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Live: President Trump Participates In An American Work Force Policy Advisory Board Meeting with Ivanka Trump – The White House – 3/6/2019

This Meeting is Live Right Now from The White House:

President Trump and Ivanka Trump are working on developing America’s Work Force for now and into the future.  This is a live presentation of how the process is continuing.


“The creation of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, announced by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump on Wednesday, will work with the National Council for the American Worker established last July by an executive order.”

Wilbur Ross, Ivanka Trump Introduce Workforce Advisory Board
By Margaret Talev
February 13, 2019

The chief executives of Apple Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Walmart Inc., are among 25 prominent Americans who will shape Trump administration efforts to develop job training programs to meet the changing demands of U.S. employers.

The creation of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, announced by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump on Wednesday, will work with the National Council for the American Worker established last July by an executive order.

Ivanka Trump, in a statement, said the board will “ensure inclusive growth” and that the administration wants all Americans “to have the skills and opportunity to secure good paying jobs and successfully navigate technological disruptions and the rapidly changing nature of work.”

The board is being established at a time when there are 7.3 million job openings and a gap between skills of those seeking to enter the workforce possess and those sought by employers, according to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the plans before an official announcement. Board members’ terms will run until July 2020.

The White House said 200 companies and associations have signed the administration’s Pledge to America’s Workers, promising to create more than 6.5 million education, training and skill-building opportunities over the next five years.

The board will be asked to help the council develop a national campaign to promote education and training, recommend ways to improve labor market data, increase private sector investments in job learning and better identify companies’ needs in hiring.

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LIVE: MAGA TRUMP RALLY – PRESIDENT TRUMP – Cleveland, Ohio – 11/5/2018

President Trump is in Ohio at his first Rally of the day. God Bless Ohio!

OHIO IS a very important battleground state.  Jim Jordan spoke on behalf of President Trump and His Very Important accomplishments and how he will continue to work with President Trump.

One very important Guest Speaker:  Ivanka Trump told us that 250,000 new workers entered the job market. Prosperity, Job Security.  #Trump



LIVE: Pledge to America’s Workers Event – President Trump – The White House – 10/31/2018

WE are experiencing record blue collar wage increases.



President Donald J. Trump’s Commitment to Workforce Development Generates Training Opportunities for Millions of Americans

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ANSWERING THE PLEDGE: Companies and associations are responding to President Donald J. Trump’s call and pledging to educate and train more than 6 million workers.  

  • Companies and associations continue to sign the Pledge to America’s Workers and have now committed to provide more than 6 million educational and training opportunities.
    • With these new opportunities, millions of American workers will have the skills and training to advance their careers and earn bigger paychecks.
    • These opportunities were secured through private sector pledges, not taxpayer dollars.
    • Further, a bipartisan group of 41 governors have signed a pledge to America’s workers.
  • President Trump launched the pledge in late July, prompting more than 20 companies and associations to pledge more than 3.8 million training opportunities over the next five years.
    • Walmart pledged 1,000,000 new opportunities.
    • IBM pledged 100,000 new opportunities.
    • FedEx pledged more than 500,000 new opportunities.
    • Other companies included Apple, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin, and more.
  • Since then, more than 100 new companies and associations have joined these efforts to bring the total to more than 6 million new opportunities.
    • IPC, the Association Connecting Electronics Industries, is pledging 1 million new opportunities.
    • AT&T is pledging 200,000 new opportunities.
    • The National Association of Landscape Professionals is pledging 150,000 opportunities.

DEVELOPING OUR WORKFORCE: President Trump has prioritized workforce development to better train and equip American workers.

  • Reflecting his commitment to preparing our Nation’s workforce, President Trump signed an Executive Order creating the National Council for the American Worker in July 2018.
  • The Council, comprised of senior Federal officials, is creating a national strategy to ensure our students and workers have the education and training needed to compete in today’s economy.
  • The President also established an Advisory Board comprised of business, non-profit, and education leaders to provide recommendations to the Council.

MEETING JOB MARKET DEMANDS: The American economy is roaring back to life and offering workers more and more opportunities that require new skills and training. 

  • As a result of President Donald Trump’s policies, the economy is booming and providing workers with an unpreceded number of job opportunities.

