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THE WHITE HOUSE
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Presidential Message on Ramadan
Presidential Message on Ramadan
Reported by Karen Ann Carr
WASHINGTON DC – Today begin the holy month of Ramadan. President Donald J. Trump released this Presidential Message to all Muslims observing Ramadan:
“With the rising of tonight’s moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world.
During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad through fellowship and prayer. Many observe this holy time by fasting, performing acts of charity, reciting prayers, and reading the Quran.
Ramadan is a time of self-reflection intended to deepen one’s spiritual growth and renew a sense of appreciation for the many blessings God provides. In this spirit of thanksgiving and reflection, those observing Ramadan can strengthen our communities, help those in need, and serve as good examples for how to live a holy life.
Ramadan reminds us of the richness Muslims add to the religious tapestry of American life. In the United States, we are all blessed to live under a Constitution that fosters religious liberty and respects religious practice. Our Constitution ensures Muslims can observe Ramadan in accordance with the dictates of conscience and unimpeded by government. By doing so, the Constitution also furnishes varied opportunities for all Americans to deepen their understanding of the human soul.”
Donald J. Trump
“As so many people unite to celebrate Ramadan, Melania and I join in the hope for a blessed month. Ramadan Mubarak”
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THE WHITE HOUSE
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
President Donald J. Trump Honors 199 Peace Officers
President Donald J. Trump Honors Peace Officers at U.S. Capitol
Reported by Karen Ann Carr
President Trump Embraces Family
Reported by Karen Ann Carr
WASHINGTON DC – On a beautiful Tuesday morning, President Donald J. Trump departed the White House en route to the U.S. Capitol for the 37th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service and lunch with Senate Republicans, in Washington DC, U.S.A.
President Trump arrived at the front of the US Capitol, ignoring shouted questions of whether he owes Senator John McCain an apology. While walking to a lunch with Senate Republicans the president told the White House Press pool First Lady Melania Trump was “doing really really well.”
President Trump‘s participation in the 37th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service was heartwarming and heart-breaking at the same time when the president invite a family of a slain detective to stand with him. A son and a sister of Detective Milsotis Familia initially joined the president near the podium then the Detectives mother Adrianna Valoy and other family members joined President Trump on the platform stage.. The heart-warming greeting turned to heart-break as the president presented a narrative of what happened to Detective Familia while holding Familia’s mother’s arm at his side. The President and the mother Valoy seemed to gained strength from each other’s embrace. The interaction griped your heart. Their shared courage, fortitude, compassion, warmth, and strength silenced all conjecture about a racist president occupying the White House Oval Office. President Trump securely held the arm of the Detective’s 90 year old mother as he went off script to speak to hearts of particular family members. The president asked the Detective‘s work partner to recounted details about Familia and the night she was killed at the podium, as the Detective’s mother seemed to gained strength from the president’s embrace. It was truly an authentic display of wonderfulness of humanity. President Trump and the family shared lovely authentic moments of human support, compassion and respect without regard for racial, ethnic or possible economic differences.
Their interaction both warmed and broke your heart. President Trump did his best to encourage the Detective’s son and then nurture and support all of the other family members. President Trump highly regards displays of family unity, fortitude and love. This regard is, frankly, is one of his greatest assets. Moreover, President’s one-on-one encounters with the family members were not rushed. The interactions seemed to shift the president’s discourse and body language beyond accusatory rhetoric. Uplifting human behavior and reassuring dialogue never gave judgmental discourse and blaming dialogue a chance to show up. Particular off-the top-of the president’s mind kind of comments were not articulated. President Trump’s remarks were noticeably focused, reassuring and foundational supportive. Missing were comments that might blame and ridicule. Supportive and righteous human interaction cannot be overestimated.
In the afternoon President Trump participated in a U.S. Senate Republican policy lunch at the U.S. Capitol before departing the U.S. Capitol en route to the White House in Washington DC, U.S.A…
Remarks of President Donald J. Trump
37th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service
Reported by Karen Ann Carr
11:44 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DONALD J. TRUMP: “Thank you very much, Chuck. I want to start by saying that Melania is in the hospital doing really well. She’s watching us right now. And I want to thank the incredible doctors — Walter Reed Medical Center. They did a fantastic job. So thank you.” (Applause.) “And she sends her love.”
“I also want to thank Jim Pasco, Linda Hennie, Chaplain Wiggins, and everyone at the Fraternal Order of Police and all you do to ensure our brave people that we’re so proud of — we are honored to have these cherished officers, and we’re honored to have all of you with us today. And it’s my great honor to be here for the second time. And I’ll see you, I guess, about another six times. And then, after that, perhaps —” (Applause.) “— perhaps you’ll have had enough.” (Laughs.)
“We stand with our police and we stand with you 100 percent. And I think we’ve shown that. Vice President Pence, members of my Cabinet, members of Congress, and distinguished guests: Thank you for joining us on one of the most important and solemn occasions of the year: the day we pay tribute to law enforcement heroes — and that’s what they are, heroes — who gave their lives in the line of duty. They made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live in safety and in peace.
To the families and survivors with us this morning, I know today is filled with sadness and pain. But today is also filled with love — the love of an entire nation wrapped its arms. And they have wrapped their arms right around you. They love you. They’re praying for you, they’re grieving with you, and pledging to you that we will never forget our heroes, ever.” (Applause.) “And thank you. Thank you. ” (Applause.) “You know what I mean. You know what I mean. They’re looking down and they’re proud of you, and they love you so much. Thank you.
This morning, I especially want to speak to the young sons and daughters who join us here today. I want you to know that your moms and dads were among the bravest Americans to ever live.
When danger came, when darkness fell, when destruction loomed, they did not flinch. They were not afraid. They did not falter. They stared down danger, raced down alleys, chased down criminals, kicked down doors, and faced down evil. Brave. And they did it all with courage, with dignity, with pride, with love for their nation and with love for their families. They lived every day of their lives by that most sacred calling: “to serve and protect.”
“Their immortal legacy lives on in each and every one of you. Their strength lives in your soul, their courage glows in your heart, and their blood flows in your veins. And today, every American heart bleeds blue.” (Applause.) “That’s for sure.
This morning, I want to share with you, the American people, a few stories about the heroes we have gathered to celebrate and remember.
With us today is the family of Lieutenant Aaron Allan –special — of the Southport Police Department in Indiana, his wife Stacy, and his two sons, TJ and Aaron. Where are they? Where are they? Where are they? Yes. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” (Applause.)
