Friday, June 14, 2019

President Donald J. Trump Approves Vermont Disaster Declaration

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Vermont Disaster Declaration

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Vermont and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe storm and flooding on April 15, 2019.

Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storm and flooding in the counties of Bennington, Essex, Orange, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Pete Gaynor, Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named James N. Russo as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.


Father's Day, 2019 - A Proclamation By the President of the United States of America

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Father's Day, 2019

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By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation


     On Father's Day, we celebrate and honor the men who have embraced the essential role of fatherhood.  Through acts of selflessness, determination, and love, fathers and father figures enrich and bless all of our lives.  Today, we thank them for boldly embracing the tremendous responsibility of raising our Nation's children to be happy, productive, and responsible adults, and for their ceaseless devotion to their families.

     As children, we take comfort in the presence and companionship of fathers, and we are strengthened by their encouragement as we prepare to confront future challenges.  Throughout life, we draw courage from our father's firm and loving guidance and example.  With the values they instill in us, they encourage us to live a life of virtue and exercise good judgment as we enter into adulthood and have families of our own.

     Children of all ages benefit in countless ways from a father's ongoing presence and involvement.  A father's time, attention, and mentorship are crucial to the physical, emotional, and spiritual growth of his child.  Our Nation heralds the dignity of fatherhood, a father's role in developing children's character, and the indispensable influence fathers have on their children and our communities.

     Increasingly, research has shown that children with involved fathers are more likely to have healthy self-esteem, do well in school, and make higher salaries as adults.  This is one reason why my Administration is committed to promoting the role of fathers and father figures in ensuring the growth, development, and well-being of America's youth.  We support the continuance of grant funding to organizations across our country that promote responsible fatherhood by helping fathers to strengthen their relationships with their children and to seek and retain gainful employment to provide a stable home life for their families.

     On this day, we thank all amazing fathers for their unending dedication and leadership.  They impact countless lives in such important and powerful ways.  We express our heartfelt love and appreciation to fathers, whether their children are by birth, adoption, or foster care, for the many sacrifices they have made to ensure that their children have every opportunity to reach their full potential in life.

     NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, in accordance with a joint resolution of the Congress approved April 24, 1972, as amended (36 U.S.C. 109), do hereby proclaim June 16, 2019, as Father's Day.  I call on United States Government officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on Father's Day and invite State and local governments and the people of the United States to observe Father's Day with appropriate ceremonies.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
fourteenth 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


The GoldFIsh Report No. 366 : Dr. Scott Werner- Think It Into Fruition, But First Forgive

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June 14, 2019


Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

On February 17, 2019, the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) transmitted to me a report on his investigation into the effects of imports of automobiles and certain automobile parts on the national security of the United States under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1862).

On May 17, 2019, I concurred with the Secretary's finding that automobiles and certain automobile parts are being imported into the United States in such quantities and under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security of the United States.  I took action under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended, to direct the United States Trade Representative (Trade Representative) to pursue negotiation of agreements contemplated in 19 U.S.C. 1862(c)(3)(A)(i) to address the threatened impairment of the national security with respect to imported automobiles and certain automobile parts from the European Union, Japan, and any other country the Trade Representative deems appropriate.  I directed the Trade Representative to update me on the progress of such negotiations within 180 days.  In my judgment, these negotiations are necessary and appropriate in light of the many factors I have considered, including the Secretary's report, decreases in American-owned producers' share of the global automobile market over the past three decades, a reduction in American-owned producers' ability to fund necessary research and development (R&D), the criticality of American-owned automotive R&D and manufacturing to national security, and the expected effect of the recently negotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

I also directed the Secretary to continue to monitor imports of automobiles and certain automobile parts and, from time to time, in consultation with any senior executive branch officials the Secretary deems appropriate, to review the status of such imports with respect to the national security.  The Secretary will inform me of any circumstances that in his opinion might indicate the need for me to take further action under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended.






           DONALD J. TRUMP


Readout of the Third Meeting of the Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health Service System

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Readout of the Third Meeting of the Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health Service System
The Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health Service System (Task Force) convened in Montana, from June 11 to 13, for its third meeting.

