The current tax plan is a disaster and needs to be reformed for all Americans. President Donald J. Trump is committed to bringing historic tax relief to the American people based on four key ideas – cutting taxes for every day Americans, simplifying the tax code, giving business the competitive edge, and investing in America. Today, President Trump is traveling to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to deliver this message on tax reform to the American Trucker Association.




– Rich Lowry, New York Post

Rich Lowry in the New York Post writes on President Trump’s effort to roll back the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which was imposed with “tendentious readings of the law and sweeping bureaucratic actions.” Lowry comments President Trump “has operated within constitutional lines better than his technocratic predecessor,” and the real problem with President Obama’s environmental plan is that it must not be instituted by “strained legal interpretations alone,” which it originally was, enough so that the Supreme Court blocked “its implementation pending all the lawsuits against it.” Furthermore, although President Obama’s Climate Action Plan was designed to have an impact on global warming, Lowry reports the most it would do is “reduce the global temperature by 15 one-thousands of a degree by 2100.” Lowry concludes that President Obama’s “impatience with Congress and his administrative imperiousness,” led to presumptuous polices, and “what he imposed unilaterally is subject to unilateral reversal.”
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On tax reform, the Observer’s Peter Ferrara writes President Trump’s tax reform plan is “a large, even historic, pro-growth tax rate cut based on the same model as the enormously successful Kennedy and Reagan tax cuts,” and it is “historical facts, not opinion,” that President Trump’s plan will also “grow federal revenue.”


Regarding immigration, the editorial board of Investor’s Business Daily comments that President Trump’s 70-point immigration plan “leans heavily toward reinforcing the U.S. border against illegal crossings,” is “long overdue,” and the President is being “generous” for being open to legalizing the Dreamers while only asking Congress to “take the border seriously,” in return.


In religious liberty news, The Hill’s Jonathan Easley remarks “Trump’s presidency has been a triumph for the religious right,” as in the past week, the social conservatives faced three major gains focused on pro-life and religious freedom.


And The Associated Press reports on Ivanka Trump’s successful push to “get a family-focused tax credit included in the Republican tax overhaul proposal.” Ivanka has been busy meeting with lawmakers to gain support for the plan, stating the child tax credit will give families “the flexibility to make the best choices regarding their families’ care,” AP writes.



– Lawrence Lindsey, The Wall Street Journal


Lawrence Lindsey, president and CEO of the Lindsey Group, writes in the The Wall Street Journal that if President Trump’s tax reform package passes through Congress, “we can expect economic growth to accelerate to roughly 3.2% for the next three to five years,” which history suggests will ultimately result in higher “real” wages for workers. The bill also encourages entrepreneurship and small-business formation, “the ultimate driver of productivity growth,” Lindsey remarks before commenting that a “rise in real wages” would “lead to the first sustained decline in income inequality in more than 40 years.” If the plan passes, “The American economy will finally start working in the interest of the great middle class and not simply those at the top,” Lindsey concludes.
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On the tax reform push, Laura Olson of The Morning Call reports President Trump will pitch his tax plan to “roughly 1,000 people, including lots of truckers,” in Harrisburg, PA on Wednesday. The President plans to speak about how his plan “will benefit truckers by lowering their tax rates, boosting manufacturing, and making it easier for families to pass their trucking business onto their children,” Olson writes.


Regarding the need for a tax overhaul, U.S. Treasury Department Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Tony Sayegh writes in Wisconsin Business Voice that “it is time for lawmakers to put partisanship aside and come together to get our economy and wages growing at a much faster rate,” calling President Trump’s tax plan a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to put “America first.”


And in the Washington Examiner, Joseph Lawler reports President Trump’s tax reform plan looks to “increase the typical family’s earnings by $4,000,” an estimate that remains consistent with his argument that lowering the corporate tax rate and reforming corporate taxes will raise earnings for the American people.






President Donald J. Trump welcomes the 2017 Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins to the White House

 October 10, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

In labor news, Andy Puzder, opinion contributor at The Hill, comments that the 16-year low unemployment rate of 4.2 percent is a result of President Trump’s deregulation efforts, which have led to “businesses across the country are [sic] hiring and more Americans are [sic] working better jobs for higher pay.”


First Lady Melania Trump’s heartfelt visit to Africa. (FLOTUSINAFRICA)

This week, First Lady Melania Trump is on her first solo international trip, visiting the African nations of Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt. Wrapping up her  first stops in Accra and Cape Coast, Ghana, the First Lady took her “Be Best” message to the children of Malawi.

Lilongwe, Malawi, is known as the “warm heart of Africa.” This afternoon, Mrs. Trump was greeted at the airport by the First Lady of Malawi, Gertrude Mutharika—and her granddaughter, who handed Mrs. Trump a beautiful arrangement of flowers.

During a ceremony at the Chipala Primary School in Lilongwe ,Mrs. Trump spoke on the importance of educating and empowering youth. The children’s willingness to learn was moving: More than 8,000 students attend Chipala Primary School. The facility has 22 classrooms, with an average class size of about 106 students per class.

