Thursday, May 2, 2019

First Lady Melania Trump to Host Event to Celebrate Be Best

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First Lady Melania Trump to Host Event to Celebrate Be Best
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, First Lady Melania Trump will celebrate the anniversary of her initiative Be Best at the White House.   Since its launch in 2018, Be Best has affected local communities across the country and world, spreading its message of kindness and shining a spotlight on successful programs and services so children and families can address the many issues they face in today’s world.  Students, medical professionals, technology companies, members of the President’s Administration and Cabinet, and many other leaders and organizations who have shared in Be Best’s message and success will be among the attendees present.

The celebration will include three guest speakers, each representing one of the three pillars of her initiative, and other guests who embody what Be Best is all about.

As First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Trump has chosen to focus her efforts and resources on helping children become the best that they can be.  Broken into three main pillars, Be Best promotes a world for children based around healthy living, kindness, and respect.  Be Best acknowledges an ever-changing society that relies primarily on technology and works to find ways for children to live in a safer online environment.  Be Best also aligns with the Administration’s focus on the opioid crisis.  Mrs. Trump will continue to use her initiative to promote people, programs, medical research, and organizations that can help mothers and families deal with and defeat opioid addiction. 

“I am looking forward to this celebration,” First Lady Melania Trump said.  “Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to meet so many incredible people who are working hard every day to care for and provide a better world for our children.  Next week will not only be an opportunity to thank so many leaders and innovators for their contributions to making Be Best a success, but a chance to come together as a community and set plans for expanding the initiative in the coming year as we work towards building a greater future for our children.”

A reception will precede the event in the Kennedy Garden.

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Oregon Disaster Declaration

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 President Donald J. Trump Approves Oregon Disaster Declaration

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Oregon and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides from February 23 to February 26, 2019.

Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides in the counties of Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jefferson, and Lane.

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

Pete Gaynor, Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Rosalyn L. Cole 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.



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“America built the internet and shared it with the world; now we will do our part to secure and preserve cyberspace for future generations.” – President Donald J. Trump

STRENGTHENING OUR CYBER WORKFORCE: President Donald J. Trump is supporting a strong cybersecurity workforce to defend our country and promote quality job opportunities.

  • President Trump has signed an Executive Order directing the creation of programs to grow and strengthen our cybersecurity workforce to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
  • The Executive Order will promote cybersecurity work within the Government, including through a new President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition.
  • The Administration will develop a rotational program where Federal employees can expand their cybersecurity expertise through temporary reassignments to other agencies.
  • The Executive Order encourages widespread adoption of the cybersecurity workforce framework created by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE).
    • The NICE Framework is a helpful reference for identifying, recruiting, developing, and retaining cybersecurity talent.
  • The Executive Order aims to close cybersecurity skills gaps for the cyber-physical systems that our defense and critical infrastructure rely on.
  • Federal agencies will identify cybersecurity aptitude assessments that they can use to reskill employees with potential in the cybersecurity field.
  • The Administration will establish the Presidential Cybersecurity Education Awards, recognizing excellent elementary and secondary school educators teaching cybersecurity-related content.
GROWING THE WORKFORCE: Training and hiring cybersecurity workers is vital to protecting our Nation’s defense systems and critical infrastructure.
  • Government and private-sector action is urgently needed to grow and sustain our cybersecurity workforce, which is a strategic asset to our country.
    • Our cybersecurity workforce is made up of dedicated individuals in the public and private sectors who operate the critical systems needed to run and defend our country.
  • More than 300,000 cybersecurity job vacancies exist in America and it is critical for our economy and security that they be filled.  
    • The cybersecurity field offers well-paying jobs that provide incredible opportunities for Americans.
  • An inadequate cybersecurity workforce jeopardizes our critical infrastructure, national defense, and modern economy.
PROTECTING OUR SECURITY: President Trump has committed his Administration to protecting and strengthening our Nation’s cybersecurity.
  • The President released a National Security Strategy that highlighted cybersecurity as a priority.
  • Last year, President Trump unveiled our Nation’s first cyber strategy in 15 years, which included the priority to develop a superior cybersecurity workforce.
  • Multiple agencies have also released strategies emphasizing the importance of cybersecurity.
  • In 2017, President Trump released an Executive Order to strengthen the cybersecurity of Federal networks and our critical infrastructure.

