Monday, September 21, 2020

Read President Trump’s proclamation on the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 

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The White House • September 21, 2020

Read President Trump’s proclamation on the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who became the second woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court upon her confirmation in 1993, passed away Friday at the age of 87.
 
“She led an amazing life,” President Trump said after hearing the news.
 
President Trump issued a proclamation on Justice Ginsburg’s death over the weekend, reading in part:
 
 A fighter to the end, Justice Ginsburg defeated cancer and the odds numerous times—all while continuing to serve on the Court. Her commitment to the law and her fearlessness in the face of death inspired countless “RBG” fans, and she continues to serve as a role model to countless women lawyers. Her legacy and contribution to American history will never be forgotten. 

📖 Read President Trump’s full proclamation on Justice Ginsburg.
 
📖 Vice President Pence’s statement: ‘A true public servant’
 

Ivanka Trump and AG Barr announce over $100 million to fight human trafficking


Last month, the U.S. Marshals Service led a two-week operation alongside Georgia state and local officers to rescue endangered missing children in Atlanta and Macon.
 
“Operation Not Forgotten” resulted in the rescue of 26 children, the safe locating of 13 other children, and the arrest of nine criminal associates. Investigators cleared 26 arrest warrants and filed additional charges for crimes related to sex trafficking, kidnapping, registered sex offender violations, and drugs and weapons possession.
 
Today, Ivanka Trump and Attorney General William Barr are visiting Atlanta to highlight the Trump Administration’s work to protect human trafficking survivors, prosecute human traffickers, and put an end to this evil industry once and for all.
 
Ms. Trump joined Attorney General Barr for a tour of the survivor care facility at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. The Center’s “Envision Project” delivers intensive case management and educational support, along with employment readiness and personal development programming for the victims of trafficking. 
 
“The Trump Administration continues to fight tirelessly to end the scourge of human trafficking in our communities,” Ms. Trump said. “The leaders and community members we’re meeting with in Atlanta are on the front lines of this fight and are critical to our efforts to end this horrific crime.”
 
The Attorney General and Ms. Trump also stopped at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Atlanta to join a roundtable with law enforcement officers, service providers, and private-sector partners. During the discussion, Ms. Trump and Attorney General Barr announced additional funding of nearly $101 million from the Justice Department to hold human traffickers accountable and provide vital services to trafficking victims.
 
“The Department of Justice is relentless in its fight against the perpetrators of these heinous crimes,” Attorney General Barr said.
 
“Working with state and local law enforcement and community victim service providers, we will continue to bring these criminals to justice.”

THANK YOU to the U.S. Marshals and our law enforcement officers!

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The American flag flies at half-staff above the White House in memory of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg | September 19, 2020

Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure

 

Office of the Press Secretary
 
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP
BEFORE MARINE ONE DEPARTURE

South Lawn
 
 
4:03 P.M. EDT
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  So we’re going to Ohio.  Things seem to be very good.  We have been doing very well with the China virus, but they’ve had a pretty big spike in Europe, as you know, and UK in particular.  And I’m sure they’ll have that under control, hopefully soon.
 
     But we’re in very good shape.  The vaccines are coming along.  I just got a report: The vaccines are coming along rapidly.  Therapeutics are coming along very well.  And we’ll see what happens.  But too bad about Europe.  Too bad.
 
     Q    Is there a chance you would announce your Supreme Court pick before Friday?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  I would say on Friday or Saturday I’ll be announcing the pick.  It’s -- five women are being looked at and vetted very carefully.  Five.  And we’ll make a decision probably Saturday, but Friday or Saturday.
 
     Q    Do you plan to meet with any of them in person?  Do you plan to meet with any of them in person before you make your decision? 
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah, I will.
 
     Q    When are you going to do that?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  During this period of time.
 
     Q    Do you think all five?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  I don't know.  I doubt it.  I doubt it. 
 
     Q    But in person?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  We’ll meet with a few, probably.
 
     Q    Have you talked to any of them yet?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Say it?
 
     Q    Have you talked to any of them yet?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  I have.  I have.
 
     Q    Today?  On the phone?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Today and yesterday, the day before.
 
