Friday, November 30, 2018

President Donald J. Trump Approves Alaska Emergency Declaration

Office of the Press Secretary

President Donald J. Trump Approves Alaska Emergency Declaration
Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Alaska and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, Tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the areas affected by an earthquake on November 30, 2018.

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.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide, at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the emergency’s impacts.  Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding in Anchorage Municipality, Kenai Peninsula Borough, and Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Willie G. Nunn as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, 2018- A Presidential Proclamation

Office of the Press Secretary
National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, 2018

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By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

     During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, we recommit ourselves to the fight against impaired driving.  Every day, lives are needlessly lost and irreparably altered by collisions involving drugs or alcohol.  These horrible tragedies are avoidable, and each of us must make responsible decisions to prevent them and keep our communities safe.

     Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs, or certain medications can have devastating consequences.  In 2017, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-related crashes in the United States, accounting for 29 percent of all traffic fatalities.  Drunk or drugged drivers experience diminished judgment and decreased motor coordination and reaction time, putting at grave risk passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers.

     My Administration is committed to raising public awareness about the dangers of impaired driving, and to supporting innovative ways of reducing related fatalities.  This month in particular, we recognize the public safety professionals and law enforcement officers who work to protect our communities by removing dangerously impaired drivers from the road.  We also express our great appreciation for the emergency responders across America who save lives through rescue operations on our roads on a daily basis.  We continue our efforts to eliminate outdated regulations that unnecessarily hamper the ability of American companies to help reduce instances of impaired driving through innovations such as ride hailing services and Advanced Vehicle Technology.  Additionally, we are providing treatment for those suffering from alcohol and substance abuse, improving data collection and toxicology practices, and ensuring that our law enforcement professionals receive vital resources to help prevent impaired driving and to respond to the tragedies it causes.

     Every American can take a few simple steps to make our roads safer.  We hope every driver commits to making responsible and safe decisions when driving, including driving sober, finding a designated driver, and keeping loved ones from getting behind the wheel while impaired.  By educating our communities on the importance of driving sober, we can help avoid loss of life, debilitating injuries, and unbearable heartache.  We must act to protect our loved ones and eliminate fatalities that prevent our fellow Americans from enjoying full and happy lives.

     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 December 2018 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.  I urge all Americans to make responsible decisions and take appropriate measures to prevent impaired driving.

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

                              DONALD J. TRUMP


Office of the Press Secretary

Centro Costa Salguero
Buenos Aires, Argentina

3:08 P.M. AST

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much, everybody.  It’s an honor to be with the Prime Minister of Australia, Prime Minister Morrison.  And we’ve just gotten to know each other, and so far, so good, I have to tell you.  I think it’s going to be a great relationship.  And we certainly anticipate having a fantastic relationship -- always -- with Australia.

     I know you’ve done a fantastic job in a very short period of time.  You’ve done a lot of the things that they’ve wanted over there and that’s why you’re sitting right here.  And so I congratulate you.

But it’s an honor, and we will be with Australia and you all the way.

     PRIME MINISTER MORRISON:  Well, thank you.  Thank you very much, Mr. President.  Australia and the United States have always been the greatest of friends -- not just in periods of strategic cooperation, but economically.  And the people-to-people relationships -- well, there’s none better.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you.  Appreciate it.

     Q    Mr. President, will you be exchanging pleasantries with Putin?  Will you be exchanging pleasantries with Putin?

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  I don’t know.  Not particularly.  I don’t know.

                             END                3:10 P.M. AST



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“My Administration is dedicated to securing human rights in Cuba and Venezuela, and strengthening our cultural and philosophical ties with all our Latin American partners.” – President Donald J. Trump


PARTNERING TO PROMOTE REGIONAL PROSPERITY: President Donald J. Trump is using the G20 Summit to work with partners to promote economic prosperity for the Americas.

