Donald Trump-January 23, 2017

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9AM: President Trump holds early morning breakfast meeting with key U.S. business leaders along with Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, and Senior Adviser Stephen Miller.

  • Michael Dell, Dell Computers
  • Jeff Fettig, CEO, Whirlpool Corporation
  • Mark Fields, CEO, Ford Motor Company
  • Alex Gorsky, CEO, Johnson & Johnson
  • Klaus Kleinfeld, CEO, Arconic
  • Mario Longhi, CEO US Steel
  • Wendell Weeks, CEO, Corning
  • Mark Sutton, CEO, International Paper
  • Kevin Plank, CEO, Under Armour
  • Elon Musk, CEO Tesla and Space X
  • Andrew Liveris, CEO, Dow Chemical
  • Marilyn Hewson, CEO, Lockheed Martin

Mid morning: President Trump signs the following Executive Orders:

  • United States withdrawal from Trans Pacific Partnership
  • Federal Government employee hiring freeze
  • Reaffirmation of the “Mexico City Policy, which bans foreign non-governmental organizations from promoting or paying for abortion services.

3:30PM EST: President Trump convened a meeting of about a dozen labor leaders Monday at the White House.

5:50PMEST: President Trump holds meeting with top congressional leaders from both parties at the State Dining Room in the White House. Also in attendance were Vice President Mike Pence, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and Senior Adviser Jared Kushner.

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Transcript of President Trump’s Remarks at Business Leader’s Meeting at the White House-January 23, 2017

President Trump makes remarks prior to engaging business leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House

Good morning, everybody.

Okay, sit down, please. Mark was so nice with the plant coming back, I wanted to sit next to him, I must be honest.

Thank you very much, everybody. This is really our first official meeting, and Andrew, it’s nice to have you set everything up so well, and I hear your company’s doing well. And, I really do. I appreciate we’ll get to know each other very well. We’ll have these meetings every, whenever you need ‘em, actually. But I would say every quarter, perhaps. You could say monthly, but all of a sudden monthly becomes repetitive as we know. It sounds good, but then you have to do it and it’s like, it gets a little repetitive. But I would say probably on a quarterly basis.

Uh, you are great people. You have done an amazing job. And the biggest in the world. And this is a world wide meeting, and what we want to do is bring manufacturing back to our country.

Vice President Pence, good morning, is very much involved with me on that. It’s one of my most important subjects. It’s what the people wanted. It’s one of the reasons I’m sitting here instead of somebody else sitting here. And I think it’s something I’m good at. We’ve already had a big impact, and I want to thank Mark and Ford because you’ve been great. Uh, I think that, uh, I think Marilyn is going to be terrific. We’re going to find out soon, right? That’s Lockheed-Martin. And, uh, we’re gonna, I think we’re gonna have a tremendous amount of business from them. Fact, if you read today’s papers, uh, you’ll see what’s happening with, uh, with four or five different companies that announced that they feel much differently. Foxconn is going to spend a tremendous amount of money on building a massive plant, and probably more than one.

So that’s what we want. We want people, we want to start making our products again. We don’t wanna bring ‘em in, we want to make them here. And that doesn’t mean we don’t trade because we do trade. But we want to make our products here. And if you look at some of the original great people that ran this country, you will see that they felt very strongly about that…About making products, and we’re going to start making our products again. And there will be advantages to companies that do indeed make their products here. So we’ve seen it. Uh, it’s going to get, uh, it’s going to get…it’s going to be a wave. You watch, it’s going to be a wave.

And I’ve always said, by the you put ‘em on these massive ships or airplanes and fly ‘em, I think it’s gonna be cheaper. Now, what we’re doing is we are going to be cutting taxes massively for both the middle class and for companies. And that’s massively. Uh, we’re trying to get it down to anywhere from fifteen to twenty percent, and it’s now thirty five percent. But it’s probably more thirty eight percent than it is thirty five, wouldn’t you say? Uh, that’s a big thing.

