Day: April 22, 2017

POTUS to Call Space to Congratulate Record Breaking Astronaut Peggy Whitson -When: Monday, April 24, 2017. — Time: 10:00 AM EDT -How to tune in: The 20 minute call will air live on NASA Television and will be livestreamed on NASA’s website and Facebook page.

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On Monday, April 24, 2017, President Donald J. Trump will call the commander of the International Space Station, astronaut Peggy Whitson, to congratulate her on breaking the American record for the most total days in space. The current record holder, Jeff Williams stayed in space for 534 days. Whitson will break that record for most cumulative days in space Monday at 1:27 a.m. EDT. In 2002, Whitson flew to space for the first time on the Expedition 5 mission and in 2007 she became the first female astronaut to take command of the International Space Station. Whitson also holds the record for most spacewalks conducted by a female astronaut.

Details for the President’s call with astronaut Peggy Whitson:

When: Monday, April 24, 2017. —  Time: 10:00 AM EDT

Where: The President will call the International Space Station from the Oval Office

Who: Ivanka Trump and astronaut Kate Rubins will join the President’s call with Commander Whitson and astronaut Jack Fischer will be joining Whitson at the International Space Station.

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NASA Astronaut
Nationality American
Status Active
Born February 9, 1960 (age 57)
Mount Ayr, Iowa, U.S.
Other occupation
Biochemist
Iowa Wesleyan College
Rice University
Time in space
Currently in space
Selection 1996 NASA Group
Total EVAs
8
Total EVA time
53 hours, 22 minutes
Missions STS-111, Expedition 5, STS-113, Soyuz TMA-11 (Expedition 16), Soyuz MS-03/Soyuz MS-04(Expedition 50/51/52)
Mission insignia
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Whitson was born in Mount Ayr, Iowa, and grew up on a farm outside the nearby town of Beaconsfield, Iowa.Whitson graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School in 1978 and received a bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistryfrom Iowa Wesleyan College in 1981. She then went on to earn her doctorate degree in biochemistry from Rice University in 1985, and following completion of her graduate work, continued at Rice as a Robert A Welch Post-doctoral Fellow until October 1986. She is married to Clarence F. Sams, Ph.D.

Following her fellowship at Rice, she began working at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, as a National Research Council Resident Research Associate. From April 1988 until September 1989, Whitson served as the Supervisor for the Biochemistry Research Group at KRUG International, a medical sciences contractor at NASA-JSC.

From 1991 through 1997, Whitson was invited to be an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, and Department of Human Biological Chemistry and Genetics at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. In 1997, Whitson began a position as adjunct assistant professor at Rice University in the Maybee Laboratory for Biochemical and Genetic Engineering.

From 1992 to 1995, she served as project scientist for the Shuttle-Mir Program and, until her selection as an astronaut candidate in 1996, as deputy division chief for the Medical Sciences division at the Johnson Space Center.

From 1989 to 1993, Whitson worked as a research biochemist in the Biomedical Operations and Research Branch at NASA-JSC. From 1991 to 1993, she served as technical monitor of the Biochemistry Research Laboratories in the Biomedical Operations and Research Branch. From 1991 through 1992, she was the payload element developer for Bone Cell Research Experiment (E10) aboard SL-J (STS-47), and was a member of the US-USSR Joint Working Group in Space Medicine and Biology. In 1992, she was named the project scientist of the Shuttle-Mir Program (STS-60, STS-63, STS-71, Mir 18, Mir 19), and served in this capacity until the conclusion of the Phase 1A Program in 1995. From 1993 through 1996, Whitson held the additional responsibilities of the deputy division chief of the Medical Sciences Division at NASA-JSC. From 1995–1996, she served as co-chair of the U.S.-Russian Mission Science Working Group.

In April 1996, Whitson was selected as an astronaut candidate and started training in August 1996. Upon completing the two years of training and evaluation, she was assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Operations Planning Branch, and served as the lead for the Crew Test Support Team in Russia from 1998 to 1999. In June 2003, Whitson served as the commander of the NEEMO 5mission aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory, living and working underwater for fourteen days.[12] From November 2003 to March 2005, she served as deputy chief of the Astronaut Office. From March 2005 to November 2005, she served as chief of the Station Operations Branch, Astronaut Office. Whitson trained as the backup ISS commander for Expedition 14 from November 2005 through September 2006, and as the ISS commander for Expedition 16, launched October 2007, on the Soyuz TMA-11. During Expedition 16 she surpassed Sunita Williams for woman with the most spacewalks.

Whitson served as Chief of the Astronaut Office until July 2012 and, as such, was responsible for mission preparation activities of International Space Station crews and their support personnel.

