Month: July 2018

President Trump Delivers Remarks on Workforce Development – The White House – 7/31/2018

President Trump is fighting for America’s forgotten men and women, taking action to help retrain  our workforce and equip students and workers with the skills they need to succeed.

SENIOR ADVISOR TO THE PRESIDENT IVANKA TRUMP IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Training For the Jobs of Tomorrow

“The assembly line, energy plant and retail store have changed dramatically in the past 25 years—and the jobs have, too. Nearly 1 in 5 working Americans has a job that didn’t exist in 1980, many in technology, the fastest-growing segment across all industries. Such rapid change is one reason 6.6 million U.S. jobs are currently unfilled. Many of these jobs require skills training, but not a college degree. Yet for too long, both the public and the private sectors have failed to develop innovative and effective training programs. With a new initiative we are launching Thursday, that will change.”

LOCKHEED MARTIN CEO MARILLYN HEWSON AT FOX NEWS: We Must Close the Skills Gap to Secure Our Future

“By recognizing the full breadth of the ‘skills gap’ challenge and the cost to U.S. workers, the president has helped the nation take strong and positive steps … Another important step in addressing the ‘skills gap’ is the recent formation of the National Council on the American Worker. By leveraging insights from government, industry, and academia, we will find new ways to modernize our nation’s education and job-training system. At Lockheed Martin, we are proud to answer the president’s call for comprehensive workforce development.”

THE PLAIN DEALER [CLEVELAND, OHIO]: White House to Make New Vocational Education Push to Help ‘Forgotten Men and Women’

“President Donald Trump wants the world to know he has not forgotten the ‘forgotten men and women’ of America whose interests he promised to protect during his presidential campaign. On Thursday, he’ll sign an executive order to establish a workforce policy advisory board aimed at improving vocational education and job training for high school students and mid-career workers alike, according to his daughter, White House advisor Ivanka Trump.”

CNBC: Ivanka Trump: We Are Pushing for More Education for Mid- and Late-Career Workers

“Ivanka Trump is helping the White House launch a new program Thursday intended to beef up training and education for American workers as the U.S. contends with an economy increasingly shifting from manufacturing to the service and technology industries … The council will focus on a ‘holistic approach’ to the development skills, whether it’s during a person’s elementary and high school years or their working years, Ivanka Trump said, ‘and bring all of government together to devise a national workforce strategy.’”

AXIOS: New Trump Pledge Aims to Help Workers Worried About Jobs

“Unveiling a ‘Pledge to America’s Workers,’ President Trump today will launch a White House effort to promote high-tech retraining for workers — preparation for a workplace that’ll increasingly be dominated by data and automation … The pledge will commit employers to expanding apprenticeships and increasing on-the-job training to help Americans, from high schoolers to retirees, secure stable jobs and careers in the modern economy.”

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: Trump to Promote Job Training at White House Event

“The White House said it expected the ‘Pledge to America’s Workers’ to lead to at least 500,000 new career opportunities for students and workers. Executives with IBM, FedEx and Lockheed Martin plan to attend the White House event with the president Thursday, along with students and workers.”

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Trump to Form New Council for American Workers with Executive Order This Week

“The latest move is part of the administration’s efforts to ensure all Americans have access to well-paying jobs and the relevant training they need to secure them … the advisory board will be comprised of administration officials, state and local officials, and CEOs from a variety of industries to advise the president on how to address the current workforce crisis, provide affordable training, and expand apprenticeships across the United States.”

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Trump to Sign Executive Order on Job Training

“More than 15 companies and associations will sign a pledge to educate and train American students and workers as part of a White House ceremony debuting the initiative …. The initiative will address the changes that have occurred over the past few decades to the job market. Nearly one in five working American is employed in a job that didn’t exist in 1980, many of which are in technology, the fastest-growing segment across all industries.”

President Trump issues executive order establishing National Council for the American Worker

President Trump Leads on Workforce Development

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AMERICAN WORKERS LEFT BEHIND: Many American workers are being left behind as current education and training programs fail to equip them with the skills they need. Apprenticeships will not only keep jobs in America, but ensure that American workers and trained and hired to fill those jobs.