On Tuesday, June 11, the Task Force met with Tim Davis, Tribal Chairman of the Blackfeet Nation, about institutional vulnerabilities in Indian Country healthcare services. The Task Force also met with a special agent from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, regarding jurisdictional challenges and investigative processes that occur when a suspected child abuse is reported.  On Wednesday, June 12, the Task Force visited with health officials at the Blackfeet Community Hospital—the reservation’s primary health facility operated by the Indian Health Services.  The Task Force continued its focus on the Indian Health Service (IHS) culture, along with its protocols and practices, branding, recruitment, retention of quality healthcare professionals, employee familiarity with mandatory reporting requirements, and means of reporting child abuse, among other topics.

On Thursday, June 13, the Task Force traveled to Great Falls, Montana, to meet at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  Their agenda included a highly informative meeting with the area multi-disciplinary team, which focuses on crimes against Native American children, and is comprised of law enforcement agents, prosecutors, victim services, and healthcare officials.

At the conclusion of its third meeting, the Task Force designated individual members to conduct follow-up inquiries in the coming weeks and to begin developing policy recommendations for the final report to the President.

The President announced the formation of the Task Force in March 2019 and charged it with examining institutional and systemic factors that may have contributed to the failure to prevent the predatory abuse of Native American children in the care of the IHS.  The Task Force is working to develop and recommend policies, protocols, and best practices to protect Native American children in the IHS system.

The Task Force is co-chaired by Joseph Grogan, Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, and Trent Shores, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma and a citizen of the Choctaw Nation.  The Task Force relies on the multi-disciplinary expertise and experiences of Task Force members; draws on additional Federal employees and Federal resources; and seeks the perspective of and engages with tribal leaders and Native Americans.

Please note: This Task Force’s focus is separate and distinguishable from other investigations into the IHS.  Specifically, the work of the Task Force will not interfere with: (1) the criminal investigation of one particular pediatrician; (2) a review underway at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including a review by the Department’s Inspector General, which HHS Secretary Azar ordered earlier this year; or (3) a review conducted by an outside, independent contractor retained by IHS.


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Rose Garden


3:35 P.M. EDT

     THE PRESIDENT:  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you.  This is very nice.  (Applause.)

     AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Happy Birthday, Mr. President!  (Applause.)

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.

     AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

     THE PRESIDENT:  Beautiful.  Wow.

     AUDIENCE:  (Sings "Happy Birthday.")  (Applause.)
     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Very nice.  Wow.  That's -- that is very, very nice.

     Please.  You must like what I'm about to say, I think.  (Laughter.)  And we all like what we're about to say.  We worked very hard on it.

     And thank you all for joining us on this magnificent day in the Rose Garden.  A special place.  We're here to announce the latest historic action that we're taking to help millions of Americans receive high-quality and very affordable healthcare -- something so important.  And we've been working on it long and hard.  A certain group, right on these first few rows, they've been working very long and very hard.  And I want to thank you.

     We're delighted to be joined today by Vice President Mike Pence.  Mike, thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Thank you.

     In addition, I want to express my gratitude to Secretary Steven Mnuchin.  Steve, thank you very much.  (Applause.)

     Alex Acosta.  Secretary.  (Applause.)  Thank you.

     A man who has been working very hard for this day: Secretary Alex Azar.  Thank you, Alex.  (Applause.)

     And also with us are Acting Administrator of the Small Business Administration Chris Pilkerton.  And -- where's Chris?  Chris?  Good.  Chris, hi.  (Applause.)  Congratulations, by the way.  Congratulations.  You liking it?  I hope you're liking it.  Huh?  I hear you are.

     And Treasurer of the United States Jovita Carranza.  Thank you, Jovita.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.

     And I want to extend a special welcome to the many small business owners who are here.  We have a lot of them in the -- in our midst.  And thank you very much.  This is a big advantage for you and something where you can take care a lot of -- a lot of great people are going to be taken care of.  So, thank you all for being here.  Thank you very much.

