Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: Trump meets with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

President Donald Trump and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka met at the White House hours before the union president blasted the health care plan backed by House Republicans and the Trump administration on Tuesday.

While Trumka said the duo spoke about wages, trade and infrastructure during the meeting, it doesn’t appear that they spoke about health care — an issue the union leaders slammed the President on hours after meeting with him.

“Among the issues we discussed were trade and infrastructure,” Trumka said. “I also talked to the president about policies that allow Wall Street and corporations to take advantage of workers while lowering wages and stripping workers of rights.”

The union president added that the two spoke about “workers who are facing stagnant and declining wages, jobs going overseas, and a loss of rights on the job.”

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Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: Trump meets with House Deputy Whip, Republicans

President Donald Trump warned House Republicans Tuesday if they can’t pass health care legislation after seven years of promises it could be a “bloodbath” in the 2018 midterm election, according to one member present in the meeting.

Trump vowed to throw his full support behind the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act during a meeting with House GOP leadership, saying he is “proud” to support a GOP-authored plan to replace Obamacare and told members behind closed doors that he would support it “100%,” according to sources in the room. Continue reading “Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: Trump meets with House Deputy Whip, Republicans”

Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: Trump discusses plan to cut legal immigration with Sens. Perdue, Cotton

Sens. David Perdue and Tom Cotton headed to the White House on Tuesday, ready to discuss their new legislation to slash legal immigration during their private policy discussion with President Donald Trump.

Turns out, the president didn’t need to be briefed.

“He knew all about it,” Perdue recalled Tuesday afternoon.

In separate interviews Tuesday, both senators said they left their Oval Office meeting encouraged by Trump’s reception of their legislation, which would eliminate several avenues used by U.S. citizens to sponsor family members for green cards as well as other changes to the legal immigration system.

Click here to read more from Politico.

Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: Trump discusses terrorism, boosting trade with Kenyan president

President Donald Trump and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta have discussed their mutual interest in overcoming terrorism.

The White House says Trump expressed appreciation for Kenya’s contributions to the African Union Mission in Somalia during a telephone call Tuesday with Kenyatta. Trump also recognized the sacrifices made by Kenyan troops in the fight against al-Shabaab, the Islamic extremist group that’s taken hold in neighboring Somalia.

Somalia is one of the six Muslim-majority countries affected by Trump’s new ban on travel to the U.S. Part of the African Union Mission’s mandate in Somalia is to help reduce the threat posed by al-Shabaab.

The White House says Trump and Kenyatta also discussed ways to boost trade between their countries, as well as investment in Kenya and the broader East Africa region.

–The Associated Press

Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: WH says it has ‘no recollection’ of POTUS meeting with Russian ambassador

The White House said there is “no recollection” about who President Trump may have met at an event last year attended by Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., but indicated it’s a possibility the two men shook hands.

A May 2016 Wall Street Journal report that the president met at a VIP reception with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. resurfaced Friday. According to the publication, the two were introduced on a receiving line before Trump gave a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Journal reported at the time that Trump greeted Kislyak and three other foreign ambassadors. Continue reading “Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: WH says it has ‘no recollection’ of POTUS meeting with Russian ambassador”

Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: Trump accuses Obama of releasing 122 ‘vicious’ Guantanamo inmates

President Trump used Twitter on Tuesday to again bash predecessor Barack Obama — this time in a false claim about Guantanamo Bay prisoner releases — and to promote the release of the new House health care bill.

Trump said that “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!” However, more more than 90% of those detainees were released during the George W. Bush administration, not that of Obama.

The tweet appears to be a response to reports of a military strike in Yemen that killed a fighter who had been imprisoned at Gitmo.

A report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said that of the 122 Gitmo detainees who returned to the battlefield, only nine of them were released after Obama took office in January 2009.

Click here to read more from USA Today.

Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: Trump backs House GOP plan to replace Obamacare

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday backed a draft Republican proposal to dismantle Obamacare that was unveiled Monday, saying the proposed healthcare legislation was “out for review and negotiation.”

Trump, in a tweet on Tuesday morning, described the bill proposed by fellow Republicans in the House of Representatives as “Our wonderful new healthcare bill.”

The plan, released late on Monday, would undo Democratic President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare law, removing the penalty paid by Americans without insurance coverage and rolling back extra healthcare funding for the poor. Continue reading “Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: Trump backs House GOP plan to replace Obamacare”

Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: Trump working on plan to reduce drug prices

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he is developing a plan that will encourage competition in the drug industry and bring down prices for medicines, as the House of Representatives leadership unveiled a new health care plan.

“I am working on a new system where there will be competition in the Drug Industry. Pricing for the American people will come way down!” Trump said in a Twitter post.

–Reuters, Doina Chiacu

Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: Trump calls Kenyan president, holds policy discussion with senators

10:15 am: Speaks with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya by telephone

10:45 pm: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

12:30 pm: Has lunch with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

1:30 pm: Leads a policy discussion with Senator Tom Cotton and Senator David Perdue

3:30 pm: Leads a meeting with the U.S. House Deputy Whip team; East Room

4:30 pm: Meets with Richard Trumka, President of AFL–CIO

5:00 pm: Visits with the Boy Scouts of America