Heritage’s recommendations on North Korea’s announcement


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In response to Thursday’s announcement by North Korea inviting President Trump to meet, Heritage experts swarmed the media channels to weigh in.

They recommend President Trump do the following six things:

  1. Fill key policymaker vacancies in the region
  2. Put together a clear agenda for the meeting that North Korea agrees to
  3. Do not budge on sanctions
  4. Move forward with planned military exercises with South Korea
  5. Propose measures that would increase transparency from North Korea
  6. Demand North Korea prove its commitment to the new plan

To hear more from Heritage experts on North Korea, you can watch their TV interviews and read their articles below:


Bruce Klingner, Fox Business, “Mornings With Maria”

Bruce Klingner, Associated Press TV, “Analysis: US-North Korea Talks ‘High-Risk Poker’”

Bruce Klingner, CNN, “Wolf”

Bruce Klingner, MSNBC, “MSNBC Live With Katy Tur”

Bruce Klingner, BBC, “World News America with Katty Kay”

Bruce Klingner, Fox Business, “Making Money”

Jim Carafano, Fox News, “Fox and Friends First”

Jim Carafano, Fox Business, “FBN: AM”

Olivia Enos, i24 News, “The Rundown”

Olivia Enos, EWTN, “News Nightly”


Bruce Klingner, The Washington Post, “Trump’s North Korea gambit blindsides U.S. diplomats”

Bruce Klingner, Associated Press, “Summit plan too easy on North Korea? US rejects criticism”

Bruce Klingner, The Hill, “Trump rolls the dice on North Korea”

Bruce Klingner, CNN, “How South Korea triggered Trump’s flip from ‘fire and fury’ to ‘call me maybe’”

Bruce Klingner, The Daily Mail (UK), “Trump says that reaching a deal to arrange a summit with North Korea will ‘be a very good thing for the world’ if successful but noted that a ‘time and place’ still need to be determined”

Bruce Klingner, Voice of America, “US Military, Intel Officials Cautious About N. Korean Overtures”

Bruce Klingner, The New Yorker, “Trump Accepts North Korea’s Audacious Invitation—But Then What?”

Bruce Klingner, Vox, “Great opportunity or trap? 12 experts weigh in on the Trump-Kim summit.”

Jim Carafano, The New York Times, “Trump’s Meeting With Kim Jong-un Is Another Pledge to Do What Nobody Else Can”

Jim Carafano, Politico, “Trump meeting with Kim could signal major thaw in nuclear standoff”


Thank you for making it possible to get the conservative recommendations regarding North Korea out to the public when key leaders need to hear it most.


What should be done about North Korea?

Giving you a voice in the media


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Heritage experts filled the media channels again this week educating the public on conservative solutions to the nation’s most pressing problems. From issues of national security and North Korea to confronting culture wars to free trade and the new da

Watch and read the highlights below:

Bruce Klingner Talks North Korea News With PBS NewsHour:

Ryan Anderson Talks “When Harry Became Sally” With Fox News:

Nile Gardiner Analyzes the Trump Tariffs With Fox Business

Bruce Klingner Talks North Korea’s “Charm Offensive” on CNN

And here are some of the top print pieces that quoted Heritage experts:

Why Trump’s new North Korea sanctions matter >>

The administration’s focus on shipping and trading companies is a proper response to recent evidence of North Korean ships transferring goods at sea in order to evade detection,” Bruce Klingner, a North Korea expert at the conservative Heritage Foundation, wrote on Friday.

“But the strategy seems misplaced, since it is a reactive game of maritime whack-a-mole rather than actively targeting the more readily identifiable financial backers. Trump must turn up the heat on Beijing by going after complicit Chinese banks.

Election Security: What can Governments do now? >>

To understand other conservative positions on elections, The Heritage Foundation offers this website on election integrity, which highlights why dissolving the election fraud commission was a true loss for the nation.

New defensive missile is ‘like hitting a bullet with a bullet’ >>

It’s a very advanced technology, very complicated rocket science. It’s like hitting a bullet with a bullet,” said Michaela Dodge, a missile defense specialist for the Heritage Foundation. “But we can do it and it’s great news for us.

Thanks to your support, Heritage provides a constant conservative perspective on all major media channels.

How important is it for conservative message to be reported on in the media?

