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Trump shines on regulatory reform

Trump shines on regulatory reform


President Donald Trump is having a tough time delivering on lofty campaign promises ranging from immigration reform and repealing Obamacare to reducing the U.S.’s rolling military adventurism in the Middle East. Much of the trouble is related to problems beyond his control. But Trump is shining on one issue over which he is able to exert considerable control from his bully pulpit: slashing government regulations.

At least that’s what I gather looking over the American Action Forum’s (AAF) latest analysis of the Trump administration’s regulatory reform initiatives.

AAF attributes Trump’s remarkable success in slashing regulations since taking office to the president’s “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Cost” executive order (EO 13,771), which the economic policy nonprofit lauds as “one of the most significant developments in regulatory policy in decades.”

The executive order was aimed at achieving $0 or less in new net regulatory costs by the end of fiscal 2017 this month.

So how’s it working out?

Pretty well, according to AAF: “While there have been some hiccups, overall the Trump Administration is on track to finish the first phase with $645 million in net annual regulatory savings.”

The success is largely attributed to wording in the president’s executive order which, for the first time in U.S. fiscal history produces what is essentially a regulatory budget. For every one new regulation created by a government agency, two must be phased out.

Trump’s action alone has accounted for around $145 million in regulatory cuts. Another $582 million in regulatory cuts came via Congressional Review Act reversals.

The biggest chunk of economic regulatory relief to come from Trump’s executive order was $78 million saved by slashing Department of Labor regulations, which is majorly beneficial to U.S. businesses.

“Overall, the Administration is well on its way to meeting, and even exceeding, the EO’s FY 2017 goal,” AAF noted.

And the organization is very optimistic about cuts likely to occur in the fiscal year ahead.

From its analysis: “Beyond this deadline at the end of September, there is more to come on the deregulatory front with some notable proposed rules bringing additional cost savings. At the end of July, the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps jointly proposed a “recodification” of the “Waters of the United States” rule. That analysis claims annual savings of $314 million. At the end of August, the Department of Labor proposed an extension of the compliance timeline for its 2016 Fiduciary Rule while the agency reviews the rule’s overall framework. This extension could bring more than $291 million in annualized savings. While neither measure will become final before the end of FY 2017, they represent two of the boldest deregulatory actions under this Administration to date.”

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Gov. Rauner signs changes to Illinois’ asset forfeiture law

Gov. Rauner signs changes to Illinois’ asset forfeiture law

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Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks at a bill signing on September 19, 2017, surrounded by supporters of the new law.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner signed changes to an Illinois law that allows police to take your belongings if you’re accused of a crime.

Alongside the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and a group of bipartisan lawmakers, advocacy groups and law enforcement members, Rauner said the measure changing the state’s asset forfeiture law restores the principle of innocent until proven guilty and protects against unreasonable seizure.

Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz said asset forfeiture has been a good tool for law enforcement to combat crime in the past, although he supports this reform.

“This bill not only reinforces that ability,” Schmitz said, “but also sets forth appropriate guidelines in order to protect innocent owners, enhance transparency and prevent abuse.”

Investigations by the ACLU found Illinois law enforcement seized nearly $320 million over a 10-year period, but that figure is likely much higher because forfeiture reporting requirements have been lax. The updated law improves the reporting requirements.

ACLU of Illinois staff attorney Ben Ruddell welcomes the new changes so “that those bad apples … in law enforcement who might be tempted to abuse these laws will have a harder time doing so and that claimants will have a fairer shake in every case whether there’a abuse or not.”

Ruddell said the law is a good step forward to help those who find themselves caught in the middle.

“So the grandmothers and the mothers and father,” Ruddell said, “who so often wind up in court to try and get their car back when it’s not even them, it’s their son, their grandson, their boyfriend, whatever other person is alleged that have committed a crime.”

However, “there are important reforms that are not part of this bill,” Ruddell said.

One issue is how proceeds from seized property would be divvied up. Ruddell said they wanted all efforts meant to reduce crime to have access to a common fund, rather than funds being controlled solely by law enforcement.

“[That] would create what we view as a more equitable scheme,” Ruddell said, “where law enforcement isn’t the sole beneficiary of these dollars and where the incentive structure isn’t such that law enforcement agencies have perverse, twisted incentives to seize as much as they can. That still remains part of the law.”