     Q    Is it better to have a vote on your nominee before the election or after?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I’d much rather have a vote before the election because there’s a lot of work to be done, and I’d much rather have it.  And we have plenty of time to do it.  I mean, there’s really a lot of time. 
 
     So let’s say I make the announcement on Saturday -- there’s a great deal of time before the election.  That’ll be up to Mitch in the Senate.  But I’d certainly much rather have the vote.  I think it sends a good signal.  And it’s solidarity and lots of other things.  And I’m just doing my constitutional obligation.  I have an obligation to do this.  So I would rather see it before the election.
 
     Q    Are you worried about some senators -- Republican senators who may be a little reluctant?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, we’ll have to see.  I would think that that would be very bad for them.  I think their voters -- the people that voted them put them there because of a certain ideology or certain feel.  And they don’t want to have somebody do that.  I think it’s very bad if they do that.
 
     Q    What makes you think that the last words -- supposedly the last wishes of Justice Ginsburg were made up?  Because it supposedly came from her granddaughter, not from one of the Democrats.
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah, it just sounds to me like it would be somebody else.  I don’t believe -- it could be.  It could be.  And it might not be, too.  Just too -- it was just too convenient.
 
     Q    What would be your concern if the vote happened after Election Day?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  No concern.  I just think it would be better.  They asked, “Would I rather have it…”  I’d rather have it before the election.  I think it would be better for our country.
 
     And we -- we’ll pick somebody that’s outstanding, very qualified.  They’re all qualified, but somebody that is outstanding.  And I’d rather see it all take place before the election, so before November 3rd.
 
     Q    Are you concerned if you lost the election, it would be harder to get the person confirmed?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  No, I don’t think so.  No.  I think we’re going to win.  If you look at the polls -- the real polls -- we’re doing very well.
 
     We’re going to Ohio tonight, and we’re packed.  We’re packed everywhere.  So people -- there’s never been -- we’ve never had spirit like we have now.  Even four years ago, the spirit now is greater even than it was four years ago.
 
     Q    What will be your message tomorrow to the U.N.?  And did you just tape it?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  I did.  I just taped -- I just did it just now.  My message is a strong message on China, and basically -- you’ll see it.  You’ll see it tomorrow.  But I just did it a little while ago.
 
     Q    Are you leaning toward one candidate over another?  Are you leaning toward --
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  I have one or two that I think are -- they’re all outstanding, but I have one or two that I have in mind, yeah.
 
     Q    Who do you think poisoned Alexei Navalny? 
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Say it?
 
     Q    Who do you think poisoned Alexei Navalny in Russia?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  We’ll talk about that at another time.
 
     Q    Is Amy Coney Barrett one of the leading contenders, in your mind?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  She’s one of the people that’s very respected, but they’re all respected.  She is certainly one of the candidates, yes.
 
     Q    When you go down to Miami, will you meet with Barbara Lagoa?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  I may.  She’s highly thought of and has got a lot of support.  You know, a lot of people -- I’m getting a lot of phone calls from a lot of people.  She has a lot of support.  I don’t know her, but I hear she’s outstanding.  And she’s one of the people we’re looking at.
 
     Q    Did you push the DOJ to name Seattle and New York and Portland “anarchistic cities”?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I think they are.  But that’s up to DOJ.  That’ll be up to -- that will be up to the Attorney General.  But certainly they are.  If you look at Portland, if you look at what’s going on there, what a mess.
 
     Go ahead.
 
     And we can straighten it out -- all Democrats.  All radical left.  We could straighten it out so fast.
 
     Go ahead.
 
     Q    When will you make a final decision on TikTok?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  That’s working its way through.  I’ve given a preliminary okay.  They will work -- they’re two great companies -- Oracle and Walmart.  Larry Ellison is a -- you know, a great genius at that kind of thing.  The technology is incredible. 
 
     And so if we can save it, we’ll save it.  And if we can’t, we’ll cut it off.  But they have preliminary.  We’ll see what they can do. 
 
     We have to have total security.  That’s the only thing -- very important.  We have to have total security.
 
     I’ll see you in Ohio.  Thank you.
 
                                   END                 4:09 P.M. EDT

West Wing Reads Ivanka Trump, Attorney General Barr Visiting Atlanta to Discuss Fight Against Human Trafficking

 

West Wing Reads

Ivanka Trump, Attorney General Barr Visiting Atlanta to Discuss Fight Against Human Trafficking


“Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s oldest daughter and one of his top advisers, will pay a visit to Atlanta with U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Monday,” WSB-TV Atlanta reports.
 
