The White House • October 24, 2019

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President Donald J. Trump traveled to Pittsburgh yesterday, where he spoke to workers in America’s booming energy sector at the Shale Insight Conference.

The last time President Trump spoke at the conference was on the campaign trail in 2016. Back then, American energy was under relentless assault—not from some foreign enemy, but from our own Federal Government. The previous Administration made it its mission to stifle growth with crippling regulations aimed at energy producers. These policies did nothing to advance “green energy,” but they did cost many workers their jobs.

American energy dominance is a powerful symbol of President Trump’s larger mission for our nation: “Instead of relying on foreign oil and foreign energy, we are now relying on American energy and American workers like never before,” he says.

“I’m here with the incredible people who fuel our factories, light up our homes, power our industries, and fill our hearts with true American pride,” he added. “With unmatched skill, grit, and devotion, you are making America the greatest energy superpower in the history of the world.”

Energy superpower is no exaggeration. Here are some of the facts and numbers behind America’s energy boom under the Trump Administration:

The United States is now the world leader in oil and natural gas production.
 Crude oil reached a record high in production last year—and is projected to set another record this year.

 Ditto for natural gas: Production is on pace to set a record high in 2019, the third straight year of such a record.

 In 2018, coal exports reached their highest level in 5 years.

It wasn’t a mystery figuring out how to get America back on top globally—it just took a President willing to abolish the counterproductive war on American energy workers. The Trump Administration ended job-killing policies put in place under President Obama, like the Clean Power Plan and “stream protection rule.” It pulled America out of the fraudulent, ineffective, and one-sided Paris Climate Accord. And it has opened up federally owned land and offshore areas for exploration and production.

President Trump also believes in building world-class infrastructure that puts more Americans back to work—no matter what the far left tries to block. His Administration has approved permits for the crucial Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, for instance.

Back in 2008, Democrats actually offered a startling preview of what was to come. “If somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them,” then-Sen. Barack Obama explained. He was telling the truth: By the time President Trump took office, more than a third of all coal mining jobs had vanished.

The left is at it again, but this time there’s even less pretending about their true motives. If implemented, the “Green New Deal” would be the most radical takeover of America’s economy ever contemplated. The ultimate goal is to eradicate all production of oil, coal, and natural gas in the United States—and millions of jobs along with it.   

President Trump made clear yesterday that he will never let that happen. That’s because he knows who built this great country—and it wasn’t wanna-be socialists in Congress.

“I will never stop fighting for you, because I know that you are the ones who are rebuilding our nation. You are the ones who are restoring our strength. You are the ones renewing our spirit. And you are the ones who are making America greater than it has ever been before.”

Thanks to President Trump, the war on American energy is over.

ReadThe President’s full remarks to energy workers in Pennsylvania.
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Workers cheer as President Trump delivers remarks on American energy at the 9th Annual Shale Insight Conference in Pittsburgh | October 23, 2019

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The White House • October 23, 2019
NEW TODAY: President Trump secures permanent ceasefire in northeast Syria
In a major address today, President Donald J. Trump said that Turkey has agreed to turn their recent ceasefire along the Syrian border into a permanent agreement. As a result, the U.S. Treasury has lifted all of its recently imposed sanctions on Turkey.

 President Trump: 8 years after failed regime change, it’s time to come home.

The agreement achieved by the Trump Administration, including the original 5-day ceasefire negotiated last week, has helped save lives and allow the Kurds to safely leave affected areas. These actions will help secure a more peaceful and stable border between Turkey and Syria. Ultimately, however, responsibility rests with those countries.    

“How many Americans must die in the Middle East in the midst of these ancient sectarian and tribal conflicts?” President Trump asked. “After all of the precious blood and treasure America has poured into the deserts of the Middle East, I am committed to pursuing a different course—one that leads to victory for America.”

The United States expects Turkey to honor its commitments in the efforts to counter ISIS. We have defeated the Islamic State caliphate, and now it’s time for others in the region to step up and ensure ISIS does not regain territory. 

“Should Turkey fail to honor its obligations—including the protection of religious and ethnic minorities—we reserve the right to re-impose crippling sanctions, including substantially increased tariffs on steel and all other products coming out of Turkey,” President Trump said.

