Thur, May 4, 2017: Trump marks anniversary of WWII battle at Intrepid Museum

President Donald Trump returned to his hometown Thursday night for the first time since his inauguration.

Air Force One landed at Kennedy Airport just before 6:30 p.m.

Trump joined Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the Intrepid Museum in Manhattan on Thursday evening.

They commemorated the 75th anniversary of World War II’s Battle of the Coral Sea, when U.S. and Australian forces teamed up to fight the Japanese.

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Thur, May 4, 2017: Trump meets with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in New York

U.S. President Donald Trump held his first-face-to-face meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday, and declared that they “get along great,” following an acrimonious phone call in January that strained ties between the two allies.

“They said we had a rough phone call. We didn’t really have a rough phone call,” Trump said in dinner remarks. “It got a little bit testy. But that’s okay.”

Dressed in tuxedos as they prepared to attend a dinner, the two leaders met on board the USS Intrepid, a World War Two aircraft carrier that is now a museum moored on Manhattan’s West Side. Joined by their wives, the two leaders later attended a gala to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. Continue reading “Thur, May 4, 2017: Trump meets with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in New York”

Thur, May 4, 2017: Trump speaks on House passing bill to replace Obamacare

President Trump took a televised victory lap Thursday after the House voted to pass a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act – an unusual Rose Garden ceremony considering that final victory remains miles away.

“It’s going to be an unbelievable victory, actually, when we get it through the Senate,” Trump said while surrounded by some four dozen House Republicans gathered at the White House.

Lawmakers took buses from Capitol Hill to celebrate in the Rose Garden just minutes after the winning the health care bill by just four votes. The final 217-213 tally ended months of struggle to reach an agreement that would pass even in the Republican-controlled chamber.

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Thur, May 4, 2017: Trump signs executive order promoting religious liberty and free speech

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order on religious liberties designed to ease a ban on political activity by churches and other tax-exempt institutions.

The order also mandates regulatory relief to religious employers that object to contraception, such as Little Sisters of the Poor.

It does not include provisions to allow government agencies and businesses to deny services to gay people in the name of religious freedom, as was feared by some civil liberties and gay rights groups. Continue reading “Thur, May 4, 2017: Trump signs executive order promoting religious liberty and free speech”

Thur, May 4, 2017: Trump speaks at National Day of Prayer event at White House, signs religious freedom bill

10:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

10:45 am: Speaks at National Day of Prayer event; signs religious freedom executive order

1:45 pm: Departs White House

3:00 pm: Arrives New York City

4:00 pm: Meets with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia; The Peninsula New York

7:20 pm: Gives remarks commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea; The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum; New York City