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President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address – 6/16/2017 – President Trump’s Apprenticeship Initiative: “Earn while they Learn!” DJT

 

“There is dignity in every honest job and there is nobility in every honest worker.” DJT

Transcript:
 
My fellow Americans, 
 
This week, our nation was shocked and horrified when a gunman opened fire on a Member of Congress.  Five people were wounded in the assault, including a member of House Leadership – my good friend, Steve Scalise.
 
Steve is beloved across Washington, he embodies everything public service is about – he’s dedicated to his constituents, devoted to his values, and deeply committed to his country.  I visited Steve, his wife, and his family in the hospital as he continues to fight for his recovery.  435 Members of Congress, and 300 million Americans, are pulling for him, praying for him, and pledging to him our full and total support.
 
We continue to hold all of those wounded and fighting for recovery in our hearts and prayers, including Matt Mika, who was also badly wounded.
 
In that terrible crime, we also witnessed the incredible heroism of Capitol Police.  Special Agent Crystal Griner – who I also had the honor of meeting during my visit to the Hospital – raced into gunfire, along with Special Agent David Bailey.  They saved the lives of our Members of Congress and prevented that dark day from becoming a tragedy beyond imagination.  They, like so many other courageous police officers, represent the very best of us. We salute them, and we also salute members of Alexandria Police, Fire and Rescue.
 
Though we have our differences, what unites us is so much stronger: our love of country, our devotion to its people.  Now more than ever, these values must guide us – and bring us closer together.  Let us always remember that our job is to serve and represent the whole American People – and that we are all children of the same God.
 
This week, my Administration continues our focus on providing economic opportunity for all.
 
On Thursday, I signed an Executive Order to launch a groundbreaking new Apprenticeship Initiative that will help young Americans learn the skills they need to find a rewarding career, earn a great living, and support themselves and their families.
 
We are celebrating the dignity of work and the greatness of the American Worker.
 
American citizens have worked every job, every occupation, no matter what it might be – no matter how grueling, how challenging, or even how dangerous.  They wash the windows on our tallest skyscrapers; they create works of art from burning fire and molten steel; they mine the earth and dive the ocean depths to bring energy into our cities and towns; they care for the sick, the elderly, and the wounded; and they lay the bricks, mortar, rebar, and concrete that give us places to live, to work, and to thrive.
 
Today, this is the message I want every young American to hear: there is dignity in every honest job, and there is nobility in every honest worker.  
 
Our Apprenticeship Initiative will make it dramatically easier for employers, industry groups and unions to create exciting new apprenticeship programs that place students into high-paying careers.
 
Instead of being racked with crushing student debt, those who participate will earn while they learn – think of that: earn while they learn.
 
Under our plan, young Americans will have a pathway to exciting and fulfilling careers.  They will become brilliant technicians who revitalize American manufacturing.  They will become welders who forge from fire amazing works of iron and steel and art.  And they will become entrepreneurs who revolutionize entire industries.  And these striving American citizens, including millions of talented young American women with tremendous potential, will become the programmers who change the world with the next great technological advance.
 
Every American deserves a path to a great job that they truly love. That begins with the right education – one that gives students the foundation for a lifetime of success. 
 
Every day, as your President, I will be committed to this goal.
 
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.
 

U.S. NAVY Warship Fitzgerald Destroyer collides with cargo ship off the coast of Japan – 6/16/2017

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U.S.S. Fitzgerald, a destroyer, was involved in a collision with a merchant vessel while operating about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan according to a statement by the U.S. Military.

Collision took place around 2:30 am local time, June 17.  Three compartments are flooded per the Pentagon.  The incident will be investigated. 

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A U.S. official, (anonymous) said the destroyer had suffered damage, that there was some flooding, and that it could not operate on its own power.

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK said that the commercial vessel is a Philippines container ship. A spokesman for the Philippines coast guard said he had heard of the accident but had no details since it was not in Philippine waters.

The U.S. Navy said it had requested the assistance of the Japanese Coast Guard.

 

SOURCES:  Reuters and Fox News

NEXT UP – LIVE FEED – President Trump Speaks and Participates in a Signing on the United States’ Policy Towards Cuba – 6/16/2017 – THIS IS HISTORY IN THE MAKING AMERICA

PRESIDENT TRUMP just Arrived in Florida and Will Participate in a Signing  of The United States’ Policy Towards Cuba – 6/16/2017

Below please find the Background Briefing on the President’s Cuba Policy

 

 

Background Briefing on the President’s Cuba Policy

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

4:36 P.M. EDT

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Thank you for joining us this afternoon.  This is an off-camera, not-for-audio broadcast, background briefing on President Trump’s Cuba policy with senior White House officials here in the briefing room.  Some of you are joining us via conference call.  Just as a reminder, this background briefing information is embargoed until 9:00 p.m. tonight.

