Thursday, January 23, 2020

President Donald J. Trump Approves North Dakota Disaster Declaration

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President Donald J. Trump Approves North Dakota Disaster Declaration

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of North Dakota and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by flooding from October 9 to October 26, 2019.

Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by flooding in the counties of Barnes, Eddy, Foster, Grand Forks, Griggs, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, Mountrail, Nelson, Sargent, Sheridan, Stutsman, Traill, Walsh, and Wells.

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

Pete Gaynor, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Dana C. Reynolds as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

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




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Davos Congress Centre
Davos, Switzerland

10:50 A.M. CET

   PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  It’s great to be with President Barzani of Kurdistan.  And we have a meeting scheduled.  For a long time, we’ve wanted to meet.  We’ve worked together very well.

   As you know, we left Syria, from the standpoint of the border, and that’s worked out great with Turkey.  It’s worked out far better than anybody ever thought possible.  They have the so-called “safe zone,” and I appreciate everything you’ve done to keep it as safe as possible.

   But, very importantly, as you know, we have the oil.  And we left soldiers for the oil, because we took the oil and we’re working on that.  And we have it very nicely secured.

   We also have thousands of ISIS prisoners.  We’ve taken over 100 percent of the caliphate.

   And it’s a very interesting region, but we’ve had a tremendous relationship.  And it’s great to be with you.  Thank you very much.

   PRESIDENT BARZANI:  Thank you, Mr. President.  Thank you very much.  Thank you, sir.  Thank you.

   PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Please.  Would you like to say something?

   PRESIDENT BARZANI:  Yeah.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, Mr. President, to receive us, you know, I mean, in Davos.  As you said, you know, we’ve been, quite a long time, waiting for that moment.

   Thank you for your leadership.  Thank you for your support.  So we did -- defeated ISIS together.


   PRESIDENT BARZANI:  So -- and on behalf of people, I mean in Kurdistan, I would like to express our thanks and gratitude to your leadership and your support.  Thank you, sir.

   PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Really great.

   PRESIDENT BARZANI:  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.

   PRESIDENT TRUMP: Okay, thank you very much.  Appreciate it, everybody.

   Q    Mr. President, do you have a plan to contain the coronavirus in the U.S.?

   PRESIDENT TRUMP:  We do have a plan, and we think it’s going to be handled very well.  We’ve already handled it very well.  CDC has been terrific.  Very great professionals.  And we’re in very good shape.  And I think China is in very good shape also.

   Thank you very much. 

                         END               10:52 A.M. CET 


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Davos Congress Centre
Davos, Switzerland

11:34 A.M. CET

   PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  It’s great to be with the President of Iraq, and we are obviously working on a lot of things together.  We’re working on military.  We’re working on ISIS.  We’re working on -- we have a whole host of very difficult things to discuss, and some very positive things also.  And we’ve been friends, and the relationship is very good.  And I just want to thank you very much, Mr. President.  

   PRESIDENT SALIH:  Thank you, Mr. President.  Thank you.  It’s an important opportunity to meet President Trump to talk about the developments in our neighborhood.  These are challenging times, difficult times.  And I look for a very fruitful and very candid conversation with the President.

   We have had an enduring relationship, and the United States has been a partner to Iraq and in the war against ISIS.  This mission needs to be accomplished, and I believe you and I share the same mission for a stable, sovereign Iraq that is at peace with itself and at peace with its neighbors.

   PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Great .  Thank you very much.

   Q    What is the plan for pulling out U.S. troops from Iraq?

   PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, we’re talking about a lot of different things, and you’ll be hearing whatever we do.  But they like what we’re doing and we like them, and we’ve had a very good relationship.  I can only speak for my administration; I won’t speak for past administrations, frankly.  But we’ve had a very good relationship.

   And we’re down to a very low number.  We’re down to 5,000.  So we’re down to a very low number -- historically low.  And we’ll see what happens.

