Fri, Apr. 28, 2017: Trump declares May 1 to be “Loyalty Day”

President Donald Trump on Friday proclaimed May 1 as ‘Loyalty Day’ as a way to “recognize and reaffirm our allegiance to the principles” upon which America was built and express pride in those ideals, according to a release of the proclamation from the White House.

“The United States stands as the world’s leader in upholding the ideals of freedom, equality, and justice. Together, and with these fundamental concepts enshrined in our Constitution, our Nation perseveres in the face of those who would seek to harm it,” the proclamation reads.

“We humbly thank our brave service members and veterans who have worn our Nation’s uniform from the American Revolution to the present day. Their unwavering loyalty and fidelity has made the world a safer, more free, and more just place. We are inspired by their pride in our country’s principles, their devotion to our freedom, and their solemn pledge to protect and defend our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

The proclamation goes on to say that in order to express our country’s loyalty to “individual liberties, to limited government, and to the inherent dignity of every human being,” May 1 will be known as ‘Loyalty Day.’

Trump called on Americans to observe this day with ceremonies in schools and other public places, including reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. He also called upon all government officials to display the flag of the United States on all government buildings and grounds on May 1.

–Fox News

Fri, Apr. 28, 2017: Trump signs executive order aimed at expanding drilling in Arctic, Atlantic oceans

President Trump signed an executive order Friday that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, saying it will reverse his predecessor’s Arctic leasing ban and create “great jobs and great wealth” for the country.

Trump said the executive order, titled “Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy,” will direct a “review of the locations available for off-shore oil and gas exploration” and related regulations.

“Today we’re unleashing American energy and clearing the way for thousands and thousands of high-paying American energy jobs,” Trump said in his announcement.

“Our country is blessed with incredible natural resources, including abundant offshore oil and natural gas reserves,” he said. “But the federal government has kept 94 percent of these offshore areas closed for exploration and production.”

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Melania Trump dedicates ‘healing’ garden at D.C. children’s hospital

Off in the distance, young patients can see the Washington Monument from the hospital’s new rooftop “healing” garden, dedicated Friday by first lady Melania Trump as a place children and their families can breathe fresh air, “relax and enjoy in peace.”

Features of the Bunny Mellon Healing Garden at Children’s National Medical Center also include doors that are wide enough to wheel in hospital beds, power outlets for patients who use machines that run on electricity and fake grass for patients with allergies. Continue reading “Melania Trump dedicates ‘healing’ garden at D.C. children’s hospital”

Fri, Apr. 28, 2017: Trump signs executive order on energy, speaks at NRA

10:30 am: Signs executive order on energy

11:00 am: Departs White House

12:55 pm: Arrives in Atlanta

1:30 pm: Makes remarks at the National Rifle Association Leadership Forum; Atlanta

3:15 pm: Makes remarks at a fundraiser for Karen Handel, who is running for Congress in Georgia; Atlanta

3:55 pm: Departs Atlanta

5:45 pm: Arrives White House

Thur, Apr. 27, 2017: In Reuters interview, Trump says possibility of war with North Korea is ‘major’

President Donald Trump says there is “absolutely” a chance that the United States and North Korea could end up in a “major, major conflict.”

His comments follow multiple North Korean missile tests, which have escalated tensions between the rogue Asian nation and its neighbors, as well as the U.S.

“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump said in a Reuters interview released Thursday night.

But despite these ominous words, the president said, “we’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult.”

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Thur, Apr. 27, 2017: Trump signs executive order creating VA whistleblower protection office

President Donald Trump, as part of his dash to rack up wins before the end of his first 100 days, signed an executive order Thursday that creates a new office devoted to protecting whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Before signing the order at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Trump said the new office will help provide veterans with the “health care they need and the health care they deserve.”

“We are not going to let them down,” Trump said, arguing that the order “makes it clear that we will never tolerate substandard care for our great veterans” and ensure that those who report problems at the veterans affairs are protected.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin told reporters Wednesday that the office will review all VA employees and protect those who find employees within the agency who “have deviated” from the mission of serving veterans.

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Thur, Apr. 27, 2017: Trump signs memo declaring low-priced aluminum imports a threat to national security

President Trump on Thursday signed a memorandum that finds low-priced imported aluminum is a threat to U.S. national security, and encouraged the Commerce Department to prioritize an investigation that could lead to new import restrictions.

“The artificially low prices caused by excess capacity and unfairly traded imports suppress profits in the American aluminum industry, which discourages long-term investment in the industry and hinders efforts by American aluminum producers to research and develop new and better grades of aluminum,” Trump’s memo said.

“If the present situation continues, it may place the American aluminum industry at risk by undermining the ability of American aluminum producers to continue investment, research, and development, and by reducing or eliminating the jobs needed to maintain a pool of skilled workers essential for the continued development of advanced aluminum manufacturing,” it added.

Click here to read more from the Washington Examiner.

Thur, Apr. 27, 2017: Trump meets with Argentina’s President Macri at White House

President Donald Trump has welcomed Argentine President Mauricio Macri to the White House for talks.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump greeted Macri and his wife, Juliana Awada, at the South Lawn entrance of the White House.

The White House said when it announced Thursday’s visit that the leaders would discuss how to deepen relations between their countries. Trump and Macri are also expected to confer on a range of bilateral and regional issues, including trade, security and Venezuela’s deteriorating political situation.

Lemons may also be discussed. The Trump administration recently postponed a decision by former President Barack Obama to lift a 16-year ban on imports of Argentine lemons.

Trump and Macri enjoy a personal relationship from their days as businessmen that Macri hopes to leverage to boost relations.

–The Associated Press

Wed, Apr. 26, 2017: Trump, First Lady honor National Teacher of the Year at White House

President Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump honored Sydney Chaffee, a humanities teacher at Dorchester, Massachusetts’ Codman Academy, as the 2017 National Teacher of the Year at the White House on Wednesday.

“It’s my pleasure to welcome so many extraordinary teachers to the White House,” the president said as he welcomed 55 Teachers of the Year from different states. “Each of you has dedicated yourself to inspiring young minds and to putting our children on a path to happiness and success – lots of success.”

“Today, we honor one teacher in particular,” Trump continued. “She is the 2017 National Teacher of the Year, Sydney Chaffee.”

Click here to read more from the International Business Times.