Thur, Mar. 16, 2017: Trump speaks at St. Patrick’s Day luncheon at Capitol

President Trump lauded the contribution of Irish immigrants Thursday during St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Washington, but he and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny also wrestled with thorny questions about the administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

Mr. Kenny has been pressing U.S. officials for special treatment for the estimated 50,000 Irish illegal immigrants in America, most of whom overstayed visas and remain in the country for years. Continue reading “Thur, Mar. 16, 2017: Trump speaks at St. Patrick’s Day luncheon at Capitol”

Thur, Mar. 16, 2017: Trump meets with Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny is urging President Donald Trump to help Irish people living in the U.S. illegally, saying they just want to “make America great.”

Kenny spoke at a luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday as part of a series of events celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, including a one-on-one meeting with Trump at the White House. Kenny told reporters after the morning meeting that he and Trump discussed immigration, trade and the Irish economy. Kenny is Ireland’s prime minister; “taoiseach” means “leader” or “chief” in Irish.

Trump welcomed Kenny to the White House, proclaiming his love for Ireland. At the luncheon, he called Kenny a “new friend” and quoted an Irish proverb to remember friends that “have stuck by you.” Trump added: “politically speaking, a lot of us know that.” Continue reading “Thur, Mar. 16, 2017: Trump meets with Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny”

Thur, Mar. 16, 2017: Trump stands by Obama wiretapping claim

The White House on Thursday stood by President Donald Trump’s unproven accusations that his predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper, despite growing bipartisan agreement that there’s no evidence to back up the claim and mounting pressure to retract the statement.

Angrily defending the president’s statement, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters Trump “stands by” the four tweets that sparked a firestorm that has threatened Trump’s credibility with lawmakers. Spicer denounced reporters for taking the president’s words too literally and suggested lawmakers were basing their assessments on incomplete information. Continue reading “Thur, Mar. 16, 2017: Trump stands by Obama wiretapping claim”

Thur, Mar. 16, 2017: Trump sends budget to Congress

President Donald Trump asked the U.S. Congress on Thursday to approve a 2018 budget that would bolster military programs and begin building a wall on the southern border with Mexico while drastically cutting many federal agencies.

Trump’s plan, showcasing his administration’s priorities, is just the first volley in what will likely be an intense battle over spending in coming months. Although both the Senate and House of Representatives are controlled by Trump’s fellow Republicans, Congress holds the federal purse strings and seldom approves presidents’ budget plans.

Trump’s plan took a big swipe at some federal institutions, envisaging a more than 31 percent cut, or $2.6 billion, for the Environmental Protection Agency and a 28 percent reduction, or $10.9 billion, for the State Department and other international programs. Continue reading “Thur, Mar. 16, 2017: Trump sends budget to Congress”