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on America’s Cybersecurity Workforce

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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on America’s Cybersecurity Workforce

Today, I signed an executive order to strengthen America’s cybersecurity workforce. Protecting America’s national security and promoting the prosperity of the American people are top priorities for my Administration. More than 300,000 cybersecurity job vacancies exist in the United States today. They must be filled to protect our critical infrastructure, national defense, and the American way of life. These jobs represent an incredible economic opportunity for America’s workers – and my Administration is working to ensure they have the skills they need to seize it.

This executive order will promote both our national and economic security. It requires the Federal Government to do more to provide access to cybersecurity skills training, to identify the most-skilled cybersecurity workers, and to advance career opportunities in the public and private sectors. It also requires the Federal Government to strengthen America’s cybersecurity workforce by making the best use of individuals’ cybersecurity knowledge, skills, and abilities and by enhancing their education and training opportunities. These actions will enable more Americans to secure well-paying jobs that grow our Nation’s wealth and increase our security.



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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 better ensure continued American economic prosperity and national security, it is hereby ordered as follows:


     Section 1.  Policy.  (a)  America's cybersecurity workforce is a strategic asset that protects the American people, the homeland, and the American way of life.  The National Cyber Strategy, the President's 2018 Management Agenda, and Executive Order 13800 of May 11, 2017 (Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure), each emphasize that a superior cybersecurity workforce will promote American prosperity and preserve peace.  America's cybersecurity workforce is a diverse group of practitioners who govern, design, defend, analyze, administer, operate, and maintain the data, systems, and networks on which our economy and way of life depend.  Whether they are employed in the public or private sectors, they are guardians of our national and economic security.

     b)  The United States Government must enhance the workforce mobility of America's cybersecurity practitioners to improve America's national cybersecurity.  During their careers, America's cybersecurity practitioners will serve in various roles for multiple and diverse entities.  United States Government policy must facilitate the seamless movement of cybersecurity practitioners between the public and private sectors, maximizing the contributions made by their diverse skills, experiences, and talents to our Nation.

     (c)  The United States Government must support the development of cybersecurity skills and encourage ever-greater excellence so that America can maintain its competitive edge in cybersecurity.  The United States Government must also recognize and reward the country's highest-performing cybersecurity practitioners and teams.

     (d)  The United States Government must create the organizational and technological tools required to maximize the cybersecurity talents and capabilities of American workers –-especially when those talents and capabilities can advance our national and economic security.  The Nation is experiencing a shortage of cybersecurity talent and capability, and innovative approaches are required to improve access to training that maximizes individuals' cybersecurity knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Training opportunities, such as work-based learning, apprenticeships, and blended learning approaches, must be enhanced for both new workforce entrants and those who are advanced in their careers.

     (e)  In accordance with Executive Order 13800, the President will continue to hold heads of executive departments and agencies (agencies) accountable for managing cybersecurity risk to their enterprises, which includes ensuring the effectiveness of their cybersecurity workforces.

     Sec. 2.  Strengthening the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce.  (a)  To grow the cybersecurity capability of the United States Government, increase integration of the Federal cybersecurity workforce, and strengthen the skills of Federal information technology and cybersecurity practitioners, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), shall establish a cybersecurity rotational assignment program, which will serve as a mechanism for knowledge transfer and a development program for cybersecurity practitioners.  Within 90 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Directors of OMB and OPM, shall provide a report to the President that describes the proposed program, identifies its resource implications, and recommends actions required for its implementation.  The report shall evaluate how to achieve the following objectives, to the extent permitted by applicable law, as part of the program:

          (i)    The non-reimbursable detail of information technology and cybersecurity employees, who are nominated by their employing agencies, to serve at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS);

          (ii)   The non-reimbursable detail of experienced cybersecurity DHS employees to other agencies to assist in improving those agencies' cybersecurity risk management;

          (iii)  The use of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NICE Framework) as the basis for cybersecurity skill requirements for program participants;

          (iv)   The provision of training curricula and expansion of learning experiences to develop participants' skill levels; and

          (v)    Peer mentoring to enhance workforce integration.

     (b)  Consistent with applicable law and to the maximum extent practicable, the Administrator of General Services, in consultation with the Director of OMB and the Secretary of Commerce, shall:

          (i)    Incorporate the NICE Framework lexicon and taxonomy into workforce knowledge and skill requirements used in contracts for information technology and cybersecurity services;

          (ii)   Ensure that contracts for information technology and cybersecurity services include reporting requirements that will enable agencies to evaluate whether personnel have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform the tasks specified in the contract, consistent with the NICE Framework; and

          (iii)  Provide a report to the President, within 1 year of the date of this order, that describes how the NICE Framework has been incorporated into contracts for information technology and cybersecurity services, evaluates the effectiveness of this approach in improving services provided to the United States Government, and makes recommendations to increase the effective use of the NICE Framework by United States Government contractors.

