Tue, Sept 26, 2017: Trump holds joint press conference with Prime Minister of Spain (video)

President Trump and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy committed to fighting various international threats to democratic values during a joint news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Both leaders acknowledged recent provocations from North Korea and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s regime, as well as radical terrorist groups as threats to democracy in both Spain and the U.S.

“Together Spain and the United States hope for peace,” Mr. Trump said.

Rajoy echoed the president’s sentiments.

“Combatting terrorism was something we talked about at length,” Rajoy said of the working lunch he held with Mr. Trump earlier Tuesday, prior to the conference. The Spanish prime minister said that “both countries agree” on counter terrorism efforts, but added that they need to “increase commitment” in this realm. Continue reading “Tue, Sept 26, 2017: Trump holds joint press conference with Prime Minister of Spain (video)”

Tue, Sept 26, 2017: Trump meets with Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy at WH

President Donald Trump is welcoming Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to the White House days before a crucial secession vote in his country.

The regional government in Catalonia is holding a binding referendum Sunday on separating from Spain. But the Spanish government insists such a vote is illegal and promises it won’t take place. Catalonia is one of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions. Its capital is the Mediterranean port city of Barcelona, a favorite for tourists.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert recently said the U.S. has no position on the referendum.

She says the U.S. will work with any government or entity that comes out of the vote.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday she had nothing to add to the State Department’s position on the issue.

–The Associated Press

Tue, Sept 26, 2017: Trump meets with U.S. House members at White House

Remarks by President Trump Before Meeting with Bipartisan Members of the House Committee on Ways and Means

TRANSCRIPT

Roosevelt Room

10:48 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. I’m honored to welcome Republican and Democrat members of the House Ways and Means Committee to the White House. We’ve been meeting long and hard. We’ve been meeting for quite some time. And it’s been very interesting, and we’re going to have a big announcement tomorrow.

I’d like to thank Committee Chairman Kevin Brady — thank you, Kevin — and Ranking Member Richard Neal for being here today. Really appreciate it.

I’ve asked lawmakers of both parties to join us to discuss our framework for tax cuts and tax reform before it will be released tomorrow. We’ll be releasing a very comprehensive report tomorrow, and it will be a very, very powerful document. Continue reading “Tue, Sept 26, 2017: Trump meets with U.S. House members at White House”

Tue, Sept 26, 2017: Trump meets with House members, is briefed on hurricane recovery efforts, meets with Prime Minister of Spain

10:00 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

10:30 am: Meets with bipartisan members of the House Committee on Ways and Means; Roosevelt Room

11:30 am: Receives a briefing on hurricane recovery efforts; White House Situation Room

12:20 pm: Meets with President Mariano Rajoy of Spain

1:45 pm: Holds a joint press conference with Rajoy; Rose Garden

2:45 pm: Departs White House

4:00 pm: Arrives New York

5:00 pm: Participates in a U.S. Mission greeting; United States Permanent Mission to the United Nations

6:10 pm: Meets with the Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee; Le Cirque Restaurant

6:25 pm: Participates in a fundraiser with RNC supporters; Le Cirque Restaurant

9:15 pm: Departs New York

10:30 pm: Arrives White House