The two men with the most heavily dissected relationship in President Trump's White House held a rare public appearance together Thursday and agreed on one common enemy: the media.
Reince Priebus, the chief of staff who is often described as "embattled," said he has grown "conditioned" to the media counting Trump out: during the presidential campaign, the transition and the first month of the presidency.
“The biggest misconception is everything that you're reading," Priebus said.
Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, on a visit to Mexico, said Thursday that there will be no mass deportations of people living in the U.S. illegally.
Kelly also said U.S. military forces would not be used in deportation efforts and that any deportation cases would go through the U.S. legal system.
“No. Repeat, no use of military force in immigration operations,” Kelly said at a news conference at the Foreign Relations Ministry in Mexico City. “None. We’ll approach this operation systematically, in an organized way, in a results-oriented way, in an operation and and in a human dignity way.”
Mexico is preparing for a long “battle” with the administration of President Trump, its foreign minister reportedly told lawmakers in private comments, adding that the country was prepared to retaliate with new tariffs if necessary.
“We are here preparing for a battle that is going to be long,” Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray told federal deputies Wednesday, according to the newspaper La Jornada, which said it had obtained a copy of the comments. “This is not going to be resolved in three days.”
In the reported remarks, Videgaray said Mexico was prepared to retaliate with new tariffs on U.S.-made goods should the Trump administration follow up on its threats to slap an export tax of 20% or more of goods imported from Mexico to the United States.
After nationwide immigration raids this month in which more than 680 people were arrested, the Department of Homeland Security issued a nothing-to-see-here statement downplaying the sweeps as strictly ordinary.
"ICE conducts these kind of targeted enforcement operations regularly and has for many years," the agency said last week, referring to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
But President Trump had a different take Thursday, labeling the raids an unprecedented enforcement effort.
One of America’s most prominent white nationalists, Richard Spencer, was kicked out of the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday after conference organizers gave him credentials to attend and then wavered on whether to let him stay.
Spencer, who coined the term “alternative right” to describe his far-right views on separating the races, came to CPAC to attend a speech that was critical of the “alt-right.”
CPAC organizer Matt Schlapp took pains to distance CPAC from the fringe Spencer represents.
It’s been a rocky few months for the health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act.
Even if you’re not one of the roughly 11 million Americans who rely on these online markets to get your health insurance, you’ve probably seen the headlines about rising premiums and insurance companies pulling out of the system.
Last week, national insurance giant Humana announced it would stop selling plans on the marketplace. Aetna’s chief executive claimed the marketplaces are in a “death spiral.” Republicans say the marketplaces are Exhibit A that Obamacare is collapsing.
The Trump administration wants to overhaul the tax code by August, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday, laying out an aggressive timetable in his first significant public comments since taking office last week.
“Our economic agenda, the No. 1 issue is growth, and the first most important thing that will impact growth is a tax plan,” Mnuchin said in an interview with CNBC.
“So we are committed to pass tax reform,” he said. “We want to get this done by the August recess.”
They came by the hundreds, in big cities and rural hamlets, to heckle, plead, badger and, in some instances, to protest the protests themselves.
Congress is in recess this week, and a citizenry suddenly spurred to action used the opportunity to let their returning lawmakers know just how they feel about the tempestuous last month in Washington.
“Winners make policy and losers go home,” a taunting Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate leader, told an invitation-only gathering in his home state of Kentucky, as about 1,000 protesters gathered outside.
The Trump administration rescinded an Obama-era directive Wednesday aimed at protecting transgender students’ rights, questioning its legal grounding.
Under the guidelines, schools had been required to treat transgender students according to their stated gender identity, and either allow access to restrooms and locker rooms for the gender they identify with or provide private facilities if requested. The Obama administration had said that students’ gender identities were protected under Title IX requirements, which prohibit federally funded schools from discriminating on the basis of sex.
But officials in the Education and Justice departments said that their predecessors failed to make their case, citing “significant litigation” spurred by the policy.