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State Department Press Briefing

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WASHINGTON DC – Spokesperson Heather Nauert leads the Department Press Briefing at the Department of State on August 9, 2018.


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President Donald J. Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Paraguay to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Mario Abdo Benitez

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Paraguay to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Mario Abdo Benitez on August 15, 2018, in Asuncion, Paraguay.

The Honorable Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce
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The Honorable Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce, will lead the delegation of the United States of America despite weird and an anonymously sourced Forbes story, which brands Secretary Ross as the “biggest” swindler in American history. Tales about Ross read like a food fight at a private wealthy high school. Money was being thrown around instead of food.

A Commerce Department spokesperson vehemently refuted the Forbes report.

“The anonymously sourced Forbes story is based on false rumors, innuendo, and unverifiable claims,” it told Business Insider in a statement. “The fact remains that no regulator has made any of these accusations against the Secretary. This rehash of old stories is clearly the result of a personal vendetta. The baseless claims made in this story were well publicized long ago and are not news.”

Members of the Presidential Delegation:

The Honorable M. Lee McClenny, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Paraguay
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The Honorable M. Lee McClenny, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Paraguay, a career Foreign Service Office who joined the U.S. diplomatic service in 1986.

The Honorable Juan Cruz, presents remarks on the Political Situation in Venezuela at The Council of the Americas. The Council of the Americas hosted a discussion on the political situation in Venezuela following the recent elections. Panelists included the Canadian ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) and a Venezuelan economist who had just returned from a trip to the region. The discussion focused on sanctions against the Venezuelan government, the legitimacy of the recent elections, efforts to provide humanitarian aid to the country, and the refugee situation. Source: Cspan
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The Honorable Juan Cruz, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, National Security Council


Mr. Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State

“Michael J. Fitzpatrick serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary (for Andean, Brazilian and Southern Cone Affairs) in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, Mike served 2014-2016 as Interim U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) and U.S. Coordinator for the Summit of the Americas. He previously served as Charge d’Affaires, a.i. and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy, Lima, Peru (2011-2014), and as Foreign Policy Advisor (“POLAD”) to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau at the Department of Defense. He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay.

Mike’s earlier assignments include as Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy, Nairobi, Kenya (responsible for Kenya, Somalia and Southern Sudan) and as Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, Belgium. He has served as a Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; as Political Officer in Bogota, Colombia; as Political-Military Affairs Officer in Washington in support of U.S. and NATO involvement in the former Yugoslavia and the Dayton Peace Process; as a Line Officer in support of the Secretary of State; as Deputy Political-Military Officer and Consular Officer in Manila, the Philippines; and, as Political Officer in Lima, Peru.

First appointed to government in 1986 as a Presidential Management Fellow, working at the State Department in support of the Central American peace process, Mike joined the Foreign Service in 1988. He maintains a life-long interest in the fields of conflict prevention/resolution, civil-military relations, counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency and democratization issues. Personal pursuits include mountain climbing/trekking, cycling and other outdoor sports.

Mike is the recipient of the Director General’s Award for Reporting and Analysis, and the American Foreign Service Association’s W. Averell Harriman Award. Other awards include the State Department’s Superior Honor Award (6 times), plus multiple SFS Performance Awards, Meritorious Service Increases and Meritorious Honor Awards.

Mike received his Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs (International Security Policy) from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Administration.

His foreign languages are Spanish and French.”


 

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The National Security Council Interagency Process
Reported by Council on Foreign Relations
Published on Feb 14, 2017

 

“Four former National Security Council Advisors and one former member of the NSC Staff – Sandy Berger, Stephen Hadley, Colin Powell, Brent Scowcroft, and Meghan O’Sullivan– discuss the “interagency process” for CFR’s Model Diplomacy, a free multimedia program that engages students through role-play to understand the challenges of shaping U.S. foreign policy in an interconnected world. Meghan O’Sullivan says that the interagency process is the ideal way for the best policy options to come to the president’s attention. In previous decades, says Stephen Hadley, it was easier to say that issues could be handled by one department such as defense or state, whereas today input from many actors is often required to solve a problem. The interagency process serves a coordination function to ensure that these players are all pulling in the same direction. Meetings initially take place well below the presidential level and are used to build consensus before an issue is presented to the president. “If we could agree on 80 percent,” says Sandy Berger, then “that was something the president didn’t have to decide.” Brent Scowcroft says that time is one of the president’s most valuable resources, and that the NSC staff cannot afford to undervalue or waste it. Stephen Hadley discusses how the Bush administration used the NSC Deputies and Principals Committees in its decision to pursue and implement the surge in Iraq.”

The collapse of Venezuela, explained

 

 

Vox explains The collapse of Venezuela.

Vox Published on Aug 25, 2017

The country is in chaos, but its leaders aren’t going anywhere.

“Correction at 1:58: It’s been brought to our notice that the Supreme Court tried to strip the country’s National Assembly of its powers in March 2017 and not 2016. We regret the error.”


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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

 

President Donald J. Trump On Welfare Programs

 

President Donald J. Trump Acts To End Dependency On Welfare Programs

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump expects non-disabled working-age adults to work.

As anticipated, to help increase self-sufficiency, the Trump administration is renewing emphasis on work requirements in non-cash welfare programs including food stamps (formally the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Medicaid, and Federal housing assistance programs.

President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), on July 12, 2018, released a report recommending that current work requirements be expanded in non-cash welfare programs.

In reality however, poverty thresholds are not arbitrary and even when material hardship has fallen dramatically since the War on Poverty was declared. What is undeniable is that people in the bottom of the distribution are materially much worse off today than 50 years ago because household expenses have increased substantially. Americans have to pay for access to television, mobile banking and internet service.

On the other hand, providing incentives for people not to productive or work normal hours per week is perverse. Providing material benefits to low-income households that are not focused on moving beyond poverty can create a perverse sense of entitlement. Further incentivizing people to engage in anti-social / bullying behavior and idleness while mocking and systematically harassing those who refuse to be mediocre.

In reality, the White House states, the United States spent over $730 billion on major assistance programs for low-income Americans in 2016 (including food stamps, Medicaid, housing assistance programs and the Earned Income Tax Credit). Moreover, “over 99.8 percent of Americans are housed on a given night, and according to the latest data, 98.7 percent of households had adequate access to hot water, heat and electricity in 2015.”

The administration should consider a middle-income welfare program that grants money to individuals struggling to sustain the economic gains of a family via business enterprises.

In April 2018 President Trump instructed federal agencies to reform their welfare programs by reducing dependence and encouraging work. Federal agencies are ordered to strengthen and expand work requirements to the extent that current law allows. Persons benefiting from non-cash welfare programs including food stamps (formally the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Medicaid, and Federal housing assistance programs are now required to work. Government dependency and reductions in material hardship justify the administrations decision to renew emphasis on work requirements in this current economy.

The administration stated, “Expecting non-disabled working-age adults to work shouldn’t be controversial. Nonetheless, some are critical of the idea that welfare programs should require work, and others have attacked CEA’s reporting of evidence from the scientific literature on poverty. Below we summarize the principal findings of our report and respond to its critics.”

The report of President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers finds that: “while the substantial growth in non-cash welfare programs has played an important role in reducing material hardship at the bottom of the income distribution in the United States, it has come at the expense of a reduction in self-sufficiency.”

“As evidence of our success in reducing material hardship since the War on Poverty was declared in 1964, we cite the findings of scientific (and bipartisan) research on poverty trends, displayed in Figure 1 below. While the official poverty measure shows little reduction in poverty since 1969, this measure has serious conceptual flaws that make it an inaccurate indicator of material hardship. For example, it does not count non-cash welfare benefits or tax credits that benefit low-income households. In contrast, a consumption-based poverty measure that overcomes these flaws shows a 77 percent drop in the poverty rate since 1980 and a 90 percent drop since 1961.”

Dramatic reduction in material hardship, in combination with increased government dependency, supports a renewed emphasis on work requirements in non-cash welfare programs to help increase self-sufficiency, especially in the current hot economy.


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President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America Sustains Momentum

 

 

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America At Maga Rally
Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

 

OHIO – Republican Troy Balderson faced off against Democrat Danny O’Connor in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 in the final special election before November. Amid a tight House special election, President Donald J. Trump continues campaign blitz.

A win for Balderson in this district, which has historically favored Republicans, would further signal that Republicans have sustained the momentum heading into November. However, a Monmouth University poll released this week shows: “a tight race, with Balderson receiving 44% support to O’Connor’s 43%, with 11% of respondents saying they are undecided.

Voters in Ohio’s 12th District are choosing a replacement for Representative Pat Tiberi, a Republican who resigned to work for a business group. Candidates Troy Balderson, a Republican endorsed last week by Mr. Trump and Danny O’Connor, a Democrat have run a great race.

“The race is still too close to call.” The 3,435 provisional ballots have yet to be counted. “Ohio law calls for an automatic recount if the two candidates are ultimately separated by less than half a percentage point.”

ELECTION RESULTS THUS FAR at 6:23 PM 8-8-2018:

Troy Balderson leads by 0.9 percentage points, or 1,754 votes, over Danny O’Connor with 100 percent of precincts fully reporting.

Candidate Party Votes Pct.
Troy Balderson Republican 101,574 50.2%
Danny O’Connor Democrat 99,820 49.3
Joe Manchik Green 1,127 0.6

202,521 votes, 100% reporting (591 of 591 precincts)


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President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America

 

Remarks of President Donald J. Trump Before Dinner with Business Leaders

Trump National Golf Club
Bedminster, New Jersey

7:43 P.M. EDT

 

 

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DONALD J. TRUMP: “Hello everybody. Thank you very much. It’s great to have you in Bedminster and Trump National, and — please sit down — and so many of you I know, and others I just read about on the covers of all of the business magazines.

Fred Smith, I know very well — but I also read about you, Fred. (Laughter.) And you’re doing okay. That was a good term paper you wrote for Harvard or wherever the hell you wrote it. But it was very good. It turned out to be right. The teacher didn’t understand it like you did. Right?”

MR. SMITH: “It was a good grade for me. A “C” was okay.” (Laughter.)

THE It was good. “C” was okay. It was okay. Congratulations. Congratulations, really, to everybody in the room. You’ve done an incredible job.

I just want to say that I’m meeting tonight with some of the top business leaders in the world. You talk about business; this is the group. And we’re so honored to have you. And we’re going to be discussing, later on, some of the ideas you may have to — as the expression goes — make America great again.

And we’ve been doing a lot of it. You know you’ve been big beneficiaries, and you’ve helped in many cases.

Before we start, I’d like to say a few brief words about the tragic fires in California. I’m monitoring the situation very close. My administration is in constant contact with everything going out in the state and with the local authorities and the state authorities.

On August 4th, I declared a major disaster in the state, and ordered federal assistance to supplement recovery efforts. It’s been a very tough situation taking place in California for a number of years. And we’re going to have to have some meetings about it, because there are reasons and there are things you can do to mitigate what’s happening.

We send our love and support and prayers to the families of those who have lost loved ones. They’ve never seen anything like it, what’s happening.

We’re deeply grateful to our incredible firefighters and first responders. They’re really brave people. I’ve been watching them go into areas where very few people would go, and some of them don’t come out alive. They’re risking their lives, and they’re doing it to contain these devastating fires so they can save other lives.

My administration will do everything in our power to protect those in harm’s way, and we have the finest emergency relief people in world right out there now. We send them to different countries. When we have earthquakes, when we have other problems going on in the world, we’ll send out first responders, in some cases, to help. And I always get calls from the prime ministers, or the presidents, or whoever is running, saying these are the most talented people we’ve ever seen. Well, right now, they’re in California really doing an incredible job.

It’s great to be here with so many of our friends. Through tax cuts, deregulation, powerful trade policies — and that’s what they are, powerful trade policies. Some of you probably love them and a couple of you probably don’t because you’re on the wrong side of the border. But if you’re from this country, you’re loving what’s happening.

The steel industry, as an example, is one of the hot industries of the world right now — what’s happened to steel in the United States, where we have plants opening up literally on a daily basis. Nobody thought that would be possible. And that’s a very important industry.

Through tax cuts, deregulation, powerful trade policies, and unleashing American energy, we’re now the largest in the world. We’re taking our economy to incredible new heights. Many of the great business leaders — and I’m just going to ask them, because they are so incredible and represent such a very important thing for our country — they represent success — I’m just going to ask them to just stand up and just introduce themself and their company.

Because these are really — the jobs they’ve done, and the amount of employment. Some of these companies, when I — “How many are in your company?” “About 500,000 people.” “Oh, really? Five-hundred thousand?” These are the big — the big employers of the world.

So I’m going to ask them, when I’m finished, to just stand up for a second, and just introduce themself and their company, and their spouse or who they’re with.

I’d like to take this opportunity also to briefly highlight some of the administration’s key economic accomplishments. As you know, we’re doing record and close-to-record GDP. Nobody thought we’d be anywhere above, even close to 2. And we’re at 4.1, and I think we’re going much higher. And as trade deals come in, we can go much, much higher.

We have 3.9 million jobs created since the election, a number that would have been unthinkable. Fred, if I would have said “3.9 million” and you were in the — well, you would have believed me, actually. But they would not. Nobody would have believed. (Laughter.) Fred would have believed.

3.9 million since election; that’s a lot of jobs. Nobody would have thought that was possible. Probably, they would have said, if we got a million — seriously, that would have been a tremendous number.

More Americans are now employed than at any time in the recorded history of our country. We have more people working today than we’ve ever had in the history of our country. That’s a big number.

Manufacturing employment is now growing at the fastest rate in more than 30 years, and it’s going to get even faster. We have many companies that are announcing that they’re coming. And I know some that haven’t announced yet; they’ll be announcing very shortly. They’re coming back to the United States.

We’ve created more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since my election. If you remember, during the debates, we were having, let’s say, the opposing party — to be nice — say that manufacturing jobs don’t happen anymore. I said, “Really? We don’t make things anymore?” Well, we have 400,000, and we’ll have 500,000 in a very short period of time. They’re moving very quickly, and that’s a great job. That’s really one of the great jobs.

Economic growth, last quarter, hit the 4.1. We anticipate this next quarter to be — this is just an estimate, but already they’re saying it could be in the fives. Each point — it doesn’t sound like much because, when I first started, we were at 1.2. Each point is $3.5 trillion and 10 million jobs. That’s some number. Even if you’re thinking about Pepsi, that’s a big number. Don’t we agree?

Each one — one point — is $3.5 trillion and 10 million jobs. And we’re going to be — I think we’re going to be very shortly in the fives. And again, numbers that people wouldn’t have believed. But more importantly, I really think we can go much higher than in the fives once we get trade deals that are rational, and sane, and good to our country — and not even good for our country, just fair for our country.

New unemployment claims recently hit a 45-year low. African American unemployment rate has reached the lowest levels in recorded history — the lowest in recorded history. Hispanic American unemployment rate is the lowest level in recorded history. Asian American unemployment rate is the lowest level in recorded history. The women’s unemployment rate is the lowest level in 65 years.

The unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma is at the lowest level in history. People that were unable to go, for many reasons, through high school — weren’t able to get a high school diploma — we have the lowest in history.

The veterans’ unemployment rate reached the lowest level that it’s been in more than 20 years. Almost 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps since the election. That’s a tremendous number — 3.9 million Americans. That number is going up rapidly. And the reason is not because of policy — other than policy of jobs. They’re getting jobs, so they don’t need the food stamps.

Through the Pledge of America’s Workers, launched just last month, over 4.2 million Americans will receive enhanced career training and opportunities. And one of the — I can tell you one in particular, but many of the people in this room have made that possible. We have 4.2 million Americans that will receive enhanced career training opportunities. They will become very, very intelligent in the way of working a specific job.

I want to thank Ivanka Trump because you’ve really been heading up that program. And you’ve done a fantastic job, Ivanka. Thank you. (Applause.) You know, when she started, she said, “Dad, we’d like to do it for about 500,000 people” — half a million people. And that was four months ago. And then, all of the sudden, many of the people in the room — I know Fred was very much involved, but many of the people in the room, they took 50,000; 60,000; in one case, 500,000; in one case, a million. We had just an incredible outpouring.

So we took the 500,000 up to 4.2 million. And now it’s going to be — I guess, before we finish, which will be in another month, and then it’ll continue on. But it will be over 5 million people will be working very hard and being trained to have great jobs.

We signed the biggest tax cut and reform in the history of our country. After the tax cuts and as part of the tax cuts, we’re bringing hundreds of billions of dollars back to our land, back to our country — money that was never able to be brought back. Some of the people in this room have billions and billions of dollars, they call it, “offshore.” But basically it means outside of this country. They couldn’t get the money back.

And we expect to have in excess of $4 trillion brought back very shortly. Apple is building a $350 billion campus and various plants throughout the country. They’re bringing back $230 billion alone. Exxon is bringing back $50 billion. But we expect that it could be — the number started out at about $2.5 trillion; we think it’s going to be close to $5 trillion. Over $4 [trillion], but close to $5 trillion, will be brought back into our country. This is money that would never, ever be seen again by the workers and the people of our country.

My administration is providing more affordable healthcare options for Americans through associated healthcare plans and short-term duration plans. It’s incredible what we’re doing with that, and many drug companies are lowering their prices.

And I must tell you, Pfizer — I want to thank Pfizer, and I want to thank numerous of the drug companies for — as you know, they went out with an increase last week — a fairly substantial increase — and I wasn’t happy about it. And they heard that, and they cut the increase back to nothing. They never did that before.

They asked for an increase in drugs, and they actually posted it; it was increased. And I was not happy because we want to get drug prices down. And Pfizer and Novartis and others actually took the increases that were already made, and they lowered them. They brought it back down, which is a first that anybody can remember.

In fact, I said, “The Office of President must be very powerful to be able to do that.” Because these drug companies are very — I mean, look, they’re great, but their prices are too high.

And we are announcing something next week which is going to get them down really, really substantially. But we didn’t think it was appropriate. And we want to just thank them — and that’s the whole group of them — and they know who we’re talking about.

We had a record number of regulations eliminated. Many of the businesspeople said to me that, as big as the tax cuts have been, as important as the tax cuts have been, maybe more important was the regulation cutting. It would take 20 years to build a highway, to get the approvals to build a highway. We have it down to two. And I intend to have it down to one.

That doesn’t mean it’s going to be approved. It’s got to be great from an environmental standpoint and safety standpoint, but it will be either rejected or approved within a very short period of time. But we were up to 20 and 21 years — a highway. People started working on the project, and by the time they finished, they were middle-aged or old. (Laughter.) And it was ridiculous, frankly. So we have it down to two, but I want to get it down to one.

And many other people, and many of the people (Inaudible) want to say something. But many of the people in the room have told me, actually, that the regulation cutting — we cut about 75 percent of the regulations out. We have some to go. We’ll have just as good a set of regulations, but we won’t have — we won’t be duplicative. It won’t be doubles and triples, and go to the same agency nine different times to get the same approval. So we’re very proud of that. It’s had a huge impact on a lot of companies and a lot of building.

One of the things we did immediately is we approved the pipeline — the pipeline is coming in — both Dakota Access and the Keystone XL pipeline. That was approved. Just about in my first day of office, I approved it. That was 48,000 jobs, and we went through the red tape. And one is now opened, and the other one is ready to start construction. So it’s been really something.

Coal exports — clean coal — increased 60 percent last year. American oil production is at an all-time high. As I said before, we’re the leading country in the world right now for energy. And the United States is a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957.

So we’ve made a lot of progress, and a lot of it was done with the help of the folks that lead these great corporations. And maybe I’m going to ask a very powerful woman — she’s always at the top of the “Most Powerful Women in the World” — and, no, Melania, I’m not talking about you. (Laughter.) But has run Pepsi so incredibly well.

And maybe I’ll just ask a few of you to stand up. We’ll go around the table, and just say the name of your company. But I want to congratulate you, because I read a beautiful story about you today. You’ll be doing bigger and better things.”

 

MS. NOOYI: “Thank you. I’m Indra Nooyi. I’m the outgoing chairman and CEO of PepsiCo., but still holding the job today. (Laughter.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “That’s true.”

MS. NOOYI: “Thank you. Thank you for having us here.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Thank you. Thank you. It’s a great honor. Thank you.”

Richard.”

MR. LEFRAK: “I’m Richard LeFrak. I’m the chairman of the LeFrak organization. And we’re proud of what a great job our President has done for this country.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Good. Well, Richard was a great help with regulation. He was in there with Steve and some of our friends. And we worked —”

MR. LEFRAK: “Trying to get a little infrastructure built in this country.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “That’s right. These are great infrastructure people. They know what they’re doing. So we’ve got a lot of cutting.”

“Fred.”

MR. SMITH: “Frederick Smith, with the FedEx Corporation.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Meaning owner, founder, and everything else. (Laughter.) Right, Fred? There’s nobody else. It’s the whole deal.

Please.”

MR. MUILENBURG: “Sir. Dennis Muilenburg, president and chairman of the Boeing Company. And I hope you all arrived here in a Boeing airplane tonight. (Laughter.) And we’re going to a build a record number of airplanes this year thanks to the policies of this administration.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Boeing is doing very well. I think Boeing has to like me a lot. Right? You’re doing very well. As —”

MR. MUILENBURG: (Inaudible.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Yeah, I think everybody, frankly, in this room likes me. We’ll keep it that way.

Could I ask the great First Lady — she has been so caring, so loving, so good to people. And they — you know, I was in Ohio the other night, and there were so many signs: “We Love Our First Lady.” “We Love Our First Lady.”

Melania, please, stand. (Applause.)

MRS. TRUMP: “Well, welcome to Bedminster. It’s great to have you here. And we’re looking for a great discussion tonight. And I just want to thank the President for doing an incredible job and for all of your help. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Thank you, honey. Thank you.

Please.”

MR. BANGA: My name is Ajaypal Banga. I’m the President and CEO of Mastercard. And while today, he’s paying for dinner, any other day when you’re paying, remember to use (inaudible). (Laughter.) It’s really important.

