President Donald J. Trump Proclaims the Third Saturday of Each May as Armed Forces Day.

ARMED FORCES DAY, 2017

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

For almost 70 years, our Nation has set aside one day to recognize the great debt we owe to the men and women who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.  On Armed Forces Day, we salute the bravery of those who defend our Nation’s peace and security.  Their service defends for Americans the freedom that all people deserve.

This year, we also reflect on the 100th anniversary of our Nation’s entry into World War I.  More than 4.7 million Americans would ultimately serve in the United States Armed Forces during that terrible conflict.  Their sacrifice has not been forgotten.  One hundred years later, we face different threats and challenges.  But our safety and security, and the defense of our way of life, rest in the same able hands of our Armed Forces.

Because our Armed Forces must constantly adapt to new threats, our Nation is committed to ensuring they have the tools and resources they need as they train, deploy, and fight in defense of our country and defending our values.  This is why my budget calls for a $54 billion increase in national defense spending.

Today, we salute our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen for their dedication as they carry out the extraordinary duty of protecting our country.  We also pay tribute to the families who serve alongside them, lending their steadfast love and support.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, continuing the tradition of my predecessors in office, do hereby proclaim the third Saturday of each May as Armed Forces Day.

I invite the Governors of the States and Territories and other areas subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to provide for the observance of Armed Forces Day within their jurisdiction each year in an appropriate manner designed to increase public understanding and appreciation of the Armed Forces of the United States.  I also invite veterans, civic, and other organizations to join in the observance of Armed Forces Day each year.

Finally, I call upon all Americans to display the flag of the United States at their homes and businesses on Armed Forces Day, and I urge citizens to learn more about military service by attending and participating in the local observances of the day.

Proclamation 9452 of May 20, 2016, is hereby superseded.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 22, 2017, as National Maritime Day

NATIONAL MARITIME DAY, 2017

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

On National Maritime Day, we recognize the important role the United States Merchant Marine plays in supporting our commerce and national security.  We honor the proud history of our merchant mariners and their important contributions in strengthening our economy.

Americans have long looked to the sea as a source of safety and well-being.  Bounded by two oceans and the Gulf of Mexico, and crisscrossed by inland waterways, America was destined to be a maritime nation.  Our fledgling Republic expanded and became stronger, as our Nation’s growing Merchant Marine connected the States and cemented ties among our new allies.

Today, the men and women who crew ships remain essential to our Nation’s prosperity and security.  Those in the maritime industry, including merchant mariners, promote our economic growth, facilitating the export of more than $475 billion in goods just last year and sustaining our critical defense industrial base.  Merchant mariners also actively protect our homeland, serving as our eyes and ears on the seas.  They serve with distinction and courage, heading into war zones, and too often sacrificing their own lives for our protection.

The Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 20, 1933, has designated May 22 of each year as “National Maritime Day,” to commemorate the first transoceanic voyage by a steamship, in 1819 by the S.S. Savannah.  By this resolution, the Congress has authorized and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation calling for its appropriate observance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 22, 2017, as National Maritime Day.  I call upon the people of the United States to mark this observance and to display the flag of the United States at their homes and in their communities.  I also request that all ships sailing under the American flag dress ship on that day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

DONALD J. TRUMP

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 21 through May 27, 2017, as World Trade Week

WORLD TRADE WEEK, 2017

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Robust trade is critical to the economic strength of our country.  During World Trade Week, we recognize the power of open markets around the world and celebrate the many benefits that fair international commerce can bring to our Nation.  We also highlight the importance of expanded trade to our economic growth, and we commit to breaking down trade barriers and opening new markets for American exports.

Open, fair, and competitive markets increase opportunities for American workers and employers and contribute to a higher standard of living.  Job creation with increased wages is a top priority of my Administration, and increasing trade    while reducing our trade deficit    is a key component of that mission.  We will promote our economic growth by strengthening our manufacturing base and expanding exports in manufacturing, agriculture, and the service industries.  We will also challenge unfair trade practices that leave American workers, farmers, and businesses competing in global markets at a disadvantage.