Former Heritage Action VP joins Trump Administration

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Russ Vought, former Heritage Action Vice President, was just confirmed by the Senate to serve as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

In an email to members, Heritage Action’s CEO stated:

This week, Heritage Action’s Russ Vought was confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Russ is one of the most talented, principled, and compassionate conservative leaders I know in Washington.

He and I have worked together since Heritage Action’s inception in 2010. In his role as Vice President at Heritage Action, he oversaw the building and management of our leading grassroots activist army that keeps Congress accountable to the American people. That army has grown to nearly 20,000 today and we are extremely thankful for Russ’s leadership in that endeavor.

The Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget plays a critical role in the federal budget process and in overseeing the performance of federal agencies. Russ is a courageous leader for conservatism and I look forward to seeing his impact in this role in President Trump’s administration.

You may remember from my email last summer, that Russ’s confirmation was held up because of attacks by Senator Bernie Sanders for his religious faith and other parochial issues. It has been a long journey and I know Russ will make all of us at Heritage Action proud.

Please join me in thanking him for the strong stance he is taking for conservative principles.


Michael A. Needham

Please join us in congratulating Vought on his confirmation.


Department of Homeland Security gains Heritage expert


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This week, Heritage’s former General Counsel John Mitnick, started his new job as General Counsel for the Department of Homeland Security.


Mitnick has served at Heritage since 2014 and was selected by President Trump last year to serve in the Department of Homeland Security.



As Heritage founder Ed Feulner said in a statement:

President Trump has made another excellent personnel decision in selecting John Mitnick to serve as General Counsel to the Department of Homeland Security. John has all the necessary experience and skills needed to excel in this vital post, having previously served as Deputy Counsel to President George W. Bush’s Homeland Security Council and as an Associate General Counsel for Science and Technology at DHS. I look forward to his swift confirmation.

Along with the other Heritage Foundation Trustees, I will miss John’s wry smile, wit and sage advice in the board room. But we are pleased to know that the talented attorneys working at DHS will have an experienced, effective leader to help them keep our homeland safe.


Please join me in congratulating Mitnick on his new position.


It’s high time to repeal Obamacare


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Despite years of campaign promises, Obamacare remains the law of the land. With midterm elections rapidly approaching, lawmakers are quietly planning to bail out this failing law.

This would be a terrible decision.

In a recent op-ed, Heritage Action’s chief executive officer Mike Needham and Heritage health care expert Marie Fishpaw warned that some Republicans “have reportedly persuaded GOP leaders to plug the cracks in Obamacare’s failing edifice with piles of cash.”

One scheme is headed up by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA). They propose appropriating cost-sharing-reduction payments to insurers which would provide more federal money to help insurance companies. A second effort is an even greater corporate give-away led by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) which requests an additional $10 billion in federal cash to prop up failing insurance markets and fund states’ high-risk pools.

Both options fail to address Obamacare’s regulatory regime, which is driving up costs and reducing choice.

We have a different solution.

Heritage’s plan starts with giving patients more options by redirecting federal health care funding into block grants to the states.  This is the “disrupter” that will help to reset our health care culture. Our plan will allow states to innovate to cover the people not enrolled in employer-based health care plans. States also would be given the flexibility and tools they need to lower patients’ health care costs – starting by clearing out the web of Obamacare’s federal mandates that drove up costs and broke the private market.

The goal is simple: take power away from Washington Bureaucrats and allow states to innovate.

Read the full plan to reform our healthcare system >>

Since last October, when Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare failed in the Senate, Heritage has been convening all the major federal and state policy experts to have the difficult conversations and sort through the hard questions in order to build consensus on the path forward for health care reform.

Thank you for making this work possible.

What are the biggest changes needed to reform our healthcare system?

Former Heritage Trustee continues to make an impact


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Lewis Lehrman, who served as a Heritage trustee for nearly two decades, is a great example of someone who loves Heritage and loves our country.

His contributions to Heritage and to our nation are vast and are well worth remembering as we shared with you last year.

The author of many books, Lehrman just released his latest book this week titled Lincoln & Churchill: Statesmen at War which examines the lives of Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill to learn what made them succeed as leaders–specifically as they led their countries through war.

Lehrman is able to pull back the cover on these two iconic leaders and give an insider look into their lives in a way that no one else ever has.

