Monday, May 13, 2019

1600 Daily: An incredible reason to celebrate this May

An incredible reason to celebrate this May

Each May, our country honors Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a time to reflect on the remarkable accomplishments of these communities and their special role in helping to define the history and successes of the United States.

This year, there is extra cause for celebration. The soaring American economy of 2019 is benefitting a number of historically marginalized groups, such as African-Americans and Hispanics. The Asian-American community is no exception: Unemployment for this segment has reached the lowest levels ever recorded—an astonishing 2.1 percent last month.

President Donald J. Trump wants to build on that economic empowerment. Today, he signed an Executive Order to establish the Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), along with a White House initiative to help broaden access to more employers and other economic resources for this community.

“The contributions of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent are firmly woven into the diverse fabric of our Nation,” President Trump said in a recent proclamation. “These Americans bolster our economy as entrepreneurs, business owners, and employees who initiate and expand opportunities for their families, communities, and country.”

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Read: President Trump’s Proclamation on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

President Trump hosts the Prime Minister of Hungary

As a member of NATO, Hungary is an important ally for the United States on both national security and economic matters. Today, President Trump hosted Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in the Oval Office, deepening cooperation on a range of crucial issues such as trade, energy, and cybersecurity.

The two leaders also honored the 20th anniversary of Hungary officially joining NATO.

“We are proud that so many Hungarians contributed to the tremendous progress of United States,” Prime Minister Orban said, adding that the two countries face many similar challenges at home and abroad. “We are proud to stand together with the United States on fighting against illegal migration, on terrorism, and to protect and help the Christian communities all around the world.”

Watch: President Trump and Prime Minister Orban in the Oval Office

Photo of the Day

Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian
President Trump is joined by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities at a signing ceremony in the Oval Office | May 13, 2019