With eye on U.S., China to revamp top tier of diplomats -sources
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The U.S. State Department’s special representative for North Korea policy Joseph Yun plans to retire on Friday
Russia vetoes UN resolution that expresses concern over Iran violations of UN sanctions on Yemen.
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Sanders: "the Stop Guns Violence Act would be another piece of legislation that the President would specifically support"
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Democratic Reps. Deutch and Cicilline have introduced the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018
@Acosta: What would you say to parents worried that arming teachers could turn into "the Wild West"? Sanders: "There's a lot of different people on both sides of this issue, that's why we're continuing to have these discussions"
: "I think everyone is in agreement that things need to be done, and we have to have some changes take place to do what we can to protect America's kids. Members of the NRA want to be part of that discussion."
SH Sanders also specifically named the "Stop Guns Violence Act" 2
Asked what gun bills the President would support, SH Sanders named the Cornyn/Murphy "Fix NICS" bill 1/
Sanders on age limits for gun purchases: "It would be premature for us to weigh in but as I said the President is still supportive of the concept"
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on President Trump's comment that he would have run into Florida high school during shooting: "He was just stating that as a leader he would have stepped in and hopefully been able to help."
"It's a decision for China to make" on "what's best for their country," replies @PressSec on communist party decision to end term limits for President Xi.
"He would be a leader and would want to take a courageous action" if he was at the ParklandSchoolShooting, says @PressSec, answering @Acosta question about @POTUS remark earlier today while meeting with governors.
: "We're not advocating for the arming of every single teacher in the school. There are teachers and other school personnel who have experience, pre-existing training, and the desire to be part of something like this."
Sen. Orrin Hatch on raising age for some rifles to 21. "Well have to look at that. That's not something you just shove aside"
"The president put the Assad government on notice some time and we continue to echo that message," says @PressSec. Syria
Chuck Schumer: We hope GOP leaders will help pass real gunsafety legislation that makes a difference; we can't afford a bill that is simply aimed at pleasing the @NRA and making Republicans feel better but doesn't get the job done. We need real results.
Chuck Schumer: At a minimum, the Congressional response to the Parkland shooting should include universal BackgroundChecks legislation that would close the gun show and internet sales loopholes that allow guns to fall into the wrong hands.
Chuck Schumer: Democrats are pleased to hear that @realDonaldTrump recognizes the need to strengthen the Fix NICS bill. If all Congress does in response to the Parkland shooting is to pass the Fix NICS bill, it would be an abject failure and a dereliction of our duty.
"It was on Sunday," says @PressSec of @POTUS meeting with @NRA.
: "@POTUS believes that we should look at strengthening background checks, and we're looking at all of the different ways to do that, and haven't made a final determination on what that should look like."
"Our alliance is as strong as ever" with South Korea, asserts @PressSec, who just returned from the ROK. "There no daylight"
Q: Preconditions on US-DPRK talks? @PressSec: "Anything that would be discussed would have to be solely the focus on them agreeing to denuclearize the (Korean) peninsula."
: "@POTUS did sign an executive memo directing the ATF and Department of Justice to work on outlawing bump stocks, so we don't have to wait for a legislative fix."
"We're not advocating for the arming of every single teacher" in American schools, says @PressSec.
@PressSec says will not answer whether anyone, as of today, has lost their interim security clearances here at the @WhiteHouse.
@POTUS planning meeting on Wednesday with bipartisan members of Congress to "discuss different piece of legislation" related to guns, says @PressSec.
This will be a short briefing, says @PressSec.
6 Republican leaders of key committees say they see little reason to pursue lines of inquiry into the finances of Trump and his family — and won't make commitments to do so.
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Added to WH Schedule: @PressSec - just back from PyeongChang Olympics as part of Presidential Delegation, to hold 3pm/ET press briefing. She got a great US Team Jacket. Maybe she'll be asked to explain Curling.
: As the tax cut law goes into effect, hardworking Americans should ignore the apocalyptic rhetoric and check their paychecks. They'll find more money where it belongs — in their pockets.
Sen Dianne Feinstein: The president is WRONG on bump stocks. Banning them can ONLY be done by passing my legislation, or else it's going to be tied up in court for years. Anyone who says they support banning bump stocks needs to support our bill.
