Mon, July 31, 2017: Trump presents Medal of Honor to Vietnam War veteran

President Donald Trump awarded the nation’s highest military honor Monday to a Vietnam War veteran who saved wounded soldiers from a kill zone despite his own serious injuries.

Army medic Spc. James McCloughan, a 71-year-old from South Haven, Michigan, received the Medal of Honor for actions in combat. McCloughan’s recognition, which took place at a White House ceremony, marked Trump’s first time presenting the award.

McCloughan found himself in the two-day long Battle of Hui Yon Hill in Vietnam in 1969 when he was a private first class at 23 years old.

Officials say McCloughan willingly entered the “kill zone” to rescue 10 wounded and disoriented comrades despite his own serious injuries caused by shrapnel from a rock-propelled grenade.

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Mon, July 31, 2017: Trump meets with Ambassador to Israel David Friedman

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman met with President Trump at the White House on Monday to talk about the two weeks that followed the July 14 terror attack on the Temple Mount.

Senior advisor Jared Kushner and special envoy Jason Greenblatt were included in the midday debriefing, the Jerusalem Post reported.

President Trump’s lack of response to the shooting and the rioting that followed surprised many in Israel.

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Mon, July 31, 2017: Trump holds Cabinet meeting (Remarks)


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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)”

Mon, July 31, 2017: Trump swears in John Kelly as new chief of staff

President Trump swore in his new chief of staff, John F. Kelly, on Monday morning, formalizing a shake-up in his top ranks that was announced Friday evening with word of the resignation of Reince Priebus.

“We look forward to – if it’s possible – an even better job as chief of staff,” Trump said to Kelly, formerly the secretary of homeland security.

“I’ll try, sir,” Kelly replied. Continue reading “Mon, July 31, 2017: Trump swears in John Kelly as new chief of staff”

Sat, July 29, 2017: Trump dines with Kelly, Mnuchin, Ross at D.C. hotel

President Donald Trump had dinner Saturday at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. with retired Gen. John Kelly, just one day after the White House announced that the outgoing Secretary of Homeland Security would replace Reince Preibus as the White House chief of staff.

Joining Trump and Kelly at the hotel — located less than a mile from The White House — was Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Also present were Mnuchin’s wife, Scottish actress Louise Linton, and Ross’ wife, Hilary Geary.

The president arrived at the luxury hotel around 8 p.m., and left after about two hours. Once inside the hotel, he was met by a throng of people snapping photos of him on their smartphones. As he departed the hotel, Trump waved to onlookers, many of whom cheered.

Social media users inside the hotel posted photos of the presidential posse sitting in a banquette at the property’s steakhouse, BLT Prime by David Burke. In one photo, Trump is seated next to Kelly and Linton.

Prior to arriving at the hotel, Mnuchin, Ross and their wives were spotted at the South Portico of the White House waiting for the president.

–ABC News, David Caplan

Fri, July 29, 2017: Trump announces John Kelly as new Chief of Staff after Priebus resignation

Reince Priebus is out as White House chief of staff, after struggling for months to bring a sense of order to the West Wing or advance President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda. Trump announced in a tweet on Friday that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will replace him.

Two senior White House officials said Priebus had resigned on Thursday, but another senior West Wing aide said he was ousted from the position. Continue reading “Fri, July 29, 2017: Trump announces John Kelly as new Chief of Staff after Priebus resignation”