Thursday, October 15, 2020

First Lady Melania Trump: “My personal experience with COVID-19.”

October 14, 2020

It was two weeks ago when I received the diagnosis that so many Americans across our country and the world had already received—I tested positive for COVID-19. To make matters worse, my husband, and our nation’s Commander-in-Chief, received the same news.

Naturally my mind went immediately to our son. To our great relief he tested negative, but again, as so many parents have thought over the past several months, I couldn’t help but think “what about tomorrow or the next day?”. My fear came true when he was tested again and it came up positive. Luckily he is a strong teenager and exhibited no symptoms. In one way I was glad the three of us went through this at the same time so we could take care of one another and spend time together. He has since tested negative.

I was very fortunate as my diagnosis came with minimal symptoms, though they hit me all at once and it seemed to be a roller coaster of symptoms in the days after. I experienced body aches, a cough and headaches, and felt extremely tired most of the time. I chose to go a more natural route in terms of medicine, opting more for vitamins and healthy food. We had wonderful caretakers around us and we will be forever grateful for the medical care and professional discretion we received from Dr. Conley and his team. It was an unfamiliar feeling for me to be the patient instead of a person trying to encourage our nation to stay healthy and safe. It was me being taken care of now, and getting first-hand experience with all that COVID-19 can do. As the patient, and the person benefitting from so much medical support, I found myself even more grateful and in awe of caretakers and first responders everywhere. To the medical staff and the residence staff who have been taking care of our family—thank you doesn’t say enough.

Recovering from an illness gives you a lot of time to reflect. When my husband was taken to Walter Reed as a precaution, I spent much of my time reflecting on my family. I also thought about the hundreds of thousands of people across our country who have been impacted by this illness that infects people with no discrimination. We are in unprecedented times—and with the election fast approaching, it has been easy to get caught up in so much negative energy.

It also cheered me to think of all the people I have met across our country and the world—and the goodness and compassion that exists if you seek it out. Our country has overcome many hardships and much adversity, and it is my hope COVID-19 will be another obstacle we will be able to tell future generations we overcame—and learned from in the process.

I encourage everyone to continue to live the healthiest life they can. A balanced diet, fresh air, and vitamins really are vital to keep our bodies healthy. For your complete well-being, compassion and humility are just as important in keeping our minds strong. For me personally, the most impactful part of my recovery was the opportunity to reflect on many things—family, friendships, my work, and staying true to who you are.

I am happy to report that I have tested negative and hope to resume my duties as soon as I can. Along with this good news, I want people to know that I understand just how fortunate my family is to have received the kind of care that we did. If you are sick, or if you have a loved one who is sick—I am thinking of you and will be thinking of you every day. I pray for our country and I pray for everyone who is grappling with COVID-19 and any other illnesses or challenges.

Thank you to everyone who reached out, and offered well wishes and prayers for our family. You remain in ours as well.