  • The Administration is working through the “Americas Crece” initiative to expand exports, enhance energy and infrastructure security, and increase investment throughout the region. 
  • President Trump continues to work to secure free and fair trade with America’s allies and improve access to regional markets in Latin America.
    • Recently, it was announced that the Argentine market has been reopened to American beef. This followed a deal announced last year to open Argentina to American pork.
  • This week on the sidelines of the G20, the United States signed a framework to strengthen infrastructure and energy cooperation with Argentina for years to come.
  • The Overseas Private Investment Corporation also signed letters of interest for six projects in Argentina that are expected to attract more than $3 billion in investment.
    • These projects are in key areas, including energy production, transportation infrastructure, and pipeline construction.
  • Expanding commercial relations with our neighbors is a key part of the Administration’s effort to push back against unfair trade and investment practices and to protect the economic security of the region.  
    • Increased United States investment in Argentina and the region will improve our partners’ resiliency against predatory lending.

DEFENDING DEMOCRATIC VALUES: President Trump is standing up to authoritarian regimes across the region.

  • President Trump is challenging autocratic regimes in the region that refuse to respect their people’s call for democracy.
  • In Venezuela, the Trump Administration has imposed sanctions against the corrupt Maduro regime and its enablers.
  • The Trump Administration has imposed sanctions on Cuban military and intelligence services for their continued actions to undermine democracy.
  • This week, the President signed an Executive Order imposing sanctions on Nicaraguan officials for their dismantling of democratic institutions and human rights abuses.
    • This Order will enable the Administration to target members and associates of the regime for its indiscriminate human rights abuses and rampant corruption. 

ENHANCING REGIONAL SECURITY: The Trump Administration is working with allies to enhance regional security. 

  • President Trump is working closely with allies in the region to combat transnational criminal networks and terrorist organizations.
    • The Trump Administration has partnered with Argentina to push for greater law enforcement cooperation to help combat organized crime and terrorism.
  • Together, the United States and its partners are working to decrease the illicit flows of drugs, cash, and weapons and to combat human smuggling.


Office of the Press Secretary

Centro Costa Salguero
Buenos Aires, Argentina

2:39 P.M. AST

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  It's a great honor to be with Prime Minister Modi of India, and, as you know, Prime Minister Abe of Japan.  And we just had a great meeting, and we're having now what we call a "trilat."

     The relationships between our three countries is extremely -- extremely good, extremely strong.  I think, with India, maybe stronger than ever.  And with Japan, I think, stronger than ever.  We're doing very well together.  We're doing a lot of trade together.  We're doing a lot of defense together, a lot of military purchases.

     And we're going to now have a little discussion between the three of us.  So thank you very much.

     Mr. Prime Minister.

     PRIME MINISTER MODI:  (As interpreted.)  I feel this is a very good occasion for our three countries -- countries which have shared values, democratic values -- Japan, America, and India together.  We will be playing a big role together for world peace, prosperity, and stability.

     I'm also happy that both the countries are our strategic partners.  Both of them are very good friends.  And the three countries together -- it is a matter of good fortune that we will work together.

When you look at the acronym of our three countries -- Japan, America, and India -- it is "JAI," which, in Hindi or in India, in general, is for "success."  In a way, this "JAI" -- "success," this message -- is a good message that goes out.  It's a good beginning.

And together, as I said earlier, we'll be playing a very big role to work together for world peace, prosperity, and stability.
PRIME MINISTER ABE:  (As interpreted.)  I am very delighted to hold the first-ever Japan-U.S.-India trilateral summit meeting today.  Japan, the U.S., and India share fundamental values and strategic interests.  And I certainly hope to further reinforce our trilateral partnership and to continuing our close cooperation toward realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific.

By having three of us working together, we'll bring more prosperity and more stability in the region, as well as globally.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.

Q    Mr. President, what did you discuss with MBS?

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  We had no discussion.  We had no discussion.  We might, but had none.

Thank you very much everybody.

