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Mike Pence

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Vice President (2017 - Present)

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Personal Details

Education

  • JD, School of Law, Indiana University, 1986
  • BA, American History, Hanover College, 1981

Professional Experience

  • JD, School of Law, Indiana University, 1986
  • BA, American History, Hanover College, 1981
  • Talk Show Host, Network Indiana, 1994-2000
  • Television Host, 1995-1999
  • President, Indiana Policy Review Foundation, 1991-1994
  • Attorney, Private Practice, 1986-1990
  • Admissions Counselor, Hanover College, 1981-1983

Political Experience

  • JD, School of Law, Indiana University, 1986
  • BA, American History, Hanover College, 1981
  • Talk Show Host, Network Indiana, 1994-2000
  • Television Host, 1995-1999
  • President, Indiana Policy Review Foundation, 1991-1994
  • Attorney, Private Practice, 1986-1990
  • Admissions Counselor, Hanover College, 1981-1983
  • Vice President, United States of America, 2017-present
  • President, United States Senate, 2017-present
  • Governor, State of Indiana, 2012-2017
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, 2000-2012
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, 1988, 1990

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Congressional Internet Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Task Force Against Anti-Semitism

Former Chair, House Republican Conference

Former Member, Tea Party Caucus

Chair, House Republican Study Committee, 2005-2007

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, School of Law, Indiana University, 1986
  • BA, American History, Hanover College, 1981
  • Talk Show Host, Network Indiana, 1994-2000
  • Television Host, 1995-1999
  • President, Indiana Policy Review Foundation, 1991-1994
  • Attorney, Private Practice, 1986-1990
  • Admissions Counselor, Hanover College, 1981-1983
  • Vice President, United States of America, 2017-present
  • President, United States Senate, 2017-present
  • Governor, State of Indiana, 2012-2017
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, 2000-2012
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, 1988, 1990
  • Former President/Member, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, Indiana University

Other Info

Astrological Sign:

Gemini

Date of Wedding Anniversary:

1985

Favorite Book:

Holy Bible (NIV), Basic Christianity - John R. W. Stott,

  • Mere Christianity - C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce - C.S. Lewis, The Conservative Mind - Russell Kirk, The Politics of Prudence - Russell Kirk, A Soldier of The Great War - Mark Helprin, The Hunt for Red October -Tom Clancy, Flags of our Fathers - James Bradley, Theodore Rex - Edmund Morris, Washington's Crossing - David Hackett Fischer, John Adams - David McCullough.
  • Favorite Movie:

    Wizard of Oz is the greatest movie of all time (no further discussion). Runner ups include: Hoosiers, High Noon, Rudy, Star Wars, Master and Commander, Raiders of the Lost Arc, Kingdom of Heaven, E.T., 3:10 To Yuma, Facing the Giants, Finding Nemo, Amazing Grace, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    Favorite Musician:

    Contemporary Christian, Country, Classical, and anything by Earth Wind and Fire.

    Favorite Quote:

    Genesis 18:19 (New International Version) "For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him."

    Favorite TV Shows:

    Andy Griffith Show, Dick Van Dyke Show, Seinfeld, The Office, 24

    Hobbies or Special Talents:

    Horseback Riding, Walking and Jogging, Playing Golf

    Spouse's Occupation:

    School teacher, artist, small business owner

    Policy Positions

    Indiana Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test

    Legislative Priorities

    Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
    - No Answer

    Abortion

    Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

    1. Abortions should always be illegal.
    - No Answer

    2. Abortions should always be legal.
    - No Answer

    3. Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
    - No Answer

    4. Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
    - X

    5. Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester.
    - No Answer

    6. Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal.
    - No Answer

    7. Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
    - X

    8. Other or expanded principles.
    - No Answer

    Crime

    Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

    1. Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
    - X

    2. Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
    - X

    3. Require that crimes based on sexual orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
    - No Answer

    4. Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
    - X

    5. Other or expanded principles
    - No Answer

    6. Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
    - X

    7. Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
    - No Answer

    8. Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
    - X

    9. Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
    - No Answer

    Education

    Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

    1. Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
    - X

    2. Other or expanded principles
    - No Answer

    3. Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs.
    - No Answer

    4. Allow teachers and professionals to receive federal funding to establish charter or magnet schools.
    - X

    5. Increase funding for the Pell Grant program.
    - X

    6. Decrease interest rates of Stafford Loans.
    - X

    7. Ban university financial aid officers from owning stock in or accepting gifts from student loan lenders.
    - No Answer

    8. Require universities to disclose financial relationships with lenders.
    - X

    9. Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
    - X

    10. Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
    - No Answer

    11. Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
    - X

    12. Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
    - X

    Gun

    Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

    1. Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
    - X

    2. Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials.
    - No Answer

    Health

    Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.

