A Statement By Prof.George Magoha




The days after Parkland
Following last Wednesday’s horrific shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school, President Donald J. Trump addressed the Nation and issued a Proclamation honoring the victims and their families.

On Friday, the President and First Lady visited with survivors at a Florida hospital and addressed law enforcement officers at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to pay their respects and express their full support.

The President also spoke with local officials such as Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky to receive updates and thank them for their leadership.

“Our entire Nation, w/one heavy heart, continues to pray for the victims & their families in Parkland, FL,” the President tweeted Friday. “To teachers, law enforcement, first responders & medical professionals who responded so bravely in the face of danger:

We THANK YOU for your courage!”

The President also spoke with Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) about proposed legislation to strengthen the Nation’s background-checks system for firearms. While discussions are still ongoing, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said yesterday, President Trump is supportive of the effort.

Watch President Trump speak at Broward Health North Hospital.


Presidents’ Day—or ‘Washington’s Birthday’?
Since 1971, Federal employees have enjoyed a three-day holiday weekend each February. Yet while yesterday’s sales at malls across the country may have reminded you to celebrate “Presidents’ Day,” the official Federal holiday remains “Washington’s Birthday” on the books.

Given the proximity of the holiday to Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Rep. Robert McClory (R-IL) attempted to change the name of the holiday to “Presidents’ Day” in 1968. But the measure proved to be particularly controversial for legislators from Virginia, George Washington’s home state, and it was soon dropped.

Another fact: Washington’s Birthday is honored on the third Monday of each February, but because his actual birth date is February 22, the Federal holiday will never be celebrated on his real birthday.

Read more on the historic debate between “Presidents’ Day” and “Washington’s Birthday.”


Democrats punt on DACA
Last week, Senate Democrats—led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)—blocked an effort to begin voting on real immigration reform that would offer a path to legalization for 1.8 million DACA-eligible illegal immigrants.

“I thought my friends across the aisle would jump at this opportunity to fulfill what they say is their top priority,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said. “But they just could not take ‘yes’ for an answer. . . . They decided they’d rather come away empty handed, with no resolution whatsoever for the 1.8 million individuals they say they are championing, than accept a reasonable compromise with the president.”

President Trump noted  that the Democrats’ obstructionism is hurting them with American voters. “Republicans are now leading the Generic Poll [for November’s midterm elections],” the President tweeted, citing the popularity of tax cuts. “Also, they want to do nothing on DACA, R’s want to fix!”

Read more: What people are saying about the Senate Minority’s immigration obstructionism

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President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Maddy Wilford her family

| February 16, 2018

(Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

POTUS AND STUFF…………………………………

President Trump lunched with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.  the President  met with Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin and later hosted a Public Safety Medal of Valor Awards ceremony.

After having lunch with the President and Secretary of Homeland Security, the Vice President and Second Lady travelled to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The two  participated in a tour of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s launch facilities and later attended a reception hosted by the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Aerospace Industries Association, and Space Florida.

THE WHITE HOUSE -FEBRUARY. No more roadblocks to rebuilding America.

No more roadblocks to rebuilding America
The Anderson Memorial Bridge between Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, sits near the heart of Harvard University. An elegant, Georgian Revival structure, it took 11 months to build the original bridge in 1912.

When it came time to repair it nearly 100 years later, the project dragged on for close to 5 years—at a significant cost overrun.

Why did it take more than 5 times as long to repair the structure today as it did to create it more than a century ago? The Anderson Bridge project was the victim of a bloated, tangled patchwork of regulatory oversight that squanders the advantages of modern technology in building fast, safe, and reliable infrastructure throughout America.

This week, President Donald J. Trump laid out six principles for reversing this unacceptable trend. One such principle: Return decision-making authority to the state and local communities whose needs are most at stake.

See the President’s 6 principles for rebuilding America here.


A special 200th birthday
Most people know February 14 as Valentine’s Day, but today holds another significance that all Americans should be familiar with: It is the 200th birthday of abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass.