                        END                2:43 P.M. AST



Office of the Press Secretary

Centro Costa Salguero
Buenos Aires, Argentina

1:50 P.M. AST

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  So it's a great honor to be with my friend, Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who has just had a very big success in his election.  He won by a massive amount.  And I'm not surprised at all.

I just want to say that we have many things that we'll be talking about, in particular protection, military-type.  Also trade -- we're doing a lot of business with Japan and trade.  The deficit is coming down.  It's a massive deficit between the -- between Japan and the United States, and it's coming down. 

Japan is buying large amounts of our fighter jets, our F-35s and others, and we appreciate it very much.  But they are really working with me on trying to balance our deficit, because we do have a deficit that is pretty substantial with Japan.  We hope that we're going to be balancing it very quickly.

Just in finishing, we're two countries that are doing very well in many different ways.  Our military working together, having to do with North Korea and other factors, really has been very strong.  Our partnership has been quite extraordinary, and we will be together for a long time.

I think probably there's no time in our history where we're closer.  And I'll be going to a tremendous event in Japan; I was very honored to be invited.  Your Emperor.

     PRIME MINISTER ABE:  (As interpreted.)  So once again, from the outset, I would like congratulate you on your historic victory in the midterm election in the United States.

And, as of now, as you rightly mentioned, the alliance between Japan and the United States has become more robust than ever.  And also this mere fact that we are having another round of summit meeting on the margins of this G20 Summit is actually the symbol of the robustness of our alliance.

     So every time, when we see each other, we always have a very candid discussion.  And today, I look forward to having another candid discussion with you on the regional affairs, including North Korea, as well as Japan and U.S. economic relations, of course including our trade relations and other important topics.

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much, Shinzo.  Thank you.
Thank you all very much.  Appreciate it.  Thank you.

     Q    Mr. President, why cancel the Putin summit?
     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.

Ukraine.  Purely and simply -- Ukraine.  We don't like what happened.  We're not happy about it; nobody is.  And hopefully they'll be able to settle it out soon because we look forward to meeting with President Putin.  But on the basis of what took place with respect to the ships and the sailors, that was the sole reason.

     Thank you very much everybody.

     Q    Mr. President, will you be talking about China?

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  We'll be meeting with China, as you know.  Yes.  We'll be meeting tomorrow, and we've already spoken.  And we're working very hard.  If we could make a deal, that would be good.  I think they want to, and I think we'd like to.  And we'll see.

     But we'll be meeting with President Xi in a little while, but in -- for the most part, tomorrow, I would say, would be our big meeting.  But, in the meantime, people are working, our staff is working, and we have a lot of very talented people working.  Larry Kudlow's representatives are dealing with them on a constant basis.

     There's some good signs.  We'll see what happens.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Good question.

     Thank you very much everybody.  Thank you.

                               END                 1:56 P.M. AST


President Donald J. Trump Approves Disaster Declaration for the Tohono O’odham Nation

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Disaster Declaration for the Tohono O’odham Nation

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists for Tohono O’odham Nation and ordered Federal aid to supplement the Tribe’s efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding from October 1 to October 3, 2018.

Federal funding is available to the Tohono O’odham Nation and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for the Tohono O’odham Nation.

Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Mark Wingate 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 Tribe and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.


World AIDS Day, 2018 Presidential Proclamation

Office of the Press Secretary
World AIDS Day, 2018

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By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

     For more than three decades, our Nation and the world have confronted the challenges posed by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).  Today, thanks to lifesaving medications, an HIV/AIDS diagnosis does not have to be a death sentence.  On World AIDS Day, we remember the 35 million lives that have sadly been cut short by this terrible disease, and we renew our pledge to stand with those living with it until it is eliminated from our communities.

     Medical advancements and procedures have transformed HIV from a disease that meant nearly certain death into a generally manageable, chronic condition.  Antiretroviral drugs and therapies help control the virus so that people with HIV can experience healthy and productive lives with reduced risk of transmitting it to others.  With these long‑sought solutions now at our disposal, we have the ability to help alleviate the pain and needless suffering of our fellow Americans living with HIV, their family and friends, and the millions of others around the world living with this disease.

