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The GoldFish Report No 340- POTUS and FLOTUS News Briefs March 13-15, 2019

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A Proclamation By the President of the United States of America - National Poison Prevention Week, 2019

Office of the Press Secretary
National Poison Prevention Week, 2019

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By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

During National Poison Prevention Week, we raise awareness about the reality of unintentional poisoning in America, and we recommit to educating all Americans about how best to prevent tragedy from striking our loved ones and our communities.  More than 90 percent of accidental poisonings occur in the home, and children are particularly vulnerable.  Each year, an average of 85,000 children visit emergency rooms across our Nation to receive care after exposure to poison.  We all share a responsibility to keep harmful items, including dangerous medications, cosmetics, household cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, pesticides, and batteries, out of sight and out of the reach of children.  "Take Back Day" events, which encourage Americans to dispose of potentially harmful medications, among other substances, are also great opportunities for Americans to participate in the broader effort to reduce the number of accidental poisonings in our country.

Tragically, our Nation's opioid epidemic has only added to the number of unintentional poisoning deaths.  To address this growing crisis, I announced my Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse, which is aimed at reducing the demand for drugs through education, awareness, and preventing over-prescription.  My Administration has also worked with the Congress to secure more than $6 billion in funding to help combat the drug abuse and opioid epidemic through prevention, treatment and recovery services, interdiction, and law enforcement efforts.  Additionally, I signed into law the SUPPORT Act, the largest legislative effort in history to address a single drug crisis.  This legislation enhances patient access to non-opioid treatment options, increases access to drug disposal, and provides support for those caring for babies prenatally exposed to drugs.

Data from the Monitoring the Future study and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicate that the misuse of opioid medications among youth has declined in recent years.  These encouraging findings are a sign that real progress is being made to educate our young people on the dangers of prescription drug misuse.  Much work remains to be done, however, to address the misuse of prescription opioids and the use of illegal drugs in our communities.  All Americans, both young and old, should familiarize themselves with safe practices for prescription drug use and should apply these important practices to their daily routines.

This week, and always, I implore all Americans to remain vigilant in protecting themselves and their families from unintended exposure to poisons, and to take the steps necessary to reduce the availability of potentially harmful substances.  By making prevention a priority, we can help avoid the devastating consequences often caused by unintentional poisonings and drug overdoses.

To encourage Americans to learn more about the dangers of unintentional poisonings and to take appropriate preventative measures, on September 26, 1961, the Congress, by joint resolution (75 Stat. 681), authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation designating the third week of March each year as "National Poison Prevention Week."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 17, 2019, through March 23, 2019, to be National Poison Prevention Week.  I call upon all Americans to observe this week by taking actions to safeguard their families from poisonous products, chemicals, medicines, and drugs found in their homes, and to raise awareness about these dangers in order to prevent accidental injuries and deaths.

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


                             DONALD J. TRUMP



Office of the Press Secretary

East Room

March 14, 2019 

6:12 P.M. EDT

     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much, everybody.  Great honor.  Oh, that beautiful music.  I can't talk over that music.  (Laughter.)  It's too good.  It's too good.  We'll let them finish out.  (Applause.)  Very good.  And thank you very much.

It's a great honor, and I'm delighted to be here tonight with so many of my Irish friends.  I have a lot of Irish folks in this room.  And we have a lot of people that wanted to be here very specifically for that reason.

We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and honor thriving Irish American partnerships that we have all over this country.

Some of you came all the way from the Emerald Isle to be with us this evening.  Many of you, actually.  Many of you.  Others came from a little known island called Manhattan.  And no matter where you began your journey, we're grateful that you made it and you're really welcome to be at the White House.  This is a very spectacular place.  I've lived in a lot of locations.  I have lived in a lot of places.  And, Melania, I think we have to say, this tops it, right?  (Laughter.)


PRESIDENT TRUMP:  This tops it.

On behalf of the First Lady, I'd like to thank Taoiseach.  Leo, you are really something.  We've gotten to know each other over the last couple of years.  (Applause.)   Very special guy.  And also, Dr. Matthew Barrett for joining us tonight.  Thank you, Matthew.  You here someplace?  Thank you very much.  Where's -- thank you, Matthew, very much.  (Applause.)  Appreciate it.

Also, I want to give a very special thank-you to a very proud American, but he's also very proud to have a lot of Irish blood in him, and that's our Vice President, Mike Pence.  (Applause.)  You have a lot in you.  How much?  You have a lot, right?  Almost the whole deal?

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Whole other (inaudible).

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Pretty -- pretty close.  Along with his wonderful sister, who I just met, Annie.  Thank you, Annie, for being here, wherever you may be.  Thank you very much, Annie.

We also are grateful to be joined by Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States, Daniel Mulhall, and his wife Greta.   Thank you very much, Daniel.  (Applause.)   Thank you.

My thanks as well to three Irish American Supreme Court justices in attendance.  One of them has a little less of the Irish blood, but they're all great.  (Laughter.)  Justice Gorsuch, Justice Kavanaugh, and Justice Kennedy.   And we appreciate very much, wherever you are.  (Applause.)  Great.  Really great.  Doing a fantastic job.

Several members of Congress are also here for the festivities, and all of the members of Congress, wherever you may be -- there are too many of you to name.  I hate to do that to you.  You're going to go home, you're never going to vote for Trump again.  (Laughter.)  But that's okay.  I may be better off.  Right?  (Laughter.)

We're also pleased to have many members of my Cabinet with us, including Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who's doing a fantastic job; Attorney General Bill Barr, Mrs. Barr.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Ambassador Robert Lighthizer.  He's not busy enough.  He's negotiating with China.  He's negotiating with South Korea, Japan.  We just heard about Japan.  Japan is now negotiating.  They haven’t wanted to negotiate for many years, but now they're negotiating.  It's called "tariffs."  Tariffs are a very, very great way of getting people to the table.  And Japan has been terrific -- Prime Minister Abe.