Office of the Press Secretary
Via Teleconference
10:33 A.M. EDT
     SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Good morning, everyone.  Thank you for joining this background briefing on the National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies. 
     Today, we have [senior administration officials].  This call is embargoed until 11:00 a.m., when the strategy will be released, and is attributable, on background, to senior administration officials. 
     Our senior administration officials will give brief remarks and then we’ll go into Q&A.  With that, I will turn it over to [senior administration official]. 
     SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Good morning.  This morning, President Trump is releasing the National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies, which outlines how the United States will promote and protect our competitive edge in a wide range of technologies that are critical to U.S. national security and economic prosperity. 
     A non-exhaustive list, but these -- as an example, these include fields like artificial intelligence, energy, quantum information science, communication and networking technologies, semiconductors, and space technologies. 
     As our competitors and adversaries mobilize vast resources in these fields, American leadership in science and technology is more important now than ever and it’s vital to our long-term economic security and national security. 
     The United States will no longer turn a blind eye to the tactics of countries like the People’s Republic of China and Russia, who steal technology, coerce companies into handing over intellectual property, undercut free and fair markets, and surreptitiously divert emerging civilian technology to build up their militaries.  And we will do this in conjunction with our partners, allies, and likeminded nations. 
     The administration continues to defend our industry, address unfair practices, and create a level playing field for the American worker.  This strategy lays the foundation for the United States to continue to turn ideas into innovations, transform discoveries into successful commercial products and companies, and protect and enhance the American way of life for many years to come. 
     There are two key pillars to this strategy.  The first one is to promote the national security innovation base, and two is to protect our technology advantage. 
     And, with that, I’ll turn it over to my colleague. 
     SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Hi.  Good morning.  The Trump administration has long recognized the importance of the two pillars that are articulated by the national strategy: Protecting our technology advantage and promoting the U.S. national security innovation base.  Both approaches are imperative to strengthening our leadership in critical and emerging technologies far into the future. 
     The “Promote” pillar of the strategy reflects the administration’s focus on investing in priority research and development; in developing a high-quality scientific and technology workforce; in reducing burdensome regulation that inhibit innovation and industry growth; in leading the development of worldwide technology norms that reflect democratic values; and encouraging public-private partnerships. 
     Over the past three and a half years, the Trump administration has issued technology -- a number of technology-specific national strategies, like the American AI Initiative and the National Quantum Initiative, which has included significant investments in research and development, improvements in workforce development, a focus on reducing regulatory burden, and expanding international engagement.  And we’ve made historic progress in these two areas, especially in AI and quantum. 
     The President, last February, committed to doubling AI and Quantum R&D spending over two years.  The U.S. also led the world in releasing the first-ever AI regulatory principles for industry.
     Additionally, the U.S. recently signed its first -- the first-ever bilateral AI agreement with the UK and the first-ever bilateral quantum agreement with Japan. 
     This strategy released today extracts the key priorities that are common to our existing technology-specific strategies and show that they are broadly relevant for promoting our nation’s leadership in any critical and emerging technology area. 
     Moving forward, the strategy provides a clear vision for the U.S. approach across a broad range of critical and emerging technologies, directly tied to our future national security.  It articulates the areas viewed as most strategically important and provides a guiding approach for the rest of the federal government, the U.S. research and innovation community, and our allies around the world as we promote and protect our technology advantage. 
     Thank you. 
     SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Excellent.  Moderator, we’ll go ahead and open it up for questions. 
     Q    Yes.  Hi.  Thanks for taking the call.  Can you outline some specifics that are in the strategy, specifically as it relates to, say, competing better against Chinese technological efforts, particularly in AI?  Thanks. 
     SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Yeah.  I can speak first to the promote side of the -- of the “promote and protect” two pillars.  I think what is -- the best parts of the American AI Initiative where sort of incorporated.  You can see them incorporated into this larger national strategy. 
     I think the four key areas that you can see relating to artificial intelligence that are reflected in this strategy are, one, a focus on research and development.  And then, again, you know, we've already made huge strides.  So the President announcing a doubling in AI R&D just last February.
