Saturday, October 10, 2020

Proclamation on German-American Day, 2020


Office of the Press Secretary
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     Since our founding, German-Americans have been central to our progress as a Nation.  Industrious and faithful early German immigrants came to our shores to fulfill dreams of economic opportunity and to live out their faith free from government interference.  These men and women established families and built livelihoods, exhibiting virtues that helped form our unique American ethos and passing down traditions that continue to shape our cultural identity.  Today, on German-American Day, we commemorate the extraordinary contributions of
German-Americans to our country, and we pay tribute to the more than 43 million Americans who, like myself, claim German heritage.
     The story of German-Americans is embedded in the most sacred chapters of American lore.  When members of the first Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to forge a future of freedom on this continent, they walked down streets brimming with German businesses.  Their deliberations were diligently reported in German-language broadsides and rigorously debated in German-owned coffeehouses.  On July 4, 1776, when the Founding Fathers declared our independence, a German-language newspaper was the first to break the news to the new Nation.  The next day, the streets were flooded with German translations of Thomas Jefferson's revolutionary words proclaiming that "all men are created equal."

     Ever since, Americans of German descent have left their mark on our history.  German influence played a large role in establishing our unyielding commitment to universal public education.  It was a German-American, Margarethe Meyer Schurz, who opened the first kindergarten in America.  German-Americans helped champion physical education and built the first gymnasiums for school buildings, positively affecting the physical health of our schoolchildren.  German-Americans also introduced vocational training in public schools, providing new avenues for economic empowerment for young people and fueling American prosperity.

     Over the years, German customs have also become infused into American culture.  Our cherished Christmas and Easter traditions are influenced by practices of early German arrivals.  At Christmastime, we draw on German culture when we decorate Christmas trees and exchange gifts.  During Easter, we have German immigrants to thank for our Easter egg hunts.  These traditionally German customs have become staples of American culture and continue to unite Americans of all backgrounds.

     This month also marks the 30th anniversary of German reunification following the fall of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989.  This historic moment marked a triumph for democracy and paved the way for a more free and open Europe.  As we celebrate the many contributions of German-Americans to our country, we also celebrate our strong transatlantic ties with Germany and recommit to working together to forge a brighter future for both our nations and the world.

     Today, we celebrate the societal achievements and cultural contributions of all German-Americans and reflect on the hardworking and efficient spirit that they have imbued in our national character.  From engineers and doctors to bakers and inventors, they have strengthened our economy and enriched our communities.  Thanks in part to their dedication and hard work, our country remains a shining beacon of freedom and prosperity.

     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 October 6, 2020, as German-American Day.  I call upon all Americans to celebrate the achievements and contributions of German Americans to our Nation with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.
     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
fifth day of October, 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

October 6, 2020 Memorandum from the President's Physician


Office of the Press Secretary

Memorandum from the President's Physician


1600 Daily The White House • October 6, 2020 NEW: President Trump proclaims ‘Made in America’ Week!


1600 Daily
The White House • October 6, 2020

NEW: President Trump proclaims ‘Made in America’ Week!

Each year, President Trump welcomes businesses to the White House from every American state to display their goods at the Made in America Showcase.
“Buy American, Hire American” is more than a motto for President Trump. It is the strategy that has driven his entire Administration’s economic agenda. His Proclamation on Made in America Day and Made in America Week 2020 reads, in part:
 For too long, politicians failed to recognize the critical importance of using American labor to make American goods, so that the profits and jobs stay here at home. They enabled American companies to ship their jobs overseas and sat by while foreign companies ripped off our products . . . 

Fifty U.S. companies were invited to take part in this year’s Made in America Showcase. While unable to come together in person this year, many of these great businesses shared videos online explaining the importance of “Made in America!”
🎬 Goya Foods: Started by an immigrant to live the American Dream!
“Goya was started nearly 85 years ago by my grandfather, who came to the country as an immigrant to live and fulfill the American Dream,” Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue said. “And we have fulfilled that dream.”
Another company, Mountain Ridge Gear of Colorado, shared its passion for using American-sourced materials for its products. “As long as this company exists, we will use American-made products to build our gear,” owner Eric Lynn said.
🎬 Mountain Ridge Gear: A veteran-owned, family-run business!

Kan Jam—a gaming business based in Buffalo, New York—“is proud to be Made in America,” the company tweeted. “Thank you to the current administration for creating an environment conducive for American based manufacturing!”
🎬 Kan Jam: An American company born and raised in Buffalo, NY!
In every state, small and large businesses such as these are putting patriotism first and contributing to our nation’s Great American Comeback under President Trump.
“The President extends his sincere appreciation to the companies that planned to attend this year’s event at the White House,” Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. “He is incredibly proud of their grit, ingenuity, and use of American labor to manufacture exceptional products in the homeland.”
President Trump says “Made in America” isn’t a slogan. It is a solemn pledge.
“On every front, my Administration will continue to fight for American workers, American jobs, and American businesses to ensure prosperity today and for America’s future generations.”
📖 See the full list of American companies invited to the showcase!
📖 President Trump’s Administration lives by two simple rules! 

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President Trump returns to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center | October 5, 2020

Update on the Health and Safety Precautions taken within the Executive Residence


Office of the First Lady
Update on the Health and Safety Precautions taken within the Executive Residence
The health and safety of the Residence staff is of the utmost importance to the First Family.
Since March, the Residence has adopted hospital-grade disinfection policies, had White House Medical Unit lead coronavirus workshops so staff could have their concerns addressed, significantly reduced staff, and encouraged maximum teleworking. The Residence also installed additional sanitization and filtration systems throughout the Executive Mansion.
The health of Residence staff members and their families are a paramount concern to the First Family so the following precautionary measures have been taken during this pandemic:
In March, similar sanitization and filtration systems were provided to each Residence employee to be used in their homes to further protect them and their family members.
In the beginning of April, all Residence staff were required to wear masks at all times.
Residence staff in direct contact with the First Family are tested daily, with support staff tested every 48 hours.
In addition to support from the Medical Unit, the Residence has hired independent health consultants who are available to check on staff and their families, facilitating ancillary testing as needed.
The Residence also hired a 'well-being' consultant, which staff members can speak to anonymously, specifically to focus on mental health concerns.
With the recent positive results of the President and First Lady, staff wear full PPE and continue to take all necessary precautions, which include updated procedures to protect against cross contamination.



Office of the Press Secretary


“No one can compete with American workers when they’re given a fair and level playing field, which has not happened for decades.” – President Donald J. Trump

PROTECTING AMERICAN WORKERS: President Donald J. Trump and his Administration are protecting American workers by reforming requirements governing the H-1B visa program.

  • Today, the Trump Administration announced two Interim Final Rules to dramatically improve the H-1B work visa program.
  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is tightening standards to require that foreign workers show specialized merit to establish their eligibility.
  • DHS is also taking action to rein in “shadow,” third-party employers who use the H-1B program to displace American workers and to reduce the validity period for H-1Bs used by these “shadow” employers, which will ensure more frequent vetting for compliance with H-1B program requirements.
  • DHS is codifying existing authorities to conduct workforce inspections and clarifying that failure to fully cooperate with inspections may result in the denial or revocation of employer H-1B petitions.
  • The Department of Labor is publishing a rule to appropriately identify the wage levels for H-1Bs and other foreign labor programs, which will improve the quality of H-1B workers and better reflect wages paid to similarly employed workers in the United States.
    • The rule will limit an employer’s ability to replace workers with cheap foreign labor and help ensure wages are not suppressed by the presence of low-cost foreign workers.
PUTTING AMERICAN WORKERS FIRST: President Trump is committed to making sure American workers are not disadvantaged by foreign labor.
  • President Trump is improving America’s work visa programs to prioritize the highest-skilled workers and protect American jobs and wages.
  • President Trump knows that H-1B visas should only be reserved for specialized talent that helps support a strong economy.
    • For too long, this program has been misused as an inexpensive labor program, replacing American jobs in the process.
    • These critical reforms will improve the quality of the H-1B program without changing the annual statutory cap for H-1B visas.
  • The Trump Administration is closing loopholes that have allowed employers in the United States to replace American workers with low-cost foreign labor.
TAKING COMMONSENSE ACTION: President Trump continues to stand up for our Nation’s workers by taking action to preserve jobs for American citizens.
  • Earlier this year, President Trump signed an Executive Order to prevent Federal dollars from being used to displace Americans with foreign workers or offshore labor.
  • To aid our Nation’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the President placed a temporary pause on multiple categories of aliens from coming into the country for work.
  • The Trump Administration issued regulations that will, once in effect, remove the incentive to apply for asylum for the purpose of obtaining authorization to work in the United States.
  • President Trump has worked tirelessly to reshore American supply chains, bring investments home from overseas, and implement policies that promote buying and hiring American.

October 7, 2020 President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts


Office of the Press Secretary
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:

Sean Plankey, of Connecticut, to be Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security, Department of Homeland Security.
Major General Randy “Church” Kee, USAF (Ret.), of Alaska, to be a Member of the Arctic Research Commission.
Justin M. Peterson, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico.

President Donald J. Trump Approves Mississippi Emergency Declaration


Office of the Press Secretary

President Donald J. Trump Approves Mississippi Emergency Declaration

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Mississippi and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Delta beginning on October 7, 2020, and continuing.
The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe.
Public Assistance Category B emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided for the counties of Hancock, Harrison, and Wilkinson.
Public Assistance Category B emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided for the counties of Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Copiah, Forrest, Franklin, George, Hinds, Humphries, Issaquena, Jackson, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Lincoln, Madison, Marion, Pearl River, Pike, Rankin, Sharkey, Simpson, Stone, Walthall, Warren, and Yazoo.
Pete Gaynor, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Brett H. Howard as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

West Wing Reads Bigoted Attacks on Amy Coney Barrett Will Backfire


West Wing Reads

Bigoted Attacks on Amy Coney Barrett Will Backfire

“I’ve seen this before, and it’s not pretty. Critics of Judge Amy Coney Barrett are framing their skepticism with a noble-sounding pretext: Judges shouldn’t bring their personal views into the courtroom. But their real worry is far more chilling. To put it bluntly, America’s cultural elites aren’t sure that a faithful Christian can be entrusted with the law,” Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Brian Hagedorn writes in The Wall Street Journal.
“Judge Barrett’s career demonstrates that you can be a person of faith and a faithful judge. As Washington debates her nomination, my plea is this: Judge her on her merits, not on her faith. Let’s not impose a religious test for public office.”
Click here to read more.
“Help is on the way. Wednesday night, Gov. John Bel Edwards [D-LA] announced that President Trump has approved his request for a federal emergency declaration in advance of Hurricane Delta, which is forecast to make landfall along Louisiana’s coastline.” Governor Edwards thanked President Trump for taking “quick action on approving my request for a federal emergency declaration.” Read more at KTBS.
“Schools play a critical role in ensuring vulnerable children receive needed care. That is why President Donald Trump has emphasized the importance of opening schools using safe, common-sense measures. Keeping children out of school can result in long-lasting and unforeseen harm, particularly in disadvantaged communities,” writes Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in Newsweek.
“Shootings have spiked 127% in New York City this year” and “city officials say liberal pushes to ‘defund the police’ have hindered the NYPD's ability to keep the city safe,” Vandana Rambaran reports. “Defunding the police is perhaps the worst idea in NYC government history,” Democrat Councilman Robert Holden said. “We can’t legislate using fashionable slogans that fit on protest signs.” Read more in Fox News.

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Signing of Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act


Office of the Press Secretary

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Signing of Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act

President Donald J. Trump was the first president to formally recognize the tragedy of Missing and Murdered Native Americans, when he issued a Proclamation in May of 2019 drawing attention to this issue.  Today, he proudly signed into law S. 227, Savanna’s Act, which directs the Department of Justice to develop law enforcement protocols to address the issue, and S. 982, the Not Invisible Act of 2019, which directs the Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice to establish a joint commission on violent crime within and against the Native American community.  These two bills reinforce many actions the President has already undertaken to fulfill his promise that Missing and Murdered Native Americans are no longer forgotten.

Native American communities are facing a crisis of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, in particular women and children.  One study found that Native American women in certain tribal communities are ten times more likely to be murdered than the average American.

President Trump took decisive action to combat this tragedy.  On November 26, 2019, he signed an Executive Order establishing the Operation Lady Justice Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, which developed an aggressive, government-wide strategy to combat the crisis of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, specifically women and children.

Since its launch, in coordination with tribal communities, the Operation Lady Justice Task Force has opened six cold case offices across the country, conducted 12 regional consultations, and hosted numerous listening sessions, to ensure that the work of the Task Force is shaped by the voices and experiences of the Native American community.  The Task Force established teams to investigate cold cases and a centralized website to provide resources and announcements for the public.  It is currently working to develop model protocols for handling missing and murdered cases.  The Task Force is also now preparing to integrate the directives in Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act into its current work streams.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) is supplementing the Task Force’s efforts by providing critical funding to improve public safety and serve victims of crimes in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.  Just recently, DOJ announced $295.8 million in grants to tribal governments across the country.

The Trump Administration has made it a priority to address issues facing Indian Country.  Earlier this year, President Trump signed into law the CARES Act, which provided $8 billion to address COVID-19 preparedness, response, and recovery needs and programming to support American Indians and Alaska Natives—the single largest programmatic investment in Indian Country in the history of our Nation.  The President also executed an agreement with Finland to repatriate culturally important remains and artifacts to the Pueblos and tribes with heritage in the Mesa Verde region.  Finally, the President launched the Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health System, which recently released a report examining systematic problems – and solutions – in the Indian Health System that resulted in failures to protect children.

President Trump looks forward to continuing this Administration’s partnership with Indian Country through implementation of these laws and the ongoing work being done by the Operation Lady Justice Task Force.



Office of the Press Secretary

On Saturday, October 10, 2020, the President signed into law:
H.R. 991 the “Extension of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act,” which provides preferential duty treatment of some apparel items imported from certain Caribbean countries;
S. 227, the “Savanna’s Act,” which directs the Attorney General to review, revise, and develop appropriate law enforcement and justice protocols to address missing and murdered Indians; and
S. 982, the “Not Invisible Act of 2019,” which establishes the Commission on Reducing Violent Crimes Against Indians.



Office of the Press Secretary
Blue Room Balcony
1:59 P.M. EDT
     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much.  And keep that enthusiasm going.  Get out and vote.  We got to vote.  We got to vote these people into oblivion.  (Applause.)  Vote them into oblivion.  Got to get rid of them.  So bad for our country.

     First of all, I’m feeling great.  I don't know about you.  How’s everyone feeling?  Good?  (Applause.)

     And I’m honored to welcome -- we call this a “peaceful protest” -- to the White House in support of the incredible men and women of law enforcement and all of the people that work so well with us.  And I have to tell you, our black community, our Hispanic community, thank you very much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

     But before going any further, I want to thank all of you for your prayers.  I know you’ve been praying, and I was -- (applause) -- in that hospital.  I was watching down over so many people.  And I went out to say hello to those people, and I took a little heat for it, but I’d do it again, let me tell you.  I’d do it again.  (Applause.) 

     And on behalf of myself and the First Lady, it just has been really an incredible outpouring.  And we’re starting very, very big with our rallies and with our everything, because we cannot allow our country to become a socialist nation.  (Applause.)  We cannot let that happen.  And that’s what would happen -- or worse.  By the way, or worse. 

     I want you to know our nation is going to defeat this terrible China virus, as we call it.  (Applause.)  And we're producing powerful therapies and drugs, and we're healing the sick, and we're going to recover.  And the vaccine is coming out very, very quickly, in record time, as you know.  It's coming out very, very soon.  We have great, great companies doing it, and they'll be distributing it, and we will -- through our military -- very, very rapidly.

     Through the power of the American -- the American spirit, I think more than anything else, science, medicine will eradicate the China virus once and for all.  We'll get rid of it.  All over the world, you see big flare-ups in Europe, big flare-ups in Canada -- a very big flare-up in Canada; you saw that today.  A lot of flare-ups.  But it's going to disappear; it is disappearing.  And vaccines are going to help, and the therapeutics are going to help a lot.

     I just want to thank everyone this afternoon.  What beautiful colors.  Where did you get that color, Candace?  (Applause.)  Where did that come from?  That’s -- what a beautiful color.  I want to get one of them.  I want to put one of them on instead of a white shirt.  I want to thank you, though, seriously.

     Every day, more black and Latino Americans are leaving behind left-wing politicians and their failed ideology.  (Applause.)  That’s what they are.  They failed for many years and many, many decades.