    • The unemployment rate has reached a 49 year low.
    • There are a record 7.1 million job openings in the United States.
    • The record number of job openings is bringing workers back off the sidelines who had been pushed out of the workforce.
  • Workers are in high demand as employers report challenges in locating individuals with the skills and training to fill open positions.

  • The rapidly changing modern economy will require new skill sets for our future workforce as new technology and automation grows.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

President Trump Leads on Workforce Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

President Trump Hosted the Pledge to America’s Workers Event – Special Guest: Ivanka Trump – 7/19/2018 – The White House

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello everyone.  (Applause.)  That’s a good group.  That is a very good group, I will tell you.  I’m looking at these people — I see them on the cover of all the magazines every week, every month.  Hi, Fred.

SMITH:  (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s great.

Well, thank you, Ivanka, very much, and for your incredible leadership of the White House workforce initiative.  You really have done an incredible job, and you’ve worked so hard.  And I want to just tell you, we’re all proud of you.  Everyone here is proud of you, especially these folks back here because that’s the future.  So I want to thank you, honey.  (Applause.)

I’m thrilled and honored to be here today to launch the National Council for the American Worker.  Joining us for the announcement is Secretary Wilbur Ross — Secretary — good;  Secretary Alex Acosta; Betsy DeVos — everybody knows, education; Acting Secretary Peter O’Rourke — Peter, great job you’re doing; Director Mulvaney, who has worked so hard — those budgets, but they’re coming along, right?  Right, Mick?  Linda McMahon — Administrator, Small Business.  Thank you Linda.  Jared — fantastic job.  Chris — incredible.  What a group; this group.  Nobody knows Kellyanne — nobody knows.  (Laughter.)

All stand up.  Fantastic job, Andrew.  Thank you.  Please stand up.  (Applause.)  Really great.  Thank you.

I want to thank you, also — we have some very special people here.  House Education and Workforce Chairwoman — see, now we say “chairwoman,” right?  We like it better.  Virginia Foxx.  Virginia.  (Applause.)  And we have — thanks, Virginia, great job — Representatives Rick Allen, Jaime Herrera Beutler.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you.  Sean Duffy.  Sean?  Sean?  My friend.  (Applause.)  Jim Renacci and Claudia Tenney.  (Applause.)

We have some very special other folks here, in a very high administrative capacity.  We have a favorite of mine: Governor Scott Walker.  What a job he’s done.  (Applause.)  Thank you, Scott.  And Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale.  Matt, great.  I hear you’re doing good, Matt.  (Applause.)  I hear big things from Matt.

We’re really especially grateful to be joined today by the top CEOs, union leaders, trade associations, and educators from all around the country.  These are the biggest.  These are the best.  These are the most talented.

Among those — and I’m going to be introducing them and going around the table with them as they sign their pledge — but we have a friend of mine for a long time — the, really, founder and creator — and I heard he did a report at his school, and he got low marks because they said it couldn’t work, and he ended up getting very high marks because it’s a company called FedEx.  Is that a correct story?  Pretty correct, right?  That professor didn’t know what happened.  Fred Smith.  Thank you, Fred.  (Applause.)  I think we’ll have to give that professor low marks, Fred, because it worked out.  Huh?

SMITH:  (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.  (Laughs.)  It worked out well for you.

Home Depot CEO — doing a fantastic job — Craig Menear.  Craig?  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you, Craig.

Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson.  And how’s the F-35 doing?  Right on time?  Right?  (Applause.)  Good job.

Raytheon CEO Tom Kennedy.  Tom.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you, Tom.  (Applause.)

Northrop Grumman President Kathy Warden.  (Applause.)

And we’re going to introduce everybody in a little while.  I also want to recognize Dan England, chairman of the American Trucking Association, along with Johnny Taylor, president of the Society for Human Resource Management.  They’ve been fantastic, and really worked hard with us.

Everyone here today is united by the same goal: to train, recruit, hire American workers.  Thanks to our tremendous economic successes — and we’ve had a lot of them.  And we’ve never had — and I have to tell you, as a country, we have never been more successful than we are, exactly, right now, today.  The numbers coming out are beyond what anyone ever thought possible.  (Applause.)

