Categories for A- Trump As President
TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “Today, it was an honor to have @UN Secretary-General @AntonioGuterres at the @WhiteHouse. Speaking for the U.S.A., we appreciate all you do! https://t.co/Sk0Jcazzxw”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 20, 2017 01:50pm
TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Thank you @GeraldoRivera @FoxandFriends. Agree! https://t.co/8cZLdAbgzw”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 20, 2017 01:31pm
CAMPAIGN/INTELLIGENCE/LEGAL/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Senate Intelligence Committee has indefinitely postponed a public hearing planned for next week with Michael Cohen, the longtime Trump attorney and 2016 campaign surrogate…
Cohen had been slated to appear in a private session last month but the committee called it off abruptly after Cohen arrived, citing his decision to release a statement prior to his testimony in defiance of the committee’s request that he refrain from public comments. Instead, the committee scheduled Cohen for an open hearing on Oct. 25.
In announcing the postponement, Burr and Warner did not include any hint of the frustration that led to their initial decision to bring Cohen in publicly and even praised his ‘cooperation’ with the panel’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election…
In his public statement, Cohen denied he had any involvement in Russia’s efforts to medde in the presidential election, an effort the intelligence community has concluded was meant to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances and boost Trump’s.
When he first appeared, Cohen spent more than an hour with committee staff before they canceled his hearing.”
-Kyle Cheney, “Senate intelligence panel postpones hearing with Trump personal lawyer,” Politico, Oct. 20, 2017 12:28pm
SPORTS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A fundraising committee backing President Donald Trump has launched a petition calling for supporters to be counted among those who believe in standing for the National Anthem.
The message is paid for by a joint fundraising group between Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee and is posted on the Republican Party’s official website. The petition asks for a full name, email address and zip code as a sign of patriotism and support for the National Anthem.
Trump has sparred with the NFL and the players who have protested during the National Anthem, putting himself in the middle of a controversy with significant racial and cultural undertones. The Trump campaign team earlier this month offered supporters an ‘I STAND FOR THE FLAG’ sticker in exchange for contributions of at least $5 to the committee, and Trump himself has frequently tweeted on the subject.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier this week at an owners meeting in New York that players are not attempting to disrespect the flag in kneeling during the anthem, although he urged them to stand. However, the league said it will not mandate that players stand for the anthem despite Trump’s continued requests.”
-Katishi Maake, “Trump fundraising arm launches National Anthem petition,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, Oct. 20, 2017 12:08pm
GOP/LABOR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “At the largest meeting of organized labor next week, U.S. unions are shutting out politicians so they can determine who their friends are.
The question for labor unions is how to deal with a Republican White House that many of its members oppose but whose policies also appeal to significant elements of the labor movement.
President Donald Trump has peeled support from workers who say they’ve felt the sting of globalization. He has pushed policies—including on energy and trade—that appeal to blue-collar workers in fields such as construction, manufacturing and mining.
But what’s become the majority of organized labor—service unions such as those for teachers, government employees and health-care workers—opposes administration policies such as immigration restrictions and an overhaul of the tax system.
Worker advocates must decide how to proceed next week in St. Louis during the AFL-CIO’s once-every-four-year convention. There the nation’s largest labor federation will bring together 56 unions, including the American Federation of Teachers and the United Mine Workers, to set the policy tone and pick leadership through the next presidential election.”
-Eric Morath, “With Workers Split Over Trump, Unions Look to Bridge the Divide,” The Wall Street Journal online, Oct. 20, 2017 07:00am
SPORT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump has stepped up the pressure on the National Football League over protests by its players during the national anthem by launching a petition and asking his supporters to show their patriotism by backing it.
The move came after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell this week rejected Trump’s calls to punish players who kneel for the anthem to protest racism. Trump has said the protests are unpatriotic and disrespectful of military veterans…
The petition was published on the Republican National Committee website. It did not indicate how many signatures had been received.
Players kneeling during ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ are protesting the killing of unarmed black men and boys by police across the United States, as well as racial disparities in the country’s criminal justice system. More than half of all NFL players are black.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who first popularized the gesture last year, said he settled on kneeling as a form of protest because it is widely seen as a gesture of respect.
