On Wednesday, President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence welcomed the 2016 World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs, to the White House. The team brought the Commissioner’s Trophy and participated in a meet and greet with the President. Before bringing the team in to the Oval Office, President Trump made some short remarks in the Roosevelt Room, where he congratulated them on their historic World Series victory last fall. The team gifted President Trump with a customized championship “45” jersey, as well as a “45” scoreboard panel.

On Wednesday, President Donald J. Trump hosted a tribal, State, and local energy roundtable at the White House. He was joined by Governors Paul LePage, Kim Reynolds, Pete Ricketts, and Bill Walker, along with State and tribal leaders from around our great country. President Trump stated his Administration’s intent to roll back harmful regulations that prevent State, local, and tribal communities from accessing vital energy resources. These regulations hinder economic growth that would create jobs and could be used to fund roads, schools, and infrastructure. It is President Trump’s hope that the roundtable will allow for more cooperation between local governments and the Trump Administration in order to unleash America’s energy potential. The President stated his intent to “usher in a golden age of American energy dominance.”

On Monday, President Donald J. Trump hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India at the White House. The meeting reinforced the close ties between the United States and India, and the two leaders resolved to expand and deepen the relationship and strategic partnership between the countries and to work together to advance common objectives. President Trump and Prime Minister Modi released joint press statements in the Rose Garden following their meetings. The President described the meetings as “very productive” and declared that the relationship between the two countries has “never been better.” The President applauded Prime Minister Modi for his accomplishments, including the upcoming implementation of the largest tax cut in India’s history. President Trump stated his support for an Indian airline’s recent purchase of 100 Boeing airplanes, bringing the total to 205 planes valued at more than $20 billion, and creating and sustaining 130,000 American jobs in Washington State and elsewhere. The President also described his excitement over the gracious invitation Prime Minister Modi extended to his daughter, Ivanka, to lead the U.S. delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India. Finally, the President reaffirmed the importance of the security partnership between the United States and India. Prime Minister Modi thanked President Trump and the First Lady for the warm welcome he received at the White House, and for the productive and friendly meetings led by the President. He referred to America as India’s “primary partner” and made it clear that India’s best interests lie in a strong and prosperous United States. The Prime Minister described a convergence between his vision of a “New India” and the President’s intention to “Make America Great Again.” Prime Minister Modi concluded by inviting President Trump and his family to visit India.

This week was Technology Week at the White House, and the Trump Administration held events focusing on modernizing government technology and stimulating the technology sector. On Monday, t he White House invited major tech leaders and university presidents for the inaugural summit of the American Technology Council. Hosted by the White House's Office of American Innovation, the event consisted of multiple breakout sessions to discuss ways to modernize the government by retiring out-of-date legacy systems and increasing the use of shared services. On Tuesday, United States Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn held a listening session with technology leaders to discuss tax reform in the United States and the implications of a new tax plan on the technology sector. On Wednesday, President Trump traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He toured Kirkwood Community College and spoke about agricultural innovation and empowering the American farmer. On Thursday, t he White House hosted the American Leadership in Emerging Technology Event, where American tech industry leaders demonstrated technologies like advanced drones and 5G   wireless networks to the President. On Friday, President Trump signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. After a successful week of addressing American innovation and meeting with leaders of the technology sector, next week the Trump Administration will turn its focus to energy.

Thursday night, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted their first Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House. The “Picnic in the Park” was styled after President Trump’s hometown, New York City, with a Central Park theme. In true New York style, the South Lawn featured a carousel, boat racing, and New York style food carts. Tonight let us enjoy the company of friends and the comfort of our loved ones. And tomorrow, let us continue to do the people’s bidding and create the optimistic future our citizens so richly deserve. President Trump Vice President Mike Pence and Mrs. Karen Pence were also in attendance. Vice President Pence gave opening remarks saying, “The White House picnic for us is always about family. It’s always about being able to leave politics outside the gate and being able to get together with the families of those who serve in both political parties.” President Trump then delivered remarks surrounded by the United States Marine Band. He began by giving an update on the recovery of Congressman Steve Scalise and thanking the lifesaving actions of the special agents present that morning. He also expressed his hope for unity and cooperation in Congress in order to cultivate a future of optimism for all Americans. After concluding his remarks, the President greeted and spent time with the families and Congressmen in attendance.

