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Trump Triumphant: Putting America First In First 100 Days

- April 28, 2017

A Re-Energized Private Sector, A Growing Economy And Strong Foreign Policy Has Defined The First 100 Days Of The Trump Presidency

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Since President Trump has taken office, private-sector companies in diverse fields have announced billions of dollars of stateside investment to grow America's economy and create jobs.
  • The President has delivered on campaign promises such as withdrawing from the TPP and moving forward with the construction of the Keystone pipeline.
  • The President has made it a priority to partner with the private-sector, and in return, consumers and business leaders are showing record levels of confidence in the potential of our economy, wages are higher, and unemployment has gone down.
  • The number of apprehensions and detainments at the southern border are down because illegal crossing attempts have dramatically decreased as the President advocates for strong enforcement of current U.S. immigration laws.
  • President Trump has prioritized slashing regulations to help reduce the bloated federal bureaucracy and create a more business-friendly environment.

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PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS PRIORITIZED GETTING THE AMERICAN ECONOMY WORKING AGAIN BY EMPOWERING THE PRIVATE SECTOR

Immediately After Trump's Victory, Companies Began Making Announcements Of Massive Stateside Investments In Anticipation Of The President-Elect's Pro-Growth, Pro-Business Policy Agenda

After Meeting At Trump Tower, President-Elect Trump Announced A $50 Billion Investment, 50,000 Jobs Deal With Japan's SoftBank. President-elect Donald Trump announced that Japanese telecom and internet company SoftBank will invest $50 billion in the United States, which the company claims will create 50,000 jobs. Trump addressed reporters Tuesday afternoon in New York in the lobby of Trump Tower with Masayoshi Son, the CEO of SoftBank, whom Trump introduced as 'one of the truly great men. ''We are going to invest $50 billion in the U.S. and commit to make, to create 50,000 new jobs,' Son said, adding that he plans to do this by investing in new startup companies in the United States. 'I said I would like to celebrate his presidential job and commit because he will do a lot of deregulation,' said Son, who added that he had initiated the meeting with Trump. 'I said, 'This is great, United States, U.S. will become great again.'" (Meghan Keneally and Arlette Saenz, "Donald Trump Announces Investment, Jobs Deal With Japan's SoftBank," ABC News , 12/7/16)

Sprint Decided To Keep 5,000 Jobs In The United States, And OneWeb Plans To Add 3,000 Jobs In The U.S. "President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday took credit for Sprint's decision to keep 5,000 jobs in the United States, as well as OneWeb's plan to add 3,000 jobs in the U.S. Trump said the deal 'was done through' SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, a Japanese billionaire and technology investor." (Jacob Pramuk, "Trump Takes Credit For spring Plan To Keep 5,000 Jobs In The U.S.," CNBC , 12/29/16)

After Meeting With President-Elect Trump, The CEO Of Lockheed Martin Said The Company Would Be Adding 1,800 Jobs At Its Fort Worth Facility. "The chief executive of Lockheed Martin, Marillyn A. Hewson, said on Friday that the company was 'very close to a deal' to reduce the cost of the new F-35 fighter jet, after weeks of talks with President-elect Donald J. Trump and his team about the plane. Ms. Hewson, speaking after a meeting with Mr. Trump at Trump Tower, also pledged to add 1,800 jobs at the Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth location, although she did not provide specifics." (Christopher Drew, "Lockheed Chief Pledges Lower Costs For F-35 Fighter Jet And Add 1,800 Jobs," The New York Times , 1/13/17)

Wal-Mart Announced Plans To Create Roughly 10,000 New Jobs In The United States This Year. "Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it plans to create about 10,000 U.S. jobs this year, a sign that even the country's largest private employer feels the need to tout American job growth ahead of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration." (Sarah Nassauer, "Wal-Mart Touts Plan To Create U.S. Jobs, In Nod To Trump," The Wall Street Journal , 1/17/17)

