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Friday, February 24, 2017

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President Trump Delivers Remarks at CPAC

Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA

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White House Live

President Trump Gets Standing Ovation at CPAC

Oxon Hill, Maryland

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

OXON HILL, MARYLAND – President Donald J. Trump got a standing ovation at Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which was to be expected.
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Friday, February 24, 2017

President Donald J. Trump

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

WASHINGTON DC – In the morning at 9:25AM, President Donald J. Trump will travel from the White House South Lawn to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to deliver remarks at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center located at the National Harbor, Maryland. President Trump will deliver the 10:00AM remarks at CPAC. Later in the morning, President Trump will return to the White House and tape his Weekly Address in the State Dining Room. In the afternoon, President Trump will sign an Executive Order in the White House Roosevelt Room at 12:00 noon. In the afternoon, President Trump will then meet with Governor John Kasich of Ohio in the Oval Office. After that meeting, President Trump is scheduled to meet with President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru at 3:00PM in the evening.

  

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Jewish Cemetery Near St. Louis Vandalized in Apparent Anti-Semitic Act

US Vice President Mike Pence looks on during a press conference at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery on February 22, 2017 in University City, Missouri. Governor Eric Greitens and Pence were on hand to speak to over 300 volunteers who helped cleanup after the recent vandalism. Since the beginning of the year, there has been a nationwide spike in incidents including bomb threats at Jewish community centers and reports of anti-semitic graffiti.
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Vice President Mike Pence

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

WASHINGTON DC – Tomorrow, Vice President Mike Pence will host the Governors Luncheon at Vice President Pence’s Residence in Washington DC. Following lunch, Vice President Pence will travel to Las Vegas to deliver remarks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Annual Shabbat Dinner at the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

 

President Donald J. Trump on Domestic and International Human Trafficking

 

President Trump Led a Listening Session

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

WASHINGTON DC – Today, President Donald J. Trump hosted a White House listening session on Domestic and International Human Trafficking in Washington DC, U.S.A..
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the opening of a listening session with manufacturing CEOs in the State Dining Room of the White House February 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump met with the CEOs in an effort to develop beneficial new policies on taxes, trade and job creation.
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President Donald J. Trump on U.S. Manufacturing

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

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President Trump Speaks with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada

Reported by Karen Ann Carr


WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reiterate America’s strong bilateral cooperation with Canada.  During the conversation, President Trump underscored the importance of America’s relationship with Canada as well as highlight opportunities for both countries.  To that end, President Trump continued to emphasize the importance of working closely to address the problems facing both countries, including the implementation of security protections from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals and others.  The conversation will continue as President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau endeavor to build on the countries’ deep partnership, which has been strengthened by their private meeting on February 13, 2017. 

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

WASHINGTON DC – White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer convenes the Press Briefing from the West Wing.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 

President Donald J. Trump on the Death of Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump was saddened to learn of the unexpected death of Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin, the White House said. As an accomplished diplomat, Ambassador Churkin worked alongside his U.S. colleagues in New York for more than a decade. Ambassador Churkin played a crucial role in working with the United States on a number of key issues to advance global security.  President Trump offers the condolences of the United States of America to the Russian people and government, while maintaining US disagreements with the nation-state of Russia.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

President Donald J. Trump

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

WASHINGTON DC – In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing in the Oval Office of the White House at 10:00AM and proceed to the State Dining Room to lead a listening session with manufacturing CEOs at 10:30AM. In the afternoon, President Trump is scheduled to speak with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada by telephone in the Oval Office and later lead a different listening session on domestic and international human trafficking in the Roosevelt Room at 2:30PM. In the evening, President Trump will attend a dinner with The Business Council at the Ritz Carlton at 8:30PM.

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Jewish Cemetery Near St. Louis Vandalized in Apparent Anti-Semitic Act

Vice President Mike Pence

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

WASHINGTON DC – Vice President Mike Pence will join President Donald J. Trump’s 10:30AM EST listening session in the State Dining Room with manufacturing CEOs at the White House. In the evening, Vice President Pence will deliver remarks at CPAC’s 7:30PM event at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in the state of Maryland , near Washington DC.

On Wednesday, February 22, Vice President Pence participated in restoring a grave yard that was vandalized.

Jewish Cemetery Near St. Louis Vandalized in Apparent Anti-Semitic Act

US Vice President Mike Pence looks on during a press conference at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery on February 22, 2017 in University City, Missouri. Governor Eric Greitens and Pence were on hand to speak to over 300 volunteers who helped cleanup after the recent vandalism. Since the beginning of the year, there has been a nationwide spike in incidents including bomb threats at Jewish community centers and reports of anti-semitic graffiti.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Jewish Cemetery Near St. Louis Vandalized in Apparent Anti-Semitic Act

US Vice President Mike Pence looks on during a press conference at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery on February 22, 2017 in University City, Missouri. Governor Eric Greitens and Pence were on hand to speak to over 300 volunteers who helped cleanup after the recent vandalism. Since the beginning of the year, there has been a nationwide spike in incidents including bomb threats at Jewish community centers and reports of anti-semitic graffiti.
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Vice President Mike Pence to Fabick Cat Employees

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

Fabick Cat Factory
Fenton, Missouri

2:46 P.M. EST

THE VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE:

Thank you, Governor Greitens.  Would you give another round of applause for a great, new, dynamic governor here in Missouri inspiring people all across America with his leadership?  (Applause.)

Thank you for that kind introduction, Governor Greitens.  And, congratulations on your election last year.  You’re already off to the races, and President Trump and I thank you for your great leadership for the people of Missouri.  (Applause.)

Thank you all for coming out today.  It actually gets cold in Indiana in February.  (Laughter.)  But I guess it’s different here in Missouri.  I’m very honored that you all would take time in the middle of a busy week to hear a few words from me and on behalf of our great President.  And I do bring greetings on behalf of the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.  (Applause.)

And on his behalf I’m here, and on his behalf I’m also grateful to see in the audience a number of distinguished leaders.  Your great congresswoman representing Missouri with such great distinction — Congresswoman Ann Wagner and Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer are here.  Give them both a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  Thank you; it’s a privilege to have you here.

I also want to thank all the small business owners who are with us today, including our host Doug Fabick and the Fabick family — 100 years in business here in Missouri creating jobs and opportunities.  (Applause.)  Congratulations.

I enjoyed our discussion earlier today, and I appreciate your candid feedback, Doug, and the candid feedback that we got from other business leaders and job creators all across this region.  And on that note, let me say thank you to all the great employees here at Fabick Cat for coming out today.  Hardworking men and women, you’re the ones that make companies like this grow.  You are the strength in the American economy, and you’re going to lead an American comeback.  (Applause.)

As President Trump has said so many times, it was too long that we had forgotten men and women in this country.  Well, the forgotten men and women, the men and women who carry this economy on their shoulders everyday are forgotten no more.  And on behalf of President Trump, I thank all the hardworking men and women of Fabick Cat who are here today.  Thanks for doing a great job for this country and this community.  (Applause.)