     Small business optimism is soaring in our very booming and big economy.  And today, we give you even more reason for your confidence in the future.

     Two years ago, in October of 2017, I signed an executive order to increase healthcare choice and competition all across our nation.  Since that time, my administration has worked tirelessly to expand options and drive down the cost of healthcare for the American people.

     We took swift action to open short-term health plans and association health plans to millions and millions of Americans.  Many of these options are already reducing the cost of health insurance premiums by up to 60 percent and, really, more than that.

     We also have launched a new initiative to bring down the price of prescription drugs.  We are holding Big Pharma accountable.  And, I must say, Big Pharma has also been working with us to try and get prices down.  And if we had support with the Democrats, I must say, we could get it down even more.

     We've reduced prices now by a -- quite a bit.  And this year is the first year, Alex Acosta -- right? -- in 54 years -- 53 years that drugs prices have come down.  And I want to congratulate you and all the people that have worked so hard with you.  (Applause.)  That's really an incredible thing.  First year.

     And we could get them down a lot more if we had a little support in Congress.  And I think we'll get that support.  I think that has to be -- that has to be a joint.  If that's not going to be bilateral, we're going to get that done, and I think we're going to get it done quickly.  We're going to get a lot of support.  I've spoken to Democrats, and they are in support of it.  We have to see if we can actually get them to raise their hand.  If they do that, we're going to see some tremendous cuts in drug prices.  So thank you very much, Alex.

     We've asked Congress to support a new research initiative to find a breakthrough cure for childhood cancers.  And we've begun a public health campaign to eradicate AIDS in America once and for all.  And that's really taking place like nobody would believe.  We're looking at a 10-year plan.  And at the end of 10 years, we're going to be in very good shape.  Who would've thought that was possible even just a short time ago?

     And we're making dramatic strides in combatting the opioid epidemic.  We have it down by a period of almost -- a number of almost 17 percent this year.  And when I heard it, I thought they made a mistake.  I said, "You are not real.  That's not a real number."  And it is very much a real number.

     So, Kellyanne and all of the people that have worked on that, that's a tremendous achievement.  And we've worked with the medical profession and with doctors and with everybody, and to think that it's 17 percent in one year -- that's a tremendous achievement.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)

     And we're now working with Congress to pass legislation that ends surprise medical billing.  And we're going to have another big announcement in two weeks, unrelated but something that's going to have a profound effect on the things that we're talking about and have been talking about over the last two and a half years.  It's going to be something really incredible.  That'll take place over the next two weeks.  That'll be a very big announcement.  Nobody knows what it is.  It's going to be a big surprise, but it's going to be a very pleasant one.

     No American should be blindsided by bills for medical services they never agreed to in advance.  We're promoting price transparency to force competition and drive down cost.  And that's what's happening, and that's one of the reasons we're getting the drug prices -- stopping from those tremendous increases that have taken effect for so many years.  For so many decades, they've been going only in one direction: up.  And now we have them breaking even and going down.

     We're defending Medicare and Social Security for our great seniors.  We're eliminated -- and we have eliminated Obamacare’s deeply unpopular individual mandate penalty.  And you know how bad that was.  (Applause.)  Think of it: You paid a tremendous amount of money for the privilege of paying so that you don’t have to pay for bad insurance.  Okay?  How bad does that get?  That's got to be a first.  Nobody has ever heard of that one.  But we eliminated it.  It's gone.  So you're saving a lot of money, and it's a terrific thing.

     And we will always protect patients with preexisting conditions.  Always.  (Applause.)  We're always going to protect the patients.  Preexisting conditions.

     And today I'm pleased to announce another groundbreaking action.  We are dramatically increasing the ability of Americans to access more affordable health insurance through options and through their employers.  We're doing so by expanding Health Reimbursement Arrangements, or HRAs, as they are commonly known.  HRAs will allow American workers to shop for the plan that's right for them and their family, and have their employer cover the cost.  And it's a reasonable cost, and people are going to be getting tremendous benefits.