Uh, a bigger thing, and that surprised me is the fact that we’re gonna be cutting regulation massively. Now we’re gonna have regulation, and it’ll be just as strong and just as good and just as protective of the people as the regulation we have right now. The problem with the regulation we have right now is that you can’t do anything. You can’t, I have, I have people that tell me they have more people working on regulations than they have doing product, and it’s out of control. It’s gotten out of control. Uh, I’m a very big person when it comes to the environment. I’ve received awards on the environment, but uh, some of that stuff makes it impossible to get anything built. Uh, it takes years and years uh, I know you can look at some examples, I read one recently where a man’s been trying to build a factory for many, many years, and his vote was going to be fairly soon and he gave up because he wasn’t going to win the vote. Spent millions and millions of dollars. Ruined, actually ruined his life. And we can’t have that. So, when somebody wants to put up a factory, it’s gonna be expedited. And, you have to go through the process, but it’s gonna be expedited. And we’re going to take care of the environment, we’re going to take care of safety, and all of the other things we have to take care of. But you’re gonna get such great service. There will be no country that’s going to be faster, better, more fair, and at the same time protecting the people of the country. Whether it’s safety ,or so many other reasons where regulations are good.

We think we can cut regulations by seventy five percent, maybe more. But by seventy five percent. Have, in a certain way, better protections. But when you want to expand your plant, or when Mark wants to come in and build a big massive plant, or when Dell wants to come in and do something monstrous and special, um, you’re gonna have your approvals really fast, okay? And the one thing that surprised me, and then I want to hear what you have to say. But the one thing that surprised me, going around and meeting with a lot of the people at this table, and meeting with a lot of the small business owners. If I gave them a choice of this massive tax decrease that we’re giving for business, for everybody, but for business, or for the cutting down of regulation. If I took a vote I think I’d, the regulation wins a hundred percent. Now, in one case it’s hard dollars, and in the other case, it’s regulation. You would think that the regulations would have no chance. It’s, it’s, I’ve never seen anything like it. Virtually everybody is happy with regulation than even cutting the taxes. So the regulations are going to be cut massively and the taxes are going to be cut way down. So you’re gonna have now incentive, incentive to build. The one thing I do have to warn you about; when you have a company here, you have a plant here. It’s going to be in Indiana, or it’s in Ohio, or it’s in Michigan, or it’s in North Carolina, or Pennsylvania…anywhere in this country. When it decides, when you decide, if you decide to close it, and you no longer will have a real reason because your taxes are going to be lower. And by the way, if you go to another state, that’s it. That’s great. If you can go from Ohio to Indiana, or from Indiana to Ohio, that’s fine. So you’ll have fifty great, wonderful governors to negotiate with. So it’s not like we’re taking away competition.

But if you go to another country, and you decide that you’re going to close and get rid of two thousand people or five thousand people, um, I tell you United Technologies was an example with Carrier, and I got involved, you know, two years after they announced, so in all fairness, uh, that was tough. But uh, United Technologies was terrific, and they brought back many of those jobs. But if that happens we are going to be imposing a very major border tax on the product when it comes in. Which I think is fair. Which is fair.

So a company that wants to fire all of its people in the United States, and build some factory someplace else, and then thinks that that product is going to just flow across the border into the United States, that’s not gonna happen. They’re gonna have a tax to pay. A border tax. A substantial border tax. Now, uh, some people would say uh, that’s not free trade. But we don’t have free trade now. Because we’re the only one that makes it easy to come into the country. If you look at China, if you look at many other countries, I don’t have to name ‘em, but many other countries, they can’t believe what we do. So we take in things free, and yet if you want to take a plant, or you want to do something, you want to sell something into China and other countries, it’s very, very hard. In some cases it’s impossible. They won’t even take your product. But when they do take your product, they charge a lot of tax. So. I don’t call that free trade. What we want is fair trade. Fair trade. And we’re gonna treat countries fairly, but they have to treat us fairly. And if they’re going to charge tax to our countries, if, as an example we sell a car into Japan, and they do things to us that make it impossible to sell cars in Japan. And yet they sell cars into us, and they come in like, by the hundreds of thousands on the biggest ships I’ve ever seen, we have to all talk about that. It’s not fair. It’s not fair. It never was. I just can’t believe it took so long for somebody to come along. So that’s the only thing I will tell you. So essentially I’m talking about no tax, because if you stay here, there’s no tax. Somebody will say, ‘Oh, Trump is going to tax.’ But I’m not going to tax. There is no tax. None whatsoever. And I just want to tell you, all you have to do is stay. Don’t leave. Don’t fire your people in the United States. We’re the greatest people. And many other countries have the great people too. We all have great people, okay. This isn’t that kind of a competition. Everybody has great people. But if we’re gonna fire people, and build a product outside, not gonna happen. Not gonna happen. Thank you. So with that, we’ll take some uh, some questions. Marilyn, do you want to start? I’ve gotten to know Marilyn very well. We have this beautiful negotiation going.