WA Gov. Inslee confronts Trump: Our teachers don't want to be armed
US Supreme Court justices refused to take up @realDonaldTrump's appeal of a lower court order that requires the administration to continue accepting renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
Chuck Schumer: It's hard to believe it has been 25 years since the attack on the World Trade Center. We have not forgotten the lives lost or the fear we all felt on that day our city was attacked.
@NancyPelosi: The Supreme Court must once again affirm the right of working men and women to join together to build a future of opportunity and prosperity for themselves, their families and all Americans.
Schumer: "If all Congress does in response to the Parkland shooting is to pass the Fix NICS bill, it would be an abject failure and a dereliction of our duty."
Panama city authorities investigate whether Trump executives improperly refuse to leave luxury hotel over management dispute.
Amy Klobuchar says she believes tech giants like Facebook and Twitter should face fines if they fail to get rid of 'bots' after they're discovered by the government.
@NancyPelosi: If you haven't heard, the Supreme Court just refused to expedite their consideration of a Trump Admin challenge to court rulings that are currently blocking @realDonaldTrump's attempt to end DACA. This is welcome news. ProtectDREAMers
@NancyPelosi: The Supreme Court's action shows that rescinding DACA was not only legally questionable, but also unjust and cruel. But only Congress can provide the permanent solution our DREAMers need and deserve.
POTUS: "Look at Peterson. Look what he did in Broward where he thought he was probably a brave guy, but he wasn't a brave guy under pressure. He choked and other people choked. A lot of people choked in that case."
Updated @WhiteHouse schedule: @PressSec, just back from South Korea, will hold a briefing at 15:00 EST (20:00 EST).
: "We must strive to create a culture in our country that cherishes life and condemns violence and embraces dignity."
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Pres Trump stresses to Governors that he's advocating arming only "gun-adept" teachers," not all teachers. Tells Governors he views "gun-free zones" as an invitation to shooters.
: "We must confront the issue of mental healthWe have to do something about it."
WH: "Vice President Joe Biden to Headline Montana Democrats' 40th Annual Mansfield Metcalf Dinner"
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President folds arms and listens stoically as @GovInslee tells him 1st Grade teachers don't want to be "packing heat." Inslee advises @POTUS to do "a little less tweeting here, a little more listening." Pres then quick to call on Texas Gov @GregAbbott_TX.
: "We have to take steps to harden our schools so that they're less vulnerable to attack."
Trump Organization says it has donated hotel profits from foreign governments to the US Treasury, but won't say how much.
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Hosting WH Luncheon for Governors' spouses, @FLOTUS urges reflection on the "horrific" school shooting in FL. Also urges spouses to join her in teaching children about the dangers of drug abuse and addiction, and promote the values of kindness, compassion and respect.
Trump: I would've run into Florida school, "even if I didn't have a weapon"
Trump: I would have run into Florida school shooting without a gun by @abedelman
"The president directed the parade in order to show his appreciation for the military and honor service members" per Colonel Manning, adding final options not presented to @POTUS and source of funding also yet to be determined
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Trump can't believe press didn't find out about his meeting with @NRA officials over the weekend. "Don't worry about the NRA," he tells Governors. "They're on our side." But also says may have to fight the NRA on some issues to prevent school shootings.
Bernie Sanders: Working people in this country need a seat at the bargaining table to fight for higher wages, decent health care, a secure retirement and a safe working environment. Public sector unions are that voice and the Supreme Court must not take that away.
Trump on Parkland shooting: "I really believe I'd run in there even if I didn't have a weapon"
Trump: "We're going to do very strong background checks"
Trump: "the way they performed was really a disgrace"
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"We have to take steps to harden our schools so they're harder to attack," Pres tells Governors. Again decries deputies who didn't enter school when shooting began. "The way they performed was frankly disgusting." Believes he would have run in, even without a weapon.
"I would have run in there even I hadn't had a weapon," says @POTUS of ParklandSchoolShooting. Those who didn't go into there to protect those lives were "pretty sad."
Trump says performance of local police in Florida "weren't exactly Medal of Honor winners" at Parkland shooting
In remarks to Governors, Pres complains about trade deficit with Mexico, which he puts at $130-billlion a year. Says "at some point," US has to be stronger and smarter in trade deals. Also calls WTO "a catastrophe" when it comes to trade with China.
"Bump stocks, we're writing it out," declares @POTUS, saying he doesn't care whether Congress does anything about it or not.