Now, before we get started I’d like to address something that happened here in St. Louis over the weekend.  On Monday morning, America awoke to discover that nearly 200 tombstones were toppled in a nearby Jewish graveyard.

Speaking just yesterday, President Trump called this a “horrible and painful” act, and so it was.  That along with other recent threats to Jewish community centers around the country — he declared it all a “sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”

We condemn this vile act of vandalism and those who perpetrate it in the strongest possible terms.  (Applause.)

And let me say it’s been inspiring to people all across this country to see the way the people of Missouri have rallied around the Jewish community with compassion and support.  You have inspired the nation with your kindness and your care.  (Applause.)

It just so happens three days ago, my wife and my daughter were overseas.  We saw firsthand what happens when hatred runs rampant in a society.  We were near Munich, Germany, where we visited the very first Nazi concentration camp ever to be constructed, a place called Dachau.

We were accompanied by a survivor of Dachau, a 93-year-old man named Abba Naor, who told me he had arrived there as a 17-year-old boy.  He described, as we walked through that memorial, the hellish life he endured — toiling away as a slave while those around were taken away, one by one, never to return.

By the grace of God, he survived, and now he tells his story so that the world will never forget.

But before we left, he spoke words that touched my heart and I’ll always carry with me throughout my life, and they resonate with this moment today.  He spoke of that hellish existence in the waning days of the war, and then he looked up at me with a smile, and he said:  “Then the Americans came.”  (Applause.)

He spoke of the kindness of those American soldiers who liberated that camp, and he pointed a finger at me and told me when you go back, you thank every one of those soldiers for what they did for me and for my people and for my country.

Would you join me in a round of applause for every man and woman here who has worn the uniform of a United States of America?  We are proud of you, and we are grateful to you.  (Applause.) 

The American solider fought to end the hatred and violence against the Jewish people across Europe then, and as President Trump said yesterday, American will always, in his words, “fight bigotry, intolerance, and hatred in all its ugly forms” — wherever it will arise.  That’s the American way.  (Applause.)

Now, thank you for letting me share that from my heart.  But let me get on to what I came here to talk to you about.  It is great to be back in Missouri.  (Applause.)

I was here last September for a rally, and it was absolutely electric.  Two months later, the Show Me State showed America what it was made of when you helped make Donald Trump the 45th President of the United States of America.  Thank you, Missouri.  (Applause.)

The President and I will always be grateful for what you did for us and what you did for this country.  America’s small businesses were actually some of our biggest supporters.  Small business owners across the land saw in this businessman who would become President someone who had the ideas and the energy and the vision to make America great again.  Hardworking Americans who make small businesses successful, folks like everyone here today, rallied behind this cause, and we brought real change to our nation’s capital.

Fabick Cat is a true American success story.  As I mentioned before, a family-owned business owned and operated since its founding back in 1917.  Today — thanks to all of you — Fabick Cat has 1,100 employees at 37 locations throughout the Midwest.  So many people rely on what you do.  And, frankly, Doug, what you and the family has done here for a hundred years has made Missouri great, and it’s going to be a part of making America great again.  (Applause.)  

And I want to tell you, to all the small business owners who are here today, just know that President Trump is your biggest fan.  (Applause.)  I’ll make you a promise:  President Trump is the best friend America’s small businesses will ever have.  (Applause.)  He asked me to be here today to tell you how much he appreciates what you do for the country.

Make no mistake about it, America finally has a President who’s going to support and fight for you every single day.  You know, both of us know that small businesses are the engine of our economy.  They’re the beating heart that creates jobs and prosperity and growth.

I grew up in a small business and in a small town, a family-owned business in Columbus, Indiana.  I went to work at one of my dad’s gas stations when I was only 14 years or age.  I was a gas station attendant.  For those of you under 30, just imagine.  (Laughter.)  Just imagine if when you pulled into a gas station, somebody ran out with their name on their shirt, pumped your gas, washed your windows, checked you tires and didn’t charge you any more money for it.  (Laughter.)  That’s what I did for a living, and I was proud to do it, proud to be a part of a family business, proud to be a part of small-business America.

As the world knows, the President grew up in a family business, too.  We both, I can tell you, know the sacrifices that are required to make a family small business work — the long hours, the hard work.  And we both know this simple fact:  When small business is strong, America is strong, and the American economy thrives.  (Applause.)

That’s why President Trump wants to help you become stronger than ever before.  What he said on the campaign trail about strengthening small business is what we’re already doing in the White House.  On day one, we went right to work on a plan to cut taxes for working families, small businesses and family farms.  He signed legislation to roll back reams of red tape and regulation issued under the Obama administration.  He instructed every agency and department in Washington, D.C., also to identify two regulations to get rid of before they issue another ream of red tape.  We’re rolling back taxes and we’re rolling back red tape already in Washington, D.C., thanks to you.  (Applause.)  

The President also knows that the rule of law is the heart of a growing free-market economy and he’s taken decisive action to end illegal immigration, strengthen our borders and uphold the immigration laws of America.  (Applause.)

And I’m glad to say businesses are already reacting to President Trump’s “buy American and hire American” vision with optimism, investment, and a belief in our country again.  Have you noticed it?  I mean, from GM, to U.S. Steel, to IBM, to so many other companies, they’re already announcing their intention to keep jobs here, to create news ones, tens of thousands of them.  As Ford Motor Company’s chief executive put it, even before the President took his oath of office, their investments are a “vote of confidence in the agenda of President Donald Trump.”  (Applause.)

So let’s talk about that agenda.  Let me say, if you take nothing else from what I tell you today, know this:  The nightmare of Obamacare is about to end.  (Applause.)  Despite the best efforts of liberal activists at many town halls around the country, the American people know the truth:  Obamacare has failed, and Obamacare must go.  (Applause.)

This failed law is crippling the American economy and crushing the American worker.  We all know the broken promises of Obamacare; they’re almost too many to count.  They told you the cost of insurance would go down.  They told you if you like your doctor, you can keep them.  They told you your health plan — you could keep that too.  Well, none of it was true.

Americans are now paying $3,000 more a year for health insurance on average.  Last year alone, premiums skyrocketed by a stunning 25 percent, and millions of Americans have lost their plans and their doctors since the outset of the Affordable Care Act.  Higher cost, fewer choices, worse care — that’s Obamacare.  And that’s got to end.

Small businesses like those represented here today know exactly what I’m talking about.  The last few years it’s been harder to get ahead.  Obamacare has only made it harder still — if not impossible in some cases.  One of the business leaders I just talked to talked about the weight of Obamacare on his nearly 700 employees, and the difficulty that it’s placed on them and on their families.  Obamacare is a job-killer and everybody in America knows it.  And we’re about to change all that.  We’re going to repeal Obamacare once and for all.  Get rid of its mandates and its taxes and its intrusion on your lives and on your businesses.  (Applause.)

