Solar Eclipse 2017

Omega Nebula Close-Up of a Stellar Nursery

Sculpted by stellar winds and radiation, these fantastic, undulating shapes lie within the stellar nursery known as M17, the Omega Nebula, some 5,500 light-years away in the nebula-rich constellation Sagittarius. The lumpy features in the dense cold gas and dust are illuminated by stars off the upper left of the image and may themselves represent sites of future star formation. Colors in the fog of surrounding hotter material indicate M17’s chemical make up. The predominately green glow corresponds to abundant hydrogen, with trace sulfur and oxygen atoms contributing red and blue hues. The picture spans about 3 light-years.

Image credit: NASA, ESA, J. Hester (ASU)

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President Donald J. Trump

WASHINGTON DC – In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing at 10:30 AM. President Trump will then depart the White House for Joint Base Andrews, en route to Yuma, Arizona from the White House South Lawn at 11:45 AM for Joint Base Andrews. In the afternoon at 2:05 PM, President Trump will participate in a tour of U.S. Customs and Border Protection equipment at U.S. Customs and Border Protection Hangar F. Later in the afternoon, President Trump will participate in a 2:50 PM meet and greet with Marines at the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. President Trump will then depart Yuma, Arizona, en route to Phoenix, Arizona. In the evening at 4:00 PM, President Trump arrives in Phoenix, Arizona’s Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to participate in a, 7:00 PM, Make America Great Again rally at the Phoenix Convention Center.

 

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Vice President Mike Pence

WASHINGTON DC – Vice President Mike Pence will participate in a series of early morning interviews with Matt Lauer of NBC and Ainsley Earhardt of Fox News in the White House Roosevelt Room and the Vice President’s Ceremonial Office. Later in the day, Vice President Pence will depart Washington DC for Joint Base Andrews and on to Phoenix, Arizona where he will introduce President Donald J. Trump at a Make America Great Again rally being held at the Phoenix Convention Center. In the evening, Vice President Pence will fly to Miami, Florida on Air Force Two from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

 

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President Trump Gives a Presidential Address to the Nation

Fort Myer
Arlington, Virginia

9:02 P.M. EDT

 

President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

 

 

President Trump on the Strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

WASHINGTON DC – In a statement from the White House Press Secretary, the White House announced President Donald J. Trump will address our Nation’s troops and the American people to provide an update on the path forward for America’s engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia, tonight at 9:00 p.m. (EDT) from Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia.

President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
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President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

 

 

 

 

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: “Thank you very much. Thank you. Please be seated.

Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Tillerson, members of the Cabinet, General Dunford, Deputy Secretary Shanahan, and Colonel Duggan. Most especially, thank you to the men and women of Fort Myer and every member of the United States military at home and abroad.

We send our thoughts and prayers to the families of our brave sailors who were injured and lost after a tragic collision at sea, as well as to those conducting the search and recovery efforts.

I am here tonight to lay out our path forward in Afghanistan and South Asia. But before I provide the details of our new strategy, I want to say a few words to the servicemembers here with us tonight, to those watching from their posts, and to all Americans listening at home.

Since the founding of our republic, our country has produced a special class of heroes whose selflessness, courage, and resolve is unmatched in human history.

American patriots from every generation have given their last breath on the battlefield for our nation and for our freedom. Through their lives — and though their lives were cut short, in their deeds they achieved total immortality.

By following the heroic example of those who fought to preserve our republic, we can find the inspiration our country needs to unify, to heal, and to remain one nation under God. The men and women of our military operate as one team, with one shared mission, and one shared sense of purpose.

They transcend every line of race, ethnicity, creed, and color to serve together — and sacrifice together — in absolutely perfect cohesion. That is because all servicemembers are brothers and sisters. They’re all part of the same family; it’s called the American family. They take the same oath, fight for the same flag, and live according to the same law. They are bound together by common purpose, mutual trust, and selfless devotion to our nation and to each other.

The soldier understands what we, as a nation, too often forget that a wound inflicted upon a single member of our community is a wound inflicted upon us all. When one part of America hurts, we all hurt. And when one citizen suffers an injustice, we all suffer together.

Loyalty to our nation demands loyalty to one another. Love for America requires love for all of its people. When we open our hearts to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry, and no tolerance for hate.

The young men and women we send to fight our wars abroad deserve to return to a country that is not at war with itself at home. We cannot remain a force for peace in the world if we are not at peace with each other.

As we send our bravest to defeat our enemies overseas — and we will always win — let us find the courage to heal our divisions within. Let us make a simple promise to the men and women we ask to fight in our name that, when they return home from battle, they will find a country that has renewed the sacred bonds of love and loyalty that unite us together as one.

President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

Thanks to the vigilance and skill of the American military and of our many allies throughout the world, horrors on the scale of September 11th — and nobody can ever forget that — have not been repeated on our shores.

But we must also acknowledge the reality I am here to talk about tonight: that nearly 16 years after September 11th attacks, after the extraordinary sacrifice of blood and treasure, the American people are weary of war without victory. Nowhere is this more evident than with the war in Afghanistan, the longest war in American history — 17 years.

I share the American people’s frustration. I also share their frustration over a foreign policy that has spent too much time, energy, money, and most importantly lives, trying to rebuild countries in our own image, instead of pursuing our security interests above all other considerations.

That is why, shortly after my inauguration, I directed Secretary of Defense Mattis and my national security team to undertake a comprehensive review of all strategic options in Afghanistan and South Asia.

My original instinct was to pull out — and, historically, I like following my instincts. But all my life I’ve heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office; in other words, when you’re President of the United States. So I studied Afghanistan in great detail and from every conceivable angle. After many meetings, over many months, we held our final meeting last Friday at Camp David, with my Cabinet and generals, to complete our strategy. I arrived at three fundamental conclusions about America’s core interests in Afghanistan.

First, our nation must seek an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the tremendous sacrifices that have been made, especially the sacrifices of lives. The men and women who serve our nation in combat deserve a plan for victory. They deserve the tools they need, and the trust they have earned, to fight and to win.

Second, the consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable. 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history, was planned and directed from Afghanistan because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists. A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill, just as happened before September 11th.

And, as we know, in 2011, America hastily and mistakenly withdrew from Iraq. As a result, our hard-won gains slipped back into the hands of terrorist enemies. Our soldiers watched as cities they had fought for, and bled to liberate, and won, were occupied by a terrorist group called ISIS. The vacuum we created by leaving too soon gave safe haven for ISIS to spread, to grow, recruit, and launch attacks. We cannot repeat in Afghanistan the mistake our leaders made in Iraq.

Third and finally, I concluded that the security threats we face in Afghanistan and the broader region are immense. Today, 20 U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations are active in Afghanistan and Pakistan — the highest concentration in any region anywhere in the world.

For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror. The threat is worse because Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed states whose tense relations threaten to spiral into conflict. And that could happen.

No one denies that we have inherited a challenging and troubling situation in Afghanistan and South Asia, but we do not have the luxury of going back in time and making different or better decisions. When I became President, I was given a bad and very complex hand, but I fully knew what I was getting into: big and intricate problems. But, one way or another, these problems will be solved — I’m a problem solver — and, in the end, we will win.

We must address the reality of the world as it exists right now — the threats we face, and the confronting of all of the problems of today, and extremely predictable consequences of a hasty withdrawal.

We need look no further than last week’s vile, vicious attack in Barcelona to understand that terror groups will stop at nothing to commit the mass murder of innocent men, women and children. You saw it for yourself. Horrible.

As I outlined in my speech in Saudi Arabia three months ago, America and our partners are committed to stripping terrorists of their territory, cutting off their funding, and exposing the false allure of their evil ideology.

Terrorists who slaughter innocent people will find no glory in this life or the next. They are nothing but thugs, and criminals, and predators, and — that’s right — losers. Working alongside our allies, we will break their will, dry up their recruitment, keep them from crossing our borders, and yes, we will defeat them, and we will defeat them handily.

President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
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President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

In Afghanistan and Pakistan, America’s interests are clear: We must stop the resurgence of safe havens that enable terrorists to threaten America, and we must prevent nuclear weapons and materials from coming into the hands of terrorists and being used against us, or anywhere in the world for that matter.

But to prosecute this war, we will learn from history. As a result of our comprehensive review, American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically in the following ways:

A core pillar of our new strategy is a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions. I’ve said it many times how counterproductive it is for the United States to announce in advance the dates we intend to begin, or end, military options. We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities.

 

President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
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President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

 

Conditions on the ground — not arbitrary timetables — will guide our strategy from now on. America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out. I will not say when we are going to attack, but attack we will.

Another fundamental pillar of our new strategy is the integration of all instruments of American power — diplomatic, economic, and military — toward a successful outcome.

Someday, after an effective military effort, perhaps it will be possible to have a political settlement that includes elements of the Taliban in Afghanistan, but nobody knows if or when that will ever happen. America will continue its support for the Afghan government and the Afghan military as they confront the Taliban in the field.

Ultimately, it is up to the people of Afghanistan to take ownership of their future, to govern their society, and to achieve an everlasting peace. We are a partner and a friend, but we will not dictate to the Afghan people how to live, or how to govern their own complex society. We are not nation-building again. We are killing terrorists.

The next pillar of our new strategy is to change the approach and how to deal with Pakistan. We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond. Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists.

President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
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President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

 

President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

In the past, Pakistan has been a valued partner. Our militaries have worked together against common enemies. The Pakistani people have suffered greatly from terrorism and extremism. We recognize those contributions and those sacrifices.

But Pakistan has also sheltered the same organizations that try every single day to kill our people. We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting. But that will have to change, and that will change immediately. No partnership can survive a country’s harboring of militants and terrorists who target U.S. servicemembers and officials. It is time for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilization, order, and to peace.

Another critical part of the South Asia strategy for America is to further develop its strategic partnership with India — the world’s largest democracy and a key security and economic partner of the United States. We appreciate India’s important contributions to stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars in trade with the United States, and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development. We are committed to pursuing our shared objectives for peace and security in South Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific region.

President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
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Finally, my administration will ensure that you, the brave defenders of the American people, will have the necessary tools and rules of engagement to make this strategy work, and work effectively and work quickly.

I have already lifted restrictions the previous administration placed on our warfighters that prevented the Secretary of Defense and our commanders in the field from fully and swiftly waging battle against the enemy. Micromanagement from Washington, D.C. does not win battles. They are won in the field drawing upon the judgment and expertise of wartime commanders and frontline soldiers acting in real time, with real authority, and with a clear mission to defeat the enemy.

That’s why we will also expand authority for American armed forces to target the terrorist and criminal networks that sow violence and chaos throughout Afghanistan. These killers need to know they have nowhere to hide; that no place is beyond the reach of American might and Americans arms. Retribution will be fast and powerful.

As we lift restrictions and expand authorities in the field, we are already seeing dramatic results in the campaign to defeat ISIS, including the liberation of Mosul in Iraq.

Since my inauguration, we have achieved record-breaking success in that regard. We will also maximize sanctions and other financial and law enforcement actions against these networks to eliminate their ability to export terror. When America commits its warriors to battle, we must ensure they have every weapon to apply swift, decisive, and overwhelming force.

President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
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President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

 

Our troops will fight to win. We will fight to win. From now on, victory will have a clear definition: attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan, and stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge.

We will ask our NATO allies and global partners to support our new strategy with additional troop and funding increases in line with our own. We are confident they will. Since taking office, I have made clear that our allies and partners must contribute much more money to our collective defense, and they have done so.

In this struggle, the heaviest burden will continue to be borne by the good people of Afghanistan and their courageous armed forces. As the prime minister of Afghanistan has promised, we are going to participate in economic development to help defray the cost of this war to us.

Afghanistan is fighting to defend and secure their country against the same enemies who threaten us. The stronger the Afghan security forces become, the less we will have to do. Afghans will secure and build their own nation and define their own future. We want them to succeed.

President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

 

But we will no longer use American military might to construct democracies in faraway lands, or try to rebuild other countries in our own image. Those days are now over. Instead, we will work with allies and partners to protect our shared interests. We are not asking others to change their way of life, but to pursue common goals that allow our children to live better and safer lives. This principled realism will guide our decisions moving forward.

Military power alone will not bring peace to Afghanistan or stop the terrorist threat arising in that country. But strategically applied force aims to create the conditions for a political process to achieve a lasting peace.

America will work with the Afghan government as long as we see determination and progress. However, our commitment is not unlimited, and our support is not a blank check. The government of Afghanistan must carry their share of the military, political, and economic burden. The American people expect to see real reforms, real progress, and real results. Our patience is not unlimited. We will keep our eyes wide open.

In abiding by the oath I took on January 20th, I will remain steadfast in protecting American lives and American interests. In this effort, we will make common cause with any nation that chooses to stand and fight alongside us against this global threat. Terrorists take heed: America will never let up until you are dealt a lasting defeat.

Under my administration, many billions of dollars more is being spent on our military. And this includes vast amounts being spent on our nuclear arsenal and missile defense.

President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
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In every generation, we have faced down evil, and we have always prevailed. We prevailed because we know who we are and what we are fighting for.

Not far from where we are gathered tonight, hundreds of thousands of America’s greatest patriots lay in eternal rest at Arlington National Cemetery. There is more courage, sacrifice, and love in those hallowed grounds than in any other spot on the face of the Earth.

Many of those who have fought and died in Afghanistan enlisted in the months after September 11th, 2001. They volunteered for a simple reason: They loved America, and they were determined to protect her.

Now we must secure the cause for which they gave their lives. We must unite to defend America from its enemies abroad. We must restore the bonds of loyalty among our citizens at home, and we must achieve an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the enormous price that so many have paid.

Our actions, and in the months to come, all of them will honor the sacrifice of every fallen hero, every family who lost a loved one, and every wounded warrior who shed their blood in defense of our great nation. With our resolve, we will ensure that your service and that your families will bring about the defeat of our enemies and the arrival of peace.

We will push onward to victory with power in our hearts, courage in our souls, and everlasting pride in each and every one of you.

Thank you. May God bless our military. And may God bless the United States of America. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)

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9:27 P.M. EDT

President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

 

President Donald J. Trump gives a Presidential Address to the Nation at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:02 P.M. EDT
Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.

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White House Statement on the Anniversary of the 2013 Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

WASHINGTON DC – “Today marks the 4th anniversary of the Syrian regime’s deadly chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1,400 people in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta. This tragic event precipitated an international effort that led to the destruction of more than 1,000 metric tons of Syrian chemical weapons. Still, on April 4th of this year, Assad proved beyond a doubt that he still possesses these heinous weapons and is willing to use them against innocent civilians.

It is critical that the international community not forget these tragic events. We must speak with one voice and act with one purpose to ensure that the Syrian regime, and any other actor contemplating the use of chemical weapons, understands that doing so will result in serious consequences. As the President has made clear, the United States will do its part to prevent the use or spread of these weapons. Along with the many other nations that have signed the Chemical Weapons Convention, we commit to work together to create a world without chemical weapons.

Today is an appropriate reminder of the importance of that commitment. We reiterate our call for all countries to stand together and leave no doubt that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated.”