Goodell said on Wednesday [10-18-17] after a meeting of league owners that the NFL would continue to nurture players’ efforts to fight racial disparities in the criminal justice system, believing this would make the urge to protest fade.”
-Reuters Staff, “Trump launches petition against NFL players’ anthem protests,” Reuters, Oct. 20, 2017 06:25am
TERRORISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UK: “Just out report: ‘United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror.’ Not good, we must keep America safe!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 20, 2017 05:31am
DRUGS/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump overrode his own advisers when he promised to deliver an emergency declaration next week to combat the nation’s worsening opioid crisis…
Blindsided officials are now scrambling to develop such a plan, but it is unclear when it will be announced, how or if it will be done, and whether the administration has the permanent leadership to execute it, said two administration officials.
‘They are not ready for this,’ a public health advocate said of an emergency declaration after talking to Health and Human Services officials enlisted in the effort.
Trump’s off-script statement stunned top agency officials, who said there is no consensus on how to implement an emergency declaration for the drug epidemic, according to interviews with officials from the White House, a half dozen federal agencies, state health directors and lobbyists…
Members of Trump’s Domestic Policy Council, budget director Mick Mulvaney and former HHS Secretary Tom Price opposed the plan for months because of the multibillion-dollar price tag, legal issues and questions about how it would be implemented, according to White House officials. Price argued that the government could respond efficiently without taking such a step.”
-Brianna Ehley, Josh Dawsey, and Sarah Karlin-Smith, “Blindsided Trump officials scrambling to develop opioid plan,” Politico, Oct. 20, 2017 05:06am
NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is pushing the limits of an obscure federal law that restricts nominees from serving in federal positions before they’re approved by the Senate.
A POLITICO review has identified four officials at three different agencies doing substantially similar work to the position for which they have been nominated – despite not yet getting a green-light from the Senate.
The hires reflect increasing impatience in federal agencies that key jobs remain unfilled nine months into the new administration.
President Donald Trump has complained repeatedly that Democrats are moving too slowly to confirm his nominees, though he’s also said he intends to leave many jobs empty. Democrats counter that the onus is on Trump, who has not yet announced nominees for a slew of key positions across the government…
It’s unclear whether the officials in question are in direct violation of the law, but some experts said the administration appears to be defying its intent.”
-Andrew Restuccia and Nahal Toosi, “Trump nominees show up for work without waiting for Senate approval,” Politico, Oct. 20, 2017 05:04am
HEALTHCARE/OBAMACARE(ACA)/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s reversals in the past week on maintaining Obamacare subsidies to insurers are sowing new confusion over what kind of health insurance will be available to consumers, and at what price, when enrollment for 2018 begins in two weeks.
Trump said last week his administration would stop paying billions of dollars in subsidies that help insurers give discounts to low-income households, one of several moves to dismantle the signature healthcare law of his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.
Since then, Trump has alternately supported, and dismissed, an effort by Republican and Democratic senators that would reinstate the subsidies for two years, until a broader replacement to the 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, can be negotiated…
Trump, who promised during his election campaign to repeal and replace Obamacare, which he has called a ‘disaster,’ has said the subsidies amount to a bailout for insurance companies.
By law, health insurers must still offer the discounts on deductibles, co-pays and other out-of-pocket costs, even if the government stops reimbursing them. Insurers say they do not profit from the subsidies.”
-Caroline Humer, “Obamacare whiplash leaves states, insurers with dueling price plans,” Reuters, Oct. 20, 2017 03:03am
MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Keep up the GREAT work. I am with you 100%! ‘ISIS is losing its grip…’ Army Colonel Ryan Dillon CJTF–OIR https://t.co/jVGuvv5mzm https://t.co/PSCXg38CtS”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 19, 2017 08:43pm
FBI/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the investigation into how a group of militants thought to be Islamists killed four American soldiers in Niger two weeks ago, a move that comes as U.S. officials face criticism over their struggle to answer questions about the incident.
