Category: President TRUMP

President Trump Delivers Remarks on Energy Infrastructure and Economic Growth – Hackberry, LA – 5/14/2018

South Lawn

11:21 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  So, the economy is doing very well by every measure.  We’re having probably the greatest economy that we’ve had anywhere, anytime, in the history of our country.

We’re having a little squabble with China because we’ve been treated very unfairly for many, many decades — for, actually, a long time.  And it should have been handled a long time ago, and it wasn’t.  And we’ll handle it now.

I think it’s going to be — I think it’s going to turn out extremely well.  We’re at a very strong position.  We are the piggy bank that everybody likes to take advantage of, or take from.  And we can’t let that happen anymore.

We’ve been losing, for many years, anywhere from $300 billion to $500 billion a year with China and trade with China.  We can’t let that happen.

The relationship I have with President Xi is extraordinary.  It’s, really, very good.  But he’s for China and I’m for the USA, and it’s very simple.

We are, again, in a very, very strong position.  They want to make a deal.  It could absolutely happen.  But, in the meantime, a lot of money is being made by the United States, and a lot of strength is being shown.  This has never happened to China before.

Our economy is fantastic; theirs is not so good.  We’ve gone up trillions and trillions of dollars since the election; they’ve gone way down since my election.

So, that’s the way it is.  That’s the way it stands.  We’re going to do very well.

Yeah.

Q    Mr. President, are you confident that there will be no recession while you’re in office?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, you never can say that, but we’re doing very well.  We’re doing — I think we probably have the greatest economy that we’ve ever had.

The employment numbers came out.  As you know, they’re record levels in almost every category: African American — the best in history, if you take a look; Hispanic American, the best in history.  Yesterday, Asian American numbers came in; they are the lowest in history — the history of our country.  Women — I think in 61 years, and soon that will be historic, too.

So that we are doing — and as far as employment numbers, we have the most people working today in the United States than we’ve ever had before.  Almost 160 million people.  So it’s really good.

Q    Mr. President, trade talks collapsed with China.  Would you describe it —

THE PRESIDENT:  You got a machine over there.

Q    Have trade talks collapsed with China?  Would you describe it like that?

THE PRESIDENT:  No, I wouldn’t.  We have a very good dialogue.  We have a dialogue going.  It’ll always continue.  But we made a deal with China.  It was a deal that was a very good deal.  It had to be a good deal; otherwise, we’re not making it.  Because we’ve been down so low in trade — and other Presidents should’ve done this a long time ago — we can’t just make a new deal.  And I told that to President Xi.

But we had a deal that was very close, and then they broke it.  They really did.  I mean, more than just — more than renegotiate, they really broke it.  So we can’t have that happen.

Q    Mr. President, did you ask the Attorney General to launch a probe into the Russia investigation?

THE PRESIDENT:  No, I didn’t ask him to do that.

Q    Did you know he was going to do it?

THE PRESIDENT:  I didn’t know it.  I didn’t know it.  But I think it’s a great thing that he did it.  I saw it last night.  And they want to look at how that whole hoax got started.  It was a hoax.  And even Mueller — not a friend of mine — even Bob Mueller came out: “No collusion.”  And he had 18 people that didn’t like Donald Trump.  They were Hillary Clinton fans.  They contributed, many of them, to Hillary Clinton.  They came out.  It was the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the people of this country.

And you know what?  I am so proud of our Attorney General, that he is looking into it.  I think it’s great.  I did not know about it.  No.

Q    Mr. President, were you surprised by the Chinese retaliation, sir?  You tweeted they “should not retaliate,” and then they did.

THE PRESIDENT:  No, no, no.  I wasn’t surprised.  But you have to understand they do $600 billion, meaning we buy $600 billion and they buy $100 billion.  We have all the advantage.  It’s a very small factor for us.  And we have a much bigger economy now.  You know, since my election, we’ve gone up so much.  We have a much bigger economy than China.  But if you take a look, $600 million[billion] versus $100 million [billion].  It’s a different world.