SOURCE:   WIKIPIDIA

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Remarks by the Vice President and Indonesian President Widodo to the Press- April 20, 2017

The White House
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release

Remarks by the Vice President and Indonesian President Widodo to the Press

Merdeka Palace
Jakarta, Indonesia

PRESIDENT WIDODO: (As translated.)  It is an honor for Indonesia to welcome the visit of the Vice President of the United States, His Excellency Michael Richard Pence.
 
This is my first meeting with the new administration of the United States.  However, I have communicated with President Trump since January.  And receiving the courtesy call of Vice President Pence, we discussed a number of bilateral and international issues.  
 
The first is the commitment of the United States to enhance its strategic partnership with Indonesia.  We’ll focus on the issues of cooperation and investment.  And next month, there will be a team that will discuss the arrangement of trade and investment bilateral between the countries based on the principles of win-win solution.
 
Second, as the largest Muslim population country in the world, as well as the third largest democracy in the world, Indonesia also agree to strengthen cooperation on peace.  That is what I can convey to you all in this auspicious occasion.  And I also send my best regards to President Trump through Vice President Pence.  That is all from me.  Thank you very much.
 
VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Good morning.  Thank you, President Widodo, for hosting me here today.  Thank you for your warm hospitality to my family, and the extraordinarily colorful welcome that we received from all the children as we approached this morning will be a memory for a lifetime.
 
It is my great privilege to be here in Indonesia.  My very first visit to Indonesia to represent the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.  And I bring his greetings to you and his appreciation for your kindness and outreach since his election in November.
 
I know I’m the first member of President Trump’s administration to visit Southeast Asia, and the President sent me here — sent me here as a sign of the high value the United States places on our strategic partnership with Indonesia.  
 
As the second and third largest democracies in the world, our two countries share many common values — including freedom, the rule of law, human rights, and religious diversity.
 
The United States is proud to partner with Indonesia to promote and protect these values, the birthright of all people.  
 
And as President Widodo and I discussed under President Donald Trump, the United States and Indonesia are going to work even more closely together for the mutual benefit of our nations, our people, and for the benefit of Southeast Asia, as a whole.  
 
Economically, President Trump and I seek to expand the United States’ commercial relationship with Indonesia.  And the President and I spoke about that very openly today, and we look forward to those discussions continuing.
 
American companies have been doing business in Indonesia for years, and American products and services have contributed greatly to Indonesia’s economic development.  But we believe that we still have room for significant progress.
 
Under President Trump’s leadership, the United States seeks trade relationships that are both free and fair, that spur job creation, and economic growth for both parties.
 
As you, President Widodo, have said so often, we’re looking for a win-win relationship, and we’re confident that we can find it on an increasing basis.
 
We believe we must level the playing field, break down barriers to ensure that American exporters can fully participate in the Indonesia market, the same freedom that Indonesia exporters have had in many sectors in the United States for many years.
 
Mr. President, President Trump and I look forward to working with you to make progress for this objective and are grateful for your openness to our teams beginning those conversations in the coming weeks.
 
The United States is also proud to be one of Indonesia’s oldest and most engaged defense partners.  And under President Trump we are firmly committed to continuing to collaborate on the security of both of our peoples.  A stronger defense partnership will serve us well as we confront the various security threats and challenges that we now face.  And of course, one of the greatest threats we face is the rise and spread of terrorism. 
 
Sadly, Indonesia is no stranger to this evil, nor is the United States of America, as the President and I discussed.  The world watched with heartbreak in January of last year when ISIS-linked terrorists struck in central Jakarta in a barbaric suicide bombing.  Our hearts broke for your people.  This vile attack claimed the lives of five innocents, injured more than two dozen others.  What I can assure you and the people of Indonesia is that you had the condolences and the prayers of the American people as you confronted this tragedy.  
 
We too know the terrible cost of terrorism, and the United States stands with you to condemn it and to confront it.
 
We will also continue to work with Indonesia to defend the rules-based system that is the foundation for Southeast Asia’s peace and prosperity.  The United States will uphold the fundamental freedoms of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea and throughout the Asia Pacific; will ensure the unimpeded flow of lawful commerce; and promote peaceful diplomatic dialogue to address issues of regional and global concern.
 
Finally, with President Trump’s leadership, the United States intends to deepen our cultural ties with the nation and the good people of Indonesia.  Later today I’m greatly humbled to have the privilege to visit Indonesia’s national mosque, where I’ll have the opportunity to speak with leaders of many faiths.  
 
And, Mr. President, I’m very much looking forward to that visit and that honor.  
 
As the largest majority Muslim country, Indonesia’s tradition of moderate Islam, frankly, is an inspiration to the world.  And we commend you and your people. 
 
In your nation, as in mine, religion unifies — it doesn’t divide.  It gives us hope for a brighter future, and we are all grateful for the great inspiration that Indonesia provides for the world.
 