Transcript of President Trump’s Remarks At The White House Senior Staff Swearing In Ceremony January 22, 2017

President Donald Trump gives short speech ahead of White House senior staff swearing in ceremony conducted by Vice President Pence.

Thank you very much. Very nice. I just, uh, went to the Oval Office and found this beautiful letter from President Obama.  Uh, it was, uh, really very nice of him to do that and we will cherish that, we will keep that, and we won’t even tell the press what’s in that letter.

I want to, um, start off by, uh, telling you I just spoke with Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia. Great state, great people. Florida affected, Alabama affected by the tornadoes and just expressed our sincere condolences for the lives taken. Tornadoes, uh, were vicious and powerful and strong and, um, they suffered greatly. So we’ll be helping out the State of Georgia. Uh, we’ll be speaking with Governor Scott right after this and we’ll be uh, Alabama’s a special place. Florida, special place, but they got hit hard. They all got hit hard. But, uh, it looks like Georgia’s lost at least eleven people as of this moment, a lot of people. Uh, so, uh on behalf of all of us, Governor Deal, uh, condolences.

We, um, are going to tell you that this has been a very interesting few days. We have, uh, set up meetings with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. And, uh, Prime Minister May will be coming over to the United States shortly. Uh, we’re also meeting with the Prime Minister of Canada, and we will be meeting with the President of Mexico, who I know. And we’re going to start some negotiations having to do with NAFTA. Anybody ever hear of NAFTA? I ran a campaign somewhat based on NAFTA. But we’re going to, um, start renegotiating on NAFTA and immigration, and on security of the border. And Mexico has been terrific, actually, terrific. And the President has been, uh, really very amazing, and I think we’re going to have a very good result for Mexico, for the United States, and for everybody involved. Very important. It’s a very, very important thing.

Uh, and speaking of important, you’re very important. Because with you and all of the people in this room, we are going to, uh, do some great things over the next eight years, okay? Thank you. Right?  Right? Great group. It’s a great group of people. And if they’re not, I will let you know about it. This is the bad news about being the fa-, I will let you know if they’re not doing the job, okay? I’ll praise them if they’re doing it, and I’ll let you know if they’re not doing it. But they will do it, they’re going to do a fantastic job. I’m so proud of ‘em. I know ‘em so well.

Each and every one of you should be extremely proud. Give yourselves a round of applause. Come on, give yourselves a round of applause. To your family and friends who are gathered here today, I want them all to know how important you are to the functioning of the White House and ultimately to the functioning of the United States of America. I also want to thank the families here today for all you have done to support your loves ones as they’ve devoted their time and energy to causes of public service including many long nights, they’ll be away. Long, long nights that will go on for a long, long time, but we’re going to come out way ahead. We’re gonna come out way, way ahead as a nation, as a country, we’ll come out way ahead, because I know what we have. I know how talented these people are.

We’re also a team. It’s a team. It’s a great team. It’s a team that gets along. And as I said during my inaugural address, this is not about party. This is not about ideology. This is about country. Our country. And it’s about serving the American people. We’re not here to help ourselves. We’re here to devote ourselves to the national good. Public service is a high and great calling. It’s our solemn duty together to protect the country, our country. This great, great country. To defend its workers, and promote the well being of all Americans. So many people are depending on us, and on you as families. You as people that are going to get it done. So many people. The veterans, the unemployed, men and women serving in harm’s way overseas, victims of crime, and young Americans looking to fulfill their dreams. So many of those young Americans, and they’re going to be fulfilling their dreams. We’re going to make it much easier for them.

