Thur, May 4, 2017: Trump marks anniversary of WWII battle at Intrepid Museum

President Donald Trump returned to his hometown Thursday night for the first time since his inauguration.

Air Force One landed at Kennedy Airport just before 6:30 p.m.

Trump joined Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the Intrepid Museum in Manhattan on Thursday evening.

They commemorated the 75th anniversary of World War II’s Battle of the Coral Sea, when U.S. and Australian forces teamed up to fight the Japanese.

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Thur, May 4, 2017: Trump meets with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in New York

U.S. President Donald Trump held his first-face-to-face meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday, and declared that they “get along great,” following an acrimonious phone call in January that strained ties between the two allies.

“They said we had a rough phone call. We didn’t really have a rough phone call,” Trump said in dinner remarks. “It got a little bit testy. But that’s okay.”

Dressed in tuxedos as they prepared to attend a dinner, the two leaders met on board the USS Intrepid, a World War Two aircraft carrier that is now a museum moored on Manhattan’s West Side. Joined by their wives, the two leaders later attended a gala to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. Continue reading “Thur, May 4, 2017: Trump meets with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in New York”

Thur, May 4, 2017: Trump speaks on House passing bill to replace Obamacare

President Trump took a televised victory lap Thursday after the House voted to pass a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act – an unusual Rose Garden ceremony considering that final victory remains miles away.

“It’s going to be an unbelievable victory, actually, when we get it through the Senate,” Trump said while surrounded by some four dozen House Republicans gathered at the White House.

Lawmakers took buses from Capitol Hill to celebrate in the Rose Garden just minutes after the winning the health care bill by just four votes. The final 217-213 tally ended months of struggle to reach an agreement that would pass even in the Republican-controlled chamber.

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Thur, May 4, 2017: Trump signs executive order promoting religious liberty and free speech

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order on religious liberties designed to ease a ban on political activity by churches and other tax-exempt institutions.

The order also mandates regulatory relief to religious employers that object to contraception, such as Little Sisters of the Poor.

It does not include provisions to allow government agencies and businesses to deny services to gay people in the name of religious freedom, as was feared by some civil liberties and gay rights groups. Continue reading “Thur, May 4, 2017: Trump signs executive order promoting religious liberty and free speech”

Thur, May 4, 2017: Trump speaks at National Day of Prayer event at White House, signs religious freedom bill

10:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

10:45 am: Speaks at National Day of Prayer event; signs religious freedom executive order

1:45 pm: Departs White House

3:00 pm: Arrives New York City

4:00 pm: Meets with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia; The Peninsula New York

7:20 pm: Gives remarks commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea; The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum; New York City

Wed, May 3, 2017: Trump dines with religious leaders ahead of National Day of Prayer

On the eve of the first National Day of Prayer of his presidency, Donald Trump invited his closest evangelical advisors to join him for a private, long-awaited dinner celebration at the White House.

For the first time since they formed last June, the members of Trump’s campaign advisory board were meeting together not in weekly phone calls but in person, and having already accomplished what a year ago many thought was a long shot. Continue reading “Wed, May 3, 2017: Trump dines with religious leaders ahead of National Day of Prayer”

Wed, May 3, 2017: Trump meets with Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas, wants Mideast peace deal

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met on Wednesday with US President Donald Trump at the White House for the first time. In their preliminary statements, Trump declared that he is committed to working with Israel and the Palestinians to reach an agreement and claimed that no accord can be imposed by a third party.

“The Palestinians and the Israelis must work to reach an agreement that will allow both people to live, worship, thrive, and prosper in peace,” said President Trump. “I would like to be a mediator or a facilitator to anything they wish to do and we will will get this done.”

President Abbas reiterated the Palestinian position supporting the two-state solution on the basis of the 1967 borders with eastern Jerusalem as its capital. He asserted that a comprehensive peace agreement would give impetus to both the Arab Peace Initiative and the fight against the Islamic State.

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Wed, May 3, 2017: Trump meets with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas

10:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

11:55 am: Begins meetings with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority

12:15 pm: Gives a joint statement with President Abbas; Roosevelt Room

12:30 pm: Has a working luncheon with President Abbas; Cabinet Room

5:30 pm: Has dinner with religious leaders; Blue Room

Tue, May 2, 2017: Trump tweets U.S. needs ‘shutdown’ in September to fix Senate ‘mess’

President Donald Trump declared Tuesday the U.S. government “needs a good shutdown” to fix a “mess” in the Senate, signaling on Twitter his displeasure with a bill to keep operations running. But Republican leaders and Trump himself also praised the stopgap measure as a major accomplishment and a sign of his masterful negotiating with Democrats.

On the defensive, Trump and his allies issued a flurry of contradictory statements ahead of key votes in Congress on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government at full speed through September. After advocating for a future shutdown, the president hailed the budget agreement as a boost for the military, border security and other top priorities. Continue reading “Tue, May 2, 2017: Trump tweets U.S. needs ‘shutdown’ in September to fix Senate ‘mess’”

Tue, May 2, 2017: Trump calls Putin, leaders look to work together on Syria, possibly meet in July

U.S. President Donald J. Trump at the White House and Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg. (EPA and Sputnik photos)

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled improving prospects for cooperation in Syria in what the White House called a “very good” phone discussion that included a focus on setting up safe zones in the war-torn nation.

The Kremlin said the leaders also agreed in Tuesday’s call to try to set up their first in-person meeting in July, on the sidelines of an international summit in Germany. The White House later confirmed that information. Continue reading “Tue, May 2, 2017: Trump calls Putin, leaders look to work together on Syria, possibly meet in July”