s chain migration or whether it’s lottery, they won’t give us any. And the asylum procedures are ridiculous. No place in the world has what we have in terms of ridiculous immigration laws.

So I will be making a major statement — I would say my biggest statement — on the border, probably today or tomorrow.

Thanks.”


President Donald J. Trump Approves Louisiana Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON DC – Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America declared that an emergency exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from flooding beginning on May 10, 2019, and continuing.

President Trump’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to “coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe.”

Specifically, Federal Emergency Management Agency is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding in St. Mary Parish.

“Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding in the parishes of Assumption, Catahoula, Concordia, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, St. Landry, St. Martin, Terrebonne, and West Feliciana.

Pete Gaynor, Acting Administrator, FEMA, Department of Homeland Security, named Traci L. Brasher as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.”

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION MEDIA SHOULD CONTACT THE FEMA NEWS DESK AT (202) 646-3272 OR FEMA-NEWS-DESK@FEMA.DHS.GOV.


Statement of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Regarding the Trilateral Meeting of the National Security Advisors from the United States, Israel, and Russia

WASHINGTON DC – “In June, United States National Security Advisor Ambassador John Bolton, Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat, and Russian Secretary of the Security Council Nikolay Patrushev will meet in Jerusalem, Israel, to discuss regional security issues.”


Joint Statement from U.S. National Security Advisor Ambassador John Bolton and UAE National Security Advisor Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan

WASHINGTON DC – “United States National Security Advisor John Bolton and United Arab Emirates National Security Advisor Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan are pleased to announce the entry into force of the Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) between the United States and the United Arab Emirates. The DCA will enhance military coordination between the United States and the United Arab Emirates, further advancing an already robust military, political, and economic partnership at a critical time. The United States and the United Arab Emirates share a deep interest in promoting prosperity and stability in the region. The DCA will advance that interest by fostering closer collaboration on defense and security matters and supporting efforts by both nations to maintain security in the Gulf region.”


Joint Statement by Vice President Mike Pence and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

WASHINGTON DC – “Vice President Pence and Prime Minister Trudeau met in Ottawa on May 30, 2019 to discuss the bilateral relationship and issues of mutual concern.

Canada and the United States reaffirm our strong partnership and the shared values that bind our two countries. Our nations believe in democracy, human rights, and respect for the rule of law, and we work together to promote these shared values in many places around the globe.

For this reason, the United States and Canada stand together to firmly reject the wrongful detention of two Canadian citizens, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and call for their immediate release. China’s actions are damaging its international reputation and a deep concern for all countries that uphold the rule of law.

Canada and the United States welcome constructive, results-oriented engagement with China that concretely demonstrates respect for the rule of law, human rights, and fair and reciprocal trade.”


Remarks of Vice President Mike Pence and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada Prior to Bilateral Meeting | Ottawa, Canada

Parliament Hill
Ottawa, Canada

PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU: Well, it’s a pleasure to welcome Vice President Mike Pence to Ottawa for his first official visit — an opportunity for us to talk about all the different ways Canada and the United States have been working well together not just recently, but over generations.

Obviously, our primary points of conversation today will be on the ratification process for the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. We’re very much looking forward to working together to make sure that the benefits of this agreement, which we took a fair bit of time and energy to get right, but it ended being, as Mike had predicted at a governors’ meeting in Rhode Island that I attended, a win-win-win for all three of our countries. And now the ratification process will be another opportunity for us to continue to work together and collaborate for the benefit of our citizens.

Also, we’re going to be talking about a number of different issues, including the challenges that we’re each having in terms of China. We’re, of course, very concerned with the Canadians who are being arbitrarily detained in China. And the U.S. has been very strong in its supportive words and its support in general on this issue, as we move forward in a way that keeps the interests of our citizens at the forefront of what we do as governments for our citizens.”

(Speaks French.)

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE: “Well, thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. Thank you for this warm welcome to Ottawa. It is a great honor for me to be here representing the United States of America in my first visit to Canada as Vice President. And I thank you for the warm hospitality you extended to me and to my wife Karen, and by so many Canadians, as we made our way from the airport.

I spoke to the President on my way here, and he asked me to convey his greetings and great respect. President Trump and I believe that the relationship between the United States and Canada has never been stronger, and that is a reflection of his leadership, your leadership, and the bonds that have been forged through the generations by those who served in uniform, shoulder to shoulder.

But the principal reason for my meeting today is because have a historic opportunity to strengthen the economic ties between our two nations with the passage of the USMCA. I want to assure the people of Canada that your Prime Minister drove a hard bargain, as did our President. But we believe it could be a win-win-win agreement. And we think the USMCA, which will be the largest trade deal in the history of the United States, will create jobs and opportunities in our country. It will support growth in Canada and Mexico, and all across North America.