   Q    Mr. President, are you still considering sanctions against Iraq?

   PRESIDENT TRUMP:  We’ll see what happens because we do have to do things on our terms.  We (inaudible) --

   PRESIDENT SALIH:  We have a lot of common interests: the fight against extremism; stability in the neighborhood --

   PRESIDENT TRUMP:  That’s right.

   PRESIDENT SALIH:  -- a sovereign Iraq that is stable, friends of the neighbors,  and friends of the United States.

   PRESIDENT TRUMP:  And we’re also involved with them in their oil business, and that’s always been very important from their standpoint and from our standpoint.  So we have a lot of very positive things to talk about.

   But we are down to a low number, and we’ve been there for quite a while.  So we’ll make a determination.

   Okay?  Thank you all very much.

   Q    President Salih, what was your reaction to the death of Qasem Soleimani?

   PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Thank you.

   We’re going to do a news conference today.  We have one other meeting, and then we’re going to be doing a news conference right after this.

   Q    You’re doing a new conference, Mr. President?

   PRESIDENT TRUMP:  So, that’ll be, I would say, within the next 45 minutes.  Yeah, before leaving.  We’re going to be leaving in a little while.

   We’ve had tremendous success in Davos.  And we’ll be leaving in a little while, but we’ll do a news conference -- a quick news conference.  And then we head back.  Some of you are coming on a very nice plane.

   Okay?  So I’ll see you in a little while.

                         END            11:38 A.M. CET           


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West Wing Reads Sen. Marsha Blackburn: Impeachment Trial is a Political Farce

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Sen. Marsha Blackburn: Impeachment Trial is a Political Farce

House Democrats’ impeachment managers had one big goal yesterday: trying to quickly rewrite their own three-year narrative on impeachment.

“Chief revisionist Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, began by asserting that the House Democrats have compiled evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors perpetrated by the president,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) writes for Fox News.

“Later, however, Schiff revealed that the over 100 hours of testimony, and thousands of pages of documents, that led to his conclusions simply weren’t enough. He then asked that the Senate fetch additional evidence he neglected to secure.”

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“There is a strong case to be made that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff seriously mismanaged the House’s impeachment proceedings into President Trump. But Schiff has one word for his critics: whatever . . . This is as lame as it is deceptive,” Kaylee McGhee writes in the Washington Examiner.
“Efforts to remove Trump didn’t start with Ukraine. And won’t end there . . . Maxine Waters has been chanting ‘impeach 45’ since the spring of 2017. Representative Al Green introduced the first impeachment resolution that summer . . . In November 2017 a group of House Democrats introduced additional articles of impeachment. The same thing happened in December 2017, January 2018, March 2019, May 2019, and July 2019,” Matthew Continetti writes for National Review.  
“If the purely partisan and reckless maneuvering of House Democrats receives more than it deserves — rapid disposition with a strong dose of senatorial scorn — future presidents, at least those who face House majorities from the opposite party, can look forward to the impeachification of all political disputes down the road,” Hugh Hewitt writes in The Washington Post.

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1600 Daily The White House • January 22, 2020 5 times Adam Schiff Just Totally Made it Up Today

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5 times Adam Schiff just totally made it up today

Democrats have based their whole impeachment sham on the word and judgement of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who pleaded the left’s case for 2 ½ hours before the Senate today. Spoiler alert: That wasn’t a good idea.

Schiff is the worst choice to put in front of Americans fed up with Washington’s partisan circus. His only real priority is attacking President Trump, and he’s more than happy to resort to lies, leaks, and whatever else it takes to do it.

In September, during a House Intelligence Committee hearing, Schiff made headlines by fabricating a completely made-up version of the July 25th phone call between President Trump and President Zelenskyy of Ukraine. Then, news broke that Schiff’s staff had behind-the-scenes contact with the “whistleblower” at the center of the impeachment probe before that complaint was ever even filed.

“We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower,” Schiff had claimed before the truth caught up with him. Oops—not the best person to stake Democrats’ credibility on.

