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Our First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, Brings American Treasures – Christmas at the White House! November 2018

Here are more details about Christmas at the White House 2018 with Our Dear First Lady, Melania Trump.  Merry Christmas America! #MerryChristmas2018  

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The First Family is celebrating their second Christmas in the White House.  This year’s theme, “American Treasures” honors the unique heritage of America.  Designed by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House shines with the spirit of patriotism.  This home, held in trust for all Americans, displays the many splendors found across our great Nation.

 

 

In the East Wing, the Gold Star Family tree returns.  Decorated by Gold Star families, this tree honors all our troops and families who have sacrificed greatly to protect our freedoms.  Gold stars and patriotic ribbon decorate the tree and visitors are encouraged to write messages to their loved ones who are on duty or abroad on the digital tablets provided.

More than 40 topiary trees line the East colonnade as guests make their way toward the East Garden Room, where the First Family Christmas card and ornament are on display.  The Library remembers some of America’s most cherished authors, housing over 2,700 American classics.  Four trees have been tucked away in each corner of the Library displaying the White House Historical Association’s 2018 ornament honoring President Harry S. Truman.

The Vermeil room displays two trees that sparkle in hues of blues and golds amongst the vermeil on display for all to see.  Inside the China Room are three tables, all replicas from previous state dinners using pieces from the White House permanent collection.  They highlight different eras of state dinners.  The Theodore Roosevelt Administration, John F. Kennedy Administration, and Donald J. Trump Administration are all represented.

The East Room highlights the diversity and ingenuity of American architecture and design with four custom mantelpieces showcasing the skylines of New York City, St. Louis, Chicago, and San Francisco.  72 handmade paper ornaments representing six regions across America hang from four 14-foot Noble fir trees.  For the 51st year, the White House Crèche will also be on display.

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As one makes their way through the Green Room, Americans are reminded of the country’s bounty and harvest.  A variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains adorn the tree centered in the room, as well as the garland on the mantel.  In the Blue Room, the official White House Christmas tree measures a soaring 18 feet tall and is dressed in over 500 feet of blue velvet ribbon embroidered in gold with each State and territory.  Moving into the Red Room, guests will be able to celebrate children through the décor, which displays ways in which children can excel in their own path.

The State Dining Room is a celebration of our country’s national symbols, including the bald eagle, the rose, and the oak tree.  The space is also host to this year’s gingerbread house, showcasing the full expanse of the National Mall: the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, and, of course, the White House.

Crossing into the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall, patriotism, the heart of America, takes center stage with more than 14,000 red ornaments hanging from 29 trees.  The choice of red is an extension of the pales, or stripes, found in the presidential seal designed by our Founding Fathers.  It’s a symbol of valor and bravery.

“This is a joyous time of year when we decorate the White House for the Christmas Season,” said First Lady Melania Trump. “Our theme honors the heart and spirit of the American people.  Thank you to the many volunteers and staff who worked hard to decorate the halls of the People’s House in Christmas cheer.  On behalf of my family, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Throughout the month of December, the White House will host more than 100 open houses and many receptions.  More than 30,000 visitors will walk the halls taking part in public tours.

Learn more about Christmas at the White House. 

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“FIRST STEP ACT” – President Trump Calls on Congress to Take Action & Support for [Bipartisan] Prison Reform Legislation – 11/16/2917

President Donald J. Trump Calls on Congress to Pass the FIRST STEP Act

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CALLING FOR BIPARTISAN ACTION: President Donald J. Trump is calling on Congress to take action and support the bipartisan prison reform legislation, the FIRST STEP Act. 

  • President Trump supports the FIRST STEP Act, which will help improve our Nation’s criminal justice system.
  • The FIRST STEP Act enjoys widespread support across the political spectrum.
    • Many of the reforms included in this legislation passed the House in an overwhelming, bipartisan vote of 360–59 in May 2018.
    • Republicans and Democrats in the Senate worked with the White House to craft a bipartisan sentencing reform compromise, which has been added to the legislation.
    • So far, seven major police organizations, more than 2,700 faith and evangelical leaders, and hundreds of conservative organizations and leaders support this legislation.