And so there’s never been a better time to hire and grow in America.  We’ve created 3.7 million jobs since the election.  In the month of June alone, we grew the workforce by more than 600,000 workers.  I say that if I ever mention this — (applause) — if I ever mentioned this during the campaign, they would have said there’s no way.  There’s no way — no way that could happen.  Well, it’s happened, and far more than we ever thought.

We’re in the longest positive job growth streak in American history.  African American unemployment has reached its lowest level in American history.  Hispanic unemployment is at its lowest level in American history.  Asian unemployment has reached its lowest level in American history.  Women’s unemployment — oh, this is too bad, Marillyn — this is very sad — has reached its lowest level in only 65 years.  But within about two weeks, I think we’ll be able to say “in American history.”  Because it’s moving quickly.  Okay?  Sixty-five years, not so bad.  Right?  (Applause.)

Consumer and business confidence has reached its all-time highs — the highest ever recorded.  And 95 percent of manufacturers are optimistic about the future.  That’s the highest number ever recorded.  So a lot of good things are happening out there.

Every day, we are lifting our forgotten Americans off the sidelines, out of the margins, and back into the workforce.  We are giving a second chance at life to the 620,000 former inmates who reenter society each year.  There’s nothing like a great, great jobs market to take care of that situation.  It’s incredible what’s happened with people that were in prison that, previous to this, could not get themselves a job.  And now they’re being hired, and people are loving them.  It’s been really incredible to see.  (Applause.)

But to keep this momentum going, to continue this economic miracle — and that’s what it is, it’s a miracle what’s happened in the last years and a half — we must invest in job training and vocational education.  I mean, the fact is that companies are pouring back into our country — companies that, frankly, left 10 and 20 years ago, and they’re coming back.  And we need people to work for those companies.  We need talented people.  We need people with training.

That’s why, in a few moments, I will be signing an executive order to establish the National Council for the American Worker.  That’s a first.  This Council will be made up of top officials across the government.  We’re also establishing an outside advisory board of industry leaders and experts, which we will announce in the coming weeks.  Very shortly.  A lot of people want to be on that board very badly; I have some great people going on that board.

Together, their task will be to develop a national workforce and strategy to equip Americans of all ages and at all stages of their career with the skills they need to thrive in the modern economy.  Whether it’s a high school student looking to land their first job — first job ever.  They’ve got a lot of enthusiasm, and they lose that enthusiasm when they don’t land that job, but now they’re all landing jobs.  Or a late-career worker who wants to learn a new trade, we want every American to have the chance to earn a great living doing a great job that they love, where they wake up in the morning and they can’t get to work fast enough.  A lot of these people know that feeling.  That’s why they’re in the position they’re in.

In that spirit, I’m proud to announce an exciting new challenge and the beginning of a new national movement.  We’re asking businesses and organizations across the country to sign our new pledge to America’s workers.

Today, 23 companies and associations are pledging to expand apprenticeships.  That’s an interesting word for me to be saying.  Right?  “The Apprentice.”  (Laughter.)  I never actually put that together until just now.  That was a good experience, I will tell you that.  (Laughter.)  Isn’t that strange?  Ivanka, I never associated — but here we are.  Can’t get away from that word.  That’s a great word.  For on the job training and vocational education.

They will sign the Pledge, committing to train and re-train more than 3.8 million American students and workers for new jobs and rewarding careers.  (Applause.)

This is only day one, and we far exceeded our initial goal of 500,000 students and workers.  We thought it was going to be 500,000, and it’s close to 4 million.  And by the time the day ends, it will probably be well over 4 million.

In the days and months ahead, we hope that hundreds of companies and organizations will join us in this effort.  I want to thank all of the wonderful companies and associations who are about to sign the Pledge, and we’re about to introduce.  I applaud your civic leadership.  It’s incredible.  I know so many of you.  I know how committed you are.  You’re great people.  And your commitment to training and recruiting American workers.

Also here with us today are American workers who know firsthand how job training transforms their lives.  I’d like to invite a couple of them to speak.

Brian — Brianna — where is Brianna?  Brianna, come on over here.  Brianna DeAngelo, from Greenwood, Indiana is an apprentice for Gaylor Electric.  Good company?  Better say yes.

DEANGELO:  Oh, of course.  (Laughter.)  Of course.

THE PRESIDENT:  Please, say a few words, Brianna.  Thanks.

