The White House • June 27, 2018
The Day Ahead
President Donald J. Trump will address members of the Millennial and Gen Z cohorts for a discussion about America's future at the White House. Watch live at 12:15 p.m. ET.
'A moment of profound vindication'
Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump's travel restrictions and enhanced vetting for a small number of countries that failed to meet a Department of Homeland Security standard for public safety. The 2017 Proclamation cites Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen as being inadequate on one or more risk-management factors.
"It is the duty of the government to ensure that those seeking to enter our country will not harm the American people," the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement yesterday. "While we have the most generous immigration system in the world, it has repeatedly been exploited by terrorists and other malicious actors who seek to do us harm."
President Trump called the ruling a "tremendous victory for the American people and for our Constitution" during a meeting with Republican lawmakers yesterday. "This ruling is also a moment of profound vindication following months of hysterical commentary from the media and Democratic politicians," the President added in a statement. "As long as I am President, I will defend the sovereignty, safety, and security of the American People."
Read President Trump's statement on yesterday's ruling.
More: See the facts about the Proclamation on travel restrictions and vetting.
President Trump presents the Medal of Honor
"Today, we tell the story of an incredible hero who defended our nation in World War II, First Lieutenant Garlin Murl Conner," President Trump said from the East Room of the White House yesterday. "Although he died 20 years ago, today he takes his rightful place in the eternal chronicle of American valor."
Lt. Conner came from a farm near Albany, Kentucky. He grew up during the Great Depression and dropped out of school after the 8th grade to help provide for his family. In January of 1945, during the final days of the Battle of the Bulge, Lt. Conner snuck out of a field hospital in Northern France where he was being treated for wounds. He volunteered to go to the front lines—30 yards in front of the American line, in fact—to help direct fire.
"In front of the lone American soldier were six German tanks and hundreds of German soldiers," President Trump said. Lt. Conner "saved so many American lives" that day.
Watch President Trump tell Lt. Conner's story as he presents the Medal of Honor.
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Official White House Photo by Amy Rossetti
President Donald J. Trump presents the Medal of Honor posthumously to United States Army First Lieutenant Garlin Murl Conner | June 26, 2018