Ms. Trump and Attorney General Barr will meet with Georgia officials and law enforcement officers to discuss the Trump Administration’s fight to end human trafficking. “The scourge of human trafficking is the modern-day equivalent of slavery, brutally depriving victims of basic human rights,” Attorney General Barr said.
 
Click here to read more.
“On Friday, our nation lost a historic Supreme Court Justice: Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a brilliant justice, a legendary advocate, a careful lawyer, and, as only the second woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court, a trailblazer. She led an extraordinary life that shaped the lives of others,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-FL) writes for Fox News.
President Trump “has broken a 39-year streak of American presidents either starting a war or bringing the United States into an international armed conflict,” a Norwegian official noted when nominating President Trump for the Nobel Prize. “If the Nobel committee fails to award the Peace Prize to Trump next month, the Peace Prize will end itself,” Gayle Trotter writes in The Hill.
“In response to this admission of racism by a university that receives millions of dollars in public support, the Department of Education has launched an investigation into Princeton’s apparently false certifications of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity protocols . . . The DoE has called Princeton’s bluff on the question of systemic racism, and not a moment too soon,” Seth Barron writes in City Journal.

Statement by the President Regarding New Restrictions on Iran’s Nuclear, Ballistic Missile, and Conventional Weapons Pursuits

 

Office of the Press Secretary

Statement by the President Regarding New Restrictions on Iran’s Nuclear, Ballistic Missile, and Conventional Weapons Pursuits

Today, I am taking new actions to restrict Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and conventional weapons pursuits.  My Administration will never allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon, nor will we allow Iran to endanger the rest of the world with a fresh supply of ballistic missiles and conventional arms.  To ensure this cannot happen, I am issuing a new Executive Order, restoring United Nations (UN) sanctions on Iran, and imposing new sanctions and export controls on more than two dozen entities and individuals that support Iran’s nuclear, missile, and conventional arms-related activities.

The Executive Order I am issuing today blocks the property, and interests in property, in the United States of those who contribute to the supply, sale, or transfer of conventional arms to or from Iran, as well as those who provide technical training, financial support and services, and other assistance related to these arms.  This Executive Order is critical to enforcing the UN arms embargo on Iran.  The order will greatly diminish the Iranian regime’s capacity to export arms to terrorists and dangerous actors throughout the region, as well as its ability to acquire weapons to build up its own forces. 

Today, my Administration is also imposing new sanctions and export control measures on 27 entities and individuals connected to Iran’s proliferation networks.  These actions target the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran for its role in Iran’s nuclear escalation, the Iranian missile organization Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group for facilitating ballistic missile development, and two Iranian entities for their involvement in the transfer and acquisition of conventional arms.

The United States has now restored UN sanctions on Iran.  The Iranian regime has repeatedly lied about its secret nuclear weapons archive and denied access to international inspectors, further exposing the deep flaws of the last administration’s failed nuclear deal from which I withdrew the United States.  The world cannot afford to sit idly by as Iran builds a nuclear weapon.  My Administration is restoring these sanctions as part of our efforts to ensure that never happens.

My actions today send a clear message to the Iranian regime and those in the international community who refuse to stand up to Iran.  The United States will not allow the Iranian regime to further advance capabilities to directly threaten and terrorize the rest of the world.  My Administration will use every tool at our disposal to stop Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and conventional weapons pursuits.  The Iranian regime must change its behavior if it hopes to provide what the Iranian people so desperately want and deserve: a thriving and prosperous Iran.


Message to the Congress on Blocking Property of Certain Persons with Respect to the Conventional Arms Activities of Iran

 

Office of the Press Secretary
TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:
 
 
     Pursuant to the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (Public Law 115-44), the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby report I have issued an Executive Order (the "order") that affirms that it remains the policy of the United States to counter Iran's malign influence in the Middle East, including transfers from Iran of destabilizing conventional weapons and acquisition of arms and related materiel by Iran.  Transfers to and from Iran of arms or related materiel or military equipment represent a continuing threat to regional and international security.  Iran benefits from engaging in the conventional arms trade by strengthening its relationships with other outlier regimes, lessening its international isolation, and deriving revenue that it uses to support terror groups and fund malign activities. 

