Sat, June 24, 2017: Trumps attend Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s wedding

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were among the throng of Washington power players attending Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s wedding to Scottish actress Louise Linton on Saturday evening.

But Pence didn’t just attend — he officiated, a source told CNN.

The nuptials took place at the historic Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. The bride wore a white gown with a lace top and full skirt and a diamond tiara; the groom, black tails and white bow tie. The first lady, meanwhile, donned a flowing pale pink evening gown and the President, a classic black tuxedo, the source said.

Guests at the wedding, who were expected to include Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, first daughter Ivanka Trump and several Cabinet members, were treated to a performance by kilted bagpipers and ballerinas in white tutus, the source said.

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Fri, June 23, 2017: Trump admits he has no ‘tapes’ on Comey, implies he tried to influence testimony

President Trump appeared to acknowledge on Friday in an interview that his tweet hinting of taped conversations with James B. Comey was intended to influence the fired F.B.I. director’s testimony before Congress, and he emphasized that he committed “no obstruction” of the inquiries into whether his campaign colluded with Russia.

The interview, with “Fox & Friends,” was shown one day after the president tweeted what most people in Washington had already come to believe: that he had not made recordings of his conversations with Mr. Comey.

Instead, the president explained in the television interview, his tweets were referring to the possibility that anyone could have taped those discussions.

“I’ve been reading about it for the last couple of months about the seriousness of the horribleness of the situation with surveillance all over the place,” the president said in the interview. “So you never know what’s out there, but I didn’t tape, and I don’t have any tape and I didn’t tape.”

When the Fox interviewer suggested that the possible existence of recordings might make sure Mr. Comey “stayed honest in those hearings,” Mr. Trump paused before responding, “Well, it wasn’t very stupid, I can tell you that.”

Referring to Mr. Comey, Mr. Trump said, “When he found out that I, you know, that there may be tapes out there whether it’s governmental tapes or anything else and who knows, I think his story may have changed.”

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Fri, June 23, 2017: Trump signs VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act

President Trump signed legislation Friday designed to protect whistleblowers while making it easier to fire problem employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The “VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017” makes permanent an office created by a Trump executive order earlier this year to look into claims made by whistleblowers and to protect them from retaliation.

It also shortens the timeframes allowed for employee appeals of disciplinary actions and mandates that courts reviewing the actions uphold them if there is “substantial evidence” they are warranted. Continue reading “Fri, June 23, 2017: Trump signs VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act”

Thur, June 22, 2017: Trump hosts lawmakers for Congressional Picnic at WH

Lawmakers took a rare break from bitter partisan politics and went to the White House Thursday evening for a good old-fashioned picnic.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hosted the Congressional Picnic, a bipartisan, annual event on the South Lawn aimed at bringing members of Congress, their families and members of the administration together for a casual, lighthearted evening.

“We’ve gotten to know many of you over the last weeks and months, and developed many friendships with politicians,” Trump said in brief remarks to lawmakers. “Can you believe it? Some really great people, I have to say, mostly. Mostly. A couple of bad ones, but that’s OK.”

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Thur, June 22, 2017: Trump meets with IOC on Los Angeles’ 2024 Olympics bid

While Los Angeles is all but assured of hosting an upcoming Olympics, the city’s bid to stage a Summer Games has an outspoken — if controversial — booster willing to lobby on its behalf.

President Trump met with Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, on Thursday at the White House. The meeting was closed to the press and details of their visit were not immediately available.

“President Trump confirmed his support for the L.A. candidature,” Mark Adams, an IOC spokesman, said at the conclusion of the visit.

While Trump has signaled his willingness to support Los Angeles’s efforts, Thursday’s meeting marked the most significant discussion he has had to date with Olympic officials.

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Thur, June 22, 2017: Trump holds meeting on new technologies

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) looks at a drone with Kespry CEO George Mathew (R) during an event highlighting emerging technologies, in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Donald Trump offered support for emerging technologies including unmanned aerial vehicles and next-generation wireless networks in a meeting on Thursday with the chiefs of AT&T Inc and General Electric Co and other business leaders.

The White House brought together venture capitalists and executives from the telecommunications and drone, or unmanned aerial system, industries to discuss how the government can speed technologies to market.

The meeting, which lasted more than three hours including breakout sessions, is part of Trump’s effort to tap industry experts on how to boost U.S. competitiveness in various fields and create jobs. Continue reading “Thur, June 22, 2017: Trump holds meeting on new technologies”