Star Crossed
How massive can a star be? Estimates made from distance, brightness and standard solar models have accorded one star in the open cluster Pismis 24 over 200 times the mass of our sun. This star is the brightest object located just to the right of the gas front in the above image.
Close inspection of images taken recently with the Hubble Space Telescope, however, have shown that Pismis 24-1 derives its brilliant luminosity not from a single star but from three at least. Component stars would still remain near 100 solar masses, making them among the more massive stars currently on record. Toward the image left, stars are still forming in the associated emission nebula NGC 6357, including several that appear to be breaking out and illuminating a spectacular cocoon.
Image credit: NASA, ESA and J. M. Apellániz (IAA, Spain)

WASHINGTON DC – In a statement from the White House Press Secretary, the White House announced President Donald J. Trump will address our Nation’s troops and the American people to provide an update on the path forward for America’s engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia, tonight at 9:00 p.m. (EDT) from Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia.

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Moon Rise From the Space Station
From his vantage point aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik pointed his camera toward the rising Moon and captured this beautiful image on August 3, 2017. Bresnik wrote, “Gorgeous moon rise! Such great detail when seen from space. Next full moon marks #Eclipse2017. We’ll be watching from @Space_Station.”

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Monday, August 21, 2017

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America

The United States of America

 

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Monday, August 21, 2017

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory Watches a Sunspot
On July 5, 2017, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory watched an active region — an area of intense and complex magnetic fields — rotate into view on the Sun. This image shows a blended view of the sunspot in visible and extreme ultraviolet light, revealing bright coils arcing over the active region — particles spiraling along magnetic field lines.

Solar Eclipse 2017

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

WASHINGTON, DC – “On August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Viewers around the world will be provided a wealth of images captured before, during, and after the eclipse by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station – each offering a unique vantage point for the celestial event.

NASA’s live eclipse programming begins at 12 p.m. EDT, Monday, August 21.

12 p.m. EDT – Eclipse Preview Show, hosted from Charleston, South Carolina.
1 p.m. EDT – Solar Eclipse: Through the Eyes of NASA. This show will cover the path of totality the eclipse will take across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina.

Watch live, beginning at 12 p.m. EDT:

Eclipse Live: Video streams from NASA Television and locations across the country.

Alternate NASA live streams:
Facebook Live — https://www.facebook.com/NASA/videos/10155497958441772/
Twitter/Periscope — https://www.pscp.tv/nasa
Twitch TV — https://twitch.tv/nasa
Ustream — http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv
YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwMDvPCGeE0

Eclipse images raw feed (no commentary):
NASA TV Eclipse images channel
NASA TV on UStream

Resources
NASA’s Eclipse 2017 website
Safety Tips From NASA For Eclipse Viewing
Video: How to Safely Watch a Solar Eclipse
Watch NASA’s Eclipse 2017 Preview Videos
Watch the Eclipse Up Close and Personal With NASA
Watch NASA Television’s Live Eclipse Broadcast
Five Tips From NASA For Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse
NASA Invites You to Become a Citizen Scientist During the Solar Eclipse Wave at the Moon During the Total Solar Eclipse

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Official NASA Viewing Locations
The official NASA broadcast locations for the total solar eclipse are below. View a map with the locations for TV, webcast, and viewing.

International Space Station
50+ High Altitude Balloon Teams Across Path of Totality
Gulfstream III Aircraft
State Fair Grounds/Oregon Museum of Science – Salem, OR
Exploratorium – Madras, OR
Museum of Idaho – Idaho Falls, ID
Exploratorium – Casper, WY
Homestead National Monument of America – Beatrice, NE
State Capitol – Jefferson City, MO
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville – Carbondale, IL
Summer Salute Festival – Hopkinsville, KY
Austin Peay State University – Clarksville, TN
Great Smoky Mountains National Park – NC
College of Charleston – Charleston, SC
Coast Guard Ship – Atlantic Ocean”

 

It is never safe to look directly at the sun’s rays – even if the sun is partly obscured. When watching a partial eclipse you must wear eclipse glasses at all times if you want to face the sun, or use an alternate indirect method. This also applies during a total eclipse up until the time when the sun is completely and totally blocked. During the short time when the moon completely obscures the sun – known as the period of totality – it is safe to look directly at the star, but it’s crucial that you know when to take off and put back on your glasses.
Credits: NASA Scientific Visualization Studio
On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This video, narrated by actor George Takei, provides a few viewing tips for the public.
Credits: NASA

 

Map of the U.S. showing the path of the 2017 solar eclipse
The total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, stretches across the U.S. from coast to coast, providing scientists with a unique opportunity to study the eclipse from different vantage points.
Credits: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

 

“Over the course of 100 minutes, 14 states across the United States will experience more than two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day. Additionally, a partial eclipse will be viewable across all of North America. The eclipse will provide a unique opportunity to study the sun, Earth, moon and their interaction because of the eclipse’s long path over land coast to coast. Scientists will be able to take ground-based and airborne observations over a period of an hour and a half to complement the wealth of data and images provided by space assets.”

 

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President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America

All The President’s Men
Contributed from Facebook Page of Bruce A. Cahspman
Contributed by Bruce A. ChapmanYesterday
“Shake my head”

 

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

WASHINGTON DC – I had to share this. Bruce A. Chapman, my colleague at the great Howard University in Washington DC has interesting takes on politics in the U.S.A.. I thought everyone might enjoy this. Hey, remember the sky is not falling. We are citizens of the United States of America. Together with God’s guidance we can have conversations that are not politically-correct and continue to move forward together in peace.

My comment when I saw this:
“I don’t think anyone can fire a US Vice President. But I am not sure. Love the interesting point that this image brings to bear. Being a member of any presidential administration is not easy. Of course, my comment might be seen as a politically-correct thing to say. I understand, and that is correct. LoL.”

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Steve Bannon on the phone, December 9, 2016
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It’s Always about the Money, Or Is It? Economic-Nationalism in the USA

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

WASHINGTON, DC – It just goes to show you that there are no friends in politics.

Bannon is out. Fired, kicked to the curb by the best, and directed to leave the White House after talking-out-of-his-head in a state of rage and offense about President Trump, numerous Secretaries, presidential advisors, North Korea and China. A high-spirited Bannon had the nerve to linked the character of President Donald J. Trump to the character of North Korea’s leader. Seemingly thinking he was the President, Bannon articulate “big plans to marginalize the influence of other cabinet departments and replace them. In an August 16, 2017 article of The American Prospect, reported by Robert Kuttner, the “Trump embattled strategist Steve Bannon phoned and articulated strategic points about marginalizing the Secretaries of State, Treasury, Defense and others to accomplish his personal goals of politically taking a hard line with China and North Korea and Trump administration staff. Someone needed to remind Bannon he was not the President of the United States of America or a Secretary approved by the US Congress. It also was clear, Bannon had little or no respect for white-nationalist who have aligned themselves with Bannon’s discourse and contextual framework.

“Bannon was in high spirits when he phoned me Tuesday afternoon to discuss the politics of taking a harder line with China, and minced no words describing his efforts to neutralize his rivals at the Departments of Defense, State, and Treasury. “They’re wetting themselves,” he said, proceeding to detail how he would oust some of his opponents at State and Defense.” Moreover, Mr Bannon was bold to say, “We’re at economic war with China,” he added. “It’s in all their literature. They’re not shy about saying what they’re doing. One of us is going to be a hegemon in 25 or 30 years and it’s gonna be them if we go down this path. On Korea, they’re just tapping us along. It’s just a sideshow.” “That’s a fight I fight every day here,” he said. “We’re still fighting. There’s Treasury and [National Economic Council chair] Gary Cohn and Goldman Sachs lobbying.”

“I’m changing out people at East Asian Defense; I’m getting hawks in. I’m getting Susan Thornton [acting head of East Asian and Pacific Affairs] out at State.”

“Oh, they’re wetting themselves,” Bannon said, “explaining that the Section 301 complaint, which was put on hold when the war of threats with North Korea broke out, was shelved only temporarily, and will be revived in three weeks. As for other cabinet departments, Bannon has big plans to marginalize their influence.”

“Contrary to Trump’s threat of fire and fury, Bannon said: “There’s no military solution [to North Korea’s nuclear threats], forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.” Bannon went on to describe his battle inside the administration to take a harder line on China trade, and not to fall into a trap of wishful thinking in which complaints against China’s trade practices now had to take a backseat to the hope that China, as honest broker, would help restrain Kim.”

“To me,” Bannon said, “the economic war with China is everything. And we have to be maniacally focused on that. If we continue to lose it, we’re five years away, I think, ten years at the most, of hitting an inflection point from which we’ll never be able to recover.”

“Bannon’s plan of attack includes: a complaint under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act against Chinese coercion of technology transfers from American corporations doing business there, and follow-up complaints against steel and aluminum dumping. “We’re going to run the tables on these guys. We’ve come to the conclusion that they’re in an economic war and they’re crushing us.”

According to Bannon, “Identity politics” that focused on —race and identity will never win votes. Bannon said, “Ethno-nationalism—it’s losers.” and “Ethno-nationalism—is a fringe element.”

What about his internal adversaries, at the departments of State and Defense, who think the United States can enlist Beijing’s aid on the North Korean standoff, and at Treasury and the National Economic Council who don’t want to mess with the trading system? Bannon had plans to marginalize and replace them, apparently, because Bannon thought he controlled the mind of our US Donald J. Trump. As were some of the episodes of the ‘Apprentice,’ this later firing was most needed because of Bannon’s disregard for the US Presidency and President Trump as the elected leader of the United States of America.

Washington “(CNN) After his ouster from the West Wing on Friday, ex-White House chief strategist Steve Bannon declared the Trump presidency that his brand of populist, right-wing conservatives helped make a reality is “over.”

“The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” Bannon said in an interview with The Weekly Standard. “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else.”
“There’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over,” he added, according to the Weekly Standard.”
“Bannon, who left right-wing news site Breitbart to join Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016, remained on at the White House as one of the President’s most controversial advisers — and the man generally perceived as the driving force behind Trump’s “nationalist” ideology.”

“Multiple sources said Friday that Bannon had been fired from his position.”


PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP ON INFRASTRUCTURE AT TRUMP TOWER IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017
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“What follows is the article that likely pushed Steve Bannon, President Trump’s chief strategist and architect of his white nationalist messaging, out the White House door. Robert Kuttner, the co-founder and co-editor of this magazine, never expected a phone call from Bannon; the Prospect, after all, is a proudly liberal and defiantly anti-Trump journal. Nonetheless, Bannon called him on Tuesday afternoon, and on Wednesday, we posted Kuttner’s piece—a careful report of what Bannon said and an insightful analysis of why he said it. You can read it below.”


Steve Bannon on the phone, December 9, 2016
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Steve Bannon, Unrepentant

“You might think from recent press accounts that Steve Bannon is on the ropes and therefore behaving prudently. In the aftermath of events in Charlottesville, he is widely blamed for his boss’s continuing indulgence of white supremacists. Allies of National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster hold Bannon responsible for a campaign by Breitbart News, which Bannon once led, to vilify the security chief. Trump’s defense of Bannon, at his Tuesday press conference, was tepid.

But Bannon was in high spirits when he phoned me Tuesday afternoon to discuss the politics of taking a harder line with China, and minced no words describing his efforts to neutralize his rivals at the Departments of Defense, State, and Treasury. “They’re wetting themselves,” he said, proceeding to detail how he would oust some of his opponents at State and Defense.

Needless to say, I was a little stunned to get an email from Bannon’s assistant midday Tuesday, just as all hell was breaking loose once again about Charlottesville, saying that Bannon wished to meet with me.

Needless to say, I was a little stunned to get an email from Bannon’s assistant midday Tuesday, just as all hell was breaking loose once again about Charlottesville, saying that Bannon wished to meet with me. I’d just published a column on how China was profiting from the U.S.-North Korea nuclear brinkmanship, and it included some choice words about Bannon’s boss.

“In Kim, Trump has met his match,” I wrote. “The risk of two arrogant fools blundering into a nuclear exchange is more serious than at any time since October 1962.” Maybe Bannon wanted to scream at me?

I told the assistant that I was on vacation, but I would be happy to speak by phone. Bannon promptly called.

Far from dressing me down for comparing Trump to Kim, he began, “It’s a great honor to finally track you down. I’ve followed your writing for years and I think you and I are in the same boat when it comes to China. You absolutely nailed it.”

“We’re at economic war with China,” he added. “It’s in all their literature. They’re not shy about saying what they’re doing. One of us is going to be a hegemon in 25 or 30 years and it’s gonna be them if we go down this path. On Korea, they’re just tapping us along. It’s just a sideshow.”

Bannon said he might consider a deal in which China got North Korea to freeze its nuclear buildup with verifiable inspections and the United States removed its troops from the peninsula, but such a deal seemed remote. Given that China is not likely to do much more on North Korea, and that the logic of mutually assured destruction was its own source of restraint, Bannon saw no reason not to proceed with tough trade sanctions against China.

Contrary to Trump’s threat of fire and fury, Bannon said: “There’s no military solution [to North Korea’s nuclear threats], forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.” Bannon went on to describe his battle inside the administration to take a harder line on China trade, and not to fall into a trap of wishful thinking in which complaints against China’s trade practices now had to take a backseat to the hope that China, as honest broker, would help restrain Kim.

“To me,” Bannon said, “the economic war with China is everything. And we have to be maniacally focused on that. If we continue to lose it, we’re five years away, I think, ten years at the most, of hitting an inflection point from which we’ll never be able to recover.”

Bannon’s plan of attack includes: a complaint under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act against Chinese coercion of technology transfers from American corporations doing business there, and follow-up complaints against steel and aluminum dumping. “We’re going to run the tables on these guys. We’ve come to the conclusion that they’re in an economic war and they’re crushing us.”

But what about his internal adversaries, at the departments of State and Defense, who think the United States can enlist Beijing’s aid on the North Korean standoff, and at Treasury and the National Economic Council who don’t want to mess with the trading system?

“Oh, they’re wetting themselves,” he said, explaining that the Section 301 complaint, which was put on hold when the war of threats with North Korea broke out, was shelved only temporarily, and will be revived in three weeks. As for other cabinet departments, Bannon has big plans to marginalize their influence.

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“I’m changing out people at East Asian Defense; I’m getting hawks in. I’m getting Susan Thornton [acting head of East Asian and Pacific Affairs] out at State.”

But can Bannon really win that fight internally?

“That’s a fight I fight every day here,” he said. “We’re still fighting. There’s Treasury and [National Economic Council chair] Gary Cohn and Goldman Sachs lobbying.”

“We gotta do this. The president’s default position is to do it, but the apparatus is going crazy. Don’t get me wrong. It’s like, every day.”

Bannon explained that his strategy is to battle the trade doves inside the administration while building an outside coalition of trade hawks that includes left as well as right. Hence the phone call to me.

There are a couple of things that are startling about this premise. First, to the extent that most of the opponents of Bannon’s China trade strategy are other Trump administration officials, it’s not clear how reaching out to the left helps him. If anything, it gives his adversaries ammunition to characterize Bannon as unreliable or disloyal.

More puzzling is the fact that Bannon would phone a writer and editor of a progressive publication (the cover lines on whose first two issues after Trump’s election were “Resisting Trump” and “Containing Trump”) and assume that a possible convergence of views on China trade might somehow paper over the political and moral chasm on white nationalism.

The question of whether the phone call was on or off the record never came up. This is also puzzling, since Steve Bannon is not exactly Bambi when it comes to dealing with the press. He’s probably the most media-savvy person in America.