    1. Other or expanded principles
    - No Answer

    2. Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income.
    - No Answer

    3. Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States.
    - No Answer

    4. Support expanding child healthcare programs.
    - No Answer

    5. Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government.
    - No Answer

    6. Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
    - X

    7. Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
    - No Answer

    8. Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
    - X

    Campaign Finance and Government Reform

    Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

    1. Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
    - No Answer

    2. Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
    - No Answer

    3. Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
    - No Answer

    4. Support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
    - No Answer

    5. Support prohibiting ads containing candidates' name that are paid for by third parties from airing 60 days before a primary and 30 days before a general federal election.
    - No Answer

    6. Support instant run-off voting (IRV).
    - No Answer

    7. Support designating Election Day as a national holiday.
    - No Answer

    8. Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
    - No Answer

    9. Support limiting the President's use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
    - No Answer

    10. Support a federal shield law to protect reporter-source privilege.
    - No Answer

    11. Other or expanded principles
    - No Answer

    Employment

    Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

    1. Increase funding for national job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today?s job market.
    - No Answer

    2. Reduce government regulation of the private sector.
    - X

    3. Encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
    - No Answer

    4. Increase the federal minimum wage.
    - No Answer

    5. Support the right of workers to unionize.
    - No Answer

    6. Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
    - No Answer

    7. Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
    - No Answer

    8. Include gender identity in federal anti-discrimination laws.
    - No Answer

    9. Other or expanded principles
    - No Answer

    Environment and Energy

    Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

    1. Other or expanded principles
    - No Answer

    2. Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
    - No Answer

    3. Strengthen fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
    - X

    4. Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted.
    - X

    5. Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels.
    - X

    6. Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
    - X

    7. Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
    - No Answer

    8. Support international mandatory emission targets to limit global warming.
    - No Answer

    9. Support international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming.
    - No Answer

    10. Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
    - No Answer

    11. Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
    - No Answer

    12. Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
    - X

    13. Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
    - X

    Social

    Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

    1. Other or expanded principles
    - No Answer

    2. Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
    - No

    3. Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?
    - Yes

    4. Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?
    - No

    5. Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
    - No

    6. Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
    - No

    7. Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
    - No Answer

    8. Should the federal government regulate internet gambling?
    - No Answer

    Welfare and Poverty

    Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.

    1. Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
    - No Answer

    2. Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
    - No Answer

    3. Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
    - X

    4. Abolish all federal welfare programs.
    - No Answer

    5. Other or expanded principles
    - No Answer

    Immigration

    Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

    1. Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
    - No Answer

    2. Establish English as the official national language.
    - X

    3. Other or expanded principles
    - No Answer

    4. Support a temporary worker program.
    - X

    5. Support harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
    - X

    6. Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
    - No Answer

    7. Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
    - X

    8. Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship.
    - No Answer

    9. Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
    - No Answer

    National Security

    Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

    1. Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?
    - Undecided

    2. Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
    - Undecided

    3. Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?
    - No

    4. Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
    - Yes

    5. Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
    - Yes

    6. Other or expanded principles
    - The question regarding whether law enforcement should have "greater discretion" is too broad in determining the balance between civil liberties and national security. Specifics are necessary. Again, the question on pre-emptive strikes cannot be answered without addressing the nature of the "threat". National guard units should only be used in long-term overseas assignments during a time of war.

    7. Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
    - Yes

    8. Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
    - Yes

    9. Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
    - Yes

    Social Security

    Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

    1. Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves.
    - X

    2. Ensure the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
    - No Answer

    3. Decrease benefits paid to retirees.
    - No Answer

    4. Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index.
    - X

    5. Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
    - No Answer

    6. Other or expanded principles
    - No Answer

    Budgetary, Spending, and Tax

    Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.