And best of all, at the same time we repeal Obamacare, Obamacare is going to be replaced with something that actually works, something that brings freedom and individual responsibility back to American healthcare.  (Applause.)

Now, President Trump and I want every American to have access to quality and affordable health insurance, which is why we’re designing a better law.  A market-driven law that reforms and improves how health care is provided in this country.  We’re working right now with leaders in Congress to lower the cost of health insurance by giving Americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across state lines the way you purchase life insurance and the way you purchase car insurance.  (Applause..)

We’re working with Congress to make sure that Americans with preexisting conditions have health insurance and don’t have any fear of losing that health insurance.  And we’re working with Congress to give states the flexibility — Governor Greitens, where’d you go?  We’re working with Congress to make sure we give states and governors like your great governor the flexibility they need to care for the least fortunate and their healthcare needs the way it will work in Missouri and the way that will work in each individual state.  (Applause.)

Despite the scare tactics from the liberal left, the President and I are committed — make it clear here — we’re committed to an orderly transition to a better healthcare system in America — one that lowers the cost of health insurance, unleashes innovation, and puts the American people first.  In all those concepts — innovation, putting people first — those are all the same principles that got Fabick Cat to 100 years.  And it’s what actually works in American business.  And we truly do believe those free-market principles — individual responsibility and a consumer choice — can make the best healthcare system in America married to the best health insurance system in America, as well.  (Applause.)

If they can work for America’s business, they’ll work in American healthcare.

But our agenda doesn’t just stop there.  I’ll guarantee there isn’t anyone here who can make sense of America’s tax code, including me.  (Laughter.)  There’s an old joke that says the tax code is about 10 times the size of the Bible but with none of the good news.  (Laughter and Applause.)

It’s a good line, but it’s hardly a laughing matter.  Truth is, our country’s tax system these days penalizes success.  It makes it far too hard for hardworking people and small businesses to achieve the American Dream.  It takes too much money out of your pockets.  It stifles job growth, wage growth, economic growth, and every other type of growth you need to get ahead.

Now, rest assured, when President Trump and I get done, before we get to this summertime, we’re going to cut taxes across the board for working families, small businesses, and family farms — and get this economy moving again.  (Applause.)

We want you to keep more of your hard-earned money, plain and simple.  You know how to spend your paycheck better than any politician in Washington, D.C., ever could.  By the same token, you also know how to run your businesses and your own lives better than any bureaucrat — that’s why, as I mentioned before, we’re going to keep on working together, and President Trump and I are going to keep rolling back senseless regulations that are strangling businesses and stifling our country’s potential.

Everyone here knows the tremendous burden of red tape and regulation.  Complying with these monstrous costs time and money to businesses that would be better spent hiring more good people and growing businesses and improving worker benefits.  Our administration is working with Congress to repeal these job-killing, big-government regulations issued in the last administration in particular.  We’re going to rein in unelected bureaucrats so they can’t cripple the economy from the comfort of their taxpayer-funded desks in Washington, D.C.  (Applause.)

And before I close, if you haven’t noticed it yet, let me remind you that we actually all elected a builder as the 45th President of the United States.  (Applause.)  And under President Donald Trump, we’re going to rebuild America.  (Applause.)  President Trump has called attention to our nation’s crumbling infrastructure like no contemporary person in public life.  Rest assured, we’re going to work with the Congress to make historic investments in infrastructure so that we have the best roads, the best bridges, the best highways, and the best airports in the best nation on Earth.  (Applause.)

Every dollar we invest in infrastructure is a dollar we invest in America’s future and in our prosperity.  And when we do that, let’s be clear:  We’re going to rebuild America, and we’re going to hire American, and we’re going to buy American when we rebuild this country.  (Applause.)  We’re going to rebuild America with American workers and American tools.  (Applause.)

In fact, I’m pleased to announce President Trump has already taken action in this regard.  Some of you may have noticed, just last month, after years of senseless delays, President Trump authorized the construction of the Keystone pipeline and the Dakota pipelines for our energy future and to create American jobs.  (Applause.)  That’s what it means to rebuild our infrastructure and put America back to work.

So, ladies and gentlemen, make no mistake about it.  Our economy is going to grow faster than ever before and faster than you can imagine.  We’re already hearing from those who oppose these policies, though.  People are out there opposing tax cuts, opposing slashing outdated regulations, opposing repealing Obamacare, and most of all, they seem to want to oppose the President’s effort to give power back to the American people.  We’re hearing from these people every day, and the national media is more than willing to give them a platform each and every day.

So all I ask of all of you here in Missouri is let America hear from you.  (Applause.)

In the days ahead, I promise you, President Trump and I are going to work with the Congress and we’re going to drive forward our best efforts to turn this country around, create good-paying jobs at home, and a safer and more prosperous America.  But America needs to hear from small business, from hardworking Americans who work in small business.  The people who know we can do better.  The people who know we can be more prosperous and know we can get this economy working for every American again.

So let your voice be heard.  Talk to a neighbor over a backyard fence.  Stop somebody at the grocery store.  Get online, on Facebook, send an email to a friend.  But just send them a note and say, I ran into Mike the other day — (Laughter.) — they’re doing exactly what they said they were going to do, and I believe it works.  And we need to support this President and this administration.  That’s what you’ve got to tell them.  (Applause.)

So thanks for coming out on this sunny day in February.  (Laughter.)  As my friend and our President likes to say, with boundless faith in the American people and faith in God who has ever watched over this land — (Applause.) — we will make America safe again.  We will make America prosperous again.  And with your help, and with God’s help, and with this great new President, we will make America great again.

Let’s go get it done.  Thank you.  God bless you, Missouri.  (Applause.)

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence and European Council President Tusk
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Vice President Mike Pence and European Council President Tusk

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

The European Union Council
Brussels, Belgium

EUROPEAN COUNCIL PRESIDENT TUSK:

Mr. Vice President, dear friends, let me first of all thank you for this meeting.  We all truly needed it.

Too much has happened over the past month and in your country and you; too many new and sometimes surprising opinions have been voiced over — in this time about our relations and our common security for us to pretend that everything is as it used to be.

And thank you for being so open and frank with me, Mr. Vice President.  Today I heard words which are promising for the future, words which explain a lot about the approach of the new administration in Washington.

I repaid our guest by offering honesty in my assessment of the situation.  I shared our concerns and hopes.  Given that I am an incurably pro-American European who is fanatically devoted to transatlantic cooperation, I could afford to be outspoken even more.

I asked the Vice President directly if he shared my opinions on three key matters:  international order, security, and the attitude of the new American administration towards the European Union.

Firstly, I expressed my belief that maintaining order based on the rules of international law where brute force and egoism do not determine everything lies in the interest of the West; and that maintaining that order can only be enforced through a common, mutually supportive and decisive policy of the whole of the Western community.  And for millions of people around the world, the predictability and stability of our approach provides the guarantee of, at the very least, hope that chaos, violence, and arrogance will not triumph in the global dimension.