I asked Bannon about the connection between his program of economic nationalism and the ugly white nationalism epitomized by the racist violence in Charlottesville and Trump’s reluctance to condemn it. Bannon, after all, was the architect of the strategy of using Breitbart to heat up white nationalism and then rely on the radical right as Trump’s base.

He dismissed the far right as irrelevant and sidestepped his own role in cultivating it: “Ethno-nationalism—it’s losers. It’s a fringe element. I think the media plays it up too much, and we gotta help crush it, you know, uh, help crush it more.”

“These guys are a collection of clowns,” he added.

From his lips to Trump’s ear.

“The Democrats,” he said, “the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”

I had never before spoken with Bannon. I came away from the conversation with a sense both of his savvy and his recklessness. The waters around him are rising, but he is going about his business of infighting, and attempting to cultivate improbable outside allies, to promote his China strategy. His enemies will do what they do.

Either the reports of the threats to Bannon’s job are grossly exaggerated and leaked by his rivals, or he has decided not to change his routine and to go down fighting. Given Trump’s impulsivity, neither Bannon nor Trump really has any idea from day to day whether Bannon is staying or going. He has survived earlier threats. So what the hell, damn the torpedoes.

‘The conversation ended with Bannon inviting me to the White House after Labor Day to continue the discussion of China and trade. We’ll see if he’s still there. “

For ideas on how to counter the far-right agenda in the aftermath of the events in Charlottesville, click here. “



 

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

President Donald J. Trump

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP ON INFRASTRUCTURE AT TRUMP TOWER IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017
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BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY – From a White House official: “The President has announced the end of the Manufacturing Council and the Strategy & Policy Forum. In addition, the President’s Advisory Council on Infrastructure, which was still being formed, will not move forward.”

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

President Donald J. Trump

 

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP ON INFRASTRUCTURE AT TRUMP TOWER IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017
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BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY – In the afternoon on Thursday, August 17, 2017, President Donald J. Trump had lunch with the Governor of Florida Rick Scott at the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey. Gov. Scott will also meet with General Kelly.

Later, President Trump then met with the Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda McMahon at 3:00 PM this meeting was also held at the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey. Per White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters, Administrator McMahon will give an update to President Trump regarding the agency tax reform and deregulation initiative.

Moreover, today Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters addressed the service for Heather Heyer, the day before, as did Heather Heyer’s mother on news networks. Susan Bro, Heather Heyer’s mother said the Trump administration did reach out to connect to her three times on Wednesday, she noticed after a very long day. Mrs. Bro also stated she wanted her daughters memorial to be about her daughters life, and therefore refused request made by numerous public figures to make remarks during the memorial.

Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters told reporters in New Jersey that the White House is working to identify a convenient time for the discussion between President Trump and Heyer’s family to take place.

“We appreciate the unifying words that Heather’s mother spoke yesterday,” Walters told reporters. “We are working on identifying a time that is convenient for the family to speak with the president. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

In the midst of a highly charged press conference Tuesday, President Trump highlighted the fact that Heyer’s mother, Mrs. Bro, had thanked him for saying something about her daughter publicly. In a statement on Monday Mrs. Bro said, “Thank you, President Trump, for those words of comfort and for denouncing those who promote violence and hatred.” On Tuesday, President Trump said a conversation with the family would be forthcoming. “I will be reaching out, I’ll be reaching out,” he said.

Today Deputy Walters said yesterday, “We appreciate the unifying words that Heather’s mother spoke yesterday. We are working on identifying a time that is convenient for the family to speak with the president. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”

Today Deputy Walters would not address the president’s tweets about confederate statues. “The tweets speak for themselves,” she said.

Today Deputy Walters said she had to check whether the president and Gary Cohn have spoken about what took place at the news conference at Trump Tower.

Also today, Deputy Walters said the comments from Steve Bannon in the American Prospect piece speak for themselves, adding, “You’re going to need to contact Steve Bannon for any further clarification.”

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

President Donald J. Trump

President Donald J. Trump PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP ON INFRASTRUCTURE AT TRUMP TOWER IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017,br/>Photo Credit: Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc. New York, New York 3:58 P.M. EDT

President Donald J. Trump Approves Vermont Disaster Declaration

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY – On Wednesday, August 17, 2017, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Vermont and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding from June 29 to July 1, 2017.

Federal funding is available to the State and to 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 storms and flooding in the counties of Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Orange, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor.

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

Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Mark H. Landry 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.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION MEDIA SHOULD CONTACT THE FEMA NEWS DESK AT (202) 646-3272 OR FEMA-NEWS-DESK@FEMA.DHS.GOV.

 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Secretary David Shulkin on H.R. 3218

Secretary Dr. David Shulkin briefs the press on H.R. 3218 on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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White House Press Briefing by Secretary David Shulkin on H.R. 3218

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

BEDMINSTER, NEW JERSEY – White House Briefing by Secretary David Shulkin on H.R. 3218 in Bedminster, New Jersey at 5:00 PM EDT

Secretary Dr. David Shulkin briefs the press on H.R. 3218 on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Secretary Dr. David Shulkin briefs the press on H.R. 3218 on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Snapshot Photo by Karen Ann Carr/TheWhiteHouseSpin.Com/E Media Inc.
Secretary Dr. David Shulkin briefs the press on H.R. 3218 on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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SANTIAGO, CHILE – Vice President Pence of the United States of America speaks on advancing prosperity & economic growth during a keynote address at a dinner on “Advancing Prosperity & Economic Growth Throughout the Western Hemisphere honoring AACCLA’s 50th Anniversary & AmCham Chile’s 100th Anniversary.” The Vice President’s remarks are scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM EDT.

Vice President Mike Pence’s meeting with the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, at the La Moneda Presidential Palace in Santiago went well. Vice President Pence and President Bachelet celebrated the “strong commercial ties, diplomatic engagement and regional security cooperation that define the positive bilateral relationship between the United States and Chile,” the White House reported. Vice President Pence recognized Chile for its strong institutions and economic leadership that have served as an influential example throughout the region. Vice President Pence and President Bachelet praised the US-Chile Free Trade Agreement, which has increased bilateral trade by more than 350% since it was signed in 2004, and “Vice President Pence also indicated the need for additional improvements on intellectual property rights protection and regulatory transparency to further amplify its benefits.” Vice President Pence also highlighted Chile’s participation in the Visa Waiver Program, which is an indication of the country’s high standards.

Vice President Pence also thanked Chile’s President for its active support for regional security initiatives, notably in Central America. The United States of America is resolute about ensuring a peaceful and denuclearized Korean Peninsula. Therefore, Vice President Pence called on President Bachelet to consider taking additional diplomatic and economic steps to maintain pressure on the Kim regime. Vice President Pence and President Bachelet also shared their deep, personal concern for the erosion of democracy and emerging humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

The conversation ended with Vice President Pence thanking Chile for its public condemnation and diplomatic support, reiterating President Donald Trump’s commitment to work with regional and global partners to use all available diplomatic and economic tools to restore democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela.

At 7.40pm Vice President Mike Pence started a speech to business leaders gathered in an Intercontinental ballroom for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Latin America 50th Anniversary and AMCHAM Chile 100th Anniversary event.

Much of the speech mirrored remarks given yesterday at the Argentine Stock Exchange, where the Vice President expressed his confidence in Latin American progress and the U.S.’ commitment to shared growth. Vice President Pence praised the economic achievements of President Trump in the United States, saying he brought greetings from the president, who “will always put the security and prosperity of America first.

Vice President Pence went on to say he hoped his presence today demonstrates, “America First does not mean America alone.” Vice President Pence also reiterated the intention of the United States of America to: “not take unilateral action against the Maduro regime nor stand by as Venezuela crumbles.”

Vice President Pence went on to say that President Trump personally sent him to Chile, the “el fin de terra,” rough translation: “the end of the earth.” Mr. Pence went on to say, America trades twice as much with the countries of our hemisphere as we do with China.”

“And let me assure you:” Vivce President Pence said, “Under President Trump, the United States of America wants to trade even more with Latin America… your prosperity and our prosperity will continue to expand together.”

On NAFTA Mr. Pence said:

“What we do with NAFTA will be emblematic of how we deal with trade across the wider region.”

“NAFTA has frankly fallen behind the times, Both Canada and Mexico agree that NAFTA has significant room for improvement to ensure a level playing field.”

“We will achieve a renegotiation of NAFTA that will be a win-win-win outcome in this hemisphere.”

On Chile Vice President Pence said:

Vice President Pence Delivers Remarks to the Argentine and Latin American Business Community on August 15, 2017
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“President Trump has made it clear that the United States seeks trade that is both free and fair, and as we speak, our administration is reviewing our existing trade agreements and exploring new bilateral agreements… In many ways, the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement is a model agreement,” Mr. Pence said, citing the agreement’s eliminating of tariffs, and expanded market access, that also created new protections for intellectual property and increased regulatory transparency.

The vice president said today that he told President Bachelet it was important for Chile to comply with the intellectual property rights of the agreement (television piracy is the U.S. concern.)

On Venezuela the Vice President said:

“To the north, in Venezeula, the tragedy of tyranny is playing out before our eyes.”

“I saw firsthand just a few days ago… I met with refugees in Colombia who had fled their own home country.”

“Today, the once-free people of Venezuela are being forced to endure this fate by the brutality of the Maduro regime.”

“What we will do, we will do together.”

“We do this because it is right,” he added, going on to make the national security case again that: “A failed state knows no borders.”

On faith Vice President Pence said:

Mr. Pence finished by outlining his faith: “I have faith in the free enterprise, and the political freedom, and shared values that lead us together here tonight. I have faith in the good people of this hemisphere, their resilience and determination and aspirations. I have faith in President Trump’s vision for our hemisphere growing together. And lastly I have faith in Him who has ever guided our forebears when they first found this new world, faced hardships and traumas and carved out a vision for liberty. And by his grace I know, the best days for the United States of America, the best days for Latin America, the best days for this new world, are yet to come.”

Vice President Pence Delivers Remarks to the Argentine and Latin American Business Community on August 15, 2017
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 – Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Second Lady Karen Pence’s Visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Second Lady Karen Pence’s Visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – Today, Wednesday, August 16, Mrs. Karen Pence, the Second Lady of the United States of America, will participate in activities in Santiago, Chile.

Yesterday, Second Lady Karen Pence started the day with a visit to INECO Foundation, a neurological clinic specializing in treating neurologic and psychiatric disorders. While there, Mrs. Pence participated in a presentation of a patient’s journey of art therapy; observed an art therapy session with a stroke patient suffering from cognitive and motor complications; and participated in a roundtable discussion with diverse practitioners of art therapy in the greater Buenos Aires area.

After the art therapy visit, Mrs. Pence enjoyed lunch with Mrs. Deborah Cooney, the wife of the Chargé D’ Affaires at Fervor Restaurant. After lunch, the Second Lady enjoyed a beautiful walk in the city. Then, the Second Lady of the United States of America proceeded to the Argentina Stock Exchange to listen to the Vice President deliver remarks to the Argentine and Latin American business community. From there, Mrs. Pence joined the First Lady of Argentina, Mrs. Juliana Macri, to visit the Teatro Colon. After the visit with the First Lady of Argentina at the theater, the Second Lady joined Vice President Pence to participate in a meet-and-greet with U.S. embassy employees and their families.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

 

 

President Trump Makes Statement

 

 

President Donald J. Trump Statement on USA Infrastructure & Virginia Terrorism

Reported and written by Karen Ann Carr

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – President Donald J. Trump at a Press Conference following a statement on USA infrastructure contract process. President Trump made a clear statement of moral equivalence for Charlottesville violence saying: there was “blame on both sides.”


President Donald J. Trump On Who Was Responsible for the Violence in Charlottesville Virginia

President Donald J. Trump On Who Was Responsible for the Violence in Charlottesville Virginia
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – President Donald J. Trump held a Press Conference following a statement on USA infrastructure contract process on Tuesday, August 15. President Trump made a clear statement of moral equivalence for Charlottesville violence saying: there was “blame on both sides.” President Trump was likely angry following CNN’s questions on Monday, which implied he had waited to condemn the rally of those linked to the Klu Klux Klan, Neo-Nazism and white-nationalism. While being questioned very rigorously, President Trump defended himself saying CNN was fake-news. CNN’s reporter responded the President generates the fake-news.

President Trump signs a memorandum to address China’s intellectual property laws on Monday, August 14, 2017. President Trump and CNN reporter get into a back-and-forth argument about fake-news and a rally by Neo-Nazi/White Nationalist.
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When good people start arguing about what evil people are unifying to do, nothing great can easily be accomplished.

 

Police stand watch near the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the center of Emancipation Park the day after the Unite the Right rally devolved into violence in Charlottesville. White nationalists had gathered in the city Saturday, in part, to protest the removal of the statue.
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Moral consistency is what is needed here, in contrast to moral equivalence. Our President 1Trump today presented a case of moral equivalence of non-fascism and Neo-Nazism/White-Nationalism. In the contextual situation of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia there is no moral equivalence. It simply does not make common-sense. Someone died because of a debate, about a statue, which had been ended via a democratic process. White-nationalist continue to be offended and angry about the outcome. Moral inconsistency, in the United States of America and the world, cuts off the oxygen to the brains of human beings. White supremacy, neo-Nazism, bigotry, hatred, white nationalism, racism, Ku Klux Klan beliefs, Black supremacy, neo-Confederateism, skinhead-ism and ideology that supports violence against non-whites and whites who do not agree with the aforementioned are all morally inconsistent with being good and loving ones neighbor as ones self. Moral consistency is needed here.

Michael Harriot explains, “white nationalists all have one thing in common: a desire to “make America great again” by slowly ridding the county of ethnic diversity. Whether it is anti-immigration laws, lynching, marginalization or radical Caucasian terrorism, they all advocate some version of ethnic cleansing that is, at its base, violent.” Moral consistency is needed here.

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In contrast Harriot states, “antifa” organizations started hunting down Nazis. Anti-fascist believe (and rightly so) that there is nothing worse than fascism. They saw what happened in Germany, and they have pledged to do anything to stop it before it gets going—even if that means violence. It’s like Malcolm X said, “By any means necessary.” Harriot further explains, “The problem with the antifa movement is that many of them are anarchists who don’t believe in organized institutions, so it is hard to tell what their beliefs are. Some of them believe that if the public sees that there are more anti-fascists than there are white supremacists, regular, fence-riding citizens won’t feel pressured to join the fascist movements out of popularity. Some of them believe in fighting fascism with education. And some of them believe that the only way to fight tyranny is with force.” Moral consistency is needed here.

Who are the good white nationalist that President Trump is speaking about? The core issue of Virginia’s domestic terrorism is toxic-masculinity and basic openly displayed honesty. Hateful white-nationalist rallied chanting violent-leaden speech. A white nationalist rally in Virginia turned deadly. Fights broke out between Non-fascists and Neo-Nazi’s. These two groups are not morally equivalent.

One group wants to destroy or literally eliminate people of moral clarity, while advancing white supremacy, neo-Nazism, bigotry, hatred, white nationalist, racism, the Klan, and violence against non-whites and whites who do not agree with them. The other group in Saturday’s street fight wants to defend those being attacked, including non-white and descendants of Jews.

