Fri, Apr. 21, 2017: Trump signs executive orders targeting tax rules, ‘too big to fail’ financial institutions

President Trump aimed to dismantle even more financial regulations with executive orders on Friday, directing Treasury officials to take another look at tax rules and oversight of “too big to fail” financial institutions.

In a signing ceremony at the Department of the Treasury, Trump once again signaled that he intends to roll back many of the sweeping regulations the Obama administration adopted in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

“We have taken unprecedented action to bring back our jobs and return power to our citizens. It’s been taken away.  We’ve lifted one terrible regulation after another at a record clip, from the energy sector to the auto sector.  And we have many more to go,” Trump said. “We’re here today to continue this great economic revival.” Continue reading “Fri, Apr. 21, 2017: Trump signs executive orders targeting tax rules, ‘too big to fail’ financial institutions”

Fri, Apr. 21, 2017: Trump meets with Aya Hijazi after her release from prison in Egypt

President Donald Trump has welcomed back to the United States Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian American charity worker released from jail in Egypt.

She was released from jail on Tuesday after nearly three years of detention on human trafficking charges widely dismissed as bogus by human rights groups.

“We are very happy to have Aya back home and it’s a great honour to have her in the Oval Office, with her brother,” Trump said, declining to answer questions about her case.

Hijazi was accompanied by her brother, Basel, as she met Trump in the Oval Office.

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Fri, Apr. 21, 2017: Trump signs financial executive orders

10:00 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

1:30 pm: Meets with Secretary of State Tillerson

2:00 pm: Meets with National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster

2:45 pm: Signs financial services executive orders

3:05 pm: Meets with Secretary of Treasury Mnuchin; Treasury Department

3:30 pm: Meets with OMB Director Mulvaney