“Lieutenant Allan was an Air Force veteran. After his service, he followed his childhood dream to become a police officer. He served in law enforcement for 20 years. No job was too great; no job was too small. He took extra shifts at night, and he was always available. He stopped by to say hello to members of his community. During Christmastime, he took children in need shopping for presents. He was always there for anybody that needed him. In 2015, he was given the Officer of the Year Award after saving two lives.
Last year, Lieutenant Allan walked his son to the bus for his first day of kindergarten. Just hours later, Lieutenant Allan was shot and killed in the line of duty.
Since then, the whole Southport community has come together to support the Allan family. And I hear that if you go to the police station, you’ll find that 6-year-old Aaron Jr. — and he’s up there, and he’s giving orders. And he is respected and loved by everybody there. And his father was a true hero.
To Stacy, TJ, and Aaron, today, all of America sends you our love and our support. Allan will live in our hearts forever. Thank you. ” (Applause.) “Incredible man.”
“Today we are also joined by Savannah and Ayzayah Hartfield, along with their amazing mom, Veronica. Where are you? Where are you? Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.) We honor their father and husband, Officer Charleston Hartfield of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. As many of you remember, Officer Hartfield was off duty attending a concert with Veronica, when that horrible shooting began in Las Vegas last October.
Officer Hartfield, an Army veteran, immediately leapt into action, rescuing the wounded and shielding the innocent. You all read about it. I remember it so well. As he did, he was shot and killed by rounds of gunfire. He knew he was right in the path, and it made no difference. He gave his life so that countless others could live.
Savannah and Ayzayah, your dad was a guardian angel to those in need. Now he is keeping watch on you from Heaven. Very special family and a very special man. Thank you. Thank you very much.” (Applause.)
“Also here with us today is the family of Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez from El Paso, Texas. Agent Martinez, known as “Roger” to his friends and family, worked on a dangerous part of the southern border — a part that you’ve been reading about so much lately, and a part that we’re doing a lot with.
Agent Martinez took immense pride and joy in serving his country as a Border Patrol agent. He was extremely proud of what he did. Every day, he would go to work and risk his life to keep America safe. Roger said he wanted to prevent terrorists and drugs from coming into our country — we all do and we’re going to get it done — but that’s exactly what he did. He bravely confronted the cartels, the smugglers, the human traffickers, the gangs that threaten our communities. One night, last November, Agent Martinez died in the line of duty. It was horrific. It was violent. And he was brave.
To Agent Martinez’s mom, Eliva, his son Sergio, and the entire Martinez family: Roger’s profound and unselfish love of country is an inspiration to every American — everybody here and everybody here, and to me, I can tell you. A great inspiration. (Applause.) Thank you. We will always remember Agent Martinez, and we will honor his noble sacrifice by continuing his vital mission.
The first duty of government is to protect our citizens, and the men and women of DHS are on the front lines of this incredible, heroic fight. That is why we are calling on Congress to secure our borders, support our border agents, stop sanctuary cities, and shut down policies that release violent criminals back into our communities. We don’t want it any longer. We’ve had it. Enough is enough.” (Applause.)
“Recently, MS-13 gang members called for the assassination of New York City police officers so the gang could, quote, “take back the streets.”
“They got it wrong. We are the ones who are taking back the streets. We are getting them out of our country by the thousands.” (Applause.) “Every week, we’re setting new records on — we have a catch-and-release program, too. It’s called, we catch them and we release them in the country they came back from.” (Applause.) “We’re getting them out or we’re putting them in prison.
“The Trump administration has a policy, and it’s very clear: We will protect those who protect us and who do such a great job in protecting us.” (Applause.) “That is why, as I promised all along, that we are allowing local police to access the surplus military equipment they need to protect our officers and law enforcement agents and save their lives. And they are taking equipment at a record clip. Millions and millions of dollars of surplus equipment is going to our police departments.” (Applause.)
“If we want to bring down violent crime, then we must stand up for our police. We must confront and condemn dangerous anti-police prejudice. Can you believe there’s prejudice with respect to our police? We’re not going to let bad things happen to our police.” (Applause.) “So we must show appreciation, gratitude, and respect for those who police our streets and patrol our communities.”
“In 2016, an officer was assaulted in America on an average of every 10 minutes — can you believe that? It’s outrageous and it’s unacceptable. We must end the attacks on our police and we must end them right now.” (Applause.) “We believe criminals who kill our police should get the death penalty.” (Applause.) “Bring it forth.”
“One of the most alarming crimes taking place against our police are ambush attacks. Think of that — ambush attacks. I have directed the Justice Department to do everything in its power to defend the lives of American law enforcement.
We are honored to be joined today by the family of Detective Miosotis Familia.” (Applause.) “Detective Familia was a proud member of the New York Police Department. Where is that family? Where is that great family? Great family.” (Applause.) “Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Can you come up here? This is a great — come up here, please. Come on. I’d like to have this family.” (Applause.) “New York Police Department, close to my heart. Come on. Can you open those gates, please?” (Applause.)
“So I promised I wouldn’t tell you that she’s 90 years old. But you know what? She is really something, right? (Applause.) You look like 55, maybe? Fifty-five, huh? Boy, I’ll tell you what — you got up those stairs better than I did.” (Laughter.) “Thank you, sweetheart. Thank you.”
“So I just want to say, the officer just — say something. You know what I’d like you to do? Say how great she was. Come here. He’s done this before. (Applause.) Say how great she was. You just told me something, that this was a great partner. Go ahead. Don’t get nervous.”
OFFICER MAHER: “All right, that was unexpected. (Laughter.) Yes, my name is Officer Maher. I was Detective Familia’s partner the night she was killed. And I knew her for about 10 years. I worked with her on and off. This is a woman who got injured a while ago, and volunteered to come back to patrol to one of the roughest places in New York City. She volunteered to come back, to leave a cushy job, to come back to patrol. She was only there for about two weeks, and I had the honor of being with her that night. And she may have been lost that night, but she saved a lot of lives in turn because of her memory and everything that transpired after the fact. She was an incredible person, and she is missed by the family. This family is — forget it, they’re incredible.” (Applause.) “Thank you.”
PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Thank you very much. These are special people. They’re just special, special people. And I want to tell you that, last year, just a few hours after the city of New York celebrated the Fourth of July, Detective Familia was on duty in her vehicle, not far from Yankee Stadium. Big Yankee fan? You’re all Yankee fans, right?
She was ambushed by a man for the simple reason that she was a member of the police department — she was a member of law enforcement. That was the simple reason. The attack, because she was so incredible, was just looked upon so horribly. Her family — when people met the family, they saw what an incredible person she was. I just want to say that, to your entire family, it’s such an honor to have you up here. We weren’t going to bring you up, but I looked at you in the audience and I said, you have to come up, because you’re representing something so important. You understand that. She loved the department. She loved being a police officer. She loved her job. She was respected by everybody. They told me all about her. She was respected by everybody.