U.S. military officials said Thursday [10-19-17] that they are trying to piece together a timeline of what happened, while lawmakers impatient for information criticized the Pentagon and White House for a lack of transparency…
Bringing the bureau into the probe of a military operation gone awry isn’t unprecedented, FBI officials said. The FBI has the authority to take over the investigation but hasn’t yet done so, the officials said.
FBI investigators are helping gather and evaluate evidence about the militants considered responsible for the ambush and how members of the group learned of the joint U.S.-Nigerien patrol.
Questions about the operation, and the mission of the Green Berets in Niger, have been mounting. The questions center on whether the U.S. force had adequate resources and whether its mission was well-defined.”
-Ben Kesling and Julian E. Barnes, “Death of U.S. Soldiers in Niger Sparks FBI Probe, Criticism,” The Wall Street Journal online, Oct. 19, 2017 07:57pm
REX TILLERSON/STATE/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described how he seeks to manage an often-fraught relationship with President Donald Trump, saying he tries to deliver short-term victories to an impatient commander-in-chief while focusing on a longer horizon himself.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal Thursday, Mr. Tillerson acknowledged the contrasting styles of the two men and described his effort to bridge the gaps, while rejecting swirling rumors of his impending departure. ‘I see those differences in how we think,’ Mr. Tillerson said in his State Department office. ‘Most of the things he would do would be done on very short time frames. Everything I spent my life doing was done on 10- to 20-year time frames, so I am quite comfortable thinking in those terms.’…
Mr. Tillerson said one of his top long-term priorities is shifting the balance of the trade and national-security relationship with China, even as he adopted Mr. Trump’s stern tone on Asia’s economic power.
On Thursday, Mr. Tillerson warned China that the U.S. has an arsenal of economic weapons to force Beijing to address trade imbalances and a continuing territorial dispute in the South China Sea…
Tools he might apply include tariffs, World Trade Organization actions, quotas and other mechanisms, he said.”
-Michael C. Bender and Felicia Schwartz, “Tillerson Balances Trump’s Goals With His Own,” The Wall Street Journal online, Oct. 19, 2017 07:32pm
DREAMERS/IMMIGRATION/JOBS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Nearly two dozen major companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, according to documents seen by Reuters.
The Coalition for the American Dream intends to ask Congress to pass bipartisan legislation this year that would allow these immigrants, often referred to as ‘Dreamers,’ to continue working in the United States, the documents said.
Alphabet Inc’s Google, Microsoft Corp, Facebook Inc, Intel Corp, Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL], IBM Corp, Marriott International Inc and other top U.S. companies are listed as members, one of the documents shows.
Intel, Uber and Univision Communications Inc [UVN.UL] confirmed their membership, but the other companies did not immediately comment. It is possible that plans to launch the group could change…
The push for this legislation comes after President Donald Trump’s September decision to allow the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to expire in March. That program, established by former President Barack Obama in 2012, allows approximately 900,000 illegal immigrants to obtain work permits.
Some 800 companies signed a letter to Congressional leaders after Trump’s decision, calling for legislation protecting Dreamers. That effort was spearheaded by a pro-immigration reform group Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg co-founded in 2013 called FWD.us.”
-Salvador Rodriguez and Jeffery Dastin, “Exclusive: Tech companies to lobby for immigrant ‘Dreamers’ to remain in U.S.,” Reuters, Oct. 19, 2017 06:52pm
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump has personally interviewed at least two potential candidates for U.S. attorney positions in New York, according to two sources familiar with the matter — a move that critics say raises questions about whether they can be sufficiently independent from the president.
Trump has interviewed Geoffrey Berman, who is currently at the law firm Greenberg Traurig for the job of U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Ed McNally of the firm Kasowitz Benson Torres for the Eastern District post, according to the sources.
It was unclear when the discussions took place. Trump has not announced nominees for those positions. Neither Berman nor McNally responded to calls or emails requesting comment.
The White House did not deny that Trump had personally conducted the interviews with those two candidates. A White House official noted: ‘These are individuals that the president nominates and the Senate confirms under Article II of the Constitution.’…
The Southern District of New York is an especially notable position since it has jurisdiction over Trump Tower. Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney there, has said he had been told that Trump would keep him on despite the change in administrations.”
