These are the 100-day accomplishments Trump is touting
By Jim Acosta, CNN
Updated 1449 GMT (2249 HKT) April 25, 2017
Trump's 100th day comes Saturday
Washington (CNN) — President Donald Trump's 100th day in office comes Saturday,
In a memo obtained first by CNN, the White House highlights job creation efforts, regulation cuts and national security measures, among others.
Trump's travel ban, which is listed, is currently stalled in the court system.
There are 37 points in this list and 23 (62%) were accomplished by executive order or memorandum.
Read the memo here:
•Energy Independence Executive Order
•Revocation Of Federal Contracting Executive Orders
•Reexamination Of CAFE Standards
•Review Of Waters Of The United States Rule
•Creation Of Regulatory Task Forces
•Eliminating Stream Protection Rule
•Eliminating Regulations On Extraction Companies
•One-In-Two-Out Regulation Reform
•Minimizing Affordable Care Act
•Buy American, Hire American Pipeline
•Dakota Access Pipeline
•U.S. Material In Pipeline Construction
•Partnering With Private Sector
•Withdrawal From The Trans-Pacific Partnership
•Comprehensive Reports On The Causes Of U.S. Trade Deficits
•Federal Hiring Freeze
•New Ethics Commitments On Political Appointees
•Strike On Syrian Airfield
•Travel Restrictions On Select Countries
•New Iran Sanctions
•Defense Spending In Budget
•F-35 Cost Savings
•Immigration Enforcement, Including Constructing A Wall
•Sanctuary Cities Funding
•New Hiring To Enforce Immigration
•Prioritizing Criminal Immigration Enforcement And Hiring More Immigration Judges
•Commission On Opioid Crisis
•Protecting Law Enforcement Officers Crime
•Tackling International Cartels
HELPING WOMEN AND MINORITIES
•Canada-United States Council For The Advancement Of Women Entrepreneurs
•Promoting Women In Entrepreneurship Act
•Women And Space Exploration
•Nominating And Confirming Gorsuch
Energy Independence Executive Order: On March 28th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Order To Promote Energy Independence And Economic Growth, Which Suspended, Revised, Or Rescinded Four Obama Executive Actions That Stifled American Energy. (The White House Press Office, "Presidential Executive Order On Promoting Energy Independence And Economic Growth," 3/28/17)
Revocation Of Federal Contracting Executive Orders: On March 27th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Order Revoking The Federal Contracting Executive Orders Put In Place By The Obama Administration. (The White House Press Office, 3/27/17)
Reexamination Of CAFE Standards: On March 15th 2017, The EPA And The Department Of Transportation Announced The Reexamination Of Emission Standards For Cars And Light Duty Trucks. (Environmental Protection Agency, "EPA To Reexamine Emission Standards For Cars And Light Duty Trucks -- Model Years 2022-2025," 3/15/17)
Review Of Waters Of The United States Rule: On February 28th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Order That Directed The Review Of The "Waters Of The United States" Rule. "Sec. 2. Review of the Waters of the United States Rule. (a) The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (Administrator) and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (Assistant Secretary) shall review the final rule entitled "Clean Water Rule: Definition of 'Waters of the United States,'" 80 Fed. Reg. 37054 (June 29, 2015), for consistency with the policy set forth in section 1 of this order and publish for notice and comment a proposed rule rescinding or revising the rule, as appropriate and consistent with law." (The White House Press Office, "Presidential Executive Order On Restoring The Rule Of Law, Federalism, And Economic Growth By Reviewing The 'Waters Of The United States' Rule," 2/27/17)
Creation Of Regulatory Task Forces: On February 24th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Order Requiring Every Executive Agency To Establish A Regulatory Reform Task Force To Eliminate Costly And Unnecessary Regulations. "Sec. 2. Regulatory Reform Officers. (a) Within 60 days of the date of this order, the head of each agency, except the heads of agencies receiving waivers under section 5 of this order, shall designate an agency official as its Regulatory Reform Officer (RRO). Each RRO shall oversee the implementation of regulatory reform initiatives and policies to ensure that agencies effectively carry out regulatory reforms, consistent with applicable law." (The White House Press Office, "Presidential Executive Order On Enforcing The Regulatory Reform Agenda," 2/24/17)
Eliminating Stream Protection Rule: On February 16th 2017, The President Signed Into Law H.J. Resolution 38, Which Eliminated A Burdensome Energy Regulation That Grew The Federal Bureaucracy And Put Upward Pressure On Energy Costs (H.J. Res. 38, Signed 2/16/17)
Eliminating Regulations On Extraction Companies: On February 14th 2017, The President Signed Into Law H.J. Resolution 41, Which Eliminated A Costly Regulation That Threatened To Put Domestic Extraction Companies At A Disadvantage. (The White House Press Office, "Remarks By President Trump At Signing Of H.J. Resolution 41," 2/14/17)
One-In-Two-Out Regulation Reform: On January 30th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Order To Expand Regulatory Review With The Goal Of Revoking Two Regulations For Every New Regulation Put Forward. (The White House Press Office, "Presidential Executive Order On Reducing Regulation And Controlling Regulatory Costs," 1/30/17)
Minimizing Affordable Care Act: On January 20th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Order "Instructing Federal Agencies To Minimize The Burden" Of The Affordable Care Act. "On his first day in office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order instructing federal agencies to minimize the burden of his predecessor's signature accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, pending congressional repeal." (The White House Press Office, "Executive Order Minimizing The Economic Burden Of The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal," 1/20/17)
