Thursday, August 15, 2019

President Donald J. Trump Remains Committed to Expanding Energy Production and Increasing Manufacturing In The United States

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“We are going to continue to expand energy production, and we will also create more jobs in infrastructure, trucking, and manufacturing.” – President Donald J. Trump

ENERGY AND MANUFACTURING VICTORIES: President Donald J. Trump’s policies have paved the way to energy dominance and rejuvenated United States manufacturing.

  • Today, President Trump visited the Pennsylvania Shell ethylene cracker plant to demonstrate his continued commitment to United States energy and manufacturing.
  • Under the Trump Administration, burdensome regulations that unfairly punished the energy industry have been replaced, initiating a great increase in American energy production.
    • President Trump withdrew from the awful Paris Climate Agreement and helped the coal industry by ending oppressive regulations such as the Clean Power Plan.  
    • The Administration expanded energy production through the approval of oil pipelines and by unlocking America’s abundant natural resources.
  • Onerous regulations on American manufacturers have also been removed, allowing manufacturers to focus on production, expand their operations, and hire more employees.
    • Fewer regulations combined with lower energy costs have led to the current American manufacturing boom.
AMERICAN ENERGY DOMINANCE: President Trump’s policies have allowed American energy production and exports to soar to new heights.
  • By 2020, the United States is expected to export more energy than it imports for the first time since 1953.
  • The United States is now the largest crude oil producer in the world, with production breaking a nearly 50-year-old record in 2018.
    • Crude oil production grew by nearly 20 percent in 2018, reaching a total of 10.96 million barrels per day.
  • The United States is trending towards becoming a net exporter of oil and refined fuels.
  • Coal exports have risen more than 90 percent since 2016, increasing every year since President Trump took office.
  • Today, the United States is the world’s top producer of petroleum and natural gas.
  • American exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the European Union (EU) reached an all-time high in March 2019.
    • The EU aims to more than double the level of LNG imports per year from the United States by 2023.
MANUFACTURING BOOM: President Trump’s pro-American agenda has allowed United States manufacturing to boom for the first time in decades.
  • Since President Trump took office, American manufacturing has added a total of 523,000 jobs, compared to the 287,000 created during Obama’s last three years in office.
    • The 264,000 manufacturing jobs created in 2018 was the most since 1997.
  • In 2018, manufacturing optimism reached a record high.
  • Eighty-five percent of blue-collar workers believe their lives are heading in a positive direction.
    • Blue-collar wages have increased substantially, with workers on track to receive an additional $2,700 in annual wages, on average.

Remarks by President Trump Before Air Force Once Departure | Morristown, NJ

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Morristown Municipal Airport
Morristown, New Jersey

5:07 P.M. EDT

     THE PRESIDENT:  So, tremendous retail numbers were announced today, which really is a great indicator of how well our country is doing, how well our economy is doing.  Those are real numbers.  Walmart announced; others announced.  We had some tremendous numbers come out today, which I'm sure you saw.  So we're very happy about that.  We're doing very well.

     The economy is incredible.  The consumer -- probably above all else, the consumer is doing incredibly.

     So, go ahead.  Any questions?

     Q    What actions are you prepared to take to avoid a recession if this yield curve thing is really predictive?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I think we're going to have a very long period of wealth and success.  Other countries are doing very poorly.  As you know, China is doing very, very poorly.  The tariffs have really bitten into China.  They haven't bitten into us at all -- except for the reporters that want to make it look that way, but they don't understand what's happening.

     The tariffs, we've taken in close to $60 billion in tariff money.  And the consumer has not paid for them.  Now, at some point, they may have to pay something.  But they understand that.  And who really understands that is our great farmer.  The farmers of this country really understand it.  They know we had to do something about China, and we're doing something about China.

With that being said, I think we're having very good discussions with China.  They very much want to make a deal.  We'll see what happens.  We had a deal and they decided not to make it.  Now, I think they would like to have had that opportunity again, because I think they really would --

     Q    Mr. President --

     THE PRESIDENT:  I think they really missed a great opportunity.  I think they feel that they missed a great opportunity.  But China very much wants to make a deal.  We're talking to them.  We'll see what happens.

