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Remarks by President Trump in Joint Address to Congress

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

February 28, 2017

Remarks by President Trump in Joint Address to Congress

U.S. Capitol
Washington, D.C.

9:09 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States — (applause) — and citizens of America:

Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our nation’s path towards civil rights and the work that still remains to be done.  (Applause.)  Recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms.  (Applause.)

Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present.  That torch is now in our hands.  And we will use it to light up the world.  I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart.  A new chapter — (applause) — of American Greatness is now beginning.  A new national pride is sweeping across our nation.  And a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp. Continue reading “Remarks by President Trump in Joint Address to Congress”

President Donald J. Trump Signs H.R. 255, H.R. 321 and H.J.Res. 40

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2017

President Donald J. Trump Signs H.R. 255, H.R. 321 and H.J.Res. 40

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, the President signed into law:

H.R. 255, which encourages the National Science Foundation to recruit and support women to expand their focus into the commercial world in its entrepreneurial programs;

H.R. 321, which requires the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to encourage women and girls to:  (1) study science, technology, engineering and mathematics; (2) pursue careers in aerospace; and (3) further the Nation’s space exploration efforts; and

H.J.Res. 40, which nullifies the Social Security Administration’s rule implementing the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Improvement Amendments Act of 2007.

Presidential Executive Order on The White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on The White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

EXECUTIVE ORDER

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WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE TO PROMOTE EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION AT HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to advance opportunities in higher education, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Policy.  Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have made, and continue to make, extraordinary contributions to the general welfare and prosperity of our country.  Established by visionary leaders, America’s HBCUs have, for more than 150 years, produced many of our Nation’s leaders in business, government, academia, and the military, and have helped create a black middle class.  The Nation’s more than 100 HBCUs are located in 20 States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and serve more than 300,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.  These institutions are important engines of economic growth and public service, and they are proven ladders of intergenerational advancement. Continue reading “Presidential Executive Order on The White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities”

Presidential Executive Order on Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the “Waters of the United States” Rule

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2017
Presidential Executive Order on Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the “Waters of the United States” Rule
EXECUTIVE ORDER

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RESTORING THE RULE OF LAW, FEDERALISM, AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
BY REVIEWING THE “WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES” RULE

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. It is in the national interest to ensure that the Nation’s navigable waters are kept free from pollution, while at the same time promoting economic growth, minimizing regulatory uncertainty, and showing due regard for the roles of the Congress and the States under the Constitution.

Sec. 2. Review of the Waters of the United States Rule. (a) The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (Administrator) and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (Assistant Secretary) shall review the final rule entitled “Clean Water Rule: Definition of ‘Waters of the United States,'” 80 Fed. Reg. 37054 (June 29, 2015), for consistency with the policy set forth in section 1 of this order and publish for notice and comment a proposed rule rescinding or revising the rule, as appropriate and consistent with law. Continue reading “Presidential Executive Order on Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the “Waters of the United States” Rule”

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of the HBCU Executive Order

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2017

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of the HBCU Executive Order

Roosevelt Room

2:38 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: So this is Historically Black Colleges and Universities executive order. Very important to all of us. This group has been fantastic, and many of which we were with yesterday and really developed something very special. So thank you. Thank you all for being here. Thank you, Mr. Vice President, also — Mike, for being here.

This is a very important moment, and a moment that means a great deal to me. This month has been a wonderful opportunity to celebrate African-American history, and to begin working together to create a better future for African-Americans and universities and colleges, and everything that is African-American. Today, we’re taking action to help make that future happen and that future better.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities are incredibly important institutions, woven into the fabric of our history just about like no other. Church is very important, right? Colleges and universities. Mike is my defender. (Laughter.) Education has the power to uplift. It has the power to transform. And, perhaps most important, education has the power to create greater equality and justice in our lives. Continue reading “Remarks by President Trump at Signing of the HBCU Executive Order”

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of Waters of the United States Executive Order

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2017

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Executive Order

Roosevelt Room

2:23 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you, everybody. We appreciate you being here. Thank you very much. First of all, I want to congratulate Scott Pruitt, who’s here someplace. Where’s Scott? (Applause.) So important. We’re going to free up our country, and it’s going be done in a very environmental and positive environmental way, I will tell you that, but create millions of jobs. So many jobs are delayed for so many years, and it’s unfair to everybody. So I want congratulate Scott.

I want to thank everyone for being here today. We have a great group of farmers, homebuilders, and county commissioners. They’re all represented. They’re standing alongside of me. I’d also like to thank Jim Inhofe, who’s been so terrific in so many different ways, beyond even this. So I want thank Jim and also the leadership in the Senate on the issue, a friend of mine — a great friend of mine — John Barrasso. Continue reading “Remarks by President Trump at Signing of Waters of the United States Executive Order”

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of H.R. 321 and H.R. 255

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2017

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of H.R. 321 and H.R. 255

Oval Office

2:11 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all very much.  I appreciate you being here.  We have a number of bills that we’re signing and things that we’re doing today.  It’s a busy day.  And then I guess tonight will be a rather busy night.  We look forward to it.

I want to thank Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who has been a tremendous friend to a lot of people.  He’s done an amazing job.  And, Kevin, I want to thank you for being here.  I very much appreciate it.  You had so much to do with this.

I also want to thank everyone else who’s with us today.  In fact, I have some names, and I’ll read some of them off, because not everybody knows everybody.  But we have Leader McCarthy.  Representative Barbara Comstock.  Lamar Smith — thank you, Lamar, very much.  I appreciate it.  Joni Ernst, who’s been a terrific, terrific senator.  A very talented woman, and a very good military person.  A very good military person.  And, Deb Fischer, thank you very much.  Thanks.  We also have Senator Barrasso and Senator Boozman.  Joni, we said hello.  Deb, we said hello.  Heidi Heitkamp — thank you, Heidi.  Senator Jim Inhofe.  Senator Pat Roberts.  Senator Dan Sullivan.  Representative Bob Gibbs.  Bill Shuster.  And Representative Lamar Smith.  We really appreciate you being here. Continue reading “Remarks by President Trump at Signing of H.R. 321 and H.R. 255”

Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sander, 2/28/2017

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2017

Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sander, 2/28/2017

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

3:07 P.M. EST

MS. SANDERS:  Good Afternoon.  Sorry for the delay.  Obviously, I never want to step on anything the President is doing, so I wanted to wait until he finished.  The President has obviously got a full day and night planned, so I’m going to try to keep this short so that you guys can get focused on his speech coming up later.

First off, and I know Sean briefly spoke about this yesterday — and, by the way, just for clarification, he is not here, clearly, because he is up on the Hill briefing House and Senate communicators about the speech and previewing that for them right now.  But Sean mentioned this yesterday, and I’m sure that it stuck with me, but the story has developed further.  I wanted to address the tragic shooting in Kansas.  The President is keeping the family of the victim, who was senselessly, killed in his thoughts, and we’re praying for the full and speedy recovery of those who were wounded. Continue reading “Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sander, 2/28/2017”

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