Q    Mr. President, (inaudible) $100 billion in additional tariffs, then?

THE PRESIDENT:  We’re looking at that very strongly.  About the $325 billion — we’re looking at it very strongly.

David.

Q    Mr. President, did you tell DHS to round up immigrant families?

THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t know anything about that.  I read that.  It’s probably fake news.  But I read that this morning.  I don’t know anything about it.

Q    Mr. President, why is it unfair?  Why is it unfair, sir, for Don Jr. to be subpoenaed if he’s pulled out of testifying twice?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, you know, it’s really a tough situation because my son spent, I guess, over 20 hours testifying about something that Mueller said was 100 percent okay.  And now they want him to testify again.  I don’t know why.  I have no idea why, but it seems very unfair to me.

Q    Mr. President, are you planning to send 120,000 troops to the Middle East in response to Iran?

THE PRESIDENT:  I think it’s fake news, okay?  Now, would I do that?  Absolutely.  But we have not planned for that.  Hopefully we’re not going to have to plan for that.  And if we did that, we’d send a hell of a lot more troops than that.

But I think it’s just — where was that story?  In the New York Times?  Well, the New York Times is fake news.

Go ahead.

Q    You say this is a small squabble, but don’t you understand that American consumers may very well suffer because of this?

THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.  So you have no tariff to pay whatsoever if you’re a business.  All you have to do is build or make your product in the United States.  There’s no tariff whatsoever.  So that really works out very well.

Q    Do you think you’re winning the trade war, Mr. President?

THE PRESIDENT:  I think we’re winning it.  We’re going to be collecting over $100 billion in tariffs.  Our people, if they want, they can buy from someplace else, other than China.  Or they can — really, the ideal is make their product in the USA.  That’s what I really want.  Yeah, we’re winning it.

You know what?  You want to know something?  You want to know something?  We always win.  We always win.

How are you, Emerald?

Q    I’m good.  How are you?

THE PRESIDENT:  Good.  What’s up?

Q    Do you have confidence in Christopher Wray after he said he wouldn’t exactly call it “spying”?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I didn’t understand his answer because I thought the Attorney General answered it perfectly.  So I certainly didn’t understand that answer.  I thought it was a ridiculous answer.

Thank you.

END

11:29 A.M. EDT

 

 

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Live: MAGA RALLY with President Trump – Panama City Beach, FL – 5/8/2019 – 8:00 pm

President Trump is Live holding a MAGA RALLY at the Aaron Bessant Amphitheater, Panama City Beach, Florida.  President Trump will discuss disaster relief for Floridians.

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National Day of Prayer Service at the White House – President Trump and First Lady Participate – 5/2/2019

Prayers works miracles and Prayer saves lives – President Trump 

Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

 

The Meaning of Religious Liberty – 

 

 

John 13:1 – Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet 

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

 

 

MAGA RALLY – PRESIDENT TRUMP – Live Rally in Green Bay, WI – 4/27/2019

Our President Trump Holds a MAGA Rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin – 4/27/2019

God Bless America, God Bless All People!

 

 

Diamond and SIlk speak as President Donald J. Trump holds a MAGA rally at the Resch Center in Green Bay, WI.

Real American Patriots Love President Trump – They Know his Heart and we will wait hours, days to hear his heart warming words to America.  

 

 

President Trump and Vice President Pence Deliver Remarks at the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting – Indianapolis, IN – 4/26/2019

We did not pay money for our Great Otto – That was a fake news report – President Trump – 4/26/2019

 

It won’t be enough to win the next election, we have to win the next generation – VP Mike Pence – 4/26/2019

Lucas Oil Stadium Arena
Indianapolis, Indiana

11:40 A.M. EDT

THE VICE PRESIDENT:   Well, hello, NRA!  (Applause.)  Thank you, Chris, for that great introduction.  Chris and I have been friends for a lot of years.  I have great respect for him.  But he knows the introduction I prefer is a little bit shorter: I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order.  (Applause.)