  • Despite many available job vacancies, millions of American workers do not have the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to thrive in a 21st century economy.There are 6 million vacant jobs in the United States, the highest number since 1980.
    • According to a 2014 Georgetown University study, by 2020, some form of education or training beyond high school will be required for 65 percent of all jobs.
  • Instead of getting the skills needed to meet new opportunities, Americans are being left with a pile of debt and, in too many cases, no direct pathway to a stable job.Total student loan debt in the United States is now over $1.4 trillion.
    • The average student loan debt, for students graduating with debt in the class of 2016, is over $30,000.
    • Of total aggregate student loan debt, over 11 percent was over 90 days delinquent or in default.
    • Only 11 percent of employers strongly agree that America’s institutions of higher education are teaching graduates the skills their companies need.
  • Many Federal job-training programs are falling short.In fiscal year 2017, the Government funded 43 job-training programs across 13 agencies, totaling $16.7 billion, not counting Pell grants. However, many of these programs do not work and must be reformed.

OPPORTUNITY FOR AMERICAN WORKERS: President Donald J. Trump is providing opportunity for Americans to gain skills needed to succeed and thrive as the economy grows.

  • President Trump recognizes the value of skill-focused education and is taking steps to create more options for Americans.
  • The Executive Order he is signing today takes important steps to expand apprenticeships and improve job-training programs. The Executive Order:Responds to the desire of third-party groups to create more flexible apprenticeship programs and directs the Department of Labor (DOL) to allow companies, trade associations, and unions to develop their own “industry-recognized apprenticeship” guidelines, which DOL will review for quality and then approve.
    • Directs DOL to use available funding to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeships are not currently widespread.
    • Creates a task force that will recommend ways to promote apprenticeships.
    • Requires all Federal agencies to review and evaluate the effectiveness of their job training programs, and consider how to best consolidate certain programs for increased accountability.
  • Expanding access to apprenticeships will provide American workers with more options and opportunities to get an affordable education and a well-paying job.DOL data shows that over 90% of apprentices find employment after completing their program, and their average starting wage is $60,000 annually.
    • Graduates of apprenticeship programs see a $300,000 lifetime increase in earnings, without the burden of student loan debt.
  • Congress must act to make it easier for Americans to access education that is affordable, teaches relevant skills, and leads to good jobs.Having a degree is not enough; Americans need an education that equips them with the tools to succeed.
    • Job training and higher education programs should be evaluated and reformed to ensure Federal dollars are available for Americans to spend on the courses, programs, and pathways that lead them toward a stable job and a higher paycheck.

A PROMISE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: President Trump is fulfilling his promise to the American people to provide opportunities to succeed as jobs are coming back to the country.

  • On March 17, President Trump said:“We’re training people as the jobs are pouring back in – and they are coming back in big league.”
    • “We must embrace new and effective job-training approaches, including online courses, high school curriculums, and private-sector investment that prepare people for trade, manufacturing, technology, and other really well-paying jobs and careers.”
  • On September 26, 2016, then-candidate Trump said:“Skilled craftsmen and tradespeople and factory workers have seen the jobs they loved shipped thousands of miles away. Many Pennsylvania towns once thriving and humming are now in a state despair. This wave of globalization has wiped out our middle class. It doesn’t have to be this way. We can turn it all around— and we can turn it around fast.”
    • “It will be American hands that remake this country, and it will be American energy – mined from American resources – that powers this country. It will be American workers who are hired to do the job.”
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Vice President Mike Pence Delivers Remarks at the DHS National Cybersecurity Summit – The White House – 7/31/2018

 

The Department of Homeland Security holds a National Cybersecurity Summit at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in New York City, N.Y. on July 31.

Officials from the National Security Agency, FBI and the departments of Energy, Treasury and Defense will participate in the event along with experts from the academe and CEOs representing the telecom, financial and energy industries to discuss future initiatives to develop a collective defense model, DHS said Wednesday.

The event will include panel discussions, keynote addresses and breakout sessions aimed at launching DHS initiatives in advancing cyber security and risk management operations for critical infrastructure.

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen noted that the DHS and private sector share a responsibility on cyber security which she said is “ too big for anyone acting alone.”

According to Christopher Krebs, undersecretary for the national protection and programs directorate, both the government and industry need to move beyond sharing information on cyber threats and “advance efforts to manage risk in a prioritized manner.”

