There was also a phone call today between @POTUS and the president of Vietnam

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22 March 2018
Once again, we feel that churning in our stomach, that sense of gut-punch, Richard Blumenthal says of the Florida school shooting. My heart breaks to hear that one more school is facing this unthinkable terror.1 month ago
"Once again, we feel that churning in our stomach, that sense of gut-punch," Richard Blumenthal says of the Florida school shooting. "My heart breaks to hear that one more school is facing this unthinkable terror."
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@VP: @POTUS and I will continue to monitor developments following the terrible shooting in Broward County and will provide any and all federal assistance to local law enforcement. Grateful to all the courageous law enforcement and emergency medical personnel who responded so swiftly.
@VP: Our hearts break for all the victims and families affected by today's terrible school shooting in Broward County, FL. These students, teachers, administrators, and families will all remain in our prayers.
[email protected]: "If you pray, say a little prayer" for the students in Broward County FL
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Sen Dianne Feinstein: Another senseless tragedy at an American school. My heart is with the victims and their families. When will we wake up? When will we take action to prevent these shootings from occurring? These tragedies are the new normal, and that should make all of us sick.
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Bernie Sanders: Maybe, just maybe, after 18 school shootings in America in just 43 days of 2018 the Congress might want to consider common-sense gun safety legislation and save innocent lives.
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Bernie Sanders: Another horrific shooting. Another unspeakable horror. My thoughts are with everyone at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after this terrible day.
Sen. Doug Jones on White House infrastructure plan: "I'm all for a strong infrastructure plan (but it) takes money away from other important initiatives like the Highway Trust Fund and cuts funding for rural water systems."
Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., an Army and Marine Corps veteran and member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, said the findings highlighted the type of "corruption and abuses" that Congress has been attempting to expel from the agency.
Bipartisan amendment, led by Sen. Collins, reallocates diversity lottery, gives $25b for wall + reallocates diversity lottery visas.
@MickMulvaneyOMB: "We've not accounted for it in this year's budget simply because it's come up at the last minute."
Military parade envisioned by @POTUS could cost $10 million to $30 million, according to @MickMulvaneyOMB.
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@ChuckGrassley: Incensed by Sessions letter An attempt to undermine Grassley/Durbin/Lee BIPARTISAN criminal justice reforms. This bill deserves thoughtful consideration b4 my cmte. AGs execute laws CONGRESS WRITES THEM!
"We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else," said @ChrisMurphyCT on the Senate floor as word came in of the school shooting in Florida.
We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else, said @ChrisMurphyCT on the Senate floor as word came in of the school shooting in Florida.
@SAPresident quits after nine scandal-plagued years in office.
Scene here where there's just been word from @PressSec that the daily briefing, which had already been delayed several times, is canceled.
[email protected]: "The Governor, the Secretary, and other Administration officials will continue to keep the President updated."
[email protected]: "The President has spoken with Governor Scott of Florida and offered federal assistance if needed. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen also spoke with Governor Scott as well as state and local officials."
@NancyPelosi: Devastating news out of Parkland, Florida. I'm grateful for our brave first responders and officials on the scene. We'll continue to closely monitor.
To honor Valentine's Day, First Lady Melania Trump arrived at Children's Inn at NIH, a non profit residence for seriously-ill children participating in clinical trials around 3:10 in Bethesda.
Pres Trump made his statement on domestic violence in response to these press pool questions at end of Oval Office photo op on Oppty Zones: Q: Mr. President, why have you not spoken out against domestic violence? Q: Do you believe the women, Mr. President?
The EPA originally said Pruitt was flying first class because of security concerns
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President Trump: "I am totally opposed to domestic violence. And everybody here knows that. I am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind. Everyone knows that. And it almost wouldn't even have to be said, so you hear it, but you all know it."
For the third time today the @WhiteHouse on-camera press briefing has been delayed. New start time is 16:00 EST. (21:00 GMT)
Schumer won't say if he supports bipartisan immigration amendment, says he's been "encouraging" group to continue discussions
Adam Schiff: "There is already, in my view, ample evidence in the public domain on the issue of collusion if you're willing to see it."
[email protected] responding to questions shouted during pool spray: "I am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind everyone knows that and it almost wouldn't even have to be said."
Sen. Cotton: "The Senate is indeed in a quorum call"
GOP lawmaker calls for VA Secretary Shulkin to resign after report on 2017 Europe trip
Sen. Tammy Duckworth wants to change Senate rules to make motherhood easier
Utah GOP chair: "He's keeping out candidates that I think would be a better fit for Utah because, let's face it, Mitt Romney doesn't live here, his kids weren't born here, he doesn't shop here." Romney is expected to make his announcement Thursday.
