THE WHITE HOUSE THIS WEEK

Hurricane Maria
The top priority of the federal government in regard to Hurricane Maria is to provide life, safety, and life sustaining resources to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. FEMA and its federal partners continue to conduct 24-hour operations, aggressively conducting search and rescue operations, bringing additional essential commodities to the islands, and restoring power at hospitals, ports, airports, and other critical facilities. Find up-to-date information on the response to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, how to help, and how to search for loved ones. You can also apply for assistance.

Expanding Access to High-Quality STEM and Computer Science Education
Yesterday, joined by over 50 students, President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum expanding access to high-quality STEM and Computer Science education to K-12 students. Also in attendance were Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, as well as several congressional representatives. This Memorandum establishes STEM education as one of the Department of Education’s priorities and establishes a goal of devoting at least $200 million per year in grant funds towards this priority.
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First Lady at Invictus Games
First Lady Melania Trump made her first solo international trip as First Lady to the Invictus Games in Toronto. A Presidential delegation of about 100 athletes participated in the games – an international, multi-sport event founded by Prince Harry of Wales, where wounded armed service members and veterans compete in various sporting events. The event pays tribute to the fighting spirit of the men and women who have given so much for their country, sacrificing their lives to keep us safe. “You have given so much for your country. You truly are our heroes,” said First Lady Melania Trump to the athletes representing the United States. “Take that fighting spirit that I know you have and bring home the gold.”
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President Donald J. Trump signs a Presidential Memorandum Expanding Access to High Quality STEM and Computer Science Education | September 25, 2017

(Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

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This morning, the President will meet with bipartisan members of the House Committee on Ways and Means, followed by a briefing on hurricane recovery efforts. Later, President Trump  welcomed President Mariano Rajoy of Spain to the White House.

Vice President Pence will travel to the U.S. Capitol to participate in the Senate Republican Policy Lunch and hold a series of meetings with lawmakers.

Later in the day, the Vice President participated in a swearing-in ceremony for US Ambassador to Canada Kelly Knight Craft.

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THE WHITE HOUSE THIS WEEK

AT THE INVICTUS GAMES IN CANADA ON SATURDAY the 23rd September 2017.

Prince Harry of Britain and the US First Lady Melania Trump.

This was Melania’s first Solo trip as the First Lady.

 

 

On Sunday the  24th, President Donald J. Trump announced the establishment of enhanced national security measures, aimed at creating—for the first time in history—minimum requirements for international cooperation to support visa and immigration vetting and adjudications for individuals seeking entry to the United States.

This is a critical step toward establishing an immigration system that protects Americans’ safety and security in an era of dangerous terrorism and transnational crime.

“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.”

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Strengthening Security Standards for Traveling to America
President Trump is taking key steps to protect the American people from those who would enter our country and do us harm. The President is putting the security of the Nation first by implementing minimum security standards for immigration, enhancing security through more rigorous vetting, and properly screening individuals coming to this country in order to ensure the safety of the American people.
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First Lady Melania Trump’s First White House Kitchen Garden Event
First Lady Melania Trump welcomed several children from the Girls and Boys Club of Greater Washington, FBR Clubhouse in Ward 8, to the White House on Friday. Along with the National Park Service (NPS), which maintains the White House grounds, the group spent time in the White House Kitchen Garden learning about the importance of the outdoors and healthy eating.

Hurricane Maria
The federal government is continuing to provide life-saving and life-sustaining resources to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. While significant progress in being made in the response to Hurricane Maria, recovery for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be long and will require the help of the whole community. As access to ports, airfields, and roads continue to open, resources will become more easily available to the hardest hit areas.
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First Lady Melania Trump and Prince Harry at the Invictus Games | September 23, 2017

(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

First Lady Melania Trump’s First White House Kitchen Garden Event
First Lady Melania Trump welcomed several children from the Girls and Boys Club of Greater Washington, FBR Clubhouse in Ward 8, to the White House on Friday. Along with the National Park Service (NPS), which maintains the White House grounds, the group spent time in the White House Kitchen Garden learning about the importance of the outdoors and healthy eating.
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“PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND HIS DAUGHTER IVANKA ARE UNVEILING A NEW FEDERAL COMPUTER SCIENCE INITIATIVE WITH MAJOR TECH BACKERS”

 

 

Tony Romm of Recode reports on President Trump’s efforts “to supercharge the U.S. government’s support for science, tech, engineering, and mathematics” as well as coding education. Along with a presidential memorandum that devotes at least $200 million of Department of Education grand funds to STEM fields, the President’s daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, will be travelling to Detroit to unveil “a series of private-sector commitments” that are “meant to boost U.S. coding and computer-science classes and programs” alongside business leaders from companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google, Romm writes. Recently, Ivanka has focused on how coding education will assist with workforce development, stating she hopes “all children will have the opportunity to become fluent in this language of the future,” Romm concludes.
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Regarding the Affordable Care Act, The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes that ObamaCare’s tax penalty for not purchasing insurance is being predominantly and unfairly paid by the poor and middle class.

