Thur, Mar. 30, 2017: Trump meets with Denmark Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen at White House

President Donald Trump held his first meeting Thursday with Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen, declaring that the two countries enjoy a “truly great relationship.”

Loekke Rasmussen is the latest wary European ally to visit the White House since Trump took office, looking to ease concerns that the new administration will honor multilateral agreements with Europe and take a firmer stance against Russian aggression.

Trump greeted Loekke Rasmussen at the entrance to the West Wing. The leaders shook hands before heading to the Oval Office for their talks. Continue reading “Thur, Mar. 30, 2017: Trump meets with Denmark Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen at White House”

Thur, Mar. 30, 2017: Trump meets with Mnuchin in ‘first stages’ of tax reform planning

President Trump on Thursday met with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about tax reform, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, as the White House enters its “first stages” of tackling the issue.

Trump has said he wants to shift his focus to tax reform after efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare stalled. The president’s goal is cutting taxes for businesses and middle-class families.

Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and others in the White House “have been meeting with and hearing from stakeholders on all sides of the tax-reform debate,” Spicer said.

Trump and his advisers “will continue to meet with those who support and oppose the various the policy options as they all sit on the table,because the president is committed to delivering results that the American people and American businesses will be able to see and feel in their paychecks,” he added.

–The Hill

Thur, Mar. 30, 2017: Trump promises to ‘fight’ House Freedom Caucus in 2018 midterms

President Trump declared war on the conservatives of the House Freedom Caucus on Thursday, suggesting Republicans should “fight them” in the 2018 midterm elections if they do not back his agenda.

“The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast,” Mr. Trump said Thursday morning on Twitter, escalating a fight that began when the conservatives from the caucus blocked his Affordable Care Act repeal last Friday.

“We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!” Mr. Trump wrote, apparently making good on suggestions that he would support Republican challengers to lawmakers in his own party who oppose him, a stance advocated by his chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon.

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