Tue, Feb. 14, 2017: Trump meets with Sessions, Kelly over travel ban

President Donald Trump summoned Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to the White House Tuesday to review options for dealing with court rulings that put a hold on an executive order restricting immigration and travel to the U.S.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the president and the cabinet secretaries are continuing discussions about the next steps for the White House in response to setbacks in federal courts to implementing restrictions that Trump has called essential to U.S. national security.

The Justice Department is expected to inform the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday whether it wants more judges to review a ruling halting implementation of a ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries.

Trump said Friday he may issue a revised executive order, but no decision has been made. The White House also said it was weighing whether to pursue an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Tue, Feb. 14, 2017: Trump signs bill ending anti-corruption regulation for U.S. energy companies

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed legislation to scrap an anti-corruption regulation enacted last year to increase transparency in the business dealings of energy companies.

Trump signed House Joint Resolution 41 to repeal the rule, which required U.S. energy companies to disclose any payments involving domestic or foreign governments to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The regulation from former President Barack Obama’s administration was part of the Dodd-Frank Act, a regulatory reform package passed in 2010 as a response to the financial crisis and Great Recession. Continue reading “Tue, Feb. 14, 2017: Trump signs bill ending anti-corruption regulation for U.S. energy companies”

First Lady reopens White House Visitors Office

First Lady Melania Trump is pleased to announce the White House Visitors Office will resume public tours on Tuesday, March 7th.

“I am excited to reopen the White House to the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come each year.  The White House is a remarkable and historic site and we are excited to share its beauty and history.  I am committed to the restoration and preservation of our Nation’s most recognizable landmark. ”

Public tour requests must be submitted through a Member of Congress.  These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (excluding Federal holidays or unless otherwise noted).  Tour hours will be extended when possible based on the official White House schedule. Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Requests can be submitted up to three months in advance and must be submitted no less than 21 days in advance. You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible, as a limited number of spaces are available. All White House tours are free of charge.

For more information, please visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/participate/tours-and-events.

–The White House

Tue, Feb. 14, 2017: Trump addresses parent-teacher session at WH, says DeVos had ‘very unfair trial’

President Donald Trump says America’s children will be the winners with Betsy DeVos as education secretary.

Trump congratulated DeVos at a White House “listening session” with people who have taught in public and private school, and others who home-school their kids.

DeVos became education secretary after Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote on her nomination in the Senate. Pence is also president of the Senate.

DeVos is a wealthy Republican operative and promoter of charter and private schools. Critics say she’s too inexperienced to oversee the public school system.

Trump says DeVos went through a “very tough trial and a very unfair trial” and won.

Trump briefly questioned a woman who said her students include those with autism, telling her “maybe we can do something” about autism rates.

–The Associated Press Continue reading “Tue, Feb. 14, 2017: Trump addresses parent-teacher session at WH, says DeVos had ‘very unfair trial’”

Tue, Feb. 14, 2017: Trump participates in parent-teacher conference listening session, calls UK PM, signs mandate on Dodd-Frank

10:30 am: Participates in a parent-teacher conference listening session; Roosevelt Room

11:30 am: Speaks with British Prime Minister May

12:30 pm: Lunch with Governor and Mrs. Chris Christie; Presidential Dining Room

2:00 pm: Signs H.J. Res 41, which disapproves a rule mandated by the Dodd-Frank legislation

4:00 pm: Meets with Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Mon, Feb. 13, 2017: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigns, Joseph K. Kellogg named acting adviser

Michael T. Flynn, the national security adviser, resigned on Monday night after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Mr. Flynn, who served in the job for less than a month, said he had given “incomplete information” regarding a telephone call he had with the ambassador in late December about American sanctions against Russia, weeks before President Trump’s inauguration. Mr. Flynn previously had denied that he had any substantive conversations with Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak, and Mr. Pence repeated that claim in television interviews as recently as this month. Continue reading “Mon, Feb. 13, 2017: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigns, Joseph K. Kellogg named acting adviser”