     This will be possible because HRAs will now receive the same tax treatment that other employer-provided health plans have always enjoyed.  There was a lot of restrictions, and it was impossible until now.  This is something that its time has come.  It's popular.  It's really, really been a success.  And I think this is going to be -- for many people, this will be the way of the future.

     The previous administration imposed crushing fines and other penalties on HRAs to prevent employees from selecting the plan of their choice.  It was impossible.  With today’s action, we are eliminating all of those restrictions.  And thanks to the changes we're making, an estimated 11 million Americans will now choose their own plans with the help of the HRAs.  This will increase the size -- (applause) -- thank you.  This is a very big deal.  This will increase the size of the individual market by at least 50 percent, improving choice, promoting competition, and lowering costs for the American people.

     HRAs provide another important option to help even more employers offer great health insurance.  And the benefits to the American workers will be incredible.  They will be especially useful for small employers: An estimated 90 percent of the businesses that will take advantage of HRAs have fewer than 20 employees.

     This announcement is a monumental victory for small businesses, for their workers, and previously uninsured Americans who will now have access to high-quality health plans of their choice.

     With us today is one of our nation’s wonderful small business owners: Tony [Tom] Kunkel from Maryland.  And I will say -- Tom, you come up.  Where is Tom?  Are you up here someplace, Tom?  I have not met Tom.  Oh, you're a handsome guy.  Come on up here.  (Laughter.)  Tom Kunkel, would you say a few words and let them know what’s just happened to you?

     Please.  Thank you, Tom.  (Applause.)  Thank you.

     MR. KUNKEL:  First of all, I'd like to say "Happy Birthday" to the President.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.

     MR. KUNKEL:  Thank you.  A lot of people from my office also wanted to say "Happy Birthday."

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.

     MR. KUNKEL:  Three years ago, I actually spoke to the U.S. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee about reinstating the Health Reimbursement Benefit Program that had existed previously.  This was after the Obama administration had made it illegal for our business to help employees with their health insurance costs.

     At the time, we had been helping our employees, some who had very serious medical conditions, including cancer.  And after the Obama ruling we had to stop all reimbursements, and --which caused a great bit of hardship for our employees.  And several of them I actually ended up losing because they had to leave us and go to other companies that offered a little better health benefits.

     So I want to thank the President and the administration for supporting this new measure and all of his pro-small-business policies.  We very much appreciate it in the small-business community.

     So this new rule really allows small businesses to offer a benefit to our employees that will help our employees with healthcare costs, provide more and better options for them and also for employers.

     So, again, thank you very much, Mr. President.  (Applause.)

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.

     Also, we're joined right now -- Andrea Burns, a small business owner from Pennsylvania.  Please come up.  Andrea, please.  (Applause.)

     MS. BURNS:  Hello.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  How are you doing?  Nice to see you.

     MS. BURNS:  Happy birthday

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.

     MS. BURNS:  Nice to see you.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Have a good time.

     MS. BURNS:  Hello, my name is Andrea Burns, and I'm a director at Richard S. Burns and Company, a family-owned and operated construction waste material recovery and processing facility in Philadelphia.  We employ approximately 100 people.

     And, right now, my brother and I -- Allen -- choose the healthcare plan for all of those employees.  They don’t have the opportunity to choose the provider, the coverage, or the premium.  This plan -- HRAs -- would allow us to give them the opportunity to choose the plan that's best for them.  Thank you.  Thank you for making (inaudible).

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, darling.  Use it well.  Use it well, Andrea.  That’s -- you will.  Thank you very much.

     And it’s going to be a great -- it'll be a great difference.  I've repeatedly called on Congress to work with us to bring down the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs.  It's all happening.

     Instead, more than 120 Democrats in Congress have signed up for the Bernie Sanders massive government takeover of healthcare.  That’s going to hurt a lot of people.  It's going to hurt our country.  Socialist healthcare would crush American workers with higher taxes, long wait times, and far worse care.  Their plan would eliminate Medicare as we know it and terminate the private health insurance of 180 million Americans and even more than that now.