Just have completed a deal with Mexico.  The USMCA with Mexico and with China -- with Mexico and with Canada.  And the China deal is going along incredibly well.  We’ll see what happens, but we’re very deep.

And where is Bob Lighthizer?  Is he around, or is he still -- I think he's just a big negotiating machine.  (Laughter.)  I can't imagine -- I can't imagine that he's even here.  But, Bob, if you are here, you're doing a great job.

We'll have news on China -- probably one way or the other, we’re going to know over the next three to four weeks.  And if that one gets done, it will be something that people are going to be talking about for a long time, and because we have been really taken advantage of for a long time.  And now, I think China, frankly, is -- they've been very responsible and very reasonable.  Let's see what happens.

This year, on March 17th, from Boston to Chicago, to the Emerald City of Seattle, and dozens of other cities and towns in between, millions of Americans will celebrate the legendary history and the rich heritage of the inspiring Irish people.  I know many Irish people and they are inspiring.  They're sharp, they're smart, they're great, and they are brutal enemies, right?  (Laughter.)  So you have to keep them as your friend.  Always keep them as your friend.  You don’t want to fight with the Irish.  It’s too tough.  Too -- it’s too bloody.  (Laughter.)

In my hometown of New York City, St. Patrick’s Day -- for years and years, I've gone to St. Patrick's Day; my father and mother would take me -- is one of the most important holidays of the year and the greatest parade of the year.  During the parade this weekend, Fifth Avenue will become a beautiful sea of green, and marchers make their way past the famous and very beautiful St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  To me, one of the most beautiful places in the country.

At the White House, we celebrate this holiday with today’s event, the annual presentation of the Shamrock Bowl.  And I won't tell you who's getting it.  It's a big surprise.  (Laughter.)  Okay?  It's a very big surprise.  I want to keep all the television back there -- we want to keep them in suspense.

This tradition began almost 70 years ago, when Ireland’s first Ambassador to the United States, John Joseph Hearne, gave President Harry Truman a small box of shamrocks in 1952.

Tonight, we accept this gift as a symbol of the enduring friendship with Ireland and its amazing people -- people that we love.  The Irish are confident, fierce, faithful, tough, and true.  They never give up; they never give in.  Do you give in?  Does anybody here give in?  Huh?  I don’t think so.

Since the time of the Revolutionary War, the sons and daughters of Ireland have played a central role in the history of our country.  On Christmas night 1776, a Bostonian of Irish descent, General Henry Knox, directed General George Washington’s famous Crossing of the Delaware.  During the Civil War, more than 150,000 Irishmen valiantly fought to preserve our union.  And they fought hard.
This very building -- our nation’s beloved White House -- was designed by Irish architect, James Hoban.  In 1974 -- in 1794, when Catholic Irish workers in Washington, D.C. needed a place to pray, they founded a church -- now the oldest parish in Washington, D.C. -- and it's called St. Patrick’s.

Every year on St. Patrick’s Day, we honor Ireland’s patron saint and his life of selfless service to others.  Today, we also honor the many Irish American firefighters, soldiers, police officers, doctors, nurses, teachers, priests, and countless others who carry on St. Patrick’s blessed legacy of service.

Tonight, we are thrilled to have so many members of the Irish community with us at the White House for this celebration.
So many people wanted to be here and they couldn’t because we wanted to make room for you.  So we just said, "Don't come."  (Laughter.)

Through trial and triumph, ups and downs, thick and thin, the extraordinary Irish people have stood by America’s side, and America will always stand by theirs.  (Applause.)

And I have to say -- and I have to say that we have literally never had a better relationship with Ireland than we do right now based on the relationship that we have.  But we're doing trade.  We're doing many, many things with Ireland.  And it's been a -- it’s been a wonderful friendship.  Never been stronger than it is today.

We thank the Taoiseach for his honored gift of good luck and goodwill.  And we wish all Americans and our great friends in Ireland, many of whom are watching right now, a very, very Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

I'd like to invite the Taoiseach to begin the presentation of this year’s Shamrock Bowl.  And I just want to say it's an honor to be with you, and enjoy yourself, enjoy your evening.  And let's present the trophy to President Trump.  (Laughter and applause.)

     PRIME MINISTER VARADKAR:  So, Mr. President, First Lady, Mr. Vice President.  (Speaks Irish Gaelic.)

As some of you will know, I am a big fan of history and I really love history, because I believe that history is the study of the future.  It reminds us where we’ve come from and points us to the place we need to go next.

And throughout history, holders of your office, Mr. President, have defined the destiny of this great country in times of certainty and in times of crisis.  People like President Washington, who helped to create America and show the world what freedom meant and how democracy worked.  People like President Jefferson, who helped to make America great and created a republic of liberty.  President Lincoln, who preserved democracy and proved that freedom has no limits.  And Presidents Roosevelt and Reagan, who defeated two evil empires and secured freedom for the world.

     I know, Mr. President, you've said your ambition is to make America great again, and I think we can already see some of the results of that.  The American economy -- (applause) -- the American economy is booming.  There are more jobs, rising incomes, lower taxes.  Exactly what you said you would do.  And American military power is unrivaled.  Nobody doubts your status as a great power in the world.

But I think what makes America really great is not just economic prowess or military might, it's all those things that make all of us around the world really love and respect America.

     Above all, your people -- and so many of you here tonight -- your values, and your nation conceived of liberty, the land and home of the brave and free.