And I want to thank you personally for your engagement, for your leadership, and for the efforts that you made to bring us to this point.

I also want to thank you, Mr. Prime Minister, for the progress that you’re making here in ratification, in Canada. And I want to assure you that we’re making energetic efforts to move approval through the Congress of the United States this summer.

Beyond that, I look forward to our discussions. The United States has spoken out strongly about the arrest and detention of two Canadian citizens in China. Our relationship with China, both economic and strategic, is a real focus of both of our countries. And I look forward to our dialogue about that. But just know that we stand with you for the security of our country and yours, and for the interest of our citizens.

Also, I look forward to a discussion with the Prime Minister about the ongoing crisis in Venezuela. The United States was the first nation to recognize Interim President Juan Guaidó as the legitimate President of Venezuela. We’re grateful, Mr. Prime Minister, that Canada followed shortly thereafter. And we’re especially appreciative of Canada’s engagement, through the Lima Group, and continuing to stand for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela.

As we’ll discuss, I spoke with Interim President Juan Guaidó yesterday, and the world deserves to know that the people of Venezuela are suffering, and the United States and Canada, and nations across this hemisphere and across the world, will continue to stand together until freedom is restored.

There are many issues that we’ll discuss. I’m very honored by your hospitality and your kindness, but I’m especially grateful that you would take time today, on the day of Game 1 of the NBA Finals — (laughter) — that will take place in Toronto. I know the Toronto Raptors are making their first appearance in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. I think I know your loyalty, and I think you know mine. But we know it’s going to be a great playoff.

And I thank you again for the warm hospitality today, and look forward to our discussions.”


Statement from the Office of the Vice President Mike Pence On Indiana law requiring that remains of aborted babies be treated with respect and dignity
“Vice President Pence commends the Supreme Court for upholding a portion of Indiana law that safeguards the sanctity of human life by requiring that remains of aborted babies be treated with respect and dignity. This ruling also bars the horrific practices of organizations that are in the business of selling fetal remains, and should be welcomed by every American who cherishes the sanctity of life.

We remain hopeful that at a later date the Supreme Court will review one of numerous state laws across the U.S. that bar abortion based on sex, race, or disability. Justice Thomas’s opinion that the Court has been zealous in protecting those who face such discrimination in other contexts gives us hope that legal protections against discrimination based on sex, race, or disability will someday be extended to unborn Americans. Countries across the globe prohibit selective abortion – and the United States should do the same” said Alyssa Farah, Press Secretary for the Vice President.”



FULL PRESS GAGGLE TRANSCRIPT

Here is your pooler’s full gaggle transcript. As always, double-check critical quotes from broadcast (C-SPAN recommended).

[00:00:11] QUESTION On Mueller’s statement today, did he give his exact prepared remarks that he shared with Attorney General Barr or did they differ?

[00:00:21] SARAH SANDERS That’s a question you’d have to ask the Department of Justice. I’m not sure on that.

[00:00:24] QUESTION Were you surprised by them?

[00:00:25] SANDERS No, because there was no real news in there. He reiterated the points that he’d already made in the report and we agree with him. There was no collusion. There was no conspiracy. And we consider this case closed. He completed his investigation. Now he’s closed his office and it’s time for everybody to move on. He’s going back to his private life and we think everybody else should too.

[00:00:50] QUESTION The president and you both say it’s “case closed” but Robert Mueller was very clear that if he had confidence that no crime had been committed he would have said so. He didn’t say no. Why is it wrong for Congress to —

[00:01:00] SANDERS If Bob Mueller had determined that there was a crime, he would have had a moral obligation to report it. To put that into his report. He didn’t. The whole purpose that he had an investigation, the whole purpose that the special counsel existed in the first place, was to make a determination on whether or not there was collusion. He came to a very explicit conclusion on that front that there was no collusion and there was no conspiracy. He couldn’t make a determination on whether or not there was obstruction, which means that [unintelligible] is up to the attorney general. The attorney general, based off of — without regard to the OLC opinion — based off of the exhaustive information laid out in the report that Mueller himself put together, there was no obstruction. He worked with the deputy district attorney general to make that determination.

[00:01:47] QUESTION But he said his hands were tied by the DOJ’s policy.

[00:01:47] SANDERS The attorney general made that decision without the OLC opinion being factored in. He was very clear about that.

[00:01:55] QUESTION To be very clear Robert Mueller said the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing. So isn’t that Congress? And how then can the president claim total exoneration when he hasn’t been exonerated.

