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.###

President Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts (President’s Intelligence Advisory Board)

Office of the Press Secretary – For Immediate Release, February 4, 2019President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board: Charles E. Allen of North CarolinaDaniel Hoffman of MassachusettsJohn K. Hurley of California ###

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.

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.