For the purpose of this conversation, no one should be died or injured as a result of a misguided conversation about a statute, race or ethnicity in the United States of America. Yes, Mr. President you are correct, the Virginia incidents where many were injured and a young freedom-fighter was killed bears witness to a great America that has stumbled. The President’s first statement, without an addendum of moral equivalence was acceptable. There is, in this case, a need to denounce white-supremacy with conviction. There is no moral equivalence of bigotry and the greatness of the United States of America.

The ideas and messages of Neo-Nazi’s, the Klan, white supremacist, black supremacist, racist, bigots, toxic-masculinity, women-haters, men-haters are trying to divide this nation. Normalizing hatred is not acceptable.

Let’s fully make America great by way of unconditional love and God-filled peace!

President Donald J. Trump presents to the White House press pool his understanding on who was responsible for the Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Dr. Dianne Hayes
August 14 ·

“Einstein, when he arrived in America, was shocked at how Black Americans were treated. “There is separation of colored people from white people in the United States,” he said. “That separation is not a disease of colored people. It is a disease of white people. And, I do not intend to be quiet about it.” And, he wasn’t.”


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Vice President Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence’s visit to Cartagena, Colombia


Vice President Pence in South and Central America
Vice President Mike Pence and Mrs. Karen Pence visit Venezuelan families at a church in Cartagena, Colombia | August 14, 2017
Photo Credit: Photos by Myles D. Cullen

Vice President Pence in South and Central America
Vice President Mike Pence and Mrs. Karen Pence visit Venezuelan families at a church in Cartagena, Colombia | August 14, 2017
Photos by Myles D. Cullen

Second Lady Karen Pence’s visit to Cartagena, Colombia

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

Vice President Pence in South and Central America
Vice President Mike Pence and Mrs. Karen Pence arrive in Colombia | August 13, 2017
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CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA – Upon arrival in Cartgena Sunday afternoon, Second Lady Karen Pence enjoyed a beautiful walking tour through the Old City of Cartagena. After the tour, Mrs. Pence proceeded to the Hyatt Regency Cartagena Hotel to participate in an art therapy roundtable discussion with practitioners from Bogotá and Cali. Art therapy is a new profession within the area of mental health in Colombia. Just over ten years ago, the first Colombian art therapists began practicing in country. Currently, art therapy courses are not offered at any of the universities in Colombia. Mrs. Pence’s visit helped to raise awareness of the profession and the benefits of receiving the unique treatment.

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Vice President Mike Pence and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos meet in Cartagena, Colombia | August 13, 2017
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Following the roundtable discussion, Second Lady Pence joined Vice President Pence for dinner with President Santos and First Lady Santos of Colombia.


Vice President Pence in South and Central America
Vice President Mike Pence and Mrs. Karen Pence visit Venezuelan families at a church in Cartagena, Colombia | August 14, 2017
Photo Credit: Photos by Myles D. Cullen

 

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Vice President Mike Pence and Mrs. Karen Pence pray with Venezuelan families at a church in Cartagena, Colombia | August 14, 2017
Photo Credit: Photos by Myles D. Cullen
Vice President Pence in South and Central America
Vice President Mike Pence and Mrs. Karen Pence visit Venezuelan families at a church in Cartagena, Colombia | August 14, 2017
Photo Credit: Photos by Myles D. Cullen

On Monday morning, the Second Lady joined Vice President Pence to visit Calvary Church Cartagena where the Pastor does missionary work with Venezuelans who moved to Colombia to escape the Maduro regime. There, Second Lady Pence led a prayer before she and Vice President Pence visited with the Venezuelans who were present at the church. After the visit, they headed to the airport for departure to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Vice President Mike Pence and Mrs. Karen Pence arrive in Argentina | August 14, 2017
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Vice President Pence and President Macri of Argentina

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Vice President Mike Pence participates in a joint press conference with President Macri in Argentina | August 15, 2017 Photo Credit: White House photo by Myles D. Cullen

 

Vice President’s Meeting with President Mauricio Macri of Argentina

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – When Vice President Mike Pence met with President Mauricio Macri of Argentina at the Quinta de Olivos Presidential Office in Buenos Aires on August 15, 2017. On behalf of President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Pence recognized President Macri for pursuing a bold reform agenda and for improving the investment climate as a model for the region. Highlighted by Argentina’s emerging global leadership role in forums like the G20 and WTO, Vice President Pence and President Macri discussed bilateral trade issues. Vice President Pence and President Macri expressed their desire to finalize resolution of key agricultural priorities, by reiterating their shared commitment to deepening commercial ties. Vice President Pence reiterated support for the country’s bid to start the accession process for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the White House reported. Vice President Pence and President Macri also reviewed the strong and growing bilateral security relationship during the meeting. Both leaders recommitted their countries to cooperation on counter-narcotics, anti-corruption and the fight against terrorism and transnational crime. Vice President Pence and President Macri share a deep, concern for the deteriorating situation in Venezuela, the White House states. while abroad, Vice President Pence recognized Argentina for the concrete actions it has taken, and reiterated the Trump administration’s commitment to work with global and regional partners to bring the full weight of US diplomacy.

Vice President Pence in South and Central America
Vice President Mike Pence participates in a wreath laying ceremony at the tomb of General San Martin at Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral | August 15, 2017
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According to:

HomeJosé de San Martín

The South American soldier, liberator and statesman Joséde San Martín (1778-1850 or 1789-1822) played an important role in winning the independence of several Spanish South American countries from Spain.

José de San Martín was born at Yapeyú, a village on the northern frontier of Argentina, where his father was an official of the Spanish colonial government. At the age of 7, San Martín returned to Spain with his parents. He entered the Royal Academy as a cadet and was educated there with sons of the nobility of Spain. As a member of the Spanish army, he fought in some of the campaigns against French forces in the Peninsular War and by 1811 had acquired the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Hearing of the revolt against Spain in his native Argentina, San Martín resigned from the Spanish army in 1812 and sailed for Buenos Aires to join the patriot forces. He took a prominent part in organizing Argentine troops and soon became military governor of the north to organize defense against Spanish troops in Upper Peru. In 1814 he secured the governorship of the province of Cuyo at the foot of the Andes. Here for 3 years he recruited and trained his Army of the Andes, since he believed that Argentina could not be safely independent unless Spanish forces were dislodged from Chile, Peru, and Bolivia.

In January 1817 San Martín led his army of Argentines and fugitives from Chile over the Andes and surprised the Spanish army in Chile. After having captured and occupied Santiago on February 15, San Martín was offered the supreme dictatorship of Chile but declined in favor of his friend and colleague Bernardo O’Higgins. He made Chile completely free of Spanish troops by May 15, 1818, and began planning for an invasion of Peru.

n Martín was 2 years assembling a fleet which, under the able command of Lord Cochrane, swept Spanish shipping from the west coast of South America. In August 1820 the army of San Martín was transported toward Peru, convoyed by warships under Lord Cochrane. Within a year San Martín was able to occupy the capital, and on July 28, 1821, he proclaimed the independence of Peru from Spain. On August 3 he accepted the position of supreme protector of Peru.

However, considerable fighting was still needed before Peruvian independence was assured, since the bulk of the Spanish army had merely withdrawn into the mountains and was still a viable fighting force and a threat. San Martín considered that he did not have enough force to meet the Spaniards and would need the aid of the armies of Simón Bolívar, who had just liberated the areas of Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador. For that purpose, San Martín and Bolívar met at Guayaquil; that conference is one of the most disputed points in South American history.”

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Vice President Pence and President Macri of Argentina in Joint Press Conference

Quinta de Olivos
Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

PRESIDENT MACRI: (As interpreted.) “Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. And thank you joining us on a special morning. I would like to welcome and thank the Vice President of the United States for this official visit.

This truly certifies the level of interest and enthusiasm with regard to our country, given that we’ve started to build trust, to become predictable, and, clearly, that is the beginning of a process of employment generation in our country as it brings investments, most definitely — investments which are necessary for our country’s development.

In addition, this reflects a relationship which began to heal 19 months ago, by starting to look for common areas. And this was obviously certified when I went to Washington and met with President Trump. This involves the affection there is between our countries.

I would like to thank you, Mr. Vice President, for your presence here. Your visit with leading companies of the United States, some companies which are ratifying and confirming investments, and companies that are interested in taking part in the development of our country in the near future. Again, we need to generate employment, as that is a solution to poverty. We need to create a lot of jobs, and your companies that are determined to invest in our country are most welcome.

During our working meeting, we also discussed trade matters, and we are obviously willing to exchange what both the Argentinians and the Americans produce. We also discussed the G20 and the WTO meeting at the end of the year. We think these are meetings that will provide an opportunity to boost the development of the whole continent.

I also conveyed our deep gratitude, considering the clear and conclusive position of the United States in favor of Argentina’s bid to join the OECD. We think this is a very important step as part of our transformation process. We do wish to become members of such a distinguished group of work.

I also reiterated that we are very happy to be able to continue fighting against drug-trafficking, terrorism, money-laundering, and corruption. We have worked very collaboratively and intelligently in recent months, and we hope to continue to do so, as this is a path that guarantees the growth of our countries and development and peace of mind for our communities, essentially.

And we also talked a bit about Venezuela. We share the concern over developments in our beloved Venezuela. We feel for the suffering of Venezuelans. And we reiterated, both of us, the need to continue to demand President Maduro an electoral schedule, respect for individual liberties, for the independence of the powers, and to stop actions that have only impoverished Venezuela and have greatly damaged its population.

This has been a truly important meeting for us. Your presence is important, Mr. Vice President. We believe in a mature, intelligent relationship between our countries, and we think, on that basis, we can build a better future for the Argentinians and the Americans.

So let us hope this will be the first of many visits. You will always be welcome. I know last night you had a very nice meal with your wife — a very romantic evening at your hotel. (Laughter.) So I do hope you’ll visit us once again with your wife and that you will get to see other parts of our country, which is a large country, like your own. It has beautiful spots that are worth visiting.

Thank you once again. ”

 

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “Well, thank you, President Macri. Thank you for the warm hospitality that you’ve shown to me on my very first visit to Argentina. I extend the warm and personal greetings of your friend of many years, the President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump.

I spoke with the President this morning, and he wanted me to convey his gratitude to you, not only for your hospitality, but for the growing partnership and strong relationship that is now enjoyed under his leadership with the United States and your leadership here in Argentina.

It was my honor, along with the President, to welcome you to the White House just a few short months ago, and now it’s my honor to be welcomed by you to Argentina and to your beautiful capital city of Buenos Aires, where my wife and I did enjoy a date last night.” (Laughter.)

“I’m here today to reaffirm the enduring bond between the United States and Argentina. And I’m here to commend you, President Macri, for your bold reform agenda, an agenda that’s transforming Argentina’s economy at home and restoring its reputation around the world. Argentina, in many ways, is an inspiration across this hemisphere and across the wider world. And I’m here to tell you, on behalf of President Trump, the United States is with you.

Under President Trump, the United States will always put the security and prosperity of America first. But as I hope my presence here demonstrates, America first does not mean America alone.

The United States and Argentina are woven together by geography and history, and a tapestry of liberty. It was nearly 250 years ago that the founders of the United States of America proclaimed our independence. It was only 40 years later — almost to the day — that the forebears of Argentina followed their own path to freedom.

Where the United States has George Washington, Argentina has San Martín, whose mausoleum I had the privilege to visit earlier today. Where the United States has our Declaration of Independence, Argentina has the Acta de Independencia. The United States is proud to stand with Argentina to this day in defense of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law.

President Macri, under your leadership, Argentina has reemerged as a strong advocate for these values and as a symbol of the productive and positive future that Latin America is building for itself. Today, Argentina has embarked on a great economic and political revival. And as our President said to you in his meeting at the White House, we applaud your political and economic reforms.

Over the past 18 months, President Macri has taken important steps to break down barriers to growth, eased currency controls, reentered global capital markets, cut import and export tariffs, modernized labor rules, and invested in much-needed infrastructure.

As we share your view that membership in the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development will help consolidate these reforms in Argentina, on behalf of the President, let me reiterate again that the United States of America strongly supports Argentina’s bid to join the OECD.

Under your leadership, Mr. President, Argentina holds the promise of a stronger commercial partnership with the United States. Today, President Macri and I spoke about increasing our two-way trade for the benefit of both our countries. Our trade currently totals more than $24 billion, and our investment stands at more than $13 billion. This is a solid foundation for shared prosperity, as we look forward to building on it to our mutual benefit.

Furthermore, as President Trump has said, we welcome Argentina’s growing leadership role on the world stage. Last year — or, excuse me, later this year, as we discussed, Argentina will host the World Trade Organization’s Ministerial Conference, and next year, of course, you’ll assume the G-20 presidency.

Argentina’s global leadership is good for our hemisphere. And, President Macri, let me thank you again for your actions, which are renewing Argentina’s leadership and prosperity.

But as we know and as we discussed, security is the foundation of our prosperity, and today, our nations face many threats to our security, most especially the threat of global terrorism.

Argentina, of course, is no stranger to this enemy. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Israeli Embassy bombing, which was followed two years later by the AMIA bombing — the deadliest terrorist attack in the history of Argentina.

These two attacks claimed the lives of 114 innocent citizens. Earlier today, it was my great privilege to visit the memorial for these victims at the Metropolitan Cathedral, to breathe a word of prayer and respect for the loss.

A quarter-century later, terrorism still threatens our nations, our people, and our very way of life. And President Macri, I can assure you: The United States will continue to stand with Argentina to confront this enemy and ensure our mutual security.

As a result of your visit to Washington, D.C., the United States will continue to strengthen our partnership to combat terrorist financing, as well as money laundering, and other illicit financial activities by transnational criminal organizations. And we are grateful for the full partnership in this cause.

The newly established Argentina-United States Dialogue on Illicit Financing, and our new bilateral Cyber Policy Working Group are protecting the security and economic interests of both our countries. And President Trump and I appreciate Argentina’s partnership in this critical area, in this challenging time.

Argentina is boldly leading Latin America toward a brighter future, but your progress, and the progress of the wider region, sadly stands in stark contrast to the collapse that we see in Venezuela.

In Venezuela, we are seeing the tragedy of tyranny play out before our eyes, in our own hemisphere. As President Trump has said, in his words, “The [Venezuelan] people are suffering and they are dying.” And they’re experiencing grinding poverty; families cannot find the food and medicine they need to survive; innocent children are perishing from hunger every single day.

Today, the once-free people of Venezuela are being forced to endure this fate by the brutality of the Maduro regime. The Maduro regime has ignored and undermined the National Assembly; stifled the voices of the free media and the people alike; and has imprisoned countless political opponents. And, most heartbreakingly, more than 130 brave Venezuelans have died in the desperate fight to restore democracy.

Venezuela is sliding into dictatorship. And as President Donald Trump has said, and I quote, “The United States will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles.” President Trump has said that a stable and peaceful Venezuela is in the best interest of our entire hemisphere. And you can be assured, Mr. President: We will continue to stand with free nations across this hemisphere until democracy is restored for the Venezuelan people.

As I told you today, President Trump and I are especially grateful for Argentina’s regional leadership in this cause. We applaud the measures you’ve taken to track down corrupt Venezuelan officials. We are grateful that Argentina voted with Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay to suspend Venezuela from Mercosur until democracy is restored.