MR. BANGA: I’m here with wife Ritu. (Inaudible.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Yes. How are you? Congratulations. Thank you.”

MRS. BANGA: “Thank you.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “And, Ivanka — again, thank you. Ivanka, thank you.”

MS. TRUMP: “Thank you.”

THE PRESIDENT: Please.

MR. ADAMCZYK: “Thank you, Mr. President. And thank you for your leadership, and certainly tax reform and all the things you’ve done speak for themselves in terms of the results.

My name is Darius Adamczyk. I’m the chairman and CEO of Honeywell. This is my wife, Kelly.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Good. And you know, we’re working on air traffic control. They’ve spent billions and billions of dollars on air traffic control, and it’s worthless. In fact, pilots don’t even want to use the system because they put in obsolete systems — this is previous administrations.

And actually, my pilot came up to me and said, “Sir” — this is five years ago. He said, “Is there anything you can do? They’re putting obsolete air traffic control systems in. They’re land-based, and they should be in space. And it’s ridiculous what they’re doing.” They’re spending — my pilot told me this, so I knew.

I said, “Listen, I’m not President. I have no intention of being President. What do I have to do with it?” And here we are. And I still remember his statement.” (Laughter.)

“And you do a great system. So hopefully you’ll be bidding, and you’ll give us a very low price. And if you’re not, we’ll cut you anyway. Okay?” (Laughter and applause.)You have a great system, actually. You really do. Great.

Please.”

MR. MANLEY: “Just so I can actually turn” (inaudible).

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Good.”

MR. MANLEY: “Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you for the invite. My name is Mike Manley. I am the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. And when you’ve landed in your Boeing, then you should get into a Jeep.” (Laughter.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “And he wants tariffs so badly on those automobiles as they pour in. Right?”

MR. MANLEY: “Absolutely.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Thank you very much.

Yes, please. Take the mic.”

MR. GORSKY: “’ll let you have it, Mr. President. Mr. President, thank you very much for having us here. Alex Gorsky, I’m chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson. Now, most of you know us for baby shampoo, but as you’re playing the golf course, please remember to use Neutrogena.” (Laughter.) (Inaudible) “as you get older.”

“But I’m here with my wife, Pat. And it’s certainly great to hear the long list of accomplishments that you’ve been able to achieve in a very short period of time. And I know everyone here is interested in talking about what else we can be doing to accelerate it even more.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Well, thank you. You know, Woody lives right across the street. Literally, right across the street. It’s like boom. So great job, great company. Thank you very much.

Please.”

MR. WEINBERGER: “I’m Mark Weinberger. I’m the husband of Nancy, father of four. And in my part-time, I’m chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young — EY.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Sure.”

MR. WEINBERGER: “And thank you. We hired 60,000 people again this year. We have a quarter of a million people around the world.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “That’s great.”

MR. WEINBERGER: “And a strong economy means great jobs. So thank you, Mr. President.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “That’s a big hire this year, isn’t it? Sixty-thousand. Great. Great job.

Please.”

MR. KRACH: “My name is Keith Krach, chairman of DocuSign. Mr. President, thank you for all your assistance out there in California and your kind words. Three hundred million unique users around the world — putting two million on a week.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “It’s true. Good. Thank you. Great job you’ve done. Thank you very much.”

MR. RUDDY: “Christopher Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax Media. I am an enemy of the people that actually supports Donald J. Trump.” (Laughter.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Thank you very much, Chris.

John.”

MR. CATSIMATIDIS: “John Catsimatidis, Red Apple Group, New York City. My wife, Margo. And I do a hobby. I have a hobby; I have a radio show. And every week, I say on the radio show, “Why is business doing so well? Because businesspeople no longer feel we’re the enemy of Washington.” And that’s why it’s going the right way. Thank you, Mr. President.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Thank you, John. Great job you’ve done, John. Thank you.” (Applause.)

“Please.”

MR. KUDLOW: “I’m Larry Kudlow. I’m an assistant to the President.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Does everybody recognize that voice, by the way? (Laughter.)

MR. KUDLOW: “I’m very grateful and honored to have this position. I’m here with my beautiful, saintly wife Judy, who is the best painter and artist in the United States. And all I can say is: Four percent growth, sir, as far as the eye can see.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Four? Larry, we have to — we’re going to do much better than four, right? We’re going to do better than four.

I want to just thank Larry. He’s come onboard. He’s been so terrific. We don’t always agree on things, but we’re learning to agree on things — meaning you’re coming along, Larry. (Laughter.)

I’ve watched him. He’s been my friend. I’ve been on his show many times over the years. And he had a great show. And I just said, “Larry, let’s come on. Nobody better than you. Let’s put it to use. Let’s put it to real use.” No longer the shows, right? And he’s doing fantastic job. But I just want to thank you very much on behalf of everybody in the room, Larry.”

MR. KUDLOW: “Thank you, sir.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Really great job. We appreciate it.

Please. Please. Oh, my man. The man with the straw. Do you use plastic straws or paper straws?”

MR. HAMM: “Either one will work.

I’m Harold Hamm, with Continental Resources, here with my lady, Debbie Martin. And I just want to thank you for all that you’ve done. I made a shortlist of a few of the accomplishments of this first 500 days. I had 23. We’re having to add to it now.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Right.”

MR. HAMM: “So it’s tremendous. But we have 1,200 direct employees, and probably 20 times that many contractors. And we’re reporting a good quarter tomorrow, so.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Thank you very much. You know, Harold’s friend is a great football coach. And he came up to my office, and he said — Harold was two minutes late. He said, “You know, that Harold Hamm — this guy can take a straw, dump it into the ground, and oil pours out.” (Laughter.)

“He said, “These other oil companies, they spend billions and billions of dollars; they can’t find a thing.” This guy — so that’s why I asked is it a plastic straw. I think, in your case, either one works, Harold. But I heard you’re doing really well. A little better since the original days when I knew you, right? A little bit better. We’re proud of you. Thank you.”

MR. HAMM: “Thank you very much.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Please.”

MR. KOCH: I’m not quite sure why I’m here. I’m like the smallest company by far. I’m Jim Koch, and I started making Sam Adams beer in my kitchen 37 years ago (inaudible) the designated drink. (Applause.) At least I brought the beer. (Laughter.) (Inaudible.)

“And I guess I’m sort of speaking on behalf of what is now 7,000 small brewers in the United States.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Right.”

MR. KOCH: “When I started Sam Adams, American beer was a joke, and it pissed me off. And now, American brewers make the best beer in the world. And the tax reform was a very big deal for all of us, because 85 percent of the beer made in the United States is owned by foreign companies.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “That’s right.”

MR. KOCH: “I mean, Americans — I’m the largest American-owned brewery at 2 percent market share. We were paying 38-percent taxes —”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Wow. But you’ve done a great job. Great job.”

MR. KOCH: “— and competing against people who were paying 20. And now we have a level playing field, and we’re going to kick their ass.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Yeah. That’s good. We’ve done that. That was a very unfair situation. That’s right. Good job. That’s a really good job.” (Applause.)

MR. KOCH: “Thank you. My wife Cynthia —”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Hi, Cynthia.”

MR. KOCH: “— working with the White House on health” (inaudible).

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “That’s right. That’s exactly. Thank you very much. Thank you. Great job.”

“We’re also making the finest steel in the world now. It’s a big difference between good steel and bad steel. They were sending us a lot of bad steel. We’re making great steel now.

Please.”

MR. SUTTON: “Mr. President, Mark Sutton, chairman and CEO of International Paper. Our company is running very, very well right now, and we are basically a company that (inaudible), and we are running at a 4-percent rate right now — the strongest we’ve had in many, many years. And just two weeks ago, we reported our strongest second quarter in 10 years.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “And International Paper is an incredible company from the environmental standpoint. Whatever they take, they put back. I’ve seen it. I’ve seen what you do, and it’s incredible what you do. And then you start all over again, but what you do is really great. And I appreciate it.”

MR. SUTTON: “We start with renewable natural resources. We generate 80 percent of our own energy —”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Right.”

MR. SUTTON: “— from the waste of those natural resources. And then 90 percent, for example, of our corrugated boxes are recycled back into the stream.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Wow. Fantastic job. Fantastic job. Thank you very much.

Please.”

MR. LEYDON: “Hi, my name is Gabriel Leydon. I’m a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. I started my last company on unemployment and $10,000 in the bank, and built it to a multi-billion dollar, several thousand employees. I’m also a prolific digital marketer. And I want to say thank you, Mr. President, for what you’ve done for this economy. It’s incredible. Everybody said, “What? 2 percent?” No more than 2 percent with Obama, but now we’re seeing 4.1. So congratulations. Thank you very much.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Well, thank you. (Applause.) And I have to say — thank you. I have to say, the policies of the other administration would have been more regulation and much higher taxes. And what you’re witnessing now could never have happened.”

“And growth has taken us out of a lot of problems that have been caused. And you’re going to see super growth very soon when it’s all set, when it’s all — it’s like fine-tuned machine. But you’re going to see some really super growth.

We’re in a little bit of a fight with China right now, and we’ve gone up. And I don’t want them to go down because I’m a big fan of President Xi. He’s a friend of mine. But they’re down 28 percent since we — the last three or four months. And we want them to do well, but we want them to treat us fairly. They have not treated us fairly for many decades, which is the President’s fault. I mean, I take responsibility for my time, and I couldn’t let that happen.

It was — as most of the people in this room know — and many of you — I guess, almost all of you — are involved in China, so you know exactly what’s happening. But we were losing $500 billion a year, on average — $517 billion over the last couple years — $517 billion. So we can’t do that.

So it’s going to be a lot different, and I think we’ll have a fantastic relationship with China. And we’ll ultimately have a fantastic trading relationship. It’ll be somewhat different, but it’s all working about.

You know about Iran. Iran is a whole different country since we got rid of one of the worst deals that I’ve ever seen. Much, much different country.

North Korea — we’re doing well. I think we have a lot of good talk going on. That’s been going on for many, many years. I think — you know, we left there three months ago. Somebody said, “Well, wait a minute. Why isn’t it moving faster?” They’ve been working on this thing for 40 years.

I left three months ago. We got our hostages back. There’s no more missiles flying over Japan. There’s no rockets going up. There’s no nuclear testing. And we have a good relationship with North Korea. So we’ll see how it works.

I have a feeling that China now is not happy. And maybe they’re doing a little bit of a number, but we’ll figure that out too, very easily.

But I think we’re doing very well with North Korea. We have a lot of respect. And that’ll end up being a great country.

And, Chris, I’d like to maybe have you finish off. You’ve done a fantastic job.”

MR. LIDDELL: “Thank you. Chris Liddell, I’m assistant to the President. I’m here with my wife Renee. It’s a great honor to serve, sir. And wonderful to see you. And speaking of the economy, I’ve been CFO of a number of companies before this role, I’ve never seen the economy in such great shape. Thank you, sir.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Well, thank you, Chris. But just one story, because I see Dennis from Boeing sitting here. And one of the first things that I was given was the Air Force One. Air Force One now is 30 years old, which is old for the United States. I see other countries pulling up in their Boeing 747s that are brand new. A lot of the Middle East countries, interestingly. We protect them for nothing. But that’s changing too. But they have their brand-new Boeing 747s.

And so I had a price at $5.6 billion. This is for two planes, not one plane. But that’s got to be — you know, that’s the world’s most expensive plane. So we worked very long and very hard, and we have the same exact product for $1.6 billion less. Is that right?

And hopefully — hopefully — we’ll get them a little sooner. And I think you’ll be able to produce that. But they’re going to be planes that will be representative of this country, and it will be something really great.

So we sat down, we had a very serious negotiation; it worked out great. And, Dennis, you are doing a fantastic job at Boeing.

And I mentioned a little cutting there, but the amount of F-18s that you’re selling and all of the different planes that you’re selling, not only to us, but to other countries — because we’ve opened it up where allies of ours can now buy planes, because they were taking a long time. They’d have two- and three-year waits. By the time the plane was ready, they wanted to buy the new version of it. And we’re getting that done very quickly. So I think you probably see the results. I’m sure it’s helping. So, Dennis, thank you very much for being here.

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much. It’s a great honor. And, to the media, thank you very much.” (Applause.)

QUESTION: “Mr. President, any comment on Ohio? Would you like to comment on Ohio, Mr. President?”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We’ll see what happens tonight. We’ll see what happens.”

QUESTION: “Can we see you tomorrow?”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I’ll be around.”

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Trump Administration Begins Spin Campaign On Russia & Iran

 

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America presents remarks at the White House Diplomatic Reception Room in Washington DC, USA on Iran & the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, May 8, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr / TheWhiteHouseSpin.com/E Media Inc.

 

President Trump Withdraws from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of July 14, 2015 (the “JCPOA”)

Reported By Karen Ann Carr

 

Letter of the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate

 

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

“Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order (the “order”) with respect to Iran that takes additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957 of March 15, 1995, and implements certain statutory requirements of the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-172) (50 U.S.C. 1701 note), as amended (ISA), the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-195) (22 U.S.C. 8501 et seq.), as amended (CISADA), the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (Public Law 112 158) (TRA), and the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 (subtitle D of title XII of Public Law 112-239) (22 U.S.C. 8801 et seq.) (IFCA).

In Executive Order 12957 of March 15, 1995, the President found that the actions and policies of the Government of Iran threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. To deal with that threat, the President declared a national emergency and imposed prohibitions on certain transactions with respect to the development of Iranian petroleum resources. To further respond to that threat and to provide implementation authority for Iran-related legislation — including ISA and certain statutory requirements of CISADA, TRA, and IFCA — the President issued Executive Order 12959 of May 6, 1995, Executive Order 13059 of August 19, 1997, Executive Order 13553 of September 28, 2010, Executive Order 13574 of May 23, 2011, Executive Order 13590 of November 20, 2011, Executive Order 13606 of April 22, 2012, Executive Order 13608 of May 1, 2012, Executive Order 13622 of July 30, 2012, Executive Order 13628 of October 9, 2012, and Executive Order 13645 of June 3, 2013.

In order to give effect to the commitments of the United States with respect to sanctions described in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of July 14, 2015 (JCPOA), the President issued Executive Order 13716 of January 16, 2016, which revoked Executive Orders 13574, 13590, 13622, and 13645, amended Executive Order 13628, and continued implementation authorities for certain provisions of IFCA that were outside the scope of the JCPOA.

On May 8, 2018, in recognition of Iran’s escalating campaign of regional destabilization, the threat that Iran’s malign behavior continues to pose to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, and the JCPOA’s failure to address the totality of the concerns of the United States about Iran’s behavior, I announced my decision to cease the participation of the United States in the JCPOA and to reimpose all sanctions lifted or waived in connection with the JCPOA. Iran remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, and provides assistance to Lebanese Hizballah, Hamas, Kata’ib Hizballah, the Taliban, al-Qa’ida, and other terrorist networks. Iran also continues to fuel sectarian tension in Iraq, and support vicious civil wars in Yemen and Syria. It commits grievous human rights abuses, and arbitrarily detains foreigners, including United States citizens, on spurious charges without due process of law.

It is the policy of the United States that Iran be denied all paths to develop or acquire a nuclear weapon; that Iran’s network and campaign of regional aggression be neutralized and constrained; to disrupt, degrade, or deny the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and its surrogates access to the resources that sustain their destabilizing activities; and to impede Iran’s aggressive development of longer-range missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles, and other asymmetric and conventional weapons capabilities. I have determined that these circumstances, in the context of the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957, necessitate the exercise of my authority under IEEPA.

Sections 1-6 of the order that I have issued reimpose and extend the sanctions that were lifted pursuant to Executive Order 13716, including implementation authorities for IFCA. In addition, these sections continue in effect certain implementation authorities for ISA, CISADA, and TRA previously provided for in Executive Order 13628. The measures in these sections will take effect following a previously announced 90 day or 180-day wind down period, as appropriate.

Section 7 of the order continues in effect authorities contained in sections 2 and 3 of Executive Order 13628 and subsection 3(c) of Executive Order 13716 targeting the diversion of goods intended for the people of Iran, the transfer of goods or technologies to Iran that are likely to be used to commit human rights abuses, and persons who engage in censorship.

Section 8 of the order continues in effect and extends prohibitions contained in section 4 of Executive Order 13628 relating to entities owned or controlled by a United States person and established or maintained outside the United States, which were required by section 218 of the TRA.

Section 9 of the order revokes Executive Orders 13628 and 13716 and clarifies that the provisions of the order supersede those earlier orders.

I have delegated to the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, the authority to take such actions, including adopting rules and regulations, to employ all powers granted to me by IEEPA and the relevant provisions of ISA, and to employ all powers granted to the United States Government by the relevant provisions of ISA and CISADA, as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of the order.

I am enclosing a copy of the Executive Order I have issued.

Sincerely,

DONALD J. TRUMP”

 

President Donald J. Trump on the Reimposition of United States Sanctions with Respect to Iran

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

President Donald J. Trump signs an Executive Order on Iran Sanctions in the Green Room at Trump National Golf Club Sunday, August 5, 2018, in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. | White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY – “Today, the United States is taking action to reimpose nuclear-related sanctions with respect to Iran that were lifted in connection with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of July 14, 2015 (the “JCPOA”). These actions include reimposing sanctions on Iran’s automotive sector and on its trade in gold and precious metals, as well as sanctions related to the Iranian rial. These measures will take effect on August 7, 2018.

All remaining United States nuclear-related sanctions will resume effective November 5, 2018. These include sanctions targeting Iran’s energy sector, including petroleum-related transactions, as well as transactions by foreign financial institutions with the Central Bank of Iran.

The United States is fully committed to enforcing all of our sanctions, and we will work closely with nations conducting business with Iran to ensure complete compliance. Individuals or entities that fail to wind down activities with Iran risk severe consequences.

I am pleased that many international firms have already announced their intent to leave the Iranian market, and several countries have indicated that they will reduce or end imports of Iranian crude oil. We urge all nations to take such steps to make clear that the Iranian regime faces a choice: either change its threatening, destabilizing behavior and reintegrate with the global economy, or continue down a path of economic isolation.

My actions today – including my signing of an Executive Order entitled “Reimposing Certain Sanctions with Respect to Iran” – are consistent with National Security Presidential Memorandum-11 of May 8, 2018, announcing the withdrawal of the United States from the JCPOA.

The JCPOA, a horrible, one-sided deal, failed to achieve the fundamental objective of blocking all paths to an Iranian nuclear bomb, and it threw a lifeline of cash to a murderous dictatorship that has continued to spread bloodshed, violence, and chaos.

Since the deal was reached, Iran’s aggression has only increased. The regime has used the windfall of newly accessible funds it received under the JCPOA to build nuclear-capable missiles, fund terrorism, and fuel conflict across the Middle East and beyond.

To this day, Iran threatens the United States and our allies, undermines the international financial system, and supports terrorism and militant proxies around the world.

By exiting the JCPOA, the United States is able to protect its national security by applying maximum economic pressure on the Iranian regime. To date, my Administration has issued 17 rounds of Iran-related sanctions, designating 145 companies and individuals. Since my announcement on May 8 withdrawing the United States from the JCPOA, my Administration has sanctioned 38 Iran-related targets in six separate actions. Reimposition of nuclear-related sanctions through today’s actions further intensifies pressure on Tehran to change its conduct.

As we continue applying maximum economic pressure on the Iranian regime, I remain open to reaching a more comprehensive deal that addresses the full range of the regime’s malign activities, including its ballistic missile program and its support for terrorism. The United States welcomes the partnership of likeminded nations in these efforts.

The United States continues to stand with the long-suffering Iranian people, who are the rightful heirs to Iran’s rich heritage and the real victims of the regime’s policies. We look forward to the day when the people of Iran, and all people across the region, can prosper together in safety and peace.

 

 

REMARKS OF PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP

ON THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION

Diplomatic Reception Room

2:13 P.M. EDT

 

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America presents remarks at the White House in Washington DC, USA on Iran & the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, May 8, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr / TheWhiteHouseSpin.com/E Media Inc.

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DONALD J. TRUMP: “My fellow Americans: Today, I want to update the world on our efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror. It exports dangerous missiles, fuels conflicts across the Middle East, and supports terrorist proxies and militias such as Hezbollah, Hamas, the Taliban, and al Qaeda.

Over the years, Iran and its proxies have bombed American embassies and military installations, murdered hundreds of American servicemembers, and kidnapped, imprisoned, and tortured American citizens. The Iranian regime has funded its long reign of chaos and terror by plundering the wealth of its own people.

No action taken by the regime has been more dangerous than its pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means of delivering them.

In 2015, the previous administration joined with other nations in a deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program. This agreement was known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.

In theory, the so-called “Iran deal” was supposed to protect the United States and our allies from the lunacy of an Iranian nuclear bomb, a weapon that will only endanger the survival of the Iranian regime. In fact, the deal allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium and, over time, reach the brink of a nuclear breakout.

The deal lifted crippling economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for very weak limits on the regime’s nuclear activity,

and no limits at all on its other malign behavior, including its sinister activities in Syria, Yemen, and other places all around the world.

In other words, at the point when the United States had maximum leverage, this disastrous deal gave this regime — and it’s a regime of great terror — many billions of dollars, some of it in actual cash — a great embarrassment to me as a citizen and to all citizens of the United States.

A constructive deal could easily have been struck at the time, but it wasn’t. At the heart of the Iran deal was a giant fiction that a murderous regime desired only a peaceful nuclear energy program.

Today, we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie. Last week, Israel published intelligence documents long concealed by Iran, conclusively showing the Iranian regime and its history of pursuing nuclear weapons.

The fact is this was a horrible, one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made. It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will.

In the years since the deal was reached, Iran’s military budget has grown by almost 40 percent, while its economy is doing very badly. After the sanctions were lifted, the dictatorship used its new funds to build nuclear-capable missiles, support terrorism, and cause havoc throughout the Middle East and beyond.

