A draft memo obtained by the Associated Press outlines a Trump administration proposal under consideration to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Millions of those who would be affected in 11 states live nowhere near the Mexico border.
The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Ore., and as far east as New Orleans. If the proposal is implemented, governors in the affected states would have final approval on whether troops under their control participate.
On his 28th day in office, President Trump held his first solo news conference. It lasted about 90 minutes and left viewers with a number of moments that were, well, out of the norm for presidential briefings. But, of course, those norms were set before Trump was elected president. The appearance proved a return to his freewheeling style on the campaign trail.
Here are some of the moments that stand out when it comes to topic or delivery:
"I guess it was the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan."
A federal appeals court decided late Thursday to take no further action on President Trump’s travel ban while the administration prepares new, more limited restrictions designed to address legal objections.
In a brief order, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said a vote on whether to reconsider the court's Feb. 9 decision to continue blocking the ban would not be held pending further action from the Trump administration.
Trump announced Thursday that his administration would not appeal the earlier decision. Instead, he said his administration planned to unveil a new executive order designed to limit the ability of people who might be associated with terrorism to enter the United States.
For a second straight day, President Trump refused to directly address questions Thursday about a documented rise in anti-Semitic episodes in the United States, prompting renewed concern from prominent Jewish groups.
A day earlier, he sidestepped a query from an Israeli reporter on the issue by touting his margin of victory in the electoral college and his Jewish grandchildren. On Thursday, the president labeled a reporter's attempt to revisit the issue as "insulting."
"Here's the story, folks. Number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life," he said at a news conference. "Number two, racism, the least racist person."
While President Trump wavered Thursday on whether he will stop shielding from deportation people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, his aides have identified at least two ways to quietly end their protections without his fingerprints.
An executive order has already been drafted to end the program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, that allows hundreds of thousands of the immigrants to live and work openly in the U.S. Trump used that legal mechanism to great fanfare to expand deportation authority and restrict entry to the U.S.
But with the president showing less willingness to sign such an order, advisors have begun to explore alternatives.
Less than a month into President Trump’s tenure, an overwhelming share of Americans already have strongly held views about his job performance and positions are deeply polarized.
Trump's core supporters continue to strongly back the new president, a survey from the nonpartisan Pew Research Center finds. His opponents -- a larger group -- fervently disapprove of him.
Those polarized views help explain why Trump's attacks on the media and repeated mentions of his defeated Democratic opponent – he mentioned “Hillary” 12 times during his news conference today – may make sense as a strategy. While his approach may not change the minds of people who dislike him, it could help rally his existing supporters.
When asked if Putin was testing Trump, he said he did not believe so.
In his news conference, reporters repeatedly pressed President Trump on the question of whether anyone from his campaign had contacts with Russia intelligence officials, and he repeatedly avoided answering.
Trump was asked the question five times and eventually said that "nobody I know of" had such contacts.
Here are the relevant excerpts from the transcript of the news conference provided by CQ Roll Call. Some words in the questions were not audible for the transcription: