"The president does plan to make a trip to California next week," confirms @PressSec. (It'll be the first during his presidency.)
On @USFWS looking at elephant trophies on a case-by-case basis, relaxing ban, @PressSec says @POTUS position remains the same.
"I've had conversations with the president about" the Stormy Daniels payments "and he has denied all of these allegations," says @PressSec, adding she won't comment further on any ongoing litigation.
FISA process "needs to be looked at closely and reformed," says @PressSec.
"The president wants to continue the conversation" on school safety by bringing in video game makers to the @WhiteHouse tomorrow, says @PressSec.
: "@SenSchumer is blocking nominees indiscriminately. He forces time-wasting procedural votes on nominees and then eventually votes in support of them."
Asked about market volatility after Gary Cohn resignation announcement, @PressSec says @POTUS focused on the long-term and overall message of the markets is things better than with previous administration.
On possible EU retaliatory tariffs, @PressSec says "other countries have created unfair trade policies for decades."
In response to my question about possible sanctions against Russia for attempting to assassinate a double agent in UK, @PressSec says Salisbury nerve agent case is "under review" by US authorities.
"We're continuing conversations conversations" with China on trade issues, says @PressSec.
On tariffs, @PressSec says "there are potential carve-outs for Mexico and Canada based on national security" and possibly other countries.
: "This is our time. This is our moment. Go get DACA. Go push those Democrats."
: "When our people are free to live their lives and to follow their hearts, there is nothing, nothing at all, that we cannot achieve."
: "After years of rebuilding other countries - and we have built a lot of countries - it's time to start building our country again."
: "We're trying to have a DACA victory for everybody, by the way, and @TheDemocrats are nowhere to be found."
: "Over 4 million workers have already received tax cut bonuses and the number continues to grow every single day."
: "We've created nearly 3 million jobs since the election Today we have more Hispanic Americans working than ever before in our history, setting records."
: "The Latino business community - and you folks are good business-people, I know that. I know that for a fact. I've had to compete against you for a long time. In fact I said, 'I want to get out of that. I want to be president. It's easier."
: The U.S. is acting swiftly on Intellectual Property theft. We cannot allow this to happen as it has for many years.
: China has been asked to develop a plan for the year of a One Billion Dollar reduction in their massive Trade Deficit with the United States. Our relationship with China has been a very good one, and we look forward to seeing what ideas they come back with. We must act soon.
: "[GaryCohn's] been an integral member of the administration and he's going to continue to be a voice to @POTUS."
Trump wants to sign presidential proclamation on steel and aluminum tariffs tomorrow - senior admin officials
Timing on tariffs will be the end of this week or early next week, @PressSec tells reporters.
US stocks fall on Cohn exit from White House; Dow -1.1%
We need a clear signal in the trade dispute with the U.S. Trump has to play by the rules, said EU parliament's trade chief Bernd Lange. Peanutbutter is among the EU's weapons of choice
A person has "potentially serious injuries" after a crash that left them trapped in D.C. Wednesday morning, according to authorities. The D.C. Fire Department says the two-vehicle crash happened on 44th and Clay Streets, NE and left two people hurt.
Tusk: "President Trump said: 'trade wars are good and easy to win'. But the truth is trade wars are bad and easy to lose. EU's goal is to keep world trade alive and if necessary to protect European by proportionate responses"
Afghan and US forces conducted more than 1,600 ground ops and 181 airstrikes against Taliban in Afghanistan in 2017, updated figures show
: From Bush 1 to present, our Country has lost more than 55,000 factories, 6,000,000 manufacturing jobs and accumulated Trade Deficits of more than 12 Trillion Dollars. Last year we had a Trade Deficit of almost 800 Billion Dollars. Bad Policies and Leadership. Must WIN again. MAGA
Peanut butter, orange juice, bourbon on anti-Trump tariff list: EU
Even if it doesn't feel that way at the moment @MalmstromEU insists: "US still our friend and ally". Also sees problem of overcapacity in steel sector. "Willing to discuss this"
Brussels plans a three-pronged approach, explains @MalmstromEU: taking case to the WTO, safeguard measures on steel/aluminum and safeguard measures on other US products to "rebalance" the trade relationship
EU commission still hoping "that US tariffs [on steel and aluminum] can be avoided", says commissioner @MalmstromEU. But EU stuck in dilemma: doesn't want to escalate situation which might lead to trade war but "can't remain silent"
on UK response to President Trump's proposal of imposing steel and aluminium tariffs: we have expressed disappointment, but currently, the EU is in charge of trade defence policy
How can such a small import of European steel be a security threat? @MalmstromEU asks, asserting @realDonaldTrump is going to have a lot of trouble proving that point at the WTO, where the EU has every intention of hauling his administration to explain.
5 month ago
We'll soon learn exactly what products are on the list of potential tariff targets, but @MalmstromEU confirms some bourbon is on it, along with peanut butter and cranberries (no.). Declines to describe some items as @GeorgiGotev does: "redneck" products
mEU seems puzzled by @realDonaldTrump's latest threats, against cars, because she says just 2 million cars are produced in the US by European companies, which provide American jobs. She says Trump's opinion is "not based on fact."
