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Trump says policy differences led him to fire Tillerson as Secretary of State

  • 2:40 pm Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump surprised his allies and critics on Tuesday by firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying that while the two men worked well together, they did not see eye-to-eye on critical foreign policy questions facing the United States, such as the Iran nuclear deal.

“We got along actually quite well, but we disagreed on things,” the President told reporters this morning, specifically noting their differences on how to handle the Iran nuclear deal from the Obama Administration.

“So, we were not really thinking the same,” the President added, saying that he has a “very similar thought process” to that of [More]

Tillerson out – Trump will name CIA chief as Secretary of State

  • 8:51 am Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After months of sometimes public disagreements, President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced that he would replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, engineering a major shakeup in his own Cabinet, as the President said he and Tillerson simply disagreed on a series of major issues.

In a tweet just before leaving on a trip to California, the President thanked Tillerson for his work, and broke the news of his decision put Pompeo in that top diplomatic post.

The move to get rid of Tillerson came a day after the Secretary of State had pointedly told reporters that Russia [More]

Five takeaways from House GOP report clearing Trump on Russia collusion

  • 3:00 am Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee are handing over to Democrats a draft report on the probe into Russian interference in the last election for President, as the GOP found no evidence of any type of coordination or conspiracy between Russia and the Trump Campaign, ending what has been a protracted partisan battle on the panel about the Russia investigation.

For President Donald Trump, it was exactly that outcome that he had long been calling for, repeatedly charging that this was nothing but a ‘witch hunt,’ claiming it was sour grapes for Democrats looking to figure out why Hillary Clinton had [More]

House GOP report to find no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion

  • 6:39 pm Monday, March 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Republicans on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee will issue a report in coming weeks that will find no evidence of coordination between the campaign of President Donald Trump and Russia in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, as Democrats denounced the conclusion, accusing the GOP of running an investigation that was incomplete at best.

“We have found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” the House GOP stated in a one page release.

In a written statement issued Monday evening, the head of the Russia probe, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) said, “we [More]

Trump to wait on NRA lawsuit over raising gun purchase age

  • 10:18 am Monday, March 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after the White House announced that a special commission would study the idea of raising the minimum age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21 years old as a way to stem mass shootings, President Donald Trump said Monday that he would first wait to see how the matter is dealt with in the courts, as the plan is already being challenged in the state of Florida by the National Rifle Association.

“On 18 to 21 Age Limits, watching court cases and rulings before acting. States are making this decision,” the President tweeted, as he discussed his administration’s [More]

Trump school safety plan won’t include raising minimum age to purchase a firearm

  • 9:44 pm Sunday, March 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The White House on Sunday night officially set out the details of what policy changes President Donald Trump would support in the aftermath of a February 14 mass shooting at a Florida high school, as the President will back ideas like training for certain teachers and school personnel to carry concealed weapons, and funneling more mental health information into the background check system for gun buyers, but Mr. Trump will not propose more controversial measures such as raising the minimum age for gun purchases.

The idea of raising the gun purchase age from 18 to 21 years – signed into law [More]

After Trump rally, Tuesday test follows for GOP in Pennsylvania

  • 8:38 am Sunday, March 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With Republicans already concerned about the 2018 mid-term elections in Congress, President Donald Trump’s rally on Saturday night outside Pittsburgh represented one final GOP push to win a special election for a U.S. House seat in the Keystone State, as Democrats look to spin an election upset on Tuesday night and deliver a 2018 setback to the President and Congressional Republicans in a district that went easily for Mr. Trump in 2016.

“I don’t think President Trump hurt Rick Saccone’s chances tonight, but I’m not sure he helped,” said Nathan Gonzales, an expert on Congressional elections, on Twitter.

The rally in Moon [More]

NRA swiftly files lawsuit to block new Florida gun law

  • 8:50 pm Friday, March 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Only a few hours after the Governor of Florida signed a new law which raised the purchase age for firearms from 18 to 21 years old, the National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit against the plan, telling a federal court that the law “totally eviscerates” the Second Amendment rights of people between the ages of 18 and 21.

“This bill punishes law-abiding gun owners for the criminal acts of a deranged individual,” the NRA said, referring to the mass shooting on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people.

The decision of Florida’s legislature and [More]

White House: Trump-Kim Jong Un meeting won’t take place without North Korean “concessions”

  • 2:47 pm Friday, March 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after President Donald Trump agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the White House said in order for there to be an actual summit meeting, then the Pyongyang regime must follow through on pledges made to South Korean officials that there would be no new missile tests, an effort to de-nuclearize, and major changes in behavior by North Korea.

“We have to see concrete and verifiable actions take place,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who repeatedly told reporters that the U.S. is giving up nothing in order to have this high level summit.

“Nothing [More]

313,000 jobs added in February in strong jobs reports

  • 8:51 am Friday, March 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The U.S. economy showed more signs of strength last month, as a new federal report showed 313,000 jobs were added in the month of February, the largest monthly increase during the Trump Administration, and the best month of job growth since July of 2016, as the nation’s unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent.

The Department of Labor also revised job growth numbers upward in both December and January, adding another 64,000 jobs.

The news left Republicans even more optimistic about economic progress under President Trump.

“This report shows continued momentum in our economy,” said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX). “And with the help of [More]