The legislation the governor signed Tuesday does require a preponderance of evidence to seize assets that were used in commission of a crime, instead of just probable cause. Ruddell said that matches federal law and is equivalent to the normal standard of proof in civil lawsuits, but the ACLU wanted clear and convincing evidence, which is just below a reasonable doubt.

As for when the property could be permanently seized, the ACLU wanted a conviction requirement.

“We think requiring a conviction gives us certainty,” Ruddell said, “that when we’re permanently depriving somebody of valuable property on the theory that property was involved in a crime, that there was in fact a crime. This legislation unfortunately doesn’t do that.”

A previous version of this story mischaracterized the standard of proof the ACLU sought for civil asset forfeiture.

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Obamacare rule inserted by Big Pharma drives up cost of drugs at rural hospitals Posted on September 20, 2017 by Tribune News Service

Obamacare rule inserted by Big Pharma drives up cost of drugs at rural hospitals

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Arkansas — Hospital pharmacist Mandy Langston remembers when Lulabelle Berry arrived at Stone County Medical Center’s emergency department last year.

Berry couldn’t talk. Her face was drooping on one side. Her eyes couldn’t focus.

“She was basically unresponsive,” Langston recalls.

Berry, 78, was having a severe ischemic stroke. Each passing second made brain damage more likely. So, Langston reached for the clot-busting drug Activase, which must be given within a few hours to work.

“If we don’t keep this drug (in stock), people will die,” Langston said.

Berry survived. But Langston fears others could die because of an unintended bias against rural hospitals built into the U.S. health law. An obscure Obamacare provision forces rural hospitals like Langston’s to pay full price for drugs that many bigger hospitals buy at deeply discounted rates.

For example, Langston’s 25-bed hospital pays $8,010 for a single dose of Activase — up nearly 200 percent from $2,708 a decade ago. Yet, just 36 miles down the road, a bigger regional hospital gets an 80 percent discount on the same drug.

White River Medical Center, a 235-bed facility in Batesville, Ark., buys Activase for about $1,600 per dose. White River participates in a federal drug discount program Congress approved in the early 1990s. The program offers significant price breaks on thousands of drugs to hospitals that primarily serve low-income patients. One federal report found the average discount ranged from 20 to 50 percent, though as illustrated with Activase, it can be much higher.

Rural hospitals have long wanted to be part of the so-called 340B program, too, but were blocked from participating until the Affordable Care Act of 2010. That historic health law added rural hospitals to the overall program. But, unlike bigger hospitals, rural hospitals can’t get discounts on expensive drugs that treat rare diseases because of a last-minute exclusion written into the ACA.

That seemingly minor detail in the law has left rural hospital pharmacists and health care workers struggling to keep medicines in stock, and wondering if they will be able to adequately care for patients.

Arkansas, for example, is in the “stroke belt,” where medical staff depend on Activase to help them battle one of the highest rates of stroke deaths in the country. When Langston went to restock Activase this year, it was so expensive she left a reorder unfilled for more than week, anxiously keeping only one dose of the clot-busting drug on hand.

“Usually strokes come in clusters,” Langston said. “I didn’t want two people to come in and we were going to (have to) choose which one we were going to treat.”

In Atlantic, Iowa, pharmacy director Crystal Starlin sparingly stocks oncology drugs at Cass County Memorial Hospital. Newly diagnosed cancer patients might have to wait a couple of days to start treatment.

“We just can’t keep the extra (drugs) on hand,” Starlin said.

In Vermont, North Country Hospital closed its infusion center this spring due to the soaring cost of medicines.

“That was one area we could not afford to be in,” said chief executive Claudio Fort. North Country is the only hospital in a two-county region along the Canadian border and its roughly dozen active chemotherapy patients now must drive 45 minutes away for treatment.

The rare-disease exclusion was not publicly debated before being added into the ACA. Rather, it was tucked into the law at the very end of the process. How it wound up in the law is a bit of a mystery.

Former PhRMA chief executive Billy Tauzin said he doesn’t recall negotiating the exclusion. But, he said, the industry has consistently raised concerns about the drug discount program’s reach.

“It’s a question of how deeply you can afford to discount drugs that are expensive,” said Tauzin, who abruptly stepped down just before the ACA passed.