So she’s right now, right there. And she’s looking down, and she’s so proud of you. She’s so proud of you. And you are great. You are great. Thank you very much.” (Applause.)
“Stay. Yeah, we’ll go down together. Okay? I told them to stay. We’ll go down together. I’m almost finished. Right? We’ll go down together.
So to all the families here today who have lost a loved one, I’d like to ask you to all please stand. Please stand. You lost mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters. And America lost incredible heroes. But they will endure forever — forever and ever — you know that. They’re going to endure for — she’s going to endure forever. She will endure forever, in our memories and our hearts and in the countless lives they touched through their courage and through their grace. Their legacy will never die. Your mom’s legacy will never, ever die. You have good genes. Right? Good genes. The best genes I’ve ever seen.” (Laughter.)
“In a moment, we will listen to the roll call of these great, fallen officers. As we read the names of your loved ones, we engrave them into the eternal chronicle of American valor. And when that siren blares, when the squad car races down the street, when the police officer steps forth confident and proud and strong — so brave in that crisp, blue uniform — we will think of you. We will think of your incredible daughter. We will be thinking of her. We will be thinking of all of the heroes we lost, and we will thank God for the men and women of law enforcement.
Thanks again to all of our wonderful police, our sheriffs, and all of law enforcement and law enforcement officers. You’re incredible people. You are the finest. You are the greatest. You are our heroes.
God bless you. God bless our fallen heroes. God bless their families. And God bless America. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you.” (Applause.)
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THE WHITE HOUSE
Monday, May 13, 2018
US Embassy Jerusalem Dedication Ceremony
US Embassy Jerusalem Dedication
Reported by Karen Ann Carr
“While presidents before him have backed down from their pledge to move the American Embassy once they were in office, this president delivered. Because when President Trump makes a promise, he keeps it,” Kushner said during remarks at the facility.
“Israel proves every day the boundless power of freedom. This land is the only land in the Middle East in which Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and people of all faiths participate and worship freely according to their beliefs,” he continued.
“Israel protects women’s rights, freedom of speech, and the right of every individual to reach their God-given potential.”
President Donald J. Trump’s Message Upon the Dedication of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem
WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America Presents a Message Upon the Dedication of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
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THE WHITE HOUSE
Monday, May 14, 2018
President Donald J. Trump Speak with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada
President Trump Speak with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada
Reported by Karen Ann Carr
WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada yesterday to address the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. President Trump underscored the importance of quickly concluding an agreement.
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THE WHITE HOUSE
Monday, May 14, 2018
White House Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah
The White House Press Briefing
Reported by Karen Ann Carr
WASHINGTON DC – White House Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah in the White House West Wing – James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at 2:19 P.M. EDT in Washington DC, USA.
The White House Press Briefing
PRINCIPAL DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY RAJ SHAH: “Good afternoon, everyone. Seventy years ago today, President Harry Truman recognized Israel as an independent country. Today, the United States officially opened our embassy in the capital of Jerusalem.
After decades of past Presidents promising to move the embassy, only to fail to follow through, President Trump has fulfilled his promise to support one of America’s strongest allies.
As you all saw, to celebrate the opening, the Trump administration sent a high-level delegation, led by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan. The delegation included Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump, and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt.
Today is a great day for Israel and the United States, and a reminder to everyone that when President Trump makes a promise, he keeps it.
I’m also announcing today that next Tuesday, May 22nd, the President will address the Susan B. Anthony List’s 11th annual Campaign for Life gala at the National Building Museum, where he will discuss the many actions he has taken to protect the lives of the unborn and defend religious liberty.
This morning, the President had a call with James Shaw Jr. to commend his heroic actions and quick thinking last month at a Waffle House in Tennessee. Mr. Shaw saved lives when he wrestled a gun from an active shooter who had opened fire.
Lastly, over the weekend, we sadly saw another terrorist attack in central Paris. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the French people and their government against this vicious act of terrorism, and pledge any assistance needed.
With that, I’ll take your questions. John.”
QUESTION JOHN: “Raj, a couple, if I could. At the same time there was a celebratory air in Jerusalem as the U.S. was moving its embassy, in the south of Israel, along the border with Gaza, there was a lot of violence that resulted in more than 41 people losing their lives. Is the President concerned about the demonstrations there and Israel’s response to people trying to climb over the fence?”
SHAH: “Well, we’re aware of the reports of continued violence in Gaza today. The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas. Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response. And as the Secretary of State said, Israel has the right to defend itself.”
QUESTION: “Also, what’s the President’s thinking on ZTE? I mean, here is a company that violated U.S. rules regarding doing business with North Korea and Iran. It was, according to the Commerce Department, appropriately sanctioned for that and fined $1.2 billion. You had the heads of six intelligence agencies telling Congress back on February 13th that they wouldn’t use ZTE devices because of counterespionage concerns. They also wouldn’t recommend that American citizens use ZTE or Huawei devices. So what’s the President’s thinking with that tweet over the weekend about wanting to rescue ZTE?”
SHAH: “Obviously, this is part of a very complex relationship between the United States and China that involves economic issues, national security issues, and the like. And it’s an issue of high concern for China that’s been raised with the U.S. government and with our administration at various levels. So the President has asked Secretary Ross to look into it consistent with applicable laws and regulations.
QUESTION JUSTIN: “I guess I wanted to follow on that. Did the President give Secretary Ross any specific instructions on how he wanted that case to go? And when you say that it was “raised,” I assume you mean in the context of the ongoing trade discussions between the U.S. and China. So is there a, sort of, direct linkage there, where China could make a concession on retaliatory tariffs, and so we’d see from the U.S., kind of, easing back on ZTE?”
SHAH: “Well, he’s asked Secretary Ross to look into the matter, again, consistent with applicable laws and regulations. And it’s been brought up at a number of levels, you know, as part of bilateral talks on a number of issues. So I wouldn’t restrict it to just the talks that you’re referencing.”
QUESTION: “A follow on that, Raj.”
QUESTION: “Didn’t the Commerce Department make an independent judgment when they decided to issue this sanction against ZTE? So can you talk about the significance of bringing it up again now? How much does it have to do with the impending summit with North Korea? You know, critics will say that the President wants China’s support, needs China’s support, and that is why he is now backing off on this sanction against ZTE.”
SHAH: “It’s part of, again, the U.S. relationship with China, which is complex. It has economic factors; it has national security factors. This is just one of many factors. And, again, the President is asking the Secretary of Commerce to look into the matter consistent with laws and regulation.