The agreement was so poorly negotiated that even if Iran fully complies, the regime can still be on the verge of a nuclear breakout in just a short period of time. The deal’s sunset provisions are totally unacceptable. If I allowed this deal to stand, there would soon be a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Everyone would want their weapons ready by the time Iran had theirs.

Making matters worse, the deal’s inspection provisions lack adequate mechanisms to prevent, detect, and punish cheating, and don’t even have the unqualified right to inspect many important locations, including military facilities.

Not only does the deal fail to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions, but it also fails to address the regime’s development of ballistic missiles that could deliver nuclear warheads.

Finally, the deal does nothing to constrain Iran’s destabilizing activities, including its support for terrorism. Since the agreement, Iran’s bloody ambitions have grown only more brazen.

In light of these glaring flaws, I announced last October that the Iran deal must either be renegotiated or terminated.

Three months later, on January 12th, I repeated these conditions. I made clear that if the deal could not be fixed, the United States would no longer be a party to the agreement.

Over the past few months, we have engaged extensively with our allies and partners around the world, including France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. We have also consulted with our friends from across the Middle East. We are unified in our understanding of the threat and in our conviction that Iran must never acquire a nuclear weapon.

After these consultations, it is clear to me that we cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of the current agreement.

The Iran deal is defective at its core. If we do nothing, we know exactly what will happen. In just a short period of time, the world’s leading state sponsor of terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world’s most dangerous weapons.

Therefore, I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

In a few moments, I will sign a presidential memorandum to begin reinstating U.S. nuclear sanctions on the Iranian regime. We will be instituting the highest level of economic sanction. Any nation that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanctioned by the United States.

America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail. We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. And we will not allow a regime that chants “Death to America” to gain access to the most deadly weapons on Earth.

Today’s action sends a critical message: The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them. In fact, at this very moment, Secretary Pompeo is on his way to North Korea in preparation for my upcoming meeting with Kim Jong-un. Plans are being made. Relationships are building. Hopefully, a deal will happen and, with the help of China, South Korea, and Japan, a future of great prosperity and security can be achieved for everyone.

As we exit the Iran deal, we will be working with our allies to find a real, comprehensive, and lasting solution to the Iranian nuclear threat. This will include efforts to eliminate the threat of Iran’s ballistic missile program; to stop its terrorist activities worldwide; and to block its menacing activity across the Middle East. In the meantime, powerful sanctions will go into full effect. If the regime continues its nuclear aspirations, it will have bigger problems than it has ever had before.

Finally, I want to deliver a message to the long-suffering people of Iran: The people of America stand with you. It has now been almost 40 years since this dictatorship seized power and took a proud nation hostage. Most of Iran’s 80 million citizens have sadly never known an Iran that prospered in peace with its neighbors and commanded the admiration of the world.

But the future of Iran belongs to its people. They are the rightful heirs to a rich culture and an ancient land. And they deserve a nation that does justice to their dreams, honor to their history, and glory to God.

Iran’s leaders will naturally say that they refuse to negotiate a new deal; they refuse. And that’s fine. I’d probably say the same thing if I was in their position. But the fact is they are going to want to make a new and lasting deal, one that benefits all of Iran and the Iranian people. When they do, I am ready, willing, and able.

Great things can happen for Iran, and great things can happen for the peace and stability that we all want in the Middle East.

There has been enough suffering, death, and destruction. Let it end now.

Thank you. God bless you. Thank you.”

 

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America presents remarks at the White House in Washington DC, USA on Iran & the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, May 8, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr / TheWhiteHouseSpin.com/E Media Inc.

(The presidential memorandum is signed.)

 

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America presents remarks at the White House in Washington DC, USA on Iran & the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, May 8, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr / TheWhiteHouseSpin.com/E Media Inc.

 

 

 

QUESTION: “Mr. President, how does this make America safer? How does this make America safer?”

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America presents remarks at the White House in Washington DC, USA on Iran & the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, May 8, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr / TheWhiteHouseSpin.com/E Media Inc.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Thank you very much. This will make America much safer. Thank you very much.”

QUESTION: “Is Secretary Pompeo bringing the detainees home?”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Thank you. Secretary Pompeo is, right now, going to North Korea. He will be there very shortly in a matter of virtual — probably an hour. He’s got meetings set up. We have our meeting scheduled. We have our meeting set. The location is picked — the time and the date. Everything is picked. And we look forward to having a very great success.

We think relationships are building with North Korea. We’ll see how it all works out. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. But it can be a great thing for North Korea, South Korea, Japan and the entire world. We hope it all works out.

Thank you very much.”

QUESTION: “Are the Americans being freed?”

QUESTION: “Are the Americans coming home, Mr. President?”

 

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America presents remarks at the White House in Washington DC, USA on Iran & the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, May 8, 2018. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr / TheWhiteHouseSpin.com/E Media Inc.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We’ll all soon be finding out. We will soon be finding out. It would be a great thing if they are. We’ll soon be finding out. Thank you very much.”

 

President Donald J. Trump with Kim Sang Duk

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A Raw, Unfiltered Look at the ‘Crisis Next Door’

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

“I thought I had it under control. I didn’t know it would be this addictive,” Kyle said. “I didn’t know how far I’d go to get more.”

 

 

Kyle’s Story

Kyle is a young man from Dallas, Texas. His story is one of four videos unveiled by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Ad Council, and the Truth Initiative as part of a joint public awareness campaign on opioid addiction.

This set of ads, which will be the first of many from the White House, is focused on preventing young adults, ages 18-24, from misusing or abusing opioids.

They “tell the graphic stories of four young adults going to extreme lengths to maintain their prescription opioid addiction,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. Highly addictive drugs can have this effect on people, particularly the young. According to the Truth Initiative, opioid addiction can take hold in someone in as little as five days.

Kyle’s story may seem extreme, but his struggle resembles that of millions of people who are suffering from opioid addiction in the United States. In 2016 alone, 63,632 Americans died of a drug overdose, and surveys indicate that today more than 2 million Americans suffer from misuse of prescription or illicit opioids.

 

 

Amy’s Story

Even more alarming is the increased risk among young adults and teens aged 15 to 24. Among members of this demographic, a staggering three-quarters of drug-related overdoses were opioid-related.

From day one in office, President Donald J. Trump has made combatting drug abuse and the opioid crisis a focal point of his Administration. In 2016, opioid misuse took the lives of 116 Americans each day—more than vehicle crashes, gun violence, or breast cancer.

 

 

Chris’ Story

On October 26, 2017, President Trump directed the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a nationwide Public Health Emergency, shining new light on the epidemic. A few months later, in March, the President unveiled his Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, putting in place a concrete plan to fight the epidemic.

That initiative has three key components. Together, they address the driving forces of the opioid crisis in America:

* Reduce demand and over-prescription, educating Americans about the dangers of opioids and other drugs while seeking to curb over-prescription.

* Cut off the supply of illicit drugs by cracking down on the international and domestic illicit drug supply chains devastating American communities.

* Help those struggling with addiction through evidence-based treatment and recovery support services.

“There are many, many facets to the opioid crisis, all requiring varied and unique solutions,” said Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, who is leading the White House’s opioids effort. One solution President Trump is particularly excited about, she said, is preventing misuse and addiction by raising awareness.

 

 

Joe’s Story

This campaign is an important first step, Conway explains. “This partnership has been an excellent exercise in what can be done, particularly when we approach public health issues as nonpartisan issues looking for nonpartisan messages and bipartisan solutions.”

For more information on the opioid epidemic and a treatment locator powered by SAMHSA, visit opioids.thetruth.com. Those whose lives have been affected by opioid addiction are also encouraged to share their stories at www.crisisnextdoor.gov.

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Deputy Secretary’s View: Opioids battle can be won, beginning in Minnesota and in Duluth

Eric D. Hargan is a Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This op-ed appeared in the Duluth News Tribune on August 5, 2018.

“Smaller cities and towns carry a unique burden when it comes to drug addiction.

I grew up in Mounds, Ill. It’s a small farming community of about 800 people in the southernmost part of the state. It may seem an unlikely place for a drug epidemic, but opioid addiction and substance abuse have plagued families there for decades. Years ago, the first of my close relatives died after a long struggle with prescription opioids.

That’s one reason why, as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS, I keep the victims of this crisis close to my heart.

Under President Donald Trump, HHS has made the opioid crisis a top priority because it leaves no corner of our country untouched. When the crisis began, we worked mostly in rural areas to address overdoses and opioid-use disorder. The opioid crisis is nationwide and claimed approximately 116 American lives every day in 2016.

The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides even more grim details. Nearly 64,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2016, a 21 percent increase from the previous year and the largest increase on record. More than 42,000 of those deaths involved opioids, more than the total number of all drug overdose deaths in 2012. Further, provisional data indicate that approximately 72,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2017. In 2015, there were more than 1 million opioid-related hospital stays and emergency-room visits in the U.S.

A publication from the University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy brings the crisis closer to this region. Titled “Combating the Opioid Crisis in Northern Minnesota,” it found that the Duluth area in particular has been hit hard. St. Louis County has the highest opioid overdose death rate in the state.

As part of the Trump administration’s focused mission to support states and local communities on the front lines of this fight, one of our primary strategies is to learn directly from those on the ground so we may be able to benefit from the experience and understanding of local leaders and communities. Over the last few months I have traveled to Illinois, Ohio, Florida, Texas, California, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to exchange ideas with medical experts, local officials, and, especially, individuals currently receiving treatment for opioid addiction.

My visit to Duluth in July was part of the same journey — and a personal one as well. My mother was born in Esko. I consider your remarkable region a second home.

While I was there, one family told me of tragic loss. Their son was injured on the job, was prescribed opioids for pain, and soon became addicted. After only a few months, he lost his life to opioid overdose.

I also heard inspiring stories of people in recovery and how well they know the severe hurdles to battling addiction. They are now providing crucial help by connecting others to treatment and educating the public about lifesaving overdose-reversing drugs.

I was particularly encouraged visiting Duluth’s Lake Superior Health Clinic and learning how grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration at HHS are aiding in the clinic’s vital mission of care.

My message that day was clear: HHS stands ready to assist local heroes helping to end this epidemic in their communities. We are backing up that commitment in Minnesota by awarding more than $10.7 million in state-targeted opioid-crisis grants, $6 million in medication-assisted treatment, and more than $24 million in substance-abuse prevention and treatment block grants last year. Additional awards will be announced in the coming months.

As an indication of the priority he places on this effort, President Trump donated a quarter of his salary last year to the planning and design of a large-scale public-awareness campaign to enhance understanding of the dangers of opioid misuse and addiction. He hopes his example will spur Congress to take even more action.

We at HHS recognize that the American people, in local communities like Duluth and all across our great country, will be the ones to end this terrible crisis. It will require nothing less than a united effort from not just government but the business community, our churches, our schools, and all of civil society.

We can win this battle in Minnesota and all across the country.”


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President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

Photo: Uhuru Kenyatta
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives arrives to attend The Queen’s Dinner during The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace on April 19, 2018 in London, England. | WPA Pool/Getty Images Europe

WASHINGTON DC – Press Secretary Sarah Sander of the United States of America released the following statement on the visit of President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya:

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America meets the President Kenyatta and First Lady of Kenya and May 26, 2017.| Photo Source: https://twitter.com/UKenyatta/status/868198983956668416
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America meets the President Kenyatta and First Lady of Kenya and May 26, 2017.| Photo Source: https://twitter.com/UKenyatta/status/868198983956668416
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America meets the President Kenyatta and First Lady of Kenya and May 26, 2017.| Photo Source: https://twitter.com/UKenyatta/status/868198983956668416
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America meets the President Kenyatta and First Lady of Kenya and May 26, 2017.| Photo Source: https://twitter.com/UKenyatta/status/868198983956668416

“President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya to the White House on August 27, 2018. Kenya is a vital partner of the United States, and President Trump looks forward to discussing ways to broaden the strategic partnership based on our shared democratic values and mutual interests. The meeting between the two leaders will reaffirm the longstanding relationship between the United States and Kenya as a cornerstone of peace and stability in Africa and the broader Indo-Pacific region. President Trump and President Kenyatta will explore ways to bolster trade and investment between the two countries, while strengthening security cooperation.”

Amid teargas and clashes in Nairobi for Kenyatta Swearing-In at Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta affirmed the oath of office during his inauguration ceremony at Kasarani Stadium with Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta his wife. /


President Uhuru Kenyatta
Amid teargas and clashes in Nairobi for Kenyatta Swearing In Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta takes oath of office during his inauguration ceremony at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya, on November 28, 2017. President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to be the leader of all Kenyans and work to unite the country after a bruising and drawn out election process that ended with his swearing-in. | Photo Credit: AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA




 

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya takes oath of office during his inauguration ceremony at Kasarani Stadium on November 28, 2017 in Nairobi. Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term as president of Kenya, after a bruising election process that has left the nation deeply divided. An election victory in August was overturned by the Supreme Court of Kenya, forcing Kenyatta to face a re-run, which was boycotted by the opposition. | AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA
First Lady of Kenya Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta is the second first lady of the Kenyatta family.
Photo Source: Kenyans.co.ke “A supportive wife to President Uhuru Kenya, Margaret accompanied her husband to Hague when he was facing the charges against humanity after 2007/2008 post-election violence. This move earned her admiration from many Kenyans and Uhuru’s supporters around the world.” | Photo Source: Kenyans.co.ke

The First Lady of Kenya assumed office after the inauguration of her husband on ninth of April 2013 at Kasarani. In Nairobi, Kenya, on November 28, 2017, President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to be the leader of all Kenyans and work to unite the country after a bruising and drawn out election process that ended with his swearing-in.

President Kenyatta and Margaret Kenyatta were high school friends who later became a couple in 1989. President Kenyatta first met Margaret through her older brother Maina Gakuo.

They later started began a relationship and got married in 1991, at Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi. From 2013 to date, they have been Kenya’s first family.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta is an alumnus of Kianda School, St. Andrews School (an elite school in Molo), Turi and Kenyatta University.

 

First Lady of Kenya Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta is the second first lady of the Kenyatta family.
| Photo Source: answersafrica.com

Biography of Kenya’s First Lady, Parents

 

Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta was born Margaret Wanjiru Gakuo on April 8, 1964. Margaret is the youngest child of her father, Dr Ephantus Njuguna Gakuo and her mother Magdallena Gakuo, a German citizen in Germany. Dr Ephantus Njuguna Gakuo worked focused on the development of Kenyan Railways. Dr. Gakuo was the first African managing director of Kenya Railways after taking over from GPG Mackay in 1964.

Prior to Dr. Gakuo’s committed services to the Railways, he lectured for three years at Delhi University. Dr Gakuo obtained his BA and MA degrees in Commerce from the Delhi School of Business in 1955. He obtained a PhD in Economics from Freiberg University in 1960.

Dr Gakuo taught for a year in Germany before returning to his home country Kenya – not just with his doctorate degree but also with a German wife – Magdallena – who would become the mother of First Lady Margaret Gakuo- Kenyatta of Kenya and her brother, Maina Gakuo. Margaret and Maina lost their father in 2005.

 

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta meets former President Barack Obama as introduced by her husband President Kenyatta of Kenya. “I love the gold embroidery on her blue outfit. It’s a sign of novelty. It’s sharp but still simplistic. It effuses a cool mood, from a psychological perspective. It was a lovely choice, which worked quite well when she was meeting U.S. President Obama.”
Photo Source: https://mpasho.co.ke/10-times-first-lady-margaret-kenyatta-nailed-fashion-sense-photos/5/ | Photo Source: answersafrica.com

Lady Margaret Meets Obama

 

Margaret Kenyatta is an alumnus of Kianda School, St. Andrews School (an elite school in Molo), Turi and Kenyatta University.

“First Lady Margaret Kenyatta is described as a powerful but simple personality whose skills and charisma are tagged the secret ingredients for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s successful campaigns. “The most striking characteristics of Margaret is her down to earth and simple personality.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Margaret Kenyatta were high school friends who later became a couple in 1989. While answering questions from Kenyans in a live chat on his official Facebook page, President Uhuru Kenyatta revealed he first met Margaret through her older brother Maina Gakuo.

Uhuru and Margaret later started off a relationship and finally got married in 1991, at Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi. From 2013 to date, they have been Kenya’s first family.”

President Kenyatta and Margaret Kenyatta Photo Source: eDaily Kenya

 

The First Family of Kenya – The Kenyatta’s Photo Source: https://softkenya.com/kenya

Kenya’s First Family – Children

 

President Kenyatta and Margaret’s first child, Jomo, is married to his long-time girlfriend Fiona Achola Ngobi, the beautiful granddaughter of the late Luo political giant, Dr William Odongo Omamo. Fiona is of Luo, Kikuyu and Ugandan ancestry and works as an accountant at a local bank.

Jomo was educated at Hilton College and Michael House in KwaZulu Natal Midlands in South Africa.

President Kenyatta and Margaret’s second son, Jaba Muhoho has his own clothing line in major towns in some African countries. Like his mother, Jaba has a very special fashion sense that helped him win the 2014 Showcase Designer of the Year award in the Emerging Designer category during the Nairobi Expo.

Margaret’s only living daughter Ngina was named after her paternal grandmother, Mama Ngina Kenyatta. Ngina who has a degree in international relations and politics, now serves as the director of the Kenyatta Foundation.

Ngina is following in her father’s steps, often spotted together with him. Moreover, “Ngina also loves partying and spending with her friends and cousins.”

 

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta of Kenya
Margaret Kenyatta is one of Kenya’s first ladies that will not be forgotten in a hurry. She is the wife of Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, the fourth President of the Republic of Kenya.
As subtle as she is in discharging her duties, she commands a great deal of respect in the country. Many have described her as the powerhouse of Uhuru Kenyatta who was recently inaugurated for the 3rd consecutive time as Kenyan president.

Quick Facts On Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kehyatta

 

* “Margaret Kenyatta’s father-in-law, Jomo Kenyatta, was Kenya’s founding father and the first president of the Republic of Kenya. He served as the president of the East Africa country from 1964 to 1978.”

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta of Kenya presents remarks at the 9th Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa Conference (SCCA) that was held between 19th and 21st July at KICC, she chose the coolest look ever. The embroidery on her dress was too lovely. The matching color necklace and her neatly done hair was her ultimate go for look.

* “On the humanitarian level, Margaret passionately campaigns for a lesser child mortality rate in Kenya; this earned her 2014, UN person of the year.”

* “The amiable Kenyan first lady will be remembered for the Beyond Zero Campaign, a nationwide health initiative but most targeted for mothers in the grassroots. It was launched on January 24, 2014, to improve the maternal and child health care/outcomes in the country.”

* “Her Beyond Zero Campaign has so far raised funds for over 30 mobile clinics in Kenya.”

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta of Kenya. Photo Source: https://mpasho.co.ke/

* “Margaret’s dedication to the Beyond Zero campaign is rooted in her own past pain of losing a baby about 2 decades ago. The Kenyan first family lost their second daughter immediately after childbirth.”

* “Kenyan first lady made history in 2014 when she became the first African First lady to complete a 42kilometress race.”

* “Margaret Kenyatta often makes a fashion statement that is hard to ignore with her choice of simple but outstanding outfits. Be it a formal, semi-formal or informal occasion, the beautiful first lady is always classy. She has never suffered a wardrobe malfunction.”

 

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta of Kenya during her tour of the source of River Nile where she was accompanied by the Ugandan First Lady. She rocked a nice coat, matching blouse and pair of trousers and comfy flat shoes. The look was one of her best just yet.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta of Kenya.
Prince Harry meets with First Lady Margaret Kenyatta of Kenya.
Photo Source: http://nowto.tv/2018/07/26/current-news


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This is the largest audience ever to witness a book party, period!

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway attends a book signing for “The Briefing,” by former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, at the Trump International Hotel in Washington on July 26. (Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post)

 

WASHINGTON DC – Sean Spicer’s book party Thursday night at the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington on July 26

“The hotel’s management described its strategy to capitalize on the president’s popularity. It markets the hotel to Republican and conservative groups that embrace Trump’s politics but takes care not to solicit business from fringe groups that would embarrass the president. Trump supporters in red “Make America Great Again” caps get a chance to rub elbows with White House officials against an American flag backdrop at the Benjamin Bar, where a signature concoction of winter wheat vodka, oysters and caviar goes for $100. “While we can’t quantify how much business we have received because of politics, neither can we quantify how much we have lost,” Patricia Tang Patricia Tang Trump International Hotel director of sales and marketing. Tang is an industry veteran who has worked for the Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and other luxury brands. , director of sales and marketing, said in an interview.”

White House aides turn out for Sean Spicer book party at Trump hotel.

“Getting through the crowd gathered in the soaring lobby of the posh hotel to toast Spicer and his new book, “The Briefing,” was like navigating a jungle. “

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Trump Administration Begins Spin Campaign On Russia & Iran


President Donald J. Trump on the Reimposition of United States Sanctions with Respect to Iran

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

President Donald J. Trump signs an EO on Iran Sanctions in the Green Room at Trump National Golf Club Sunday, August 5, 2018, in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. | White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY – “Today, the United States is taking action to reimpose nuclear-related sanctions with respect to Iran that were lifted in connection with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of July 14, 2015 (the “JCPOA”). These actions include reimposing sanctions on Iran’s automotive sector and on its trade in gold and precious metals, as well as sanctions related to the Iranian rial. These measures will take effect on August 7, 2018.

 

All remaining United States nuclear-related sanctions will resume effective November 5, 2018. These include sanctions targeting Iran’s energy sector, including petroleum-related transactions, as well as transactions by foreign financial institutions with the Central Bank of Iran.

 

The United States is fully committed to enforcing all of our sanctions, and we will work closely with nations conducting business with Iran to ensure complete compliance. Individuals or entities that fail to wind down activities with Iran risk severe consequences.