Referring to some statements made in Munich just two days ago, I would like to say clearly that the reports of the death of the West have been greatly exaggerated.  Whoever wants to demolish that order, anticipating a post-West order must know that in its defense we remain determined.

Secondly, our security is based on NATO and the closest possible transatlantic cooperation.  We must work together to modernize the forms of this cooperation.  Some of them should, indeed, be improved.  But we should also, I believe, agree on one thing:  The idea of NATO is not obsolete, just like the values, which lay at its foundation are not obsolete.

Let us discuss everything, starting with financial commitment — but only to strengthen our solidarity, never to weaken it.

Thirdly, we are counting, as always, on the past; on the United States’ whole-hearted and unequivocal — let me repeat unequivocal — support for the idea of a united Europe.  The world would be a decidedly worst place if Europe were not united.

Americans know best what great value it is to be united, and that becoming divided is the prelude to a fall.  It is in the interest of us all to prevent the disintegration of the West.

And as for our continent, in this respect, we will not invent anything better than the European Union.

In reply to these three methods, I heard today from Vice President Pence three times, yes.  After such a positive declaration, both Europeans and Americans must simply practice what they preach.

On Saturday in Munich, you mentioned that during your trip across Europe in 1977 with your older brother, you found yourselves at some point in West Berlin, marveling at what you saw; then crossing through Checkpoint Charlie only to see the shadow of repression hanging over people.  If you know, I had been living under this shadow for over 30 years.  What I vividly remember from my own past is how after martial law was imposed in Poland on December 13, 1981, President Ronald Reagan urged all Americans to light a solidarity candle on Christmas Eve, as he did himself.

It is not difficult to imagine how this moving message of American solidarity with the oppressed Polish nation against, as Reagan said, the forces of tyranny and those who incite them from without, helped bring back hope and the determination not to give in.

In your speech, you also highlighted the historic role of some American and European leaders including Vaclav Havel and Lech Walesa.  I was lucky to cooperate closely with the two of them in difficult times.  Similarly to us, they all believed in the purpose of cooperation and solidarity between Europe and the U.S.  We cannot let their efforts go to waste.

After today’s talks, it will be easier for me to believe that we will fulfill this task.

Thank you.

U.S. VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE:

Thank you, President Tusk.  Thank you for your warm hospitality today.

And thank you for those eloquent words and your personal courage and leadership.  It’s an honor to meet you and on behalf of the President of the United States to bring greetings.  And I may make a note never to follow you at a podium again.  (Laughter.)  So thank you again for your eloquence.

Last night I was honored to have dinner with the Prime Minister of Belgium.  This morning I met with the European Union’s High Representative Mogherini.  And this morning, a very constructive and productive conversation with President Tusk, and it’s an honor to be here.

This afternoon, I will meet with President Juncker of the European Commission before taking meetings at NATO at returning to Washington, D.C.

Saturday, as President Tusk said, I was pleased to address the Munich Security Council to speak about the importance of the strategic alliance the United States entered upon so many years ago in the North American Treaty Organization.

But the President did ask me to come here to Brussels, to the home of the European Union, and deliver an additional message.  And so today it is my privilege on behalf of President Trump to express the strong commitment of the United States to continued cooperation and partnership with the European Union.

Whatever our differences, our two continents share the same heritage, the same values, and above all, the same purpose:  to promote peace and prosperity through freedom, democracy, and the rule of law.  And to those objectives we will remain committed.

This has been the European Union’s goal since before its formal founding in 1993.  What began as a modest Western European trade agreement in 1951 has grown into a commitment to the four freedoms:  freedom of movement — goods, capital, services, and people; a common currency; and a common approach to foreign and security policy.

And what began 60 years ago with the Treaty of Rome among six Western European nations has grown to encompass north and south, east and west; and you welcomed new states after the end of the Cold War.

With this union and in cooperation with the United States, history will attest that when the United States and Europe are peaceful and prosperous, we do advance the peace and prosperity of all the world.

Our economies are the world’s largest — accounting for half of the world’s economic output.  Transatlantic commerce supports 14 million jobs on both continents and improves the lives and well-being of all of our citizens.

And so today we reaffirm our commitment to free, fair, and flourishing economies that undergird our success, and to cooperation in achieving that.

Maintaining and strengthening our economic vitality will require hard but necessary choices.  Renewed growth means improved peace and prosperity for all.  We must be strong, and we must be united, as well, in our efforts to confront threats to Europe’s security and stability.

It’s heartbreaking to reflect that now nearly a year ago, here in Brussels, in the heart of the European Union, three horrific suicide bombings and attacks took place, killing 33 innocent victims, including four Americans, injuring hundreds more.

Let me say to this community, the European community, your losses at the hands of barbaric terrorists are felt equally in every household and every heart in America.  And you have our condolences and our determination to continue to do all that we can in partnership with the European Union and with all of our allies in Europe to ensure that such attacks never happen again.

We seek to take measures, and we call upon the European community to join with the United States in continuing to intensify our efforts to counter the threat of radical Islamic terrorism here on the continent.

Now, this will require greater coordination and intelligence sharing among EU member states and between the EU and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.  And let me assure you, the United States is committed to continuing and expanding our collaboration on the collective security of all of our peoples.

The safety and security of your union and our people depends on that increased collaboration in the global fight against terrorism.  And the United States will remain a full partner with the EU and with all of our European allies to accomplish that.

In addition to confronting terrorism together, clearly we must stand strong in defense of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations in Europe.  In the wake of Russian efforts to redraw international borders by force, we will continue to support efforts in Poland and the Baltic States through NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence Initiative.

And with regard to Ukraine, the United States will continue to hold Russia accountable and demand that Russia honor the Minsk Agreements, beginning by de-escalating the violence in eastern Ukraine.

We urge both sides — we urge both sides — to abide by the cease-fire that was scheduled to begin today.  And in the interest of peace and in the interest of innocent human lives, we hope and pray that this cease-fire takes hold.

While the United States will continue to hold to hold Russia accountable, at President Trump’s direction, we will also search in new ways for new common ground with Russia, which President Trump believes can be found.

The United States’ commitment to the European Union is steadfast and enduring.

President Tusk, President Trump and I look forward to working together with you and the European Union to deepen our political and economic partnership.  We are separated by an ocean, but we are joined by a common heritage and by a common commitment to freedom, to democracy, and to the rule of law.  And we’re confident that that bond will endure and grow in the years ahead as we meet our future together.

Thank you again for your hospitality, Mr. President.  And thank you all.