     In light of these findings and in order to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957 of March 15, 1995 (Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to the Development of Iranian Petroleum Resources), the order blocks property and interests in property of persons determined by the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, or the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State:
  • To engage in any activity that materially contributes to the supply, sale, or transfer, directly or indirectly, to or from Iran, or for the use in or benefit of Iran, of arms or related materiel, including spare parts;
  • To provide to Iran any technical training, financial resources or services, advice, other services, or assistance related to the supply, sale, transfer, manufacture, maintenance, or use of arms and related materiel described above;
  • To have engaged, or attempted to engage, in any activity that materially contributes to, or poses a risk of materially contributing to, the proliferation of arms or related materiel or items intended for military end-uses or military end-users, including any efforts to manufacture, acquire, possess, develop, transport, transfer, or use such items, by the Government of Iran (including persons owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of the Government of Iran) or paramilitary organizations financially or militarily supported by the Government of Iran;
  • To have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the order; or
  • To be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the order.
     Under section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), the order also suspends the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria above for the blocking of property and interests in property.

     I am enclosing a copy of the order I have issued.
 
                              DONALD J. TRUMP
 
THE WHITE HOUSE,
    September 21, 2020.

 
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Executive Order on Blocking Property of Certain Persons with Respect to the Conventional Arms Activities of Iran

 

Office of the Press Secretary

EXECUTIVE ORDER
 
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BLOCKING PROPERTY OF CERTAIN PERSONS WITH RESPECT
TO THE CONVENTIONAL ARMS ACTIVITIES OF IRAN
 
 

     By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (Public Law 115-44), the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,

     I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that:

     It remains the policy of the United States to counter Iran's malign influence in the Middle East, including transfers from Iran of destabilizing conventional weapons and acquisition of arms and related materiel by Iran.  Transfers to and from Iran of arms or related materiel or military equipment represent a continuing threat to regional and international security -- as evidenced by Iran's continued military support that fuels ongoing conflict in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen.  Iran benefits from engaging in the conventional arms trade by strengthening its relationships with other outlier regimes, lessening its international isolation, and deriving revenue that it uses to support terror groups and fund malign activities.  In light of these findings and in order to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957 of March 15, 1995 (Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to the Development of Iranian Petroleum Resources), I hereby order:

     Section1.  (a)  All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in:

          (i)    any person determined by the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, to engage in any activity that materially contributes to the supply, sale, or transfer, directly or indirectly, to or from Iran, or for the use in or benefit of Iran, of arms or related materiel, including spare parts;

          (ii)   any person determined by the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, to provide to Iran any technical training, financial resources or services, advice, other services, or assistance related to the supply, sale, transfer, manufacture, maintenance, or use of arms and related materiel described in subsection (a)(i) of this section;

          (iii)  any person determined by the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, to have engaged, or attempted to engage, in any activity that materially contributes to, or poses a risk of materially contributing to, the proliferation of arms or related materiel or items intended for military end-uses or military end-users, including any efforts to manufacture, acquire, possess, develop, transport, transfer, or use such items, by the Government of Iran (including persons owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of the Government of Iran) or paramilitary organizations financially or militarily supported by the Government of Iran;

          (iv)   any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or

          (v)    any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.

     (b)  The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted before the date of this order.

     (c)  The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section do not apply to property and interests in property of the Government of Iran that were blocked pursuant to Executive Order 12170 of November 14, 1979 (Blocking Iranian Government Property), and thereafter made subject to the transfer directives set forth in Executive Order 12281 of January 19, 1981 (Direction to Transfer Certain Iranian Government Assets), and implementing regulations thereunder.

     Sec2.  The prohibitions in section 1 of this order include:

     (a)  the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; and

     (b)  the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

     Sec3.  The unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in section 1(a) of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and the entry of such persons into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, is hereby suspended, except where the Secretary of State determines that the person's entry would not be contrary to the interests of the United States, including when the Secretary so determines, based on a recommendation of the Attorney General, that the person's entry would further important United States law enforcement objectives.  In exercising this responsibility, the Secretary of State shall consult the Secretary of Homeland Security on matters related to admissibility or inadmissibility within the authority of the Secretary of Homeland Security.  Such persons shall be treated in the same manner as persons covered by section 1 of Proclamation 8693 of July 24, 2011 (Suspension of Entry of Aliens Subject to United Nations Security Council Travel Bans and International Emergency Economic Powers Act Sanctions).  The Secretary of State shall have the responsibility for implementing this section pursuant to such conditions and procedures as the Secretary of State has established or may establish pursuant to Proclamation 8693.