     Our efforts to connect those affected by this disease with high‑quality healthcare are dramatically improving many lives.  The 2017 National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) progress report indicates a significant increase of Americans living with HIV.  These people are now able to suppress the virus with medication.  But we cannot rest on this progress.  In recent years, opioids and other injected drugs have caused HIV outbreaks in communities rarely affected before the outbreak of the epidemic.  We must continue to work to eliminate the stigma that surrounds HIV so that no one is afraid to learn their HIV status, treat their condition if HIV infected, and prevent infection if they are at risk.

     My Administration remains steadfastly focused on achieving the NHAS goals for 2020.  These goals are within our reach, but achieving them will require continued coordinated work with local and State governments, faith‑based and charitable organizations, and many others.  One such critical component of our domestic public health response is the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.  Working with cities, counties, States, and local community-based programs, this program provides a comprehensive system of HIV care, lifesaving medications, and essential support services to more than half a million low‑income people in the United States each year.

     We also remain committed to collaborating with both national and international stakeholders through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  For 15 years, PEPFAR has devoted American resources to critical HIV prevention, treatment, and care to some of the world's most vulnerable populations, helping to save more than 17 million lives.  PEPFAR has continued to support a rapid acceleration of HIV prevention by using data to increase program performance, mobilize domestic resources, and support local partners for sustainable implementation.  Through this program, we are supporting lifesaving HIV treatment for more than 14 million people and have enabled more than 2 million babies of HIV‑infected mothers to be born HIV-free.

     With American leadership, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has shifted from crisis toward control.  Hope and life are prospering where death and despair once prevailed.  A generation that could have been lost is instead thriving and building a brighter future.  For the first time in modern history, we have the ability to sustainably control an epidemic, despite the absence of a vaccine or cure, and create a future of flourishing, stable communities in the United States and around the globe.

     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 laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 1, 2018, as World AIDS Day.  I urge the Governors of the States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and American people to join me in appropriate activities to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS and to provide support and compassion to those living with HIV.

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

                             DONALD J. TRUMP


Statement of Support: H.R. 1677 – Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2018

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Statement of Support: H.R. 1677 – Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2018
The Administration strongly supports the passage of H.R. 1677, the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2018.”  The bill would add to a robust set of tools at the Administration’s disposal to help bring to an end the heartbreaking ongoing tragedy in Syria and to hold Syrian officials accountable for the slaughter of civilians and other atrocities.  This bill will help provide additional leverage to achieve the United States government’s objectives to de-escalate the military conflict and support the United Nations-led peace process and a transition to a government in Syria that honors the will of the Syrian people, respects the rule of law and human rights, and peacefully co-exists with its neighbors in the region.
At its core, the bill provides additional tools designed to deny the Assad regime and its proxies access to the international financial system and to block the financial and other support that fuels the murder of innocent Syrians.  In addition, it would facilitate the continued use of economic sanctions and visa restrictions to hold accountable members of the Assad regime who are responsible for or complicit in the serious human rights abuses and war crimes committed against innocent Syrians.  As the President has said, every solution to the humanitarian crisis in Syria must also include a strategy to address the brutal regime that has fueled and financed it: the corrupt dictatorship in Iran.
The Administration remains committed to our objectives in Syria of liberating remaining territory from ISIS control, enabling the safe delivery of humanitarian aid, de-escalating the violence, deterring the Assad regime’s further use of chemical weapons, and advancing the United Nations-led political resolution track called for in United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254.  The President has made clear that United States partners and allies must share the burden in achieving these aims.  The Administration would interpret the bill consistent with these objectives, which are in the national security interest of the United States. 
The Administration would also interpret the bill consistent with the protections provided under the American Servicemembers’ Protection Act of 2002. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Was The POTUS Targeted in an Assassination Attempt at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony?