-Seung Min Kim and John Bresnahan, “Trump personally interviewed U.S. attorney candidates,” Politico, Oct. 19, 2017 05:50pm
JOHN KELLY/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly defended President Donald Trump’s comments to an Army widow, saying the president expressed his condolences to the families of fallen soldiers the ‘best way he could.’…
Mr. Kelly, who said he had counseled the president on what to say, denounced Ms. Wilson, calling her ‘selfish’ and an empty barrel…
Earlier this week, Ms. Wilson, a Florida Democrat, called the president insensitive for telling Sgt. Johnson’s widow, Myeshia Johnson, that her husband ‘knew what he signed up for…but when it happens it hurts anyways.’ Her account was backed up by Sgt. Johnson’s mother, who said she felt ‘disrespected’ by the president’s words.
Ms. Wilson’s office didn’t immediately return a request to comment. Ms. Wilson has said she was in a car with Ms. Johnson on the way to receive her husband’s remains when Mr. Trump called. She has stood by her account of the conversation.
Mr. Trump on Wednesday [10-18-17] denied the congresswoman’s characterization of his call to Ms. Johnson…
In his comments Thursday, Mr. Kelly confirmed some of the words Ms. Wilson said she heard in the president’s call to Ms. Johnson and said Mr. Trump had ‘expressed his condolences the best way he could.’…
Mr. Kelly’s second appearance at a White House briefing as chief of staff came as the administration sought to quell the controversy over the president’s conversation with Ms. Johnson as well as over his previous remarks about calls to families.”
-Rebecca Ballhaus and Eli Stokols, “John Kelly Defends Trump After Criticism of Phone Call to Widow,” The Wall Street Journal online, Oct. 19, 2017 05:38pm
PUERTO RICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It was great to have Governor @RicardoRossello of #PuertoRico🇵🇷with us at the @WhiteHouse today. We are with you! #PRStrong https://t.co/Op2xDZxvNc”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 19, 2017 03:40pm
POLITICAL FIGURES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Sen. Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who dished out scathing criticism of President Donald Trump, said Thursday [10-19-17] that the White House includes staff with instincts that run counter to ‘prudent norms.’…
Corker, the seasoned and smooth chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, has taken off the gloves in recent weeks, speaking about Trump’s behavior as irresponsible and dangerous with a candor that has left many in Washington blinking in surprise…
But a few minutes later, politics intruded again when Corker was asked about food aid. The senator, who also focuses on anti-slavery issues, is pushing for changes to the way emergency food aid is distributed.
The current system benefits American businesses, but is deeply inefficient and badly undermines farmers in developing countries. Corker described it Thursday as ‘absolute stupidity.’ He pointed, in part, to entrenched interests in Congress, in the form of staffers who work on the ‘farm bill,’ which is being renegotiated this year and sets five years of eating and farming policy in the United States.
Corker was asked about reports that he’d intervened in June when Trump was considering an executive order that would require 100% of food aid, up from 50%, to be transported on US-flagged vessels. The requirement mostly benefits two New York companies, Corker said, and can mean that aid takes months to reach starving people.
Corker credited the President for understanding the issue and deciding not to go forward with the executive order, but he said the battle wasn’t over. He pointed to ‘forces’ within the White House.”
-Nicole Gaouette, “Corker warns of White House ‘negativist’ instincts,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, Oct. 19, 2017 11:31am
BORDER/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “Construction crews are erecting eight looming prototypes of President Trump’s border wall in a remote section of the San Diego borderlands. Four are solid concrete; four are made of steel and concrete; one is topped with spikes. They all approach 30 feet in height. Customs and Border Protection is paying $20 million to six construction companies from Mississippi, Maryland, Alabama, Texas and Arizona. Crews in white hardhats operating cranes and forklifts are expected to complete the models by the end of the month.
