President Trump, stung by days of criticism that he sowed racial division in the United States after deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Va., accused the news media on Tuesday of misrepresenting what he insisted was his prompt, unequivocal condemnation of bigotry and hatred.
After declaring, “What happened in Charlottesville strikes at the core of America,” Mr. Trump delivered a lengthy, aggrieved defense of his statements after the Aug. 12 violence that left one woman dead and the nation reeling at the images of swastikas in Thomas Jefferson’s hometown. Continue reading “Tue, Aug 22, 2017: Trump holds rally in Phoenix, AZ (Video)”
President Trump was spotted petting a large U.S. Customs and Border Protection drone during his tour of the Yuma Border Patrol Station in southern Arizona on Tuesday.
Various Homeland Security Department officials escorted Trump around the station’s hangar facility and explained how Predator’s unmanned aerial systems and other tools are used to thwart illegal immigration.
Trump was shown a table decked out with objects — a tray, empty fire extinguisher, metal canister, and car parts — that the Border Patrol had found drugs hidden inside in previous busts.
Trump viewed a Border Patrol helicopter and boat, then went on to shake the hands of agents. He made some of the agents laugh with a few quips.
The president was joined by former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who is now his current White House chief of staff; White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller; Homeland Security chief of staff Kirstjen Nielsen; Andrew Bremberg, director of Trump’s Domestic Policy Council; Tom Bossert, assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Tom Homan; and Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan.
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10:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing
11:45 am: Departs White House
1:45 pm MT: Arrives Yuma, Arizona
2:05 pm MT: Participates in a tour of U.S. Customs and Border Protection border equipment; U.S. Customs and Border Protection Hangar F
2:50 pm MT: Participates in a meet and greet with Marines; Marine Corps Air Station Yuma
7:00 pm MT: Participates in a Make America Great Again rally; Phoenix Convention Center