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

Mon, Sept 25, 2017: Trump directs $200 million to tech education for women and minorities

President Donald Trump on Monday directed at least $200 million a year to technology education grants for women and minorities.

The president signed a memo instructing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to prioritize STEM through existing competitive grant programs that will encourage women and minorities to participate in coding and other computer-based careers — though senior administration officials offered few specifics on how they would fulfill that goal.

“We need to create pathways for all our citizens to get jobs,” Trump said at an Oval Office signing ceremony, surrounded by children. “When you get out of school, you’re gonna get great jobs.”

Senior administration officials said they would leave crucial specifics — such as who will receive the federal funds — up to DeVos. One official emphasized they would focus on programs that start children on this path at a young age.

The grants won’t require congressional approval or new appropriations, White House officials said, because they will rely on existing Education Department funds.

Click here to read more from Politico.

Mon, Sept 25, 2017: Trump praises fans who booed kneeling football players

President Trump on Monday praised football fans who booed NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem on Sunday, as he continued for a fourth day his campaign to pressure team owners on the issue.

“These are fans who demand respect for our Flag!” Trump said in a series of morning tweets, also asserting that only a “small percentage” of players knelt.

The president went on to praise NASCAR supporters and fans, saying they were with him, and denied that his stance has anything to do with race.

“It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!” Trump said in another tweet.

His latest comments on this subject followed a remarkable Sunday during which players at games across the country locked arms, knelt and stayed in the locker room during anthem in a show of solidarity against Trump’s broadside on the issue. Several team owners also participated.

Click here to read more from The Washington Post.

Sun, Sept 24, 2017: Trump continues criticism of NFL players kneeling during national anthem

President Trump early Sunday ramped up his criticism of NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem, calling for them to be fired or suspended and slamming the league.

“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast,” he tweeted. “Fire or suspend!”

“NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN,” he said in a subsequent tweet. “Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.”

–The Hill, KYLE BALLUCK 

Sat, Sept 23, 2017: Trump sparks uproar with comments on NFL, NBA

President Donald Trump’s rally in Huntsville, Alabama, Friday night was supposed to gin up support for Senator Luther Strange, who’s running to permanently fill the Senate seat he was appointed to after Jeff Sessions ascended to Attorney General.

Trump ended up complaining about football.

As is often typical for a Trump rally, the event Friday was structured more like a Fox News opinion show: a little politics, a little current events, a little culture war. At one point, Trump referenced the recent trend — started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick — of black football players taking a knee during the national anthem in protest.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘get that son of a bitch off the field?’ ” Trump said to roaring applause. Trump said if owners fired a player for protesting the anthem, they would become “the most popular person in the country. Because that is a total disrespect of our heritage.” (Kaepernick, after leaving his contract with the 49ers, has not been able to secure a position on another team.)

Trump said these players are “ruining the game.” On Saturday, he reiterated these comments on Twitter.

And in a week when a former NFL player who had been convicted of murder and committed suicide was found to have brain damage, adding to the evidence that concussions are severely affecting players’ brains, Trump argued that focusing on athletes’ brain injuries is also “ruining the game.” Football players, he said, “want to hit.”

Click here to read more from Vox.