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

SOURCE:  Vice President MIKE PENCE


Department of Justice Sends Letter to Nine Jurisdictions Requiring Proof of Compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373 – Warning to Sanctuary Cities

Click on the link at the bottom, it takes you to the letters sent to each state that received this letter of warning.  I APPLAUD THE U.S. Department of Justice of this move to protect U.S. Citizens from crimes committed by illegal immigrants. We either follow the law, or we will become Venezuela.


Department of Justice —  Office of Public Affairs

Friday, April 21, 2017

Department of Justice Sends Letter to Nine Jurisdictions Requiring Proof of Compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373

Today, the Department of Justice sent the attached letters to nine jurisdictions which were identified in a May 2016 report by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General as having laws that potentially violate 8 U.S.C. § 1373.

Additionally, many of these jurisdictions are also crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime. The number of murders in Chicago has skyrocketed, rising more than 50 percent from the 2015 levels. New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable consequence of the city’s “soft on crime” stance. And just several weeks ago in California’s Bay Area, after a raid captured 11 MS-13 members on charges including murder, extortion and drug trafficking, city officials seemed more concerned with reassuring illegal immigrants that the raid was unrelated to immigration than with warning other MS-13 members that they were next.

The letters remind the recipient jurisdictions that, as a condition for receiving certain financial year 2016 funding from the Department of Justice, each of these jurisdictions agreed to provide documentation and an opinion from legal counsel validating that they are in compliance with Section 1373. The Department of Justice expects each of these jurisdictions to comply with this grant condition and to submit all documentation to the Office of Justice Programs by June 30, 2017, the deadline imposed by the grant agreement.

Proof of Compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373 Letters

Egyptian-American charity worker freed – President Trump Gains Freedom for Aid Worker AYA HIJAZ from Egypt

Success by President Donald J. Trump

An Egyptian-American charity worker freed after nearly three years of detention in Egypt returned Thursday night to the United States, the White House said.

Aya Hijazi, 30, and her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, an Egyptian, arrived in the Washington area, said a White House official who was not authorized to discuss the case by name and requested anonymity.

Earlier this week a court acquitted Hijazi of charges of child abuse that were widely dismissed as bogus by human rights groups and U.S. officials. She and her husband had established a foundation to aid street children in 2013, but were arrested along with several others in 2014.

Her case was on the agenda when President Donald Trump met earlier this month with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

Details of their arrival were first reported by The Washington Post. Their release and the freedom of four other humanitarian workers were negotiated by Trump and White House aides, and Trump sent a U.S. government aircraft to Cairo to bring them home, the Post reported.

Hijazi, a dual national, was born in Egypt and grew up in Falls Church, Virginia, a Washington suburb. She received a degree in conflict resolution from George Mason University in 2009. Source: Fox News.

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President Donald Trump is working at an unparalleled pace to get the important things done for America.  This one, specifically, really touched my heart.  President Trump sees a problem, tackles it, researches it, goes through the proper channels and things begin to happen.  As we speak, President Trump is working feverishly to get this country back on track from the planned destruction of the Obama Administration.  I really hate to put it this way, but you all see yourselves.  Everything in America and the world is falling apart at the seams and we are blessed by God to Have Trump at the helm, putting it all back together, properly, carefully, gingerly, and building relationships with countries we have not spoken with in decades, while doing it.

Every day I wake up excited to find out what else President Trump is fixing, creating, and protecting for us Americans and really, the world.  This is one very good thing, to save someone like Aya and Mohammed, humanitarian workers, from charges that were bogus while they were putting their lives in danger to protect children from abuse.  I commend President TRUMP, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Aya and Mohamed for their work.  God bless America, God Bless Egypt.  

Press Briefing by Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin on Financial Services Executive Order and Memoranda – 4/21/2017

The White House — Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

Press Briefing by Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin on Financial Services Executive Order and Memoranda

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 

11:03 A.M. EDT

MR. SPICER:  I just want to go over — first of all, happy Friday.  I want to go over the ground rules, which we adjusted some after a lot of feedback from you guys.  So I appreciate the feedback.  

So, first, we’re passing out some background material so you can reference them during the briefing, which is something that was suggested by several members in this room that it would be helpful when do background briefings.  So there you go.  

