Monday, March 4, 2019

The GoldFish Report No. 335- Week 111 POTUS Report: POTUS Stands by First Amendment Speech

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On The GoldFish Report No 335, Louisa reports on the POTUS's recent Executive Orders, Trip to Hanoi, Judicial Appointments, 1st Amendment Protection for Universities, Trade deal, Q Anon posts and Judicial Retaliation, and more. Jim reports on Rep. Jim Jordan's intro to Cohen Testimony, Vietnam Business deal, Venezuela, India-Pakistan skirmish, Israeli Settlement Transit Project, false flag news, Trump's CPAC speech, Anti-Trump Bias and Mueller Team, Russia Hoax, Smolletts Hoax, and more. To learn more about Jim Fetzer's research, books and articles, visit Google 'Nobody Died at Sandy Hook' to find a free DVD of the facts. To receive our Reports you can subscribe to our BITCHUTE Channel at and to become a Patron of The GoldFish Report you can go to our Patreon page at . You can also subscribe to our "NEW" YouTube channel at, and, follow us on Twitter at @ReportGoldfish, you can also follow us and like us on our 24/7 research news page at and to help support these and other programs please visit to make a donation. Thank you for your support and Thank you for viewing. Visit our NEW Vimeo on Demand to view our Educational Country Roads Reports at this link here: To View our NEW Educational Bullet Points Reports use this link here: For viewer support of The GoldFish Report's Project "The Road to the White House", Please donate at at out PayPal or become a patron at Jim Website page: To View The GoldFish Report's POTUS Reports, you can visit our BitChute page or view the unlisted report on YouTube from our POTUS Report page on our website at Weblink to Moon Rock Books Here: Jim Fetzer on Twitter: @JimFezer DISCLAIMER The following videos were created for educational purposes only. The content of this material strictly for research purposes, and readily available to the general public via the Internet. Viewing of the GoldFish Reports acknowledges that senders and recipients hereby agree to this disclaimer, thus releasing the source author from any and all personal liability. Also, individuals who alter or deviate from this source material, may be exposing themselves to the full extent of law. THE OPINIONS AND HYPOTHESES OF OUR GUESTS AND GUEST CO-HOSTS DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF THE GOLDFISH REPORT POTUS UPDATE. AN OPINION AND HYPOTHESIS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITH NEWLY PRESENTED RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE. THE GOLDFISH REPORT POTUS REPORT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR INFORMATION THAT MAY BE UNKNOWINGLY INACCURATE, ALTHOUGH WE DO OUR BEST TO PRESENT FACTS, OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE THE CONVERSATION ABOUT DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES OF WORLD EVENTS AND HOW THOSE MAKING THE DECISIONS MAY IMPACT OUR LIVES. VIEWER DISCERNMENT IS ADVISED. Copyright 2019 The GoldFish Report. All rights Reserved.


Office of the Press Secretary



March 4, 2019

Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

In accordance with section 502(f)(2) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2462(f)(2)), I am providing notice of my intent to terminate the designation of India as a beneficiary developing country under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program.

I am taking this step because, after intensive engagement between the United States and the Government of India, I have determined that India has not assured the United States that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to the markets of India as set forth in section 502(c)(4) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2462(c)(4)).

I will continue to assess whether the Government of India is providing equitable and reasonable access to its markets, in accordance with the GSP eligibility criteria.

                             DONALD J. TRUMP

Statement from From Press Secretary Sarah Sanders

From Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:

“Today, Chairman Nadler opened up a disgraceful and abusive investigation into tired, false allegations already investigated by the Special Counsel and committees in both Chambers of Congress. Chairman Nadler and his fellow Democrats have embarked on this fishing expedition because they are terrified that their two-year false narrative of ‘Russia collusion’ is crumbling. Their intimidation and abuse of American citizens is shameful. Democrats are harassing the President to distract from their radical agenda of making America a socialist country, killing babies after they’re born, and pushing a ‘green new deal’ that would destroy jobs and bankrupt America. The American people deserve a Congress that works with the President to address serious issues like immigration, healthcare, and infrastructure.  The Democrats are more interested in pathetic political games and catering to a radical, leftist base than on producing results for our citizens. The Democrats are not after the truth, they are after the President.” 


Office of the Press Secretary

State Dining Room


4:30 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Please.  Thank you very much.  I'm very honored to welcome our State Attorneys General back to the White House.  We were together last year, and I said, "I'm inviting you back."  And a lot things have been done, a lot of progress has been made.  And, Vice President, thank you very much for being here.  You were here last year and we're here again, Mike.

Let me begin by saying our hearts go out to everyone affected by the devastating storms in Alabama, Georgia, and the surrounding states, and especially to the families of those who have tragically lost their lives.

