Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: Trump discusses plan to cut legal immigration with Sens. Perdue, Cotton

Sens. David Perdue and Tom Cotton headed to the White House on Tuesday, ready to discuss their new legislation to slash legal immigration during their private policy discussion with President Donald Trump.

Turns out, the president didn’t need to be briefed.

“He knew all about it,” Perdue recalled Tuesday afternoon.

In separate interviews Tuesday, both senators said they left their Oval Office meeting encouraged by Trump’s reception of their legislation, which would eliminate several avenues used by U.S. citizens to sponsor family members for green cards as well as other changes to the legal immigration system.

Click here to read more from Politico.

Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: Trump discusses terrorism, boosting trade with Kenyan president

President Donald Trump and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta have discussed their mutual interest in overcoming terrorism.

The White House says Trump expressed appreciation for Kenya’s contributions to the African Union Mission in Somalia during a telephone call Tuesday with Kenyatta. Trump also recognized the sacrifices made by Kenyan troops in the fight against al-Shabaab, the Islamic extremist group that’s taken hold in neighboring Somalia.

Somalia is one of the six Muslim-majority countries affected by Trump’s new ban on travel to the U.S. Part of the African Union Mission’s mandate in Somalia is to help reduce the threat posed by al-Shabaab.

The White House says Trump and Kenyatta also discussed ways to boost trade between their countries, as well as investment in Kenya and the broader East Africa region.

–The Associated Press

Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: WH says it has ‘no recollection’ of POTUS meeting with Russian ambassador

The White House said there is “no recollection” about who President Trump may have met at an event last year attended by Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., but indicated it’s a possibility the two men shook hands.

A May 2016 Wall Street Journal report that the president met at a VIP reception with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. resurfaced Friday. According to the publication, the two were introduced on a receiving line before Trump gave a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Journal reported at the time that Trump greeted Kislyak and three other foreign ambassadors. Continue reading “Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: WH says it has ‘no recollection’ of POTUS meeting with Russian ambassador”

Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: Trump accuses Obama of releasing 122 ‘vicious’ Guantanamo inmates

President Trump used Twitter on Tuesday to again bash predecessor Barack Obama — this time in a false claim about Guantanamo Bay prisoner releases — and to promote the release of the new House health care bill.

Trump said that “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!” However, more more than 90% of those detainees were released during the George W. Bush administration, not that of Obama.

The tweet appears to be a response to reports of a military strike in Yemen that killed a fighter who had been imprisoned at Gitmo.

A report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said that of the 122 Gitmo detainees who returned to the battlefield, only nine of them were released after Obama took office in January 2009.

Click here to read more from USA Today.

Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: Trump backs House GOP plan to replace Obamacare

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday backed a draft Republican proposal to dismantle Obamacare that was unveiled Monday, saying the proposed healthcare legislation was “out for review and negotiation.”

Trump, in a tweet on Tuesday morning, described the bill proposed by fellow Republicans in the House of Representatives as “Our wonderful new healthcare bill.”

The plan, released late on Monday, would undo Democratic President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare law, removing the penalty paid by Americans without insurance coverage and rolling back extra healthcare funding for the poor. Continue reading “Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: Trump backs House GOP plan to replace Obamacare”

Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: Trump working on plan to reduce drug prices

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he is developing a plan that will encourage competition in the drug industry and bring down prices for medicines, as the House of Representatives leadership unveiled a new health care plan.

“I am working on a new system where there will be competition in the Drug Industry. Pricing for the American people will come way down!” Trump said in a Twitter post.

–Reuters, Doina Chiacu

Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: Trump calls Kenyan president, holds policy discussion with senators

10:15 am: Speaks with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya by telephone

10:45 pm: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

12:30 pm: Has lunch with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

1:30 pm: Leads a policy discussion with Senator Tom Cotton and Senator David Perdue

3:30 pm: Leads a meeting with the U.S. House Deputy Whip team; East Room

4:30 pm: Meets with Richard Trumka, President of AFL–CIO

5:00 pm: Visits with the Boy Scouts of America

Mon, Mar. 6, 2017: Trump signs new travel ban

President Donald Trump signed a revised executive order on Monday banning citizens from six Muslim-majority nations from traveling to the United States but removing Iraq from the list, after his controversial first attempt was blocked in the courts.

The new order, which takes effect on March 16, keeps a 90-day ban on travel to the United States by citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. It applies only to new visa applicants, meaning some 60,000 people whose visas were revoked under the previous order will now be permitted to enter. Continue reading “Mon, Mar. 6, 2017: Trump signs new travel ban”

Mon, Mar. 6, 2017: Trump leads Economic Council meeting, holds other meetings at WH

10:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

12:30 pm: Lunch with Vice President Pence

1:35 pm: Meets with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

3:00 pm: Meets with the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Aijit Pai

4:00 pm: Leads a National Economic Council meeting

5:00 pm: Meets with Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin

6:30 pm: Has dinner with the OMB Director Mick Mulvaney and HHS Secretary Tom Price

Video purportedly shows heated Oval Office argument between Trump and Bannon

Video taken from outside the White House purportedly shows President Trump and Steve Bannon in a heated argument as others including Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, and Sean Spicer watch.

Sources have told CNN that President Trump is ‘furious’ about how his staff handled things following the revelation that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied about meeting with the Russian ambassador. Trump believes his staff ‘fumbled’ Sessions’ recusal this week.