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.


Thur, Dec. 7, 2017: Trump hosts Hanukkah reception at White House

President Trump hosted the annual Hanukkah reception at the White House Thursday evening, a day after his controversial decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Hundreds gathered in the East Room for the occasion, which First Lady Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner and Vice President Mike Pence also attended.

Mr. Trump began his remarks retelling the story of Hanukkah before congratulating the Jewish faithful in attendance for his decision one day earlier.

“Hanukkah is a time for Jewish families around the world to celebrate the miracles of the past and the promises of the future,” Trump said. “We are proud to stand with the people of Israel and renew our enduring bond.”

Thursday’s celebration comes one day after Mr. Trump’s announcement to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and plans to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. His decision was met with shockwaves throughout the world.

–CBS News

Thur, Dec. 7, 2017: Trump signs National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day proclamation

As six Pearl Harbor veterans stood by his side, President Trump signed a presidential proclamation from the White House Thursday recognizing December 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. One of the survivors of the surprise attack, Michael Ganitch, who was also wearing a bright Hawaiian shirt for the occasion, broke out into song with “Remember Pearl Harbor” during the president’s remarks.

“What can I say? Wow that was good — he’s a very shy person too,” Mr. Trump joked as Ganitch finished the song.

The president praised each of the six veterans as heroes, thanking them for their service and promising to build up the military under his administration. Mr. Trump also called the attacks on Pearl Harbor “a pretty wild scene.”

“Today our entire nation pauses to remember Pearl Harbor and the brave warriors who on that day stood tall and fought for America,” he said.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the Japanese aerial attack on the U.S. naval base Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The attack killed more than 2,300 servicemen. In response, the United States and the United Kingdom declared war against Japan the following day. Thursday is the 76th anniversary of the attack.

–CBS News

Wed, Dec. 6, 2017: Trump announces U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

President Donald Trump has announced that the US formally recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will begin the process of moving its embassy to the city, breaking with decades of US policy.

Here is the transcript of that announcement, made in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Wednesday, December 6. Continue reading “Wed, Dec. 6, 2017: Trump announces U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”

Tue, Dec. 5, 2017: Trump hosts business owners for discussion at White House

President Trump led a discussion with business owners and families at the White House on Tuesday, as Republicans in the House and Senate forge ahead in their efforts to overhaul the nation’s tax code and continue funding the federal government.

Mr. Trump told the “four great families” at Tuesday’s event in the Oval Office that at a “certain point you’re going to be making so much money you are not going to know what to do with it.”

He added of the families, “They want to see tax cuts, they want to see jobs, they want to see choice.”

The president lauded the administration’s efforts in bringing back companies back into the United States as well as the stock market being at an “all-time high.” Continue reading “Tue, Dec. 5, 2017: Trump hosts business owners for discussion at White House”

Tue, Dec. 5, 2017: Trump hails tax bill as ‘fantastic for middle class,’ lunches with GOP senators

President Trump is having lunch with Senate Republicans at the White House.

The president said in remarks before their lunch in the Roosevelt Room that they’re going to discuss the conference committee negotiations over the GOP tax overhaul, which he called the “mixer.”

“It’s a fantastic bill for the middle class,” Mr. Trump said, adding that it will also spur job growth and benefit companies wanting to bring back money from overseas. “I view it as a tremendous bill for jobs and the middle class.”

Mr. Trump said that other issues on the agenda are trade and NAFTA negotiations. He said that there have been “tremendous losses” with Mexico and Canada. He said, for example, that the U.S. lost about $71 billion in trade deficit with Mexico last year and $17 billion with Canada.

The president expressed confidence that congressional Republicans would reach a bicameral agreement on taxes soon.

“I think something is going to be coming out of conference pretty quickly,” he said. “There’s a great spirit in the Republican Party like they’ve never seen before.”

On the question of Roy Moore’s Senate candidacy, Mr. Trump added that Republicans don’t want a “liberal Democrat” elected in the special election in Alabama next week. The president on Monday endorsed GOP candidate Moore, who faces sexual assault and sexual misconduct allegations involving underage women when he was in his 30s.

–CBS News,  Rebecca Sheard

Mon, Dec. 4, 2017: Trump speaks announces cuts in size of national monuments at Utah State Capitol

President Trump sharply reduced the size of two national monuments in Utah on Monday by some two million acres, the largest rollback of federal land protection in the nation’s history.

The administration shrank Bears Ears National Monument, a sprawling region of red rock canyons, by 85 percent, and cut another monument, Grand Staircase-Escalante, to about half its current size. The move, a reversal of protections put in place by Democratic predecessors, comes as the administration pushes for fewer restrictions and more development on public lands.

“Some people think that the natural resources of Utah should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington,” Mr. Trump said, speaking at Utah’s State Capitol beneath a painting of Mormon pioneers. “And guess what? They’re wrong.”

“Together,” he continued, “we will usher in a bright new future of wonder and wealth.”

Click here to read more from The New York Times.

Mon, Dec. 4, 2017: Trump meets with Mormon church leaders, visits Welfare Square

President Donald Trump met with key Mormon Church leaders Dec. 4 at Welfare Square where they discussed religious liberties and the mission of the Church’s global welfare program.

The American president visited with President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency; President Russell M. Nelson, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé; and Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president.

During the closed, late-morning meeting, the Church leaders and President Trump, along with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), discussed religious liberty and the Church’s welfare programs. The president praised the Church’s humanitarian efforts and also recognized President Nelson’s renown as a heart surgeon.

Click here to read more from Deseret News / LDS Church News.