And as Vice President of the United States, it’s my great honor to be back home again in Indiana with so many freedom-loving Americans at the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association.  Welcome to the Hoosier State.  (Applause.)

It really is great to be here with so many friends.  Chris, and Ollie North, and Wayne LaPierre, and, really, with some outstanding leaders that we respect greatly and admire every day, like Governor Eric Holcomb of Indiana — (applause) — Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky, and so many distinguished members of the United States Congress, including the House Minority Whip, the courageous Steve Scalise.  (Applause.)

And speaking of friends of mine, it’s especially great to be here with another friend, a great champion of freedom who I can tell you personally gets up every day and fights to keep the promises that he made to all the American people.  I can’t wait to join you to welcome the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump — (applause) — back to the Hoosier State.

You know, the President and I stand with the NRA because, like all of you, we stand for freedom.  And the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is a freedom that is at the heart of the American story.

Our Founders won our independence with the power of their ideas and with the powder in their muskets.  Our pioneers won the West with their daring, their courage, and their Springfields, Winchesters, and Colts.

Our forebears have fought our nation’s wars and defended our way of life with the skills they learned on the rifle range, in a deer stand, at the knee of a father, a mother, or a grandparent back home.

And in our own day, there are no greater champions of America’s tradition of responsible gun ownership than all of you and the 5 million proud men and women of the NRA.  Thank you for your stand.  (Applause.)

And I’m here today to tell you: We’re with you.  President Trump and I are with the NRA today, and tomorrow and always, because the National Rifle Association stands for freedom.

Nowhere is this ongoing struggle for freedom more visible every day than in the struggle to defend the Second Amendment.  Firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens don’t threaten our families, they protect our families.  (Applause.)  And we know that firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens make our communities more safe, not less safe.  (Applause.)

You know, at this podium, nearly two decades ago, Charlton Heston said those famous words, and I quote, “I’ll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.”  (Applause.)

Well, I’ll make you a promise: Under this President and this Vice President, no one is taking your guns.  (Applause.)  Under this President and this administration, the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.  (Applause.)

And the truth is, from the first day of this administration, President Trump has been fighting for freedom, and you all know that.  And, really, I couldn’t be more proud to be Vice President to a President who fights every day not just for freedom but for those who defend it.

I mean, think about it: This President stood with those who defend our freedom when he signed the largest increase in our national defense since the days of Ronald Reagan.  (Applause.)

Thanks to the President’s leadership, we’re once again giving our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard the resources and the support they need to accomplish their mission and come home safe.  (Applause.)

And this President has stood with those who defend our freedom her at home, who protect and serve on the Thin Blue Line.  And under President Trump’s leadership, we’re giving all the men and women of law enforcement at every level the resources and the respect that they deserve every single day as they protect our families.  (Applause.)

I know there’s a lot of law enforcement members who are here today, who have taken time to be at this convention.  Why don’t you all just show them how much we appreciate the men and women who serve on the Thin Blue Line and protect our families every day?  (Applause.)  God bless you all.

And this President has stood for freedom in the American economy as well.  President Trump has already cut more federal red tape in the last two years than any President in American history.  We’ve unleased American energy.  And President Trump signed the largest tax cuts and tax reform in American history.  (Applause.)  And the results are in: Businesses large and small have created 5.5 million new jobs.  More Americans are working than ever before.  And it was just reported this morning: The American economy grew by 3.2 percent in the first quarter of 2019.  (Applause.)

And beyond our security and our prosperity, this President has also strengthened the very foundation of our freedom.  At this point, President Trump has already appointed to our federal courts more principled conservatives in the last two years than any President in American history.  And they are all conservatives who will uphold the God-given liberties enshrined in our Constitution — like the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, and the right to keep and bear arms.  (Applause.)  It’s an incredible group.

But despite the fact that this President has faced unprecedented opposition, obstruction, and resistance, I believe that when this President’s story is written, when he finishes his term in office, six years from now — (applause) — I believe history will record: No other President in all the modern era has done so much for so many in so little time.  President Donald Trump has delivered.  (Applause.)