On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., hosted a listening session at the White House with Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma to hear from individuals who are facing a lack of choice in healthcare plans due to insurers pulling out of Obamacare marketplaces. Citizens from Ohio, Iowa, and Missouri shared real-life stories of how Obamacare has negatively impacted themselves, their families, their businesses, and their communities. These real-life examples show the extremely limited options of healthcare plans that are available, and the consequences of such high premiums and deductibles. A small business owner from Missouri spoke of his inability to keep employees because of the advantage Obamacare gives to large corporations. An insurance agent from Missouri spoke of her guilt as she was unable to help her friends and neighbors, and was forced to deny them insurance due to the high costs. A doctor from Iowa spoke of his children, both diagnosed with a terminal disease, and his struggle as he was forced to choose between his practice and his children’s medical care. These examples, among countless others, demonstrate the tolls Obamacare has taken on the American people. The American people are frustrated with Obamacare, and they are looking for change. “This is about real folks; this is about real people’s lives. And the stories that we’ve heard at this table and around the country have been remarkably moving.” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price Secretary Price reaffirmed the Administration’s commitment to reduce Obamacare’s burdens by providing the American people with the highest quality healthcare system.

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump visited Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to address his efforts to foster agriculture innovation. He spoke about the value of farming to the Nation’s economy and ensured the Administration would continuously embrace the challenge to rebuild rural America.  “We have to make sure American farmers and their families, wherever they may be, wherever they may go, have the infrastructure projects that they need to compete and grow. And I mean grow against world competition, because that's who you're up against now.” President Trump For the past two weeks, the Administration has been working extensively on vocational education, infrastructure, and technology. The President declared he would push for increased rural internet access in his proposed infrastructure plan. “American farmers and ranchers are the best — absolute best at what they do. And they can compete anywhere if they are given a level playing field.” President Trump Watch President Trump’s remarks: 

The previous Administration sold Obamacare to the American people through a series of empty promises. Premiums were supposed to drop, but instead they have soared by nearly $3,000. Choices were supposed to multiply, but instead they disappeared, leaving one third of American counties with only one insurer in 2017. The public was supposed to learn to love Obamacare, but 6.5 million Americans chose to pay $3 billion in penalties to the IRS instead of buying health insurance last year. These are the facts about Obamacare, and no one understands them better than Vice President Mike Pence. As a Congressman, he watched the Obama Administration make untenable claims about the future benefits of Obamacare. As the Governor of Indiana, he saw the failure of Obamacare unleashed on state insurance markets across the country. And as a man of integrity and compassion, he understands that the real tragedy of Obamacare is found in the personal stories of millions of hardworking Americans who have been locked out of the healthcare system, and are unable to access the care they need. In a recent speech to the Department of Health and Human Services, Vice President Pence told the story of one of those Americans—Julie Champine from Milwaukee, Wisconsin—and reaffirmed our Administration’s continued commitment to repealing and replacing Obamacare. You can hear Julie’s story and learn more facts about the collapse of Obamacare in the video below.

In just the first few months of this year, nearly two million people dropped their Obamacare coverage. According to a new report released by the Administration, 12.2 million people signed up for coverage through the Obamacare exchanges in 2017. But enrollment has already fallen to just 10.3 million people. “The American people know a bad deal when they see one, and that’s why they’re avoiding Obamacare like the plague.” Vice President Mike Pence Obamacare is failing the American people. After projecting to cover 23 million people in 2010, it has covered less than half that. Despite the inaccurate forecasts of the previous administration, a mere 10.3 million Americans had Obamacare coverage on March 15, 2017. Nearly 30 million Americans are still without health-insurance coverage. Vice President Pence is optimistic that the new administration can, and will, do better. “Under President Donald Trump, we will rescue the American people from the disaster of Obamacare and give the American people the world-class healthcare that they deserve.” Vice President Mike Pence  

    In 1962, President John F. Kennedy declared May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and this week around the country will be National Police Week. Every year since 1982, members of our law enforcement community, their families and friends have gathered on this day in Washington, D.C. to mourn the fallen and remember their heroism through a memorial service. Yesterday, we upheld that tradition once again as we gathered at the U.S. Capitol to pay our respects to the sacrifice and memory of the fallen. We honor the memory of our heroic fallen in tributes like these across the nation this week. But we also vow to honor their sacrifice by ensuring that those who protect and serve have the support, resources, and training that the men and women of law enforcement deserve.  As those in uniform across this country already know, President Trump’s highest priority is the safety and security of the American people. This President knows in his heart that to make America safe again we must also restore the tradition of respect and honor that is owed to every member of the law enforcement community in America. President Trump stands with the men and women of law enforcement without apology – and he always will. On this National Police Week, may God himself comfort the families of the fallen and those looking on, may God bless our law enforcement as they protect and serve, and may God bless the United States of America.