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First Lady Melania Trump Releases Public Service Announcement to Help Those Affected by Recent Hurricanes

In coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), First Lady Melania Trump has issued a public service announcement asking Americans to take action in support of disaster survivors following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.  The severity and impact of the storms in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico have led to recovery efforts that will continue for months and years to come.  It will take the combined effort...
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President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Tara Sweeney to the Department of the Interior

If confirmed, Tara Sweeney of Alaska will serve as an Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Indian Affairs.  Ms. Sweeney is the executive vice president of external affairs for Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC), the largest locally owned and operated business in Alaska, owned by approximately 13,000 Iñupiat Eskimo members and 12,000 employees worldwide.  Ms. Sweeney grew up in rural Alaska and has spent a lifetime advocating for responsible Indian energy po...

Fifteen Nominations Sent to the Senate Today

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE: Stephen Akard, of Indiana, to be Director General of the Foreign Service, vice Arnold A. Chacon, resigned. Alex A. Beehler, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army, vice Katherine Hammack. Brock D. Bierman, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, vice Thomas O. Melia. John Edward Dupuy, of Virginia, to be Inspector General, Office of Personnel Ma...

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Attacks in Somalia

The United States strongly condemns the senseless mass murder that targeted innocent men, women, and children in Mogadishu, Somalia on October 14. The two attacks targeted a public, commercial area of the capital and resulted in the death and injury of hundreds of civilians, including United States citizens. The United States extends our deepest condolences and sympathy to the victims, their families, and all those who have suffered from terrorism. Terrorist organizations ...

Joint Press Release from Vice President Mike Pence and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso on the Second Round of the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue

Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso met today for the second round of the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue. At today’s meeting, Vice President Pence and Deputy Prime Minister Aso, as Chairs of the Economic Dialogue, affirmed the importance of strengthening bilateral economic, trade, and investment ties. Fostering strong domestic demand-driven growth and fair trade practices can expand trade and foreign direct investment between our two countries that...

Remarks by President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Joint Press Conference

Rose Garden 1:47 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. I just want to say that we just spent quite a bit of time inside with the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been a friend of mine for a long time, long before my world of politics, early into his world of politics, I think. But we've been friends for a long time. We are probably now, despite what we read, we're probably now — I think, at least as far as I'm concerned — cl...

President Donald J. Trump Approves South Carolina Disaster Declaration

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of South Carolina and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma from September 6 to September 13, 2017. Federal funding is available to the State and to tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities...

President Donald J. Trump Approves Louisiana Disaster Declaration

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Tropical Storm Harvey from August 27 to September 10, 2017. Federal funding is available to the State and to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Tropical...

CEA Report: Corporate Tax Reform and Wages – Theory and Evidence

Today, the Council of Economic Advisers released a report on the relationship between the corporate tax rate and wage growth. Please see below for the executive summary and read the full report here. Wage growth in America has stagnated. Over the past eight years, the real median wage in the U.S. rose by an average of six-tenths of a percent per year. But even as Americans...

Statement from the Press Secretary on President Donald J. Trump’s Upcoming Travel to Asia

As was announced on September 29, 2017, President Donald J. Trump will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Hawaii, from November 3-14, 2017. This update provides further details about the President’s itinerary. The President’s travel will underscore his commitment to longstanding United States alliances and partnerships, and reaffirm United States leadership in promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region. On November 3, the Pr...

This Week in Photos

Saturday, October 7, 2017 Vice President Mike Pence and Mrs. Karen Pence lay flowers at a memorial, Saturday, October 7, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The memorial is dedicated to the victims of the mass shooting on Sunday, October 1, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cul...

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims October 15, 2017, as Blind Americans Equality Day

BLIND AMERICANS EQUALITY DAY, 2017 - – - – - – -  BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION On Blind Americans Equality Day, we celebrate the achievements of our blind and visually impaired citizens.  These individuals make meaningful contributions every day to our country, enhancing and strengthening our communities and our culture.  On this day, we reflect as a Nation on how we will continue...

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims October 15 through October 21, 2017, as National Character Counts Week

NATIONAL CHARACTER COUNTS WEEK, 2017 - – - – - – -  BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION We celebrate National Character Counts Week because few things are more important than cultivating strong character in all our citizens, especially our young people.  The grit and integrity of our people, visible throughout our history, defines the soul of our Nation.  This week, we reflect on the cha...

Remarks by the Vice President to the Seminar Network’s Policy and Political Strategy Planning Retreat

St. Regis New York New York, New York 1:44 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you, Chase, for those kind words and bringing back some great Indiana memories. I appreciate it very much and appreciate your leadership and your friendship. To Governor Walker, to Senator Cruz, to Senator Scott, Senator Perdue, to distinguished leaders of the business community, and honored guests, it is great to be back to this extraordinary group of American leaders for...

Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure

South Lawn 1:38 P.M. EDT Q What do you say to critics who say that you ending the CSRs, the subsidies under Obamacare, will throw the markets into chaos? THE PRESIDENT: What it's going to do is it's going to be time to negotiate healthcare that's going to be good for everybody. That money is a subsidy for insurance companies. Take a look at their stocks. Look where they are. They're going through the roof, from past — I don’t know about...

Remarks by President Trump on Iran Strategy

Diplomatic Reception Room 12:53 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. My fellow Americans: As President of the United States, my highest obligation is to ensure the safety and security of the American people. History has shown that the longer we ignore a threat, the more dangerous that threat becomes. For this reason, upon taking office, I've ordered a complete strategic review of our policy toward the rogue regime in Iran. That review is now complete....

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims October 15 through October 21, 2017, as National Forest Products Week

NATIONAL FOREST PRODUCTS WEEK, 2017 - – - – - – - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION During National Forest Products Week, we recognize the invaluable contribution forest products make to our daily lives, the forest products industry's importance to our economy, and the incredible beauty and recreational opportunities provided by our Nation's woodlands. This year, many of our forests and surrounding...

Remarks by President Trump at the 2017 Values Voter Summit

Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington, D.C. 10:22 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, Tony.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.) AUDIENCE:  USA!  USA!  USA! THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  You know, I've been here before.  (Laughter.)  You do know that.  Before the big day on November 8th, I was here.  I want to thank Mark Meadows and all of t...

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on the 242nd Birthday of the United States Navy

As Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces, it is an honor to celebrate the 242nd birthday of the United States Navy. Today, we recognize generations of brave men and women who have served in the United States Navy. Through their courage, selfless service, and unmatched professionalism, America’s sailors have projected American power on the seas, on land, and in the air. Today, the Navy continues to deter our enemies and confront the threats posed by terrorists and rogue nations a...

President Donald J. Trump’s New Strategy on Iran

“It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction.” – President Donald J. Trump President Donald J. Trump, in consultation with his national security team, has approved a new strategy for Iran. It is the culmination of nine months of deliberation with Congress and our allies on how to best protect American security. HIGHLIGHTS Core Elements of the President’s New Ir...