So, under the President’s leadership here at home and around the world, America is winning again.  But to keep on winning, I came here today to say that we need you to stay in the fight.  Because the truth is, we live in a time when freedom is under assault.  And it’s not just the freedom that the NRA so nobly defends, but the freedom to live, to work, and to worship God are all being threatened by the radical Left every day.  It’s true.

And the same people who threaten your right to self-defense want to stifle our economy by raising taxes and increasing regulation.  The same people who want to take away your unalienable rights routinely denigrate the faith of millions of Americans and advocate late-term abortion and even infanticide.

But I’ll make you a promise: Under this President and this administration, we will stand without apology for the sanctity of human life.  (Applause.)

But our freedom is under assault every day in other ways.  The same blue states and cities that are trying to bankrupt the NRA have become sanctuaries for illegal immigrants, including dangerous gang members and human traffickers.  And the same people who want to restrict the right to keep and bear arms of law-abiding citizens believe the Boston Marathon bomber should be given the right to vote on death row.

AUDIENCE:  Booo —

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  I got news for you, Bernie:  Not on our watch!  (Applause.)

Violent convicted felons, murderers, and terrorists should never be given the right to vote in prison — not now, not ever.  (Applause.)

You know, I heard the other day that another Vice President actually said that “we’re in a battle for the soul of our nation.”  And, for once, I agree with him — but not for the reason he thinks.  We are in a battle.  We’re in a battle for the soul of America, but it’s a battle between liberty and tyranny.  As the President has said before, it’s a battle between independence and government control.  And, ultimately, it’s a battle between freedom and socialism.

You know, under the guise of the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, the same Democrats who want to take away your freedom openly advocate a failed economic system that has robbed the liberty and impoverished millions of people around the world.

But let’s be clear: It was freedom, not socialism, that gave us the most prosperous economy in the history of the world.  (Applause.)

It was freedom, not socialism, that ended slavery, won two world wars, and stands today as a beacon of hope for all the world.  (Applause.)

It was freedom, not socialism, that’s moving us beyond the prejudices of the past to create a more perfect union and extend the blessings of liberty to every American, regardless of race or creed or color.

And it was freedom, not socialism, that gave us the highest quality of life, the cleanest environment, and improved the health and wellbeing of millions around the world.

You know, what Medicare for All really means is quality healthcare for none.  And the only thing green about the so-called Green New Deal is how much green it’s going to cost all of us if they ever sign it into law.  (Applause.)

You know, Margaret Thatcher probably said it best: “The trouble with socialism is [you] eventually run out of other people’s money.”  (Applause.)

So I say, from my heart, to all of you freedom-loving Americans gathered here: The moment America becomes a socialist country is the moment America ceases to be America.  And as President Trump said in his State of the Union Address, so we must say with one voice: “America will never be a socialist country.”  (Applause.)

So, men and women of the NRA, the stakes have never been higher, but the choice has never been clearer.

It won’t be enough just to win the next election; we’ve got to win the next generation.  And this is our challenge.  It won’t be easy.  But it never has been.

Thomas Paine explained, during the American founding, that the battle for freedom is always arduous.  As he said, quote, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”  And then Thomas Paine added, “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly” and that “Heaven knows how to put a [proper] price upon its good[s]; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.”

It’s really about freedom that we gather here today, and preserving the freedom that’s at the heart of America.  But as you’ll hear in just a few minutes, President Donald Trump and I are ready for the fight.  (Applause.)  We are ready to stand with all of you and fight to defend and expand freedom for every American.  (Applause.)

But we can’t do it alone — so keep doing your part.  Talk to your neighbors and friends and tell them what we’ve been able to accomplish over the last two years.  And tell them about the challenges that we face, and tell them what the opposition offers.  I mean, tell them this President and this administration have been fighting for all the liberties you hold dear.  Tell them we’re setting things right in Washington, D.C.  Tell them we’re draining the swamp — (applause) — because we are.  (Applause.)  And tell them the forgotten men and women of America are forgotten no more, because it’s the God’s honest truth.  (Applause.)  Go tell them.