We will face many challenges, but with the faith in each other, and the faith in God, we will get the job done. We will prove worthy of this moment in history, and I think it may very well be a great moment in history. So be proud. Be very proud.

Now I began with this gentleman right here. I said, ‘Mike, how about it?’ And he said, ‘Not even a question.’ And it was a great decision for me. So Mike Pence, our fabulous Vice President of the United States will administer the Oath of Office, and congratulations to everybody. Congratulations.

Donald Trump-January 22, 2017

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2:30PMEST (Approximate): President Trump gives remarks at White House Senior Staff Swearing In Ceremony.

Mid afternoon: President Trump speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu. (Source)

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Transcript of President Trump’s Remarks to the CIA January 21, 2017

President Trump delivers remarks to audience at CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA.

Well, I want to thank everybody, very very special people, and it is true. This is my first stop, officially. We’re not talking about the balls, and we’re not talking about even the speeches. Although, they did treat me nicely on that speech yesterday. I always call them the dishonest media, but they treated me nicely.

But, I-I want to say that there is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the CIA than Donald Trump. There’s nobody, nobody. And the wall behind me is very, very special. We’ve been touring for quite a while, and I’ll tell you what, twenty nine? I can’t believe it. Oh, twenty eight. We better reduce it. But that’s amazing, and we, we really appreciate what you’ve done in terms of showing us something very special. And your whole group, these are really special, amazing people. Very very few people could do the job you people do and, I just want to let you know I am so behind you. And I know maybe sometimes you haven’t gotten the backing that you’ve wanted, and you’re gonna get so much backing. Maybe you’re gonna say ‘Please don’t give us so much backing. Mr. President please, we don’t need that much backing.’ But you’re going to have that, and I think everybody in this room knows it.

You know, uh, the military and the law enforcement, generally speaking, but, all of it, but the military gave us tremendous percentages of votes. We were unbelievably successful in the election with getting the vote of the military and probably almost everybody in this room voted for me, but I will not ask you to raise your hands if you did.  But I would guarantee a big portion, because we’re all on the same wavelength, folks, we’re all on the same wavelength. Right? He knows. Took Brian about, uh, 30 seconds to figure that one out, right? Because we know, we’re on the same wavelength.

But, we’re going to do great things. We’re going to do great things. We’ve been fighting these wars for longer than any wars we’ve ever fought. We have not used the real abilities that we have. We’ve been restrained. We have to get rid of ISIS. Have to get rid of ISIS. We have no choice. Radical Islamic terrorism, and I said it yesterday, has to be eradicated. Just off the face of the Earth. This is evil. This is evil. And you know, I can understand the other side, we can all understand the other side. There can be wars between countries, there can be wars, you can understand what happened. This is something nobody can even understand. This is a level of evil that we haven’t seen, and you’re going to go to it, and you’re going to do a phenomenal job. But we’re going to end it, it’s time. It’s time right now to end it.

You have somebody coming on who is extraordinary. You know, for the different positions of Secretary of this and Secretary of that, and all of these great positions, I’d see five, six, seven, eight people, and we had a great transition. We had an amazing team of talent, and, by the way, General Flynn is right over here. Put up your hand, Mike. What a good guy. And Reince, and my whole group. You know Reince, they don’t care about Reince, he’s like this political guy that turned out to be a superstar right. We don’t have to talk about Reince. But, we did. We had just such a tremendous, tremendous success. So when I’m interviewing all of these candidates that Reince and his whole group is putting in front, it went very, very quickly. And, in this case, went so quickly because I would see six or seven or eight for Secretary of Agriculture who we just named the other day, Sonny Perdue. Governor, former Governor of Georgia, fantastic guy. But I’d see six, seven, eight people for a certain position. Everybody wanted it. But I met Mike Pompeo, and it was the only guy I met. I didn’t want to meet anybody else. I said cancel everybody else. Cancel. Now he was approved essentially, but they’re doing little political games with me. You know, he was one of the three. Now last night, as you know, General Mattis, fantastic guy, and General Kelly got approved. And Mike Pompeo was supposed to be in that group. It was going to be the three of them. Can you imagine? It was supposed to be all of these guys, they, people respect, you know, they respect that military sense. All my political people, they’re not doing so well, but, political people aren’t doing so well, but you…and we’re going to get them all through. But some will take a little bit longer than others.