    Budget Priorities

    1. Agriculture
    - Slightly Decrease

    2. Arts
    - Slightly Decrease

    3. Defense
    - Slightly Increase

    4. Education
    - Slightly Decrease

    5. Environment
    - Slightly Decrease

    6. FEMA
    - Maintain Status

    7. Homeland security
    - Slightly Increase

    8. International aid
    - Slightly Decrease

    9. Law enforcement (Federal)
    - Slightly Increase

    10. Law enforcement (State)
    - Slightly Increase

    11. Medical research
    - Maintain Status

    12. National parks
    - Slightly Decrease

    13. Public health services
    - Maintain Status

    14. Scientific research
    - Slightly Decrease

    15. Space exploration programs
    - Maintain Status

    16. Transportation and highway infrastructure
    - Slightly Decrease

    17. United Nations
    - Greatly Decrease

    18. Welfare
    - Slightly Decrease

    19. Other or expanded categories
    - No Answer

    Defense Spending

    1. Other or expanded categories
    - No Answer

    2. Armed forces personnel training
    - Slightly Increase

    3. Intelligence operations
    - Greatly Increase

    4. Military hardware
    - Slightly Increase

    5. Modernization of weaponry and equipment
    - Slightly Increase

    6. National missile defense
    - Greatly Increase

    7. Pay for active duty personnel
    - Slightly Increase

    8. Programs to improve troop retention rates
    - Slightly Increase

    9. Research and development of new weapons
    - Slightly Increase

    10. Troop and equipment readiness
    - Greatly Increase

    Taxes

    Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.

    Family Income Taxes

    1. Less than $12,000
    - Slightly Decrease

    2. $12,001-$40,000
    - Slightly Decrease

    3. $40,001-$100,000
    - Slightly Decrease

    4. $100,001-$180,000
    - Slightly Decrease

    5. $180,001-$350,000
    - Slightly Decrease

    6. $350,001 and above
    - Slightly Decrease

    7. Other or expanded categories
    - No Answer

    Other Taxes

    1. Other or expanded categories
    - No Answer

    2. Alcohol taxes
    - Slightly Decrease

    3. Capital gains taxes
    - Greatly Decrease

    4. Cigarette taxes
    - Slightly Decrease

    5. Corporate taxes
    - Slightly Decrease

    6. Gasoline taxes
    - Slightly Decrease

    7. Inheritance taxes
    - Greatly Decrease

    Deductions/Credits

    1. Charitable contribution deduction
    - Slightly Increase

    2. Child tax credit
    - Slightly Increase

    3. Earned income tax credit
    - Slightly Increase

    4. Medical expense deduction
    - Slightly Increase

    5. Mortgage deduction
    - Slightly Increase

    6. Student loan credit
    - Slightly Increase

    7. Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
    - Yes

    8. Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
    - Yes

    9. Other or expanded principles
    - I support a Constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment and budget process reform in Congress, such as a line item veto and sunset commission.

    10. Other or expanded categories
    - No Answer

    Gun

    On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories.

    1. Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
    - Maintain Status

    2. Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
    - Maintain Status

    3. Other or expanded principles
    - No Answer

    International Aid, International Policy, and International Trade

    International Aid

    Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international aid.

    1. Support the United States granting aid to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
    - X

    2. Support the United States granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
    - X

    3. Eliminate United States aid for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
    - No Answer

    4. Aid granted by the United States should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
    - No Answer

    5. Other or expanded principles
    - No Answer

    International Policy

    Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy.

    1. Other or expanded principles
    - No Answer

    2. Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
    - Yes

    3. Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
    - No

    4. Should the United States impose greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
    - Yes

    5. Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
    - Yes

    6. Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
    - No

    7. Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
    - No

    8. Discuss your proposals for Iraq.
    - I support the current reduction in troop levels based upon the recommendations of the military leaders on the ground in Iraq. The strategy must be "win and come home" in that order.

