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.

MoreHow the Administration is confronting China’s unfair trade policies

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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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University of Cambridge professor Stefan Halper has been identified as an FBI informant in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign,

Multiple News Outlets reported Saturday 20 May, 2018 The 73-year-old academic reportedly has deep ties to American and British intelligence, having served in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations. President Trump tweeted that confirmation of an FBI plant in his campaign would become the nation’s all time biggest political scandal. “Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president,” Trump wrote. “It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a “hot” Fake News story. Over the past several weeks, House Republicans have been claiming that the FBI during the 2016 election used an operative to spy on the Trump campaign, and they triggered outrage within the FBI by trying to learn his identity. The controversy escalated when President Trump joined the fray on Friday morning, 19 May, 2018. “Reports said there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president,” Trump tweeted, adding: “It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a “hot” Fake News story. If true – all time biggest political scandal!” On 8 May 2018, the Washington Post described the informant as “a top-secret intelligence source” and cited DOJ officials as arguing that disclosure of his name “could risk lives by potentially exposing the source, a USA citizen who has provided intelligence to the CIA and FBI.”



The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, who spent much of last week working to ensure confirmation of Trump’s choice to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, actually threatened his own colleagues in Congress with criminal prosecution if they tried to obtain the identity of the informant. “Anyone who is entrusted with our nation’s highest secrets should act with the gravity and seriousness of purpose that knowledge deserves,” Warner said. But now, as a result of some very odd choices by the nation’s largest media outlets, everyone knows the name of the FBI’s informant: Stefan Halper. And Halper’s history is quite troubling, particularly his central role in the scandal in the 1980 election.


The Day That WAS……….

President Donald J. Trump  participated in the swearing-in ceremony for America’s new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Gina Haspel.
The President  hosted dinner for a group of governors to discuss the importance of secure borders, smart immigration policies, and safe communities.


President Trump supports prison reform

Crime imposes a significant burden on Americans’ well-being and taxpayer-financed resources. These costs are amplified by re-arrest rates for released American prisoners that exceed 50 percent. Many programs have been tried to reverse this trend over the past few decades. Some of them work; some don’t.

President Donald J. Trump supports prison reform legislation that builds on evidence-based programs to reduce prisoner recidivism rates. The President has called on Congress to help former inmates who have completed their sentences to have a second chance to become contributing members of society.

The White House hosted a summit on prisons last week.

“Prison reform is an issue that unites people from across the political spectrum,” President Trump said. “It’s an amazing thing. Our whole nation benefits if former inmates are able to reenter society as productive, law-abiding citizens.”

Learn how President Trump wants to fix America’s prison system.


Highlights from the President’s remarks at the White House summit

Making NATO work for America-and the world

President Trump hosted NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House last week. The President is continuing the legacy of transatlantic unity and is working with Secretary General Stoltenberg to ensure a successful NATO Summit this summer. President Trump also met with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday.

Sharing the defense burden continues to be a major priority.

The Trump Administration is working with NATO Allies to ensure they make progress in meeting their agreed-upon defense spending commitments, which is in the interest of each NATO member individually and the alliance collectively.

Every NATO member has increased defense spending since President Trump took office. In 2017 alone, there was a boost of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending among NATO Allies, amounting to nearly $14 billion. This was the largest single-year increase in more than a quarter century.

More from President Trump’s meeting with NATO’s Secretary General

Watch: The President participates in an expanded bilateral with the Secretary General

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President Trump delivers remarks at the White House Prison Reform Summit | May 18, 2018

Joint Tree Planting Exercise

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry has organised a Joint Tree Planting Exercise at Gatare Forest  Station in Kigumo Constituency, Muranga County. Wednesday 21/4/2018. From 9 a.m.till 2 p.m.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Keriako Tobiko, leading the residents and other stakeholders in planting a total of 15000 seedlings of indigenous trees in 15 hectares of the state forest area is part of an ongoing National Tree Planting Season being observed across the Country.




Small-town America has gotten an economic jolt under President Trump


Ronald Brownstein writes for CNN.com that “small town and rural America enjoyed an economic jolt in 2017” thanks to President Donald J. Trump’s economic policies. Smaller communities “clawed back a significantly larger share of new job creation than in the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency,” Brownstein reports.



