Friday, June 7, 2019


Office of the Press Secretary

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     On Flag Day and during National Flag Week, we celebrate and honor our Nation's lasting emblem, our great American flag.  Since the Second Continental Congress adopted its design more than 200 years ago, the Stars and Stripes has been a powerful symbol of freedom, hope, and opportunity.  We fly Old Glory from government buildings, schools, city halls, police and fire stations, stores, offices, and our front porches.  Wherever Americans are gathered -- sporting events, places of worship, parades, and rallies -- our flag waves proudly, representing the enduring spirit of our country.

     The American flag helps us to never forget the values of our Republic, and the valor of the men and women in uniform who have defended it.  When we look at the red, white, and blue, we are filled with the same spirit of patriotism that stirred Francis Scott Key to pen the "Star Spangled Banner" during the withering bombardment of Fort McHenry in 1812.  We are reminded of the blood spilled across generations to safeguard liberty.  We are prompted to reflect with pride on the purity and righteousness of our cause -- the same pride that swelled in the hearts of our boys as they took the beaches of Normandy, and as they raised the flag on Iwo Jima.  And we are strengthened in our resolve to pursue justice and safeguard the rule of law, so that freedom can march on.

     Today, and all throughout the week, let us recommit ourselves to the principles upon which our country was founded.  With grateful hearts, let us reflect upon the price of freedom, and the brave souls who gave their last full measure to preserve it.  As we raise our flag, as we stand and salute or place our hands over our hearts, let us renew our sacred pledge that we will forever remain "one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

     To commemorate the adoption of our flag, the Congress, by joint resolution approved August 3, 1949, as amended (63 Stat. 492), designated June 14 of each year as "Flag Day" and requested that the President issue an annual proclamation calling for its observance and for the display of the flag of the United States on all Federal Government buildings.  The Congress also requested, by joint resolution approved June 9, 1966, as amended (80 Stat. 194), that the President issue annually a proclamation designating the week in which June 14 occurs as "National Flag Week" and calling upon all citizens of the United States to display the flag during that week.

     NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim June 14, 2019, as Flag Day, and the week starting June 9, 2019, as National Flag Week.  I direct the appropriate officials to display the flag on all Federal Government buildings during this week, and I urge all Americans to observe Flag Day and National Flag Week by displaying the flag.  I also encourage the people of the United States to observe with pride and all due ceremony those days from Flag Day through Independence Day, set aside by the Congress (89 Stat. 211), as a time to honor America, to celebrate our heritage in public gatherings and activities, and to publicly recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.

                              DONALD J. TRUMP

West Wing Reads President Trump’s Words Show How Sovereignty Can Serve Western Values

West Wing Reads

President Trump’s Words Show How Sovereignty Can Serve Western Values

“Hell froze over Thursday, as Donald Trump delivered a speech in Europe that even his critics applauded. His remarks on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing at Normandy were stirring, and the occasion offers a lesson about the values that unite the Western alliance,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

“In his ode to the soldiers who stormed the beaches and parachuted behind Nazi lines, Mr. Trump pointed to their larger motivation. ‘These men ran through the fires of hell moved by a force no weapon could destroy: the fierce patriotism of a free, proud, and sovereign people,’ he said to applause. ‘They battled not for control and domination, but for liberty, democracy, and self-rule.’”

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“Calling the surprising May surge in illegal immigrant arrests on the border the ‘worst case scenario,’ a top immigration analyst has boosted the expected level of crossings 10%, to over 1 million,” Paul Bedard reports for the Washington Examiner. “U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday revealed that May apprehensions topped 144,000. This year has seen 676,315 apprehensions so far, up 99% over this time last year.”
“Vice President Mike Pence honored the U.S. soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago on D-Day during a speech Thursday at the National D-Day Memorial” in Bedford, Virginia—a small town that lost 19 men on Omaha Beach, Andrew O’Reilly reports for Fox News. “That such a small town could make such a sacrifice seems beyond belief,” the Vice President said.
“The media has a simple script. When the president is a Republican abroad, the correct approach is to blame everything on him and play up as many negatives as possible. But when the president is a liberal, anything less that fulsome applause is a betrayal of the tradition [than] politics stops at the water’s edge,” Ted Bromund writes in The Daily Signal.
“President Trump’s tough approach to trade with China is evidence that he’s an entrepreneur at heart,” former head of the Small Business Administration Hector Barreto writes in The Wall Street Journal. “For decades, America’s approach to China’s bad behavior has been as cautious as a corporate CEO . . . The Chinese always smile and say ‘yes,’ and then continue doing what they’ve always done.”

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar

Office of the Press Secretary

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar

President Donald J. Trump will welcome His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar to the White House on July 9, 2019. The visit will build on the longstanding partnership between the United States and Qatar and further strengthen our already substantial economic and security ties.  The two leaders are expected to discuss regional developments, bilateral security cooperation, and counterterrorism issues.