Rep. Jason Chaffetz urged President Donald Trump on Tuesday to reverse the designation of Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah during a face-to-face White House meeting and discussed a host of measures to reform the federal bureaucracy, but did not venture into any potential oversight of the Trump administration.
Chaffetz, who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the president warned at the outset of the meeting — before the Utah Republican could sit down — that any oversight issues would not be part of their conversation. Chaffetz didn’t push back, he said.
“At the appropriate time, perhaps [I will] but while we have ongoing investigations that’s not what I was there to talk to the president about it,” Chaffetz said, noting the president had told him during a Republican retreat in Philadelphia previously that he should do his job as Oversight chairman.
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White House officials held their first listening session on problems with the Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday, but without inviting prominent members of the veterans community to the event.
Officials from the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars said they were not invited to the morning event and did not know about it until it was announced late Monday night, as part of the White House’s routine schedule outline.
Other prominent veterans groups were surprised Tuesday morning by news of the event, and unsure who was invited to take part in the discussion.
White House officials did not release any other details of the event.
–Military Times, Leo Shane III
President Donald Trump, who made “law and order” a central plank of his campaign and enjoyed wide support among members of the law enforcement community, met with a group of sheriffs at the White House on Tuesday and was given a letter of thanks for his recent executive actions to clamp down on illegal immigration.
“State and local law enforcement have, in recent years, shouldered much of the burden associated with criminal illegal immigration and the subsequent impact on our communities,” said the letter, which was signed by both the president and executive director of the National Sheriffs’ Association. “As you have recognized, our borders are not secure and we applaud your efforts to address this threat to our public safety.”
Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and senior advisers Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus and Stephen Miller, held a “listening session” with a group of sheriffs in the Roosevelt Room.
9:00 am: Recieves his daily intelligence briefing
9:30 am: Meets with county sheriffs; Roosevelt Room
10:45 am: Meets with Veterans Affairs officials; Roosevelt Room
1:30 pm: Meets with House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah
3:00 pm: Meets with Secretary of State Tillerson
5:00 pm: Hosts Green Berets Qualification Course Young Officers