The White House • June 20, 2018
The Day Ahead
President Donald J. Trump will meet with mining and steel workers in Duluth, Minnesota, to discuss how his Administration is protecting American workers. Watch live at 6:05 p.m. ET.
The President's call for action: #ChangeTheLaws
President Trump addressed the immigration crisis on America's southern border during a speech before the National Federation of Independent Businesses yesterday. "It's been going on for many, many decades and many years. And it has its ups and its downs," the President said. "And all we need is good legislation, and we can have it taken care of."
Speaking in New York, Vice President Mike Pence backed up the President's call for action. "As the President said today, we want to solve this problem. We don't want children taken away from their parents." The Vice President also stressed how the current system is a humanitarian disaster. "It is tragic that these failed immigration policies have created this incentive for vulnerable families and literally put vulnerable adults and children in danger. This is simply unacceptable."
In an editorial yesterday, National Review explained what must happen next. "Most critics don't grapple with the fact that the administration literally doesn't have the option of holding parents and kids together for more than a few weeks," the editors write. "Congress has it within its power to make it possible to hold families together and — if they don't have legitimate asylum claims — swiftly return them home together."
See President Trump's speech to the Federation of Independent Businesses.
More: "Congress should act on the border," National Review says
U.S. leaves a 'hypocritical and self-serving organization'
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley joined Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday to announce America's withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council. "For too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers," Ambassador Haley said.
"This step is not a retreat from our human rights commitments," she added. "We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights." Secretary Pompeo said the Council undermines America's national interest, as well as that of our allies.
Watch the announcement from Ambassador Haley and Secretary Pompeo.
Getting tough on Chinese trade: 'It's time'
This week, President Trump made it clear that America won't roll back its response to China's unfair trade practices. "Rather than altering those practices, [China] is now threatening United States companies, workers, and farmers who have done nothing wrong," the President said in a statement. "This is unacceptable. Further action must be taken."
President Trump directed the U.S. Trade Representative to identify $200 billion worth of Chinese goods for additional tariffs. After the legal process is complete, these tariffs will go into effect if China refuses to change its practices. "We have no choice. This should have been done many years ago," the President said yesterday. "They've taken so much. It's time, folks. It's time."
Read President Trump's full statement on trade with China.
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Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks
President Trump and the First Lady welcome King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain to the White House | June 19, 2018