President Trump in his first full budget says he will produce a surplus in a decade, though his fiscal path relies on projections of growth more optimistic than government and private-sector economists expect and deep cuts in anti-poverty programs such as Medicaid.
The budget to be released Tuesday will show that the annual federal deficit, which was $585 billion in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, will steadily decline until fiscal year 2027, when the nation will have a $16-billion surplus — the first since the start of the George W. Bush administration, though small in the context of what by then would be a nearly $6-trillion budget.
Nonpartisan budget watchers and even many Republicans are sure to be skeptical. Trump promises to reach balance and even produce a small surplus while he is calling for the deepest tax cuts in history, hefty increases in military and homeland security spending, and no reductions in Medicare and Social Security, the entitlement programs that are a main driver of projected federal debt because of the aging population.
President Trump expressed sympathy for the victims of Monday's suicide bombing in the United Kingdom and a blunt rebuke for the "evil losers" he said are behind acts of terrorism.
In remarks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Trump said the world should have no tolerance for those who cause such bloodshed, particularly when directed at innocents like those killed at an Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester.
"I won't call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now on losers, because that’s what they are," Trump said. "They’re losers. And we’ll have more of them. But they’re losers. Just remember that."
Former national security advisor Michael Flynn has invoked his 5th Amendment protection against self-incrimination. (May 22, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR)
President Trump's former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, refused Monday to comply with a Senate subpoena seeking records of his dealings with Russia, invoking his constitutional protection against self-incrimination.
Lawyers for the former three-star Army general said he would not cooperate with the Senate Intelligence Committee inquiry because the “escalating public frenzy against him” and the Justice Department’s recent appointment of a special counsel put him at legal risk if he turned over the documents.
Flynn, who was forced to resign from the White House in February, is a key figure in the growing political scandal. The FBI is investigating whether members of the Trump campaign cooperated with Russian intelligence agencies during or after the 2016 race.
In an apparent retreat on the war against cities and counties that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement, the Trump administration has settled on a narrow definition of what it means to be a “sanctuary city,” and limited the potential financial consequences for state and local governments.
At most, the sanctuary jurisdictions will lose grants from the Justice Department and the Homeland Security Department – not all federal funds, according to an order signed Monday by Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions.
During last year’s campaign and the early days of the administration, President Trump and Sessions frequently attacked cities, states and corrections agencies that refuse to assist with federal immigration enforcement, saying illegal immigration was fueling what they described as a surge in gang violence and other crime.
The Supreme Court rebuked North Carolina’s Republican leaders Monday for shifting tens of thousands of black voters into two congressional districts that had steadily elected black Democrats, striking down the move as racial gerrymandering.
The Constitution forbids a state from “separating its citizens into voting districts on the basis of race” without a compelling reason, the high court said in an opinion joined by its four liberals and conservative Justice Clarence Thomas.
The ruling is the third in recent years to fault Southern Republicans for packing more black voters into districts where African Americans were already the dominant voting bloc. By concentrating black voters into a few districts, the revised state maps strengthened the GOP’s hold in the surrounding areas.
By a 7-2 vote, the high court upheld limits set in the McCain-Feingold Act of 2002.
The dissent by Gorsuch is his first and most significant decision since joining the court last month, and it puts him squarely on the side of conservatives and Republican lawyers who believe that limits on political money are unconstitutional.
The top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee said documents he has reviewed suggest that former national security advisor Michael Flynn lied to federal security clearance investigators about the source of payments Flynn received.
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland said Flynn told the investigators during an early 2016 security clearance review that a trip to Moscow was "funded by U.S. companies." Cummings says the actual source of the funds was "the Russian media propaganda arm, RT."
Attorneys for Michael Flynn say that a daily “escalating public frenzy against him” and the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel have created a legally dangerous environment for him to cooperate with a Senate investigation.
That's according to a letter obtained by the Associated Press that was written on behalf of the former national security advisor under President Trump.
The letter, sent Monday by Flynn's legal team to the Senate Intelligence Committee, lays out the case for Flynn to invoke his 5th Amendment protection against self-incrimination and his decision not to produce documents in response to a congressional subpoena.
At the insistence of the United States, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was notably absent from President Trump's visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem — but Israelis seemed content to focus on the upside of the visit.
“There’s a feeling that they acknowledge our feelings," said Rafi Reshef, a commentator for Israel Channel 10 news who praised Trump for his “bravery” in going to the site. "I don’t know if it will translate into diplomacy.”
Trump's visit to the wall, a remnant of the ancient Jewish temple, and to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed to mark the site of Jesus' crucifixion, was the first by a sitting U.S. president to the holy sites in nearly a century. Both stand on land that is contested by Israel and the Palestinians.