Secretary Mnuchin is going to speak on the record, as several of you have requested.  And this part of the briefing is going to be embargoed until 12:30 p.m. to give you guys to write the stories, which was a request that some folks also made.  So I think you went three for three on the requests.  When Secretary Mnuchin is done speaking he’ll take some questions.  He’s obviously here to talk about the executive order and memoranda that are being signed later today at Treasury.  When he’s done, he’ll take some questions, and then I’ll get up and kind of have some fun with you guys — see who else stops by.

So, with that, as long as everyone is clear on the ground rules — the Secretary is going to come up, he is on the record, embargoed until 12:30 p.m.  He will take questions; they will also be embargoed until 12:30 p.m.  When the Secretary is done, we will clearly transition back to me.  That is then on the record and no embargo.

With that, I am pleased to welcome the Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin.

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Thank you.  It’s a pleasure to be here. So let me just say a couple of words and then I’m happy to answer questions and clarifications.

So, first of all, this will be the President’s first trip to the Treasury, so we are enormously excited to welcome him at the Treasury.  I will say the importance of the Treasury and the location of it on the White House campus is very important and allows constant communication and ease for us to go back and forth.  I think it was not coincidental that it was built next door.  

So we are thrilled to welcome him.  There will be a lot of people there outside to greet him, and he will then be coming up, seeing the line of portraits of past Treasury Secretaries, and then coming into my office and signing the executive order and the two memoranda — with Alexander Hamilton looking over us.

So with that, I think you know we have been busy since he signed the initial executive order on core principles, looking at financial reform.  It encompasses all the aspects of Dodd-Frank, but goes much further than Dodd-Frank.  We’ve already conducted a large number of meetings — I think we’ve had over 16 group meetings, and in many of these meetings there’s 50 people in each meeting or more.  So we’ve been conducting a lot of feedback overall on regulatory reform.

These three are specifically designed to focus on certain aspects that are enormously important to the Treasury and to the President, and that fill in with his campaign promise to make sure that Dodd-Frank is not harming our financial system.  But first let me just comment on the tax executive order.

Under the previous administration, the tax code has become extremely expensive and burdensome.  Individuals and business spend over 6.1 billion hours; the cost is over $230 billion.  The basic 1040 has grown enormously.  And I think everybody would agree that the tax system is way too complicated and burdensome.

So the purpose of this is that the President will be instructing us to review all significant tax regulations since the beginning of 2016, so all of 2016 and this year, and to look at where there are undue financial burdens, unnecessary complexity and requirements, and for us to issue a report that goes through what the issues are and comes up with solutions by repealing or modifying them.  That’s the first part of this.

The second part of it is two memoranda that review very specifically two important parts of Dodd-Frank.  The first is OLA — orderly liquidation authority.  We will do an analysis to make sure that this doesn’t encourage excess risk-taking, moral hazard and exposure to taxpayers.  And while that period — he will direct us not to use OLA unless required by law, in consultation with him.  So in the event that there is a significant emergency and we do need to use it, we have a way of doing it.

The second one will be to put a 180-day review on FSOC designation, and I distinguish — FSOC is a very important council that I chair.  I think the most important part of FSOC is that I can bring the regulators together, get everybody in a room, be able to address important part of regulation.  FSOC also has the responsibility to designate certain entities, and the President will be instructing me to put a hold on that for designations until we do a thorough review and make sure it’s a fair and transparent process.

So with that little overview, I’m happy to answer any questions.

Q    Mr. Secretary, do you feel that these policies will help to get rid of Too Big to Fail, or at least take a look at — several conservatives have argued that Dodd-Frank has codified Too Big to Fail.  And second, Chairman Jeb Hensarling, in the House Financial Services Committee, this week introduced a Dodd-Frank bill.  Are you working with him, and do you support that piece of legislation?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Well, let me just first comment — we have been working closely with Chairman Hensarling.  We have been in discussions about all different aspects of regulatory reform. It’s obviously a complicated bill, so I won’t go through the entire bill, but I will say we are supportive of him bringing forward this legislation and look forward to working with him and Congress on the specifics of it.

In regards to your other question, let me make it absolutely clear, President Trump is absolutely committed to make sure that taxpayers are not at risk for government bailouts of entities that are too big to fail.

