PALM BEACH, Fla. -- President Donald Trump released an order Friday night banning most transgender troops from serving in the military except under "limited circumstances," following up on his calls last year to ban transgender people from serving. The White House said retaining troops with a history or diagnosis of "gender dysphoria" -- those who may require substantial medical treatment -- "presents considerable risk to military effectiveness and lethality." Trump surprised the Pentagon's leadership in a 2017 tweet when he declared he would reverse a plan proffered during President Barack Obama's administration to allow transgender people to serve openly. His push for the ban has been blocked by several legal challenges, and four federal courts have ruled against the ban. The Pentagon responded by allowing those serving to stay in the military, and began allowing transgender recruits to enlist beginning Jan. 1. "This new policy will enable the military to apply well-established … [Read more...] about Trump order bans most transgender military recruits
President, wife and son arrive for Palm Sunday weekend Fresh off some late veto drama before signing a $1.3 trillion spending bill, President Donald Trump arrived around sunset Friday with first lady Melania Trump and son Barron to spend Palm Sunday weekend at Mar-a-Lago. In a tweet posted about 20 minutes before landing, the president ripped the $1.3 trillion spending bill, offered “national security” as his reason for signing it and asked for line-item veto power for future spending bills. As a matter of National Security I've signed the Omnibus Spending Bill. I say to Congress: I will NEVER sign another bill like this again. To prevent this omnibus situation from ever happening again, I'm calling on Congress to give me a line-item veto for all govt spending bills! https://t.co/kYwMk5AE5k— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2018 The president has no official events scheduled this weekend. However, gun control demonstrations … [Read more...] about Trump in Palm Beach: Tweet before landing rips spending bill
close Video Trump takes to Twitter to attack Mueller investigation again The president's criticism raises speculation that he may seek to have the special counsel fired; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports. Will he or won’t he? Rumors continue to swirl and speculation abounds about whether President Trump will order the firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian meddling in our 2016 presidential election and alleged misconduct by the Trump campaign and the president. President Trump is a high-risk, high-reward player and he often wins. He’s a man of action who is impatient with delays. But in this case, he needs patience. He needs to let the Mueller probe finish on its own time, politically and legally, because that’s the only way for the president to shut down all the speculation and be cleared of doing anything wrong. So firing Mueller should be off the table – something President Trump doesn’t … [Read more...] about Advice for Trump: Don’t fire Robert Muller — He will clear you in the end
WASHINGTON -- Hours after threatening a veto, President Donald Trump said Friday afternoon that he had signed the sweeping $1.3 trillion spending bill passed just after midnight by the Senate and averted a government shutdown. In a morning tweet, Trump said he might veto the omnibus bill because it does nothing to address the fate of young illegal aliens protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and does not fully fund his border wall. But speaking to reporters at the White House less than four hours later, Trump said he had decided to sign the bill despite his reservations, arguing that it provides much-needed funding for the military, including a pay increase for troops and new equipment. "My highest duty is to keep America safe," Trump said. "We need to take care of our military." Still, he voiced disdain for the hasty way the bill was passed. "Nobody read it," Trump said. Echoing criticism from those who voted against the measure, Trump added, … [Read more...] about Trump signs spending bill but bashes it
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Post Politics by Martine Powers by Martine Powers Email the author March 24 at 3:00 AM Email the author Each week, the “Can He Do That?” podcast explores critical questions about what today’s news means for our nation and its highest office. Listen here. H.R. McMaster. John Dowd. Andrew McCabe. Rex Tillerson. Gary Cohn. Hope Hicks. That's the list of senior-level government officials who have resigned, gotten pushed out or been fired by President Trump — just in the past month. Trump's lightning-speed rate of turnover in his inner-circle and other top-tier ranks of the federal government is … [Read more...] about When will Trump stop firing people and settle on his ‘A-team’?