Month: August 2017

Press Briefing with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders- (The White House) Start time 2:30 PM EDT – 8/31/2017 – (RIGHT SIDE BROADCASTING)

 

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GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT DECLARED SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD, DAY OF PRAYER FOR TEXAS!!! 8/31/2017

Moments ago, Governor Greg Abbott declared this Sunday, September 3rd, a day of prayer in Texas.

 

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POTUS Trump Tax Reform Details – 8/30/2017 – Springfield, MO

Fact Sheet: President Donald J. Trump Tackles Our Broken Tax System

“We believe every-day Americans know better how to spend their own money than the federal bureaucracy, and we want to help them keep as much of that hard-earned money as we can.” – President Donald J. Trump

AN AMERICA FIRST TAX SYSTEM: President Donald J. Trump is working to reform our tax system so that Americans are treated fairly and can keep more of their hard-earned money, and companies can bring jobs back to the United States.

  • President Trump will jumpstart America’s economic engine by making it the most desirable country in the world for businesses to invest and grow.
  • By lowering taxes, President Trump is helping boost take-home pay for all American workers.
  • President Trump will restore fairness to our tax system by simplifying the tax code and closing special interest loopholes.
  • Making our tax code competitive puts the American economy and the American worker first.

A BURDEN ON AMERICAN TAXPAYERS: The current tax code has grown out of control in length and complexity so that many Americans must rely on professional help to file even the simplest return.

  • The tax code has increased so much in length and complexity that hundreds of pages in instructions are necessary to file even the most basic tax returns.
    • The typical Form 1040, used by most American families, has grown to 79 lines from only 34 lines in 1935, according to the National Taxpayers Union.
    • The instructions alone for the form has grown to 241 pages from just 2 pages in 1935.
    • The tax code is over six times as long as it was in 1955, according to the Tax Foundation.
  • A complex and ever changing tax code is unworkable for most Americans, forcing them to spend too much of their time and income on paid professionals and filing aids just to pay their taxes.
    • Taxpayers spend over 6 billion hours annually complying with the tax code, according to the IRS’s Taxpayer Advocate Service.
    • Just to comply with the tax code puts a $262 billion burden on the economy, according to the National Taxpayers Union.
    • Over half of all tax returns filed in 2017 were prepared by a tax professional, according to the IRS.
      • 94 percent of taxpayers paid someone or used software to prepare their returns, according to the National Taxpayers Union.
      • 91 percent of small businesses hired a professional to do their taxes, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.
    • The Form 1040 tax return used by most Americans costs $176 to complete with the average accounting firm, according to the National Society of Accountants.
    • Small businesses incur between $15 and $16 billion on tax compliance costs, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.
    • It is no wonder that, according to IBISWorld, the tax preparation industry earned $10 billion in revenue in 2016.

HARMING AMERICAN JOB-CREATORS: Our outdated tax code makes our businesses uncompetitive as other nations provide lower tax rates, and incentivizes American businesses to move their headquarters or offshore jobs.

  • The United States now has the highest corporate tax rate among the 35 advanced economies in the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD).
    • The combined corporate tax rate in the United States is now 39 percent, according to OECD data, compared to an average of 24 percent among OECD member countries.
    • China, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Australia all have lower corporate tax rates than the United States.
  • As rates fell across the developed world from the early 1990’s to 2016, the United States’ corporate tax rate increased.
    • The United States’ corporate tax rate is 16.4 percentage points higher than the worldwide average, according to the Tax Foundation.
  • Businesses are moving their facilities and jobs out of the country to escape our burdensome tax code.
  • The money American businesses earn overseas is being kept out of the country to avoid our high corporate tax rate.
    • Since 2014, there has been an increase in inversions as American companies try to avoid the incredible disadvantages of our corporate tax system.
    • Fortune 500 corporations are holding more than $2.6 trillion in profits offshore to avoid $767 billion in Federal taxes, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

 

President Trump Participates in a Tax Reform Kickoff Event

Loren Cook Compan
Springfield, Missouri

1:41 P.M. CDT

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much. It’s so nice. And we appreciate it. And all of the people outside that were waving proudly the American flag — believe me, we appreciate it very much.

I want to thank Jerry Cook, Steve Burney — (applause) — and all of the tremendous employees here at the Loren Cook Company for hosting us today. Where is Jerry? Where is Jerry? (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you, Jerry. What a job. I’ve heard so much about you. It’s a great honor to know you, Jerry. Thank you.

I also want to welcome the many distinguished guests who are here with us for this very important event: Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin. (Applause.) Thank you, Steve. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross. (Applause.) Small Business Administrator — which, by the way, is a very large business, I will tell you that — Linda McMahon, a friend of mine. (Applause.) And from the purely political world, a really great friend who did such an incredible job with his beautiful wife at the inauguration, Senator Roy Blunt. Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.) Where’s Roy? Thank you, Roy.

