The Trump administration continued Sunday to assert a widely debunked claim that massive vote fraud helped deprive the president of a popular-vote victory in November’s election.
President Trump's senior policy advisor Stephen Miller said in an interview aired Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that “the noncitizen voting issue is pervasive and widespread.”
Trump has said that he lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton only because 3 million to 5 million illegal immigrants had cast votes for her. Clinton’s margin of victory in the popular vote was more than 2.8 million, while Trump won the electoral college vote, 304-227.
When other presidents were dealt the kind of jolting setback that President Trump received from the courts this week, they learned from those moments to alter their approaches to the job.
Trump, however, has a history of stubbornness and a self-proclaimed mission to upend almost everything his predecessors have done. That could color how he confronts the new limits on his power as he tries to make the kind of sweeping change he expected to deliver on his own.
Signs of struggle inside the White House have emerged between those who want Trump to keep his hyper-aggressive style and those who would like to see him seek more consensus.
As a candidate, Trump signaled he would show staunch support for Netanyahu and his allies in Israel in crucial ways, including backing Israel’s growing settlements in the West Bank, moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and tearing up the Iran nuclear deal.
President Trump’s senior policy adviser says the administration is still “considering all our options” in the legal fight over Trump’s travel moratorium.
Policy adviser Stephen Miller also pointed toward an expected move by the administration to cut back on H1B visas, which are issued for foreigners to work in specialty occupations. The high-tech industry is heavily reliant upon such workers.
“I believe that we should have a program in which American workers are given jobs first,” Miller said in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
The ominous silence around the Trump administration's national security advisor, retired Gen. Michael T. Flynn, deepened Sunday as a senior White House official in a televised interview declined to say if the president still has confidence in him.
"That's the question that I think you should ask the president, the question you should ask Reince [Priebus], the chief of staff," Stephen Miller, the White House senior policy advisor, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" when asked if Trump still has confidence in Flynn.
"So the White House did not give you anything to say," asked the show's host, Chuck Todd.
Is this what President Trump had in mind when he railed against "fake news"?
A newspaper in the Dominican Republic illustrated a news story about U.S.-Israeli relations with a photo of actor Alec Baldwin doing his send-up of Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”
Under a story headlined “Trump says settlements in Israel don’t favor peace,” the photo of Baldwin/Trump appears next to one of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Both wear red ties and serious expressions.
The U.S. president and Japan's prime minister met Friday. On the agenda were major world issues, including trade, the future of the U.S.-Japan security alliance and disputed islands in the East China Sea.
But at least in the world of social media, the biggest news was the handshake between the two world leaders at a photo-op in the Oval Office.
President Trump took Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's hand and they shook. And shook. And shook some more.
President Trump said Friday that he was considering a new executive order limiting immigration, and White House aides confirmed that the administration may decide not to go to the Supreme Court to defend his current travel ban.
The administration has "a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One as he flew to Florida with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The new order would not come until next week, Trump added.
After the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a blow to President Trump's travel moratorium on Thursday by refusing to reinstate it, courts and lawyers around the country have been grasping to find out what the White House will do next.
The 9th Circuit has told government lawyers they have 14 days if they want to respond to the decision from three judges who refused to stay a temporary restraining order issued from a lower court judge blocking enforcement of the travel ban while the case is decided.
The government could ask for reconsideration from the same judges, or from a larger group of 11 judges.
On Friday, on her third day as President Trump's Education secretary, Betsy DeVos visited Jefferson Academy, a middle school in southwest Washington, D.C.
When she got there, she was surrounded by protesters from various parent groups , the local teachers union and the Movement 4 Black Lives. A video shows protesters blocking DeVos and her security detail as they shouted, "You do not represent anything that we stand for," and, "Shame, shame, shame."