And we thank Argentina for joining 11 other countries to sign the Lima Declaration just last week — sending a powerful message that the free peoples of the Americas will stand with the Venezuelan people and stand up to their oppressors.

But President Trump said, and we call on Latin America to do more. And know this: The United States will continue to bring the full measure of American economic and diplomatic power to bear until democracy is restored in Venezuela.

As the President mentioned a few days ago, the United States has, in his words, “many options for Venezuela.” But the President and I remain confident that, working with all our allies across Latin America, we will achieve a peaceable solution to the crisis facing the Venezuelan people.

And know this, Mr. President: What we do for Venezuela, we will do together. We all live in the same neighborhood. We succeed when our neighbors succeed. We struggle when our neighbors struggle. And so we will continue to act, together, to support the people of Venezuela in their fight for freedom.

Mr. President, President Trump and I believe that Argentina will continue to be an exemplar of a better path in Latin America, under your leadership — the path toward prosperity, security, and freedom. The United States is proud to partner with Argentina as you continue your march toward progress.

And with the leadership of President Trump and the United States, and your leadership, President Macri, and with faith in the good people of both of our countries, we’re confident that the best days for the United States and for Argentina are yet to come.

President Macri, thank you again for your hospitality. It’s a great, great honor to be with you today. “

 

MODERATOR: (As interpreted.) “We will next begin the actual press conference offered by the President of Argentina, Mr. Macri, and the Vice President of the United States, Mr. Pence.

Martin Dinatale from Infobae takes the floor.”

 

QUESTION: (As interpreted.) “Good morning. We would first like to ask President Mauricio Macri, what position did you convey for Argentina regarding President Trump’s position a few days ago on his statement regarding a possible military intervention in Venezuela? Do you agree with that position? Have you discussed the possibility of other either economic or political sanctions that could be implemented? And this position stated by President Trump, couldn’t it somehow conspire against the peaceful, pro-peace position of Latin America thus far?

And we would also like to ask Vice President Pence specifically whether there has been any progress in terms of agreements on cybersecurity, which you referred to, and what sort of progress has there been. And what kind of advances could you mention in the fight against terrorism, considering, as you yourself stated, that Argentina has been targeted by terrorism? And, accordingly, whether there’s any cooperation being provided by the United States with regard to the death of prosecutor Nisman. Thank you very much.”

 

PRESIDENT MACRI: (As interpreted.) “The statement that the Vice President has just made clearly shows the level of agreement between us on how to tackle the issue of Venezuela. We must refine diplomatic and economic skills in order to ensure that a democracy is restored as swiftly as possible; that Venezuela, again, has an election schedule; that there are no normal political detainees; and that the powers are again independent in a framework of democracy.

That’s the contents of our Mercosur communiqué, and we think that is a way to go. The way to go is not the use of force, but to deepen the political demand, taking into account the economic dimension, as well, to see how we can help ensure that democracy is restored in Venezuela.”

 

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “Well, thank you for the question. Specifically on the issue of counterterrorism, the President and I spoke at some length about enhanced cooperation and intelligence-sharing that’s been taking place since President Macri’s meeting with President Trump at the White House earlier this year. We pledged our mutual support to continue to work in a collaborative way, and we are grateful for President Macri and his government’s full cooperation.

To see the tragedy that took place a quarter-century ago here in Argentina, to think of 9/11 in the United States, to see the unfolding asymmetrical threat that global terrorism presents, we greatly welcome and appreciate the expanded cooperation that President Macri and President Trump initiated in their meeting in Washington, D.C. And we’ll continue to work in those ways to see to the security of the people of both of our countries.

With regard to Venezuela, we spoke about that issue as well. And as I just stated, President Trump sent me here to make it clear, in Argentina and across Latin America, that the United States will not stand by while Venezuela crumbles. And the President had made it clear, as well, that the United States has many options, and we reserve those options.

But we truly believe that by increasing economic and diplomatic pressure on the Maduro regime — not just across the Americas, but across the wider world — that we can achieve a restoration of democracy in Venezuela by peaceable means. And we’ll continue to work very closely.

I’m grateful to President Macri for his leadership over the last year and a half, speaking out boldly on the slide into dictatorship in Venezuela. We’ll continue to work with countries all across the region to achieve that objective.

But President Trump is determined to bring the full weight of American economic and diplomatic power to bear until we see the suffering relieved in Venezuela, and democracy restored.”

 

MODERATOR: “Our next question is from Shannon Pettypiece of Bloomberg News.”

 

QUESTION: “President Macri, given your desire for a diplomatic solution to the situation in Venezuela, if the United States was to move forward on a military option, given all options are on the table, how would you respond? And do you feel that that type of language is helpful?

And then, for Vice President Pence, as you travel around the world trying to present this strong, unified message, back in Washington there continues to be this infighting in the West Wing, in particular these attacks on the National Security Advisor. Does that hurt your efforts abroad? And do you think there are additional changes needed in West Wing staff to eliminate or tamp down some of that very public infighting?”

 

PRESIDENT MACRI: (As interpreted.) “Again, within Mercosur, we do not see force as an option to resolve the conflict in Venezuela. And we are very pleased to see unanimity across the continent. And with the leadership of the United States, in order for democracy to be restored in Venezuela, we need to carry on working in all fields of diplomacy to ensure that this is achieved — because, every day, Venezuelans lose the lives while defending their rights to freedom. And we can’t continue to tolerate that.T”

 

VICE PRESIDENCE PENCE: “Well, thank you for the question. Our administration, not some seven months old, has seen America restore more than a million jobs at home. But also, what the world has seen, under President Donald Trump, is an American President who is once again embracing our historic role as leader of the free world without apology.

I think you can see the results of the President’s strong leadership in the unanimous vote in the United Nations Security Council on additional sanctions in North Korea. I think you can see the result of the President’s strong leadership in the 12-0 vote last week, embracing the Lima Declaration, further isolating Venezuela as its nation collapses into dictatorship.

In a very real sense, I believe that President Trump has restored the credibility of American power by being willing to take American values and American interests onto the world stage. And while we’re putting America first, as I said earlier, I think the world is also getting the message that America first does not mean America alone.

And my presence here, and in this swing across Latin America, as when the President himself has traveled around the world, is to bring together nations around the world, to work toward our common interests and to achieve results. And I believe the results speak for themselves.

So it’s my great honor to represent the President this week in Latin America. And we’re encouraged by the level of agreement among Latin American countries, and countries across the wider world, for what needs to be done with regard to isolating North Korea economically and diplomatically, to achieve the objective in North Korea of a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. And I know that President Trump is encouraged by the level of support and the response to American leadership — bringing a focus on the tragedy in Venezuela. We were just there yesterday.

President Macri told me there are some 60,000 Venezuelan refugees here in Argentina. There are more than half-a-million, by some reports, in Colombia, where we were yesterday.

I met with families who were fleeing the deprivation and persecution of the Maduro regime, and to hear from a grandmother who told me that she went and collected her five grandchildren because poverty had become so severe in their hometown. The children had to rise at four in the morning in Venezuela to get a ticket and then wait all day to use that ticket to buy one piece of bread. It’s extraordinary to think. Venezuela has the potential to be one of the wealthiest nations in our hemisphere with its oil reserves alone. And yet the poverty and deprivation that is resulting from their collapse into dictatorship speaks for itself.

And President Trump is going to continue to provide that strong unambiguous leadership on the world stage, and I think we’re going to continue to see the progress that we’ve seen in Asia and as well as in our own hemisphere.”

 

MODERATOR: (As interpreted.) “Next, Martin Ceval (ph) from El Cronista.”

QUESTION: (As interpreted.) “Good morning. Mr. Vice President Pence, me and my colleagues would like to ask the following: Since the beginning of the Trump administration, negotiations between Mercosur and the EU have sped up for a trade agreement. Does the United States feel any threat to its predominant position on that front? And do you intend to state any particular position during the upcoming WTO meeting? And we’d also like to know whether the White House intends to again get Argentina within the General System of Preferences and what the position of Argentina will be within the market.

And for President Macri: Since the government has repeatedly spoken in favor of the multilateral trade system, does the bilateral position shown by the United States perhaps conspire against the goals of the December summit?

Thank you.”

 

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “Well, thank you for the question. President Macri and I spoke at some length about expanded trade opportunities between the United States and Argentina. And we think they are significant, particularly in the area of agriculture.

I come from an agricultural state in the United States. I was governor of the state of Indiana before I became Vice President. And I know the quality of American pork, and I know that President Trump and President Macri have spoken, as well as officials — even in the last week — about expanding access of American pork to the market here in Argentina. And we’ve made great progress. We’re going to continue to work toward making that progress. We also discussed the interest in exporting and importing beef on both sides. And, of course, lemon exports from Argentina were a topic.

So we had a very extensive conversation on commodity-specific areas, and those will continue. And our hope is that, with the energy that our administration and that President Macri’s administration are placing behind this, we may have a breakthrough soon that will expand the economic relationship between Argentina and the United States, particularly on agricultural goods.

That being said, I’ll speak later today at the stock exchange about the extraordinary economic relationship between the United States of America. We are greatly encouraged by the economic reforms that President Macri is advancing here. We believe that those reforms will further enhanced and strengthened in Argentina with membership in the OECD. And President Trump has weighed in strongly in favor of Argentina’s membership in the OECD.

But I can assure you that a strong relationship — economic relationship between the United States and Argentina, I think, can grow even stronger, still, to the benefit not only of your economy, but of ours. We believe that Argentina’s turn towards free-market principles, reentering global capital markets, bringing about the kind of reforms that President Macri is advancing will support jobs and opportunities in the United States, and it will invite more foreign direct investment from our country here. And we look forward to building that relationship.”

 

PRESIDENT MACRI: (As interpreted.) “I agree with the Vice President. We have so many opportunities to enhance relations between the United States and Argentina. We think that will bring prosperity, jobs, and development for our own country, and we hope that in December, at the WTO meeting, we’ll find areas in which to deepen the potential, aside from the fact that the United States may not see multilateral relations as attractive as bilateral relations at this stage.

But we hope to achieve a balance at the meeting — because, clearly, our possibilities — the possibilities in relation to the growth of our relationship are vast. We can create a lot of jobs through increased trade with the United States and through U.S. companies, which have always led investment in Argentina over the past century. We hope that they will continue to invest further in Argentina.”

 

MODERATOR: “Our next question — David Rennie of The Economist. “

 

QUESTION: “A question for President Macri. You’re probably the leader in Latin America that’s closest to President Trump. You have an agenda that’s very much aligned with free markets. You’re proud of your meeting coming up hosting the WTO. Does it make your life harder when you’re trying to speak to the anti-American forces that do exist in this continent when President Trump says things like the WTO is another one of our disasters, when he withdraws from TPP, when he has very harsh language about NAFTA that sounds protectionist, or when he says that a military option could be on the table for Venezuela? Does that make life harder for a pro-American leader like yourself in a continent like Latin America?

And a similar question, Vice President. You’re now going on this continent as an envoy of President Trump. You’ve been explaining how America First does not mean America alone. But when the President steps on his own message with things like the military options or when he gives people the impression he might be about to attack North Korea, does that mean that you have work to do? And have leaders told you that they’re worried that America First looks and sounds like the ugly American of the past?

PRESIDENT MACRI: (As interpreted.) I’ve had the honor and responsibility of leading the Argentine Republic for 19 months now. Right from the outset, I told the Argentine people that if we were isolated from the world the way we were for seven decades — we didn’t do very well, we did quite badly. One-third of Argentines are in poverty. And I propose intelligent mutual benefit relations with all countries all around the world, especially the countries that respect our own country; the countries that respect our own identity.

And right from the start with the visit of President Obama, and then with the new administration that welcomed me in Washington — and we were very warmly received not just by the President, but by the U.S. Congress, and the American community at-large, which showed a degree of interest and affection for our country that really touched us all — let me say that we were truly moved.

So I would much rather focus on the fact that President Trump has reiterated his deep affection for Argentina, his great respect; the fact that he believes in our country. He sees our country as one with vast potential, and the United States wants to be part of that process of development and growth.

So we’re at a very good stage. We are seeking commonalities. Trade will increase, as well as investment flows. We shall continue to work together in the fight against corruption, against drug trafficking, against organized crime generally, which afflicts us so much in our everyday lives.

So I think we have a very positive era ahead of us for both countries.

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: Well, thank you for that, Mr. President. I couldn’t agree more.

We do have before us a very opportune era, not only between our two countries, but across this hemisphere. And I believe it is a result of the strong leadership that President Donald Trump has brought back to the world stage as President of the United States of America.

I’ve had the great privilege to represent the President in Europe now twice, in South Asia, and now here in Latin America. And what I hear again and again from leaders around the world is that they welcome — they welcome American strength back on the world stage. In President Donald Trump, President Macri has known for a very long time we have an American President who says what he means, and means what he says.

The American people appreciate his strength, but I am convinced, from not only public events but private conversations with leaders around the world, free nations around the world welcome the President’s leadership as well. In a very real sense, President Donald Trump has restored the credibility of American power and has demonstrated that America is once again willing to step onto the world stage, put our interests first — as every President of every nation should put their people first — but then bring together nations of common interests — free nations around the world — to pursue our common objectives.

President Trump, in a very real sense, I believe has brought the kind of broad-shouldered leadership to the world stage that has been lacking for too long, and the world welcomes it. And it’s my great honor to be able to represent him around the world.

And the progress that we are seeing, the strengthening of our relationships and alliances, and, frankly, the result of the strengthening of an American economy — more confidence among our businesses than it’s been for some 20 years; one million new jobs created in the first seven months of this administration; and a world community once again understanding that America is embracing our role and our responsibility as leader of the free world — I think is all evidence of what strong and resolute American leadership means. And that’s the kind of leadership that President Donald Trump will continue to provide.

 

PRESIDENT MACRI: (As interpreted.) Thank you very much.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Vice President Pence and President Santos of Colombia in Joint Press Conference

Casa de Huespedes Ilustres
Cartagena, Colombia

6:26 P.M. Local ET

Vice President Mike Pence in South and Central America
Vice President Mike Pence and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos hold a press conference in Cartagena, Colombia | Sunday, August 13, 2017
Photo Credit: White House photo by Myles D. Cullen

 

Vice President Pence and President Santos

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

PRESIDENT SANTOS: (As interpreted.) “Good afternoon. Mr. Vice President, Mike Pence, welcome. Welcome to Colombia. We are truly honored to have you here.

I had the honor of being the first head of state of the Western Hemisphere to take a phone call from you after your inauguration, and I am very grateful for it because I interpreted it as you recognizing the very special relationship that our two countries have had.

Last May, you had me over in your home, the Naval Observatory in Washington, and now you have had another kind gesture, because Colombia is the first country you visit in Latin America.

And this reaffirms our strategic alliance and our friendship with your government and the people of the United States. Colombians are very proud of this alliance that has been strengthened over time and over several administrations.

Vice President Pence is arriving at a historical moment, at a turning point when the last containers in which we have placed all of the FARC weapons and are now in the hands of the United Nations and our leaving the rural areas where the former guerilla have gotten together, and the idea now is to decommission and destroy all those arms. And that is no more and no less than the end of the decommissioning of our weapons. And we have already begun a process of reintegration of the former members of this insurgent group into civilian life.

During this peace process that your country has proven so helpful is a triumph — a triumph for democracy — and clear evidence that conflict, regardless of how profound they may be, they can be resolved through reason and dialogue.

