Sat, Dec. 9, 2017: Trump attends opening of Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, gives remarks

Amid backlash and boycotts, President Trump addressed an invitation-only gathering Saturday at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson — instead of attending the public opening ceremony.

Trump spoke briefly Saturday, peering down frequently at prepared notes. He mentioned several civil rights leaders, including King and Medgar Evers.

“The Civil Rights Museum records the oppression inflicted on the African American community — the fight to end slavery, to end Jim Crow, to gain the right to vote — so that others might live in freedom,” he said.

“Today we pay solemn tribute to our heroes of the past and dedicate ourselves to building a future of freedom, equality, justice, peace.”

–The Washington Post

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

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