     Democrats have run nearly every inner city in America -- and I mean for a hundred years -- and their policies have delivered nothing but calamity, poverty, and trouble.  Sleepy Joe Biden has betrayed black and Latino Americans.  If you think he can run this country, you’re wrong.

     AUDIENCE:  Booo --

     THE PRESIDENT:  For half a century -- shipping your jobs to China.  That’s what they’ve been doing.  We’re bringing the jobs back.  We’ve been bringing them back.  (Applause.)  We’ve been charging China a lot of money too, with the tariffs.  A lot of money.  Billions and billions of dollars. 

     Opening your borders to mass illegal immigration.  The wall is now 380 miles long; it’ll soon be finished.  (Applause.)  Trapping us in endless foreign wars -- these ridiculous foreign wars that last for 19 years.  Our people are coming back home.  You know that. 

     And selling you out to the rich, globalist Wall Street donors.  They have the Wall Street donors.  They want the Wall Street donors.  Someday, somebody is going to have to write a little story about that.

     Black and Latino Americans are rejecting the radical socialist left, and they’re embracing our pro-jobs, pro-worker, pro-police -- we want law and order; we have to have law and order -- and pro-American agenda.

     I want to thank the BLEXIT Foundation for organizing this event.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  And especially your two founders, two friends of mine, great people: Candace Owens and former Tucson police officer Brandon Tatum.  Thank you both.  (Applause.)  Great job.  What a great job.  Two really brilliant, smart, young people.  Great.  And thank you very much for being here.  We really appreciate it.

     So you just marched to the White House because you understand, to protect the lives of black Americans and all Americans, you have to have your police support you.  You have to have that.  (Applause.)

     If the left gains power, they’ll launch a nationwide crusade against law enforcement.  And they've already done that.  And you see them; they're doing that at a level that nobody has ever seen before. 

     The other day, in the debate, Biden couldn't even use the words “law enforcement.”  I said, “Say ‘law enforcement.’  Say ‘law enforcement.’”  And he was bailed out by the anchor.  Then I said -- then I said, very simply -- I said, “Name one law enforcement group that's supporting you.”  He couldn't do it.  But he was bailed out by the anchor.  Second time bailed.  He got bailed out by that anchor a lot.

     Taking their funds away, their firearms, their fundamental authorities -- taking everything away, including your freedom.  Joe Biden even said, when you call 911, a therapist should answer the call.  That doesn't work.  That doesn't work.  But this is the people telling him what, because he doesn't say.  He's told what to say.

     You saw what they introduced today.  They've gone through a period of years: “No fracking, no fracking, no fracking.”  All of a sudden, he gets the nomination and he says there's going to be fracking.  For Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Texas, North Dakota, all of you, there will be -- if it happens, all of those jobs are gone; your energy jobs are gone, if they get in.  Just remember I said it.  Okay?  Just remember.

     Biden --

     AUDIENCE MEMBER:  It’s not going to happen!

     THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t think so either.  (Applause.)
There’s been -- and I have to say, there’s been more enthusiasm -- we have had more enthusiasm right now, right now, this year, than we had four years ago by a factor of three times.  (Applause.)  And we had a lot.  And they had none.  They have no enthusiasm.

     AUDIENCE:  Four more years!  Four more years!  Four more years!

     THE PRESIDENT:  They have no enthusiasm.  In fact, the gap is so incredible, and a poll just came out.  I think it said 56 percent of the people prefer their position now in the midst of a pandemic than they did four years ago.  Think of what that means -- 56.  And it's a Gallup poll, and it's the highest poll ever recorded -- 56 percent.  Now, tell me about that.

     No, we had it going, and we really had it going, and then the plague came in from China, but we're getting rid of that, and we're rebuilding it, and it's going to be better than it was even before.  (Applause.)

     But the homes and churches and businesses of black and Hispanic Americans have been looted; you know that.  They've been vandalized and burned by left-wing fanatics.  Total bad people.  They know what they're doing.  Yet Biden likes to call them “peaceful protesters.”  You see people --

     AUDIENCE:  Booo --

     THE PRESIDENT:  You see anchors from a couple of the very bad, very corrupt networks standing, and behind them, the cities are burning and they’re saying these are peaceful protests.  And you look, and everything is on fire.