November 29, 2018

President Trump, First Lady Participate in Tree Lighting Ceremony

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump participated in the 96th National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse outside the White House on Wednesday, with the White House grounds fully decked out for the holidays.
On a stage above the crowds, the President had spectators count down to the tree lighting with him. The tradition draws hundreds of spectators each year, even in frigid conditions. Among this year's ceremony entertainment were musicians 'Dominican Sisters of Mary' and 'Anthony Kearns of The Irish Tenors'.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke introduced Mr. Trump as "the man who brought Christmas back to America."

The President expressed his gratitude for the first responders and those serving in the military, among other remarks,  according to the White House Press Secretary's Office.

However, some viewers reported seeing unusual looking red laser lights pointed on the president's face and body and immediately suspicion grew as to the origin of the laser lights.

In a Tweet by @POTUS_Schedule, a photo was shared of a protective transparent wall around the President and First Lady described as "Level 10 projectile resistant optical polycarbonate multilayered shielding."

According to the Press Pool, The POTUS began his remarks at approximately 6:24 p.m. EST and concluded his remarks by approximately 6:30 p.m. EST. However, at the Presidents protective press pool reported that the president left the festivities abruptly and that they had been left there without confirmation the President had arrived to the White House. At  6:38:13 p.m EST, the President's protective press pool reported,"

Pool assumes POTUS arrived at the White House but there is no official confirmation.
At 6:45 p.m. EST, the press pool reported again, that they were unable to confirm POTUS's whereabouts,

Press Pool was not given an explanation for this despite several questions.

At Approximately 6:57 p.m. EST the protective press pool reported they had arrived back at the White House but given no explanation.

According to the President's protective press pool the POTUS leaving them there abruptly was unanticipated and out of the ordinary and that no explanation was offered as to why the POTUS would depart from protocol.

However, a post from the illusive QAnon on the 8Chan board, posted a cryptic message with a photo of a Christmas Tree and underneath was a series of letters and numbers along with the words "We know." signed by 'Q'. The internet was a buzz with rumors of a possible assassination attempt on the President last evening, and cited the above photo's depicting the red laser points on the president's face and body.

Upon further investigation, The GoldFish Report has learned this cryptic series of letters and numbers corresponds to model number of a Laser Automator manufactured by Surefire Lasers that can be used to deliver Novel 11 Technology according to a retired USAF weapons expert and threat assessment consultant previously worked in Government Black Ops projects, whose name shall remain under protected sources. According to this anonymous source, Novel 11 Technology is well known in the Black OPS programs. The Laser Automator is unlike a rifle in that the laser itself is the weapon and does not require conventional ammunition. Rather, the laser can be used to trigger a heart attack or other conditions in its target  by interrupting the electro-chemical signal in the heart or brain and is often used in the military under direct combat situations.

Whether or not this is the laser point seen on the President in the above photo's remains to be determined, but clearly in combination with the departure from protocol and the cryptic message from QAnon leaves us asking the question,"was there an Assassination attempt on The President of The United States last evening, and if so, by whom? It may be too early to sort out the facts and answer those questions definitively at this time, but suffice it to say, the secret service is well equipped to protect the President whose life they swore to protect and The GoldFish Report will continue to report any news on this story as it develops. 

Story by Lou Lee

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Office of the First Lady : November 28, 2018 Readout of First Lady Melania Trump’s Participation in an Opioid Town Hall at Liberty University

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Office of the First Lady
November 28, 2018

Readout of First Lady Melania Trump’s Participation in an Opioid Town Hall at Liberty University

First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Lynchburg, Virginia this morning to attend an Opioid Town Hall inside Liberty University’s basketball arena.   Secretary Azar of Health and Human Services and Secretary Nielsen of Homeland Security accompanied the First Lady to Lynchburg.

Upon Arrival, Mrs. Trump was welcomed by President of Liberty University, Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife, Becki Falwell; and Liberty University Pastor, David Nasser.