     The second piece, which is reflected in this strategy, is that of reducing our regulatory burden or removing regulatory barriers to AI innovation here in the United States.  Earlier this year, the United States released the first-ever in the world AI regulatory guidance for industry to allow AI to develop quickly here in the United States but also protecting the importance of liberties here in the U.S. 
     The third thing you will see in this strategy, which is (inaudible) artificial intelligence, is -- it is commitment to the development of high-quality science and technology workforce.  And the President took action in the executive order for AI a couple of years in directing federal agencies to prioritize AI grants and fellowships. 
     And the fourth area, which you will see on the “Promote” side related to AI, is the importance of partnering with our like-minded allies around the world to ensure that this particular technology is developed that’s underpinned by American values. 
     As many as you know, the CCP is twisting technology, particularly around AI, to -- in ways that do not in any way reflect the way the United States uses these things.  So when AI is used to imprison ethnic minorities, used to surveil populations, this is not the vision that the U.S. sees for artificial intelligence, and that’s why we’ve partnered with like-minded nations in (inaudible) like the Global Partnership on AI, which was launched out of the technology G7 ministerial earlier this year, hosted in the United States.  And also, the U.S. was the leading partner in the OECD in signing on and creating the first-ever OECD AI principle. 
     So those core tenets of the American AI Initiative are based into this larger strategy and are ones that can be used across a number of technologies.
     SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  And I’ll just say a word about pillar two, applicable to AI, but also applicable to other critical technologies. 
     A list of actions, but three that I want to highlight: One is the whole-of-government approach.  While Commerce has the lead on export control -- has and will continue -- this comprehensive strategy brings the power of the interagency to that problem so that you have the different parts -- department agencies of the federal government coordinating in order to ensure the best possible look whole-of-government for protecting those critical technologies.
     Second is secure supply chain, which is critical in AI and many other forms of information technology.  Because if your supply chain is not critical, you're going to be subject to the list of actions of potentially unfriendly actors.
     And then the third -- and can't stress this enough: We talked about this being something that’s done with partners and allies and like-minded nations.  The U.S. has some robust procedures, and one that comes to mind is the CFIUS procedure that controls the level of foreign investment in critical technologies.  We want to encourage our like-minded partners and allies, who don’t already have robust systems for controlling outside investments and ensuring that it doesn’t pose a security threat -- we want to work with our partners and allies to makes sure that they have those same kind of robust systems in place.
     Q    Hi.  Thanks so much for holding the briefing.  How does this whole-of-government strategy interact with Commerce’s implementation of the Export Control Reform Act, specifically identifying foundational and emerging technologies?  And will the technologies listed in this report, will that have any impact on how CFIUS takes critical technologies into account?
     SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Yeah, I would just say that this builds on the Department of Commerce’s efforts in that implementation. 
     And when I talked about the whole-of-government approach and the coordination across the interagency, before this strategy, you had both Commerce and other departments and agencies that were each doing their own protecting and promoting in the technology that they had individually identified. 
     This strategy is a product of bringing all of those departments and agencies together in order to make sure we had a common picture and a common set of priorities so that, again, the government would function as a team across those departments and agencies to make sure that we’re focusing on those most critical technologies for the future.
     Q    Yeah.  Thank you so much.  I just wanted to drill down a little bit on Brett’s question.  So did this imply any policy changes to the current process for reviewing export controls in Commerce?  You mentioned coordinating with the interagency.  Will that expert control review process in Commerce change as a result of this?
     SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  So I would say it would not -- this strategy, no.  And any of the details -- certainly Commerce already engages in interagency consultation for their actions.  But any of the details of that, I would defer to Commerce Department.
     Q    Hi.  My question is: Is there going -- could you give examples of some of your partners for the education of the future workforce?  And are there any changes to where the United States would be recruiting students from other countries to learn about information technology, such as China? 
     SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Yeah, I think on the train -- on the workforce question, I think we've made a number of strides over the last few years, (inaudible) develop an American workforce which is high quality in science and technology literacy, and can -- able to apply those skills to ensuring and driving their (inaudible) the U.S. needs these critical and emerging technologies. 
     You know, actions we have taken include, as I mentioned, a call from the President by executive order to prioritize artificial intelligence in grants and fellowships across the agencies.  And you’re seeing this with grant and fellowships being given out by departments in places like the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation. 