DEANGELO:  Thank you.  Hi, everyone.  So I was a former college student turned mother turned electrician.  I was given a great lifelong opportunity from Gaylor Electric and their partnership with the associated builders and contractors.

I’m standing here today for my daughter — three year-old.  She’s got a long ways to go, but I’m standing here for her and women that they can see that they don’t have to conform to what society says they have to.  You can do anything.  I’m going to be an electrician in two years.  (Applause.)  Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Very nice.  Also here today is Johnita McNair from Orlando, Florida, who is completing the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s Apprenticeship for managers.  And they’re really lot of talented people coming out of that program.  Please, Johnita.  (Applause.)

MCNAIR:  Thank you.  So first I’d like to say thank you for having me.  I think I fall under the column where — the older workers.  I’m a late bloomer, but that’s okay.  I’m here.  And 31 years in the hospitality industry has been good to me.

So my motivation is to be good to my generation that’s following me.  My grandson came to me after his father was murdered, and he said, “I’m not going to have a role model.”  “Yes, you will.  I can’t teach you how to be a man but I can lead you in the right direction.”  (Applause.)

So for — thank you for creating this bill and signing it so a lot of more people can have this opportunity.  Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Great job.  That’s great.

I’d also like to ask Carl Greene to come up.  He is a truck driver and a military veteran.  And he’s doing really well.  Carl?  (Applause.)  Hey, Carl.

GREEN:  This is my fourth career.  I started off as an Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam.  (Applause.)  I went to the defense industries, and then to banking and investments, and then retired.  I was bored.  (Laughter.)  Bored.  I found C.R. England — thank you, sir — and found my last and greatest career.

I enjoy driving my big rig across this great, beautiful country delivering food to hungry people.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Carl.  And thank you to everybody.  You’ve really been very special.  We know every one of you and the great job you’ve done.  Thank you all very much.  Fantastic.  (Applause.)  Fantastic.  Great careers.

America is blessed with the greatest workers anywhere in the world.  And today we are taking historic steps to ensure that every American has the chance to realize their full-time potential.

By signing the Pledge to America’s Workers, these great companies — and they are great; these are the greatest in the world — are affirming their commitment to train American workers for American jobs, because America’s strength, America’s heart, and America’s soul is found in our people.  More than anything else, it’s in our people.  It is their love, their pride, and their patriotism that makes this magnificent land our beloved home.

And together, with the help of everyone in this room, we will truly make America greater than ever before.  It’s what’s happening.  Greater than ever before.  And I think it’s happening faster than anyone ever thought.  It’s moving rapidly.  We have numbers coming out — and past and present, and hopefully future — that are far beyond anybody’s wildest expectations.  And I think, frankly, you haven’t seen anything yet.

So I will now sign the executive order.  And then I’m going to go around and say hello to these incredible people.  And they’re going to be giving the name of their company, and many of you know them already, and they’re going to be signing — taking on almost 4 million people.  That’s very exciting.  So thank you all very much.

I’m going to sign the executive order.  (Applause.)

(The executive order is signed.)  (Applause.)

Let’s go over here.  Go ahead, Bob.

DURBIN:  Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, it’s my distinct honor on behalf of the aerospace and defense industry, the voice of the world’s greatest aerospace and defense.  The Aerospace Industry Association is committed to creating new opportunities to the tune of 48,000 for our students and workers over the next five years.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, Bob.  Thank you.

LUGAR:  Mr. President, Katherine Lugar —

THE PRESIDENT:  Sign that, Bob.  Sign it.

LUGAR:  All right, let’s sign it.  (Laughter.)  Let’s see how this goes down.

THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t want anyone sneaking out. LUGAR:  There we have it.


LUGAR:  All right.  On behalf of the American Hotel and Lodging Association and our 26,000 members, and in addition to our management track apprenticeship program, we are announcing 130,000 new opportunities with scholarships, certifications, at a cost-free college program for the great women and men of hospitality.

THE PRESIDENT:  That is a big number.  Thank you, Katherine.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.  Thank you very much.  Thank you, Katherine.  Thank you very much.

ENGLAND:  My name is Dan England, CEO of England Trucking.

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s right.

ENGLAND:  I’m representing the American Trucking Associations.  And we’re committing to 50,000 new opportunities over the next five years.