    9. Should the United States apply greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program?
    - Yes

    10. Should the United States increase financial support for Afghanistan?
    - Yes

    11. Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?
    - Yes

    12. Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
    - No Answer

    13. Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
    - No Answer

    14. Should the United States decrease military support for Pakistan?
    - No Answer

    15. Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan?
    - Yes

    16. Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
    - Yes

    17. Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
    - No Answer

    18. Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
    - Yes

    19. Should the United States support the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo?
    - No Answer

    International Trade

    Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

    1. Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
    - No Answer

    2. Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
    - No Answer

    3. Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
    - Yes

    4. Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?
    - Yes

    5. Other or expanded principles
    - No Answer

    Articles

    Remarks by Vice President Pence at Kennedy Space Center

    May 30, 2020

    THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, hello, NASA! (Applause.) Hello, SpaceX! (Applause.) And hello, America's future in space! (Applause.) To the Governor, to Leader McCarthy, to members of the House and Senate, members of the Cabinet and the Joint Chiefs, to Jim Bridenstine and the incredible men and women of NASA and SpaceX, it's an honor and a joy for me to be here with the President of United States at Kennedy Space Center on the day we made history -- (applause) -- on the day American astronauts returned to space on an American rocket from American soil for the first time in nearly 10 years. You did it. (Applause.) You know, for too long, the American space program was neglected and ignored. Those days are over. Under President Donald Trump, NASA is back and America is leading in space once again. (Applause.) You know, it's been more than 50 years since our nation first set out to leave this planet and land American astronauts on the Moon. Today, under this President, we begin a new mission: to return to the Moon and ultimately land American astronauts on the face of Mars. (Applause.) You know, when the Apollo rockets leaped into the skies in the 1960s, they rose above the tumult and the clamor of their times. They were a symbol of national strength and unity. And today, as states across the nation take their first steps to reopen and recover from an unprecedented pandemic and as our nation reels from the tragic death of George Floyd and violent protests of the past few days, I believe with all my heart that millions of Americans today will find the same inspiration and unity of purpose that we found in those days in the 1960s. (Applause.) In America, every life matters. There's no tolerance for racism or violence in the streets of this country. As the President has made clear, we will honor the memory of George Floyd, justice will be served, we will have law and order in our streets, and we will heal our land. And as the people of this country did so long ago, we will prove again that even in the most challenging times, Americans rise above. We always move forward, we overcome every obstacle, we reach new heights, and we reach them together. (Applause.) It's true. And in that spirit, today we begin a new era of human space exploration. And the credit goes to dedicated men and women all across this country, to the ingenuity and the hard work of the entire NASA team. America is proud of the men and women of NASA. (Applause.) But for the first time in our history, our astronauts have taken to the skies on a commercial rocket built by America's private sector. So join me in a vigorous round of applause for Elon Musk and the dedicated men and women of SpaceX. Job well done. (Applause.) That's great. Well deserved. (Applause.) Thanks, Elon. And of course, none of this would have been possible without the personal courage and the unflinching skill of two American astronauts. One of them is an active duty colonel in the Air Force. He, like his crewmate, was accepted in the NASA Astronaut Corps in 2000; he served on several shuttle missions. The other was the first Marine pilot to fly the Super Hornet, and he's logged hours in more than 25 aircraft. In fact, his second flight was the very last space shuttle from American soil in July 2011. So would you join me in giving a vigorous round of applause to Commander Bob Behnken and Commander Doug Hurley? We are proud of our American astronauts. (Applause.) Because of their courage and your hard work, America is leading in space again. Today is the culmination of three and a half years of renewed leadership in space. It's a tribute to our astronauts. It's a tribute to ingenuity of the men and women of SpaceX and NASA. But I'm here to tell you it's also a tribute to the vision and leadership of a President who, from the very first days of this administration, was determined to revive NASA and American leadership in human space exploration. Today is a tribute to the leadership of President Donald Trump. (Applause.) As the President said in his Inaugural Address, "We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space." And that's exactly what we're doing. The President revived the National Space Council after it laid dormant for 25 years. He brought together the best minds in and out of government to revive the American space enterprise. We reformed the national space traffic management system. We streamlined regulations for the commercial use of space. And in 2017, President Trump made it the policy of the United States to return to the Moon by 2024 and ensure that the next man and the first woman to set foot on the Moon would be American astronauts. And we're on our way. (Applause.) And at the President's direction, we won't just go back to the Moon. Mission Artemis is going to take us to the Moon, and then America will make the next "giant leap," and we're going to land American astronauts on Mars. (Applause.) So we're leading again -- for our prosperity, for our explorer spirit. But we're also leading for the security of the American people. As nations around the world increase their investment in space, this President also took the decisive step to ensure that America remains as dominant in space as we are in land and air and sea when he created the first new branch of our Armed Forces in more than 70 years: the United States Space Force. (Applause.) So the American people can be confident, after today's history-making launch, that we're just getting started. And under this President's leadership, with the courage of our astronauts, the ingenuity of NASA and private partners like SpaceX, the support of the American people, and God's grace, we will never stop pushing to reach new heights, to go farther and faster and higher than ever before. We will inspire the world as America leads humanity into the vast expanse of space for generations to come. And now it is my high honor and distinct privilege to introduce to you the man whose vision and relentless leadership brought us to this historic day: the 45th President of the United States, President Donald Trump. END

