Readout of First Lady Melania Trump’s Visit to the Republic of Korea

Upon landing at the Osan Air Base in the Republic of Korea, First Lady Melania Trump flew to Seoul to help kick off the United States Embassy’s “Girls Play 2!” campaign, which is a program that garners support for the 2018 Winter Olympics and encourages girls’ increased participation in sports.

Mrs. Trump then joined her husband for a welcoming ceremony at the Blue House. Following a warm welcome from President Moon and Mrs. Kim, the First Ladies participated in tea and a friendship walk, joining their husbands at a tea house where the couples engaged in friendly conversation. Mrs. Trump and Mrs. Kim then attended the joint press conference held by their husbands. The evening ended with a state banquet at the Blue House.

On her second day in Seoul, Mrs. Trump spoke at the U.S. Embassy meet and greet, thanking employees and their families for their dedicated service to our country. The First Lady then accompanied her husband to his speech at the National Assembly, after which they took part in a wreath laying ceremony at the National Cemetery. The visit concluded with a departure ceremony at Osan Air Base.

“I was honored by the warm welcome we received in the Republic of Korea,” First Lady Melania Trump said. “I very much enjoyed the conversations I had with Mrs. Kim and was impressed by the children I had the opportunity to meet. I look forward to continuing this friendship and extend my continued support to the people of the Republic of Korea.”

Remarks by First Lady Melania Trump on Combatting Drug Demand and the Opioid Crisis

East Room

2:21 P.M. EDT

MRS. TRUMP: Thank you all for being here today. It touches my heart to see the many familiar faces of the people I have been lucky to get to know over the last few months. Thank you for the time and strength it takes for each of you to tell your stories.

We are here today because of your courage. The opioid epidemic has affected more than 2 million Americans nationwide, and sadly, the number continues to rise. We lose more than 175 Americans to overdoses every day, and millions more are struggling with addiction.

As many of you know, addiction affects children in many different ways. And I have recently taken a larger interest in what I can do to help fight this epidemic. (Applause.)

I have been participating in meetings and listening sessions, and I have been visiting with people who have been affected by this disease. I want to take a moment now to tell you what I have learned from the men and women on the front lines of this epidemic.

Don Holman talked to me about his son Garrett, who took medication for ADHD and suffered from depression and anxiety. He explained that social media played a part in his son's erratic moods and behaviors. Garrett started to buy synthetic opioids online, and self-medicated for his depression, passing away from an overdose just eight days before his 21st birthday.

Don Holman taught me that the stigma of drug addiction must be normalized, and talking about it is the only way to do that.

Coach David McKee talked about his friend who became addicted after his pain medication was prescribed for a sports injury. His friend died from an overdose, and through his tragic loss, Coach McKee taught me how important is it to educate kids, athletes, and parents, because his friend was not weak-minded. In fact, like so many of our kids today, he was competitive and strong-willed.

Sabrah Jean Collar, who is now in her 10th year of recovery, helped me learn that drug addiction is an affective disease. But with the proper support and medical attention, a person can move on to live a healthy and happy life.

We are so proud of you for all that you have overcome, Sabrah, and pray for you as you continue on this journey. Where you are, Sabrah? Hello. Thank you. (Applause.)

When I had the honor of visiting Lily's Place in West Virginia, a recovery center for infants born addicted to drugs, I learned that to help babies succeed, we must help their parents succeed. By placing a priority of the whole family, Lily's Place is giving infants the best opportunity to thrive, because their parents are being given the support and tools they need to succeed.

I want to thank Rebecca Crowder and the staff at Lily's Place for their heroic efforts. Thank you. (Applause.)

I have learned so much from those brave enough to talk about this epidemic, and I know there are many more stories to tell. But what I found to be the common theme with all of these stories is that this can happen to any of us. Drug addiction can take your friends, neighbors, or your family. No state has been spared and no demographic has been untouched, which is why my husband and his administration has dedicated itself to combatting this health crisis by using every resource available.

I'm so proud to support him today as he see this commitment through. I look forward to continue my work on behalf of children across the country, and hope that citizens everywhere will join forces with this administration to help end this health crisis.

Thank you very much for being here with us today. God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

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President Donald J. Trump Fights for Higher Wages for Hardworking Americans

“Lower taxes on American business means higher wages for American workers, and it means more products made right here in the USA.” – President Donald J. Trump

PAY RAISE FOR AMERICANS: The tax relief and tax cuts supported by President Donald J. Trump will boost wages for hardworking Americans.

• The average American household income could increase between $4,000 and $9,000 a year in wages and salary alone by cutting the Federal corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, according to an analysis by the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA).

o Developed countries with the low corporate tax rates have seen significantly higher wage growth compared with developed countries with higher rates.

o Reducing corporate tax rates will raise wages for workers of all skill levels.

• Wages and corporate profits used to grow at nearly the same rate, but that is no longer the case. In the last eight years, wage growth has stagnated while corporate profits increased by an average of 11 percent per year, according to an analysis by the CEA.

o Wage growth has failed to keep pace with corporate profits as corporate tax rates in the United States have become uncompetitive.

o More than 70 percent of the corporate tax burden falls on Americans workers, according to an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.