I’ve spoken with Governor Ivey, and we're working closely with officials throughout the region to get our communities back on their feet.  Attorney General Marshall and Attorney General Carr, when you get home, please tell the people of the great states of Alabama and Georgia that America has their backs.  We have a call in to Brian Kemp, and we let them know and -- the Governor and everybody -- that we're with you 100 percent.  Thank you very much.  One hundred percent, we'll be there.  Thank you.

I want to thank your National Association President, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry -- a friend of mine.  We're also grateful to be joined by our fantastic new Attorney General, Bill Barr.  Bill, thank you.

Today, we join together to reaffirm and strengthen the vital partnership among state, local, and federal law enforcement.  Only by working together can we ensure security for every community and deliver justice for every citizen.

I want to take a moment to send a message this afternoon, on behalf of everyone in this room, to all law enforcement personnel across America: You are loved, you are cherished and respected by the American people more than you will ever know.  So true.  More than you will ever know.

When I took office two years ago, one of my highest priorities was to reduce violent crime.  In the two years before my inauguration, violent crime was up substantially -- very substantially -- and murders had increased by more than 20 percent.

For this reason, my administration resurrected Project Safe Neighborhoods -- bringing together citizens groups, sheriffs, and police departments to put dangerous offenders behind bars, while supporting crime prevention and reentry programs.

Part of the reason we're doing well is that people are getting jobs because the economy may be the strongest it's ever been.  I mean, all of your states are doing very well.  I think we have the strongest economy, perhaps, ever.  The lowest unemployment rate we've ever had -- you could say "51 years" or you could say "ever."  But groups -- if you look at African American, Asian American, Hispanic American -- the lowest unemployment rate, historically, ever.  So that helps a lot with what you do.

We deployed 200 new violent crime prosecutors.  We charged a record number of firearms offenders.  And last year, we prosecuted the most violent criminals ever.  The most ever in our history, also.

With your help and leadership, violent crime is now going down for the first time in a long time.  Murders in America’s largest cities dropped by 7 percent between 2016 and 2017.

Last year, we passed historic legislation to combat the devastating opioid and drug crisis.  And I'm dealing with China right now on a very big trade deal, as you probably have read, heard.  Some of you are a little bit involved.

But I can tell you, I said to President Xi that we cannot let fentanyl into our country.  Almost 100 percent comes from China.  It's devastating.  As you know, better than I do, it's devastating.  And he has promised to -- and they're in the process of doing -- so when I take him for his word -- make it a criminal act at the highest level, which, in China, means the death penalty.  That should have a massive impact on fentanyl coming into our country from China.

This legislation expands lifesaving treatment and authorizes funding for local law enforcement to help those badly addicted get the treatment they need.

Our State Attorneys General are launching bold initiatives to fight this epidemic.  In Arkansas, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge -- thank you.  Where is Leslie?  Thank you.  Thank you, Leslie, very much.  Great job you're doing too.  Has taken on the drug companies, launched a groundbreaking education program and trained local law enforcement to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the opioid epidemic.  So, Leslie, I want to thank you very much.  Everyone is talking about it.  Great job.

But to defeat this deadly epidemic, America’s southern border must be urgently and very strongly secured.  We fight wars 6,000 miles away, we spend billions and billions of dollars, but we don’t control our own border.

Drug trafficking and human traffickers exploit our porous border to finance their ruthless operations across our hemisphere.  One in three migrant women is sexually assaulted on the very dangerous journey north.  Criminal cartels terrorize innocent people on both sides of the border.  Thousands of our citizens are killed by lethal narcotics -- 88,000 people, just with certain types of drugs -- most of which come through the southern border.  Eighty-eight thousand people die and that's just a small portion of it.  Hardworking people of every background pay the price for a lack of border control and security.

In the last two years, ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records, including those charged or convicted of approximately 100,000 assaults -- and these are new numbers, hard to believe -- 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 murders.

Every day, our brave ICE officers are on the front lines protecting our communities.  We must always support the heroes of law enforcement, and we all support law enforcement in every way.

Sanctuary cities that release known criminal aliens put all Americans at risk.  I urge everyone here today to make sure that your states and cities are fully cooperating with the Department of Homeland Security in their lifesaving mission.

We all share the same righteous goal: to build a future where every American -- both immigrant and U.S.-born -- can thrive in safety, dignity, harmony, and peace.

Before Christmas, I was proud to sign historic, bipartisan criminal justice reform into law.  And I want to thank the National Association of Attorneys General for everything you did to help pass this FIRST STEP Act.  And a special thanks to Attorney General Karl Racine.  Where's Karl?  Karl?  Karl?  Karl?  Hi, Karl.  Great job.  Thank you very much.  You were very helpful.  Everybody said "Karl."  I feel like you're -- like I know you.  (Laughter.)  That's pretty good.

STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL RACINE:  I feel like I know you as well, Mr. President.  (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Karl is -- really was fantastic, from the District of Columbia.

