Mon, Apr. 24, 2017: Trump meets with conservative media at White House

Dozens of members of the conservative media attended a reception at the White House on Monday, where President Trump spoke to reporters and personalities whom he’s said have, at times, covered him more fairly than the mainstream press.

Among those present was Charlie Spiering, White House correspondent for Breitbart News, who tweeted that Trump spoke for more than a half an hour. The White House later allowed Trump’s remarks to be on the record.

According to Spiering. Trump spoke about Syria, North Korea, immigration, and infrastructure spending.

When asked about Assad’s existing stockpile of chemical weapons, Trump responded, “Wait and see if he uses them again, OK?” Spiering tweeted. He also said Assad’s regime “duped” the Obama administration into thinking they got rid of chemical weapons.

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Mon, Apr. 24, 2017: Trump signs Holocaust Remembrance proclamation

President Donald Trump described how “six million Jews had been brutally slaughtered,” in a proclamation marking the week-long Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust.

The White House released the declaration Monday, Holocaust Remembrance Day, ahead of Trump’s planned speech at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Trump’s statement condemned the Nazi murder of 6 million Jews as well as other minorities.

“The Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and attempted annihilation of European Jewry by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. By the end of World War II, six million Jews had been brutally slaughtered,” read the statement, adding that other targeted groups included “Roma (Gypsies), persons with mental and physical disabilities, Soviet prisoners of war, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Slavs and other peoples of Europe, gays, and political opponents.”

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Mon, Apr. 24, 2017: Trump meets with UN Security Council representatives at White House

President Trump told ambassadors from countries on the United Nations Security Council Monday that they were going to be busy tackling problems that the U.N. typically avoids addressing.

“You’re going to be very busy people over the coming months and years,” Mr. Trump said at the opening of a working lunch with the ambassadors at the White House.

“The United Nations doesn’t like taking on certain problems,” he continued, citing the Syrian regimes use of chemical weapons against its people. “I encourage the Security Council to come together to take action on all of these many threats.”

The president also spoke of the rising tensions with North Korea, calling the reclusive communist country “a real threat to the world.”

Click here to read more to The Washington Times.

Mon, Apr. 24, 2017: Trump calls NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, congratulates her on record number of days in space

President Trump on Monday spoke with NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson to congratulate her after she set the U.S. record for the most cumulative days in space.

The president called Whitson from the Oval Office, sitting alongside his daughter Ivanka Trump and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins.

“I want to say that this is a very special day in the glorious history of American space flight,” the president said at the start of the call. Continue reading “Mon, Apr. 24, 2017: Trump calls NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, congratulates her on record number of days in space”

Mon, Apr. 24, 2017: Trump meets with UN ambassadors, signs Holocaust proclamation

9:30 am: Speaks with German Chancellor Merkel

10:00 am: Has a video conference with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station

10:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

11:30 am: Has a working lunch with ambassadors of countries on the United Nations Security Council; State Dining Room

2:30 pm: Signs a proclamation on Holocaust Remembrance

3:00 pm: Hosts a credential ceremony for newly appointed ambassadors to Washington, D.C.

4:30 pm || Meets with Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford

5:30 pm || Participates in a reception with conservative media; Chief of Staff Patio

6:30 pm || Has dinner with Senator and Mrs. John McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham; Residence