The White House Daily Chronicle, December 18, 2018

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Presidential Itinerary – the details

President Donald Trump will participate in a roundtable discussion about the Federal Commission on School Safety report.

See all of the president’s daily schedules HERE.

Trump’s Tweets (newest to oldest)

Official Statements

President Trump and the first lady release their official 2018 Christmas Portrait

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are seen in their Official Christmas Portrait on Saturday, December 15, 2018, in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks) [Photos HERE]

President Donald J. Trump Is Committed to Making Our Schools Safer

“We must also work together to create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life, that creates deep and meaningful human connections, and that turns classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors.” – President Donald J. Trump

** PROVIDING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT: President Donald J. Trump’s Commission on School Safety examined ways to make our schools safe for all students and teachers.
* President Trump’s School Safety Commission (Commission) is releasing its report and recommendations on how to address school safety and violence.
+ The President established the Commission following the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida, and placed it under the leadership of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
+ The President directed the Commission to make a comprehensive assessment of the issue of school violence and to make policy recommendations to keep our schools safe.
* The Commission listened to students, parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, law enforcement, mental health professionals, security personnel, and others.
+ The Commission hosted meetings, field visits, and listening sessions across 8 States and the District of Columbia and reviewed more than 1,500 comments from the public.
* Understanding that each community has a unique set of school safety needs without a one-size-fits-all solution, the Commission offered recommendations, to be adopted as appropriate.

PREVENTING SCHOOL VIOLENCE: The Commission offered a number of recommendations to improve school cultures and help prevent acts of school violence.
* Schools and communities must take a comprehensive approach to making sure school campuses are safe places for learning and growth.
* The Commission’s report emphasizes the importance of improving access to mental health services as a vital means of reducing school violence.
+ This includes identifying youth at risk for mental illness and connecting them with needed treatment, services, and support.
+ The Commission advocates the development of model State legislation on compelling treatment for individuals with serious mental illness.
+ One analysis found that up to 25 percent of mass shooters had been treated for mental illnesses, and more than 75 percent had prior symptoms of mental illness.
* The Commission endorses Extreme Risk Protection Order laws, which give authorities a temporary way to keep those who threaten society from possessing or purchasing firearms.
* The Commission encourages media to consider adopting the principles of the “No Notoriety” campaign, which calls on media coverage to not use names or photos of killers.

PROTECTING STUDENTS: The Commission laid out recommendations to improve the physical security of schools and ensure trained personnel are in place to respond to threats.
* While all schools have different needs for physical security, there are common principles that should be applied, such as identifying security gaps and using layers of security.
+ The primary responsibility for the security of schools rests with States and local communities, which are best able to tailor solutions to fit their own unique needs.
* The Commission supports a number of methods to fund training, planning, personnel, and equipment to improve school security.
* The Commission recommends that the Federal Government develop a clearinghouse to assess, identify, and share best practices related to school security measures.

President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum

President Donald J. Trump today announced the Presidential Delegation that will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from January 22 to January 25, 2019.

The Honorable Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, will lead the delegation.


Members of the Presidential Delegation:

The Honorable Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State

The Honorable Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce

The Honorable Alex Acosta, Secretary of Labor

The Honorable Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation

The Honorable Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security

The Honorable Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative

The Honorable Linda McMahon, Administrator of the Small Business Administration

The Honorable Ivanka Trump, Assistant to the President and Advisor to the President

The Honorable Jared Kushner, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the President

The Honorable Chris Liddell, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination

Executive Actions

On Tuesday, December 18, 2018, the President signed into law:

  • S. 245, the “Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017,” which amends the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and other laws to make changes to programs related to energy development on tribal lands and tribal energy self-governance;
  • S. 825, the “Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium land Transfer Act of 2017,” which transfers the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium a specified parcel of Federal land in Sitka, Alaska, by warranty deed;
  • S. 2465, the “Sickle Cell Disease and Other Heritable Blood Disorders Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act of 2018,” which reauthorizes a sickle cell disease prevention and treatment program and to provide grants for research, surveillance, prevention, and treatment of heritable blood disorders;
  • S. 3029, the “Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early Reauthorization Act of 2018” or the “PREEMIE Reauthorization Act of 2018″,” which reauthorizes the Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early (“PREEMIE”) Act; and
  • S. 3119, the “Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act,” which authorizes the Department of Commerce to issue permits to the States of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho and the Nez Perce Tribe and certain Confederated Tribes for the lethal taking of certain sea lions on waters of the Columbia River and its tributaries to protect endangered or threatened species of salmon.

Establishment of Space Command


SUBJECT: Establishment of United States Space Command as a Unified Combatant Command

Pursuant to my authority as the Commander in Chief and under section 161 of title 10, United States Code, and in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I direct the establishment, consistent with United States law, of United States Space Command as a functional Unified Combatant Command. I also direct the Secretary of Defense to recommend officers for my nomination and Senate confirmation as Commander and Deputy Commander of the new United States Space Command.

I assign to United States Space Command: (1) all the general responsibilities of a Unified Combatant Command; (2) the space‑related responsibilities previously assigned to the Commander, United States Strategic Command; and (3) the responsibilities of Joint Force Provider and Joint Force Trainer for Space Operations Forces. The comprehensive list of authorities and responsibilities for United States Space Command will be included in the next update to the Unified Command Plan.

Consistent with section 161(b)(2) of title 10, United States Code, and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, you are directed to notify the Congress on my behalf.

You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.




By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. All executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Monday, December 24, 2018, the day before Christmas Day.

Sec. 2. The heads of executive departments and agencies may determine that certain offices and installations of their organizations, or parts thereof, must remain open and that certain employees must report for duty on December 24, 2018, for reasons of national security, defense, or other public need.

Sec. 3. December 24, 2018, shall be considered as falling within the scope of Executive Order 11582 of February 11, 1971, and of 5 U.S.C. 5546 and 6103(b) and other similar statutes insofar as they relate to the pay and leave of employees of the United States.

Sec. 4. The Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement this order.

Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.


Executive Branch Nominations/Designations

  • none

Communications with Heads of State and State Officials (readouts often come the day after the conversation)


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