After the health law passed, PhRMA battled for years — in federal court — to keep rural hospitals from getting discounts on rare-disease drugs.

Congressman Peter Welch, a Democrat from Vermont who represents North Country, said it is clear whom the law hurts and helps.

“The pharma lobbyists pay attention, and their lawyers pay attention to the fine print,” Welch said. The pharmaceutical industry “changes that fine print … (and) many legislators don’t even realize (that it) will have this adverse impact on hospitals in their communities.”

The rare-disease exclusion means that certain types of hospitals — including critical access, sole community and rural referral centers — cannot get discounts on rare-disease drugs, or on drugs that are “designated” to treat a rare disease. (Rare-disease drugs are also known as orphan drugs, which is a federally approved category of drugs that treat a disease affecting fewer than 200,000 people. Often, they carry price tags of up to $100,000 a year or more.)

The Food and Drug Administration gives the designation as a first step when it agrees with a drugmaker’s request to study whether a drug can be used to treat a specific rare disease. This can happen even if a drug is already FDA-approved and on the market for use in treating a common condition. The next step — the ability to market the medicine as an orphan drug — comes once research confirms that the drug is safe and effective in treating a specific, less common condition.

The popular clot-buster Activase has not won final approval to treat a rare disease but, on two separate occasions in 2003 and 2014, the FDA has given it the orphan designation while research is ongoing.

About 450 orphan drugs have been approved by the FDA. But thousands of drugs are “designated” and more are identified every week.

The list includes generic drugs such as the hormone melatonin and the autoimmune drug abatacept. In other words, medicines used to treat everything from sleep troubles to arthritis have ended up “designated.”

Some drugmakers, such as Janssen Pharmaceuticals, have voluntarily offered discounts to rural hospitals on all of their orphan drugs, including Remicade, whether they’re approved or designated. In contrast, drugmaker Genentech sent letters to rural hospitals on Jan. 1 listing dozens of drugs that would not qualify for discounts, including Activase and cancer drug Avastin.

Susan Willson, a Genentech spokeswoman, said the company is “deeply committed to ensuring that people have access to the medicines they need.” But, she added, the company believes the federal drug discount program has “grown well beyond its original intent.”

Several federal reports in recent years from the Medicare advisory board, as well as the Government Accountability Office and the Office of Inspector General, have evaluated the federal drug discount program’s growth. About 40 percent of U.S. hospitals now participate in the program and House Republicans held a hearing this summer questioning the program’s growth.

But for Dana Smith, director of pharmacy at Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce, Ark., the discount program’s growth and problems are a separate issue.

“Basically, Genentech is saying to me that rural health care and the patients in rural America are not as important as patients in urban areas,” Smith said, adding the pharmaceutical industry “knows we have less manpower to fight them.”

Back at Stone County, emergency room medical director Dr. Barry Pierce paused one recent afternoon at the nursing station and recalled those tense days with just one dose of Activase. Stone County now keeps two doses of the stroke drug on hand.

Pierce noted that Stone County is at least 45 minutes away from the next nearest hospital and, echoing Langston’s concern, he said: “If we don’t have the drugs we need, people will die.”

— Sarah Jane Tribble
Kaiser Health News


(Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a national health policy news service. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. KHN’s coverage of prescription drug development, costs and pricing is supported in part by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.)


©2017 Kaiser Health News, Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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Hollywood clowns and #NeverTrumpers form group to ‘investigate Russia’

Hollywood clowns and #NeverTrumpers form group to ‘investigate Russia’


With their Russia election collusion narrative and excuse for making war on Russia dying on the vine, the globalist Council on Foreign Relations is employing its useful idiots in Hollywood to open a new front in the propaganda war.

It’s created a group called Committee to Investigate Russia and so far has employed Morgan Freeman and Meathead Rob Reiner, along with Atlantic senior editor David Frum, Obama-era officials and neocon #NeverTrumpers. The Committee’s advisory board, according to its website, consists of Max Boot, James Clapper, Norman Ornstein, Reiner and Charles Sykes.

Freeman recently made a video on the group’s behalf in which he states unequivocally that “we are war with Russia.” The video demonstrates that Freeman has made too many movies and is lost in a fantasy world.