    Remarks by Vice President Pence at a Roundtable Discussion with Small-Business Owners on Reopening America | Atlanta, GA

    May 29, 2020

    THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you so much, Governor Kemp. It is good to be back in Georgia. Today, my wife Karen and I, we're here to pay our respects to a truly great Georgian in Ravi Zacharias. But I didn't want to miss the opportunity to come here to Unity Bank, which has been such an extraordinary partner in ensuring that the Paycheck Protection Program reaches those small businesses here in Atlanta and all across Georgia most in need. And I want to thank you, Governor, for your leadership during these extraordinary times. It was a week ago, as we traveled together across Georgia, that I said that Georgia is leading the way in reopening America. And we want to commend you for the safe and responsible and measured way that you've continued to restore not only the economic life but the cultural life of this community. And I want to echo our host's appreciation to you for that. It is also a great privilege for me to be here with Secretary Ben Carson, who has done a phenomenal job from the very outset of this administration at Housing and Urban Development. But as was announced just a few short weeks ago, the President asked him to focus the commission that he has been leading for the administration specifically on the issue of minority communities and ensuring that our minority communities have the resources and have the health support to be able to see our way through this pandemic. And, Secretary Carson, I'm looking forward to your comments as you update us on that. In Georgia, Sonny and Mary Perdue need no introduction, I know. But what you may not know -- you know, the Good Book tells us that "a prophet is without honor only in his native place." (Laughter.) You may not know that now Secretary Sonny Perdue has become the second-most popular figure in our administration with American farmers. And, Mr. Secretary, let me -- among your neighbors and friends here in Georgia, let me just say, thank you for the job you've done. Many took note of the fact that, in recent weeks, we faced real challenges with meatpacking companies. And I want to say, as the -- as the leader of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, that Secretary Sonny Perdue singularly brought that issue before the President and before the administration. We were able to surge CDC personnel, protective equipment, testing resources, and we were able to prevent what could well have been a significant disruption in our food supply. And so, Mr. Secretary, I want to thank you for the job that you've done keeping food on the table for the American people. Job well done. (Applause.) We're here to talk about the Paycheck Protection Program in particular. And let me thank Dr. Kase Lawal and the team that is here at Unity Bank. Being in Atlanta today, I wanted to -- I wanted to visit a bank that was serving the community well, and particularly serving the minority community well in this country. And Unity National Bank is very close to the top of the list. I know you hail from Texas as the chairman, but on my way in, I spent some time with members of your team. And I just want to commend you for the great work that you've done here. In fact, a number of the participants of our roundtable have been able to secure Paycheck Protection loans through Unity Bank. Others are being processed that are here. And -- but I'm pleased to report that with the strong support of Unity Bank, Governor, we have not only distributed some $510 billion in loans to small businesses that have allowed businesses to keep people on the payroll of the business during the course of the coronavirus pandemic, but here in Georgia alone, the Paycheck Protection Program, with the strong support of banks like Unity Bank, have actually distributed $15 billion in loans to more than 131,000 Georgian small businesses. And let me -- (applause). We also announced yesterday -- Jovita Carranza of the Small Business Administration announced that she's