     Q    Why did you feel the need to get involved in the two congresswomen's trip to Israel?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I'm only involved from the standpoint of they are very anti-Jewish and they're very anti-Israel.  I think it's disgraceful, the things they've said.  You have lists of -- and this isn't just a one-line mistake; what they've said about Israel and Jewish people is a horrible thing.  And they've become the face of the Democrat Party.

     So I did absolutely put out a very strong statement.  I think, if you look at their language, if you look at what they've said, if I ever said it, it would be a -- it would be a horrible -- it would be a horrible month, to put it mildly.

     So the things that they've said -- Omar, Tlaib -- what they've said is disgraceful.  So I can't imagine why Israel would let them in.  But if they want to let them in, they can.  But I can't imagine why they would do it.

     Q    Are you worried that a prolonged trade war with China will pitch the economy into a recession?

     THE PRESIDENT:  No, I think the longer the trade war goes on, the weaker China gets and the stronger we get.  We're taking in massive amounts of money.  Billions and billions of dollars, Steve, as you know.  And I think the longer it goes, the stronger we get.  I have a feeling it's going to go fairly short.  I think it's going to be –

China has lost millions of jobs; you saw that reported today.  Thousands of companies are closing in China.  And I don't know, you know, maybe they want to do this for a year.  They'd love to have somebody like Biden, who doesn't know what he's doing.  I mean, I just put a clip where he said, "Oh, we want to build up China.  We want to build up China."  Well, they gave us a very strong China.  China has taken out over $500 billion a year for many years from our country.  And that's not going to happen anymore.

Q    Sir, just --

Q    How concerned are you -- let me just follow up, sorry.

Q    Sure.  It's okay.

Q    How concerned are you about a violent crackdown by the Chinese in Hong Kong?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I am concerned.  I wouldn't want to see a violent crackdown.  I put a little bit of a memo out last night.  He's a man I like a lot.  I get along with him very well -- President Xi.

And I said that I would be willing to bet that if he sat down with the protesters -- a group of representative protesters -- I bet he'd work it out in 15 minutes.  I bet he'd work it out very quickly.  I know it's not the kind of thing he does, but I think it wouldn't be a bad idea.  I really believe if he sat down -- they have a certain little leadership pool.  If he sat down with that leadership pool, I'll bet he'd work something out very quickly.

It really seems like things -- it could be worked out pretty easily.

     Q    Did you speak with Prime Minister Netanyahu about the congresswomen coming?

     THE PRESIDENT:  I don't want to comment about who I spoke to, but I think my social media statement pretty well speaks for itself.  I feel that they are so anti-Israel, so anti-Jewish.  Again, if other people made that statement, there would have been hell to pay.  So -- but I did speak to people over there.

     Q    Sir, China has said that they want to retaliate, that they're going to retaliate because of the tariffs increase that you announced.  What's your response to that?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, if they did retaliate -- which I don't think they will do because we're talking to them and they're offering things that are very good.  I don't think they'll retaliate.  But if they did, we have the ultimate form of retaliation.  I think that they'd have very few jobs left in China, because we'd be able to step it up.

     Just so you understand, I've been very mild about it.  Very, very mild.  There's a long way I can go.  And somebody had to take on what was happening with China.  We can't allow China to take, out of our country, $507 billion every year, not including intellectual property theft and so many other things.

     So, we're having very good talks with China.  I think things will happen, but we'll see.

     Q    If they do retaliate, will you want your team to meet with them in September as planned, or no?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, that’s too -- I -- look, September, the meeting is still on, as I understand it.  But I think, more importantly than September, we're talking by phone and we're having very productive talks.  They would like to do something, I will tell you that.

     And the talk we had a few days ago with my two representatives, nobody knew what was on that talk except for myself, China, and those two people.  That was a very good conversation.