Vice President Mike Pence says he ignored Kim Jong Un's sister at the Winter Olympics: "I didn't believe it was proper for the United States of America to give any countenance" to "the leader of the propaganda effort"
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says she thinks the House Oversight Committee investigation into the White House's handling of Rob Porter's employment is "helpful"
6 Democratic senators want the complete list of White House staffers working without full security clearance.
This afternoon @POTUS "will host a diverse group of local elected officials, entrepreneurs, and investors to discuss how the 'Opportunity Zones' designation in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will spur investment and job growth in distressed communities," according to @WhiteHouse.
Start time for today's @WhiteHouse media briefing has been pushed back twice. The new time is 15:00 EST (20:00 GMT).
Rep. Matt Gaetz tells he'll be joining Trump aboard Air Force One for his trip to Florida on Friday.
Rep. Chris Stewart agrees with the House Oversight Committee decision to launch an investigation into the White House's handling of Rob Porter's employment: "There's actual national security implications for this"
Bernie Sanders: Congratulations to gold-medalist @chloekimsnow, a first-generation American. Her father emigrated from South Korea to America in 1982 and worked his way up to an engineering job which he left to support her ambitions.
Pence to @mikeallen on Porter: "This administration has no tolerance for domestic violence, nor should any American. As I said, and as the White House has said, I think the White House could have handled this better and I still feel that way."
[email protected]: "Our country's disrespect of Native people didn't start with President Trump. It started long before President Washington ever took office."
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan: "Clearly, we should all be condemning domestic violence"
On the lighter side, asked by @mikeallen about his Pence Family's new dog, Harley, @VP said he wanted a motorcycle for Father's Day, but was given a puppy instead, "so we named him Harley.
A third White House official—George David Banks, a senior official on the National Economic Council—resigned on Tuesday after being informed that he would not receive a permanent security clearance, Politico reports.
Bernie Sanders: You can't get 80 percent of the American people to agree on what type of ice cream is best, and yet you have an even larger majority who agree on giving Dreamers protection and a path towards citizenship.
Even if there are US-DPRK talks, sanctions on Pyongyang won't be lifted until North Korea denuclearizes, @VP tells @axios forum.
On WH Chief of Staff Kelly's handling of the Rob Porter matter, @VP says he and Pres Trump have "great confidence in this good man." Tells @mikeallen that Kelly has done a "remarkable job," and looks forward to work with him "for many, many months to come."
Vice President Mike Pence on the abuse allegations against Rob Porter: "I think the White House could have handled this better"
Reps. Gallego, Lieu, and Beyer want answers from FBI Director Wray on the W.H. security clearance approval process, over concerns potentially dozens of senior officials who lack permanent clearance may be accessing highly classified materials they're not authorized to handle.
Bernie Sanders: As a result of Trump's decision to revoke DACA, 122 people every day are losing their legal status. We have a moral responsibility today to stand up for the Dreamers and their families.
"This Administration has no tolerance for domestic violence," says VP Pence. But says of the Rob Porter case, "I think the White House could have handled this better." Any more he has to say on the matter, he says he'll share with the president privately.
Bernie Sanders: I do not want to see what the history books will say about this Congress if we allow 800,000 Dreamers to be deported. It would be an indelible moral stain on our country if we fail to act.
@NancyPelosi: Thankful to @BennieGThompson and @RepBrady for their leadership of the Election Security Task Force. Today they release the task force's recommendations to protect America's elections in the years to come.
There was also a phone call today between @POTUS and the president of Vietnam
Sen Gardner (R-*CO*) + Bennet (D-CO) just filed their own bipartisan immigration plan (note themes here): 10-12 year DACA path to citizenship, $25 b for border security, Permanent E-verify, DOES NOT limit family migration for anyone, including DACA recips.
Elizabeth Warren got a standing ovation before and after remarks to the National Congress of American Indians. "We've got your back!" the group's president yelled after her.
Leahy: "President Trump claims he will treat Dreamers with "great heart." If that is true, he will certainly sign our bipartisan compromise that emerges. Let's get to work. The future of Dreamers – and the fate of the American Dream itself – lies in our hands."