     On my watch, we will never let that happen.  We will never be a socialist country.  (Applause.)

     We have to reject the socialist model that rations care, restricts access, slashes quality, and forces patients onto endless waitlists.  Instead, we believe in freedom.  We believe in choice.  We believe in the highest standard of care in the world -- anywhere in the world.

     And we believe that American families must always have the right and the power to choose the very best treatments, plans, doctors for themselves and for their loved ones.  They need that freedom.  They have to have that freedom.  And that's exactly what today’s action is all about.  We are putting the people back in charge with more choice, for better care, at a far lower cost.

     And other people will not be paying for their healthcare.  We won't be raising taxes.  We won't be taxing you into oblivion.  We won't be raising the tax rates to 90 percent.  I've heard 90 percent.  The only problem with that one: It doesn’t even come close to taking care of the situation.  So that means you have to go a lot higher than 90 percent.  I don’t think that’s going to work too well in this country.  We've lowered taxes.  We want to keep them down.  That’s very important.  (Applause.)

     And we will not rest until Americans have the healthcare system they need and deserve, a system that finally puts American patients first.

     I want to thank everybody for being here.  It's a very important day, a very special day.  God bless you, and God Bless America.

     Thank you all very much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you everybody.

                               END                3:52 P.M. EDT





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    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1.  Review of Current Advisory Committees.  (a)  Each executive department and agency (agency) shall evaluate the need for each of its current advisory committees established under section 9(a)(2) of FACA and those advisory committees established under section 9(a)(1) that are authorized by law but not required by statute (eligible committees).

    (b)  Each agency shall, by September 30, 2019, terminate at least one-third of its current committees established under section 9(a)(2) of FACA, including committees for which the:

        (i)    stated objectives of the committee have been accomplished;

       (ii)   subject matter or work of the committee has become obsolete;

       (iii)  primary functions have been assumed by another entity; or

       (iv)   agency determines that the cost of operation is excessive in relation to the benefits to the Federal Government.

    (c)  Each agency may request a waiver of the requirement in subsection (b) of this section from the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Director).  The Director may grant such a waiver if the Director concludes it is necessary for the delivery of essential services, for effective program delivery, or because it is otherwise warranted by the public interest.

    (d)  Each agency that has fewer than three current eligible committees is exempt from subsection (b) of this section.

    (e)  Agencies may count eligible committees terminated since January 20, 2017, toward the requirement of subsection (b) of this section.

    Sec. 2.  Limitations on New Advisory Committees.  The Government-wide combined total number of eligible committees (excluding committees covered by section 6(d) of this order) shall not exceed 350.  If the combined total number of eligible committees exceeds 350, an agency may not establish a new advisory committee under section 9(a)(2) of FACA, unless the agency obtains a waiver pursuant to subsection 4(b) of this order.  Such a waiver is in addition to the notice and other requirements of FACA and its implementing regulations.

    Sec. 3.  Reporting Requirements.  (a)  The head of each agency shall submit to the Director on or before August 1, 2019:

          (i)   a recommendation for each of the agency's current advisory committees established by the President under section 9(a)(1) of FACA regarding whether the committee should be continued; and

         (ii)  a detailed plan, for each advisory committee required by statute, for continuing or terminating such committee, including, as appropriate, recommended legislation for submission to the Congress.

    (b)  The Administrator of General Services (Administrator) shall submit to the Director such justifications and recommendations required by subsection (a) of this section for independent Presidential advisory committees, as defined by 41 CFR 102-3.25.

    Sec. 4.  Office of Management and Budget Role.  (a)  The Director, in coordination with the Administrator, shall issue instructions regarding the implementation of this order, including how to calculate the number of eligible committees to eliminate in each agency and how to comply with applicable law.

    (b)  The Director may, with the concurrence of the Administrator, grant an agency a waiver of the requirements of section 2 of this order if the Director concludes that such waiver is necessary for the delivery of essential services, for effective program delivery, or because it is otherwise warranted by the public interest.