     And I want to thank our law enforcement, and I want to thank everybody in the community and the community drives who are working with law enforcement.  I want to thank them.  (Applause.)  I think we probably have the support of every law enforcement group in this country, practically.  I don't know of any that I don't.  Maybe there must be some; there must be one.  They'll find one tonight.  They'll say, “No, he misrepresented.” 

     But we have a level of support the likes of which nobody has I don't think ever seen before.  I don't think so.  And you're going to see that.  And you see how many crooked ballots are being found and turned back in and fraudulent?  Just what I said.  Then they'll say, “He doesn't believe in freedom.”  I totally believe in freedom.  That's called “freedom.”  What we're doing is freedom.  (Applause.)

     Tremendous problems with the ballots.  Fifty thousand in Ohio.  Twenty-five thousand -- you have to see it.  I mean, every day, there's a story about ballots.  Some thrown out; they happen to have the name “Trump.”  Military ballots were thrown out with the name “Trump” on them.  Okay?

     AUDIENCE:  Booo --

     THE PRESIDENT:  But I think we’re to swamp them by so much.  Hopefully it's not going to matter.  And we have law enforcement watching.  We have law enforcement watching all those ballots.  They’re being found for a reason.

     Left-wing politicians like Kamala Harris, who really did not do very well the other night --

     AUDIENCE:  Booo --

     THE PRESIDENT:  By the way, did our Vice President do a good job, Candace?  Did he?  (Applause.)  That was -- that was easy for him.

     No, he did a great job, because we're on the side of right.  We really are.  We’re on the side of right.  And, by the way, we are, and it's true.  And I say it, and I say it all the time now, more and more: We are draining the swamp like nobody in history has ever drained the swamp.  (Applause.)  Nobody in history has ever drained.

     We're here today to deliver a united message to police officers all across our great land that American -- and I mean every American, every race and color, we love you.  Every race, color, creed, we support you, we honor you.  It's a dangerous profession.  They've been doing an incredible job, and I just want to thank them on behalf of everybody here today, because that's why we’re safe.  (Applause.)

     In contrast, the Democrats’ socialist program and platform -- and it really is more than socialist.  It’s not just socialist; it’s beyond socialism. 

     AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Communist!

     THE PRESIDENT:  (Laughs.)  He says “communist.”  That’s -- yeah, that's about right. 

     But I recently announced my plan to deliver more opportunity, security, fairness, and prosperity to the black community, to the Hispanic community.  (Applause.)  And you know what it is -- I don't have to go over it -- but it's the Platinum Plan, and it's going to bring back new jobs, like at a level that you've never seen before.  And we've done a lot.  We've done a lot.

     But increase capital.  It's going to increase money coming into the black community, to the Hispanic community, where it's been very much shut out.  In advance, very much homeownership and wealth building.  And it's already taken place, and it’s taken place at a level.  And had we not been hit by the pandemic, you would have seen numbers like you've never seen before.  But those numbers are already rebuilding again.  (Applause.)

     We're going to build up a peaceful and safer neighborhood program, like -- like you haven't seen, with the highest standards of policing.  We’ll create a healthcare system that delivers better care at a lower cost.  Obamacare is a disaster.  We want to terminate it, we want to get great healthcare, and that's what we're doing: great healthcare.  And we’ll always take care of preexisting conditions, always.  (Applause.)

     And I think we're at a point where we're getting.  And right now, if you look at what we've done in healthcare -- people don't talk about it; we've done an incredible job.  Less expensive healthcare at a much, much -- much better healthcare at a much less expensive price.  You can't do better than that.  And it's happening, and it's happening fast.

     Another thing is school choice.  (Applause.)  You have to have school choice.  Charter schools, school choice.

     So I make this statement every once in a while, and people think it's a little bit on the bold side, but we've achieved a historic reduction in violent crime.  We signed a landmark criminal justice reform bill that nobody thought was possible to even think about.  (Applause.)  I did that.  I did that.  I got that done.  And I worked with a lot of people, but we got it done.  The Obama administration couldn't get it done.  Biden couldn't even think about it.  He doesn't even know what it is.  (Laughter.) 