Buy American, Hire American: On April 18th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Order Outlining New 'Buy American, Hire American' Policies That Protects American Industry From Unfair Competition, Favors American Made Products, And Makes Certain Open Jobs Are Given To Americans. (The White House Press Office, "Presidential Executive Order On Buy American And Hire American," 4/18/17)
• "It Shall Be The Policy Of The Executive Branch To Maximize...The Use Of Goods, Products, And Materials Produced In The United States." "(a) Buy American Laws. In order to promote economic and national security and to help stimulate economic growth, create good jobs at decent wages, strengthen our middle class, and support the American manufacturing and defense industrial bases, it shall be the policy of the executive branch to maximize, consistent with law, through terms and conditions of Federal financial assistance awards and Federal procurements, the use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States." (The White House Press Office, "Presidential Executive Order On Buy American And Hire American," 4/18/17)
• "It Shall Be The Policy Of The Executive Branch To Rigorously Enforce And Administer The Laws Governing Entry Into The United States Of Workers From Abroad." "(b) Hire American. In order to create higher wages and employment rates for workers in the United States, and to protect their economic interests, it shall be the policy of the executive branch to rigorously enforce and administer the laws governing entry into the United States of workers from abroad, including section 212(a)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(5))." (The White House Press Office, "Presidential Executive Order On Buy American And Hire American," 4/18/17)
Keystone Pipeline: On March 24th 2017, The President Announced The Approval Of The Keystone XL Pipeline. (The White House Press Office, "Remarks By The President In TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline Announcement," 3/24/17)
• On January 24th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Memorandum Initiating The Process To Begin Construction Of The Keystone XL Pipeline. "I hereby invite TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P. (TransCanada), to promptly re-submit its application to the Department of State for a Presidential permit for the construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline, a major pipeline for the importation of petroleum from Canada to the United States." (The White House Press Office, "Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction Of The Keystone XL Pipeline," 1/24/17)
Dakota Access Pipeline: On January 24th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Memorandum Declaring The Dakota Access Pipeline Serves The National Interest And Initiating The Process To Being Remaining Construction. "I believe that construction and operation of lawfully permitted pipeline infrastructure serve the national interest." (The White House Press Office, "Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline," 1/24/17)
U.S. Material In Pipeline Construction: On January 24th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Memorandum Ordering That All New Pipeline Construction And Repair Work Use U.S. Materials And Equipment Produced In The U.S. "The Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with all relevant executive departments and agencies, shall develop a plan under which all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired, or expanded pipelines, inside the borders of the United States, including portions of pipelines, use materials and equipment produced in the United States, to the maximum extent possible and to the extent permitted by law. The Secretary shall submit the plan to the President within 180 days of the date of this memorandum." (The White House Press Office, "Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction Of American Pipelines," 1/24/17)
Partnering With Private Sector:
• Exxon Mobil Announced It Was Investing $20 Billion In A Program To Create 45,000 Construction And Manufacturing Jobs In The United States Gulf Coast Region. "President Donald J. Trump today congratulated Exxon Mobil Corporation on its ambitious $20 billion investment program that is creating more than 45,000 construction and manufacturing jobs in the United States Gulf Coast region." ("President Trump Congratulates Exxon Mobil For Job-Creating Investment Program," White House Statement, 3/6/17)
• Charter Communications Announced Their Plans To Add 20,000 Jobs And Invest $25 Billion Over The Next Four Years From The White House. "The latest company to deliver good job creation news from the Oval Office: Charter Communications. The Stamford, Conn.-headquartered company pledged, over the next four years, to invest $25 billion in broadband infrastructure and hire 20,000 U.S. workers, ending any use of offshore call centers that handle customer service. A new call center in McAllen, Tex., has already hired 100 of a planned 600 new jobs and will be the company's first fully bilingual call center, said Kathleen Mayo, Charter's executive vice president for customer operations." (Mike Snider, "Trump Touts Charter's Four-Year Plan To Add 20K Jobs And Invest $25B," USA Today, 3/24/17)
