White House Weekly Briefings

White House Weekly Briefing
Melania Trump's beautiful White House Christmas Decorations. Photo Copyright 2020 New York Times

After listening to popular news media for the last twelve years, I am disgusted with how biased they are one way or the other. So instead of focusing on the news, I’m going to take a moment to highlight the accomplishments and failings coming from the White House specifically, one week at a time.

My sources come from whitehouse.gov,

White House Briefing for 23 December 2020

President Donald J Trump pardoned 26 white-collar criminals and commuted the sentence of 3 more.

The House of Representatives received the executive signature on two bills:

  • H.R. 3465 Fallen Journalists Memorial Act
  • H.R. 4761 DHS Opioid Detection Resilience Act of 2019

President Trump also signed into law the following Senate Bills.

  • S. 199 Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act
  • S. 1014 Route 66 Centennial Commission Act
  • S. 2258 Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2019
  • S. 2904 IOGAN Act (Identifying Outputs of Generative Adversarial Networks Act)
  • S. 2981 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Amendments Act of 2020

National Defense Authorization Act for FY21

Of Note, President Trump Vetoed H.R. 6395 (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021). In his own words, the act fails to address the threats presented by 47 U.S. Code § 230 (Protection for private blocking and screening of offensive material). He accurately cites the bipartisan support of repealing § 230; with more than a dozen bills introduced by Senators and Representatives from both Democrat and Republican committees.

President Trump also recognizes the historical significance of military installations and refuses to sign a law requiring that their names be changed. The bill proposes to make military installations more inclusive by renaming them.

The House of Representatives also proposed several provisions in H.R. 6395 that would further limit the authority of the Executive branch over the military. Some of the proposals contradict current foreign policy, and others restrict troops from being moved back to U.S. soil.

Merry Christmas From The White House

President and First Lady Trump delivered a warm Christmas message. Opting to spend both Christmas Eve and Day in peace. However, you can read the Christmas address here:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/presidential-message-christmas-2020/

Kwanza Wishes From The White House

Similar to the Christmas message, President and First Lady Trump wished well to all who celebrate Kwanza. Similarly, you can read the Kwanza message from the White House here:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/presidential-message-kwanzaa-2020/

White House Briefing for 27 December 2020

In honor of the Inauguration of His Excellency Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of Burkina Faso, President Trump announced the members of the Delegation. The Honorable Dr. J. Peter Pham, Ph.D., United States Special Envoy for the Sahel Region of Africa, will lead the delegation. Accompanying him will be The Honorable Sandra E. Clark, United States Ambassador to Burkina Faso.

President Trump signed into law H.R. 133 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. With this signature, he also made a Statement to the American People promising $2,000 per adult, and $600 per child. Additionally, he included promises about removing immunity from “Big Tech” provided by Section 230, and fixing voter fraud seen in recent elections.

Finally, President Trump sent two letters to both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The letters designate several government functions as emergency, in case Congress holds the budget longer than allowed by the current bill.

White House Briefing for 28 December 2020

In light of the rising issues identified by the Center for Disease Control, President Trump signed an executive order calling on schools to open with a little over $13 billion in Federal Aid. The money is portioned into the following categories:

  • (i)    tuition and fees for a private or parochial school;
  • (ii)   homeschool, microschool, or learning-pod costs;
  • (iii)  special education and related services, including therapies; or
  • (iv)   tutoring or remedial education.

The official news release can be read here:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-expanding-educational-opportunity-americas-children-families-impacted-pandemic/

850th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket

President Trump issued an official proclamation marking the Martyrdom of St Thomas Becket.

Before the Magna Carta was drafted, before the right to free exercise of religion was enshrined as America’s first freedom in our glorious Constitution, Thomas gave his life so that, as he said, “the Church will attain liberty and peace.”

Donald J Trump

The full text of the proclamation and story surrounding St Thomas can be read here:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-850th-anniversary-martyrdom-saint-thomas-becket/

White House Briefing for 29 December 2020

The bill proposed by President Trump to ensure hospitals were transparent about their billing was affirmed today.

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