So thank you for the opportunity to be with you today.  Thank you for coming here to the Hoosier State and giving me a chance to be home.

You know, it’s amazing for me to think about the journey that my wife and I have been on.  Five years ago, when I was governor of the state of Indiana, I stood at this podium in that role.  And I have to tell you, for this small-town boy from southern Indiana, the grandson of an Irish immigrant, it’s hard to describe how humbling it is to have the privilege.  So I want to — I want to thank you for the honor of serving as your Vice President.  And I want to thank you for your support.  (Applause.)

And because of your support of this President, his Vice President, and this administration, I’m proud to report America is standing strong again.  America is prospering again.

The Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States is secure again.  And freedom is winning all across America.  (Applause.)

And I know we’re going to keep on winning.  I know we’re going to keep on winning because I have faith — faith in this President I serve alongside every day.  I mean, I got to tell you, somebody said to me the other day, “Tell the President to keep on going, keep on fighting.”  And I said to them, “That’s not something you got to tell him.”  (Laughter.)

You know, as we say here in the Hoosier State, all the reverse is stripped out of that pickup truck.  It is straight ahead, straight forward.  He’s bringing the energy, the leadership, and the fight for the American people.  And I promise you we’re going to do it every day in the next two years.  (Applause.)

But I got faith in my friend.  I got faith in conservative leaders that you’ve helped elect all across this country, who have been standing with us for the principles and the ideals that we hold dear.

And lastly, I’ve got faith in all of you.  As I travel across this country, I see Americans every day who are standing with us, encouraging us.  I meet them at grocery stores.  I meet them on rope lines at airports.  I meet them at rallies and in diners.  And they’re folks just like you and me who always knew that we could be strong again; who knew that we could be prosperous again; who knew that we could be standing tall again.  And they’re standing with us every step of the way.

And so, for their sake, I just want to encourage all of you: Be confident as we go into the days that lie ahead in the next year and a half.  Because I have faith that if we hold the banner of freedom high, if we put into practice those words inscribed on the Liberty Bell to “proclaim liberty throughout all the land [and] unto all the inhabitants thereof,” those same Americans will rally to our cause again and we’ll keep on winning a great victory for the American people.

And remember, as you leave Indiana and go to your homes, and all of you that are looking on from afar, remember that when we fight for freedom, we do not fight alone — because where the spirit of the Lord is, there’s freedom.  (Applause.)  And that means freedom always wins.  (Applause.)

So thank you for the honor.  Thank you for the honor of addressing you today.  Thank you for the stand that you’ve made and the stand that each one of you take.  We’re proud to stand with you.

And I truly do believe that with your continued support, with President Donald Trump in the White House for four more years — (applause) — with freedom-loving leaders serving at every level all across this nation, and with God’s help, we’ll finish what we’ve started.  We will make America safe again.  We will make America more prosperous than ever before.  And as I know you’ll hear in just a few minutes, we will make America great again.

Thank you very much.  God bless you all.  And God bless America.

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12:03 P.M. EDT

 

 

President Trump is Live – He is meeting with leaders for 2019 Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit – 4/24/2019

Action

Learn more about President Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse.

President Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse, unveiled in 2018, is confronting the driving forces behind the opioid crisis.

Part 1 is reducing demand and over-prescription, including educating Americans about the dangers of opioid misuse. Part 2 is cutting down on the supply of illicit drugs by cracking down on the international and domestic drug supply chains that devastate American communities. Part 3 is helping those struggling with addiction through evidence-based treatment and recovery support services.

Among the historic actions taken:

  • As of October 2018, the Trump Administration had secured $6 billion in new funding over a two-year window to fight opioid abuse.

  • To curb over-prescription, the President implemented a Safer Prescribing Plan that will cut opioid prescription fills by one-third within three years.

  • President Trump is fighting to keep dangerous drugs out of the United States by securing land borders, ports of entry, and waterways against smuggling.

