Tue, Oct 24, 2017: Trump meets with Senate Republicans on tax reform

President Donald Trump began talks with Republican senators on Tuesday to try to build consensus for proposed tax cuts in a meeting that was overshadowed by an exchange of insults between the president and one of the lawmakers.

Trump has asked his fellow Republicans who control Congress to pass a package of tax cuts, including a deep reduction in the corporate income tax, by year’s end.

But hours before he was to promote the tax plan at a weekly lunch for Republican senators on Capitol Hill, Trump engaged in a distracting tussle with one of those lawmakers: Bob Corker, a leading fiscal hawk and the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Continue reading “Tue, Oct 24, 2017: Trump meets with Senate Republicans on tax reform”

Mon, Oct 16, 2017: Trump, McConnell hold press conference, ‘come together’ to back Republican incumbents

Donald Trump on Monday threw a life raft to the most unpopular Republican in Congress, publicly expressing his support for Mitch McConnell and pledging to ask his anti-establishment friends to leave the Senate leader and his friends alone.

Until Monday, the Senate Majority Leader’s reputation as a canny tactician had taken a beating this year. Major legislation stalled. Critics from his own party called for his ouster. His approval rating was far below that of other congressional leaders from either party.

Then along came Trump on Monday, standing beside the Kentucky Republican in the Rose Garden, praising him as a leader who shares his agenda and pledging to ask McConnell’s chief antagonist to lay off the Senate leader’s GOP allies. Continue reading “Mon, Oct 16, 2017: Trump, McConnell hold press conference, ‘come together’ to back Republican incumbents”

Mon, Oct 16, 2017: Trump meets with McConnell, speaks at reception for S.C.’s Gov. McMaster

10:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

11:30 am: Holds a Cabinet meeting; Cabinet Room

12:35 pm: Lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

3:45 pm: Departs White House

5:25 pm: Arrives Greer, South Carolina

6:50 pm: Gives remarks at a McMaster for Governor Reception; Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center, Greenville, South Carolina

8:10 pm: Departs Greer, South Carolina

9:45 pm: Arrives White House

Wed, Sept 6, 2017: Trump meets with Congressional leaders, says he has ‘no second thoughts’ on DACA decision

Meeting with congressional leaders from both parties, President Trump said Wednesday he has no regrets about his decision to end the program giving illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. at a young age a reprieve from deportation.

Asked by a reporter before the meeting about his Tuesday announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, Trump replied: “No second thoughts.”

The administration argues then-President Obama didn’t have the authority to enact the DACA policy in 2012. Trump is now asking Congress to take up the issue. Continue reading “Wed, Sept 6, 2017: Trump meets with Congressional leaders, says he has ‘no second thoughts’ on DACA decision”

Thur, Aug 10, 2017: Trump knocks McConnell for failure to repeal and replace Obamacare

President Donald Trump continued his Twitter campaign against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday morning, complaining online that the Kentucky Republican “couldn’t get it done” on repealing and replacing Obamacare.

“Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn’t get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!” Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday morning.

It was the second time in as many days that Trump lashed out against the majority leader over the GOP’s failure last month to advance legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, a promise that Republican Congressional candidates across the country have run on for more than seven years and one that Trump made a major part of his own presidential campaign.

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