QUESTION CECLIA: “Thanks, Raj. Senator Lindsey Graham said, “I [just] wish somebody from the White House would tell the country that” — what Kelly Sadler said — “was inappropriate,” that that’s not who we are as a Trump administration. Why not just apologize, so America doesn’t think that that is an acceptable way of speaking inside this White House?
SHAH: “Well, I understand the focus on this issue, but it’s going to be dealt with, and has been dealt with internally. I was told —“
SHAH: “Hang on. I was told Kelly Sadler called the McCain family late last week and did apologize. And beyond that, I don’t have further comment.”
QUESTION: “Excuse me, but she — Kelly Sadler told Meghan McCain that she would apologize publicly, and that has not yet happened. Why has that not happened?”
SHAH: Well, I wasn’t on the call. I was told she made it prior to the story being published, and she apologized for the comment. She apologized directly to the family.”
QUESTION: “Are there any concerns that this White House seems more concerned about the fact that there was a leak than about the content of what was said?”
SHAH: Well, I think we’re concerned about all sorts of matters, but this is an internal matter, it’s being addressed internally. And I don’t have anything further to add.”
QUESTION: “But can you explain how it’s being addressed internally?”
SHAH: “Obviously, if I explain all that, then it won’t remain internal.”
QUESTION: “But she’s still employed here at the White House?”
SHAH: “She is still an employee here at the White House. She came to work today.”
QUESTION: “Why hasn’t she publicly apologized, as she told Meghan McCain that she would?”
SHAH: “She has addressed it with the family directly, and I don’t have anything further to add.”
QUESTION: “Okay, really quick, Raj — on ZTE, how does the President Trump statement that too many Chinese jobs are at risk square with his campaign promise that China is stealing American jobs?”
SHAH: “Well, I don’t think this has, frankly, any bearing on the President’s campaign promises. Let’s just look at the overall economic record, right? The President has overseen an economy in which we have the lowest unemployment rate since 2000; it’s at 3.9 percent. Over 2 million jobs have been created since this President took office. And with respect to trade with China, he’s been tough. Let’s put this in a context. I mean, this President has taken China to task for its unfair trade practices. Through this Section 301 investigation, he’s introduced and proposed over — or rather, up to $150 billion of tariffs on China for intellectual property theft, dumping, and a range of inimical Chinese economic action.
So he’s been tough and he’s confronted them. But on this issue specifically, he’s asked the Secretary of Commerce to take a look at it.
QUESTION Steve: “Hi, Raj. The death toll is over 50 in Gaza. Is the U.S. calling on Israel to use restraint in dealing with these protests?”
SHAH: “Well, we believe that Hamas is responsible for these tragic deaths; that their rather cynical exploitation of the situation is what’s leading to these deaths. And we want them to stop.”
QUESTION: “So there’s no burden on Israel to do something to, sort of, rein it in?”
SHAH: “No, we think that we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that Hamas is the one that, frankly, bear responsibility for the dire situation right now in Gaza.”
QUESTION: “Lastly, Raj, how does this — the United States had been wanting to put out a peace plan. How does today’s situation hurt that?
SHAH: “I don’t think it hurts the peace plan. The peace plan will be introduced at the appropriate time. But what today is about is following through on what the President promised and believes. And it’s also a recognition of reality. I think we’ve, for decades, walked on eggshells, pretending that Jerusalem isn’t the capital of Israel when it obviously is. And this is just a recognition of reality.
QUESTION DAVID: “Raj, there seemed to be some confusion, given the messages on the Sunday news shows from Secretary Pompeo and National Security Bolton about what exactly the U.S. is asking of North Korea. Is the administration’s position that the U.S. expects the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of the Peninsula and of North Korea? Or is the administration willing to accept something short of that?”
SHAH: “I don’t want to get ahead of negotiations, but our policy has been to pursue the complete, irreversible, and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and that’s going to be the purpose of the June 12th meeting.”
QUESTION: “And I was wondering also if you could address a little bit the criticism of the President’s, sort of, tone with the dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, saying that the treated the U.S. detainees excellently. The President’s rhetoric has certainly shifted on Kim Jong-un, and I’m wondering if you could explain why, and whether he thinks that, at all, that he is going too far in sort of praising Kim Jong-un.”
SHAH: “Well, I think the President’s rhetoric has reflected Kim Jong-un’s actions. I think that Kim Jong-un has stepped forward and made pledges to halt nuclear tests, halt ICBM tests, and now has released these three prisoners. And those are signs of good faith, and we hope to build on that.
QUESTION PETER: “If I can, very quickly, the French Foreign Minister, Raj, said about what’s taking place in Gaza — he urged Israeli authorities to exercise discretion and restraint. So to be clear, does the U.S. not agree with the French that Israeli authorities should exercise discretion and restraint?”
SHAH: “We believe that Hamas is responsible for what’s going on.”
QUESTION: “So there’s no responsibility beyond that on the Israeli authorities? Kill at will?
SHAH: “What I’m saying is that we believe that Hamas, as an organization, is engaged in cynical action that’s leading to these deaths.”
QUESTION: “Let me ask you if I can, and following up on Kelly Sadler today — Matt Schlapp, whose wife you know — Mercedes Schlapp — works here —“
Q — is the Head of Strategic Communications — portrayed Kelly Sadler as “a little bit of a victim here.” Do you agree that she is a little bit of a victim here? And why?
SHAH: “Well, again, the matter is going to be addressed — has been addressed internally. But what I will say is that when you work, in any work environment — you with your colleagues at NBC, or elsewhere — if you don’t — if you aren’t able, in internal meetings, to speak your mind or convey thoughts or say anything that you feel without feeling like your colleagues will betray you, that creates a very difficult work environment. I think anybody who works anywhere can recognize that.”
QUESTION: “Is there any environment where that — conveying that thought — would be viewed as appropriate?”
SHAH: “Again, I’m not going to address it any further. It’s been —“
QUESTION: “So to be clear, was it completed last week? You said it was dealt with internally. Has anything been dealt with since last week when she called the family — the McCain family — for clarity?
SHAH: “She called the McCain family. I’m not going to address it anymore from the podium.
QUESTION STEVE: “I might ask you an indelicate question.”
QUESTION: “It’s been reported that you were leading the meeting where Kelly Sadler said what she said. How did it strike you? Did you find it to be inappropriate? And how did — what was the reaction in the room?”
SHAH: “Look, this is not about my opinion or anybody else’s opinion. It’s an internal matter, and we’ve addressed it internally.
QUESTION ANITA: “Two questions. First, the White House is hosting some kind of meeting on Wednesday with California officials on sanctuary cities. Can you tell us what that’s about? Will the President attend? And what’s the point of the meeting?”
