Fri, Aug 18, 2017: Trump reviews possible strategies for Afghan war at Camp David

President Donald Trump returns a salute upon his arrival at Hagerstown Regional Airport in Hagerstown, Md., on Air Force One, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, en route to nearby Camp David, for a meeting with his national security team to discuss strategy for South Asia, including India, Pakistan and the way forward in Afghanistan. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP)

President Donald Trump is “studying and considering his options” for a new approach to Afghanistan and the broader South Asia region, the White House said Friday after the president huddled with his top national security aides at Camp David.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a brief statement saying Trump had been briefed extensively on a new strategy to “protect America’s interests” in the region. She did not specifically mention Afghanistan. Continue reading “Fri, Aug 18, 2017: Trump reviews possible strategies for Afghan war at Camp David”

Fri, Aug 18, 2017: Steve Bannon, WH chief strategist, fired

Steve Bannon is leaving his post as senior adviser on Friday, according to the White House, ending a turbulent tenure for the anti-immigration advocate and economic nationalist who clashed other advisers since the beginning of President Trump’s term.

“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

The news of Bannon’s removal comes after days of intense pressure to remove him from his White House after clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, and just two days after the volatile senior adviser gave an extraordinary interview in which he attacked colleagues and undercut administration positions on China and North Korea.

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Thur, Aug 17, 2017: Trump lunches with Florida Governor Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott had lunch Thursday with President Donald Trump, the latest in a series of get togethers between the political allies.

The White House schedule showed a 1 p.m. meal at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, N.J.

John Tupps, a spokesman for the governor, said: “Governor Scott had lunch today with President Trump following an invitation from the White House last week. Governor Scott was solely there to promote Florida. They discussed a wide range of topics including the President’s commitment to partner with Florida on needed repairs to the federally-operated Herbert Hoover Dike at Lake Okeechobee. Governor Scott wants to do all he can to protect Florida’s environment and President Trump is very supportive to help. Additionally, they discussed the terror attack in Barcelona and the efforts President Trump is taking to keep America safe.”

Tupps said the racial violence in Charlottesville and debate over Confederate monuments did not come up.

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Thur, Aug 17, 2017: Trump condemns removal of Confederate monuments, says ‘history is being ripped apart’

President Donald Trump bitingly decried the rising movement to pull down monuments to Confederate icons Thursday, declaring the nation is seeing “the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart.”

Trump’s new remarks came even as the White house tried to manage his increasing isolation and the continued fallout from his combative comments on last weekend’s racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Continue reading “Thur, Aug 17, 2017: Trump condemns removal of Confederate monuments, says ‘history is being ripped apart’”

Wed, Aug 16, 2017: Trump signs Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act

Military veterans are getting unlimited access to college assistance under legislation President Donald Trump has signed into law.

The Forever GI Act removed a 15-year limit on using the benefits, effective immediately. The measure increases financial assistance for National Guard and Reserve members, building on a 2008 law that guaranteed veterans a full-ride scholarship to any in-state, public university, or a similar cash amount to attend private colleges. Continue reading “Wed, Aug 16, 2017: Trump signs Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act”

Wed, Aug 16, 2017: Trump dissolves two business councils after exodus of CEOs

A White House advisory panel of top CEOs disbanded Wednesday after the backlash from President Donald Trump’s latest tirade left the panel little choice, according to one member.

n the face of corporate defections and the member’s disclosure, Trump announced plans to dissolve the group and the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative council.

The strategic forum, led by Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman and made up of top business leaders, is separate from Trump’s manufacturing council, which had seen seven defections this week.

Seven of the White House councils’ 37 members resigned this week, led by Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier’s exit on Monday from the manufacturing council. Frazier left after Trump’s waffling responses to the deadly right-wing violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.

Following Wednesday’s decision by the advisory council to disband and condemn Trump’s statements, the president said he would end both the Strategic and Policy Forum and the manufacturing council.

Trump tweeted, “Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!”

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