THE PRESIDENT:  Wow.  That’s big stuff.  Thank you, Dan.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  That’s fantastic.  Thank you, Dan.

SIZEMORE:  Mr. President, on behalf of Associated Builders and Contractors and our 21,000 members, we pledge to educate and reeducate 500,000 craft workers.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  That is fantastic.  And you’ll do it.  You’ll do it.  I know you will, Greg.  Thank you.  Thank you.

TURMAIL:  Mr. President, on behalf of the Associated General Contractors of America, we pledge to train or to upskill over 172,500 construction craft workers and professionals over the next five years.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s great.  Thank you, Brian.  Thank you.  That’s beautiful.

Hello, Fred.

SMITH:  Hello, Mr. President.  How you doing?

THE PRESIDENT:  This is some man right here, I’ll tell you.

SMITH:  Fed-Ex will train or reskill 512,000 people over the next five years.

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s great.  Thank you, Fred.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

GOVERNOR WALKER:  Mr. President, sir, good to see you again.

THE PRESIDENT:  Scott Walker.  You know who this is, right?  He’s building the most incredible place you’ve ever seen in Wisconsin.  Right, Scott?  I just left.  That’s got to be — tell us about that for a second.  Go ahead.

GOVERNOR WALKER:  Yes, sir.  We’re building — bringing an industry back to America that hasn’t been here in probably over at least 30 years, which is advanced electronics manufacturing.  And we’re going to bring that into southeast Wisconsin.  As part of that, I’d like to pledge today to provide enhanced career opportunities for 13,000 Americans in Wisconsin.

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s great.  Fantastic.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you very much.

TURTON:  Mr. President, General Motors is proud to offer 10,975 workforce training opportunities over the next five years.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Thank you.

MENEAR:  Mr. President, The Home Depot is pleased to provide enhanced training and opportunities for 50,000 associates at The Home Depot for the next five years.

THE PRESIDENT:  Fantastic.  (Applause.)

MENEAR:  Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, give my regards.  You know that.  Say hello.

CROZIER:  Mr. President, Jen Crozier.  And on behalf of IBM, we are proud of programs like P-TECH, apprenticeships, and reskilling, and committed to preparing 100,000 students and workers.

THE PRESIDENT:  Wow, that’s fantastic.  (Applause.)  And I heard your company is doing great.  You’re doing great.  Thank you.

BECKERMEN:  Mr. President, Michael Beckerman, representing the Internet industry.  Today we’re announcing over 30,000 opportunities — and this is just the tip of the iceberg — from the Internet industry, to ensure the American workers have the digital skills they need to compete in the economy of today and tomorrow.  So, thank you.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you, Michael.

HEWSON:  Mr. President, on behalf of Lockheed Martin, I’m proud to say that today we pledge to provide career opportunities — new career opportunities for more than 8,000 employees over the next five years.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Marillyn.  And you’ve done a fantastic job.  Thank you, Marillyn.  Hey, Fred, she makes a plane you can’t see; it’s stealth.  (Laughter.)  F-35.  I hope you can’t see it, at least.  Right?  Great job.  Thank you very much.

CORTEZ:  Mr. President, on behalf of Microsoft — 10,000 opportunities — I’m really proud to be their representative.  And I served 33 years in the Marines —

THE PRESIDENT:  Whoa, that’s fantastic.

CORTEZ:  — with John Kelly and Jim Mattis.  And you got two one good ones.

THE PRESIDENT:  Very good.  You’re right.  They’re great.  They’re great.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

NOEL:  Mr. President, my name is Randy Noel, representing the National Association of Home Builders.

THE PRESIDENT:  Right.  Good.

NOEL:  And through our Home Builders Institute, our educational arm, we pledge to prepare 50,000 new workers to work at building the American Dream.

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s fantastic.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)

GIFFORD:  Mr. President, my name is Rob Gifford.  And on behalf of the National Restaurant Association, we pledge to train 370,000 people over the next five years.

THE PRESIDENT:  That is great.  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

SHAY:  Mr. President, Matt Shay.  On behalf of the National Retail Federation, we’re pleased to be here to thank you for your leadership.  We are committing to train, certify, and upskill 250,000 workers, at least, over the next five years.

THE PRESIDENT:  I know you.  It’s going to be even more.

