Mon, Mar. 20, 2017: Trump holds Make America Great Again rally in Lexington, KY

President Donald Trump is deploying an outside and inside strategy to fulfill his campaign promise to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” seeking support beyond Washington before making an in-person pitch on Capitol Hill. Top House Republicans unveiled proposed changes in their legislation in hopes of winning support, three days before the big House vote.

Trump rallied supporters Monday night in Louisville, Kentucky, alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., after meetings and phone calls in Washington aimed at steadying the troubled legislation designed to erase President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. He planned to court House Republicans on Tuesday. Continue reading “Mon, Mar. 20, 2017: Trump holds Make America Great Again rally in Lexington, KY”

Mon, Mar. 20, 2017: Trump meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

Haider al-Abadi thanked Donald Trump for removing Iraq from his revised travel ban [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said he received assurances during talks with President Donald Trump and his administration of increasing American support as he presses his country’s campaign against ISIL.

“We have been given assurances that the [US] support will not only continue but will accelerate for Iraq to accomplish the task,” Abadi said following talks with Trump at the White House on Monday.

In a meeting on the 14th anniversary of the US invasion, Trump questioned whether the United States should have pulled combat troops out of the country. Continue reading “Mon, Mar. 20, 2017: Trump meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi”

Mon, Mar. 20, 2017: Trump meets with Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel

When bioethicist and oncologist Ezekiel Emanuel met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday, the session revealed publicly what has been happening privately for months: A trusted ally of former President Barack Obama and chief architect of the Affordable Care Act is trying to help steer how Republicans take it apart.

With the administration and GOP leaders in Congress working to rewrite the landmark 2010 law – and Democrats displaying little appetite for negotiating with them – Emanuel appears to be one of the only members of his party with a seat at the table.

Monday’s meeting was Emanuel’s third in-person conversation on health policy with Trump since the November election. According to one person familiar with the session, who spoke on condition of anonymity about the private discussion, it took place in the Oval Office and lasted about 40 minutes. Among the others also attending were Vice President Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and the White House National Economic Council director, Gary Cohn.

Details of the conversation were not immediately available. But White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the meeting took place – only days before Ryan hopes to bring the bill to a House vote.

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Mon, Mar. 20, 2017: Trump meets with Bill Gates, talks foreign aid

Bill Gates met with President Donald Trump on Monday to discuss global health programs and domestic education.

The Microsoft co-founder met with the president to “discuss the tremendous progress made to-date in these areas and the critical and indispensable role that the United States has played in achieving these gains,” Sarah Logan, a spokeswoman for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said in a statement.

Monday’s meeting at the White House comes just days after the Trump administration submitted a budget proposal that cuts foreign aid. “It is time to prioritize the security and well-being of Americans, and to ask the rest of the world to step up and pay its fair share,” Trump said.

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Mon, Mar. 20, 2017: Trump meets with Bill Gates, Paul Ryan, Iraqi PM; Holds rally in Louisville, KY

10:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

11:00 am: Meets with Bill Gates

11:30 am: Meets with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, HHS Secretary Tom Price, and Dr. Zeke Emanuel

12:30 pm: Lunch with Vice President Pence

1:35 pm: Meets with Secretary of State Tillerson

3:10 pm: Meets with Iraqi Prime Minister al-Abadi

5:00 pm: Departs White House

6:55 pm: Arrives Louisville, Kentucky

7:40 pm: Participates in a Make America Great Again Rally; Kentucky Exposition Center

9:10 pm: Departs Louisville, Kentucky

10:55 pm: Arrives White House