In the video, Freeman calls on President Trump to admit that America was under attack during the last election and to “ask Congress and our intelligence community to open a thorough investigation into how this happened.” Freeman’s apparently unaware of the fact that both the House and Senate have been “investigating” it for months, as has special counsel Robert Mueller. And despite these “investigations,” no Russian collusion has been found and, in fact, the narrative takes a hit every day.

So far, the only “collusion” uncovered involves the possibility that the FBI colluded with Obama officials in the Department of Justice and the NSA, Senator John McCain, the Hillary Clinton campaign, and former MI6 operative Christopher Steele , the author of the infamous and debunked Trump/Russia dossier (for which the FBI may have paid Steele taxpayer dollars).

Max Boot is a Russian-born Jew #NeverTrumper whose CFR bio lists him as a “military historian and foreign policy analyst who has been called one of the ‘world’s leading authorities on armed conflict’ by the International Institute for Strategic Studies,” and “the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.”

Among Boot’s expertise is his call for an invasion of Iraq on the premise that Iraq would be a quick war and Iraqis would welcome American troops, his call that overthrowing Moammar Gadhafi would make Libya better, and repeated calls to overthrow Bashar Assad in Syria. If you don’t know anything about Boot, my article about his interview with Tucker Carlson in July is quite revealing.

Clapper is former chief spook under President Barack Obama. He’s known for, among other things,  perjuring himself before Congress in March 2013 when he responded “No sir” and “not wittingly” to questions about whether the National Security Agency was collecting “any type of data at all” on millions of Americans.

He’s also repeatedly claimed that neither Trump, Trump Tower nor any of his campaign surrogates were ever wiretapped; a claim that we now know — as we suspected at the time — is a lie.

Ornstein is a member of the Zionist American Enterprise Institute “conservative” think tank. Among its members and advisors are former George W. Bush neocon foreign policy gurus John Bolton, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle and John Yoo, a group of neocons who’ve never met a foreign war they couldn’t support.

If you’re unfamiliar with the term “neocons,” they are mostly former Trotskyites and/or are puppets of the military-industrial complex. They have made their livings as Russiaphobes and by constantly promoting Russiaphobia through the “fake news” establishment media, and they dominate American politics — especially foreign policy.

Sykes is a former radio talkshow host who backed CIA man Evan McMullin for president. McMullin is the candidate #NeverTrumper neocon William Kristol pushed into the race hoping he would play spoiler in order to throw the presidential election to the House of Representatives.

Frum is an Obama-supporting “conservative” propagandist, which means he has no clue what conservativism is.

Reiner is a sanctimonious Hollywood prick who regularly attacks Trump on social media. In June he called for an “all out war” to “save Democracy,” and concluded the tweet with #Treason.

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When Fox says that DT colluding with the enemy is not a crime, the fight to save Democracy is now an all out war. US-Stay strong. 

Archie Bunker was right, Meathead is “dead from the neck up.”

The group calls itself “nonpartisan” and its website claims it will serve as a resource “to help Americans recognize and understand the gravity of Russia’s continuing attacks on our democracy. All relevant information is aggregated in one place to provide context and allow users to see the full picture of what Russia has done and will continue to do unless we start paying closer attention.”

And this group is actively working to execute a Deep State coup in Washington.

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Moving company says more people leaving Chicago than any other major city

Moving company says more people leaving Chicago than any other major city

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United Van Lines moving truck
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The nation’s biggest mover is corroborating Census data showing the exodus of residents from Chicago and across Illinois.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Census released its report that said most Illinois’ cities are shrinking in population, with the entire state estimated to have lost 58,456 people on net in 12 months ending in July.

United Van Lines tracks how many people come and go from the nation’s larger cities every summer. They found that more people moved from Chicago than any other metropolitan area.

“We’re really seeing a trend of a lot of people moving out of big cities on the east coast and the Midwest and tending to migrate west and south,” spokesperson Melissa Sullivan said. The Windy City led the nation in percentage of departures in 2016 as well.

United Van Lines’ numbers confirm that Illinois as a state is seeing more people depart than arrive.

“The places that top our list of destinations every year have either growing job markets or places that have a lot to offer retirees,” Sullivan said. “It definitely is a trend that goes beyond Chicago because the state is showing similar trends.”