Governor Greitens is here, who is doing some job. (Applause.) Thank you, Governor. Special. Lieutenant Governor Parson. Lieutenant Governor, thank you, Lieutenant Governor. And our great members of Commerce [Congress], I want to thank you all for coming. There are so many. I was asking the Governor and Roy, I said, do you think I should announce them all? I have so many. But I’m honored that they’re here.

Representative Sam Graves. (Applause.) Representative Vicky Hartzler, who has been terrific. (Applause.) My friend for a long time, and just somebody that he liked me from the beginning and I liked him, Billy Long. Where’s Billy? (Applause.) Billy. Right, Billy? Right from the beginning. Blaine Luetkemeyer — where’s Blaine? Good. Thank you, Blaine. (Applause.) Representative Jason Smith. (Applause.) Jason, thank you for everything, Jason. Representative Ann Wagner. Hi, Ann. Good job, Ann. (Applause.)

And, I don’t know, we have so many more. Anybody I forgot? Right? Everything okay? Good, I got it. You, I remember more than anybody. Thank you all very much. I appreciate it. And to the congressmen and congresswomen, we very much appreciate you all being here. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

Before we begin, I’d like to take a few moments to discuss the deeply tragic situation in Texas and Louisiana. As we all know, our Gulf Coast was hit over the weekend with a devastating hurricane of historic proportion. Torrential rains and terrible flooding continue to pose a grave danger to life and to property. Our first responders have been doing absolutely heroic work to shepherd people out of harm’s way, and their courage and devotion has saved countless lives. They represent truly the very best of America. (Applause.)

We must be vigilant. We must protect the lives of our people. I was on the ground in Texas yesterday to meet with Governor Abbott — who is doing, by the way, and incredible job — and local officials so that we could coordinate the very big and unprecedented federal response.

In difficult times such as these, we see the true character of the American people: their strength, their love, and their resolve. We see friend helping friend, neighbor helping neighbor, and stranger helping stranger. And together, we will endure and we will overcome. (Applause.)

To those affected by this storm, we are praying for you and we are here with you every single step of the way. And I can speak, I know, for the people in this room — every step of the way. (Applause.)

To those Americans who have lost loved ones: All of America is grieving with you, and our hearts are joined with yours forever. The citizens of Texas and the Gulf Coast need all the prayers, support, and resources our communities have to offer. Recovery will be tough, but I have seen the resilience of the American spirit firsthand, all over this country.

To the people of Houston, and across Texas and Louisiana: We are here with you today, we are with you tomorrow, and we will be with you every single day after to restore, recover, and rebuild.

As our thoughts and prayers remain firmly with the citizens and our fellow people — people — great, great people — all affected by this tragedy. We’re also glad to be back in the heartland with the very, very fine folks of Missouri. (Applause.)

And I said to Senator Blunt and I said to Billy Long on the plane coming in — can I say “Missouri,” or should I say “Missouruh”? Okay? And they said, whatever you want is okay. So I said, good. But I’m especially pleased to be here in Springfield, the birthplace of a great American icon, the legendary Route 66. Who would have known that? (Applause.)

This is the place where the “Main Street of America” got its start, and this is where America’s main street will begin its big, beautiful comeback that — you are seeing it right now. This is a comeback of historic proportions. You’re seeing it happen right now. (Applause.) Right? You’re seeing it.

We’re here today to launch our plans to bring back Main Street by reducing the crushing tax burden on our companies and on our workers. (Applause.) Our self-destructive tax code costs Americans millions and millions of jobs, trillions of dollars, and billions of hours spent on compliance and paperwork. And you have seen what’s happening with regulations — they’re going fast. We need regulations, but many of them are unnecessary, and they’re going fast. (Applause.)

That is why the foundation of our job creation agenda is to fundamentally reform our tax code for the first time in more than 30 years. I want to work with Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, on a plan that is pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-worker — and pro-American. (Applause.)

There is no more fitting place to launch this effort than right here in the American heartland, surrounded by hardworking men and women whose skill, determination, and drive are truly second to none. (Applause.)

And, by the way, before I start, Ivanka Trump — I see my beautiful daughter is in the audience. Stand up, honey. (Applause.) She’s working very hard. I’m very proud of Ivanka.

For many decades, Route 66 captured the American spirit. The communities along this historic route were a vivid symbol of America’s booming industry. Truck drivers hauled made-in-America goods along this vital artery of commerce. Families passed through bustling towns on their way to explore the great American West. And high-quality manufacturing jobs lifted up communities, gave Americans a paycheck that could support a family. Mr. Cook is a great example of the people that do it. (Applause.) Stand up. Stand up Mr. Cook. Stand up. (Applause.) I think they like you. And provided millions of our fellow citizens with the pride and dignity that comes with work.