     The second example that I would point you to is an effort the administration has taken on quantum education.  A few weeks ago, we announced the Q-12 Partnership, which is the first of its kind in the world, actually, to start training students from the elementary, middle school, and high school ages to become -- to understand the basics that underpin quantum information science, and can encourage them to sort of pursue careers in that domain later in their academic pursuits.  And that effort is led by the National Science Foundation.
     The National Science Foundation has also been tasked with putting out a first curriculum around quantum information science for middle and high school students, and that’s something that they're working with the community on.
     So we continue to try to find ways to focus on this workforce issue, going all the way back, actually, to 2017.  The President signed a (inaudible) memorandum in that year, and allocated at least $200 million towards STEM-related education with a focus on computer science.  And the commitment of the administration after that has only continued.
     The last piece, which I think is very relevant and important is the administration’s effort around the Council of the American Worker.  And what's critical is that as we develop the workforce of the future, it’s not just about creating the next great PhD scientist who can make (inaudible) bigger technology, but it’s also retraining and reskilling (inaudible) Americans to take advantage of these particular technologies in their domain. 
     So our emphasis on workforce training and learning and vocational schools make a huge difference in preparing Americans for these 21st century jobs.
     Q    Yes, hi.  Thanks for taking my question.  I wanted to ask if -- you know, how does this strategy gel with the larger administration’s sort of strategy of curtailing, you know, the best talents around the world? 
     And in the past, where American innovation, science, and technology has been driven quite a bit by foreign students coming here, but it seems as if the administration is really trying to choke off that supply line of talented people from around the world, but at the same time, you’re saying, you know, this strategy is promoting American leadership and innovation.  How do those two things gel with each other? 
     SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Yeah, I would just kind of take issue with the premise.  I don’t believe that there’s any administration policy trying to keep talented people out of the country.  We’re promoting science and technology education across the nation.  And --
     SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Yeah, if anything, it’s actually the opposite.  The administration has been abundantly clear in multiple public statements that we encourage the best and brightest to come to the United States.  And we would like an immigration policy which supports that.  We want it underpinned by a merit-based system.  So I think that’s what the administration will be and has been pursuing. 
     Q    Yes, thank you guys for doing the call.  I just wanted to clear.  I know you mentioned the doubling of R&D for, I think, quantum and AI, last year.  Is there any new funding that’s being announced at this national strategy?  And are there any punitive measures?  You know, you mentioned China and Russia, related to these -- you know, I guess, competition on the IP front.  Thanks.
     SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  So the strategy announcement doesn’t include specific announcements of funding or announcements of any sanction or similar measures, but it -- what it does signal is a new coordination among agencies so that items like that in the future, both to promote and to protect, will be better synchronized across the different parts of the government.
     SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Yeah, and I would just say: Stay tuned.  The budget rollout happens in February of next year, and that’s where you’ll be seeing kind of how we’re thinking about dollars associated with our emerging technology. 
     In recent news, you may have seen an announcement at the White House of over a billion dollars in funding for AI and quantum centers around the world.  So around -- sorry, around the United States.  And that’s a great example of something that this particular strategy is attempting to pursue.  And that is one where we bring the entire American scientific and technology ecosystem together and try and find a (inaudible) discovery. 
     It’s not something the federal government can do alone, and these institutes are places where the federal government could partner with industry and academia to drive these next generations of discoveries, and that was an announcement made by the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation a couple of months ago.
     Q    Thank you for doing this.  I just wanted to ask if this also includes anything on 5G security and encryption.  Thank you.
     SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  So one of the -- one of the technologies that is included in the strategy is communications and networking technology.  So again, if you think about the strategy, it’s an overarching, broad umbrella framework that could be used to drive individual strategies for particular technologies.
     For more details on 5G, I would point you to the Secure 5G National Strategy that was released earlier by the White House. 
     SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  All right.  Thank you everyone for joining today’s call.  As a reminder, this call is attributable on background to senior administration officials. 
     The call has now concluded, and the embargo will be lifted at 11:00 a.m., which is seven minutes from now, when the strategy is released.
                          END        10:53 A.M. EDT  