Q    A lot of this stuff is out already.  Can you guys move that embargo?  Is that negotiable?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  It’s not negotiable right now.  It’s 9:00 p.m. tonight.  It’s embargoed until 9:00 p.m. tonight.

During the campaign last year, President Trump received an endorsement from the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association, the first presidential endorsement this group has ever made, at their museum in Little Havana, Miami.  The President has repeatedly said he was “honored and humbled” to have received that endorsement from these veterans, recognizing that they were fighting to restore liberty and justice for the people of Cuba.

The President vowed to reverse the Obama administration policies toward Cuba that have enriched the Cuban military regime and increased the repression on the island.  It is a promise that President Trump made, and it’s a promise that President Trump is keeping.

With this is a readjustment of the United States policy towards Cuba.  And you will see that, going forward, the new policy under the Trump administration, will empower the Cuban people.  To reiterate, the new policy going forward does not target the Cuban people, but it does target the repressive members of the Cuban military government.

To discuss this further, I’m going to introduce [senior administration officials].  We will take a few questions after their presentations.  As background, you know they are going to be identified as senior White House officials.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Thanks.  And I’m going to be really quick and pretty bland here so we can get to your questions.  But as my colleague mentioned, the President made a promise September 16, 2016, when he was speaking in Miami, about his commitment to overturn the Obama policy of appeasement toward Cuba.  And, in doing so, he promised to restore some of the restrictions on Cuba until they provide religious and political freedom to their people.

In order to follow through on the promises the President made, he ordered a full review of U.S. policy toward Cuba in February, and of his team here internally.  The National Security Council, led by General McMaster, engaged in a thorough interagency review process, including more than a dozen working-level meetings, multiple deputies meetings, and principal meetings.  This interagency process included, among others — there are additional agencies — but those I think that are most impacted by the policy included the Treasury Department, the State Department, Commerce Department, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Transportation.  So each of those agencies and secretaries were actively engaged in this policy formation.  

Additionally, during this process, the President met with members of Congress who are experts on Cuba policy and have been leaders in formulating Cuba policy, from a legislative perspective, for years.  These members also worked with us hand-in-glove in providing technical guidance and policy suggestions as we continued to formulate the policy and went through multiple drafts.  

The President and other principals also met with members on both sides of the aisle in this process, and even, additionally, were sharing thoughts with those who have, I think, been advocates — in particular, agricultural trade with Cuba.

The President has tasked his Cabinet to work together to find ways to improve what we consider President Obama’s bad deal.  And we’re very excited about the result that the President will unveil tomorrow.  And I think more details of that will be forthcoming.

I’ll turn it over to my colleagues, and we’ll take questions when finished.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Thanks.  Breaking habit of a lifetime, I’m going to be even briefer, because this is really the President’s policy to announce.  But I want to reiterate that this is very much a promise that he made, that he took seriously, that he kept.  And the basic policy driver was his concern that the previous policy was enriching the Cuban military and the intelligence services that contribute so much to oppression on the island.  And that’s the opposite of what he wanted to achieve, which is to have the benefits of any economic commerce with the United States go to the Cuban people.  So that would be our guiding principle.

I did want to note that there will not be a change to wet foot, dry foot current policy, and that very much the hope of the administration is that the Cuban regime will see this as an opportunity for them to implement the reforms that they paid lip service to a couple of years ago, but that have not in any way been implemented to the benefit of the Cuban people.

So that’s pretty much my part, and so we can open it up to questions.

Q    Any details on the actual — the action he’s going to take tomorrow?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Sorry, I’m the lawyer, so I don’t get the (inaudible) parts, I just get the nitty-gritty details.

Q    What is the President actually going to implement?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  There’s a few components of it.  One part is, like my colleague was talking about, measures designed to restrict the flow of money to the oppressive elements of the Cuban regime — the military, intelligence, and security services.  

There are also measures to ensure that the statutory ban on tourism is strictly enforced, which will include ending the individual people-to-people travel.  There are 12 categories of travel that are permitted still, but the one of the individual people-to-people travel was one that was at the highest risk of potential abuse of the statutory ban on tourism.  And then there are several other components of the policy that you’ll see tomorrow that relate to the supporting requirements ensuring that these regulations are enforced.

