Tuesday, October 15, 2019

1600 Daily The White House • October 15, 2019 Watch: Little League World Series champs meet President Trump!

1600 Daily
The White House • October 15, 2019

Watch: Little League World Series champs meet President Trump!

The winners of the 2019 Little League World Series and Softball Little League World Series capped off great seasons with a memorable visit to the White House on Friday.

While in the Oval Office, players from Louisiana’s Eastbank All-Stars and North Carolina’s Rowan Little League softball team got the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to meet and take pictures with the President of the United States.

“This is just a celebration trip, a culmination of a long hard summer and winning the World Series championship,” Rowan coach Steve Yang told the Salisbury Post. He said “the players were awe-struck” as President Donald J. Trump made them feel right at home.

One more surprise was in store for the Eastbank All-Stars: As it so happened, President Trump was heading to their home state of Louisiana later that day. So he asked the parents if their kids could fly back in style—aboard Air Force One. The invitation was accepted, giving the Little League World Series champions a season they won’t forget.

The “trip of a lifetime” for the Eastbank All-Stars!

More: Rowan Little League softball team visits White House

President Trump scores huge ‘phase 1’ deal with China

On Friday, President Trump delivered a major announcement on progress regarding trade negotiations with China—one that spells out big wins ahead for American workers and for our terrific farming community.

 President Trump: America and China come to a substantial “phase one deal.”

After meeting with China’s Vice Premier at the White House, President Trump announced that terms have been reached in principle over some of the most important issues facing American businesses. Those topics included protection of U.S. intellectual property and the opening of Chinese markets to our financial services products.

But perhaps the biggest win was securing the purchase of American agricultural goods to the tune of $40-50 billion.

“I’m very excited for the farmer because there’s never been a deal of this magnitude for the American farmer,” President Trump said. The China deal will be “the largest order in the history of agriculture, by far—by two and a half times.”

President Trump correctly understands what past American leaders did not: When it comes to trade with China, the United States has a stronger hand. Previous administrations stood down in the face of confrontation with Beijing, putting media and global popularity points above the interests of American workers. Real negotiation takes time, but Americans know that President Trump won’t back down until he gets results.

“It took us a long time to get here, but it’s something that’s going to be great for China and great for the USA.”

🎬 President Trump: Tremendous news for our farmers!

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President Trump greets the 2019 Stanley Cup Champions, the St. Louis Blues, in the Oval Office | October 15, 2019


Office of the Press Secretary


Rose Garden

3:23 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much.  It's a great honor today.  These are great champions behind me, great athletes.  I always respect great athletes.  But they’re also very smart, because you can't win unless you're smart.  It takes more than just the muscles, right?  I think we've all learned that.

Today, it's my pleasure to welcome the Stanley Cup Champions, the St. Louis Blues.  I watched it very carefully.  I watched that season, and I saw, gee, they're not doing very well this year.  But you'll see the story; it's an amazing story of comebacks.

Congratulations to Head Coach Craig Berube and the Blues organization.  And I just want to congratulate you guys.  That is something.  (Applause.)  Fantastic.  Fantastic.  And the entire team on winning your first Stanley Cup.  And you'll probably have many more, based on what I'm hearing.

We're delighted to be joined by Second Lady Karen Pence.  Karen, thank you very much.  Appreciate it.  (Applause.)  Mike is getting ready to make a big trip.  He'll be leaving tomorrow.  We have a delegation leading today.  And Mike is heading it up with Secretary Pompeo.  They'll be leaving tomorrow.

And we're having very strong talks with a lot of people.  We want to bring our soldiers back home after so many years.  And they're the greatest warriors in the world.  They're policing.  They're not a police force; they're a different kind of a force.

We want to bring our soldiers back home.  And we're being very tough on Turkey and a lot of others.  They have to maintain their own properties now.  They have to maintain peace and safety.  And we'll see what happens -- the delegation.  We're asking for a ceasefire.  We put the strongest sanctions that you can imagine, but they get a lot.  We have a lot in store if they don’t -- if they don’t have an impact, including massive tariffs on steel.  They ship a lot of steel to the United States.  They make a lot of money shipping steel.  They won't be making so much money.

I just want to tell you that the stock market is way up today because of probably the trade deal that we made with China. We made a fantastic deal.  You guys would’ve been very proud of it.  Your agents would’ve been -- (laughter) -- your agents would've been very proud.  Those agents, right?  They sit in bed, they weigh 350 pounds, and they complain: "You're not playing very well today.  Come on."  (Laughter.)  So -- the good, old agents.  But they would’ve been proud.

We're going to be selling to China about $50 billion worth of farm agricultural products.  And -- it's amazing.  (Applause.)  And China has been great.  China has really been great on this.  And we have a phase two, and we're doing a lot with banking and with financial services already in phase one.  Phase one is massive, actually.  It's probably the simpler stuff, but, in some ways, maybe it's the most complicated.  But it's very big numbers.

So I hear the most the farmers ever did was $16 billion, so I said, "Ask for 70."  They said, "No, you don’t mean 70.  Sixteen.  Ask for 70."  I said, "Yeah, ask for 70."  So we agreed on 50.  And the only problem is they say the farmers can't produce it; it's too much.  I said, "Don't reduce it."  My people said, "All right, make it 20."  I said, "No, make it 50.  Let the farmers tell me we can't do it."  The farmers will never say that because they'll do it.  You guys know that, right?

So we have $50 billion worth of agriculture.  It's the largest contract of its kind, by three times, ever signed.  And China is starting immediately, even though the agreement will take -- Gary, you get agreements done much more quickly.  Gary Bettman, what a job.  But the agreement will take probably until Chile.  We're going to Chile for a meeting -- as you know, a summit.

And -- hello, Mr. Senator.  Look at my two great senators.  Roy, stand up -- even though I'm going to introduce you in a second.  (Applause.)  How's our young -- how's our young, incredible -- how's our young, incredible Josh doing?  Good job?  Come on.  Stand up, Josh.  What a job.  (Applause.)

