Thursday, February 7, 2019
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AT SIGNING OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM TO LAUNCH THE WOMEN’S GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT AND PROSPERITY INITIATIVE
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February 7, 2019
February 7, 2019
NATIONAL SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM/NSPM-16
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE
THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY
THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
THE SECRETARY OF LABOR
THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND
THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE
THE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR NATIONAL
THE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR ECONOMIC
THE ADVISOR TO THE PRESIDENT
THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR
THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE MILLENNIUM
THE DIRECTOR OF THE PEACE CORPS
THE PRESIDENT OF THE OVERSEAS PRIVATE INVESTMENT CORPORATION
THE PRESIDENT OF THE INTER-AMERICAN FOUNDATION
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
SUBJECT: Promoting Women's Global Development and
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby directed as follows:
Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to enhance the opportunity for women to meaningfully participate in, contribute to, and benefit from economic opportunities as individuals, workers, consumers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors, so that they enjoy the same access, rights, and opportunities as men to participate in, contribute to, control, and benefit from economic activity.
To advance a priority articulated in my National Security Strategy to empower women worldwide to participate more fully in civic and economic life, I hereby establish the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (Initiative). As the National Security Strategy states: "Societies that empower women to participate fully in civic and economic life are more prosperous and peaceful. We will support efforts to advance women's equality, protect the rights of women and girls, and promote women and youth empowerment programs."
Through the Initiative, we will aim to reach 50 million women across the developing world by 2025, and, in so doing, boost global gross domestic product and facilitate peace, security, and stability for all. When women are empowered economically, they invest in their families and communities, spurring economic growth and creating more stable societies. The larger the opportunity gap between men and women, the more likely a country is to be involved in violent conflict. Conversely, nations in which women have equal opportunities are more likely to thrive and solve challenges peacefully.
Accelerating women's economic empowerment around the world is integral to enabling developing countries to achieve economic self-reliance and to become greater trading partners with the United States. This Initiative, accordingly, will focus on the United States Government's international efforts to help women reach their economic potential and secure opportunities in their local economies. The United States will also continue to prioritize and support women's economic empowerment domestically.
Women make up half of the world's population, yet they own only one-third of the world's formally registered small- and medium-sized enterprises; provide most of the world's unpaid child and elder care; are more likely to work in insecure, low-wage jobs in the informal economy; are more likely to face legal barriers to full participation in the economy; and have less access to finance, markets, and property than men. Women face significant obstacles to fully and freely participating in the global economy. These challenges impede prosperity for individuals, communities, firms, and nations.
The constraints on economic empowerment for women are complex. The United States will pursue a multi-pronged approach to addressing these constraints, involving the collaboration of the heads of the executive departments and agencies receiving this memorandum (agencies), as well as consultation with international institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private-sector partners.
This Initiative will build on existing efforts and is intended to help coordinate and shape a growing portfolio of international women's economic empowerment programs launched since the start of my Administration, including the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative at the World Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) 2X Women's Initiative, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) WomenConnect Challenge. This Initiative will serve as the overarching policy effort in this area for the United States Government, to which each of these programs contributes.
My Administration will focus the efforts of the Initiative on three pillars: (1) Women Prospering in the Workforce, which will support workforce development and skills training; (2) Women Succeeding as Entrepreneurs, which will focus on entrepreneurship and access to capital, markets, and networks; and (3) Women Enabled in the Economy, which will address the factors that affect women's ability to reach their economic potential, including applicable laws, regulations, policies, practices, and norms.
Sec. 2. Executive Branch Coordination on Efforts to Support the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative. (a) There is hereby established a Working Group to support the objectives of this memorandum. The Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, and the Advisor to the President shall serve as co-chairs of the Working Group and coordinate its work.
(b) In addition to the co-chairs, the Working Group shall consist of representatives from the following agencies: the Departments of State, the Treasury, Commerce, and Labor, the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of the United States Trade Representative, USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Peace Corps, OPIC (or its successor agency, the United States International Development Finance Corporation), the Inter-American Foundation, and the United States African Development Foundation.