INVESTING IN AMERICAN JOBS: The Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code supported by President Trump will end the “offshoring model” as companies will bring profits back and invest in American workers.

• In 2016, a Federal corporate tax rate of 20 percent could have brought more than $140 billion in corporate profits back to America, according to an analysis by the CEA.

o Those profits could have helped boost the incomes of U.S. households.

• Our current uncompetitive corporate tax rate encourages U.S. firms to keep profits offshore.

o The United States has the highest corporate income tax rate among the 35 industrialized Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, according to the OECD.

o The U.S. corporate tax rate has been higher than the OECD average for almost 20 years.

• Last year, more than 70 percent of foreign profits earned by U.S. firms were kept offshore, up from 42 percent in 1984, according to an analysis by the CEA.

o Companies hold an estimated $2.8 trillion in earnings offshore, according to Audit Analytics.

• Cutting corporate tax rates will encourage firms to invest back in the United States, creating well-paying jobs for hardworking Americans.

o After President Bush’s 2003 tax cuts, the economy created 7.8 million jobs over five years, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

o After President Reagan’s 1981 tax cuts, the economy created 14.8 million jobs over five years based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

o After President Kennedy’s tax cuts, the economy created 12.0 million new jobs over five years based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

TAX CUTS AND TAX RELIEF: The Unified Framework supported by President Trump will mean hardworking Americans can keep more of their money.

• Double the standard deduction so that more income is taxed at zero percent.

o The first $12,000 of income for individuals and $24,000 for married couples will be income tax-free.

• Lower individual income tax rates to: 12 percent, 25 percent, and 35 percent.

• Increase the Child Tax Credit and expand it to benefit more middle-income families and eliminate the marriage penalty.

• Create a new $500 tax credit for those caring for an adult dependent or elderly loved one.

Statement Regarding Court Action Affecting the President’s Proclamation Regarding Travel to the United States by Nationals of Certain Countries

Today’s dangerously flawed district court order undercuts the President’s efforts to keep the American people safe and enforce minimum security standards for entry into the United States. The Department of Justice will vigorously defend the President’s lawful action. The proclamation restricting travel was issued after an extensive worldwide security review by the Secretary of Homeland Security, and following consultation by the President with members of the Cabinet, including the Secretaries of Homeland Security, State, and Defense and the Attorney General. The entry restrictions in the proclamation apply to countries based on their inability or unwillingness to share critical information necessary to safely vet applications, as well as a threat assessment related to terrorism, instability, and other grave national security concerns. These restrictions are vital to ensuring that foreign nations comply with the minimum security standards required for the integrity of our immigration system and the security of our Nation. We are therefore confident that the Judiciary will ultimately uphold the President’s lawful and necessary action and swiftly restore its vital protections for the safety of the American people.

First Lady Melania Trump Releases Public Service Announcement to Help Those Affected by Recent Hurricanes

In coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), First Lady Melania Trump has issued a public service announcement asking Americans to take action in support of disaster survivors following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

The severity and impact of the storms in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico have led to recovery efforts that will continue for months and years to come. It will take the combined efforts of Federal, State, tribal, territorial, and local agencies working together with non-profit, voluntary, faith-based, and private sector organizations to recover from these devastating storms, rebuild stronger than before, and help make these areas more resilient.

As Mrs. Trump stated, “[w]e have certainly seen the unforgiving side of Mother Nature these past few weeks, and my thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families so deeply affected by the hurricanes. I will continue to lend my voice, time, and resources to help those in need.”

The Public Service Announcement (PSA) is available to watch or download here:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/featured-videos/video/2017/10/17/first-lady-melania-trump-hurricane-relief-psa

A transcript is below:

“The President and I have witnessed firsthand the compassion and commitment of Americans as friends, neighbors, and strangers continue to volunteer time and money to help one another following the recent hurricanes.

Your help is still needed.

Donate to an organization of your choice, and volunteer to help your fellow Americans.

Visit NVOAD.org to learn more about how you can help and visit Ready.gov to learn more.”

Readout of First Lady Melania Trump’s Visit to Lily’s Place in Huntington, West Virginia

First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Huntington, West Virginia today to visit Lily’s Place, the nation's first nonprofit infant recovery center. Dr. Elinor McCance-Katz, assistant secretary for mental health and substance use at the Department of Health and Human Services, and Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the President, accompanied Mrs. Trump on the visit.

While there, they participated in a roundtable discussion with staff, as well as a graduate of the Lily’s Place program. After the discussion, Mrs. Trump toured the facility and spoke with two families currently enrolled in the program.

Mrs. Trump stated, “I am impressed with the passion and commitment to serve the community demonstrated by the founders and staff at Lily’s Place. By placing a priority on the whole family, infants born dependent on drugs are given the best opportunity to thrive because their parents are also given the support and tools they need to recover and succeed, as parents and members of their community. It is my hope that we can find ways to create more of the opportunities afforded by places like Lily’s Place, so that we can continue to help infants and children grow into happy, healthy adults.”