Attorney General Josh Stein.  Josh, thank you very much.  Thank you, Josh.  Josh, Josh.  Stand up, Josh.  Go ahead.  Come on.  That's great.  From a great place -- from North Carolina.

And Attorney General, my friend Ken Paxton, from Texas.  Thanks, Ken.  Thanks.  Great.  Great job.

Together, we're making our communities safer, our future brighter, and our people more prosperous than ever before.  This is what our state and federal partnership is all about: putting the American Dream within reach of all of our citizens.  And that's happening more and more, and we're very proud of it.

Thank you all for your friendship and your partnership and leadership.  Extraordinary leadership, really.  Thank you all for the incredible service to your states, your citizens, and your nation.  You are very special people and doing a very special and important job.  And everybody very much appreciates it, and I want to lead that list.  Great job.  Thank you very much.

Thank you.  Thank you, everybody.  (Applause.)  

                        END                4:39 P.M. EST

President Donald J. Trump Approves Washington Disaster Declaration

Office of the Press Secretary
President Donald J. Trump Approves Washington Disaster Declaration
Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Washington and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, mudslides, and a tornado from December 10 to December 24, 2018.

Federal funding is available to the 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 the severe winter storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, mudslides, and a tornado in the counties of Clallam, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, Mason, Pacific, Snohomish, and Whatcom.

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

Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Dolph A. Diemont 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.


President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individual to a Key Administration Post

Office of the Press Secretary
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individual to a Key Administration Post

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key position in his Administration:
Dale Cabaniss of Virginia, to be the Director of the Office of Personnel Management for a term of four years.

Ms. Cabaniss previously served as Chairman of the Federal Labor Relations Authority and spent more than 20 years in the United States Senate overseeing civil service issues on the Committee on Governmental Affairs  and the Committee on Appropriations. Ms. Cabaniss earned her B.A. from the University of Georgia and J.D. from the Catholic University of America.


Office of the Press Secretary

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    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to promote employment opportunities for United States military veterans while growing the cadre of trained United States mariners available to meet United States requirements for national and economic security, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1.  Policy.  It is the policy of the United States to support practices and programs that ensure that members of the United States Armed Forces receive appropriate credit for their military training and experience, upon request, toward credentialing requirements as a merchant mariner.  It is further the policy of the United States to establish and maintain an effective merchant marine program by providing sufficient support and resources to active duty and separating service members who pursue or possess merchant mariner credentials.

    A robust merchant marine is vital to the national and economic security of the United States.  Credentialed United States merchant mariners support domestic and international trade, are critical for strategic defensive and offensive military sealift operations, and bring added expertise to Federal vessel operations.  Unfortunately, the United States faces a shortage of qualified merchant mariners.  As our strategic competitors expand their global footprint, the United States must retain its ability to project and sustain forces globally.  This capability requires a sufficient corps of credentialed merchant mariners available to crew the necessary sealift fleet.  Attracting additional trained and credentialed mariners, particularly from active duty service members and military veterans, will support United States national security requirements and provide meaningful, well-paying jobs to United States veterans.

     Sec. 2.  Definition.  For the purposes of this order, the term "applicable service" includes any of the "armed forces," as that term is defined in section 101(a)(4)(A) of title 10, United States Code.

     Sec. 3.  Credentialing Support.  (a)  To support merchant mariner credentialing and the maintenance of such credentials, the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security, with respect to the applicable services in their respective departments, and in coordination with one another and with the United States Committee on the Marine Transportation System, shall, consistent with applicable law:

         (i)    Within 1 year from the date of this order, identify all military training and experience within the applicable service that may qualify for merchant mariner credentialing, and submit a list of all identified military training and experience to the United States Coast Guard National Maritime Center for a determination of whether such training and experience counts for credentialing purposes;

         (ii)   With respect to National Maritime Center license evaluation, issuance, and examination, take all necessary and appropriate actions to provide for the waiver of fees for active duty service members, if a waiver is authorized and appropriate, and, if a waiver is not granted, take all necessary and appropriate actions to provide for the payment of fees for active duty service members by the applicable service to the fullest extent permitted by law;

         (iii)  Direct the applicable services to take all necessary and appropriate actions to pay for Transportation Worker Identification Credential cards for active duty service members pursuing or possessing a mariner credential;

         (iv)   Ensure that members of the applicable services who are to be discharged or released from active duty and who request certification or verification of sea service be provided such certification or verification no later than 1 month after discharge or release; and

         (v)    Ensure the applicable services have developed, or continue to operate, as appropriate, the online resource known as Credentialing Opportunities On-Line to support separating service members seeking information and assistance on merchant mariner credentialing.