 

I am pleased that many international firms have already announced their intent to leave the Iranian market, and several countries have indicated that they will reduce or end imports of Iranian crude oil. We urge all nations to take such steps to make clear that the Iranian regime faces a choice: either change its threatening, destabilizing behavior and reintegrate with the global economy, or continue down a path of economic isolation.

 

My actions today – including my signing of an Executive Order entitled “Reimposing Certain Sanctions with Respect to Iran” – are consistent with National Security Presidential Memorandum-11 of May 8, 2018, announcing the withdrawal of the United States from the JCPOA.

 

The JCPOA, a horrible, one-sided deal, failed to achieve the fundamental objective of blocking all paths to an Iranian nuclear bomb, and it threw a lifeline of cash to a murderous dictatorship that has continued to spread bloodshed, violence, and chaos.

 

Since the deal was reached, Iran’s aggression has only increased. The regime has used the windfall of newly accessible funds it received under the JCPOA to build nuclear-capable missiles, fund terrorism, and fuel conflict across the Middle East and beyond.

 

To this day, Iran threatens the United States and our allies, undermines the international financial system, and supports terrorism and militant proxies around the world.

 

By exiting the JCPOA, the United States is able to protect its national security by applying maximum economic pressure on the Iranian regime. To date, my Administration has issued 17 rounds of Iran-related sanctions, designating 145 companies and individuals. Since my announcement on May 8 withdrawing the United States from the JCPOA, my Administration has sanctioned 38 Iran-related targets in six separate actions. Reimposition of nuclear-related sanctions through today’s actions further intensifies pressure on Tehran to change its conduct.

 

As we continue applying maximum economic pressure on the Iranian regime, I remain open to reaching a more comprehensive deal that addresses the full range of the regime’s malign activities, including its ballistic missile program and its support for terrorism. The United States welcomes the partnership of likeminded nations in these efforts.

 

The United States continues to stand with the long-suffering Iranian people, who are the rightful heirs to Iran’s rich heritage and the real victims of the regime’s policies. We look forward to the day when the people of Iran, and all people across the region, can prosper together in safety and peace.”

 

Trump Administration’s Reasoning On Iran

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS REIMPOSING SANCTIONS LIFTED UNDER THE Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action IRAN DEAL

 

WASHINGTON DC – By protecting US National Security the Trump administration hopes to impact the Iranian dictatorship and insure Iran ends its sponsorship of terrorism and continuous aggression around the world and the Middle East. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) does not impact the two very strategic goals. Therefore, within this context the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action can not achieve global peace nor liberate Iranian citizens.

President Trump is continuing a US policy of standing up to the Iranian regime’s aggression, and the United States is fully enforcing sanctions. President Trump hopes to end the exploitation of the global financial system by Iran. Moreover The Trump administration is committed to de-funding terrorism, ending the promotion of ruthless regimes, stabilizing all regions of the world, and end the abuse of human beings in Iran.

 

“Our policy is based on a clear-eyed assessment of the Iranian dictatorship, its sponsorship of terrorism, and its continuing aggression in the Middle East and all around the world.” – President Donald J. Trump

 

BY REIMPOSING TOUGH SANCTIONS: President Donald J. Trump’s Administration is taking action to sanction Iran and nullify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

  • President Trump made clear when he ended United States participation in the JCPOA that his Administration would be reimposing tough sanctions on the Iranian regime.

o In connection with the withdrawal from the JCPOA, the Trump Administration laid out two wind-down periods of 90 days and 180 days for business activities in or involving Iran.

  • Consistent with President Trump’s decision, the Trump Administration will be reimposing specified sanctions after August 6, the final day of the 90-day wind-down period.
  • On August 7, US sanctions will be reimposed on:

o The purchase or acquisition of United States bank notes by the Government of Iran.

o Iran’s trade in gold and other precious metals.

o Graphite, aluminum, steel, coal, and software used in industrial processes.

o Transactions related to the Iranian rial.

o Activities relating to Iran’s issuance of sovereign debt.

o Iran’s automotive sector.

  • The remaining US sanctions will be reimposed on November 5, including sanctions on:

o Iran’s port operators and energy, shipping, and shipbuilding sectors.

o Iran’s petroleum-related transactions.

o Transactions by foreign financial institutions with the Central Bank of Iran.

  • The Trump Administration will also relist hundreds of individuals, entities, vessels, and aircraft that were previously included on sanctions lists.

 

BY ENSURING FULL ENFORCEMENT:

  • The Iranian regime has exploited the global financial system to fund its malign activities.

o The regime has used this funding to support terrorism, promote ruthless regimes, destabilize the region, and abuse the human rights of its own people.

  • The Trump Administration intends to fully enforce the sanctions reimposed against Iran, and those who fail to wind down activities with Iran risk severe consequences.
  • Since the President announced his decision on May 8 to withdraw from the JCPOA, the Administration has sanctioned 38 Iran-related targets in six separate actions.

 

BY PROTECTING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY: The Trump Administration nullifies JCPOA based on a belief that it was defective at its core and failed to guarantee the safety of the American people.

  • President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran deal upheld his highest obligation: to protect the safety and security of the American people.
  • The Iranian regime only grew more aggressive under the cover of the JCPOA and was given access to more resources to pursue its malign activities.
    • The regime continues to threaten the United States and our allies, exploit the international financial system, and support terrorism and foreign proxies.
  • The Administration is working with allies to bring pressure on the Iranian regime to achieve an agreement that denies all paths to a nuclear weapon and addresses other malign activities.

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Executive Order Reimposing Certain Sanctions with Respect to Iran

EXECUTIVE ORDER

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Reimposing Certain Sanctions With Respect to Iran

 

 

“By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-172) (50 U.S.C. 1701 note), as amended (ISA), the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-195) (22 U.S.C. 8501 et seq.), as amended (CISADA), the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-158) (TRA), the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 (subtitle D of title XII of Public Law 112-239) (22 U.S.C. 8801 et seq.) (IFCA), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, in order to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957 of March 15, 1995,

 

I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, in light of my decision on May 8, 2018, to cease the participation of the United States in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of July 14, 2015 (JCPOA), and to re-impose all sanctions lifted or waived in connection with the JCPOA as expeditiously as possible and in no case later than 180 days from May 8, 2018, as outlined in the National Security Presidential Memorandum-11 of May 8, 2018 (Ceasing United States Participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and Taking Additional Action to Counter Iran’s Malign Influence and Deny Iran All Paths to a Nuclear Weapon), and to advance the goal of applying financial pressure on the Iranian regime in pursuit of a comprehensive and lasting solution to the full range of the threats posed by Iran, including Iran’s proliferation and development of missiles and other asymmetric and conventional weapons capabilities, its network and campaign of regional aggression, its support for terrorist groups, and the malign activities of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its surrogates, hereby order as follows:

 

Section 1. Blocking Sanctions Relating to Support for the Government of Iran’s Purchase or Acquisition of U.S. Bank Notes or Precious Metals; Certain Iranian Persons; and Iran’s Energy, Shipping, and Shipbuilding Sectors and Port Operators. (a) The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to impose on a person the measures described in subsection (b) of this section upon determining that:

 

(i) on or after August 7, 2018, the person has materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services in support of, the purchase or acquisition of U.S. bank notes or precious metals by the Government of Iran;

 

(ii) on or after November 5, 2018, the person has materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services in support of, the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Naftiran Intertrade Company (NICO), or the Central Bank of Iran;

 

(iii) on or after November 5, 2018, the person has materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of:

 

(A) any Iranian person included on the list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons maintained by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (SDN List) (other than an Iranian depository institution whose property and interests in property are blocked solely pursuant to Executive Order 13599 of February 5, 2012); or

 

(B) any other person included on the SDN List whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to subsection (a) of this section or Executive Order 13599 (other than an Iranian depository institution whose property and interests in property are blocked solely pursuant to Executive Order 13599); or

 

(iv) pursuant to authority delegated by the President and in accordance with the terms of such delegation, sanctions shall be imposed on such person pursuant to section 1244(c)(1)(A) of IFCA because the person:

 

(A) is part of the energy, shipping, or shipbuilding sectors of Iran;

 

(B) operates a port in Iran; or

 

(C) knowingly provides significant financial, material, technological, or other support to, or goods or services in support of any activity or transaction on behalf of a person determined under section 1244(c)(2)(A) of IFCA to be a part of the energy, shipping, or shipbuilding sectors of Iran; a person determined under section 1244(c)(2)(B) of IFCA to operate a port in Iran; or an Iranian person included on the SDN List (other than a person described in section 1244(c)(3) of IFCA).

 

(b) With respect to any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury in accordance with this section to meet any of the criteria set forth in subsections (a)(i)-(a)(iv) of this section, all property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of such person are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in.

 

(c) The prohibitions in subsection (b) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the effective date of this order or, where specifically provided, the effective date of the prohibition.

 

Sec. 2. Correspondent and Payable-Through Account Sanctions Relating to Iran’s Automotive Sector; Certain Iranian Persons; and Trade in Iranian Petroleum, Petroleum Products, and Petrochemical Products. (a) The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to impose on a foreign financial institution the sanctions described in subsection (b) of this section upon determining that the foreign financial institution has knowingly conducted or facilitated any significant financial transaction:

 

(i) on or after August 7, 2018, for the sale, supply, or transfer to Iran of significant goods or services used in connection with the automotive sector of Iran;

 

(ii) on or after November 5, 2018, on behalf of any Iranian person included on the SDN List (other than an Iranian depository institution whose property and interests in property are blocked solely pursuant to Executive Order 13599) or any other person included on the SDN List whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to subsection 1(a) of this order or Executive Order 13599 (other than an Iranian depository institution whose property and interests in property are blocked solely pursuant to Executive Order 13599);

 

(iii) on or after November 5, 2018, with NIOC or NICO, except for a sale or provision to NIOC or NICO of the products described in section 5(a)(3)(A)(i) of ISA provided that the fair market value of such products is lower than the applicable dollar threshold specified in that provision;

 

(iv) on or after November 5, 2018, for the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of petroleum or petroleum products from Iran; or

 

(v) on or after November 5, 2018, for the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of petrochemical products from Iran.

 

(b) With respect to any foreign financial institution determined by the Secretary of the Treasury in accordance with this section to meet any of the criteria set forth in subsections (a)(i)-(a)(v) of this section, the Secretary of the Treasury may prohibit the opening, and prohibit or impose strict conditions on the maintaining, in the United States of a correspondent account or a payable-through account by such foreign financial institution.

 

(c) Subsections (a)(ii)-(a)(iv) of this section shall apply with respect to a significant financial transaction conducted or facilitated by a foreign financial institution for the purchase of petroleum or petroleum products from Iran only if:

 

(i) the President determines under subparagraphs (4)(B) and (C) of subsection 1245(d) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112-81) (2012 NDAA) (22 U.S.C. 8513a) that there is a sufficient supply of petroleum and petroleum products from countries other than Iran to permit a significant reduction in the volume of petroleum and petroleum products purchased from Iran by or through foreign financial institutions; and

 

(ii) an exception under subparagraph 4(D) of subsection 1245(d) of the 2012 NDAA from the imposition of sanctions under paragraph (1) of that subsection does not apply.

 

(d) Subsection (a)(ii) of this section shall not apply with respect to a significant financial transaction conducted or facilitated by a foreign financial institution for the sale, supply, or transfer to or from Iran of natural gas only if the financial transaction is solely for trade between the country with primary jurisdiction over the foreign financial institution and Iran, and any funds owed to Iran as a result of such trade are credited to an account located in the country with primary jurisdiction over the foreign financial institution.

 

(e) Subsections (a)(ii)-(a)(v) of this section shall not apply with respect to any person for conducting or facilitating a transaction for the provision (including any sale) of agricultural commodities, food, medicine, or medical devices to Iran.

 

(f) The prohibitions in subsection (b) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the effective date of this order or, where specifically provided, the effective date of the prohibition.

 

Sec. 3. “Menu-based” Sanctions Relating to Iran’s Automotive Sector and Trade in Iranian Petroleum, Petroleum Products, and Petrochemical Products. (a) The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the United States Trade Representative, and with the President of the Export-Import Bank, the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and other agencies and officials as appropriate, is hereby authorized to impose on a person any of the sanctions described in section 4 or 5 of this order upon determining that the person:

 

(i) on or after August 7, 2018, knowingly engaged in a significant transaction for the sale, supply, or transfer to Iran of significant goods or services used in connection with the automotive sector of Iran;

 

(ii) on or after November 5, 2018, knowingly engaged in a significant transaction for the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of petroleum or petroleum products from Iran;

 

(iii) on or after November 5, 2018, knowingly engaged in a significant transaction for the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of petrochemical products from Iran;

 

(iv) is a successor entity to a person determined by the Secretary of State in accordance with this section to meet any of the criteria set forth in subsections (a)(i)-(a)(iii) of this section;

 

(v) owns or controls a person determined by the Secretary of State in accordance with this section to meet any of the criteria set forth in subsections (a)(i)-(a)(iii) of this section, and had knowledge that the person engaged in the activities referred to in those subsections; or

 

(vi) is owned or controlled by, or under common ownership or control with, a person determined by the Secretary of State in accordance with this section to meet any of the criteria set forth in subsections (a)(i)-(a)(iii) of this section, and knowingly participated in the activities referred to in those subsections.

 

(b) Subsection (a)(ii) of this section shall apply with respect to a person only if:

 

(i) the President determines under subparagraphs (4)(B) and (C) of subsection 1245(d) of the 2012 NDAA that there is a sufficient supply of petroleum and petroleum products from countries other than Iran to permit a significant reduction in the volume of petroleum and petroleum products purchased from Iran by or through foreign financial institutions; and

 

(ii) an exception under subparagraph 4(D) of subsection 1245(d) of the 2012 NDAA from the imposition of sanctions under paragraph (1) of that subsection does not apply.

 

Sec. 4. Agency Implementation Authorities for “Menu-based” Sanctions. When the Secretary of State, in accordance with the terms of section 3 of this order, has determined that a person meets any of the criteria described in subsections (a)(i)-(a)(vi) of that section and has selected any of the sanctions set forth below to impose on that person, the heads of relevant agencies, in consultation with the Secretary of State, as appropriate, shall take the following actions where necessary to implement the sanctions imposed by the Secretary of State:

 

(a) the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States shall deny approval of the issuance of any guarantee, insurance, extension of credit, or participation in an extension of credit in connection with the export of any goods or services to the sanctioned person;

 

(b) agencies shall not issue any specific license or grant any other specific permission or authority under any statute or regulation that requires the prior review and approval of the United States Government as a condition for the export or reexport of goods or technology to the sanctioned person;

 

(c) with respect to a sanctioned person that is a financial institution:

 

(i) the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shall take such actions as they deem appropriate, including denying designation, or terminating the continuation of any prior designation of, the sanctioned person as a primary dealer in United States Government debt instruments; or

 

(ii) agencies shall prevent the sanctioned person from serving as an agent of the United States Government or serving as a repository for United States Government funds;

 

(d) agencies shall not procure, or enter into a contract for the procurement of, any goods or services from the sanctioned person;

 

(e) the Secretary of State shall deny a visa to, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall exclude from the United States, any alien that the Secretary of State determines is a corporate officer or principal of, or a shareholder with a controlling interest in, a sanctioned person; or

 

(f) the heads of the relevant agencies, as appropriate, shall impose on the principal executive officer or officers, or persons performing similar functions and with similar authorities, of a sanctioned person the sanctions described in subsections (a)-(e) of this section, as selected by the Secretary of State.

 

(g) The prohibitions in subsections (a)-(f) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the effective date of this order or, where specifically provided, the effective date of the prohibition.

 

Sec. 5. Additional Implementation Authorities for “Menu-based” Sanctions. (a) When the President, or the Secretary of State or the Secretary of the Treasury pursuant to authority delegated by the President and in accordance with the terms of such delegation, has determined that sanctions described in section 6(a) of ISA shall be imposed on a person pursuant to ISA, CISADA, TRA, or IFCA and has selected one or more of the sanctions set forth below to impose on that person or when the Secretary of State, in accordance with the terms of section 3 of this order, has determined that a person meets any of the criteria described in subsections (a)(i)-(a)(vi) of that section and has selected one or more of the sanctions set forth below to impose on that person, the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall take the following actions where necessary to implement the sanctions selected and maintained by the President, the Secretary of State, or the Secretary of the Treasury:

 

(i) prohibit any United States financial institution from making loans or providing credits to the sanctioned person totaling more than $10,000,000 in any 12-month period, unless such person is engaged in activities to relieve human suffering and the loans or credits are provided for such activities;

 

(ii) prohibit any transactions in foreign exchange that are subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and in which the sanctioned person has any interest;

 

(iii) prohibit any transfers of credit or payments between financial institutions or by, through, or to any financial institution, to the extent that such transfers or payments are subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and involve any interest of the sanctioned person;

 

(iv) block all property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the sanctioned person, and provide that such property and interests in property may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in;

 

(v) prohibit any United States person from investing in or purchasing significant amounts of equity or debt instruments of a sanctioned person;

 

(vi) restrict or prohibit imports of goods, technology, or services, directly or indirectly, into the United States from the sanctioned person; or

 

(vii) impose on the principal executive officer or officers, or persons performing similar functions and with similar authorities, of a sanctioned person the sanctions described in subsections (a)(i)-(a)(vi) of this section, as selected by the President or Secretary of State or the Secretary of the Treasury, as appropriate.

 

(b) The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the effective date of this order or, where specifically provided, the effective date of the prohibition.

 

Sec. 6. Sanctions Relating to the Iranian Rial. (a) The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to impose on a foreign financial institution the sanctions described in subsection (b) of this section upon determining that the foreign financial institution has, on or after August 7, 2018:

 

(i) knowingly conducted or facilitated any significant transaction related to the purchase or sale of Iranian rials or a derivative, swap, future, forward, or other similar contract whose value is based on the exchange rate of the Iranian rial; or

 

(ii) maintained significant funds or accounts outside the territory of Iran denominated in the Iranian rial.

 

(b) With respect to any foreign financial institution determined by the Secretary of the Treasury in accordance with this section to meet the criteria set forth in subsection (a)(i) or (a)(ii) of this section, the Secretary of the Treasury may:

 

(i) prohibit the opening, and prohibit or impose strict conditions on the maintaining, in the United States of a correspondent account or a payable‑through account by such foreign financial institution; or

 

(ii) block all property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of such foreign financial institution, and provide that such property and interests in property may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in.

 

(c) The prohibitions in subsection (b) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the effective date of this order or, where specifically provided, the effective date of the prohibition.

 

Sec. 7. Sanctions with Respect to the Diversion of Goods Intended for the People of Iran, the Transfer of Goods or Technologies to Iran that are Likely to be Used to Commit Human Rights Abuses, and Censorship. (a) The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with or at the recommendation of the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to impose on a person the measures described in subsection (b) of this section upon determining that the person:

 

(i) has engaged, on or after January 2, 2013, in corruption or other activities relating to the diversion of goods, including agricultural commodities, food, medicine, and medical devices, intended for the people of Iran;

 

(ii) has engaged, on or after January 2, 2013, in corruption or other activities relating to the misappropriation of proceeds from the sale or resale of goods described in subsection (a)(i) of this section;

 

(iii) has knowingly, on or after August 10, 2012, transferred, or facilitated the transfer of, goods or technologies to Iran, any entity organized under the laws of Iran or otherwise subject to the jurisdiction of the Government of Iran, or any national of Iran, for use in or with respect to Iran, that are likely to be used by the Government of Iran or any of its agencies or instrumentalities, or by any other person on behalf of the Government of Iran or any of such agencies or instrumentalities, to commit serious human rights abuses against the people of Iran;

 

(iv) has knowingly, on or after August 10, 2012, provided services, including services relating to hardware, software, or specialized information or professional consulting, engineering, or support services, with respect to goods or technologies that have been transferred to Iran and that are likely to be used by the Government of Iran or any of its agencies or instrumentalities, or by any other person on behalf of the Government of Iran or any of such agencies or instrumentalities, to commit serious human rights abuses against the people of Iran;

 

(v) has engaged in censorship or other activities with respect to Iran on or after June 12, 2009, that prohibit, limit, or penalize the exercise of freedom of expression or assembly by citizens of Iran, or that limit access to print or broadcast media, including the facilitation or support of intentional frequency manipulation by the Government of Iran or an entity owned or controlled by the Government of Iran that would jam or restrict an international signal;

 

(vi) has materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, the activities described in subsections (a)(i)-(a)(v) of this section or any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this section; or

 

(vii) is owned or controlled by, or has acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this section.

 

(b) With respect to any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury in accordance with this section to meet any of the criteria set forth in subsections (a)(i)-(a)(vii) of this section, all property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of such person are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in.

 

(c) The prohibitions in subsection (b) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the effective date of this order or, where specifically provided, the effective date of the prohibition.

 

Sec. 8. Entities Owned or Controlled by a United States Person and Established or Maintained Outside the United States. (a) No entity owned or controlled by a United States person and established or maintained outside the United States may knowingly engage in any transaction, directly or indirectly, with the Government of Iran or any person subject to the jurisdiction of the Government of Iran, if that transaction would be prohibited by Executive Order 12957, Executive Order 12959 of May 6, 1995, Executive Order 13059 of August 19, 1997, Executive Order 13599, or sections 1 or 15 of this order, or any regulation issued pursuant to the foregoing, if the transaction were engaged in by a United States person or in the United States.

 

(b) Penalties assessed for violations of the prohibition in subsection (a) of this section, and any related violations of section 15 of this order may be assessed against the United States person that owns or controls the entity that engaged in the prohibited transaction.

 

(c) The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section apply, except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the effective date of this order or, where specifically provided, the effective date of the prohibition, except to the extent provided in subsection 20(c) of this order.