Tough diplomacy, backed by American economic power and strength, saves lives. It also avoids the worst instincts of the Washington foreign policy establishment. “We have avoided another costly military intervention that could’ve led to disastrous, far-reaching consequences. Many thousands of people could’ve been killed,” the President said.

Bottom line: President Trump will not send tens of thousands of American troops into never-ending conflict in Syria. He is not going to continue the disastrous policies of the previous Administration in the Middle East. And, most important, he is not going to get America into another endless war that costs us countless lives and resources.

🎬 President Trump: 30 days turned into 10 years of war.First Lady Melania Trump visits Capitol Hill
This morning, First Lady Melania Trump made her first solo visit to the U.S. Capitol, marking the one year anniversary of the SUPPORT Act, which promotes opioid recovery.

While there, she thanked the legislators who helped make the law into a reality. 

  Watch: First Lady encourages kids to stay drug free

“A year ago, you passed and our Administration signed into law the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act . . . Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS, is an area I have focused on, and this Act provides support to mothers and their infants born with NAS,” Mrs. Trump said.

“I have traveled to some of the areas hardest hit by drug abuse, and I have seen the devastating effects that this crisis has on families and children. This is why the SUPPORT Act is so important. It provides the necessary tools to fight this crisis.”

With National Drug Take Back Day coming this Saturday, the First Lady also highlighted the importance of safely discarding leftover prescription opioids that can be found in our homes. Left in place, these unused drugs often find their way into our children’s hands.

“Melania Trump receives warm welcome on first solo Capitol Hill visit.”

MoreLearn about the First Lady’s ‘Be Best’ initiative for child well-being.

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President Trump talks to members of the press on the South Lawn prior to boarding Marine One | October 23, 2019

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White House Press Release – 10/23/2019
Retired officer: Trump’s Withdrawal from Syria Saves American Lives from Unwinnable Middle East Conflict
“President Trump cares about America’s men and women in uniform in a way that his detractors can never fully understand, because he alone bears responsibility when the political class’s visions of glory give way to the grim realities of war,” Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, retired senior intelligence operations officer, writes in the Sun Sentinel.
“The president promised that he would not get America mired in endless, unwinnable foreign wars . . . When presented with an opportunity to disentangle our armed forces from yet another protracted Middle East conflict, the president wisely moved American troops out of harm’s way.”
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“Americans pay too much for prescription drugs under the current system. It is not fair. That’s why Republicans have pushed for legislation to increase competition, transparency, and accountability so people pay less at the counter for their prescriptions,” write Reps. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Virginia Foxx (R-NC), and Greg Walden (R-OR) in Fox News.

“President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump met with Reddit Inc. co-founder Alexis Ohanian at the White House Tuesday as part of the push by the tech entrepreneur—and husband to tennis star Serena Williams—to promote paid family leave,” Justin Sink reports for Bloomberg.

“Through a rarely used stipulation of the Congressional Review Act, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will force a vote for tax cuts on the wealthy. Specifically, he will be trying to repeal the relatively new cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, so that uber-wealthy taxpayers living in high-tax jurisdictions can get a special tax break once again,” Tiana Lowe writes in the Washington Examiner

“Under President Trump’s leadership, the DEA’s National Take Back Day events have shattered records, collecting 4.6 million pounds of unused or unwanted prescription drugs,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall and White House Director of National Drug Control Policy Jim Carroll write in Agri-Pulse. 

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The White House • October 22, 2019
Vice President Pence: The American people deserve better 

Yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Pennsylvania and got a firsthand look at SCHOTT North America’s original optical glass manufacturing plant in the United States. The facility first opened its doors 50 years ago.

In photos: Vice President Pence speaks directly to Pennsylvania workers.

“Since then, this facility, I’m told, has expanded nearly five times over,” he said.

SCHOTT’s success story symbolizes the manufacturing renaissance that’s happened under President Donald J. Trump. In the less than 3 years since Election Day 2016, SCHOTT has invested $32 million in this one facility alone and expanded its workforce by 15 percent. Then, they watched their sales soar by a third.

“Each one of you are proving every single day that as long as the playing field is level, American workers can out-compete, out-innovate, and out-work anybody in the world,” the Vice President told employees.