Those inspiring words that inspired the world: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

A nation dedicated to the proposition of government "of the people, by the people, and for the people."  A country that puts a man on the moon not because it was easy, but precisely because it was hard.

And, Mr. President, the promise of America inspired so many people seeking liberty and freedom around the world, including so many people in my own country.  We were inspired by some famous American women, like Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks, Rachel Carson, Marsha Johnson, who changed forever the way we view the world and the world around us.  And inspired by the Civil Rights Movement here in America.  People in Northern Ireland, for example, demanded equal rights and equal opportunities too.  And they sang the same songs, "We Shall Overcome."  And indeed, they did.

And we know that as you work to make America great again, that won't mean forgetting or losing sight of all of those things that have made America great already.

People around the world have been inspired by America and have traveled to come here and to make it their home.  And people came, including millions from Ireland who were among the hands that helped to build America.  Some made the opposite journey and still do.  And when Americans come to Ireland, we greet them as brothers and sisters.

Mr. President, I believe that our history is shared and our future is intertwined.  So I believe that future generations of our citizens should have the same opportunity to enrich each other's societies as past generations did.  No nation at the moment, with as many ties as Ireland has to the United States, has so few pathways to legal immigration.  And I know we’ve talked about this on a few occasions.  And when we've talked about it, we found agreements.

And I want to thank you and also Congress for your support for the new E-3 visa program, which will allow a limited number of Irish people to come here annually.  (Applause.)

Mr. President, a hundred years since independence, Ireland has taken her place among the nations of the world.  We’re a proud member of the United Nations, acting as a force for good around the world.  We're securing our place in the European Union -- the common European home which we helped to build.  And we're a gateway to the Atlantic and, I hope, a bridge between Europe and America.

And at this point in our history, we're very keen to deepen the economic ties between our two countries.  Decades of investment by U.S. firms in Ireland have helped to transform Ireland from one of the least developed countries in Europe to what is now one of the most prosperous.  And we thank America and we thank you for that.  I will never forget the role of America in making our economic transformation possible.

Today, however, our economic relationship is very much a two-way street.  Almost 100,000 Americans in 50 states are now employed in Irish-owned companies, and there are more jobs to come.  A hundred and nineteen Irish firms have invested here since you took office, and investment by Irish companies in the U.S. has trebled in recent years.

We have a trade surplus in goods and merchandise, but that’s balanced by a trade surplus in services.  So, jobs and trade and investment are going in both directions.  And free trade and free enterprise are making everyone better off in the round, and I'd like to keep it that way.

President Lincoln once said, "The past is the cause of the present, and the present will be the cause of the future."  All these are links in the endless chain stretching from the finites to the infinites.

And, Mr. President, I believe that Ireland is part of that endless chain.  We're really proud of our links to this great country.  We want them to continue, and we want to strengthen and deepen them in the years ahead.

And so, Mr. President, in the spirit of our long-shared friendship, it gives me very great pleasure to present you with the 2019 Shamrock Bowl.  Happy St. Patrick's Day.  (Applause.)

(The Shamrock Bowl is presented.)

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)

                         END                 6:30 P.M. EDT


Office of the Press Secretary

Oval Office

3:29 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Earlier today, I spoke with Prime Minister Ardern of New Zealand to express the sorrow of our entire nation following the monstrous terror attacks at two mosques.  These sacred places of worship were turned into scenes of evil killing.  You've all been seeing what went on.  It's a horrible, horrible thing.  I told the Prime Minister that the United States is with them all the way, a hundred percent.  Whatever they need, we will be there.  New Zealand has been a great friend and partner for many years.  Our relationship has never been better.  And what they're going through is absolutely terrible.

So our hearts are with them, and whatever we can do.

We're grateful to be joined today by the Vice President -- thank you very much, Mike, for being here -- members of my Cabinet, devoted public servants, and Angel parents -- very important people to me and to a lot of other people.  I want to thank you all for being here.  Thank you so much for being here, and we appreciate it.  Thank you.  You’ve gone through a lot.  As we take action to restore our national sovereignty and defend this nation from criminal cartels, human traffickers, and drug smugglers.  Crime of all kinds coming through our southern border and other places.  But this is the place.  This is the place.  We have the biggest problem by far.

And I want to also compliment the incredible people at Border Patrol and ICE and law enforcement for the job they have done.  They've apprehended so many thousands and thousands of people that, if we had the proper protection, we wouldn’t even have to apprehend.  They wouldn’t be coming in.

As President, the protection of the nation is my highest duty.  Yesterday, Congress passed a dangerous resolution that, if signed into law, would put countless Americans in danger -- very grave danger.  The Democrat-sponsored resolution would terminate vital border security operations by revoking the national emergency issued last month.  It is definitely a national emergency.  Rarely have we had such a national emergency.

Therefore, to defend the safety and security of all Americans, I will be signing and issuing a formal veto of this reckless resolution -- and that's what it was.  And I have to, in particular, thank the Republican -- strong, wonderful people -- the Republican senators that were on our side and on the side of border security and on the side of doing what they have to to keep our nation safe.  They were very courageous yesterday, and I appreciate that very much.

Congress’s vote to deny the crisis on the southern border is a vote against reality.  It's against reality.  It is a tremendous national emergency.  It is a tremendous crisis.

Last month, more than 76,000 illegal migrants arrived at our border.  We're on track for a million illegal aliens to rush our borders.  People hate the word "invasion," but that's what it is.  It's an invasion of drugs and criminals and people.  We have no idea who they are, but we capture them because border security is so good.  But they're put in a very bad position, and we're bursting at the seams.  Literally, bursting at the seams.  What Border Patrol is able to do is incredible.