 

Sec. 9. Revoking and Superseding Prior Executive Orders. The following Executive Orders are revoked and superseded:

 

(a) Executive Order 13628 of October 9, 2012 (Authorizing the Implementation of Certain Sanctions Set Forth in the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 and Additional Sanctions With Respect to Iran); and

 

(b) Executive Order 13716 of January 16, 2016 (Revocation of Executive Orders 13574, 13590, 13622, and 13645 With Respect to Iran, Amendment of Executive Order 13628 With Respect to Iran, and Provision of Implementation Authorities for Aspects of Certain Statutory Sanctions Outside the Scope of U.S. Commitments Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of July 14, 2015).

 

Sec. 10. Natural Gas Project Exception. Subsections 1(a), 2(a)(ii)-(a)(v), 3(a)(ii)-(a)(iii), and, with respect to a person determined by the Secretary of State in accordance with section 3 to meet the criteria of 3(a)(ii)-(iii), 3(a)(iv)-(vi) of this order shall not apply with respect to any person for conducting or facilitating a transaction involving a project described in subsection (a) of section 603 of TRA to which the exception under that section applies.

 

Sec. 11. Donations. I hereby determine that, to the extent section 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(2)) may apply, the making of donations of the types of articles specified in such section by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order would seriously impair my ability to deal with the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by subsections 1(b), 5(a)(iv), 6(b)(ii), and 7(b) of this order.

 

Sec. 12. Prohibitions. The prohibitions in subsections 1(b), 5(a)(iv), 6(b)(ii), and 7(b) of this order include:

 

(a) the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; and

 

(b) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

 

Sec. 13. Entry into the United States. The unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in subsections 1(a), 3(a), and 7(a) of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and the entry of such persons into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, is hereby suspended. Such persons shall be treated as persons covered by section 1 of Proclamation 8693 of July 24, 2011 (Suspension of Entry of Aliens Subject to United Nations Security Council Travel Bans and International Emergency Economic Powers Act Sanctions).

 

Sec. 14. General Authorities. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including adopting rules and regulations, to employ all powers granted to me by IEEPA and sections 6(a)(6), 6(a)(7), 6(a)(8), 6(a)(9), 6(a)(11), and 6(a)(12) of ISA, and to employ all powers granted to the United States Government by section 6(a)(3) of ISA, as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this order, other than the purposes described in sections 3, 4, and 13 of this order. The Secretary of the Treasury may, consistent with applicable law, redelegate any of these functions within the Department of the Treasury. All agencies of the United States shall take all appropriate measures within their authority to implement this order.

 

Sec. 15. Evasion and Conspiracy. (a) Any transaction that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order or in Executive Order 12957, Executive Order 12959, Executive Order 13059, or Executive Order 13599 is prohibited.

 

(b) Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order or in Executive Order 12957, Executive Order 12959, Executive Order 13059, or Executive Order 13599 is prohibited.

 

Sec. 16. Definitions. For the purposes of this order:

 

(a) the term “automotive sector of Iran” means the manufacturing or assembling in Iran of light and heavy vehicles including passenger cars, trucks, buses, minibuses, pick-up trucks, and motorcycles, as well as original equipment manufacturing and after-market parts manufacturing relating to such vehicles;

 

(b) the term “entity” means a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization;

 

(c) the term “financial institution” includes (i) a depository institution (as defined in section 3(c)(1) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act) (12 U.S.C. 1813(c)(1)), including a branch or agency of a foreign bank (as defined in section 1(b)(7) of the International Banking Act of 1978) (12 U.S.C. 3101(7)); (ii) a credit union; (iii) a securities firm, including a broker or dealer; (iv) an insurance company, including an agency or underwriter; and (v) any other company that provides financial services;

 

(d) the term “foreign financial institution” means any foreign entity that is engaged in the business of accepting deposits, making, granting, transferring, holding, or brokering loans or credits, or purchasing or selling foreign exchange, securities, commodity futures or options, or procuring purchasers and sellers thereof, as principal or agent. It includes, but is not limited to, depository institutions, banks, savings banks, money service businesses, trust companies, securities brokers and dealers, commodity futures and options brokers and dealers, forward contract and foreign exchange merchants, securities and commodities exchanges, clearing corporations, investment companies, employee benefit plans, dealers in precious metals, stones, or jewels, and holding companies, affiliates, or subsidiaries of any of the foregoing. The term does not include the international financial institutions identified in 22 U.S.C. 262r(c)(2), the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the North American Development Bank, or any other international financial institution so notified by the Secretary of the Treasury;

 

(e) the term “Government of Iran” includes the Government of Iran, any political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality thereof, including the Central Bank of Iran, and any person owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, the Government of Iran;

 

(f) the term “Iran” means the Government of Iran and the territory of Iran and any other territory or marine area, including the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, over which the Government of Iran claims sovereignty, sovereign rights, or jurisdiction, provided that the Government of Iran exercises partial or total de facto control over the area or derives a benefit from economic activity in the area pursuant to international arrangements;

 

(g) the term “Iranian depository institution” means any entity (including foreign branches), wherever located, organized under the laws of Iran or any jurisdiction within Iran, or owned or controlled by the Government of Iran, or in Iran, or owned or controlled by any of the foregoing, that is engaged primarily in the business of banking (for example, banks, savings banks, savings associations, credit unions, trust companies, and bank holding companies);

 

(h) the term “Iranian person” means an individual who is a citizen or national of Iran or an entity organized under the laws of Iran or otherwise subject to the jurisdiction of the Government of Iran;

 

(i) the terms “knowledge” and “knowingly,” with respect to conduct, a circumstance, or a result, mean that a person has actual knowledge, or should have known, of the conduct, the circumstance, or the result;

 

(j) the terms “Naftiran Intertrade Company” and “NICO” mean the Naftiran Intertrade Company Ltd. and any entity owned or controlled by, or operating for or on behalf of, the Naftiran Intertrade Company Ltd.;

 

(k) the terms “National Iranian Oil Company” and “NIOC” mean the National Iranian Oil Company and any entity owned or controlled by, or operating for or on behalf of, the National Iranian Oil Company;

 

(l) the term “person” means an individual or entity;

 

(m) the term “petrochemical products” includes any aromatic, olefin, and synthesis gas, and any of their derivatives, including ethylene, propylene, butadiene, benzene, toluene, xylene, ammonia, methanol, and urea;

 

(n) the term “petroleum” (also known as crude oil) means a mixture of hydrocarbons that exists in liquid phase in natural underground reservoirs and remains liquid at atmospheric pressure after passing through surface separating facilities;

 

(o) the term “petroleum products” includes unfinished oils, liquefied petroleum gases, pentanes plus, aviation gasoline, motor gasoline, naphtha-type jet fuel, kerosene-type jet fuel, kerosene, distillate fuel oil, residual fuel oil, petrochemical feedstocks, special naphthas, lubricants, waxes, petroleum coke, asphalt, road oil, still gas, and miscellaneous products obtained from the processing of: crude oil (including lease condensate), natural gas, and other hydrocarbon compounds. The term does not include natural gas, liquefied natural gas, biofuels, methanol, and other non-petroleum fuels;

 

(p) the term “sanctioned person” means a person that the President, or the Secretary of State or the Secretary of the Treasury pursuant to authority delegated by the President and in accordance with the terms of such delegation, has determined is a person on whom sanctions described in section 6(a) of ISA shall be imposed pursuant to ISA, CISADA, TRA, or IFCA, and on whom the President, the Secretary of State, or the Secretary of the Treasury has imposed any of the sanctions in section 6(a) of ISA or a person on whom the Secretary of State, in accordance with the terms of section 3 of this order, has decided to impose sanctions pursuant to section 3 of this order;

 

(q) the term “subject to the jurisdiction of the Government of Iran” means a person organized under the laws of Iran or any jurisdiction within Iran, ordinarily resident in Iran, or in Iran, or owned or controlled by any of the foregoing;

 

(r) the term “United States financial institution” means a financial institution as defined in subsection (c) of this section (including its foreign branches) organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States or located in the United States; and

 

(s) the term “United States person” means any United States citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States.

 

Sec. 17. Notice. For those persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, I find that because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render those measures ineffectual. I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957, there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to subsections 1(b), 5(a)(iv), 6(b)(ii), and 7(b) of this order.

 

Sec. 18. Delegation to Implement Section 104A of CISADA. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including adopting rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to me by IEEPA, as may be necessary to carry out section 104A of CISADA (22 U.S.C. 8513b). The Secretary of the Treasury may, consistent with applicable law, redelegate any of these functions within the Department of the Treasury.

 

Sec. 19. Rights. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

 

Sec. 20. Effect on Actions or Proceedings, Blocked Property, and Regulations, Orders, Directives, and Licenses. (a) Pursuant to section 202 of the NEA (50 U.S.C. 1622), the revocation of Executive Orders 13716 and 13628 as set forth in section 9 of this order, shall not affect any action taken or proceeding pending not finally concluded or determined as of the effective date of this order, or any action or proceeding based on any act committed prior to the effective date of this order, or any rights or duties that matured or penalties that were incurred prior to the effective date of this order.

 

(b) Except to the extent provided in statutes or regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the effective date of this order, the following are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: all property and interests in property that were blocked pursuant to Executive Order 13628 and remained blocked immediately prior to the effective date of this order.

 

(c) Except to the extent provided in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, all regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that were issued pursuant to Executive Order 13628 and remained in effect immediately prior to the effective date of this order are hereby authorized to remain in effect — subject to their existing terms and conditions — pursuant to this order, which continues in effect certain sanctions set forth in Executive Order 13628.

 

Sec. 21. Relationship to Algiers Accords. The measures taken pursuant to this order are in response to actions of the Government of Iran occurring after the conclusion of the 1981 Algiers Accords, and are intended solely as a response to those later actions.

 

Sec. 22. Effective Date. This order is effective 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on August 7, 2018.”

 

DONALD J. TRUMP

 

THE WHITE HOUSE,

August 6, 2018.


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USA Intelligence ‘Show of Force’ Displayed for Global Consumption:

Geo-Political Enemies Beware

 

National Intelligence Directors Rebuke Russia With Show of Force

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

Video: National Intelligence Directors Rebuke Russia With Show of Force

 

WASHINGTON DC – National Intelligence Directors of the United States of America rebuke Russia with facts about Russian use of cyber-warfare on USA territory. The presentations of numerous Directors shuts down any verbal dissonance about the facts and truth. The democracy of the United States of America is withstanding the bombardment of Russian propaganda, cyber-warfare and mis-information.

The thing is what will be the next move taken by Russian leader President Putin. Winning is all Putin cares about, not the little battles along the way. My money, if I were a betting man would be on US National Intelligence forces who are not sleeping and at the ready to act strategically and fatally. Russia and Iranian evil is damned.


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Presidential Weekly Address

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

 

WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America presents a weekly Address on Friday, August 3, 2018.

The United States of America is experiencing the longest consecutive positive monthly job growth in the history of the United States of America.

“The United States economy is continuing its longest streak of consecutive positive monthly job growth at 94 months, with 3.9 million jobs created since President Donald J. Trump was elected in November 2016.

Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) monthly Employment Situation Report shows that nonfarm payroll employment rose by 157,000 jobs in July, falling short of expectations, the average job growth per month is 215,000 for 2018—exceeding average monthly gains in 2016 (195K) and 2017 (182K)—once cumulative positive revisions to May and June are included.

Job growth has been strong across the board during the first 18 months of this Administration, and in July the manufacturing and professional & business services industries experienced significant gains. Since President Trump was elected, goods-producing industries (construction, manufacturing, mining, and logging) have added more than 900,000 jobs.

A separate BLS Household Survey offers more indications of a strong, growing U.S. economy. The unemployment rate edged down 0.1 percentage point (p.p.) over the month to 3.9 percent, a 0.9 p.p. decrease since January 2017. This is just the eighth time since 1970 that the unemployment rate has fallen below 4 percent, with three of these occasions occurring in 2018. The unemployment rate for Hispanics has reached another historic low, reaching 4.5 percent in July. This is the second month in row the unemployment rate for Hispanics has reached the lowest level recorded since the series began in 1973. The July unemployment rate for individuals with less than a high school diploma fell 0.4 p.p. over the month to 5.1 percent in July, the lowest level since the series began in 1992. The July unemployment rate for adult men was 3.4 percent, the lowest since December 2000.

The employment-population ratio, which is an important indicator of the share of people who are working, rose by 0.1 p.p. in July to 60.5 percent. This marks its highest point since January 2009 (see figure). Since January 2017, the employment-population ratio has increased by 0.6 p.p., which is a sign that more workers are finding jobs and coming off the sidelines, which is good news for America’s economy.

The unemployment rate declined in July across alternative measures of how we measure the workforce, or labor utilizations, as well. The U6 measure, which includes workers who are marginally attached to the labor force and those employed part-time for economic reasons, declined by 0.3 p.p. over the month to 7.5 percent—its lowest rate since May 2001—again showing that those who had given up looking for work are throwing their hats in the ring.

Today’s BLS Employment Situation Report shows another month of strong job growth and demonstrates that the American labor market is thriving under the Trump Administration’s pro-growth policies.”


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Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Kevin Hassett Presents Remarks to the Japan Center for Economic Research

 

 

Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Kevin Hassett Presents Remarks to the Japan Center for Economic Research

Reported By Karen Ann Carr

 

 

President Donald J. Trump and Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Kevin Hassett as he presents remarks at the White House South Portico on the USA economy on Friday, July 27, 2018 in Washington, DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/ E Media Inc.

 

 

Kevin Hassett
American Economist

Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Kevin Hassett, Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers briefs global press with Details About the Growing Economy of the United States of America at the White House West Wing on June 5,2018.| White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/ E Media Inc.

Kevin Allen Hassett is an American economist and the 29th Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. Hassett Chairs President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers. Hassett is known for his work on tax policy and for coauthoring the book Dow 36,000, published in 1999.

Hassett was born March 20, 1962 in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Educated at Swarthmore College, Greenfield High School, University of Pennsylvania.

Hassett is a native of Greenfield, Massachusetts, where he graduated from Greenfield High School and played for Turnbull’s in the Greenfield Minor League. He received a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Hassett was an assistant professor of economics at Columbia Business School from 1989 to 1993 and an associate professor there from 1993 to 1994. From 1992 to 1997, Hassett was an economist in the Division of Research and Statistics at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Hassett served as a policy consultant to the United States Treasury Department during the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations.

According to The New York Times, Hassett’s nomination by President Trump to lead the Council of Economic Advisers met with opposition by Trump supporters who are anti-illegal immigration, such as Breitbart, American Renaissance, Infowars, the Center for Immigration Studies and “leaders of the white nationalist ‘alt-right‘ movement.” Hassett—”like most economists…believes that immigration spurs economic growth.” Prior to Hassett’s nomination, President Trump “broke with recent tradition and removed the council’s chairman from a cabinet-level position.”

Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Kevin Hassett, Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers briefs global press with Details About the Growing Economy of the United States of America at the White House West Wing on June 5,2018.| White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/ E Media Inc.

As a 1997 resident scholar at AEI: Hassett worked on tax policy, fiscal policy, energy issues, and investing in the stock market. Hassett collaborated with R. Glenn Hubbard on work on the budget surplus, income inequality, and tax reform. Hassett published papers and articles on capital taxation, the consistency of tax policy, returns on energy conservation investments, corporate taxation, telecommunications competition, the effects of taxation on wages, dividend taxation, and carbon taxes.

Prior to becoming Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Hassett was the State Farm James Q. Wilson Chair in American Politics and Culture and Director of Research for Domestic Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservativethink tank.

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Remarks of Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Kevin Hassett

On August 1, 2018 at the Imperial Hotel
Tokyo, Japan

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Holds Daily Briefing At White House
Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Kevin Hassett Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers with Details About the Growing Economy of the United States of America June 7, 2018 – Source: Alex Wong/Getty Images North America

“Good morning. I’m pleased to be here today, having been asked to offer an overview and diagnosis of the state of the U.S. economy.

If you had asked me to deliver such remarks twenty months ago, I would have said the U.S. economy was struggling. In the six and a half years between the start of the recovery in 2009:Q3 and the end of 2015, growth in real GDP averaged 2.2 percent, slowing to just 1.8 percent in 2016. Since the 2009:Q2 economic trough, labor productivity growth in the private nonfarm business sector through the end of 2016 averaged just 1.0 percent—less than half the pre-crisis postwar average of 2.3 percent and the slowest of any postwar expansion.

This was in part because, for the first time in postwar U.S. history, the contribution of capital deepening to labor productivity growth turned negative on a sustained basis, and was in fact, on average, negative for the entire 2010-2016 period, compared to an historical average of 1 percentage point.

In other words, during the post-2009 expansion, depreciation of existing capital per worker was exceeding investment. Indeed, in the six and a half years between the start of the recovery in 2009: Q3 and 2015, growth in real private nonresidential fixed investment averaged 4.8 percent, and slowed to just 0.7 percent in 2016.

What makes this record so shocking is that it is historically highly atypical. Not only was it slow by historical standards, it was also contrary to empirical evidence—confirmed by recent peer-reviewed research—that in the United States, deeper recessions are typically succeeded by steeper expansions, and that this correlation is in fact stronger when the contraction is accompanied by a financial crisis. Since the nineteenth century, the recent recovery was one of only three exceptions to this pattern.

Council of Economic Advisors Chairman Kevin Hassett’s display

So what was going on? Back in graduate school, one of the first topics that captured my interest was the question of how responsive demand for capital services is to the cost of capital. The empirical challenge, of course, is that changes in the cost of capital are not random. In particular, there is potential simultaneity bias from the fact that legislatures tend to lower corporate tax rates and raise investment tax incentives during periods of economic contraction, and to raise corporate taxes (and withdraw investment credits and other incentives) during periods of economic expansion. Obviously, such bias would lead economists to underestimate the responsiveness of demand for capital services to changes in the cost of capital.

When one properly accounts for this bias, as Alan Auerbach and I showed in one of my first peer-reviewed publications, one in fact observes much larger effects of the cost of capital on business investment than the academic literature had previously been estimating.

Several decades on, our inference that tax policy influences behavior seems to have stood the test of time, as a battery of peer-reviewed publications is now showing that a 1 percent decline in the cost of capital raises the demand for capital services by 1 percent. The capacity of economic research to identify the causal effects of variation in policy has also grown. The literature’s arc towards larger rather than smaller estimates of the effects of policy variables is all around us, and in the top journals. Consider, for instance, the emergence of what is called “the narrative approach” to identifying the effects of tax policy on economic activity. These methodologies harness advances in computational power and natural language processing to identify the stated motivations of the policymakers that Alan and I worried about back in the 90s.

While no single paper can be decisive, consider that the February 2018 online issue of the Quarterly Journal of Economics features an article that draws on this narrative approach to estimate the responsiveness of personal income with respect to marginal tax rates. The paper’s headline estimates were north of 1 for 1—very high by contemporary standards as well as those of the literature a couple decades ago. And this paper is not alone, but rather is just the latest in a growing list of articles exploiting the narrative approach to land in top five economics journals—Romer and Romer, Mertens and Ravn, Mertens and Montiel Olea, Cloyne, Hayo and Uhl.

But the identification of causal effects from econometric estimates can require assumptions about the structure and functional form of relationships between a specified set of policy variables and measures of economic activity. That is in addition to the requirement, of course, that you have the relevant data at hand in the first place—a requirement typically only satisfied in hindsight. But we value knowing now whether the policy is working as intended. The observation of the variation in forecasts before and after a policy is changed offers one way of looking at the policy’s likely effects, just as Alan and I did in our first paper. And so, as we economists wait for evaluations of the effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on economic growth to percolate through the peer-review process and into academic journals, looking at changes in growth forecasts before and after the TCJA offers one way to gauge its expected effect on growth.

The evolution of recent forecast revisions is quite revealing, and consistent with the tax act having a large effect on growth expectations. If one looks, for example, at the Blue Chip consensus forecast for four-quarter real GDP growth in 2018 and 2019, it was roughly flat throughout most of 2017, as media coverage of the legislative prospects for the Administration’s economic agenda was generally pessimistic. Consensus forecasts through November 2017 were therefore low—2.3 to 2.4 percent in 2018 and 2.1 percent in 2019.

Since November, however, we’ve seen steady upward revisions in private forecasts. As of last month, the Blue Chip consensus forecast is now for 2018 growth of 2.9 percent, and 2019 growth of 2.3 percent, upward revisions of 0.6 and 0.2 percentage point since the tax act was passed. Official forecasts revisions suggest an even bigger bump. In its last forecast before the tax bill was passed, the Congressional Budget Office projected growth of 2.0 and 1.5 percent in 2018 and 2019. That has now been revised up substantially—to 3.3 and 2.4 percent, respectively. In other words, the CBO now projects growth to be more than a percentage point higher, on average, over the next two years than they did a year ago. In addition, over the same timeframe, the CBO revised up its forecast of the effect of economic growth on projected corporate income tax receipts over the 2018-2027 period by $476 billion, which exceeds the CBO’s own $409 billion static score of the TCJA.

Ex ante, knowing only that the TCJA passed, based on my paper on corporate tax rates and the Laffer curve with Alex Brill, one could have predicted such a revenue increase. It is also consistent with what we would expect from the empirical literature. The corporate income tax base is highly responsive to changes in effective corporate tax rates for the same reason that investment is highly responsive to changes in effective corporate tax rates—it’s because capital is mobile!

In April, the International Monetary Fund released its April 2018 World Economic Outlook (WEO). Global growth for 2018 was revised up 0.2 percentage point from its October WEO release to 3.9 percent year-over-year. The IMF attributes roughly half of the global growth revision to changes in U.S. fiscal policy. When honing in on the United States, the IMF’s April 2018 update to its October 2017 World Economic Outlook revised up its growth forecast by 0.6 percentage point from October to 2.9 percent year-over-year. According to the IMF, one reason for this upward revision is the macroeconomic effects stemming from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December.

The IMF’s April upwards revision to its October global growth forecast in the wake of the passage of the TCJA follows the OECD’s own March upwards revision to its November global growth forecast. For the U.S., its 2018 outlook increased by 0.4 percentage point to 2.9 percent and its 2019 outlook increased by 0.7 percentage point to 2.8 percent. And the OECD’s March Economic Outlook cited as one of the “key factors behind the upward revision to global growth prospects in 2018 and 2019” the “tax reductions . . . announced in the last three months.”