SHAH: “Well, I can’t obviously get ahead of the meeting. But look, the Department of Justice is engaged in certain litigation regarding sanctuary cities in California. We believe that California should help us, and all municipalities and states should help the federal government in enforcing federal law, in helping to deport — when appropriate — criminal, illegal immigrants, and help, I guess, stem the tide of illegal immigration in the United States. It’s actually on the rise now. It’s a point of frustration for the President and for the administration. So that will be part of, obviously, what’s discussed.”
QUESTION: So there’s no negotiation. This is just to solidify your point? I think —“
SHAH: “I’m saying that I’m not going to get ahead of the meeting.”
QUESTION: “Okay. And my second question is: The President is going to Capitol Hill tomorrow to meet with Senate Republicans. Can you tell us about that meeting and the topic of the conversation? And also, do you think he will not get asked by senators about the Kelly Sadler issue?”
SHAH: “Well, obviously you’ll have to ask senators what they’ll ask him.”
QUESTION: “Does he have a statement prepared?”
SHAH: “I think he will be discussing the administration’s agenda. I think a focus of that will be on appointees and getting the President’s team in place, particularly Gina Haspel, who we believe should be confirmed as the next CIA Director.
This is an individual who’s had over three decades of exemplary service and experience with the CIA. And we hope that the Senate takes it upon themselves to confirm here.”
QUESTION: “Besides the CIA, is there another issue? It’s not solely to talk about Gina.”
SHAH: “It’s to talk about the administration’s agenda, broadly.”
QUESTION: “The Trump Organization is involved in a project in Indonesia building hotels, golf courses, residences. It’s getting up to $500 million in backing from the Chinese government. Can you tell or explain the administration’s perspective on, A, how this wouldn’t violate the emoluments clause, and, B, how it wouldn’t violate the President’s own promise that his private organization would not be getting involved in new foreign deals while he was President?”
SHAH: “I’ll have to refer you to the Trump Organization.”
QUESTION: ‘No, but I mean the Trump Organization can’t speak on behalf of the President, as the President — the head of the federal government, the one who is responsible — who needs to assure the American people that (Inaudible) responsibility.”
SHAH: “And you’re asking — but you’re asking about a private organization’s dealings that may have to do with a foreign government. That’s not something that I can speak to.”
QUESTION: “So, Raj, a couple of things. I need some information — we all need more information about the conversation that the President had by phone with James Shaw Jr. and why wasn’t it here at the White House. And also, what about prison reform? If you could give us a little bit more about prison reform. We understand that that’s working its way and there is a big push from the White House.
And also, on Sadler, where does decency and morality come in, into play, in the workplace? I mean, she still has a job. She made that statement about an American hero. No matter what the political feelings are about him, he was broken and bruised overseas for the freedoms of this country. And to say those things, I mean —“
SHAH: “Again, that’s an internal matter and has been addressed internally.”
QUESTION: “She keeps her job, right?”
You mentioned prison reform. We’re pleased to see last week the House mark up, with a pretty broad bipartisan vote, prison reform legislation that the White House is supportive of, that particularly Jared Kushner has been very involved with. You know, we believe that that legislation can help reduce costs at prisons and improve quality. We hope to see it looked at at the House floor and eventually pass the Senate.
And with respect to James Shaw, it was a conversation that the President asked to have and —“
QUESTION: “Why not here at the White House? Why not — I mean, he’s saluting heroes.”
SHAH: “I honestly, I don’t know if he was invited. I just honestly don’t have more for you on that.”
QUESTION: “Thank you, Raj. I wanted to ask you about the embassy opening today. The person who delivered the invocation, Robert Jeffress, he’s made some statements in the past that he believes that Muslims are going to hell, Jews are going to hell, Hindus are going to hell. Do you think that, considering especially his remarks about Jews, that he’s one of the right people to speak at the opening of our embassy in Israel? And can you give us a little information on how that came to be?”
SHAH: “Well, I honestly don’t know how that came to be. And I know that Pastor Jeffress has had a strong relationship with many people in the faith community, as well as folks in the administration, and Republicans on the Hill, and others, and I believe Democrats as well. So I think that he has a longstanding involvement with public officials. You know, beyond that, I don’t really have a whole lot to add.”
QUESTION: “Do you think it’s appropriate for a person who thinks that — who said that Jews are going to hell, to speak at the opening of our embassy in Israel?”
SHAH: “I haven’t seen those remarks, but obviously those aren’t remarks that the President agrees with.”
QUESTION “So, I have two questions for you. First on ZTE. Did the Chinese government give any specific concession for the President of the United States to tweet in support of a Chinese company?”
SHAH: “No — the President has asked Secretary Ross to look into the matter, consistent with —“
QUESTION “But why did he do that?”
SHAH: “The issue has been raised at many levels by the Chinese government with the various levels of our administration.”
QUESTION “So just raising the issue was enough to spawn a presidential tweet and directive?”
SHAH: “Well, it’s a significant issue of concern to the Chinese government. And in our bilateral relationship there’s a give-and-take and we discuss these issues.”
QUESTION: “And then another on the President’s tweet on Paris. He said that America needs to change its thought processes. What did he mean by that? What was he hinting at?”
SHAH: “Well, I think that — you know, I think that the President wants the United States to be tough on terrorists, wants our government to be tough on terrorists. I haven’t asked him about that specific tweet, but I think his thoughts on how to address terrorism are pretty clear, both through a legal system, through our international — through our foreign affairs policy. So just understanding the existential threat that terrorists pose to American citizens and addressing it accordingly.
QUESTION: “Raj, on the issue of peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, when was the last time the White House reached out to Palestinian leadership? And will — given the high numbers of casualties, Palestinians calling what has happened today a “massacre,” will the White House be reaching out?”
SHAH: “Well, I don’t honestly have an answer for you on that. I’ll get back to you.”
QUESTION: “Okay. Can I just follow up then?”
QUESTION: “Jared Kushner, in his speech, pointed a finger at the Palestinians, saying they were responsible for provoking violence. But given the fact that it’s only Palestinians who are being killed, should Israel not shoulder some of the blame?”
SHAH: “Well, as I said earlier, we believe Hamas bears the responsibility. Look, this is a propaganda attempt. I mean, this is a gruesome and unfortunate propaganda attempt. I think the Israeli government has spent weeks trying to handle this without violence, and we find it very unfortunate.”
QUESTION: “But people were throwing rocks 50 meters from the wall and were faced with sniper attack. I mean, is the White House in denial of the split-screen reality that’s occurring?”
SHAH: “Again, we believe that Hamas is responsible for this. Blake.”
