Sen. John McCain, who has sparred repeatedly with President Trump and his former strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, issued a thinly veiled attack Monday, denouncing as "unpatriotic" what he described as "spurious nationalism."
The Arizona senator, the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, did not mention either Bannon or Trump by name, but his brief speech accepting the 2017 Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia left little doubt that he was targeting the "America first" nationalism that Bannon helped instill in Trump's campaign and White House.
"To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain 'the last best hope of Earth' for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history," McCain said.
Passionate speech from John McCain, who slams 'spurious nationalism': "We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil." (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/oP14ra9fqK
Trump said he had written letters "and they're going to be going out either today or tomorrow" and that he would call parents and families "at some point." He said how difficult the calls are and claimed "President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn't make calls. A lot of them didn't make calls."
Tom Tait, the Republican mayor of Anaheim, isn’t happy about his party’s tax-overhaul efforts in Washington because the plan would eliminate a deduction for state and local taxes that helps many of his city’s residents.
In Anaheim’s 92806 ZIP Code, for example, the loss of the deduction would lead a family of four with about $52,000 in adjusted gross annual income to pay $2,950 more in taxes, Tait said Monday.
“When people are talking in Washington about tax relief, people [in Anaheim] are not expecting an increase and certainly not an increase of that amount,” he said. “That would have a terrible impact on our local economy.”
President Trump said Monday that he would try to talk his former top strategist, Steve Bannon, out of backing primary challenges against at least some incumbent Republican senators.
After meeting in the Oval Office with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Trump said he would talk with Bannon about relenting on at least part of the "war" his former strategist has declared on the GOP establishment.
"Steve is doing what Steve thinks is the right thing," Trump said. "Some of the people that he may be looking at, I'm gonna see if we can talk him out of that," he added.
President Trump on Monday blamed the Cuban government for a mysterious series of possible sonic attacks on U.S. diplomatic personnel assigned to Havana.
Until now, U.S. officials have said they believed Cuba neglected its duty to protect foreign diplomats. But the administration had not blamed the Cuban government for the attacks. Administration officials had said they did not know who was responsible and that Havana was cooperating in an investigation.
"I believe Cuba’s responsible," Trump said in response to a reporter's question at a news conference in the Rose Garden Monday. "It’s a very unusual attack, you know.”
President Trump said Monday he can understand why his former top advisor Steve Bannon called for "a season of war" on the GOP establishment.
"I’m not going to blame myself. I’ll be honest, they are not getting the job done," Trump told reporters in the White House before a scheduled lunch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Vice President Mike Pence.
"I can understand where Steve Bannon is coming from," Trump said.
Every morning is filled with anxiety in this hardscrabble town so intertwined with the fortunes of its hulking coal power plant that a drawing of the facility is emblazoned on the community’s police force emblem.
Locals look out their windows to see if there are clouds drifting from its massive smokestacks, indicating the plant is still running. If they don’t see any, they wonder if plant owners have thrown in the towel for good.
“Everyone gets concerned when they wake up and don’t see smoke coming out,” said Rob Nymick, manager of the 1,700-resident borough that he says will be economically “crushed” if the plant goes dark.
President Trump will meet with the controversial president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, during an upcoming tour of Asia, the White House announced Monday.
Duterte has been accused of egregious human rights abuse in his declared war on drug traffickers, which activists and others have blamed for the slaying of thousands of people, many of them innocent.
Trump has never condemned Duterte. In April, in what White House officials described as a "warm" and "very friendly" telephone call, Trump told Duterte he was doing a "great job," according to the Philippine government's readout of the conversation.