I note in passing that these revisions are almost exactly what our analysis from last year implied they would be once the bill passes.

As for global growth, CEA’s own, very preliminary in-house analysis finds that exogenous tax changes in the world’s largest economy may have surprisingly large effects on global growth, suggesting the recent rise in growth expectations around the world is more the result of fiscal developments in the United States than the other way around. Applying the Romer & Romer exogenous tax shock series to a global vector autoregressive model indicates that a 1 percent cut in U.S. taxes as a fraction of GDP raises growth in the European Union and Rest of the World by almost 1 percent in the year immediately following, with a peak impact of over 1 percent after 2 years. While wide error bands suggest that we shouldn’t attach much weight to these point estimates, the important result is that we can reject the null hypothesis of no effect with 95 percent confidence.

Though the mechanisms relating exogenous U.S. tax changes to global growth remain an open and, I believe, fascinating question for our ongoing work, the magnitude of the effect strongly suggests they extend far beyond the arithmetic relationship implied by the U.S. share of global GDP. Our own intuition is that other countries often learn from U.S. success, and respond to first-moves by 25 percent of the world economy with adoption of similar policies.

But don’t just believe the forecasts. You can already see the effects emerging in the data. Growth of business fixed investment rose every quarter of 2017 to average 6.3 percent for the year, according to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, up from just 0.7 percent in 2016. In the first quarter of 2018, it jumped again, to 10.4 percent. Growth of equipment investment jumped to 11.6 percent in 2017:Q4 and 5.8 percent in 2018:Q1, thanks largely to the tax law’s allowance for full expensing of equipment investment retroactively to September 2017.

Business investment in structures and intellectual property has also surged—up 16.2 percent in Q1 for structures, and 13.2 percent for intellectual property. In Q1, private fixed investment as a share of GDP was in fact the highest it has been since the first quarter of 2008. Consistent with that evident trend shift, composite planned capital expenditure indices from Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs have been hitting record or near-record highs.

All of this is, ultimately, good news for American workers. The burden of corporate taxation is disproportionately born by labor, and it is born by labor through a long-run investment channel that results in fewer establishments, fewer factories and plants, less equipment, and at the end of the day less employment, fewer hours, lower productivity, and thus lower wages. So when we reduce the corporate tax burden, as we’ve just done, in the long-run we expect labor to enjoy a disproportionate share of that relief, through increased investment, a higher target capital stock, higher capital per worker, and thus higher productivity and wages. It’s therefore exciting to see in the 2018 data effects that are consistent on this point with top articles published in the Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Review, and American Economic Journal in just the past year.

An equally exciting challenge moving forward will be to identify the relative velocities of adjustment to a positive tax shock as we have just experienced. Consistent with Le Chatelier’s Principle, liquid capital markets may respond instantaneously by reallocating capital from mature, cash-rich firms to more dynamic, cash-constrained firms, whereas labor and physical capital market responses may be subject to longer time horizons.

But in any event, I would say that right now the fundamentals of the American economy are looking strong, with improved supply-side potential.

Thank you for your time, and for the generous invitation to speak with you all today.”

President Trump Gives Remarks On The Economy On The White House South Lawn

Kevin Hassett is the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.


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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders

 

 

 

The White House Press Briefing

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

 

WASHINGTON DC- White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders briefs the global press at the White House West Wing on Thursday, August 2, 2018 in Washington DC, USA.



 

This is the largest audience ever to witness a book party, period!

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway attends a book signing for “The Briefing,” by former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, at the Trump International Hotel in Washington on July 26. (Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post)

 

WASHINGTON DC – Sean Spicer’s book party Thursday night at the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington on July 26

“The hotel’s management described its strategy to capitalize on the president’s popularity. It markets the hotel to Republican and conservative groups that embrace Trump’s politics but takes care not to solicit business from fringe groups that would embarrass the president. Trump supporters in red “Make America Great Again” caps get a chance to rub elbows with White House officials against an American flag backdrop at the Benjamin Bar, where a signature concoction of winter wheat vodka, oysters and caviar goes for $100. “While we can’t quantify how much business we have received because of politics, neither can we quantify how much we have lost,” Patricia Tang Patricia Tang Trump International Hotel director of sales and marketing. Tang is an industry veteran who has worked for the Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and other luxury brands. , director of sales and marketing, said in an interview.”

White House aides turn out for Sean Spicer book party at Trump hotel.

“Getting through the crowd gathered in the soaring lobby of the posh hotel to toast Spicer and his new book, “The Briefing,” was like navigating a jungle. “

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White House Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and National Security Officials

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Director of National Intelligence Daniel Ray Coats

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

 

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Ray Coats answers press questions during Thursday, August 2, 2018 briefing at the WHite House West Wing in Washington, DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/ E Media Inc.

 

 

Coats was born in Jackson, Michigan, the son of Vera (Nora) Elisabeth (née Swanlund) and Edward Raymond Coats. His father was of English and German descent, and his maternal grandparents emigrated from Sweden. Coats attended local public schools, and graduated from Jackson High School in 1961. He then studied at Wheaton College in Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1965. At Wheaton, he was an active student athlete on the soccer team. He served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers from 1966 to 1968, and earned a Juris Doctor from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis in 1972, where he was also the associate editor of the Indiana Law Review.

 

On Russia

Coats pressed President Barack Obama to punish Russia harshly for its March 2014 annexation of Crimea. For this stance, the Russian government banned Coats and several other U.S. lawmakers from traveling to Russia.

On multiple occasions, Coats has supported gun control measures. In 1991, he voted in favor of the Biden-Thurmond Violent Crime Control Act of 1991.

Iran and Iraq

Coats supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq under the pretext of uncovering Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.

Coats opposed the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers – the U.S., U.K., Russia, France, China, and Germany. He described Iran as the foremost “state sponsor of terrorism“.

 

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Ray Coats answers press questions during Thursday, August 2, 2018 briefing at the WHite House West Wing in Washington, DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/ E Media Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

WASHINGTON DC – A White House Press Briefing by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and National Security Officials at the White House West Wing on Thursday, August 2, 2018.

Press Secretary Sanders said, “Efforts are underway to provide cybersecurity assistance to state and local authorities, and actions to investigate, prosecute, and hold accountable those who illegally attempt to interfere in our political and electoral process.:

“To address these matters further, I want to welcome Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, Director of the National Security Agency General Paul Nakasone, and National Security Advisor Ambassador John Bolton to make some comments and take questions on this topic.”

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Ray Coats answers press questions during Thursday, August 2, 2018 briefing at the WHite House West Wing in Washington, DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/ E Media Inc.

DIRECTOR DAN COATS: “Well, as Director of National Intelligence, I would like the American people to know that the intelligence community and all of its agencies are postured to identify threats of all kinds against the United States. The President has specifically directed us to make the matter of election meddling and securing our election process a top priority. And we have done that, and are doing that, and will continue to do so.

We have incorporated the lessons learned from the 2016 election, and implemented a broad spectrum of actions to share more information across the federal government, as well as with state and local governments, and also with the public and the private sector. The intelligence community continues to be concerned about the threats of upcoming U.S. elections, both the midterms and the presidential elections of 2020.

In regards to Russian involvement in the midterm elections, we continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russia to try to weaken and divide the United States. These efforts are not exclusive to this election or future elections, but certainly cover issues relevant to the election.

We also know the Russians tried to hack into and steal information from candidates and government officials alike. We are aware that Russia is not the only country that has an interest in trying to influence our domestic political environment. We know there are others who have the capability and may be considering influence activities. As such, we will continue to monitor and warn of any such efforts.

I am committed to making sure that the intelligence community is working together in integrating across organizations and missions, and seeking greater transparency with the public. The ODNI has instituted a broad spectrum of actions covering collection, analysis, reporting, education, and partnerships all designed to provide the best threat assessments to federal, state, and local officials, as well as to the public and private sector when necessary.

For example, my office leads the interagency working group — now meeting weekly, as a push towards November — with the Department of Justice, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, the CIA, and NSA inclusive of regional, cyber, and counterintelligence experts, all focused on ensuring election security and integration of our efforts.

The intelligence community’s focus right now is persistent support to the FBI, to the Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies in their election responsibilities. And my office is ensuring these organizations receive timely and proactive intelligence community support.”

John, go ahead.”

QUESTION JOHN: “Thank you, Sarah. Director Coats, if I could direct a question to you?”

DIRECTOR COATS: “Sure.”

QUESTION: “Let me take you back, if I could, to Helsinki. The President seemed to indicate that he may believe Vladimir Putin, when he says he doesn’t — didn’t have any influence in the 2016 election. What is your belief about the Russian government involvement in meddling in 2016? And if, as you say, Russia continues to try to influence our electoral process, does that mean that nothing much came of the meeting with Putin? Or is it other-than-government actors who are involved here?

DIRECTOR COATS: “Well, in relationship to the 2016 election — of course, none of us were in office at that particular time — but both the President, the Vice President, and I think everyone on this stage has acknowledged the fact that the ICA was a correct assessment of what happened in 2016.

We have subsequently made the determination to make this a top priority, that it doesn’t happen again. And we’re throwing everything at it. And we will have and will be discussing that here today.

Relative to my discussions with the President on whatever issue it is, those — I do not go public with that. I don’t think that’s the right — the proper thing to do. So our focus here today is simply to tell the American people: We acknowledge the threat, it is real, it is continuing, and we’re doing everything we can to have a legitimate election that the American people can have trust in.

In addition to that, it goes beyond the elections. It goes to Russia’s intent to undermine our democratic values, drive a wedge between our allies, and do a number of other nefarious things. And we are looking at that also.

Today we are here to talk about the elections coming up and what we’re doing in ensuring the American people we’re going to have a legitimate —”

Question: “If I could just clarify, because both you and Director Wray said that Russia continues to try and meddle in our elections —”

DIRECTOR COATS: “They do.”

Question: “— and influence voters. Are we talking about rogue Russian individuals or are we talking about the Kremlin?”

DIRECTOR COATS: “I’m thinking you can — both. And even add to that. Russia has used numerous ways in which they want to influence through media — social media, through bots, through actors that they hire through proxies. All of the above and potentially more. I can’t go into any deep, deep details on what is classified. But it is pervasive. It is ongoing with the intent to achieve their intent, and that is drive a wedge and undermine our democratic values.”

 

SANDERS: “Saagar.”

QUESTION SAAGAR: “Thank you, Sarah. I have a question for Director Coats. Director Coats, how would you characterize the current efforts — Russian efforts — to meddle in the 2018 election relative to 2016? Is it more intense? Do you see those efforts focused on a particular party? And, in general, is the pace of those operations in any way relative to 2014, 2012? Or is it more intense?”

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Ray Coats answers press questions during Thursday, August 2, 2018 briefing at the WHite House West Wing in Washington, DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/ E Media Inc.
Director of National Intelligence Daniel Ray Coats answers press questions during Thursday, August 2, 2018 briefing at the WHite House West Wing in Washington, DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/ E Media Inc.
Director of National Intelligence Daniel Ray Coats answers press questions during Thursday, August 2, 2018 briefing at the WHite House West Wing in Washington, DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/ E Media Inc.

 

 

DIRECTOR COATS: “Relative to what we have seen for the midterm elections, it is not the kind of robust campaign that we assessed in the 2016 election. We know that, through decades, Russia has tried to use its propaganda and methods to sow discord in America. However, they stepped up their game big time in 2016. We have not seen that kind of robust effort from them so far.

As I mentioned publicly sometime — just a few weeks ago, we’re only one keyboard click away from finding out something that we don’t — haven’t seen up to this particular point in time. But right now, we have not seen that.”

QUESTION: “To follow up sir, do you see it directed to any particular party? In its current 2018 efforts, is there any particular party that is benefitting from current 2018 Russian efforts?”

DIRECTOR COATS: “What we see is the Russians are looking for every opportunity, regardless of party, regardless of whether or not it applies to the election, to continue their pervasive efforts to undermine our fundamental values.”

SANDERS: “Jeff. Go ahead.”

QUESTION JEFF: “Thank you, Sarah. Also for Director Coats. In the run-up to the —”

DIRECTOR COATS: “I’m trying to get off here.” (Laughter.)

QUESTION: “— and perhaps Ambassador Bolton could weigh in this as well. But in the run-up to the Helsinki Summit, U.S. officials, ambassadors to NATO, ambassadors to Russia said that the President would raise the issue of malign activity with President Putin. But he didn’t discuss that, at least, at the press conference.

You’re saying, today, that the President has directed you to make the issue of election meddling a priority. How do you explain the disconnect between what you are saying — his advisors — and what the President has said about this issue?”

DIRECTOR COATS: “I’m not in a position to either understand fully or talk about what happened at Helsinki. I’ll turn it over to the National Security Director, here, to address that question.”

SECRETARY SANDERS: “We’ll take one last question.”

QUESTION: “Sarah, this is for the Director and for the General. Can you unpack a little bit more about what you said there? You said there was — a question for the Director and a question for the General, separately. Can you give us a better sense of who specifically has been targeted? We know at least two senators have said that they’ve been targeted by hacking or by people impersonating government officials. Is it members of the Senate, members of the House? Is it Democratic and Republican campaigns?

And then a separate question for the General.”

DIRECTOR COATS: “We follow a procedure that’s been agreed on some time ago, in terms of — when we see this type of information, it is processed through the leadership of the respective house or chamber, Senate chamber, and then disseminated down to the individual member who was targeted. So we have taken that action that is in place, but I’m not in a position right now to release those names.”

QUESTION: “And would you support legislation imposing sanctions on Russia now that you’re saying they have, in fact, interfered, or attempted to interfere?”

DIRECTOR COATS: “Well, we already have some of the — a lot of sanctions in place. And I would support any efforts that we can, collectively put together, to send a signal to Russia that there is a cost — a price to pay for what they’re doing. And if we want to have any kind of relationship whatsoever in dealing with things of mutual interest, the Russians have to stop doing what they’re doing, or it’s simply not going to happen.”


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White House Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and National Security Officials

 

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Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Christopher Asher Wray

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Christopher Asher Wray (born December 17, 1966 in New York, New York)
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Christopher A. Wray attended the Buckley School in New York City and the private boarding school Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

Wray joined the government in 1997 as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. In 2001, he moved to the Justice Department as Associate Deputy Attorney General and Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General.

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On June 9, 2003, President George W. Bush nominated Wray to be the 33rd Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of the Justice Department. Wray was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on September 11, 2003. Wray was Assistant Attorney General from 2003 to 2005, working under Deputy Attorney General James Comey. While heading the Criminal Division, Wray oversaw prominent fraud investigations, including Enron. In March 2005, Wray announced that he would resign from his post. His last day at the Justice Department was on May 17, 2005.

In 2005, Wray received the Edmund J. Randolph Award, the Justice Department’s highest award for public service and leadership.

Wray joined King & Spalding in 2005 as a litigation partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., and Atlanta offices. Wray represented several Fortune 100 companies and chaired the King & Spalding Special Matters and Government Investigations Practice Group. During his time at King & Spalding, Wray acted as New Jersey GovernorChris Christie‘s personal attorney during the Bridgegate scandal.

Among other testimony, when asked if he believed that the investigation into Russian election interference and possible links to Trump’s campaign is a “witch hunt”, Wray stated that he did not.

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Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Christopher Asher Wray (born December 17, 1966 in New York, New York)
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WASHINGTON DC – A White House Press Briefing by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and National Security Officials at the White House West Wing on Thursday, August 2, 2018.

Press Secretary Sanders said, “Efforts are underway to provide cybersecurity assistance to state and local authorities, and actions to investigate, prosecute, and hold accountable those who illegally attempt to interfere in our political and electoral process.:

“To address these matters further, I want to welcome Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, Director of the National Security Agency General Paul Nakasone, and National Security Advisor Ambassador John Bolton to make some comments and take questions on this topic.”

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Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Christopher Asher Wray (born December 17, 1966 in New York, New York)
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Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Christopher Asher Wray (born December 17, 1966 in New York, New York)
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Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Christopher Asher Wray (born December 17, 1966 in New York, New York)
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Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Christopher Asher Wray (born December 17, 1966 in New York, New York)
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Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Christopher Asher Wray (born December 17, 1966 in New York, New York)
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Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Christopher Asher Wray (born December 17, 1966 in New York, New York)
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Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Christopher Asher Wray (born December 17, 1966 in New York, New York)
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DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER WRAY: “Good afternoon, everybody. Last fall, after I — shortly after I became Director, I stood up a new foreign influence taskforce at the FBI, which was designed to identify and counteract the full range of malign foreign influence operations targeting our democratic institutions and our values.

The taskforce now brings together, across the waterfront, of FBI expertise who are talking counterintelligence, cyber, criminal, and even counterterrorism designed to root out and respond to foreign influence operations.

For their part, our adversaries’ influence operations have encompassed a wide range of activities. So just like we have a multidisciplinary response, that’s because the threat is multidisciplinary.

So just a few examples of some of the things we’ve seen over the past: targeting U.S. officials and other U.S. persons through traditional intelligence tradecraft; criminal efforts to suppress voting and provide illegal campaign financing; cyberattacks against voting infrastructure, along with computer intrusions targeting elected officials and others; and a whole slew of other kinds of influence, like both overtly and covertly manipulating news stories, spreading disinformation, leveraging economic resources, and escalating divisive issues.

But it’s important to understand this is not just an election cycle threat. Our adversaries are trying to undermine our country on a persistent and regular basis, whether it’s election season or not.

There’s a clear distinction between, on the one hand, activities that threaten the security and integrity of our election systems, and, on the other hand, the broader threat of influence operations designed to manipulate and influence our voters and their opinions.

With our partners, we’re trying to counteract both threats. We have three pillars to our operational strategy. The first pillar is our investigations and our operations. And for a variety of reasons, which I hope are obvious, including operational sensitivities — I’m not going to be able to describe the full extent of those efforts, but I will tell you that our foreign influence taskforce works with FBI personnel in all 56 FBI field offices. And even as we speak, we’ve got open investigations with a foreign influence nexus spanning field offices — FBI field offices across the country. So make no mistake, the scope of this foreign influence threat is both broad and deep.

The second pillar — I said there were three pillars — the second is focused on information sharing and intelligence sharing. We’re working closely with our partners in the intelligence community and in the federal government, as well as with our state and local partners, to establish a common operating picture.

Just last week, as an example, we disseminated a list to our state and local law enforcement partners of various foreign influence indicators for them to be on the lookout for — things like malicious cyber activity, social abnormalities, and foreign propaganda activities. The idea is to marshal additional eyes and ears in the fight.

We’re also working with our international partners to exchange intelligence and strategies for combatting the threat. Because this is, after all, a shared threat with our allies.

The third pillar of our approach is based on our strong relationships with the private sector. Technology companies have a frontline responsibility to secure their own networks, products, and platforms. But we’re doing our part by providing actionable intelligence to better enable them to address abuse of their platforms by foreign actors.

So this year, we’ve met with top social media companies and technology companies several times. We’ve given them classify briefings. We’ve shared specific threat indicators and account information, and a variety of other pieces of information so that they can better monitor their own platforms.

The reality is, it’s going to take all of us working together to hold the field, because this threat is not going away. As I have said consistently: Russia attempted to interfere with the last election, and continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day.

This is a threat we need to take extremely seriously, and to tackle and respond to with fierce determination and focus. And together, with our partners, both those here and some of the other partners we’ve talked about, I’m confident that we can protect the integrity of our democratic institutions and maintain public confidence in our electoral process.

Thank you.”

 

SECRETARY SANDERS: “Mike Shear.”

QUESTION MIKE SHEAR: “This, I guess, would be for maybe Secretary Nielsen or Mr. Wray. These meddling campaigns seem to fall into two broad categories: the, sort of, information campaigns, which challenge the information upon which American use to make their determinations, and then the more physical interferences into the machinery of voting; the tabulation of voting, the voter roles, the machinery that the states run.

Can you guys describe what you’re seeing specifically in the run-up to this coming election? In both of those areas, do you worry more about one than the other? Do you have — are there specific threats that maybe you can’t even talk about but that you can say there have been specific threats in both of those categories? And how should Americans process that where we’re going to go to the polls in a few months? Should people be confident that when they pull the lever, they’re secure?”

DIRECTOR WRAY: “Well, I think we’ve said this fairly consistently, that in the context of 2018, we are not yet seeing the same kind of efforts to specifically target election infrastructure — voter registration databases, in particular.

What we are seeing are the malign influence operations — in effect, information warfare that we talked about. And that didn’t really — that’s a 24/7, 365 days-a-year phenomenon that doesn’t turn, necessarily, on whether or not we’re in the middle of an election season or not.

But, as Director Coats said, any moment is just a moment before, you know, the dial can be turned up one, much as we saw in 2016. Again, not in terms of affecting the vote count, but in terms of potential penetration of voter registration databases or something like that. And that, in turn, can be a vehicle for them to try to sow discord or undermine confidence. And we have to make sure we’re pushing back on it, which is what we’re doing.”

QUESTION: “Thank you. I have a question for Director Wray. Thank you. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted more than 20 Russian officials based on work by the FBI for meddling in the 2016 elections.

Now the President has tweeted that that investigation by the Special Counsel is a hoax and should be shut down. I know you’ve said that you don’t believe it is a hoax. But why would the American people believe what you’re saying about the FBI when the President says that the investigation by the Special Counsel is a hoax, and when the Press Secretary, yesterday, said that there was a lot of corruption within the FBI? Do you have any response to those statements coming from the White House?”

DIRECTOR WRAY: “Well, I can assure the American people that the men and women of the FBI, starting from the Director all the way on down, are going to follow our oaths and do our jobs.”

SECRETARY SANDERS: “Blake.”

QUESTION BLAKE: “Thank you, Sarah. I believe this is either for Director Coats or Director Wray. I’ll let either of you choose. Since social media was brought up, there is a recent case with Facebook, how they just shut down some 32 accounts believed, potentially, to be from Russia.