"We're talking about tremendous potential of loss of life. Numbers that nobody has ever contemplated," @POTUS says if there is a war with DPRK.
@GovInslee to Trump at WH meeting: "We need a little less Tweeting, a little more listening."
: "Whether you're a Republican or Democrat, you're benefiting tremendously from those tax cuts."
@USUN Amb @nikkihaley on Syria: Assad's bombing must stop. The ceasefire must be given a chance to work. The Assad government needs to stop its military activities around eastern Ghouta, and for once, allow humanitarian access to all of those who need it.
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Pres laments to Governors about SCOTUS sending DACA back to 9th Circuit. "We'll see what happens from them," says @POTUS. Critical of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals - says Admin loses every case there.
"India sells us a lot of motorbikes," contends @POTUS calling @narendramodi offer reducing tariffs to 50 percent on @harleydavidson motorcycles to India nothing we should be happy about.
POTUS: "We want fair trade deals. We want reciprocal trade deals."
The @wto "a catastrophe," @POTUS tells governors. It "makes us almost impossible for us to do good business. We lose the cases. We don't have good judges."
Trump: "The headline was Trump wants all teachers to have guns. Trump wants teachers to have guns. I don't want teachers to have guns. I want highly-trained people that have a natural talent, like hitting a baseball or hitting a golfball or putting."
says he lunched this weekend w Wayne Lapierre and Chris Cox of NRA. "Don't worry about the NRA. They're on our side."
on SCOTUS decision re: DACA: "We'll see what happens. That's my attitude."
Germany, Italy, Turkey and US Ambassadors were encouraged by progress made in building capacity and capabilities of Afghan security forces and supported an Afghan led and owned peace process
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US Ambassador Hutchison issued a joint statement on behalf of NATO framework nations Germany, Italy, Turkey and US in Afghanistan, underscoring NATO's commitment that military and civilian leaders have the necessary forces and resources needed to carry out their mission
Trump says the way law enforcement performed at the Florida high school shooting was a disgrace, cites need to improve early response system for warnings about violent people
"We want to talk [with North Korea] but under the right conditions," says @POTUS
WH officials and Governors also had a breakout session on the opioids epidemic. Governors told evidence suggests drug overdoses involving opioids are underreported by as much as 24%. Discussed further ways Federal and State Governents can work cooperatively pm the crisis.
Secret of three popular GOP governors? Don't be like Trump:
U.S. President Trump says U.S. loses a lot of money to Mexico, Canada; WTO is a catastrophe, makes it impossible for the U.S. to do 'good business'
Opinion | Ivanka Trump: America is stronger when kids from all backgrounds play sports @NBCNewsTHINK
After US Dep Secretary Alice Wells said that doors for talks with the Afghan Taliban are open, the Taliban invited American officials to "come for direct talks" with the Taliban political office in Qatar
"China's lack of transparency regarding the scope and scale of its nuclear modernization leaves the international community with concerns about it's future intent" per @DeptofDefense's Tractenberg
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Rossiya Segodnya (parent company of RT, Sputnik et. al) has new FARA filing with DOJ
Supreme Court declines to hear Trump bid to immediately end program protecting 'Dreamers' from deportation
U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs Trump, won't hear immigration appeal
China hopes DPRK and U.S. can make progress in dialogue to promote settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue: FM spokesman
on @POTUS: "I think he's done a tremendous job. I think he's had one of the most successful first years of any president ever." @foxandfriends
: we do not believe trade deals with the US and China would be likely to compensate for a significant loss of trade with our neighbours in the EU
U.S. trying to 'embarrass' Pakistan with terror financing list: Pakistani finance minister Miftah Ismail
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New Starbucks in Northeast DC at The shops at Dakota Crossing broken into this morning. You can see the countertop has been destroyed. Police tell me this happened at 3 o'clock this morning and an undisclosed amount of money was taken
Head of national intelligence for North Korea Kim Yong-chol says doors open for dialogue with U.S.: South Koreas Blue House
Top economic adviser to China's Xi to visit U.S. this week
Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has contacted Interpol to issue a warrant of arrest for former ambassador to the United States, Hussain Haqqani, after he failed to appear in court in connection with the Memogate case
USS Carl Vinson will make a 4-day port visit to Da Nang, Vietnam, on March 5, the first port call by a US aircraft carrier since the end of the Vietnam War, Vietnamese media reported on Monday
Ivanka Trump had no interaction with North Koreans: White House