 

President Trump Hosts a Joint Press Conference with the Prime Minster of the Italian Republic, Giuseppe Conte – The White House – 7/30/2018

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP DELIVERS REMARKS ON Trade, Tariffs, Steel, Jobs – Granite City, Illinois – 7/26/2018

President Trump will deliver remarks on tariffs, trade and jobs in Granite City, Illinois following his tour of the Granite City Works steel plant.

 

 

 

 

Trump Steel Tariffs Bring Hope, Prosperity Back to Granite City

Hiding in plain sight in a suburb of St. Louis is one of the great success stories of President Donald J. Trump’s tough trade policies. This is the rebirth of the Granite City steelworks, idled in 2015 — along with about 2,000 steelworkers — under a drowning flood of subsidized foreign imports.

President Trump, who is visiting Granite City today, helped engineer the steelworks’ rebirth with the imposition of a 25 percent tariff on foreign steel. This action, along with a companion 10 percent tariff on foreign aluminum imports, was taken in the interest of national security under the authority of Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. As President Trump correctly noted upon signing the steel tariffs on March 8, “Without steel, you don’t have a country.”

On the same day the steel tariff was announced, U.S. Steel’s Chief Executive Officer Dave Burritt promised to immediately restart one of two blast furnaces along with its steel-making facilities at Granite City. Just last month, Burritt announced the reopening of the second blast furnace by October, promising more great jobs at great wages in a community that had been decimated by the plant’s idling.

Granite City’s rebirth is hardly an isolated event. The much bigger success story is that of a tariff-catalyzed renaissance in steel and aluminum production across this great land, with many of the reborn facilities in forgotten, “flyover” communities urgently in need of manufacturing jobs.

For example, beyond Granite City, in the steel industry, we have borne witness to a $500 million expansion and the reopening of a seamless pipe mill in Baytown, Texas. We have seen the return of at least 1,000 workers as a result of a restart of an idled mill in Lorain, Ohio, and the building of a new rebar micro mill in Frostproof, Fla.

In the aluminum industry, new or restarted aluminum smelters are firing up in places like New Madrid, Mo.; Hawesville, Ky.; and Warrick, Ind. New or restarted aluminum rolling mills or extrusion facilities are likewise in evidence in places like Ashland, Guthrie and Lewisport, Ky.; Huntingdon, Tenn.; Trenton, Ohio; and Goose Creek, S.C.

Together, these tariff-catalyzed — and tax-cut assisted — investments will add billions of dollars in new investment, millions of metric tons of aluminum and steel production, and thousands of jobs to the national economy — while helping to build up our manufacturing base and shore up gaps in our defense industrial base. This is an economy experiencing rapid growth, historically low unemployment (particularly among blacks and Hispanics) and rising wages.

Even as America is now bearing witness to a rebirth of its aluminum and steel industries — and a broader boom in the American economy — critics of the Trump tariffs continue to insist that such tariffs will ultimately be self-defeating. They warn that the Trump tariffs are simply “taxes” that will raise the prices of “downstream” goods like autos, airplanes and beer cans — and ultimately cost more jobs than they create.

Like the falsely rumored death of Missouri’s Mark Twain, these higher costs have, however, been greatly exaggerated. For example, a 10 percent tariff on aluminum may raise the cost of a six-pack of beer made in a St. Louis brewery by about two cents. At the other end of the spectrum, the cost increase for a mid-sized Boeing 737, which has a list price of about $120 million, is around $200,000 — less than two-tenths of 1 percent. These relatively small costs are necessary to protect national security.

Critics of President Trump’s trade policies have also warned of the dangers of retaliation by our trading partners — even as China has singled out farmers in particular for punishing tariffs. Such foreign coercion raises a much broader issue that deserves public debate: Should we as a nation bend to the will — and bullying — of countries that are exploiting us with their unfair trade practices and, in China’s case, stealing our technologies and intellectual property?

Surely at the coffee shops and kitchen tables across America, the answer must be a resounding “No!” The abiding fact here is that America has some of the lowest tariffs and non-tariff barriers in the world, and all that has gotten us are threats to our national security from a flood of imports and a more than half-trillion-dollar trade deficit every year that transfers our wealth, jobs and factories to foreign lands.

President Trump’s trade policies are putting an end to this globalist insanity. His tariffs are both a reasonable and cost-effective tool to defend industries like aluminum and steel. The broader goal is a world where trade is fair, balanced and reciprocal; and American businesses and workers will win because they will finally compete on a level playing field.