[00:02:10] SANDERS Certainly the process would be for Congress but that’s not necessary because it’s already been done. They spent two years. They interviewed 500 people. They looked at over a million pages in documents, over 50 subpoenas, and made the determination there was no collusion. Again, that’s the entire reason for the special counsel. They’ve concluded it. Just because Democrats don’t like the results of the 2016 election or the Mueller report it doesn’t mean they get a do-over. It’s sad that they have no message that they have no agenda. And the hypocrisy of the process that they’re going through, and what they’re going to do to the country, that doesn’t hurt the president. It hurts the American people and that’s unfair and they should be ashamed of themselves.

[00:02:55] QUESTION Has Congress exonerated? Did Congress exonerate the president as the White House claims he’s been exonerated?

[00:02:59] SANDERS Well, we think the president has been fully and completely exonerated based on the fact there was no collusion, there was no conspiracy and there was no obstruction.

[00:03:12] QUESTION The president has repeatedly described the Mueller report as showing no collusion and no obstruction. But today he tweeted there was insufficient evidence. That’s a pretty significantly different defense. Why did he change his characterization?

[00:03:22] SANDERS He hasn’t changed his position. We’ve been saying the same thing for two years, before the Mueller investigation even had to start. We knew there was no collusion, we knew there was no conspiracy and there’s been no obstruction. We’ve been explicitly clear in that. I think I’ve probably said that phrase no less than a thousand times standing right here in this very spot. The message hasn’t changed at all.

[00:03:44] QUESTION If you’re saying that Congress has really no reason to impeach the president or go down that road, does that mean the White House is not right now preparing for how to respond to an impeachment?

[00:03:51] SANDERS We’re always prepared but I don’t think the American people deserve that. Look, every single minute that Congress spends on that, we’re not spending on infrastructure, we’re not spending on lowering prescription drug prices, we’re not spending on Iran, China, North Korea, new trade deals. Every single thing that they’re doing is taking away from things that could actually help the American people. And that’s a great disservice. And I think it’s frankly wrong for them to do that.

[00:04:17] QUESTION I totally get that, but Sarah, sorry Sarah, but does that mean that there have been no meetings at the White House about “How do we prepare for an impeachment?

[00:04:21] SANDERS I’m not going to get into internal processes. I’m just saying we’re always prepared and we’re going to move forward doing what we think is important, and focus on things that actually help people.

[00:04:29] QUESTION So moving forward, if you want to look forward, what is this administration going to do to make sure that in 2020 — because everyone says, even Mueller and this administration has acknowledged that Russia hacked our elections for the benefit of Donald Trump — what is this administration going to do to make sure that the 2020 elections are secure?

[00:04:48] SANDERS We’re going to do with the previous administration didn’t: first, acknowledge that there is a problem and try to make sure it doesn’t happen again. We’ve taken a whole-of-government approach. The Department of Homeland Security has met with officials that conduct elections in all 50 states. We’re doing constant cooperation and coordination between all 50 states to try to prevent this from ever happening again. We take it very seriously, and we’ve taken a number of steps to make sure that we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past —

[00:05:18] QUESTION Robert Mueller says that they’re barred by Justice Department policy from really charging the president with a crime, it does beg the question: If Donald Trump were not the president, could he be charged with a crime? What do you say to that?

[00:05:29] SANDERS I think it’s real simple. I say what we have said, is that they were looking at whether or not there was collusion. That would be the crime that would have been committed, collusion or obstruction. And all of those things have been determined to not have taken place: collusion, conspiracy, obstruction. And again we consider this very much to be case closed.

[00:05:49] QUESTION In his tweet today the president said there was insufficient evidence, therefore he is innocent. is that the bar at which you set things?

[00:05:56] SANDERS We set the bar at the fact that Mueller spent two years, did an exhaustive investigation, and came back to say that there was no wrongdoing by the Trump campaign or any American. And again, I repeat that we’ve said this before. That should be something to be celebrated, not something to be questioned. We should be glad, we should be thankful that the United States did not have a single person that was part of a collusion conspiracy to interfere with our elections. That’s a great thing. That’s a good day in America. And it’s sad that Democrats don’t realize that.

[00:06:29] QUESTION When the Mueller report was initially released, what we heard from the White House was no collusion, no obstruction. What we’re hearing from you today is no collusion, no conspiracy. Does the White House now acknowledge that the Mueller report didn’t specifically say no obstruction?

[00:06:44] SANDERS We have been very clear that the whole purpose of the Mueller investigation was to determine whether or not there was collusion. He determined there was no collusion. He further determined he didn’t have enough information to make that decision. It goes to the attorney general, and the attorney general along with the deputy attorney general made that determination and confirmed there was no obstruction.

[00:07:08] QUESTION Why should people trust a political appointee, in this case Bill Barr, over a nonpartisan member in Robert Mueller?