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On tax reform, Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist writes in Fox News that the “emerging tax reform and reduction legislation will deliver a strong boost to the creation of jobs, income and wealth” and that passage “looks increasingly likely.”

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In USA Today, former Congressman Jon Christensen writes that “President Trump said what millions of Americans, including myself, feel” about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, saying “when millionaire athletes refuse to honor America and pay homage to the men and women who died for our freedom, and instead, choose to use their field of occupation to make a statement, then I can choose to turn the channel.”

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Regarding the opioid crisis, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway write in City & State PA on the extensive efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, from over $800 million in HHS-given grants to a new five pillar strategy focused on prevention, treatment, and recovery. Price and Kellyanne state “this is an administration-wide effort to reduce the demand for drugs” and “the President is leading the way, and urging each of us to do our part.”

 

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THE WHITE HOUSE REMEMBERS THE LIVES LOST IN THE 9/11 (2001)

THE WHITE HOUSE:-WE  pay tribute to and remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. We mourn them, we honor them, and we pledge to never forget them.

 

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President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and members of the Cabinet pray prior to their Cabinet meeting 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump led a moment of silence at the White House in remembrance of those lost on September 11, 2001. Watch the moment of silence.
The President and the First Lady then participated in a 9/11 observance at the Pentagon. Watch the remembrance ceremony.

 

“US marks 9/11 anniversary with resolve, tears and hope”

– Jennifer Peltz & Karen Matthews, Associated Press

 

On the 16th anniversary of 9/11, AP reports on the personal stories and ceremonies taking place today. Rob Fazio has come to the place where his father, Ronald Carl Fazio, and thousands of others died September 11th. “‘I’ll come every year for the rest of my life,’ the son said. ‘It’s where I get my strength.’” President Trump spoke at the Pentagon telling extremists that “America cannot be intimidated,” and Vice President Mike Pence delivered remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
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Later, the President received his daily intelligence briefing and received an update on Hurricane Irma.

 

Hurricane Irma Update
President Trump, Vice President Pence, and members of the Cabinet received a briefing on sunday, from Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long, and Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert on the ongoing Federal response and recovery operations for Hurricane Irma. They also discussed Federal support for Hurricane Harvey recovery, which is still in the early stages. President Trump stressed that his top priorities are life-saving and life-sustaining efforts in affected areas. The President is in regular contact with Governors currently in the path of Hurricane Irma, as well as Governors of the States and territories already impacted by the storm. He continues to extend his thoughts and prayers to those affected, while recognizing the many volunteer and faith-based organizations dedicating their time and efforts to help their fellow Americans.
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President Trump Approves Additional Disaster Declarations
Yesterday, President Trump amended the U.S. Virgin Islands Disaster Declaration and authorized an increase in the level of Federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures undertaken as a result of Hurricane Irma. The President also declared that a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the State of Florida, and ordered Federal aid to supplement recovery efforts.

FEMA Resources
Residents and business owners who sustained losses in designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

 

TRUMPS
President Donald J. Trump leads a video teleconference monitoring current tropical storm conditions and damage assessments in southeastern Texas, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, from a conference room at Camp David, near Thurmont, MD. Participating in the call are Vice President Mike Pence; Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly; Thomas Bossert, Homeland Security Advisor; Elaine Duke, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; and William B. “Brock” Long, Administrator of FEMA.Included on the call were various Cabinet members and other White House Senior Advisers (Official White House Photo – Shealah Craighead)

Vice President Mike Pence is in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to commemorate the 16th anniversary of September 11 at the Flight 93 National Memorial. The Vice President will deliver remarks, tour the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitors Center, and participate in a wreath laying ceremony with the friends and family of the fallen.

 

President Trump Welcomed the Amir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah of Kuwait
On Thursday 7th september 2017,, President Trump met with the Amir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah of Kuwait to discuss the importance of cooperation between the United States and Kuwait in defeating terrorism as well as the economic partnership the two nations share. The Amir extended his thoughts and condolences to those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
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President Donald J. Trump and Amir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah of Kuwait | September 7, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Stephanie K. Chasez)