• Accenture's CEO Julie Sweet Said The Company Is Creating 15,000 Highly Skilled New Jobs In The Next Four Years And Invest $1.4 Billion To Train Its own Employees. "North American CEO Julie Sweet told Fortune Thursday that the company is planning to open ten new innovation hubs in cities around the U.S. in the next four years, and create 15,000 highly skilled new jobs in the process. It also plans to invest $1.4 billion in training its own employees in new technologies." (Alan Murray, "Accenture Joins Trump's Job Creation Drive," Fortune, 2/17/17)
• President Trump Hosted The CEO Of Intel, Brian Krzanich, Who Announced Plans Invest $7 Billion To Build A New Factory That Will Provide "3,000 Direct High-Paying, HighWage, High-Tech Jobs" "And Over 10,000 Jobs" For Support Staff. INTEL CEO BRIAN KRZANICH: "It's an honor to be here today representing Intel and to be able to announce our $7 billion investment in our newest, most advanced factory -- Fab 42 in Chandler, Arizona. We'll be completing that factory to make the most advanced 7-nanometer semiconductor chips on the planet... And Fab 42 is an investment in Intel, but also the U.S.'s future in innovation and leadership in the semiconductor industry. Fab 42 will employ approximately 3,000 direct high-paying, high-wage, high-tech jobs at its peak, and over 10,000 people in the Arizona area in support of the factory." (Brian Krzanich, Remarks By President Trump And Intel CEO Brian Krzanich On U.S. Jobs, Washington, DC, 2/8/17)
• Fiat Chrysler Announced It Will Invest $1 Billion To Modernize Two U.S. Plants, Creating 2,000 Jobs. "Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCHA.MI) (FCAU.N) said it will invest $1 billion to modernize two plants in the U.S. Midwest and create 2,000 jobs, and possibly move production of a Ram heavy-duty pickup truck to Michigan from Mexico." (Bernie Woodall and David Shepardson, "Fiat Chrysler To Add U.S. Jobs As Trump Puts Spotlight On Industry," Reuters, 1/9/17)
• General Motors Annouced A Plan To Invest $1 Billion In Several U.S. Factories, Creating Over 1,000 New Jobs. "General Motors Co. this week will announce plans to invest at least $1 billion across several U.S. factories, two people familiar with the plan said, a move aimed at underlining its commitment to U.S. manufacturing jobs in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump's criticism of the auto maker's imports from Mexico. GM's announcement could come as early as Tuesday, the people briefed on the plan said. The company will cite a number of new jobs in excess of 1,000 stemming from the investment but doesn't plan to specify which of its factories are in line for more work, one person said." (Mike Colias, "General Motors Plans At Least $1 Billion In Fresh U.S. Investment," The Wall Street Journal, 1/16/17)
• GM's Announcement Comes After Trump Has Pressured Auto Makers To Invest In The United States. "GM's announcement would follow a familiar pattern of auto makers publicly outlining U.S. investment and job-creation plans in the wake of Mr. Trump's criticism of imports while insisting they would have moved ahead with them anyway." (Mike Colias, "General Motors Plans At Least $1 Billion In Fresh U.S. Investment," The Wall Street Journal, 1/16/17)
• President-Elect Trump Spoke With GM CEO Mary Barra In January, Talking With Her About GM's "Commitment To Competitive Manufacturing In The U.S." "Mr. Glidden confirmed that Ms. Barra spoke with Mr. Trump early this month following his tweet, which said companies that import from Mexico should pay a 'big border tax.'Mr. Glidden, who was briefed on the conversation, said the two discussed trade policy and GM's 'commitment to competitive manufacturing in the U.S.' He said Mr. Trump also 'seemed interested' in whether there are regulatory reforms that could benefit auto makers." (Mike Colias, "General Motors Plans At Least $1 Billion In Fresh U.S. Investment," The Wall Street Journal, 1/16/17)
• CNN Headline: "Ford Cancels Mexico Plant. Will Create 700 U.S. Jobs In 'Vote Of Confidence' In Trump." (Heather Long and Poppy Harlow, "Ford Cancels Mexico Plant. Will Create 700 U.S. Jobs In 'Vote Of Confidence' In Trump," CNN, 1/3/17)
• Ford CEO Mark Fields: We Are "Encouraged By Pro Growth Policies, Particularly Reform Around Tax And Regulatory Policies" Of The Incoming Trump Administration. (Heather Long and Poppy Harlow, "Ford Cancels Mexico Plant. Will Create 700 U.S. Jobs In 'Vote Of Confidence' In Trump," CNN, 1/3/17)
Withdrawal From The Trans-Pacific Partnership: On January 23rd 2017, The President Signed An Executive Memorandum Ordering The U.S Withdrawal From The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement And Negotiations. "Based on these principles, and by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby direct you to withdraw the United States as a signatory to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), to permanently withdraw the United States from TPP negotiations, and to begin pursuing, wherever possible, bilateral trade negotiations to promote American industry, protect American workers, and raise American wages." (The White House Press Office, "Presidential Memorandum Regarding Withdrawal Of The United States From The TransPacific Partnership Negotiations And Agreement,"1/23/17)
Trade Enforcement: On March 31st 2017, The President Signed An Executive Order Establishing Enhanced Collection and Enforcement of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties and Violations of Trade and Customs Laws. "Within 90 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Commerce, and the United States Trade Representative, develop a plan that would require covered importers that, based on a risk assessment conducted by CBP, pose a risk to the revenue of the United States, to provide security for antidumping and countervailing duty liability through bonds and other legal measures, and also would identify other appropriate enforcement measures. This plan shall be consistent with the requirements of section 4321 and section 1623 of title 19, United States Code, and corresponding regulations." (The White House Press Office, "Presidential Executive Order On Establishing Enhanced Collection And Enforcement Of Antidumping And Countervailing Duties And Violations Of Trade And Customs Laws," 3/31/17)