QUESTION: “Let me ask you on ZTE. The congressional hearing that John was talking, in which the intelligence chief said that people should not be using ZTE products because of security concerns, does the President himself believe that there is a security concern using — involved with ZTE?”
SHAH: “ I haven’t asked him about that. But again, he has asked the Commerce Department to look into this matter consistent with applicable laws and regulations.”
QUESTION: “Speaking of the Commerce Department, Wilbur Ross said at the National Press Club just a little while ago — he said of the meeting this upcoming week with the Chinese, he said, “It wouldn’t surprise me” if they bring up ZTE, but our position is that it would be an enforcement action separate from trade. Is that the position of the White House, that whatever may or may not happen with ZTE, that has nothing to do with trade negotiations? Or does it?”
SHAH: “Well, I think Secretary Ross speaks for the U.S. government on this matter. And the President has asked him to look into it. I haven’t seen those remarks, and I’m sure there will be some follow-up conversation, but he does reflect our view.”
QUESTION: “And on the Supreme Court decision today on sports gambling that allows, now, states to go forward with that, does the White House have any opinion one way or another on the decision today?”
SHAH: “I don’t have a reaction for you just yet.
QUESTION: “Raj, on Israel, the United States and the White House are hoping to release their peace plan in the next few months. Going back to that split screen, I understand that you’re blaming these on Hamas, but does the White House feel that the position is undermined now by these deaths that have happened today? Last time the count was at 52.”
SHAH: “No, we don’t. Look, the peace plan will be brought forward at the appropriate time. It can be evaluated on its merits. But the actions today, both the opening of the embassy in Jerusalem and these tragedies in southern Israel, we don’t think will impact the peace plan.”
QUESTION: “And on a different foreign policy topic, sort of. The President isn’t going to the Royal Wedding this weekend. Today, we saw him deliver a video address at the embassy opening. Will he deliver an address of some sort via video? Is he sending a gift? Is there anything you can tell us about that?”
SHAH: “I don’t have anything for you.” (Laughter.) “Yes.”
QUESTION: “Last month, Sarah said that the allegations against the Governor —“
SHAH: “Sorry, say it again.”
QUESTION: “Last month, Sarah said the allegations against the Governor of Missouri were concerning. The Governor now is on trial this week. Does the President believe he should resign? He’s campaigned with him, he’s been out with him, he’s met him several times. Does he believe he should resign, irrespective of the verdict? Or if the verdict comes down in his favor, should he not resign?”
SHAH: “I’ll have to get back to you on that. I don’t have anything.
QUESTION: “Thank you, Raj. So, later this week, Thursday and Friday, Chinese officials are supposed to be here in D.C. to have continued trade meetings. Can you tell us which U.S. officials and which Chinese officials are going to be involved in those; what the President hopes to come out of those continued talks — this round of those talks? And has the administration provided — I know Larry Kudlow had mentioned at one point that the administration was considering providing a list of what they would like to see out of these trade negotiations.
SHAH: “Well, some of those details, the participants in particular, have yet to be determined. And we’ll provide that information when it’s ready.
But look, the U.S.-China relationship, again, is a complex one. We believe that China has engaged in decades of unfair trade practices — forced technology transfers and the like. That was part of the discussion that went on when the U.S. delegation — or U.S. group of administration officials went to China. And that’s going to be continued later this week.
All right. Last question. Hunter.”
QUESTION HUNTER: “Thank you, Raj. You said before that you hadn’t heard Pastor Jeffress’s remarks. Among other things he said, “Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism…they leave people to an eternity of separation from God in Hell.” I also wanted to talk about Pastor John Hagee, who was involved in that ceremony. He once said that Hitler was an instrument of God.
Separate from that, on Sunday, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump met with Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, the Chief Sephardic Rabbi in Israel. And he once compared black people to monkeys. So I’m wondering, in all three of these instances can you tell us anything about how these people were brought into the ceremonies? And do you think it’s regrettable that people with these views were involved with the American government?”
SHAH: “I don’t have any readout on how they became involved with these events. All I’ll say is that those specific views that you outlined, if they’re accurate reflections of what was said, wouldn’t be embraced by this White House. Beyond that, I don’t have anything else.
Thanks a lot, folks.”
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THE WHITE HOUSE
Monday, May 14, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence
at the Israel’s 70th Independence Day
Vice President Mike Pence at Israel’s 70th Independence Day
Reported by Karen Ann Carr
WASHINGTON DC – Vice President Mike Pence of the United States of America presents remarks at Israel’s 70th Independence Day Celebration at The Embassy of Israel to the United States of America in Washington DC, USA on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 7:20 P.M. EDT.
Remarks of Vice President Pence at Israel’s 70th Independence Day Celebration
The Embassy of Israel to the United States
THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA MIKE PENCE: “Thank you, Mr. Ambassador, members of the Cabinet, members of Congress, all of tonight’s honorees, and to all of you who’ve come from near and far. It is deeply humbling for me to stand here tonight with all of you on this extraordinary day as we celebrate 70 years of Israel’s independence.” (Applause.)
“And I bring greetings and congratulations from a leader who has done more to bring our two countries closer together in a year than any President in the past 70 years. I bring greetings from the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump.” (Applause.)
“And, Mr. Ambassador, it is my distinct honor to accept this unique recognition, from the State of Israel, for President Donald Trump, a man who I believe is the greatest defender the Jewish State has ever had sitting in the Oval Office.” (Applause.)
“I know the President is honored by this expression of the high esteem and great affection of the people of Israel. And I’ll make sure that medal is on his desk first thing in the morning.
The President asked me to be here tonight because, as you are all no doubt aware, earlier today, the First Lady underwent a long-planned medical procedure. And I’m pleased to report the procedure was a success and Melania is already on the mend.” (Applause.)
“And I know I speak for people everywhere when I say Mrs. Trump is on our hearts, we’re praying for her speedy and full recovery, and look forward to her returning to her work making a difference in the lives of our nation’s children.
As people across the country and this world have come to appreciate, Melania Trump is a remarkable woman, and the United States of America is blessed to have her as our First Lady.” (Applause.) “So get well soon, Melania.
We gather here to celebrate nothing less than a miracle of history: the day when the Jewish people ended the longest exile of any people, anywhere, and reclaimed a Jewish future and rebuilt the Jewish State.
As we look at Israel today, it is extraordinary to behold all the progress she’s made and the example she sets. The truth is, today, the modern State of Israel is not just 70 years old; Israel is 70 years strong. And the world marvels at her strength.” (Applause.)
“The United States of America was proud to be the first nation in the world to recognize the State of Israel seven decades ago.