But, in recent years, millions of Americans have watched that prosperity slip away in the rearview mirror. And it wasn’t pleasant to watch, especially for me. I would sit back — I was in business — and I could see what was happening. It wasn’t good.

If we want to renew our prosperity, and to restore opportunity, then we must reduce the tax burden on our companies and on our workers. (Applause.)

In the last 10 years, our economy has grown at only around two percent a year. If you look at other countries and you look at what their GDP is, they’re unhappy when it’s seven, eight, nine. And I speak to them — leaders of the countries — how are you doing? “Not well, not well.” Why? “GDP is down to seven percent.” And I’m saying, we were hitting one percent just a number of months ago. So we’re going to change that around, folks, that I can tell you. And we’re going change it around fast. (Applause.)

And today — a very appropriate day that this should happen — we just announced that we hit three percent in GDP. It just came out. (Applause.) And on a yearly basis, as you know, the last administration, during an eight-year period, never hit three percent. So we’re really on our way.

If we achieve sustained three percent growth, that means 12 million new jobs and $10 trillion dollars of new economic activity over the next decade. That’s some numbers. (Applause.) And I happen to be one that thinks we can go much higher than three percent. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t. (Applause.)

So this is our once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver real tax reform for everyday hardworking Americans, and I am fully committed to working with Congress to get this job done. And I don’t want to be disappointed by Congress, do you understand me? Do you understand? (Applause.)

Congress — I think Congress is going to make a comeback. I hope so. (Laughter.) I tell you what, the United States is counting on it. (Applause.)

Here are my four principles for tax reform: First, we need a tax code that is simple, fair, and easy to understand. (Applause.) That means getting rid of the loopholes and complexity that primarily benefit the wealthiest Americans and special interests.

Our last major tax rewrite was 31 years ago. It eliminated dozens of loopholes and special interest tax breaks, reduced the number of tax brackets from fifteen to two, and lowered tax rates for both individuals and businesses. At the time, it was really something special.

Since then, our tax laws have tripled in size, and the tax code itself now spans more than 2,600 pages, and most of it is not understandable. Tax rates have increased, and special interest loopholes have crept back into the system. The tax code is now a massive source of complexity and frustration for tens of millions of Americans.

In 1935, the basic 1040 form that most people file had two simple pages of instructions. Today, that basic form has one hundred pages of instructions, and it’s pretty complex stuff. The tax code is so complicated that more than 90 percent of Americans need professional help to do their own taxes.

This enormous complexity is very unfair. It disadvantages ordinary Americans who don’t have an army of accountants while benefitting deep-pocketed special interests. And most importantly, this is wrong. (Applause.) Thank you.

First and foremost, our tax system should benefit loyal, hardworking Americans and their families. (Applause.) That is why tax reform must dramatically simplify the tax code, eliminate special interest loopholes — and I’m speaking against myself when I do this, I have to tell you. And I might be speaking against Mr. Cook, and we’re both okay with it, is that right? It’s crazy. We’re speaking — maybe we shouldn’t be doing this, you know? (Laughter.) But we’re doing the right thing. (Applause.) True. And allow the vast majority of our citizens to file their taxes on a single, simple page without having to hire an accountant.

Second, we need a competitive tax code that creates more jobs and higher wages for Americans. It’s time to give American workers the pay raise that they’ve been looking for for many, many years. (Applause.)

In 1986, Ronald Reagan led the world by cutting our corporate tax rate to 34 percent. That was below the average rate for developed countries at the time. Everybody thought that was a monumental thing that happened. But then, under this pro-America system, our economy boomed. It just went beautifully — right through the roof. The middle class thrived and median family income increased.

Other countries saw the success. They looked at us. They saw — what is America doing? What’s happening with the United States? And they acted very swiftly by cutting their taxes lower, and lower, and lower, and reforming their tax systems to be far more competitive than ours.

Over the past 30 years, the average business tax rate among developed nations fell from 45 percent to less than 24 percent. And some countries have an unbelievably low tax, including, by the way, China and some others that are highly competitive, and really doing very well against us. They are taking us, frankly, to the cleaners. So we must — we have no choice — we must lower our taxes.

And your Senator, Claire McCaskill, she must do this for you. And if she doesn’t do it for you, you have to have to vote her out of office. (Applause.) She’s got to make that commitment. She’s got to make that commitment. If she doesn’t do it, you just can’t do this anymore, with the obstruction and the obstructionists. If we don’t get tax cuts and reform approved, potentially, the biggest ever — we are looking for the biggest ever — jobs and our country cannot take off the way they should, and it could be much worse than that. But, at a minimum, they won’t take off the way they should.

The Dems are looking to obstruct tax cuts and tax reform, just like they obstructed so many other things, including administration appointments and healthcare. Not one vote. We got not one vote to try and fix healthcare and get rid of Obamacare.

