President Trump visits the wall
Today, President Donald J. Trump travels from Washington to Southern California, where he will examine eight prototypes for the proposed border wall with Mexico. The samples range in height from 18 to 30 feet.
“While Congress considers funding for fiscal year 2018, other wall program activities are moving forward,” Paul Koscak of U.S. Customs and Border Protection writes. Those activities include planning and design, as well as upgrades along less fortified or outdated parts of the southwest barrier.
The President’s visit today comes as more and more Americans express support for his four-pronged approach to immigration reform. In addition to the majorities that support tougher border security and a permanent resolution for DACA, more than 8 in 10 voters want a system that selects individuals based on their education and skills—not one that chooses immigrants based on whether they have relatives already in the United States.
You should be in charge of your healthcare information
“Interoperability” isn’t a word most Americans hear every day. But when it comes to the future of healthcare in the United States, few technological developments may prove to be more important.
In healthcare, interoperability means being able to share patient data in an instant—regardless of which hospital, pharmacy, or laboratory has the information—and being able to do so with complete reliability and privacy protection. Last week, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner laid out the Trump Administration’s plans in this area at the HIMSS18 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I could not understand why medical records from the Department of Defense could not be seamlessly transferred to the Veterans’ Administration,” Kushner said. “There is overwhelming consensus: America needs better access to patient data and interoperability now.”
‘You were Houston strong’
In the same year that Houston battled the challenges of rebuilding from a destructive hurricane, the Houston Astros earned the city’s first baseball World Series Championship. The Astros visited the White House yesterday, where President Trump congratulated the team on a hard-fought series win.
“It’s a really befitting tribute—what was really a show of world spirit and Houston Strong,” President Trump said. “You were Houston Strong.”
The President explained that the Astros were true champions both on and off the field. “When [Hurricane] Maria ravaged Puerto Rico weeks later, the Houston Astros redoubled their assistance, and many of them went there and helped,” he said.
“It really exemplifies what greatness is all about.”
PHOTO OF THE DAY
President Donald J. Trump and the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros | March 12, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
Today, President Trump travels to San Diego, California, to review Border Wall Prototypes. The President will then deliver remarks to members of the military.
This morning, Vice President Mike Pence will participate in a Senate Republican Policy Lunch. Later, the Vice President will participate in a series of meetings with lawmakers.