     We have a -- we have prison reform.  We achieved the lowest black and Hispanic unemployment rate in the history of our country.  (Applause.)  The black youth unemployment rate reached the lowest ever, again, in the history of our country. 

     And last year, black and Hispanic American poverty reached the lowest ever in the history of our country.  It's all building back up so quickly.  (Applause.)

     And if you look at what we've done with criminal justice reform, if you look at what we've done with historically black colleges and universities, where we funded them; they couldn't get funded.  Nobody was funding them.  For years and years and decades, nobody was funding them.

     And if you look at what we've done with Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, Opportunity Zones and the jobs created -- and I've said it very strongly, and perhaps -- I don't know, criminal justice reform, people say maybe that's the best of all, but the fact is they're all great.  Every one of them is great.  And I say the fact is that I've done more for the black community than any president since Abraham Lincoln.  I say it.  Nobody can dispute it.  (Applause.)  Nobody can dispute it.  It’s true.  Nobody can dispute it.

     So we are now beginning the fastest economic recovery in history.  We created a record 11.4 million jobs just in the last four months.  That's the fastest ever.  The U.S. has seen the smallest economic contraction of any major nation anywhere in the world.  So we've seen the smallest going down.  If you look at it, that's an incredible statement.

     Our opponents will crush the comeback with unscientific lockdowns.  They want to lock everything down.  Here we go again.  They want to lock it down.  No.

     AUDIENCE:  Booo --

     THE PRESIDENT:  We're not going to let it happen.  We're not going to let it happen.  So important you get out and vote.  You got to get out and vote.

     So we got a great poll in Florida, got a great poll in North Carolina, got a great poll in Arizona.  (Applause.)  Got a great poll in Nevada.  Actually got it.  Just got a great poll in Nevada.  I think we're doing really well.  I mean, this is in addition to states that we're going to win.  Georgia is looking fantastic.  Texas is looking fantastic.  (Applause.) 

     Well, think about Texas: They have no oil.  They don't want oil, they don't want guns, they don't want religion.  I don't think you're going to win Texas very well.  (Applause.)

     No, we got a great poll in Texas.  We're getting great polls all over the place, and they understand it.  It's driving them crazy.  And you know why though?  And, Candace, it is -- it’s because of the spirit.  There’s a spirit the likes of which this country hasn't seen in a very, very long time.

     So I just want to thank you all for being on the White House lawn, this beautiful great lawn.  (Applause.)  And I'm very proud of this country.  I'm very, very proud. 

     I want to thank all of the doctors and labs and scientists and all of the people that are working so hard, because we're way ahead of everybody.  But I just want to thank most particularly you, because you people come out and you come out, and you cheer and you love your country, and you get it.  You're way, way ahead of many, many people in this country. 

     But the country is getting it.  The country is seeing something now.

     AUDIENCE:  We love you!  We love you!  We love you!
     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  I love you too.  Thank you.

     AUDIENCE:  We love you!  We love you!  We love you!

     THE PRESIDENT:  The people of our country -- and the whole world is watching -- are seeing things now that they haven't seen in this country for decades.  They're seeing a spirit and a resilience like they haven't seen.

     I just want to thank you.  And get out and vote.  We got to make this bigger than even four years ago.  It's more important.  This is the most important election we've ever had.  This is more important than even four years ago.  I used to say “the most important,” and it was true at the time.  This is the single-most important election in the history of our country. 

     Get out and vote.  And I love you.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you, Candace.

                               END                 2:17 P.M. EDT

Proclamation to Further Facilitate Positive Adjustment to Competition From Imports of Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells

Office of the Press Secretary
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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 9693, which imposed a safeguard measure for a period of 4 years that included both a tariff-rate quota (TRQ) on imports of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) cells, not partially or fully assembled into other products, provided for in subheading 8541.40.6025 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) and an increase in duties (safeguard tariff) on imports of CSPV cells exceeding the TRQ and imports of other CSPV products, including modules provided for in subheading 8541.40.6015 of the HTS.  I exempted imports from certain designated beneficiary countries under the Generalized System of Preferences from the application of the safeguard measure.