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“President Trump has made ending the opioid crisis a priority in his administration,” the Editorial Board of the Boston Herald writes. “Yesterday in New Hampshire, where the opioid death rate is double the national average, the president brought the message to the people who have been battling the menace hardest,” the editors add.



“When President Trump chose to unveil his plan for dealing with the ongoing opioid crisis, what better place to do so than the ‘drug-infested den’ of New Hampshire?” writes the New Hampshire Union Leader’s Editorial Board. The President’s plan is what New Hampshire needs, the editors say, as the state has “been hit as hard as anywhere in the country by the deadly scourge of fentanyl.”


“CIA Director Mike Pompeo is well prepared to be our next secretary of state,” Hudson Institute President Kenneth Weinstein argues in the Washington Examiner. “Pompeo brings deep insight, unique experience, and a broad, strategic mindset to foreign policy,” he adds.

“His strong relationship of trust with President Trump can bring back morale and a sense of purpose to the State Department, as well as credibility when talking to our allies and partners.”

THE WHITE HOUSE LATELY………….MARCH-ING ON-the opioid crisis,,the FLOTUS cyber bullying initiative.

Sanctuaries for Americans, not criminal aliens
“We’re going to take care of the problem,” President Donald J. Trump told a room full of Cabinet officials, elected leaders, and law enforcement representatives during a roundtable discussion on sanctuary cities at the White House

The President’s highest duty is to protect the safety and well-being of American citizens. Lawless sanctuary jurisdictions nullify Federal law, obstruct immigration enforcement, and release thousands of criminals into U.S. communities. “They are not sanctuary cities; they are outlaw cities,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said at yesterday’s meeting.

The Senator is right, and the Trump Administration has taken action to ensure our Nation’s laws are faithfully enforced. During the 2017 fiscal year, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations team made more than 140,000 administrative arrests and effected more than 225,000 removals.

Learn more: “Our cities should be sanctuaries for Americans—not for criminal aliens,” President Trump says.

What they’re saying about President Trump’s opioids plan

Monday afternoon, President Trump and the First Lady visited Manchester, New Hampshire, to talk through the ways this Administration is confronting America’s devastating opioid epidemic.

The President’s initiative has three pillars:

1) reduce demand and over-prescription,

2) cut off the supply of illicit drugs, and

3) help those already struggling with addiction.

In the days since, a number of officials have weighed in on the plan:

  • Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI): “The opioid epidemic continues to ravage our communities, and President Trump is right to continue the fight against it.”
  • House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) tweeted “.@POTUS’ proposals to combat opioid addiction demonstrate that there is ample opportunity to reach a bipartisan consensus.”
  • Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV): “People are dying every day from opioid abuse. I’m encouraged and hopeful that @POTUS’s plans will help us take bigger steps to resolve this scourge on our society.”

See what other leaders are saying about President Trump’s war on opioid abuse.

Join us to fight against the stigma of addiction. Share your two-minute video about how your life has been impacted by the opioid epidemic. Submit your story today.

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First Lady Melania Trump participates in a Cyber Security and Technology Roundtable| March 20, 2018

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First Lady Melania Trump participates in a Cyber Security and Technology Roundtable

| March 20, 2018

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Trump’s infrastructure plan focuses on reforms, not just more spending


In The Hill, Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) writes that President Donald J. Trump’s infrastructure plan “outlines a bold vision encompassing everything from traditional transportation infrastructure such as highways, bridges and transit systems, to public water systems and even broadband internet access.” Rep. Gibbs explains that “President Trump’s infrastructure plan takes on the mountain of regulatory hurdles that slow down the projects critical for improving and maintaining our national infrastructure.”


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In The Washington Times, Stephen Dinan reports that President Trump held a White House roundtable discussion yesterday that puts pressure on sanctuary cities to drop their dangerous policies. Thomas Homan, deputy director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, announced that “three of the 800 illegal immigrants who managed to escape last month’s enforcement sweep in the San Francisco area have already gone on to commit new crimes, notching charges of robbery, drunken driving and spousal abuse.”