(c) Agencies represented on the Working Group shall assess how their programs can be most effective, consistent with existing authorizations and appropriations, in supporting the objectives set forth in section 1 of this memorandum. The Working Group shall serve as a coordinating body to share expertise and ensure coordination on this policy priority across the executive branch. The Working Group shall also develop and refine rigorous metrics to measure agency efforts to support the objectives set forth in section 1 of this memorandum. The Working Group shall also review programs to determine which are effective, and shall, as appropriate, recommend that agencies seek to terminate any programs that are failing to meet their intended objectives and the objectives set forth in section 1 of this memorandum.
Sec. 3. Prioritizing Women's Economic Empowerment Programs. (a) Agencies shall take into account the objectives set forth in section 1 of this memorandum and the guidance of the Working Group described in section 2 of this memorandum, as appropriate, when designing and implementing international programs.
(b) Agencies shall seek to prioritize and increase support for the Initiative within their budget proposals and within allocations of appropriated resources.
(c) Agencies shall, consistent with applicable law, subject to the availability of appropriations, and in coordination with the Working Group, seek to collectively attribute no less than $300 million per fiscal year to programs that further women's global economic empowerment.
(d) The Women's Global Development and Prosperity Fund within USAID (Fund), with its own dedicated resources and an initial proposed funding allocation of $50 million, has the potential to support the highest-priority and highest-impact proposals to enable women's economic empowerment across the developing world. My Administration shall prioritize the Fund within the President's Budget and appropriated resources.
(e) In administering the Fund, USAID shall take into account strategic guidance from the Working Group described in section 2 of this memorandum. USAID shall consult with the Working Group participants when reviewing proposals for the Fund. As appropriate, USAID may also invite Working Group participants to help implement programs supported by the Fund. USAID shall also consider applying the metrics developed by the Working Group in its efforts to track the Fund's progress toward meeting the objectives set forth in section 1 of this memorandum.
Sec. 4. Recognizing and Encouraging Efforts by Partners. Agencies shall, to the extent consistent with applicable law, confer with bilateral and multilateral institutions, NGOs, and private-sector partners to advance the objectives set forth in section 1 of this memorandum. Where possible and consistent with applicable law, they shall seek to recognize and encourage contributions to women's economic empowerment from entities outside the United States Government. These contributions may take the form of mentoring and training for students and young professionals in the developing world; loans, loan guarantees, grants, or other financial assistance to women-led businesses; innovative social programs designed to facilitate women's participation in economic life; skills training for women in supply chains; technical assistance for legal and regulatory reforms; and financial or in-kind contributions to women's economic empowerment initiatives.
Sec. 5. Reporting and Evaluating Progress. No later than 120 days after the end of each fiscal year from fiscal year 2019, agencies shall report to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, and the Advisor to the President regarding their activities carried out during the preceding fiscal year to achieve the goals of sections 1, 3, and 4 of this memorandum. In particular, agencies shall document yearly progress toward the Initiative's goal of reaching 50 million women by 2025.
Sec. 6. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
DONALD J. TRUMP
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REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP
AT THE 2019 NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST
9:23 A.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: I will never let you down. I can say that. Never. (Applause.) Thank you. I am honored to be here with leaders from across the country and all around the world who are all united by a shared belief in the glory of God and the power of prayer.
I want to thank Senator Coons and Senator Lankford for the introduction and for carrying on this wonderful and uplifting bipartisan tradition. Thank you both very much. Thank you, Senators. Senators, thank you very much. (Applause.)
We're thrilled to be joined by our tremendous Vice President Mike Pence, along with our incredible Second Lady Karen Pence. And, by the way -- (applause) -- by the way, I've gotten to know Karen so well. She is a Marine Corps mom, a tremendous woman, a proud supporter of military families, and she just recently went back to teaching art classes at a Christian school. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you, Karen. Terrific woman.
