“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of today’s murderous attack in Sutherland Springs, Texas. This horrible act of evil occurred as the victims and their families were in their place of sacred worship. We cannot put into words the pain and grief we all feel, and we cannot begin to imagine the suffering of those who lost the ones they loved. Our hearts are broken.
But in dark times such as these, Americans do what we do best: we pull together. We join hands. We lock arms. And through the tears and the sadness, we stand strong.
My Administration is providing its full support to the state and local authorities investigating this horrible crime. I have spoken with Governor Abbott, and we offer our thanks to the first responders who ultimately stopped the suspect and rendered immediate and lifesaving aid to the victims of this shooting. I will continue to follow developments closely.
All of America is praying to God to help the wounded and the families – we will never leave their side.”
– President Donald J. Trump, November 5, 2017
Tax Reform: Putting America’s Families First
Extra dollars in the pockets of American families means extra financial security, extra peace of mind, and extra time together. America First tax reform saves money for middle-class American households by roughly doubling the standard deduction and enhancing the tax credit for families raising children. The Unified Framework for Tax Reform, supported by the President, is pro-jobs, pro-family, and pro-America.
For more information on how tax reform will help hardworking Americans visit whitehouse.gov/taxreform.
President Trump and First Lady Visit USS Arizona
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump landed in Hawaii on Friday en route to Asia for the President’s fourth international trip. In the afternoon, the President attended a briefing with military officials of the U.S. Pacific Command, joined by Chief of Staff Gen. John S. Kelly, National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, and others. Later, the President and First Lady visited the USS Arizona Memorial, honoring the 1,177 crewman who died during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. This was the first stop before the President and First Lady headed to Tokyo, Japan.
Watch President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s visit to Hawaii.
President Trump Arrives in Japan
Over the weekend, President Trump commenced his trip to Asia with a visit to Japan. President Trump met with American and Japanese military service members, participated in bilateral meetings and social events with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, met their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, engaged Japanese and American business leaders, and met with the families of Japanese citizens abducted by the North Korean regime.
President Trump affirmed the importance of strengthening bilateral economic, trade, and investment ties. The President noted the importance of expanding trade and foreign direct investment between our two countries to strengthen economic growth and job creation, and welcomed recent steps the United States and Japan have taken to strengthen their security, economic, scientific, and cultural relationship.
See more of the President’s stop in Japan here.
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President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk the rope line following the President’s remarks at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, Japan | November 5, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
This evening, the President departs Tokyo, Japan, en route to Pyeongtaek, Republic of Korea. The President will have lunch with troops from the United States and the Republic of Korea and receive an operational briefing at Camp Humphreys. Afterwards, the President and First Lady will participate in an arrival ceremony at Blue House in Seoul. President Trump will participate in bilateral meetings and a friendship walk with President Moon Jae-In of the Republic of Korea, followed by tea. Later, President Trump and President Moon will participate in a joint press conference, followed by a state dinner.
Vice President Pence will participate in a series of briefings at the Defense Intelligence Agency.
President Trump will continue his journey of the Indo-Pacific region in South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines in an effort to strengthen U.S. alliances and partnerships and discuss a wide array of strategic issues with foreign leaders, including the North Korean nuclear threat.