     Q    Do you want Jay Powell to cut interest rates some more?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Jay Powell should be cutting rates because every country all over the world is cutting, and we want to stay, sort of, even.  And I don’t mind if we're higher -- we're better -- we're a better credit -- but we're way too high.  Jay Powell has made a big mistake.  He raised them too fast, and he also quantitative tightened.  He did quantitative tightening.  That was a big mistake -- $50 billion a month.  And it put us in a position.

And interestingly, even with normalized interest rates, President Obama was paying nothing.  And we have a much better economy.

And you have to look at our economy also from the day after my election, because we picked up tremendous steam the day after the election.  That's not attributable to President Obama.  They only did that because of us.

So when somebody says “from January 20th,” it's not from January 20th; it's from November 9th, the day after the election.  We picked up.  The fact that I won lifted our economy greatly.  And if I didn't win, it would go down.  And, frankly, if, for some reason that happened in the 2020 election, you'll see this economy go down the tubes.  I will tell you that right now.

     Q    Mr. President, do you have any idea on when China's going to follow through on their (inaudible) and crack down on fentanyl?

     THE PRESIDENT:  They want to follow through very quickly.  This was part of the conversation that we had.  They had a special representative actually come over and talk to us -- a different group -- and a message to me, a very strong message to me.  They want to start doing that very quickly.  I'll be honest, I'm not there yet.

     Q    Did you -- did you tell Israel to --

     THE PRESIDENT:  It’s not China; I'm not there yet.  We'll see what happens.

I do want to -- I really would like to see China, in a humane way, solve the problem in Hong Kong -- humanely solve the problem in Hong Kong.  And I think they could do it very quickly.  You know, I said yesterday: I really have a lot of confidence in President Xi.  I know that if he sat down with their representatives, I have no doubt he would solve that problem quickly.

     Q    In your conversations with people connected to Israel, did you encourage them to reject the (inaudible)?

     THE PRESIDENT:  No, I don’t encourage or discourage.  I think that if Israel allowed them to come in for the normal reasons, other than those reasons, I really believe that it would be a terrible thing for Israel.  I think it would show a terrible sign.

They want to do boycotts.  They said horrible things about Jewish people.  They said horrible things about Israel and Israelis.  I think it would be terrible thing, frankly, for Israel to let these two people, who speak so badly about Israel, come in.

And they have become, amazingly, the face of the Democrats.  The Democrats don’t want to do anything to condemn them.  If they were -- if this were 10 years ago, or if this were maybe a different time or different people or whatever, they would be condemned for the things they’ve said.  They’ve said some of the worst things I’ve ever heard said about Israel.  So how can Israel say, “Oh, welcome”?  I don’t think it would be a good thing for Israel.

     Q    Mr. President, do you think that Steve King needs to resign?

     THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t know the situation with Steve King.  It looked like -- I read a statement that supposedly he made.  I haven’t been briefed on it, but certainly it wasn’t a very good statement.

     Q    So, you’re going to go to the G7 pretty soon, and I think you’re going to meet with Boris Johnson.  Are you going to have some sort of declaration about the intent to seal a trade deal with him, with the Britons?

     THE PRESIDENT:  So, we’re dealing with the UK on trade and a trade deal, and we’re going to have a great deal made.  I’ve been dealing with Boris Johnson.  I just spoke to him yesterday.  I’ll speak to him again.  He and I are very much aligned.  We feel very good about each other.  I think we’ll make a fantastic and big trade deal with the UK.

Actually, we should do much more business than we’re doing with the UK.  You know, it’s a -- they’re probably -- I don’t want to say our “closest,” because I don’t want to insult other people, but certainly -- or countries -- but certainly they’re one of our closest allies anywhere in the world.  And we’re going to have a fantastic relationship with UK.  And we’re going to have a great trade deal with UK.  And that’s moving along rapidly.

     Q    Any other goals for the G7, sir?

     THE PRESIDENT:  I think just relationship.  We’ll see what happens.  We have a lot of things to discuss, a lot of things to discuss.