We're also thankful to be joined by the countless faith leaders, foreign dignitaries, and members of Congress, along with many members of my cabinet, including Secretary Mike Pompeo, Sonny Perdue, Alex Acosta, Alex Azar, Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos, and Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker. Thank you all for being here. Thank you very much. (Applause.)
And thanks also to Gary Haugen for those very powerful words and for rescuing people around the world from the bondage of human trafficking. You are truly doing the Lord’s work, and, as you know, our administration is doing everything we can to make your work easier. We're working very closely together. Thank you very much. Thank you, Gary. (Applause.)
On Tuesday, it was my profound honor to address the nation from the House Chamber of the State of the Union. And our union, as you heard me say, is very, very strong. (Applause.) As I said in my address, there is no limit to what we can achieve if we follow the path of cooperation, compromise, and the common good. America’s potential is unlimited because our extraordinary people are just something that is number one, no matter where you go. We have people -- they love our country and they love their faith.
We are graced by those extraordinary heroes from Tuesday night:
The SWAT Officer Timothy Matson, who raced and raced through a very, very bullet-filled doorway. He was shot many, many times. He has been operated on many times, and, unfortunately, he is going back for more. But he was really stopped from having something as bad as it was. The Tree of Life synagogue was a horrible, horrible event, and he really did do a job. He made it so much better. It was so good to see him. I saw him in the hospital, and he was suffering, and he's still suffering. But he told me the other night he is so proud to have been a part. He was just a great, great gentleman. We introduced him the other night.
The wonderful, young girl Grace, who overcame brain cancer -- had no idea this was going to happen to her -- and bravely rallied an entire community.
And the intrepid soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy in the Allied liberation of Europe. On D-Day, all those warriors set out on their mission of liberation; President Franklin Delano Roosevelt led our nation in prayer. In a national radio address, President Roosevelt began with these solemn words: “Almighty God: Our sons, the pride of our Nation, on this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization.”
Since the founding of our nation, many of our greatest strides -- from gaining our independence, to abolition,
When we open our hearts to faith, we fill our hearts with love. Many of the people in this room lead and support the charities and faith-based institutions that bring hope to the lives of our citizens, comfort to those in despair, and solace to those in grief, aid to those in need, and a helping hand to the struggling people all around the world, of which there are so many.
With us today are leaders involved with Prison Fellowship, started by the late Chuck Colson -- a man transformed by leaders of this breakfast. Today, Prison Fellowship ministers to more than 300,000 prisoners across America to help others like Alice Johnson and Matthew Charles, who we saw Tuesday night, transform their lives through the mercy and grace of God.
And faith leaders helped us achieve historic bipartisan criminal justice reform. (Applause.) They've been wanting to do that for many, many years, and we all together got it done. We just passed the FIRST STEP Act into law. So thank you very much, everybody in the room, for that help. That was a very big thing for our country. (Applause.)
America is a nation that believes in redemption. Every day, the people in this room demonstrate the power of faith to transform lives, heal communities, and lift up the forgotten.
Some of those in this room are among the Muslim and Christian faith leaders from Minnesota who partnered to send millions of meals to Somalia last year.
Also with us today are Catholics, Evangelicals, and members of the Jewish faith who help build homes for our fellow citizens through Habitat for Humanity.
As President, I will always cherish, honor, and protect the believers who uplift our communities and sustain our nation.
To ensure that people of faith can always contribute to our society, my administration has taken historic action to protect religious liberty. (Applause.)
Here with us this morning are Melissa and Chad Buck from Holt, Michigan. In 2009, they decided to adopt. Soon, they got a call about three young siblings in a terribly abusive home. Melissa and Chad had only a few minutes to decide, and they said yes to all three. Today, the Bucks have five beautiful adopted children. As Melissa has said, “They are the sweetest, most lovable children. They have the most unique gifts.” Two of them have joined us for this breakfast: 10-year-old Max and 9-year-old Liz.
To Max, Liz, and the entire Buck family, thank you for inspiring us all. (Applause.) Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Thank you.
