First Lady Melania Trump helps present 13 Women of Courage Awards

Melania Trump is helping present courage awards to 13 women from around the world.

The first lady and top State Department official Thomas Shannon are presenting the awards in Washington.

Mrs. Trump says the women are “true heroes” and “extraordinary examples” of finding the courage needed to help change the world. Continue reading “First Lady Melania Trump helps present 13 Women of Courage Awards”

Wed, Mar. 29, 2017: Trump creates commission to fight opioid abuse with Christie as leader

After being unceremoniously dropped from President Donald Trump’s transition team, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is dipping his toes into the administration as he takes the lead of a White House commission to combat drug addiction.

Christie was at the White House Tuesday, meeting with members of the administration in preparation for the commission rollout. On Wednesday morning, he and President Trump will host an opioid and drug abuse listening session at the White House to formally kick off the effort.

It’s a familiar setting for the governor, who has made fighting heroin and prescription drug abuse a centerpiece of his administration. Continue reading “Wed, Mar. 29, 2017: Trump creates commission to fight opioid abuse with Christie as leader”

Tue, Mar. 28, 2017: Trump hosts reception for senators and their spouses at White House

U.S. President Donald Trump told a group of senators on Tuesday that he expected lawmakers would be able to reach a deal on healthcare, without offering specifics on how they would do it or what had changed since a healthcare reform bill was pulled last week for insufficient support.

“I have no doubt that that’s going to happen very quickly,” Trump said at a bipartisan reception held for senators and their spouses at the White House.

“I think it’s going to happen because we’ve all been promising – Democrat, Republican – we’ve all been promising that to the American people,” he said. Continue reading “Tue, Mar. 28, 2017: Trump hosts reception for senators and their spouses at White House”

Tue, Mar. 28, 2017: Trump signs executive order to roll back Obama-era climate actions, power plant emissions rule

President Donald Trump, surrounded by coal miners, signs his administration's executive order on energy that aims to unleash fossil fuel development by undoing the Obama administration's climate change policies. Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order aimed at rolling back a number of Obama-era climate policies.

The action sets in motion an overhaul of President Barack Obama’s landmark rule to reduce carbon emissions from power plants and rescinds a number of executive actions aimed at reining in climate change or mitigating its effects.

Trump will also seek to align federal agencies’ policies with his goal of boosting U.S. fossil fuel production and achieving energy independence.

On Tuesday, he reiterated his long-held view that Obama-era policies were killing jobs. Continue reading “Tue, Mar. 28, 2017: Trump signs executive order to roll back Obama-era climate actions, power plant emissions rule”

Tue, Mar. 28, 2017: Trump meets with Fraternal Order of Police at White House

President Donald Trump expressed concern about violent crime as he welcomed leaders of a national police union to the White House.

Trump hosted a listening session Tuesday with the Fraternal Order of Police. Opening the event, Trump said public safety was a top concern, specifically citing shootings in Chicago.

Trump said he was “removing criminals all over the country.”

He pledged: “I will work night and day to make American safe again.”

Trump was seated next to FOP president Chuck Canterbury. The national police union, which represents 340,000 members, endorsed Trump for president.

–The Associated Press

Tue, Mar. 28, 2017: Trump meets with police organization, signs order rolling back carbon emissions rule

10:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

11:00 am: Hosts a listening session with the Fraternal Order of Police; Roosevelt Room

2:00 pm: Signs and executive order rolling back an Obama power plant carbon emissions rule

4:00 pm: Meets with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security

7:00 pm: Hosts a reception for senators and their spouses; East Room

Mon, Mar. 27, 2017: Trump signs four bills to roll back Obama-era regulations

President Trump rolled back more Obama-era regulations Monday, signing four bills that reverse rules on education, land use and federal purchasing.

Promising to “remove every job-killing regulation we can find,” Trump said even more regulation-cutting bills were on the way.

The resolutions of disapproval reached the president’s desk through the Congressional Review Act, a rarely used tool that allows Congress to fast-track bills to reverse regulations. Before Trump, the law had been used successfully only once in its 21-year history. Continue reading “Mon, Mar. 27, 2017: Trump signs four bills to roll back Obama-era regulations”

Mon, Mar. 27, 2017: Trump meets with female small business owners

As one campaign promise gets pushed to the back burner, President Donald Trump hosted a roundtable Monday at the White House to promote economic empowerment for women business owners, moving forward with his pledge to help America’s small business sector.

“We must ensure that our economy is a place where women can work and thrive. We will continue addressing the barriers faced by [women in the workforce],” Trump assured the group of female executives.

In attendance at the meeting was Trumbull Unmanned founder Dyan Gibbens, a former Air Force graduate and Department of Defense employee who now heads one of the nation’s leading drone service providers to the energy sector. Also at the table was Shirley Ann Perry, founder of environmental consulting company HydroTech, and Claudia Mirza, CEO of workforce solutions company Akorbi.

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