Afghan Ambassador to U.S. @hmohib says Taliban are seeking "a face saving truce" by writing letter to American people
US Secretary of Defence Mattis meets with NATO Alliance Ministers of Defense during the NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels, Belgium
House Oversight Committee says it "is investigating the policies and processes by which interim security clearances are investigated and adjudicated within the Executive Branch" in letter to Chief of Staff Kelly.
President Trump calls on Senate to support Grassley immigration bill
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In long Afghan war, U.S. Army tries new way to deploy trainers
US Secretary of Defence Mattis meets with defense leaders at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium
Tillerson says U.S. Mideast peace plan 'fairly well advanced'
Trump briefed on shooting at NSA: White House
$5.2b included for the Afghan forces in the 2019 US army defense budget
US Secretary of Defence Mattis joins his 28 NATO counterparts and Secretary General @jensstoltenberg for DefMin on February 14-15
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[email protected]: "It is the dream of a nation where every citizen, regardless of color, religion, or background, can grow up to succeed and to thrive. A nation where every family is safe, where every community can prosper, and where all Americans can stand tall and proud and free."
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[email protected]: "We've made such incredible progress over the last yearWe had the lowest African American unemployment rate in the history of our country."
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[email protected]: "It is the dream of a nation where every citizen, regardless of color, religion, or background, can grow up to succeed and to thrive. A nation where every family is safe, where every community can prosper, and where all Americans can stand tall and proud and free."
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[email protected]: This year we honor a special theme: African Americans in times of warLong before our nation righted the wrongs of slavery and segregation, African Americans gave their hearts, their sweat, their blood, and their very lives to defend the US, its flag, and its highest ideals.
US Department of State: "Iraq is at an important juncture in its history. We support a united, democratic, federal, and prosperous Iraq, and a stable and viable Iraqi Kurdistan region as part of the Iraqi state." - Secretary RexTillerson today at KuwaitConference
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Another judge blocks Trump administration from ending DACA program
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan: Jeff Bell was a man of conviction whose big ideas helped pave the way for the pro-growth policies of Reagan and Kemp. I learned much from him. We will miss him, and I am praying for his family during this time.
Video: @StateDeptSpox Nauert and @WHAAsstSecty Palmieri discuss Secretary Tillerson's recent travel to Argentina, where the Secretary and President @mauriciomacri discussed bilateral trade, Venezuela, and Buenos Aires hosting the G20 Summit.
President Trump was asked twice today by @ABC about domestic violence following staffer's resignation. He did not respond.
US Department of State: Secretary Tillerson at KuwaitConference: We are committed to supporting the U.S. private sector in Iraq through @EximBankUS and @opicgov. Their work will create jobs and opportunity in the region and enhance economic cooperation between Iraq and the U.S.
Sherriffs say they used meeting with Pres to also discuss frustration with sanctuary cities that harbor criminal suspects from law enforcement.
Department of State: In Egypt, Secretary Tillerson had a chance to catch up with the employees and @USMC Security Guards at @USEmbassyCairo.
Department of State: Today, @StateDept and @USAID published their FY 2018-2022 Joint Strategic Plan, which conveys Secretary Tillerson's and @USAIDMarkGreen's vision for foreign policy and development, based wholly on @POTUS' commitments to America and its citizens.
White House Proposes Replacing Food Stamp Program With Pre Packaged Meals Called "America's Harvest Box"
President also to nominate Joseph Cella, businessman and Catholic issues advisor to the Trump Campaign, to be US Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati,, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu.
@statedeptspox: At the Iraqi Reconstruction Conference today, Secretary Tillerson was pleased to announce that the United States is committed to supporting the U.S. private sector in Iraq through the @EximBankUS and @opicgov.
President also uses remarks to sheriff's to pitch for his immigration enforcement program including southern border wall.
At meeting with members of @NationalSheriff, Pres Trump pledges 100% support for "strong law and order." "We're taking the fight to the drug dealers and drug pushers. That's that's the way it's gonna stop."
@IvankaTrump: Infrastructure in the United States is crumbling and no longer meets the needs of the American public. +50K American bridges are rated as "structurally deficient." These deficient bridges are driven across 175 MILLION times each day. We must rebuild our country's infrastructure!
@statedeptspox: As a part of U.S. efforts to bolster Central America's fight against transnational crime, the @StateDept and @USCG partnered to refurbish and donate two Coast Guard cutters to the Costa Rican Coast Guard.
[email protected] on immigration debate: "I'm ready to get started. This is the debate they said they wantedThe sooner we get started, the better."
Asked whether President Trump believes women who accused former White House staffer of domestic violence, @PressSec tells @CeciliaVega he takes allegations seriously, and "supports the victims of any type of violence, and certainly would condemn any violence against anyone."
