Wednesday, February 28, 2018

'I Know He Will Advance The Cause . . . '

Meet Johnny Taylor, Jr. 

Last February, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order announcing the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)—the earliest any American President has signed an Order on HBCUs during his term.

President Trump shared yesterday that Johnny Taylor, Jr., former seven-year president of the Thurgood Marshall College fund, will take over as Chairman of the Board. “I’ve been a CEO in both nonprofit and for-profit organizations,” Mr. Taylor said. “By working together across all sectors—the HR profession, HBCUs, and this Advisory Board—we can strengthen the relationship between education and employers.”

“I know he will advance the cause of HBCUs, a major priority of our Administration,” the President said.

Watch: Mr. Taylor shares his vision for America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Learn more: How the President has prioritized HBCUs since day 1

Play ball! 
“Studies have shown that children who are involved in sports have greater self-discipline, higher self-esteem and are better at working with others,” Ivanka Trump wrote yesterday in an op-ed for NBC News.

Ms. Trump had a firsthand look at the height of American athletic excellence during her visit to the 2018 Olympic Games. “Our Olympic athletes had the opportunity to engage in sport at a young age, which allowed them to develop their talents,” she writes. “But to ensure that every American child has that same chance, we must break down barriers to youth sports participation.”

President Trump signed an Executive Order yesterday to accomplish just that. His directive addresses the issue from several angles, such as by:
  • Establishing the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition
  • Partnering with groups in the public and private sectors to address the decline in youth sports participation 
  • Asking the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a national strategy to boost involvement in sports among children

Ivanka Trump: The Olympics prove America is stronger when kids from all backgrounds play sports. 

Tribute to a Hoosier Vice President and Second Lady 
Well hello, Indiana,” Vice President Mike Pence opened Monday night at a dinner with the Indiana Society of Washington, D.C. The Society gave the event an appropriate name: “Tribute to a Hoosier Vice President and Second Lady.”

“In the last year, we’ve made incredible progress all across this country,” the Vice President said. “We’ve reformed our tax code, we’ve rebuilt our military, and we’ve rolled back regulations. And confidence across Indiana and across America is booming.”

The dinner hit a particularly high note when Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb awarded Vice President Pence, his predecessor, with Indiana’s high civilian honor: the Sagamore of the Wabash. Previous recipients include Adam Vinatieri of the Indianapolis Colts and former Late Show host David Letterman.


First Lady Melania Trump hosts a Governors' Spouses Luncheon at the White House  | February 26, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)


Today, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, along with Vice President Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will attend the arrival ceremony preceding the lying in honor of the Reverend Billy Graham at the U.S. Capitol. This afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet with bipartisan members of Congress to discuss school and community safety.

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