Here, we did not negotiate our economic model, nor did we negotiate private property, nor the development model or public policy, and much less our military services. What we did was to strengthen the rule of law, as well as our democratic institutions, and to give our countryside, our rural area, and our agrarian agricultural policy the importance that they should have had for a very long time. And you, Vice President Pence, understand this very well because you come from an agricultural state.

And we have now embarked in a new era of cooperation with the United States on several fronts. Plan Colombia, that has now become Paz Colombia with bipartisan support, will focus on very special programs that will allow us to make headway in peace-building and also in rebuilding all the areas most affected by the conflict.

Allow me to reiterate, on behalf of the people of Colombia and on my own behalf, our gratitude to the government of the Trump administration for supporting the consolidation of peace in Colombia.

The end of the conflict with FARC will allow us to be far more effective in this common battle that our two countries are waging against drug trafficking. We are cognizant that illegal crops have increased in recent years, and that is a shared concern because we have a shared responsibility.

During our talks, I had the chance to explain to Vice President Pence the specific plan that we’ve put in motion in order to do away with — or to disappear 100,000 hectares of coca shrub in Colombia. The first half that corresponds to forced eradication, we have already cleared 27,000 hectares. The other 50 percent is being eradicated through voluntary substitution programs, and we have already eradicated over 10,000 hectares, but we do have the commitment with over 86,000 families to surpass the 50,000 hectares that we intend on destroying.

The Minister of Defense is responsible for this program, together with the High Advisor for the post-conflict, coordinated by the Vice President of Colombia, General Naranjo. And we measure it every week with the support of the U.S. embassy, with the purpose of guaranteeing its fulfillment.

And this is a monumental task, and we are going to fulfill it. We are very happy to share this good news with you, Mr. Vice President Pence, and also explain that the agenda between our countries has evolved and has gone way beyond the war on drug trafficking. The U.S. has provided us with very valuable support in our desire to join the OECD, and we already have the approval of several committees, and that support has been reiterated by President Trump himself, and it is going to prove key so that we receive a green light in the other two committees we need to be approved in order for Colombia to join the OECD.

And the trade relation between our countries is becoming increasingly stronger. The free trade agreement has brought great benefits that we can further empower. Less than a year ago, it was here, in the city of Cartagena, that we installed the U.S.-Colombia Entrepreneurial Advisory Council. And this council has become a very important voice for both our countries’ private sectors, and has allowed us to understand and support business opportunities.

And thanks to the end of the conflict with FARC, new opportunities are opening up for agriculture and mining, particularly in areas hit very hard by violence. And as far as access to the U.S. market is concerned, Vice President Pence has brought good news, but I will let him give us that good news.

Tourism is another front of our relationship that is on the rise and that we hope to further strengthen. Last year, we had an average of U.S. tourists increase by 16 percent. In the past, that average annual number was barely 5 percent. And we want an increasing number of U.S. visitors to come to Colombia and enamor themselves with all the beautiful treasures that we have to share with you and the world at large. And to this, there are many social, economic, and academic opportunities for the citizens of both our countries.

Naturally, we spoke about Venezuela, and with Vice President Pence and President Trump, we have expressed our concern, and the concern of the entire region and world, over what is happening in Venezuela.

In the sister nation of Venezuela, they are destroying the freedom and institutional framework and institutional order. Your country, Vice President, and my country have always defended the legacy of our founding farmers — freedom, democracy, respect for human rights, and, naturally, peace. And those are values that we must always uphold and defend — always. And that’s why we must do everything possible so that Venezuela reestablishes its democracy.

But since friends have to tell each other the truth, I have told Vice President Pence that the possibility of a military intervention shouldn’t even be considered, neither in Colombia nor in Latin America. From the south of the Rio Grande to the Patagonia, could we agree on this? America is a continent of peace. It is the land of peace. Let us preserve it as such.

The pressure on the Venezuelan regime must be maintained and increased, as was stated by the countries that met in Lima last week. They said: We condemn and reject what is happening in Venezuela.

An illegal constituent assembly is killing democratic institutions. It is the coup de grâce we support all the measures adopted by the U.S. government, and we will support additional measures, provided we always look for a negotiated solution and, above all, a peaceful solution.

Mr. Vice President, we are here at the House of Illustrious Guests — that is how it’s called — and it is located inside the cadet naval school facilities where I, 50 years ago, acquired the values of military education, and they have been with me all of my life. The anthem of our navy ends with a beautiful sentence that says: And that is why I sing when I sail. I do not care about the storm, because I am always guided by two stars — that of my country and my home.

And I could add that the Americans — both Americans from the north and Americans from the south — must always be enlightened two other stars — that of democracy and that of freedom. And always, always we must be vigilant to ensure that they never lose their shine and light.

Thank you once again, Vice President Pence, for your gesture of choosing us as the first country on your tour throughout Latin America.

Thank you. Thank you for your government support to our country and to peace in Colombia. Let us continue working together, united, to further strengthen our relationship as strategic partners, allies, and, above all, as friends.

Thank you. Thank you very much.”

 

Vice President Pence in South and Central America
Vice President Mike Pence and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos hold a press conference in Cartagena, Colombia | August 13, 2017
Photo Credit: White House photo by Myles D. Cullen

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:

“President Santos, thank you for the warm welcome you and Maria Clemencia have shown to me and my wife, Karen.

It was an honor, along with President Donald Trump, to welcome you to the White House during your historic visit in May. And now it is a personal honor for me to be to be the first member of our new administration to visit Colombia.

And on behalf of President Trump, I’m here to deliver a very simple message to you and to the people of this great nation: The United States stands with Colombia. Colombia has no better partner and friend than the United States of America.

Under President Donald Trump, the United States will always put the security and prosperity of America first. But as I hope my presence here today demonstrates, America first does not mean America alone.

The United States stands with Colombia because our security and our prosperity are inextricably linked. Our interests are aligned. Our values that you spoke of so eloquently are the same. And the birthright of freedom belongs to both our people.

Colombia won its independence less than a half-century after the United States. And, last week, Colombia celebrated the 198th anniversary of the Battle of Boyacá, when your forbearers cast off the shackles of foreign oppression.

The United States was proud to be the first democracy to recognize your independence. Colombia signed its first treaty of commerce with the United States, back in 1824. And over the generations, our citizens have stood shoulder-to-shoulder to protect our most precious values of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law.

The United States has stood with Colombia through times of great challenge, and we continue to stand with you today, in this time of hope and opportunity for the Colombian people.

Mr. President, under your leadership, Colombia has signed an agreement that ended the longest-running conflict in the history of the Western Hemisphere. But now, Colombia faces the greater challenge of consolidating that peace. The greatest risk, as we discussed, to that peace is practical and real: the absence of infrastructure, basic services, the rule of law in war-affected areas that’s creating a haven for criminal activities, drugs and violence.

Mr. President, know that the United States will continue — continue to partner with Colombia to address these issues, because we’ve long recognized the importance of Colombian security and prosperity to our own.

This year, on trade, marks the 6th year of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement. It’s an agreement that has created jobs and opportunities in both our nations. Colombia is the United States’ third-largest trading partner in Latin America, with a two-way goods trade of nearly $27 billion in 2016 alone.

Today, I am pleased to announce that the United States has reached an agreement to allow Colombian Haas avocados into the U.S. market. I want to congratulate you, President Santos, and your government. I also want to thank you for expanding access for U.S. rough rice in Colombia.

We welcome this progress, and we’re confident that our nations’ leaders can continue with further progress in the days ahead.

To that end, as I told you today, the United States supports Colombia’s aspirations to join the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. As a concrete demonstration of this support, I’m pleased to announce today that the United States will provide Colombia up to $2 million in technical assistance to achieve that objective.

In spite of all this progress, our greatest concern, as President Trump discussed with you at the White House — and we discussed again today — is the dramatic increase in cocaine production, which has now reached an all-time high in Colombia. This worsening crisis requires swift action to protect the people of both our countries.

The drug trade is a wellspring of violence, crime, and corruption, victimizing the Colombian people. And in the United States, illegal drugs coming from Colombia have poisoned our children, torn apart our families, and devastated too many communities. Mr. President, this must end — and this must end soon.

I can assure you, under President Donald Trump, the United States will continue to take decisive action to address our nation’s demand for illegal drugs, with border security, internal enforcement, and a renewed effort to remove dangerous criminals, gang members, and drug dealers from the streets of our country.

Last week, I stood with President Trump as he declared a national health emergency to combat the scourge of opioid abuse and addiction all across our nation.

And to protect the people of the United States, we will also continue to work directly with Colombia to combat drug production and transnational criminal syndicates. And, Mr. President, we will support efforts to strengthen the Colombian judicial system to deal with traffickers more effectively.

Under your leadership, Mr. President, Colombia represents the future of Latin America. It is a future of freedom, security, and prosperity. And America stands with you.

As we look toward that future, Colombia stands not only with the United States, but with free nations and peoples all across our hemisphere. The last three decades have seen the flowering of freedom and democracy from the tip of South America to the top of Central America.

And while Colombia and other countries across the region have achieved such rapid progress toward freedom, as the world watches we see your neighbor to the east has gone in the exact opposite direction.

In Venezuela, we’re seeing the tragedy of tyranny play out before our eyes. As President Trump has said, in his words, “The [Venezuelan] people are suffering and they are dying.” They’re experiencing grinding poverty. Families cannot find the food and medicine they need to survive. Innocent children are perishing every day from hunger.

Today, the once-free people of Venezuela are being forced to endure this fate by the brutality of the Maduro regime. No free people has ever chosen to walk the path from prosperity to poverty. No free people has ever chosen to turn what was once, and should still be, one of South America’s richest nations into its poorest and most corrupt.

The Maduro regime has ignored and undermined its National Assembly. It’s stifled the voices of a free press and the masses alike, and imprisoned countless political opponents. And more than 130 brave Venezuelans have already died in the desperate fight for democracy.

The United States, Colombia, and free nations of Latin America will not be silent. Venezuela is sliding into dictatorship, and as President Donald Trump has said, “The United States will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles.” We will continue to stand with free nations across our hemisphere until democracy is restored for the Venezuelan people.

Let me take this moment to thank you, President Santos, for Colombia’s regional leadership in this cause. Colombia has publicly denounced the Maduro regime and increased financial surveillance of its ill-gotten assets.

Last week, 12 nations, including Colombia, jointly issued the Lima Declaration — a strong statement of the region’s opposition to the Maduro regime’s abuse of power and abuse of the Venezuelan people.

At President Trump’s direction, the United States of America has issued three rounds of targeted sanctions, including new sanctions just last week, against Maduro and his inner circle. And you can be assured, Mr. President, we will continue to take action until the Maduro regime restores democracy, holds free and fair elections, releases all political prisoners, and ends the repression of the Venezuelan people.

As President Trump said just a few days ago, “We have many options for Venezuela.” But the President also remains confident that, working with all of our allies across Latin America, we can achieve a peaceable solution to the crisis facing the Venezuelan people.

Working with free nations across this hemisphere, the United States will continue to bring the full measure of American economic and diplomatic power until democracy is restored in Venezuela.

We do this because it’s right. The Venezuelan people deserve freedom. We do this because, as President Trump has said, in his words, a “stable and peaceful Venezuela is in the best interest of the entire hemisphere.” Failed states know no borders. A failed state in Venezuela will drive more illegal drug trafficking, with its murderous criminal consequences, radiating outward. A failed state in Venezuela will drive more illegal migration, compromising our borders, damaging our economies. And ultimately, a failed state in Venezuela will endanger the wellbeing of all who call this hemisphere home.

And know this, Mr. President: What we do for Venezuela, we will do together. We all live in the same neighborhood. We succeed when our neighbors succeed. We suffer when our neighbors suffer. And so we will continue to act, together, to support the people of Venezuela in their struggle for freedom.

And we call on our neighbors and your neighbors in Latin America to do more. And I promise you, the United States will not rest, we will not relent until Venezuela is restored to a full and prosperous democracy.

The Venezuelan people will be free once more, for here in the New World, freedom always wins. And as Simón Bolívar said, “A people that loves freedom will in the end be free.”

The United States is grateful for our partnership and our friendship with Colombia. And, Mr. President, you can be assured that we will continue to work hand-in-hand with Colombia, in security, in prosperity, and in defense of the timeless values that gave birth to our nations and that have brought us closer together ever since.

We share a past and we share a future — and we will meet that future together.

Thank you, President Santos, again for your hospitality. It’s my great honor to be here.”

MODERATOR: “President Santos and Vice President Pence will take a couple of questions from the media from both countries. And we will start with the Colombia press, Maricia de la Torre (ph) from Caracol News.”

QUESTION: (In progress) “– here in Colombia. When President Trump, when your government said this day that he is not ruling out a military intervention in Venezuela, exactly what does it mean? And I also would like to know if this part of this trip that you’re having in Latin America includes looking for support from the countries, like Colombia, Chile. You’re going to Chile, you’re going to Argentina, you’re going to Panama later. So are you looking for support in Latin America for that military intervention?

And also, if President Santos would like to say something about that. Welcome. Thank you.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “Well, thank you very much. And let me say, as the world learned in this administration, President Trump is a leader who says what he means, and means what he says. But the President sent me here to continue to marshal the unprecedented support of countries across Latin America; to achieve, by peaceable means, the restoration of democracy in Venezuela. And we believe it is achievable by those means.

As I said earlier, the United States will continue to bring the full weight of American economic and diplomatic power to bear. We simply will not accept the emergence of a dictatorship in our hemisphere. The Venezuelan people deserve better. Our hemisphere deserves better. And you hear in President Trump’s words the resolve of the United States of America to see this through and to restore democracy and constitutional government in Venezuela. And as I travel throughout the region, it will be my aim to continue to build on the momentum that exists today among countries all across this region to achieve that objective for the Venezuelan people.”

PRESIDENT SANTOS: (As interpreted.) “I have little to add to what I said earlier. A military intervention would be unacceptable to all countries in Latin America. And what we all want is to reestablish democracy in Venezuela, and we will continue collectively pressing in this regard.”

QUESTION: “Hi, Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, thank you very much. To start with — Vice President Pence, President Trump on Friday, when he suggested that a military option may be under consideration for Venezuela, many analysts interpreted that to play into Maduro’s hand because it invoked dark memories of a whole generation of U.S. interventionism abroad. Can you speak to that at all? How does that affect that situation here diplomatically? Do you think it makes it more difficult to unite the forces within the region and within the hemisphere against Maduro? And, separately, is the United States considering any oil sanctions as additional pressure for the Venezuelan government?

And, Mr. President Santos, a question for you. You said that you thought it was unwise for President Trump to make that threat, and I’m wondering why you think that is. If you can elaborate that on a little bit more. And does it make more difficult for you to unite your allies and your neighbors here in the continent against Venezuela when there’s a U.S. military threat that looms over all of this? Thank you.”

PRESIDENT SANTOS: (As interpreted.) “I will repeat what I said during my initial remarks. The Latin American continent, every country in Latin America would not favor any form of military intervention, and that’s why we’re saying that we are intent on looking into other measures, some of which are already underway, and others to be implemented in the future.

But a transition in the Venezuelan regime towards democracy must be a peaceful transition. It must be, hopefully, a democratic transition. And it must be quickly, this transition — because as we have said here, what interests us the most is the people of Venezuela, because the people of Venezuela are suffering. They are hungry. They lack medications. And that’s why this transition has to take place as promptly and quickly and possible. But it must be done peacefully.