SHAY:  Thank you.  (Applause.)

MCGARVEY:  Mr. President, Sean McGarvey, North America’s Building Trades Unions.  And on behalf of our unions and our contractor partners, we commit to invest $6 billion, and train and recruit and register 250,000 apprentices over the next five years.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)

WARDEN:  Mr. President, I’m Kathy Warden.  On behalf of Northrup Grumman, we commit to 7,500 new apprenticeships over the next five years.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

KENNEDY:  Mr. President, Tom Kennedy from Raytheon.  And we pledge 39,000 enhanced career opportunities over the next five years.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)

CLERKIN:  Mr. President, I’m Tom Clerkin with Signatory Wall and Ceiling Alliance.  We pledge, through the carpenters’ union and joint with trusted funds, 50,000 upgraded training opportunities.

THE PRESIDENT:  Great.  I know the union well.  (Applause.)

TAYLOR:  Mr. President, Johnny Taylor.  Good to see you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Friend.  He’s my friend.

TAYLOR:  That’s right.  On behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management, we have 300,000 members.  And more importantly, we touch the lives of 100 million workers every day.  We’re dedicated and committed to creating 127,000 new opportunities over the next five years for America.  Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

PRICE:  Mr. President, my name is Scott Price.  I’m pleased to represent UPS, where we are committing to 51,750 new roles through higher education and apprenticeships.

THE PRESIDENT:  Fantastic.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)

MURPHY:  Mr. President, I’m Julie Murphy from Walmart.

THE PRESIDENT:  Walmart.  Wait until you hear this number, folks.

MURPHY:  And we commit to train and develop over 1 million associates in the next five years.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  That is fantastic.  Thank you, Tom.

So that’s a big beginning.  That’s a much bigger beginning, Ivanka, than anyone thought possible.  We’re very proud of everybody in this room.  You folks — for so many years, I’ve known so many of you.  But that is really a great commitment.  So we appreciate it.  We’re just getting started.  We need people to be trained.  We need people that are going to go out and really love their job, and that’s what you’re going to do.  And those are great jobs.  Marillyn, those are great jobs.

Thank you all.  Fred.  Thank you, everybody.  This is a big, big day for our country.  There’s never been anything done like this before.  And you see the numbers, so we’re going to need all of these people.  And most importantly in the room, good luck to you.  Good luck.  Thank you.  Good luck.  (Applause.)


3:39 P.M. EDT

President Trump Participates in an Event with Small Businesses – with Ivanka Trump – 3:00 PM – White House – 8/1/2017


Today, President Donald J. Trump is participating in an American small business event, The Engine of the American Dream, where he will continue to deliver his message for prioritizing the American worker and American jobs. Today’s event will highlight the President’s policies designed to grow the economy and create jobs and will feature the Small Business Administration’s mission to support small businesses.







Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin Hold Robust Lengthly Meeting – 7/8/2017




Yesterday, July 7, 2017, President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin had a “robust and lengthy exchange” as per U.S. Secretary Rex Tillerson, over Russian interference in the U.S. elections and agreed to a ceasefire agreement for Syria. Among other things they discussed at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, was Ukraine, North Korea and cyber security.


Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, confirmed the meeting took place and claimed that President Trump “heard Putin’s statements that Russia did not hack the election and accepts them.”  That is their comment, not ours.  Rex Tillerson stated that while Presidents Putin and Trump agreed that the Russian interference in the U.S. elections issued had become a difficulty to better relations between the two powers.






President Trump Participated in an American Technology Council Roundtable – POTUS also announced Otto Warmbier passing today – RIP – 6/19/2017

This was an excellent meeting wherein President Trump welcomed leaders of the American Technology Council.  President Trump has been working with Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Secretary Mnuchin, Secretary Kelly, Administrator Verma and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to make big changes to modernize critical IT systems and to make government more transparent.  This includes the transfer of veterans’ medical records from the Defense Department to the new system and working with Congress on immigration to fulfill the staffing needs of these companies.



The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Remarks by President Trump During Roundtable with the American Technology Council

State Dining Room

5:22 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  It’s great to have you at the White House.  And I just wanted to pass on word — Otto Warmbier has just passed away.  He spent a year and a half in North Korea.  A lot of bad things happened.  But at least we got him home to be with his parents, where they were so happy to see him, even though he was in very tough condition.  But he just passed away a little while ago.  It’s a brutal regime, and we’ll be able to handle it.