MAKING AMERICA SAFER AND FAIRER: The FIRST STEP Act will reform America’s prisons to make our communities safer and our justice system fairer.

  • Nearly all incarcerated Americans will one day leave prison, and the goal of this legislation is to make sure they do not return.
    • The FIRST STEP Act uses a targeted approach toward a specific population of Federal prisoners who will eventually be released.
  • The FIRST STEP Act will promote prisoner participation in vocational training, educational coursework, or faith-based programs, and in turn help them successfully reenter society.
    • Prisoners will be able to earn credits that reduce the amount of time spent in prison.
    • As a result, prisoners will gain job skills, drug treatment, and education that prepare them to reenter American communities as productive members of society.
    • The legislation also seeks to place Federal inmates closer to their communities in order to facilitate family visitation.
  • This is a true first step in creating a fairer justice system by reforming mandatory minimums, which have created racially discriminatory outcomes and increased overcrowding and costs.
    • The legislation reduces the enhanced penalties for certain non-violent repeat drug offenders and eliminates the three-strike mandatory life provision.
    • Certain nonviolent offenders will be able to petition courts for a review of their sentence, which can be reduced only after the judge reviews all circumstances, including public safety, criminal history, and the nature of the offense.

IMPROVING THE PRISON SYSTEM: Taking steps to better prepare inmates for reentry into our society and communities will help reduce recidivism.

  • We can improve society for all by better equipping prisoners being released for successful reintegration into society.
  • Today, one in three American adults has some type of criminal record and more than two million Americans are in prisons, including 181,000 in Federal prison.
    • More than 95% of these prisoners will eventually leave prison and face the challenge of restarting and reintegrating their lives.
  • Our prisons can do much more to prepare inmates for release, addressing the fact that roughly 77% of State inmates and 38% of Federal inmates are rearrested within five years of release.

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Remarks by President Trump on H.R. 5682, the FIRST STEP Act (WH)

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THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  Thank you very much for being here.  Appreciate it.  And thank you very much, everybody.  I’m grateful to be here today with members of the House and Senate who have poured their time — and they really have — their heart, and energy into the crucial issue of prison reform.

A very respected man — Chairman Chuck Grassley — and my friend.  Where’s Chuck?  Chuck?  Thank you, Chuck, very much.  You’ve worked hard on this.  And Bob Goodlatte.  I saw Bob here.  Thank you, Bob.  Great job.  Senators Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee, Tim Scott, Rand Paul, and Doug Collins — fantastic people who’ve worked so hard and we appreciate very much what you’ve done.  We really do.  Thank you all very much.

Working together with my administration over the last two years, these members have reached a bipartisan agreement.  Did I heard the word “bipartisan”?  Did I hear — did I hear that word?  (Laughter and applause.)  That’s a nice word.  Bipartisan agreement on prison reform legislation known as the FIRST STEP.  And that’s what it is; it’s the first step.  But it’s a very big first step.

Today, I’m thrilled to announce my support for this bipartisan bill that will make our communities safer and give former inmates a second chance at life after they have served their time.  So important.

And I have to tell you, I was called, when I announced and when we all announced together this news conference, by some of the toughest, strongest law enforcement people — including politicians, by the way — who are so in favor of it.  And I was actually surprised by some.  Like, as an example, Mike Lee — (laughter) — and Rand Paul, and others.  No, it’s got tremendous support at every level.  It’s really great.

And we’re all better off when former inmates can receive and reenter society as law-abiding, productive citizens.  And thanks to our booming economy, they now have a chance at more opportunities than they’ve ever had before.  It is true.  Our economy is so strong, that when people are getting out of jail, they’re actually able to find jobs.

And I have three instances of companies that hired people coming out of prison, and they are so thrilled by the performance of these people.  And now they’re doing it more and more and more.  And a lot of people are seeing this.  It’s great.

They wouldn’t have had the opportunity, frankly, except for the fact that the economy is so strong.  And our job market is the lowest and best it’s been in over 50 years, and seems to be getting even better.