  • In 2018, President Trump worked with Congress to pass the SUPPORT Act, the single largest legislative package addressing a single drug crisis in history.

  • Source: The White House

 

Stop Illicit Drug Use Before It’s Too Late

1 minute read

As our country battles its greatest public health threat — the addiction crisis — we all have a role to play in making our nation a safer, healthier place.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over 70,200 precious lives were lost due to a drug overdose in 2017. That was approximately 200 drug overdose deaths per day, and this crisis has left no corner of our country untouched.

That’s why President Donald Trump, in response to the opioid crisis, announced a national public health emergency, and put in place an initiative to stop opioid abuse and reduce drug supply and demand.

The most effective way to support this initiative is to prevent drug abuse in the first place.

Read the full op-ed here.

President Trump and First Lady Melania – White House Easter Egg Roll – 4/22/2019

It’s Easter Time and President Trump and First Lady Melania are enjoying the season.  God Bless Our President Trump, the First Lady and The White House. God Bless America! Happy Easter America!  Jesus the Lord God, The Second Person of The Holy Trinity, Has Arisen! #Easter2019

FINE ART FROM MCNAUGHTON

 

Live: The White House – President Trump Delivers Remarks at the Wounded Project Soldier Ride – GOD BLESS Our Military – God Bess President Trump! – 4/18/2019

President Trump is expected to deliver remarks to the findings of Speial Council Robert Mueller’s investigation released today by AG William Barr, during this event!

God Bless America! God Bless President Trump! 

God Bless Our Wounded Warriors! 

 

 

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God Bless Our President! #wwg1wga

Live: AG Willim Barr Holds Press Conference Regarding Mueller Report

BARR affirms Mueller found no evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion

The Special Counsel found “NO COLLUSION” by Americans – Found “no evidence” that members of the Trump Campaign committed any crimes.

 

 

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Live: President Trump in Crosby, Texas – Revival of the American Energy Industry and Jobs -4/10/2019

President Trump is working to rebuild America’s Energy and He has made America the source of Energy for the world. President Trump will be signing two executive orders today:

The first order will direct the Environmental Protection Agency to update federal guidance on the Clean Water Act, seeks to legalize liquefied natural gas shipments by rail, speeds up renewals for energy project right of ways, seeks to remove barriers to investing in certain energy projects and compels two federal agencies to study and issue reports on energy issues in New England and the West Coast.

Under the second order, the State Department will be directed to speed up the permit process for cross-border energy projects to 60 days. The current permitting process for pipelines and electricity transmission lines between the United States, Mexico and Canada can take years.

 

Americans have long been told that our country is running out of energy, but we now know that is wrong. America’s energy revolution has produced affordable, reliable energy for consumers along with stable, high-paying jobs for small businesses—all while dropping carbon emissions to their lowest level in 25 years. American energy policy must balance environmental protection with economic growth in order to encourage innovation, discovery, and prosperity.  Source:  The White House

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Presidential Permit – 3/29/2019

By virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States of America, I hereby grant permission, subject to the conditions herein set forth, to TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. (hereinafter referred to as the “permittee”), to construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities at the international border of the United States and Canada at Phillips County, Montana, for the import of oil from Canada to the United States.  The permittee is a limited partnership organized under the laws of the State of Delaware, owned by affiliates of TransCanada Corporation, a Canadian public company organized under the laws of Canada.

This permit supersedes the Presidential permit issued to the permittee, dated March 23, 2017.  For the avoidance of doubt, I hereby revoke that March 23, 2017, permit.  Furthermore, this permit grants the permission described in the previous paragraph and revokes the March 23, 2017, permit notwithstanding Executive Order 13337 of April 30, 2004 (Issuance of Permits With Respect to Certain Energy-Related Facilities and Land Transportation Crossings on the International Boundaries of the United States) and the Presidential Memorandum of January 24, 2017 (Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline).

The term “Facilities,” as used in this permit, means the portion in the United States of the international pipeline project associated with the permittee’s application for a Presidential permit filed on May 4, 2012, and resubmitted on January 26, 2017, and any land, structures, installations, or equipment appurtenant thereto.