Stanley Black & Decker, "One Of The Nation's Best-Known Toolmakers," Said It Would Onshore More Of Its Manufacturing, "Including A Construction Of A New $35 Million Factory." "One of the nation's best-known toolmakers, Stanley Black & Decker, said Thursday that it will move more manufacturing back to the U.S. from overseas, including construction of a new $35 million factory after acquiring the Craftsman brand from ailing retailer Sears Holdings." (Nathan Bomey, "Stanley Black & Decker To Open U.S. Plant After Trump's 'Border Tax' Threat," USA Today , 1/5/17)

Ford Canceled Plans For A Mexico Plant, And Instead Chose To Invest $700 Million In Michigan To Create 700 U.S. Jobs In A "Vote Of Confidence In Pro-Business Environment Being Created By Donald Trump." Ford (F) CEO Mark Fields said the investment is a 'vote of confidence' in the pro-business environment being created by Donald Trump. However, he stressed Ford did not do any sort of special deal with the president-elect. 'We didn't cut a deal with Trump. We did it for our business,' Fields told CNN's Poppy Harlow in an exclusive interview Tuesday. The $700 million investment will go to the Flat Rock, Michigan plant to produce more electric and self-driving cars." (Heather Long and Poppy Harlow, "Ford Cancels Mexico Plant. Will Create 700 U.S. Jobs In 'Vote Of Confidence' In Trump," CNN , 1/3/17)

Amazon Announced It Was Planning To Add More Than 100,000 Jobs In The U.S. Over The Next 18 Months. "Amazon.com Inc. on Thursday said it plans to create more than 100,000 full-time jobs in the U.S. within the next 18 months, leveraging plans already in the works in part to patch up its contentious relationship with President-elect Donald Trump. The additional jobs would swell Amazon's U.S. workforce to 280,000, compared with 30,000 in 2011." (Laura Stevens, "Amazon Touts Job-Creation Plans, Patching Up Rift With Trump," The Wall Street Journal , 1/12/17)

Fiat Chrysler Announced It Will Invest $1 Billion To Modernize Two U.S. Plants, Creating 2,000 Jobs. "Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it will invest $1 billion to modernize two plants in the U.S. Midwest and create 2,000 jobs, and possibly move production of a Ram heavy-duty pickup truck to Michigan from Mexico." (Bernie Woodall and David Shepardson, "Fiat Chrysler To Add U.S. Jobs As Trump Puts Spotlight On Industry," Reuters , 1/9/17)

Hyundai Motor Group Announced It Would Be Boosting Its Investment In The U.S. By $3.1 Billion Over Five Years, A 50 Percent Increase, And May Build A New U.S. Plant. "The Hyundai Motor Group said it plans to lift U.S. investment by 50 percent to $3.1 billion over five years and may build a new plant there - the latest auto firm to announce fresh spending after President-elect Donald Trump threatened to tax imports." (Hyunjoo Jin, "Hyundai Motor To Boost U .S. Investment As Automakers Respond To Trump," Reuters , 1/17/17)

  • Hyundai Motor President Chung Jin-Haeng Said That The Company Expects "A Boost In The U.S. Economy And Increased Demand" As A Result Of The Trump Presidency. "The planned U.S. investment by South Korea's two largest automakers is about 50 percent more than the $2.1 billion they spent in the previous five-year period, Hyundai Motor President Chung Jin-haeng told reporters in Seoul on Tuesday. The group is considering building a new factory in the U.S. and may produce Hyundai Motor's upscale Genesis vehicles and a U.S.-specific SUV in the country, said the executive, who also oversees the strategic planning for Kia. 'We expect a boost in the U.S. economy and increased demand for various models as President-elect Trump follows through on his promise to create one million jobs in five years,' Chung said." (Sohee Kim, "Hyundai-Kia To Invest $3.1 Billion In U.S., Mull New Plant," Bloomberg , 1/17/17)