    (c)  By September 1, 2019, the Director shall make appropriate recommendations to the President about terminating committees established by the President under section 9(a)(1) of FACA.  The Director shall also include in the President's FY 2021 budget submission to the Congress a detailed plan for terminating such committees required by statute whose continued operations no longer serve the public interest, including with respect to the criteria set forth in subsection 1(b) of this order.

    Sec. 5.  Exemption for Merit Review Panels.  (a)  The requirements of sections 1, 2, and 3 of this order do not apply to a merit review panel or advisory committee whose primary purpose is to provide scientific expertise to support agencies making decisions related to the safety or efficacy of products to be marketed to American consumers.

    (b)  A merit review panel, for purposes of this order, is any collegial body whose approval is necessary to fund an extramural research procurement contract, grant, or cooperative agreement (including second level peer review), such as those at the National Institutes of Health.

    Sec. 6.  General Provisions.  (a)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

    (b)  Nothing in this order 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 relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

    (c)  This order 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.

    (d)  The provisions of this order do not apply to any independent regulatory agency, as that term is defined in section 3502(5) of title 44, United States Code.



                        DONALD J. TRUMP


    June 14, 2019.





Office of the Press Secretary

June 14, 2019



SUBJECT:      Providing an Order of Succession Within the
              Central Intelligence Agency

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 3345 et seq. (the "Act"), it is hereby ordered that:

     Section 1.  Order of Succession.  Subject to the provisions of section 2 of this memorandum and to the limitations set forth in the Act, the following officers of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in the order listed, shall act as and perform the functions and duties of the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA), during any period in which the D/CIA has died, resigned, or otherwise becomes unable to perform the functions and duties of the office of D/CIA:

     (a)  Deputy Director, CIA;

     (b)  Chief Operating Officer, CIA;

     (c)  Deputy Director of CIA for Operations;

     (d)  Deputy Director of CIA for Analysis;

     (e)  Deputy Director of CIA for Science and Technology;

     (f)  Deputy Director of CIA for Digital Innovation;

     (g)  Deputy Director of CIA for Support;

     (h)  General Counsel, CIA;

     (i)  Deputy Chief Operating Officer, CIA;

     (j)  Senior CIA Representative for the United Kingdom;

     (k)  Senior CIA Representative for the East Coast; and

     (l)  Senior CIA Representative for the West Coast.

     Sec. 2.  Exceptions.  (a)  No individual who is serving in an office listed in section 1 of this memorandum in an acting capacity, by virtue of so serving, shall act as D/CIA pursuant to this memorandum.

     (b)  No individual listed in section 1 of this memorandum shall act as D/CIA unless that individual is otherwise eligible to so serve under the Act.

     (c)  Notwithstanding the provisions of this memorandum, the President retains discretion, to the extent permitted by law, to depart from this memorandum in designating an acting D/CIA.

     Sec. 3.  Revocation.  The Presidential Memorandum of September 16, 2016 (Providing an Order of Succession Within the Central Intelligence Agency), is hereby revoked.

     Sec. 4.  General Provisions.  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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“The next major priority for me, and for all of us, should be to lower the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs, and to protect patients with preexisting conditions.”– President Donald J. Trump


OFFERING WORKERS BETTER COVERAGE: President Donald J. Trump is expanding Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), opening new coverage options for American workers.