     Q    Is Corey going to announce tonight?

     THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t know.  Corey Lewandowski, I think, would be terrific if he ran, but I don’t know that he’s going to run.  I spoke to him about it a week ago.  Frankly, I think it’s something he’d like to do, but I don’t know that he’s going to do it.  I think he’d be very good.  He loves New Hampshire.  He loves our country.  If he did it, I think he’d be very formidable.

     Q    What executive actions are you prepared to take on guns?  Executive actions on guns, are you prepared --

     THE PRESIDENT:  We’re going to look at that very closely, and we’re looking at the whole gun situation.

I do want people to remember the words “mental illness.”  These people are mentally ill and nobody talks about that.  But these are mentally ill people, and people have to start thinking about it.

I think we have to start building institutions again because, you know, if you look at the ‘60s and ‘70s, so many of these institutions were closed.  And the people were just allowed to go onto the streets.  And that was a terrible thing for our country.  They closed them; cities couldn’t afford them and they closed them.  I mean, I can tell you: In New York, they closed a lot of them.  And the people went out; they went out onto the streets.  And it’s a terrible thing.  But a lot of our conversation has to do with the fact that we have to open up institutions.  We can’t let these people be on the streets.

     So, we have a tremendous crowd in New Hampshire.  It’s -- all over the place, everybody is saying, “Wow.”  Our competitor has virtually no crowd.  I don’t know what that means.  I assume that’s a poll of some kind.  But I think we’re going to do very well in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire should have been won last time, except we had a lot of people come in at the last moment, which was a rather strange situation.  Thousands and thousands of people coming in from locations unknown.  But I knew where their location was.

Q    Where (inaudible)?

THE PRESIDENT:  But I think we’re going to have -- I think we’re going to have a tremendous success in New Hampshire.  These are great people.  And the relationship is very good.

     Q    Do you still plan to commute the sentence of Blagojevich?

     THE PRESIDENT:  We’re looking at it.  I feel very badly.  I think he was very harshly sentenced, but we’re looking at it very strongly.  People feel very strongly about that.  I floated it and I wanted to see where the Democrats stood, where the Republicans stood.

People feel very strongly about Rod Blagojevich and his sentence.  He’s been in there for seven and a half years; that’s a long time.  And what he did was terrible, but it’s a long time.  It’s a long time.

     Q    Are you pushing Mitch McConnell on background checks?

     THE PRESIDENT:  I’ve been dealing with Mitch McConnell.  He’s a man who we have had tremendous success with judges and judicial appointments.  We’re going to be up to 179 federal judges within the next two months.  Nobody would have believed that’s possible.  And that was because President Obama was unable to get them completed.  So I inherited about 138 empty seats.  Nobody can believe it.  And we will have them almost all filled with tremendous judges and tremendously talented, smart people.  They’ll be filled within two months.

     So I have 179 judges and 2 Supreme Court justices.  That’s something that nobody would have ever thought possible.  I want to thank, very much, President Obama for that.

     Q    But I was asking about background checks for gun owners, for gun purchasers.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah, we do.  I’ve been speaking to Mitch about that.  I’ve been speaking to everybody about it.  And we don’t want to see crazy people owning guns.  But I also want to remember that mental illness is something nobody wants to talk about.  These people are mentally ill and we have to study that also.  Because, you know, it’s them; they pull the trigger.  The gun doesn’t pull the trigger.  They pull the trigger.  So we have to look very seriously at mental illness, and we’re doing that at a level that hasn’t been done before.  Okay?

     Q    (Inaudible) speaking with, Mr. President, besides the Senate Majority Leader and Pat Toomey?  Is there anyone else who you’re talking to?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.  Yeah.  I’m speaking to many Republicans.  And I’ll tell you, it’s -- it’s been pretty -- an amazing experience.  They want to see something happen.  And basically, it’s very simple, they don’t want to have insane people, dangerous people, really bad people having guns.  Republicans agree with me on that, I think, you know, I would say, pretty much uniformly.