The strategy of our economic rivals has worked. They made their taxes lower — and far lower, in many cases, than ours — and jobs left our country. Large corporations changed their business models by exporting jobs to other countries and then shipping their goods back to the United States, where they’d make massive profits, and they wouldn’t be paying tax to us either. So we lost the jobs, we lost the taxes, they closed the buildings, they closed the plants and factories. We got nothing but unemployment. We got nothing.

Other businesses — even classic American brands — switched their headquarters to foreign countries. Because of this and other reasons, like weak borders, America remains stuck in the past. Although I have to tell you, we have General Kelly here today, and we stopped 78 percent — going up to 80 percent — on the border traffic coming through, in just a short period of time. (Applause.) He has done some job. A whole different world out there right now.

Today, we are still taxing our businesses at 35 percent, and it’s way more than that. And think of it: In some cases, way above 40 percent when you include state and local taxes, in various states. The United States is now behind France, behind Germany, behind Canada, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, and many other nations. Also, with these countries and almost every country, we have massive trade deficits — numbers that you would not believe.

But this administration is going to fix that. One by one, we’re fixing it. We’re working right now on NAFTA — the horrible, terrible NAFTA deal that took so much business out of your state and out of your cities and towns, and we’re working on it. Let’s see what happens. (Applause.)

Mexico is not happy. (Laughter.) But as I told them, you made a lot of money for a lot of years and everybody left you alone. We got to change this deal. And hopefully we can renegotiate it. But if we can’t, we’ll terminate it and we’ll start all over again with a real deal. (Applause.)

So when it comes to the business tax, we are dead last. Can you believe that? So this cannot be allowed to continue any longer. America must lead the way, not follow from behind.

We have gone from a tax rate that is lower than our economic competitors, to one that is more than 60 percent higher. We have totally surrendered our competitive edge to other countries. We have totally surrendered. We’re not surrendering anymore. (Applause.)

Ideally — and I say this for our Secretary of the Treasury — we would like to bring our business tax rate down to 15 percent, which would make our tax rate lower than most countries, but still, by no means the lowest, unfortunately, in the world. But it would make us highly competitive.

In other words, foreign companies have more than a 60 percent tax advantage over American companies. They can pay their workers more, sell their products and services at lower cost, and still make more money than their U.S. competitors.

We cannot restore our wealth if we continue to put our businesses at such a tremendous disadvantage. We must reduce the tax rate on American businesses so they keep jobs in America, create jobs in America, and compete for workers right here in America — the America we love. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you very much.

Because when businesses compete for labor, your wages will go up. Lower taxes on American business means higher wages for American workers, and it means more products made right here in the USA. (Applause.)

When I was growing up, I always used to see the signs, and it was always stamped on the product: Made in the USA. You don’t see it anymore. We’re going to go back to Made in the USA — Made in the USA.” (Applause.)

The third principle for tax reform is a crucial one: tax relief for middle-class families. (Applause.) In a way — and I’ve been saying this for a long time — they’ve been sort of the forgotten people, but they’re not forgotten any longer. I can tell you that. (Applause.)

We will lower taxes for middle-income Americans so they can keep more of their hard-earned paychecks, and they can do lots of things with those paychecks. And that really means buying product ideally made in this country, but that means they’ll go out, and they’ll spend their money. And it will be a beautiful thing to watch. This includes helping parents afford childcare and the cost of raising a family. That’s so important to Ivanka Trump. (Applause.) Very, very important to everybody in this room, but so important to my daughter. It’s one of her real big beliefs. And she’s very committed to that. Right, Ivanka?

We believe that ordinary Americans know better than Washington how to spend their own money, and we want to help them take home as much of their money as possible and then spend it. (Applause.) So they’ll keep their money. They’ll spend their money. They’ll buy our product. Our factories will be moving again. Companies are going to move back into our country, jobs are going to prosper, and our country is going to be just like it says on that beautiful red hat — it says: Make America Great Again. That’s what we’re going to do. (Applause.) Right?

Fourth and finally, we want to bring back trillions of dollars in wealth that’s parked overseas. Because of our high tax rate and horrible, outdated, bureaucratic rules, large companies that do business overseas will often park their profits offshore to avoid paying a high United States tax if the money is brought back home. So they leave the money over there.

The amount of money we’re talking about is anywhere from $3 trillion to $5 trillion. Can you believe that? By making it less punitive for companies to bring back this money, and by making the process far less bureaucratic and difficult, we can return trillions and trillions of dollars to our economy and spur billions of dollars in new investments in our struggling communities and throughout our nation.

It’s time to invest in our country, to rebuild our communities, and to hire our great American workers. (Applause.)

My administration is embracing a new economic model. It’s called very simply: The American Model. Under this system, we will encourage companies to hire and grow in America, to raise wages for American workers, and to help rebuild our American cities and communities. That is how we will all succeed and grow together, as one team, with one shared sense of purpose, and one glorious American destiny. (Applause.)