  • The Trump Administration has finalized a rule to expand HRAs, giving businesses a better way to offer health insurance coverage.
  • Under the rule, employers will be able to provide their workers with tax-preferred funds to pay for the cost of health insurance coverage that workers purchase in the individual market.
  • This rule will particularly benefit small businesses that face significant costs in offering a traditional group health plan and businesses that do not currently offer coverage.  
    • The rule corrects a major distortion by, in effect, providing the same tax benefits to these new HRAs that are provided today to traditional employer-sponsored plans.
  • The Administration expects that 800,000 employers will offer these new HRAs to more than 11 million employees and family members once employers fully adjust to the rule.
    • 800,000 Americans who would otherwise be uninsured are projected to gain coverage.
  • Under this rule, workers will be better able to shop for plans in the individual market and select coverage that best meets their and their families’ needs.
    • More people obtaining coverage from the individual market should spur increased competition among insurers and help deliver better coverage options to consumers.
  • Employers will be able to offer compensation arrangements that many workers will prefer, meaning that over time the rule could boost work and the overall economy.  
  • Businesses will also be able to offer a new excepted benefit HRA that workers can use to pay for medical expenses even if they opt out of the employer’s traditional group health plan.
EXPANDING AFFORDABLE COVERAGE: Many businesses have struggled with the high costs and complexity of health insurance, leading to less coverage and fewer options for workers.
  • Over the last decade, a significant number of small businesses that were offering health insurance to their employees have stopped offering it.
  • 80 percent of employers that offer coverage only provide one type of health plan to their employees, leaving workers no choices and plans that may not meet their needs.
  • In recent years, more workers who are offered a health plan are opting out. 
MORE OPTIONS, LOWER COSTS: President Trump has made it a priority to deliver more health coverage options and lower healthcare costs to Americans. 
  • President Trump is working to expand association health plans (AHPs), which make it more affordable for small businesses to provide health insurance to their employees.
    • Some AHPs show up to 30 percent savings on premiums.
  • The President took action to expand short-term, limited-duration plans, increasing choices for Americans facing high premiums and creating flexible options that fit their needs.
    • The premiums for these plans can cost less than half the cost of Obamacare premiums.
  • Americans will receive $45 billion of annual benefit from the expansion of these plans plus the individual mandate penalty removal, according to the Council of Economic Advisers.
  • Nearly 2 million people who would have otherwise been uninsured are expected to gain insurance thanks to the new HRA rule and expanded AHPs and short-term plans.

West Wing Reads Kim Kardashian West Returns to White House for Prisoner Reentry Event

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Kim Kardashian West Returns to White House for Prisoner Reentry Event

“Kim Kardashian West, who was a driving force behind the commutation of Alice Johnson, returned to the White House to speak at an event promoting the hiring of prisoners released early under the First Step Act, the criminal justice reform law President Trump signed into law in December,” CBS reports.

“These people want to work. They want the best outcome,” Kardashian West said. “I'm so happy to announce today that we have a ride-share partnership where formerly incarcerated people will be gifted gift cards so that they can get rides to and from job [interviews], to and from jobs, family members.”

She then thanked President Trump for his “compassion” and dedication to criminal justice reform during the past year.

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“When President Trump took office, small businesses and hard-working, middle-class families were finding it increasingly difficult to afford health insurance,” writes Brian Blase, special assistant to the president at the National Economic Council, in CNN Business. “A new Trump administration rule will provide an estimated 800,000 businesses a better way to offer coverage and millions of workers a better way to obtain coverage, through the expansion of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs).”
“President Trump’s detractors are trying to play down the significance of the U.S.-Mexico immigration deal, saying it is largely comprised of actions that Mexico had already agreed to many months ago. Nice try,” American Enterprise Institute Resident Fellow Marc Thiessen writes in The Washington Post. “If Mexico had truly agreed to implement many of these measures in December, then why had they not been implemented six months later? As even Mexican officials acknowledge, it was Trump’s threat of tariffs that forced Mexico’s hand.”
“While many immigrants who come here illegally are simply looking for better lives for themselves and their families, the consequences for legal citizens are often deleterious. Illegal immigration has a devastating impact on low-wage workers whose employers give them their jobs,” The Boston Herald editorial board writes. “Elected leaders must do more to dissuade foreigners from coming to the United States illegally and persuade them to enter legally. They must also support law enforcement in border security efforts and stop incentivizing illegal immigration with the prospect of amnesty.”
“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday charged Iran with responsibility for the attack earlier in the day on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes. “The unavoidable fact is that Iran remains the primary threat to stability in the Middle East. The U.S. is right to be there, in force and prepared to defend the interests of itself and its allies.”