Vice President Mike Pence at AIPAC 2018 | March 5, 2018
(Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)
‘This will be remembered’
President Donald J. Trump hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a bilateral visit at the White House yesterday. The two leaders discussed the imminent move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to its capital city of Jerusalem, as well as the path to peace for the Middle East.
“I want to tell you that the Jewish people have a long memory,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said. “We remember 70 years ago, President Harry S. Truman was the first leader to recognize the Jewish state. And we remember how a few weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” he continued.
“Mr. President, this will be remembered by our people throughout the ages. And as you just said, others talked about it. You did it.”
The greatest challenge to the Middle East is encapsulated in one word, says Prime Minister Netanyahu.
‘Needed attention’ on infrastructure
Two top officials in Oklahoma—the state’s Governor, Mary Fallin, along with Secretary of Transportation Mike Patterson—write that “infrastructure improvement is a priority issue because of its direct impact on economic growth and stability as well as the safety and well-being of our citizens.”
The two state leaders make a convincing case:
- In 2011, 706 of Oklahoma’s 6,800 highway bridges were structurally deficient. That number is coming down to 187 under Gov. Fallin, and the President’s “plan will allow Oklahoma to continue to prioritize infrastructure projects.”
- President Trump’s proposal includes traditional transportation such as roads and transit, but it also supports broadband internet, water and power systems, and other indispensable pieces for a modern infrastructure system.
- The Administration’s plan will benefit states such as Oklahoma by directing 25 percent of Federal funding—about $50 billion—for rural projects.
Learn more about why Oklahoma’s leaders are with President Trump on infrastructure.
America to overtake Russia on oil
The United States will eclipse Russia to become the largest oil producer in the world by 2023, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.
This latest headline is yet more evidence that President Trump’s plan to achieve American energy dominance is paying off just 13 months into his term. “Together, we are going to start a new energy revolution—one that celebrates American production on American soil,” the President said last year.
According to the Journal, “U.S. crude production is expected to reach a record of 12.1 million barrels a day in 2023, up about 2 million barrels a day from this year.” What will that mean for America? “Once heavily dependent on imports from the Middle East, the U.S. is getting closer to achieving its goal of producing enough crude to meet domestic demand for refined products like gasoline,” the Journal says.
Learn more: The U.S. will be the world’s largest oil producer by 2023, says IEA
POTUS TODAYThis afternoon, President Trump will participate in an expanded bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven of Sweden. Later, the President will meet with Swedish business representatives before holding a joint press conference with Prime Minister Löfven. Watch live at 3:30pm ET.
This morning, the Vice President participated in a phone call with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine. The Vice President then travels to Omaha, Nebraska, to deliver keynote remarks at an America First Policies “Tax Cuts to Put America First” event.