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”

Mon, May 1, 2017: Trump meets with community bankers, says he wants to cut government regulations

President Trump told a group of community bankers Monday that he is trying to cut the number of government regulations they have long protested, even as he floated the idea of breaking up bigger banks.

Speaking to some 100 members of the Independent Community Bankers of America gathered in a White House garden, Trump said attempts to repeal the Dodd-Frank bill that tightened regulations on various financial practices is also the start of a long-term effort to “roll back burdensome regulations” – many of them imposed by during President Obama’s administration. Continue reading “Mon, May 1, 2017: Trump meets with community bankers, says he wants to cut government regulations”

Mon, May 1, 2017: Trump signs Law Day proclamation, visits bankers association

10:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

11:30 am: Signs a Law Day proclamation

11:50 am: Drops by the Independent Community Bankers Association; Kennedy Garden

12:30 pm: Has lunch with Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis; Presidential Dining Room

1:30 pm: Meets with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

President Trump interviewed on ‘Face the Nation’ (Full video & transcript)

On his 100th day in office Saturday, President Trump spoke to CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent and host of “Face the Nation,” John Dickerson, about his accomplishments at the traditional milestone and beyond, before flying to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to give a speech at a rally.

What follows is a full transcript of the interview, which aired on CBS earlier Sunday.  Continue reading “President Trump interviewed on ‘Face the Nation’ (Full video & transcript)”

Sat, Apr. 29, 2017: Trump marks 100th day in office with rally in Harrisburg, PA

President Donald Trump used the occasion of his first 100th day in office to hold a campaign-style rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, touting his record and taking aim at the national media.

The president told a boisterous crowd of supporters that he was “thrilled” to be far away from Washington D.C. where members of the press were gathered for the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

“As you know there’s another big gathering taking place tonight in Washington D.C., did you hear about this? A large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media are consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation’s capital right now,” Trump said. “They are gathered together for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Without the president.”

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