The nation’s top consumer financial watchdog, whom some Republicans want President Trump to fire, said Tuesday that the new Republican administration won’t change his approach to aggressively hold banks and other financial firms accountable.
Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, wouldn’t comment on what he would do if Trump asked for his resignation but said it was important that independent federal agencies not get “mired in partisan politics.”
The new administration “really shouldn’t change the job at all,” Cordray said in his first public comments since Trump’s inauguration,
With a stroke of his new presidential pen, he buried the massive Pacific free-trade agreement that the Obama administration had painstakingly negotiated, even though the 12-nation accord had been moribund for the last year after losing political support. It had little chance of being ratified by Congress.
The real questions are: What will Trump replace it with? And when and how will he remake America’s economic relations with the rest of the world?
President Trump on Monday designated Ajit Pai, a Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission and an outspoken opponent of new net neutrality rules, to be the agency’s new chairman.
Pai, 44, would take over for Tom Wheeler, a Democrat who stepped down on Friday. Wheeler’s term had not expired but Trump gets to designate a new chairman as Republicans gain the FCC majority.
“I look forward to working with the new administration, my colleagues at the commission, members of Congress, and the American public to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans,” Pai said.
Artists, singers, actors, writers and activists appeared at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., in droves on Saturday. But how will the notable attendees keep their activism fires burning after the nationwide protest?
Behind the main stage at the march, we asked the performing artists who lent their name to the post-inauguration demonstration a simple question: How will you reflect the change that you want to see in America?
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.