General Motors Announced $1 Billion Dollar Investment In Several U.S. Factories, Which Will Add Or Retain 7,000 New Jobs. "General Motors Co. announced a $1 billion U.S. investment plan involving new models and plant updates long in the works, becoming the latest automaker to answer to pressure from Donald Trump to create jobs. The nation's top automaker will add or retain about 7,000 salaried and hourly workers, including almost 2,000 in domestic factories, spokesman Pat Morrissey said." (David Welch and Sohee Kim, "GM To Invest $1 Billion In U.S. Manufacturing Operations," Bloomberg , 1/17/17)

  • GM's Announcement Came After Trump Has Pressured Auto Makers To Invest In The United States. "GM's announcement would follow a familiar pattern of auto makers publicly outlining U.S. investment and job-creation plans in the wake of Mr. Trump's criticism of imports while insisting they would have moved ahead with them anyway." (Mike Colias, "General Motors Plans At Least $1 Billion In Fresh U.S. Investment," The Wall Street Journal , 1/16/17)

Upon Taking Office, The President Has Vowed To Listen And Work With Leaders From The Private Sector To Make Great Investments In The American Economy

"Since His Election, Trump Has Met With Executives From 81 Companies To Hear Their Thoughts On Regulation, Manufacturing, And Trade." (Richard Feloni and Skye Gould, "Here's Every Business Executive Trump Has Met With Since Taking Office," Business Insider , 3/25/17)

(Richard Feloni and Skye Gould, "Here's Every Business Executive Trump Has Met With Since Taking Office," Business Insider , 3/25/17)

Exxon Mobil Announced It Was Investing $20 Billion In A Program To Create 45,000 Construction And Manufacturing Jobs In The United States Gulf Coast Region. "President Donald J. Trump today congratulated Exxon Mobil Corporation on its ambitious $20 billion investment program that is creating more than 45,000 construction and manufacturing jobs in the United States Gulf Coast region." ("President Trump Congratulates Exxon Mobil For Job-Creating Investment Program," White House Office Of The Press Secretary, 3/6/17)

Charter Communications Announced Their Plans To Add 20,000 Jobs And Invest $25 Billion Over The Next Four Years From The White House. "The latest company to deliver good job creation news from the Oval Office: Charter Communications. The Stamford, Conn.-headquartered company pledged, over the next four years, to invest $25 billion in broadband infrastructure and hire 20,000 U.S. workers, ending any use of offshore call centers that handle customer service. A new call center in McAllen, Tex., has already hired 100 of a planned 600 new jobs and will be the company's first fully bilingual call center, said Kathleen Mayo, Charter's executive vice president for customer operations." (Mike Snider, "Trump Touts Charter's Four-Year Plan To Add 20K Jobs And Invest $25B," USA Today , 3/24/17)

Accenture's CEO Julie Sweet Said The Company Is Creating 15,000 Highly Skilled New Jobs In The Next Four Years And Invest $1.4 Billion To Train Its Own Employees. "North American CEO Julie Sweet told Fortune Thursday that the company is planning to open ten new innovation hubs in cities around the U.S. in the next four years, and create 15,000 highly skilled new jobs in the process. It also plans to invest $1.4 billion in training its own employees in new technologies." (Alan Murray, "Accenture Joins Trump's Job Creation Drive," Fortune , 2/17/17)

President Trump Hosted The CEO Of Intel, Brian Krzanich, Who Announced Plans Invest $7 Billion To Build A New Factory That Will Provide 3,000 High-Wage, High-Tech Jobs And Over 10,000 Jobs For Support Staff. INTEL CEO BRIAN KRZANICH: "It's an honor to be here today representing Intel and to be able to announce our $7 billion investment in our newest, most advanced factory -- Fab 42 in Chandler, Arizona. We'll be completing that factory to make the most advanced 7-nanometer semiconductor chips on the planet... And Fab 42 is an investment in Intel, but also the U.S.'s future in innovation and leadership in the semiconductor industry. Fab 42 will employ approximately 3,000 direct high-paying, high-wage, high-tech jobs at its peak, and over 10,000 people in the Arizona area in support of the factory." (Brian Krzanich, Remarks By President Trump And Intel CEO Brian Krzanich On U.S. Jobs , Washington, DC, 2/8/17)