      (b)  The United States Committee on the Marine Transportation System shall pursue innovative ways to support merchant mariner credentialing, including through continuation of the Military to Mariner Initiative as appropriate, and shall provide a yearly status report on its efforts under the provisions of this order to the President through the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy.

     Sec. 4.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

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

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

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

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


   DONALD J. TRUMP                     

    March 4, 2019.


Office of the Press Secretary

East Room

12:14 P.M. EST

     THE PRESIDENT:  It's a lot of big people I'm standing next to.  (Laughter.)  These are big, strong, powerful champions, right?

SENATOR CRAMER:  That's right.

THE PRESIDENT:  All champions.  Well, I just want to thank everybody for being here.  And we're very excited to welcome to the White House the 2018 FCS National Champions, the North Dakota State University Bison.  And that's with a "Z".  You know, I spell (inaudible) -- (laughter and applause).  I actually took the "S" out, and I just put the "Z", because I didn't want to --

SENATOR HOEVEN:  You know how to say it.  Yep, you know how to say it.

THE PRESIDENT:  They said, "Sir, make sure you have it with a Z."

Anyway, the First Lady, as you know, she's out working very hard -- the BE BEST campaign -- all throughout the country, for children.  It's something very, very important to her, so she sends her warmest regards.

And the Clemson Tigers -- I don't know, they're pretty good, aren't they, huh?  They're pretty good.  Could you guys take them?  Huh?  What do you think?  (Laughter.)  I think -- I've looked at your record.  You'd have a heck of a shot, right?


THE PRESIDENT:  Well, they were here.  And, you know, when -- your two great senators and a couple of others -- but these two guys, they really said, "Would it be possible to do this for this team?"  And I said -- you know, I watched your championship game.  I said, "Those guys are good.  They deserve it.  They really deserve it."  You are special.

So it's an honor to have your representatives and your -- by the way, and your new congressional representative.  It's a great honor.  Great.  Thank you.  Come here, let me shake your hand.  Congratulations on a nice win.


THE PRESIDENT:  One congressman, two senators, huh?

SENATOR HOEVEN:  Our First Lady, Kathryn.

THE PRESIDENT:  And very important.  How are you?  Nice to see you.  Absolutely.  Good.  Thank you.  Say hello.  Say hello to the Governor.

MRS. BURGUM:  I will.

THE PRESIDENT:  So I want to thank everybody.  But before we begin, I'd like to start by sending our love and prayers to the incredible people of Alabama -- incredible state, unbelievable people -- and everyone affected by the catastrophic storms that struck the Gulf states yesterday.  A town, schools, churches, and homes were devastated by tornadoes of a force like we haven't seen in a long time.  Historic.

Our whole nation mourns for the more than 20 lives lost and for the heartbroken families they leave behind.  I got reports on it this morning, and it was absolute devastation.  It was -- it was just terrible.  You look at the areas affected, and probably nobody made it out of that path.  That path was brutal.

To the community of Lee County, we grieve by your side and we pledge our unwavering support to help you rebuild from the very depths of this horrible tragedy.  This morning, I spoke with Alabama Governor Kay Ivey -- a friend of mine, a tremendous governor, tremendous person.  And I've directed FEMA to provide immediate assistance to the great state of Alabama.  They're in there in full force.  And whatever we can do, we're doing.  They're already there.  They got there last night.

It's at times like this it's more important than ever to be close with the ones we love, and to cherish our friends and our family, and to unite as one nation.  We're here to recognize amazing achievements of truly an amazing group of young skilled athletes and great Americans, but I just had to say that.

And I know everybody standing with me here -- all great Americans -- I know you feel the same way.  So we're with the people of Alabama and the surrounding area.

To the entire Bison team: Congratulations on winning this incredible season; it's really a season.  You had great games, but this is a season.  Seventh title in eight years.  We should be able to do that, senators, huh?  (Laughter.)

     SENATORS:  Yeah.  (Laughter.)  Right.

     SENATOR CRAMER:  Not tired of winning, I can tell you that.

     THE PRESIDENT:  The most championships in FCS.  That's right, you never get tired of winning, do you?  Do you ever get tired?  I don't think so.

     SENATOR CRAMER:  I don't.  Not me.  Not these guys.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Not these guys, that's for sure.  But think of it: It's the seventh title in eight years.  And you have some great football teams in that program -- I know that -- in that group.  And you should all be incredibly proud.  To Coach Matt Entz -- where is Coach?  Coach.

     COACH ENTZ:  Right here, sir.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Would you look at the way he stands back there?  Hi, Coach.

SENATOR HOEVEN:  He's a big dude.

THE PRESIDENT:  He's a big guy.  Get over here with me, Coach.  Come on over here.  Come here, Coach.  Get over here.  (Applause.)  I want to be near (inaudible).  We want some of that to rub off on us, right?