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President Donald J. Trump on the Death of Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump was saddened to learn of the unexpected death of Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin, the White House said. As an accomplished diplomat, Ambassador Churkin worked alongside his U.S. colleagues in New York for more than a decade. Ambassador Churkin played a crucial role in working with the United States on a number of key issues to advance global security.  President Trump offers the condolences of the United States of America to the Russian people and government, while maintaining US disagreements with the nation-state of Russia.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

President Donald J. Trump

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

WASHINGTON DC – In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing in the Oval Office of the White House at 10:00AM and proceed to the State Dining Room to lead a listening session with manufacturing CEOs at 10:30AM. In the afternoon, President Trump is scheduled to speak with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada by telephone in the Oval Office and later lead a different listening session on domestic and international human trafficking in the Roosevelt Room at 2:30PM. In the evening, President Trump will attend a dinner with The Business Council at the Ritz Carlton at 8:30PM.

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Jewish Cemetery Near St. Louis Vandalized in Apparent Anti-Semitic Act

Vice President Mike Pence

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

 

WASHINGTON DC – Vice President Mike Pence will join President Donald J. Trump’s 10:30AM EST listening session in the State Dining Room with manufacturing CEOs at the White House. In the evening, Vice President Pence will deliver remarks at CPAC’s 7:30PM event at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in the state of Maryland , near Washington DC.

On Wednesday, February 22, Vice President Pence participated in restoring a grave yard that was vandalized.

 

 

Jewish Cemetery Near St. Louis Vandalized in Apparent Anti-Semitic Act

US Vice President Mike Pence looks on during a press conference at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery on February 22, 2017 in University City, Missouri. Governor Eric Greitens and Pence were on hand to speak to over 300 volunteers who helped cleanup after the recent vandalism. Since the beginning of the year, there has been a nationwide spike in incidents including bomb threats at Jewish community centers and reports of anti-semitic graffiti.
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Jewish Cemetery Near St. Louis Vandalized in Apparent Anti-Semitic Act

US Vice President Mike Pence looks on during a press conference at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery on February 22, 2017 in University City, Missouri. Governor Eric Greitens and Pence were on hand to speak to over 300 volunteers who helped cleanup after the recent vandalism. Since the beginning of the year, there has been a nationwide spike in incidents including bomb threats at Jewish community centers and reports of anti-semitic graffiti.
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Vice President Mike Pence to Fabick Cat Employees

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

Fabick Cat Factory
Fenton, Missouri

2:46 P.M. EST

 

THE VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE:

Thank you, Governor Greitens.  Would you give another round of applause for a great, new, dynamic governor here in Missouri inspiring people all across America with his leadership?  (Applause.)

Thank you for that kind introduction, Governor Greitens.  And, congratulations on your election last year.  You’re already off to the races, and President Trump and I thank you for your great leadership for the people of Missouri.  (Applause.)

Thank you all for coming out today.  It actually gets cold in Indiana in February.  (Laughter.)  But I guess it’s different here in Missouri.  I’m very honored that you all would take time in the middle of a busy week to hear a few words from me and on behalf of our great President.  And I do bring greetings on behalf of the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.  (Applause.)

And on his behalf I’m here, and on his behalf I’m also grateful to see in the audience a number of distinguished leaders.  Your great congresswoman representing Missouri with such great distinction — Congresswoman Ann Wagner and Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer are here.  Give them both a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  Thank you; it’s a privilege to have you here.

I also want to thank all the small business owners who are with us today, including our host Doug Fabick and the Fabick family — 100 years in business here in Missouri creating jobs and opportunities.  (Applause.)  Congratulations.

I enjoyed our discussion earlier today, and I appreciate your candid feedback, Doug, and the candid feedback that we got from other business leaders and job creators all across this region.  And on that note, let me say thank you to all the great employees here at Fabick Cat for coming out today.  Hardworking men and women, you’re the ones that make companies like this grow.  You are the strength in the American economy, and you’re going to lead an American comeback.  (Applause.)

As President Trump has said so many times, it was too long that we had forgotten men and women in this country.  Well, the forgotten men and women, the men and women who carry this economy on their shoulders everyday are forgotten no more.  And on behalf of President Trump, I thank all the hardworking men and women of Fabick Cat who are here today.  Thanks for doing a great job for this country and this community.  (Applause.)

Now, before we get started I’d like to address something that happened here in St. Louis over the weekend.  On Monday morning, America awoke to discover that nearly 200 tombstones were toppled in a nearby Jewish graveyard.

Speaking just yesterday, President Trump called this a “horrible and painful” act, and so it was.  That along with other recent threats to Jewish community centers around the country — he declared it all a “sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”

We condemn this vile act of vandalism and those who perpetrate it in the strongest possible terms.  (Applause.)

And let me say it’s been inspiring to people all across this country to see the way the people of Missouri have rallied around the Jewish community with compassion and support.  You have inspired the nation with your kindness and your care.  (Applause.)

It just so happens three days ago, my wife and my daughter were overseas.  We saw firsthand what happens when hatred runs rampant in a society.  We were near Munich, Germany, where we visited the very first Nazi concentration camp ever to be constructed, a place called Dachau.

We were accompanied by a survivor of Dachau, a 93-year-old man named Abba Naor, who told me he had arrived there as a 17-year-old boy.  He described, as we walked through that memorial, the hellish life he endured — toiling away as a slave while those around were taken away, one by one, never to return.

By the grace of God, he survived, and now he tells his story so that the world will never forget.

But before we left, he spoke words that touched my heart and I’ll always carry with me throughout my life, and they resonate with this moment today.  He spoke of that hellish existence in the waning days of the war, and then he looked up at me with a smile, and he said:  “Then the Americans came.”  (Applause.)

He spoke of the kindness of those American soldiers who liberated that camp, and he pointed a finger at me and told me when you go back, you thank every one of those soldiers for what they did for me and for my people and for my country.

Would you join me in a round of applause for every man and woman here who has worn the uniform of a United States of America?  We are proud of you, and we are grateful to you.  (Applause.) 

The American solider fought to end the hatred and violence against the Jewish people across Europe then, and as President Trump said yesterday, American will always, in his words, “fight bigotry, intolerance, and hatred in all its ugly forms” — wherever it will arise.  That’s the American way.  (Applause.)

Now, thank you for letting me share that from my heart.  But let me get on to what I came here to talk to you about.  It is great to be back in Missouri.  (Applause.)

I was here last September for a rally, and it was absolutely electric.  Two months later, the Show Me State showed America what it was made of when you helped make Donald Trump the 45th President of the United States of America.  Thank you, Missouri.  (Applause.)

The President and I will always be grateful for what you did for us and what you did for this country.  America’s small businesses were actually some of our biggest supporters.  Small business owners across the land saw in this businessman who would become President someone who had the ideas and the energy and the vision to make America great again.  Hardworking Americans who make small businesses successful, folks like everyone here today, rallied behind this cause, and we brought real change to our nation’s capital.

Fabick Cat is a true American success story.  As I mentioned before, a family-owned business owned and operated since its founding back in 1917.  Today — thanks to all of you — Fabick Cat has 1,100 employees at 37 locations throughout the Midwest.  So many people rely on what you do.  And, frankly, Doug, what you and the family has done here for a hundred years has made Missouri great, and it’s going to be a part of making America great again.  (Applause.)  