     Q    Do you think this will be easy to do when the Senate comes back?  Or how (inaudible) --

     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I’m afraid that if we came up with a good bill, I think the Democrats then might up it, and then do things that can’t be done and that the public wouldn’t want done.  I hope that wouldn’t happen, but that’s happened in the past.  You understand.

     Q    Do you support universal background checks?

     THE PRESIDENT:  I support strong, meaningful background checks, where people that should not have guns, people that are insane, people that are mentally ill, people that are bad, bad people -- like this guy in Philadelphia, who has been arrested numerous times; he’s a bad guy -- where people like that would not have guns.  And, frankly, people like that should be locked up.  He shouldn’t have even been on the streets.

     Thank you.  Thank you very much.

     Q    Did you talk to Xi directly?  Was that who you talked to in China?

     THE PRESIDENT:  I will speak to him.  We have a call scheduled soon -- President Xi.  We’ll be speaking to him very soon.  I really believe he can work it out.  I know him well.  If he wants to, he can work that out in a very humane fashion.  He can work something that everybody is happy.  Thank you.

                              END                 5:23 P.M. EDT

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts
Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individual to a key position in his Administration:

Coleen S. Kalina of Virginia, to be the Executive Director of the Intelligence Oversight Board. 

Ms. Kalina is a twenty-eighty-year veteran of the Intelligence Community. In her prior assignment as the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) Deputy Director for Operations, she oversaw DIA’s strategic Human Intelligence and Counterintelligence activities, including Defense Attaché Service, the Defense Clandestine Service, the Defense Debriefing Service, and the Office of Counterintelligence. She served abroad working directly with the leadership of our closest allies’ intelligence and security services. She held additional notable leadership positions in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and National Security Council. 

CORRECTED: Remarks by President Trump During Tour of the Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex | Monaca, PA

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Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex
Monaca, Pennsylvania

August 13, 2019


3:21 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  These folks are from Shell, and this is a plant like no other.  It's just incredible.  And they are -- they're going to be opening.  Over the next six, seven months, it'll start to open in phases, and then over the next year and a half, it'll be totally open.  Tremendous employment right now.  They have almost 2,000 workers -- anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000.

And that's among the largest cranes anywhere in the world.  They say number two or number one; they're not exactly sure.  It looks like the biggest one I've ever seen, because it has to lift up tremendous weight to tremendous height.  And so it's either the first- or second-largest crane in the world, which is very exciting, if you like equipment.

And these folks are from Shell, a great company.  And we appreciate the investment, and we're going to do everything possible to make (inaudible).

You might want to explain to them, a little bit, to the media, what we're looking at exactly.

MS. MERCER:  Okay, so we have a pipeline, which is brings ethane into the cracker, which is where we turn the ethane into ethylene.  There are furnaces on the left-hand side that were made in Maine -- in (inaudible), Maine.  They we turn the -- then we crack the ethane to make ethylene, and then we follow it all the way down the platform so we get to the outside, where the big crane is.  And that's where we make polyethylene in three different reactors.  So, all different grades of polyethylene to make (inaudible), to make hard plastics, all the pallets that would go out to customers who are, actually, mostly based in the Northeast of the United States.

THE PRESIDENT:  And we've asked them to wherever -- like, as an example, Maine -- a big factor is Maine because they've made a lot of the most important parts.  And, really, some of the equipment comes from Maine.  We're very happy about that.  And we've asked them if they could, with the USA, buy USA.  And they really have, to a large extent, been able to do that, and we appreciate it very much.  We appreciate that very much.  A lot of states are very happy.

Behind the plant is the Ohio River, and it feeds it.   Absolutely.  It comes in on barges, comes in on all sorts of different kind of ships.  They have good depth.  But there's a great feeder right behind; you don’t see it here.  But right behind is the Ohio River.  And that feeds the plant, to a large extent.

What percentage is fed by the river versus trucks?