I also, by the way, want to thank our military, because our military has been very much involved, as you know.  And they're putting up walls, in some cases temporary; in some cases, they were supposed to be temporary.  They're so good that they're better than the permanent.  So we're leaving them.

We've really nowhere left to hold all of the people that were captured.  And we're at a point where we're just going to have to say, with these horrible decisions that we've been handed by people that aren’t living in reality, that there's nothing we can do.  There's absolutely nothing we can do.  We're bursting at the seams.  You can only do so much.  And the only option then is to release them, but we can't do that either.  Because when you release them, they come into our society, and in many cases they're stone-cold criminals.  And in many cases, and in some cases, you have killers coming in and murderers coming in, and we're not going to allow that to happen.  Just not going to allow it to happen.

There has been a nearly 2,000 percent increase in border-related asylum claims over the last decade.  Part of the reason is because our country is doing so well economically that people are coming up in droves.  The vast majority are rejected, but smuggling organizations -- making a tremendous amount of money, like they've never made before -- are using these people to crash the system.  Our immigration system is stretched beyond the breaking point.

And as I said, nothing much we can do.  We can just do our job and do it well.  But there's a point at which, if the Democrats would -- we’d get in, we'd be able to make a deal.  Literally, in 15 minutes, we could make a deal on changing catch and release; changing the horrible asylum laws that are so unfair; changing visa lottery, chain migration.  These laws are just horrendous.  I won't explain them, but everybody standing behind me knows exactly what they are: They're dangerous for our country, and they're inspired by Democrats who have to change.

     One in three migrant women is sexually assaulted on the journey north.  The border crisis is driving the drug crisis.  Seventy thousand Americans a year are killed by drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl.  And the 70,000 people is a number that's so low that it probably shouldn't even be used anymore.

The mass incursion of illegal aliens, deadly drugs, dangerous weapons, and criminal gang members across our borders has to end.

We are bringing out thousands and thousands a year of MS-13 gang members, and other gang members that are just as bad, where they come into our country, they're able to skirt the border, come through areas where we don't have proper wall, where we don't have any wall at all.  And they get into the country and they do a lot of damage, in many cases.  But we get them out by the thousands, and we bring them back or we incarcerate them.

The national emergency I declared last month was authorized by Congress under the 1976 National Emergencies Act.  And there haven't been too many that are a bigger emergency than we have right at our own border.

Consistent with the law and the legislative process designed by our Founders, today I am vetoing this resolution.  Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have the duty to veto it.  And I'm very proud to veto it.  And I'm very proud, as I said, of a lot of Republican senators that were with me.  And I'm also very proud of the House.  The Republicans in the House voted overwhelmingly in favor of a secure border.

Since 1976, Presidents have declared 59 national emergencies.  They often involved protecting foreign citizens in far-off lands, yet Congress has not terminated any of them.  Every single one of them is still in existence.  And yet, we don't worry about our land; we worry about other people's lands.  That's why I say "America first."  If that's okay: "America first."

The only emergency Congress voted to revoke was the one to protect our own country.  So, think of that: With all of the national emergencies, this was the one they don't want to do.  And this is the one, perhaps, they should most do.

We're joined today by many brave law enforcement officers, including sheriffs and just people that have been just tremendous, tremendous backers of law and order, which we have to have.

We're also joined by friends of mine, Mary Ann Mendoza, Kent Terry, Laura Wilkerson, Sabine Durden, and Steve Ronnebeck.  And I'm going to ask Steve to say a few words.  And I'm going to ask some of the folks behind me to say, also, a few words as to the importance of what we're doing.  There's nothing more important.

As I said, I was elected on a very -- by a very, very great group of American people -- millions and millions of people -- because they want security for our country.  And that's what we're going to have.

I'd like to ask Secretary Nielsen to say a few words and then Attorney General Bill Barr.  And then I'd like to go to some of the folks behind me, and perhaps you'd have something to say.  And then we're going to sign something that's going to give us safety at our border.


SECRETARY NIELSEN:  Sir, I just want to thank you and the Vice President for your leadership and your constant support of the brave men and women not only represented behind you, on the very frontlines of our country, but of CBP and ICE.

     The fact that this is an emergency is undeniable.  We have not seen this type of flow.  As you know, it's predominantly families and children, which means that there's a very unique and dangerous humanitarian crisis at hand, in addition to the security that you just described in your remarks.

     So we have a duty to know who comes in our country, and we have a duty to ensure that the flow is safe and orderly.  That's what you've attempted to do and that's what you've demanded that Congress do.  And I just again ask Congress to please pay attention.  We've given you the facts.  The system is breaking.  Security is at risk.  And the very humanitarian protections that we hold dear in this country are at risk in terms of our ability to provide those to vulnerable populations.

     So, Mr. President, thank you always for your leadership and great support.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Bill?

     ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR:  Mr. President, your declaration of an emergency on the southern border was clearly authorized under the law and consistent with past precedent.

     As you said, the National Emergencies Act directly authorizes the President, and gives broad discretionary authority to the President, to identify and respond to emergent circumstances that require a decisive response.

     And the humanitarian and security crisis we have on the border right now is exactly the kind of emergency that Presidents are permitted to address under the National Emergencies Act.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Right.

     ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR:  As you alluded to yourself, in the past 40 years, there have been 59 emergencies declared.  And many of these have dealt with political conditions in countries like Burundi, Sierra Leone, Belarus.  The crisis that we're dealing with today is right on our doorstep, and it presents a real clear and present danger to the American people.

So what you've done from a legal standpoint is solidly grounded in law.  And from the standpoint of protecting the American people, it's imperative.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, Bill.  That's great.  So you'll be defending it --


THE PRESIDENT:  -- and you'll defend it well.  I have no doubt about that.

     Would anybody like to say something?  Why don't we start with Mike?

     THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you, Mr. President.  I don't know that I've ever been more proud to be standing next to your desk than I am today, to be standing with these courageous Americans and with these extraordinary Angel parents.

We have a crisis on our southern border.  The reality is it's not only a crisis of illegal immigration, but criminal elements are coming across our border; the flow of drugs.  Now drug overdose is the number-one cause of death for Americans under the age of 55.

So the crisis on our southern border is a crisis all across this nation.  Add in human trafficking and all that comes with this crisis; justify the President's declaration of a national emergency -- this is affecting all the people of the United States.

     And today, Mr. President, with your strong support for the men and women of law enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security, and with, I know, what is your love in your heart for these Angel parents, you're keeping your word by vetoing this legislation, by finding the available resources to build the wall, address this emergency, and secure our border.

     And I know I speak on behalf of all gathered here, people all across this country, when I say thank you for keeping your word, Mr. President.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Mike.  I appreciate that.  (Applause.)

     Sheriff, please.

     SHERIFF LOUDERBACK:  Mr. President, thank you so much for a very necessary veto to support public safety in this country.  The sheriffs and men and women of law enforcement in this room and across this nation owe you a debt of gratitude for something that we've been waiting for, for decades.  Our hats are off to you again, sir.  It's an honor to be here.  It's an honor for sheriffs to be involved in this, and it's an honor for law enforcement, as we fight the drug trade every day in this country, and all the things that go along in our business, in our profession, from an insecure border.  So, again, sincerely, we thank you, sir.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you for being there with me all the way.  (Applause.)  I appreciate it very much.

     Sheriff, what would you like to say?  Thank you.

     SHERIFF LEWIS:  Mr. President, I can't thank you enough on behalf of America's sheriffs.  As you well know, there are men and women in law enforcement across this country that are fighting a battle every single day.  They are in the trenches.

While we Americans only make up about 7 percent of the world's total population, about 68 percent of the world's total drugs are consumed here in the United States every year.  This is not political propaganda.  We have a dire crisis on our southwest border, and America's sheriffs stand behind the President of the United States, 100 percent.  He has had our back.  He's had the Americans' back.  And we stand behind you solidly for what you're doing here today.

This is unprecedented for a President to take this type of action.  And we commend you, we applaud you, and I salute you, sir.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Say something, please.  What you've been through -- what you've been through is terrible.

     MS. MENDOZA:  My son was killed in 2014 by a repeat illegal alien criminal allowed to stay in this country.  He was police officer in Mesa, Arizona.

And Angel Families come forward to tell their stories not because we've created a manufactured crisis but because we want to tell the American people and share with you our heartache and let you know what is happening on our doorsteps, what's happening to your neighbors, what's happening to your fellow Americans.  And there is a way to prevent this, and it's not by continuingly lying to you and telling you that there isn't a problem.  There is a problem.  It's a national emergency.  And thank you --

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.

     MS. MENDOZA:  -- for following through on your promises. (Applause.)

     THE PRESIDENT:  Please.  Go ahead.  Please.

     SHERIFF LAMB:  Mr. President, I echo the sentiments.  Thank you for all the support.  This has been something we're not used to for the last several years, to have this kind of support.

     This is -- what we say in Arizona is, this isn't about immigration anymore; this is about drug trafficking and human trafficking into this country.  If you care about human rights, you should absolutely care about border security.  Human beings are being -- their rights are being violated on that border every day.

     And I know I speak on behalf of the Arizona border sheriffs that I challenge our congressmen and women and senators to come down and see firsthand what we're dealing with.  See it for yourselves before you cast your vote.  And you'll see that we do -- we are dealing with a crisis.  And we're fighting every day alongside our federal partners, our local partners, sheriff's officers to take care of this.

     So thank you, Mr. President.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Great job.


     SHERIFF HODGSON:  Mr. President, I've been a sheriff for 21 years, and I've been dealing with Congress for 21 years on this issue of immigration.  A lot of people have listened over 21 years, but Mr. President, you are the first person who has taken action.  And you have given us back our footing in law enforcement, but you've also given the American people back what they deserve, which is to be protected.               

     And signing this today, I can't tell you how much it means to all of us in law enforcement.  But, importantly, Mr. President, when I hear people say, "You know, this is all manufactured.  It's all this and that" -- no, it's not.

In my county alone, one city, we have on average, on second shift at our hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts, 15 to 20 overdoses on second shift every day.  And this is going on -- that's one example.  This is happening all over the country.

     But, Mr. President, you have stood up and you've taken the action.  And the American people are behind you and we’re behind you.  And thank you and God bless you for what you’re doing.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Sheriff.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

     Is Thomas Murphy here?  Where’s Tom?  Tom Murphy.  Tom?  Where’s Thomas?  You had a horrible ordeal that you just went through with your son.

     MR. MURPHY:  Mr. President, I’d like to tell you and tell the public that if you don’t think it can happen to you or your family, I have a quick story.

     I’ve been with state police for over 30 years working narcotics and gang task forces, and supervised those for 22 years.  My son grew up with depression issues and some mental health concerns.  He self-medicated with marijuana.  At 18 -- and his father, me, had him arrested a few times along the way.

     When he turned 18, he moved out the day of his birthday, when he turned 18 years old, because he knew Dad had rules, and one was: no drugs in the house.  He moved out, stayed with some friends, got a job.  He had a work-related injury where he severed four fingers, and he was introduced to opioids.  So he was battling two things, actually: mental illness and the opioid addiction.

     Afterwards, he finally came to me and, for the first time in his life, he said he needed help.  We sent him to a rehab facility for only 30 days because that’s what our insurance would pay for at that time.  He came out of rehab.  Everything was fine for approximately three months.  The craving was too much for him, got a hold of some heroin that was laced with fentanyl, and he died on December 13, 2017.

