Sun, Feb. 26, 2017: Trump hosts Governors Ball at White House

As celebrities walked the red carpet at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday evening, President Trump hosted his own high-profile event at the White House.

Amid the National Governors Association (NGA) winter meeting, Trump invited 46 state leaders to the White House for the Governors Ball.

Vice President Pence and his wife joined the president and first lady Melania Trump in the Palm Room, according to the pool report. Continue reading “Sun, Feb. 26, 2017: Trump hosts Governors Ball at White House”

Sat, Feb. 25, 2017: Trump dines in D.C. with Nigel Farage, Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Nigel Farage had dinner with US President Donald Trump and some of his senior advisers on Saturday.

It comes days after the former UKIP leader addressed American conservatives at a conference.

He joined Mr Trump for a meal at the Trump International Hotel, which is owned by the US president and close to the White House.

He posted a photograph of himself with the president on Twitter, captioning it: “Dinner with The Donald.”

Also in the picture are the president’s daughter Ivanka, her senior White House adviser husband Jared Kushner, and Florida governor Rick Scott.

–BBC

Fri, Feb. 24, 2017: Trump meets with President Kuczynski of Peru

The first Latin American leader to visit U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House said on Friday that he told Trump he prefers bridges to walls and favors the free movement of people across borders.

However, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski declined to comment specifically on Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border to curb illegal immigration and drug trafficking in a press conference following the meeting.

“I don’t want to get into the wall,” Kuczynski, a former Wall Street investment banker said in a video distributed by his office. “We’re interested in the free movement of people … I emphasized that to President Trump and we prefer bridges to walls.” Continue reading “Fri, Feb. 24, 2017: Trump meets with President Kuczynski of Peru”

Fri, Feb. 24, 2017: Trump, Kasich meet at WH, talk Obamacare reform

Ohio Governor John Kasich worked to repair his strained ties with Republican President Donald Trump on Friday with a visit to the White House, where he compared his situation to being on an airplane and rooting for the pilot to succeed.

Kasich was the last rival to oppose Trump in the Republican presidential nomination fight and famously refused to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, in his home state, last summer when Trump officially became the party’s nominee.

At the White House, Trump brought Kasich into the Oval Office for a half-hour meeting. They discussed Kasich’s ideas for overhauling President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, a pressing priority for Trump and the U.S. Congress. Continue reading “Fri, Feb. 24, 2017: Trump, Kasich meet at WH, talk Obamacare reform”

Fri, Feb. 24, 2017: Trump signs executive order on regulatory reform

President Trump has signed an executive order Friday establishing regulatory watchdogs inside federal agencies who are responsible for enforcing his agenda.

The Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda executive order will create a task force and regulatory reform officer at each federal agency, appointed by agency heads. Continue reading “Fri, Feb. 24, 2017: Trump signs executive order on regulatory reform”

Fri, Feb. 24, 2017: Trump speaks at CPAC (Video, Transcript)

Great to be back at CPAC. It’s a place I have really — I love this place. I love you people. So thank you very much. First of all, I want to thank Matt Schlapp and his very, very incredible wife and boss, Mercedes, who have been fantastic friends and supporters and so great when I watch them on television defending me; nobody has a chance. So I want to thank Matt and Mercedes.

When Matt called and asked, I said absolutely I’ll be there with you. Continue reading “Fri, Feb. 24, 2017: Trump speaks at CPAC (Video, Transcript)”

Thur, Feb. 23, 2017: Trump vows to fight ‘epidemic’ of human trafficking

President Donald Trump says he will bring the “full force and weight” of the U.S. government to combat an “epidemic” of human trafficking.

The president met at the White House with senior advisers and representatives of organizations that deal with trafficking. His daughter, Ivanka Trump, was among those in attendance.

Trump called human trafficking a problem that is “not talked about enough.” He said he will order the departments of Justice and Homeland Security to take a hard look at the resources they are devoting to addressing the issue.

–The Associated Press

Thur, Feb. 23, 2017: Trump meets with manufacturing company CEOs

President Donald Trump met Thursday with his manufacturing board of 24 CEOs from American companies in Washington, including Ford Motor Co. CEO Mark Fields, Dow Chemical Co. CEO Andrew Liveris and Whirlpool CEO Jeff Fettig.

Trump said at the start of the meeting with the executives, which was broadcast live on the White House’s Facebook page, that he is moving to increase domestic manufacturing as part of his campaign pledge to boost the U.S. economy.

“Bringing manufacturing back to America, creating high-wage jobs was one of our campaign promises and themes, and it resonated with everybody,” he said. “I’m delivering on everything that I said. In fact, people are saying they’ve never seen so much happen in 30 days of a presidency. We’ve delivered on a lot.”

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