According to leading historians and authors:

For years, I have longed to be in the same room with Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill. And now Lewis Lehrman has given all of us that chance with this sweeping, yet intimate study of the war leadership of both remarkable men.

With penetrating insight, Lehrman unfolds the contrasts and similarities between these two leaders: their points of origin, their temperaments, the nature of their ambitions, their leadership styles. I savored every page of this magnificent work. Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian

Few men have more profoundly shaped modern history than Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill. In this enlightening, original analysis of their leadership, Lewis E. Lehrman not only sheds a bright light on their remarkable achievements but he also deepens our understanding of the nature of statesmanship.

How two leaders of such radically different backgrounds and temperaments led their nations to victory in wars of national survival ‐‐ thus vindicating government of the people, by the people, and for the people ‐‐ is an inspiring story, based on deep research, told by Lehrman with great skill.

Admirers of both leaders, as well as history fans in general, will enjoy this very well written book and wonder why no previous historian has undertaken such an important comparative study. Professor Michael Burlingame holds the Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois‐Springfield

If you are an admirer of the leadership Lincoln and Churchill displayed throughout their lives then you will love this book.

Order your own copy today >>

Please join us in thanking Lehrman for his contributions to Heritage and to our nation.

World leaders come to Heritage


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This week, Heritage hosted numerous leaders and foreign dignitaries each day.

A few of the leaders at Heritage this week were:

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions
  • Secretary Ben Carson
  • Senator Ted Cruz
  • Senator Joni Earnst
  • Senator Orrin Hatch
  • 14 Ambassadors
  • And 20 additional foreign dignitaries including:
    • Finland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs
    • President of the Parliament of Montenegro
    • Hong Kong’s former Chief Secretary
    • Former Prime Minister of Ukraine
    • Friends of Israel delegation
    • Arctic Affairs Ambassador for Finland
    • Bosnian delegation
    • Republic of Korea’s National Assembly Member
    • Vice president of the Congress of Costa Rica

Some of these leaders attended various meetings throughout the week while many of them attended a special event Monday that honored Heritage’s founder, Ed Feulner, and welcomed Heritage’s new president, Kay Coles James.

Watch the event >>

Heritage has long been a place to convene leaders together to further the conservative movement and this week’s guests are a testament to that history.

Your support makes this possible.

Why do you think it is important to constantly host today’s leaders?

A look at the ways you made America stronger


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A strong national defense is critical to maintaining a stable, vibrant country…especially with today’s increasing global threats.

You made a lot of progress through Heritage in strengthening our national defense this past year.

These are a few examples of the tremendous work you’ve made possible.

Strength through expert personnel:

Former Heritage Asian studies expert, Lisa Curtis, was appointed to the National Security Council as the senior director for South Asia. Previously she worked in the U.S. government on South Asian issues for 16 years. During that time she worked as a staffer for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a senior advisor to the assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs, an analyst for the CIA, and as a diplomat in the U.S. embassies in Pakistan and India. We are excited for her new role.  Read more about her appointment >>

Ranking our military strength:

Assessing U.S. national interests and America’s ability to defend those interests is one of the foremost responsibilities of the federal government. For that purpose, Heritage released the annual Index of U.S. Military Strength that has become a key resource for policymakers. It contains the latest assessments of global threats, operating environments, and the status of the U.S. military. Read the index >>

Changing Policy:

Heritage’s defense team, unmatched by other think tanks with their real world experience, had many of their recommendations incorporated into the National Defense Authorization Act. Read the recommendations >>

The Pentagon has reportedly formed a team to figure out how the United States can return to a “two-war” posture–something Heritage has been advocating for since the introduction of the Index of U.S. Military Strength in 2015. “This provides America the ability to engage in a major fight with the confidence that we have the wherewithal to deter and fight an opportunistic enemy who might take advantage of our commitment elsewhere,” says Tom Spoehr, director of Heritage’s Center for National Defense. Find out if the U.S. military is strong enough >>

Bringing leaders together:

Heritage hosted the Directors of the DNI, NSA, and FBI to discuss America’s security….specifically, the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) which provides invaluable information on non-U.S. people oversees. Some estimates say that Section 702 is responsible for more than 25 percent of all current intelligence collected. Watch the event >>

Since the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, Tehran has continued its malign policies in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. Iran’s expanding influence in these war-torn countries has been facilitated by the strategic dividends and sanctions relief provided by the nuclear deal. Heritage’s recommendation has been to pull out of the Iran Deal entirely and that was the purpose of this event at Heritage.

