1600 Daily: Everything White House 06/06/2018
Driving The Day
- President Donald J. Trump will sign the VA MISSION Act of 2018, which will transform the VA healthcare system and provide more choices for America’s veterans. Watch live at 12:15 p.m. ET.
- First Lady Melania Trump will join the President for a hurricane preparedness briefing at the FEMA headquarters. Hurricane season officially began on June 1.
A celebration of America
Yesterday President Trump addressed a crowd gathered on the White House South Lawn. “It is my great pleasure to welcome everyone to the White House for this patriotic celebration. A beautiful, beautiful day, and a beautiful celebration,” the President said.
“We love our country. We respect our flag. And we always proudly stand for the National Anthem. We always will stand for the National Anthem,” he continued. “So we stand together for freedom. We stand together for patriotism. And we proudly stand for our glorious Nation under God.”
The ceremony included performances of the Star-Spangled Banner and God Bless America by the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus. With the full Philadelphia Eagles football team unable to come to the White House for a commemoration of their Super Bowl championship, President Trump welcomed Eagles fans and others for a different kind of celebration.
500 days fighting the scourge of drugs
As the Administration reached its 500-day milestone this week, the White House is looking back at a few of the most consequential issues that President Trump has faced early in his term. Among the most severe crises he has confronted is America’s opioid epidemic.
The President launched a nationwide effort to combat the opioid crisis that concentrated on three things: reducing demand, cutting off illicit drug supplies, and expanding treatment opportunities. The omnibus spending bill President Trump signed earlier this year dedicates nearly $4 billion to meeting the epidemic head-on.
The U.S. Border Patrol continues working to stop drug supplies before they reach our communities, seizing more pounds of fentanyl—a highly addictive and frequently trafficked opioid—so far in Fiscal Year 2018 than in all of FY 2017. The Department of Justice secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers who target their drugs to American citizens.
Go deeper: How we will win the war on opioids