Toyota Announced It Would Invest $600 Million At A Plant In Indiana, Leading To The Creation Of 400 New Jobs. "Toyota Motor Corp. will invest $600 million and add 400 jobs at an assembly plant in Princeton, Indiana, weeks after Donald Trump criticized Japan's largest automaker for its plan to open a plant in Mexico. The investment is part of a $10 billion spending plan over the next five years that the carmaker announced earlier this month to expand and modernize its U.S. factories, according to a company statement. The expansion in Indiana will boost production of the Highlander, Toyota's second-best-selling sport utility vehicle in the U.S., by 40,000 units a year. The plant currently employs 5,100 workers." (John Lippert, "Toyota Adding 400 Indian Jobs In $600M Answer To Trump," The Detroit News , 1/24/17)

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE HAS BEEN CONSISTENTLY RISING SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ELECTION VICTORY

Consumers And Job Creators Alike Have Record-High Hopes For What Trump's Pro-Growth Policies Will Do To The Economy

According To Gallup, In The Immediate Aftermath Of The Election, Americans' Confidence In The U.S. Economy Rose By 13 Points. "Americans' confidence in the U.S. economy increased sharply after the election, moving from a slightly negative evaluation (-10) to a slightly positive one (+3). Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index had been consistently negative throughout the year leading up to the election." (Justin McCarthy and Jeffrey M. Jones, "U.S. Economic Confidence Surges After Election," Gallup , 11/15/16)

In February 2017, Consumer Confidence Index Grew To 114.8, Its Highest Level Since 2001. "Consumers' assessment of current conditions in the U.S. increased in February, according to a monthly survey released on Tuesday. The Consumer Confidence Index hit 114.8 in February, according to data from The Conference Board, the highest since July 2001." (Berkeley Lovelace Jr., "Consumer Confidence Hits 114.8 In February, Versus 111 Estimate," CNBC , 2/28/17)

In March 2017, The Consumer Confidence Index Increased Again To 125.6. (Sarah Sands, "US Consumer Confidence Rose Sharply In March," Market Realist , 4/6/17)

SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS TAKEN OFFICE, ECONOMIC INDICATORS HAVE IMPROVED DRAMATICALLY

Unemployment Is Down Across The Board

Under President Trump, The Unemployment Rate Has Decreased From 4.8 Percent To 4.5 Percent. ( Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 4/27/17)

  • Under President Trump, The Unemployment Rate For 16-24 Year Olds Has Decreased From 10.1 Percent To 9.1 Percent. ( Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 4/27/17)
  • Under President Trump, The Unemployment Rate For 20-24 Year Olds Has Decreased From 8.3 Percent To 7.3 Percent. ( Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 4/27/17)
  • Under President Trump, The Unemployment Rate For 25-34 Year Olds Has Decreased From 4.9 Percent To 4.5 Percent. ( Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 4/27/17)
  • Under President Trump, The Hispanic Unemployment Rate Has Decreased From 5.9 Percent To 5.1 Percent. ( Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 4/27/17)

Average Wages Are Higher

Under President Trump, Average Hourly Earnings For All Employees Have Increased From $26.02 To $26.14. ( Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 4/27/17)

A SERIES OF EXECUTIVE ACTIONS HAVE LAID THE FOUNDATION FOR FURTHER ECONOMIC GROWTH

The President Withdrew From The Trans-Pacific Partnership

On January 23rd 2017, The President Signed An Executive Memorandum Ordering The U.S Withdrawal From The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement And Negotiations. "Based on these principles, and by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby direct you to withdraw the United States as a signatory to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), to permanently withdraw the United States from TPP negotiations, and to begin pursuing, wherever possible, bilateral trade negotiations to promote American industry, protect American workers, and raise American wages." (President Donald J. Trump, Memorandum For The United States Trade Representative, White House Office Of The Press Secretary , 1/23/17)