Our pledge to hire American includes those leaving prison and looking for a very fresh start — new job, new life.  The legislation I’m supporting today contains many significant reforms, including the following:

First, it will provide new incentives for low-risk inmates to learn the skills they need to find employment, avoid old habits, and follow the law when they are released from prison.  These incentives will encourage them to participate in vocational training, educational coursework, and faith-based programs — and I want to thank Paula White, very much, because I know you very much wanted that — thank you, Paula — that reduce their chances of recidivism, and, in other words, reduce their chances of going back to prison substantially.

Second, this legislation will allow federal inmates to be placed closer to their home communities in order to help facilitate family visitation — so important — because we know that maintaining family and community ties is key to successful reentry into our society.

Third, the bill includes reasonable sentencing reforms while keeping dangerous and violent criminals off our streets.  In many respects, we’re getting very much tougher on the truly bad criminals — of which, unfortunately, there are many.  But we’re treating people differently for different crimes.  Some people got caught up in situations that were very bad.

I give an example of Mrs. Alice Johnson, who served 21 years.  And she had, I think, another 25 or so to go.  So she would have been in there for close to 50 years for something that other people go in and they get slapped on the wrist — which is also wrong, by the way.  Which is also wrong.  But I’ll never forget the scene of her coming out of prison after 21 years and greeting her family and everybody was crying.  Her sons, her grandsons — everybody was crying and hugging and holding each other.  It was a beautiful thing to see.  It was a very much tough situation.

Among other changes, it rolls back some of the provisions of the Clinton crime law that disproportionately harmed the African American community.  And you all saw that and you all know that; everybody in this room knows that.  It was very disproportionate and very unfair.

Throughout this process, my administration has worked closely with law enforcement.  Their backing has ensured that this legislation remains tough on crime — it’s got to remain very tough on crime — and supports the tremendous work of our police and the tremendous job that law enforcement does throughout our country, our communities.  They do an incredible job.  We have great respect for law enforcement.

We’re honored that seven of the major police organizations, including the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Police Chiefs, have fully endorsed this bill.

We could not have gotten here without the support and feedback of law enforcement, and its leaders are here today — two of them — especially Chuck Canterbury of FOP and Chief Paul Cell of IACP.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.  I appreciate that very much.  And these are two tough cookies.  (Laughter.)  They want what’s right.  They want what’s right.

And interesting — if you look at Texas, if you look at Georgia, if you look at Mississippi and Kentucky and some other states that are known as being very tough — these are big supporters of what we’re doing.  And some of it has been modeled after what they’ve done.  They’ve done a tremendous job.

My administration will always support the incredible men and women of law enforcement, and we will continue to pursue policies that help the heroes who keep us safe.  They are truly heroes.

We also thank the more than 2,000 leaders in the faith community who have signed a letter of support.  We have tremendous support within the faith community.  Unbelievable support.

Americans from across the political spectrum can unite around prison reform legislation that will reduce crime while giving our fellow citizens a chance at redemption.  So if something happens and they make a mistake, they get a second chance at life.

Today’s announcement shows that true bipartisanship is possible.  And maybe it’ll be thriving, if we’re going to get something done.  When Republicans and Democrats talk, debate, and seek common ground, we can achieve breakthroughs that move our country forward and deliver for our citizens.  And that’s what we’re doing today.  And I have great respect for the people standing alongside of me.

I urge lawmakers in both the House and Senate to work hard and to act quickly and send a final bill to my desk.  And I look very much forward to signing it.  This is a big breakthrough for a lot of people.  They’ve been talking about this for many, many years.

I want to thank Jared Kushner for working so hard on the bill.  Thank you, Jared.  (Applause.)  He worked very hard.  He really did.  He worked very hard.  He feels very deeply about it.

And it’s my honor to be involved and it’ll be an even greater honor to sign.

So good luck, Chuck and Mike and Rand and everybody — Lindsey, everybody back here.  Go out and see if you can get that done.  And if you can, I’m waiting.  I’ll be waiting with a pen.  And we will have done something — (laughter) — we will have done something that hasn’t been done in many, many years.  And it’s the right thing to do.  It’s the right thing to do.