One key thing to note about the policy is that it directs the Secretaries of Treasury and Commerce to change their regulations on the topic.  No changes go into effect until those regulations are promulgated.  

Q    So when will this go into effect?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  The policy goes into effect tomorrow, but the policy directs the creation of new regulations, so the actual impact occurs when those regulations go into effect.

Q    Things on travel and that sort of stuff doesn’t change immediately?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  That’s right.  Not until the regulations go into effect.

Q    Can you explain just — let’s start with the tourism, the ban on tourism which you guys will now be enforcing.  What immediate impact will American travelers see on visits to Cuba from a tourism perspective?  Sort of x, y, and z — what really changes for somebody who wants to go to Havana, let’s say?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Tourism is banned under the statute, was banned before.  Tourism has never been allowed.

Q    Obviously, commercial flights are still going to be in effect, still allowed, so — I’m just trying to get at for like the average person who’s trying to understand what this means for them.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  It means that they’ll have to follow the statutory requirements and the regulations about what kind of travel to Cuba is and is not allowed.

Q    Is there still going to be self-certification?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Yes.  It would still allow the Treasury to issue the general licenses that it has issued.  And individuals obviously still have to keep records of their financial transactions and their travel, which can be subject to audit by the Treasury Department, but that does not change.

Q    To clarify, you’re getting rid of the people-to-people category, though?  That will no longer be —

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Individual people-to-people.  So individuals can still go as parts of groups —

Q    But you now have to do it as part of a group?  You can’t self-initiate?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  That’s right.

Q    Quickly, are you going to issue a replacement directive for the presidential directive that went into effect at the end of last year?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  That’s what this is.

Q    So we’ll see that tomorrow.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Right.

Q    What about cruise ships?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  I don’t think there’s anything that specifically touches on cruise ships.

Q    No changes to the commercial flights?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Again, there is a statutory ban on tourism.  But if an individual follows the regulations to travel to Cuba, then they can travel, and — whether they get there by air, boat, or any other means.  

Q    Does the Trump administration plan to have official diplomatic relations with the Castro regime?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  I don’t think that’s changed by the policy.

Q    Doesn’t eliminating — or changing the people-to-people requirement — doesn’t that somehow undermine supporting the private sector in Cuba?  I mean, isn’t that how a lot of Cuban people make their money, off the people-to-people exchanges and that sort of thing?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  The other statutorily permitted categories of travel, including support for the Cuban people, are unchanged by the policy.  But the requirement is that individuals who are going to Cuba actually engage in a full-time schedule of activities designed to enhance their interaction with the Cuban people and designed to get — and consistent with the policy objectives of ensuring that the money goes to the Cuban people and not to the military intelligence services.

Q    How is this going to restrict the flow of money to military intelligence and security services?  And if you’re not touching anything to do with airlines and cruise ships, does that mean that airlines and cruise companies are still transferring money to military-controlled entities, since they have to pay docking fees and landing fees?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Well, the way a policy is structured — and you’ll see tomorrow — is that it directs Treasury and Commerce too provide the regulations to prohibit direct financial transactions with the military intelligence and security services.  

There are several exceptions to that ban on direct financial transactions, one of which is for air and sea operations.  Again, it restricts the flow of money to the military and intelligence and security services, but it does not completely — there are several exceptions that you’ll see on the policy for the kinds of travel that will still be allowed.

Q    Say I met an Ohio electrical company owner who is looking to sell transformers to Cuba.  Their electrical infrastructure is in shambles.  Would that person’s business with Cuba now be curtailed in any way?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Only if they want to sell to the military, intelligence or security services.

Q    Can I follow up on that — just a question about business more broadly?  What’s the President’s message to businesses that have hoped to see Cuba as an expanding potential market?  Is there a message here to American business?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Say that again, please.

Q    What’s the President’s message more broadly to American business, particularly those businesses that had hoped to see an opening of the Cuban market?  What do you tell those folks?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  We tell them that we also very much want to see that kind of expansion of commercial interaction with Cuba, and that’s entirely up to Raul Castro and his regime.  It’s entirely up to Raul Castro to make that happen.

Q    What would the Cuban regime need to do in order to make that happen?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  We’re going to have a series of reforms that would make it considerably less difficult for whoever Raul’s successor may be to continue to implement this kind of very repressive police state, which is being fueled by the companies owned by the military and the intelligence. 

