Somehow, on Valentine’s Day, while he was trying to find a new national security adviser to replace the one he’d just fired, and while he was staring down multiple investigations over potential collusion with Russia, and while he was dealing with the fallout from having conducted missile diplomacy with the Japanese in the public dining room at Mar-a-Lago as if it were one of those party games where everyone got to dress up as a country in World War II … somehow, with all this swirling around him, President Trump managed to lunch with his old friend Chris Christie. Because Trump needs a guy like Christie to come in and grab the wheel of this careening presidency, and he needs it to happen now. If he hadn’t decided to publicly disembowel Marco Rubio in that last debate in New Hampshire, as payback for a raft of negative ads, Trump would probably be back on the “Apprentice” set right now, ogling the interns.
Demonstrators protest the immigration polices of President Trump on Feb. 11, 2017, in New York City. For many immigrants living in the United States, President Trump’s rhetoric and recent executive orders have become a source of confusion and fear. Undocumented immigrants, by definition, have a vested interest in keeping a low profile.
A New Orleans-style funeral in New York’s Washington Square Park hosted by Rise and Resist and GAG Is Watching on Saturday gave young New Yorkers the chance to grieve, march, sing, wail and ultimately “demand the rebirth of a presidency dedicated to the service of all peoples.”
After weeks of negative press, controversies and missteps, Donald Trump is going back to where he’s comfortable: the campaign trail.The president will hold a “Making America Great Again” rally at 5:20 p.m. Saturday from Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida, just up the coast from his Mar-a-Lago retreat, where he is spending the weekend. Trump has mostly stuck to Twitter to disseminate his thoughts since taking office, content to allow surrogates such as Kellyanne Conway, Vice President Mike Pence, senior adviser Stephen Miller and press secretary Sean Spicer to make his case on TV and before the media. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr
In perhaps the most poetic passage from his inaugural address, President Trump said, “We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space.” So, how does Trump intend to do that? Former Congressman Robert Walker, R-Pa., who was tapped to draft Trump’s space policy during the campaign, spoke to Yahoo News about the administration’s plan to place “low Earth orbit” missions predominantly in the hands of the private sector, with exceptions for military and intelligence satellites. A number of private entities, such as Axiom Space and Bigelow Aerospace, are interested in creating commercial space stations and have technologies under development — such as constellations of satellites for Earth observation or new communications tools — that they believe can be profitable in low Earth orbit, the region of space up to an altitude of about 1,200 miles.
With President Trump’s White House mired in controversy and his party’s legislative agenda initially stalled as a result, congressional Republicans are discovering a new outlet for their creative energies as they head home for next week’s recess: avoiding their constituents. As many observers have noted, rank-and-file progressives have recently taken a page from the tea party’s playbook, and begun to disrupt in-person town-hall events with their representatives, booing Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and prompting police to escort Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., to his car. Take Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who represents a district located in the coastal suburbs north of San Diego.
President Trump traveled back to Florida this weekend to hold a rally akin to the boisterous gatherings that were the hallmark of his 2016 presidential campaign. The event was in an airport hangar in Melbourne, Fla., where he tore into the media and touted his administration’s accomplishments.
“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” he declared from South Florida, where he is staying for the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate. The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! Trump’s latest attack against the press came after Thursday’s feisty marathon press conference, in which the president aired a host of grievances over how the media has been covering his White House.
Citing a Yahoo News interview with retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn last July, a House committee has opened an investigation into whether President Trump’s recently resigned national security adviser received an improper payment from the Russian government for a trip to Moscow in December 2015.
When Republicans were out of power in the Obama era, the Republican National Committee often clashed with outside conservative groups who wanted to influence elections or legislation. Some of the RNC’s biggest fights were with the political operation run by Charles and David Koch, whose independent database of Republican voters was seen as a potential threat by party officials, as Yahoo News exclusively reported two years ago. The RNC believed the Kochs were trying to take over the party.
Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) were outraged after they were barred from a meeting with Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On Thursday, at the request of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the speaker’s staffers asked CHC members to leave the meeting, which was about the execution of President Trump’s controversial immigration policy.
A survey from President Trump’s campaign team meant to gather antimedia answers has turned into an online proxy war between those who support the president and those against him. On Thursday, moments after he completed an hour-plus press conference, in which much of the time was spent attacking reporters and “fake news,” Trump’s team emailed out a survey to all his supporters imploring them to help fight the mainstream media.