In honor of African American History Month, Vice President Mike Pence visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington yesterday. Authorized by President George W. Bush in 2003 and opened to the public in 2016, the museum has quickly become a major destination in the Nation’s capital.

“It is deeply humbling for me to stand before you today in the midst of this great national monument to the struggles, the sacrifices, and the triumphs of so many American heroes,” the Vice President said. “The history that’s recorded in these halls literally is stitched into every fabric of the American story.”

Later yesterday afternoon, African American leaders from across the country joined President Trump and the First Lady for a reception at the White House commemorating African American History Month.

Read more about the special meaning of this year’s African American History Month.


On tax reform, the good news keeps rolling in
In the weeks following the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, American companies have unleashed a remarkable stream of wage increases, bonuses, and retirement account contributions—all while sharing plans for even greater investment in workers and equipment alike.

As of this week, more than 350 companies have made these intentions public, announcing more than $150 billion in planned investments at home and $4.2 billion in bonuses paid to more than 4 million U.S. workers. The largest U.S. company, the largest U.S. bank, and the largest U.S. employer have all announced intentions to raise worker wages or give out bonuses during the past few weeks.

What does all of this good news add up to? While it’s impossible to measure with complete certainty the effects of such sweeping legislation, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers estimates that the total increase in annual pay resulting from tax reform will reach $4,000 per household.

Read more: Companies announce benefits of tax reform for American workers

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President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and U.S. Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome M. Adam

February 13, 2018

(Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)


Trump met with bipartisan members of Congress about infrastructure.

the President participated in a working session regarding the opportunity zones provided by tax reform.

the President  signed H.R. 4708, the DHS Blue Campaign Authorization Act, and S. 534, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Assault and Safe Sport Authorization Act.



My fellow Americans, today I speak to a nation in grief. Yesterday, a school filled with innocent children and caring teachers became the scene of terrible violence, hatred, and evil.

Around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, police responded to reports of gunfire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — a great and safe community. There, a shooter, who is now in custody, opened fire on defenseless students and teachers. He murdered 17 people and badly wounded at least 14 others.

Our entire nation, with one heavy heart, is praying for the victims and their families. To every parent, teacher, and child who is hurting so badly, we are here for you — whatever you need, whatever we can do, to ease your pain. We are all joined together as one American family, and your suffering is our burden also.

No child, no teacher, should ever be in danger in an American school. No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning.

Each person who was stolen from us yesterday had a full life ahead of them — a life filled with wondrous beauty and unlimited potential and promise. Each one had dreams to pursue, love to give, and talents to share with the world. And each one had a family to whom they meant everything in the world.

Today, we mourn for all of those who lost their lives. We comfort the grieving and the wounded. And we hurt for the entire community of Parkland, Florida that is now in shock, in pain, and searching for answers.

To law enforcement, first responders, and teachers who responded so bravely in the face of danger: We thank you for your courage. Soon after the shooting, I spoke with Governor Scott to convey our deepest sympathies to the people of Florida and our determination to assist in any way that we can. I also spoke with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

I’m making plans to visit Parkland to meet with families and local officials, and to continue coordinating the federal response.

In these moments of heartache and darkness, we hold on to God’s word in scripture: “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you.”

We trust in that promise, and we hold fast to our fellow Americans in their time of sorrow.

I want to speak now directly to America’s children, especially those who feel lost, alone, confused or even scared: I want you to know that you are never alone and you never will be. You have people who care about you, who love you, and who will do anything at all to protect you. If you need help, turn to a teacher, a family member, a local police officer, or a faith leader. Answer hate with love; answer cruelty with kindness.

We must also work together to create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life, that creates deep and meaningful human connections, and that turns classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors.

Our administration is working closely with local authorities to investigate the shooting and learn everything we can. We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools, and tackle the difficult issue of mental health.

