Fri, Dec. 8, 2017: Trump delivers remarks at swearing-in of new Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

President Trump attended the swearing-in Friday of new Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and promised to get funding from Congress for the border wall.

“We’re going to get the wall. If we don’t get the wall, we’ll have a lot of unhappy people, starting with me,” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Trump acknowledged the importance of the swearing-in of the Cabinet official, an event wasn’t on the president’s public schedule. Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath.

“This is a very special occasion, because I ran on it,” Mr. Trump said, citing tougher immigration enforcement and the border wall. “This is one of the real big issues.”

–The Washington Times

Fri, Dec. 8, 2017: Trump rallies in Pensacola, FL, urges votes for Roy Moore

President Donald Trump urged Alabama voters to “get out and vote for Roy Moore” in Tuesday’s Senate special election.

“Do it. Do it,” he said Friday night at a campaign-style rally in Pensacola, Florida — 25 miles from the Alabama state line.

“We cannot afford — this country, the future of this country — cannot afford to lose a seat in the very, very close United States Senate. We can’t afford it, folks. We can’t,” Trump said. “We can’t afford to have a liberal Democrat who is completely controlled by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. We can’t do it.” Continue reading “Fri, Dec. 8, 2017: Trump rallies in Pensacola, FL, urges votes for Roy Moore”

Fri, Dec. 8, 2017: Trump signs spending bill to avoid government shutdown

President Donald Trump has signed a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and keep the federal government running through Dec. 22.

The president signed the two-week spending bill at the White House after the House and Senate acted to prevent a government shutdown this weekend.

The White House and congressional leaders are negotiating a longer-term agreement.

The measure funds government agencies from the Defense Department to the IRS. It also makes money available to several states running out of funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The popular program provides medical care to more than 8 million children.

The White House and lawmakers say the bill will give them more time to negotiate several end-of-year agenda items, including the budget, a children’s health program and hurricane aid.

–AP

Fri, Dec. 8, 2017: Trump holds rally in Pensacola, FL

11:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

12:30 pm: Has lunch with Vice President Mike Pence

1:30 pm: Meets with Secretary of Defense Mattis

4:35 pm: Departs White House

6:15 pm CT: Arrives Pensacola, Florida

7:00 pm CT: Participates in a Make America Great Again rally; Pensacola Bay Center

8:30 pm CT: Departs Pensacola

11:00 pm: Arrives West Palm Beach