So today I’m calling on all members of Congress — Democrat, Republican and independent — to support pro-American tax reform. They have to do it. It’s time. (Applause.) They have to do it. It is time.

I’m calling on Congress to provide a level playing field for our workers and our companies, to attract new companies and businesses to our shores, and to put more money into the pockets of everyday, hardworking people and also into the pockets of our companies so they can continue to grow and expand. (Applause.)

What could possibly be more bipartisan than allowing families to keep more of what they earn and creating an environment for real job and wage growth in the country that we love so much? (Applause.)

So let’s put — or at least try to put — the partisan posturing behind us and come together as Americans to create the 21st century tax code that our people deserve. (Applause.)

If we do this, if we unite in the name of common sense and the name of common good, then we will add millions and millions of new jobs, bring back trillions of dollars, and we will give America the competitive advantage that it so desperately needs and has been looking for for so long. It’s time. (Applause.)

Products made with American hands, American labor, and American grit will once again be delivered throughout the world. It’s true. (Applause.) It’s time. Instead of exporting our jobs, we will export our goods. (Applause.) Our jobs will both stay here in America and come back to America. We’ll have it both ways. Millions of struggling citizens will be lifted from welfare to work. They will love getting up in the morning. They will love going to their job. They will love earning a big, fat, beautiful paycheck. They will be proud again. (Applause.)

That is the future I want for our people. That is the future I want for America — a nation where we are proud, prosperous, united, and free.

Today, I am asking every citizen to join me in dreaming big and bold and daring things — beautiful things — for our country. I am asking every member of Congress, of which we have many with us today, to join me in unleashing America’s full potential. I am asking everyone in this room and across the nation to join me in demanding nothing but the best for our nation and for our people.

And if we do these things, and if we care for and support each other, and love each other, then we will truly make America great again.

Thank you. God bless you. (Applause.) God bless you, everybody. Thank you. Thank you very much. Governor, thank you. Thank you, Governor. Thank you, Senator. Thank you. Thank you, everybody.

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2:14 P.M. CDT

Vice President Pence Speaks to the 2017 Annual Meeting & Business Summit White Sulphur Springs, WV Start time 7:00 PM EDT – 8/30/2017

 

Vice President Mike Pence gives the keynote address at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Business Summit.

 

 

 

WHITE HOUSE LIVE – PRESIDENT Trump Participates in a Tax Reform Kickoff Event – Springfield, MO -2:30 PM – 8/30/2017

Back in April of 2017, President Trump presented his Tax Reform Plan to the nation – Today we will hear where this plan stands.  

ICYMI: WSJ Praise For Trump Tax Reform Plan

“Mr. Trump’s modernization would be a huge improvement on the current tax code that would give the economy a big lift, especially on the corporate side.”

Trump’s Tax Principles
The Wall Street Journal
Editorial

The White House rolled out its tax principles on Tuesday, investing new energy in the first serious reform debate in 30 years.  … [P]resident Trump’s outline resembles the supply-side principles he campaigned on and is an ambitious and necessary economic course correction that would help restore broad-based U.S. prosperity.

Many voters heard Mr. Trump’s make-America-great-again slogan as a promise to raise their incomes and improve economic opportunities after a long stagnation. Eight years of 2% growth since the recession ended in 2009 is the weakest recovery in the postwar era, and the result has been rising anxiety and diminished expectations for millions of Americans.

Faster growth of 3% a year or more is possible, but it will take better policies, and tax reform is an indispensable lever. Mr. Trump’s modernization would be a huge improvement on the current tax code that would give the economy a big lift, especially on the corporate side. The reform would sharply cut the business income rate to 15% from 35%, while simplifying the code for individuals and cutting some marginal rates.

The cuts would be permanent and immediate, and the rates are low enough to enhance the incentives to work and invest.

Mr. Trump’s plan is an opening bid to frame negotiations in Congress, and there are plenty of bargaining chips.

Republicans won’t get another opportunity like this to reshape the tax code for a generation.

The Trump principles show the President has made growth his highest priority, and they are a rebuke to the Washington consensus that 1% or 2% growth is the best America can do. Now Mr. Trump has to show results. If anything close to this reform can survive the political maelstrom, it will go a long way toward returning to the abundance of the 1980s and 1990s.

As Tropical Storm Harvey’s Flooding Shatters Records that could last for Days, President Trump, His Team Are Working in the Background From the Beginning, to help Texas and Louisiana Save Lives – 8/29/2017

President Trump and First Lady Melania and their Team are in Texas. They have been working to help Texas and Louisiana authorities coordinate with all the Federal Government agencies. It is an historic flood of biblical proportions. God Bless and Protect Texas, Louisiana and God Bless, Protect, Guide our President and His Team as they work to save lives, reconstruct these two states.  Please donate and support your fellow Patriots.

 

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Texas Disaster Declaration

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Texas and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey beginning on August 23, 2017, and continuing.