     So I’m here to say: As far as stigma goes in narcotics and “It’s not going to happen to me, it’s not going to happen to my family” -- my father is a retired minister of 45 years.  My sister is in the medical field.  My brother is in law enforcement.  No one even smokes in our family.  No one has ever been arrested.  It happened to me.  It happened to our family.  So, it can happen.  That’s how horrific and addictive this drug is.

     So anything you can do to help us and families like us is greatly appreciated.

     THE PRESIDENT:  And it’s coming through the southern border, folks.  All through the southern border.  Thank you very much.

     SHERIFF JENKINS:  Mr. President, thank you very much, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  Yes, please.

SHERIFF JENKINS:  This is the first real step in confronting the heroin drug crisis in this country.  We’re going to make real strides after this.  I’m the sheriff of your home over at Camp David, Frederick County.

     THE PRESIDENT:  That’s right.

     SHERIFF JENKINS:  We suffer the same problems there.  And I’m convinced, without what you’re here doing today, every county becomes a border county.  Thank you, Mr. President.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Sheriff.  (Applause.)

     So let’s get this signed, right?  On behalf of your great loved ones, right?  I always said, “They will not have died in vain.”  Did I tell you that a long time ago?  Three years ago.

     MS. DURDEN:  Yes.  You told me that four years ago.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Right?  When we first met on the campaign.

     MS. DURDEN:  Yes.  Four years ago.  Yes.

     THE PRESIDENT:  When they said, “Oh, Trump is not going to win.”  You said Trump was going to win, and I said, “And they will not have died in vain.”
     MS. DURDEN:  That’s right.  You told me that.

     THE PRESIDENT:  And that’s true.  I say it today with even more meaning.  It was a big step.

     (The veto is signed.)  (Applause.)

     Thank you very much.  Thank you.  That’s a big -- a big step.  We’re building a lot of wall right now.  It’s started.  A lot of people are saying, “Well, gee, you took down wall and you’re building new.”  Well, we took down wall that almost didn’t exist.  It was like paper.  And we’re replacing it with, in many cases, 30-foot bollards.  And, in many cases, we’re replacing it with 18-foot wall.

But we have a lot of -- we have many miles under construction right now, and we’re going to be signing contracts over the next couple of days for literally hundreds of miles of wall.  And it’s being built in the right places, and it’s doing the job.  It’s doing the job.

And it’s interesting -- it’s like a little bit like water.  As we do -- we did San Diego.  You know, California is very interesting because they keep talking in California -- “We don’t want wall.”  I see a new candidate who is in the mix; he wants to take down the walls.  Try that sometime.  You’ll see what will happen.  You’d have tens of millions of people coming in.

You see -- take a look at Tijuana.  Take down that wall.  You want to see a mess?  Take down that wall; you’ll see what will happen.  Right now, we have thousands of people who are in Tijuana trying to get in.  They’re not getting in.

So as we build it, it gets better and better.  But it gets really to a point, and they come through a point.  But you can control that point.  And this is serious stuff.  This is -- we’re able to do it cheaper, better.  It’s better wall.  It’s different from what you’ve been watching going up.  We had to take the old plans.  We didn’t want to stop, so we took the old plans.  We didn’t like it.

This wall is a beautiful-looking structure.  It's much stronger.  And you can build it faster and cheaper.  Other than that, what can I say, right?

It's a -- it's going to be great, and it's going to have a tremendous impact.

And on top of that, I have to thank the Secretary and all the people that have worked so hard, because what you do on the Border Patrol -- what you do, what those patrol agents and what the ICE folks do, and taking people out of the country that nobody wants to talk to.  Even some of the sheriffs there -- you know, if you can get ICE to do it, you don't mind if they do it.  Right, Sheriff?  As tough as you are.

These are tough people and they're great people.  These are people that -- the ICE folks take such abuse from Democrats and some others.  They love our country as much as anybody loves our country.

So we're building a lot of wall and we're taking good care of our people.  And we're doing, at point of entry, a tremendous amount of work.  We're already in contract to buy -- they make pretty incredible new equipment for drug detection where you can find out what's in the wheel of a car, where it is, where it's in the engine, where it's in the hubcaps.  I mean, we have some incredible stuff.

Plus, we have -- also, we’re getting dogs.  More dogs, believe it or not.  I still say -- is that still true?  There's nothing that replaces a good dog.  Is that right?

PARTICIPANT:  Absolutely.

THE PRESIDENT:  Buying this equipment for very expensive.  But we haven't been able -- it's true.  We haven’t been able to match the dog.

I've seen out at Secret Service, where they showed me the dogs, certain types of German Shepherd -- very specific types of dog.  But what they do is they'll run by 15 boxes, all empty except one.  And they'll be very, very strongly sealed boxes.  And they'll coming running full speed and stop like on a dime.  They know the drugs are in that box.  It's the most incredible thing.

So, we're spending hundreds of millions of dollars on equipment, but I will say this: It's not as good as the dogs.  (Laughter.)  But, as you know, we're getting you -- so you're going to have the best equipment, but we're getting a lot of dogs for the various entry points also.

So with that, I just want to thank everybody for being here.  In particular, I want to thank you, folks, because you have been -- and please say "hello" to all of your friends that have been with us, really, from day one.  What you've gone through is unthinkable, and I appreciate it.

And you're strong people.  You're strong and you're proud.  And your kids are, you know, looking down on you right now and they're -- they're very proud of their moms and their dads.  You know that, right?  They're very proud.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.

And, again, to those Republican senators that did what they had to do yesterday, I want to thank them.  They're very special friends and very special people.  And they want to see borders that are strong, where we don’t allow drugs and crime and all of the problems coming into our country.