MS. MERCER:  All of the heavy equipment comes on the river.

     THE PRESIDENT:  All of the heavy equipment comes on the river.  That’s fantastic.  What about as you finish making the product?

     MS. MERCER:  When we finish -- when we make the product, the product can go out in railcars, so we’re on CSX rail here.  Or we can load trucks.  So we’re the only polyethylene pump, really, in the country that loads trucks.

     THE PRESIDENT:  To show you the quality -- so, we were going to take a look at it from here.  We were going to sit on this gravel, which is dusty.  And Shell -- you know, they know how to do things -- they built this beautiful concrete platform, of course.  We'll be here for three minutes and they built this beautiful concrete.  That's the way it is; that's the way it should be.  Take a look at this: brand new, just poured, so that I wouldn’t get my feet wet.  That's very nice.  (Laughter.)  But that's called quality.  That's -- it's really called "knowing your business and knowing what you're doing."

     And you'll see the same quality proportionately, but you'll see the same quality right there.  Everything is the finest anywhere in the world.  And we hope Shell is going to be building a number of others, but we've made it a lot easier for them.  It would’ve been very tough without what we've been able to do.  And it's a lot of jobs for an area that wanted them.  And this area is really, really excited about this opening.  And I just want to thank all of you.  What a fantastic job.

     MS. MERCER:  Thank you.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Fantastic.

     SECRETARY PERRY:  I'll let you know something next week, sir.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Rick is going to be announcing a big project next week.  Rick Perry.  Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

                             END                3:26 P.M. EDT

President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominees, United States Attorney Nominees, and United States Marshal Nominees

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominees,
United States Attorney Nominees, and United States Marshal Nominees


Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate:

Steven J. Menashi of New York, to serve as Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 

Steven Menashi is a Special Assistant to President Donald J. Trump and Senior Associate Counsel to the President. He previously served as Acting General Counsel at the Department of Education. Before entering public service, Mr. Menashi was an Assistant Professor of Law at George Mason University, where he taught courses in administrative law and civil procedure. Before entering academia full time, Mr. Menashi was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in New York, where his practice focused on civil and regulatory litigation. While at Kirkland & Ellis, Mr. Menashi also was a Research Fellow at the New York University School of Law and the Opperman Institute for Judicial Administration. Mr. Menashi served as a law clerk to Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to Justice Samuel Alito of the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Menashi earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College, and his J.D., with distinction, from Stanford Law School, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif and served as Senior Articles Editor of the Stanford Law Review.

Jodi W. Dishman of Oklahoma, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

Jodi Dishman is a Shareholder at McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City, where her practice focuses on complex civil litigation in Federal and State courts and where she serves as President of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Before joining McAfee & Taft, Ms. Dishman spent five years as an attorney in the San Antonio, Texas office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Dishman served as a law clerk to Judges Edward C. Prado and Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Dishman earned her B.B.A., cum laude, from Southern Methodist University and her J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Oklahoma Law Review

Karen S. Marston of Pennsylvania, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Karen Marston serves as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where she is Chief of the Office’s Narcotics and Organized Crime section. Ms. Marston previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina, receiving the Department of Justice Director’s Award in 2002. Ms. Marston has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law. Ms. Marston earned her B.A. from Davidson College and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Wake Forest University School of Law, where she served as an Articles Editor on the Wake Forest Law Review.

Richard E. Myers II of North Carolina, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Richard Myers is the Henry Brandis Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of Trial Advocacy at the University of North Carolina School of Law, where his teaching and scholarship focuses on criminal law. Previously, Professor Myers served as an Assistant United States Attorney in both the Eastern District of North Carolina and Central District of California United States Attorneys’ Offices. While a Federal prosecutor, Professor Myers prosecuted a wide variety of crimes including counterfeiting, narcotics, and firearms offenses. Before going into public service, Professor Myers was in private practice at O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Upon graduation from law school, Professor Myers served as a law clerk to Judge David Sentelle on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He earned his B.A., summa cum laude, and his M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he served as an Articles Editor on the North Carolina Law Review.