Q    It was clear to candidate Trump that the tax code was too complex long before he became President.  And he said on the campaign trail, repeatedly, tax reform would be a top priority.  He said it here as President.  Where are you on that?  You’ve made it pretty clear the August deadline is no longer realistic. How far away are you from putting together a tax reform package? And does this slow that process down — this review?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Well, let me first comment, President Trump, who was originally candidate Trump, he understood how complicated tax administration reform was even before he became a candidate.  Tax reform is way too complicated.  We said during the campaign, and we’ve said now, we will be working with Congress on a comprehensive tax reform package with the idea to simplify personal taxes, create middle-income tax cuts, and make business taxes more competitive.

I want to first focus on the specifics of what we’re doing today.  I did comment yesterday — I wanted to make sure there is no misunderstanding that we have been working extensively — from the day I had been confirmed, I’ve been having meetings with the leadership in the House and the Senate on tax reform.  Our staff has been meeting every week.  I’ve been meeting with Chairman Brady every week for the last month or two.  And what I said yesterday is we are very close to coming with the administration’s plan.  So the President is very focused on this. It has been one of his biggest priorities to create economic growth, and we are very focused on that.

But I will ask just to hold questions on tax reform for the moment so that we can finish specifics of these.  


Q    Secretary, just reading through here, what are some specific actions available to you to ease these tax compliance burdens?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Well, there’s — I mean, just to be clear, what we’re going to do is we are going to go through and look at every single significant regulation that has been done in the last year-and-a-half.  We’re going to determine whether we think they’re needed in the tax code or whether they’re unnecessary, and the tax burden and complexity is too much.  And if we think it’s too much, we will make a recommendation to the President how to change that.

Q    Mr. Secretary, in Congress it seems like in the Senate they want to do GSE reform before Dodd-Frank reform.  Is that order you would support?  And what do you think is the biggest holdup to getting a GSE deal?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Okay, well, I’m not going to comment on the Senate’s priority.  I defer to them on that.  But I will say, and I’ve said this from the time period in the campaign and from the minute I was nominated for this position, that housing reform is very important to this administration; that this is not something we’re focused on in terms of legislation in the first half of this year, but again, we’ve been having significant discussions at Treasury with the FHFA, with congressional leadership on this.  And we are committed to working with the House and the Senate on having a reform package that makes sure that we promote necessary liquidity in the housing markets.  These are very important to the economy and we want to make sure in no way do we not have that, but also making sure that we don’t put taxpayers at risk and leave these entities as they are.

Q    Mr. Secretary, thank you.  ExxonMobil has requested —

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  I’m really — I’m going to ask people first to focus on — if I could just ask everybody for questions on this, and then at the end perhaps I can answer a few more questions.

Q    Mr. Secretary, for those who have just a general understanding that the regulations are tied to underlying law, could you explain why the review is necessary if simultaneously you’re working on a tax reform law?  In other words, aren’t you expending a lot of effort to do something that would be overtaken if the President is proposing new law?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Not necessarily.  I mean, first of all, these are regulations that exist today.  And just to be clear, although the report takes a period of time, that doesn’t mean that we can’t start on the more important things right away.

So I think the issue here is this has to do with the complexity of tax regulations.  Some of those issues may be addressed in tax reform.  Some of those things have nothing to do with tax reform, and the President wants to make clear to the American people that we are going to fix the tax code.

Q    Mr. Secretary, you’re not commenting on any specific regulations, but some of the most significant tax regulations adopted in this time period are the corporate inversions.  Is that what this is really targeted at? 

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Again, it’s not targeted at just those, it’s targeted at things that are significant and create complexity and undue burdensome situations.

Q    It’s certainly one of the things this would be looking at.

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Again, it’s obviously one of the significant things and one of the things we would be looking at. 

Q    Just on OLA, do you believe that bankruptcy judges are better equipped to deal with financial contagion risk than regulators?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Let me say that obviously this is a complicated issue.  The bankruptcy code right now doesn’t work, so if entities were going to go through bankruptcy I think it’s important that we have necessary changes to the bankruptcy code. But on the other hand, there is a reason why we have the bankruptcy code.  So this is something we’ll be looking at very carefully as to what the right solution is.

