1600 Daily: Everything White House 01/26/18
January 26, 2018
President brings ‘America First’ to Davos
President Donald J. Trump addressed the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting—more commonly known as “Davos”—this morning to tell global leaders why “America First” won’t mean the rest of the world falls behind.
“Only by insisting on fair and reciprocal trade can we create a system that works not just for the United States but for all nations,” the President said. He also made his pitch for investing in the U.S. economy. “America is open for business and we are competitive once again.”
Yesterday, President Trump spent his first full day in Switzerland bolstering relationships with key allies. He met with British Prime Minister Theresa May before holding a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later in the afternoon.
While both meetings covered a range of issues, trade was an important common thread.
“We continue to have that really special relationship between the UK and the United States, standing shoulder-to -shoulder because we’re facing the same challenges across the world,” Prime Minister May told reporters after meeting with President Trump.
Tomorrow will mark 73 years to the day when the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated from Nazi control. In recognition of tomorrow’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day, First Lady Melania Trump visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum yesterday.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the people whose lives and families were broken by the horrors of the Holocaust,” the First Lady said. “Yet it is also through our shared humanity that we come together now in commemoration, strength, and love.”
The First Lady concluded her tour at the Hall of Remembrance, participating in a moment of silence by the Eternal Flame Memorial followed by a lighting of a candle at the Prayer Wall.
“My heart is with you, and we remember.”
White House releases framework on immigration
The White House released a framework on immigration reform and border security yesterday to support Congress’ effort in the coming weeks to reach a bipartisan compromise.
The framework lays out in clear detail what President Trump expects for any reform bill to earn his signature:
- Border security: The Department of Homeland Security must have the tools to deter illegal immigration, including physical infrastructure, technology, resources, and personnel.
- DACA legalization: The President hopes for legal status to be extended to DACA recipients and other DACA-eligible illegal immigrants, with a 10-12 year path to citizenship based on requirements for work, education, and character.
- Protect the nuclear family: Congress should promote nuclear family migration by limiting family sponsorships to spouses and minor children.
- Eliminate the lottery and repurpose Visas: The current Visa Lottery system selects individuals at random to come to the United States without consideration of skills, merit, or public safety. Our intake system must better serve the national interest.
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Today, President Trump will conclude his trip abroad, departing Zurich, Switzerland, en route to Washington, D.C.
This afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence will participate in a National Republican Senatorial Committee Lunch.