Comprehensive Reports On The Causes Of U.S. Trade Deficits: On March 31st 2017, The President Signed An Executive Order Directing A Review And Report On Major U.S. Trade Deficits. "Within 90 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative (USTR), in consultation with the Secretaries of State, the Treasury, Defense, Agriculture, and Homeland Security, and the heads of any other executive departments or agencies with relevant expertise, as determined by the Secretary of Commerce and the USTR, shall prepare and submit to the President an Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits (Report)." (The White House Press Office, "Presidential Executive Order Regarding The Omnibus Report On Significant Trade Deficits," 3/31/17)
Federal Hiring Freeze: On January 23rd 2017, The President Signed An Executive Memorandum Ordering A "Freeze On The Hiring Of Federal Civilian Employees" Across The Executive Branch. "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order a freeze on the hiring of Federal civilian employees to be applied across the board in the executive branch. As part of this freeze, no vacant positions existing at noon on January 22, 2017, may be filled and no new positions may be created, except in limited circumstances." (The White House Press Office, "Presidential Memorandum Regarding The Hiring Freeze," 1/23/17)
New Ethics Commitments On Political Appointees: On January 28th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Order Establishing New Ethics Commitments Required For Executive Branch Appointees. "Every appointee in every executive agency appointed on or after January 20, 2017, shall sign, and upon signing shall be contractually committed to, the following pledge upon becoming an appointee..." (The White House Press Office, "Executive Order: Ethics Commitments By Executive Branch Appointees," 1/28/17)
Strike On Syrian Airfield: On April 6th 2017, The President Ordered A Targeted Military Strike On The Airfield In Syria That Was Used To Carry Out Chemical Weapon Attacks. (The White House Press Office, "Statement By President Trump On Syria," 4/6/17)
Travel Restrictions On Select Countries: On March 6th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Order That Implemented New Protections For The United States Against Foreign Terrorist Entry. (The White House Press Office, "Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States," 3/6/17)
• On March 6th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Memorandum That Outlined The Implementation Guidelines For New Protections For The United States Against Foreign Terrorist Entry. (The White House Press Office, "Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States," 3/6/17)
New Iran Sanctions: On February 3rd, 2017, The Department Of The Treasury Sanctioned 25 Entities And Individuals Involved In Iran's Ballistic Missile Program. "Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned multiple entities and individuals involved in procuring technology and/or materials to support Iran's ballistic missile program, as well as for acting for or on behalf of, or providing support to, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF). This action reflects the United States' commitment to enforcing sanctions on Iran with respect to its ballistic missile program and destabilizing activities in the region and is fully consistent with the United States' commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)." ("Treasury Sanctions Supporters Of Iran's Ballistic Missile Program And Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps -- Qods Force," U.S. Department Of The Treasury, 2/3/17)
Defense Spending In Budget: President Trump's First Budget Proposal Seeks To Increase Defense And Security Spending By $54 Billion. "President Donald Trump's first budget proposal will look to increase defense and security spending by $54 billion and cut roughly the same amount from nondefense programs, the White House said Monday." (Dan Merica, Jeremy Diamond, and Kevin Liptak, "Trump Proposes Defense Spending Boost, $54 Billion In Cuts To 'Most Federal Agencies,'" CNN, 2/27/17)
F-35 Cost Savings: The President's Negotiations On The F-35 Saved "More Than $700 Million..." "Defense giant Lockheed Martin has agreed to sell 90 new F-35 fighter jets to the US Defense Department for $8.5 billion -- a deal that amounts to more than $700 million in savings over the last batch of aircraft delivered. Lockheed Martin credited President Donald Trump for helping to 'accelerate negotiations' and 'drive down the price' of what is already the most expensive weapons program in history." (Zachary Cohen, "After Trump Attack, Lockheed Martin Slashes F-35 Cost," CNN, 2/4/17)
Immigration Enforcement, Including Constructing A Wall: On January 25th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Order Outlining Border Security And Immigration Enforcement Measures. "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.) (INA), the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (Public Law 109 367) (Secure Fence Act), and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (Public Law 104 208 Div. C) (IIRIRA), and in order to ensure the safety and territorial integrity of the United States as well as to ensure that the Nation's immigration laws are faithfully executed, I hereby order as follows." (President Donald J. Trump, Border Security And Immigration Enforcement Improvements, 1/25/17)