Hosted by Eric Bolling, Mrs. Trump delivered remarks to an audience of students from Liberty University and the surrounding area.  Mrs. Trump spoke on the importance of understanding the severe and fatal effects of opioids, eliminating the stigma surrounding drug dependence emphasizing there is no shame to ask for help, and for youth to believe in their voices for they have the power to influence each other.  The First Lady spoke on-stage with Eric Bolling and answered questions from students in the audience.

Since the launch of her Be Best campaign in May, Mrs. Trump remains dedicated to shining lights on programs that help nurture families and children who have felt the negative effects of opioid abuse, notably neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).  Most recently, the First Lady traveled to Philadelphia learning more about Jefferson University Hospital’s Maternal Addiction, Treatment, Education and Research (MATER) program for mothers and children affected by NAS – and she also attended part of Health and Human Service’s conference that launched an initiative to develop a new system to track NAS.

“I was honored to participate in today’s Town Hall,” said First Lady Melania Trump.  “It is my hope that what we discussed today will save lives in the future and help prevent our children from falling victim to drug dependence.  As a mother and as First Lady, I want to do everything I can to expose the serious dangers of opioid and drug addiction and provide opportunities for youth to become leaders in ending this crisis.  Thank you to Eric Bolling and Liberty University for this important opportunity.”


Thank you Eric. I am honored to be here today.  It takes such strength and grace to take the grief I know you and Adrienne deal with each day, and use the loss of your son Eric as a catalyst for good.  You honor him every day through the lives that you are saving. I am inspired by the work you are doing, and hope you know that my husband and his entire Administration are committed to fighting the opioid epidemic.

As the worst drug crisis in American history, his administration has declared it a public health emergency and there are several agencies working alongside the White House to educate and provide services for those affected.  I am proud to be joined today by Secretary Azar with the Department of Health and Human Services, and Secretary Nielsen with the Department of Homeland Security.  Together, with all of you, I know we can make a real difference and save lives.

When I took on opioid abuse as one of the pillars of my initiative BeBest, I did it with the goal of helping children of all ages. I have visited several hospitals and facilities that are dedicated to helping all who have been affected by this disease - including people who are addicted, babies born addicted, and families coping with the addiction of a loved one.  What has struck me with each visit is how this epidemic has touched so many people - whether it is because of personal use, or that of family members, friends, coworkers, or neighbors - opioid addiction is an illness that has truly taken hold of our country.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 130 people in the United States die each day due to overdosing on opioids.  In 2017, those overdoses accounted for more than 72,000 deaths, more than any previous year on record.  And in 2016, an estimated 40% of opioid deaths involved a prescription drug.

My focus through BeBest has mainly been on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, which are conditions that occur when a baby withdraws from the drugs it was exposed to during pregnancy.  But when I was invited to participate in today’s town hall, I saw it as an opportunity to speak with all of you as you enter into such a critical stage of your lives. The independence that comes with being a young adult can be exciting, but also overwhelming.  Most of you are living on your own for the first time.  You may be responsible for paying some of your own bills, getting to and from class every day, managing your homework, and I’m sure many of you also have jobs or extra-curricular activities.  And while I bet no one here will want to admit it, I imagine some of you have or will be experiencing situations with drugs or alcohol.  I know college is a time to wield your independence, experience things on your terms, and make decisions on your own behalf.  I am here to remind you that some of those decisions - though they may seem minor at the time - could negatively impact you for the rest of your lives.

I am here speaking to you in my official capacity as First Lady, but I want you to know I am also here as a mother.  But rather than lecture you about the dangers of drug abuse as most mothers would - and should - I am going to tell you what I have learned in this past year because I believe education and learning is key to making the right decisions on your own behalf.

