VA urges communities to recognize hospitalized Veterans during ‘National Salute to Veteran Patients’ week, Feb 10-16, 2018

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 31, 2019

“VA urges communities to recognize hospitalized Veterans during ‘National Salute to Veteran Patients’ week

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that, as part of an effort to honor hospitalized Veterans, it will mark National Salute to Veteran Patients from Feb. 10-16 by encouraging communities to seek out opportunities to volunteer at their local VA facilities. “VA values the contributions of our volunteers, donors and partners in helping us keep the nation’s promise to our Veterans,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said. “These community resources confirm to America’s Veterans that we are a nation that cares and remembers their sacrifices every day.”

Last year, schools, community groups and youth organizations nationwide sent more than 288,000 valentines to VA medical centers, which were distributed to Veteran patients at facilities across the country. Additionally, more than 9,000 volunteers and 1,400 community organizations contributed to events and activities recognizing hospitalized Veterans.

BACKGROUND BRIEFING BY SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS ON THE INTERMEDIATE-RANGE NUCLEAR FORCES (INF) TREATY

“Office of the Press Secretary – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February 2, 2019BACKGROUND BRIEFINGBY SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALSON THE INTERMEDIATE-RANGE NUCLEAR FORCES (INF) TREATYVia Teleconference 9:15 A.M. ESTSENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Good morning. Thank you for adjusting to our slight delay this morning. It was a typical Washington reaction to snow. By now, you will have all seen the Secretary of State’s announcement from the podium at the State Department, as well as the President’s statement, as well as, hopefully, the statement from the North Atlantic Alliance — the North Atlantic Council issued earlier today in support of the decision by the United States — the decision that we will take tomorrow — to follow through on the decision that the President made in December and that Secretary Pompeo announced on December 4th: that Russia would be provided 60 days to return to full and verifiable compliance with the INF Treaty, and that failure to do so within those 60 days would lead the United States to have no other option but to suspend its obligations with the treaty and to invoke Article 15, with respect to withdrawal from the treaty.The invocation of Article 15 will trigger a six-month period before the U.S. withdrawal is realized. This, in reality — it is a matter of international law — Russia’s final chance. Since the United States began engaging with the Russian Federation in May of 2013 to attempt to induce Russia, attempt to convey to Russia that it would be in Russia’s best interests to return to full and verifiable compliance with this treaty, we have tried any number of efforts: More than 35 diplomatic engagements at the highest levels of our government.

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP IN MEETING ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING ON THE SOUTHERN BORDER

Office of the Press Secretary – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FEBRUARY 1, 2019“REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP IN MEETING ON HUMAN TRAFFIKING ON THE SOUTHERN BORDERCabinet Room11:54 A.M. ESTTHE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much, everybody. We appreciate it. The jobs numbers just came out and we added 304,000 jobs, which was a shocker to a lot of people. It wasn’t a shocker to me. The country is doing really well.

President Donald J. Trump is Fighting to prevent Human Trafficking at the Southern Border

Office of the Press Secretary – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FEBRUARY 1, 2019PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS FIGHTING TO PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING AT THE SOUTHERN BORDER“This is an urgent humanitarian issue. My Administration is committed to leveraging every resource we have to confront this threat, to support the victims and survivors, and to hold traffickers accountable for their heinous crimes.” – President Donald J. TrumpHUMANITARIAN CRISIS AT THE BORDER: There is a humanitarian crisis at the southern border as human traffickers victimize countless women and children.Transnational criminal organizations from Mexico and Central America engage in human trafficking in staggering numbers across our southern border.Human traffickers use loopholes in our immigration laws to exploit women and children.More than 30% of women are sexually assaulted on the journey to our southern border.Nearly 70% of migrants traveling north to the United States are victims of violence.  In FY 2018, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) made 1,588 Human Trafficking arrests and identified 308 victims.Of the 1,588 arrests, 1,543 were for sex trafficking violations.Without a wall, our southern border is wide open to human trafficking.MORAL OBLIGATION: Democrats and Republicans have a moral obligation to build a wall to protect children and women from human trafficking.Congress has a moral responsibility to pass legislation that strengthens border security and includes funding for a wall to prevent human trafficking in all forms.We need a wall to provide an effective barrier to entry to help decrease kidnapping and human trafficking along the border.Despite Democrats’ objections, there is proof that walls deter illegal entry.Areas with walls have seen a decline in apprehensions of illegal aliens crossing the border.In San Diego, illegal traffic dropped 92% over the past 23 years.In the El Paso sector, illegal traffic dropped 72% in one year and 95% over 22 years.In the Tucson sector, illegal traffic dropped 90% over 15 years.In the Yuma sector, illegal traffic dropped 95% over 9 years.ADMINISTRATION PRIORITY: President Trump has made stopping human trafficking an Administration priority.As one of his first acts as President, he signed an executive order to combat transnational criminal organizations that engage in trafficking and exploit people.Last year, the President signed the Abolish Human Trafficking Act (S. 1311) to strengthen programs supporting survivors and resources for combating modern slavery.Additionally, the President signed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (S. 1312), establishing new prevention, prosecution, and collaboration initiative to bring human traffickers to justice.The President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) is working to prosecute and combat human trafficking at home and abroad.Reaffirming this Administration’s commitment to ending human trafficking, President Trump proclaimed January 2019 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.In January, the President signed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (S.

Statement from the President Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, 2-1-19

Office of the Press Secretary – For Immediate Release, February 1, 2019Statement from the President Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty For far too long, Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with impunity, covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad. Tomorrow, the United States will suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty and begin the process of withdrawing from the INF Treaty, which will be completed in 6 months unless Russia comes back into compliance by destroying all of its violating missiles, launchers, and associated equipment. Our NATO Allies fully support us, because they understand the threat posed by Russia’s violation and the risks to arms control posed by ignoring treaty violations.The United States has fully adhered to the INF Treaty for more than 30 years, but we will not remain constrained by its terms while Russia misrepresents its actions. We cannot be the only country in the world unilaterally bound by this treaty, or any other. We will move forward with developing our own military response options and will work with NATO and our other allies and partners to deny Russia any military advantage from its unlawful conduct.My Administration remains committed to effective arms control that advances United States, allied, and partner security, is verifiable and enforceable, and includes partners that fulfill their obligations.