Tue, Oct 31, 2017: Trump on NYC terror: “another attack by a very sick and deranged person”

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to address the terror incident in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday in which eight people were killed and more than a dozen were injured.

“In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person,” Trump tweeted. “Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!”

In a follow-up tweet, Trump wrote: “We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!”

Also writing, “My thoughts, condolences and prayers to the victims and families of the New York City terrorist attack. God and your country are with you!”

According to a pool report, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president has been briefed on the incident by Chief of Staff John Kelly and will be continually updated as more details are known.


Tue, Oct 31, 2017: Trump meets with business leaders on tax reform, says he wants bill by Christmas

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he hopes tax reform can be accomplished by year-end.

“I want the House to pass a bill by Thanksgiving. I want all of the people standing by my side when we get ready to sign by Christmas — hopefully before Christmas,” he said at a hastily scheduled press availability.

When asked if he was looking into phasing in corporate tax rate reductions, Trump responded, “We’re not looking for that, hopefully not.”

The president made his remarks after meeting with business leaders including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Business Roundtable.

House Republicans are expected to release a draft their long-anticipated tax bill Wednesday.

Trump is scheduled to depart for a trip to several countries in Asia on Friday. While the president is overseas, some White House officials will stay behind to work on the tax overhaul effort, including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and top economic advisor Gary Cohn.

–CNBC, Christine Wang

Mon, Oct 30, 2017: Trump, First Lady host children at White House for Halloween

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump celebrated Halloween at the White House Monday — on the same day special counsel Robert Mueller unsealed his first indictments in the investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 president election.

Dinosaurs, unicorns and ghouls took part in the Halloween celebration, getting handshakes and high fives from the president as Melania gave bags of goodies to the trick-or-treaters, who were comprised of kids from area schools, the Boy Scouts, the YMCA and military families.

According to a press release from the White House, President Trump and Melania handed out cookies created by the White House pastry kitchen, as well as Presidential M&M’s and other candies.

The couple did not dress up for the occasion, but posed for photo ops on the South Lawn with the costumed kids as holiday songs such as “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon and the Ghostbusters theme played.

Click here to read more from People.

Sat, Oct 28, 2017: Trump golfs, tweets about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

President Trump is at his golf club in Northern Virginia. From the White House press pool report:

“At 10.37am POTUS tweeted while traveling on the highway: ‘Today is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Everyone can help fight the #OpioidEpidemic by participating! DEA.gov’

“The motorcade did about 60mph for most of the journey on a sunny day, arriving at the Trump National Golf Club Washington DC in Sterling, Virginia, at 10.52am. A lone protester stood at the entrance holding a handwritten sign that said: ‘Impeach.’”

Thur, Oct 26, 2017: Trump declares opioid crisis a public health emergency

President Trump on Thursday directed the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency, taking long-anticipated action to address a rapidly escalating epidemic of drug use.

But even as he vowed to alleviate the scourge of drug addiction and abuse that has swept the country — a priority that resonated strongly with the working-class voters who supported his presidential campaign — Mr. Trump fell short of fulfilling his promise in August to declare “a national emergency” on opioids, which would have prompted the rapid allocation of federal funding to address the issue.

His directive does not on its own release any additional funds to deal with a drug crisis that claimed more than 59,000 lives in 2016, and the president did not request any, although his aides said he would soon do so. And he made little mention of the need for the rapid and costly expansion of medical treatment that public health specialists, including some in his own administration, argue is crucial to addressing the epidemic.

Click here to read more from The New York Times.