President Trump called for Congress to immediately begin working to eliminate the diversity visa lottery program in his first remarks since the terror attack in New York City that killed eight individuals and injured an additional 11 on Monday.
“I am today starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery program,” Mr. Trump said Tuesday morning prior to a meeting with his full Cabinet at the White House. “I am going to ask Congress to immediately initiate work to get rid of this program.”
Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, the suspect in Monday’s attack, entered the country after being approved through the lottery. The “Diversity Visa Lottery Program” was developed to help diversify the United State’s immigrant population, drawing from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S. and has offered 55,000 immigrant visas in an annual lottery since the mid-1990’s, according to a 2015 State Department tutorial.
“Diversity lottery — sounds nice. It’s not nice. It’s not good. It’s not good. It hasn’t been good. We’ve been against it,” the president said of the program, calling Saipov an “animal” shortly after.
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11:00 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing
11:30 am: Holds a Cabinet meeting; Cabinet Room
12:30 pm: Signs the National Veterans and Military Families Month Proclamation
12:35 pm: Lunch with Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis
2:00 pm: Meets with RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel
3:30 pm: Signs H.J. Res. 111 – Disapproving of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Arbitration Agreements Rule
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10:07 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This is our first Cabinet meeting with General Kelly. He will be Chief of Staff, as you know. We all know him, we respect him, admire what he’s done. And at Homeland, what he has done has been nothing short of miraculous. As you know, the border was a tremendous problem and they’re close to 80 percent stoppage. And even the President of Mexico called me — they said their southern border, very few people are coming because they know they’re not going to get through our border, which is the ultimate compliment. Continue reading “Mon, July 31, 2017: Trump holds Cabinet meeting (Remarks)”
Leave it to Donald Trump to reinvent the Cabinet meeting.
The public portion of these gatherings of all of the president’s top advisers are usually staid affairs. Photographers are let in to take pictures. The president makes a very brief statement. A reporter shouts a question, unanswered. The end.
Donald Trump did something very different in his Cabinet meeting Monday. Continue reading “Mon, June 12, 2017: Trump holds weird, praise-filled Cabinet meeting as cameras look on”