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WTAS: Praise for President Trump’s Commitment to Border Security

Senator David Perdue: “The American people elected President Trump because he shares our sense of urgency in securing our border to protect our country. After years of careless immigration policies and leaders who have turned a blind eye to the chaos at our southern border, it’s reassuring we now have a President who treats illegal immigration like the national security crisis that it is. In seven short months, the Trump Administration has already worked to advance Kate...
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President Donald J. Trump Signs H.J.Res. 76 into Law

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the President signed into law: H.J.Res. 76, which provides congressional consent and approval for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to enter into the Metrorail Safety Commission Interstate Compact to provide safety oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail system. ...

Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders et al. en route Yuma, AZ | 8/22/2017

PRESS GAGGLE BY PRESS SECRETARY SARAH SANDERS, ACTING ICE DIRECTOR TOM HOMAN, AND A SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL Aboard Air Force One En Route Yuma, Arizona 1:30 P.M. MST SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Good afternoon.  The President is going to visit a U.S. Customs and Border Protection hangar facility where we have unmanned aerial systems and some other tools and techniques we use to patrol the border. Th...

Statement on the Deaths of Sailors on the USS John S. McCain Guided-Missile Destroyer

It is with great sadness that we learned today of the United States sailor fatalities following the August 21st collision between the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain and a merchant vessel, which occurred east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. As the Navy begins the process of recovering our fallen sailors, our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends.  We are grateful for the rescue and recovery efforts of the officers and crew of the USS John S. McC...

President Donald J. Trump Signs H.R. 339 into Law

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the President signed into law: H.R. 339, the “Northern Mariana Islands Economic Expansion Act,” which makes certain changes to the transitional worker program for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. ...

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Jeffrey Y. Grappone as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Public Affairs

Jeffrey Y. Grappone of New Hampshire, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Public Affairs. Mr. Grappone has worked in strategic communications with Members of Congress, political candidates, and corporate executives for 15 years. He currently serves as a senior communicator at Siemens USA’s corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he advises the United States CEO on communications strategy related to the company’s workforce development and apprenticeship prog...

Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke USA Today Editorial: “Border Walls Work. Yuma Sector Proves It.”

ACTING DHS SECRETARY ELAINE DUKE: “BORDER WALLS WORK. YUMA SECTOR PROVES IT.” “Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle should come together like they did 10 years ago and give the men and women of DHS the resources we need to defend our homeland. This starts with fully funding the construction of a wall along our Southern border.” Homeland Security Secretary: Border Walls Work. Yuma Sector Proves It. E...

Fact Sheet: President Donald J. Trump Visits Americans on the Frontlines Protecting Our Borders

“We are protecting the freedoms of law-abiding Americans, and we are going after the criminal gangs and cartels that prey on our innocent citizens.” – President Donald J. Trump VISITING LAW ENFORCEMENT DEFENDING OUR BORDERS: Today, President Donald J. Trump is seeing first-hand the people and tools restoring law and order to our southern border. President Trump is visiting Yuma, Arizona, the main base of operations for the U.S. Border...

VPOTUS Mike Pence Editorial: “Donald Trump’s New American Strategy for Afghanistan Will Undo Past Failures”

“President Trump’s strategy for South Asia will undo the failed policies of the past and put the safety and security of the American people first.” Mike Pence: Donald Trump’s new American strategy for Afghanistan will undo past failures Editorial USA Today August 21, 2017 President Trump has no higher priority than the safety and security of the American people. Since the very first day of our...

Remarks by President Trump on the Strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia

Fort Myer Arlington, Virginia 9:02 P.M. EDT   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Please be seated. Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Tillerson, members of the Cabinet, General Dunford, Deputy Secretary Shanahan, and Colonel Duggan.  Most especially, thank you to the men and women of Fort Myer and every member of the United States military at home and abroad. We send our thoughts and prayers to the...

Statement on the Anniversary of the 2013 Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

Today marks the 4th anniversary of the Syrian regime’s deadly chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1,400 people in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta. This tragic event precipitated an international effort that led to the destruction of more than 1,000 metric tons of Syrian chemical weapons. Still, on April 4th of this year, Assad proved beyond a doubt that he still possesses these heinous weapons and is willing to use them against innocent civilians. It is critical that the ...

Statement by the Press Secretary on Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis kept us all laughing for over half a century, and his incredible charity work touched the lives of millions.  Jerry lived the American Dream—he truly loved his country, and his country loved him back.  Our thoughts are with his family today as we remember the extraordinary life of one of our greatest entertainers and humanitarians.  Thank you, Jerry.  You will be missed. ...

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint John B. Sherman as Chief Information Officer of the Intelligence Community, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

John B. Sherman of Texas, to be Chief Information Officer of the Intelligence Community, Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Mr. Sherman currently serves as the Deputy Director of CIA’s Open Source Enterprise, where he has been involved in incorporating open source intelligence and capabilities into the IC Information Technology Enterprise. Mr. Sherman began his intelligence career as satellite imagery analyst and manager, and served as a duty officer in the ...

President Donald J. Trump Signs H.R. 374, H.R. 510, H.R. 873, and H.R. 2430 into Law

President Donald J. Trump poses with Vice President Mike Pence, Cabinet members, and Senior White House Advisors, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in Laurel Lodge at Camp David near Thurmont, MD President Donald J. Trump poses with Vice President Mike Pence, Cabinet members, and Senior White House Advisors, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in Laurel Lo...

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Mariano Rajoy of Spain

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Mariano Rajoy of Spain to extend his condolences to the victims and families of the August 17 terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. President Trump pledged the full support of the United States in investigating the attack and bringing the perpetrators and their associates to justice. ...

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Elevation of Cyber Command

I have directed that United States Cyber Command be elevated to the status of a Unified Combatant Command focused on cyberspace operations.     This new Unified Combatant Command will strengthen our cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve our Nation’s defense.  The elevation of United States Cyber Command demonstrates our increased resolve against cyberspace threats and will help reassure our allies and partners and deter our adversaries...

Statement by Donald J. Trump on the Elevation of Cyber Command

I have directed that United States Cyber Command be elevated to the status of a Unified Combatant Command focused on cyberspace operations.     This new Unified Combatant Command will strengthen our cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve our Nation’s defense.  The elevation of United States Cyber Command demonstrates our increased resolve against cyberspace threats and will help reassure our allies and partners and deter our adversaries...

Readout of Second Lady Karen Pence’s visit to Santiago, Chile and Panama City, Panama

The Second Lady started her visit in Santiago, Chile on Wednesday with a visit to Teleton Foundation where she observed an art therapy session with children. Teleton is a Chilean institution dedicated to the integral rehabilitation of children and young people with motor and cognitive disabilities. During the visit, Mrs. Pence received a beautiful piece of art from one of the young patients, which she will hang in her office at the White House. After the visit at Teleton, Mrs. Pence partici...

Remarks by the Vice President at the Panama Canal

REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE AT THE PANAMA CANAL Cocoli Locks Panama City, Panama 2:48 P.M. UTC   THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you.  Thank you, Madame Vice President, for those gracious words, and for this warm welcome to Panama for me and my wonderful wife, Karen.    Before I begin, I’d like to address the horrific terror attack that occurred just a few hours ago in Barcelona, Spain.  The ...

President Donald J. Trump Approves Vermont Disaster Declaration

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Vermont and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding from June 29 to July 1, 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 the sever...