Peter Navarro is a White House trade and manufacturing policy adviser. This op-ed appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on July 25, 2018.

Vice President Mike Pence Delivers Remarks at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom – The White House – 7/26/2018

The Meaning of Religious Liberty by The Heritage Foundation

 

Religious Freedom is one of our Most Treasured Freedoms.  

http://www.religiousliberties.org

President Trump and President of the European Commission Deliver Joint Statements – The White House – 7/25/2018 #FairTrade

The economy has come roaring back to life under President Trump. The stock market has hit record high after record high, helping more Americans build wealth and secure their futures. Through needed tax cuts and reform, the Administration will bring jobs back to our country. The President is helping U.S. workers by expanding apprenticeship programs, reforming job training programs, and bringing businesses and educators together to ensure high-quality classroom instruction and on-the-job training.

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PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Appreciate it.  And I appreciate all of our great senators and so many of our representatives for being here.

Senator John Boozman.  John, you’re here someplace.  Hi, John.  Thank you.  Senator Mike Crapo.  Thank you, Mike.  Senator Steve Daines.  Senator Hoeven.  Thank you.  They’re all here.  Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.  Cindy, thank you very much.  Senator James Lankford.  James.  Thank you, James.  Senator Pat Roberts.  He loves those farms.  He loves the farmers, like I do.

Representative Diane Black.  Diane, thank you.  Representative Kevin Brady, with our new tax bill.  How’s it coming, Kevin?  Good?  Representative Mike Conaway.  Mike.  Thank you, Mike.  Representative Dan Newhouse.  Thank you, Dan.  Representative Kristi Noem.  I have to call her “Governor” now.  That was a great win.  Thank you, Kristi.  Representative David Reichert.  David, thank you.

So we had a big day.  Very big.  We met right here at the White House to launch a new phase in the relationship between the United States and the European Union — a phase of close friendship; of strong trade relations in which both of us will win; of working better together for global security and prosperity; and of fighting jointly against terrorism.

The United States and the European Union together count for more than 830 million citizens and more than 50 percent of the global GDP.  In other words, together, we’re more than 50 percent of trade.  If we team up, we can make our planet a better, more secure, and more prosperous place.

Already today, the United States and the European Union have a $1 trillion bilateral trade relationship — the largest economic relationship anywhere in the world.  We want to further strengthen this trade relationship to the benefit of all American and European citizens.

This is why we agreed today, first of all, to work together toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

We will also work to reduce barriers and increase trade in services, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical products, as well as soybeans.  Soybeans is a big deal.  And the European Union is going to start, almost immediately, to buy a lot of soybeans — they’re a tremendous market — buy a lot of soybeans from our farmers in the Midwest, primarily.  So I thank you for that, Jean-Claude.

This will open markets for farmers and workers, increase investment, and lead to greater prosperity in both the United States and the European Union.  It will also make trade fairer and more reciprocal.  My favorite word: “reciprocal.”

Secondly, we agreed today to a strengthen and strengthening of our strategic cooperation with respect to energy.  The European Union wants to import more liquefied natural gas — LNG — from the United States, and they’re going to be a very, very big buyer.  We’re going to make it much easier for them, but they’re going to be a massive buyer of LNG, so they’ll be able to diversify their energy supply, which they want very much to do.  And we have plenty of it.

Thirdly, we agreed today to launch a close dialogue on standards, in order to ease trade, reduce bureaucratic obstacles, and slash costs dramatically.

Fourthly, we agreed to join forces to protect American and European companies from better — and really better than ever — we’ve never done like we’re doing.  I can say, from the standpoint of the United States, we’ve never done this well, but we’re going to do a lot better after we do this deal and other deals that we’re currently working on.

Likewise, the European Union is going to do better, stronger, bigger.  We will therefore work closely together with like-minded partners to reform the WTO and to address unfair trading practices, including intellectual property theft, forced technology transfer, industrial subsidies, distortions created by state-owned enterprises, and overcapacity.

We decided to set up immediately an Executive Working Group of very intelligent people on both sides.  They’ll be our closest advisors, and they’re going to carry out this joint agenda.  In addition, it will identify short-term measures to facilitate commercial exchanges and assess existing tariff measures and what we can do about that to the betterment of both.