But Mike was literally, I had a group of what, we had nine different people? Now I must say, I didn’t mind cancelling eight appointments, that wasn’t the worst thing in the world. But I met him, and I said ‘He is so good.’ Number one in his class at West Point. Now, I know a lot about West Point, and I’m a person that very strongly believes in academics. In fact, every time I’d say I had an uncle who was a great professor at MIT for thirty five years, who did a fantastic job in so many different ways academically, he was an academic genius. And then they say, ‘Is Donald Trump an intellectual?’ Trust me, I’m like a smart person, and I recognized immediately, so he was number one at West Point, and he was also, essentially, number one at Harvard Law School. And then he decided to go into the military. And he ran for Congress. And everything he’s done has been a home run. People like him, but much more importantly to me, everybody respects him. And when I told Paul Ryan I want to do this, I would say he may be the only person that was not totally thrilled, right, Mike? Because he said, ‘I don’t want to lose this guy.’ But you will be getting a total star. You’re gonna be getting a total gem. This is a gem. And I just…you’ll see. You’ll see. And many of you know him anyway, but you’re gonna see.

And again, we have some great people going in, but this one is something, going to be very special. Because this is one, if I had to name the most important, this would certainly be perhaps, you know in certain ways you could say my most important. You do the job like everybody in this room is capable of doing, there could be, and the generals are wonderful, and the fighting is wonderful, but if you give them the right direction, boy does the fighting become easier, and boy do we lose so fewer lives. And win so quickly. And that’s what we have to do, is start winning again.

You know, when I was young, when I was, of course I feel young, I feel like I’m thirty, thirty five, thirty nine. Somebody said ‘Are you young?’ I said ‘I think I’m young.’ You know, I was stopping, when we were in the final month of that campaign. Four stops, five stops, seven stops. Speeches. Speeches, in front of twenty five, thirty thousand people. Fifteen thousand, nineteen thousand, from stop to stop, I feel young. When I was young, I think we’re all sort of young. When I was young, we were always winning things in this country. We’d win with trade, we’d win with wars. At a certain age I remember hearing from one of my instructors ‘The United States has never lost a war.’ And then, after that, it’s like, we haven’t won anything. We don’t win anymore. The old expression, To the victor belong the spoils, you remember I always used to say, ‘Keep the oil.’ I wasn’t a fan of Iraq. I don’t want to go into it, right. But, I will tell you, when we were in, we got out wrong. And I always said, in addition to that, keep the oil. Now I said it for economic reasons. But if you think about it, Mike, if we kept the oil you probably wouldn’t have ISIS because that’s where they made their money in the first place so we should’ve kept the oil. But okay, maybe we’ll have another chance. But the fact is, we should’ve kept the oil.

I believe that this group is going to be one of the most important groups in this country toward making us safe, toward making us winners again, toward ending all of the problems. We have so many problems that are interrelated that we don’t even think of, but interrelated to the kind of havoc and fear that this sick group of people has caused. So I can only say that I am with you a thousand percent, and the reason you’re my first stop is that as you know I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth. And they sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community. And I just want to let you know the reason you’re number one stop, uh, is exactly the opposite. Exactly. And they understand that, too.

