Thur, Apr. 6, 2017: Trump launches missile strikes against Syria following chemical attack

President Donald Trump’s statement on Syria:

“My fellow Americans: On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.

“Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention, and ignored the urging of the U.N. Security Council. Continue reading “Thur, Apr. 6, 2017: Trump launches missile strikes against Syria following chemical attack”

Thur, Apr. 6, 2017: Trump dines with Chinese president at Mar-a-Lago

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping sat down to steak and pan-seared sole shortly after Trump made the decision to pull the trigger on a missile strike in Syria — the biggest military action of his presidency.

Trump met with his national security team before the formal dinner in Mar-a-Lago Thursday, sitting through the meal with President Xi while action was underway.

Defense Secretary James Mattis updated President Trump about strikes following dinner, according to a US official.

The gathering, in an ornate private dining room on Trump’s opulent Florida estate, was taking place ahead of a series of high-stakes meetings where the two leaders are expected to tackle a range of complex issues.

The trade relationship between the two countries and the rising threat of North Korea’s nuclear program are due to be top of the agenda during discussions due to take place at Mar-a-Lago.

Trump and Xi are also scheduled to sit down together again on Friday for a working lunch, while first lady Melania Trump and Madame Peng Liyuan visit a local school together.

–CNN

Wed, Apr. 5, 2017: Trump holds joint press conference with King Abdullah, says chemical attacks in Syria ‘crossed many lines’

U.S. President Donald Trump accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government of going “beyond a red line” with a poison gas attack on civilians and said his attitude toward Syria and Assad had changed, but gave no indication of how he would respond.

Trump said the attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, “crosses many, many lines”, an allusion to his predecessor Barack Obama’s threat to topple Assad with air strikes if he used such weapons. His accusations against Assad put him directly at odds with Moscow, the Syrian’s president principal backer.

“I will tell you, what happened yesterday is unacceptable to me,” Trump told reporters at a news conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah on Wednesday.

“And I will tell you, it’s already happened that my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much,” though when asked at an earlier meeting whether he was formulating a new policy on Syria, Trump said: “You’ll see.” Continue reading “Wed, Apr. 5, 2017: Trump holds joint press conference with King Abdullah, says chemical attacks in Syria ‘crossed many lines’”

First Lady Melania, Queen Rania visit school in Washington D.C.

A billionaire, a queen and an American first lady walked into a public charter school on Wednesday, collecting bouquets, examining owl pellets and hugging students amid the rapid-fire clicking of cameras.

The visit to Excel Academy, an all-girls charter school, by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Queen Rania of Jordan and Melania Trump, the first lady, was meant to emphasize the Trump administration’s stance on school choice. But it was also part of a day of photo ops intended to cast a softer lens on a presidential administration grappling with several international crises, and provide another glimpse of a first lady whose sporadic appearances in Washington have revealed relatively little about her own leadership style. Continue reading “First Lady Melania, Queen Rania visit school in Washington D.C.”

Tue, Apr. 4, 2017: Trump meets with Gov. Ralph Torres of the Northern Mariana Islands

While Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo harshly criticized the federal government at a Rotary Club of Guam meeting yesterday, his counterpart from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands proudly shared having met with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.

“I met with President Trump and his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in the Oval Office to discuss the importance of our CNMI visa waiver program and the (foreign contract workers) program,” CNMI Gov. Ralp Torres said on his Facebook page yesterday. The meeting took place Wednesday, Guam time.

“The president has assured me that he will make sure our economy continues to grow so we can continue to address our challenges and provide more economic opportunities for you and your families,” Torres said.

–Guam Daily Post

Tue, Apr. 4, 2017: Trump meets with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, discusses how to pay for border wall

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Costa Mesa, said his idea to help pay for a border wall was well- received by President Donald Trump during a 45-minute meeting at the White House on Tuesday, April 4.

“He was especially keen on my proposal to create a new visa program that would help finance the border wall and protect our country’s sovereign territory by charging wealthy foreigners to become citizens of the United States,” Rohrabacher said in an emailed statement. No additional details about the plan were available at press time.

Described as a “wide-ranging discussion on foreign and domestic issues” with Trump, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and strategist Steven Bannon, the meeting specifically included discussion of building partnerships with other countries “menaced” by “Islamist terrorism,” according to Rohrabacher’s statement.

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Tue, Apr. 4, 2017: Trump speaks at 2017 North America’s Building Trades Unions National Legislative Conference

Remarks by President Trump

Washington Hilton
Washington, D.C.

12:25 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: I know these people well, you wouldn’t believe it. I know them too well. (Applause.) I know them too well. They cost me a lot of money. (Laughter.) I spent a lot of money, but I love them, and they’re great, and their people are fantastic. And nobody does it like you people, right? Nobody. We talked about that — incredible. Incredible people. Continue reading “Tue, Apr. 4, 2017: Trump speaks at 2017 North America’s Building Trades Unions National Legislative Conference”