Q    And then just to follow up —

Q    Do you have any — back to the tax inversions.  I mean, —

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Wait a second, tax inversions aren’t on this.  That —

Q    Well, it’s part of the issue of tax review.  Does your staff have any kind of idea of what it would look like if it’s determined that that portion of the tax review was overreaching by the Obama administration or violated the law in some way?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Again, let me just say we’ve got 100 people in the tax department at Treasury right across the street, and they are busy to work at everything.  

So — in the back.

Q    Would you have done these reviews without executive presidential order?  What was the purpose specifically of the orders?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Again, I think the purposes of the orders are to make clear what the President and the administration’s priorities are and to signify the importance of these issues to the American people.

Q    Mr. Secretary, it seems to me that when you’re looking at reviewing the rules regarding inversions, that if you were to roll those back and not get your corporate tax cuts, your tax reform, that you might just start the exodus of companies all over again by removing these rules.  I know that you’re just beginning the review here, but is that part of the calculation?  Is that part of the discussion here — that these two things would really have to go hand in hand or we could be right back where we were?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Well, let me just say a general comment — as I like to say, there were a lot of things coming to this job that I knew a lot about and there are certain things that I had to learn a bit about.  So on my first day in office, Sean was kind enough to invite me over here and I had the pleasure of dealing with the Venezuelan vice president and the Kingpin Act.
I can assure you on tax reform, this is an area that I’ve spent a lot of time on.  This is an area that the President and I have worked together during the campaign on.  This is not just something we’ve started thinking about.

The priorities are making U.S. business more competitive.  And we’re not going to do anything under this administration that inadvertently makes U.S. business less competitive or encourages U.S. business to go abroad.  We are focused on making U.S. business the most competitive in the world, giving them the tools, and bringing back trillions of dollars.

And I can tell you, between the President and I, we’ve literally met with hundreds and hundreds of businesspeople, listening to ideas — small business leaders, big business leaders.  This administration is open to getting feedback, real-live feedback before we make decisions.

Q    Mr. Secretary, a related subject — on a related subject.  Exxon — on the same subject —

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  I’m going to finish these comments.  I have another few minutes.

Q    Mr. Secretary, former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke has written that repealing Title 2 to eliminate the OLA would be a major mistake, in his view, and it would imprudently put the economy and the financial system at risk.  Do you envision ultimately repealing Title 2 and eliminating OLA?  Or is there some middle ground you see where you’re going to end up after this review is complete?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Well, we’re going to do the review and conclude what we think makes sense.  And I would just say — nothing against him, I have a lot of respect for him — again, we’re listening to regulators’ views; we’re listening to people who were previously in the administration; we’re listening to people who were impacted by this and we’ll be taking that all into account.

Q    Going into the review, can you give us a sense of what you think —

Q    Thank you very much, sir.  India’s financial minister here in the World Bank in meetings, and this will be your first meeting with him under this new Trump relationship.  So what is the future of U.S.-India trade and financial and economic relations, sir?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Well, let me say, kind of — I broke out from the IMF meetings to come here today.  I think I had a series of eight bilaterals yesterday.  I think I’ve done four this morning, have a full day tomorrow and the rest of this afternoon. And that’s one of them that I look forward — we’ve had very constructive discussions with all our counterparts about trade and investment and opportunities for global growth, and I look forward to working with all my counterparts in the G20.

So thank you all very much.  Appreciate it.  Thank you, Sean.

Q    And then you were going to answer questions after —

Q    Sorry, sir — 

Q    You said you were going to answer some tax questions when you were done.

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Well, I’ll take one more tax question from you, but then I have to go to IMF meetings.  So what was your tax question?

Q    Anyone else —

Q    Sir, on Exxon —


Q    The President has talked a lot about preventing U.S. companies from moving overseas.  That is different from moving profit overseas.  And I just want to know where do you think — where do you land on that?  Is it okay for U.S. companies to move profit overseas?  Or are you more focused on the jobs side?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Well, let me be clear, we’re focused on everything.  So we want trillions of dollars to come back onshore, to be re-invested.  And we expect that that will be a major part of tax reform.  And we are committed, through trade policies, tax policies, economic discussions, to make sure that we have free and fair bilateral trade that works in both directions.