     2.  On February 7, 2020, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) 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 solar industry (ITC, Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Partially or Fully Assembled Into Other Products: Monitoring Developments in the Domestic Industry, No. TA-201-075 (Monitoring)).  In its report, the ITC found that, following imposition of the safeguard measure, prices for CSPV cells and modules declined in a manner consistent with historical trends but were higher than they would have been without the safeguard measure. 

     3.  With respect to CSPV cells, the ITC found that imports increased following imposition of the safeguard measure and that major domestic CSPV cell producers ceased production, leading to declines in domestic CSPV cell production capacity and production.  

     4.  With respect to CSPV modules, imports initially declined but rose in the first half of 2019 compared with the first half of 2018.  Additionally, the ITC found that multiple CSPV module producers opened production facilities in the United States, particularly in the first half of 2019, leading to increases in domestic CSPV module production capacity, production, and market share.

     5.  On March 6, 2020, the ITC issued an additional report pursuant to a request from the United States Trade Representative under section 204(a)(4) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2254(a)(4)), regarding the probable economic effect on the domestic CSPV cell and module manufacturing industry of modifying the safeguard measure to increase the level of the TRQ on CSPV cells from the current 2.5 gigawatts (GW) to 4.0, 5.0, or 6.0 GW (ITC, Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Partially or Fully Assembled Into Other Products: Advice on the Probable Economic Effect of Certain Modifications to the Safeguard Measure, No. TA-201-075 (Modification)).  In its report, the ITC advised that increasing the TRQ would help to continue growth in solar module production but that expanded access to imported cells not subject to safeguard duties would put downward pressure on prices for United States cells. 

     6.  The ITC also found that the exclusion of bifacial modules from the safeguard measure will likely result in substantial increases in imports of bifacial modules if such exclusion remains in effect, and that such modules will likely compete with domestically produced CSPV products in the United States market.  Furthermore, the ITC found that the benefits to domestic CSPV module producers from an increase in the TRQ would likely be limited if the bifacial module exclusion remained in place.  According to the ITC, bifacial modules are likely to account for a greater share of the market in the future and can substitute for monofacial products in the various market segments, such that exempting imports of bifacial modules from the safeguard tariff would apply significant downward pressure on prices of domestically produced CSPV modules.

     7.  Section 204(b)(1)(B) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2254(b)(1)(B)) authorizes the President, upon petition from a 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.

     8.  Section 204(c)(1) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2254(c)(1)) authorizes the President to request that the ITC investigate whether action under section 203 of the Trade Act continues to be necessary to prevent or remedy serious injury and whether there is evidence that the domestic industry is making a positive adjustment to import competition.  Section 204(c)(3) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2254(c)(3)) establishes the date by which the ITC will transmit the report on its investigation, unless the President specifies a different date.

     9.  After taking into account the information provided in the ITC's reports, and after receiving a petition from a majority of the representatives of the domestic industry with respect to each of the following modifications, I have determined that the domestic industry has begun to make positive adjustment to import competition, shown by the increases in domestic module production capacity, production, and market share.  In addition, I have made the following further determinations:

     (a)  that the exclusion of bifacial panels from application of the safeguard tariff has impaired and is likely to continue to impair the effectiveness of the action I proclaimed in Proclamation 9693 in light of the increased imports of competing products such exclusion entails, and that it is necessary to revoke that exclusion and to apply the safeguard tariff to bifacial panels;

     (b)  that the exclusion of bifacial panels from application of the safeguard tariffs has impaired the effectiveness of the 4-year action I proclaimed in Proclamation 9693, and that to achieve the full remedial effect envisaged for that action, it is necessary to adjust the duty rate of the safeguard tariff for the fourth year of the safeguard measure to 18 percent.

     10.  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 action applicable to imports of CSPV cells under HTS subheading 8541.40.6025 and other CSPV products such as modules under HTS subheading 8541.40.6015, subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTS is modified as set forth in the Annex to this proclamation. 

     (2)  The United States Trade Representative is authorized to exercise my authority under section 204(c)(1) and (3) of the Trade Act to request that the ITC investigate whether action under section 203 of the Trade Act continues to be necessary to prevent or remedy serious injury and whether there is evidence that the domestic industry is making a positive adjustment to import competition, and to specify a different date for the ITC to transmit its report.

     (3)  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.

     (4)  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 daylight time 15 days after the date of this proclamation, 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 tenth day of October, 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