The President’s action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Bee, Goliad, Kleberg, Nueces, San Patricio, and Refugio.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding also is available to the State and to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in the counties of Bee, Goliad, Kleberg, Nueces, San Patricio, and Refugio Counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Kevin L. Hannes as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Damage assessments are continuing in other areas, and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

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

 

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 Map above is from this morning – 49.20 inches through early Tuesday, 8/29/2017Live Coverage here

There are Tornado threats to Louisiana, Including Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and New Orleans.  Tropical storm Harvey will continue to soak much of Louisiana into midweek, rasing the risk of additional flooding, while also spawning a few tornadoes.  

Harvey’s circulation center will crawl northward just offshore from the upper Texas coast before making a final landfall either side of the Texas and Louisiana border on Wednesday.  Later this week, Harvey’s center will then track through central Louisiana as it turns northeast.

Source:  Weather Channel


President Donald J. Trump Approves Louisiana Emergency Declaration

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Harvey beginning on August 27, 2017, and continuing.

The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts. This action will help alleviate the hardship and suffering that the emergency has inflicted on the local population, and provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the parishes of Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, and Vermillion.

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

Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named William J. Doran III as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

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

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP and FIRST LADY MELANIA ARRIVE IN TEXAS WITH HIS TEAM, INCLUDING HUD, TO VIEW CATASTROPHIC FLOODING 8/29/17

PRESIDENT TRUMP ARRIVED IN TEXAS WITH HIS ENTIRE TEAM AND MET WITH AUTHORITIES AND THE GOVERNOR  – 8/29/2017

 

LIVE COVERAGE: DEADLY HOUSTON FLOODS – DESPERATE RESCUES & MASSIVE PROPERTY DESTRUCTION 

 

August 26, 2017

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Video Teleconference with Cabinet Officials on Hurricane Harvey

After multiple updates from the Chief of Staff last evening and this morning, President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met today with their Cabinet and senior members of their Administration to discuss ongoing Federal support for Hurricane Harvey response and recovery.  President Trump emphasized his expectations that all departments and agencies stay fully engaged and positioned to support his number one priority of saving lives.  He reminded his team that the full impacts of this storm will occur over the next few days with heavy rains and flooding.  The President directed his Federal team to remain fully engaged and in support of the Governors of Texas and Louisiana.  He sends his thanks to the many volunteer and faith-based organizations that are dedicating their time and effort to helping their fellow Americans.  The President and Vice President extend their thoughts and prayers to those affected.

 

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West Wing Reads States:   Meet The Real American Heroes Saving Harvey Survivors Stranded In Texas

 

President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address – 8/25/2017 – White House

 

Transcript:

My Fellow Americans,

I had the profound honor this week of addressing American troops at Fort Myer and speaking to thousands of veterans at the American Legion National Convention.

Today I want to speak to all Americans about what we can learn from the men and women of our incredible Armed Forces.

Every person who puts on the uniform makes our nation proud.  They all come from across our land.  They represent every race, ethnicity, and creed.  But they all pledge the same oath, fight for the same cause, and operate as one team – with one shared sense of purpose.

They love their families.  They cherish their freedom.  They salute our flag.  And above all, they believe in America.

Now, we must draw inspiration from their love and loyalty to one another – and to our nation – as we seek to heal divisions from within.

We must also remember what our service personnel know better than anyone: that we are one people, with one home, and one glorious American destiny.

We come from all different walks of life – but we all share the same dream – to live in peace and safety, to work with honor and dignity, and to build a better future for those we love.

Together, we can achieve this dream, but we must first remember who we are and the values that bind us together.  We must speak out against the voices that try to sow hatred and division.  We must treat our fellow citizens with love and affection.  And we must honor our heroes – and prove worthy of the sacrifice they have made for all of us.

I ask every American to make a simple promise to the courageous warriors who fight in our name: when they come home from battle, they will find a country that has renewed the sacred bonds of loyalty that unite us together as one.

Only when we work together with a shared purpose will we carry on the proud tradition of those who came before us.

Only when we honor our history will we have confidence in our future.

And only when we strive for peace among one another will we remain a force for peace all around the world.

We can achieve this peace, we can foster this unity, and we can rebuild this loyalty – because together, we are truly One Nation Under God.

Thank you. God bless you.

Press Briefing with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders The White House Start time 2:30 PM EDT – 8/24/2017

 

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Breitbart editorial: “Exclusive – LTG (Ret) Keith Kellogg: Trump as Commander in Chief, Making the Hard Decisions”

“From the beginning, President Trump has sworn to put America First. Monday, he outlined a course that places us closer to that vision than ever before. The path forward is not more of the same.”

Trump as Commander in Chief, Making the Hard Decisions
By Lt. Gen. (Ret) Keith Kellogg
Breitbart
August 23, 2017

I have witnessed the final moments of young men in distant lands, far from all they love and hold dear. I have watched my daughter deploy to combat in Afghanistan and soon might my son.

