President Trump welcomed congressional leaders to the White House for a reception Monday evening, and the conversation at one point returned to the November election.
Trump told the congressional leaders that he lost the popular vote to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton because millions of "illegals" cast ballots, according to an aide granted anonymity to discuss the private meeting.
Trump told them that 3 million to 5 million "illegals" voted, the aide said.
On Monday, people noticed that the White House's phone line for comments was down, and a voicemail greeting directed people to instead make contact through Facebook or email. According to the press office, it's not a permanent change. There are plans to get the phone line back up soon, though there is no confirmed time yet. For now, Trump aides are focused on getting acclimated.
“We’re still learning how to work our computers,” press assistant Giovanna Coia said by phone.
No presidential transition is perfectly smooth, and this one has been no exception. Shortly after President Trump took office, some information disappeared from the White House website. Some of it will come back, aides say.
President Trump's nominee to head the CIA, Rep. Mike Pompeo, was overwhelmingly confirmed Monday by the Senate.
Senators voted 66 to 32 despite resistance from a core group of Democrats who remained critical of Pompeo's shifting views on the government's surveillance programs. They also wanted assurances he would oppose torture as an interrogation technique and continue the investigation of Russia's influence in the 2016 election.
One Republican, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, joined more than half the Democratic senators in opposition.
Estimating the number of people attending large public events is extremely difficult, so it’s not really a surprise that President Trump and women’s march organizers disputed various reports published over the inaugural weekend. Here's a look at the science behind crowd counting.
President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency had no shortage of critics before his confirmation hearing last week, but his suggestion that he might restrict California’s fight against climate change provoked heavyweight ire.
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared to his huge social media following on Monday that the nominee, Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt, is a hypocrite.
“My Republican colleague here is all about states' rights – except the right to clean air & save lives from pollution,” Schwarzenegger wrote on Facebook and Twitter, with a link to The Times report about Pruitt having cast doubt during his confirmation hearing on whether California should continue to have power to impose its own emissions rules for cars and trucks.
Rex Tillerson, the Exxon Mobil chief executive selected by President Trump to be secretary of State, won approval Monday from a Senate committee, all but guaranteeing his ascension to the job.
The vote at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was 11 in favor and 10 against, cast strictly along party lines. The nomination now moves to the full Senate.
Several senators, Republican and Democratic, had expressed opposition to Tillerson's nomination ahead of Monday's vote. State Department officials said senators submitted more than 1,000 additional questions for Tillerson to answer after his hearing, suggesting many matters were left unsettled.
President Trump, who promised during the campaign to "immediately terminate" a controversial program that shields from deportation more than 742,000 people brought to the country illegally as children, has put off canceling it.
The Trump administration is continuing to accept applications for two-year work permits and temporary protection from removal under the program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which was created by former President Obama.
Trump's first actions on immigration will be to boost deportations of people who pose a public safety threat, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Monday. That's a continuation of Obama administration policy on prioritizing deportations.
Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), President Trump’s nominee to be Health and Human Services secretary, returns to Capitol Hill this morning to face more questions from senators, this time from the Senate Finance Committee.
Price, an avowed critic of the Affordable Care Act, has garnered support from Republican senators and is expected to be confirmed. Last week he told the Senate Health Committee that he would protect vulnerable Americans if he is confirmed and the law is repealed.
But the six-term congressman has not detailed how he would fulfill that pledge, including how he would preserve coverage for the more than 100 million Americans who rely on Medicare, Medicaid and the healthcare law, commonly called Obamacare. Price has worked for years to roll back all three.
The Trump administration on Monday appeared to be attempting to downplay expectations over a quick move of the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, in his first briefing Monday, was asked repeatedly about President Trump's campaign pledge to move the embassy in Israel to the disputed city of Jerusalem.
Both Israelis and Palestinians claim the city, or part of it, as their capital, and U.S. governments until now have refrained from recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which is what putting the embassy there would do, until the issue is resolved in peace talks.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is asked how President Trump responds to the women's marches that took place the day after his inauguration.
One day after President Trump jeered Women's March demonstrators on Twitter — writing, "Why didn't these people vote?" — his top spokesman said Monday that Trump also thinks many of those at the rallies around the world were not protesting him.
Trump is "cognizant to the fact that a lot of these people were there to protest an issue of concern to them and not against anything," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters, citing the generally positive mood of the marchers who flooded the National Mall.
With that answer, Spicer sought to brush aside that Trump was undeniably the impetus for the marches — the idea for them came about the day after his election — and focus instead on the fact that they grew into a broader demonstration encompassing many issues.