Today was no different. Schiff’s one-sided impeachment report—the document that serves as the basis for Democrats’ entire case—is nothing but a partisan hatchet job. Rather than draw more attention to their flimsy, fake “investigation,” Schiff chose to deflect and make up more lies about President Trump. Here are a few of the biggest ones:
  • Schiff claims that President Trump endorsed the theory that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election. FACTPresident Trump has publicly said, very clearly, that he accepts the conclusion of the intelligence community that Russia interfered in 2016.
  • Schiff says that President Trump withheld an Oval Office meeting from President Zelenskyy. FACTPresident Trump invited President Zelenskyy to the White House—with no preconditions—on THREE occasions: April 21, May 29, and July 25. They met at the first opportunity, at the UN General Assembly.
  • Schiff once again brought up claims of a “quid pro quo.” FACTNotice what’s not in Democrats’ articles of impeachment? Allegations or accusations of a quid pro quo. They couldn’t include that claim—because no such arrangement existed. 
  • BONUS: Schiff completely misrepresented what Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said about foreign policy, Chris Wallace says.
For years, Schiff lied about the Russia hoax, claiming there was evidence of collusion only to be proven wrong by the Mueller Report. This time, House Democrats learned their lesson: Why risk letting the facts get in the way? Impeach first, investigate later—or beg the Senate to do it for them.

In better news: The great American comeback story!   

President Trump traveled to Davos, Switzerland, this week for the World Economic Forum. The annual meeting brings together leaders from across the globe to discuss improving economic stability and unleashing prosperity for more people worldwide.

As he always does on the world stage, President Trump made his priority clear: The needs of the American people come first. His meetings with leaders from the European Union, Iraq, Afghanistan, and more will help America continue to protect its citizens and secure better trade deals for its workers.

America also has a story to tell. “When I spoke at this forum two years ago, I told you that we had launched the great American comeback,” President Trump said. “Today, I’m proud to declare that the United States is in the midst of an economic boom the likes of which the world has never seen before.”

Watch President Trump’s full speech at Davos.

 Promise Made, Promise Kept: NAFTA replacement coming to POTUS’ desk!  

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West Wing Reads Newt Gingrich: Trump Triumphs at World Economic Forum While Democrats Pursue Baseless Impeachment

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Newt Gingrich: Trump Triumphs at World Economic Forum While Democrats Pursue Baseless Impeachment

“President Trump’s visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week was a bigger triumph than anyone could possibly have imagined a year ago,” former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich writes for Fox News.
“The counter-staging of President Trump landing at Davos while the Senate began the trial over his phony impeachment was a Reagan-quality move . . . once again President Trump gave an important, principled speech that was worthy of the leader of the biggest economy and most powerful military in the world.”
“‘I'm concerned that if we don't impeach this president, he will get reelected.’ Rarely do politicians show their hand with such an obvious statement. But, in early May of last year, that’s exactly what Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, did. More than anything, those 13 words offer a clear vision of the Democratic Party’s goal over the past three years,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) writes for Fox News.
“When Mrs. Pelosi, Mr. Schiff and the other House impeachment managers invoke the Founding Fathers, these are crocodile tears for the existing constitutional order. The progressive punch list the past three years stands: Abolish the Electoral College, pack the Supreme Court, remove a presidential impediment from office. That’s their democracy,” Daniel Henninger writes in The Wall Street Journal.
Any American hit with a baseless subpoena has the right to challenge it in court. “But Schiff and his colleagues not only chose not to permit the judicial process to play out with respect to those subpoenas; they chose to call the president’s attempt to avail himself of his rights ‘obstruction of Congress’ and an impeachable offense itself. How Orwellian,” Henry Olsen writes in The Washington Post.
“My daughter, Porter, suffers from cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that shortens lives and requires expensive care. According to a Kaiser Permanente report, 87% of babies diagnosed with cystic fibrosis before birth are tragically aborted. These children are robbed of their lives and their parents miss out on the daily joy of loving their children, as we gratefully experience every day with Porter,” Acting White House Budget Director Russ Vought writes for The Daily Wire.

