Tuesday, March 27, 2018

22,000 Faces Of An Ongoing Crisis . . .

22,000 faces of the opioid crisis 

Last week, President Donald J. Trump announced a bold policy agenda to combat the opioid crisis on three fronts: prevention and education, treatment and recovery, and law enforcement and interdiction.

Now, the White House is partnering with the Department of the Interior and the National Parks Service to bring the National Safety Council’s “Prescribed to Death” opioid memorial to the Ellipse near the White House from April 11 to April 18.

The exhibit will educate visitors on the impact of the opioid crisis with the installation of a wall of 22,000 engraved white pills—each representing the face of an American lost to a prescription opioid overdose in 2015. The exhibit is also an action center, with resources on the safe disposal of unused pills and prepaid envelopes to allow visitors to dispose of any unused medication at their homes.

U.S. expels Russian intelligence officers 

President Trump ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States yesterday morning. He also directed the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, given its proximity to one of America’s submarine bases as well as Boeing facilities.

“The United States takes this action in conjunction with our NATO allies and partners around the world in response to Russia’s use of a military-grade chemical weapon on the soil of the United Kingdom, the latest in its ongoing pattern of destabilizing activities around the world,” a senior Administration official briefed reporters yesterday.

America stands in solidarity with our closest ally, the United Kingdom. While the Administration remains ready to build a better relationship with Russia, this can only happen with a change in behavior from the Russian government. Actions like this attack on British soil will carry serious consequences.

Why John Bolton is the right choice 

Commentators agree that by appointing John Bolton to be the next National Security Advisor (NSA), President Trump has made an excellent choice to confront the challenges of a dangerous world and build on the accomplishments of outgoing NSA H.R. McMaster.

In their words, here are just a few of the reasons why:
  • “We may assume Pyongyang knows now that bluffing the U.S. won’t work.” – The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board 
  • “On the U.N. he’s been right all along. If his presence in the White House helps to scare the organization into real reform, so much the better.” – The New York Times’ Bret Stephens 
  • “He’s squarely in the mainstream of conservative foreign-policy thought.” – David French, The National Review
  • “Enough with the John Bolton smears — he’ll be the best National Security Adviser in a generation.” – Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute


Marine One  | March 25, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)


Today, President Trump signed a proclamation for Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A. The President will later meet with the Secretary of the Treasury.

This afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence will traveled to Fargo, North Dakota, to deliver keynote remarks at an America First Policies “Tax Cuts to Put America First” event.

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