Q    Are you going to roll out what those specific reforms you want to see, what boxes the Cuban regime would have to check in order to roll out more business —

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Absolutely. 

Q    When?  We’ll see that tonight, tomorrow? 

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Tomorrow. 

Q    On the individual travel restrictions, when will those go into effect?  Say somebody has a flight scheduled next week.  They were planning to do individual people-to-people travel.  It’s too late to get a group.  Do they cancel their flight?  How does that affect those people?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Again, none of the changes will go into effect until the regulations are issued.  One of the things that the Treasury Department will cover in its regulations is how individuals who have started planning travel to Cuba but have not actually completed that travel, how they will be affected.  That’s something we’re going to be working with them on.  But that is something that will be spelled out by the Treasury Department. 

Q    Is there a timeline for making progress?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  It requires within 30 days for them to initiate the process, but then the process takes as long as it takes.

Q    Can you explain the administration’s thinking on the big picture?  Why this is sort of done in like almost a half-measure?  Why not — if you’re so concerned about the human rights situation there, why not cut off formal diplomatic relations, revert the embassy back to an interest section, and reinstate wet foot, dry foot?  Why not do that?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Well, I think that’s very much what we’ve been talking about, that we want this relationship to be one in which we can encourage the Cuban people through economic interaction, and that that process is — hopefully has been started.  You can’t put the genie back in the bottle 100 percent.  And so I think this is an effort to move what the President has called a very, very bad deal.

It’s not that he’s opposed to any deal with Cuba; he’s opposed to a bad deal with Cuba.  And to start the process of making it clear to the regime that there are very specific benchmarks that they’re going to need to meet if they want to continue this kind of relationship.

Q    Thank you.  So just to be clear, the embassy will remain in the place that it is?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  There are not changes to that status.

Q    Sorry, one other — 

Q    Ambassador?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  We don’t have an ambassador. 

Q    And one other, will you re-designate Cuba the sponsor of terrorism?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  That’s not in this memorandum.

Q    Will the new policy address U.S. fugitives living in Cuba?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  The new policy reiterates the importance of extraditing those fugitives and returning them to justice, and directs the Attorney General to submit a report on those efforts.

Q    What about political prisoners?  Is there anything that affects — is the President going to call for that tomorrow, for releasing political prisoners from Cuban prisons, or anything within this that speaks to that?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  All I’dsay is that absolutely, I think to my colleague’s comment about — someone asked the question how does it change.  As soon as there are free and fair elections, and the political prisoners are freed, then they’ll have direct change to the policy.

And regarding the question earlier on the private sector and wanting to continue to encourage engagement in the private sector, by all means, that’s what this President’s directive will do.

Our concern is that the loopholes the Obama administration have left and was not enforcing is that many of the transactions were benefiting the Cuban military, which is continuing to repress the people.  So the directive that this will enforce will allow business-to-business engagement, but it will make sure that those profits and flow of money are not going to benefit the Cuban military. 

Q    I want to follow up on that.  Because GAESA, the Cuban-military-owned intelligence company — what percent — like, how big are they when it comes to the Cuban economy?  Like how large are they? 

Q    Is this restricted to GAESA or it this broader?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  The prohibition on direct financial transactions is on Cuban military, intelligence and security service, and entities that they control, which, as I understand the situation, does include GAESA.

And in terms of what share they are of the Cuban economy — I know they have a monopoly on various sectors of the economy.

Q    So you’re talking about — you want to engage with the Cuban government if the regime becomes less repressive, but why is there a particular concern on human rights abuses in Cuba when this administration has been engaging with Saudi Arabia and lots of other regimes that don’t have great human rights records?  Why Cuba, in particular?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  I think the President has made clear that he will look toward repressive regimes in this hemisphere and believes that his comments stand from September 2016 when he said that the Cuba policy needs to change.

Q    So we can expect this administration to be taking an aggressive stance based on human rights with other regimes?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  I think that this administration will continue to take aggressive stands.  But I’m not commenting here on what his foreign policy will be toward other countries right now.

Q    Just a final follow-up — for people who, let’s say, have a family member in Cuba — you need to travel, you’ve got a family member dying — what happens to those people?  What kind of penalties go along with going outside of —

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Family travel is one of the other categories of travel that is already authorized under the regulations and will continue to be authorized.