And just as President Truman made history then, President Trump made history now. And thanks to the President’s leadership, almost exactly 70 years to the minute from the rebirth of the Jewish State, the American Embassy officially opened in Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel, today.” (Applause.)
“It was just over five months ago, on December 6, our President officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. And it was my honor to stand with him on the day that he made that announcement to the world. Today, that recognition became concrete reality.
From King David’s time to our own, President Trump has now etched his name into the ineffaceable story of Jerusalem. And as the President said just this morning, today is nothing less than a great day for Israel.” (Applause.)
“And our administration was proud to send a remarkable delegation to mark this milestone — a delegation of 250 leaders in Congress; leaders from our administration; the President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump; and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.”
“And to Jared, who’s on his way home as we speak after an unforgettable day, let me just say: Jared, your moving remarks this morning will stand forever as a testament, not just to our country and the Jewish people, but to you and your family”. (Applause.)
“And as Jared said this morning, so I say now, what the world saw in high relief today is, when President Donald Trump makes a promise, he keeps it.” (Applause.)
“By finally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the United States has chosen fact over fiction. And fact is the only true foundation for a just and lasting peace. And as President Trump made clear this morning, “Our greatest hope is for peace.”
And as Jared also said, the United States of America “is prepared to support a peace agreement in every way [that] we can.” We believe that peace “is possible for both sides to gain more than they give, so that all people can live in peace, safe from danger, free from fear, and able to pursue their dreams.”
Jerusalem is a city whose very name means peace. And as for me and my family, and for millions around the globe, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, that “those who love her be secure,” that “there be peace within [her] walls, and security within [her] citadels.” And we will keep praying that until peace finally comes to Jerusalem.” (Applause.)
“And while any peace will undoubtedly require compromise, you can know with confidence: Under President Donald Trump, the United States of America will never compromise the safety and security of the State of Israel.” (Applause.)
“Since Israel’s rebirth, 70 years ago today, there has hardly been a day when the people of Israel have not lived — or have lived without war, or the fear of war, or the grim reality of terror.
The United States and Israel have long stood together to confront the evil scourge of radical Islamic terrorism. And today, we renew our pledge to stand shoulder to shoulder as we drive that menace from the face of this Earth.
As we demonstrated last week, the United States is once again leading the free world in standing up to the leading state sponsor of terror when President Trump withdrew America from the disastrous Iran nuclear deal.” (Applause.)
“As the President said just a few days ago, the Iran deal, in his words, “didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will.” In fact, Iran’s unprecedented missile attacks on Israel last week only confirmed the President’s decision. And this dangerous act of aggression only strengthened our resolve.
And so, today, let me assure you all the United States of America will never allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.” (Applause.) “That is our solemn promise to Israel and the world.
For 70 years, we’ve marveled at all the Jewish State and the Jewish people have endured and accomplished. How unlikely was Israel’s birth. How more unlikely has been her survival. And how confounding, against the odds, both past and present, has been her thriving. In 70 short years, Israel has become one of the freest, strongest, and most prosperous nations on Earth.
Its booming, hi-tech, start-up nation has turned Israel into a global economic powerhouse that has benefitted the whole world with untold innovations in agriculture, medicine, information, nanotechnology, and so many other areas of human endeavor.
The citizens of Israel have awed the world with the strength of their will, the nobility of their character, and the steadfastness of their faith.
They have, in a very real sense, over the past 70 years, turned the desert into a garden, sickness into health, scarcity into plenty, and despair into hope.
And what has been true for the past 70 years I know will be true for the next. One unalterable truth stands in evidence at this gathering and all across the world: As it has been in the past, so it shall be in the future: America stands with Israel.” (Applause.)
“We stand with Israel because her cause is our cause, her values are our values, and her fight is our fight. We stand with Israel because we believe in right over wrong, and good over evil, and liberty over tyranny. We stand with Israel because that’s what Americans have always done. For in the story of Israel, we see the power of faith, and the promise of hope.
Today and every day, the Jewish State of Israel, and all the Jewish people, bear witness to God’s faithfulness, as well as their own. And on this 70th anniversary of Israel’s rebirth, I say again, along with the Jewish people everywhere: Shehecheyanu, v’kiyimanu, v’higiyanu la’z’man ha’zeh.” (Applause.)
“So thank you for giving me the honor of sharing this evening with you, and accepting this well-deserved recognition from the State of Israel for President Donald Trump. And on behalf of the President and all the American people, on this big day for Israel, we say, Mazel Tov.” (Applause.)
“It’s a day of celebration, so I’ll let you get back to it. And I’ll leave here today absolutely confident with the unwavering support of all of you, the American people, and all who cherish the U.S.-Israel relationship, with the leadership of President Donald Trump in the White House, and with God’s help, I know Israel will go from strength to strength. Her first 70 years will just be a glimpse of what’s to come, and the United States and Israel will meet our glorious future together.
God bless you. God bless Israel. And God Bless the United States of America”. (Applause.)
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THE WHITE HOUSE
Monday, May 14, 2018
U.S. Embassy Jerusalem
U.S. Embassy Jerusalem Dedication Ceremony
Reported by Karen Ann Carr
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – U.S. Embassy Jerusalem Dedication Ceremony Monday, May 14, 2018.
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – In an effort to advance peace in the Middle East, on the day the United States of America recognized the State of Israel, it opened the US Embassy in Jerusalem. As the Deputy Secretary of State said, it is fitting that the US marks a new milestone by opening its Embassy in Jerusalem. This move, by some, is a controversial undertaking for the United States and arguably the world. Others of us who follow biblical prophecy assume this move had to come into reality. It places the United States in a distinct possession beyond biblical speculations. The United States of America is noticeably missing when an end-time attack begins to unfold against Israel.
For those tracking campaign promises, President Trump is strategically laying a foundation for the second-term campaign, while attempting to connect to new constituents. Vice President Pence loves to say, It is another promise kept by President Donald J. Trump. One thing is clear, the President is committed to doing what he sincerely promises to do.
What year did the United States of America recognized the State of Israel?
National Archives Background informs us that:
“In 1917 Chaim Weizmann, scientist, statesperson, and Zionist, persuaded the British government to issue a statement favoring the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine. The statement, which became known as the Balfour Declaration, was, in part, payment to the Jews for their support of the British against the Turks during World War I. After the war, the League of Nations ratified the declaration and in 1922 appointed Britain to rule Palestine.”
“This course of events caused Jews to be optimistic about the eventual establishment of a homeland. Their optimism inspired the immigration to Palestine of Jews from many countries, particularly from Germany when Nazi persecution of Jews began. The arrival of many Jewish immigrants in the 1930s awakened Arab fears that Palestine would become a national homeland for the Jews. By 1936 guerrilla fighting had broken out between the Jews and the Arabs. Unable to maintain peace, Britain issued a white paper in 1939 that restricted Jewish immigration into Palestine. The Jews, feeling betrayed, bitterly opposed the policy and looked to the United States for support.”
