Thur, Dec. 14, 2017: Trump touts deregulation moves, cuts red tape

President Trump talked up his deregulation efforts Thursday at the White House, saying his administration has surpassed goals of eliminating former administrations’ regulations.

Earlier in the year, the president ordered that for every new regulation introduced, two must be eliminated. But Mr. Trump said that goal has been exceeded. For every new regulation introduced, agencies have eliminated 22, he said.

The president said red tape has come to a screeching halt. Within the first 11 months in office, more than 1,500 planned regulations were withdrawn or, he said. The White House claims agencies have saved $8.1 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings, or $570 million a year.

Mr. Trump also said “beautiful” clean coal is coming back, as are autoworkers’ jobs, because of those efforts.

–CBS News

Wed Dec. 13, 2017: Trump delivers remarks on tax reform bill

President Trump on Wednesday made his closing arguments for his tax agenda, as House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement in conference to work out the differences between their two bills.

But the president’s closing-in-on-victory lap speech at the White House had a cloudy backdrop. On Wednesday, he gave his first address since Roy Moore, the Republican he endorsed who was accused of sexual misconduct with minors, lost to Democrat Doug Jones in the Alabama special U.S. Senate race Tuesday night. Not only does Moore’s defeat mark a loss for Mr. Trump’s chosen candidate, but it will likely make the president’s legislative agenda more difficult to accomplish in the future, since Republicans will soon only have a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate.

For now, the president looks on track to meet his goal of signing a tax bill before Christmas.

For his speech, the president talked up the impact of the bill for middle-class families. The White House has invited a number of families to attend, along with Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and chief White House economist Gary Cohn.

–CBS News

Wed, Dec. 13, 2017: Trump comments on Roy Moore defeat in Alabama

President Donald Trump is defending his decision to initially back Sen. Luther Strange against Roy Moore in Alabama’s Senate election, saying in a predawn tweet that “Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him.”

“I was right!” the president said in a pre-dawn Twitter post Wednesday, a day after Democrat Doug Jones narrowly defeated Moore, a former state Supreme Court chief justice who was buffeted by allegations of sexual misconduct.

Trump notes in his social media post that the reason he originally sided with Strange was that “I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election.”

The president had sent a tweet late Tuesday congratulating Jones, a former federal prosecutor, on his “hard fought victory.”

–The Associated Press

Tue, Dec. 12, 2017: Trump signs $700 billion military budget into law

President Donald Trump has signed into law a sweeping defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military, including additional money for missile defense programs to respond to the growing nuclear weapons threat from North Korea.

But there’s a catch. The $700 billion budget won’t become reality until lawmakers agree to roll back a 2011 law that set strict limits on federal spending, including by the Defense Department. The law caps 2018 defense spending at $549 billion.

Trump called on Congress to “finish the job” and remove the cap on defense spending, and pass a funding bill that “fully funds our military.”

Lawmakers have yet to reach a deal. Many Republicans favor easing the caps for defense spending only. Democrats also want to increase other government spending.

–The Associated Press, Darlene Superville

Mon, Dec. 11, 2017: Trump signs “Space Policy Directive 1”, launching plans for mission to Moon, Mars

At a time when China is working on an ambitious lunar program, President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States will remain the leader in space exploration as he began a process to return Americans to the moon.

“We are the leader and we’re going to stay the leader, and we’re going to increase it many fold,” Trump said in signing “Space Policy Directive 1” that establishes a foundation for a mission to the moon with an eye on going to Mars.

“This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint, we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars,” Trump said. “And perhaps, someday, to many worlds beyond.” Continue reading “Mon, Dec. 11, 2017: Trump signs “Space Policy Directive 1”, launching plans for mission to Moon, Mars”

Mon, Dec. 11, 2017: Trump receives ‘Friends of Zion’ award for stance on Israel

President Donald Trump has often called himself a “friend of Israel.” Now, he is being recognized for that stance.

The Friends of Zion Museum presented President Trump with its Friends of Zion Award at the White House Monday.

The award is given to those who have defended Israel without compromise.

“This award was commissioned by the 9th president of the state of Israel, Shimon Peres, to recognize a global leader with courage to stand with the nation of Israel and the Jewish people,” explained Dr. Mike Evans, founder of the Friends of Zion Museum.

“We believe no American president in history has done more to defend the Jewish people in the United Nations,” Evans said of Trump.

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Mon, Dec. 11, 2017: Trump participates in Friends of Zion award ceremony, signs Space Policy Directive

11:00 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

12:30 pm: Lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

1:30 pm: Participates with religious leaders in a presentation of the Friends of Zion award

2:00 pm: Meets with Rep. Bill Schuster

3:00 pm: Participates in a signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive – 1

3:45 pm: Participates in a swearing-in ceremony for Jamie McCourt as the U.S. Ambassador to France and the U.S. Ambassador to Monaco