I know the cost of war. More importantly, I know the price of freedom.

Monday night President Trump announced to the Nation the recommitment of America’s will, military, and diplomatic might to the fight in Afghanistan. He signaled to all that this Nation will not back away from hard sacrifice to ensure our safety. Undoubtedly, you will hear the hue and cry from the President’s detractors recalling a need to withdraw from Afghanistan and their rallying cries of failed campaign promises and abandonment of America First. Do not listen to them.

Our President’s decision reflects an understanding that the promise to Make America Great Again must include cleaning up the mess left behind in Afghanistan from the fits and starts of the past 15 years.

He has heard from his commanders in the field and, yes, he has listened to his Generals. I have heard him ask the tough questions and demand accountability from those responsible for leading our men and women in harm’s way.

From the beginning, President Trump has sworn to put America First. Monday, he outlined a course that places us closer to that vision than ever before. The path forward is not more of the same.

While our brave men and women in uniform are waging battle on the ground and from the air, President Trump will be using every diplomatic and economic tool at his disposal to bring about an end state that does not allow another country to become a breeding ground for radical Islamic terrorism.

The President has made the necessary hard decision. It is what all of us, as Americans, expect from our Commander in Chief. President Trump has demonstrated the courage to lead, the confidence in our military to deliver results, the trust in our diplomats to bring peace, and faith in our citizens’ patience to see our Nation to victory.

Read the full editorial here.

President Trump Blasts the Media – #FakeMedia – 8/23/2017

There is real contempt and hate against our President, the Media are not holding back. President Trump is very open on how he feels.  The media are a political movement for the destruction of Trump. That is their final goal. They want to unconstitutionally cancel our votes because it does not matter to them what we want, or the law.

Today the Media called President Trump all kinds of names and placed labels on him. This is because President Trump spoke truths about the Media and about two sitting Arizona senators during the rally yesterday in Arizona.  Rightfully so, President Trump defended himself against accusations he wasn’t forceful enough in condemning the white supremacists and racists who were protesting in Charlottesville earlier this month. He rightfully blamed the media for distorting his comments, which they did.

This is what the media does.  NBC Chuck Todd had a ‘Softball” interview with ANTIFA ally, Mark Bray, a Dartmouth professor who wrote the book “ANTIFA The Anti-Fascist Handbook.”  He brought to debate Richard Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a non-profit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation. Richard Cohen says direct confrontation only leads to more of the kind of violence we saw in Charlottesville, Va.  When you do something like this, you raise the hate groups to a prominent level and this is very dangerous to our future.

Another lunacy is one from ESPN:  ESPN REASIGNS ROBERT LEE because his name IS OFFENSIVE TO THEM? Lunacy.  ESPN are staffed by crazy people. Serious sports casters would never in a million years think in those terms.  It is the snowflake generation that is taking over these stations.  These 20 year olds sit around a table saying “did you hear there is a Robert Lee working here?” but they never bothered to check that he is Asian? Incredible.

Fox News said: In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Va., ESPN decided to pull one of its announcers from calling a University of Virginia football game — because his name is Robert Lee.

Lee, an Asian-American sportscaster who started with the network in 2016, was moved to a different game “simply because of the coincidence of his name,” ESPN said, referencing the Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

On Aug. 12, violence broke out at a protest from a white-nationalist group opposing the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville. A driver ultimately rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring more than a dozen other people, police said.

ESPN, which has faced accusations of liberal bias that some observers believe has led to a downtick in viewership, said it moved its announcer to the Youngstown State game at Pittsburgh.

The network’s full statement: “We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name. In that moment it felt right to all parties. It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play-by-play for a football game has become an issue.

 

The Media needs to recognize that their rhetoric is no longer tolerated by the American people.  All we want to know is what is happening to our nation, how the stock market is doing, how well is our President doing? Are we safe in our own nation? How many more jobs has President Trump added this week? We only want the truth.  If the Media does not provide it, we will go somewhere else to find it.

Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders et al. en route Yuma, AZ | 8/22/2017

Today, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders held a Press Gaggle (OFF CAMERA) Aboard Air Force One.  Below are the details of that communication.  Please keep President Trump and His White House Staff in your Prayers always and especially in Arizona tonight.  Thank you.

 

PRESS GAGGLE
BY PRESS SECRETARY SARAH SANDERS,
ACTING ICE DIRECTOR TOM HOMAN,
AND A SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL

Aboard Air Force One
En Route Yuma, Arizona

1:30 P.M. MST

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Good afternoon.  The President is going to visit a U.S. Customs and Border Protection hangar facility where we have unmanned aerial systems and some other tools and techniques we use to patrol the border.