Roy and I said back -- we said, "We need somebody that's really outstanding to beat her."  I won't mention names.  (Laughter.)  And they had four or five candidates.  I looked at four or five candidates.  I said, "I want him."  And he really, under pressure, was unbelievable.  Thank you very much.  We made a good choice, Roy, right?  What do you think?  Yes?  One thing with Roy, he’ll tell if it was no good.  He’ll tell you now.  (Applause.)  It’s always dangerous.  Right, Josh?  Anyway, congratulations.  Great job.

     But we’re delighted to be joined also by Secretary Alex Azar, who has been fantastic; and Andrew Wheeler, EPA -- Andrew, thank you very much; and Robert Lighthizer.  How are you doing with trade with other countries?  Doing all right?  All he does is contracts.  He does contracts.  In fact, he probably wants to leave now because he’s got another contract.  We just did one with Japan.  We just did one with South Korea.  China is happening.  Mexico, Canada is happening, if they can ever get it approved.  I doubt they will because it’s Nancy Pelosi.  (Laughter.)  They’re too busy working on impeachment.

     And, by the way, we just hit the greatest economy we’ve ever had.  “Let’s impeach the President.”  Isn’t that a good idea?  (Laughter.)  I wouldn’t worry about it, fellas.  (Laughter.)  I wouldn’t worry about it.  Don’t -- don’t worry too much.

     How are we doing, Roy?  Okay in the Senate?  I hear we’re looking very good.  I hear our senators -- they’re the greatest.

     I want to start by introducing a man that I’ve known a little bit, but he’s been a great business success: Tom Stillman.  He’s the majority owner of the St. Louis Blues.  And Tom became the chairman of the Blues -- had a great success in business, but we won’t bore them with that.  And -- tremendous success, actually.  Became the chairman of the Blues.  And, in May of 2012, when he took over, he said, “I have a plan for five years, six years, eight years.  We got to make -- we have to have a champion.”  And within seven years, they won the Stanley Cup -- the beautiful Stanley Cup, right here.  (Applause.)  So that’s a great job.

     You know, he wasn’t on the list to introduce.  I said, “Wait a minute, he’s the owner.”  They want to introduce everybody but the owner.  I said, “Give me a little information.”  That’s a very good thing -- seven years.  We’ve been waiting a little longer than that in New York, you know?  (Laughter.)  We’ve been waiting, but we’ll get there.  We’re going to get there.

     We also have some very proud Blues fans here with us.  And we just introduced Senator Roy Blunt, who is a fantastic man, a great friend of mine.  He’s done an incredible job, and he loves your state very much.  He loves your team.  He loves your team.  Roy, thank you very much.

     And, as I said, Josh Hawley -- (applause) -- who is a young, brilliant star of the Senate.  And he’s been doing fantastically well.  And I want to thank you very much, Josh, for the job you’re doing.

     Representatives Mike Bost -- where’s Mike?  Mike.  Stand up, Mike.  Just stand up as I introduce.  You got so many political people here.  They’re so -- they’re so afraid of not being here.  They’ll lose half of their vote if they’re not here today.  (Laughter.)  They all came back early because they didn’t want to not be here.  Right, Mike?

Rodney Davis -- a great guy.  Thank you, Rodney.  John Katko.  The great Billy Long.  Thanks, John.  Where’s Billy?  Billy, do an auction for the St. -- auction the team off, please.

REPRESENTATIVE LONG:  (Inaudible) auction the Stanley Cup.

THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah, come on.  Come on over here, Billy.  Come here.  (Laughter and applause.)  Auction.  Auction off the Stanley Cup.  And he didn’t know I was going to -- you won’t believe this.

REPRESENATIVE LONG:  And I -- I’ve never been to auction school either, so.

THE PRESIDENT:  (Inaudible) buy the Stanley Cup.

REPRESENATIVE LONG:  All right, going to buy the Stanley Cup here.  Hey, here -- taking 25.  What do you -- 30 thousand dollars?  How about a 30?  Thirty-five?  Forty.  You able to buy 45?  Forty-five?  Fifty.  Fifty thousand dollars.  Now going to buy 60.  Now going to buy -- get that satisfied look off your face.  You're out!  (Laughter.)  Sixty-five.  Seventy.  I have -- sold at $65,000!  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  I'll take it.  (Inaudible.)  Thank you.

REPRESENTATIVE LONG:  Hey, will you sign this?  The last one brought $15,000.

THE PRESIDENT:  I will.  Give me a pen.

REPRESENTATIVE LONG:  He signed my St. Jude tie at the State of the Union.  We gave the money -- we auctioned it off for $15,000 to St. Jude.  He’s going to sign this one here.

THE PRESIDENT:  I will sign it.

REPRESENTATIVE LONG:  This will be in next year’s auction.

THE PRESIDENT:  This was not planned, by the way.  (Applause.)

REPRESENTATIVE LONG:  What do you mean it wasn't planned?  That plan -- they stopped me at the gate.  They said, “Stand over here.”  They didn’t know I was coming!  (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Billy.  Oh, Billy.  (Laughter.)  Pretty -- pretty good job, though.  Didn’t he do -- isn’t that pretty good?  I think it’s pretty good.

And Blaine.  Where’s Blaine?  Blaine Luetkemeyer.  A friend of mine.  Good.  Thank you, Blaine.  Great job.  (Applause.)  That’s a great job.

Jason Smith.  (Applause.)  Jason.  Thank you, Jason.

A great hockey player -- I must tell you, I’m not sure we’re in that category, though, Pete.  Right?  What do you think?  I know you were really good.  Do you know that he was a great player in his own right?  Okay?  Pete Stauber.  Yeah.  He was a good one.  (Applause.)

And Ann Wagner.  She wasn’t a great player, but she’s a great person.

REPRESENTATIVE WAGNER:  (Inaudible.)  (Laughter and applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thanks, Ann.

Missouri Governor, Mike Parson.  Mike, great job.  (Applause.)  And Attorney General Eric Schmitt.  Eric.  (Applause.)

And many other leaders -- great leaders.  And another leader -- and I introduced him a little bit before, but the NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.  I’ve known him so long; I refuse to say how long.  It’s a lot of years, right?  A lot of years.  A lot of success, too.  Way to go, Gary.  Way to go.  It’s an honor to have you.  (Applause.)