Notably, the Census estimated that 40,000, or 5 percent, of Chicago’s black population left in the 12 months ending in July.

High taxes and lack of job opportunities often are cited by residents who leave for other states.

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West Wing Reads September 20, 2017


– Gerald F. Seib, Wall Street Journal

Gerald Seib of The Wall Street Journal writes on President Trump’s first address to the 72nd United Nation General Assembly, calling it “the return of American foreign policy to realpolitik,” as he remarks on the President’s “refreshing” bluntness when speaking about engaging with the world “in pursuit of American interests.” Sieb states the President delivered “the most important and most revealing speech of his young presidency,” with his declaration to defend the U.S. against North Korea’s nuclear weapons and his devotion to encouraging sovereignty and responsibility in all nations. As a result of the broader strokes of American ideals and leadership entwined with more direct messages to American foes, President Trump’s address was more of two speeches back-to-back that offered the best and most concise summary of his approach to world politics: “We are guided by outcomes, not ideology,” Sieb observes.
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On tax reform, Luke Messer of The Indianapolis Star writes “President Trump is right. American workers need a raise.” Messer states the President’s tax plan “will help create jobs and increase wages” and “delivers the lowest tax rates in modern history for American job creators of all sizes.” Not only will the tax cuts restore confidence in the American worker, but they have “the potential to launch our country into a new era of economic growth,” Messer concludes.


Regarding health care, The New York Times’ Lanhee Chen and Micah Weinberg comments that “single-payer healthcare, including the proposal advanced by Senator Sanders, is the wrong choice for the country.” According to Dr. Chen and Dr. Wienberg, “a vanishingly small number” of countries actually have single-payer health care systems, and those that do have “failed to control rising health care costs.” They conclude by saying “if the Sanders plan sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”


In regulation reform news, Paul Bedard of The Washington Examiner reports the Trump administration’s “one in, two out” plan for cutting Obama-era regulations has successfully saved $645 million, and has “another $600 million in savings on the way.” This achievement fulfills “one of the president’s key campaign promises” and is a result of cuts made through the Congressional Review Act and Executive Order 13,771, Bedard writes.


And on the Graham-Cassidy bill, CNN’s Deirdre Walsh writes House Speaker Paul Ryan called the proposal “our best, last chance to get repeal and replace done,” and was encouraging the Senate to vote for the plan. Ryan further said the bill was “a far greater improvement over the status quo,” Walsh states, and that he would bring the bill immediately to the House floor if it passed the Senate.

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Homer 33C website, eNewsletter receive state awards

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Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

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Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628


For Immediate Release:

Sept. 20, 2017


Homer 33C website, eNewsletter receive state awards


Homer School District 33C’s website and eNewsletter were recently recognized for their outstanding content and efforts to communicate with parents, students, faculty and community members.


The Illinois chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA) presented Awards of Merit to the district’s communications/public relations department and technology team for their informative website and eNewsletter at an awards ceremony held Sept. 15 in Oak Brook.


The awards program is the only one in Illinois specifically honoring high quality school publications that promote the mission and message of a school district.


Entries are judged by a panel of communications professionals on such factors as writing style and clarity, how design supports the message and whether the communications tool is appropriate for its intended audience. This year’s judges came from NSPRA chapters in Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin.


Homer 33C submitted its website (www.homerschools.org) and quarterly eNewsletter, Homer 33C Connections, for consideration.


Judges praised the website for its clean, simple design and the eNewsletter for its content and use of photos.


“Love the celebrations,” one judge wrote about the eNewsletter. “Lots of good photos. Content is very appealing.


The district’s website earned high marks for its content and ease of navigation.


“This is clean, simple and well-thought out,” wrote a judge. “The homepage is inviting and easy to navigate. I was able to find important information in a click or two.”


The district’s award-winning website can be found at www.homerschools.org. Those interested in receiving a copy of the district’s quarterly newsletter via e-mail may contact Charla Brautigam at cbrautigam@homerschools.org.


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The Power of a Republican Committeeman Part 1

Conservative Christians Needed to Rescue Illinois

Monte Larrick’s introduction to the video linked below says it well:

“You see and feel what’s happening in Illinois — high taxes — fiscal chaos — businesses and your hard-working friends leaving the state…a liberal social agenda…and we can’t just blame Democrats for the mess in Illinois when too many Republicans are contributing to our state’s downfall.”