Q    How much help did Marco Rubio provide in shaping this policy?  And who else did you consult in shaping it?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  As I mentioned before, we consulted many members of Congress.  Certainly Senator Rubio has been very helpful to us in this process.  But we’ve consulted those who are part of coalitions that, again, support agricultural exports to Cuba.  We’ve also consulted some on a bipartisan basis.  And I’ll kind of leave it to them to offer what their level of assistance has been.  I think you’ll being seeing more of that come forward in the next day or two as  those who have been helping us come forward to talk about their engagement.  But Senator Rubio was certainly central to helping us with this policy.

Q    I just had two questions.  The first is if this is all going to impact — the Obama administration lifted or enabled people to bring more souvenirs, rum, cigars, that kind of thing back.  Is there’s any impact on that policy specifically?  And then secondly, if you could at all lay out some of the other exemptions in addition to cruise ports and airports because obviously the military controls huge swaths of the economy.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  There aren’t any changes to the regulations on what items Americans can bring back from Cuba.  The other exemptions — you’ll see the full list tomorrow, but they include transactions related to the operation of the U.S. embassy or the naval station at Guantanamo Bay, transactions related to promotion of Cuban democracy, of expanding access to telecommunications access, Internet access to the Cuban people.  Again, you’ll — I don’t have the full list in front of me, but you’ll see that tomorrow.

Q    How much money has flown from Cuban military and intelligence services through the channels that you’re now going to block in recent years?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  I think we’d have to refer that to the Department of the Treasury.

Q    Can you give (inaudible) intelligence cooperation that some say flourished under the Obama policy?  And then on the Defense Ministry owning Old Havana — are payments to those banned as well?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  I’m not going to comment on intelligence operations in this context.  I think that, again, if the Cuban government would like this kind of relationship to continue, the means to achieve that is firmly in their court.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  And on the question about hotels owned by the armed forces of Cuba — yes, the prohibition on direct transactions with the Cuban military would encompass that.  One of the pieces of the policy is that the State Department would create a list of entities owned by the Cuban military, intelligence and security services so individuals can adjust their plans accordingly.  

Again, the policy intent is to steer money away from the Cuban military and towards the Cuban people.  So your individual who travels to Cuba and does not stay in one of those hotels would not be affected.  But the individuals seeking to stay in military hotels — that would not be allowed.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Some members of Congress pointed out that if Cubans continue to ship arms to North Korea and continue to fuel chaos in Venezuela, it’s hard to see what the dividends are of that cooperation.  

Q    I was wondering, just to follow up on that, do you envisage any carve-outs for existing investments in Cuba?  Say if I’m the CEO of Starwood, should I be worried about losing millions that I’ve already invested?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  That will be handled in the specifics of the regulations that the Treasury and the Commerce Department craft pursuant to the policy.  However, one of the administration’s intent has been to not disrupt the existing business that has occurred or, again, to the question about travelers, who have already booked their plans.

Q    There may be exceptions?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  The specifics will be handled in the regulations that Treasury and Commerce issue.  

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  And actually, can I quick add something on that?  On Whitehouse.gov we’ll have sort of a landing page where it will link to all of the relevant agencies that have their individual reports on how this is going to affect their operations tomorrow — because it’s more than you would imagine. 

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  One last question right here.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  It should be right with the speech.

Q    Two quick questions.  (Inaudible) — what does that look like?  And second, can you give us some examples of the benchmarks you are talking about that you want the government to meet?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  My colleague laid those out.  It’s free elections, releasing prisoners.  You could get into things such as direct pay for Cuban workers.  

Q    Are they going to be really specific?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  I think they will be more general tomorrow, and then if this is a dialogue the Cuban Government wants to have, we can get into the specifics of what it would look like.  

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  I was going to say I think releasing political prisoners and free and fair elections are pretty specific.  

Q    Can you answer the question on enforcement, please?

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  On how it is more strictly adhering to the statutory ban on tourism?  Again, the ending people-to-people, individual people-to-people travel is one way that is done.  That is a category of travel that is particularly ripe for abuse.  So directing the Treasury to change its regulations to ensure that anyone who goes to people-to-people travel does so as part of a group, is one way to ensure that the individuals who travel to Cuba to engage in a schedule of activities actually do so and aren’t sitting on the beach.  

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Just a reminder.  This background briefing is embargoed until 9:00 p.m. tonight.  Thank you all very much for joining us.

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Check out what Obama was using to communicate directly and secretly to Moscow – 6/15/2017

When a liberal accuses you of something, it’s because they are guilty of what they are accusing you of doing.

