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Vice President Pence makes an important pit stop
Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Japan yesterday to begin meeting with foreign leaders and building on the momentum of President Donald J. Trump’s historic visit to Asia last year.
But before the Vice President flew to Japan, he made a special stop in Alaska at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Monday evening. Gov. Bill Walker (I-AK) was at the Vice President’s side.
“As I prepare to travel to Japan and South Korea, I thought it was altogether fitting to begin here at Elmendorf, the first line of defense for the American people,” the Vice President said. “Missile defense begins here in Alaska. And the American people and the world should know that our nation is secure.
“Our nation's defenses from potential inbound missile attacks is the best in the world.”
Read more: Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Japan
‘We can only be as good as the law’
President Trump hosted law enforcement professionals, community leaders, and several members of Congress yesterday for a roundtable at the White House on how best to confront the scourge of gang violence from MS-13.
“We’re doing much better than any administration by far,” the President said. “Still, we have a long way to go. We can only be as good as the law.” He pressed lawmakers on the urgency of addressing border security problems as part of comprehensive immigration reform in the coming weeks.
“So, we have one good shot at it, and it's now."
Read more about how President Trump plans to protect American communities from MS-13.
140th White House Easter Egg Roll
First Lady Melania Trump announced yesterday that the White House is excited to host its 140th annual Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 2, on the White House South Lawn.
The details are as follows:
Families with children under 13 are invited to attend and enjoy egg rolls, live entertainment, and sports.
Tickets are free to the public and can be requested through an online lottery that opens this Friday, February 9, at noon ET. The lottery will close on Thursday, February 15, at noon ET. Winners will be notified via email no later than Monday, March 5.
Volunteers will be selected through an online application process. The deadline to apply is February 23 at noon ET.
See more on the history of the 140-year-old White House Easter Egg Roll.
Photo of the Day
President Donald J. Trump participates in a roundtable discussion concerning MS-13 gang activity | February 6, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
This morning, President Trump will meet with the Secretary of Health and Human Services. In the afternoon, he will meet with the Chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and then with Republican Members of the Senate Finance Committee.
In the evening, the President will host the National Prayer Breakfast Dinner.