• The Executive Order Included Directives To Begin Construction On A Southern Border Wall. "Secure the southern border of the United States through the immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border, monitored and supported by adequate personnel so as to prevent illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and acts of terrorism... remove promptly those individuals whose legal claims to remain in the United States have been lawfully rejected, after any appropriate civil or criminal sanctions have been imposed." (President Donald J. Trump, Border Security And Immigration Enforcement Improvements, 1/25/17)
• The Executive Order Included Directives To Begin The Removal Of Illegal Immigrants Who Have Committed Crimes. "...detain individuals apprehended on suspicion of violating Federal or State law, including Federal immigration law, pending further proceedings regarding those violations ...remove promptly those individuals whose legal claims to remain in the United States have been lawfully rejected, after any appropriate civil or criminal sanctions have been imposed." (President Donald J. Trump, Border Security And Immigration Enforcement Improvements, 1/25/17)
Sanctuary Cities Funding: On January 25th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Order To Enhance The Public Safety Of The Interior The United States Through Enforcement Of Immigration Laws. "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.), and in order to ensure the public safety of the American people in communities across the United States as well as to ensure that our Nation's immigration laws are faithfully executed, I hereby declare the policy of the executive branch to be..." (President Donald J. Trump, Enhancing Public Safety In The Interior Of The United States, 1/25/17)
• The Executive Order Included The Directive To Strip Federal Funding For Sanctuary Cities And Other Areas That Do Not Follow U.S. Immigration Law." "Ensure that jurisdictions that fail to comply with applicable Federal law do not receive Federal funds, except as mandated by law." (President Donald J. Trump, Enhancing Public Safety In The Interior Of The United States, 1/25/17)
New Hiring To Enforce Immigration: Secretary Of Homeland Security John Kelly Issued A Memorandum Directing The Director Of Immigration And Customs Enforcement To Hire 10,000 Agents And Officers As Quickly As Possible. "To enforce the immigration laws effectively in the interior of the United States in accordance with the President's directives, additional ICE agents and officers are necessary. The Director of ICE shall-while ensuring consistency in training and standardstake all appropriate action to expeditiously hire 10,000 agents and officers, as well as additional operational and mission support and legal staff necessary to hire and support their activities. Human Capital leadership in CBP and ICE, in coordination with the Under Secretary for Management and the Chief Human Capital Officer, shall develop hiring plans that balance growth and interagency attrition by integrating workforce shaping and career paths for incumbents and new hires." (Secretary John Kelly, "Memorandum for Enforcement Of The Immigration Laws To Serve The National Interest," Department of Homeland Security, 2/20/17)
• Secretary Of Homeland Security John Kelly Issued A Memorandum Directing The Commissioner Of CBP To Hire An Additional 5,000 Border Patrol Agents. "CBP has insufficient agents/officers to effectively detect, track, and apprehend all aliens illegally entering the United States. The United States needs additional agents and officers to ensure complete operational control of the border. Accordingly, the Commissioner of CBP shallwhile ensuring consistency in training and standards- immediately begin the process of hiring 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents, as well as 500 Air & Marine Agents/Officers, subject to the availability of resources, and take all actions necessary to ensure that such agents/officers enter on duty and are assigned to appropriate duty stations, including providing for the attendant resources and additional personnel necessary to support such agents, as soon as practicable." (Secretary John Kelly, "Memorandum For Implementing The President's Border Security And Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies," Department of Homeland Security, 2/20/17)
Prioritizing Criminal Immigration Enforcement And Hiring More Immigration Judges: On April 11th 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announced The Prioritization Of Criminal Immigration Enforcement And The Hiring Of More Immigration Judges. "In his remarks, the Attorney General announced that he has issued the attached memo to United States Attorneys that mandates the prioritization of criminal immigration enforcement. The memo directs federal prosecutors to focus on particular offenses that, if aggressively charged and prosecuted, can help prevent and deter illegal immigration. Additionally, the Attorney General revealed that the Department of Justice will add 50 more immigration judges to the bench this year and 75 next year. He also highlighted the Department's plan to streamline its hiring of judges, reflecting the dire need to reduce the backlogs in our immigration courts." (Department Of Justice, "Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces The Department Of Justice's Renewed Commitment To Criminal Immigration Enforcement," 4/11/17)
Commission On Opioid Crisis: On March 29th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Order Establishing The President's Commission On Combating Drug Addiction And The Opioid Crisis. (The White House Press Office, "Presidential Executive Order Establishing the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis," 3/29/17)