     (c)  Within 180 days of the date of this order, the Director of OPM, in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the heads of other agencies as appropriate, shall identify a list of cybersecurity aptitude assessments for agencies to use in identifying current employees with the potential to acquire cybersecurity skills for placement in reskilling programs to perform cybersecurity work.  Agencies shall incorporate one or more of these assessments into their personnel development programs, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law.

     (d)  Agencies shall ensure that existing awards and decorations for the uniformed services and civilian personnel recognize performance and achievements in the areas of cybersecurity and cyber-operations, including by ensuring the availability of awards and decorations equivalent to citations issued pursuant to Executive Order 10694 of January 10, 1957 (Authorizing the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force To Issue Citations in the Name of the President of the United States to Military and Naval Units for Outstanding Performance in Action), as amended.  Where necessary and appropriate, agencies shall establish new awards and decorations to recognize performance and achievements in the areas of cybersecurity and cyber-operations.  The Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs may recommend to agencies that any cyber unified coordination group or similar ad hoc interagency group that has addressed a significant cybersecurity or cyber-operations-related national security crisis, incident, or effort be recognized for appropriate awards and decorations.

     (e)  The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Director of OMB, and the heads of other appropriate agencies, shall develop a plan for an annual cybersecurity competition (President's Cup Cybersecurity Competition) for Federal civilian and military employees.  The goal of the competition shall be to identify, challenge, and reward the United States Government's best cybersecurity practitioners and teams across offensive and defensive cybersecurity disciplines.  The plan shall be submitted to the President within 90 days of the date of this order.  The first competition shall be held no later than December 31, 2019, and annually thereafter.  The plan for the competition shall address the following:

          (i)    The challenges and benefits of inviting advisers, participants, or observers from non-Federal entities to observe or take part in the competition and recommendations for including them in future competitions, as appropriate;

          (ii)   How the Department of Energy, through the National Laboratories, in consultation with the Administrator of the United States Digital Service, can provide expert technical advice and assistance to support the competition, as appropriate;

          (iii)  The parameters for the competition, including the     development of multiple individual and team events that test cybersecurity skills related to the NICE Framework and other relevant skills, as appropriate.  These parameters should include competition categories involving individual and team events, software reverse engineering and exploitation, network operations, forensics, big data analysis, cyber analysis, cyber defense, cyber exploitation, secure programming, obfuscated coding, cyber-physical systems, and other disciplines;

          (iv)   How to encourage agencies to select their best cybersecurity practitioners as individual and team participants.  Such practitioners should include Federal employees and uniformed services personnel from Federal civilian agencies, as well as Department of Defense active duty military personnel, civilians, and those serving in a drilling reserve capacity in the Armed Forces Reserves or National Guard;

          (v)    The extent to which agencies, as well as uniformed services, may develop a President's Cup awards program that is consistent with applicable law and regulations governing awards and that allows for the provision of cash awards of not less than $25,000.  Any such program shall require the agency to establish an awards program before allowing its employees to participate in the President's Cup Cybersecurity Competition.  In addition, any such program may not preclude agencies from recognizing winning and non-winning participants through other means, including honorary awards, informal recognition awards, rating-based cash awards, time-off awards, Quality Step Increases, or other agency-based compensation flexibilities as appropriate and consistent with applicable law; and

          (vi)   How the uniformed services, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, may designate service members who win these competitions as having skills at a time when there is a critical shortage of such skills within the uniformed services.  The plan should also address how the uniformed services may provide winning service members with a combination of bonuses, advancements, and meritorious recognition to be determined by the Secretaries of the agencies concerned.

     (f)  The Director of OMB shall, in consultation with appropriate agencies, develop annually a list of agencies and subdivisions related to cybersecurity that have a primary function of intelligence, counterintelligence, investigative, or national security work, including descriptions of such functions.  The Director of OMB shall provide this list to the President, through the Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (DAPHSCT), every year starting September 1, 2019, for consideration of whether those agencies or subdivisions should be exempted from coverage under the Federal Labor-Management Relations Program, consistent with the requirements of section 7103(b)(1) of title 5, United States Code.