West Wing Reads Trump on the Right Side of History in Confronting Latin America’s Dictators


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Trump on the Right Side of History in Confronting Latin America’s Dictators

“The brutal regimes in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua pose a grave threat to our country’s national security interests. We must continue to consistently deny funds to these regimes, which work together to oppress their people, wreak havoc in our hemisphere and oppose U.S. interests,” Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) writes in the Miami Herald.
“The Trump administration has responded effectively to this reality, marginalizing these intertwined dictatorships while supporting humanitarian and pro-democracy efforts for the populations they oppress.”
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“Politics has become such vicious blood sport that [Judge Amy Coney] Barrett said her family had discussed whether she should accept Trump’s nomination. ‘We knew our lives would be combed over for any negative details,’ she said . . . America is beyond lucky that such extraordinary people still answer the call to public service,” Michael Goodwin writes in the New York Post.
“This year corporations and activists have been waging a media and boycott campaign against [Facebook] to demand it censor more content.” Yesterday, “Facebook joined Twitter in suppressing links to a New York Post story . . . The better response would be let the story’s facts and sources be debated, rather than suppress it,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.
The United States is investing over $480 million for a new Coronavirus test that produces results in about 20 minutes—without needing to be processed at a lab, Will Feuer reports. “The test is already in use by a number of clients, including the National Basketball Association, which successfully played out its season.” Read more in CNBC.
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Office of the Press Secretary

South Lawn
12:13 P.M. EDT
     THE PRESIDENT:  So we’re going to North Carolina.  We have a tremendous crowd of people.  They’re great people and we love them.  And we’re going to be there in a little while. 
     And then we’re going to Florida.  We’re going to Miami, and I think we’re staying overnight in Miami. 
     And we’re doing very well.  The polls are looking actually great.  We’re doing very well, and we’re going to have a big victory, and I look forward to it. 
     And some of you are traveling with us, I guess, and some of you aren’t.
     Q    Mr. President, the WTO -- the WTO has given the EU --
     THE PRESIDENT:  I can’t hear you.
     Q    The WTO says that they’re going to give the EU a green light to put in tariffs.  Will you strike back?
     THE PRESIDENT:  Say it again.
     Q    In the Boeing case.  The Boeing case. 
     THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah, we won a 7.5-billion-dollar case, and that was in -- that was a great case to win, as you know.  And we’ll see what happens.  If they strike back, then we’ll strike much harder than they’ll strike.  They don’t want to do anything, I can tell you that. 
     But we won -- we won a big case -- $7.5 billion.
END            12:14 P.M. EDT      

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies


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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies

Today, President Trump released the “National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies,” which outlines how the United States will promote and protect our competitive edge in fields such as artificial intelligence, energy, quantum information science, communication and networking technologies, semiconductors, military, and space technologies. 

As our competitors and adversaries mobilize vast resources in these fields, American dominance in science and technology is more important now than ever, and is vital to our long-term economic and national security.  The United States will not turn a blind eye to the tactics of countries like China and Russia, which steal technology, coerce companies into handing over intellectual property, undercut free and fair markets, and surreptitiously divert emerging civilian technologies to build up their militaries. 

The Trump Administration’s critical and emerging technologies strategy establishes priority actions to protect our national security innovation base and secure our technology advantage by strengthening rules where gaps exist, insisting that agreements be enforced, and working with like-minded allies and partners to promote, advance, and ensure the success of our common principles.  This Administration continues to defend our industry, address unfair practices, and level the playing field for American workers.

Our Strategy also emphasizes the importance of promoting the national security innovation base.  Under President Trump, the United States has already made historic progress in this area. From the American AI Initiative to the National Quantum Initiative, the Trump Administration has taken bold action to accelerate our leadership in the technologies underpinning the Industries of the Future, announcing unprecedented research and development investment, removing regulatory barriers to innovation, developing the highest quality American workforce, and building strong relationships with likeminded allies and partners.

