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President Trump, top spokesman blast news media on first full day in office

  • 6:17 pm Saturday, January 21st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In a direct one-two punch, President Donald Trump and his top spokesman at the White House accused the news media of “intentionally false reporting” to the American people about the size of the crowd at Friday’s Inauguration in Washington, D.C.

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an Inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to reporters in the White House Briefing Room, though he offered no numbers or evidence to back up his assertion, as he bitterly complained that the press had distorted turnout in the nation’s capital on Friday.

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In first day executive order, President Trump takes aim at Obamacare

  • 8:00 am Saturday, January 21st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Issuing his first executive order just hours after being sworn into office, President Donald Trump on Friday ordered federal agencies to ease “unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens” of Obamacare, as he again declared his desire to unravel his predecessor’s main legislative achievement.

With Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and other top aides looking on in the Oval Office, President Trump signed a document that was very clear in its intent when it comes to the Obama health law – he wants it repealed – but in the meantime, he will ask federal [More]

Senate confirms two Trump nominees, as Democrats block vote on CIA pick

  • 7:04 pm Friday, January 20th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Hours after the swearing-in of a President Donald J. Trump, Democrats and Republicans in Congress quickly clashed in a battle over Mr. Trump’s Cabinet nominations, as the Senate approved two top choices of President Trump, but Democrats refused to allow a vote until next week on his choice for a CIA Director.

“I am pleased by the confirmation votes of Generals Mattis and Kelly,” the President said in his first written statement issued by the White House.

“I am proud to have these two American heroes join my administration,” he added.

But Mr. Trump also made clear his displeasure that more of his [More]

Trump sworn in as President, vows to focus on “America first”

  • 12:30 pm Friday, January 20th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Cheered by thousands of supporters gathered at the U.S. Capitol, Donald J. Trump took the oath of office as the 45th President of the United States, using his Inaugural Address to repeat his familiar campaign vow to focus first on the troubles of Americans at home, as he sent a message to lawmakers in Congress sitting around him.

“We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action,” Mr. Trump said to cheers. “The time for empty talk is over.”

The President thanked those who had supported him, making clear that his victory was part of a broader desire [More]

Trump starts Inauguration festivities with Lincoln Memorial concert

  • 6:59 pm Thursday, January 19th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

President-Elect Donald Trump vowed to push with ahead with “real change” when he becomes President on Friday, telling a crowd at the Lincoln Memorial that he was ready to follow through on his campaign pledge to “Make America Great Again.”

“We all got tired of seeing what was happening,” Mr. Trump said. “And we wanted change – real change.”

“We’re going to make America great for all of our people, everybody, everybody throughout our country,” the President-Elect, said just hours before he was slated to take the oath of office to become the 45th President of the United States.

Mr. Trump arrived [More]

Decorum suffers as Democrats, Republicans clash over Trump picks

  • 1:45 pm Thursday, January 19th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

A day before President-Elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office, political bitterness over Mr. Trump’s choices again spilled into public view, as Democrats vowed to slow down Senate approval of top Trump Cabinet officials, while Republicans accused Democrats of doing all they can to undermine the new administration.

Democrats have followed a familiar playbook so far on a new administration, using two weeks of Senate confirmation hearings to try their best to undermine a variety of Trump picks.

After Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) delivered a speech that raised red flags about Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) had [More]

Washington, D.C. almost ready for Trump Inauguration

  • 7:00 am Thursday, January 19th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

The hours are counting down in the nation’s capital to the Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, as on this Thursday, the Lincoln Memorial will be the focus of much of the pre-Inaugural celebrations, as police begin to cordon off vast areas of the city.

Around the U.S. Capitol, more and more security fencing seemed to pop up almost by the hour, as police not only cordoned off certain areas, but set up screening tents and more for the thousands expected at the Inauguration.

Not only is there fencing on Capitol Hill, but also stretching far [More]

Democrats focus on ethics in push against Trump Cabinet nominees

  • 9:46 pm Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Sparring repeatedly in Senate hearings with high profile choices of President-Elect Donald Trump, Democrats on Wednesday threatened to delay action on some of his Cabinet choices, as they tried to highlight what they argue are questionable ethics issues of the new administration.

“This is a swamp cabinet full of bankers and billionaires,” Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) declared, accusing the GOP of trying to rush ill-suited Trump nominees through to confirmation.

Of the four confirmation hearings held on Wednesday in the Senate, Democrats spent the most energy going after Mr. Trump’s choice to lead the EPA, and his selection for health [More]

At final news conference, Obama expresses faith in the American people

  • 3:36 pm Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In a last news conference from the White House Briefing Room, President Barack Obama defended his decision to commute the sentence of military leaker Chelsea Manning, and vowed to speak out against possible immigration and other policy changes by a Trump Administration, even while expressing optimism about what’s next.

“I believe in this country. I believe in the American people,” the President said.

“At my core, I think we’re going to be okay. We just have to fight for it and work for it.”

In answering a final round of questions, Mr. Obama made clear that he might insert himself back [More]

Republicans step up criticism over growing inaugural boycott by Democrats

  • 10:40 pm Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Led by President-Elect Donald Trump, Republicans in Congress have become more outspoken in recent days over the growing number of Democrats in Congress who have said they won’t show up at Friday’s swearing-in of Donald Trump, now totaling over fifty members.

“I’m disappointed that all these Democrats are going to stay home,” said Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI).

“That’s bad for the country,” Duffy argued in an interview on CNN, saying an inaugural should not be for just the party that won the White House.

The President-Elect wasn’t dropping the issue either, as on Tuesday he used both Twitter and an interview with Fox [More]

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