Thursday, July 12, 2018

Getting Them On Board; Charting New Initiatives!

Success in Brussels

As the NATO summit concluded in Brussels today, President Trump held an extended press conference to explain what American leadership has achieved. At the President’s request, every NATO member “has agreed to substantially up their commitment. They're going to up it at levels that they never thought of before," President Trump said.

This American success underscores President Trump’s philosophy abroad: Actions speak louder than words. The United States values its transatlantic partners, and our leaders want to see that every member state invests in NATO’s future.

President Trump will continue building close ties with America’s friends as he visits the United Kingdom today. The President has worked extensively with British Prime Minister Theresa May, pushing for fair and reciprocal trade deals and joining forces with Britain and France to hold Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad accountable for chemical weapons attacks.

The ‘conservative nature’ of paid family leave 

“In September 2016, when then-Republican presidential primary candidate Donald J. Trump called for a national paid family leave plan, pundits called it ‘a striking departure from GOP orthodoxy.’ Indeed it was,” First Daughter and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump writes. “[Now] there is burgeoning agreement on the intrinsically conservative nature of a national paid family leave plan.”

Thanks largely to Ivanka Trump’s efforts, a key Senate panel came together yesterday to examine a range of paid family leave ideas for America. Their effort gives “this critical issue real bipartisan momentum for the first time,” Ms. Trump says.

Social and fiscal conservatives alike are recognizing the importance of paid family leave. “Social conservatives underscore paid leave as a way to forge more tightly bonded families . . . Fiscal hawks recognize the efficiency of increasing workforce attachment and minimizing government dependence. And everyone shares the concern for our country’s plummeting fertility rates, now the lowest in history,” Ms. Trump writes.

Photo of the Day 

Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead 
Members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization watch entertainers prior to a working dinner | July 11, 2018

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