Later this month, I will be meeting with the nation’s governors and attorney generals, where making our schools and our children safer will be our top priority. It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. We must actually make that difference.

In times of tragedy, the bonds that sustain us are those of family, faith, community, and country. These bonds are stronger than the forces of hatred and evil, and these bonds grow even stronger in the hours of our greatest need.

And so always, but especially today, let us hold our loved ones close, let us pray for healing and for peace, and let us come together as one nation to wipe away the tears and strive for a much better tomorrow.

Thank you. And God Bless you all. Thank you very much.


Honoring the victims in Florida
President Donald J. Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation yesterday morning in response to Wednesday’s tragic shooting at a public high school in Parkland, Florida.

“Our Nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones,” the President wrote. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims, he ordered the United States flag to be flown at half-staff at the White House, all public buildings and grounds, all military posts and naval stations, and upon all naval vessels stationed throughout the United States and its territories.

President Trump addressed the Nation shortly before 11:30 a.m. yesterday to explain the Administration’s response. “Our Administration is working closely with local authorities to investigate the shooting and learn everything we can,” he said. “We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools, and tackle the difficult issue of mental health.”

The flag is to remain at half-staff until sunset on February 19.

Read the President’s full Proclamation here.

Americans are not divided on immigration
The Schumer Democrats in Congress are trying to convince Americans that the country is deeply divided on immigration reform. Outside the Beltway, the numbers tell an entirely different story.

According to a recent CBS poll, nearly three-quarters of voters favor President Trump’s Immigration Reform and Border Security Framework. The core principles of that framework include 1) securing the border; 2) providing legal status for DACA-eligible immigrants; 3) protecting the nuclear families of immigrants; and 4) eliminating the Visa Lottery and replacing it with a system that prioritizes merit and public safety.

The CBS poll is no outlier. Polls from Harvard Harris (January 2018), Pulse Opinion Research (August 2017), and America First Policies (August 2017) all point to the same conclusion: Americans are more than ready for an immigration system that puts the national interest first once and for all.

Will our leaders in Congress listen?

The bottom line: Americans overwhelmingly support President Trump’s commonsense immigration plan.

On tax reform, the good news keeps rolling in
The American people overwhelmingly support taking action to rebuild our Nation’s infrastructure—and that support spans across the partisan divide:

  • “America’s infrastructure is falling behind other nations, and it’s costing us jobs, compromising safety, and constraining economic growth,” Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said in 2015.
  • “Real action to streamline the permitting process will help jumpstart projects that are vital to our communities and our economy,” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) says.
  • “It should never take more than two years to complete all federal permits required for an infrastructure project,” the U.S. Chamber of Commerce argues.

The general public agrees with these views. In a September 2017 Harvard-Harris poll, an overwhelming 84 percent of those polled believe that America needs an investment in infrastructure. Business leaders feel even more strongly: 89 percent of business owners surveyed believe infrastructure investments will improve the U.S. economy.

Read more: Republicans and Democrats both agree it’s time to fix America’s infrastructure.

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President Donald J. Trump addresses the nation after the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

| February 15, 2018

(Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)


President Trump  received a briefing on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy. Later, the President  signed H.R. 582, Kari’s Law.

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence travelled to Texas to participate in a walking tour of the Hidalgo Texas Port of Entry and a roundtable discussion on immigration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Later, the Vice President and Second Lady participated in a boat tour of the U.S.-Mexico border on the Rio Grande and a walking tour along a bollard wall.

In times of tragedy, the bonds that sustain us are those of family, faith, community, and country. These bonds are stronger than the forces of hatred and evil, and these bonds grow even stronger in the hours of our greatest need.

And so always, but especially today, let us hold our loved ones close, let us pray for healing and for peace, and let us come together as one nation to wipe away the tears and strive for a much better tomorrow.

Thank you. And God Bless you all. Thank you very much.