So what we were alluding to before is: In 2019, when the year started, you were true underdogs.  Midway through the season, the Blues were ranked last in the NHL.  I can’t believe that, fellas.  But don’t worry, it gets better.  (Laughter.)

You only had 15 wins, you had 18 losses, and 4 ties.  On January 6th, fresh off another really bad loss -- a hard one; it was close, but it was bad -- a few of the Blues players -- it's still a loss, right?  The losses are no good no matter by what.  Does it matter if you lose them close, Tom, or -- a loss is a loss, right?

MR. STILLMAN:  It's a loss.

THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah, I think so.  At least you have a little hope when they're close, right?

But they gathered at a bar in Philadelphia where they heard the 1982 hit, “Gloria.”  That’s where you were -- that’s why we were playing that song, for those of you that don't know what's happened here.  (Laughter.)  "Gloria."

The next day, you shut out the Flyers, who were hot, and “Gloria” became your new “win song."  It was a "win song"; that’s why we played it.  So now everybody gets it, otherwise the fake news would be criticizing me.  (Laughter.)  They'd say, "What kind of a song -- you're playing this song.  What does that have…"

Look at that guy.  Look at that mouth on that guy.  Come here a minute.  (Laughter.)  Come here.  Come here.

Do you think he's taken a few hits?  (Applause.)  Huh?  Do you think he's tough?  Do you think I could take him in a fight?  I don’t know.  I don’t know.  Great.  Wow.  How do mine look?  (Laughter.)  No hockey.  That’s great.

Over the next few weeks, the Blues notched 11 straight wins, the longest winning streak in team history, and soon earned a place in the playoffs.

In the first round, you took on the Winnipeg Jets.  Moments away from overtime in game five, the Blues' left wing, Jaden Schwartz, scored the winning goal in the last 15 seconds of regulation.  And everybody else just took a deep breath and said, "That was close."  Where's Jason?  Jason?


THE PRESIDENT:  Oh, Jaden.  Come here.  Say a few words.  Jaden.

MR. SCHWARTZ:  Oh, boy.  (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Jaden.  And they say he's a great golfer, but --

MR. SCHWARTZ:  Well -- (laughter) -- I wouldn’t be able to score if it wasn’t for partner passing me the puck.  Where are you, Tyler?  Golf partner, too.


MR. SCHWARTZ:  If you want to take us on sometime --

THE PRESIDENT:  Yes.  (Laughter.)

MR. SCHWARTZ:  -- let us know.

THE PRESIDENT:  Fantastic job.  (Applause.)  Fantastic.  Thank you, Jaden.

The next game, St. Louis clinched the series after Jaden scored all three -- Jaden, you're pretty good -- (laughter) -- all three of the Blues’ goals.  And, Jaden, your persistence made you the Blues’ leader in the playoff goal scoring.  That’s a great job.  After winning two more series, the Blues were off to the legendary Stanley Cup Finals, which everybody watches, everybody loves.  Very special.

It was a matchup for the ages.  With the series tied at 3-3, the Blues headed to Boston for the final showdown against a great team.  Watching from the bleachers was your biggest fan, 11-year-old Laila Anderson, who is here with us today.  (Applause.)  Where's Laila?  Laila, stand up.  Come on up here, Laila.  Come on up here.  Good job.  (Applause.)

So, you all know Laila.  Laila is a bigger celebrity than our two senators.  (Laughter.)  They just hope that she's not going to be running against them someday.  But it's a -- really, an extraordinary story of a very heroic young woman.

Throughout the season, Laila was bravely battling an extremely rare, life-threatening immune disease called HLH.  Blues players visited her in the hospital constantly, and they hosted a bone marrow registry drive to help her get lifesaving treatment.  Laila’s mother, Heather, said -- who is here -- "These boys are what keeps [her] going.  They're just incredible, incredible young men."  Thank you very much for being here.  (Applause.)  Very -- very nice.  Very nice.

Laila received a bone marrow transplant in January and was strong enough to cheer the team on to victory in the final game. Laila, your exceptional courage and, frankly, the fact that you brought the team some luck -- which is important, right?  We all need a little of that.  But we just want to thank you.  You inspired the Blues all season, and today you continue to inspire all Americans.  We all know your story.

Right now, see all of those people back there?  See?  They look so friendly; they're not.  (Laughter.)  They're not.  They're tougher than these guys, okay?  But I’ll bank on these guys.  So congratulations, darling.  You take care of yourself, okay?

MS. ANDERSON:  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, honey.  Be careful.

So, the Stanley Cup Final was an extraordinary finish to a miraculous season.  So you think of that, and that’s what we're referring to.  They started off so bad.  It was so bad that even the commissioner was telling me it wasn’t looking too good for this team.  Right?  But they -- they set records.

When the puck dropped, the Blues did not strike right away.  You only knew it took one shot on goal until the final minutes of the first period.  Then, Stanley Cup MVP -- what happened to Jaden with all the goals you -- (laughter) -- I think Jaden should be the MVP.  No, I’m only kidding.  (Laughter.)  Where’s Ryan?  Ryan O’Reilly.  (Applause.)  Where’s Ryan?

MR. STILLMAN:  He’s over here.

THE PRESIDENT:  Come here.  Come on up.  That’s pretty good. Say a couple of words.

Thanks, Ryan.  That’s enough.  (Laughter.)

MR. O’REILLY:  Well, I couldn’t do it without these guys behind me.  And we’re a great team and it was a heck of a run.

THE PRESIDENT:  And you’re not Irish, are you, by any chance?

MR. O’REILLY:  (Laughs.)  I am.  I am.  (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Great going, Ryan.  (Applause.)

Ryan O’Reilly.  He scored the first goal of the game and became the first player since Wayne Gretzky -- a great guy; really, a fantastic guy -- in 1985 to score four consecutive Cup Final games.  He scored in all of them.  Ryan, congratulations on winning the Conn Smythe Trophy.

As the first period came to a close, Team Captain Alex Pietrangelo -- where is he?

MR. PIETRANGELO:  Right here.

THE PRESIDENT:  Where’s Alex?  Come on over here.