The EU says Trump steel tariff is protectionism in disguise, not a valid security measure. @MalmstromEU says therefore EU can respond immediately, but as long as the US measures have not been taken, Brussels hopes a trade war can be averted
5 month ago
"Can't see how allies like the EU threaten US national security", says EU's @MalmstromEU, responding to threatened tariffs on steel and aluminum while announcing possible countermeasures
EU Trade Commissioner @MalmstromEU says @realDonaldTrump's explanation that SteelTariffs are necessary for "national security reasons" is inconceivable and "deeply unjust." EU is preparing to strike back through WTO in the long term and other measures in the short term
: It's too early to say what a future UK-US free trade agreement will contain, but potential results include more opportunities for British businesses and "a boost to the UK economy worth tens of billions of pounds"
Philippines president Duterte slams US for criticism of his drug war, keeps on referring to President Bush
Kushner to visit Mexico after Trump tirades, testy phone call
The European Assn of Motorcycle Manufacturers has urged @MalmstromEU not to retaliate vs US steel tariff threat, saying "an increase of customs duties on American exports of motorcycles would clearly be damaging to the American companies but also to European economies and jobs."
Germany and EU are threatening tit-for-tat import tariffs to retaliate against @realDonaldTrump's plan to impose a 25-percent duty on EU steel. The EU is aiming to tax Harley Davidsons and Bourbon whisky
IMF's Lagarde says nobody wins in a trade war
China 'unhappy' with US aircraft carrier's visit to Vietnam
U.S. Secretary of State to focus on security on first African visit
Koreas president Moon reiterates denuclearization goal, rules out eased sanctions on North Korea
Koreas Foreign Minister Kang says U.S. and North Korea willing to sit and talk
: Will be making a decision soon on the appointment of new Chief Economic Advisor. Many people wanting the job - will choose wisely.
5 month ago
US Department of State: In a phone call today with President Petro @Poroshenko, @VP Mike Pence reaffirmed the United States' steadfast support for Ukraine's efforts to combat Russian aggression, improve governance, and reform its economy.
President Trump on Cohn: "Gary has been my chief economic advisor and did a superb job in driving our agenda, helping to deliver historic tax cuts and reforms and unleashing the American economy once again. He is a rare talent, and I thank him for his dedicated service"
@POTUS: "Gary has been my chief economic advisor and did a superb job in driving our agenda, helping to deliver historic tax cuts and reforms and unleashing the American economy once again. He is a rare talent, and I thank him for his dedicated service to the American people."
: "The Russians had no impact on our votes whatsoever, but certainly there was meddlingYou have to be really watching very closely. You don't want your system of votes to be compromised in any way."
: "The @WhiteHouse has tremendous energy. It has tremendous spirit. It is a great place to be workingBelieve me, everybody wants to work in the White House."
: "Our country has been taken advantage of by everybodyand we cannot let that happen any longer."
"The Russians had no impact on our votes whatsoever, but certainly there was meddling," in Election 2016 @POTUS says in response to a Swedish reporter's question
: "The European Union has not treated us well and it's been a very, very unfair trade situationI'm protecting our workers. I'm protecting our companies."
On DPRK, "We have to find a dialogue. It's not easy but that's the way it has to be" says @SwedishPM "It's a very dangerous situation and we need all to be very concerned"
"We've been working on North Korea. Sweden has somewhat of a relationship with North Korea" says @POTUS
Q: What do you owe this recent openness (by the DPRK) to talk? @POTUS: "Me."
"The sanctions (on DPRK) have been very, very strong and biting." says @POTUS
His country "will do whatever we can" for dialogue with the DPRK, @SwedishPM. "I believe that they trust us. We're a non-aligned country."
"It was a pity that strategic negotiations ended" between US and EU, adds @SwedishPM
@SwedishPM says he understands @POTUS view, but for his small export dependent country "open and free trade" is critical
: "The United States has been taken advantage of by other countries, both friendly and not so friendly, for many years. We have a trade deficit of $800 billion and that's not going to happen under me I blame the leadership for allowing it to happen."
If US can do a revised NAFTA deal with Canada and Mexico then no need for tariffs on them, declares @POTUS
says he blames US officials for unfair trades deals "I'm here to protect workers," he said
"The European Union has been particularly tough on the United States. They make it almost impossible for us to do business with them," says @POTUS and reiterates his threat to put a big tax on European cars=
"The trans-Atlantic link is strong and it remains crucial to responding to global security challenges" says @SwedishPM "We greatly value our broad security and defense cooperation with the United States"
Asked about the tariffs @POTUS replies: "I don't blame the countries, I blame our leadership for allowing it (trade imbalance) to happen."=
: "A strong and balanced economic relationship strengthens security and prosperity in both of our countries and this is just the beginning."