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[email protected]: "The president has confidence in his chief of staff."
[email protected]: "I know the president certainly would like to reduce the deficit He is going to continue to look for ways to do that."
@statedeptspox: We join the Government of Pakistan and others around the world in mourning the untimely death of Pakistani humanrights and democracy advocate, Asma Jahangir. For years, she courageously defended the rights of those who did not have a voice.
@SenGillibrand: Our country is better and stronger because of the contributions of our Dreamers. They deserve to know that their futures are secure. As this debate finally moves to the Senate floor, let's give everything we can to the fight to protect them.
[email protected] says WH Personnel Security Office received FBI report on Rob Porter in July, but needed more fieldwork. Recd subsequent FBI report in November, and was still working on his security clearance recommendation when Porter resigned.
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"It's up to Congress to set the timeline," says @PressSec.
"I've done the best I can to walk you through that process," adds @PressSec.
"We relay the best and most accurate information we have," replies @PressSec on whether she may have been misled on Porter timeline by the chief of staff.
Sarah Huckabee Sander: "A large number of the background component is run by the FBI."
Sanders: "We've condemned domestic violence in every way possible."
Communications Director Hope Hicks "was not part of a lot of conversations that took place" about Porter but "has done a great job." - Sanders
Sanders: "I wouldn't know the specifics" of what required more field work for the security clearance investigation of Porter.
Sarah Sanders: "We are humans, making us imperfect people."
Ambassador Haley: "Without the media and @UN personnel in Burma to shed light on the crimes being committed, there is no hope for justice for the victims."
The @WhiteHouse "personnel security office" which is staffed by career officials "had not completed their process."
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"Significant additional investigatory fieldwork" was needed to complete Rob Porter's security investigation, says @PressSec.
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There will be only limited time for questions today, says @PressSec.
"Not enough money in the world to pay for all the infrastructure," says @SecElaineChao. Says Admin looking for creative ways to rebuild infrastructure. Says Admin giving states and localities flexibility for creative financing.
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[email protected]: Today, the president is proud to donate his fourth quarter 2017 salary to the Department of Transportation to support their programs to rebuild and modernize our crumbling infrastructure.
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[email protected]: "We are committed to quickly building a safe, reliable, and modern infrastructure to meet the needs of the American people and to fuel economic growth."
[email protected]: "We have over 350 companies that have announced wage increases, bonuses, new hiring or increased retirement benefits as a direct result of tax reform which not a single Democrat supported."
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[email protected]: "The president is working to build an economy that works for all Americans."
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"A very special announcement," says @PressSec. @POTUS 2017 4th quarter salary being donated to @USDOT.
Cosmetics impresario and @GOP fundraiser to be nominated as US ambassador to Poland.
[email protected]: "We can never give up on health care reform because that is the key driver of our debt in the future You fix health care, you fix the debt crisis."
U.S. urges U.N. to hold Myanmar military accountable for 'ethnic cleansing'
Sen. Graham: "When you think about Democ and DACA think about Republicans and Obamacare. They know what they're against but don't know what they are for"
Pres also invited members of Congress to make a counter-proposal to his infrastructure plan. Urges Congress to work together on plan to fix roads, tunnels and bridges. Says he's ready, willing and able to work on it with them.
@WhiteHouse daily briefing delayed until 14:30 EST (19:30 GMT).
[email protected] on @POTUS' DACA offer: "I can't imagine the other side of the aisle objecting to what he came out with."
@IvankaTrump: An incredible day in Pittsburgh, PA discussing TaxReform and Deregulation with small business owners and local officials. Thanks to TaxCuts small businesses will benefit from the lowest tax rate in 80 years!
National Intelligence Dan Coats told the US Senate, "The provocative nature and the instability that Kim has demonstrated potentially is a significant threat to the United States"
At end of trade meeting, Pres doesn't respond to reporters questions about former aide Rob Porter and the allegations of his ex wives.
"Do you believe Rob Porter's ex-wives?" a reporter repeatedly asked @POTUS as the press pool was ushered out. No reply to that.
"I am ready, willing and able" to consider a counter-proposal on infrastructure, @POTUS tells bipartisan group of senators.
Trump to Sen. Brown: "I actually think that we can go bipartisan on infrastructure, maybe even more so than we can on DACA. Because the difference is we want to help DACA, you don't OK? I'm kidding. I'm sure you do. I hope we can."
"There is no tax, there is no tariff if they come in and built their plants in this country," promises @POTUS.