“The growth and success of a country starts with educating our children,” the First Lady said. “The positivity and passion to learn was so evident in each classroom, and I appreciate the time everyone took to show me around the school.”

The First Lady continued her journey in the evening, arriving in Kenya for a two-day visit.

Watch highlights from the First Lady’s visit to Ghana.

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President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya to the White House on August 27, 2018.

American President Donald J Trump Hosts President Uhuru Kenyatta at the White House.

President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya to the White House on August 27, 2018.

Kenya is a vital partner of the United States, and President Trump looks forward to discussing ways to broaden the strategic partnership based on our shared democratic values and mutual interests.

The meeting between the two leaders will reaffirm the longstanding relationship between the United States and Kenya as a cornerstone of peace and stability in Africa and the broader Indo-Pacific region.

President Trump and President Kenyatta will explore ways to bolster trade and investment between the two countries, while strengthening security cooperation.




President Donald J. Trump will host a meeting of his Cabinet, focusing on much-needed government reorganization and Civil Service reform across Federal agencies.

Enforcing the law while keeping families together

President Trump signed an executive order yesterday to keep families together while they face any criminal improper entry or immigration proceedings involving their members. “We’re going to have strong — very strong borders, but we’re going to keep the families together,” the President said from the Oval Office. “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated. It’s a problem that’s gone on for many years.”

This executive order allows the Administration to continue to protect the border with its zero-tolerance policy while avoiding the separation of illegal alien families, to the extent the President can legally do so. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will seek an immediate modification of the Flores settlement agreement, which prevents Immigration and Customs Enforcement from detaining families together for more than 20 days.

“We believe it’s a false choice between whether we are a country of law and order, a country with borders, and a country that demonstrates the compassion and the heart of the American people,” Vice President Mike Pence said at the signing.

“We ask Congress to do their part,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said. Congressional Democrats have so far refused, preferring not to undermine their larger agenda of open borders. Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) refused to do his job, saying “legislation is not the way to go here.”

Learn more about enforcing the law while keeping families together.

WatchPresident Trump signs the executive order addressing family separation

Manufacturers: ‘This record optimism is no accident’

The President joined mining and steel workers in Duluth, Minnesota, yesterday to discuss how the Trump Administration is taking up their cause and getting people back to work. Earlier in the day, news broke that U.S. manufacturer confidence had surged to a 20-year record high: A stunning 95.1 percent of manufacturers surveyed said they have a positive outlook for their companies.

“This record optimism is no accident,” said Jay Timmons, President of the National Association of Manufacturers. “It is fueled by the game-changing tax-reform passed six months ago.”

Iron mining is important work in Minnesota—a $3 billion industry. Raw iron is mined from northern Minnesota’s Iron Range, where it is then transported via the Duluth seaport to steel refineries throughout the United States and world. Through “America First” economic and trade policies, the Administration is giving these industries new life.

See President Trump address mining and steel workers in Minnesota.

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President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, signs an executive order affording Congress an opportunity to address family separation | June 20, 2018

First Lady Melania Trump Makes Surprise Visit to Texas Shelter, Praises Social Workers in ‘Difficult Times’

First Lady Melania Trump “traveled to the facility in McAllen, Texas, to thank law enforcement officials and social-service providers for their hard work, and to discuss efforts to reunite families with their children,”

Dave Boyer reports in The Washington Times. “She was also meeting with children between the ages of 12 and 17 who are being held at the Upbring New Hope Children’s Shelter, part of Lutheran Social Services.”


The First Lady thanked the social workers “for your heroic work that you do every day and what you do for those children.”


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In The Hill, OMB Deputy Director of Management Margaret Weichert explains how the Trump Administration’s plan to reorganize the federal government will better serve the American people by balancing “the mission, service and stewardship responsibilities of the executive branch, while reducing inefficiency, risk and duplication.”


“A majority of voters blame the parents of the separated children at the southwestern border for the current immigration crisis, not the federal government, according to a new poll,” Jennifer Harper reports for The Washington Times. A new Rasmussen Reports survey indicates that “54 percent of likely U.S. voters say the parents are more to blame for breaking the law.”


In the Washington Examiner, Jenna Ellis writes that President Trump “is not caving or reversing course, but rather is going on the record formally charging his law enforcement officers . . . with making every effort to keep families together when such action is legally available. This is a very good thing for a president to show constitutional restraint and acquiescence to the rule of law, while ordering agencies to execute the law with more compassion if and where possible.”


“Thankfully, President Trump signed an executive order to stop separation of families at the border. But it’s not a long-term solution. Congress does have to act,” Ned Ryun writes in The Hill. “This entire episode has really shown what Democrats and their allies in the media believe . . . They see no purpose in immigration laws and favor open-border policies.”


In The Wall Street Journal, National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro writes that President Trump’s recently announced tariffs “will form a critical line of defense against predatory trade practices China has used to the detriment of American industries.”