     Sec4.  (a)  Any transaction that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

     (b)  Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

     Sec5.  I hereby determine that the making of donations of the types of articles specified in section 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(2)) by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order would seriously impair my ability to deal with the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by section 1 of this order.

     Sec6.  For the purposes of this order:

     (a)  the term "entity" means a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization;

     (b)  the term "Government of Iran" includes the Government of Iran; any political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality thereof, including the Central Bank of Iran; and any person owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, the Government of Iran;

     (c)  the term "Iran" means the Government of Iran and the territory of Iran;

     (d)  the term "person" means an individual or entity; and

     (e)  the term "United States person" means any United States citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States.

     Sec7.  For those persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, I find that because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render those measures ineffectual.  I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957, there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to section 1 of this order.

     Sec8.  The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including the promulgation of rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this order.  The Secretary of the Treasury may, consistent with applicable law, redelegate any of these functions within the Department of the Treasury.  All departments and agencies of the United States shall take all appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the provisions of this order.

     Sec9.  This order shall not apply with respect to any person for conducting or facilitating a transaction for the provision (including any sale) of agricultural commodities, food, medicine, or medical devices to Iran.

     Sec10.  Nothing in this order shall prohibit transactions for the conduct of the official business of the United States Government or the United Nations (including its specialized agencies, programs, funds, and related organizations) by employees, grantees, or contractors thereof.

     Sec11.  The measures taken pursuant to this order are in response to actions of the Government of Iran occurring after the conclusion of the 1981 Algiers Accords, and are intended solely as a response to those later actions.

     Sec12.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

          (i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

          (ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

     (b)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

     (c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
 
                             DONALD J. TRUMP
 
THE WHITE HOUSE,
    September 21, 2020.

President Donald J. Trump Approves Alabama Disaster Declaration

 

Office of the Press Secretary

President Donald J. Trump Approves Alabama Disaster Declaration
 

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Alabama and ordered Federal aid to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Sally beginning on September 14, 2020, and continuing.
 
The President's action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in Baldwin, Escambia, and Mobile Counties.
 
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
 
Federal funding also is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures in Baldwin, Escambia, and Mobile Counties and for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
 
Finally, Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
 
Pete Gaynor, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Allan Jarvis as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas. 
 
Damage assessments are continuing in other areas, and more areas and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed.
 
Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. 
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION MEDIA SHOULD CONTACT THE FEMA NEWS DESK AT (202) 646-3272 OR FEMA-NEWS-DESK@FEMA.DHS.GOV.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Proclamation on National Small Business Week, 2020

 

Office of the Press Secretary
NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK, 2020
 
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
 
A PROCLAMATION
 
 
     During National Small Business Week, we celebrate the resolve and ingenuity of American businesses, entrepreneurs, and workers.  America's small businesses are at the very core of our Nation's identity and prosperity, and this week we pay tribute to these patriots for their contributions to our Nation's economy and culture.

     This year, as we collectively recover from an unprecedented pandemic, my Administration remains intensely focused on helping every American enterprise remain viable, recover, and once again, thrive at historic levels.  Our Nation's more than 30 million small businesses, which employ nearly half the private-sector workforce and create two-thirds of all net new jobs, are the key to propelling our economy to the prosperity levels America has enjoyed over the past 3 years.  That is why, as part of our extraordinary, whole-of-government economic response to the coronavirus, we have placed the small business sector front and center.  We have delivered nearly three quarters of a trillion dollars in timely, economic relief to distressed small business entrepreneurs and their employees throughout the country, including $525 billion in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, $190 billion in COVID‑19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), $20 billion in EIDL Advance grants, and additional healthcare funding.