Can you give us an idea, is that a large amount? Is that a — just kind of the tip of the iceberg? And then, generally speaking, with these social media companies — Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram — how much have they progressed, or have they not progressed, and what you would like to see in terms of progression from 2016 and identifying the threat?”

DIRECTOR WRAY: “So first, I’m not going to discuss any specific ongoing investigation. But what I will tell you is that activity of the sort you’re describing is a good reflection of the fact that we have to have a public-private partnership in this particular threat. And that’s why, when I talked about our three pillars of the FBI’s foreign influence taskforce, we’re spending so much of our effort trying to engage with the social media and technology companies, because there is a very important role for them to play in terms of monitoring and, in effect, policing their own platforms.

So what we have to have happen, which has started happening in a way that’s much more robust — much more robust than in before the 2016 election — we’re sharing with them actionable intelligence in a way that wasn’t happening before. We understand better what they need; they’re sharing information back with us based on what they find. There are things that they can do on their platforms voluntarily, in terms of terms of use and things like that that the government doesn’t have a role in.

But, in turn, we learn things from them and we can use that to have our investigations be more effective. So I do thing progress is being made. We got to keep getting better at it. We got to keep staying on the balls of our feet, but I think that’s what we’re seeing.”

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White House Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and National Security Officials

 

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Director of the National Security Agency General Paul Nakasone

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General Paul Miki Nakasone is a four-star general in the United States Army who currently serves as the third commander of the United States Cyber Command and the first commander of the same as a unified combatant command.

General Nakasone was born November 19, 1963, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. General Nakasone is the son of Edwin M. Nakasone, a retired Army Colonel who served in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II, and Mary Anne Nakasone (née Costello). Nakasone’s father is a second-generation Japanese American.

General Paul Miki Nakasone was educated at: US Army War College and Saint John’s University. General Nakasone has also attended the University of Southern California, the National Defense Intelligence College, and the US Army War College, holding master’s degrees from each. General Nakasone is also a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College.

Nakasone has held commands at the company, battalion, and brigade levels. He also held foreign postings in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea and has served as a senior intelligence officer at the battalion, division and corps levels. Nakasone served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff as Deputy Director for Trans-Regional Policy in 2012 when he was promoted to Brigadier General and previously served as a staff officer for General Keith B. Alexander.

 

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WASHINGTON DC – A White House Press Briefing by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and National Security Officials at the White House West Wing on Thursday, August 2, 2018.

Press Secretary Sanders said, “Efforts are underway to provide cybersecurity assistance to state and local authorities, and actions to investigate, prosecute, and hold accountable those who illegally attempt to interfere in our political and electoral process.:

“To address these matters further, I want to welcome Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, Director of the National Security Agency General Paul Nakasone, and National Security Advisor Ambassador John Bolton to make some comments and take questions on this topic.”

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DIRECTOR GENERAL PAUL NAKASONE: “Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for joining us this afternoon. I appreciate the leadership and support from the President, the Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence.

I believe our mandate is clear. As part of its mission to defend the nation, the Department of Defense is providing intelligence, information support, and technical expertise to the Department of Homeland Security for use by state and local officials to prevent foreign interference in our elections.

This is a vital mission for us and the nation. It draws on our deep experience and expertise in continuing work on this area. Our support has been ongoing and will continue through the midterm elections. We are also providing intelligence and information leads to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on foreign adversaries who are attempting to sow discord and division within the American public. This information is shared with appropriate entities to alert them to malicious cyber actors.

U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency are tracking a wide range of foreign cyber adversaries, and are prepared to conduct operations against those actors attempting to undermine our nation’s midterm elections.

These type of operations are sensitive and require confidentiality for success. I won’t discuss the specifics, except to state that our forces are well trained, ready, and very capable. I have complete confidence in the forces under my command. We will work in conjunction with other elements of our government to ensure we bring the full power of our nation to bear on any foreign power that attempts to interfere in our democratic processes. I’ll turn it back over to the moderator.”

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Director of the National Security Agency General Paul Nakasone briefs press on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at the White House West Wing in Washington, DC, USA. | White House Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/ E Media Inc.
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QUESTION: “General, have you been ordered at all to — or authorized to conduct any offensive cyber operations in response to this?”

GENERAL NAKASONE: “So my guidance and the direction from the President and the Secretary of Defense is very clear: We’re not going to accept meddling in the elections. And it’s very unambiguous.”


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WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America receives his intelligence briefing on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 11:30 AM in the White House Oval Office of Washington DC, USA. President Trump then, at 12:15PM, meets with Senator David Perdue at the White House Oval Office. President Trump then departs from the White House South Lawn at 4: 20 en route to Joint Base Andrews in Prince Georges, Maryland. President Trump arrives at Joint Base Andrews and departs Washington, D.C. region of the USA at 4:40 PM, en route to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. President Trump then arrives at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in Avoca, Pennsylvania at 5:30 PM. President Trump departs Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport en route to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza of Avoca, Pennsylvania at 5:40 PM. President Trump arrives at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza of Wilkes-Barre, PA at 5:55 PM. President Trump participates in a roundtable with supporters in Wilkes-Barre, PA at 6:00 PM. President Trump hosts the Make America Great Again Rally in Wilkes-Barre, PA at 7:00 PM. President Trump departs Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza en route to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in Wilkes-Barre, PA at 8:05 PM. President Trump arrives at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport of Avoca, PA at 8:20 PM. President Trump departs Wilkes-Barre, PA, en route to Morristown, New Jersey. President Trump arrives at Morristown Municipal Airport of Morristown, NJ at 9:05 PM. President Trump departs Morristown, NJ, en route to Bedminster, NJ of Morristown, New Jersey at 9:15 PM. President Trump arrives in Bedminster, New Jersey at 9:25PM.


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Vice President Mike Pence at the Honorable Carry Ceremony for the Remains of American Service Members Who Fell in the Korean War

 

 

Vice President Pence Participates in the Honorable Carry Ceremony in Hawaii

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HAWAII – Vice President Mike Pence of the United States of America participates in the Honorable Carry Ceremony in Hawaii on Wednesday, August 2, 2018.


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Presidential Message on National Shooting Sports Month

 

WASHINGTON DC – “During National Shooting Sports Month, we celebrate the wonderful American tradition of shooting sports. Shooting sports are a terrific reminder of our constitutional liberty and the attendant benefits that accrue to a free people: active friendship within families, between peers, and among communities, and the opportunity for Americans living in small towns and large cities to experience the bounty of America’s great outdoors.

Shooting sports help reinforce many of the bedrock values of our people, such as the free exercise of the Second Amendment. Mastery of shooting sports requires rigor, discipline, and training. State and local shooting sports programs—and instruction by trained family members and mentors—affirm the role of local communities as the primary teacher of the rule of law and personal responsibility.

This month, we recognize the sportsmen and hunters who practice and teach firearm safety and exercise proper stewardship of our land. Sportsmen and hunters not only help others to understand the responsibilities of owning and using a firearm, but they also ensure that our open space and natural resources are safeguarded. Under existing Federal law, for example, a portion of Federal excise tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition is dedicated to American wildlife research and habitat conservation. That is one reason why my Administration has prioritized making it easier for Americans to participate in shooting sports on public lands. By doing so, we are enhancing Americans’ ability to experience the unsurpassed beauty of our blessed Nation and we are better protecting our national treasures for future generations.

I encourage all Americans engaged in shooting sports to continue promoting a culture of safety and to continue exercising the responsibility and duty associated with the right to keep and bear arms.”


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Honorable Carry Ceremony for the Remains of American Service Members Who Fell in the Korean War

 

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Honorable Carry Ceremony for the Remains of American Service Members Who Fell in the Korean War

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JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HAWAII – Vice President Mike Pence presents remarks at the Honorable Carry Ceremony for the Remains of American Service Members Who Fell in the Korean War on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

 

 

HAWAII – Vice President Pence of the United States of America delivers remarks at an Honorable Carry Ceremony for the Remains of American Service Members Who Fell in the Korean War on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 in Hawaii.

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Remarks of Vice President Mike Pence

 

THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA MIKE PENCE: “Governor Ige, Admiral Davidson, General Brown, Lieutenant General Brown, Rear Admiral Crites, distinguished members of Congress, honored guests, members of our Armed Forces, and most of all, veterans from our Korean War, and the cherished families of our missing fallen:

Thank you for joining us for this historic occasion. And allow me to extend greetings and great respect to all those gathered here from our Commander-in-Chief, whose leadership and compassion brought this day about — the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump.

The Good Book says, “If you owe debts, pay debts; if honor, then honor; if respect, then respect.” And we are gathered here at this Honorable Carry Ceremony to receive 55 flag-draped cases, which we trust include the remains of American heroes who fell in the Korean War.

Some have called the Korean War the “forgotten war.” But today, we prove these heroes were never forgotten. Today, our boys are coming home.

President Trump asked me to be here on this day, on his behalf, and honestly, I’ve never been more humbled to be asked to represent him.

You see, as the Admiral just said, my dad, Lieutenant Ed Pence, fought in combat in the Korean War. He came back with a medal on his chest. But my dad — gone now 30 years — always told us that the real heroes of the Korean War were the ones that didn’t get to come home. And I just know there’s no place Dad would rather have me be than here with all of you, welcoming these heroes home.

Sixty-five years ago last week, the armistice was signed to bring the Korean War to its close. From the moment the guns fell silent, American soldiers returned home, some to their families and futures, and some to their eternal rest. But more than 8,000 Americans did not come home at all.

Our nation has worked tirelessly to keep our sacred promise to leave no man behind. And while several hundred of the missing fallen have been returned, for more than a decade, as a result of North Korea’s nuclear threats and escalations, search- and-rescue and recovery efforts have been suspended — until today.

On June 12th, President Trump traveled to a historic summit in Singapore with Kim Jong Un of North Korea. As our President entered into negotiations with North Korea, he also had our fallen on his heart. As he secured a commitment for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, our President also secured a promise from Chairman Kim to return the remains of all fallen U.S. service members lost in North Korea.

I know that President Trump is grateful that Chairman Kim has kept his word, and we see today as tangible progress in our efforts to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula.

But today is just a beginning. Our work will not be complete until all our fallen heroes are accounted for and home. We will see to it, in the days ahead, that these heroes will be the heroes who led the way to many more homecomings in the future.

Etched upon the wall of the Korean War Memorial is a tribute to the brave Americans who fought there. It reads, “Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.”

At the time they answered that call, America was weary from war. Less than five years before, we had emerged victorious from the flames of World War II. But the end of that struggle marked the beginning of a new one, a war between the forces of freedom and the forces of communism. And 68 years ago, on the Korean Peninsula, the battle was joined.

On June 25, 1950, at dawn, communist North Korea invaded the free Republic of South Korea. Its armies stormed across the 38th Parallel. In just a few short days, they nearly succeeded in driving freedom from that peninsula.

America knew that this march would not have stopped in South Korea. Emboldened by a victory there, communism could have spread to every corner of the Asia-Pacific, toppling nations one by one. And so America resolved to stop communism’s advance in Korea. And we sent our best to do it.

Over three long years, nearly 2 million American patriots took up the fight. More than 100,000 were injured and 36,574 gave their all to defend our freedom and secure freedom for South Korea. And their acts of courage were no less heroic than that of their brothers-in-arms who stormed the beaches at Normandy or Iwo Jima.

They beat back relentless enemy attacks at the Pusan Perimeter for six straight weeks, and saved South Korea from being driven into the sea.

They came ashore at Inchon, and then pushed inland, retaking Seoul, the capital of free Korea, relieving their compatriots to the south and opening a crucial new front.

They made their stand at the Chosin Reservoir, surrounded and outnumbered 4 to 1 for 17 harrowing days and nights, as the temperatures plunged to 35 degrees below zero. They kept fighting until they broke through the enemy lines, and became legends.

From Heartbreak Ridge to Pork Chop Hill to Old Baldy, in foxholes, over mountains, and through rice paddies, they soldiered on. They drove back the enemy line, and the Armed Forces of the United States, together with our allies, defended our freedom, and won a lasting freedom for the people of South Korea that prospers to this day.

In just a few moments, the remains of some of those same American heroes were finally returned to American soil, draped in the colors of the country they served.

Today, they are known but to God. But soon we will know their names, and we will tell their stories of courage. They were soldiers, yes, but they were also husbands and fathers, brothers and neighbors, long gone but never lost to the memory of their loved ones. For generations, their families had only a black-and-white photograph to cling to, a faded letter, or the precious memory of an embrace on the day they left.

We don’t know who will come off these planes today. But we do know they are heroes all. Heroes with stories like Army Sergeant Dom Eritano, a World War II combat veteran from Ohio who went missing after a fierce battle on Hill 717. For his courage under fire, he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.

Or they could be heroes remembered just like Major Charles Loring, who’d been held a prisoner by the Nazis after being captured in 1944. Less than a decade later, he returned to battle. On a sortie above enemy territory, near a place called Sniper Ridge, his F-80 was hit by anti-aircraft fire. And instead of diverting back to friendly territory, Major Loring directed his plane into the very enemy artillery that was threatening American soldiers.

They could also have stories like First Lieutenant Hal Downes. Hal trained for combat as the Second World War came to a close. He got married, had a son, took a job at a car company. But on his first day, as he said, before he even had a chance to sharpen a pencil, his wife called him to said he’d been recalled to the United States Air Force.

He went without hesitation. And on a night bombing run over North Korea, Lieutenant Downes was lost. He left behind his wife Elinor, their unborn daughter Donna, and a 3-year-old boy named Rick, who every day of his life since has worked without ceasing to honor his father’s memory and support the families of our missing fallen from the Korean War. And, Rick, we are honored by your presence with us today.

Or, finally, they could have stories like First Lieutenant Frank Salazar, called up from the Nevada Air National Guard, who volunteered to leave his duty station to serve in Korea. He was shot down on New Year’s Eve 1952, while flying a recon mission over enemy territory.

Lieutenant Salazar’s daughter Diana was just 4 years old when he shipped out from Travis Air Force Base. We met Diana last night at that very same Air Force base — the base where she saw her father depart for the last time. It was the first time that she had been back there. Diana, you honor your father, and all of us, by your presence today as well.

Whosoever emerges from these aircraft today begins a new season of hope for the families of our missing fallen. Hope that those who are lost will yet be found. Hope that after so many years of questions, these families will have closure. And hope that, as President Trump said just yesterday, that these, and those that follow, will, in his words, finally come home to lay to “rest in American soil.”

And so they shall. Some in Arlington National Cemetery. Some in national cemeteries across the land. Some in a churchyard alongside loved ones long gone. And some in a humble family plot by a cornfield on a lonely road.

But wherever they go, these, and all those that will follow, shall be remembered with honor. For as the Bible says, “No greater love has a man than this, that he should lay down his life for his friends.” And as these heroes are laid to rest, so we pray they will rest in peace.

To the families of our fallen, here and looking on, know that our hearts are with you today. We share your hope that someday soon your loved one’s precious remains will be restored to your tender care. And we pledge to you: We will never stop striving until every hero lost in the Korean War is home.

To the veterans of our Korean War, brothers- and sisters-in-arms, thank you for your service. We hope that in this ceremony, in this promise kept, you see once more the deep gratitude that every American feels for your service, and that you’d leave with the absolute assurance that the Korean War is forgotten no more.

And to our honored dead, who gave the last full measure of devotion for their families and our freedom — to these great American heroes, fallen so long ago: Today, as a nation, we breathe a word of thanks for your service and sacrifice. And we say to you, as one people, with one voice: Welcome home.

May God bless the memory of our fallen and their families. May God bless all who have served and serve to this day in the uniform of this great nation. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.”(Applause.)


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Vice President Pence in Office Call with Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command

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THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA MIKE PENCE: “Thank you, Admiral Davidson. And I bring greetings from your Commander-in-Chief who wanted me to come by and not only receive a briefing from here at INDOPACOM but also to extend our gratitude and congratulations to you on your new assignment.”

ADMIRAL DAVIDSON: “Thank you.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “Indo-Pacific Command oversees 50 percent of the world’s population — U.S. military operations — across 14 time zones. And the leadership that you’ve provided and that your entire team provides contributes to the safety and security of the American people.

I hope you will convey our gratitude and appreciation to the some 380,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard that operate under this combatant command. America is more secure every day because of the service of the men and women beneath your command.

And so, Admiral, I’m truly grateful to you and, obviously, my wife and I come to this assignment with great humility. President Trump gave me the great privilege to represent him at a ceremony today where we will receive the remains of American servicemen who fell in the Korean War.

My father served in the United States Army and saw combat in Korea. And I come to this moment deeply humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to express not only the President’s gratitude to the families of our fallen, but also to honor those who gave the last full measure.

And so thank you for making that special occasion take place today. We’re honored to be a part of it. And on this day and every day, we’re truly grateful for your leadership and your service, Admiral.”

ADMIRAL DAVIDSON: “Thank you, Mr. Vice President. I appreciate it.”

THE VICE PRESIDENT: “Thank you.”

ADMIRAL DAVIDSON: “Thank you very much.”


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President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America Meets with Inner City Pastors and Ministers

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President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America with Inner City Pastors

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

 

WASHINGTON DC – On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, the President Donald J. Trump signed into law:

S. 2245, the “Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors Act or the KIWI Act,” which makes New Zealand nationals eligible to enter the United States as nonimmigrant traders and investors provided New Zealand grants reciprocal treatment to U.S. nationals; and

S. 2850, which amends the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water (WMAT) Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to add other uses of the WMAT Settlement Fund; and the Long-Term Leasing Act of 1955 to authorize 99-year leases for all lands within the boundaries of the Santa Clara and Ohkay Owingeh Pueblos.

President Trump also met with Inner City Pastors and Christian Ministers in the White House Cabinet Room of Washington DC, USA at 1:55 PM on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

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THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: “Well, thank you very much. It’s my great honor to be here today with some of the leading pastors and faith leaders from across our nation. These are great people, most of whom I know. And my administration is open, 100 percent, and we have been. We’ve had tremendous support, and I appreciate that. I appreciate you all being here today.

In case you don’t know, that’s called “the media.” (Laughter.)They’re wonderful people. I like you better.

I’m very happy to welcome these great leaders, including my good friends Pastor Paula White, Bishop Harry Jackson, Dr. Alveda King. Thank you for being here, by the way.”

DR. KING: “Yes, sir. Thank you.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Darrell Scott, who’s been with me from — I think before I even announced. He was saying, “You should run.” Thank you, Darrell.

Today we’ll discuss the progress we’ve made — and it’s been tremendous — and the next steps we must take to continue bringing opportunity and safety to all of our citizens.

Throughout our history, America’s churches and religious leaders have called for change and have inspired us to care for and bring hope back to those in need. So many people in need. These are the people that — they do a job, and it’s really, largely unrecognized, which is something they don’t even care about, frankly. They just want to take care of people. But the people realize it, and they love you. They love you very much. You know that.

By cutting taxes, reducing regulation, increasing American energy, and promoting American manufacturing — a situation where, as you remember, the other side of the equation said people don’t want to do manufacturing anymore. I said, “Well, they don’t want to make things?” Well, it turns out we’re doing record business in manufacturing.

We’ve increased and created 3.7 million more jobs since Election Day. African American and Hispanic unemployment rates have reached the lowest levels in recorded history, meaning history — the lowest levels ever. African American and Hispanic. Asian also. Women also — 66 years.

We’ve launched a bold workforce training initiative. So far, over 100 companies and associations have already pledged to train and retrain over 4 million Americans. So important, because we have companies, once again, coming back into our country, and they want to employ people. So we’re training and working with these people, and we’re getting companies to do the same. It’s been — actually, it’s been a very beautiful thing.

We fought very hard to include “Opportunity Zones” in our tax bill, which, as you know, we have. This tax incentive will bring badly needed investment into distressed communities — communities with high unemployment, communities where it’s really tough, and tough to get a job. And already, we’re seeing what’s happening. We’re seeing the benefits.

Our focus on opportunity for every citizen includes helping former prisoners. These citizens reentering society have had a tough time. We want them to get jobs so they don’t have to return to a life of crime and go back into the same prison where they just got out. I mean, this has been a tremendous problem. And the best thing we could do, actually, is exactly what we’re doing: creating an environment where the country is doing so well.

And prisoners have never, ever, even close, done better than they’ve done now when they get out, because they’re getting jobs. And the reason is, it’s hard to get people because we’re pretty well filled up. So for the first time probably, I think I could say, ever, they’re getting a break.

And I have to tell you, the people that are hiring prisoners — and you’ve heard me say it — they’re loving them. And I don’t mean in every case. But in a big percentage of cases, they’re loving them. And these are people that are doing, really, an incredible job.

But a lot of people didn’t want to do it; they didn’t want to hire prisoners. They’re doing it. I have one man, a friend of mine, he’s now up to number 10. And I don’t say he loved all 10, but he liked 7 of them a lot. (Laughter.) In fact, said six of them are better than anybody else he has. I don’t think that’s a bad percentage. Right? (Laughter.) And he’s a fan. And a lot of people are becoming fans.

We passed the First Step Act through the House, and we’re working with the Senate to pass that into law. And I think we’ll be able to do it. When we say “hire American,” we mean all Americans — every American, everybody.

We cannot have opportunity without safety. We’re working every day with local and federal law enforcement to reduce violent crime all over the country. I mean, you look all over the world — you think — but all over our country. And the numbers are going down.

Every American child should be able to grow up in a safe community, surrounded by a loving family, with access to a great education that leads to a lifelong career, and success, and all of the things that go with great success.

We also underscore the crucial importance of faith in fostering strong families and communities. And I just want to again thank you all for being here. And you’re very special people. I don’t even know if you know that, but you’re very special people. You’re admired by everybody in this country. Even if they’re not believers, most of them admire what you’re doing. But maybe we’ll make them believers, right? (Laughter.) We’re going to work.

And I’d like to ask John Gray, if we might, if you could just start off with a prayer.”

