* If this article interests you, you may also be interested in reading my article, “My Personal Reflections On the Trump Meeting Today” from June 2016.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to go to a fantastic meeting at the White House with fellow millennial leaders from around the country. I’m so grateful for the opportunity! A big thank you goes out to Dr. Jay Strack for connecting me to this opportunity.
In this post, I will share three things: (1) The atmosphere of the White House; (2) My notes from the meeting, and (3) My observations from the meeting, and how they extrapolate moving forward.
Atmosphere of the White House
The White House is a beautiful place. My meeting took place in the Eisenhower building. I got to meander through the hallways of all four floors, just peaking my head into random rooms.
I was surprised at how small it is inside. Outside, it looks a lot bigger.
Outside of the meeting rooms, there are boxes to put your cell phone. I like this idea for keeping people focused on actually meeting instead of messing with their phones.
Notes from the Meeting
She opened up with prayer and a devotion.
Michael McGinley, Associate Counsel to the President
Michael McGinley used to clerk for (now) Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch. Mr. McGinley shared some key details with us pertaining to the appointment of judges at various levels.
Amy Barrett, Professor of Law at Notre Dame, is up for confirmation of a judgeship in the seventh circuit in November. She was recently attacked by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (California) for being too Christian.
Kyle Duncan, a Louisiana attorney who previously served as a lawyer with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, including being the lead attorney on behalf of Hobby Lobby in the case of 2014, is up for confirmation in the fifth circuit.
The President needs to appoint approximately 150 judges. This is an extremely high number.
President Trump hopes to nominate 100 judges by the end of December, and it looks like he will meet that goal.
A large majority of decisions are made in the lower courts. We see a lot of emphasis on the Supreme Court, and for good reason, but let’s not forget the importance of lower courts.
Mr. McGinley discussed religious liberty and free speech in Colorado with the case pertaining to the baker that the Supreme Court will hear on December 5th. (more details here)
Fertility rates are plummeting in America, and a major reason why is that middle class families greatly struggle due to a lack of maternity time. Increased maternity time is needed.
SIDS is higher in America than anywhere else in the world. The reason for this is that mothers are not spending enough time with their babies due to going back to work so quickly.
There are 6 million jobs that are unfilled, and a major reason why is failed drug tests, stemming from the opioid epidemic.
There’s no lobbying group specifically for parents in Washington. This is shocking. The time to act is now, for tax reform that promotes family.
The United States and Papua New Guinea are the only two countries without paid leave for mothers.
1.7 million jobs have been added since the inauguration (that’s before the tax reform).
Human trafficking is the greatest human rights issue of our time. More money is made ($150 billion annually) than the sale of arms. This is a huge international problem. We need to use the proper terminology and become educated on it.
Andy Koenig, Special Assistant to the President and Policy Special Assistant
The Dow Jones is up 25% since the inauguration.
Right now, tax code incentivizes living together with kids outside of marriage. It’s a moral issue, not just a financial one. This greatly concerns the President.
We must urge our congressmen and senators to actually work more.
Listening and Open Questions
The White House executive leadership opened up the meeting for us to share our thoughts, questions, concerns, etc. It was fruitful. Some questions were asked pertaining to education reform, more questions about tax reform, and a lot more discussion about judicial appointments.
Extrapolating from the Meeting
The meat of the meeting pertained to two things: (1) Appointment of judges, and (2) The role of parenting in American society.
The appointment of conservative judges who will uphold Christian principles is a huge deal. As we were able to express opinions and insight about judicial appointments, it became crystal clear that President Trump is determined to put judges on the bench who line up with the Bible.
President Trump may have his faults, as do we all, but one strength is his parenting. He has raised great kids. Parenting is a passion of his. As the family has been de-emphasized in our country in recent years, I’m glad to see a renewed emphasis is on parenting.
In conclusion, I’m so grateful to have gone to the meeting. This time caused me to have a renewed emphasis to pray for America and our leaders at all levels of leadership.