Protecting Law Enforcement Officers: On February 9th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Order To Prevent Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, And Local Law Enforcement Officers. (The White House Press Office, "Presidential Executive Order on Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers," 2/9/17)
Task Force On Violent Crime: On February 9th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Order To Direct The Attorney General To Establish A Task Force On Crime Reduction And Public Safety. (The White House Press Office, "Presidential Executive Order On A Task Force On Crime Reduction And Public Safety," 2/9/17)
Tackling International Cartels: On February 9th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Order To Instruct The Attorney General To Form A Comprehensive Approach To Transnational Criminal Organizations And International Traffickers. (The White House Press Office, "Presidential Executive Order On Enforcing Federal Law With Respect To Transnational Criminal Organizations And Preventing International Trafficking," 2/9/17)
HELPING WOMEN AND MINORITIES
HBCU Initiative: On February 28th 2017, The President Signed An Executive Order That Repositioned And Strengthened The HBCU Initiative In The White House. "A White House Initiative on HBCUs would: advance America's full human potential; foster more and better opportunities in higher education; strengthen the capacity of HBCUs to provide the highest-quality education; provide equitable opportunities for HBCUs to participate in Federal programs; and increase the number of college-educated Americans who feel empowered and able to advance the common good at home and abroad." (The White House Press Office, "Presidential Executive Order On The White House Initiative To Promote Excellence And Innovation At Historically Black Colleges And Universities," 2/27/17)
Canada-United States Council For The Advancement Of Women Entrepreneurs: On February 13th 2017, The President And Prime Minister Trudeau Hosted A Roundtable With Women Entrepreneurs To Announce The Launch Of The Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs. (The White House Press Office, "Remarks By President Trump And Prime Minister Trudeau Of Canada In Roundtable With Women Entrepreneurs," 2/13/17)
Promoting Women In Entrepreneurship Act: H.R. 255 -- Promoting Women In Entrepreneurship Act Authorizes "The National Science Foundation To Encourage Its Entrepreneurial Programs To Recruit And Support Women To Extend Their Focus Beyond The Laboratory And Into The Commercial World." "(Sec. 3) This bill amends the Science and Engineering Equal Opportunities Act to authorize the National Science Foundation to encourage its entrepreneurial programs to recruit and support women to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and into the commercial world." (H.R. 255)
Women And Space Exploration: H.R. 321 - Inspiring The Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, And Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act. "(Sec. 3) This bill directs the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to encourage women and girls to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), pursue careers in aerospace, and further advance the nation's space science and exploration efforts through support of the following initiatives: NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS; Aspire to Inspire; and Summer Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research. (Sec. 4) NASA shall submit to Congress a specified plan on how NASA can best facilitate and support both current and retired astronauts, scientists, engineers, and innovators, including early career female astronauts, scientists, engineers, and innovators, to engage with K-12 female STEM students and inspire the next generation of women to consider participating in STEM fields and to pursue careers in aerospace." (H.R. 321)
Nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch To The United States Supreme Court. "Today, President Donald J. Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. The nomination of Judge Gorsuch comes after a selection process marked by an unprecedented level of transparency and involvement by the American voters." (White House Office Of The Press Secretary, 1/31/17)
• On April 10th 2017, The President Gave Public Remarks At The Swearing-in Of Justice Gorsuch To The Supreme Court. (The White House Press Office, "Remarks By President Trump And Justice Gorsuch At Swearing-In Of Justice Gorsuch To The Supreme Court," 4/10/17)
CNN's Dan Merica contributed to this report.
The New York Times - By LINDA QIU - May 27, 2017
President Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, defended austere budget cuts with misleading claims about economic development in coal country, how Social Security disability works and Big Bird.
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In congressional hearings over the budget, Mr. Mulvaney justified the president’s proposals to eliminate or tighten public programs that disproportionately affect the very people who voted for Mr. Trump.
Here’s an assessment.
Mr. Mulvaney misleadingly claimed “we don’t cut Medicaid.”
The budget calls for changes to the Medicaid program that would “save” $610 billion over 10 years. Mr. Mulvaney argued that this didn’t count as a cut since it still allocated “more money year on year” for Medicaid.
While the actual dollar amount of Medicaid spending would increase over a decade, it would decrease as a percentage of the gross domestic product. Mr. Trump proposes $408 billion for Medicaid in 2018, and $688 billion by 2027. So whereas spending next year would account for 2 percent of the economy, it would fall to 1.7 percent by 2027.