     Additionally, American small businesses have been critical in revitalizing economically distressed areas.  That is why my Administration worked with Congress to designate thousands of Opportunity Zones in underserved communities, and as a result, we are creating unprecedented new economic opportunities.  We have also made extraordinary strides in the cultivation of entrepreneurship among underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, and veterans.  In fact, under my Administration, Latinos are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs.  These numbers are an important reminder that in the United States anyone who is dedicated and hard-working is capable of achieving their own American Dream.

     Across our country, small businesses are essential to their communities, creating jobs and giving back during times of prosperity and challenge.  My Administration is committed to investing in small business owners, and therefore advancing solutions that make it easier for them to exceed their goals.  During this National Small Business Week, we celebrate the success of our American entrepreneurs who have chartered their own courses to provide jobs and a bright future for millions of American workers.

     NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 20 through September 26, 2020, as National Small Business Week. I call upon all Americans to recognize the critical contributions of America's entrepreneurs and small business owners as they grow our Nation's economy.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.
 
 
                               DONALD J. TRUMP

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP BEFORE MARINE ONE DEPARTURE

 

Office of the Press Secretary
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP
BEFORE MARINE ONE DEPARTURE
 
South Lawn
 
5:07 P.M. EDT
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  So we’re going to North Carolina.  We have a packed place, and it’s going to be, I think, very exciting, as it was last night in Minnesota.  That was an incredible event. 
 
     We have some very big news on TikTok.  TikTok is moving along.  We’re dealing with Oracle, which you know of.  Larry Ellison.  And we’re dealing with, as a combination, Walmart -- Walmart, a great company.  A great American company.  The security will be 100 percent.  They’ll be using separate clouds and a lot of very, very powerful security. 
 
     And they’ll be making about a 5-billion-dollar contribution toward education.  We’re going to be setting up a very large fund toward the education of American youth.  And that’ll be great.  That’s their contribution that I’ve been asking for.
 
     But we’ll see whether or not it all happens.  But, conceptually, I think it’s a great deal for America.  They’ll be hiring at least 25,000 people.  It’ll most likely be incorporated in Texas.  It’ll be a brand-new company.  It will have nothing to do with any outside land, any outside country.  It will have nothing to do with China.  It’ll be totally secure.  That’ll be part of the deal, and that will be both Oracle, as you know, and Walmart. 
 
     And I think it’s going to be a fantastic deal.  The technology is superior to anything in the world, and we like that.  And, again, a lot of jobs, a lot of money.  A lot of money for our country.  Billions of dollars of taxes will be paid every year.  And hundreds of millions of users, and they’ll be happy.  So everybody will be happy.  It’s a severance. 
 
     It’ll continue to be named TikTok, as it was all along.  And that’s it.  That’s it.
 
     So I can say that I have given the deal my blessing.  If they get it done, that’s great.  If they don’t, that’s okay too.  But it’s a great deal for America, and very interesting.
 
     Q    Have you approved the deal?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  I approved the deal in concept, yes.
 
     Q    Sir, do you want to see a nominee on your Supreme Court choice before the election?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, we’ll see what happens.  We’ll be talking to people soon.  We have great respect for the process.  This has happened numerous times.  And every time, there was a nominee, as you know.  There’s been many occasions where, frankly, it turned out to be during a presidential year.  I think I heard 28, but whatever it may be.  But in all cases, they went forward.
 
     But we want to respect the process, and the process will move.  I think it’s going to move very quickly, actually.  I agree with the statement put out by Mitch McConnell.  I agree with it, actually, 100 percent.  I put out a very similar statement you saw.  So I think we’re going to start the process extremely soon, and we’ll have a nominee very soon.
 
     Q    Will ByteDance keep a minority stake in TikTok?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Say it?
 
     Q    Will ByteDance keep a minority stake?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, they’re going to report the full scope of the deal very soon.  Very soon.  But it’ll be totally controlled by Oracle and Walmart.  All of the control is Walmart and Oracle, two great American companies.  And you have the combination of the Walmart -- that’s obvious -- and the high-tech of Oracle and the genius of the two leaders of those companies.  Okay?
 
     Q    Sir, Senator Collins said she’d like to see the next President be the one to nominate a Supreme Court justice.  What’s your reaction to that?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Who said that?
 
