Kingâs dream is the American dream
Here is an advance look at what the President will tell Americans today:
âWe need to do more than simply remove peopleâ
The White House meeting comes as part of the Administrationâs effort to improve the U.S. prison system. It brought together prison reform expertsâincluding two governors who are leading the charge at the state level.
Governors Matt Bevin (R-KY) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) walked through how their states have implemented changes in the correctional system, focusing on how to help prisoners become productive contributors to society upon release.
âWeâll be very tough on crime, but we will provide a ladder of opportunity to the future,â President Trump said.
âMore dangerous than theyâve ever beenâ
âIn 2016, nearly 20,000 Americans died as a result of using synthetic opioids such as fentanyl,â he continued. âThe drugs, for a lot of reasons, are far more dangerous than theyâve ever been.â
âItâs something that is absolutely urgent. Itâs the number one killer now, in terms of overdoses, in . . . Massachusetts,â Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said. âAnd, unfortunately, over the past several years, it has increased every single year.â
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United States Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin | January 11, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
This morning, President Trump will sign a proclamation to honor Dr. Martin Luther, King Jr. Day. Later, the President will receive his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Vice President Mike Pence will participate in a phone call with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki of Poland.