Wed, Mar. 15, 2017: Trump meets with CEOs, union workers in MI; holds rally in Nashville

10:50 am: Departs White House

12:35 pm: Arrives Detroit

1:40 pm: Tours American Manufactured Vehicles; American Center for Mobility; Ann Arbor, Michigan

1:55 pm: Leads a roundtable with CEOs and Union workers; American Center for Mobility

2:20 pm: Makes remarks; American Center for Mobility

3:30 pm: Departs Detroit

3:55 pm CT: Arrives Nashville

4:25 pm CT: Tours Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage and participates in a wreath laying ceremony; Nashville

5:15 pm CT: Makes remarks; The Hermitage

6:30 pm CT: Participates in a Make America Great Again Rally; Municipal Auditorium, Nashville

8:00 pm CT: Departs Nashville

10:45 pm: Arrives White House

Wed, Mar. 15, 2017: Trump casts doubt on reporter who released part of his ’05 tax returns

Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday to cast doubt on Johnston’s account.

“Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, ‘went to his mailbox’ and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS!”

President Donald Trump earned $153 million and paid $36.5 million in income taxes in 2005, paying a roughly 25 percent effective tax rate thanks to a tax he has since sought to eliminate, according to newly disclosed tax documents. Continue reading “Wed, Mar. 15, 2017: Trump casts doubt on reporter who released part of his ’05 tax returns”

Tue, Mar. 14, 2017: White House releases info on Trump’s 2005 tax return

President Donald Trump paid $38 million in taxes on more than $150 million in income in 2005, the White House said on Tuesday, responding to an MSNBC report that the network had obtained two pages of the returns.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said she received the documents from journalist David Cay Johnston, who said on her show that he received them in the mail.

The returns, which MSNBC posted on its website, showed Trump paid an effective federal tax rate of 25 percent in 2005 after writing off $100 million in losses. Continue reading “Tue, Mar. 14, 2017: White House releases info on Trump’s 2005 tax return”

Tue, Mar. 14, 2017: Trump meets with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

President Donald Trump met with Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House on Tuesday for a discussion likely to touch on economic relations and efforts to stop the war in Syria.

Trump, who took office in January, and Prince Mohammed, who is also the kingdom’s defense minister, kicked off their talks in the Oval Office, where they posed for a picture in front of journalists and did not take questions.

The meeting was the first since Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration with the prince, who is leading the kingdom’s efforts to revive state finances by diversifying the economy away from a reliance on falling crude oil revenues. Continue reading “Tue, Mar. 14, 2017: Trump meets with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman”

Mon, Mar. 13. 2017: Trump signs executive order to make his government more efficient

President Trump signed an executive order Monday aimed at cutting waste in the federal government.

Trump signed the measure in the Oval Office, telling reporters it requires a “thorough examination of every executive department and agency” to find out “where money is being wasted [and] how services can be improved.”

The order does not seek a set amount of cuts, but it could result in a push to eliminate entire federal agencies or dramatically cut the size of the federal workforce.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney will oversee a government-wide review, which will involve outside experts as well as federal officials.

The president, flanked by his Cabinet secretaries, said the order would “develop a detailed plan to make the federal government … more efficient and very, very cost productive.”

Agency heads are instructed to provide their recommendations within six months to Mulvaney, who would submit them to Congress before implementation.

This executive order is part of the administration’s aggressive push to shrink the federal government.

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Mon, Mar. 13, 2017: Trump holds listening session on health care: ‘It’s a big, fat, beautiful negotiation’

President Donald Trump appeared Monday to bask in the back-and-forth over a health care plan to replace Obamacare, describing the talks in businesslike terms.

“It’s a big, fat, beautiful negotiation,” Trump declared during the first meeting of his Cabinet at the White House. “Hopefully we’ll come up with something that’s going to be really terrific.”

Earlier in the day, Trump appeared to lower expectations for an immediate drop in health insurance costs after a replacement bill is passed. He told a White House gathering of Americans who say they’ve been negatively affected by the Affordable Care Act that it could take several years before a drop in prices.

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Mon, Mar. 13, 2017: Trump holds meeting on healthcare, signs executive order on ‘Reorganizing the Executive Branch’

10:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

11:00 am: Holds a meeting on healthcare; Roosevelt Room

12:30 pm: Has lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao

3:00 pm: Meets with his Cabinet; Cabinet Room

4:30 pm: Signs an Executive Order entitled “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch”

6:30 pm: Has dinner with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster; White House Residence

Sat, Mar. 11, 2017: Trump stays in D.C. this weekend, visits golf club in Virginia

President Trump paid a visit to one of his golf courses again Saturday, marking apparently his ninth visit to a golf course in the seven weeks since he took office.

The president visited Trump National Golf Club in Virginia, about 25 miles outside Washington, according to a pool report. The report did not state whether the president was actually playing golf, or if he was just visiting the club.

–The Hill