The nation's most powerful labor union chief, still reeling from Democrats' big losses in 2016, has a message for them as they work to win back working people.
“Calling the president names, even if they’re accurate, gets you nowhere,” Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, told reporters Wednesday at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.
Trumka, reared in one of the Pennsylvania coal towns that Trump swept in the election, said that telling voters who supported him that they were stupid to do so is also a strategy for failure. Instead, he said, Democrats need to make the case to those who gave him the benefit of the doubt that Trump has not done what he promised.
With each crisis of the young Trump administration, reporters and pollsters have documented the steady support he continues to get from his most ardent backers, the roughly one-in-four Americans who consistently tell pollsters that they approve of his performance in office, agree with him on most issues and like his personality.
Tuesday night at a focus group in Pittsburgh, a group of reporters heard from a different slice of Trump voters — ones he's lost for now.
"Outrageous," "disappointed," "not ready" were among the adjectives that focus group members who had voted for Trump tossed out when asked for a single word to describe the president.
President Trump will kick off a weeks-long effort to sell Americans on tax cuts with a speech on Wednesday in Missouri that aides said will not contain any details on a Republican plan that is still being drafted.
Trump will use the event at the Loren Cook Co. manufacturing plant in Springfield, Mo., to explain why Congress should cut corporate rates and make other changes to the federal tax code, said senior White House officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to provide a preview of the president’s remarks.
The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency says it has successfully completed a missile defense flight test -- intercepting a medium-range ballistic missile target from a warship off the coast of Hawaii.
The agency said the John Paul Jones detected and tracked a target missile launched from Kauai with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar. The destroyer fired SM-6 missiles to intercept the test missile.
"We are working closely with the fleet to develop this important new capability, and this was a key milestone in giving our ... ships an enhanced capability to defeat ballistic missiles in their terminal phase," Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves, who heads the missile defense agency, said in a statement. "We will continue developing ballistic missile defense technologies to stay ahead of the threat as it evolves."
The test marks the second time an SM-6 missile has successfully intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target, the agency said
As President Trump arrived in Texas on Tuesday to witness the damage from Tropical Storm Harvey, he was greeted in Corpus Christi by a microcosm of a divided nation: a mix of well-wishers and protesters, both thrilled and furious he was here.
Dozens of people stood along Agnes Street, a quiet stretch of road just across a cotton field from the city’s airport. Some held up protest signs. Some held giant American flags. Some just held up their hands, waving hello.
Pentagon officials said Tuesday that National Guard assets are at full readiness to assist in the unfolding disaster in Texas wrought by Tropical Storm Harvey.
Maj. Gen. James C. Witham, director of domestic operations for the National Guard, told Pentagon reporters that up to 30,000 guardsmen as well as a U.S. naval amphibious assault ship could be called upon to help out in rescue efforts on the ground.
There are 30 National Guard helicopters flying in Texas in support of relief efforts surrounding the hurricane and subsequent tropical storm, with 24 more requested, he said.
Now that his own state is likely to need a federal relief package totaling $40 billion or more due to a storm still pummeling the Gulf Coast around Houston, critics are calling out Cruz for what they say is hypocrisy for his decision to oppose Sandy relief while presumably supporting it now for Texas.
In an interview with NBC's Katy Tur, Cruz defended his vote, saying the Sandy relief bill was filled with "unrelated pork."
"Two-thirds of that bill had nothing to do with Sandy. And what I said then, and still believe now, is that it's not right for politicians to exploit a disaster when people are hurting to pay for their own political wishlist," he said.
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