PASTOR GRAY: “Yes, sir.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Thank you, John.”

PASTOR GRAY: God, we thank you for an opportunity to speak about the hearts of those who sometimes cannot fight for themselves. Thank you for this moment to be able to share our hearts with the President and his administration.

Dr. King said we cannot influence a table that we are not seated at. And so we pray that this conversation will be fruitful, and productive, and honoring of the best traditions of this nation.

We further pray that you will continue to give wisdom and insight to our President and his leadership team to be what our nation needs, to build this country from the inside out, that we will continue to be a beacon of hope and light around this world.

Bless his family, bless his health, and everything that he puts his hands to do. This is our prayer. And bless our time together. Jesus, in your name, I pray. Amen.

PARTICIPANTS: Amen.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Thank you, John. I think he’s done that before. What do you think?” (Laughter.) “I appreciate it. Thank you.”

Maybe we can go around the room. And we’ll start — well, my friend from the beginning. Thank you.

DR. KING: Yes, sir. Yes, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: Maybe just say a couple of words, Alveda, if you will.

DR. KING: I’m so blessed and honored to be here and to be able to pray right here in the White House. And the most recent thing I’ve noticed that you’ve done — you’ve done so many things that were great. Everybody expects me to talk about the life and the babies, and I could do that.

But you opening up the steel mills. And I lived across the street, Pastor, in front of a steel mill in Birmingham. Now, that’s when they were bombing us and everything. But the people were at work, so they could go church, they could give (inaudible).

THE PRESIDENT: They’re opening up.

DR. KING: — they had pretty dresses to wear on Sunday, and they weren’t hungry.

So you said you were going to reopen those steel mills.

THE PRESIDENT: They’re opening up.

DR. KING: I’ll leave it at that. I won’t take too much time. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: The dumping is stopping. You know, the dumping.

DR. KING: But I saw that. I saw it. Yeah.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, the dumping is stopping and the steel mills are opening.

DR. KING: Yes.

THE PRESIDENT: United States Steel just announced another two plants. They’re up to eight. Nucor, just yesterday, opening a big one — a brand-new one — $250 million in Florida.

DR. KING: I’m so glad. I’m so glad.

THE PRESIDENT: The steel mills are coming back, and we need steel in our country.

DR. KING: We do.

THE PRESIDENT: We need it for defense. We need it for a lot of reasons. We can’t let that happen. They were ready to be gone. It was ready to be extinct. We had to get our steel from other countries. We can’t do that.

DR. KING: Thank you, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: So, thank you for mentioning that.

DR. KING: Really, thank you. I saw that.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Yeah, they’re really opening. It’s an incredible story.

Please.

PASTOR PONDER: Jon Ponder — Las Vegas, Nevada. First of all, Mr. President, I’d like to thank you for recognizing me on the National Day of Prayer —

THE PRESIDENT: Yes.

PASTOR PONDER: — for the transformative power of Jesus that had worked in my life. Since that day, I echo your sentiments that the work that is being done in the reentry community as a result of prison reform — there are a lot of employers out there right now that are willing to hire people who are coming home from the prison system.

One of the things that we’ve learned was that employers are not not willing to hire people; they’re not willing to hire projects. And because of the (inaudible) for the initiatives, when we’re able to help them to be tremendous assets to the employers, and not liabilities, then they’re hiring them all day long.

So we just thank you for the direction that the country is going in, and specifically as our partnerships with law enforcement are beginning to grow. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has given us over 60 men and women from the police department that are serving as mentors and trainers for people coming home from the prison system. And I think that is a direct result of the direction that our country is going in.

So I thank you and your administration for the hard work.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much. And, you know, it’s something that should have been done a long time ago — prison reform.

And, Paula and Jared, I want to really thank you for the job you’ve done. It’s really incredible. But a lot of people are saying, “You mean it’s the Trump administration that’s doing this?” You understand. They don’t believe it. But we’re really making a tremendous amount of progress, and it’s a beautiful thing to watch. Thank you, Jon.

REVEREND DE JESUS: Mr. President, I’m Reverend De Jesus, from the city of Chicago, from the community of Humboldt Park, New Life Covenant Church.

First of all, let me just say thank you for your boldness. Thank you for taking a stand for those that are disenfranchised. And I want to say that, in the city of Chicago, there are so many pockets that’s not talked about — about revitalization. And I know this is something in your heart, of rebuilding communities. And I look forward to partnering with you and your administration to revitalize the city of Chicago.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.

REVEREND DE JESUS: Thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.

DR. MOODY: Mr. President, my name is Van Moody, from the Worship Center in Birmingham, Alabama. And I just want to continue to underscore what’s already been said. Thank you for your heart for all people, but particularly your leadership on the issue of prison reform and workforce development. Those are two of the biggest issues facing Alabama. A lot of the individuals that we spend a lot of time ministering to are really hard hit in those areas; corporations. That’s the biggest issue right now in Alabama. So thank you for your leadership on this issue.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.

DR. MOODY: Thank you for being compassionate and caring about all people.

THE PRESIDENT: It’s a great state, too.

DR. MOODY: Yes, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: Great people. Thank you.

BISHOP SEARCY: Mr. President, Kyle Searcy — Montgomery, Alabama also. I want to echo all that’s been said. We’re very grateful for your heart toward criminal justice reform, your heart for the urban community. It’s very — very amazing.

Montgomery, Alabama is a city that’s known for unity and bringing people together. And so many things have come out of that city. And it’s just very encouraging that you have a heart to begin to bring people together, work across the aisle to get things done. Many people on our team pray for you every single day.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s really nice. I appreciate it, both. Thank you very much.

DR. GOUDEAUX: Mr. President, I’m Phillip Goudeaux from Sacramento, California. And don’t give up on California. (Laughter.)

PARTICIPANT: I agree. (Laughs.)

THE PRESIDENT: (Inaudible.)

DR. GOUDEAUX: Please don’t give up on California and on Sacramento. I’m right in the capital there, and we’re working in every area to try to make a difference in people’s lives.

So, I guess the greatest word I can say for you, Mr. President, is that you have given this country expectations, given us a new hope, a new excitement to believe that things are getting better and going to get better. And we appreciate that leadership — your tenacity to keep pushing in against all the opposition that comes against you. Thank you so much.

THE PRESIDENT: I appreciate that. Thank you very much. It’s very nice.

MR. HAYES: Mr. President, Travis Hayes. I’m Travis Hayes, and I’m the CFO of Relentless Church in Greenville, South Carolina. I’m honored to be here among — in the presence of greatness. And I’m excited about the opportunity to learn more. I used to be in law enforcement, so I’m really excited to hear about these programs with regards to folks who are just being released from prison and getting them back in the workplace.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.

PASTOR LOWE: Mr. President, Pastor Julian Lowe from Oasis Church in Los Angeles. And I’ve very grateful for this administration and for you personally. I didn’t grow up in the church, and I was taught growing up that faith and government were completely separated and completely different. So you offering this roundtable, and giving pastors and faith leaders a voice throughout the country — I heard about the meeting you had yesterday as well, with other faith leaders — and so it’s very encouraging, inspiring, and gives me hope to take back to the people of Los Angeles.

I’m honored to be here. And thank you very much.

THE PRESIDENT: My honor. Thank you.

PASTOR PEREZ: Mr. President, Benny Perez from Las Vegas, Nevada. I’m so honored to be here with all these incredible men and women. Thank you so much.

Being a Hispanic leader, to see what is happening in the Hispanic community, it is the largest, as you know, ethnic community in America. And to have the lowest unemployment rate and to see my family members and my community being really empowered to live a life and not just dream, but actually see the dream become a reality.

Thank you for all that you’re doing — it’s making a huge difference in Las Vegas — and for acknowledging the churches as we partner with you and the government to make a huge difference in Las Vegas and beyond.

Thank you so much.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you. You know, the churches weren’t so much acknowledged, you know that, over the last number of years. We acknowledge.

PASTOR PEREZ: Right. Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: These are great, great people.

PASTOR PEREZ: Thank you so much.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Paula?

PASTOR WHITE: Pastor Paula White from the Destiny Christian Center. And it’s an honor to serve you with our faith initiative and opportunity.

Thank you for bringing the faith-based back to the White House and for all the great things you continue to do.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Paula. Thank you for everything.

PASTOR WHITE: Yes, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: Jared, would you like to say something?

MR. KUSHNER: Sure. When you asked me to lead your efforts to try to reform our country’s prisons and to see what we could do from the federal government, we were running into a little bit of a problem of politics in Congress. And so I reached out to a lot of you to see if you could help get the word out in your communities and to try to let the people in Washington know that making progress on this issue is more important than whatever political differences people may have.

You guys came to the White House. You all mobilized your communities. And we were able to get the bill through the House, and hopefully we’ll have the same results in the Senate.

What happened from there, though, is it opened a dialogue between this administration and a lot of you, which has led us to believe that a lot of the policies we’ve been pushing, under the President’s leadership, do help all your communities and do help your different places where you’re leading. And it’s enabled us to open up a further dialogue.

So I’m very happy today for everyone to be here today to talk about this administration’s efforts for prison reform, but also to discuss what we can work on further together to continue to make a difference for all Americans.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s really nice. And, you know, Jared is working on a lot of very important things. But this has become, I think, just about number one on your list. Who would have thought? (Laughter.) Who would have thought? It’s just been great the way you’ve done. I think I speak for the room when I say we appreciate it. Great job.

Marvin.

MR. WINANS JR.: Mr. President, it’s an honor to be here. When you asked us to speak, the first thing I thought about was my grandfather, and how it’s an honor to be here. And, you know, he passed away a few years ago. But he raised 10 kids in the inner city of Detroit.

And when you were speaking, you were talking about how important faith was in the community and how it helps the family. And my grandfather did that, working odd jobs. He was a taxi driver. He cut hair. He did everything possible. But he had them in church and he kept them, you know, together.

He was with his wife — married for, I think, around 50 years before he passed away. But our family was able to do things that a lot of families, you know, aren’t able to do without the assistance of faith and having church and having families together.

And so to hear you talking about, you know, keeping that in communities, I think, is super important. And I’m just happy for this opportunity. And just God bless you and everything you’re doing. And thank you, Pastor Paula, as well.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you, Marvin. Great family. Great family.

MR. SMITH: Mr. President, it’s been an honor to serve you in this administration. Today is a watershed moment — this opportunity to learn about a community that has felt left behind for years. And the things that you’re doing under your leadership could drastically change situations and speak for people who can’t speak for themselves. Each one of these leaders speak for a forgotten people around this country who have dealt with pain, regardless of who was President. And it’s an opportunity for you to show your leadership to move things in a different direction.

So it’s been an honor to serve, and I look forward to continue to workwith you.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. That’s very nice. I appreciate it. Darrell?

PASTOR SCOTT: Pastor Darrell Scott. I’ve had the honor and privilege to work with then-candidate, now President Trump, and to observe him behind the scenes and have a number of personal conversations with him.

And people ask me why do I defend him so vociferously. And I say it’s easy for me to do it because I know him, and he’s shown me his heart, and I know he has a heart for all Americans.

And I will say this: This administration has taken a lot of people by surprise. And it’s going to surprise you guys even more, because this is probably the most proactive administration regarding urban America and the faith-based community in my lifetime. And I’ll be 60 years old in December.

But when I think back on — well, I mean, I use good hair dye. (Laughter.) And I’ve got a great makeup artist.

But, to be honest, this is probably going to be the — and I’m going to say this at this table — the most pro-black President that we’ve had in our lifetime because — and I try to, you know, analyze the people that I encounter. This President actually wants to prove something to our community, our faith-based community and our ethnic community.

The last President didn’t feel like he had to. He felt like he didn’t have to prove it. He got a pass. This President is — this administration is probably going to be more proactive regarding urban revitalization and prison reform than any President in your lifetime.

If we work together, give him a chance. Don’t pay any attention to these guys back here. (Laughs.) And I’ll promise you, we will do something that — we will — this administration will continue to make history. It’s going to be a lot of positive changes. Great things are on the horizon, I promise.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. I have to say one thing about Darrell. So, I didn’t know him at all. And I’m watching one of the, I would say, “unfriendly” groups of broadcasters, to put it nicely. And I said, “Who is that guy?” He was destroying them. I say, “Who is he?” And then I saw him two or three times. And I said, “I have to meet him.”

But I want to just thank you. You have been incredible. You are some voice. And when I heard — okay, tell them, how long are you married? Tell me.

PASTOR SCOTT: Thirty-nine years — thirty-eight years.

THE PRESIDENT: Okay. So I thought he was like 35 years old. (Laughter.) So did you. And then he said, “Say hello to my wife.” And he said, “I’ve been married 39 years.” I said, “You’re married 39 years? I thought you were 35 years old.” Right? (Laughter.)

But you’re doing a good job. You’re obviously doing it right because you look great and we really appreciate it.

PASTOR SCOTT: Yeah, we’re going to be all right.

THE PRESIDENT: Right from the beginning.

PASTOR SCOTT: Ja’Ron has been working with us a lot and, you know —

THE PRESIDENT: Great.

PASTOR SCOTT: — he used to live on my street when he was a kid. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: Good job.

PASTOR SCOTT: The same city. Yeah, so.

MR. SMITH: Small world.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Darrell. Appreciate it.

BISHOP COBARIS: Mr. President, I’m Bishop Kelvin L. Cobaris, the Impact Church of Orlando, Florida. I want to thank you, and I echo the sentiments of all of the colleagues that have already spoken for your work as it relates to prison reform. And I definitely thank you for your commitment to partnering with the faith-based community.

I happen to be in many rooms, and in one room in particular, and we had a meeting a year ago in the Oval Office. And you said to all of the faith leaders standing around your desk that “I’m going to untie the hands of the faith-based community. I am going to free you and take the muzzle off of your mouth.”

And, in a year’s time, I have watched you, day by day, do just that, by freeing the faith community and partnering with us to do what we’ve been called to do, and that is to impact our communities. So thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, one of the big things we’ve done is the Johnson Amendment. You know, you’re free to do what you want to do now. You couldn’t — you couldn’t talk because you were afraid of a lot of bad repercussion. And we — as you know, we’ve taken that off. That’s a bad — that was a bad thing.

DR. KING: Yes, it was.

THE PRESIDENT: That was a bad thing that Lyndon Johnson did a long time ago. He had to have a lot of power to get it done, but you now are free to say what you want. And when you want to support somebody, you support that. It doesn’t have to be me. Of course, I hope it’s me. But you’re free.

You know, you’re the people that we respect. And you were really not able to say what was on your mind. And we want you to say what was on your mind and what is on your mind. So I think getting rid of that is a big, big factor. And at some point in the not-too-distant future, we’re going to put it through Congress. In addition to just an executive order, we’re going to put it through Congress. We’re going to get rid of it permanently because it should not be here. Okay? We’re going to work on that.

Thank you.

PASTOR NESBITT: Mr. President, I’m Sharon Nesbitt, senior pastor of Dominion Church in Marion, Arkansas. I wanted to say thank you for your policies on prison reform and urban initiatives.

As you know, Arkansas has one of the largest prison rates in the country. So thank you for getting us back to the table, and for your faith-based initiatives to let us come to the table.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Great place. Great place. Thank you.

BISHOP HINES: Mr. President, my name is Bishop Darrell Hines, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I pastor the Christian Faith Fellowship Church of God in Christ. And I serve on the general board of the Church of God in Christ, where we have a five-point, faith-based initiative for inner city reform. And, of course, prison is one of them.

And so I appreciate, first of all, being invited to the table. It’s an interesting thing because I was watching news — I watch news all the time. And I saw you on the news — this was just last week. And I said, “You know, I would love to go and have him hear me.” But I said, “I don’t know how that’s possible. I don’t know anybody who I think — who knows him.”

THE PRESIDENT: (Inaudible.)

BISHOP HINES: And then I get the call from — I don’t want to call him “Coconut” — but I get it from Marvin, Jr. He calls me and he says, “Listen, I want you to go with me to the White House.”

And I think the most interesting thing about this moment is that we hear several things, but to know you hear us is an encouraging moment. And I want to thank you for taking this time to invite us to the White House, and then taking the time to hear us concerning our concerns in our community and in our faith, because they both need the ear of the President.

So thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s very nice. Thank you.

So you were surprised to get that call right after you talked to (inaudible), right?

BISHOP HINES: Yes. Right after. God moves in mysterious ways.

THE PRESIDENT: You know who that — right.

REVEREND OWENS: Thank you, Mr. President. My name is Bill Owens, founder and the president of the Coalition of African American Pastors. I’m honored to be here with you today. We’ve met several times. Thank you, Dr. Scott, for the invitation — and Paula White — to be here. And we are with you 100 percent.

I’m with Bishop Hines and the Church of God in Christ. We are all in it together. So we will work together to make the difference.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Reverend.

PASTOR SCOTT: Can I say something? Reverend Owens has been active with several different administrations in the past as well. He worked with President Reagan, am I right?

REVEREND OWENS: Bush.

PASTOR SCOTT: President Bush.

REVEREND OWENS: Very closely.

DR. KING: He marched with Martin Luther King, too.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.

PASTOR FREEMAN: And it was my turn to go, but (inaudible). (Laughter.) Mr. President, I am certainly honored to be here with you. I’m Pastor Mike Freeman, from the Spirit of Faith Christian Center, 10 minutes from this house. You are invited any Sunday you would like to come.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.

PASTOR FREEMAN: I’ll leave a parking space open for you there so you won’t have any opportunity to be delayed.

This is a very critical time that we’re in. One of the things I remember the most and recall about a statement you made when you were running, you said if you were able to win the White House, that Christians would have a friend in the White House.

I was really eager to find out whether or not that word would be kept as such. To be sitting here with you today, as a representative of the Christian community, it is so wonderful. I’m elated to know, first of all, that you’re a man of your word. Secondly, you have an ear to hear from God. With your having an ear to hear from God, this country is in great hands.

My prayer for you is that your ear will always be open to the wisdom and the spirit of God. And I’m praying for you constantly, and everything I pray for comes to pass. (Laughter.) God bless you.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s very nice. And I’ll get over there, too.

PASTOR FREEMAN: Yes, sir. That would be great.

THE PRESIDENT: We’ll get over there. Thank you.

BISHOP BRONNER: Mr. President, I’m Bishop Dale Bronner from Atlanta, the senior pastor and founder of Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral. And I’m from the business world. My father planted a business in the hair cosmetic manufacturing business — 1947.

THE PRESIDENT: Wow.

BISHOP BRONNER: And so we’ve been doing business there in Atlanta for all of these years and employing people. So thank you so much. I love the stimulation that I see in the economy now. It is the best that it has been in so many, many years.

And I’m so deeply, deeply grateful for all the prison reform initiatives that I see underway — that is exciting and enthralling to me — as well as the urban initiatives that will help minority communities around this country. Thank you so much for your boldness and your courage to do — to make great things happen. And you’re making them happen.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.

BISHOP BRONNER: Sure.

THE PRESIDENT: Very nice.

BISHOP JACKSON: I’m Bishop Harry Jackson from right here in the D.C. area. First of all, I really feel called to pray for you. And the year before you — as you ran, I felt that burden; I felt that feeling that you were going to win. And I’m so very thankful, as he said, that you’re so open.

Criminal justice reform is so critical because it prevents many African Americans and Hispanics from becoming a permanent underclass.

And I think the opportunities-owned concepts that you’re working with are critical because it brings green power. We really don’t need black power unless you got some green power working with that black power. (Laughter.) It brings green power to our urban areas. So I believe we can break the generational curse of poverty and people who are isolated, and it’s because of your boldness.

And despite all that’s been coming against you, you’ve stood your ground and you’ve been a champion. God bless you, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you, Harry. Appreciate it.

John.

PASTOR GRAY: Mr. President, John Gray, Senior Pastor of Relentless Church in Greenville, South Carolina. And I am grateful for the opportunity to be at this table at a time in our country where faith is becoming a bit of a dinosaur. In a time of moral relativism and secular humanism, it is refreshing to know that those of us who have committed our lives to fighting for people who cannot fight for themselves have a seat at the table to share our hearts.

I believe that the very best principles of scripture call us to fight for the poor, for the oppressed, for those who have made mistakes. Criminal justice reform is an opportunity to give a second and third chance to those who want to become productive members of society. Our nation cannot forget the broken. It is in the best tradition of our nation to fight for them.

And when I think about the history of the church in this country, we have always fought for those who could not fight for themselves. So when I think of those who are coming out of prison who want to contribute, this is critical.

When I think of veterans — I have here the obituary of my uncle who passed away a few weeks ago. He was 77. He was a veteran in the U.S. Army and he battled through mental illness and other challenges. And we saw systemic poverty — multi-generational poverty. But had he been resourced with the proper care and had he been resourced with other necessities, he could have contributed even more.

And so I’m very grateful for you, for this administration that’s allowing for the conversation. And again, my prayer is that you will continue to have wisdom and insight to lead this nation. Truly, all of us are created equal. And so thank you for giving us an equal opportunity to fight for this nation and what it means to be an American.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, John.

PASTOR GRAY: Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: How many people in your church?

PASTOR GRAY: Well, we just started three months ago and we have about 5,500, 6,000.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, that’s what I heard. I heard it’s really incredible. Very quick.

PASTOR GRAY: Yes, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: Some of them — 45,000, 50,000 people. Some of you even more than that. So I congratulate you all, and it’s an honor to have you here. And you always have a friend in the White House. You know that. Harry, you know that. Right?

Thank you all very much. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much.


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Vice President Mike Pence Participates in the Honorable Carry Ceremony of American Service Members Who Fell in the Korean War

 

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JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HAWAII – Vice President Mike Pence of the united States of America participates in the Honorable Carry Ceremony for the Remains of American Service Members Who Fell in the Korean War on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.


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JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HAWAII – Vice President Mike Pence of the united States of America presents remarks at the Honorable Carry Ceremony for the Remains of American Service Members Who Fell in the Korean War on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.



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