And I was explaining about the numbers. We did a thing yesterday, the speech, did everybody like the speech? You had to like it, right? I’ve been given good reviews, but we had a massive field of people, you saw that. Packed. I get up this morning, I turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field. I said, ‘Wait a minute.’ I made a speech. I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people. They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there. And they said, ‘Donald Trump did not draw well,’ and I said, it was almost raining. The rain should’ve scared them away, but God looked down and he said, ‘We’re not gonna let it rain on your speech.’ Fact, when I first started I said, ‘Oh no.’ First line, I got hit by a couple of drops. And I said, oh this is, this is too bad, but we’ll go right through it. But the truth is that it stopped immediately. It was amazing. And then it became really sunny, and then I walked off and it poured right after I left. It poured, but you know, we have something that’s amazing because we had, it looked, honestly, it looked like a million and a half people. Whatever it was, it was. But it went all the way back to the Washington Monument. And I turned on the thing and by mistake, I get this network, and it showed an empty field. And it said we drew 250,000 people. Now that’s not bad, but it’s a lie. We had 250,000 people literally around, you know in the little bowl that we constructed. That was 250,000 people. The rest of the, you know, twenty block area all the way back to the Washington Monument was packed. So we caught them, and we caught them in a beauty. And I think they’re going to pay a big price.

And we had another one yesterday which was interesting. In the Oval Office, there’s a beautiful statue of Dr. Martin Luther King. And I also happen to like Churchill, Winston Churchill. I think most of us like Churchill. Doesn’t come from our country, but had a lot to do with it, helped us, real ally. And as you know, the Churchill statue was taken out, the bust. And as you also probably have read, the Prime Minister is coming over to our country very shortly. And they wanted to know whether or not I’d like it back I’d say absolutely, but in the meantime we have a bust of Churchill. So a reporter for Time Magazine, and I have been on their cover like fourteen or fifteen times. I think we have the all time record in the history of Time Magazine, like if Tom Brady’s on the cover it’s one time. Because he won the Superbowl or something, right? I’ve been on for fifteen times this year. I don’t think that’s a record, Mike, that can never be broken. Do you agree with that? What do you think? But I will say that, um, they said it was very interesting, that Donald Trump took down the bust, the statue, of Dr. Martin Luther King, and it was right there. But there was a cameraman that was in front of it. So Zeke, Zeke from Time Magazine writes a story about I took down, I would never do that because I have great respect for Dr. Martin Luther King.

But this is how dishonest the media is. Now, big story. The retraction was like, where? What, was it a line? Or dothey even bother putting it in? So I only like to say that because I love honesty. I like honest reporting. I will tell you, final time, although I will say it when you let in your thousands of other people that have been trying to come in. Uh, because I am coming back. We may have to get you a larger room. We may have to get you a larger room. You know? And maybe, maybe it’ll be built by somebody that knows how to build and we won’t have columns. You understand that? We get rid of the columns.

No I just wanted to really say that, um, I love you. I respect you. There’s nobody I respect more. You’re going to do a fantastic job, and we’re gonna start winning again and you’re going to be leading the charge. So thank you all very much. Thank you, you’re beautiful. Thank you all very much. Have a good time. I’ll be back. I’ll be back. Thank you.

 

 

Executive Order Minimizing The Economic Burden of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal

Full text of Executive order signed by President Donald Trump on January 20th, 2017

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release January 20, 2017
EXECUTIVE ORDER

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MINIMIZING THE ECONOMIC BURDEN OF THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PENDING REPEAL
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. It is the policy of my Administration to seek the prompt repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), as amended (the “Act”). In the meantime, pending such repeal, it is imperative for the executive branch to ensure that the law is being efficiently implemented, take all actions consistent with
law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act, and prepare to afford the States more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market.

Sec. 2. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies (agencies) with authorities and responsibilities under the Act shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose
a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.

Sec. 3. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies with authorities and responsibilities under the Act, shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to provide greater flexibility to States and cooperate with them in implementing healthcare programs.

Sec. 4. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the head of each department or agency with responsibilities relating to healthcare or health insurance shall encourage the development of a free and open market in interstate commerce for the offering of  healthcare services and health insurance, with the goal of achieving and preserving maximum options for patients and consumers.

Sec. 5. To the extent that carrying out the directives in this order would require revision of regulations issued through notice-and-comment rulemaking, the heads of agencies shall comply with the Administrative Procedure Act and other
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applicable statutes in considering or promulgating such regulatory revisions.