Chao: Let’s invest in U.S. future


In an Orlando Sentinel op-ed, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao outlines the urgent need to invest in America’s crumbling infrastructure. She details President Donald J. Trump’s innovative plan to rebuild and fund our “roads, bridges, tunnels, seaports, airports, rural infrastructure and transit systems.”
Click here to read more.


Paul Bedard writes in the Washington Examiner on new data from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that shows 90% of all arrested illegal immigrants last year “had criminal convictions or were wanted on charges.” Bedard notes that “despite claims that ICE agents are rounding up ‘innocent’ illegal immigrants . . . just a bit over 10 percent had no known criminal convictions or charges.”


In The Daily Caller, Tim Pearce reports that U.S. Border Patrol agents seized a staggering 161 pounds of fentanyl during a three-month period late last year—an amount equivalent to 36 million lethal doses.


The Washington Times’ S.A. Miller reports that President Trump will meet today with victims of the tragic shooting in Parkland, FL. Miller quotes the President as stating that the victims and their families are “some of the bravest people on earth” and that he is “working with Congress on many fronts.”


Reuters reports that U.S. building permits have “soared to their highest level since 2007,” adding that further gains are likely and should be boosted by “a rebound in the construction of single-family housing units.”


From the battlefield to the home front
For veterans, the toughest part of a return to civilian life often comes at the very beginning. Veterans in their first year after service are particularly vulnerable to mental health risks but often do not receive adequate care:

  • Only 50 percent of returning service members who need mental health treatment seek it.
  • Veterans 3 to 12 months out of service are 3 times more likely to commit suicide than their active duty compatriots.
  • About 18.5 percent of veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or depression.

President Donald J. Trump believes veterans deserve the best healthcare in the world. Yesterday, he signed an order to support them during their transition from uniformed service to civilian life.

“We’re taking an unprecedented action today in that we will be covering all separating military members who are transitioning into civilian life — 100 percent of them — with the mental health benefit for 12 months,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin said.


See the message President Trump delivered to veterans yesterday.


‘A very successful’ immigration meeting
President Trump hosted both Democratic and Republican members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House yesterday to talk immigration reform.

“The President just concluded what we felt was a very successful and productive bipartisan and bicameral meeting,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. “During the close-door session, the leadership agreed to negotiate and narrow the focus to four issues.”

Those issues:

  • Border security
  • Chain migration
  • The visa immigration lottery
  • DACA


Read what Republicans and Democrats had to say to the President.


Quote of the day: ‘Rural broadband is our duty to farmers’
In an op-ed for CNN, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue explains what the Trump Administration committed to doing for America’s farmers and rural citizens.

Secretary Perdue chaired the President’s task force to revive rural prosperity in America. The task force produced more than 100 recommendations, and organized around five key indicators: connectivity, quality of life, rural workforce, technological innovation, and economic development.

“Each recommendation intersects with and complements the others, but the task force found one overarching need: improved high-speed internet access,” he writes.

Read more: ‘This was an executive order, not an executive suggestion.’

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President Donald J. Trump signs an executive order on supporting our veterans during their transition from uniformed service to civilian life |

January 9, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)


President Trump held a meeting with his Cabinet. The President  then had lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

In the afternoon, the President welcomed Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway to the White House.

The two will participate in an expanded bilateral meeting and hold a joint press conference. Watch live at 3:20pm ET.

Later, the President and Vice President  met with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. The President  then met with the Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin.



26 years later, a president hears rural America
On January 13, 1992, President George H. W. Bush spoke at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Fresh off a 12-day trip to Asia, he talked about trade, security, and prosperity for rural America in the new global economy.

For more than a quarter-century, no American president returned to speak at the convention, which is a staple of the U.S. agriculture industry. Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump broke that trend.

Here is what he told the convention:

  • “We have been working every day to deliver for America’s farmers just as they work every day to deliver for us.”
  • Tax reform means that “American farmers will be able to deduct 100% of the cost of new equipment in the year you make the investment.”
  • “We are reviewing all of our trade agreements to make sure they are fair and reciprocal.”