The Republican health care bill, which passed the House and is endorsed by the White House, also proposes cuts to Medicaid.
Understating the Appalachian Regional Commission’s effect.
The budget calls for the elimination of the Appalachian Regional Commission (known as ARC), a federal-state partnership created by the Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965 to spur economic development. It covers 13 states and 420 counties, 399 of which voted for Mr. Trump.
A 1996 study from the Government Accountability Office found economic growth in the region, but could not definitively link it to the commission. More recent research, however, could.
James P. Ziliak, an economics professor at the University of Kentucky and the editor of the book “Appalachian Legacy,”found that reduced poverty levels and incomes grew at faster rates in the region than in bordering counties, specifically because of the commission.
Given its small size ($152 million in the 2017 fiscal year) and large geographic scope, the commission has demonstrated a “real impact,” Mr. Ziliak said. Half of the gains were realized in the first five years, but subsequent budgets severely slashed funding for the commission, suggesting that more funding is needed, he said.
According to a report from West Virginia University that was commissioned by ARC, the partnership helped create 312,000 jobs, many in technology or manufacturing. In 2016 alone, it created more than 700 jobs and helped retain more than 1,700 others in Ohio.
Other research shows links between the commission’s creation and lower risk of infant mortality, homeownership rates and educational attainment.
While “there’s a lot to like in the president’s budget,” Representative Bill Johnson, Republican of Ohio, said he did not support the proposal to gut the commission, which he called “critically important to the people of eastern and southeastern Ohio.”
Claiming food stamp recipients don’t work.
Justifying a $191 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, which provides food stamps for households with low incomes, Mr. Mulvaney suggested a work requirement for “able-bodied” adults to receive benefits.
But such a requirement already exists. Adults who don’t have dependents or a disability must work at least 80 hours each month or participate in a work force program to qualify. Otherwise, they can receive food stamps for only three months over three years. States can apply for waivers in areas with high unemployment rates or a lack of jobs. Two-thirds of some 45 million SNAP participants were children, seniors and adults with a disability in the 2015 fiscal year, according to official data.
Of recipients who can work, many do — or at least want to. About 30 percent of adults were employed, and 27 percent were looking for work. Of the remaining 43 percent, it’s unclear how many have disabilities.
Over all, 32 percent of food stamp households had earnings, and 44 percent of participants lived in households with one person working. SNAP participation remains high, in part, because while unemployment has declined since the recession, wages have not risen.
A false suggestion on the budget’s paid parental leave program.
Asked by Representative Jan Schakowsky, Democrat of Illinois, about the $72 billion cut to the safety net for disabled workers, Mr. Mulvaney replied, “This is how I explained Social Security Disability Insurance, Mrs. Schakowsky, which is that we also propose a paid parental leave program.”
Barring that the budget allocates $19 billion for paid parental leave, or about a quarter of the cuts to disability insurance, Mr. Mulvaney’s claim that “many states fund their parental leave through disability” is also highly misleading. Five states — California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island — have short-term disability programs that cover pregnancy. California and New Jersey — two states, not “many” — have parental leave programs, but these are funded through state payroll taxes, not Social Security taxes.
Social Security Disability Insurance specifically does not cover short-term or partial disabilities, nor does it provide parental or maternity leave, said Darren Luntz, a Social Security Administration spokesman.
Disability benefits are paid to people who can’t work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. Applicants must also demonstrate their condition, and the majority of applications are rejected.
And of the 10 states with the highest rate of residents who rely on the safety net, all but one (Maine) voted for Mr. Trump.
Saying that “Big Bird makes more than everybody in this room.”
This claim distorts how the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a nonprofit that funds PBS and NPR stations, operates and its relationship to “Sesame Street.” Singling out the Jim Henson Company, which created the “Sesame Street” characters, Mr. Mulvaney said, “When I do go to that family in Grand Rapids and say, ‘Look, is this what you want your money to go to?’ I think they might tell me no, that maybe they can afford to do it without us.”
The Jim Henson group is a for-profit company, and Matt Vogel, Big Bird’s puppeteer, does make more than members of Congress ($267,000 compared with $174,000). But the Henson group sold the rights to Elmo, Big Bird and the gang in 2001 to the Sesame Workshop, an educational nonprofit that has since produced the children’s show and currently receives no direct funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting or PBS.
Furthermore, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting actually spends much less on programming (about 24 percent) than it does on directly funding public television and radio stations (66 percent). While “Sesame Street” will survive with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, many local stations may not.
Corporation for Public Broadcasting financing accounts for a quarter of the funding of nearly half of 248 rural stations in the country. About 62 percent of rural voters chose Mr. Trump.[/quote]
Trump's Threat Over N. Korea Would Be 'Very Painful Lesson' for U.S., Experts Say
NBC News - Alexander Smith—9/4/17
President Donald Trump just suggested a policy that would strip consumer goods from the shelves of American stores, jeopardize hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs and spark a meltdown across the global economy, according to experts.
