The U.S. has put Iran “on notice” for carrying out a medium-range ballistic missile test and attacks by proxy forces on a Saudi frigate, White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn said Wednesday, a cryptic comment that appeared to signal the Trump administration is taking a tougher stance on Iran than its predecessor.
“The Trump administration condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity, and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East and place American lives at risk,” Flynn told reporters at the White House.
Iran’s first real test of the Trump administration came Sunday, when the U.S. military tracked an Iranian missile launch at a site more than 130 miles east of Tehran.
The Trump administration has clarified language in its travel ban affecting seven majority-Muslim countries to make clear that green card holders from those countries do not need to get a waiver before entering the U.S., the White House said Wednesday.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer announced the change during a briefing with reporters, saying it was made in the name of efficiency.
"They no longer need a waiver because if they are a legal permanent resident, they won't need it anymore," Spicer said.
Betsy DeVos answers questions about equal accountability in federally funded schools, proficiency versus growth in education and guns in schools. Jan. 17, 2017.
President Trump is facing his most serious Cabinet confirmation battle yet after two GOP senators on Wednesday announced that they will vote against his nominee for secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.
In speeches on the Senate floor, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said they were troubled by what they said was DeVos' lack of understanding of public school issues beyond her signature cause of promoting school choice in struggling urban communities. Their plans to vote against DeVos threw the nomination into turmoil.
President Trump singled out one of the most renowned figures in American history Wednesday with the type of praise he might normally reserve for a quality subcontractor on one of his development projects.
"Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job that is being recognized more and more, I notice," Trump said during an African American History Month listening session at the White House.
"Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today. Big impact. I’m proud to honor this heritage. And we’ll be honoring it more and more."
The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to be attorney general after angry exchanges between Republicans and Democrats.
The 11-9 vote was along party lines. All the panel's Democrats voted against the nomination.
The Alabama Republican is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate. Republicans have been strongly supportive of their colleague, arguing that he will follow the law and maintain traditional independence from President Trump, if needed.
Rule changes made by Republican Senators advanced confirmation hearings for Trump's picks for Education, Health, Treasury secretaries to the full Senate.
Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee voted Wednesday to recommend the nominations of Tom Price as Health and Human Services secretary and Steve Mnuchin as Treasury secretary to the full Senate after changing rules to stymie a boycott by Democrats.
Both nominations advanced by 14-0 votes with only Republicans attending the meeting.
The move came after Democrats prevented votes for both men Tuesday, charging that Price and Mnuchin misled the committee.
It was a forceful condemnation — a vow to wipe out a serious crime.
“I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states,” President Trump boomed on Twitter last week.
But Trump’s social media decree missed a crucial fact: It’s not illegal to be registered to vote in multiple states. It is, however, a felony to cast ballots in more than one state — yet it rarely happens.
President Trump tweeted a day after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and other top administration officials insisted that Trump's order to keep out travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries was not a "ban."
Nikhil Shravage, a 27-year-old systems engineer in the Indian industrial city of Pune, greeted President Trump’s inauguration with dread.
With a master’s in computer science and five years’ experience at a multinational company, Shravage harbors dreams of working in the United States. Every year, thousands of Indians come to the U.S. on special visas for skilled professionals, the vast majority taking temporary jobs in the tech sector.
But with Trump vowing to put “America first” and prevent U.S. jobs from going overseas, India’s army of young tech workers is bracing for new restrictions on a visa program that has represented a path to the middle class for thousands over the last two decades.