 

First, there is not a single bit of evidence of a Trump-Russia “collusion” or any  “back channel.” But, since those made up lies didn’t work, they are now accusing PRESIDENT Trump of “Obstruction of Justice.”

 

No one on the right ever trusted anything Obama declared he did to help America, but following is a report you must read. Check this out:

 

According to the Daily Caller, “the Obama administration had a direct ‘back channel’ to communicate with Russian officials. This secret device was used for talking with the Kremlin to allegedly “keep Moscow from launching cyber attacks against election systems.”  It seems that Obama left this channel connection behind after leaving the White House. 

 

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What back room deals did Obama make with foreign entities?  A back channel for Russia? what about organizing the ransom Obama paid for our servicemen held captive by Iran? The Iran Nuclear deal? All these done without the input of our Congress or following the Constitution. What crimes did Obama commit? Where is his Obstruction of Justice inquiry for all 8 years?

Yet, here we are, as we already said, a Russia probe on our President that has morphed into Obstruction of Justice.  Last week we all watched FBI Director Comey be interrogated. Did anyone believe a word he said? When is Obama going to be investigated along with AG Lynch and Hillary Clinton? There are too many unanswered questions!

Keep your eyes open America, the left is playing a shell game designed to confuse you.  Do you see how the left keeps crying to get their way and they are wrong?  Well, we should start our crying for what we know is right!

 

 

President Trump Speaks on the Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow Initiatives – PRESIDENTIAL Executive Order Expanding Apprenticeships in America- 6/15/2017 – White House

 

 

Presidential Executive Order Expanding Apprenticeships in America

EXECUTIVE ORDER

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EXPANDING APPRENTICESHIPS IN AMERICA

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to promote affordable education and rewarding jobs for American workers, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Purpose.  America’s education systems and workforce development programs are in need of reform.  In today’s rapidly changing economy, it is more important than ever to prepare workers to fill both existing and newly created jobs and to prepare workers for the jobs of the future.  Higher education, however, is becoming increasingly unaffordable.  Furthermore, many colleges and universities fail to help students graduate with the skills necessary to secure high paying jobs in today’s workforce.  Far too many individuals today find themselves with crushing student debt and no direct connection to jobs.

Against this background, federally funded education and workforce development programs are not effectively serving American workers.  Despite the billions of taxpayer dollars invested in these programs each year, many Americans are struggling to find full-time work.  These Federal programs must do a better job matching unemployed American workers with open jobs, including the 350,000 manufacturing jobs currently available.

Expanding apprenticeships and reforming ineffective education and workforce development programs will help address these issues, enabling more Americans to obtain relevant skills and high-paying jobs.  Apprenticeships provide paid, relevant workplace experiences and opportunities to develop skills that employers value.  Additionally, they provide affordable paths to good jobs and, ultimately, careers.

Finally, federally funded education and workforce development programs that do not work must be improved or eliminated so that taxpayer dollars can be channeled to more effective uses.

Sec. 2.  Policy.  It shall be the policy of the Federal Government to provide more affordable pathways to secure, high paying jobs by promoting apprenticeships and effective workforce development programs, while easing the regulatory burden on such programs and reducing or eliminating taxpayer support for ineffective workforce development programs.

Sec. 3.  Definitions.  For purposes of this order:

(a)  the term “apprenticeship” means an arrangement that includes a paid-work component and an educational or instructional component, wherein an individual obtains workplace-relevant knowledge and skills; and

(b)  the term “job training programs” means Federal programs designed to promote skills development or workplace readiness and increase the earnings or employability of workers, but does not include Federal student aid or student loan programs.

Sec. 4.  Establishing Industry-Recognized Apprenticeships.  (a)  The Secretary of Labor (Secretary), in consultation with the Secretaries of Education and Commerce, shall consider proposing regulations, consistent with applicable law, including 29 U.S.C. 50, that promote the development of apprenticeship programs by third parties.  These third parties may include trade and industry groups, companies, non-profit organizations, unions, and joint labor-management organizations.  To the extent permitted by law and supported by sound policy, any such proposed regulations shall reflect an assessment of whether to:

(i)    determine how qualified third parties may provide recognition to high-quality apprenticeship programs (industry-recognized apprenticeship programs);

(ii)   establish guidelines or requirements that qualified third parties should or must follow to ensure that apprenticeship programs they recognize meet quality standards;

(iii)  provide that any industry-recognized apprenticeship program may be considered for expedited and streamlined registration under the registered apprenticeship program the Department of Labor administers;

(iv)   retain the existing processes for registering apprenticeship programs for employers who continue using this system; and

(v)    establish review processes, consistent with applicable law, for considering whether to:

(A)  deny the expedited and streamlined registration under the Department of Labor’s registered apprenticeship program, referred to in subsection (a)(iii) of this section, in any sector in which Department of Labor registered apprenticeship programs are already effective and substantially widespread; and

(B)  terminate the registration of an industry-recognized apprenticeship program recognized by a qualified third party, as appropriate.