Rest assured, under President Trump, the United States welcomes all who share our values and strive for that brighter future.  Today on President Trump’s behalf, I have the privilege of reaffirming the United States’ strategic partnership with Indonesia and declaring our commitment to strengthen our bonds of friendship, commerce, and security.  
 
Today I say with confidence through our continued partnership, the United States and Indonesia will continue to maintain a peaceful, stable, and a prosperous Southeast Asia for the benefit of both of our nations and for the benefit of the world.    
 
So on behalf of President Trump, let me say again, President Widodo, thank you.  Thank you for your leadership.  Thank you for your hospitality.  And thank you for the opportunity to build on a foundation of friendship and partnership between our two nations.
 
END

Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Interfaith Religious Leaders #VPinASIA

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The White House
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release

Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Interfaith Religious Leaders

Today, Vice President Mike Pence participated in an interfaith dialogue with faith leaders of Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Confucianism at the conclusion of his tour of the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia. Vice President Pence expressed appreciation to Indonesia for its shared commitment to religious freedom and reaffirmed that the United States will continue to defend this fundamental freedom, at home and abroad.

The list of dialogue participants was as follows:

Muhammad Muzammil Basyuni – Head of Istiqlal, Mosque Management Body

Dr. Nasarudin Umar – Grand Imam of Istiqlal Mosque

Dr. Bahrul Hayat – Vice Chairman of the Executive Board, the Istiqlal Mosque

Rev. Dr. Henriette-Lebang – General Chairperson, Communion of Churches in Indonesia (CCI/PGI)

KS Arsana – Chairman for International Affairs, Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia (PHDI)

Dr. Uung Sendana L. Linggaraja – General Chairman of Supreme Council of Confucian, Religion in Indonesia (MATAKIN)

Ignatius Suharyo – Catholic Archbishop of Jakarta

Prof. Dr. Philip Wijaya – Former Secretary General, Indonesian Buddhists Association (Walubi)

Dr. Abdul Mu’ti – Secretary General, Muhammadiyah

Dr. Bahtiar Effendy – Chair of Muhammadiyah

Yahya Cholil Staquf – Secretary General, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU)

Dr. Marsudi Syuhud – Chair of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU)

Dr. Din Syamsuddin – Chairman of Advisory Board of the MUI

Yenny Wahid, Moderator – Director, The Wahid Institute

Diana Muzammil – Member of the Betawi Cultural Development Forum

Nasihin Hasan – Head of Research and Development, Indonesian Society for Organization of Islamic Cooperation (ISOIC)

Bunyan Saptomo – Secretary General of the Indonesian Society for Organization of Islamic Cooperation (ISOIC)

Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Indonesia

#VPinASIA Day Five: Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Indonesia

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We arrived late Wednesday in the capital city of Jakarta, Indonesia to continue our visit in the Asia-Pacific region. I am the first member of President Donald Trump’s administration to visit Southeast Asia, and the President asked for me to be here as a sign of the high value that the United States places on our strategic partnership with Indonesia.

I began Thursday morning meeting with the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo. He and I discussed how, under President Trump, the United States and Indonesia will work even more closely together for the mutual benefit of our nations, our people, and for the benefit of Southeast Asia as a whole.

American companies have been doing business in Indonesia for years, and American products and services have contributed greatly to Indonesia’s economic development. But we still have room for significant progress. Under President Trump’s leadership, the United States seeks trade relationships that are both free and fair – that spur job creation and economic growth for both parties. The President and I look forward to working with President Widodo to make progress toward this objective.

Later, my team and I met with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Cabinet Ministers. I reaffirmed the United States’ strong, enduring commitment to the Asia-Pacific region and the Strategic Partnership with Indonesia. Vice President Kalla and I agreed to strengthen cooperation across a range of bilateral and regional issues, including bilateral trade and investment.

 After my meeting with Vice President Kalla and Cabinet Ministers, I was humbled to tour the Istiqlal Mosque. Holding 200,000 people, it’s the largest Mosque in the largest Muslim-majority country in the world.

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I was also deeply honored to meet with interfaith leaders of Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Confucianism at the conclusion of my tour to highlight Indonesia’s commitment to religious pluralism, tolerance, and freedom.

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The day continued with a productive meeting with the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). The future of Southeast Asia looks bright thanks to great programs like YSEALI that help prepare future business and civic leaders.

And finally, I concluded the evening with ASEAN leaders and informed them that President Trump will attend a summit with them in the Philippines in November. The President will also attend the East Asia Summit that same month.

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You can get the latest updates from my visit to the Asia-Pacific region by following the hashtag #VPinASIA, @VPComDir, and @VPPressSec on social media. There is an album on my Facebook page with photos from the trip. Each morning, you can also read a recap of the previous day here on wh.gov.

SOURCE:  Vice President MIKE PENCE