Statement from First Lady Melania Trump on Today’s Visit to Puerto Rico

The devastation caused by Hurricane Maria will continue to affect our fellow citizens of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in many different ways, and the full recovery process will likely taking many months and even years. However, the resilience and determination of the people I met today will outlast any damage that was left behind. As I listened to the first responders who have helped so many people, and to the local residents who lost so much, I was heartened by the stories of neighbors helping neighbors, and a community coming together in tragedy. Just as with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, this Administration will continue to offer support and resources in the wake of this natural disaster. To the first responders and local officials who have worked tirelessly to provide aide, on behalf of a grateful Nation I say thank you. To our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, I continue to offer you daily thoughts and prayers. May God bless the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and offer comfort in this time of loss.

The White House to be Lit Pink in Honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This evening, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the People’s House will be lit pink.

“During October, we raise awareness and encourage people to take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer,” said First Lady Melania Trump. “I encourage all women to talk to their healthcare providers about mammograms and other methods of early detection and what can be done to reduce that risk.”

As President Donald J. Trump stated in a proclamation on September 29, “our nation joins in solidarity with those who are currently battling breast cancer and we remember those we have lost to the disease. Too many Americans endure the pain and heartbreak of losing a family member or friend to breast cancer. Memories of our loved ones, and their courage in the face of suffering, drive us to find a cure.”

More than 250,000 American women and 2,000 men will likely be diagnosed with some form of breast cancer in 2017. Because of early detection and improved treatment options, deaths from breast cancer have decreased significantly in the last decade, but there is still work to be done. To encourage women to take steps in detecting breast cancer early and to express solidarity with those who have been affected by the disease, the White House will be lit pink this evening.

Remarks by First Lady Melania Trump at the White House Historical Association Reception

State Dining Room

7:57 P.M. EDT

MRS. TRUMP: Thank you, Mr. President. (Laughter.) And thank you all for being here tonight. To Frederick Ryan, Stewart McLaurin, the entire board of directors and dedicated staff of the White House Historical Association, my husband and I are deeply honored to host you here tonight. To our friends and devoted supporters of this incredible organization, we thank you for supporting this worthy cause.

Before I go any further, let me take a moment to reflect of the President's and my travel, along with the Vice President, to Florida earlier today. As you know, our country has seen the very worst of Mother Nature, with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Spending time with the first responders in Texas and Louisiana days ago warmed our hearts to see so many in such a desperate situation responding with kindness, charity, and resolve.

We saw that — so many display of the American character today in Florida. We saw first responders, some of whom went from Harvey's aftermath directly to the path of Irma, helping those in need and serving as guardian angels to those left with only prayers and hope.

We saw so many who lost so much in these past weeks — a family member, a friend, their first home, or precious keepsake. But in those very same people, I have seen the true spirit of this nation: an unwavering commitment to overcome, to rebuild, and to renew what was swept away.

Together, we all hurt with these victims. And together, we vow to lift our neighborhoods from the deepest of despair.

I know many of you here tonight have answered the call to help. The victims of these terrible storms told me of their gratitude for the support they are gathering from the nation. On their behalf I say: Thank you.

So, White House Historical Association, since its founding in 1961 by First Lady Jackie Kennedy, has the chartered mission of telling the stories of this grand home and the families and people who lived and worked here.

The artifacts on display earlier this evening are some of the greatest in the White House collection. Those priceless mementos are figures of our history. They give incredible insight [into] the past Presidents, First Families, and the White House itself. They help tell the story of our nation. They also underscore why your support of the White House Historical Association is so important.

Your generosity and your commitment to supporting this great organization keeps these items and the stories behind them alive for future generations of Americans. We can teach our children and grandchildren about Kennedy, Reagan, and Lincoln.

But the White House Historical Association does much more than that. You bring their stories to life, and you make the White House accessible to visitors from near and far.

As my husband often says, this is the People's House. Each of you, through your time, talents, and treasure, make it so. Our family's appreciation for this home grows each and every day, and we could not be more grateful for your dedication to the White House.

May tonight be one of the many opportunities each of us has to enjoy the People's House together. And to paraphrase the words of John Adams, whose famous saying is engraved on the mantle here in the State Dining Room: “May none but honest and wise men every rule under this roof.”

As we sit together in this historic setting, I thank you all for being here. And I thank you for your continued support of the White House Historical Association.

God bless you. God bless this home. And may God continue to bless the United States. (Applause.) Thank you.

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8:02 P.M. EDT

Statement by First Lady Melania Trump on Hurricane Harvey

The effects of Hurricane Harvey will be felt in Texas, Louisiana, and other parts of the country for many months and years to come.So far, 1.7 million people are under orders to evacuate their homes, and, as the floodwater in Houston rises, sadly, so will the number of evacuees.

I want to be able to offer my help and support in the most productive way possible, not through just words, but also action.What I found to be the most profound during the visit was not only the strength and resilience of the people of Texas, but the compassion and sense of community that has taken over the State.My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Texas and Louisiana.