Unfortunately, the Michigan adoption charity that brought the Buck family together is now defending itself in court for living by the values of its Catholic faith. We will always protect our country’s long and proud tradition of faith-based adoption. (Applause.) My administration is working to ensure that faith-based adoption agencies are able to help vulnerable children find their forever families, while following their deeply held beliefs. (Applause.)
My administration is also speaking out against religious persecution around the world, including against religious minorities, Christians, and the Jewish community. (Applause.)
This week, I appointed a new Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, and with us -- thank you very much -- Elon Carr. Thank you. Thank you very much. (Applause.) A very effective person.
The courageous Holocaust survivors in the gallery on Tuesday night powerfully remind us, and remind us all, of our solemn pledge: Never again. (Applause.)
My administration is also continuing to fight for American hostages who have been imprisoned overseas for their religious beliefs. Last October, we reached an agreement with Turkey to release Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is now free and joins us here this morning. Where is Andrew? (Applause.) He was there for a long time before I got there, and I said, "You've got to let him out." (Laughter.) "You better let him out." And they let you out. (Laughter.) It was a miracle. (Applause.) Right? We spent a lot of time together. Terrific man. Terrific family. Thank you very much, Andrew.
This Saturday, Pastor Brunson will walk his daughter down the aisle. Wow, that’s great. Congratulations. Was I invited? I don’t know. Was I invited? (Laughter.) He said, "Yes." Thank you. (Laughter.)
To protect the dignity and worth of every person, my administration has taken historic action to combat human trafficking.
Last year, I directed the State Department to cut off development aid to nations that do not demonstrate a commitment to ending human trafficking in their own countries. (Applause.) And we are fighting every day to stop the tragedy of human trafficking all along our southern border.
Together, we will end the scourge of modern-day slavery that, because of the Internet, is at levels that nobody can believe. The Internet came along, and some good things happened. But some very bad things happened, and this is one of them.
As part of our commitment to building a just and loving society, we must build a culture that cherishes the dignity and sanctity of innocent human life. (Applause.) All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God. (Applause.) Thank you.
Every life is sacred, and every soul is a precious gift from Heaven. As the Lord says in Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you… Before you were born, I set you apart.”
Here with us today are Nikki and Tyler Watkinson. Our wonderful First Lady Melania, who is right now working very hard with a group of people and saying a few words on opioids -- she's very much involved; she wanted to be here so badly, but she'll be here with us next year -- recently met with them and, when she visited them at Children’s Hospital, was so impressed.
Last year, Nikki went into early labor during a blizzard. As she and Tyler were driving to the hospital, their son Grayson was born in the front seat. He was born four months premature, and weighed only 1 pound and 11 ounces. But he let out little, tiny cries, and he made it to the hospital alive. Nikki and
Are they here? Where? Oh, good. (Applause.) Good. That's great. Beautiful. That's great. Thank you.
As his mom, Nikki, has said, “He was put on this Earth to do big things.” He may be here someday -- right here. Nikki, he already has and he will do more and more as he grows older.
As Jesus promises in the Bible, “Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” We are blessed to live in a land of faith where all things are possible. Our only limits are those we place on ourselves. So true.
On Tuesday, I asked Americans to choose greatness. And everybody in that room stood and applauded. We asked for greatness -- it's greatness for our country -- and to renew our love and loyalty to one another -- as friends, as citizens, as neighbors, as patriots, and as Americans.
There could be no better way to begin this exciting national adventure than the way America has always begun our greatest adventures: by coming together in prayer.
So today, and every day, let us pray for the future of our country. Let us pray for the courage to pursue justice and the wisdom to forge peace. Let us pray for a future where every child has a warm, safe, and loving home. Let us come together for the good of our people, for the strength of our families, for the safety of our citizens, for the fulfillment of our deepest hopes and our highest potential. And let us always give thanks for the miracle of life, the majesty of creation, and the grace of Almighty God.
Thank you. It is an honor to be with you. God bless you. And God bless America. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)
END 9:43 A.M. EST