(b)  The Secretary shall consider and evaluate public comments on any regulations proposed under subsection (a) of this section before issuing any final regulations.
Sec. 5.  Funding to Promote Apprenticeships.  Subject to available appropriations and consistent with applicable law, including 29 U.S.C. 3224a, the Secretary shall use available funding to promote apprenticeships, focusing in particular on expanding access to and participation in apprenticeships among students at accredited secondary and post secondary educational institutions, including community colleges; expanding the number of apprenticeships in sectors that do not currently have sufficient apprenticeship opportunities; and expanding youth participation in apprenticeships.

Sec. 6.  Expanding Access to Apprenticeships.  The Secretaries of Defense, Labor, and Education, and the Attorney General, shall, in consultation with each other and consistent with applicable law, promote apprenticeships and pre apprenticeships for America’s high school students and Job Corps participants, for persons currently or formerly incarcerated, for persons not currently attending high school or an accredited post-secondary educational institution, and for members of America’s armed services and veterans.  The Secretaries of Commerce and Labor shall promote apprenticeships to business leaders across critical industry sectors, including manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, and health care.

Sec. 7.  Promoting Apprenticeship Programs at Colleges and Universities.  The Secretary of Education shall, consistent with applicable law, support the efforts of community colleges and 2 year and 4 year institutions of higher education to incorporate apprenticeship programs into their courses of study.

Sec. 8.  Establishment of the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion.  (a)  The Secretary shall establish in the Department of Labor a Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion.

(b)  The mission of the Task Force shall be to identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are insufficient.  The Task Force shall submit to the President a report on these strategies and proposals, including:

(i)    Federal initiatives to promote apprenticeships;

(ii)   administrative and legislative reforms that would facilitate the formation and success of apprenticeship programs;

(iii)  the most effective strategies for creating industry-recognized apprenticeships; and

(iv)   the most effective strategies for amplifying and encouraging private-sector initiatives to promote apprenticeships.

(c)  The Department of Labor shall provide administrative support and funding for the Task Force, to the extent permitted by law and subject to availability of appropriations.

(d)  The Secretary shall serve as Chair of the Task Force.  The Secretaries of Education and Commerce shall serve as Vice-Chairs of the Task Force.  The Secretary shall appoint the other members of the Task Force, which shall consist of no more than twenty individuals who work for or represent the perspectives of American companies, trade or industry groups, educational institutions, and labor unions, and such other persons as the Secretary may from time to time designate.

(e)  Insofar as the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), may apply to the Task Force, any functions of the President under that Act, except for those of reporting to the Congress, shall be performed by the Chair, in accordance with guidelines issued by the Administrator of General Services.

(f)  Members of the Task Force shall serve without additional compensation for their work on the Task Force, but shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, to the extent permitted by law for persons serving intermittently in the Government service (5 U.S.C. 5701–5707), consistent with the availability of funds.

(g)  A member of the Task Force may designate a senior member of his or her organization to attend any Task Force meeting.

(h)  The Task Force shall terminate 30 days after it submits its report to the President.

Sec. 9.  Excellence in Apprenticeships.  Not later than 2 years after the date of this order, the Secretary shall, consistent with applicable law, and in consultation with the Secretaries of Education and Commerce, establish an Excellence in Apprenticeship Program to solicit voluntary information for purposes of recognizing, by means of a commendation, efforts by employers, trade or industry associations, unions, or joint labor-management organizations to implement apprenticeship programs.

Sec. 10.  Improving the Effectiveness of Workforce Development Programs.  (a)  Concurrent with its budget submission to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the head of each agency shall submit a list of programs, if any, administered by their agency that are designed to promote skills development and workplace readiness.  For such programs, agencies shall provide information on:

(i)    evaluations of any relevant data pertaining to their effectiveness (including their employment outcomes);

(ii)   recommendations for administrative and legislative reforms that would improve their outcomes and effectiveness for American workers and employers; and

(iii)  recommendations to eliminate those programs that are ineffective, redundant, or unnecessary.