Thank you all very much.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)

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Live: From The White House – President Trump Speaks to America and the Press – 11/7/2018

Live: Illegal Immigration Remarks by President Trump from The White House – 11/1/2018

We will not allow our generosity to be abused! 

 

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.

POTUS TRUMP SPEAKS at 91st Annual Future Farmers of America Convention and Expo – Indianapolis, IN – The White House – 10/27/2018

 

 

 

President Trump Welcomes Young Black Leadership Summit – The White House – 10/26/2018

YOUNG BLACK LEADERSHIP SUMMIT – A PRIVILEGE TO HAVE THEM “SAID PRESIDENT TRUMP” 

PRESIDENT TRUMP said:  we must never allow political violence to take root in America. And I am committed to stop it in America.  

Just concluded a briefing with the DOJ about the package bomber.  President Trump congratulated the intelligence offices that did such a great job. 

America must unify.  There is no country like our Country.  President Trump said to them how proud and honored he was to have the Young Black Leaders in front of him.  

President Trump congratulated law enforcement and thanked them for a great job in catching the mail bomber.

Present were Dr. Ben Carson of HUD, Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens of Turning Point and all the young black leaders.

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THE WORST TENDENCY IN POLITICS IS TELLING PEOPLE WHAT TO BELIEVE! President Trump

 

RECORD-BREAKING RESULTS: Under President Donald J. Trump, economic opportunity is soaring and unemployment is dropping for African Americans.

  • This year, African-American unemployment fell to a record low of 5.9 percent.
  • Total African-American employment has increased by 976,000 since President Trump’s election and stands at a record high.
  • The poverty rate for African Americans reached its lowest level on record in 2017.

INVESTING IN DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES: President Donald J. Trump’s Opportunity Zone Incentives are promoting investment in left-behind, economically distressed communities.

  • President Trump’s historic tax cut legislation included new Opportunity Zone Incentives to promote investment in economically distressed communities across the country.
  • Opportunity Zones offer tax incentives for businesses to invest in economically distressed communities, making them a powerful vehicle for economic growth and job creation.
    • Nearly 35 million Americans live in communities designated as Opportunity Zones.
    • 8,761 communities in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and five United States territories have been designated as Opportunity Zones.
  • Through these tax incentives, we will jumpstart our American communities, create momentum for economic recovery, and attract investment to diverse areas across our Nation.

PROMOTING MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESS: Through job training, tax reform, and deregulation, President Donald J. Trump and his Administration are creating a better environment for minority-owned business.

  • President Trump is empowering minority business owners by eliminating a historic amount of unnecessary and burdensome regulations that too often hinder their growth.
  • Through the Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency, President Trump is delivering numerous new opportunities for minority business enterprises.
  • President Trump’s tax cuts included provisions that benefit minority-owned small businesses, a segment that contributes more than $1 trillion in annual economic output.
  • The President signed a memorandum dedicating at least $200 million a year to promote STEM education and especially benefitting women and minorities.

DELIVERING FOR HBCUs: President Donald J. Trump has made supporting our Nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) a key priority for his Administration.

  • In February 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order on the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
    • The Executive Order moved the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities to the White House from the Department of Education.
    • This was the earliest Executive Order on HBCUs signed by any President.
  • Earlier this year, President Trump signed legislation that increased Federal funding to HBCU programs by more than 14 percent.
  • The President signed legislation that forgave more than $300 million in Hurricane Katrina related debt that threatened New Orleans, Louisiana, area HBCUs.

White House 5G Summit – The White House – 9/28/2018

Leaders in Industry, Leaders from the FCC, Senators are present – 

Statement from the Press Secretary – September 17, 2018 – The White House

President Trump on Declassified Memo.

It’s a Disgrace what is happening in this Country……

 

 

 

It is finally happening.  At the request of a number of committees of Congress……The President has requested: 

At the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency, the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to provide for the immediate declassification of the following materials: (1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Page; (2) all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation; and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications.

In addition, President Donald J. Trump has directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr.

 

“The Deep State” author Jason Chaffetz says President Trump’s order to declassify FISA documents will highlight the nefarious activities that was prevalent among the upper echelon of the Justice Department. Source Fox Business

 

 

Rep. Peter King says that Sen. Pelosi is entirely wrong about disclosing sources and methods.  The FISA court has been used to spy on a Candidate and on the President of the United States.  

