An undetermined number of longtime U.S. residents have been stranded overseas as a result of President Trump's executive order temporarily blocking visas from seven countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
All visa holders from those seven countries are now barred entry to the U.S., including lawful permanent residents, also known as green card holders, people with U.S. work visas and other types of visas, according to a senior U.S. immigration official. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
Some of the affected countries, such as Yemen and Libya, have relatively few nationals who are U.S. permanent residents or visa holders. But a large number of Iranians have permanent residency in the U.S., as do smaller numbers from some of the other countries on the list, which includes Iraq, Syria, Somalia and Sudan.
President Trump is planning phone calls today with five world leaders as he begins to shape his administration's foreign policy and establish key relationships.
At 9 a.m Pacific time, Trump is expected to speak with Russia President Vladimir Putin.
Trump said Friday that having Russia as an ally "would be an asset." But many in the U.S. and abroad have been alarmed by Trump's unusually friendly references to Putin, whose annexation of Crimea in 2014 led to sanctions by the U.S. and others.
The Trump administration has instructed the Pentagon to carry out a top-to-bottom review of the nation’s military, and draw up a list of plans to upgrade equipment, improve training, and address current and future threats with an increased budget.
The executive action, signed Friday during President Trump’s first visit to the Pentagon, follows through on a campaign pledge to build up the military, which Trump says was ignored under the Obama administration.
“I’m signing an executive action to begin a great rebuilding of the armed services of the United States, developing a plan for new planes, new ships, new resources and new tools for our men and women in uniform,” he said in a brief address to a crowd made up of civilians and uniformed service members.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants the acting Labor secretary to explain why a website for complaints from Wells Fargo & Co. employees has disappeared, and she has requested an update on the department’s investigation into the bank’s unauthorized-accounts scandal.
"Taking down this website enables Wells Fargo to escape full responsibility for its fraudulent actions and the department to shirk its outstanding obligations to American workers,” Warren (D-Mass.) wrote Thursday to Edward Hugler, a deputy assistant secretary and 39-year department veteran who has been acting secretary since President Trump took office.
The page was created in September after former Labor Secretary Tom Perez began a “top-to-bottom review” of how the bank treated employees as it pushed aggressive sales quotas that led to the creation of as many as 2 million accounts opened without customers’ consent.
President Trump is poised to temporarily halt the nation’s refugee program and usher in the most sweeping changes in more than 40 years to how the U.S. welcomes the world’s most vulnerable people.
Trump’s actions, which could come as soon as this afternoon, would block all refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days and suspend the acceptance of refugees from war-torn Syria indefinitely.
He would also block visa applicants entirely from a list of countries with counterterrorism concerns, including Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, until a new “extreme vetting” procedure for visa applicants could be launched.
President Trump said Friday he still believes torture is an effective tool in the war on terror but would let Defense Secretary James Mattis' opposing views on the issue "override" his own.
Though Trump has presented himself as a muscular leader, his public statement that a Cabinet secretary's views on a key issue would override his own is highly unusual for a president.
Mattis "has stated publicly that he does not necessarily believe in torture or waterboarding or however you want to define it," Trump said during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May. "I don't necessarily agree but I would tell you that he will override, because I'm giving him that power."
President Trump spoke for an hour by telephone Friday morning with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, signaling a potential thaw in a stand-off that heated to a boil Thursday.
The White House confirmed the call but has not yet released details.
"We had a very good call," Trump said Friday during a news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May. "I have been very strong on Mexico. ... Mexico, with the United States, has out-negotiated us and beat us to a pulp. We are going to be working on a fair relationship. … The United States cannot continue to lose vast amounts of business."
President Trump wasted no time inviting a showdown with California and other liberal states with his threat this week against so-called sanctuary cities, setting off a frenzy of resistance that will test the president’s power to carry out his vision to deport millions of people here illegally.
An executive order Trump issued Wednesday, putting cities and counties on notice that they would lose federal funding if they didn’t start cooperating with immigration agents, has broad implications for California, a state that aggressively protects its undocumented population from deportation.
But while the order allowed Trump to boast that he is fulfilling a campaign pledge, it also commits him to a fight that he is not necessarily poised to win.
Judge Thomas M. Hardiman, one of three leading contenders to be named by President Trump to the Supreme Court, is a conservative jurist from Pittsburgh with a personal story not unlike many of the blue-collar voters who catapulted Trump to the White House.
The son of a cab driver and the product of public schools in Waltham, Mass., Hardiman, 51, put himself through Georgetown Law School by driving a taxi.