Thank you all very much.  Thank you.

Q    Do you see, today, white nationalism as a rising threat around the world?

THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t really.  I think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems.  I guess if you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that’s the case.  I don’t know enough about it yet.  They're just learning about the person and the people involved.  But it's certainly a terrible thing.  Terrible thing.


Q    Mr. President, some of the Republicans who voted for this resolution say they support border security but oppose executive overreach.  Do you have sympathy for their position?

THE PRESIDENT:  I do.  Look, they were doing what they have to do.  And I'm -- look, I did -- I put no pressure on anybody.  I actually said -- I could've gotten some of them to come along.  I said, "I want you to vote your heart.  Do what you want to do."  I'm not putting any pressure.  I'll let them know when there's pressure.  Okay?  And I told them that.

I said, "When I need your vote, I'm going to let you know."  I didn’t need the vote because we all knew it was going to be a veto, and they're not going to be able to override.  It's going to go very quickly.

And we have a great -- as your Attorney General just said, the case is a very strong case, a very powerful case.  It was -- I think, actually, a national emergency was designed for a specific purpose like this.  So we have a great -- we have a great case, and I think it's going very --

I mean, ideally, they shouldn’t even sue in this case, if you want to know the truth.  They shouldn’t be suing on this case, but they will because they always do.

We want border security, we want safety, we want no drugs, we want no human trafficking.  Okay?

Q    And on -- just one follow-up on New Zealand.  The killer in this tragic incident wrote a manifesto apparently.  Did you see that?  Apparently, he mentioned your name.

THE PRESIDENT:  I did not see it.  I did not see it.  But I think it’s a horrible event.  It's a horrible thing.  I saw it early in the morning when I looked at what was happening in New Zealand.  I just spoke, as you know, to the Prime Minister.  I think it's a horrible, disgraceful thing and a horrible act.

Okay?  Thank you all very much.  (Applause.)

                                   END                 3:57 P.M. EDT



Office of the Press Secretary
“The tally of available jobs now outnumbers the unemployed by roughly 1 million. Openings began to outpace the unemployed last spring, for the first time in the 18 years the data has been tracked.”
US job openings rise, outnumber the unemployed by 1 million
By Christopher Rugaber
The Associated Press
March 15, 2019

U.S. employers posted nearly 7.6 million open jobs in January, near a record high set in November[.]

The Labor Department said Friday that hiring also rose and the number of people quitting their jobs picked up. Quits are a sign of a healthy economy, because people typically leave a job for another, usually higher-paying, one.

The tally of available jobs now outnumbers the unemployed by roughly 1 million. Openings began to outpace the unemployed last spring, for the first time in the 18 years the data has been tracked.

The strong job market is already pushing up wages more quickly, with hourly wages rising in February at the fastest pace in nine years.

Nearly 3.5 million people quit their jobs in January, up 2.9 percent from the previous month. That could force employers to pay more to prevent their workers from quitting.

The JOLTS report suggests the job market remains strong and bolsters most analysts’ expectations that steady hiring and rising wages will support faster growth later this year.

Read the full article here.


VETO of H.J. Res 46

Office of the Press Secretary
To the House of Representatives:

     I am returning herewith without my approval H.J. Res. 46, a joint resolution that would terminate the national emergency I declared regarding the crisis on our southern border in Proclamation 9844 on February 15, 2019, pursuant to the National Emergencies Act.

     As demonstrated by recent statistics published by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and explained in testimony given by the Secretary of Homeland Security on March 6, 2019, before the House Committee on Homeland Security, our porous southern border continues to be a magnet for lawless migration and criminals and has created a border security and humanitarian crisis that endangers every American.  Last month alone, CBP apprehended more than 76,000 aliens improperly attempting to enter the United States along the southern border -- the largest monthly total in the last 5 years.  In fiscal year 2018, CBP seized more than 820,000 pounds of drugs at our southern border, including 24,000 pounds of cocaine, 64,000 pounds of methamphetamine, 5,000 pounds of heroin, and 1,800 pounds of fentanyl.  In fiscal years 2017 and 2018, immigration officers nationwide made 266,000 arrests of aliens previously charged with or convicted of crimes.  These crimes included approximately 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 killings.  In other words, aliens coming across our border have injured or killed thousands of people, while drugs flowing through the border have killed hundreds of thousands of Americans.

     The current situation requires our frontline border enforcement personnel to vastly increase their humanitarian efforts.  Along their dangerous trek to the United States, 1 in 3 migrant women experiences sexual abuse, and 7 in 10 migrants are victims of violence.  Fifty migrants per day are referred for emergency medical care, and CBP rescues 4,300 people per year who are in danger and distress.  The efforts to address this humanitarian catastrophe draw resources away from enforcing our Nation's immigration laws and protecting the border, and place border security personnel at increased risk.

     As troubling as these statistics are, they reveal only part of the reality.  The situation at the southern border is rapidly deteriorating because of who is arriving and how they are arriving.  For many years, the majority of individuals who arrived illegally were single adults from Mexico.  Under our existing laws, we could detain and quickly remove most of these aliens.  More recently, however, illegal migrants have organized into caravans that include large numbers of families and unaccompanied children from Central American countries.  Last year, for example, a record number of families crossed the border illegally.  If the current trend holds, the number of families crossing in fiscal year 2019 will greatly surpass last year's record total.  Criminal organizations are taking advantage of these large flows of families and unaccompanied minors to conduct dangerous illegal activity, including human trafficking, drug smuggling, and brutal killings.