     Q    Senator Collins.  Susan Collins.
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I totally disagree with her.  We have an obligation.  We won.  And we have an obligation, as the winners, to pick who we want.  That’s not the next President.  Hopefully, I’ll be the next President.  But we’re here now.  Right now, we’re here.  And we have an obligation to the voters, all of the people -- the millions of people that put us here in the form of a victory.  We have an obligation to them, to all of those voters.  And it’s a very simple thing.
 
     So I would disagree.  If that’s what she said -- that’s not the way I read it.  I read it differently.  But if that’s what she said, I totally disagree. 
 
     Q    How many people are on your short list?  Do you have a short list?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  I do.  I have a short list.  I’ve had a short list for a while.  We added a number of people onto the list -- the previous list.  We have about 45 altogether.  I do indeed have a short list.
 
     I’ve gotten to know -- I’ve gotten to know many of them.  I think it’s probably, from a legal standpoint, from a sophisticated understanding of the law, from a constitutional standpoint, I think it’s the greatest list ever assembled.  And I think that the other side should show their radical-left list, and I think you’ll be surprised.
 
     Q    What do you think of Amy Coney Barrett?  A lot of people think she’s the frontrunner.
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, she’s very highly respected.  I can say that. 
 
     Q    Would you like your nominee to be a woman?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  I could see, most likely, it would be a woman, yeah.  I think I can say that it would be a woman.  I would -- if somebody were to ask me now, I would say that a woman would be in first place, yes.  The choice of a woman, I would say, would certainly be appropriate.
 
     Q    What about Barbara Lagoa?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Say it?
    
     Q    Barbara Lagoa.
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  She’s an extraordinary person.  I’ve heard incredible things about her.  I don’t know her.  She’s Hispanic and highly respected.  Miami.  Highly respected.
 
     Q    Sir, President Obama’s pick in 2016, Merrick Garland, didn’t get a chance to move forward.  That was an election year.  Why should your pick get a chance to move forward in an election year?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, that’s called “the consequences of losing an election.”  He lost the election.  He didn’t have the votes.  When you lose elections, sometimes things don’t work out well. 
 
     Q    But that was before the election.
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  And, by the way, I have to say this: Judge Garland is highly respected.  I have a lot of respect for him.  I do.  I have a lot of respect for him.  But it’s the consequences of an election.
 
     Q    Do you expect a vote before the election or after the election?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I don't know.  We’re working with all of the Republican senators and working with Mitch McConnell.  And we’ll be making a decision.  I would think before would be very good, but we’ll be making a decision.  I think the process can go very, very fast.  I’ll be making my choice soon.  And when the choice is made, I’ll be sending it over to Mitch in the Senate.  And they will do what they have to do.  I think we’ll have a very popular choice, whoever it may be.  But we’ll be sending it over to the Senate, okay?
 
     Q    Do you think that choice will be next week?
 
     THE PRESIDENT:  I think the choice will be next week, yes.  I do.  I do. 
 
     Okay?  So we’ll see you -- some of you -- in North Carolina.  Okay?  Thank you very much.
 
               END            5:15 P.M. EDT                 
        

White House Photo's of the Week for September 12 -19, 2020

 

Office of the Press Secretary
Photos of the Week


Saturday, September 12, 2020

President Donald J. Trump speaks to members of the press Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, upon arrival to Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Reno, Nev. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
 
 

President Donald J. Trump salutes United States Air Force personnel as he prepares to board Air Force One at Reno-Tahoe International Airport Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, en route to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nev. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) 
 
 
Monday, September 14, 2020

President Donald J. Trump walks across the tarmac after disembarking Air Force One Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, Calif.  (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)  
 
 

President Donald J. Trump speaks with reporters after disembarking Air Force One at Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, Calif. Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, before attending a briefing on wildfires with California Governor Gavin Newsom. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump listens during a briefing on wildfires with California Governor Gavin Newsom Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at the Cal Fire Hangar at the Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, Calif. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump listens during a briefing on wildfires with local and Federal fire and emergency authorities Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at the Cal Fire Hangar at the Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, Calif. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump participates in a briefing on wildfires with California Governor Gavin Newsom and local and Federal fire and emergency authorities Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at the Cal Fire Hangar at the Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, Calif. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump signs citations of commendation for the presentation of the Distinguished Flying Cross to members of the California Army National Guard Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at the Cal Fire Hangar at the Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, Calif. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks before awarding the Distinguished Flying Cross to members of the California Army National Guard Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at the Cal Fire Hangar at the Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, Calif. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump participates in the presentation of the Distinguished Flying Cross to members of the California Army National Guard Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at the Cal Fire Hangar at the Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, Calif. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump presents the Distinguished Flying Cross to California Army National Guard member Chief Warrant Officer One Ge Xiong Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at the Cal Fire Hangar at the Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, Calif. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump disembarks Air Force One at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Phoenix. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) 
 