The term “Border facilities,” as used in this permit, means those parts of the Facilities consisting of a 36-inch diameter pipeline extending from the international border between the United States and Canada at a point in Phillips County, Montana, to and including the first mainline shut-off valve in the United States located approximately 1.2 miles from the international border, and any land, structures, installations, or equipment appurtenant thereto.

This permit is subject to the following conditions:

Article 1.  (1)  The Border facilities herein described, and all aspects of their operation, shall be subject to all the conditions, provisions, and requirements of this permit and any subsequent Presidential amendment to it.  This permit may be terminated, revoked, or amended at any time at the sole discretion of the President of the United States (the “President”), with or without advice provided by any executive department or agency (agency).  The permittee shall make no substantial change in the Border facilities, in the location of the Border facilities, or in the operation authorized by this permit until the permittee has notified the President or his designee of such change and the President has approved the change.

(2)  The construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of the Facilities (not including the route) shall be, in all material respects and as consistent with applicable law, as described in the permittee’s application for a Presidential permit filed on May 4, 2012, and resubmitted on January 26, 2017.

Article 2.  The standards for, and the manner of, construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of the Border facilities shall be subject to inspection by the representatives of appropriate Federal, State, and local agencies.  Officers and employees of such agencies who are duly authorized and performing their official duties shall be granted free and unrestricted access to the Border facilities by the permittee.  Consistent with Article 10, this permit shall remain in effect until terminated, revoked, or amended by the President.

Article 3.  Upon the termination, revocation, or surrender of this permit, unless otherwise decided by the President, the permittee, at its own expense, shall remove the Border facilities within such time as the President may specify.  If the permittee fails to comply with an order to remove, or to take such other appropriate action with respect to, the Border facilities, the President may direct that possession of such Border facilities be taken — or that they be removed or that other action be taken — at the expense of the permittee.  The permittee shall have no claim for damages caused by any such possession, removal, or other action.

Article 4.  When, in the judgment of the President, ensuring the national security of the United States requires entering upon and taking possession of any of the Border facilities or parts thereof, and retaining possession, management, or control thereof for such a length of time as the President may deem necessary, the United States shall have the right to do so, provided that the President or his designee has given due notice to the permittee.  The United States shall also have the right thereafter to restore possession and control to the permittee.  In the event that the United States shall exercise the rights described in this article, it shall pay to the permittee just and fair compensation for the use of such Border facilities, upon the basis of a reasonable profit in normal conditions, and shall bear the cost of restoring Border facilities to their previous condition, less the reasonable value of any improvements that may have been made by the United States.

Article 5.  Any transfer of ownership or control of the Border facilities, or any part thereof, shall be immediately communicated in writing to the President or his designee, and shall include information identifying the transferee.  Notwithstanding any transfer of ownership or control of the Border facilities, or any part thereof, this permit shall remain in force subject to all of its conditions, permissions, and requirements, and any amendments thereto, unless subsequently terminated, revoked, or amended by the President.

Article 6.  (1)  The permittee is responsible for acquiring any right-of-way grants or easements, permits, and other authorizations as may become necessary or appropriate.

(2)  The permittee shall hold harmless and indemnify the United States from any claimed or adjudged liability arising out of construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of the Facilities, including environmental contamination from the release, threatened release, or discharge of hazardous substances or hazardous waste.

(3)  To ensure the safe operation of the Border facilities, the permittee shall maintain them and every part of them in a condition of good repair and in compliance with applicable law.

Article 7.  The permittee shall file with the President or his designee, and with appropriate agencies, such sworn statements or reports with respect to the Border facilities, or the permittee’s activities and operations in connection therewith, as are now, or may hereafter, be required under any law or regulation of the United States Government or its agencies.  These reporting obligations do not alter the intent that this permit be operative as a directive issued by the President alone.