(b)  The Director of OMB shall consider the information provided by agencies in subsection (a) of this section in developing the President’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget.

(c)  The head of each agency administering one or more job training programs shall order, subject to available appropriations and consistent with applicable law, an empirically rigorous evaluation of the effectiveness of such programs, unless such an analysis has been recently conducted.  When feasible, these evaluations shall be conducted by third party evaluators using the most rigorous methods appropriate and feasible for the program, with preference given to multi-site randomized controlled trials.

(d)  The Director of OMB shall provide guidance to agencies on how to fulfill their obligations under this section.

Sec. 11.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii)  the functions of the Director of OMB relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c)  This order 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.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,
    June 15, 2017.
 

UPDATE – TODAY’S SHOOTING IN ALEXANDRIA, VA – 6/14/2017

The rhetoric from the left is out of control.  The left has initiated a hate campaign towards Our President Trump and his supporters.  

  • Oprah said on a live video that old white people need to die because they are steeped in racism.

  • A few days ago Kathy Griffin showed off a cut-off, bloody head of President Trump that horrified the President’s young son Baron and America.

  • There is a play in NYC showing our President being killed by a group of people.

  • The democrats in the Senate are constantly ranting and staging sit ins and stating that they are the “RESISTANCE.”

  • Now we have a shooting by now Dead Gunman James Hodgkinson who we now know posted anti-Trump online rants and we have now found out that he worked on the Bernie Sanders campaign.

  • Sen Bernie Sanders has said that he is sickened by this act. His full statement is shown below: 

 

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Early today House Whip Sen Steve Scalise was shot while practicing on a baseball field. Sen. Scalise is in critical condition after being shot in the hip along with others at the scene by this dead gunman and has gone through an emergency operation to stop the bleeding and remains in critical condition. 

Capitol Police are credited with preventing a massacre by stopping the shooter.  And this close call was ended by two Capitol Police officers who saved everyone’s life because they were armed and were able to defend those victims.

 

 

HOUSE CONVENES AFTER VIRGINIA SHOOTING SPEAKER RYAN …

Right after the shooting the House Leadership addressed the House after Rep Scalise and 3 others were shot. They pledged Allegiance to the Flag after having their morning prayer. Speaker Ryan said that “an attack on one of us, is an attack on all of us!” Also commended the bravery by the Capitol Police “because without them many lives would have been lost!”

 

 

Maybe the rhetoric from the left will stop now.

 

FBI UPDATE:  FIVE INDIVIDUALS WERE SHOT: 

A CONGRESSMAN, A US POLICE OFFICER, A CONGRESSIONAL STAFFER, A LOBBYIST,  AND THE SUBJECT.  ADDITIONAL 2: A CONGRESSMAN AND POLICE OFFICER OBTAINED INJURIES AT THE LOCAL SCENE AND WERE TREATED.

ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION ON THE SHOOTING IN DC TODAY:

1. Tips.FBI.gov
2. 1-800-callFBI – Press 1

 

Statement from President Donald J. Trump – 6/14/2017

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.

REP SCALISE SHOT AT BASEBALL PRACTICE IN VA – 50+ GUNSHOTS – SOMEONE ASKED IF THEY WERE DEMS or REPUBLICANS PLAYING ON THE FIELD 

CHIEF MICHAEL BROWN – ALEXANDRIA PD – active shooter 07:09 am at Simpson Park, Monroe. Folks representatives were playing – two officers engaged and returned fire onto shooter.  It is an active scene and have a lot of witnesses – Working with FBI collecting evidence and getting oral reports.  Five people were transported from the scene and will not give names at this time.

Capitol Police: Capitol Police – DID NOT GIVE ANY INFORMATION AT THIS POINT – SINCE IT’S AN ACTIVE INVESTIGATION – 1.5 HOURS WILL GIVE more information. – It is a stable situation –

Rep. Scalise and Roger Williams – was shot and is in stable condition and in hospital.  He dragged himself all the way from second base to save himself.  They were all hiding in the dugout for ten (10) minutes, witnesses heard 50+ gunshots.

Several others were shot, the shooting went on for 10 minutes.  The Shooter in custody…..

He was an active shooter and went from one place to another while shooting the senators.  He had at least two weapons.

Rep. Steve Scalia was in good spirits but when he was being treated he asked for water.

Sen Rand Paul was there – 50-60 shorts – firing from the right field where he was –

They are taking this back to the 1800 right after the civil war when Democrats used to gun down Republicans in the streets if they didn’t vote their way.