And I want to tell you, to all the small business owners who are here today, just know that President Trump is your biggest fan.  (Applause.)  I’ll make you a promise:  President Trump is the best friend America’s small businesses will ever have.  (Applause.)  He asked me to be here today to tell you how much he appreciates what you do for the country.

Make no mistake about it, America finally has a President who’s going to support and fight for you every single day.  You know, both of us know that small businesses are the engine of our economy.  They’re the beating heart that creates jobs and prosperity and growth.

I grew up in a small business and in a small town, a family-owned business in Columbus, Indiana.  I went to work at one of my dad’s gas stations when I was only 14 years or age.  I was a gas station attendant.  For those of you under 30, just imagine.  (Laughter.)  Just imagine if when you pulled into a gas station, somebody ran out with their name on their shirt, pumped your gas, washed your windows, checked you tires and didn’t charge you any more money for it.  (Laughter.)  That’s what I did for a living, and I was proud to do it, proud to be a part of a family business, proud to be a part of small-business America.

As the world knows, the President grew up in a family business, too.  We both, I can tell you, know the sacrifices that are required to make a family small business work — the long hours, the hard work.  And we both know this simple fact:  When small business is strong, America is strong, and the American economy thrives.  (Applause.)

That’s why President Trump wants to help you become stronger than ever before.  What he said on the campaign trail about strengthening small business is what we’re already doing in the White House.  On day one, we went right to work on a plan to cut taxes for working families, small businesses and family farms.  He signed legislation to roll back reams of red tape and regulation issued under the Obama administration.  He instructed every agency and department in Washington, D.C., also to identify two regulations to get rid of before they issue another ream of red tape.  We’re rolling back taxes and we’re rolling back red tape already in Washington, D.C., thanks to you.  (Applause.)  

The President also knows that the rule of law is the heart of a growing free-market economy and he’s taken decisive action to end illegal immigration, strengthen our borders and uphold the immigration laws of America.  (Applause.)

And I’m glad to say businesses are already reacting to President Trump’s “buy American and hire American” vision with optimism, investment, and a belief in our country again.  Have you noticed it?  I mean, from GM, to U.S. Steel, to IBM, to so many other companies, they’re already announcing their intention to keep jobs here, to create news ones, tens of thousands of them.  As Ford Motor Company’s chief executive put it, even before the President took his oath of office, their investments are a “vote of confidence in the agenda of President Donald Trump.”  (Applause.)

So let’s talk about that agenda.  Let me say, if you take nothing else from what I tell you today, know this:  The nightmare of Obamacare is about to end.  (Applause.)  Despite the best efforts of liberal activists at many town halls around the country, the American people know the truth:  Obamacare has failed, and Obamacare must go.  (Applause.)

This failed law is crippling the American economy and crushing the American worker.  We all know the broken promises of Obamacare; they’re almost too many to count.  They told you the cost of insurance would go down.  They told you if you like your doctor, you can keep them.  They told you your health plan — you could keep that too.  Well, none of it was true.

Americans are now paying $3,000 more a year for health insurance on average.  Last year alone, premiums skyrocketed by a stunning 25 percent, and millions of Americans have lost their plans and their doctors since the outset of the Affordable Care Act.  Higher cost, fewer choices, worse care — that’s Obamacare.  And that’s got to end.

Small businesses like those represented here today know exactly what I’m talking about.  The last few years it’s been harder to get ahead.  Obamacare has only made it harder still — if not impossible in some cases.  One of the business leaders I just talked to talked about the weight of Obamacare on his nearly 700 employees, and the difficulty that it’s placed on them and on their families.  Obamacare is a job-killer and everybody in America knows it.  And we’re about to change all that.  We’re going to repeal Obamacare once and for all.  Get rid of its mandates and its taxes and its intrusion on your lives and on your businesses.  (Applause.)

And best of all, at the same time we repeal Obamacare, Obamacare is going to be replaced with something that actually works, something that brings freedom and individual responsibility back to American healthcare.  (Applause.)

Now, President Trump and I want every American to have access to quality and affordable health insurance, which is why we’re designing a better law.  A market-driven law that reforms and improves how health care is provided in this country.  We’re working right now with leaders in Congress to lower the cost of health insurance by giving Americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across state lines the way you purchase life insurance and the way you purchase car insurance.  (Applause..)

We’re working with Congress to make sure that Americans with preexisting conditions have health insurance and don’t have any fear of losing that health insurance.  And we’re working with Congress to give states the flexibility — Governor Greitens, where’d you go?  We’re working with Congress to make sure we give states and governors like your great governor the flexibility they need to care for the least fortunate and their healthcare needs the way it will work in Missouri and the way that will work in each individual state.  (Applause.)

Despite the scare tactics from the liberal left, the President and I are committed — make it clear here — we’re committed to an orderly transition to a better healthcare system in America — one that lowers the cost of health insurance, unleashes innovation, and puts the American people first.  In all those concepts — innovation, putting people first — those are all the same principles that got Fabick Cat to 100 years.  And it’s what actually works in American business.  And we truly do believe those free-market principles — individual responsibility and a consumer choice — can make the best healthcare system in America married to the best health insurance system in America, as well.  (Applause.)

If they can work for America’s business, they’ll work in American healthcare.

But our agenda doesn’t just stop there.  I’ll guarantee there isn’t anyone here who can make sense of America’s tax code, including me.  (Laughter.)  There’s an old joke that says the tax code is about 10 times the size of the Bible but with none of the good news.  (Laughter and Applause.)

It’s a good line, but it’s hardly a laughing matter.  Truth is, our country’s tax system these days penalizes success.  It makes it far too hard for hardworking people and small businesses to achieve the American Dream.  It takes too much money out of your pockets.  It stifles job growth, wage growth, economic growth, and every other type of growth you need to get ahead.

Now, rest assured, when President Trump and I get done, before we get to this summertime, we’re going to cut taxes across the board for working families, small businesses, and family farms — and get this economy moving again.  (Applause.)

We want you to keep more of your hard-earned money, plain and simple.  You know how to spend your paycheck better than any politician in Washington, D.C., ever could.  By the same token, you also know how to run your businesses and your own lives better than any bureaucrat — that’s why, as I mentioned before, we’re going to keep on working together, and President Trump and I are going to keep rolling back senseless regulations that are strangling businesses and stifling our country’s potential.

Everyone here knows the tremendous burden of red tape and regulation.  Complying with these monstrous costs time and money to businesses that would be better spent hiring more good people and growing businesses and improving worker benefits.  Our administration is working with Congress to repeal these job-killing, big-government regulations issued in the last administration in particular.  We’re going to rein in unelected bureaucrats so they can’t cripple the economy from the comfort of their taxpayer-funded desks in Washington, D.C.  (Applause.)