     Sec. 3.  Strengthening the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce.  (a)  The Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretaries), in coordination with the Secretary of Education and the heads of other agencies as the Secretaries determine is appropriate, shall execute, consistent with applicable law and to the greatest extent practicable, the recommendations from the report to the President on Supporting the Growth and Sustainment of the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce (Workforce Report) developed pursuant to Executive Order 13800.  The Secretaries shall develop a consultative process that includes Federal, State, territorial, local, and tribal governments, academia, private-sector stakeholders, and other relevant partners to assess and make recommendations to address national cybersecurity workforce needs and to ensure greater mobility in the American cybersecurity workforce.  To fulfill the Workforce Report's vision of preparing, growing, and sustaining a national cybersecurity workforce that safeguards and promotes America's national security and economic prosperity, priority consideration will be given to the following imperatives:

          (i)    To launch a national Call to Action to draw attention to and mobilize public- and private-sector resources to address cybersecurity workforce needs;

          (ii)   To transform, elevate, and sustain the cybersecurity learning environment to grow a dynamic and diverse cybersecurity workforce;

          (iii)  To align education and training with employers' cybersecurity workforce needs, improve coordination, and prepare individuals for lifelong careers; and

          (iv)   To establish and use measures that demonstrate the effectiveness and impact of cybersecurity workforce investments.

     (b)  To strengthen the ability of the Nation to identify and mitigate cybersecurity vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure and defense systems, particularly cyber-physical systems for which safety and reliability depend on secure control systems, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of Energy, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Director of OPM and the Secretary of Labor, shall provide a report to the President, through the DAPHSCT, within 180 days of the date of this order that:

          (i)   Identifies and evaluates skills gaps in Federal and non-Federal cybersecurity personnel and training gaps for specific critical infrastructure sectors, defense critical infrastructure, and the Department of Defense's platform information technologies; and

          (ii)  Recommends curricula for closing the identified skills gaps for Federal personnel and steps the United States Government can take to close such gaps for non-Federal personnel by, for example, supporting the development of similar curricula by education or training providers.

     (c)  Within 1 year of the date of this order, the Secretary of Education, in consultation with the DAPHSCT and the National Science Foundation, shall develop and implement, consistent with applicable law, an annual Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award to be presented to one elementary and one secondary school educator per year who best instill skills, knowledge, and passion with respect to cybersecurity and cybersecurity-related subjects.  In developing and implementing this award, the Secretary of Education shall emphasize demonstrated superior educator accomplishment -- without respect to research, scholarship, or technology development -- as well as academic achievement by the educator's students.

     (d)  The Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Education, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the heads of other appropriate agencies shall encourage the voluntary integration of the NICE Framework into existing education, training, and workforce development efforts undertaken by State, territorial, local, tribal, academic, non‑profit, and private-sector entities, consistent with applicable law.  The Secretary of Commerce shall provide annual updates to the President regarding effective uses of the NICE Framework by non-Federal entities and make recommendations for improving the application of the NICE Framework in cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development.

     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 OMB 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

    May 2, 2019.



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May 2, 2019


Dear Mr. Chairman:

I am providing the attached report on defense spending of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members, including steps members have taken to move toward NATO defense spending commitments, prepared consistent with section (3)(2) of the Resolution of Advice and Consent to Ratification of the Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of Montenegro of March 28, 2017.


                             DONALD J. TRUMP


President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individuals to Key Administration Posts

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individuals to Key Administration Posts

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

Philip S. Goldberg of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Colombia.

Mr. Goldberg is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Career Ambassador, and is the Senior State Department Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University.  Ambassador Goldberg has served as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the United States Embassy Havana, Cuba, Ambassador to the Philippines, Ambassador to Bolivia, and Chief of Mission of the United States Office in Pristina, Kosovo.  Other assignments include serving as Assistant Secretary of State (Intelligence and Research) and the State Department’s Coordinator for the Implementation of United Nations Resolution 1874 on North Korea sanctions.  In addition to these roles, Ambassador Goldberg has served as the Chargé d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission in Santiago, Chile, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, and as Plan Colombia Coordinator at the United States Embassy in Bogota, Colombia.  He achieved the rank of Career Ambassador in 2018 and is the recipient of a Presidential Distinguished Rank Award, two Presidential Meritorious Rank Awards, and the National Intelligence Silver Seal Medallion.  Ambassador Goldberg earned his B.S. degree from Boston University., and is fluent in Spanish.

Jessica Lapenn of the District of Columbia, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the African Union (with the Rank and Status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary).

