House and Senate negotiators reached tentative agreement Wednesday on a $1.3-trillion bill that would boost both defense and domestic spending, but at the same time put off solutions to other contentious issues, such as the fate of young immigrants in the country illegally.
The announcement of the deal late Wednesday came two days before the federal government would have been forced to shut down. The House and Senate now face a narrow opening to approve the 2,232-page measure by Friday.
Joe Biden started it. President Trump counter-punched. Even pro wrestling has more realistic plot lines than this.
Biden, the 75-year-old former vice president, retold a fantasy he’s had about exchanging fisticuffs with Trump over comments that the president made about women that emerged during the 2016 election campaign on the now-infamous “Access Hollywood” video.
The U.S. official working to save the Iran nuclear deal said Wednesday that he held “very constructive” talks with key European allies, but could not say whether it would satisfy President Trump, the chief critic of the disarmament accord.
Brian Hook, the State Department director for policy planning, said a round of talks in Vienna last week with diplomats from Germany, France, Britain and other signatories to the 2015 accord were aimed at fixing what Trump sees as major flaws.
The talks left several issues unresolved, Hook told reporters on a conference call.
President Trump faulted the Justice Department on Wednesday for its handling of a case involving the young immigrants known as “Dreamers,” citing the punditry of Fox Business Network analyst Lou Dobbs.
“Department of Justice should have urged the Supreme Court to at least hear the Drivers License case on illegal immigrants in Arizona,” Trump tweeted. “I agree with @LouDobbs. Should have sought review.”
Dobbs, long an anti-immigration hardliner, is not a lawyer.
President Trump faced new legal and political jeopardy Tuesday as a former Playboy Playmate and alleged paramour sued to break a confidentiality agreement and a judge rejected his move to quash a lawsuit stemming from a charge of sexual assault.
The developments, coming on opposite coasts, promised many more months — if not years — of legal skirmishing, keeping Trump's personal conduct at the fore of this election season and complicating GOP efforts to protect their congressional majorities in November.
President Donald Trump's legal team reached out in recent days to Theodore Olson, one of the country's most high-profile and seasoned litigators, to join forces amid mounting challenges in the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to three people familiar with the discussions.
The overture came as Trump, feeling more vulnerable to the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, has told confidants he wants to recruit top-tier talent and shake up his group of lawyers, the people said.
But after reviewing the offer and weighing potential conflicts with his clients at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he is a partner, Olson is not planning to join Trump's team, a top executive at the firm said Tuesday.
Rep. Martha McSally, an Arizona Republican, said Trump’s famous promise to build a wall with along the Mexican border should be extended — to protect her state from the liberals to the west.
President Trump hosted a round-table discussion at the White House on Tuesday in which conservative politicians and law enforcement officials from across the country and the federal government took turns one-upping each other with disgust over California’s “sanctuary city” law.
But one elected leader bested them all. Rep. Martha McSally, an Arizona Republican, said Trump’s famous promise to build a wall with along the Mexican border should be extended — to protect her state from the liberals to the west.
“As we look in Arizona, we often look into the dangers of the southern border,” McSally said. “But if these dangerous policies continue out of California, we might need to build a wall between California and Arizona as well.”
Sen. John McCain on Tuesday blasted President Trump for his call earlier in the day congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on his reelection, saying Trump had “insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election.”
McCain, the Arizona Republican who is undergoing treatment for brain cancer yet continues to be outspoken on Trump’s friendship with Putin, also said in a statement and on Twitter, “An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is McCain’s close friend but less publicly critical of Trump, made a similar point about Putin’s reelection without commenting on Trump. “Congratulations to Russian President Putin on his Fake Victory in the Fake Election,” Graham said. “Heaven help the 25% who didn't vote for him!”
An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election. https://t.co/lcQTBi7CA1