THE PRESIDENT:  Look at this guy.  Come on, say a couple of words, Alex.  Look, see that?


THE PRESIDENT:  You don’t even get that for sports, right?

MR. PIETRANGELO:  No, no, no, no.  (Laughter.)  This is a bigger deal than the sports.  This is pretty cool.

THE PRESIDENT:  This is part of everything.

MR. PIETRANGELO:  Yeah, it’s a pretty good group of guys back here, huh?

THE PRESIDENT:  You better believe it.

MR. PIETRANGELO:  Yeah, big golfers.

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s right.

MR. PIETRANGELO:  Big golfers.  I know you like that.

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s right.

MR. PIETRANGELO:  Well, thanks for having us.  We appreciate it.  (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Great job.

MR. PIETRANGELO:  Appreciate it.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Great job.  Thank you, Alex.       

Alex rushed forward and found that the back of the net was his, taking a two-nothing lead.  But Boston didn’t let up.  It’s a tough team.  And I know the owner too.  How’s he doing?  Okay?  Good man, right?  Not so happy, unfortunately.  But he’s my friend.  But he wasn’t so happy.

The Bruins took 33 shots on net during the game, and the Blues rookie goaltender -- that’s pretty good -- Jordan Binnington -- where’s Jordan?  Jordan.  I got to find -- come here.  (Applause.)  He stopped 32 of 33, so why didn’t you stop the other one, Jordan?  You could have made the game a lot easier.  Come on.  (Laughter.)

MR. BINNINGTON:  Yeah, first off, you know, that’s my bad, I guess.  (Laughter.)  Could have had a shut-out there.  But, you know, we went all that way so we had to finish the job and --

THE PRESIDENT:  You did it.

MR. BINNINGTON:  -- it was a great game.  And, yeah.

THE PRESIDENT:  Fantastic.

MR. BINNINGTON:  We’re happy we’re here.  Thanks.

THE PRESIDENT:  So have you always had good reflexes?

MR. BINNINGTON:  I guess so.  Yeah.  (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT:  If you didn’t, you’d be in trouble.


THE PRESIDENT:  If you didn’t, it wouldn’t -- wouldn’t be pretty.

MR. BINNINGTON:  I don’t think I’d be here.  No.  (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t think you’d be -- I don’t think you’d be here, right?


THE PRESIDENT:  That’s -- great job, Jordan.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)

Thirty-two of thirty-three.  I guess that’s good.  Commissioner, that’s pretty good, right?  I think so.

Jordan, your astounding 97 percent save percentage held Boston to a single goal.  That’s pretty good, huh?  After 52 years, the Blues finally, and triumphantly, raised the Stanley Cup.  That’s amazing.  Fifty-two years.  And you did it in seven, huh?  Come here.  (Applause.)

And the St. Louis Blues’ amazing comeback reminds us to never give up, never lose faith, never, ever quit.  Just keep forging ahead.  You never know.  Just keep forging ahead.  But this team is really exemplary.  Starting a season so badly, where they were in last place and people had written them off.  And I think your fans are so loyal, frankly.  They don’t stop coming, Roy, do they?  I don’t think so.  Josh, they came anyway.  But they probably, sort of, gave up.  They started -- some of them.  But it’s incredible.  Think of that: So they had a record streak, and then all of a sudden, they’re in it and then they win and they keep winning. 

  When you work hard, support each other, believe in yourself, and give everything you’ve got, victory is always within reach.

To the St. Louis Blues: Congratulations again on your unforgettable season -- that was a really a tremendous final; incredible -- and the thrilling Stanley Cup win.

And it’s now my honor to invite up the Chairman -- the man that we’ve been talking about -- seven -- and we’re going to call him Seven-Year Tom.  That’s actually a very quick period of time.  But he’s a great gentlemen and he’ll say a few words about the team.  Thank you.

Tom Stillman.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

MR. STILLMAN:  Thank you, Mr. President.  And thanks so much for welcoming us to the White House today.  It is a really an honor to be here and to be here with you.  It’s also an honor to be here with the group of guys that’s behind me here.  They showed tremendous not only skill and ability in their sport, but great character and persistence.  I think they serve as a model for not only our sport, but other sports, about how to -- how to live your life and, as you said, never giving up.  So, it's a proud moment to be here with all of them.

     THE PRESIDENT:  And, Tom, you worked here, didn't you?  Right in the area.  You were working in government.

     MR. STILLMAN:  I did work in government for a while.  I was over there at the -- at the Commerce Department in export controls for a while.  So --

     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, if you ever get tired of doing this, maybe we can get you get back over there. (Laughter.)

     MR. STILLMAN:  I'm sticking with hockey.  (Laughter and applause.)

     THE PRESIDENT:  Good decision.  Tom, maybe the coach would like to say a few words.

     MR. STILLMAN:  Yes.  (Laughs.)  Sure.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Come on over, Coach.
     MR. BERUBE:  Thank you.  Just on behalf of the team and the Blues organization, we just want to thank the -- Mr. President for having us here today.  It's a great honor to come here.

     You know, we won the Stanley Cup, I think, once we got our team working together and playing together.  When you -- when you play as a team, day in and day out, it's hard to get your -- hard -- you're going to be hard to beat.  So that's what it basically boiled down to.

     These guys all came together as a team and played for each other, and we ended up being champions.

     But thank you again for having us, on behalf of the organization.

     THE PRESIDENT:  How is it going this year, Coach?  How's it going so far this year?

     MR. BERUBE:  It's all right.  Up and down a little bit.  (Laughter.)

     THE PRESIDENT:  Better than -- hey, better than last year, huh?

     MR. BERUBE:  Yeah, better.  It's been a little bit better.  We've been on a -- quite a road trip here.  A lot of stuff going on.  Up in Canada, we went to the Hockey Hall of Fame, and we presented a Stanley Cup Ring to the Hockey Hall of Fame.  So, these guys are going through a lot right now with a lot of travel and everything.  And come -- you know, coming here.  It's a great honor.  It's a -- you know, we love it all, but it's just a lot on everybody right now.  But we're getting home here today and --

     THE PRESIDENT:  But now the pressure is off because you've done it, so there's a lot less pressure.

