Monday, March 26, 2018

Reaching For The Stars -- And Then Some!

America first in space 

Americans have long looked to the stars as a symbol of our Nation’s traditions of pioneering and exploration. Last week, President Donald J. Trump unveiled a National Space Strategy that works within his broader national security policy to put America’s interests first.
President Trump’s strategy harnesses the American spirit, laying the groundwork for the next generation of U.S. space exploration. Specifically, this new framework will:
  • Allow the Government to partner with the commercial sector to ensure that American companies remain world leaders in space technology. 
  • Build on the Administration’s National Security Strategy to emphasize peace through strength in the space domain. 
  • Ensure that international space agreements put the interests of American people, workers, and businesses first.

A bipartisan case for trade action 

Last week, President Trump took action to address Chinese trade practices that are harming American businesses. In particular, the President directed his Administration to respond to the unfair and harmful Chinese acquisition of U.S. technology.

These actions prompted a wave of positive reactions, including from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY):
“President Trump is exactly right this afternoon to propose a plan designed to punish China for its most flagrant trade abuses. I’ve called for such action for years and been disappointed by the inactions of both Presidents Bush and Obama. I’m very pleased that this Administration is taking strong action to get a better deal on China.”
“Under my Administration, the theft of American prosperity will end,” President Trump said. “We’re going to defend our industry and create a level playing field for the American worker—finally.”

‘The cradle of Western civilization’ 

The President welcomed guests to the White House’s East Room last Thursday to celebrate Greek Independence Day. The Greek holiday commemorates the beginning of the War of Greek Independence in 1821.

“As the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, Greece has a rich and glorious heritage,” President Trump wrote in his Proclamation last week. “The ancient Greeks fostered the timeless ideal of human liberty, which inspired our Nation’s Founders as they drafted our Constitution and established our Republic.”

President Trump hosted Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the White House last October for bilateral discussions.


First Lady Melania Trump presents the International Women of Courage Award | March 23, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)


Today, after receiving his intelligence briefing, President Trump will have lunch with Vice President Mike Pence.

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