     And to Matt Larsen -- where's Matt Larsen?  Where's Matt?  Where is he?  Get over here, Matt.  Get over here.  Did you pick the right coach?  I think so.

     MR. LARSEN:  I think so.  I think so.

     THE PRESIDENT:  You picked the right everything, I have to say.  I think you picked the right everything.

     Joining us are some of your biggest fans.  You have a lot of fans.  And I did watch -- I got to watch a lot of that game.  That was quite a game.

     Senator John Hoeven -- been my friend for a long time, and I want to thank you.  And you and Kevin called, and you said, "Can we do this?"  I said -- how long did it take me to say yes?

     SENATOR HOEVEN:  Not very long.

     THE PRESIDENT:  I actually said, "I saw the game."  Okay?  And it didn't take long, I can tell you.  We also happen to love that state.  Maybe I'd feel differently if it was someplace else, but it wasn't.  A special place.

     So I want to thank John Hoeven; Senator Kevin Cramer, who has just come off a tremendous victory, and really, a tremendous victory.  And thank you very much.  Come here a minute.  That was fantastic.  Really fantastic.

     To Representative Kelly Armstrong: Way to go.  Congratulations.  That's a job well done.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem -- where is -- hi, Wayne.  Get over here, Wayne.  Come here.  Come here, Wayne.  That's okay.  Don't worry, you have more power than all of them.  (Laughter.)

And to North Dakota First Lady Kathryn Burgum -- and I really -- it's great to see you.  It's great to see you.  Thank you very much, Kathryn.

The Bison football team has achieved something truly remarkable.  Through your grit, determination, and teamwork, you finished this season with a 15-0 record.  But your biggest win of all was a stunning 38-24 victory over the Eastern Washington Eagles.  It was supposed to be a very good team.  Were they good?  What'd you think?  Pretty good?  Not as good as you guys, right?  (Laughter.)  Pretty good?  Not bad, right?

MR. LARSEN:  Not bad.

THE PRESIDENT:  You started strong, scoring 10 unanswered points in the first quarter.  Senior quarterback -- I want to meet this guy -- Easton Stick -- that was some game -- led the way with 198 passing yards -- but that wasn't the big deal -- three rushing touchdowns, and two passing touchdowns.  And this past year, he broke the Bison's all-time touchdown passing record with seven games left in the season.  That's not bad.

Where is this guy?  I want to -- wow.  He's got the look, too.  He's got that look.  (Laughter.)  Tom Brady here.  Are you Tom Brady?  (Laughter.)  He's got that whole -- he's got that whole package.

SENATOR HOEVEN:  Absolutely.  He's the real deal.

THE PRESIDENT:  You're the real deal, I'll tell you.  I see that.  That's great.  Good luck.  Good luck.  What year are you in that (inaudible)?  Are you going back or are you going to -- what?

MR. STICK:  Just finished.

THE PRESIDENT:  You just finished?

SENATOR HOEVEN:  He just left the NFL combine to come here.

THE PRESIDENT:  I think somebody better draft him.  (Laughter.)

SENATOR HOEVEN:  Count on it.

THE PRESIDENT:  We're going to be watching.  That's fantastic.  He's going to be a rich guy, huh?  (Laughter.)  That money -- (inaudible) money.  Just don't worry about the money.  Just do a great job.  I think you're going to be fantastic.

A really, really impressive young man and an incredible game.  Both of Easton's touchdown passes of the championship were to MVP wide receiver -- here's another guy -- Darrius Shepherd.  Where's Darrius?  Where's Darrius?  Not bad.  (Laughter.)  What about you?  What year are you?

     MR. SHEPHERD:  I just graduated as well.

     THE PRESIDENT:  So you're in the combine?  You're out there?

     MR. SHEPHERD:  In training right now.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Okay good.  You're all set?

     MR. SHEPHERD:  Yup.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Come here.  He'll be great.
     And Darrius also averaged an astounding 25 yards per catch -- that's pretty good -- including an incredible, during the big game, 78-yard reception in the third quarter.  And that’s one of the most spectacular catches and passes that we've seen this season for any team.  And I do mean it.

We had the Clemson Tigers here and I did the same thing.  We could've had chefs, we could've.  But we got fast food because we know what -- I know you people very well, okay?  (Laughter.)  And I'm going to finish this quick because we've got to get that stuff, although it's being kept pretty warm.

Every single time this Bison team took to the field, you gave it your all, proving to everyone that when you play with passion, love -- and you really love your team; you love you team, right?  Huh?  You better believe it.  Otherwise it's somehow probably not the same.  And relentlessly reach for excellence, nothing is impossible.

Congratulations once again to your team, your senators, your congressmen, to your state.  What a place it is.  I've been there a lot.  Right?  I went there a lot.

SENATOR HOEVEN:  Yes, you have.