The National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies lays the foundation for the United States to continue to turn ideas into innovations, to transform discoveries into successful commercial products and companies, and to protect and enhance the American way of life for many years to come.

Proclamation on Blind Americans Equality Day, 2020


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     On Blind Americans Equality Day, we recognize the valuable contributions of our fellow Americans who are blind or visually impaired.  These individuals enrich our national economy and culture through their determination, courage, and strength.  Today, we reflect on the progress our Nation has made in removing barriers that have prevented the full participation of blind and visually impaired persons in our society, and we reaffirm our unwavering commitment to defending the inherent dignity of all Americans.

     This Blind Americans Equality Day is particularly notable as we mark the 100th anniversary of the Federal Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program, which empowers individuals with disabilities to pursue competitive employment opportunities consistent with their abilities, interests, and strengths.  Through the training and skills gained in the VR program, individuals who are blind or visually impaired can more readily enter the American workforce.  We are also proud to celebrate this year the 45th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  These landmark pieces of legislation forever changed our society by protecting in law persons with disabilities against discrimination and further promoting their full inclusion in American life.

     Persons with visual impairments strengthen our communities with their skill and talent across a wide range of professions and industries.  My Administration will continue to support programs that combat the stigmas that make it difficult for persons who are blind or visually impaired to find employment.  I recently signed an Executive Order on Continuing the National Council for the American Worker and the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, which is strengthening powerful programs I established in 2018 and provides even more workers of all abilities with tools to secure sustained employment and economic self-sufficiency.  By promoting the recruitment of underutilized populations, blind and visually impaired persons are among the direct beneficiaries from these initiatives.  As we continue to reopen our economy, we also celebrate the success of the more than 1,800 small businesses operating under the Randolph-Sheppard Act of 1936, which facilitates the entrepreneurial aspirations of the blind and visually impaired.  These efforts have helped individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.

     By joint resolution approved on October 6, 1964 (Public Law 88-628), the Congress authorized the President to designate October 15 of each year as "White Cane Safety Day," now known as "Blind Americans Equality Day," to recognize the contributions of Americans who are blind or have impaired vision.  Today, and every day, we will continue our efforts to ensure and champion the full and active participation of all Americans, including blind or visually impaired Americans, in every facet of our society.
     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 15, 2020, as Blind Americans Equality Day, to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments and contributions of Americans who are blind or visually impaired.  I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities to reaffirm our commitment to achieving equality for all Americans.
     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth 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

1600 Daily The White House • October 14, 2020 WATCH: President Trump takes Questions on the Economic Recovery


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The White House • October 14, 2020

WATCH: President Trump takes questions on the economic recovery

During President Trump’s first three years in office, incomes for the average American family grew by $6,000–more than five times the gains seen during the entire Obama Administration.
Then 9 months ago, the Coronavirus plague spread across the world. Despite gloomy predictions that the U.S. economy would see double-digit unemployment far into the future, America has witnessed its fastest recovery in history under President Trump.
“Under the previous administration, it took 30 months to recover more than half the jobs lost in the crisis,” President Trump told the Economic Clubs of New York; Florida; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Pittsburgh; and Sheboygan, Wisconsin, this morning in a virtual address from the Rose Garden.
“We surpassed that milestone in fewer than 5 months.”
During his remarks and a subsequent Q&A session, the President talked about the fast economic recovery, his Administration’s massive Coronavirus response, and the strategy to protect vulnerable Americans while safely reopening our country for the young and healthy:
  • Trust the American people: “Americans should be trusted with the facts, the data, and the truth. For the young and healthy, the risk is exceedingly low—99.98 percent of those under the age of 50 survive . . . That’s why we’re so focused on protecting elderly and higher-risk Americans.”
  • End mass lockdowns: “The unscientific lockdowns pushed by leftwing politicians are needlessly destroying millions of lives”—through suicides, delayed healthcare, and more. “The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself.”  
  • Keep up historic action: The Trump Administration has sent over 160 million stimulus checks, provided over $650 billion in forgivable loans to American small businesses, protected 50 million jobs, increased unemployment benefits, froze student loan payments, stopped evictions, and suspended payroll taxes.
  • Help the working class: “My policies have benefited those who need it the most. The bottom 50 percent of households saw an astonishing 40 percent increase in net worth. Wages rose the fastest for blue-collar workers.”
  • Come back stronger than ever: “We will continue our V-shaped recovery and launch a record-smashing economic boom. We will end the pandemic with a safe and effective vaccine [and] create 10 million jobs in the first 10 months of 2021.”
No one predicted the kind of Great American Comeback that President Trump has led—both during his first three years in office and following the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak earlier this year. “At the end of the last administration, the Congressional Budget Office projected fewer than 2 million jobs would be created in 3 years,” he said.