But I want to thank you all for being here, special people.  I’m really thrilled to welcome many of you for the first time, and certainly the first time meeting as the American Technology Council.  We’re joined by an incredible group of leaders on the absolute cutting edge of innovation, including many CEOs from the world’s most successful businesses.

We have approximately $3.5 trillion of market value in this room — but that’s almost the exact number that we’ve created since my election.  (Laughter.)  In fact, I think we have you beat by a little bit, which is a pretty good number.  But I congratulate you all.  Done an amazing job.  Thank you for lending your time and your talent to the American people.  A lot of ideas have come out of the room today, and a lot of ideas will over the next short period of time.

I also want to welcome Secretary Mnuchin, Secretary Kelly, Administrator Verma, and my Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney.  Thank you all.  Done a great job.  I want to thank Jared and Chris — Chris Lindell — for assembling such a spectacular group of people.  They’re working very, very hard.  I want to thank Ivanka for working so hard on it; it’s a real passion.  

Our goal is to lead a sweeping transformation of the federal government’s technology that will deliver dramatically better services for citizens, stronger protection from cyberattacks — which we were just discussing in the Oval Office with a little bit smaller group.  That’s a big problem, there’s no question about it.  We’re going to be working on it and we’re going to solve the problem — and up to a trillion dollars in savings for taxpayers over the next 10 years.  Over a trillion.

We’re embracing big change, bold thinking, and outsider perspectives to transform government and make it the way it should be, and at far less cost.  

My administration has already taken very historic steps to modernize critical IT systems and make government more transparent.  As an example, you’re seeing what we’re doing with the airports, with all of the billions and billions of dollars that have been spent on planes flying all in the wrong directions — we’re getting a change.  They’ve spent many billions of dollars, and we are getting that whole system fixed.  Money wasted over the last six or seven years — billions.

VA Secretary Shulkin recently announced that we’re upgrading technology to allow the seamless transfer of veterans’ medical records from the Defense Department, which has been a huge problem for decades and decades for our great veterans.  We’ll have it fixed very soon, but it’s been a problem for many, many decades.  Across government, we’re fixing problems in months that others have not fixed in many, many years.  And we’re just getting started.

Fifty years ago, our government drove the innovation that inspired the world and put Americans on the moon.  Today, many of our agencies rely on painfully outdated technology, and yet, we have the greatest people in technology that the world has ever seen right here with us in this room.  And most of them are just nodding as I say that.  They’re actually agreeing with me, which — (laughter) — that’s interesting, Eric, right?  

Government needs to catch up with the technology revolution.  We’re going to change that with the help of great American businesses like the people assembled.  The businesses represented here today employ hundreds of thousands of American workers.  Your innovation has shaped the modern world and created millions of jobs.  America should be the global leader in government technology just as we are in every other aspect, and we are going to start our big edge again in technology -– such an important industry.  I view it from the standpoint of jobs and other things; you view it somewhat differently.  But we’re all in the same ballpark.  It’s so important.  So important.

My administration is embracing a new spirit of innovation that will make life better for all Americans.  And when it comes to what we’re here for today, American technology, we’re working very diligently with everybody, including Congress, on immigration so that you can get the people you want in your companies.  And it’s been a tremendous problem that you’ve had over the past long period of time.  So we’re working very hard on that and we’ll be able to solve that problem.

I want to thank everyone in the room for lending your time, again.  

5:28 P.M. EDT

Last Week was “Infrastructure Week” – This week is “WorkForce Development Week” – 6/12/2017 – Today POTUS visited Wisconsin to discuss this Program – Apprenticeships to get Jobs, Jobs, Jobs – 6/13/2017

I fully support President Trump and admire him for continuing to work on the mandate we gave him on election day.  He has to be congratulated for his strength and determination to accomplish his goals to #MAGA.  Thank you Mr. President, and We Are With You Sir. Ivanka Trump you are an awesome woman, wife, mother and daughter and a great executive and Leader to all successful women.  Thank you!

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monday kicked off the Trump Administration’s ‘Workforce Development Week’ and senior officials will hold meetings with private, government and American workers and POTUS will announce plans for substantial administrative actions.