“The Trump administration recently took an important step to demonstrate its commitment to its ‘America First’ agenda, dealing a blow to a foreign company’s attempted hostile takeover of a leading American company in 5G technology,” Heritage Foundation Trustee Bill Walton writes in The Daily Caller. “The Trump administration should be praised for taking this decisive action” in preventing Broadcom’s attempt to takeover Qualcomm, Walton says.


The Daily Signal reports that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt “will reverse long-standing EPA policy allowing regulators to rely on nonpublic scientific data in crafting rules. Such studies have been used to justify tens of billions of dollars worth of regulations.” Michael Bastasch writes that “EPA regulators would only be allowed to consider scientific studies that make their data available for public scrutiny under Pruitt’s new policy.”

HOW TO TAP INTO THE WRITER’S LIFE WITH JUNE GOULD. (Women’s language has stamina) ~June Gould.


Your words have stamina.

Brainstorm the women across history and around the globe—personal connections and public figures, the famous and the infamous (!)—who have inspired you.

in “How to Tap Into the Writer’s Life,” June Gould assures us that everything—if our eyes and ears are open, and if we put ourselves into a focused mood or mindset—can inspire a piece of writing.

Later in her 60-minute webinar, which you can view HERE,

June advised us to read and read and read—because “no one writes without some forebears,” because “we hold the hands of the women and the men who came before us,” because women from developing nations, in particular, “have something to tell us that we need to know right now.”





What to know about sanctuary cities-THE WHITE HOUSE LATELY

What to know about sanctuary cities 


During President Donald J. Trump’s visit to California to examine prototypes for a border wall with Mexico, he explained the danger of “sanctuary cities” that refuse to cooperate with lawful Federal immigration enforcement.

“California’s sanctuary policies are illegal and unconstitutional and put the safety and security of our entire nation at risk,” the President tweeted. “Thousands of dangerous & violent criminal aliens are released as a result of sanctuary policies.”

A few important facts about sanctuary cities:

  • When sanctuary city officials warn illegal aliens about possible upcoming enforcement activities, they allow criminals to prepare themselves—and thus endanger innocent bystanders.
  • Sanctuary policies in California have allowed the release of numerous criminalscharged with serious crimes who could continue to harm communities.
  • If Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials cannot arrest criminals in the controlled environments of police stations or jails, they must perform these duties in workplaces, in residences, or on the streets.

Learn more: What you need to know about sanctuary cities.

Go deeperHow the Trump Administration is working to build stronger borders.
Why cutting taxes is good for American workers 
This afternoon, President Trump will pay a visit to St. Louis, Missouri, to tour a Boeing manufacturing plant before joining a roundtable with workers and executives from 10 Missouri companies. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will also participate in the discussion.

Boeing offers just one of hundreds of examples of business tax reform paying off for America’s workers. After President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law in December, the company announced it would invest about $600 million in its employees.

The Council of Economic Advisers recently explained why tax cuts have been so important for the U.S. economy: “Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the shift away from worldwide taxation toward a territorial system ends the penalty on companies headquartered in the United States.”

Learn more about the economics behind cutting taxes for American workers.

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Human trafficking is an affront to human dignity 
With millions affected worldwide, human trafficking is a global atrocity that deprives millions of their universal human rights. President Trump is taking a stand to stop it in its tracks.

“My Administration will focus on ending the absolutely horrific practice of human trafficking,” the President said. “And I am prepared to bring the full force and weight of our government, whatever we can do, in order to solve this horrific problem.”

This month, President Trump appointed nine human trafficking survivors to serve on the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. And in light of the impending Senate vote on H.R. 1865—the FOSTA-SESTA legislative package designed to fight online sex trafficking—the Administration hosted a roundtable on human trafficking to discuss the path forward on this crucial issue.

See more ways the Administration is working to end the practice of human trafficking.


President Donald J. Trump at Joint Base Andrews 

| March 13, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)


President Trump  travels to St. Louis, Missouri, where he will tour the Boeing Company.

The President then participates in a roundtable discussion about tax cuts and tax reform.

Vice President Mike Pence participates in a swearing-in ceremony for Russ Vought as the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.


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