NEW: “Trump to become first president in history to speak at March for Life”

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Proclamation to Further Facilitate Positive Adjustment to Competition from Imports of Large Residential Washers

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     1.  On January 23, 2018, pursuant to section 203 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the "Trade Act") (19 U.S.C. 2253), I issued Proclamation 9694, which imposed a safeguard measure for a period of 3 years plus 1 day comprising both a tariff-rate quota (TRQ) on imports of large residential washers (washers) provided for in subheadings 8450.11.00 and 8450.20.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) and a TRQ on covered washer parts provided for in subheadings 8450.90.20 and 8450.90.60 of the HTS.  I exempted covered imports from Canada and certain designated beneficiary countries under the Generalized System of Preferences from the application of the measure.

     2.  On August 7, 2019, the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) issued its report pursuant to section 204(a)(2) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2254(a)(2)), on the results of its monitoring of developments with respect to the domestic washers industry (USITC, Large Residential Washers:  Monitoring Developments in the Domestic Industry, No. TA-204-013).  In its report, the USITC found that imports peaked in November and December of 2017, just before the safeguard measure was imposed, and again in February and March of 2019, at the opening of the second TRQ period.  More recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection indicate that the number of imported units exceeded the 1.2-million-unit annual limit qualifying for the in-quota rate well before the end of the year in the first year of the measure and in less than 3 months in the second year of the measure.

     3.  Section 204(b)(1)(B) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2254(b)(1)(B)) authorizes the President, upon petition of the majority of the representatives of the domestic industry, to reduce, modify, or terminate an action taken under section 203 of the Trade Act when the President determines that the domestic industry has made a positive adjustment to import competition.

     4.  After taking into account the information provided in the USITC's report, and after receiving a petition from the representative of the majority of the domestic industry, I have determined that the domestic industry has begun to make positive adjustment to import competition but that, despite that adjustment, increased imports of washers at peak times of the year have impaired the effectiveness of the action I proclaimed in 2018 under section 203 of the Trade Act, and modification of the action is warranted.

     5.  Section 204(b)(2) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2254(b)(2)) also authorizes the President to take such additional action under section 203 of the Trade Act as may be necessary to eliminate any circumvention of any action previously taken under such section.  Pursuant to section 203(a)(3)(B) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2253(a)(3)(B)), the President may proclaim a TRQ on the imported article.

     6.  I have further determined that additional action is necessary to eliminate circumvention of the TRQ by ensuring that within-quota quantities of imports of washers are spread throughout the year, thus eliminating the possibility that importers' concentration of imports of washers in a limited period would distort the quantity of washers in the U.S. market and undermine the positive effect of the TRQ on the domestic industry's adjustment to import competition.  Accordingly, I have decided to allocate, on a quarterly basis, within-quota quantities of 1.2 million washers during the third year of the action, beginning February 7, 2020.

     7.  Section 604 of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2483) authorizes the President to embody in the HTS the substance of the relevant provisions of that Act, and of other acts affecting import treatment, and actions thereunder, including the removal, modification, continuance, or imposition of any rate of duty or other import restriction.

      NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, acting under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including but not limited to sections 203, 204, and 604 of the Trade Act, do proclaim that:

     (1)  In order to modify the quantitative limitations applicable to imports of washers under HTS subheadings 8450.11.00 and 8450.20.00, by allocating the within-quota quantities for the third quota year on a quarterly basis, subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTS is modified as set forth in the Annex to this proclamation.

     (2)  Any provision of previous proclamations and Executive Orders that is inconsistent with the actions taken in this proclamation is superseded to the extent of such inconsistency.