Q    Sir, on the Exxon, one thing — request your permission to deal in the Black Sea region.  When can the decision be expected?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Can’t comment on that right now, but — that’s not something I can comment specifically on at the moment.

Q    — on the difficulty of doing tax reform, if you’re not able to get this healthcare repeal through?  There’s a lot of savings that were expected from healthcare repeal.

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  I think, as you know, the President wants to get healthcare done and he wants to get tax done.  And hopefully we’ll get them both done, but we’re going to get tax done.  

Thank you very much.

Q    Is there a timeline for that now?  A new timeline?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  As I said yesterday — soon.  (Laughter.)  

11: 25 A.M. EDT

Weekly Address – Friday, April 21, 2017 – President Donald J. Trump

The duty of government is to represent the citizens of the United States, and that’s what we are going to do!!!  

President Donald J. Trump




A new economic optimism is sweeping across our country, and today President Donald J. Trump is taking action to continue this great economic revival. The President is signing three Presidential actions that will further the process of simplifying the tax code, holding Wall Street firms accountable, and opening up opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

God Bless America!!!

President Trump Announces Trade Investigation with Steel Union and CEO’s at White House 4/20/2017


President Donald Trump Signs Memorandum on Trade Expansion Act – President Trump Announces Investigation of the Trade Expansion Act – Memorandum on Trade Expansion Act Signing President Trump signed a memorandum directing the Commerce Department to conduct as investigation on the implications of foreign-made steel imports on national security. He emphasized the need to fight for American workers and American-made steel. In addition, the president accused Canada of taking advantage of dairy, timber and lumber workers in the U.S. He was joined by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and steel industry executives.

It is overwhelming to see this White House at work.  It gives me chills and hope for a bright future for America. To see how President Trump is working to help our Steel Industry and other industries in America is quite moving.  This is a moving example of President Trump’s deep commitment to help American workers regain hope, prestige.  #MAGA.

THANK YOU DEAR President Trump for your commitment to help us at home.  We will not forget it.



The White House—Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release—April 20, 2017

President Donald J. Trump: Standing up to Unfair Steel Trade Practices

“We’re going to use American steel, we’re going to use American labor, we are going to come first in all deals.” – President Donald J. Trump

A JUSTIFIABLE AND NECESSARY ACTION: As imports of steel to the United States continue to rise, an examination of foreign practices is urgently needed.

  • Despite America’s existing domestic steel industry, imports of steel into the United States have risen 19.6 percent between February 2016 and February 2017.

  • Recent reports by the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) have found that steel imports injure the United States steel industry.

    • The USITC has found domestic steel makers are harmed where nations that export steel products to the United States unfairly subsidize their products or sell them at artificially low price.

TAKING STEPS TO PUT AMERICA’S STEEL INDUSTRY FIRST: President Donald J. Trump is taking action to ensure America’s steel industry comes first, in addition to his Buy American and Hire American policies.

  • Today, the President signed a Presidential Memorandum prioritizing an investigation initiated by the Secretary of Commerce into whether steel imports threaten to impair the national security.

    • The investigation is being conducted under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

  • The Secretary of Commerce is directed to expedite his investigation of the effects of steel imports on the national security to determine the following:

    • Whether steel imports cause American workers to lose jobs which are needed to meet security requirements of the domestic steel industry.

    • Any negative effects of steel imports on government revenue.

    • Any harm steel imports cause to the economic welfare of the United States, recognizing the close relationship between economic prosperity and national security. 

  • By law the investigation must be concluded and a report submitted within 270 days.

  • If the report concludes that steel imports threaten to impair the national security, and the President concurs, he may take several actions, including tariffs, to eliminate the negative effects of steel imports on the national security of the United States.

KEEPING HIS PROMISE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: President Trump promised that he would scrutinize U.S. steel imports and seek a revitalization of the American steel industry.

  • Then-Candidate Trump:

    • Observed that foreign nations are “dumping vast amounts of steel all over the United States, which essentially is killing our steelworkers and steel companies.”

    • Promised that “we will put new American steel into the spine of this country.”

    • Promised that “We’re going to use American steel, we’re going to use American labor, we are going to come first in all deals.”

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