Day: May 24, 2017

President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis and Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin – 5/24/2017

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President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis and Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin

President Donald J. Trump met today with His Holiness Pope Francis and Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin.  This was the President’s first engagement with the Holy See. In their meetings, the President focused on how the United States, the Holy See, and the international community can work together to combat terrorism.

The Pope and the President discussed how religious communities can combat human suffering in crisis regions, such as Syria, Libya, and ISIS-controlled territory. The President affirmed that the United States and the Holy See share many fundamental values and seek to engage globally to promote human rights, combat human suffering, and protect religious freedom. 

The President also renewed the commitment of the United States to fighting global famine.  As he relayed at the Vatican, the United States is proud to announce more than $300 million in anti-famine spending, focused on the crises in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria.


 President Trump and First Lady Melania are welcomed by the prefect of the papal household Georg Gaenswein as they arrive at the Vatican1495620929_000_OU1DQ.jpg

The two leaders shook hands ahead of a meeting which ran slightly longer than scheduled.


First Lady Melania dressed in black with her head covered, following traditional protocol at the Vatican, though not all female dignitaries do this.


President Donald J. Trump and His Holiness, Pope Francis sit down to talk in their first face-to-face meeting.


The two leaders exchange their gifts. According to Italian reporters at the scene, Trump told Francis “I won’t forget what you said” as he left the Vatican.


The pontiff poses with the US delegation, including the Trump family.


President Donald J. Trump shakes hands with Italian President Sergio Mattarella. 


President’s Trump and Mattarella take part in a bilateral meeting at the Quirinale Presidential Palace


Melania sits with children during her visit to the children’s hospital Bambino Gesù.



Vice President Pence Delivers Remarks at Cajun Industries – 5/24/2017


By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has made a visit to a pair of Louisiana flood victims he met last year.

In a Wednesday visit to the Baton Rouge area, Pence’s motorcade stopped at the rebuilt home of Jimmy and Olive Morgan, both in their 70s. Pence and President Donald Trump had met them last year during the presidential campaign.

Pence’s office says he will also meet with local business people Wednesday to discuss health care, jobs and the economy.

He’s also scheduled to deliver remarks in Port Allen at Cajun Industries, a construction services corporation.

Pence will be accompanied by members of the state congressional delegation and Seema Verma, the head of Medicare and Medicaid in the Trump administration.

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Trump and his wife Melania Trump wave from Air Force One after arriving at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport on Tuesday.

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Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, and her husband Jared Kushner, who works as a senior adviser to Trump, are welcomed by officials.

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Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano welcomes President Trump and First Lady Trump.


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President Trump’s First Budget Commits Significant Resources to Fight the Opioid Epidemic – MAY 2017


May 23, 2017 — The White House

President Trump’s First Budget Commits Significant Resources to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

Washington, DC 20503

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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President Trump’s First Budget Commits Significant Resources to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

FY 2018 budget request includes $27.8 billion in drug control efforts

Washington, D.C. – Today, Richard Baum, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy, announced drug-related requests in the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget.  The President’s Budget, submitted to the U.S. Congress today, supports $27.8 billion in drug control efforts including prevention, treatment, and law enforcement. Specifically, it supports $1.3 billion in investments for Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act programs, 21st Century CURES Act programs, and other opioid-specific initiatives that seek to address the current epidemic.

“The President’s 2018 Budget calls for a larger investment in drug control policy than the annualized FY 17 continuing resolution level,” said Richard BaumActing Director of National Drug Control Policy. “By funding critical public health and public safety efforts, this budget demonstrates the Trump Administration’s commitment to stopping drugs from entering the country and supporting treatment efforts to address the burgeoning opioid epidemic.”

The FY 2018 Request includes:

  • $12.1 billion for treatment and prevention efforts, and a $15.6 billionrequest for law enforcement, interdiction, and international initiatives.
  • $10.8 billion in treatment funding, which is an increase of nearly 2% from annualized FY 2017 continuing resolution levels. This includes $500 millionin State grants authorized in the 21st Century CURES Act to reduce opioid misuse and improve access to treatment, prevention, and recovery services.
  • The budget request also secures our borders by investing $468.6 million in drug-related funding to support the President’s request for high-priority tactical infrastructure and border security technology to stem the flow of people, drugs, and other illicit material illegally crossing the border.
  • A $246.5 million request for ONDCP’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program and a $91.9 million request for its Drug-Free Communities Support program – both are the highest funding amounts ever requested.

Read more in the FY 2018 Budget Highlights.

Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) indicate that the overall rate of current drug use among Americans 12 and older has beenincreasing gradually, from 8.3 percent in 2002 to 10.2 percent in 2014—an increase of 23 percent.  This increase is driven by an increase in marijuana use, rising from 6.2 percent in 2002 to 8.4 percent in 2014—an increase of 35 percent.

Earlier this year, President Trump created the President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The Commission, which is being chaired by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, is studying ways to combat and treat drug misuse, addiction, and the opioid epidemic. In coordination with ONDCP and the Office of American Innovation, it will make recommendations to the President for improving the Federal response to the opioid crisis.  

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The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy seeks to foster healthy individuals and safe communities by effectively leading the Nation’s effort to reduce drug use and its consequences.

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