THE PRESIDENT:  I worked hard.  And now I'm going to be starting to work hard for you.  Huh?  You're going to win.  You have my endorsement, by the way, in case there's any -- I don’t know if -- I want to give it nice and early.  You have my endorsement, 100 percent.  Okay with you?  Right?

SENATOR HOEVEN:  That's good by me.

THE PRESIDENT:  You have my endorsement, 100 percent, John.
     And you've made your mark.  Really, you have made a football mark.  And I will tell you, I have watched a lot of teams and I think I understand this sport a little bit.  And I've watched your team and that -- especially in that last game.  You're really talented people.  Forgetting all the other stuff -- and you really have a tremendously talented team.

And I would like to see you play a couple of those other competitors because I think it would be very interesting.  I think it would maybe be a lot more interesting than people understand.

But you're champions.  You know you're good.  You feel you're good.  And yet you're great people.  And it's an honor.  And as soon as these guys came up and they said, "Do you mind doing it?"  I said, "I really want to do it.  I look forward to doing it."  And then we weren't going to do this -- because I've never done that before, before Clemson.

But we were during a shutdown, and we had nobody working.  And somebody suggested.  I said, "Yeah, but we don’t have people working."  But the staff is so good they would've come back.  But I said, "You know, don't worry about it, fellas.  Let's just go get some McDonalds, Wendy's."  We have a couple of others, too.  I won't get into too -- but we have all American.  Burger King.  We have -- we like American companies.  Okay?  (Laughter.)  We like American companies.  And that's what we did.  So, you guys -- that’s right.  "Chick-fil-A," they say.  Chick-fil-A.  (Laughter).

     He knew.  He knew better than I knew.  (Laughter.)

     So I just want to thank -- now, before we waste any time, anybody want to speak, you speak.  But go grab yourself something.  We can eat right here.  In fact, I would have one right up here, but I don’t think I want to do that because it will be too big a story for these people.  (Laughter.)

     They'll say, "Isn't horrible?  Isn’t inappropriate?"  But I would like, John, if you guys could say something just real quickly.  And if anybody is really desperate, go get it.  Otherwise, you'll wait a couple of seconds.  Come on up.

     SENATOR HOEVEN:  Mr. President, I just want to say thank you.  You know, when I asked if you'd do this right away, you said, "Yup.  I know the Bison.  I've been to Fargo.  And we can do it."  Now, it just so happens that we'd like to make a pres- -- would it be all right if we made a presentation?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Absolutely.

     SENATOR HOEVEN:  Well, you mentioned our quarterback, Easton Stick.  And he just -- as a matter of fact, he flew back from the NFL combine in order to get on the charter plane and come out with his team.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Wow.  Wow.

     SENATOR HOEVEN:  And he epitomizes these guys.  It's not just that they're great athletes.  Seven national championships in the last eight years.  It's not just that they're great students -- student athletes; they have real character.  These guys are leaders with their -- they're out there doing great things every single day of the week.

We couldn’t be more proud not just of the way they represent North Dakota State University, but the state of North Dakota.  We could not be more proud.

And so, if it'd be all right with you, Mr. President, we have a little presentation we would like to make.  And our quarterback, Easton Stick, has something for you and he'd like to present that to you now.

     MR. STICK:  Thank you, sir.

     SENATOR HOEVEN:  Okay, Easton.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.

     MR. STICK:  Well, Mr. President, it's an absolute pleasure to be here.  And it's a huge honor for our team, for our community, for our state, and really, for everyone that's been a part of Bison Football for a really long time.  We have an unbelievable brotherhood that goes back to the '60s, winning championships, and it's a huge family.

And so today, we would like to extend an offering to be part of that family --

     THE PRESIDENT:  Oh, wow.

     MR. STICK:  -- with a jersey.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Good.

     SENATOR HOEVEN:  Show him the number.

     MR. STICK:  For 45, for President Trump.  (Applause.)

     SENATOR HOEVEN:  Forty-fifth President!

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you.

     SENATOR HOEVEN:  That's your number -- 45th President.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  That’s the number, is right.  Thank you, man.

     SENATOR HOEVEN:  Thanks.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you very much.

     You know what I'm going to do?

     SENATOR HOEVEN:  You think he can handle it?  You think he can handle a big stage?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Say just a word.  I'm going to ask the Coach to say a word, too.

SENATOR CRAMER:  Yeah, please.

THE PRESIDENT:  Please.  Come on up.  Come on up.  Start it off, Easton.  He's probably going to be a politician someday.

     SENATOR CRAMER:  Well, he's got -- he's got a lot of (inaudible).

SENATOR HOEVEN:  He's the whole package, maybe.

MR. STICK:  Well, again, I'll just say this is an unbelievable honor for all of us to be here to experience this and get a chance to spend some time with you.

And seriously, thank you very much for taking time out of your schedule and allowing us to do this.  It means a lot to us and, really, to everyone that’s been a part of our program here now and in the past.  So thank you very much.