Ms. Lapenn, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as the Chargé d’Affaires, United States Embassy Pretoria, South Africa, a position she has held since 2016.  Previously, Ms. Lapenn was the Executive Assistant and Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Human Rights, and Democracy in the State Department.  Ms. Lapenn was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy Kigali, Rwanda, and led the Office for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs in the Bureau of International Organizations in Washington, D.C.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Lapenn served as the Political Advisor to the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations.  Ms. Lapenn earned a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.Phil from Cambridge University.  


West Wing Reads Don’t Call it a Coup. Venezuelans Have a Right to Replace an Oppressive, Toxic Regime.

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Don’t Call it a Coup. Venezuelans Have a Right to Replace an Oppressive, Toxic Regime.

“Tuesday’s uprising is not a ‘coup attempt,’ as the Maduro regime, echoed by too many people abroad, calls it. Rather, it is the latest in a series of legitimate and, for the most part, nonviolent efforts by Venezuelans, both civilian and military, to throw off an oppressive, toxic regime so that they can freely elect a legitimate government,” The Washington Posteditorial board writes.

“Supporters of freedom and democracy should stand in solidarity with Mr. Guaidó and the many thousands of Venezuelans now bravely asserting their rights.”

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🎬 Watch: A message to all the patriotic citizens of Venezuela
Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido “and his supporters are now trying to save their country from Maduro’s misrule. If the military does indeed defect this week, forcing Maduro to leave, Guaido has pledged to quickly prepare Venezuela for real elections,” Eli Lake writes in Bloomberg. “That’s not an anti-democratic coup. It’s a democratic rescue mission.”
“Bad enough that The New York Times published what one of the paper’s own columnists called a ‘despicable’ cartoon containing so many anti-Jewish images that ‘the only thing missing was a dollar sign,’” the New York Post editorial board writes. “Worse, it took more than 24 hours of controversy before the Times saw fit to apologize — after first offering a feeble ‘editor’s note’ citing only ‘an error in judgment.’”
“Border Patrol agents stationed on the U.S-Mexico border arrested a group of 424 people who illegally crossed into New Mexico on Tuesday morning. Authorities said the group is the largest ever apprehended at once,” Anna Giaritelli reports in the Washington Examiner. “Border Patrol's parent agency, Customs and Border Protection, said the groups are not traveling to the U.S. on their own, they are paying human smugglers and cartels to get them into the U.S.”
“Fifty years ago the U.S. led humanity to the moon,” Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan writes in The Wall Street Journal. “To borrow the words of the plaque left on the lunar surface by Apollo 11: ‘We came in peace for all mankind.’ China and Russia make no such claim. Until they credibly commit to such a course, we must ensure our nation’s military remains the most advanced on Earth—and above it.”

Statement from the President Regarding the Enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor Naruhito

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Statement from the President Regarding the Enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor Naruhito

The First Lady and I send our most profound congratulations on behalf of all Americans to Their Majesties the Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako on his enthronement as the new Emperor of Japan.  As the Japanese people embark upon a new era, “Reiwa,” we will renew the strong bonds of friendship between our two countries.  “Reiwa” means “beautiful harmony,” and it is our sincere wish that our alliance continue to flourish and deepen in this spirit.  Today, our kindest thoughts are with the Japanese people, and we share in the hope for an even brighter future. 


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     As we observe Jewish American Heritage Month, our Nation celebrates nearly 4,000 years of Jewish history and honors the numerous contributions of Jewish Americans to our country and the world.  Rabbi Akiva, a great Jewish scholar, declared that a central principle of the Torah is to "love thy neighbor as thyself."  Jewish Americans have repeatedly demonstrated their dedication to this commandment, helping the downtrodden and pursue justice, sanctifying the name of God, and embodying the best of America.

     During a Jewish wedding ceremony, it is customary for the newlywed couple to shatter a glass.  This longstanding tradition commemorates the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and symbolizes that even during times of heightened joy, one should remember the painful losses Jews suffered throughout history.  In the same way, all Americans bear a moral responsibility to stand alongside our Jewish communities and learn the lessons of tolerance that run through the tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people -- both long ago and, sadly, in recent times.  Reflecting on these events steels our resolve that they never happen again.