The visit to Yuma is very relevant because it’s an area where the strategy that the President is pursuing, articulated in his executive order, emphasized in his budget request for FY18, has worked, and worked dramatically.  By putting up a border wall, by adding agents from 200 to 800, between 2005 and 2009, and including the technology and access roads needed to patrol the border effectively, apprehensions were reduced from 138,000 crossings in 2005, in just three years, down to under 10,000.  

That’s the kind of success that the President’s strategy can realize in other parts of the border that are busier, such as Rio Grande Valley in South Texas.  So it’s a really important stop to emphasize his strategy and his message.

MR. HOMAN:  I’m Tom Homan from ICE.  Look, I’m here to support our sister agency, CBP.  Look, immigration enforcement is more meaningful when you have a true interior enforcement strategy, which we have under this President.  

So as a CBP official just said, the numbers on the border are down drastically, almost 70 percent last month.  That comes hand in hand with better border security, better tools, better equipment, better technology on the border, together with a strong interior enforcement.

Interior enforcement is meaningful.  For those who get by the Border Patrol, they need to understand there’s no safe haven in the United States.  So they got to understand, if you get by the Border Patrol, ICE is looking for you.  I think hand in hand, ICE and Border Patrol is sending that message, and I think it has a direct reflect on the kind of apprehensions on the southwest border.

Q    What’s the President’s message to the Senate on this border issue with the funding held up?

MR. HOMAN:  Look, I think the President’s message is, we need a strong border and we need strong interior enforcement.  What he’s done so far has worked, so we need the funding to make it permanent.  We need funding to build a wall.

Look, I’ve been doing this 33 years; I started in the Border Patrol.  The border wall is successful.  Wherever that border wall has been built, the numbers have declined.  Less drugs, less bad people, less illegal aliens coming in.  I mean bad people, I mean anybody who wants to come into this country and do harm.

The border wall works every place it’s been — San Diego, Yuma, El Paso.  It’s worked.  It declined in apprehensions, declined in crossings.  And I think together with interior enforcement, the President’s plan is working.  So the funding needs to come through to make this a permanent fix.  We can only get better with more funding, more equipment, and more manpower.

Q    Just to be clear, those measures were made during the previous administration.  Is that right?  

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  They were made during the Bush administration, those investments, and sustained.  But, really, the FY18 request is a reasonable, balanced request of a border wall — $1.6 billion — as well as technology, additional Border Patrol agents, additional ICE agents, and access and surveillance equipment that will let us patrol that border more successfully.  So it’s a balanced request that we support strongly at the operational level.

MR. HOMAN:  Look, I think the message being sent on interior enforcement — which wasn’t part of the last administration, not to the extent it is now — interior enforcement is sending that clear message that if you are lucky enough to get by the Border Patrol, in the last administration you’re home free unless you commit yet another crime and get arrested and get put in jail, and get convicted of that crime.  Now the message is clear:  If you’re in the United States illegally, if you happen to get by the Border Patrol, someone is looking for you.  And that message is clear and I think it has a direct impact on the decrease in apprehensions.

Q    Do you think the President should pardon Joe Arpaio?

MS. SANDERS:  I can speak to that, actually.  I know that that’s a question that you guys have asked a lot today.  I can tell you that there will be no discussion of that today at any point, and no action will be taken on that front at any point today.

Q    And, Sarah, tonight is the first time the President has done a rally since the Charlottesville events of about over a week ago.  What kind of a tone does he want to set when he’s speaking before supporters tonight?

MS. SANDERS:  This is a campaign event, so I can’t get too deep into the specifics just because of the legal lines there.  But I think the President was clear last night on what he feels like the tone of the country should be.  I think he’s been clear in every statement that he’s made, and condemns hate in all form.  He has been consistent in that, and I think you’ll see that again not just tonight but throughout his tenure as President.

Q    Did he have any hesitation about doing this after the mayor of Phoenix encouraged him not to come, and just after the response to his comments last Tuesday?

MS. SANDERS:  I haven’t spoken to him directly about that, so I’m not sure if there was a hesitation on that front.  But I think the President always appreciates the opportunity and the ability to talk directly to the American people.  I think we saw that last night, and that certainly was a great moment and a positive step forward.  And I think that he’ll continue to do that.  And the more that the President has the ability to talk directly to the American people, that’s always a good thing.

All right, guys, I’ll come back in between.  If you guys have one or two more questions for these guys —

Q    What will he be doing between —

MS. SANDERS:  We’re going to sit down during the landing, but I’ll come back if you guys want to ask one or two more questions of these guys before the stop.

Q    Is there anything we’ll see today in terms of technology that is specifically new since the Trump administration came into office?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  No.  Those budget procurements are still happening under the FY17 budget.  But this is technology that the President is investing in and is sustaining that’s going to improve our capability.  We’re going to be getting more hours for our UAS and more mobile surveillance systems that aren’t going to be demonstrated today.

END  
1:37 P.M. MST