You mentioned in your question the ghost of military interventions. Fortunately, in Latin America, [this] disappeared a long time ago, and we don’t want that phantom to reappear.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “Well, thank you for the question, Phil. The President said the United States has many options. But the President sent me here to build on what we believe is an unprecedented and growing alliance among Latin American nations, with the United States of America, to isolate Venezuela economically and diplomatically. And we believe that we can achieve, by peaceable means, a transition in Venezuela back to the democracy that the people of that country so richly deserve.

What the world heard last week in the voice of President Donald Trump was resolve and determination — a determination not to let this moment slip, not to stand idly by while a neighbor collapses into dictatorship — which, as President Santos said very eloquently, is precisely what is happening in their neighbor to the east.

Under the guise of democratic institutions and a so-called constituent assembly, we’re seeing the apparatus put in place to result in Venezuela crumbling into a dictatorship. And that is simply unacceptable not just to the President of the United States and our country, but, happily, it is broadly acceptable to leaders all across this region. And I can assure you that what the United States and our friends and allies in the region have done before, we will do more.

President Santos and I discussed in some detail additional measures that could be taken to further pressure the regime in Venezuela economically. We will continue on this trip, and beyond, to bring diplomatic pressure to bear.

But as the President has said, the people of Venezuela are suffering. They’re suffering under deprivation. They’re suffering under the brutal tactics of the Maduro regime. And President Trump is absolutely determined to marshal all of the support of nations across this region to see democracy restored in Venezuela.”

QUESTION: “The possibility of oil sanctions, is that something that came up in your discussions?”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “Well, let me say that we’re looking at a full range of additional economic sanctions and also calling on nations around the world to become more engaged and more involved in restoring democracy in Venezuela.

But again, the President sent me here to say that we are going to bring the full weight of American economic and diplomatic power to bear on creating the conditions where the Venezuelan people can once again enjoy the democracy that is their heritage, before the last two regimes, and will be their future.”

MODERATOR: “Maria Camila Roa from Blu Radio.”

QUESTION: “Now that FARC are no longer an armed group, will the U.S. government be willing to remove them from the terrorist list? And will there be support from the United States in this stage without FARC to combat or to face common crime here in Colombia?”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “President Santos and I talked extensively about his government’s efforts to follow through on the historic peace agreement. And the United States, in a variety of ways — USAID and others — has made efforts to come alongside and support those efforts, and we will continue to do so.

We remain hopeful that peace will prosper in the wake of this agreement, but we do believe that addressing core issues of judicial reform, infrastructure, basic services, will all be part and parcel of moving the nation forward in the years ahead.

But Colombia is a valued partner of the United States, a cherished friend, and we will continue to stand with Colombia for security and for the advancement of peace in this nation in the years ahead.”

PRESIDENT SANTOS: (As interpreted.) “As I said earlier, we are truly grateful for all the support that the United States has provided us to bring about the process. Because without its support, the process would not have been possible. The U.S. has supported us during the process in order to coordinate it, and now it will support us in peace-building. And this is something for which we are truly grateful. It’s been significant help, and will continue to be very important, this help — because we stand before the monumental challenges I’ve said in the past. Putting an end to the conflict is one thing, but building peace — that is another thing and a very difficult thing. And in peace-building we need all the help we can get, and the help received from the U.S. is something we appreciate from the bottom of our heart.

QUESTION: “President and Vice President, thank you so much for having us here and for holding this press conference.

President Santos, I wanted to begin with you. I know that you both spoke a great deal about the drug crisis. Are you considering at this point, or would you endorse the idea of returning to aerial fumigation?”

 

PRESIDENT SANTOS OF COLUMBIA: (As interpreted.) “We did discuss that point precisely, and I’ve explained to Vice President Pence that aerial spraying did not bring about the results everyone hoped for. In the year 2007 — and I showed him the numbers — is when we did the highest volume of air spraying of illegal crops, and that is one of the years when coca production increased the most.

And we are convinced that the plan we have in place today, for the very first time, will provide us with a long-term structural solution — because we’ve been combatting drug trafficking and illegal crops for 30 years. And in spite of all the efforts made, Colombia is the country that has made the biggest sacrifices in this global war on drugs. Even though those efforts did bring about some results, they were all marginal results, because today, regretfully, we are still a major exporter of cocaine to the global market.

However, now, thanks to the peace process, we’ll be able to go out to all these places where coca shrub is being grown, and we have in place a plan so that the coca growers will voluntarily substitute their illegal crops for legal crops. And we’ve already signed agreements with 86,000 families so that at least 50,000 hectares, from here to early next year, will be voluntarily substituted,

And, on the other hand, we are doing what we call forced eradication, plant by plant, through our military services — an additional 50,000 hectares of which we’ve already cleared 27,000.

So the ongoing plan is a plan we measure on a weekly basis with the participation of the United States. And I am confident that this plan, for the very first time — because we are in times of peace and we don’t have FARC opposing this process — we will be successful.”

 

QUESTION: “To Phil Rucker’s question, would you expect any additional sanctions announced this week? And then, I wanted to give you a chance to address what has been having in Charlottesville over this weekend. A number of critics, Republicans included, have criticized the President, saying that he was not forceful enough in specifically condemning white supremacists and other racist rhetoric that happened during that weekend. What do you make of that criticism, and what do you have to say about the crisis?”

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: “Well, on the first topic, let me say that we did talk extensively about aerial spraying and the need for enforcement of the peace agreement and arrangements that are made transitioning citizens of Colombia away from illicit crops. And the United States will look to Colombia to follow through strongly on that, and we’ll be supportive of those efforts.

With regard to additional sanctions, what I can assure you is that we will remain vigorous in our efforts to isolate Venezuela economically and diplomatically. And I would anticipate additional U.S. action in this regard sooner rather than later. We’ll be talking to our allies across the region on this trip.

But again, as President Trump has made clear, we simply will not be silent. We will not stand by while Venezuela collapses into dictatorship.

With regard to yesterday, what happened in Charlottesville was a tragedy. Charlottesville, Virginia is a beautiful community, a university town with a rich heritage. President Santos’s son just graduated from the University of Virginia, and the President himself spoke on that campus.

And what occurred there, as local and state officials have said, is in no way a reflection of the good and decent people of Charlottesville or of America.

Of what happened there — yesterday, President Trump clearly and unambiguously condemned the bigotry, violence, and hatred which took place on the streets of Charlottesville.

Our hearts go out to the victims of violence that ensued; the family of the young woman who lost her life; of the families of the two police officers who fell in the line of duty, and all of those that are injured.

We have no tolerance for hate and violence, from white supremacists, neo-Nazis, or the KKK. These dangerous fringe groups have no place in American public life and in the American debate, and we condemn them in the strongest possible terms.

The President also made clear that behavior by others of different militant perspectives are also unacceptable in our political debate and discourse. Our administration is bringing the full resources of the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the violence that ensued yesterday in Charlottesville. And we will hold them to account, under the law.

The President’s call for unity yesterday, though, was from the heart. It was a sincere call, in these too divided times in our country, for those on the extremes to be dismissed, and for the vast majority of Americans who cherish freedom, who cherish justice for all, to come together in new and in renewed ways.

I will say I take issue with the fact that many in the national media spent more time criticizing the President’s words than they did criticizing those who perpetrated the violence to begin with.

We should be putting the attention where it belongs, and that is on these extremist groups that need to be pushed out of the public debate entirely, and discredited for the hate groups and dangerous fringe groups that they are.

The truth, as President Santos knows, is, the overwhelming majority of Americans, I would say, with very few exceptions, cherish the values that are at the foundation of our nation. They’re the shared values that we have with the people of Colombia.

And in the aftermath of yesterday’s violence, and on this Sunday here in Colombia, I think it’s a good time to pray — to pray for those who lost their lives yesterday; to pray for their families; to pray for the injured; but also to pray for greater unity in America that I believe will come. We can seize this moment, as President Trump said yesterday, as a moment where we stop, where we pause, and where we move forward together.”

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President Donald J. Trump Appoints Cameron Quinn as the Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – President Donald J. Trump appoints Cameron Quinn of Virginia as the Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security. Ms. Quinn previously served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture; as a senior policy advisor in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; as counsel to the Chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board; and as an assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ms. Quinn has also served on the Virginia State advisory committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Ms. Quinn has served as Virginia’s chief State election official, the United States elections advisor for International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), and more recently in the Federal Voting Assistance Program at the U.S. Department of Defense. Ms. Quinn has taught election law for more than a decade at George Mason University’s Scalia Law School. In addition to Ms. Quinn’s civil rights, employment, and elections experience, she spent several years in private practice at Winston & Strawn in Washington, DC. Ms. Quinn is a graduate of the University of Florida, and earned both her Juris Doctor and a Master’s Degree in accounting from the University of Virginia.

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President Trump Makes Statement

 

 

President Donald J. Trump Statement on USA Infrastructure & Virginia Terrorism

Reported and written by Karen Ann Carr

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – President Donald J. Trump at a Press Conference following a statement on USA infrastructure contract process. President Trump made a clear statement of moral equivalence for Charlottesville violence saying: there was “blame on both sides.”


President Donald J. Trump On Who Was Responsible for the Violence in Charlottesville Virginia

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – President Donald J. Trump held a Press Conference following a statement on USA infrastructure contract process today. President Trump made a clear statement of moral equivalence for Charlottesville violence saying: there was “blame on both sides.”

Police stand watch near the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the center of Emancipation Park the day after the Unite the Right rally devolved into violence in Charlottesville. White nationalists had gathered in the city Saturday, in part, to protest the removal of the statue.
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Moral consistency is what is needed here, in contrast to moral equivalence. Our President 1Trump today presented a case of moral equivalence of non-fascism and Neo-Nazism/White-Nationalism. In the contextual situation of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia there is no moral equivalence. It simply does not make common-sense. Someone died because of a debate about a stature.

Who are the good white nationalist that President Trump is speaking about? The core issue of Virginia’s domestic terrorism is toxic-masculinity and basic openly displayed honesty. A white nationalist rally in Virginia turned deadly. Fights broke out between Non-fascists and Neo-Nazi’s. These two groups are not morally equivalent.

One group wants to destroy or literally eliminate people of moral clarity, while advancing white supremacy, neo-Nazism, bigotry, hatred, white nationalist, racism, the Klan, and violence against non-whites and whites who do not agree with them. The other group in Saturday’s street fight wants to defend those being attacked, including non-white and decendents of Jews.

For the purpose of this conversation, no one should be died or injured as a result of a misguided conversation about a statute, race or ethnicity in the United States of America. Yes, Mr. President you are correct, the Virginia incidents where many were injured and a young freedom-fighter was killed bears witness to a great America that has stumbled. The President’s first statement, without an addendum of moral equivalence was acceptable. There is, in this case, a need to denounce white-supremacy with conviction. There is no moral equivalence of bigotry and the greatness of the United States of America.

The ideas and messages of Neo-Nazi’s, the Klan, white supremacist, black supremacist, racist, bigots, toxic-masculinity, women-haters, men-haters are trying to divide this nation. Normalizing hatred is not acceptable.

Let’s fully make America great again!

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President Donald J. Trump

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President Donald J. Trump

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – President Donald J. Trump will depart Trump Towers in New York, New York en route to Wall Street Landing Zone to travel to Bedminster, New Jersey at 2:00 pm. In the afternoon on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, President Trump is scheduled to arrive at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey. At 4:00 PM, President Trump will then sign H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK Secret Service began making preparations for the press statement, clearing tourists and others out of the Trump Towers lobby. The gold reception desk bearing the “Trump Tower” logo was removed.

On Background from a White House Spokesperson, today, President Donald J. Trump will receive an update from his infrastructure team and sign an Executive Order bringing accountability and discipline back to the permitting process for infrastructure projects. The President’s Infrastructure Initiative will change the paradigm of the Federal government’s involvement in infrastructure by encouraging self-help, leveraging the incredible potential for investment from the private sector, making smarter federal investments, and streamlining project delivery. The Executive Order the President will sign today will help to jumpstart that process by: establishing the protocol of “one Federal decision” for major infrastructure projects, setting a two-year goal for completion of the permitting process, and creating accountability for federal agencies involved in the permitting process.

 

The following individuals are expected to attend: President Donald J. Trump; Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin; Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation; Jeff Rosen, Deputy Secretary of Transportation; General John Kelly; White House Chief of Staff; Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget; Gary Cohn, Director of the National Economic Council; Kirstjen Nielsen, Deputy White House Chief of Staff; Stephen Miller, Senior Advisor; Reed Cordish, Office of American Innovation; Jeremy Katz, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council; and David “DJ” Gribbin, National Economic Council ;

 

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PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP

ON INFRASTRUCTURE

Trump Tower

New York, New York

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THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DONALD TRUMP:

“Hello, everybody. Great to be back in New York with all of our friends, and some great friends outside the building, I must tell you. I want to thank all of our distinguished guests who are with us today, including members of our Cabinet: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney and, of course, our Transportation Secretary — who is doing a fabulous job — Elaine Chao.

 

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Thank you all for doing a really incredible and creative job on what we’re going to be discussing today, which is infrastructure. We’ve just had a great set of briefings upstairs on our infrastructure agenda. My administration is working every day to deliver the world-class infrastructure that our people deserve and, frankly, that our country deserves.

 

That’s why I just signed a new executive order to dramatically reform the nation’s badly broken infrastructure permitting process.

 

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Just blocks away is the Empire State Building. It took 11 months to build the Empire State Building. But today, it can take as long as a decade and much more than that — many, many stories where it takes 20 and 25 years just to get approvals to start construction of a fairly routine highway. Highway builders must get up to 16 different approvals involving nine different federal agencies governed by 29 different statutes. One agency alone can stall a project for many, many years, and even decades.

 

Not only does this cost our economy billions of dollars, but it also denies our citizens the safe and modern infrastructure they deserve. This overregulated permitting process is a massive self-inflicted wound on our country — it’s disgraceful — denying our people much-needed investments in their community.

 

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And I just want to show you this because it was just shown to me, and I said, I think I’m going to show it to the media — both real and fake media, by the way. This is what it takes to get something approved today. Elaine, you see that? So this is what it takes. Permitting process flowchart — that’s a flowchart.

 

So that can go out to 20 years. This shows about 10, but that can go out to about 20 years to get something approved. This is for a highway. I’ve seen a highway recently in a certain state — I won’t mention its name — 17 years. I could have built it for four or five million dollars without the permitting process. It cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but it took 17 years to get it approved and many, many, many, many pages of environmental impact studies.

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This is what we will bring it down to. This is less than two years. This is going to happen quickly. That’s what I’m signing today. This will be less than two years for a highway. So it’s going to be quick, it’s going to be a very streamlined process. And, by the way, if it doesn’t meet environmental safeguards, we’re not going to approve it. Very simple. We’re not going to approve it. Maybe this one will say, let’s throw the other one away. Would anybody like it from the media? (Laughter.) Would anybody like that long, beautiful chart? You can have it.

 

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So my executive order also requires agencies to work together efficiently by requiring one lead agency for each major infrastructure project. It also holds agencies accountable if they fail to streamline their review process. So each agency is accountable. We’re going to get infrastructure built quickly, inexpensively — relatively speaking — and the permitting process will go very, very quickly.