The President signed two orders moments after he spoke, both of which act on the recommendation of his Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force to expand access to broadband internet in rural America.

Read: “Our farmers deserve a government that serves their interest.”


The power of conservative voices
“I think from the conservative perspective, we accomplished more thanks to President Trump’s leadership than has been accomplished in more than a generation,” Vice President Mike Pence told Dana Loesch in an interview yesterday.

The Vice President covered a lot of ground with the conservative radio and television host. The two discussed the economy, infrastructure, North Korea, and what to expect from Republicans in 2018. Loesch also asked Vice President Pence about the state of political commentary during the Trump Administration.

“The reality is that great, strong . . . [conservative voices] have, while outnumbered, served to create a tremendous counterweight,” the Vice President said.

Read the full conversation here.


Tax reform: Where are we going?
Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett shares a simple message on tax reform: Wage growth in America has been much too slow for too long, but business tax reform offers a glimmer of hope.

Here is Dr. Hassett’s breakdown:

  • “Wage growth has been stagnant for much of the past two decades.”
  • “With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act now enacted, America’s corporate tax position stands to encourage rather than discourage investment and therefore wage growth.”
  • What’s next? “The corporate income tax base stands to increase, allowing America’s tax rate to fall while revenues remain unchanged.”


Read: On tax reform, where have we been and where are we going?

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President Donald J. Trump participates in on field ceremonies at the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship between the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the University of Georgia Bulldogs


January 8, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)


President Trump  hosted a meeting with bipartisan members of the Senate about immigration. In the afternoon, the President  signed an Executive Order on “Supporting our Veterans during their Transition from Uniformed Service to Civilian Life.”

Later, the President met with Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Vice President Mike Pence  travelled to the U.S. Capitol to participate in the Senate Republican Policy Lunch.


Rebuilding rural America
President Donald J. Trump travelled to Nashville, Tennessee, to deliver a major address at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting. It marked the first time since 1992 an American president has spoken at the event.

That symbolism is important. From his earliest days on the campaign trail, President Trump has highlighted the difference in prosperity between rural America and the country’s wealthiest coastal enclaves.

One sentence explains why this message resonated across America’s interior. It comes from the opening lines of a report from President Trump’s Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force, which the President will shared during his speech  “While other sectors of the American economy have largely recovered from the Great Recession, rural America has lagged in almost every indicator.”


Bonus read: President Trump stands with local communities against government overreach on land management.


Council of Economic Advisers: 2017 was a ‘banner year’
the President’s Council of Economic Advisers weighed in on why “2017 was a banner year for the United States labor market.”

In the Council’s own words:

  • “The economy added 2.1 million jobs and reversed job losses in critical sectors, most notably in manufacturing.
  • “Unemployment rates for America’s veterans, African-Americans, and Hispanics . . . reached historic lows in 2017.”
  • “The first wave of tax reform job and wage gains should produce continued tightness in the labor market and thus bigger take-home checks for workers.”


Read the CEA’s blog post about what happened to the American economy in 2017.


Behind the scenes at Camp David
President Trump spent the weekend at Camp David, hosting bicameral Congressional Leadership for a small-group discussion of 2018 legislative priorities that will build on the success of tax reform. The President specifically mentioned national security, infrastructure, the federal budget, and opioids as major topics of conversation.

“We have a lot of things to work on, a lot of things to accomplish,” the President said before boarding Marine One on Friday.

Behind the scenes: See photos and remarks from the President’s weekend with Congressional leaders at Camp David.

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President Donald J. Trump listens to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, during a dinner with legislative leadership at Camp David | January 5, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)


After President Trump delivered remarks at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, he  attended the NCAA National Championship football game in Atlanta.


On Wednesday morning, President Trump  held a meeting with his Cabinet.

Later, the President  welcomed Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway to the White House. The two  discuss the bilateral ties between the United States and Norway, and how to jointly advance regional and global security, and economic prosperity.