President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that indefinitely suspends admissions for Syrian refugees and limits the flow of other refugees into the United States by instituting what the President has called “extreme vetting” of immigrants.
Titled “Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” the executive order would start to make good on Trump’s promise to tighten borders and halt certain refugees from entering the United States.
The text of the order — in a break from drafts that had been circulating earlier this week — drops a longtime Trump campaign pledge to establish safe zones in Syria to give Syrian nationals displaced by the ongoing civil war in the country a place to relocate.
The order bars all persons from certain terror-prone countries from entering the United States for 90 days and suspends the US Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days until it is reinstated “only for nationals of countries for whom” members of Trump’s Cabinet deem can be properly vetted. Continue reading “Fri, Jan. 27, 2017: Trump signs executive order to keep ‘radical Islamic terrorists’ out of U.S.”
President Donald Trump on Friday said he had authorized newly minted Secretary of Defense James Mattis to “override” him on decisions related to whether the US employed torture.
Trump, an unabashed supporter of so-called enhanced-interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, noted that Mattis “does not necessarily believe in torture or waterboarding or however you want to define it.”
“I don’t necessarily agree, but I will tell you that he will override because I am giving him that power,” Trump said. “He is an expert. He is highly respected. He is the general’s general.” Continue reading “Fri, Jan. 27, 2017: Trump attends swearing-in of Defense Sec. Gen. James Mattis”
President Trump put the “special relationship” with the United Kingdom on full display Friday, hosting Prime Minister Theresa May for cordial meetings at the White House while highlighting a partnership built from their converging political fortunes.
The arrival of the British prime minister as the first foreign leader to visit the new president was a clear signal of the pre-eminence of the alliance.
“The special relationship between our two counties has been one of the greatest forces in history for justice and peace — and, by the way, my mother was born in Scotland,” Trump told reporters after the hourlong meeting in the Oval Office. Continue reading “Fri, Jan. 27, 2017: Trump meets with UK Prime Minister at White House”
President Trump spoke by phone for an hour Friday with Mexican counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto, a day after a dispute over Trump’s proposed border wall caused a rift between their two nations and cancellation of a scheduled meeting between the two leaders.
Saying he had “a nice phone call” with Peña Nieto, Trump told reporters he would continue to push for talks with Mexico on trade rules and how Mexico might pay for the wall, despite that government’s insistence that it would never help finance such a structure.
“We’ll be negotiating and we’ll see what happens,” Trump said during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
Trump said nothing about the possibility of re-scheduling the meeting with Peña Nieto.