"It can often do as much damage as good," warns @RepKevinBrady, sitting alongside @POTUS, of Section 232. "You have to be really targeted."
President accuses China of exporting steel to the U.S. by trans-shipping through countries that don't even make steel, so there are no tariffs. "It's a very bad situation," says Trump.
@SenGillibrand: I will no longer accept donations from corporate PACs, and I wanted to share why I've made that decision. I hope you'll join me in doing everything we can to fight to reform our broken campaign finance system.
ROK "doing a lot of trans-shipping" of steel from China, says @POTUS, further indicating he's likely to invoke Section 232.
"This really is a national security issue," says @SenBobCasey of steel used for the US electrical grid which is manufactured in Pennsylvania.
"We do have a pool of 100 million people," in US, says @POTUS but some make more money "if they stay home than work."
Burr pointedly said there is more than just the Special Counsel's investigation going on re: Russia
"It's very much a double-edged sword," agrees @POTUS.
Steel tariffs by George W Bush administration "backfired," causing higher prices and lead to US job losses, @SenAlexander tells @POTUS.
Pres needles Democrats at trade meeting. "I hope we can do DACA. You don't." Then quips, "just kidding." But urges lawmakers to "focus on DACA this week if you don't mind." Earlier tweeted that Dems want the political issue, not a DACA deal.
Burr said Senate Intel will hold a hearing on election security before 2018 primaries begin next month
"A lot of our manufacturers have given up" on selling overseas because of high taxes, says @POTUS to @RepWalorski who has been citing woes of Indiana manufacturers.
During WH mtg, Alexander reminds POTUS that Bush imposed tariffs on steel imports in 2002. Trump: "It didn't work for Bush but nothing worked for Bush."
$7 trillion "wasted" in the Middle East, declares @POTUS, contending there's not "two dollars" to fix roads and bridges.
"We want to help DACA, you don't," says @POTUS to @SenSherrodBrown. "I'm kidding."
"232 needs to apply more broadly" beyond China, adds @SenSherrodBrown.
"Trade has always been bipartisan" @SenSherrodBrown asserts alongside colleagues from both parties and @POTUS at the @WhiteHouse.
D.C. Metro Police are on the scene at former President Obama's D.C. office after reports of a white powdery substance. - Fox 5
"We're like the piggy bank," says President criticizing U.S. policies he inherited. He cites Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. Says it's not fair. We defend them and they pay us a fraction of the costs.
"We have rebuilt China with the money they've taken out of the United States," adds @POTUS.
"It's not fair" that Japan and ROK pay only a fraction for the cost of the US defending them, says @POTUS, returning to one of his campaign themes.
"We're like the stupid people," says Pres Trump of trade where US exporters have to pay massive tariffs in some countries, like India, but other countries can sell their products in US without tariffs. Considering reciprocal tariffs.
"It's not fair," @POTUS says of ROK "dumping" TV sets in US, but also noting they're no longer made in the US.
"How many Chevrolets do you see in the middle of Berlin?" asks @POTUS.
"It's called fair trade. It's called free trade," says @POTUS of possible need for reciprocal tax on countries, such as India. "We charge them zero. We're like the stupid people."
India and others will reduce their taxes instead of retaliating, predicts @POTUS.
Pres blames his predecessors, "not just Obama," for agreeing to trade deals that gave advantage to other countries - especially China. Says he's spoken to China "very strongly" about its unfair trading practices.
And @SenToomey also warns @POTUS of retaliation if Section 232 of Trade Expansion Act of 1962 is invoked.
Money and jobs lost to China "unthinkable," adds @POTUS.
"We've told them it just can't continue," @POTUS says of China and trade deficit with US. "People who sat in my seat allowed them to do this."
"I appreciate the bipartisan spirit of this meeting," adds VP and then @POTUS says: "I want to hear from both sides before we make the decision" noting it could lead to "high prices" but would also generate US jobs.
Pres Trump consults with GOP and Dem members of Congress about how to respond to dumping of steel and aluminum imports in the US. Says its "decimating" US steel and aluminum industries. Says he has to decide on tariffs or quotas in response. "I want to hear from both sides."
"It's about our economy, it's about our national security," says @VP concerning "dumping of aluminum and steel."
"It's a horrible dealit was a disaster," reiterates @POTUS on KORUS.
A @GM auto plant in ROK is "going to move back to Detroit," announces @POTUS. "We have a very bad trade deal with Koreait's incompetent somebody could have made a trade deal like that."
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