going to set aside $10 billion for the second round of PPP funds, specifically -- Mr. Secretary will appreciate this -- specifically for community development financial institutions and provide financial assistance through them to vulnerable communities. We are here for you. We are here to partner with you. And let me also say that one of the things that our scientists observed early on, on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, was the unique challenges that minority communities have faced against this coronavirus. Particularly the African American community, to some extent the Latino community, has experienced the most severe consequences. And I want to assure you that we are focusing resources on testing into community health centers. We're going to continue in the days ahead to ensure that our most vulnerable, whether they be in minority communities and in urban areas, or whether they be in nursing homes or elsewhere, we're going to be there for our minority communities and the most vulnerable in this country. I promise you that. (Applause.) And all the while, we're going to work to open up America again. And as I said, as I started, Georgia has been leading the way. Other states around the country -- all 50 states today have begun the process of reopening their economies in a safe and responsible way. We have a ways to go, but the trend lines are encouraging. We're actually seeing new cases declining. We're seeing the positivity rate in states, not just here in Georgia, but all across the country declining precipitously. Forty-two states across the country have -- are increasing testing, but their positive rate is less than 10 percent. And in more than 20 states, the positive rate is less than 5 percent. The progress that we're making is a credit to the people of this state and to the people all across this country who've been willing to put the health of others first. And I want to thank all of you for the role that each of you have played as community leaders in helping to place Georgia and put our country in a position where we can reopen safely and responsibly. With that, I'm going to turn it over to Secretary Carson and to Secretary Perdue for some comments. And then we're really here to really listen. I'd love to hear the stories of what we've done here. But before we do that, let me -- let me also take a moment just to express a word about what I know is on the hearts and minds of millions of Americans, and that is the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Our prayers are with George Floyd's family and with all those in the community impacted by that tragedy. Our prayers are also with the family of Ahmaud Arbery here in Georgia. And let me say to all of those gathered here that we have no tolerance for racism in America. We have no tolerance for violence inspired by racism in America. And as President Trump said, justice will be served. (Applause.) MS. KING: (Inaudible.) Amen. (Applause.) THE VICE PRESIDENT: Yeah, thank you, Alveda. Thank you. Now, while we also believe in law and order in this country, and we -- while we condemn violence against property or persons, we -- we will also always stand for the right of Americans to peacefully protest and let their voice be heard. These are challenging times. We have great challenges in this country of our health and to our unity, but I have every confidence that as the American people have stepped forward and done what needed to be done -- putting the health and wellbeing of their family, of their neighbors, of people they never met, first, that we will overcome the challenges that we face of racism in America. And we will come together as a nation and be stronger and better than ever before. So thank you for allowing me to address that. And with that, I'd love to hear from a man who's become a great friend of mine. He is a national figure, far beyond his current responsibilities. He's been a great, great voice for American values and a great champion of our minority community. Join me again in welcoming Dr. Ben Carson. Would you, please? (Applause.) END

    Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence During Briefing on the 2020 Hurricane Season

    May 29, 2020

    Oval Office3:05 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: So thank you very much. We have a very important briefing being done by Homeland, and Pete Gaynor at FEMA, and some other great officials, including, of course, our Vice President, who has done such a terrific job -- Mike Pence. And if we might, I think we'll start maybe with Pete, and you can tell us where we are, where we're going, and what kind of season we're going to have with respect to hurricanes. ADMINISTRATOR GAYNOR: Yes, sir. Dr. Jacobs will do the fore- -- forecast, sir, and I'll follow up with him. THE PRESIDENT: Okay, sure. Go ahead. DR. JACOBS: So the big concern this year is the Atlantic Ocean. We're expecting an above-average year. As you can see here: named storms, 13 to 19; hurricanes, 6 to 10; and major hurricanes, we're expecting 3 to 6. Like I said, this is above average. This does not necessarily mean they'll make landfall. THE PRESIDENT: What makes you think that those numbers would be correct? Very much of a projection, right? DR. JACOBS: So the -- it's -- it's mainly based on two factors. There is heat content in the ocean from the Atlantic multi-decadal oscillation; it's a natural signal. And also we're expecting a neutral to slight La Niña. Typically when we see a La Niña in the Pacific Ocean, we have more activity for tropics in the Atlantic Ocean. THE PRESIDENT: So you think we could have a slightly enhanced hurricane season. That's just what we want. (Laughter.) That's just what we want. Let's see. Hopefully, that won't be the case, but we'll see. Pete, would you like to say something? I think FEMA has been incredible. What they've done in terms of COVID, the hospitals, and all of the work you've done. What do you -- what do you think about the upcoming season? Are you ready? ADMINISTRATOR GAYNOR: Yes, sir. FEMA is always ready, sir. And I'll just start up here with where we are today: a historic 104 disasters. Half of those are the COVID disasters, and the other half, basically, are the disasters from -- typically we get some from tornados and hurricanes -- oh, I'm sorry -- tornadoes and flooding. On an average year, we have 60; we're already at 104. We're halfway through the calendar year. So we have a lot -- a long way to go. THE PRESIDENT: So without COVID, you would have been pretty much on average? ADMINISTRATOR GAYNOR: Yes, sir. When it comes to funding, more than fully funded. Typically, we start the hurricane season with about $40 billion in the Disaster Relief Fund. Today, we have a little under $80 billion, and that's the result of Congress appropriating nearly$40 billion for COVID-19. So we're in a really great place when it comes to funding, personnel, and supplies. Sir, moving on to what we've learned from this COVID-19 pandemic. We put out guidance: the COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Season. And this is to prompt local, state, tribal, territorial emergency managers to take into consideration how difficult it's going to be to do the same things -- when it comes to mass care, sheltering, evacuation -- when you would lay COVID-19 considerations on top. So every emergency manager in the country has this. I've talked to all of them last week. I'm going to talk to them again on Monday. But again, we want to make sure that we're ready not only for natural disasters, but COVID-19 overlaid on that. And then, lastly, sir, our Ready Campaign. We ask everyone, today: Be ready today. Make sure your family, your friends, your business are ready. It's going to take more time this season than it would in a typical season. Again, all the complexities of COVID-19 -- our response. THE PRESIDENT: Big difference. ADMINISTRATOR GAYNOR: Yes, sir. Big difference. THE PRESIDENT: That's a big difference in terms of preparedness. All right, great. Really good job. A big percentage of that money last year went to Puerto Rico too, didn't it? ADMINISTRATOR GAYNOR: Sir -- yes, sir. Yes, sir. THE PRESIDENT: A lot of money went to Puerto Rico. Wilbur, go ahead, please. SECRETARY ROSS: Well, the accuracy of the forecast, we believe, has been improving each year. In the detailed briefing, Dr. Jacobs will get into that. And so we should be able to have the three-day forecast be much more precise than they have been, and that'll help a lot with mitigating the disasters. That's the big new development. THE PRESIDENT: Okay. Thank you, Wilbur. Good job you're doing. Mike, please. THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you, Mr. President. And I just -- I just want to commend FEMA and NOAA and the entire team for their work in preparation for 2020 hurricane season. Our message to the American people is: We're ready. But there will be unique challenges in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and it's the reason why FEMA produced the operational guidance. Generally, when we've seen one tropical storm already this year -- THE PRESIDENT: Right. THE VICE PRESIDENT: Bertha came ashore this weekend. When people are displaced by tropical storms or hurricanes, they often know and are used to congregating at a local school or a local gymnasium. There'll be different challenges now. And, Mr. President, at your direction, we just want to assure the American people that we're going to take everything we've learned about the coronavirus pandemic. We're going to make sure that state and local emergency authorities can deal safely and responsibly with families that are impacted by hurricanes in what we now know will be an above-average season. The bottom line, Mr. President: We're ready. And this team is ready for what comes. THE PRESIDENT: We're always ready. Good. Thank you, Mike. Chad. ACTING SECRETARY WOLF: Yeah. Mr. President, let me just emphasize some points that Pete mentioned. Not in FEMA's 41 years are they more ready for a hurricane season than they are today. And that's really the work they've been doing under the COVID-19 pandemic. The NRCC -- the response center that Pete has stood up -- has been active for 83 days, so there's a muscle memory that they