As President Donald Trump goes to Capitol Hill tonight for his first address to a Joint Session of Congress, both parties fully expect him to again sound the call for action on a repeal of the Obama health law, though GOP lawmakers in Congress admit they still don’t have an internal agreement on how best to replace the Obama health law.
Back from a ten day break, the U.S. Senate on Monday evening easily approved President Donald Trump’s nominee for Commerce Secretary, but Democrats again made clear they would not allow swift action on several other Trump Cabinet nominees, as Republicans again protested the extended delays.
The accounting firm responsible for tallying Oscar votes and keeping up with envelopes containing the winners has apologized for the Best Picture gaffe at the end of Sunday’s Academy Awards, but President Donald Trump believes the mix-up was actually about him.
Donald Trump stirred the pot in the Republican race for the White House again on Saturday, but his latest salvo against Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was met with widespread rebukes from other GOP hopefuls and leading Republicans across the country.
Trump – well known for his biting verbal attacks – was asked about his recent public feud with McCain, who recently called supporters of Trump’s “crazies.”
“He’s a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said dismissively, adding, “I like people that weren’t captured.”
The remark drew immediate condemnation from other Republicans, both in and out of the race for the White House, and highlighted questions about whether Trump’s penchant for verbal jabs might get him in further hot water in this campaign.
After Donald Trump spends six years in a POW camp, he can weigh in on John McCain's service
After his remarks at a GOP event in Iowa, Trump sparred with reporters over what he had said – and then was asked about his own military service during the Vietnam War. The Washington Post wrote it up this way:
After the fact, Trump issued two press releases of his own to try to clear up what he meant about McCain:
Early on Sunday morning, Trump was still on the attack against McCain.
The Veterans Administration is in shambles and our veterans are suffering greatly. John McCain has done nothing to help them but talk.
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.