But that level playing field is at risk, despite President Trump’s continued push to renegotiate America’s aging, failing trade deals. The reason is that when it comes to our most important trading relationship—that with Canada and Mexico, covered by the outdated NAFTA—House Democrats continue to shelve President Trump’s new deal.

USMCA, or the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, updates the quarter-century old NAFTA to the tune of a projected $68 billion in new economic growth. That amounts to another 175,000 jobs, of which 50,000 will be on factory floors across America.

“As I stand here today, the USMCA is languishing in the House of Representatives,” Vice President Pence said. “You see the headlines. These days, Democrats are spending all their time on endless investigations and a partisan impeachment. But the American people deserve better.” 

States like Pennsylvania can’t afford this political waiting game. Today, the Keystone State exports more than $15 billion of its goods and services to Canada and Mexico. That number would dramatically increase if USMCA passes.

Democrats wrongly assume that obstructing and declining to update NAFTA will hurt President Trump politically. They’re wrong. But more important, putting partisan politics before the very labor and environmental improvements they once fought for is Washington at its swampiest. 

House Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi claims your 24/7 hearing circus won’t keep Congress from doing its job. Prove it. Pass USMCA, and put American workers first.

Democrats, keep America growing with USMCA.

Photos: Vice President Pence tours Pennsylvania plant

Video of the Day: Ivanka Trump at the World Bank
“Investing in women and engaging more women in the workforce is not only the right thing to do—it’s good business,” Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump told a group assembled at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

She is helping lead a $2.6 billion international fund, called the Women’s Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), aimed at helping women in countries where they face discrimination in getting loans and starting businesses. The United States has contributed $50 million to the program to date.
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Vice President Mike Pence delivers remarks at SCHOTT North America | October 21, 2019

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White House Press Release – 10/18/2019
Mike Pence: Turkey Agrees to Five-Day Cease-Fire to Withdraw Kurdish Fighters
The Washington Times
Following four hours of talks and negotiation, a U.S. delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “was prepared to call off his military incursion into Syria,” Tom Howell Jr. reports. A 5-day halt in Turkish operations will allow the U.S. to help Kurdish fighters exit a 20-mile border buffer zone, and once complete, Erdogan’s forces will help the U.S. detain ISIS fighters in the region.

Quid Pro Nothing: Trump Accusers Don’t Care About the Facts
New York Post
President Trump’s critics “went berserk Thursday, claiming that acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney had just admitted to a quid pro quo with Ukraine. Except that what Mulvaney ‘admitted’ is that the administration was doing what it should — pushing a foreign government to cooperate in getting to the bottom of foreign interference in the 2016 campaign,” the New York Post editorial board writes.

Must-read: “Schiff Pushed Volker to Say Ukraine Felt Pressure from Trump

Trump Visit Brings the World to New Louis Vuitton Workshop in Johnson County
The Dallas Morning News
“French luxury brand Louis Vuitton put Johnson County [Texas] on the map Thursday as the world followed President Donald Trump to the ribbon-cutting of the company’s new $50 million leather workshop,” Maria Halkias writes. “Louis Vuitton signed the president’s ‘pledge to America’s workers’ earlier this month,” which so far has generated more than 14 million new job and training opportunities for America’s great labor force. 

 President Trump welcomes Louis Vuitton to Texas!

Blues Celebrate Championship with White House Visit
“After a championship parade, a Stanley Cup Tour around the world, a ring ceremony, a Hockey Hall of Fame visit and a banner-raising on Opening Night, only one more celebration remained for the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues, and that was a visit to the White House,” Chris Pinkert writes. After falling to last place in the NHL midway through the season, the Blues’ dramatic turnaround is a true American comeback story.

 Watch: President Trump hosts the 2019 Stanley Cup Champions

Trip of a Lifetime! Trump Gives Little League Champs Ride Back to Louisiana Aboard Air Force One
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After a visit to the White House last Friday to commemorate winning this year’s Little League World Series title, the kids of the Eastbank All-Stars team got one more surprise: an invitation from President Trump to ride back home in Air Force One. The President happened to be visiting their home state of Louisiana later that day, Nick Kangadis reports.

🎬 Little League World Series champs meet President Trump

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