  • A Study At Tufts University Found TPP Would Increase Inequality, Decrease GDP And Cause Employment To Decline By 448,000 Jobs In The United States. "More importantly, we find that TPP would lead to losses in employment and increases in inequality. This is particularly true for the United States, where GDP is projected to fall slightly (-0.54 percent), employment to decline by 448,000 jobs, and inequality to increase as labor's share of income falls by 1.31 percent." (Jeronim Capaldo and Alex Izurieta, "Trading Down: Unemployment, Inequality, And Other Risks Of The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement," Global Development And Environment Institute At Tufts University , 01/16)

The President Initiated Construction Of The Keystone XL Pipeline

On The Campaign Trail, Then Presidential Candidate Trump Promised To Approve The Keystone XL Pipeline. "Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, promised on Thursday to roll back some of America's most ambitious environmental policies, actions that he said would revive the ailing U.S. oil and coal industries and bolster national security.

Among the proposals, Trump said he would pull the United States out of the U.N. global climate accord, approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada and rescind measures by President Barack Obama to cut U.S. emissions and protect waterways from industrial pollution." (Valerie Volcovici and Emily Stephenson, "Trump Vows To Undo Obama's Climate Agenda In Appeal To Oil Sector," Reuters , 3/27/16)

On January 24th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Memorandum Initiating The Process To Begin Construction Of The Keystone XL Pipeline. "I hereby invite TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. (TransCanada), to promptly re-submit its application to the Department of State for a Presidential permit for the construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline, a major pipeline for the importation of petroleum from Canada to the United States." (President Donald J. Trump, Memorandum For The Secretary Of The Army, White House Office Of The Press Secretary , 1/24/17)

  • President Obama's State Department Reported That The Keystone XL Pipeline "Will Support Approximately 42,100 Jobs" And Create "$2 Billion In Earnings Throughout The United States." "During construction, proposed Project spending would support approximately 42,100 jobs (direct, indirect, and induced), and approximately $2 billion in earnings throughout the United States." (Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statements For The Keystone XL Project," United States Department Of State , 1/31/14)

President Trump Allowed The Dakota Access Pipeline To Move Forward

On January 24th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Memorandum Declaring The Dakota Access Pipeline Serves The National Interest And Initiating The Process To Being Remaining Construction. "The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) under development by Dakota Access, LLC, represents a substantial, multi-billion-dollar private investment in our Nation's energy infrastructure. This approximately 1,100-mile pipeline is designed to carry approximately 500,000 barrels per day of crude oil from the Bakken and Three Forks oil production areas in North Dakota to oil markets in the United States. At this time, the DAPL is more than 90 percent complete across its entire route. Only a limited portion remains to be constructed. I believe that construction and operation of lawfully permitted pipeline infrastructure serve the national interest." (President Donald J. Trump, Memorandum For The Secretary Of The Army, White House Office Of The Press Secretary , 1/24/17)

The Dakota Access Pipeline Project Will Support 12,000 Jobs Which Include Jobs In The Region To Support The Increase In Business Activity During Construction. "The company's calculation of 12,000 jobs also includes those indirect, non-construction roles at businesses in the region that expect an increase in activity during the short-term period of construction on the pipeline." (Adam Kelsey, "Majority Of Promised Dakota And Keystone Pipeline Jobs Expected To Be Temporary," ABC News , 01/24/17)

President Trump Ordered That All New Pipeline Construction Use Materials And Equipment From The U.S.

The President Signed An Executive Memorandum Ordering That All New Pipeline Construction And Repair Work Use U.S. Materials And Equipment Produced In The U.S. "The Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with all relevant executive departments and agencies, shall develop a plan under which all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired, or expanded pipelines, inside the borders of the United States, including portions of pipelines, use materials and equipment produced in the United States, to the maximum extent possible and to the extent permitted by law. The Secretary shall submit the plan to the President within 180 days of the date of this memorandum." (The White House Press Office, " Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction Of American Pipelines ," 1/24/17)