If there was any collusion it was the FBI and Fusion GPS.  There was an attempt to bring down President Trump before his campaign and afterwards.  There is contradiction and it goes against the spirit of the sacred FISA Court.  The left did not lay everything out for the FISA court and important facts were not disclosed to the FISA Court.  It is a total distortion of the FISA Court.

 

President Trump said that it is a disgrace on what is happening in this Country.  

The discredited Russia dossier was key to FBI’s FISA warrant to surveil members of the Trump Team.

 

The Trump Dossier made spying on Carter Page possible.  Because Andrew McCabe said so under oath.  The FBI knew at the time that it was unreliable and only Minimally corroborated.  The left hid the facts from the FISA Court and presented the dossier and true facts.  

James Comey took to twitter to mock the release of the memo.  He said that it was Dishonest and Misleading.  Incredible! Comey who leaked his notes on private meetings with the President and who also believes that the FBI is a fourth co-equal branch of government, not subject to the authority of the other three!  Christopher Wray argued that the names of the FBI officials in the memo ought to be redacted.  That will only protect the FBI and not the people.  They are pretending that Carter Paige somehow hurt this country.  They know that is a lie.  They wanted to use him to destroy a president they hate.  TUCKER SAID: the real lesson is: we must trust law enforcement.  We allow them to operate in secrecy because they tell us they must. WE only ask them to operate with integrity.

Later On the DOJ reacts to President Trump’s Declassification Request:

 

Judicial Watch Director of Investigations Chris Farrell reacts to the Department of Justice’s response to President Trump’s FISA declassification request.

President Donald J. Trump is Building the United States Space Force for a 21st Century Military – 8/23/2018

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BUILDING SPACE FORCE: President Donald J. Trump and his Administration are laying the groundwork to build Space Force as the sixth branch of the United States military.

  • On June 18, 2018, President Trump directed the Department of Defense to immediately begin the important process of establishing Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.

  • The Department of Defense issued a report, pursuant to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, describing the following five actions that can be taken immediately to begin building the Space Force:

    • Accelerate space technology and development initiatives, which were modernization priorities laid out in President Trump’s National Defense Strategy;

    • Establish a Space Development Agency charged with developing and fielding new next-generation capabilities for national security space development;

    • Establish a Space Operations Force of professionals who will form a new community of experts working to lead America’s national security space efforts into the future;

    • Establish an operating structure and accountable civilian oversight for Space Force; and

    • Create a United States Space Command, a unified combatant command, to improve, evolve, and plan space warfighting.

DEFENDING AMERICA’S INTERESTS: President Trump knows that space is integral to our American way of life and economic prosperity, and is a vital domain for national defense.

  • With Space Force as a sixth branch of the United States military, America’s interests in space will receive the focus and investment that the domain deserves.

  • As the world’s space development leader, the United States relies on space for everything from popular commercial systems to critical military and intelligence systems.

  • Space is also invaluable to American private industry, which is developing revolutionary technologies that will utilize space for exploration, resource extraction, and tourism.

  • Unfortunately, potential adversaries recognize the importance of space to our country and are actively developing ways to deny our use of it in a crisis.

    • The Director of National Intelligence has warned that multiple countries, including Russia and China, are developing both destructive and nondestructive antisatellite weapons that could come online within a few years.

  • The United States national security community recognizes the necessity of developing new technologies for space to defend against an increasing array of threats.

LEADING INTO THE FUTURE: Under President Trump, America is reclaiming its heritage as the world’s greatest space-faring Nation and is leading space development into the 21st century.

  • President Trump has signed three Space Policy Directives in the last year, each of which strengthens our economic prosperity and national security.

  • In 2017, President Trump established his National Space Council, a body of senior officials charged with developing modern policies for commercial and international space utilization.

  • On March 23, 2018, President Trump announced his National Space Strategy, which recognizes that America’s competitors have turned space into a warfighting domain, and charts a whole-of-government approach to maintaining America’s leadership in space.