 

No longer will we tolerate one job-killing delay after another. No longer will we accept a broken system that benefits consultants and lobbyists at the expense of hardworking Americans.

 

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Now, I knew the process very well — probably better than anybody. I had to get permits for this building and many of the buildings I built — all of the buildings I built in Manhattan and many other places. And I will tell you that the consultants are rich people. They go around making it very difficult. They lobby Congress, they lobby state governments, city governments to make it very difficult so that you have to hire consultants, and that you have to take years and pay them a fortune. So we’re streamlining the process, and we won’t be having so much of that anymore.

 

No longer will we allow the infrastructure of our magnificent country to crumble and decay. While protecting the environment, we will build gleaming new roads, bridges, railways, waterways, tunnels, and highways. We will rebuild our country with American workers, American iron, American aluminum, American steel. We will create millions of new jobs and make millions of American dreams come true.

 

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Our infrastructure will again be the best in the world. We used to have the greatest infrastructure anywhere in the world, and today we’re like a third-world country. We are literally like a third-world country. Our infrastructure will again be the best, and we will restore the pride in our communities, our nation, and all over the United States we’ll be proud again.

 

So I want to thank everybody for being here. God bless you. God bless the United States.

 

And if you have any questions, we have — Mick, you can come up here please. Come on up. Mick Mulvaney.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.”

 

QUESTION: “Mr. President, why do you think these CEOs are leaving your manufacturing council?”

 

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PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Because they’re not taking their job seriously as it pertains to this country. And we want jobs, manufacturing in this country. If you look at some of those people that you’re talking about they’re outside of the country, they’re having a lot of their product made outsider. If you look at Merck as an example, take a look where — excuse me, excuse me — take a look at where their product is made. It’s made outside of our country. We want products made in the country.

 

Now, I have to tell you, some of the folks that will leave, they’re leaving out of embarrassment because they make their products outside. And I’ve been lecturing them, including the gentleman that you’re referring to, about you have to bring it back to this country. You can’t do it necessarily in Ireland and all of these other places. You have to bring this work back to this country. That’s what I want. I want manufacturing to be back into the United States so that American workers can benefit.”

 

QUESTION: “Let me ask you, Mr. President, why did you wait so long to blast neo-Nazis?”

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I didn’t wait long.”

 

QUESTION: “You waited two days” —

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I didn’t wait long.”

 

QUESTION: “Forty-eight hours.”

 

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PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct — not make a quick statement. The statement I made on Saturday, the first statement, was a fine statement. But you don’t make statements that direct unless you know the facts. It takes a little while to get the facts. You still don’t know the facts. And it’s a very, very important process to me, and it’s a very important statement.

 

So I don’t want to go quickly and just make a statement for the sake of making a political statement. I want to know the facts. If you go back to –“

 

QUESTION: “So you had to (inaudible) white supremacists?”

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I brought it. I brought it. I brought it.”

 

QUESTION: “Was it terrorism, in your opinion, what happened?”

 

PRESIDENT: “As I said on — remember, Saturday — we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence. It has no place in America. And then it went on from there.

 

Now, here’s the thing –“

 

 

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QUESTION: (Inaudible) “many sides.”

 

 

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PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Excuse me. Excuse me. Take it nice and easy. Here’s the thing: When I make a statement, I like to be correct. I want the facts. This event just happened. In fact, a lot of the event didn’t even happen yet, as we were speaking. This event just happened.”

 

“Before I make a statement, I need the facts. So I don’t want to rush into a statement. So making the statement when I made it was excellent. In fact, the young woman, who I hear was a fantastic young woman, and it was on NBC — her mother wrote me and said through, I guess, Twitter, social media, the nicest things. And I very much appreciated that. I hear she was a fine — really, actually, an incredible young woman. But her mother, on Twitter, thanked me for what I said.

 

And honestly, if the press were not fake, and if it was honest, the press would have said what I said was very nice. But unlike you, and unlike — excuse me, unlike you and unlike the media, before I make a statement, I like to know the facts.”

 

QUESTION: “Why do Nazis like you — (inaudible) — these statements?”

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “They don’t. They don’t.”

 

QUESTION: “They do. Look –“

 

(Cross-talk.)

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “How about a couple of infrastructure questions.”

 

QUESTION: “Was it terrorism, that event? Was that terrorism?”

 

QUESTION: “The CEO of Walmart said you missed a critical opportunity –“

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Say it. What?”

 

QUESTION: “The CEO of Walmart said you missed a critical opportunity to help bring the country together. Did you?”

 

 

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PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Not at all. I think the country — look, you take a look. I’ve created over a million jobs since I’m President. The country is booming. The stock market is setting records. We have the highest employment numbers we’ve ever had in the history of our country. We’re doing record business. We have the highest levels of enthusiasm. So the head of Walmart, who I know — who’s a very nice guy — was making a political statement. I mean –“

 

QUESTION: (Inaudible.)

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I’d do it the same way. And you know why? Because I want to make sure, when I make a statement, that the statement is correct. And there was no way — there was no way of making a correct statement that early. I had to see the facts, unlike a lot of reporters. Unlike a lot of reporters –“

 

QUESTION: “Nazis were there.”

 

QUESTION: “David Duke was there.”

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I didn’t know David Duke was there. I wanted to see the facts. And the facts, as they started coming out, were very well stated. In fact, everybody said, “His statement was beautiful. If he would have made it sooner, that would have been good.” I couldn’t have made it sooner because I didn’t know all of the facts. Frankly, people still don’t know all of the facts.

 

It was very important — excuse me, excuse me — it was very important to me to get the facts out and correctly. Because if I would have made a fast statement — and the first statement was made without knowing much, other than what we were seeing. The second statement was made after, with knowledge, with great knowledge. There are still things — excuse me — there are still things that people don’t know.

 

I want to make a statement with knowledge. I wanted to know the facts.”

 

QUESTION: “Two questions. Was this terrorism? And can you tell us how you’re feeling about your chief strategist, Stephen Bannon?”

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Well, I think the driver of the car is a disgrace to himself, his family, and this country. And that is — you can call it terrorism. You can call it murder. You can call it whatever you want. I would just call it as “the fastest one to come up with a good verdict.” That’s what I’d call it. Because there is a question: Is it murder? Is it terrorism? And then you get into legal semantics. The driver of the car is a murderer. And what he did was a horrible, horrible, inexcusable thing.”

 

QUESTION: “Can you tell us how you’re feeling about your chief strategist, Mr. Bannon? Can you talk about that?”

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Go ahead.”

 

QUESTION: “I would echo Maggie’s question. Steve Bannon has come under –“

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I never spoke to Mr. Bannon about it.”

 

QUESTION: “Can you tell us broadly what your — do you still have confidence in Steve?”

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Well, we’ll see. Look, look — I like Mr. Bannon. He’s a friend of mine. But Mr. Bannon came on very late. You know that. I went through 17 senators, governors, and I won all the primaries. Mr. Bannon came on very much later than that. And I like him, he’s a good man. He is not a racist, I can tell you that. He’s a good person. He actually gets very unfair press in that regard. But we’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon. But he’s a good person, and I think the press treats him, frankly, very unfairly.”

 

QUESTION: “Senator McCain has called on you to defend your National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster, against these attacks.”

 

QUESTION: “I did it the last time.”

 

QUESTION: “And he called on it again, linking –“

 

QUESTION: “Senator McCain?”

 

QUESTION: “– to the alt-right, and saying –“

 

QUESTION: “Senator McCain?”

 

QUESTION: “Yes.”

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “You mean the one who voted against Obamacare?”

 

QUESTION: “And he said –“

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Who is — you mean Senator McCain who voted against us getting good healthcare?”

 

QUESTION: “Senator McCain said that the alt-right is behind these attacks, and he linked that same group to those who perpetrated the attack in Charlottesville.”

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Well, I don’t know. I can’t tell you. I’m sure Senator McCain must know what he’s talking about. But when you say the alt-right, define alt-right to me. You define it. Go ahead.”

 

QUESTION: “Well, I’m saying, as Senator –“

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: No, define it for me. Come on, let’s go. Define it for me.

 

QUESTION: “Senator McCain defined them as the same group –“

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Okay, what about the alt-left that came charging at — excuse me, what about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?”

 

“Let me ask you this: What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. As far as I’m concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day.”

 

QUESTION: “You’re not putting these –“

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Wait a minute. I’m not finished. I’m not finished, fake news. That was a horrible day —

 

QUESTION: Sir, you’re not putting these protestors on the same level as neo-Nazis —

 

QUESTION: Is the alt-left as bad as white supremacy?

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I will tell you something. I watched those very closely — much more closely than you people watched it. And you have — you had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now. You had a group — you had a group on the other side that came charging in, without a permit, and they were very, very violent.

 

QUESTION: Is the alt-left as bad as Nazis? Are they as bad as Nazis?

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Go ahead.

 

QUESTION: Do you think that what you call the alt-left is the same as neo-Nazis?

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Those people — all of those people –excuse me, I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups. But not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch. Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue of Robert E. Lee.

 

QUESTION: Should that statue be taken down?

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Excuse me. If you take a look at some of the groups, and you see — and you’d know it if you were honest reporters, which in many cases you’re not — but many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee.

 

So this week it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?

 

But they were there to protest — excuse me, if you take a look, the night before they were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee.

 

Infrastructure question. Go ahead.

 

QUESTION: Should the statues of Robert E. Lee stay up?

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I would say that’s up to a local town, community, or the federal government, depending on where it is located.

 

QUESTION: How concerned are you about race relations in America? And do you think things have gotten worse or better since you took office?

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I think they’ve gotten better or the same. Look, they’ve been frayed for a long time. And you can ask President Obama about that, because he’d make speeches about it. But I believe that the fact that I brought in — it will be soon — millions of jobs — you see where companies are moving back into our country — I think that’s going to have a tremendous, positive impact on race relations.

 

We have companies coming back into our country. We have two car companies that just announced. We have Foxconn in Wisconsin just announced. We have many companies, I say, pouring back into the country. I think that’s going to have a huge, positive impact on race relations. You know why? It’s jobs. What people want now, they want jobs. They want great jobs with good pay, and when they have that, you watch how race relations will be.

 

And I’ll tell you, we’re spending a lot of money on the inner cities. We’re fixing the inner cities. We’re doing far more than anybody has done with respect to the inner cities. It’s a priority for me, and it’s very important.

 

QUESTION: Mr. President, are you putting what you’re calling the alt-left and white supremacists on the same moral plane?

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I’m not putting anybody on a moral plane. What I’m saying is this: You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other, and they came at each other with clubs — and it was vicious and it was horrible. And it was a horrible thing to watch.

 

But there is another side. There was a group on this side. You can call them the left — you just called them the left — that came violently attacking the other group. So you can say what you want, but that’s the way it is.

 

QUESTION: (Inaudible) both sides, sir. You said there was hatred, there was violence on both sides. Are the —

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Yes, I think there’s blame on both sides. If you look at both sides — I think there’s blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it, and you don’t have any doubt about it either.

 

And if you reported it accurately, you would say.

 

QUESTION: The neo-Nazis started this. They showed up in Charlottesville to protest —

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Excuse me, excuse me. They didn’t put themselves — and you had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides. You had people in that group.

 

QUESTION: (Inaudible.)

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Excuse me, excuse me. I saw the same pictures as you did.

 

You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.

 

QUESTION: George Washington and Robert E. Lee are not the same.

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner? So will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down —

 

Excuse me, are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him?

 

QUESTION: I do love Thomas Jefferson.

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Okay, good. Are we going to take down the statue? Because he was a major slave owner. Now, are we going to take down his statue?

 

So you know what, it’s fine. You’re changing history. You’re changing culture. And you had people — and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists — because they should be condemned totally. But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists. Okay? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly.

 

Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people. But you also had troublemakers, and you see them come with the black outfits and with the helmets, and with the baseball bats. You had a lot of bad people in the other group.

 

QUESTION: Who are the good people?

 

QUESTION: Sir, I just didn’t understand what you were saying. You were saying the press has treated white nationalists unfairly? I just don’t understand what you were saying.

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: No, no. There were people in that rally — and I looked the night before — if you look, there were people protesting very quietly the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. I’m sure in that group there were some bad ones. The following day it looked like they had some rough, bad people — neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call them.

 

But you had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest, and very legally protest — because I don’t know if you know, they had a permit. The other group didn’t have a permit. So I only tell you this: There are two sides to a story. I thought what took place was a horrible moment for our country — a horrible moment. But there are two sides to the country.

 

Does anybody have a final —

 

QUESTION: I have an infrastructure question.

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: You have an infrastructure —

 

QUESTION: What makes you think you can get an infrastructure bill? You didn’t get healthcare —

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, you know, I’ll tell you. We came very close with healthcare. Unfortunately, John McCain decided to vote against it at the last minute. You’ll have to ask John McCain why he did that. But we came very close to healthcare. We will end up getting healthcare. But we’ll get the infrastructure. And actually, infrastructure is something that I think we’ll have bipartisan support on. I actually think Democrats will go along with the infrastructure.

 

QUESTION: Mr. President, have you spoken to the family of the victim of the car attack?

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: No, I’ll be reaching out. I’ll be reaching out.

 

QUESTION: When will you be reaching out?

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I thought that the statement put out — the mother’s statement I thought was a beautiful statement. I will tell you, it was something that I really appreciated. I thought it was terrific. And, really, under the kind of stress that she’s under and the heartache that she’s under, I thought putting out that statement, to me, was really something. I won’t forget it.

 

Thank you, all, very much. Thank you. Thank you.

 


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QUESTION: Will you go to Charlottesville? Will you go to check out what happened?

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I own a house in Charlottesville. Does anyone know I own a house in Charlottesville?

 

QUESTION: Where is it?

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Oh boy, it’s going to be —

President Trump On Who Was Responsible for the Violence in Charlottesville Virginia
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QUESTION: Where is it?

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: It’s in Charlottesville. You’ll see.

 

QUESTION: Is it a winery or something?

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: It is the winery.

 

I mean, I know a lot about Charlottesville. Charlottesville is a great place that’s been very badly hurt over the last couple of days.

 

QUESTION: (Inaudible.)

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I own, actually, one of the largest wineries in the United States. It’s in Charlottesville.

President Trump On Who Was Responsible for the Violence in Charlottesville Virginia
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QUESTION: Do you believe your words are helping to heal this country right now?

 

QUESTION: What do you think needs to be done to overcome the racial divides in this country?

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I think jobs can have a big impact. I think if we continue to create jobs — over a million, substantially more than a million. And you see just the other day, the car companies coming in with Foxconn. I think if we continue to create jobs at levels that I’m creating jobs, I think that’s going to have a tremendous impact — positive impact on race relations.

President Trump On Who Was Responsible for the Violence in Charlottesville Virginia
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QUESTION: Your remarks today, how do you think that will impact the racial, sort of conflict, today?

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: The people are going to be working, they’re going to be making a lot of money — much more money than they ever thought possible. But that’s going to happen.

 

QUESTION: Your remarks today.

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP: And the other thing — very important — I believe wages will start going up. They haven’t gone up for a long time. I believe wages now — because the economy is doing so well with respect to employment and unemployment, I believe wages will start to go up. I think that will have a tremendously positive impact on race relations.

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