5 month ago
"I am convinced that tariffs will hurt us all," says Swedish PM Löfven during the joint conference with President Trump
"Sweden may not be big but it supports directly and indirectly one million jobs in the United States," says @SwedishPM
"We remain determined to achieve a denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and there's been a lot of news on that today" says @POTUS "Hopefully it's positive. Hopefully it leads to a positive result"
A $3 billion deal will send Patriot missile systems to Sweden, says @POTUS, adding "this is just the beginning."=
"They're investing tremendous amounts of money in the United States," @POTUS says of Swedish business leaders
Before the two leaders take questions they're reading prepared statements. @POTUS thanks Sweden for help in freeing Otto Warmbier from the DPRK=
5 month ago
Asked if he considers events in North Korea a breakthrough, President Trump says: "Well, I hope so. I want to see what happens."
5 month ago
Secretary Tillerson discussed "Russia's disinformation efforts and malicious cyber activity" with the foreign ministers of the three Baltic states, according to a readout. They "agreed to deepen their cooperation to combat" these activities
5 month ago
President Trump meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Löfven in the Oval Office
Senate Democratic leader Schumer says he will try to force floor action after rallies for gun control
: "We're prepared to go whichever path is necessaryWe have made progress."
: "We have come certainly a long way, at least rhetorically, with North Korea."
White House aide Conway violates law in TV interviews: government report
5 month ago
The ex-Kremlin spy apparently poisoned in Britain had links to the man who wrote the explosive Trump Russia dossier
@NunbergSam says he's fully cooperating with Mueller's team and he's intending to go get treatment following his grand jury appearance on Friday
U.S. intelligence chief warns of China spending to boost influence
"There's engagement periodically" with China in Djibouti, per @USAfricaCommand's Gen. Waldhauser, but adds "We are taking significant steps on the counterintelligence side so that we have all the defenses that we need"
5 month ago
US servicemembers serving in Niger should be getting danger pay, says @USAfricaCommand's General Waldhauser: "The short answer is yes"
U.S. Treasury's Mnuchin says ready to lend to Puerto Rico
Terrorist and criminal/drug trafficker often the same thing in parts of Africa "They call themselves terrorist groups but to a large degree they're heavily involved in criminal activitiesweapons, people, drugs" per @USAfricaCommand's Gen Waldhauser
"Our concern would be their [Russia's] ability to influence and be on the southern flank of @NATO" per @USAfricaCommand's Gen Waldhauser "and also for them to squeeze us out, if you will, by them taking a prominent role"
"I think the Russians are looking to have influence on the continent through weapons sales, through some of the agreement with Libya for example that were in place prior to the Qadhafi departure" says General Waldhauser
5 month ago
Concerns with Russia in Africa "has to do with the northern part of Africa and the eastern Mediterranean" per @USAfricaCommand's General Waldhauser "I am specifically referring to Libya"
Mnuchin says Trump supportive of Treasury work on Russia sanctions. Says to expect sanctions in next "several weeks". On February 27, he said to expect action with in 30 days.
: US ready to 'go hard' after North Korea says it's willing to give up nuclear weapons
"We saw the news this morning relative to #NorthKorea. Hope springs eternal," per @ODNIgov Dir Dan Coats "But we ne… https://t.co/CO5QELukBO
5 month ago
US Dir of Nat'l Intelligence Dan Coats calls North Korea "the most volatile and confrontational WMD [weapons of mass destruction] threat this year"
5 month ago
Ex-Trump aide flips, says he will comply with Mueller subpoena
Trump on North Korea: U.S. is ready to go hard in 'either direction'
Trump says 'possible progress' in talks with North Korea
: Possible progress being made in talks with North Korea. For the first time in many years, a serious effort is being made by all parties concerned. The World is watching and waiting. May be false hope, but the U.S. is ready to go hard in either direction.
: Federal Judge in Maryland has just ruled that "President Trump has the right to end DACA." President Obama had 8 years to fix this problem, and didn't. I am waiting for the Dems, they are running for the hills.
Trump on North Korea: We will see what happens
: Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don't have Stars anymore - except your President (just kidding, of course).
: Total inaction on DACA by Dems. Where are you? A deal can be made.
: The new Fake News narrative is that there is CHAOS in the White House. Wrong. People will always come and go, and I want strong dialogue before making a final decision. I still have some people that I want to change (always seeking perfection). There is no Chaos, only great Energy.
Accompanied by police and a court order, majority owners of Trump hotel in Panama City take ownership from Trump management
North Korea leader expresses understanding about South Korea-U.S. military drills: Seoul
North Korea leader expresses willingness to have talks with U.S. on denuclearization
Japan urges U.S. to shun steel tariffs but makes no threats
Two juveniles were hit by a car in Northwest, D.C. Police said the juveniles were hit around on 14th St. at Sheridan St.
EU will respond to US trade war threats in a "firm and proportionate" manner, says EU spokesman
Financial Times: US offering Britain a more restrictive ation deal post-Brexit
No change in Pakistan behaviour, says US Official
President Ghani offered Taliban peace talks, not surrender: US
South Korea braces for military cost-sharing talks with U.S.
Latest U.S. sanctions on North Korea likely to help peacefully resolve nuclear problem: official