The Trump administration on Saturday reportedly rejected anti-protectionist language in a statement by finance chiefs of the world's most important economies after a summit meeting in Germany.
A communique from finance ministers and central bankers, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, after the Group of 20 meeting failed to include a phrase included after other recent meetings that the nations would reject protectionism.
"We are working to strengthen the contribution of trade to our economies," said the communique issued Saturday after the two day summit in Baden-Baden.
The brief, filed in a case in which a New Jersey mortgage company is challenging the bureau’s authority, is a reversal of the position taken by the Obama administration. It had strongly backed the agency, which was created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law and was one of Obama’s signature accomplishments.
Conservatives have argued the bureau gives too much power to its director, who serves a five-year term and could be removed only “for cause,” such as neglect of duty.
The Trump administration on Friday filed a notice in a Maryland federal court that it would appeal the court’s decision halting the president’s revised travel ban.
The case, in which a judge on Thursday ruled against President Trump’s effort to stop immigration for 90 days from six majority-Muslim countries, heads to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. The administration is asking the appeals court to reverse the lower court’s decision.
The Maryland case, which was brought on behalf of immigrants and nonprofit groups that work with refugees, followed a Hawaii federal court’s broader order against the travel ban on Wednesday. That order stopped its pause on immigration from the six nations and its 120-day moratorium on refugee resettlement.
President Trump doubled down on his unproven allegation that President Barack Obama spied on him. (March 17, 2017)
In their first face-to-face meeting, President Trump told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday that he fully supports NATO but will insist member states, including Germany, pay their "fair share" to continue the crucial security alliance.
Merkel and Trump met in private, spoke to reporters and then had lunch in a daylong summit that both sides portrayed as an attempt to restore stability in relations between the U.S. and the most populous and richest nation in Europe.
At the news conference, Trump said it was "unfair" for the United States to shoulder the bulk of the NATO budget and he welcomed Merkel's pledge to increase Germany's military spending.
President Trump dismissed questions about his still-unfounded claim that President Obama ordered surveillance of him with a joke Friday and revived one of the most troublesome diplomatic episodes of Obama's tenure in the process.
Trump was asked twice about his wiretap claim during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He ignored the first question and only briefly addressed the issue in answering the second.
"As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps," Trump said.
President Trump privately told House conservatives he was "1,000%" behind the GOP's Obamacare repeal as they incorporate new Medicaid changes ahead of next week's vote.
Republicans trying to amass support before the House vote first will amend the bill to draw in more conservatives who said Friday they would vote yes if the changes are made.
Trump met Friday with members of the conservative Republican Study Committee at the White House and endorsed their ideas to change the Medicaid provision by allowing states to take federal funds as a lump-sum block grant and impose a work requirement for patients receiving care.
Mexico-based Cemex, one of the world’s largest suppliers of building materials, says it will not participate in the construction of President Trump’s border wall.
The company has been viewed as a potential beneficiary as the U.S. presses forward with plans to build a barrier along 1,600 miles of unfenced terrain on the southern border. But Cemex has come under intense pressure at home to boycott the multibillion-dollar project, which Trump says will curb illegal immigration from Mexico.
According to the U.S. General Services Administration’s Federal Business Opportunities website, Cemex has not registered as a potential government contractor for the border barrier. On Thursday, company spokesman Jorge Perez said Cemex also won’t supply third-party contractors working on the wall with cement or other building materials.
When Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, goes before the Senate next week, it will be a triumphant moment for “originalism,” the once-obscure theory that the Constitution should be interpreted according to the meaning of words and phrases as they were understood in the times they were written.
The late Justice Antonin Scalia was the foremost champion of this approach. Often frustrated inside the court, he traveled the country, scoffing at liberals who believed in a “living” Constitution that changes with the times.
Not since the failed 1987 nomination of Robert Bork has a prospective high court justice so embraced originalism as has Gorsuch, an appellate judge on the Denver-based 10th Circuit. Last year, he said courts must “apply the law as it is, focusing backward, not forward, and looking to the text, structure and history to decide what a reasonable reader at the time of the events in question would have understood the law to be — not to decide cases based on their own moral convictions or policy consequences they believe might serve society best.”