In USA Today, Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Peter O’Rourke writes that “USA TODAY’s misleading Sunday article, ‘Secret VA nursing home ratings hide poor quality care from the public,’ is a prime example of why the phrase ‘fake news’ has gained such prominence.”



Rolling back ‘the disaster of Dodd-Frank’

Dodd-Frank unfairly harmed the community banks that serve as the backbone of small business in America. While the big financial institutions used their vast resources to navigate Dodd-Frank’s costly and complex regulations, the number of community banks in the United States decreased by 2,000 over the past 8 years.

Yesterday, rural America and small towns got a boost. Thanks to the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act that President Trump signed into law, community banks and credit unions will be freed of unnecessary regulatory costs and able to direct more lending to small businesses and consumers. That change is especially crucial for local businesses, many of whom have few other options for credit.

“Today’s legislation is the next step in America’s unprecedented economic comeback,” President Trump said. “As a candidate, I pledged that we would rescue these community banks from Dodd-Frank—the disaster of Dodd-Frank—and now we are keeping that commitment.”

Learn more about this important, bipartisan fix to Dodd-Frank.

Watch: President Trump’s full remarks at the signing ceremony

‘This time, we will not only plant our flag’

“This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint. We will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars,” President Trump says about the next chapter of U.S. space exploration. In an effort led by Vice President Mike Pence, the Administration is reforming out-of-date space policies, already taking significant steps to refocus the Nation’s space strategy.

President Trump’s Space Policy Directive – 2, signed yesterday, ensures America’s place as a leader in space commerce—a crucial frontier with stiff global competition. The Directive sets executive branch policy to ensure that any enforced regulations are promoting economic growth, minimizing uncertainty for taxpayers and industry, protecting national security, and encouraging American leadership.

Within 30 days, for example, the Commerce Secretary is directed to submit a plan for creating a “one-stop shop” within the Commerce Department for handling all commercial space flight activities.

See how President Trump will help make America a leader in space commerce.

Go deeper: America will once again reach for the Moon—and beyond

HHS Pushes Back Against Narrative That It ‘Lost’ 1,500 Alien Children

“The federal agency responsible for caring for unaccompanied alien children is pushing back against accusations that it has lost nearly 1,500 of them, knocking critics that ‘confuse and spread misinformation’ about the issue,” Will Racke writes in The Daily Signal.


“These children are not ‘lost’; their sponsors—who are usually parents or family members and in all cases have been vetted for criminality and ability to provide for them—simply did not respond or could not be reached when this voluntary call was made,” Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan said.


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“Some liberal activists and journalists scrambled Sunday and Monday to delete tweets and social media posts incorrectly linking the Trump administration to an old photo of detained illegal-immigrant minors being held in a cage,” Victor Morton writes in The Washington Times. “The 2014 shot was actually taken during the Obama administration.”


“The Trump administration has shut down an Obama-era loophole that let immigrants who otherwise could not legally enter the U.S. claim a free pass by saying they were ‘entrepreneurs,’” the Washington Examiner reports. “The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, part of the Department of Homeland Security, announced an end to the program, claiming former President Barack Obama overstepped his powers in creating it,” Paul Bedard writes.


Last week, “President Trump signed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act — the first significant financial regulatory reform bill to become law since the crisis-era Dodd-Frank Act,” John A. Allison and Lydia Mashburn write in The Washington Times. “The changes primarily give community banks relief from regulations — which makes sense since they weren’t the drivers of the financial crisis and are crucial for economic growth.”




The U.S. Has the Leverage with Iran and North Korea

In The Washington Times, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson argues that the United States has “enormous leverage” in its negotiations with both Iran and North Korea. “Global sanctions can wreck the relatively small and vulnerable Iranian and North Korean economies,” he writes. “For all their obnoxious bluster, the rogue governments of North Korea and Iran are more vulnerable than ever.”


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The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes on “the art of the banking deal,” explaining that the Dodd-Frank reform legislation President Trump signed today had the support of 33 Democrats in the House and 16 in the Senate. This bipartisan backing proves just “how onerous the Dodd-Frank regime is. This is one more assist to economic growth that never would have happened if Hillary Clinton were President.”


“President Donald Trump signed a full posthumous pardon for former heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson in a surprise Oval Office ceremony alongside actor Sylvester Stallone, former heavyweight boxer Lennox Lewis, and others,” Alexander Mallin reports for ABC News. “It’s my honor to do it. It’s about time,” President Trump said.


The New Hampshire Union Leader’s editorial board praised Congress for passing legislation that gives terminally ill patients the right to try experimental drugs without government interference. After the FDA deems a drug is safe, terminally ill patients will be allowed to use it while bypassing tests for its efficacy—a process that can take years. The bill is on its way to President Trump’s desk for his signature.


CNBC reports that Delta Air Lines will fly nonstop from the U.S. to India for the first time in a decade after the Trump Administration put to rest a bitter dispute between American carriers and three Persian Gulf airlines. Delta CEO Ed Bastian credited the Trump Administration for the restored service to India.



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