Mon, Dec. 11, 2017: Trump signs “Space Policy Directive 1”, launching plans for mission to Moon, Mars

At a time when China is working on an ambitious lunar program, President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States will remain the leader in space exploration as he began a process to return Americans to the moon.

“We are the leader and we’re going to stay the leader, and we’re going to increase it many fold,” Trump said in signing “Space Policy Directive 1” that establishes a foundation for a mission to the moon with an eye on going to Mars.

“This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint, we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars,” Trump said. “And perhaps, someday, to many worlds beyond.” Continue reading “Mon, Dec. 11, 2017: Trump signs “Space Policy Directive 1”, launching plans for mission to Moon, Mars”

Mon, Dec. 11, 2017: Trump receives ‘Friends of Zion’ award for stance on Israel

President Donald Trump has often called himself a “friend of Israel.” Now, he is being recognized for that stance.

The Friends of Zion Museum presented President Trump with its Friends of Zion Award at the White House Monday.

The award is given to those who have defended Israel without compromise.

“This award was commissioned by the 9th president of the state of Israel, Shimon Peres, to recognize a global leader with courage to stand with the nation of Israel and the Jewish people,” explained Dr. Mike Evans, founder of the Friends of Zion Museum.

“We believe no American president in history has done more to defend the Jewish people in the United Nations,” Evans said of Trump.

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Mon, Dec. 11, 2017: Trump participates in Friends of Zion award ceremony, signs Space Policy Directive

11:00 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

12:30 pm: Lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

1:30 pm: Participates with religious leaders in a presentation of the Friends of Zion award

2:00 pm: Meets with Rep. Bill Schuster

3:00 pm: Participates in a signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive – 1

3:45 pm: Participates in a swearing-in ceremony for Jamie McCourt as the U.S. Ambassador to France and the U.S. Ambassador to Monaco