- 8:57 pm Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
The Trump Administration has again pushed back plans to release an updated version of an executive order that temporarily blocked all refugee admissions along with visits to the United States by residents of seven different Muslim-majority countries, as the White House again signaled it would keep fighting for the original order in court, even while releasing a new one.
A White House official told reporters on Wednesday that the new order would come out ‘sometime next week’ – twice already this month, President Trump has made that same assurance to reporters, but nothing has yet been issued.
The White House gave no [More]
- 1:30 pm Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Even as President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to impose a hiring freeze on the federal government as a way to save taxpayer dollars, that move was being directly blamed by some military officials for a reduction in child care services at two Army bases, but a Pentagon spokesman said those service cuts may have been mistaken and unnecessary.
“This closure is a result of staff shortage due to the Federal Hiring Freeze,” read a notice sent to military families at the U.S. Army Garrison in Wiesbaden, Germany, where officials scrapped part-day child care programs for kids, because of [More]
- 10:02 am Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
While President Donald Trump’s choice of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to be his National Security Advisor has drawn praise from both political parties, the Trump Administration will have to jump over one more hurdle to put McMaster in that job on a permanent basis, because as a high-ranking military officer, he actually needs the Senate to sign off on his job change.
Normally, the position of National Security Advisor – more technically known as “Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs” – does not require Senate confirmation.
But, because President Trump picked an active duty officer who is a three or [More]
- 7:22 pm Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
While the Trump Administration has now set in motion new guidelines to be used by border and immigration agents in dealing with the detention and removal of people who are in the United States illegally, there could still be hurdles for the President’s plan to more thoroughly enforce existing U.S. immigration laws – not only politically, but also in Congress, and in the courts.
Let’s take a look at some of those issues:
1. Getting extra money from Congress might not be a snap. The Trump plan envisions 5,000 new border patrol agents and 10,000 new immigration agents. While those agencies [More]
- 10:44 am Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
The Trump Administration on Tuesday issued two new memos from the Department of Homeland Security, outlining the basic guidelines for stepped-up enforcement of U.S. immigration laws, ending the policy known as “catch and release,” and pledging to hire hundreds of new border and immigration agents, but it does not reverse some of President Obama’s controversial executive actions on younger immigrant “Dreamers.”
“The President is consistent with his priority of making sure that those people who pose a threat to this country are the first ones to go,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who strongly defended the idea of enforcing [More]
- 9:31 pm Monday, February 20th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
A week after one of his closest aides was forced out of the job of National Security Advisor, President Trump filled that post by selecting Army Lt. General H.R. McMaster, as the choice drew praise from both sides of the political aisle.
“I give President Trump great credit for this decision, as well as his national security cabinet choices,” said said Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who has been a frequent critic of the new President.
“I could not imagine a better, more capable national security team than the one we have right now,” McCain added in a statement.
The positive reactions to [More]
- 2:00 am Monday, February 20th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
President Donald Trump has now been in office for one month and the media and political firestorm around him shows no signs of letting up any time soon, as Mr. Trump tries to push ahead with his agenda, but continues to find obstacles among Democrats, the bureaucracy, the courts and the press.
Let’s take a quick tour of what we have seen in the last month:
1. Trump is Trump. Why are people surprised? To me, the start of the Trump Administration is playing out pretty much as I would have expected. President Trump is – not surprisingly – a [More]
- 9:04 pm Saturday, February 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
A surprise meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday with the FBI Director yielded an unusual reaction from Senators, as normally chatty lawmakers said next to nothing about their closed door meeting, raising eyebrows about that discussion and the panel’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Usually, the appearance of someone as senior as FBI Director James Comey would have been on the schedule and known about it advance; instead reporters just happened to run into him on Friday afternoon in the Capitol, as intelligence committee members scampered down to their secure meeting room.
Several hours later, Comey went [More]
- 8:30 am Saturday, February 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
The announcement of President Trump’s visit to Melbourne, Florida today didn’t come from the White House. What rolled into my email inbox this week was from “Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.,” the official campaign arm of President Trump, as the 2020 campaign for the White House gets underway with 1,354 days to go until November 3, 2020.
“I’ll be in Melbourne, Florida five o’clock on Saturday and I heard — just heard that the crowds are massive that want to be there,” Mr. Trump said at his news conference on Wednesday at the White House.
“We will be giving [More]
- 5:43 pm Friday, February 17th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
In the face of widespread calls from Republicans to end a special Obama Administration plan that allowed certain younger illegal immigrants to avoid being deported, President Donald Trump signaled again this week that he is not yet ready to simply shut down the “DACA” program, disappointing some of his supporters, but drawing hopeful expressions of support from lawmakers in both parties.
“We’re going to show great heart,” the President said at a news conference on Thursday. “DACA is a very, very difficult subject.”
“It’s a very, very difficult thing for me, because I love these kids,” as Mr. Trump once more [More]