Wed, Apr. 12, 2017: Trump holds press conference with NATO Secretary General, says NATO “is no longer obsolete”

President Donald Trump took credit today for steering NATO’s focus toward terrorism, declaring the military alliance is no longer outdated after castigating its focus and financing on the campaign trail last year.

“I said it was obsolete,” Trump declared at the White House. “It’s no longer obsolete.”

The about-face came during a joint appearance with NATO’s secretary general in the East Room. Trump’s original stance, which he voiced as a candidate, had caused unease among some US allies, who worried a retreat from NATO would embolden Russia’s territorial ambitions in Europe.

Trump said today he’d changed views after NATO’s leaders assured him the group would turn its attention to combating groups like ISIS going forward. Continue reading “Wed, Apr. 12, 2017: Trump holds press conference with NATO Secretary General, says NATO “is no longer obsolete””

Wed, Apr. 12, 2017: White House lifts government hiring freeze

The White House will lift President Trump’s federal hiring freeze on Wednesday following fire from critics who said it hampered the government from carrying out core functions.

The end of the freeze is part of guidance ordering federal departments and agencies to submit restructuring plans to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by the fall.

“It does not mean the agencies will be free to hire willy-nilly,” OMB Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters Tuesday.

“What we’re doing tomorrow is replacing the across-the-board hiring freeze that was put in place on day one and replacing it with a smarter plan, a more strategic plan, a more surgical plan.”

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