have. They've been coordinating with the interagency -- over 30 different departments and agencies doing that -- doing that under COVID. And so, it's almost like Opening Day for baseball, right? You're much more crisp and sharp halfway through the season than you are on Opening Day. And so that's where FEMA is at now; they're in the middle of their season, the middle of that standup, and are ready to go. THE PRESIDENT: And while Chad is here, maybe we'll talk about Mexico and the border. We are setting records on the border, in terms of low numbers. Very few people are getting in. And when they are in, we take them immediately out. And we're using emergency powers. Mexico is having a very, very hard time, as you know, with COVID, especially along the border -- ACTING SECRETARY WOLF: That's right. THE PRESIDENT: -- with Tijuana and various places along the border. And fortunately, we have brand-new wall along there, and the wall is saving us. We're up to almost 200 miles of wall. We'll have, by end of the year, close to 400. By early next year, we'll be close to 500 miles. And wherever we have the wall, it's like not a problem. It just ceases -- virtually ceases as a problem. What a difference it's made. So we're up to almost 200 miles. Mexico does have some great, great, big problems with COVID. You read about it this morning: They're at their record number. They had a very high number. Even if you look worldwide, it's a very high number. Sadly, the area along our border is the highest -- their highest percentage of cases and problems. And we are not letting people into our country. So I want you to know that. Brazil now -- we have the ban on. The ban has been put on, and it's a very strong ban, except we do have Americans that we have to allow -- like I did with the China ban, we do have to allow people to come back into the country. We can't be that tough, where we don't allow United States citizens to come back in. But they come back in under a very strict -- whether it's a quarantine or not, we test them and we go through a process. You may want to tell them a little bit about that, please. ACTING SECRETARY WOLF: Sure. Let me start on that on the southwest border. And I think that's one of the highlights and success stories throughout this pandemic. We've used public health authorities to make sure that we don't have outbreaks along that southwest border. We're not putting the American people, as well as our DHS workforce, at risk. And so that's been widely successful. We've been able to return folks to Mexico and to the Northern Triangle within about -- 80 percent of those folks, within about 120 minutes being able to return those folks. So, they're not in Border Patrol facilities. They're not getting other individuals sick -- potentially sick. It's been very, very successful. Those travel restrictions -- those that are coming into the country, American citizens and others, continue to go through a CBP immigration and an enhanced screening check where they're getting asked questions, they're getting random temperature checks, and they're also doing that contact tracing that we all know is very, very important. So, we'll continue to do that. We're doing that with Brazil. We added two new funneling airports, Fort Lauderdale and Houston, to accommodate the Brazilian traffic, and we'll continue to process all of those. THE PRESIDENT: And we're sending hundreds of ventilators to Mexico. I spoke with the President, and we're helping them with the ventilators. And we're also dealing with Brazil with ventilators and other things. We try to help Brazil as much as we can. And so we're -- you know, we -- great relationships, but they're very high -- high numbers. Mexico has high numbers. Brazil has very, very high numbers. So it's a -- it's a very sad situation. It should've never happened. China should have stopped it at the source, but they didn't do that. So great numbers along the border -- really record-low numbers. And if somebody does cross, we bring them out and bring them back to where they came from. Okay? We'll be giving another press conference in about a half an hour in a subject very dear to your heart, and you know what that subject is. And tomorrow, we're going to be having a press conference on China. So we'll be making certain decisions and we'll be discussing them tomorrow. So I'll see you folks in 20 minutes. Okay? Thank you all very much. Q Mr. President, on the border wall -- can I ask you a question on the border wall, Mr. President? Do you anticipate that by the end of this year you will have completed, as you pledged, over 400 miles of border wall? THE PRESIDENT: Very close. We're going to be at that number. We could even be higher than that number. But you have to understand we were stopped for a long time with the Democrats. They didn't want -- they want open borders. They want people to flow into our country. And all of a sudden you stopped hearing that a little bit because they realized that we were right. I was right. And we have a very strong border. We have a very powerful southern border. And with all of the delays -- yeah, we're going to have, I would say, close to 400 mil- -- 400 miles by the end of this year. And, shortly thereafter, we'll have over 500 miles of border wall -- okay? -- which is the number that I said. That's the number, as you know -- consistently -- that's the number. Anything around the 500 mark was about the number we wanted to be. And I think we're going to go up to 536, but let's say 500. And every place where we have the wall, we have no trouble whatsoever, other than if it's in the end, where they can go this way. But we have good guard -- and, frankly, Mexico has really helped us. They have 26,000 soldiers right now on the border doing -- doing that for us and for them. But we have 26,000 Mexican soldiers right now at the border not allowing people to come in. Okay? Good. Q And in -- in 20 minutes, sir, our -- our next event is at the signing of the executive order on social media? THE PRESIDENT: I'm going to be signing an executive order in 30 minutes or less. Okay? Q Thank you, sir. THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. END 3:16 P.M. EDT