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This discussion will continue the posting of Presidential Prayer Team alerts for 2017. I encourage you to post prayers or pray on your own in response to the alerts. Many Christian leaders believe that we are at a crossroads in the path of the United States - will we once again become a country that God uses for his purposes in the world, or will we continue down a path that takes us further away from God's purposes? This is not primarily a political question - it's a spiritual question. And prayer is our best spiritual weapon. Please join in praying for our country!
Thursday, October 26, 2017
One of President Trump’s campaign promises was to aggressively address the opioid crisis facing the nation. He organized a commission earlier this year and met with people in recovery and parents who lost their children to overdoses. Last week, the president said that he intends to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. It is expected that he will include the declaration in today’s official statement along with possible plans for combating drug addiction over his term.
In the report given by the president’s commission, out of 27 million people using illegal drugs in 2015 and 21 million with documented substance abuse disorders, less than 10 percent receive proper treatment. The commission recommended a drastic increase in medical treatment options and access, as well as making naloxone easily available (Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose). The commission also suggested a number of other possible solutions to help alleviate the national crisis. The recommendations included things like regulating the amount of pills that can be provided at one time via a prescription and bolstering border security to impede drug trafficking.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
If you turn on a TV or browse the web, it won’t be long before you see stories of political intrigue and theories of conspiracy. Some sources say that President Trump colluded with Russia. Others provide evidence that indicates it may have been Hillary Clinton instead. Others are starting to question if Russia’s involvement was nothing more than smoke and mirrors. Everywhere you look, you hear a different story with a different version of events. It’s all very confusing, sensational, and almost impossible to ignore.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
There is no public schedule available today for the president, but that doesn’t mean he’s not busy. On Saturday, he championed National First Responders Day and National Prescription Drug Take Back day on twitter. He announced that he has met with the CIA and other agencies and will be releasing more of the files surrounding JFK to promote transparency.
Upcoming, the president is preparing to choose a new Federal Reserve Chairmen and is still considering several options. Two of the big names are Jerome H. Powell and John B. Taylor. The president has also indicated that he may re-nominate Janet L. Yellon, the current chairwoman, when her 4 year term ends in February. Whomever he picks, he announced that he would make his final decision this week.
Monday, October 30, 2017
After a full day, the president and first lady will be hosting a Halloween party at the Whitehouse in the afternoon. This tradition has been a staple of the Whitehouse for generations. This year, schoolchildren from 20 schools across Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia are expected to attend the event on the Whitehouse South Lawn. Military families and community organizations are invited as well. The president and first lady will hand out cookies, "Presidential M&M’s," and other candies to trick-or-treaters.
Over the weekend, Melania Trump posted photos of the decorations and ramped up excitement. The Whitehouse press release said, “During this event, trick-or-treaters will enjoy seeing the South Portico decorated in spider webs, creating a festive look and feel.” This will be a great time for the president and first lady to enjoy themselves as they entertain so many “ghosts and goblins of all ages.”
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
This afternoon, President Trump is signing the National Veterans and Military Families Month Proclamation. On many occasions, the president has expressed his deep appreciation for those that have served in combat and those that are still in active service. By signing the proclamation, the president communicates his support for the service men and women of the United States military and their families. November 2017 is a month dedicated specifically to remember and recognize the sacrifice of so many.
Every day, families from around the nation stand by as their loved ones are apart from them serving their country. With unrest in the Middle East, tensions with Iran and North Korea, and with recovery efforts in hurricane battered states, military men and women are tasked with standing guard or jumping at the opportunity to help. Behind them and often from afar, their families wait and support them through it all.
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Crossing the International Date Line adds a day to the President’s schedule. What will be Saturday, November 4th for us, will be Sunday, the 5th, for the President. His first stop on his tour of Asia will be Japan. To begin his 3 day visit to the nation, he will meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe will treat the president to high-end Japanese cuisine and the two are also expected to play a round of golf. The goal is for Abe and President Trump to deepen their personal relationship with each other as well as strengthen U.S. and Japanese ties.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
The president will arrive in Beijing today. This begins his two day stay in China where he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xi is coming off a political triumph domestically and is expected to use that to his advantage. His latest moves consolidated power within the communist party, dismantled many of the collective leadership styles of previous leaders, and eliminated many of his political rivals. While over the past few decades, Chinese party leaders served 10 year terms, many expect Xi to make changes allowing him a much longer term in power.
It is in the midst of this that the president will be meeting with Xi. While Xi will most likely look to impress President Trump in an attempt to win favor, many believe that the U.S. needs to maintain a firm posture, especially with all of the political changes occurring in the nation. Like in Japan and South Korea, the biggest topic will most likely be North Korea. They are also expected to discuss trade deals, land disputes in the South China Sea, and the future of the region.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
President Trump is expected to arrive in Manila, Philippines, today and will attend an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 50th anniversary dinner. The president is expected to discuss ways to strengthen partnerships in the region to further efforts against terrorist organizations that reach into South-East Asia.
The president is also planning to meet with the Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte. There are many questions surrounding what will be covered in the meeting, but some suggest that Duterte’s human rights record is a leading concern. Further than that, they will be working to foster and strengthen the U.S./Philippine relationship.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Together, President Trump and President Duterte have to foster the relationship between the U.S. and the Philippines and work together on solving the pressing issues like territorial disputes between the Philippines and China in the South China Sea. They may also discuss increasing U.S. military training joint exercises to improve their relations.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Starting November 13th, President Trump proclaimed this week as National Apprenticeship Week. In the official Whitehouse document, the president said that often higher education can lead to more debt while still not always giving students the skills required to earn a paycheck. He continued by saying that “apprenticeships provide an alternative path to a high paying job by providing opportunities to gain real-world skills while earning a paycheck.” Not only can the apprenticeship be educational, it often pays for itself.
The president concluded, “this week, I challenge businesses, educational institutions, and government entities to expand apprenticeship opportunities and other quality job-training programs to help open more doors for more Americans.”
President Salutes Veterans and Military Families
President Trump in a recent proclamation declared this month as a time to honor national veterans and military families.
“During National Veterans and Military Families Month, we honor the significant contributions made by American service members, their families, and their loved ones. We set aside this month surrounding Veterans Day to hold observances around the country to honor and thank those whose service and sacrifice represent the very best of America. We renew our Nation's commitment to support veterans and military families. They deserve it,” the proclamation began.
“It is our patriotic duty to honor veterans and military families,” he said, asking the Department of Veterans Affairs to lead the nation in a month of observances across the country.
The President and First Lady gave their own honors at the beginning of his Asia trip with a visit to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where they visited the USS Arizona Memorial and tossed flower petals into the water above the battleship’s sunken hull.
In South Korea, President Trump lunched with U.S. and South Korean troops at the Camp Humphreys military base, where what the U.S. military news website Stars and Stripes was “Taco Tuesday.” He said he’d rather “eat with the troops than at a fancy restaurant,” one private said. “It made me feel like he cared.”
For President Trump is he continues his trip in Asia.
For the president’s respect for and fondness of America’s military men and women.
That Americans would take the time to honor the veterans and military families throughout the month of November.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Even while the president has been in Asia, he has continued to promote tax reform and has praised the efforts of congress, “I am proud of the Rep. House & Senate for working so hard on cutting taxes.” This week the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the major tax reform bill.