     MR. BERUBE:  Well, I don't know about that.  I mean -- (laughter).  Thank you again, for having us.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Great job.  Great job.  (Applause.)  I just want to say, "Great job."  It's an honor to have all of you folks here.  And, Gary, congratulations.  Fantastic sport.

     MR. STILLMAN:  May I?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Please.

     MR. STILLMAN:  Mr. President, on -- (applause) -- on behalf of the St. Louis Blues organization and all of our fans back in St. Louis, the other members of our ownership group here today, our whole team, including the on-ice team and the rest of the Blues organization, we'd like to present you this jersey.

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

     MR. STILLMAN:  This is our Stanley Cup Championship jersey.  I think it'll be just right on the golf course.  (Laughter.)

     THE PRESIDENT:  That's beautiful.  Would you like to introduce your other owners?  Would you like to do that?

     MR. STILLMAN:  Sure.  Let's see.  We have Donn Lux, Jim Kavanaugh -- (applause) -- Steve Maritz, Scott McCuaig, Tom Schlafly, Jim Cooper.  And -- am I missing anybody?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Any other owners?

MR. STILLMAN:  And John Ross, as well.

THE PRESIDENT:  Any other owner out there?

MR. STILLMAN:  (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you all very much.  Appreciate it.  Thank you.  Thank you.  See you soon.  (Applause.)

                                  END                3:46 P.M. EDT



Office of the Press Secretary

Via Teleconference

4:01 P.M. EDT

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Good afternoon, folks.  Thank you for joining this background briefing on tomorrow's visit of the President Sergio Mattarella of Italy.

This call is embargoed until its conclusion and is attributable, on background, to senior administration officials.
Here's the lineup: [Senior administration official] of the National Security Council will give an opening statement, and then we’ll open up to Q&A.

At this point, I'll hand it off to you.
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Thank you very much.  So, as my colleague indicated, the President, tomorrow, will be hosting President Sergio Mattarella tomorrow for a bilateral meeting, followed by a reception for Italian Americans to celebrate the strong and enduring ties between our two countries and peoples.

President Mattarella is, and has been, a very influential figure in Italian politics, and is responsible for guiding the country’s often tumultuous politics, including recent activity related to government formation.

He's a strong partner of the United States and an ardent supporter of the transatlantic bond.  President Trump looks forward to discussing key issues with President Mattarella, as well as areas where we can further strengthen our cooperation and partnership.

Italy is a key NATO Ally and among the top contributors of troops to NATO, from the Baltic region to Iraq and to Afghanistan.  The President very much appreciates Italy’s contributions, as well as it hosting some 30,000 U.S. service members.

Italy is a key and invaluable partner in the F-35 program.  And the President appreciates Italy's leadership in repatriating its citizens from Syria, and asks other Europeans to do the same.

The President will reiterate that all Allies agreed to increase defense budgets more than five years ago, and that he expects each of them, including Italy, to honor that commitment.
The President may also note his expectation that EU defense initiatives should complement NATO and allow participation by the United States and U.S. companies.

The President has been very pleased with his bilateral engagements with the Italians on matters related to cybersecurity, including the decision by the Italian government to strengthen its cybersecurity framework, including a draft decree last month that will allow Rome to exclude untrusted providers, equipment, and supply chains from its 5G networks.

The administration has closely cooperated with Italy, as well as other allies and partners, on the grave and non-mitigatable threat to our national security, our privacy, and our freedoms of allowing untrusted providers, especially those subject to the control of the Chinese Communist Party, into our networks.

We have seen China using these kinds of tools in Xinjiang with great effect, turning the province into a giant surveillance state where individuals are no longer free to leave their houses.
And as we look at China -- and Huawei, in particular -- exporting its Smart Cities initiative, which we consider to be double-speak for surveillance cities abroad, we are confident that one of our closest allies, like Italy,a will not want to fall victim to that kind of -- that kind of market-based mercantilism as well.

The President is a firm believer in free, fair, and reciprocal trade and we are on track to exceeding $100 billion in bilateral trades this year.  The President will discuss ways to further boost trade, ensure a more balanced relationship, and eliminate trade barriers.
We also need to work together to push back against unfair trading practices that China employs, including IP theft, restricted market access, and debt-trap diplomacy.
The President will also likely talk about the threat of unilateral digital taxes and reiterate the U.S. preference for a global solution through the OECD and his urge for Italy to cooperate with us in that process so that we can avoid unnecessary retaliation, if that becomes the President's only option.
Italy has one of the strongest and most vibrant immigrant communities in the United States.  We have centuries-long cultural cooperation with Italy.  And the President has been looking forward to this visit by President Mattarella for some months.  And we're excited to talk about all the areas of cooperation tomorrow.
And I'm ready for any questions that you all may have.
Q    Hi, this is Andrew Feinberg with Breakfast Media.  Thanks for doing the call.  I have two questions.  The first: Will the President be asking his counterpart for any assistance with Attorney General Barr's investigation into the 2016 Election?
And second, will there be any discussion of the possibility of moving the nuclear weapons that are currently in Turkey -- at Incirlik -- to Aviano Air Force Base?
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  So, apologies, but I don’t consider the first question to be serious, so I'm going to ignore it.
     On the second question, the United States does not discuss where it may or may not have nuclear weapons.

     Q    Hi, my name is Shabtai Gold with the German Press Agency.  I wanted to ask: Secretary Esper said he’s going to be traveling to meet with NATO Allies this week and push them for tougher sanctions on Turkey, and I was wondering if the President plans to bring the issue of sanctions on Turkey up in the conversation tomorrow?  Thank you.

     SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Hey, this is -- hey, sir, this is [senior administration official] from NSC Press.  So we’re going to stick to -- we’re going to stick to the discussion between the President and the Italian President tomorrow.  We’re not going to address issues related to Syria.

     Q    Hi, this is Alex Alper with Reuters.  I was wondering if you could give any more detail on exactly what Trump plans to say to express disagreement with the digital tax, please.

     SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  So, I think the President has been consistent with all of the Allies who have adopted, or are considering adopting, a digital services tax; that he believes this is an unfair discrimination on U.S. companies since they are the primary companies that would be affected by such a tax.  He believes that if such targeting of U.S. companies is done, he would have no choice but to retaliate to protect U.S. businesses.