Article 8.  Upon request, the permittee shall provide appropriate information to the President or his designee with regard to the Border facilities.  Such requests could include, for example, information concerning current conditions or anticipated changes in ownership or control, construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of the Border facilities.

Article 9.  The permittee shall provide written notice to the President or his designee at the time that the construction authorized by this permit begins, at such time as such construction is completed, interrupted, or discontinued, and at other times as may be requested by the President.

Article 10.  This permit shall expire 5 years from the date of its issuance if the permittee has not commenced construction of the Border facilities by that date.

Article 11.  This permit is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees or agents, or any other person.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, have hereunto set my hand this twenty ninth day of March, 2019, in the City of Washington, District of Columbia.

DONALD J. TRUMP

 

A cornerstone of President Donald Trump’s agenda has been to promote domestic energy production, create jobs and improve economic growth, and he has directed federal agencies to replace or repeal burdensome and outdated regulations that stand in the way of these objectives.

Accordingly, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reviewed the previous administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). Many believe the agency greatly exceeded its authority by promulgating the CPP, which is why 150 entities, including 27 states, 24 trade associations, 37 rural electric co-ops and three labor unions challenged the rule. A majority of Congress formally disapproved of the CPP, and the Supreme Court stayed its implementation —an unprecedented intervention by the nation’s highest court.

Aside from legal concerns, the CPP’s punitive demands on energy providers would have unnecessarily raised electricity prices, decreased the competitiveness of America’s manufacturers, cost Americans jobs and undermined the nation’s energy security. For example, an economic analysis by the National Economic Research Associates found that the CPP could have caused double-digit electricity price increases in 40 states.

Unfortunately, low- and middle-income Americans, many of them minorities and senior citizens, would have borne the brunt of that burden. According to a 2015 analysis of energy prices, middle-income Americans spend nearly 20 percent of their after-tax income on residential and transportation energy; low-income Americans spend more than 20 percent.

The Trump administration’s plan respects the law, promotes energy independence and supports economic growth and job creation. EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy rule (ACE), would restore the states’ proper role under the Clean Air Act and our system of federalism. Our plan would allow states to establish standards of performance that meet EPA emissions guidelines. Unlike the CPP, the ACE rule would not interfere with states as they construct diverse, reliable energy portfolios that can provide affordable energy to fuel economic growth.

ACE also would update EPA’s New Source Review (NSR) permitting program. Previously, NSR regularly discouraged companies from employing the latest energy-efficient equipment. Our NSR updates would remove regulatory barriers and further incentivize our nation’s power plants to upgrade their facilities in an environmentally beneficial way.

EPA takes its Clean Air Act responsibilities seriously and is committed to providing certainty to state and industry partners. We will not use our authority to pick winners and losers in the energy marketplace. Rather, our proposal would permit states to make energy decisions based on what works best for them rather than what the federal government tells them to do. The era of top-down, one-size-fits-all federal mandates is over.

Our rule also would ensure that America remains the gold standard for energy production and environmental protection. From 2005 to 2017, U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions fell by 14 percent, according to the Energy Information Administration, while global emissions increased over 20 percent.

Additionally, since 1970, total emissions of the six criteria air pollutants (carbon monoxide, lead, ground-level ozone, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter and sulfur dioxide) established under the Clean Air Act have dropped 73 percent, while the economy grew over 260 percent.

The bottom line is that the United States is achieving energy dominance while reducing energy-related carbon emissions and improving air quality and public health. No other nation in the world can claim likewise.

The CPP would have stunted this progress through regulatory overreach. It threatened energy security and prosperity to produce a negligible impact on the climate by the year 2100. Under the ACE rule, carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector will continue to fall.

Reliable and affordable energy is the foundation of America’s strength. Without it, our prosperity and security can fall outside our control.

The president understands this. His administration is repealing unnecessary barriers to energy development at an unrivaled pace. EPA is acting to provide the states and the energy sector the regulatory certainty they need to continue our environmental progress while providing modern, reliable energy that all Americans can afford.

Andrew Wheeler is Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. This op-ed appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on August 21, 2018.