Once the sections of wall are finished, CBP — parent agency of the Border Patrol — will evaluate them for three criteria…
While the mockups are massive, it’s anybody’s guess whether they’ll ever get built. Trump’s border wall is opposed by congressional Democrats, as well as most of California’s and San Diego’s leadership. But they’re certainly getting lots of press…
CBP expected the prototypes to spark big protests similar to the crowds that massed at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota last year decrying the pipeline. Officials even set aside a ‘free speech zone’ and planned contingencies if trouble broke out. But since construction began three weeks ago, there have been no demonstrators.”
-John Burnett, “30-Foot Border Wall Prototypes Erected In San Diego Borderlands,” NPR, Oct. 19, 2017 08:33am
FTC/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump will nominate antitrust attorney Joseph Simons as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, moving to install a hand-picked leader at the consumer protection agency that’s been without a permanent head for 10 months.
He also will nominate Noah Phillips, chief counsel for Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), for the FTC and consumer advocate Rohit Chopra for the commission’s open Democratic seat, according to the White House.
Simons is co-chairman of the antitrust group at the law firm Paul Weiss and a former FTC antitrust official during the George W. Bush administration. POLITICO first reported Trump had chosen him as FTC chairman in August.
The FTC, charged with protecting U.S. consumers and enforcing the country’s antitrust laws, has been led since late January by Republican Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen. As acting chairman, she’s only been able to fill key internal positions on a temporary basis, leaving the agency in a state of uncertainty.
Simons, if confirmed by the Senate, will immediately jump into some contentious issues, including calls from members of both parties to apply greater scrutiny to the nation’s biggest internet companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon.”
-Ashley Gol, Nancy Scola, and John Hendel, “Trump will nominate Joseph Simons for FTC chair,” Politico, Oct. 19, 2017 08:07am
MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “.@foxandfriends ‘Russia sent millions to Clinton Foundation’ “
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 19, 2017 07:21am
INTELLIGENCE/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th. Who paid for it, Russia, the FBI or the Dems (or all)?”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 19, 2017 06:56am
FOREIGN POLICY/TAXES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Foreign companies operating in the U.S. could face major changes in their tax bills under an overhaul being planned by Republicans. Those could include new surtaxes or limits on how much the companies can deduct on certain expenses such as rent, royalties and interest on debt.
The changes would be meant to address an imbalance. Because U.S. corporate tax rates are higher than they are in many other countries, foreign companies have an incentive to book big expenses in the U.S. so that more of their global profits get taxed at low rates back home. A drop in the U.S. corporate tax rate will address part of that imbalance, but not all of it, so other steps, such as a surtax for foreign companies with headquarters or operations in the U.S., could be imposed to level the playing field.
Lawmakers haven’t announced details of any plans, but the Senate Finance Committee sent a strong signal this month by inviting some of the sharpest critics of foreign companies’ tax maneuvers to pitch ideas at one of the final hearings before a bill is released.”
-Richard Rubin, “Changes in Store for Foreign Companies’ Tax Treatment in U.S.,” The Wall Street Journal online, Oct. 19, 2017 05:30am
FEDERAL RESERVE/GOP/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “After criticizing the Federal Reserve for the past eight years, Republicans have a chance to change the course of the central bank when President Donald Trump nominates someone to take the helm in early 2018. But they are divided over which direction monetary policy should take.
GOP efforts to subject the Fed to more scrutiny and limit its discretion gained traction in the wake of the financial crisis, especially in the House, and Republicans hammered Fed officials over why they continued to keep interest rates so low, saying the policy hurt savers and distorted markets. Now, with the prospect of a Republican-led tax cut and faster economic growth on the horizon, some in the party are wary of a choice that could disrupt markets or cut off growth by lifting rates higher to keep inflation under control…
The split is reflected in the slate of candidates President Donald Trump has homed in on as he nears a decision.”
-Kate Davidson, “GOP Divided Over Monetary Policy As Fed Chief Pick Looms,” The Wall Street Journal online, Oct. 19, 2017 05:00am
FAKE NEWS/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: ” ‘46% of Americans think the Media is inventing stories about Trump & his Administration.’ @FoxNews It is actually much worse than this!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 18, 2017 10:03pm