Mon, Oct 2, 2017: Trump discusses immigration ideas in dinner with Republican lawmakers

President Donald Trump is discussing border security and other measures that the White House wants to see included in an immigration bill during a dinner with Republican lawmakers on Monday, an administration official said.

Legal authority to close border security “loopholes” and other immigration reform measures were on the agenda for the dinner between Trump and House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, the official said.

Other attendees included Senator John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, and Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia. Continue reading “Mon, Oct 2, 2017: Trump discusses immigration ideas in dinner with Republican lawmakers”

Mon, Oct 2, 2017: Trump meets with Thailand’s Prime Minister, praises stronger ties

Making no reference to Thailand’s military rule, President Donald Trump on Monday hailed strengthening relations with America’s oldest ally in Asia as he welcomed a junta leader who took power in a coup.

The Oval Office meeting with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha underscored shifting U.S. foreign policy priorities under Trump, emphasizing American trade and strategic interests over democracy and human rights in the nations it deals with.

Prayuth and his wife, Naraporn Chan-ocha, were greeted at the South Portico by Trump and first lady Melania Trump as the Thai leader arrived for talks and a working lunch. The visit came three years after Prayuth seized power, and days after the elected leader whose government he ousted was sentenced in absentia to five years in prison. Continue reading “Mon, Oct 2, 2017: Trump meets with Thailand’s Prime Minister, praises stronger ties”

Mon, Oct 2, 2017: Trump, First Lady lead moment of silence for victims of Las Vegas mass shooting

President Trump and the first lady led a moment of silence on Monday afternoon on the White House South Lawn to honor the victims of the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting.

The president and Melania Trump walked from the White House with Vice President Pence and his wife Karen through a grim gauntlet of unsmiling staffers.

The four stood with their hands clasped before them, heads bowed and eyes closed before turning around and heading back inside.

–The New York Post

Mon, Oct 2, 2017: Trump cancels appearance at WH deregulation summit

The Trump administration has set out to upend some of President Barack Obama’s regulations, which the White House says circumvented Congress in the first place and cost American businesses and the economy billions of dollars.

Without any major legislative accomplishments to point to despite the advantage of a Republican-controlled Congress, Trump on Monday was to give a speech in the White House East Room highlighting his own directives to agencies. The White House said the president is no longer attending the event following the mass killing of at least 50 people Sunday in Las Vegas. Vice President Mike Pence will lead it, but the White House closed the event to press coverage, an official there said. Continue reading “Mon, Oct 2, 2017: Trump cancels appearance at WH deregulation summit”

Mon, Oct 2, 2017: Trump speaks on Las Vegas mass shooting, calls it ‘an act of pure evil’ (video)

President Trump addressed the nation on the mass shooting in Las Vegas which left 58 dead and over 580 injured.

From his remarks:

Hundreds of our fellow citizens are now mourning the sudden loss of a loved one — a parent, a child, a brother or sister. We cannot fathom their pain. We cannot imagine their loss. To the families of the victims: We are praying for you and we are here for you, and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period. Continue reading “Mon, Oct 2, 2017: Trump speaks on Las Vegas mass shooting, calls it ‘an act of pure evil’ (video)”