Fri, Apr. 28, 2017: Trump signs bill to temporarily avert government shutdown

President Donald Trump signed a a short-term measure Friday to keep the government funded for another week, a move that gives lawmakers more time to reach a deal on a larger spending package.

Congress approved the spending stopgap measure earlier in the day as House members prepared to leave Washington without a vote on the GOP health care bill, denying President Trump a major legislative victory in his first 100 days in office.

The spending bill capped off a frenzied week on Capitol Hill that underscored the trouble Republicans have had fulfilling both the most basic functions of governance and implementing their ambitious agenda with GOP control of both the White House and Congress.

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Fri, Apr. 28, 2017: Trump speaks at fundraiser for GA Congressional candidate Karen Handel

Karen Handel is in the middle of what Republicans see as a must-win race for Congress. And at a fundraiser on her behalf on Friday, President Donald Trump made sure she knew it.

At the closed-door event at the Capitol City Club, Trump turned toward Handel with a smile and quipped “you’d better win,” according to five attendees of the event. She responded that he need not worry about that.

The president has taken a deeply personal interest in the June 20 runoff between Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff, a race to represent a suburban Atlanta seat that is widely seen as a test of his popularity.

Click here to read more from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Fri, Apr. 28, 2017: Trump speaks at National Rifle Association, vows to “never infringe” on Second Amendment rights

On the eve of his 100th day in office, President Trump rallied a convention of the National Rifle Association by vowing to “never, ever infringe” on Second Amendment rights and declaring his predecessor’s alleged “assault” on those freedoms is over.

“I am here to deliver you good news: the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end,” Trump told the cheering crowd. Continue reading “Fri, Apr. 28, 2017: Trump speaks at National Rifle Association, vows to “never infringe” on Second Amendment rights”

Fri, Apr. 28, 2017: Trump declares May 1 to be “Loyalty Day”

President Donald Trump on Friday proclaimed May 1 as ‘Loyalty Day’ as a way to “recognize and reaffirm our allegiance to the principles” upon which America was built and express pride in those ideals, according to a release of the proclamation from the White House.

“The United States stands as the world’s leader in upholding the ideals of freedom, equality, and justice. Together, and with these fundamental concepts enshrined in our Constitution, our Nation perseveres in the face of those who would seek to harm it,” the proclamation reads.

“We humbly thank our brave service members and veterans who have worn our Nation’s uniform from the American Revolution to the present day. Their unwavering loyalty and fidelity has made the world a safer, more free, and more just place. We are inspired by their pride in our country’s principles, their devotion to our freedom, and their solemn pledge to protect and defend our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

The proclamation goes on to say that in order to express our country’s loyalty to “individual liberties, to limited government, and to the inherent dignity of every human being,” May 1 will be known as ‘Loyalty Day.’

Trump called on Americans to observe this day with ceremonies in schools and other public places, including reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. He also called upon all government officials to display the flag of the United States on all government buildings and grounds on May 1.

–Fox News

Fri, Apr. 28, 2017: Trump signs executive order aimed at expanding drilling in Arctic, Atlantic oceans

President Trump signed an executive order Friday that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, saying it will reverse his predecessor’s Arctic leasing ban and create “great jobs and great wealth” for the country.

Trump said the executive order, titled “Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy,” will direct a “review of the locations available for off-shore oil and gas exploration” and related regulations.

“Today we’re unleashing American energy and clearing the way for thousands and thousands of high-paying American energy jobs,” Trump said in his announcement.

“Our country is blessed with incredible natural resources, including abundant offshore oil and natural gas reserves,” he said. “But the federal government has kept 94 percent of these offshore areas closed for exploration and production.”

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Melania Trump dedicates ‘healing’ garden at D.C. children’s hospital

Off in the distance, young patients can see the Washington Monument from the hospital’s new rooftop “healing” garden, dedicated Friday by first lady Melania Trump as a place children and their families can breathe fresh air, “relax and enjoy in peace.”

Features of the Bunny Mellon Healing Garden at Children’s National Medical Center also include doors that are wide enough to wheel in hospital beds, power outlets for patients who use machines that run on electricity and fake grass for patients with allergies. Continue reading “Melania Trump dedicates ‘healing’ garden at D.C. children’s hospital”

Fri, Apr. 28, 2017: Trump signs executive order on energy, speaks at NRA

10:30 am: Signs executive order on energy

11:00 am: Departs White House

12:55 pm: Arrives in Atlanta

1:30 pm: Makes remarks at the National Rifle Association Leadership Forum; Atlanta

3:15 pm: Makes remarks at a fundraiser for Karen Handel, who is running for Congress in Georgia; Atlanta

3:55 pm: Departs Atlanta

5:45 pm: Arrives White House