I have learned that addiction can begin with something as innocent as an injury - it could be a sports injury, or from some kind of an accident. I have spoken with families and seen many news reports that talk about young athletes or people injured in accidents who became hooked on opioids after being given a prescription for real pain. Tragically, many of those stories end with people who have later transitioned into using heroin and overdosing.  In fact, data from the Department of Health and Human Services shows that in 2016 and 2017, more than 17,000 deaths were attributed to overdosing on commonly prescribed drugs.

I have learned that many people who become addicted to drugs are too ashamed to ask for help. I have also learned that addiction is a disease. And like any illness, people need and deserve treatment. We must commit to removing the stigma of shame that comes with addiction and helping change public opinion so that people find evidence based treatment before it is too late.

I have learned that you have a responsibility to yourself, and also to those around you who may be struggling. While you may never personally become addicted, the chances of you knowing someone who struggles with it are very high.  And if you, or someone you know needs help, you need to be brave enough to ask, or strong enough to stand with them as they fight through the disease. You need to be educated enough to know the signs of addiction, and also secure enough to talk about it, and keep talking about it until help arrives.

Now that you know what I have learned, I want to close by telling you what I believe.

I believe in the power of all of you. If even one of you leaves here today and talks to a friend or family member about the potential to end this crisis, then we have succeeded.

I believe that as our next generation, you have the potential to not just reduce, but eliminate the statistics I mentioned earlier. I also believe you have the capacity to not think of this in terms of statistics, but to think of this as a human story and an opportunity to save lives. I believe in your unending potential to change our world for the better.

I want to once again thank Eric Bolling for having me here today, and to both he and his wife Adrienne for their strength and bravery in the face of a sudden loss and grief.

I look forward to hearing from the rest of today’s guests, and also from some of you in the audience today.  I also want to thank each of you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to be here, and of course President Jerry Falwell and Liberty University for hosting such an important and potentially life-saving event.

God bless you all and God bless the United States of America. Thank you

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

First Lady Mrs. Trump and Second Lady Mrs. Pence Visit the Red Cross to Assemble Comfort Kits

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

First lady Melania Trump entered the Red Cross Hall of Service shortly after 11:00 a.m. today at the Red Cross campus across from the White House, at 17th Street N.W. in D.C. .

American Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern stepped up to the podium first, welcoming Trump and Karen Pence. She also noted that Elizabeth Dole was in the audience. The first lady was wearing skinny red pants, red flats and a black sweater with red and white designs on her shoulders. 

Shortly thereafter Mrs. Pence delivered these remarks , “I believe that today’s service project will mean more than we will ever know,” Pence said, noting how she was a Blue Star Mother. 

“Melania ... has a natural gift of being kind and loving to others,” Pence said of FLOTUS, speaking of the trip they took to Texas last holiday season in support of hurricane victims. 

Mrs. Trump received a standing ovation and began to speak. She referenced the “tragic news out of Afghanistan” and asked for prayers for the troops.
She called today’s volunteering a “sincere opportunity for us.”

She noted how she and the president “unveiled the Christmas decorations at the White House yesterday” and said they had held their first holiday reception for the volunteers who decorated the White House last night. 

“We are honored to open the people’s house,” she continued.

She thanked the troops and said, “These comfort kits are one small way we can say thank you,” and encouraged Americans to volunteer throughout the holiday season.

The first and second lady are assisting volunteers - consisting of cabinet spouses, spouses of military service members and veterans, as well as Red Cross leadership - with packing comfort kits for service members stationed abroad. The contents of the kits are listed below.

The boxes will be sent to troops stationed in Iraq, Poland, Kuwait and Djibouti, the first lady’s office says. 

An assembly line of items are spread out at two large tables. Both Trump and Pence started by packing blue Red Cross bags at the right-hand table first. 

Right Table: 
Easy Mac 
Brownie mix
Hot chocolate (two packages)
Rice crispy treat
Powdered Gatorade (two packages) 
Playing cards 

Left Table: 
Hand soap 
Shaving gel

Nikki Schwab
Washington Reporter

Monday, November 26, 2018

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