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His heart was in America
“Billy Graham carried his message around the world, but his heart, as [his son] Franklin will tell you, was always in America,” President Donald J. Trump said Wednesday as he stood near the casket of the Reverend Billy Graham, who lay in honor earlier this week at the United States Capitol.
Today, Rev. Graham’s funeral will be held at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. On Wednesday, American leaders had an opportunity to pay tribute to the man who inspired millions the world over with his faith.
“He took his message to the poorest places, to the downtrodden and to the brokenhearted, to inmates in prison, and to the overlooked and the neglected,” President Trump told those gathered in the Capitol Rotunda. “He felt a great passion for those that were neglected.”
Rev. Graham is only the fourth private citizen to lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
Watch the powerful video of Wednesday’s ceremony honoring Rev. Graham.
The pain beneath the headlines
First Lady Melania Trump opened a White House summit on opioids yesterday by putting the Administration’s extensive work to combat the crisis into context.
“Our unified goal is that of helping all who have been affected by drug addiction,” the First Lady said. She then shared a letter from Betty Henderson, a mother who lost her son to drugs. Ms. Henderson joined the First Lady at the front of the room.
“The day after my son’s death, I had to go to the medical examiner’s office to claim his body,” Ms. Henderson wrote. “No mother should ever have to claim their child’s body.”
Yesterday’s summit brought together leaders from across the Administration and experts from throughout the country to discuss education and prevention, treatment and recovery, and law enforcement and interdiction relating to opioids. President Trump spoke with families at the event, and numerous Cabinet officials joined to share policy solutions and ideas from their teams.
Watch Eric Bolling share the story of his son who died from an accidental overdose.
Learn more: How President Trump’s Administration is taking on the opioid crisis
Homeland Security turns 15
“I was there on Capitol Hill on 9/11. I watched the Congress come together, setting politics completely aside to forge this Department,” Vice President Mike Pence said yesterday at a ceremony to honor the 15th anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security.
Here are just a few of the ways DHS serves the American people:
Enforcing our Nation’s immigration laws, securing its borders, and preventing terrorists, drug dealers, and violent criminals from entering our country
Performing countless search-and-rescue missions across America in the midst of hurricanes, storms, floods, fires, and mudslides
Protecting the First and Second Family and safeguarding others who serve our Nation through the Secret Service
“This Department was forged in the crucible of crisis. But over the past 15 years it has distinguished itself as a cornerstone of America’s national security and law enforcement enterprise,” the Vice President said.
Read more of what Vice President Pence said about DHS’s role in keeping America safe for 15 years.
Photo of the Day
First Lady Melania Trump and Betty Henderson at the White House’s Opioids Summit | March 1, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
Today, President Trump, the First Lady, Vice President and Second Lady will attend the funeral of the Reverend Billy Graham.
This afternoon, the Vice President will deliver remarks at the America First Policies “Tax Cuts to Put America First” event.