     Unconscionably, rates of anti-Semitic hate crimes have risen globally, and Jewish institutions have been vandalized and violently attacked.  This past October, we mourned alongside our Jewish brothers and sisters following the attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in which 11 worshippers were killed, making it the deadliest attack against Jews in American history.  Then, on the sixth-month anniversary of that horrific attack and on the last day of Passover, we grieved as the Chabad of Poway Synagogue was the target of yet another act of anti-Semitic violence, in which one worshipper lost her life and three others were wounded.  As Americans, we unequivocally condemn the pernicious, baseless hatred that is anti-Semitism.

     Our American tradition compels us to reject the source of anti-Semitism.  Following the Revolutionary War, the Jewish community of Newport, Rhode Island, was unsure if the new American Government would grant them equal rights, given the persecution and expulsion the Jewish people had faced in so many times and in so many places.  In response, George Washington penned his famous 1790 letter to the members of Newport's Touro Synagogue, reassuring American Jews that, in the United States, their religious liberty would be protected.  He further invoked the prophet Micah, hoping that the "Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while everyone shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid."  Since then, the unique American promise of religious liberty for people of all faiths has remained a proud hallmark of our Republic.

     Today, we recognize the resilience of the Jewish community in the face of great adversity and celebrate the countless ways Jewish Americans have strengthened our Nation.  We echo the words of President Washington and Rabbi Akiva and stand in solidarity with our American Jewish neighbors as we reaffirm our commitment to combat all forms of hate and anti-Semitism.

     NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2019 as Jewish American Heritage Month.  I call upon Americans to celebrate the heritage and contributions of American Jews and to observe this month with appropriate programs, activities, and ceremonies.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
thirtieth day of April, 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

1600 Daily The White House • April 30, 2019 This is the corrupt, illegitimate Maduro regime

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The White House • April 30, 2019

This is the corrupt, illegitimate Maduro regime 

The people of Venezuela took to the streets today to demand their freedom from the violent, authoritarian, and socialist regime of Nicolas Maduro. President Donald J. Trump has been monitoring the situation minute-by-minute throughout the day.

Earlier this year, President Trump officially recognized Juan Guaido, President of Venezuela’s democratically elected National Assembly, as the country’s legitimate president. Speaking outside the White House today, National Security Adviser John Bolton was clear on where America stands: “The President wants to see a peaceful transfer of power from Maduro to Guaido.”
Aboard the USS Harry S. Truman, Vice President Mike Pence echoed President Trump’s words. “As we stand here today aboard this ship, the people of Venezuela are seeking to reclaim freedom and democracy in their nation—a nation impoverished by dictatorship, socialism, and oppression. And so we say to President Juan Guaido, to all the freedom-loving people of Venezuela: Estamos con ustedes—we are with you.”

The United States has imposed tough sanctions on Maduro and his henchmen. The Trump Administration has blocked more than 100 individuals, entities, and aircraft controlled by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, depriving Maduro’s cronies from needed revenue sources while preserving critical assets for the future of Venezuela.

More than 3 million people have fled Venezuela since 2015, and the United Nations estimates that number may swell to more than 5.3 million by the end of 2019. Nine out of 10 Venezuelans now live in poverty, with thousands of children starving. Under President Trump, America continues to provide humanitarian assistance to the Venezuelan people, and food and medicine remain exempt from U.S. sanctions.

In January, Venezuela’s National Assembly invoked the country’s constitution to declare Nicolas Maduro illegitimate and the presidency vacant. It is time for Maduro to honor that constitution and step aside, returning the future of Venezuela to its people.

Watch National Security Advisor Bolton deliver a statement on Venezuela.

More: President Trump is taking a stand for human rights.

Doubling your income taxes couldn’t even pay for ‘Medicare for all’

The House Rules Committee held a hearing this morning on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ proposed government-run healthcare plan. Americans should thank Congressional Democrats—for showing us exactly where they want to take this country.

The big idea of “Medicare for all” is to put Washington in charge of every American family’s healthcare. Specifically, here is what that entails:
  • Canceling the current health plans of 180 million Americans
  • Wiping out Medicare Advantage for more than 22 million people
  • Abolishing the Children’s Health Insurance Program
  • Ending Tricare support for U.S. service members’ families
  • Providing free healthcare to illegal immigrants
And to pay for all that, the American middle class would face a massive tax hike to cover the $32 trillion price tag. “Doubling all currently projected federal individual and corporate income taxes would be insufficient” to pay for this single-payer system, George Mason University’s Charles Blahous said at today’s hearing.

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White House National Security Adviser Ambassador John Bolton speaks to reporters on events occurring in Venezuela outside the West Wing entrance of the White House | April 30, 2019