Wed, Apr. 19, 2017: Trump signs Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act

President Donald Trump extended the Veterans Choice Act on Wednesday to set the stage for a push in Congress to expand the program and allow more access to private care for veterans.

Flanked by veterans at an Oval Office ceremony, the president signed the bill to extend the Choice program, which was to expire on Aug. 7, and allow the expenditure of the remaining $950 million in the program.

The Choice Card program allowed vets facing lengthy wait times at Veterans Administration facilities or living more than 40 miles from the nearest VA to seek care in the private sector. Those already in the program will not need to re-apply under the bill signed by Trump, VA officials said.

The new bill — the Veterans Choice Improvement Act — addressed a major complaint of veterans service organizations by directing the VA to cover co-pays and deductibles directly for private care rather than reimbursing veterans for paying up front.

Click here to read more from Military.com.

Wed, Apr. 19, 2017: Trump signs Veterans Choice Act, hosts Patriots at White House

10:00 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

10:30 am: Meets with Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin

11:30 am: Signs S. 544 the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act; Roosevelt Room

1:20 pm: Greets Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in the Oval Office

2:30 pm: Holds an event with the Patriots on the South Lawn

3:30 pm: Meets with National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster

Tue, Apr. 18, 2017: Trump signs “Buy American, Hire American” executive order

President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that would tighten rules that award visas to skilled foreign workers and directs the federal government to enforce rules that bar foreign contractors from bidding on federal projects.

The order is a first effort to promote a “Buy American, Hire American” agenda, a key promise Trump made during the campaign.

Speaking at the headquarters of Wisconsin-based toolmaker Snap-on, Trump said that the order “declares that the policy of our government is to aggressively promote and use American-made goods and to ensure that American labor is hired to do the job.”

“We’re going to do everything in our power to make sure more products are stamped with those wonderful words ‘Made in the USA,’ ” Trump said. “For too long we’ve watched as our factories have been closed and our jobs have been sent to faraway lands.”

Click here to read more from The Washington Post.

Mon, Apr. 17, 2017: Trump helps host White House Easter Egg Roll

President Trump blew the whistle on Monday to kick off his first White House Easter Egg Roll, praising the strength of the United States and the competitive spirit of the children participating, as his staff worked to carry off a 139-year-old tradition that has faced scheduling and organizational challenges.

On an overcast morning punctuated by showers, Mr. Trump emerged on the White House balcony with his wife, Melania Trump, and youngest son, Barron, along with the Easter bunny to greet attendees of the annual springtime festival on the South Lawn. The elaborate and labor-intensive Egg Roll is among the most daunting social events the presidential staff has to plan.

“We will be stronger and bigger and better as a nation than ever before, and we are right on track,” Mr. Trump said as he overlooked the festivities, where children gathered for the marquee race, in which eggs are rolled across the White House lawn with a wooden spoon. “I’ve seen those kids, and they’re highly, highly competitive.”

Mr. Trump thanked and congratulated his wife, who he said has “been working on this for a long time, to make it perfect.”

Click here to read more from The New York Times.

Sun, Apr. 16, 2017: Trump, First Lady attend Easter service at church in Palm Beach, FL

President Donald Trump celebrated Easter with his family this weekend in Palm Beach, attending church and Mar-a-Lago’s annual Easter egg hunt on Sunday before heading back to Washington.

The president, first lady Melania Trump, their son Barron, Trump’s daughter Tiffany and the first lady’s parents went to the 11 a.m. Easter service at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, a historic church that sits a short drive from Mar-a-Lago. The president and first lady were married there in 2005, and Barron was christened there in 2006

Click here to read more from The Palm Beach Post.

Sat, Apr. 15, 2017: Trump at Mar-a-Lago, visits nearby golf course

President Trump on Saturday morning went to the Trump International Golf Club in Florida, near his Mar-a-Lago resort.

It was not immediately clear what Trump was doing at the club. The pool report noted that “if someone were to be playing golf, he or she would be rewarded with 75 degrees and partly sunny skies.”

–The Hill, Naomi Jagoda

Melania Trump visits shelter for abused kids on Good Friday

First lady Melania Trump made an unheralded trip Friday to brighten the lives of girls at a group home for victims of abuse and domestic violence.

While President Donald Trump used the first day of his Easter vacation to go to Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, the first lady visited HomeSafe in Palm Beach, which houses girls removed for their safety by the courts. Continue reading “Melania Trump visits shelter for abused kids on Good Friday”