Instead, the Trump Economy created 7 million of them.

Now, America is rapidly recovering from the pandemic with 11.4 million jobs created since May. To continue that historic boom, President Trump is ensuring that medical and pharmaceutical supply chains are reshored, that Federal contracts are stripped from companies that outsource jobs, and that American healthcare is protected—including Medicare and insurance for patients with preexisting conditions.

“We are lifting up citizens of every race, color, religion, and creed,” President Trump said today. “We are delivering a future of fairness, justice, and dignity. We are defending our values, our principles, and our way of life.”
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President Donald J. Trump Approves North Carolina Disaster Declaration

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President Donald J. Trump Amends California Disaster Declaration

Today, President Donald J. Trump made additional disaster assistance available to the State of California by authorizing an increase in the level of Federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures undertaken in the State of California as a result of wildfires beginning August 14, 2020, and continuing.
Under the President’s major disaster declaration issued for the State of California on August 22, 2020, Federal funding was made available for Public Assistance, Hazard Mitigation, and Other Needs Assistance at 75 percent of the total eligible costs.          
Today, President Trump authorized a 100 percent Federal cost share for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, for a continuous period of 30 days established by the State of California.

President Donald J. Trump Approves North Carolina Disaster Declaration


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President Donald J. Trump Approves North Carolina Disaster Declaration

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of North Carolina and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Isaias from July 31 to August 4, 2020.
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 Hurricane Isaias in the counties of Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, and Pitt.
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 Myra M. Shird 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.

Democrats Are Asking Amy Coney Barrett to Violate Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Judicial Standard


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Democrats Are Asking Amy Coney Barrett to Violate Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Judicial Standard

Senate Democrats know “that judicial nominees cannot and should not express their personal views on controversial political issues that could come before the courts. Doing so would make them appear biased and unable to do their job,” Kaylee McGhee writes in the Washington Examiner.
“Democrats should instead use their time to ask Barrett questions about her past court opinions in which she has expressed her legal views.” But they “seem bent on avoiding Barrett’s record—perhaps because they know it speaks for itself.” 
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President Trump’s First Step Act “corrected many of the injustices of the Clinton Crime Bill and others,” Richard Johnson writes. Of the inmates the law helped, 91 percent have been Black and 98 percent are male. “Thousands of Black men are now back home because of President Trump’s policies. They’re being fathers, husbands, sons and brothers—restoring lives and families and communities.” Read more in The Hill.
Yesterday, President Trump “signed an executive order establishing the United States One Trillion Trees Interagency Council,” which “will not only expand on the recreational and economic benefits that forests provide our nation’s citizens but also work to improve the global environment for future generations,” White House Deputy Chief of Staff Chris Liddell writes for Fox Business.
“Federal customs officers working at a border crossing between California and the Mexican city of Tijuana seized 3,000 pounds of meth from a commercial truck, making it the second-largest bust in history on the United States-Mexico border,” Anna Giaritelli reports. “Smugglers will try every way possible to try and get their product across the border,” one border official said. Read more in the Washington Examiner