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.
The White House on Wednesday publicly praised both Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sidestepping questions from reporters about the race for the Democratic Party nomination, and whether President Obama will support one over the other.
“First of all, the Vice President has not indicated whether or not he’s going to run, so it’s unclear it’s a question anybody is going to have to answer, let alone the President,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
At Wednesday’s regular briefing for reporters, Earnest said nice things about both Biden and Clinton, trying to walk a fine line in what might be a tricky political situation if both run for the White House.
“The President has spoken quite warmly of Secretary Clinton,” Earnest said at one point, noting “her leadership, her performance as Secretary of State.”
Asked by reporters at a stop in Iowa about a possible run by Biden, Clinton labeled him a friend.
“He has to do what he has to do,” Clinton said, calling it a “difficult decision” in the wake of the death of Biden’s son Beau.
“I’m going to continue with my campaign. I’m going to do what I believe I should be doing,” Clinton told reporters in Ankeny, just north of Des Moines.
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.