     That said, he has encouraged -- and Secretary Mnuchin has led -- a process to resolve concerns that partners and allies may have about digital services tax matters through what we consider to be the appropriate venue, and that’s the OECD.  And I believe that is what the President will mention again tomorrow.

     SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Thank you very much.  Just as a reminder, this interview was attributable to a senior administration official, on background.  Thank you much.  Bye bye.

                             END               4:09 P.M. EDT    


Text of a Message to the Congress on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Narcotics Traffickers Centered in Colombia

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    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 the national emergency with respect to significant narcotics traffickers centered in Colombia declared in Executive Order 12978 of October 21, 1995, is to continue in effect beyond October 21, 2019.

    The circumstances that led to the declaration on October 21, 1995, of a national emergency continue to exist.  The actions of significant narcotics traffickers centered in Colombia continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States and to cause an extreme level of violence, corruption, and harm in the United States and abroad.  For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12978 with respect to significant narcotics traffickers centered in Colombia.

                             DONALD J. TRUMP

    October 15, 2019.

Twenty-five Nominations and Three Withdrawals Sent to the Senate

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     John Bobbitt, of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, vice Suzanne Israel Tufts, resigned.

     Patrick J. Bumatay, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, vice Carlos T. Bea, retiring.

     Sylvia Carreño-Coll, of Puerto Rico, to be United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico, vice Jay A. Garcia-Gregory, retired.

     Peter J. Coniglio, of Virginia, to be Inspector General, Export-Import Bank, vice Osvaldo Luis Gratacos Munet, resigned.

     James P. Danly, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2023, vice Kevin J. McIntyre.

     John M. Gallagher, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, vice Joel H. Slomsky, retired.

     Peter Gaynor, of Rhode Island, to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, vice Brock Long, resigned.

     William Ellison Grayson, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Estonia.

     John Hennessey-Niland, of Illinois, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Palau.

     Barbara Bailey Jongbloed, of Connecticut, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut, vice Alvin W. Thompson, retired.

     Kipp Kranbuhl, of Ohio, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, vice Matthew S. Rutherford, resigned.

     Barbara Lagoa, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, vice Stanley Marcus, retiring.

     Leora Rosenberg Levy, of Connecticut, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Chile.

     Robert J. Luck, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, vice Gerald B. Tjoflat, retiring.

     Sherri A. Lydon, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina, vice A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr., elevated.

     Katharine MacGregor, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior, vice David Bernhardt, resigned.

     Brian D. Montgomery, of Texas, to be Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, vice Pamela Hughes Patenaude, resigned.

     Sean O'Donnell, of Maryland, to be Inspector General, Environmental Protection Agency, vice Arthur Allen Elkins, Jr., resigned.

     Bruce Poliquin, of Maine, to be a Director of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation for a term expiring December 31, 2021, vice Sharon Y. Bowen, term expired.

     Scott H. Rash, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, vice Cindy K. Jorgenson, retired.

     Paul J. Ray, of Tennessee, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, vice Neomi Rao, resigned.

     Barbera Hale Thornhill, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Singapore.

     Lawrence VanDyke, of Nevada, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, vice Jay S. Bybee, retiring.

     Cory T. Wilson, of Mississippi, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi, vice Louis Guirola, Jr., retired.

     Donald Wright, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Executive Service, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the United Republic of Tanzania.


     Kimberly Breier, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation for a term expiring September 20, 2020, vice Adolfo A. Franco, term expired, which was sent to the Senate on January 16, 2019.

     Patrick J. Bumatay, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California, vice Marilyn L. Huff, retired, which was sent to the Senate on February 6, 2019.

     Peter M. Vito, of New York, to be United States Marshal for the Western District of New York for the term of four years, vice Charles F. Salina, term expired, which was sent to the Senate on May 13, 2019.

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

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individuals to Key Administration Posts
Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:

Hugh Nathanial Halpern of Virginia, to be Director of the Government Publishing Office.

Hugh Halpern previously served as the Director of Floor Operations in the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives before retiring in January 2019 after more than 30 years of service.  During his career, he also served as staff director of the House Rules Committee and in various roles on other House committees, including Financial Services, Energy and Commerce, and Public Works and Transportation.  He was the recipient of the McCormack Award of Excellence for Congressional Employees and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the American University and a J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law.

Cynthia L. Attwood of Virginia, to be a Member of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Cynthia L. Attwood has served as a Member of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission since February 2010.  Previously, Ms. Attwood held several senior roles at the Department of Labor from 1979 to 2001, including Appellate Judge on the Administrative Review Board, and Associate Solicitor for Occupational Safety and Health and Associate Solicitor for Mine Safety and Health in the Office of the Solicitor.  Ms. Attwood spent the early years of her legal career as an appellate attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.  Ms. Attwood received her B.A. from Oakland University and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota.

West Wing Reads What Are the Democrats Hiding About Impeachment Inquiry?

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What Are the Democrats Hiding About Impeachment Inquiry?

“America’s top two Trump-hating newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post, have now both called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to hold a vote of the full House of Representatives to make the ‘impeachment inquiry’ truly official — and to set rules like those for the inquiries targeting Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, so that the minority party and the White House weren’t totally sidelined,” the New York Post editorial board writes.

“So far, though, Pelosi and her impeachment pointman, Rep. Adam Schiff, are moving the opposite way,” holding closed door hearings and even suggesting that the “whistleblower” whose account launched this entire probe may not need to testify at all.

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“There is no doubt the 25-year-old [NAFTA] agreement is past its prime. It is increasingly hurting Alaskan businesses with lax enforcement of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; failure to police fishing subsidies; and outdated intellectual property and digital trade rules,” Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R-AK) writes for Fox News. “Unfortunately, [USMCA’s] commonsense measures are being blocked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”
“Udacity, the online education company founded by Sebastian Thrun, is launching a new scholarship initiative as part of the Pledge to America’s Workers job training initiative undertaken by the administration of President Donald Trump,” Jonathan Shieber reports for TechCrunch. “Udacity is committing to giving away free introductory technology training classes to 20,000 applicants every year.”

