President Trump on a Nine-Day Foreign Trip
Washington, D.C. - President Trump has left for a nine-day, five-city foreign excursion, his first trip outside the United States as the country’s leader and top diplomat. “Mr. Trump’s first trip should not be that difficult since he is meeting largely with allies at a time of relative peace and prosperity.” said James Steinberg, a diplomat for former President Barack Obama in an interview to Fox News, “A trip like this is an easy trip,” he said. “There’s no crisis. It’s a relationship-building trip. It’s hard for it not to be a success unless something goes wrong.”
Health Care Replacement Bill Approved in House
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House of Representatives approved on Thursday a health care bill aimed at fulfilling Trump’s campaign promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare. The American Health Care Act passed on a 217-213 vote.
“We’re going to get this finished,” President Trump declared in a celebratory Rose Garden event, surrounded by Republican congressional allies shortly after the vote. He vowed premiums and deductibles will be “coming down” and the Affordable Care Act is “essentially dead.”
“Welcome to the beginning of the end of ObamaCare,” Vice President Pence said in the Rose Garden.
The passage marked Republicans' biggest step yet toward replacing the Obama administration's signature domestic policy law. The bill heads next to the Senate.
Trump, praising House Speaker Paul Ryan, said he's confident in Senate passage and predicted an "unbelievable victory."
Conflict with North Korea?
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an interview with Reuters, President Trump warned against an open conflict with North Korea. The President indicated that a clash might be inevitable if the Asian country continued with its nuclear and missile programs. "There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely," Trump said. Nevertheless, Trump also said that he was still hoping for a peaceful solution and that diplomacy should prevail. "We'd love to solve things diplomatically, but it's very difficult," he added. The interview with Reuters comes as Trump is marking 100 days in office.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court last week by a vote of 54 to 45. Gorsuch, a 49-year-old federal judge, will help keep a conservative majority in the Supreme Court for decades to come.
The Supreme Court has been operating with only eight justices since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016.
Gorsuch's confirmation continues the ideological balance that existed before Scalia's death, with four conservative Justices, four liberals and Justice Anthony Kennedy as a swing vote between the blocs.
Wiretapping in Trump Tower?
WASHINGTON D.C. - In a series of tweets, President Trump claimed that President Barack Obama had ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower during the presidential campaign. Trump said in the tweets that he had "just found out" about being wiretapped. The President asked Congress to investigate this issue.
When asked to provide evidence to this serious allegation, Counselor Kellyanne Conway said in an interview on Fox & Friends, “He’s the president of the United States. He has information and intelligence that the rest of us do not.” Spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on NBC’s “Today” show that Trump firmly believes the allegations.
Republican lawmakers generally voiced a willingness to investigate the claims as the White House has requested. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman, Richard Burr, said in a statement that the panel "will follow the evidence where it leads, and we will continue to be guided by the intelligence and facts as we compile our findings." Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement that the committee "will make inquiries into whether the government was conducting surveillance activities on any political party's campaign officials or surrogates."
Trump's request carries some risk to the president, particularly if Congress reveals damaging information about him or his associates. Committee Democrats will then have access to the information and could use anything negative against the President. The request could also leave the Russia issue hanged over the White House for months.
Trump Denounces Wave of Anti-Semitic Attacks
WASHINGTON, D.C. – in an emotional speech, President Trump spoke out against the wave of anti-Semitic attacks against Jewish community centers. Following a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, President Trump called the attacks “horrible” reminders of the bigotry that still exists in our country.
“The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil,” Trump said
The President was not the only one denouncing the attacks. His daughter, Ivanka Trump, tweeted “America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our house of worship & religious centers. #JCC.” Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism before marrying Jared Kushner, who is Orthodox.
Even Hillary Clinton, Trump’s Democratic rival in the 2016 presidential elections, condemned the attacks in a tweet saying “JCC threats, cemetery desecration & online attacks are so troubling & they need to be stopped.”
Pence: Trump is seeking common ground with Russia
WASHINGTON D.C. - Vice President, Mike Pence, said in an interview on Fox News that President Trump is looking for common ground with Russia and its president. However, Pence emphasized that no meeting between the two leader had been scheduled yet.
"We made a strong commitment to NATO," Pence said, referencing his speech in a recent NATO meeting in Germany last month. "We also made it very clear that ... we’re going to hold Russia accountable for ending violence in Eastern Ukraine, but in the same breath, our president continues to believe that if there’s a way that we can find common ground with Russia, particularly in the fight against ISIS, he’s determined to pursue that."