Heritage also hosted the Ukrainian President for a private briefing with Heritage leadership and policy experts to discuss relations with Russia.

Testifying before Congress:

General Thomas Spoehr, retired Army lieutenant general and director of Heritage’s Center for National Defense, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on his recommendations for a future National Defense Strategy. Read his rules to get defense strategy right >>

Heritage’s National Security team briefed the House Armed Services Committee and laid out key assessments of our military drawing from Heritage’s 2018 Index of Military Strength. Overall, the 2018 Index concludes that the current U.S. military force is likely capable of meeting the demands of a single major regional conflict while also attending to various presence and engagement activities but that it would be very hard-pressed to do more and certainly would be ill-equipped to handle two nearly simultaneous major regional contingencies.

Preparing for the future:

There is a great need for national security leaders who can think critically about the issues our nation faces today. To train and educate the next generation of these leaders, Heritage partnered with the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security  which focuses on educating and training leaders for the national security and intelligence communities. Read more about this partnership >>

Heritage is also the first and only organization to track and compile all Islamist terror plots and attacks against the U.S. homeland since 9/11 through their homeland security research team. “We have the most robust and respected program in town,” said Carafano. “Much of the credit goes to David Inserra and his consistent work with the House Homeland Security Committee over the years.” Read more about the team and the work they have done >>

Take a moment to re-read the work you’ve made possible.

America is safer today because of your support of Heritage.

Thank you.

What are the top 3 national defense areas President Trump’s Administration should focus on in 2018? Why?

You turned the American economy around


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You have made an enormous difference strengthening our economy during 2017.

Heritage experts started working around the clock leading up to the beginning of 2017 to get conservative fiscal policy positioned to be adopted in 2017.

These are a few of their accomplishments.

To start, Paul Winfree, Director of Heritage’s Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, was appointed by President Trump to serve as the Director of Budget Policy and Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council. Thus, the person who had been responsible for crafting Heritage’s budget spent the entire year working on the Trump Administration’s budget.

Next, former Heritage economist James Sherk joined Trump’s Administration as his labor adviser. Sherk worked hard to reduce excessive federal spending–so much so that his plans were picked up by the Washington Post.

A small Heritage team also worked closely with the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, to ensure that his goal of 3% growth was reached. Mike Needham, Heritage Action’s CEO, Salim Furth, Heritage’s macroeconomics research fellow, and Steve Moore, Heritage’s Institute for Economic Freedom distinguished visiting fellow were all part of this group. As we’ve now seen, the economy has experienced tremendous growth this past year and set many new records.

In addition to this working group, an op-ed in The New York Times by four leading conservatives inspired President Donald Trump’s outline for tax reform, according to The Hill. Steve Moore, distinguished visiting fellow in Heritage’s Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity and Steve Forbes, a long-time member of Heritage’s Board of Trustees, were two of the authors.

Throughout the year Heritage experts also worked hard to push tax reform forward. A constant stream of articles, charts, and events kept the conversation alive until we received one of the largest tax cuts in more than 30 years.

At the beginning of 2018 our nation is experiencing one of the strongest economies it has had in years due largely to your support of Heritage.

Thank you for making this possible.

What is the next economic reform you would like to see passed?

Your role in slashing government regulations


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President Trump’s administration has brought about many de-regulations this past year that were recommended in Heritage’s Mandate for Leadership policy agenda.

According to Heritage expert Diane Katz:

Federal rulemaking slowed dramatically in 2017, with the Trump administration issuing two-thirds fewer regulations in its first year (1,136) than both Presidents Barack Obama (3,356) and George W. Bush (3,927).

The White House has also committed federal agencies to more than 400 deregulatory actions in 2018.

Here are 10 of the past year’s most consequential actions to rein in the regulatory excesses of previous administrations.

Find out the top 10 ways the Trump Administration beat back excessive regulation in 2017 >>

These are huge steps forward in decreasing the power of federal agencies.

With fewer government regulations the economy will be able to grow stronger and more power will be given back into the hands of congress and the American people instead of unelected, power-hungry agencies.

Thank you for making this possible.

What other areas of the Federal government should be de-regulated more?

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