PRESIDENT TRUMP REMOVED REGULATORY BURDENS AND LOWERED COMPLIANCE COSTS FOR BUSINESSES

The President Has Taken Steps To Reduce The Regulatory Burden On The American Workforce

The President Signed An Executive Order To Expand Regulatory Review With The Goal Of Revoking Two Regulations For Every New Regulation Put Forward. "It is essential to manage the costs associated with the governmental imposition of private expenditures required to comply with Federal regulations. Toward that end, it is important that for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination, and that the cost of planned regulations be prudently managed and controlled through a budgeting process." (The White House Press Office, " Presidential Executive Order On Reducing Regulation And Controlling Regulatory Costs ," 1/30/17)

On His First Day In Office, President Trump Issued A Presidential Memorandum Ordering A "Regulatory Freeze." "Subject to any exceptions the Director or Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget allows for emergency situations or other urgent circumstances relating to health, safety, financial, or national security matters, or otherwise, send no regulation to the Office of the Federal Register until a department or agency head appointed or designated by the President after noon on January 20, 2017, reviews and approves the regulation." ("Memorandum For The Heads Of Executive Departments And Agencies," White House Office Of The Press Secretary , 1/20/17)

President Trump Issued A Presidential Memorandum "Streamlining Permitting And Reducing Regulatory Burdens For Domestic Manufacturing." "This memorandum directs executive departments and agencies (agencies) to support the expansion of manufacturing in the United States through expedited reviews of and approvals for proposals to construct or expand manufacturing facilities and through reductions in regulatory burdens affecting domestic manufacturing." ("Presidential Memorandum Streamlining Permitting And Reducing Regulatory Burdens For Domestic Manufacturing," The White House , 1/24/17)

President Trump Signed Into Law House Joint Resolution 41, A Bill "Eliminating A Costly Regulation That Threatened To Put Domestic Extraction Companies And Their Employees At An Unfair Disadvantage." "Today, President Donald J. Trump signed legislation (House Joint Resolution 41) eliminating a costly regulation that threatened to put domestic extraction companies and their employees at an unfair disadvantage." (Press Release, "President Trump: Cutting Red Tape For American Businesses," The White House , 2/14/17)

President Trump Signed Into Law House Joint Resolution 38, A Bill To "Stop The Costly Stream Protection Rule From Further Harming Coal Workers And The Communities That Depend On Them." "Today, President Donald J. Trump signed legislation (House Joint Resolution 38) to stop the costly Stream Protection Rule from further harming coal workers and the communities that depend on them." (Press Release, "President Trump: Putting Coal Country Back To Work," The White House , 2/16/17)

  • The Regulation Would Have Killed 281,000 Jobs. "The Obama administration's proposal to better protect streams from coal mining would kill 281,000 jobs, a new study concluded. The research, commissioned by the National Mining Association (NMA), said the stream protection rule threatens 40,000 to 78,000 coal mining jobs, on top of the 40,000 already lost since 2011." (Timothy Cama, "Industry Study: Mining Rule Would Kill 281k Jobs," The Hill , 10/26/15)

JUDGE NEIL GORSUCH CONFIRMED TO THE SUPREME COURT

In Keeping His Promise, President Trump's Nominee, Neil M. Gorsuch Was Successfully Confirmed To The Supreme Court

As A Presidential Candidate, Trump Released A List Of 21 Potential Replacements For Justice Antonin Scalia, Neil Gorsuch Was On That List. "Gorsuch, along with Hardiman, emerged from a list of 21 people Trump was considering, topped initially by federal appeals court judges William Pryor of Alabama and Diane Sykes of Wisconsin." (Richard Wolf and David Jackson, "Trump Picks Neil Gorsuch For Supreme Court," USA Today , 1/31/17)

On January 31st 2017, President Trump Nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch To The United States Supreme Court. "Today, President Donald J. Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. The nomination of Judge Gorsuch comes after a selection process marked by an unprecedented level of transparency and involvement by the American voters." ( White House Office Of The Press Secretary , 1/31/17)