And, Senator, thank you.  So thank you very much.  It's -- this is an unbelievable opportunity.  Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  We'll be watching you on Sundays.  (Laughter.)

MR. STICK:  I appreciate that.


MR. STICK:  Yeah.  Thank you very much.

THE PRESIDENT:  Coach, please.  Say something.

COACH ENTZ:  Mr. President, we do appreciate from all of our players, and we are fortunate enough to bring 108 of our teammates and many of our support staff and administration to come here and visit you today.  And what an honor.

This is a little different setting than what I'm used to speaking in.  Usually it's more locker-room-like.  But hard to believe a farm kid from Iowa speaking in the White House.

But we appreciate your letting us come visit, the hospitality we've experienced already.  And next thing, let's get you out there for a game because I think it's one of kind.

THE PRESIDENT:  We'll do that.  Thank you, Coach.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

SENATOR CRAMER:  Well, let me just say, again, on behalf of all of the people of North Dakota, Mr. President, thank you for acknowledging this incredible accomplishment.
And, yes, it's true, the folks in North Dakota, the folks in Bison Nation are not tired of winning, never will be tired of winning.  But I just want you to know that this team really epitomizes the incredible culture of our great state.  And we couldn’t be better represented.  In fact, as I often I say about town, John Hoeven and I, and Kelly Armstrong, you know, we're really big stuff.  Right?  We get more street cred knowing these guys then being us.  (Laughter.)  So thank you for everything.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.

SENATOR HOEVEN:  This is our University President, Dean Bresciani.

THE PRESIDENT:  Yes, absolutely.  Dean, please.

MR. BRESCIANI:  Thank you, Mr. President.  It is absolutely an honor to be here.  It's an honor to have been affiliated with a team that set an NCAA record for winning seven national championships.

But what the real honor is, is the hundred-some-odd young men we're standing with today, Mr. President.  They are the best of the best.  And I don’t mean that just in an athletic sense.  They are exceptional human beings.  They are exceptional future leaders.  And I have never been so proud to be affiliated with a team as I am this one.  Thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT:  You have done a fantastic job.  Thank you very much.  Thanks, Dean.  (Applause.)

Please, come on.  Come here, Darrius.  How about Darrius?  We're going to watch Darrius on Sunday, too.  (Laughter.)

SENATOR HOEVEN:  You've got to practice up for all those NFL games, baby.

MR. SHEPHERD:  Yeah, we just want to thank you for having us here, Mr. President.  It's been an honor to be here and, you know, see the White House and experience this.  It's something we'll never forget and be able to share with our families.  So thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Does he have big speed?

SENATOR HOEVEN:  Oh, yeah, he's fast.  Major jets.

THE PRESIDENT:  Way to go, man.  Thanks.  Thank you.

Go eat up.  Enjoy yourselves, everybody.  Kathryn, thank you very much.  It's great.

Q    Mr. President, are you going to cooperate with Mr. Nadler?

THE PRESIDENT:  I cooperate all the time with everybody.  And you know the beautiful thing?  No collusion.  It's all a hoax.  You're going to learn about that as you grow older.  It's a political hoax.  There's no collusion.  There's no anything.

Folks, go and eat up.  (Applause.) 

                         END                 12:34 P.M. EST



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Editorial boards and commentators laud the President for putting America first during the summit in Hanoi and for showing that sometimes you just have to walk away.  

NEW YORK POST EDITORIAL BOARD: In Hanoi, Trump Won by Walking Away

“’Sometimes you have to walk, and this was just one of those times,’ President Trump said as he cut short his Vietnam summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Good for the [President], and just what we expected in noting the other day that ‘his history suggests he’s always willing to walk away from a deal that’s not good enough. …we’d say [the summit] was a success, because it taught Kim that this president is no sucker.”


“President Trump was willing to walk away without the deal Mr. Kim was offering. It was the right decision. Based on the details that have emerged, Mr. Kim came to Hanoi with a familiar North Korean offer: He would dismantle all or parts of the Yongbyon nuclear complex in return for lifting economic sanctions.”

TOM BOSSERT ON ABC NEWS: Not So Fast, Chairman Kim: Hanoi Summit Disappoints, but Trump Shines

“Trump was strong, smart, even tempered and mature. He maintained credibility as the lead negotiator for the peace-loving world. He also maintained a cordial and mature relationship with Kim while firmly rejecting his attempt to distract from the strategic objective of denuclearization. No histrionics. No fanfare.”

CHRISTIAN WHITON ON FOX NEWS: Vietnam Summit was Trump’s Reykjavik – He’s Just Put North Korea’s Kim and China’s Xi on Notice

“President Trump just performed one of the most important features of tough negotiating: he demonstrated a willingness to walk away. In their second summit in Hanoi, the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, offered to shutter one of his key nuclear facilities but demanded an end to sanctions in return. … Trump rightly said thanks but no thanks.”

