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Trump White House signals no quick move to revoke Obama immigration actions

  • 3:49 pm Monday, January 23rd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Despite repeated Republican calls during the 2016 campaign to overturn President Obama’s controversial executive actions on immigration, White House officials now indicate that President Trump will not move quickly to reverse those Obama actions, instead taking time to wait on Republicans in Congress to develop broader plans to deal with illegal immigration.

“We don’t have anything in front of us right now to sign on that,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at a Monday briefing, as he indicated that Mr. Trump may wait to see progress by lawmakers on a number of immigration-related initiatives, like a border wall [More]

Trump’s first Monday as President dominated by trade, jobs

  • 9:57 am Monday, January 23rd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As he vowed repeatedly throughout the 2016 campaign, President Trump wasted no time on his first Monday in office in following through on a major campaign promise, as he pulled the United States out of a major trade deal, and pressed some notable U.S. companies to keep more jobs as home, threatening a “substantial border tax” on some products made overseas, as he used the bully pulpit of the White House to jawbone in favor of the American worker.

“I’ve been talking about this for a long time,” Mr. Trump said, as he signed an official memorandum pulling the U.S. out [More]

One option for Trump – stop enforcing the individual mandate tax penalty

  • 8:00 pm Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Top aides to President Donald Trump are raising the possibility that his administration may decide to simply stop collecting a tax penalty levied against Americans who don’t buy pre-approved levels of health insurance coverage, as the Trump Administration tries to reach its goal of repealing Obamacare.

Asked on ABC’s “This Week” about the possible changes through the Executive Branch, top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said the President “may” stop enforcing the mandate.

“What President Trump is doing is he wants to get rid of that Obamacare penalty,” Conway said, “because that is something that is really strangling a lot of Americans, to [More]

President Trump, top spokesman blast news media on first full day in office

  • 6:17 pm Saturday, January 21st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In a direct one-two punch, President Donald Trump and his top spokesman at the White House accused the news media of “intentionally false reporting” to the American people about the size of the crowd at Friday’s Inauguration in Washington, D.C.

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an Inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to reporters in the White House Briefing Room, though he offered no numbers or evidence to back up his assertion, as he bitterly complained that the press had distorted turnout in the nation’s capital on Friday.

Spicer [More]

In first day executive order, President Trump takes aim at Obamacare

  • 8:00 am Saturday, January 21st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Issuing his first executive order just hours after being sworn into office, President Donald Trump on Friday ordered federal agencies to ease “unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens” of Obamacare, as he again declared his desire to unravel his predecessor’s main legislative achievement.

With Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and other top aides looking on in the Oval Office, President Trump signed a document that was very clear in its intent when it comes to the Obama health law – he wants it repealed – but in the meantime, he will ask federal [More]

Senate confirms two Trump nominees, as Democrats block vote on CIA pick

  • 7:04 pm Friday, January 20th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Hours after the swearing-in of a President Donald J. Trump, Democrats and Republicans in Congress quickly clashed in a battle over Mr. Trump’s Cabinet nominations, as the Senate approved two top choices of President Trump, but Democrats refused to allow a vote until next week on his choice for a CIA Director.

“I am pleased by the confirmation votes of Generals Mattis and Kelly,” the President said in his first written statement issued by the White House.

“I am proud to have these two American heroes join my administration,” he added.

But Mr. Trump also made clear his displeasure that more of his [More]

Trump sworn in as President, vows to focus on “America first”

  • 12:30 pm Friday, January 20th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Cheered by thousands of supporters gathered at the U.S. Capitol, Donald J. Trump took the oath of office as the 45th President of the United States, using his Inaugural Address to repeat his familiar campaign vow to focus first on the troubles of Americans at home, as he sent a message to lawmakers in Congress sitting around him.

“We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action,” Mr. Trump said to cheers. “The time for empty talk is over.”

The President thanked those who had supported him, making clear that his victory was part of a broader desire [More]

Trump starts Inauguration festivities with Lincoln Memorial concert

  • 6:59 pm Thursday, January 19th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

President-Elect Donald Trump vowed to push with ahead with “real change” when he becomes President on Friday, telling a crowd at the Lincoln Memorial that he was ready to follow through on his campaign pledge to “Make America Great Again.”

“We all got tired of seeing what was happening,” Mr. Trump said. “And we wanted change – real change.”

“We’re going to make America great for all of our people, everybody, everybody throughout our country,” the President-Elect, said just hours before he was slated to take the oath of office to become the 45th President of the United States.

Mr. Trump arrived [More]

Decorum suffers as Democrats, Republicans clash over Trump picks

  • 1:45 pm Thursday, January 19th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

A day before President-Elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office, political bitterness over Mr. Trump’s choices again spilled into public view, as Democrats vowed to slow down Senate approval of top Trump Cabinet officials, while Republicans accused Democrats of doing all they can to undermine the new administration.

Democrats have followed a familiar playbook so far on a new administration, using two weeks of Senate confirmation hearings to try their best to undermine a variety of Trump picks.

After Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) delivered a speech that raised red flags about Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) had [More]

Washington, D.C. almost ready for Trump Inauguration

  • 7:00 am Thursday, January 19th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

The hours are counting down in the nation’s capital to the Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, as on this Thursday, the Lincoln Memorial will be the focus of much of the pre-Inaugural celebrations, as police begin to cordon off vast areas of the city.

Around the U.S. Capitol, more and more security fencing seemed to pop up almost by the hour, as police not only cordoned off certain areas, but set up screening tents and more for the thousands expected at the Inauguration.

Not only is there fencing on Capitol Hill, but also stretching far [More]

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