White House has been completely transparent with the Special Counsel’s investigation. [White Houses Press Release]

Office of the Press SecretaryFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 20, 2019Statement from the Press Secretary At the President’s direction, the White House has been completely transparent with the Special Counsel’s investigation.  The Special Counsel received more than 1.4 million documents and hours and hours of interviews from White House officials, including more than 30 hours from former Counsel to the President, Don McGahn.  The Democrats do not like the conclusion of the Mueller investigation – no collusion, no conspiracy, and no obstruction – and want a wasteful and unnecessary do-over. The House Judiciary Committee has issued a subpoena to try and force Mr. McGahn to testify again.  The Department of Justice has provided a legal opinion stating that, based on long-standing, bipartisan, and Constitutional precedent, the former Counsel to the President cannot be forced to give such testimony, and Mr. McGahn has been directed to act accordingly.  This action has been taken in order to ensure that future Presidents can effectively execute the responsibilities of the Office of the Presidency.”The letter to Chairman Nadler can be found here. The Department of Justice legal opinion can be found below.

White House Photos of the Week – March 8, 2019

President Donald J. Trump signs the first veto of his presidency Friday, March 15, 2019, in the Oval Office. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, attends a meeting Friday, March 15, 2019, with national security officials at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. (Offical White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) Second Lady Mrs. Karen Pence, Head of the Presidential Delegation, marches with U.S. athletes during the opening ceremony of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 7,500 athletes and 2,500 coaches will represent a record 192 countries in 24 sports at these games. (Official White House Photo by Amy Rossetti)

Second Lady Mrs. Karen Pence, Head of the Presidential Delegation, attends the opening ceremony of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

President Trump’s America First Vision for Keeping Our Nation Safe, 2-5-19

Office of the Press Secretary, For Immediate Releases, February 5, 2019PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S AMERICA FIRST VISION FOR KEEPING OUR NATION SAFE “We will no longer use American military might to construct democracies in faraway lands, or try to rebuild other countries in our own image. Those days are now over. Instead, we will work with allies and partners to protect our shared interests.” – President Donald J. Trump SAFETY THROUGH STRENGTH: President Donald J. Trump has undertaken historic efforts to rebuild our military and strengthen our Nation’s defenses. Since taking office, President Trump has secured robust funding to rebuild our military and defend the safety and security of our Nation.   This includes a record $700 billion last year and $716 billion this year for funding to face new and evolving threats from hostile powers around the world.The President also helped secure a $100 billion increase in defense spending from NATO allies.President Trump is working to ensure our service members receive the best equipment, training, and care.This includes providing our military with its largest pay raise in nearly a decade.DEFENDING AMERICA’S INTERESTS: President Trump has acted swiftly and decisively to defend our Nation’s interests.  The United States has worked with our allies to liberate virtually all territory held by ISIS in Iraq and Syria.ISIS controlled more than 20,000 square miles in Iraq and Syria when President Trump took office. President Trump is continuing his push for peace on the Korean Peninsula and will meet with Chairman Kim again this month in Vietnam.Though much work remains, our hostages have been brought home, nuclear testing has halted, and there has not been a missile launch in 15 months.   In the coming months, the Administration will release a proposal to end the Israeli and Palestinian conflict and bring peace based on principled realism, not discredited theories.It was in line with this commitment to principled realism that President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved our embassy there.President Trump condemned Maduro and his cronies in Venezuela and stood up for American principles by recognizing the legitimate Interim President of Venezuela, Juan Guaido.President Trump has acted to confront the radical regime in Iran by withdrawing from the disastrous, one-sided Iran nuclear deal and imposing devastating sanctions.PUTTING AMERICA FIRST: President Trump is fulfilling his promise to stop the cycle of endless wars that have burdened our Nation. President Trump is bringing our troops home from endless wars and ensuring that countries in the region increase their contribution to the fight against radical Islamic terrorism.For nearly two decades, America has been involved in Middle Eastern conflicts that have cost thousands of American lives and trillions of dollars.It is time to begin bringing our troops in Syria home and for countries in the region to step up their commitments to destroy ISIS remnants and prevent their return.President Trump is determined to pursue a political settlement in Afghanistan and, should progress be made, we will be able to reduce our troop presence there.###

President Trump is committed to working with Congress to solve our urgent immigration crisis.

Office of the Press Secretary – For Immediate Release, February 5, 2019PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH CONGRESS TO SOLVE OUR URGENT IMMIGRATION CRISIS“There is a humanitarian and security crisis on our southern border that requires urgent action” – President Donald J. Trump STOPPING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: President Donald J. Trump is committed to working with Congress to build an immigration system that ends illegal immigration and protects our country.President Trump is committed to working with both Republicans and Democrats in Congress to achieve real immigration reform.Solving immigration is an important issue that impacts all aspects of Americans’ lives – from stewardship of public resources, to job markets and wages, to safety and security, and more.Our current immigration system, however, is hopelessly outdated and jeopardizes the safety, security, and well-being of our citizens.Congress has 10 days left to pass a bill that will fund our Government and make a meaningful impact on the undeniable humanitarian crisis on our southern border.The President is urging Congress to pass legislation to address the crisis at the border, which includes humanitarian assistance, more law enforcement, drug detection at our ports, closing loopholes that enable child smuggling, and plans for a new physical barrier, or wall.THE HUMANITARIAN SITUATION AT OUR BORDER: The unabated flow of illegal immigrants to our southern border has created a humanitarian crisis that needs a solution.The crisis at our border will not dissipate on its own. Caravans continue to leave Central America to begin the unsafe journey to our border and illegal aliens continue to stream in.Tolerance for illegal immigration is not compassionate, it is cruel. Illegal immigrants who make the trek northward are subjected to horrible conditions:Each month, thousands of children are brought illegally to our borders, many by human traffickers and smugglers who wish to exploit them.One in three women is sexually assaulted during the dangerous and long journey through Central America and Mexico.Nearly 50 migrants each day are being referred for urgent medical care by our border security officials.Failure to take appropriate steps to solve this humanitarian disaster will continue to endanger the lives of Americans.URGENT NATIONAL CRISIS: Republicans and Democrats should be able to agree on the need to secure our southern border to protect our citizens and economy.Illegal immigration drives inequality, reduces wages, undercuts American workers, and places an undue burden on our communities.It also puts immense strain on our public resources, like schools and hospitals.Tens of thousands of Americans are killed by tons of deadly, illicit drugs trafficked into our country by criminal aliens, gangs, and cartels exploiting our porous border.The lethal drugs that flood across our border and into our communities include meth, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl.In two years, our immigration officers have made 266,000 arrests of criminal aliens, including those charged or convicted of nearly 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 killings.The MS-13 gang has taken advantage of our weak immigration laws and porous border and now operates in at least 20 States and the District of Columbia.###

Presidential Message in Celebration of the Lunar New Year, 2-5-19

Office of the Press Secretary – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE! February 5, 2019”Presidential Message in Celebration of the Lunar New YearMelania and I send our greetings to those celebrating the Lunar New Year.  Today, people across the United States and around the world mark the beginning of the Lunar New Year with spectacular fireworks displays, joyful festivals, and family gatherings. This is a sacred time for many people of Asian descent, and it is an opportunity for all Americans to honor the important contributions these communities have made to the story of American greatness.As families, friends, and loved ones gather to welcome the Year of the Pig, we join in sharing our best wishes for good health, prosperity, and happiness.  ###”