BRETT VELICOVICH ON FOX NEWS: Trump Knows Exactly What He Wants from North Korea (and Should Not Be Underestimated)

“Contrary to the biased assumptions of his critics, President Trump knows exactly what he wants from North Korea – complete and verifiable denuclearization that can serve as a prelude to permanent peace. A bad nuclear deal that undermines U.S. security simply isn’t anything the president would ever accept.”

THOMAS CYNKIN IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST: Trump-Kim Summit: The Art of Walking Away

“[President Trump] correctly followed the maxim that a bad deal is worse than no deal. The deal breaker in Hanoi was Kim’s insistence that the United States drop a broad swath of sanctions, thereby administering the coup de grace to the ‘maximum pressure’ policy the Trump administration successfully pursued as a means to bring Kim to the negotiating table in the first place.”

THE HILL: Foreign Affairs Expert Praises Trump for Walking Away from North Korea Summit

“Foreign affairs expert Gordon Chang praised President Trump on Friday for walking away from the latest North Korea summit without making a deal, dismissing the proposals put forth by leader Kim Jong Un. ‘I mean the North Koreans were putting forth absurd proposals,’ Chang told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball and Mattie Duppler on ‘Rising.’ ‘Whether you accept their version of their proposal or what President Trump said at the press conference, nonetheless President Trump should have walked from Hanoi and he did, and that’s really important because it says to the North Koreans that they’ve got to negotiate in good faith,’ he continued.”

Readout from First Lady Melania Trump's Visit to Dove School of Discovery in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Readout from First Lady Melania Trump's Visit to Dove School of Discovery in Tulsa, Oklahoma

First Lady Melania Trump arrived in Tulsa, Oklahoma this morning for the first stop on a two-day, three-state swing promoting her Be Best initiative.   Upon arrival, Mrs. Trump was greeted by the First Lady of Oklahoma, Sarah Stitt; Congressman Kevin Hern and his wife, Tammy Hern; and the Mayor of Tulsa, G. T. Bynum.

While in Oklahoma, Mrs. Trump visited the Dove School of Discovery Elementary School, the recipient of the 2018 National School of Character Award.  The school is one of five public charter schools that aim to provide Disciplined Organized Vigorous Education to students from pre-k through 12th grade.  The curriculum incorporates character development in every class.  In addition, the school also works to integrate parents into the curriculum with their “Parents Academy” workshops, which help to give parents a better understanding of what their children are learning on a day-to-day basis.  One pillar of Mrs. Trump’s Be Best initiative focuses on the well-being of children, a value also emphasized by this school through its emphasis on kindness, character, strong values, and positivity.

While at the Dove School of Discovery, Mrs. Trump visited three different classrooms.  In one of the pre-k classrooms, the First Lady participated in an activity with the children that encouraged the young students to think about ways that they can show kindness in their own lives.

Mrs. Trump also stopped in on a sixth grade science class.   The class had been broken into teams and Mrs. Trump went around to each one engaging with them and observing how each of the teams communicated and worked together – a major emphasis within the Dove curriculum.

The third and final visit was to a second grade language arts class, where students were studying powerful historical examples from African American history in order to draw lessons on how to overcome obstacles in their own life. 

“I cannot emphasize further the importance of character-based education for our children,” stated First Lady Melania Trump.  “Dove schools embody kindness, respect, positive interactions, and strong character through the curriculum that they teach every day.  They are sculpting our next generation by creating a foundation of youth with strong character.  I know they will go on to do great things.”




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      On March 6, 2014, by Executive Order 13660, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of persons that undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets.

      On March 16, 2014, the President issued Executive Order 13661, which expanded the scope of the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13660, and found that the actions and policies of the Government of the Russian Federation with respect to Ukraine undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets.

      On March 20, 2014, the President issued Executive Order 13662, which further expanded the scope of the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13660, as expanded in scope in Executive Order 13661, and found that the actions and policies of the Government of the Russian Federation, including its purported annexation of Crimea and its use of force in Ukraine, continue to undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets.

      On December 19, 2014, the President issued Executive Order 13685, to take additional steps to address the Russian occupation of the Crimea region of Ukraine.

      On September 20, 2018, the President issued Executive Order 13849, to take additional steps to implement certain statutory sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation.

      The actions and policies addressed in these Executive Orders continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.  For this reason, the national emergency declared on March 6, 2014, and the measures adopted on that date, on March 16, 2014, on March 20, 2014, on December 19, 2014, and on September 20, 2018, to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond March 6, 2019.  Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13660.

      This notice shall be published in the Federal Registerand transmitted to the Congress.

                             DONALD J. TRUMP 
    March 4, 2019.