Sec. 6. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit,
substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP
THE WHITE HOUSE,
January 20, 2017.
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The White House · 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW · Washington DC 20500 · 202-456-1111

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10AM: President and Mrs. Trump, along with Vice President and Mrs. Pence attend the 58th  Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service at the National Cathedral in Washington DC.

3PM (Approximate): President Trump visits CIA headquarters and gives speech in Langley, VA.

Midday: Prime Minister’s office confirms Canadian PM spoke with President Trump. Congratulating him on his inauguration, and reiterating the importance the Canada-United States bilateral relationship.
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Los Angeles Times reports that President Trump also had a phone conversation with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto earlier today.

President Trump Issues Proclamation for National Day of Patriotic Devotion

NATIONAL DAY OF PATRIOTIC DEVOTION
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION
A new national pride stirs the American soul and inspires
the American heart. We are one people, united by a common
destiny and a shared purpose.
Freedom is the birthright of all Americans, and to preserve
that freedom we must maintain faith in our sacred values and
heritage.
Our Constitution is written on parchment, but it lives in
the hearts of the American people. There is no freedom where the
people do not believe in it; no law where the people do not
follow it; and no peace where the people do not pray for it.
There are no greater people than the American citizenry,
and as long as we believe in ourselves, and our country, there
is nothing we cannot accomplish.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United
States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by
the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby
proclaim January 20, 2017, as National Day of Patriotic
Devotion, in order to strengthen our bonds to each other and to
our country — and to renew the duties of Government to the
people.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
twentieth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand
seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of
America the two hundred and forty-first.

Donald Trump-January 20, 2017

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8:30AM EST President-Elect and wife Melania attend prayer service at St. John’s Church in Washington.

9:40AMEST (Approximate): President-Elect and Mrs. Trump arrive at the White House for continental breakfast with President and Mrs. Obama.

10:45AMEST: President-Elect and Mrs. Trump, President and Mrs. Obama leave together for the U.S. Capitol.

12:00PMEST: Donald John Trump take the oath of office, making him the 45th president of the United States. Read transcript of his inaugural speech here. 

POST INAUGURATION: EXECUTIVE ORDERS, DAY ONE:

  • Reversal of the recent mortgage insurance rate reduction on qualifying FHA loans. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) immediately released a statement confirming the order.
  • A waiver removing military service conditions that would allow General James Mattis to officially be named defense secretary if confirmed.
  • Official nominations for Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Rick Perry for EPA, Nikki Haley for Ambassador to the UN, Terry Bransted as Ambassador to China, Tom Price for Surgeon General, and Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.
  • Order minimizing the economic burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act pending appeal.
  • Order issuing a government-wide regulatory freeze.
  • A proclamation for “National Day of Patriotic Devotion.”

Mid day: Trump attends post inaugural bipartisan luncheon.

4:15PM (Approximate): President Trump exits limousine to stroll along parade route.

Mid Evening: President and Mrs. Trump attend Liberty and Freedom Balls,  black tie inauguration parties located at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. They also attended the Salute To Our Armed Forces Ball.

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Transcript of President Donald Trump’s Inauguration Speech-January 20, 2017

Donald J. Trump took the oath of office at 12 Noon, Friday, January 20, 2017.

A transcript of his inaugural speech follows.

“Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world, thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.

Every four years we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power.

And we are grateful to President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition.

They have been magnificent.

Thank you.

Today’s ceremony, however, has a very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have bore the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment.

It belongs to you.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.

This is your day.

This is your celebration.

And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves.

These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public.

But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists.

Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation.

An education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge.

And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation, and their pain is our pain.

Their dreams are our dreams, and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny.

The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.

We’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own. And we’ve spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world. But that is the past, and now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.

Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never ever let you down.

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

We will bring back our jobs.

We will bring back our borders.

We will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation.

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example.

We will shine for everyone to follow.

We will re-enforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear. We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly, we will be protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action, constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.

Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions. It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.

We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms and we all salute the same great American flag.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator.

So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together we will make America strong again, we will make America wealthy again, we will make America proud again, we will make America safe again.

And, yes, together we will make America great again.

Thank you.

God bless you.

And God bless America.”