On April 10th 2017, Neil M. Gorsuch Was Sworn In As The 113 th Supreme Court Justice. "Colorado appeals court judge Neil M. Gorsuch took his oaths to be the Supreme Court's 113th justice Monday morning, first in a private ceremony at the court and later at a Rose Garden ceremony with the man who nominated him, President Trump." (Robert Barnes and Ashley Parker, "Neil M. Gorsuch Sworn In As 113th Supreme Court Justice," The Washington Post , 4/10/17)

PRESIDENT TRUMP NEGOTIATED THE RELEASE OF A U.S. CITIZEN HELD PRISONER IN EGYPT

Aya Hijazi, A U.S. Citizen, Her Husband, And Four Other Humanitarian Workers Were Held Prisoner In Egypt For Three Years

President Trump Successfully Negotiated Release Of U.S. Charity Worker, Aya Hijazi, Her Husband, And Four Others Who Have Been Held Prisoner In Egypt For Three Years. "A U.S. charity worker returned home after President Trump and aides quietly worked to secure her release from an Egyptian jail after nearly three years, according to The Washington Post. Aya Hijazi, a U.S. citizen, her Egyptian husband, Mohamed Hassanein, and four other humanitarian workers were freed after weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiation by the Trump administration." (John Bowden, "Trump Administration Negotiates US Prisoner Release In Egypt: Report," The Hill , 4/20/17)

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS TAKING BOLD ACTION TO SECURE OUR BORDER AND ENHANCE OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE

The President Has Taken Decisive Action To Enforce U.S. Current Immigration Law And Strengthen Our National Defense

According To The U.S. Customs And Border Patrol, A 61% Decrease In Southern Border Apprehensions Took Place Between January And March 2017, Compared To The Same Time Period In 2016. "March 2017 total apprehensions were, indeed, very low. It's the lowest monthly number CBP has reported since at least 2000. The 64 percent figure he uses is the total number of people apprehended or 'deemed inadmissible' at the southwest border in March 2017 (16,600), compared to the total number in March 2016 (46,150). The 61 percent figure Trump is referring to is the drop in just the Southwest border apprehensions from January 2017 (31,577) to March 2017 (12,193). A 61 percent drop over three months is dramatic, as Trump indicates." (Michelle Ye Hee Lee, "President Trump's Claim That Illegal Immigration Is Down 64 Percent Because Of His Administration," The Washington Post , 4/11/17)

The Department Of The Treasury Issued New Iran Sanctions, Sanctioning 25 Entities And Individuals Involved In Iran's Ballistic Missile Program. "Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned multiple entities and individuals involved in procuring technology and/or materials to support Iran's ballistic missile program, as well as for acting for or on behalf of, or providing support to, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF). This action reflects the United States' commitment to enforcing sanctions on Iran with respect to its ballistic missile program and destabilizing activities in the region and is fully consistent with the United States' commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)." ("Treasury Sanctions Supporters Of Iran's Ballistic Missile Program And Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - Qods Force," U.S. Department Of The Treasury , 2/3/17)

President Trump's First Budget Proposal Seeks To Increase Defense And Security Spending By $54 Billion. "President Donald Trump's first budget proposal will look to increase defense and security spending by $54 billion and cut roughly the same amount from non-defense programs, the White House said Monday." (Dan Merica, Jeremy Diamond, and Kevin Liptak, "Trump Proposes Defense Spending Boost, $54 Billion In Cuts To 'Most Federal Agencies,'" CNN , 2/27/17)

The President's Negotiations On The F-35 Saved "More Than $700 Million." "Defense giant Lockheed Martin has agreed to sell 90 new F-35 fighter jets to the US Defense Department for $8.5 billion -- a deal that amounts to more than $700 million in savings over the last batch of aircraft delivered. Lockheed Martin credited President Donald Trump for helping to 'accelerate negotiations' and 'drive down the price' of what is already the most expensive weapons program in history." (Zachary Cohen, "After Trump Attack, Lockheed Martin Slashes F-35 Cost," CNN , 2/4/17)


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