Sarah E. Pitlyk of Missouri, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Sarah Pitlyk is a Special Counsel at the Thomas More Society, where her practice focuses on constitutional and civil rights litigation. Before joining the Thomas More Society, Ms. Pitlyk worked at Clark & Sauer LLC, a civil litigation firm in St. Louis, Missouri, and was an associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Pitlyk served as a law clerk to then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Ms. Pitlyk earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from Boston College, M.A.’s from Georgetown University and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar, and her J.D. from Yale Law School.  

Anuraag “Raag” Singhal of Florida, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Raag Singhal serves as a Circuit Court Judge for the 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County, Florida, having been appointed to the bench by then-Governor Rick Scott in 2011. Before his appointment, Judge Singhal was in private practice in Fort Lauderdale where his practice focused on criminal defense in both the trial courts and courts of appeals. Early in his career, Judge Singhal served as a prosecutor in the Office of the State Attorney. Judge Singhal earned his B.A. from Rice University and his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law.

David M. DeVillers of Ohio, to serve as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. 

David DeVillers is an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio. While serving as an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. DeVillers has led numerous organized crime task forces involving the FBI, ATF, DEA, and IRS. He has twice served as a Legal Advisor with the Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training—in Tbilisi, Georgia, from 2010 to 2012 and in Bucharest, Romania, and Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2018. Mr. DeVillers received his B.A. from the State University of New York, Oswego, and his J.D. from Capital University.


Thomas L. Leonard III of Michigan, to serve as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan.  

Thomas Leonard is the founder of MiStrategies, a policy development and strategic collaboration firm. Previously, Mr. Leonard served as a Member of the Michigan House of Representatives, including as Speaker of the House. Before serving in the legislature, Mr. Leonard was an Assistant Attorney General in Genesee County, assigned to the Special Crimes Division in Flint. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law.  

Owen M. Cypher of Michigan, to serve as the United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Michigan. 

Owen Cypher is a Deputy United States Marshal and Senior Judicial Security Inspector for the United States Marshals Service for the Eastern District of Michigan. Mr. Cypher has worked for the United States Marshals Service in various roles since 2003, including as a Senior Inspector in both Asset Forfeiture Investigations and Protective Intelligence Investigations. Mr. Cypher also served in the United States Marine Corps as a Corporal from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Cypher earned his B.A. from American Military University.

Ralph Sozio of New York, to serve as the United States Marshal for the Southern District of New York.

Ralph Sozio currently serves as Assistant to the Special Agent In-Charge for the United States Secret Service’s New York Field Office. Mr. Sozio joined the Secret Service in 2002, after serving in the New York City Police Department. Prior to his decades-long career in law enforcement, Mr. Sozio earned his B.S. from the Pratt Institute.  

Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate

Office of the Press Secretary


August 14, 2019


Dear Madam Speaker:      (Dear Mr. President:)

Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days before the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date.  In accordance with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice, stating that, consistent with section 1766(b) of Public Law 115-232 (50 U.S.C. 4601 note), the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13222 of August 17, 2001, as amended by Executive Order 13637 of March 8, 2013, relating to the expiration of the Export Administration Act of 1979 is to continue in effect for 1 year beyond August 17, 2019.


                              DONALD J. TRUMP


Office of the Press Secretary


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      On August 17, 2001, the President issued Executive Order 13222 pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.).  In that order, the President declared a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States related to the expiration of the Export Administration Act of 1979, as amended (50 U.S.C. 4601 et seq.).  Because the implementation of certain sanctions authorities, including sections 11A, 11B, and 11C of the Export Administration Act, consistent with section 1766(b) of Public Law 115-232 (50 U.S.C. 4601 note), is to be carried out under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act the national emergency declared on August 17, 2001, must continue in effect beyond August 17, 2019.  Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13222, as amended by Executive Order 13637 of March 8, 2013.

      This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.


                              DONALD J. TRUMP


    August 14, 2019.