     Under current laws, court decisions, and resource constraints, the Government cannot detain families or undocumented alien children from Central American countries in significant numbers or quickly deport them.  Instead, the Government is forced to release many of them into the interior of the United States, pending lengthy judicial proceedings.  Although many fail ever to establish any legal right to remain in this country, they stay nonetheless.

     This situation on our border cannot be described as anything other than a national emergency, and our Armed Forces are needed to help confront it.

     My highest obligation as President is to protect the Nation and its people.  Every day, the crisis on our border is deepening, and with new surges of migrants expected in the coming months, we are straining our border enforcement personnel and resources to the breaking point.

     H.J. Res. 46 ignores these realities.  It is a dangerous resolution that would undermine United States sovereignty and threaten the lives and safety of countless Americans.  It is, therefore, my duty to return it to the House of Representatives without my approval.

                             DONALD J. TRUMP

    March 15, 2019.



Office of the Press Secretary


“The current situation at the southern border presents a border security and humanitarian crisis that threatens core national security interests and constitutes a national emergency.” – President Donald J. Trump

STANDING STRONG ON BORDER SECURITY: President Donald J. Trump will defend Presidential authority to enforce immigration laws and combat the crisis on our southern border.

  • President Trump is vetoing the resolution drafted by Congressional Democrats to reject the national emergency declaration.
  • In February, the President used authority provided by Congress to access up to $3.6 billion in military construction funds provided by Congress.  
  • The President declared a national emergency consistent with the National Emergencies Act.
    • There were already 31 ongoing national emergencies when President Trump declared the national emergency at our border.  
    • Presidents have declared nearly 60 national emergencies since the National Emergencies Act was enacted in 1976.
  • The President invoked two of the more than 100 available statutory authorities available in national emergencies, invoking 10 U.S.C. § 12302 and 10 U.S.C. § 2808.
AN UNDENIABLE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS: The humanitarian crisis at our border has reached a breaking point and demands immediate action. 
  • More than 76,000 aliens were apprehended or deemed inadmissible at the southern border last month.
  • There has been an unprecedented surge in the number of alien families arriving at the southern border – more than 40,000 arrived last month.
    • Apprehensions of alien families have spiked 300 percent compared to the same time period in the last fiscal year (FY).   
    • This historic increase has put an incredible strain on resources at the border.
    • As alien families arrive in record numbers, loopholes force the Government to release many of them into the interior, after which they often fail to appear in court.
  • Large migrant groups are streaming to our border, with 70 groups of 100 or more migrants attempting to cross this year. By comparison, only 13 such groups attempted to cross last year. 
  • Violent smugglers are exploiting our laws and porous borders for their own gain.
    • Illegal aliens often use children to pose as families and gain entry into the country.
    • One in three women is sexually abused on the journey to our southern border.  
PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: Securing our border is vital to ensuring the safety of the American people.
  • The southern border is the primary entry point into the United States for deadly drugs like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.
  • Tens of thousands of innocent American lives are being lost every year as drugs pour across our border – with more than 70,000 overdose deaths in 2017 alone. 
  • Criminal aliens and gang members have used our weak borders to gain entry into our country.
    • In the past two fiscal years, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records.
    • ICE made 5,872 removals of known or suspected gang members in FY 2018.
    • CBP saw an 81 percent increase in apprehended aliens affiliated with MS-13 in FY 2018.  


Office of the Press Secretary

March 15, 2019

Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order (the "order") with respect to transnational criminal organizations that takes additional steps to deal with the national emergency with respect to significant transnational criminal organizations declared in Executive Order 13581 of July 24, 2011, in view of the evolution of these organizations as well as the increasing sophistication of their activities.

The authorities in Executive Order 13581 are delegated to the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Attorney General and Secretary of State, and the Secretary of the Treasury is authorized to take such actions, including adopting rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA, as may be necessary to implement the order.  All executive departments and agencies are directed to take all appropriate measures within their authority to implement the order.

I am enclosing a copy of the order I have issued.

                             DONALD J. TRUMP

West Wing Reads Rising Wages = Workers Winning

West Wing Reads

Rising Wages = Workers Winning

“The recent jump in paychecks has come with an unusual characteristic, as workers at the lower end of the pay scale are getting the greater benefit,” Jeff Cox reports for CNBC.

“Average hourly earnings rose 3.4 percent in February from the same period a year ago, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report last week. That’s the biggest gain since April 2009 and seventh month in a row that compensation has been 3 percent or better.”

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“President Trump launched another battle for border security on Monday, calling for $8.6 billion in funding for the Wall in his proposed federal budget for next year. Predictably, top Democrats came out swinging, bashing a border wall as ‘expensive and ineffective,’” Betsy McCaughey writes in the New York Post. “Truth is, the Democrats aren’t leveling with the public about the billions we are already forced to spend on shelters, food, diapers, medical care and child care for migrants sneaking across the border and claiming asylum.”
“Japanese automaker Toyota is upping its investment in the U.S. by 30 percent to $13 billion by 2021, the company said Thursday. The company pledged in 2017 to invest $10 billion in its U.S. factories over five years,” Robert Ferris reports for CNBC. “The new plan includes adding 600 jobs at U.S. manufacturing plants.”
“First Lady Melania and President Donald Trump have participated in a traditional ceremony with the Irish Prime Minister to mark St. Patrick's Day, receiving a bowl of shamrock from the Irish leader. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, as the Irish premier is properly titled, attended the ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Thursday evening,” Keith Griffith reports in the Daily Mail.  
President Trump’s “‘Budget for a Better America’ proposes to strengthen work requirements in programs such as food stamps and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, to help work-capable adults move toward greater self-support,” Vijay Menon writes in The Daily Signal. “Nearly 90 percent of Americans say they agree with the principle that adults who are able to work should be required to work or prepare for work in exchange for government assistance.”

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