     (3)  The modifications to the HTS made by this proclamation, including the Annex hereto, shall be effective with respect to goods entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time on February 7, 2020, and shall continue in effect as provided in the Annex to this proclamation, unless such actions are earlier expressly reduced, modified, or terminated.  One year from the termination of the safeguard measure established in this proclamation, the U.S. note and tariff provisions established in the Annex to this proclamation shall be deleted from the HTS.

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

                              DONALD J. TRUMP



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“Together, we will create an immigration system to make America safer, and stronger, and greater than ever before.” – President Donald J. Trump

COMBATTING BIRTH TOURISM:  President Donald J. Trump is taking action to combat birth tourism.

  • The Administration is taking action to end “birth tourism” – a practice in which aliens travel to the United States with the purpose of giving birth to gain citizenship for their children.
    • Organizations bring in large numbers of aliens to systematically exploit this loophole and unfairly provide citizenship for their children.
    • Most birth tourism groups charge tens of thousands of dollars, which often doesn’t include coverage for medical care.
    • Groups are flown to the United States and often brought to motels, whose owners are also often complicit in the scheme.
  • The State Department will stop issuing temporary visitor visas to applicants who are traveling to the United States to engage in birth tourism.
  • The Administration’s new rule makes clear that attempting to improperly provide citizenship for one’s child through birth tourism is not a legitimate grounds for obtaining a visitor visa.
    • Visas will still be issued to aliens whose purpose of travel is consistent with permissible business and pleasure activities.
  • Citizenship is the crown jewel of the American immigration system and must be vigorously protected from exploitation.
PROTECTING NATIONAL SECURITY: The Administration’s action addresses the national security and law enforcement risks associated with birth tourism.
  • Birth tourism could allow foreign governments to exploit birth tourism in manners that threaten the security of the United States.
  • Foreign governments could exploit this vulnerability to recruit individuals who were born as the result of birth tourism and raised overseas, without attachment to the United States.
  • Through birth tourism, foreign nationals are able to have their children avoid the scrutiny and procedures they would normally undergo if they became citizens through naturalization.
  • Organized criminal networks have taken advantage of the birth tourism loophole at the expense of American citizens.  
    • Businesses in the birth tourism industry have engaged in widespread immigration fraud and money laundering.
PRESERVING OUR PUBLIC RESOURCES: Addressing birth tourism continues President Trump’s efforts to safeguard our Nation’s public benefits from abuse.
  • The Administration’s action will protect our social welfare system from abuse by foreign nationals using our welfare system to pay for the births of their children.
  • Last year, the Administration took action to ensure that if aliens want to enter or remain in the United States, they must support themselves and not rely on public benefits.  
  • The President issued a proclamation suspending the entry of aliens who financially burden the American healthcare system. 
  • The Administration proposed a rule to require the verification of immigration status for anyone seeking to access public housing benefits.

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Visit of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Visit of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to the White House on January 28, 2020. LTG. (Res.) MK Benjamin Gantz, Blue and White Chairman, has also accepted the President’s invitation to come to Washington. The United States and Israel are strong partners, and the Prime Minister’s visit is an opportunity to discuss our shared regional and national security interests.

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Birth Tourism Visa Regulation Rule Change

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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Birth Tourism Visa Regulation
Rule Change


Beginning January 24, 2020, the State Department will no longer issue temporary visitor (B-1/B-2) visas to aliens seeking to enter the United States for “birth tourism” – the practice of traveling to the United States to secure automatic and permanent American citizenship for their children by giving birth on American soil.  This rule change is necessary to enhance public safety, national security, and the integrity of our immigration system.  The birth tourism industry threatens to overburden valuable hospital resources and is rife with criminal activity, as reflected in Federal prosecutions. Closing this glaring immigration loophole will combat these endemic abuses and ultimately protect the United States from the national security risks created by this practice.  It will also defend American taxpayers from having their hard-earned dollars siphoned away to finance the direct and downstream costs associated with birth tourism.  The integrity of American citizenship must be protected.