While we are working on this, we will not go against the spirit of this agreement, unless either party terminates the negotiation.  So we’re starting the negotiation right now, but we know very much where it’s going.

We also will resolve the steel and aluminum tariff issues, and we will resolve retaliatory tariffs.  We have some tariffs that are retaliatory.  And that will get resolved as part of what we’re doing.

And with that, Jean-Claude, please.

PRESIDENT JUNCKER:  Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, when I was invited by the President to the White House, I had one intention: I had the intention to make a deal today.  And we made a deal today.

We have identified a number of areas on which to work together.  Work towards zero tariffs on industrial goods.  And that was my main intention, to propose to come down to zero tariffs on industrial goods.

We’ve decided to strengthen our cooperation on energy.  The EU will build more terminals to import liquefied natural gas from the U.S.  This is also a message for others.

We agreed to establish a dialogue on standards.  As far as agriculture is concerned, the European Union can import more soybeans from the U.S., and it will be done.  And we also agreed to work together on the reform of the WTO.  This, of course, is on the understanding that as long as we are negotiating, unless one party would stop the negotiations, we will hold off further tariffs, and we will reassess existing tariffs on steel and aluminum.

This was a good, constructive meeting.  Thank you, Donald.  (Applause.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much, Jean-Claude.  And I just want to conclude by saying this was a very big day for free and fair trade.  A very big day indeed.

Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

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LIVE: President Trump Speaks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States National Convention – The White House – Kansas City, Missouri – 7/24/2018

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President Trump Participates in the Made In America Product Showcase – The White House – 7/23/2018

 

The single best tribute to our workers can be found in the unmatched quality and craftsmanship of the amazing products they bring from the blueprint to the storefront. ‘Made in the USA’ is a global symbol of unrivaled excellence.  President Donald J. Trump

 

AMERICA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS: President Donald J. Trump’s economic policies have made it the perfect time for businesses to grow and thrive right here in the United States. 

  • American business is booming due to President Trump’s pro-growth agenda, headlined by historic tax cuts, deregulation, and trade actions defending American workers and businesses.

  • Businesses are creating more and more jobs right here in the United States, with more than 3.2 million new jobs created since President Trump took office.

  • The number of job openings surpassed the number of job seekers for the first time on record, which is great news for Americans who are unemployed and unable to find good, stable jobs.

    • 65 percent of Americans say now is a good time to find a quality job, according to Gallup.

  • Gross domestic product grew by more than 3 percent in 2 quarters during 2017, and some forecasts expect growth to exceed 4 percent in the second quarter of 2018.

  • Businesses are finally bringing money held overseas back to the United States as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law by President Trump.

  • Steel and aluminum producers are pouring in new investment and creating new jobs in the United States following the tariffs placed on those industries to protect our national security.

AMERICAN MANUFACTURING IS BACK: President Trump’s pro-growth agenda has rejuvenated American manufacturing.

  • American manufacturers are more optimistic than ever and expect their winning streak to continue, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

    • Optimism among manufacturers hit an all-time high in NAM’s most recent survey.

    • Expectations for employment growth and capital investment over the next year also hit all-time highs in NAM’s most recent survey.

  • Approximately 344,000 manufacturing jobs have been created since the President took office.

  • The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was a win for American workers, cutting the top corporate tax rate and enabling businesses to fully write off capital investments for the next 5 years.

FREE, FAIR, AND RECIPROCAL TRADE: President Trump has stood up for American workers and businesses that have paid the price for years of bad trade deals and unfair trade practices. 

  • Since taking office, President Trump has advocated for free, fair, and reciprocal trade that will benefit American workers and businesses and reduce our trade deficit.

  • President Trump is taking tough actions to defend American businesses from China’s unfair practices such as intellectual property theft and forced technology transfer.

  • President Trump is renegotiating past deals to make sure they benefit American workers.

    • The Trump Administration secured key amendments to the trade agreement with South Korea, including provisions to increase American automobile exports.

  • The Trump Administration placed tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum to protect our national security and defend our domestic industries.

  • President Trump’s Administration imposed tariffs to safeguard American manufacturers of washing machines and solar energy products from a flood of overseas imports.

Vice President Pence Delivers Remarks at an America First Policies Event – Philadelphia, PA – 7/23/2018 – #AmericaFirst

 

 

Press Briefing with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders – The White House Live Link & RSBN Live Link – 7/23/2018