Trade has a large role in the United States economy today, but it can be even greater.  Our exports contribute $2.2 trillion, or 12 percent, to our national income, supporting 11.5 million private-sector jobs.  Manufacturing exports total $1.265 trillion, behind only China and Germany.  The United States leads the world in both agricultural exports, which currently total $139 billion, and services exports, at $750 billion today.  The United States, however, has a large and persistent trade deficit in manufacturing, overall as well as with certain trading partners.  Through an increased commitment to opening markets, reducing barriers to our goods, and firmly addressing unfair trade practices, we can do far better for American workers and manufacturers.

My Administration will negotiate future trade agreements that ensure that all Americans reap the benefits of global commerce.  This includes small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy.  While past agreements have not always accounted for the consequential effects of trade on small businesses and the American workforce, future agreements will.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 21 through May 27, 2017, as World Trade Week.  I encourage Americans to observe this week with events, trade shows, and educational programs that celebrate the benefits of trade to our country.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

DONALD J. TRUMP

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 21 through May 27, 2017, as National Safe Boating Week

NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK, 2017

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

As Memorial Day approaches and our summer season arrives, it is important for Americans of all ages to learn about safety on the water.  During National Safe Boating Week, the U.S. Coast Guard and its Federal, State, and local safe boating partners encourage all boaters to explore and enjoy America’s beautiful waters responsibly.

Safe boating begins with preparation.  The Coast Guard estimates that human error accounts for 70 percent of all boating accidents and that life jackets could prevent more than 80 percent of boating fatalities.  Through basic boating safety procedures — carrying lifesaving emergency distress and communications equipment, wearing life jackets, attending safe boating courses, participating in free boat safety checks, and staying sober when navigating — we can help ensure boaters on America’s coastal, inland, and offshore waters stay safe throughout the season.

America’s diverse waterways are waiting to be explored.  But before enjoying a day on the water, Americans should take time this week to familiarize themselves with safe boating practices so that everyone makes it home unharmed.

In recognition of the importance of safe boating practices, the Congress, by joint resolution approved June 4, 1958 (36 U.S.C. 131), as amended, has authorized and requested the President to proclaim annually the 7-day period before Memorial Day weekend as “National Safe Boating Week.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 21 through May 27, 2017, as National Safe Boating Week.  I encourage all Americans who participate in boating activities to observe this occasion by learning more about safe boating practices and taking advantage of boating safety education opportunities.  I also encourage the Governors of the States and Territories, and appropriate officials of all units of government, to join me in encouraging boating safety through events and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

DONALD J. TRUMP

Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Commerce

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE

SUBJECT:   Delegation of Authority under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby delegate to the Secretary of Commerce the functions and authorities vested in the President under section 1211 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998 (Public Law 105-85) (the “Act”), to prepare and submit required reports and justifications to appropriate congressional committees on changes to levels governing prior notification for exports to Computer Tier 3 countries, or removal of a country from Computer Tier 3 status, in the Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations.

The delegation in this memorandum shall apply to any provision of any future public law that is the same or substantially the same as section 1211 of the Act.

You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

 

DONALD J. TRUMP

Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Homeland Security

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY

SUBJECT:         Delegation of Authority under the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby delegate to the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to submit the report required under section 710 of the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law 114-323) (the “Act”).

The delegation in this memorandum shall apply to any provision of any future public law that is the same or substantially the same as section 710 of the Act.

You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

DONALD J. TRUMP

Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense — Delegation of Authority under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

SUBJECT:         Delegation of Authority under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby delegate to the Secretary of Defense the functions and authorities vested in the President by section 10005 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-31) (the “Act”).

The delegation in this memorandum shall apply to any provision of any future public law that is the same or substantially the same as section 10005 of the Act.

You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

DONALD J. TRUMP