And before I close, if you haven’t noticed it yet, let me remind you that we actually all elected a builder as the 45th President of the United States.  (Applause.)  And under President Donald Trump, we’re going to rebuild America.  (Applause.)  President Trump has called attention to our nation’s crumbling infrastructure like no contemporary person in public life.  Rest assured, we’re going to work with the Congress to make historic investments in infrastructure so that we have the best roads, the best bridges, the best highways, and the best airports in the best nation on Earth.  (Applause.)

Every dollar we invest in infrastructure is a dollar we invest in America’s future and in our prosperity.  And when we do that, let’s be clear:  We’re going to rebuild America, and we’re going to hire American, and we’re going to buy American when we rebuild this country.  (Applause.)  We’re going to rebuild America with American workers and American tools.  (Applause.)

In fact, I’m pleased to announce President Trump has already taken action in this regard.  Some of you may have noticed, just last month, after years of senseless delays, President Trump authorized the construction of the Keystone pipeline and the Dakota pipelines for our energy future and to create American jobs.  (Applause.)  That’s what it means to rebuild our infrastructure and put America back to work.

So, ladies and gentlemen, make no mistake about it.  Our economy is going to grow faster than ever before and faster than you can imagine.  We’re already hearing from those who oppose these policies, though.  People are out there opposing tax cuts, opposing slashing outdated regulations, opposing repealing Obamacare, and most of all, they seem to want to oppose the President’s effort to give power back to the American people.  We’re hearing from these people every day, and the national media is more than willing to give them a platform each and every day.

So all I ask of all of you here in Missouri is let America hear from you.  (Applause.)

In the days ahead, I promise you, President Trump and I are going to work with the Congress and we’re going to drive forward our best efforts to turn this country around, create good-paying jobs at home, and a safer and more prosperous America.  But America needs to hear from small business, from hardworking Americans who work in small business.  The people who know we can do better.  The people who know we can be more prosperous and know we can get this economy working for every American again.

So let your voice be heard.  Talk to a neighbor over a backyard fence.  Stop somebody at the grocery store.  Get online, on Facebook, send an email to a friend.  But just send them a note and say, I ran into Mike the other day — (Laughter.) — they’re doing exactly what they said they were going to do, and I believe it works.  And we need to support this President and this administration.  That’s what you’ve got to tell them.  (Applause.)

So thanks for coming out on this sunny day in February.  (Laughter.)  As my friend and our President likes to say, with boundless faith in the American people and faith in God who has ever watched over this land — (Applause.) — we will make America safe again.  We will make America prosperous again.  And with your help, and with God’s help, and with this great new President, we will make America great again.

Let’s go get it done.  Thank you.  God bless you, Missouri.  (Applause.)

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Vice President Mike Pence and European Council President Tusk

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

 

The European Union Council
Brussels, Belgium

 

EUROPEAN COUNCIL PRESIDENT TUSK:

Mr. Vice President, dear friends, let me first of all thank you for this meeting.  We all truly needed it.

Too much has happened over the past month and in your country and you; too many new and sometimes surprising opinions have been voiced over — in this time about our relations and our common security for us to pretend that everything is as it used to be.

And thank you for being so open and frank with me, Mr. Vice President.  Today I heard words which are promising for the future, words which explain a lot about the approach of the new administration in Washington.

I repaid our guest by offering honesty in my assessment of the situation.  I shared our concerns and hopes.  Given that I am an incurably pro-American European who is fanatically devoted to transatlantic cooperation, I could afford to be outspoken even more.

I asked the Vice President directly if he shared my opinions on three key matters:  international order, security, and the attitude of the new American administration towards the European Union.

Firstly, I expressed my belief that maintaining order based on the rules of international law where brute force and egoism do not determine everything lies in the interest of the West; and that maintaining that order can only be enforced through a common, mutually supportive and decisive policy of the whole of the Western community.  And for millions of people around the world, the predictability and stability of our approach provides the guarantee of, at the very least, hope that chaos, violence, and arrogance will not triumph in the global dimension.

Referring to some statements made in Munich just two days ago, I would like to say clearly that the reports of the death of the West have been greatly exaggerated.  Whoever wants to demolish that order, anticipating a post-West order must know that in its defense we remain determined.

Secondly, our security is based on NATO and the closest possible transatlantic cooperation.  We must work together to modernize the forms of this cooperation.  Some of them should, indeed, be improved.  But we should also, I believe, agree on one thing:  The idea of NATO is not obsolete, just like the values, which lay at its foundation are not obsolete.

Let us discuss everything, starting with financial commitment — but only to strengthen our solidarity, never to weaken it.

Thirdly, we are counting, as always, on the past; on the United States’ whole-hearted and unequivocal — let me repeat unequivocal — support for the idea of a united Europe.  The world would be a decidedly worst place if Europe were not united.

Americans know best what great value it is to be united, and that becoming divided is the prelude to a fall.  It is in the interest of us all to prevent the disintegration of the West.

And as for our continent, in this respect, we will not invent anything better than the European Union.

In reply to these three methods, I heard today from Vice President Pence three times, yes.  After such a positive declaration, both Europeans and Americans must simply practice what they preach.

On Saturday in Munich, you mentioned that during your trip across Europe in 1977 with your older brother, you found yourselves at some point in West Berlin, marveling at what you saw; then crossing through Checkpoint Charlie only to see the shadow of repression hanging over people.  If you know, I had been living under this shadow for over 30 years.  What I vividly remember from my own past is how after martial law was imposed in Poland on December 13, 1981, President Ronald Reagan urged all Americans to light a solidarity candle on Christmas Eve, as he did himself.

It is not difficult to imagine how this moving message of American solidarity with the oppressed Polish nation against, as Reagan said, the forces of tyranny and those who incite them from without, helped bring back hope and the determination not to give in.

In your speech, you also highlighted the historic role of some American and European leaders including Vaclav Havel and Lech Walesa.  I was lucky to cooperate closely with the two of them in difficult times.  Similarly to us, they all believed in the purpose of cooperation and solidarity between Europe and the U.S.  We cannot let their efforts go to waste.

After today’s talks, it will be easier for me to believe that we will fulfill this task.

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U.S. VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE:

Thank you, President Tusk.  Thank you for your warm hospitality today.

And thank you for those eloquent words and your personal courage and leadership.  It’s an honor to meet you and on behalf of the President of the United States to bring greetings.  And I may make a note never to follow you at a podium again.  (Laughter.)  So thank you again for your eloquence.

Last night I was honored to have dinner with the Prime Minister of Belgium.  This morning I met with the European Union’s High Representative Mogherini.  And this morning, a very constructive and productive conversation with President Tusk, and it’s an honor to be here.

This afternoon, I will meet with President Juncker of the European Commission before taking meetings at NATO at returning to Washington, D.C.

Saturday, as President Tusk said, I was pleased to address the Munich Security Council to speak about the importance of the strategic alliance the United States entered upon so many years ago in the North American Treaty Organization.