President Donald J. Trump Announces Presidential Excellence Awards in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Presidential
Excellence Awards in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering


Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).

Awardees come from schools in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, and schools in the United States territories of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands.  Nominations and awards are facilitated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation.  The individuals and organizations announced today are 2017 and 2018 Awardees.

Presidential award for K-12 teachers

Established in 1983, PAEMST is the highest award given by the U.S. Government to kindergarten through 12th grade teachers of mathematics and science, including computer science.

A panel of distinguished mathematicians, scientists, and educators at the State and national levels assess the applications before recommending nominees to OSTP.  Teachers are selected based on their distinction in the classroom and dedication to improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

Presidential award for STEM mentors

PAESMEM recognizes the critical roles mentors play outside the traditional classroom setting in the academic and professional development of the future STEM workforce.

Colleagues, administrators, and students nominate individuals and organizations for exemplary mentoring sustained over a minimum of five years.  Since 1995, PAESMEM has honored the hard work and dedication which mentors exhibit in broadening participation in the STEM pipeline.

Mentors support learners from kindergarten through the collegiate levels, as well as those who recently started their careers in STEM.  Mentors share their expertise and guidance with learners, sometimes through formal mentoring programs.  Learners are often from traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM.

Recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching:

Kristin Bundren, Spain Park High School
Sue Noah, Athens Elementary School
Kevin Pughsley, Berry Middle School
Lorie White, Rogers High School

Jennifer Childress, Dimond High School
Joshua Hall, Dimond High School
Dawn Wilcox, Campbell STEM Elementary
Angie Wright, Auke Bay Elementary School

Svea Anderson, Agua Caliente Elementary School
Amee Legarra, Richardson Elementary School
Deborah Nipar, Hamilton High School
Nicole Whitt, Empire High School

Corey Boby, Benton High School
Cheri DeSoto, Holt Middle School
Anna Shaw, J.O. Kelly Middle School
Tiffany Taylor, Rogers Heritage High School

Elizabeth Henderson, California School for the Deaf, Riverside
Jose Rivas, Lennox Mathematics, Science and Technology Academy
Megan Smith, Lincoln Fundamental Elementary School
Andrew Walter, Amos Alonzo Stagg Senior High

Jina Bradford, STEM Lab
Jennifer Moriarty, CEC Early College
Kate Pacheck, Prairie Winds Elementary School
Tamara Pennington, Windsor High School

Kimberly Moran, Rogers Park Middle School
Kristina Ngai, William J. Johnston Middle School
Diane Pintavalle, Glastonbury High School
Peter Shanazu, Fairfield Warde High School

Joshua Gates, The Tatnall School
Kathleen Olenderski, Alfred G. Waters Middle School
Danielle Rash, Olive B. Loss Elementary School
Jennah Truitt, Lord Baltimore Elementary School

District of Columbia
Mark Howell, Gonzaga College High School
Brittany Lewis, DC Prep Anacostia Elementary Campus
Cecilia Newman, Alice Deal Middle School
Tolulola Odukoya, Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School

Amy Dougherty, Aukamm Elementary School
Patrick McDonald, Yokota Middle School
Michael Pope, Zama Middle High School
Deborah Young, Garmisch Elementary Middle School

Karina Moran, Manatee Elementary School
Tiffany Oliver, T.R. Robinson High School
Lorraine Plageman, Jupiter Community High School
Laura Steele, Wright Elementary School

Ashley Greenway, Elm Street Elementary
Tanasha Mahone, Burgess-Peterson Academy
Martha Milam, East Coweta High School
Billy Singletary, Coahulla Creek High School

Richard Brian Ogawa, Kanoelani Elementary School
Daphne Okunaga, Pearl City High School
Daniel Taira, Lehua Elementary School
Nel Venzon Jr., Mililani High School

Deirdre Abrams, Donnelly Elementary School
Sean Boston, Capital High School
Vonda Franklin, Washington Elementary School
Erin Tiderman-Gross, Rocky Mountain High School

Philip Culcasi, Wheaton Warrenville South High School
Natalie Johnson, Metea Valley High School
Aimee Park, Lisle Junior High School
Kristy Regan, Hazelgreen Elementary School

David Ferris, Noblesville High School
John Gensic, Penn High School
Aaron Hamilton, Wyandotte Elementary School
Holly Miller, Riverside Intermediate School

Maria Granadillo, McKinley Middle School
Deborah Little, Denver Elementary School
Katherine McGrane, Margaretta Carey Elementary School
Michael Todd, Ames High School

Heidi Albin, Complete High School Maize
Monica Dreiling, Lincoln Elementary School
Sarah Rand, Central Heights Elementary School
Stephen Smith, Christa McAuliffe K-8 Academy

Deborah Brock, Simon Kenton High School
Kristi Fehr, Cassidy Elementary School
Melanie Ramey, Highland Elementary School
Erin Schneider, Atherton High School

Mandy Boudwin, Lutcher High School
Troy Hobson, Greenlawn Terrace Elementary School
Lisa Swenson, Isidore Newman School
Tabitha Vu, Dutchtown High School

Heather Dorr, Ella Lewis School
Kirsten Gould, Buxton Center Elementary School
Priya Natarajan, Casco Bay High School
Alyson Saunders, Dexter Regional High School

Justin Bright, Boonsboro High School
Elizabeth Brown, North Harford High School
Denise Kresslein, Westminster West Middle School
Raymond Weber, Salem Avenue Elementary

Danielle Merdin, Dr. William W. Henderson K-12 Inclusion School
Aaron Osowiecki, Boston Latin School
Jamil Siddiqui, East Bridgewater Junior/Senior High School
Melissa Zeitz, Liberty Elementary School

Megan Bartley, Benzie Central High School
Linda Bensyl, Wayland Union High School
Ellen McDonald, Walled Lake Elementary School
Katherine Stevenson, Fisher Elementary School

Stacy Bartlett, Stillwater Area High School
Patricia Haugh, Wildwood Elementary School
Michael Larson, Chippewa Middle School
David McGill, Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet School