President Trump vowed today to crack down on “low-life leakers” who set in motion the events that led to the firing of his national security adviser, Gen. Mike Flynn. The leakers — also known to journalists as sources — disclosed that Flynn had spoken to the Russian ambassador during the Trump transition about easing sanctions that had been imposed by then-President Barack Obama.
Trump’s first four weeks have featured the firing of his national security adviser for misleading his vice president, the withdrawal of his labor secretary nominee for lack of Republican votes to confirm him, typo-filled official statements about terrorism, jarring telephone confrontations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia, the chaotic rollout of his order restricting travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, reports that the nation’s spies are spooked by his team’s alleged relations with Russia, a spat with China, and newly belligerent actions by Moscow. At the same time, Trump has forged ahead with some core campaign promises — like starting the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare, moving ahead with building a wall along the border with Mexico, removing undocumented immigrants from U.S. soil, formally pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, and taking aim at government regulations.
On Thursday, President Trump held a press conference in the White House East Room that ran for more than an hour. Here are a few of the more memorable quotes from the president. This was the president’s defense of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who resigned Tuesday night.
At left are Michael Flynn and K.T. McFarland. WASHINGTON — Sitting in a small office in the West Wing last Friday, White House senior national security staffer Michael Anton lamented that he wants to remain behind the scenes.
In a lengthy, freewheeling press conference on Thursday, President Trump addressed his wife’s role in the White House and contended that she has been “unfairly maligned” by the news media. Speculation about Melania Trump’s willingness to take on the first lady role ramped up following the revelation that she would stay in New York with the couple’s son, Barron, so he could finish out the school year. Trump said his wife’s main focus as first lady would be “women’s issues, women’s difficulties” and noted that she had recently reopened the White House Visitor Center.
Immigrants across the United States stayed home from school and work on Thursday to show how critical they are to the nation’s economy and way of life. “A Day Without Immigrants” actions took place in a number of cities, including Philadelphia, Boston, Houston, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C. The protest gained momentum on social media and by word of mouth. It comes in response to the policies and proposals of President Trump, whose administration has pledged to increase the deportation of immigrants living in the country illegally.
Pressing forward in his plans to crack down on what he described as the nation’s loose immigration system, President Trump told reporters Thursday that he’s still struggling to formulate a policy on how to deal with so-called DREAMers, people who immigrated illegally to the U.S. but were given amnesty under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. “This is a very, very difficult for me, … one of the most difficult subjects,” Trump said when asked if he would continue the program, which was initiated by former President Barack Obama in 2012. Roughly 750,000 people have been approved for tentative legal status under DACA.
President Trump called a press conference that was initially billed as an announcement of his new nominee for secretary of labor, Alexander Acosta, on Thursday in the East Room of the White House. Chaos!” Trump said. In his freewheeling statement, Trump addressed topics including but not limited to: Russia, ISIS, jobs, polls, the margin of his Electoral College victory, the price of street drugs, the “never Trump” movement, his conversations with world leaders, female entrepreneurs, his daughter Ivanka, military budgets, his planned border wall, lying politicians and the dishonest media.
President Trump used part of his rambling news conference Thursday to reaffirm his campaign pledge to help revive the nation’s struggling inner cities, including Chicago. “Do you want to set up the meeting?” Trump asked Ryan, who is black. “I’m just a reporter,” Ryan replied, appearing flummoxed.
In a combative press conference on Thursday, President Trump deflected a question about a rise in anti-Semitism by describing himself as “the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen.”
President Trump sparred with members of the press at the White House on Thursday, complaining about what he described as the media’s negative tone in its coverage of his administration — and, in particular, coverage of the recent leaks about the Trump campaign’s alleged contacts with Russia. “The leaks are absolutely real,” Trump said. Trump was asked by CNN’s Jim Acosta about the “disconnect” the president sees between the leaks and the news that comes out of them.
Earlier in the press conference, which took place in the White House East Room, Trump had stated that he had the largest Electoral College margin since Ronald Reagan. “I got 306 Electoral College votes,” said Trump, echoing comments he made in a Wednesday joint appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In a rambling press conference Thursday, President Trump described the United States as “drug-infested” and asserted that drugs are “cheaper than candy bars.”