[00:07:16] SANDERS We’re not asking you to. Robert Mueller did 400 pages and laid it all out. And, well, the attorney general made his decision based on Mueller’s information. Everybody keeps forgetting that. The entire decision about obstruction was based on Mueller’s report, based on the information that he laid out. He couldn’t make a determination. That means it goes to the next step in the process. And they confirmed that there was no obstruction. This is real simple and we consider it —

[00:07:41] QUESTION Was Mueller’s statement today fair? Was Mueller’s statement today fair? Sarah, was Mueller’s statement today fair?

[00:07:41] SANDERS Mueller’s statement didn’t say anything new. Go ahead.

[00:07:41] QUESTION Two questions for you. You just laid out a vigorous defense of what this administration, you say, has been doing to prevent Russian interference, which is at the core of this whole thing in the first place.

[00:08:00] SANDERS Not just Russian interference. Any interference.

[00:08:02] QUESTION Wait a second. Wait a second. Why haven’t we heard any of that from President Trump himself.

[00:08:06] SANDERS He literally had his entire team that is working on this process do a press briefing where they walked through those —

[00:08:12] QUESTION What about from his mouth, from the top, Sarah. What about from him?

[00:08:15] SANDERS That’s his staff. He instructed our team to go out and lay out what we’re doing to protect, from not just Russian interference but any interference from any government or otherwise.

[00:08:27] CROSSTALK

[00:08:27] SANDERS He said it a number of times that there was interference and now we’re taking steps on how we stop it from happening again. You guys constantly want to attack this president. But the reason that we’re in this mess in the first place is because the previous administration failed to do their job. We know there was interference. It didn’t happen on our watch. It happened on theirs, and we’re actually cleaning up the mess and trying to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

[00:08:50] QUESTION Congressman Amash said he interpreted the report as, back to Congress. What is your response to what Congressman Amash says. The other thing, since he made his statement about impeaching the president —

[00:09:03] SANDERS Let me take the first question. I don’t think Congressman Amash is worth the time of the White House

[00:09:07] QUESTION Are you going to support his primary opponent, or will the president support his primary opponent? Or will the president let the president support his primary opponent.

[00:09:13] SANDERS I’ll let the president make that determination.


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President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump Visit Japan

 

 

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump Visit Japan of the United States of America
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President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump Visit Arlington Cemetery

 

 

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump Visit Arlington Cemetery
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President Trump and the First Lady Attend a Sumo Wrestling Match

 

President Trump and the First Lady Attend a Sumo Wrestling Match in Japan
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President Trump and the First Lady Attend a Sumo Wrestling Match in Japan


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President Trump Meets Members of the Military

 

President Trump Meets Members of the Military in Alaska
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President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump Depart for Japan

 

 

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump Depart for Japan
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President Trump and the First Lady Visit JS Kaga with the Prime Minister

 

President Trump and the First Lady Visit JS Kaga with the Prime Minister of Japan
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President Trump and the First Lady Participate in a Memorial Day

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President Donald J. Trump and First Lady of the United States of America

President Trump and the First Lady Participate in a Memorial Day Address

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Vice President Pence Presents Remarks at the Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day

 

Vice President Pence Participates in the Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony

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Vice President Pence Participates in the Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony



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President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump Attend the State Banquet

 

President Donald J. Trump and the First Lady Attend the State Banquet

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President Trump and the First Lady Attend the State Banquet




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President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America at a Meeting with Japanese Families of those Abducted by North Korea

 

President Trump with Japanese Families of those Abducted by North Korea

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President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America with the Prime Minister of Japan in a Joint Press Conference

 

President Trump with the Prime Minister of Japan in a Joint Press Conference

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Vice President Pence of the United States of America Delivers the Commencement Address at the United States Military Academy

Vice President Pence Delivers the Commencement Address at the United States Military Academy

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Vice President Pence Delivers the Commencement Address at the United States Military Academy




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President Donald J. Trump and First Lady of the United States of America Attend the State Banquet

President Trump and the First Lady Attend the State Banquet

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President Trump and the First Lady Attend the State Banquet



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President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America Meets with Japanese Families of those Abducted by North Korea

President Trump Participates in a Meeting with Japanese Families of those Abducted by North Korea

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President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America Participates in a Joint Press Conference with the Prime Minister of Japan

President Trump Participates in a Joint Press Conference with the Prime Minister of Japan

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President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan

President Trump Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan

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President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America Participates in a Couples Dinner with the Prime Minister of Japan

President Trump and First Lady Participates in a Couples Dinner with the Prime Minister of Japan

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President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America Attends the Sumo Wrestling Cultural Program

President Trump Attends the Sumo Wrestling Cultural Program

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President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America

President Trump Attends a Reception with Japanese Business Leaders

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President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America

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