Statement by the Press Secretary on Workforce Development Week

This week the President is placing a strong emphasis on workforce development. Secretaries Alexander Acosta and Betsy DeVos, along with the President’s daughter Ivanka Trump and Reed Cordish with the Office of American Innovation, have been deeply involved in this push.  Secretary Acosta addressed this issue this morning at the President’s first meeting with a fully confirmed Cabinet. Secretary Acosta delivered a presentation on the importance of expanding apprenticeships in America and the need for all agencies to support the Administration’s apprenticeship initiative. A memorandum discussing this policy issue, which every member of the Cabinet received at this morning’s meeting, is attached.

“So last week… was infrastructure week. Focusing on the commitment to rebuilding this country, rebuild[ing] rural locations, which have fallen into great disrepair, repair[ing] our waterways, air traffic control. So there were a series of very important and big and far-reaching initiatives on infrastructure. This coming week is about workforce development. … Ultimately, we are really focused on why the American people elected Donald Trump as their president.” 

– Ivanka Trump




IVANKA TRUMP: “So last week, while it didn’t get the level of headlines, it will ultimately have a much more impact, was infrastructure week. Focusing on the commitment to rebuilding this country, rebuild rural locations, which have fallen into great disrepair, repair our waterways, air traffic control. So there were a series of very important and big and far-reaching initiatives on infrastructure. This coming week is about workforce development. So with all the noise, with all the intensity of the media coverage….ultimately, we are really focused on why the American people elected Donald Trump as their president.”

AINSLEY EARHARDT, FOX NEWS: “People say jobs, jobs, jobs. That’s why you, your dad, the Secretary of Labor–You are going to Wisconsin tomorrow to visit with kids taking classes at technical schools?”

TRUMP: “We are visiting one of the great examples of skilled based learning and skills based education technical schools in Wisconsin–which we are very excited about–to talk about the skills gap and to really highlight the fact that there is a viable path other than a four-year college experience. … There are 6 million available American jobs. …[W]e’re constantly hearing from CEOs that they have job openings but they don’t have workers with the skill set they need to fill those jobs. Really bridging that gap and bringing experienced based education to the forefront. So apprenticeship, actually, that’s the model.

STEVE DOOCY, FOX NEWS: “Something your dad knows it well.”

TRUMP: “He knows it very well! And it has worked throughout the world and it is something we deemphasized here in favor of four-year traditional college, but they don’t have to be mutually exclusive.”

DOOCY: “As somebody who has run her own business, this something personal to you. I’m sure there have been situations where we love to hire people but we can’t find the people who have the right skill set.”

TRUMP: “It’s true, and while it’s not a woman’s issue, it disproportionately affects women and minorities, especially when you think out into the future where the available jobs today and [where] the future jobs are coming from. A lot of … them are in STEM-related fields, science, engineering, computer science.”

DOOCY: “So teach them today for the jobs of tomorrow?”

TRUMP: “…[W]omen are, for example, … 47% of the overall workforce, we only make up 23% of STEM-related occupations. So, we’re moving in the wrong direction in terms of our participation and that’s something ultimately we need to change. We’ll encourage … K-12, but also retraining for workers whose jobs have been displaced. So we have a huge emphasis on it this week. It’s critically important and I think we can make a very big impact.”

TRUMP: “Yeah, and we need the full participation. So many people are also working jobs that are part-time, and it’s an enormous problem in this country. The number of part-time workers who are working two and three jobs that, collectively, they are making less than when they worked one job that’s been replaced. And they don’t have access to leave for vacation to holidays, to traditional benefits. So that’s another problem we are very much looking address.”

SOURCE: White House

President Trump Signs Bills With VP Mike Pence – “Public Safety Officers Benefits Improvement Act of 2017” and “The American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017”


President Donald J. Trump Signs S. 419 and S. 583 into Law at the White House


On Friday, June 2, 2017, the President signed into law:

S. 419, the “Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2017,” which modifies eligibility requirements for the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program administered by the Department of Justice; and requires the Department to exercise due diligence, and transparency, to expeditiously adjudicate PSOB claims;



S. 583, the “American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017,” which authorizes the Department of Justice to award community oriented policing services grants for the purpose of prioritizing the hiring and training of veterans as career law enforcement officers.