“While President Franklin D. Roosevelt appeared to be sympathetic to the Jewish cause, his assurances to the Arabs that the United States would not intervene without consulting both parties caused public uncertainty about his position. When Harry S. Truman took office, he made clear that his sympathies were with the Jews and accepted the Balfour Declaration, explaining that it was in keeping with former President Woodrow Wilson’s principle of “self-determination.” Truman initiated several studies of the Palestine situation that supported his belief that, as a result of the Holocaust, Jews were oppressed and also in need of a homeland. Throughout the Roosevelt and Truman administrations, the Departments of War and State, recognizing the possibility of a Soviet-Arab connection and the potential Arab restriction on oil supplies to this country, advised against U.S. intervention on behalf of the Jews.”
“Britain and the United States, in a joint effort to examine the dilemma, established the “Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry.” In April 1946, the committee submitted ten recommendations covering topics such as “The European Problem,” “Refugee Immigration Into Palestine,” “Principals of Government,” “United Nations Trusteeship,” “Equality of Standards,” “Land Policy,” “Economic Development,” “Education,” and “The Need for Peace in Palestine.” [For the complete text, see The Avalon Project at Yale Law School, http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/anglo/angtoc.htm ]”
“British, Arab, and Jewish reactions to the recommendations were not favorable. Jewish terrorism in Palestine antagonized the British, and by February 1947 Arab-Jewish communications had collapsed. Britain, anxious to rid itself of the problem, set the United Nations in motion, formally requesting on April 2, 1947, that the U.N. General Assembly set up the Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP). This committee recommended that the British mandate over Palestine be ended and that the territory be partitioned into two states. Jewish reaction was mixed–some wanted control of all of Palestine; others realized that partition spelled hope for their dream of a homeland. The Arabs were not at all agreeable to the UNSCOP plan. In October the Arab League Council directed the governments of its member states to move troops to the Palestine border. Meanwhile, President Truman instructed the State Department to support the U.N. plan, and, reluctantly it did so. On November 29, 1947, the partition plan was passed by the U.N. General Assembly.”
“At midnight on May 14, 1948, the Provisional Government of Israel proclaimed a new State of Israel. On that same date, the United States, in the person of President Truman, recognized the provisional Jewish government as de facto authority of the Jewish state (de jure recognition was extended on January 31, 1949). The U.S. delegates to the U.N. and top-ranking State Department officials were angered that Truman released his recognition statement to the press without notifying them first. On May 15, 1948, the first day of Israeli Independence and exactly one year after UNSCOP was established, Arab armies invaded Israel and the first Arab-Israeli war began.”What did President Trump accomplish today?
When President Trump welcomes United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to the White House on May 18, 2018 he will reaffirm the commitment of the United States to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the United Nations while contributing to global peace. Moreover, President Trump wants to contribute to the reformation of the United Nations.
The Trump administration also hopes he: FULFILLED A PROMISE: President Trump kept his promise by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and opening the U.S. Embassy there.
· On December 6, 2017, President Trump kept his promise, announcing that the United States would begin recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and officially open our Embassy there.
o Congress urged President Trump to “recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel with the bipartisan 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act – a call unanimously reaffirmed by the Senate in 2017.”
o “After decades of past Presidents committing to move the Embassy to Jerusalem on the campaign trail, only to renege on those promises while in office,” President Trump wanted to fulfill his promise to support one of America’s strongest allies, the administration affirms.
o “More than two decades of waivers delaying the Embassy move brought us no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.”
o President Trump position is that “old challenges demand new approaches, and that he will keep his word to the American people.”
· On May 14, 2018, the United States officially opened our Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, 70 years to the day that President Truman recognized Israel as an independent country, making the United States the first nation to do so.
· President Trump recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and advances peace between Israelis and Palestinians today.
· The Trump administration’s announcement that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital is simply a recognition of reality.
o Israel is a sovereign nation and, like every other sovereign nation, it has the right to choose its own capital, not the United Nations. For 70 years the United States of America neglected to extend this basic courtesy to Israel, which other countries enjoy.
o As the world knows, Jerusalem is the seat of the modern Israeli government. Jerusalem is the home of the Israeli Parliament and the Israeli Supreme Court. Jerusalem is the location of the official residence of the Prime Minister and President of Israel, as well as the headquarters of many government ministries.
President Trump’s executive action today demonstrates the USA is Striving For PEACE: Therefore, the Trump Administration will continue to work to achieve a comprehensive peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
· The Trump Administration remains committed to achieving a lasting and comprehensive peace agreement.
· Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a necessary condition for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
· However, President Trump has been clear that his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel does not mean the United States of America has taken a position on final status negotiations.
o The Trump Administration believes that such decisions should be achieved bi-laterally between Israelis and Palestinians.
o Therefore, the Trump Administration continues to support the status quo at Jerusalem’s holy sites.
Today President Trump hoped to fulfill a campaign promise quickly and efficiently: after announcing the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. President Trump quickly and efficiently opened the Embassy in Israel at a low cost to taxpayers, the administration reported. President Trump said the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem will cost $250,000 in a meeting at the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu versus $1 billion his staff estimated.
“We’ll have it built very quickly,” Trump said. “A lot of people wouldn’t be doing it quickly like that. But we’re going to have it built very quickly and very inexpensively.”
“They put an order in front of my desk last week for a billion dollars. I said, ‘A billion? What’s that for?’ I said, ‘We’re not going to spend a billion dollars.’ And we’re actually doing it for about $250,000. So check that out,” he said.
“Now, it’s temporary, but it’ll be very nice. Two hundred and fifty thousand dollars versus a billion dollars. Is that good?” Trump said.
· President Trump opened the Embassy in Jerusalem in just six months, compared to the seven to ten years expected to build an entirely new and secure permanent embassy.
o Initial modifications allowing the Embassy to open on May 14, 2018, cost just $400,000.
· United States diplomatic staff in Israel has worked around the clock to ensure the Embassy was ready to open by May 14, 2018.
· The Trump Administration has begun updating all Federal Government maps to reflect Jerusalem’s status as Israel’s capital under American policy.
· To celebrate the opening of the United States’ new Embassy in Jerusalem, the Trump Administration sent a high-level delegation, led by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and including Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump, and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt.
President Donald J. Trump’s Message Upon the Dedication of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem
WASHINGTON DC – President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America Presents a Message Upon the Dedication of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem
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