Tag: President Trump

President Declares Sunday National Day of Prayer for Harvey Victims and Responders

UNITED STATES  --  In response to seeing first-hand the devastation Hurricane Harvey left in the Gulf Coast region, President Trump declared Sunday a national day of prayer for the victims and relief volunteers.

In a written statement, the president urged Americans of "all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers today for all those harmed by Hurricane Harvey." He goes on to include first responders, law enforcement, military personnel, and medical professionals who have assisted in rescue efforts.

To mark the occasion, the president and first lady attended church services at St. John's Church across from the White House.

Melania Trump later tweeted, "Beautiful service today at St. John's. @potus and I wishing you many blessings on this National Day of Prayer."


As President Mulls DACA, Iowans Call on Senator Ernst for Support

DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A handful of eyes were glued to the TV in Senator Joni Ernst’s downtown office, listening as President Trump announced he would make a decision on the future of DACA either late Friday or over the weekend.

Several Iowans held a sit-in at the senator’s office, demanding a showing of support for DACA by Senator Ernst.

DACA is an Obama-era policy commonly known as the Dream Act.  It allows children of illegal immigrants to stay in the country if they came to the U.S. before the age of 16, are in school or employed, and do not have a criminal record.

“These young people have had an opportunity to go to school, to have full time jobs, to be able to do the things that every American has an opportunity to do. To have this reversed is to say to them that they are not wanted here, they’re not allowed to be here,” said Joe Henry, Vice President of the League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa.

The group is asking Senator Ernst follow in the footsteps of another Iowa Republican.

“I mean one of the people I think of a lot is the Republican governor Robert Ray, who opened the doors when the people of southeast Asia needed a place to go,” said protester Kathleen McQuillen

McQuillen says she has serious concerns should DCA be phased out.

“They’ve come, they’ve established themselves, they’re living among us as our neighbors, as our friends, as our coworkers, and it’s absolutely terrifying to think that they will be picked up and sent back to this home they don’t know,” she said.

At the time of publication, Senator Ernst has not issued a response to the group.

National Guard at the Ready After Trump’s Afghanistan Announcement

JOHNSTON, Iowa  --  After a Monday night address from President Trump outlining a new policy for the war in Afghanistan, those in the armed forces are talking about what it means for them.

The president provided few details, leaving out any numbers about additional U.S. troops needed in Afghanistan and not revealing specifics of his war plans. That leaves branches of the military, like the Iowa National Guard, doing what they have done for years: preparing as if they’ll be called on tomorrow.

“Those who have served in the military for a while understand that whatever words are said takes a while to translate into action,” said Colonel Greg Hapgood. “If that changes for us, our units will be ready when they're called up. That's the very least we can do and that's the number one thing we do, is to make sure our readiness is at the top level.”

The policy shift from President Trump has no effect on the National Guard's planned deployment at the end of August.

“We'll have one unit that will have a sendoff up in Waterloo and then we have a second unit that looks imminent that they'll deploy later this year,” said Hapgood.

Meanwhile new recruits are paying attention, knowing that a U.S. presence in the Middle East will be the policy for the foreseeable future.

“I honestly think we need to get out of it. I just think we've lost too many lives over there and I don't think we should lose any more,” said Navy Recruit Preston Lee.

However, Lee says personal feelings get pushed to the wayside for service of the country.

“I think the biggest thing is I'm going to miss my family, but I know that I'm doing what's right,” he said.

Hapgood expects the National Guard will announce another deployment sometime in September.