 

First Lady Melania Trump listens as Shamonica Wiggins, a sickle cell disease patient and advocate, delivers remarks during a roundtable on Improving the Lives of Americans Living with Sickle Cell Disease Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
 
 

First Lady Melania Trump, joined by sickle cell disease patient Samuel Price, participates in a roundtable on Improving the Lives of Americans Living with Sickle Cell Disease Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
 
 

First Lady Melania Trump delivers remarks during a roundtable on Improving the Lives of Americans Living with Sickle Cell Disease Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
 
 

First Lady Melania Trump poses for a photo with the participants of a roundtable on Improving the Lives of Americans Living with Sickle Cell Disease Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in the Cross Hall of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
 
 

Vice President Mike Pence waves as he boards Air Force Two at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, en route to Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville, Wisc. (Official White House Photo by Delano Scott) 
 
 
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

President Donald J. Trump welcomes the Bahrain Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at the West Wing Lobby Entrance of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump and the Bahrain Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani participate in a bilateral meeting with members of their delegations Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump welcomes the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at the West Wing Lobby Entrance of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump and the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan listen as Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner delivers remarks during a bilateral meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) 
 
 

First Lady Melania Trump arrives to the West Wing Lobby Entrance of the White House Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, before greeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Mrs. Sara Netanyahu. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
 
 

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Mrs. Sara Netanyahu Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at the West Wing Lobby Entrance of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
 
 

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for a photo with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Mrs. Sara Netanyahu Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at the West Wing Lobby Entrance of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
 
 

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for a photo with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Mrs. Sara Netanyahu Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
 
 

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Mrs. Sara Netanyahu Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talk during a bilateral meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
 
 

President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence pose for a photo with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife Mrs. Sara Netanyahu, the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Bahrain Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, and White House senior advisors in the Oval Office of the White House Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, before attending the Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the Bahrain Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks) 
 
 

First Lady Melania Trump and Mrs. Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, walk along the Colonnade of the White House Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, before attending the Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony on the South Lawn. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
 
 

President Donald J. Trump walks with the Bahrain Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the Colonnade of the White House Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, before attending the Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony on the South Lawn. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump walks with the Bahrain Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the Colonnade of the White House Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, before attending the Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony on the South Lawn. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump, joined by the Bahrain Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, delivers remarks during the Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, on the South Lawn of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump receives applause from the Bahrain Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan during the Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, on the Blue Room Balcony of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump walks with the Bahrain Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan during the Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, on the South Lawn of the White House. (Official White House Photo Andrea Hanks) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump, the Bahrain Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrive to participate in the Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, on the South Lawn of the White House. (Official White House Photo Andrea Hanks) 
 
 

First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Mrs. Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and guests attend the Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, on the South Lawn of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
 
 

President Donald J. Trump, the Bahrain Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan sign the Abraham Accords Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, on the South Lawn of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump, the Bahrain Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan display their signatures during the Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, on the South Lawn of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump, the Bahrain Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan display their signatures during the Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, on the South Lawn of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump, the Bahrain Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan wave from the Blue Room Balcony after participating in the Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump participates in a working luncheon with the Bahrain Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump departs the Oval Office of the White House Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md. to begin his trip to Pennsylvania. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)
 
 

President Donald J. Trump, joined by White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, speaks with reporters on the South Lawn driveway of the White House Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, before departing for Joint Base Andrews, Md. to begin his trip to Pennsylvania. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour) 
 
 

President Donald J. Trump boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md. to begin his trip to Pennsylvania. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)
 
 

President Donald J. Trump waves as he disembarks Air Force One Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
 
 

President Donald J. Trump’s motorcade is saluted by Philadelphia police and public safety officers Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, en route to the Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
 
 

President Donald J. Trump participates in an ABC News Town Hall with George Stephanopoulos Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)