But the President did ask me to come here to Brussels, to the home of the European Union, and deliver an additional message.  And so today it is my privilege on behalf of President Trump to express the strong commitment of the United States to continued cooperation and partnership with the European Union.

Whatever our differences, our two continents share the same heritage, the same values, and above all, the same purpose:  to promote peace and prosperity through freedom, democracy, and the rule of law.  And to those objectives we will remain committed.

This has been the European Union’s goal since before its formal founding in 1993.  What began as a modest Western European trade agreement in 1951 has grown into a commitment to the four freedoms:  freedom of movement — goods, capital, services, and people; a common currency; and a common approach to foreign and security policy.

And what began 60 years ago with the Treaty of Rome among six Western European nations has grown to encompass north and south, east and west; and you welcomed new states after the end of the Cold War.

With this union and in cooperation with the United States, history will attest that when the United States and Europe are peaceful and prosperous, we do advance the peace and prosperity of all the world.

Our economies are the world’s largest — accounting for half of the world’s economic output.  Transatlantic commerce supports 14 million jobs on both continents and improves the lives and well-being of all of our citizens.

And so today we reaffirm our commitment to free, fair, and flourishing economies that undergird our success, and to cooperation in achieving that.

Maintaining and strengthening our economic vitality will require hard but necessary choices.  Renewed growth means improved peace and prosperity for all.  We must be strong, and we must be united, as well, in our efforts to confront threats to Europe’s security and stability.

It’s heartbreaking to reflect that now nearly a year ago, here in Brussels, in the heart of the European Union, three horrific suicide bombings and attacks took place, killing 33 innocent victims, including four Americans, injuring hundreds more.

Let me say to this community, the European community, your losses at the hands of barbaric terrorists are felt equally in every household and every heart in America.  And you have our condolences and our determination to continue to do all that we can in partnership with the European Union and with all of our allies in Europe to ensure that such attacks never happen again.

We seek to take measures, and we call upon the European community to join with the United States in continuing to intensify our efforts to counter the threat of radical Islamic terrorism here on the continent.

Now, this will require greater coordination and intelligence sharing among EU member states and between the EU and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.  And let me assure you, the United States is committed to continuing and expanding our collaboration on the collective security of all of our peoples.

The safety and security of your union and our people depends on that increased collaboration in the global fight against terrorism.  And the United States will remain a full partner with the EU and with all of our European allies to accomplish that.

In addition to confronting terrorism together, clearly we must stand strong in defense of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations in Europe.  In the wake of Russian efforts to redraw international borders by force, we will continue to support efforts in Poland and the Baltic States through NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence Initiative.

And with regard to Ukraine, the United States will continue to hold Russia accountable and demand that Russia honor the Minsk Agreements, beginning by de-escalating the violence in eastern Ukraine.

We urge both sides — we urge both sides — to abide by the cease-fire that was scheduled to begin today.  And in the interest of peace and in the interest of innocent human lives, we hope and pray that this cease-fire takes hold.

While the United States will continue to hold to hold Russia accountable, at President Trump’s direction, we will also search in new ways for new common ground with Russia, which President Trump believes can be found.

The United States’ commitment to the European Union is steadfast and enduring.

President Tusk, President Trump and I look forward to working together with you and the European Union to deepen our political and economic partnership.  We are separated by an ocean, but we are joined by a common heritage and by a common commitment to freedom, to democracy, and to the rule of law.  And we’re confident that that bond will endure and grow in the years ahead as we meet our future together.

Thank you again for your hospitality, Mr. President.  And thank you all.

 

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Vice President Mike Pence with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
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Vice President Pence and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Meet

Reported by Karen An Carr

WASHINGTON DC –  In Munich, Vice President Mike Pense met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to express concern about the recent surge in violence in eastern Ukraine. Vice President Pense and President  Poroshenko agreed there is a need for an immediate comprehensive ceasefire, while underscoring the support of the United States of America for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and self-determination.

At this time the United States condemns Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of the Crimean peninsula. Vice President Pence expressed the continual support for the full implementation of the Minsk agreements to bring peace to eastern Ukraine. Vice President Pense and President  Poroshenko had a conversation about how the United States might support negotiations with Russia as Ukraine’s progress on reforms continues. The Ukraine envisioned for transformed Ukraine that is a secure, prosperous, European country for all its citizens, the White House reports.

President Donald J. Trump Convenes Historic Solo White House Press Conference

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America held his first official Press Conference with the White House media today. Vice President Mike Pence also attended.

After numerous joint press conferences with global leaders, President Trump went head-to-head with the White House media in a refreshing manner. Nothing seemed per-arranged or scripted, like press conferences convened by the Obama administration.

President Trump’s Press Conference

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WASHINGTON DC – President Trump enjoys an exciting White House Press Conference at the White House in Washington DC USA.
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WASHINGTON DC – In the morning of the 15th, President Donald J. Trump is participating in a listening session with the Retail Industry Leaders Association and member company CEOs. Later in the morning, President Trump and the First Lady will greet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Mrs. Netanyahu. Later in the morning, President Trump will participate in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Netanyahu. President Trump privately meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu. In the afternoon, President Trump plans to participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu and participate in a working lunch. Later in the afternoon, President Trump will speak with President Mauricio Macri of Argentina by telephone. President Trump will then participate in a legislative affairs strategy session. In the evening, President Trump and the First Lady will host Senator Marco Rubio and Mrs. Rubio for dinner.

 

WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump convenes a listening session with the Executives and CEO’s of the Retail Industry at the White House in Washington DC.

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Vice President Mike Pence with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
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Vice President Pence and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Meet

Reported by Karen An Carr

WASHINGTON DC –  In Munich, Vice President Mike Pense met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to express concern about the recent surge in violence in eastern Ukraine. Vice President Pense and President  Poroshenko agreed there is a need for an immediate comprehensive ceasefire, while underscoring the support of the United States of America for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and self-determination.

At this time the United States condemns Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of the Crimean peninsula. Vice President Pence expressed the continual support for the full implementation of the Minsk agreements to bring peace to eastern Ukraine. Vice President Pense and President  Poroshenko had a conversation about how the United States might support negotiations with Russia as Ukraine’s progress on reforms continues. The Ukraine envisioned for transformed Ukraine that is a secure, prosperous, European country for all its citizens, the White House reports.

President Donald J. Trump Convenes Historic Solo White House Press Conference

Reported by Karen Ann Carr

WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America held his first official Press Conference with the White House media today. Vice President Mike Pence also attended.

After numerous joint press conferences with global leaders, President Trump went head-to-head with the White House media in a refreshing manner. Nothing seemed per-arranged or scripted, like press conferences convened by the Obama administration.

President Trump’s Press Conference

Reported by The White House

WASHINGTON DC – President Trump enjoys an exciting White House Press Conference at the White House in Washington DC USA.
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White House Oval Office of President Donald J. Trump
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White House Oval Office visit with President Donald J. Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, First Lady Melania Trump and Sara Netanyahu.

White House Rose Garden of the Trump Administration
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