While there is much to cause despair, the truth is that Christian conservatives can make a huge impact on the process — especially when it comes to the workings of the Republican Party.

In this, the first of two videos aimed at encouraging more Christian conservatives to run for Precinct Committeeman, IFA’s Dave Smith, northern Illinois activist Jan Klaas, and the Illinois Leadership Project’s chairman Jim Edwards lay out of the facts concerning this critical post.

Please watch it, send it to like-minded people, and consider running for and/or helping to recruit candidates for GOP Precinct Committeeman.

You can also listen to this discussion as a podcast HERE.

The Illinois Republican Party desperately needs the help and influence of Christian conservative activists throughout the state to help elected godly men and women to legislative positions at the local, state and national levels. Recruiting hundreds of volunteers to run for Precinct Committeeman throughout the state is critical if we hope to build a stronger Republican Party and advance conservative values.

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Trump News September 20, 2017

On Tuesday, President Donald J. Trump addressed the entire body of foreign dignitaries at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. He urged leaders to invest in the strength of their own countries and pursue policies that increase stability and prosperity for their citizens, but to unite in opposition to common threats and “work together and confront together those who threaten us with chaos, turmoil, and terror.” Read the full speech.


Hurricane Maria
The White House is coordinating with FEMA and other agencies to monitor and provide support for those affected by Hurricane Maria. Earlier this week, the President approved an emergency declaration for Puerto Rico and ordered Federal assistance to supplement commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Maria.
Read the emergency declaration

President Trump’s First Speech to the U.N. 
In President Trump’s first speech to the United Nations General Assembly he called for allies across the world to work together to meet the many challenges we face.
Watch the video

The United Nations General Assembly in Photos
President Trump is leading the United States’ delegation to the United Nations General Assembly and will continue meeting with world leaders today and tomorrow.
View the photo gallery

Outlining an America First Foreign Policy 
President Trump outlined the Administration’s foreign policy of “Principled Realism,” a strategy of acting in America’s national interest and in accordance with our values. The President emphasized that America First does not mean America Alone saying, “Our foreign policy calls for a direct, robust, and meaningful engagement with the world. It is American leadership based on vital security interests that we share with our allies all across the globe.”
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President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly | September 19, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)


President Trump remains in New York for the third day of the United Nations General Assembly. This morning, the President joins leaders from Jordan and the Palestinian Authority for expanded bilateral meetings. The President will then participate in a working lunch with African leaders. First Lady Melania Trump will also host a luncheon in the early afternoon. President Trump will spend the afternoon participating in additional expanded bilateral meetings with leaders from the United Kingdom and Egypt.

Vice President Mike Pence, also in New York for UNGA, will participate in the Security Council Meeting on Peacekeeping Reform this morning. Watch the Vice President’s speech. He will join the President for bilateral meetings in the afternoon.


On Thursday, President Trump will participate in more bilateral meetings with world leaders.

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Trump News Speech at the UN September 18 2017

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump spoke for the first time at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the need for international cooperation and UN reform. The President attended bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and President Emmanuel Macron of France. President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu affirmed the historic bond and continued cooperation between the United States and Israel. President Trump will address the General Assembly this morning. Watch the speech.


United Nations General Assembly
President Trump is participating in the 72nd United Nations General Assembly this week. The President is meeting with world leaders to discuss the many challenges facing the globe, as well as how the United States can continue to join with others to promote peace and prosperity and uphold sovereignty and accountability.
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President Trump Meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel 
President Trump met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Monday in New York for a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), reaffirming the special relationship and unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel.
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President Trump Meets with President Emmanuel Macron of France 
President Donald J. Trump met last night in New York with President Emmanuel Macron of France. They exchanged views on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for Iran and how to curtail Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region.
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President Donald J. Trump at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly | September 18, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)


Today, President Trump remains in New York for the second day of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. The President will address the General Assembly today. Watch the speech.

This afternoon, President Trump will participate in two bilateral meetings with the President of the United Nations and the nation of Qatar, and the President and First Lady will host a Diplomatic Reception tonight.


President Trump will continue participating in bilateral meetings with world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly tomorrow and Thursday.

Source: Will County News