Carrie Koenigsberger, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science
Shelby Miller, Singing River Academy
Michelle Robinson, Madison Central High School
Theresa Rose, Stone Elementary School

Katherine Lodes, St. Joseph's Academy
Shelley Paul, Anderson Elementary School
Terri Politte, Duello Elementary School
Stacey Wade, Frontier Middle School

Justine Hurley, White Sulphur Springs Elementary School
Claire Pichette, Helena High School
Thomas Redmon, Daly Elementary School
Beth Walsh, East Valley Middle School

Alicia Davis, Scott Middle School
Pamela Petersen, York Middle School
Rochelle Settles, Fredstrom Elementary School
Melissa Szatko, Indian Hill Elementary

Suzette Champagne, Jessie Beck Elementary
Christine Donahue, Ted Hunsberger Elementary School
Kristen Taylor, Advanced Technologies Academy
Heather Witt, K.O. Knudson Middle School

New Hampshire
Elise Catalano, Rye Junior High
Angela Lennox, Exeter High School
Bryan Smith, Bethlehem Elementary School
Gregory Snoke, Captain Samuel Douglass Academy

New Jersey
Michael Dunlea, Tabernacle Elementary School
Patricia Lee, Lumberton Middle School
Siobhan McVay, Delran High School
Ralph Pantozzi, Kent Place School

New Mexico
Krystal Irby, nex+Gen Academy
Cindy Lee, Snell Middle School
Erin Mayer, Janet Kahn School of Integrated Arts
Eric Schultz, Sixth Grade Academy

New York
Daniel Anderson, Queensbury High School
Anneliese Bopp, Sodus Intermediate School
Elizabeth Guzzetta, Allendale Columbia School
Marianne Strayton, Woodglen Elementary School

North Carolina
Wendy Bartlett, Reagan High School
Elizabeth Gillikin, Smyrna Elementary School
Laura Lawrence, Asheville School
Kathryn Matthews, Valle Crucis Elementary School

North Dakota
Pat Boehmer, Carrington High School
Andrew Braaten, Carrington High School
Gretchen Peterson, Liberty Middle School
Andrew Potter, Eastwood Elementary School

Nancy Edmondson, Clough Pike Elementary School
Gloria Gajewicz, Bowling Green High School
Lisa Holt-Taylor, Boyd E. Smith Elementary
Julie Randolph, Alexander Jr. High/High School

Gena Barnhill, Rollingwood Elementary School
Megan Cannon, Sapulpa Middle School
Jayci Harris, Homer Elementary School
Julie Klingensmith, Norman High School

Christopher Bartlo, Wilson High School
Monet Biancucci, Pine Ridge Elementary School
Carol Biskupic Knight, Sato Elementary School
Gregory Smith, West Salem High School

Mary Brown, Central Columbia Elementary School
Joel Crowley, Milton Hershey School
Steven Miller, Upper St. Clair High School
Janet Waldeck, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School

Rhode Island
Lindsay Bliven, Ashaway Elementary School
Kerri Luchka, Western Coventry Elementary School
Kristina Sparfven, Chariho Middle School
David Upegui, Central Falls High School

South Carolina
Alison Espinosa, A.C. Flora High School
Benjamin Sinnett, Greenville Middle Academy
Patricia Smith, Bethel Elementary School
Robert Spencer, T.L. Hanna High School

South Dakota
Louise Lindskov, Timber Lake High School
Leah Oxner, West Middle School
Kelly Preheim, Armour Elementary School
Kimberly Webber, Black Hawk Elementary School

Heather Knox, Northfield Elementary
Kristina Krautkremer, Dobyns-Bennett High School
Karla West, Coulter Grove Intermediate School
Cicely Woodard, West End Middle School

Dolores Lollie Garay, Redd School
Angelica Niño, Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School
Wanda Streepey, Highland Park Middle School
Brenda Williams, Argyle Intermediate School

United States Territories
Myriam Medina, Robinson School
Ines Muniz Miret, The Baldwin School of Puerto Rico
Joseph John Muna, William S. Reyes Elementary School
Judy Naz, Okkodo High School
Shernore Prince, Joseph Sibilly Elementary School
Crystal Vanterpool-Richardson, Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School
Arlene Vilá, Colegio Sagrado Corazón de Jesús

Jill Buchsbaum, Uintah Elementary School
Deborah Morgan, South Sevier High School
Rachel Reeder, Bridger Elementary
Orson Spencer, Juab High School

Christine Depatie, Swanton School
Jessica Litchfield, Berkshire Elementary School
Sharron Prairie, Williamstown Middle High School
Heather Vonada, Woodstock Union High School

William Daly, Albemarle High School
Melissa Follin, Old Donation School
Dianna McDowell, Old Donation School
LoriAnn Pawlik, Penn Elementary School

George Christoph, River Ridge High School
Matthew Pederson, Weyerhaeuser Elementary School
Angela Salo, DeLong Elementary
James Yoos, Bellingham High School

West Virginia
Erika Klose, Winfield Middle School
Craig Mason, New Martinsville School
Jaime Pettit, Moundsville Middle School
Allison Shriver, Bradley Elementary School

Richard Erickson, Bayfield High School
Michelle Howe, Lodi Middle School
Kevin Reese, Clintonville High School
Rebecca Saeman, Sauk Trail Elementary School

Necole Hanks, Powell Middle School
Amy Kassel, East High School
Helen Ommen, Spring Creek Elementary School
James Stith, Newcastle High School

Recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring:

J. Michael Wyss, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Sally Stevens, University of Arizona

Dominique Evans, Glendale Unified School District
Gisele Ragusa, University of Southern California

Jennifer Schwarz, Chicago Botanic Garden

Gail Breslow, The Clubhouse Network Museum of Science

Eugenia Paulus, North Hennepin Community College

New Jersey
Howard Kimmel, New Jersey Institute of Technology

North Carolina
Salil Desai, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
Sekazi Mtingwa, Triangle Science, Education & Economic Development, LLC

Amy Freeman, The Pennsylvania State University

Dominick Casadonte, Jr., Texas Tech University
Karen Lozano, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Jamboor Vishwanatha, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Robin Dunbar, Elizabeth River Project