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

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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”

Tue, Apr. 4, 2017: Trump hosts CEOs at town hall

With legislation overhauling taxes and health care on an uncertain path, President Donald Trump returned to the familiar. Trump brought 52 business leaders from New York City to the White House Tuesday to talk about another favorite campaign issue — infrastructure and economic growth.

The U.S. economy has so far proven to be a point of pride for a presidency that has otherwise gotten off to a rocky start. Trump inherited a stable economy from former President Barack Obama, an economic recovery that’s heading toward its eighth year. But Trump believes he can do more for business.

Trump and several of his top aides emphasized plans to cut red tape and jumpstart infrastructure projects at Tuesday’s meeting, while also previewing for the CEOs other priorities that include shortening flight times for airplanes, increasing the power grid’s efficiency and targeting programs to improve job training. Continue reading “Tue, Apr. 4, 2017: Trump hosts CEOs at town hall”

Tue, Apr. 4, 2017: Trump hosts town hall with CEOs, speaks at Building Trades Unions conference

10:00 am: Receives the daily intelligence briefing

10:45 am: Hosts a CEO town hall on the American business climate; Eisenhower Executive Office Building – South Court Auditorium

12:30 pm: Makes remarks at the 2017 North America’s Building Trades Unions National Legislative Conference; Washington

3:00 pm: Meets with EPA Administrator Pruitt

4:00 pm: Meets with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin

4:45 pm: Meets with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

5:15 pm: Meets with Governor Ralph Torres of the Northern Mariana Islands

Mon, Apr. 3, 2017: Trump donates first-quarter salary to National Park Service

President Trump will donate his first three months of salary to the National Park Service, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced Monday.

“The president has spoken with counsel and made the decision to donate his first-quarter salary to a government entity,” Spicer said at Monday’s briefing.

Spicer handed a check for $78,333.32 for the National Park Service to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Spicer said the paycheck starts from Jan. 20, when Trump took office, until now.

At Monday’s briefing, Zinke said the donation will go to the maintaining historic battlefield sites.

During the campaign, Trump vowed that he wouldn’t take the presidency’s $400,000 annual salary if elected, and he repeated that promise after his victory in November.

Last month, Spicer said Trump would donate his salary at the end of the year and asked the press to weigh in on where the donations should go.

–The Hill