Following North Korea's suspected sixth nuclear test, Trump tweeted Sunday that he was considering stopping all trade with any country doing business with the secretive regime.
This would be a drastic measure of unprecedented proportions — so much so that many analysts dismissed it as hollow hyperbole. But what if we took Trump at his word and assumed he was genuinely considering following through on this threat?
"This gets pretty wild pretty fast," according to Taylor Griffin, a former Treasury spokesman and White House staffer under President George W. Bush. In terms of the economic impact, Griffin said that "apocalyptic is probably a good way to describe it."
North Korea may be isolated but it still trades with more than 100 nations, including Russia, India and most importantly China. Trump was suggesting that the U.S. could stop trading with all of them.
His tweet was widely regarded as a thinly veiled threat aimed at coercing China to do more to squeeze North Korea. Around 90 percent of Pyongyang's trade is with Beijing and Trump has often said the Chinese should take more steps to rein in Kim Jong Un's nuclear ambitions.
During his campaign and in office, Trump has criticized what he says are China's unfair trade practices and threatened Beijing with what analysts say would amount to nothing short of a trade war. But whereas he suggested slapping hefty tariffs before, stopping trade altogether would be a far more extreme approach.
His comments angered China, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang labeling them "unacceptable" and "unfair" on Monday.
But stopping all trade with China — not to mention other countries such as Mexico, France and Saudi Arabia, which all trade with North Korea — would not only cause pain in Beijing.
"We're talking about a global recession and devastation for the global economy," according to Marianne Schneider-Petsinger, the U.S. geoeconomics fellow at Chatham House, a think tank based in London.
"Cutting off trade with China would trigger a trade war and a protectionist spiral that would have adverse consequences for the entire world," she said. "China could also retaliate ... it's unlikely they would just sit on the sidelines."
Americans would likely feel these effects as acutely as anyone. China is America's largest trading partner and goods and services between the two nations totaled an estimated $648.2 billion last year.
According to the Department of Commerce, exports to China alone supported an estimated 911,000 U.S. jobs.
Furthermore, countless products consumed across America contain parts from China or are assembled by Chinese workers — Apple's iPhone being one of the most obvious examples.
"If bilateral trade between the U.S. and China goes away, American store shelves are empty," Griffin said. "You're not going to have anything to sell in Walmart … There'll be no iPhone 8 for you."
Bloomberg Image: Inside a Macbook Pro In theory it could be possible to move the supply chain away from mainland China and to another location such as Taiwan but that would be expensive.
The crisis might also create complex macroeconomic conditions that could see a spike in U.S. interest rates — meaning spiraling costs for loans and mortgages.
"When that happens it would suddenly become a brake on the economy," Griffin said."There would be ripple effects everywhere. People talk about a butterfly flapping its wings and causing a tornado on the other side of the world. This wouldn't be a butterfly — it would be a 747 taking off."
He added: "I think the overall thing is that the American people will get a very painful lesson in economics."
It may sound outlandish but in theory Trump has the power to do this. The International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977 gives the president licence to impose trade restrictions in the face of an "unusual and extraordinary threat."
However, the president has a track record of failing to follow through on his bold statements — such as promising to label China a currency manipulator.
But this presents a problem in and of itself.
If other nations believe that the words of the president are hollow, then the power of those words become severely diminished.
"I don't think this threat is credible," Schneider-Petsinger at Chatham House said. "This has huge implications for the credibility of the U.S. in terms of leverage, if Trump is creating these red lines and not following through."
How Jeff Sessions got Trump to stop protecting DACA beneficiaries
Tribune News Service - By Franco Ordonez and Anita Kumar, McClatchy Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - “Jeff Sessions walked into the White House two weeks ago with a blunt message for his boss: The Obama-era program that keeps hundreds of thousands of people safe from deportation is unconstitutional. And setting aside any sentimentality, the attorney general told the president he would not defend the program in court.
That was when Donald Trump decided he had no choice.
"Once Sessions told Trump he would not defend DACA in court, he left Trump without any other legal options," said a source familiar with the conversation.
Trump struggled for months over what to do about the people brought to America as children. He wavered between disparaging as "amnesty" the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects them from deportation to then professing that he loves the so-called "Dreamers." He promised for months to show heart in his decision, but he faced the wrath of supporters who expected him to swiftly send people here illegally out of the country.
On Tuesday, as Trump's Justice Department announced the decision and urged Congress to do something if it wanted to keep the DACA recipients in the only country many of them have ever known, the responses from the left and right were predictable. But inside the White House, the fault lines and the calendar had shifted for weeks.
When Sessions delivered what turned out to be the decisive message, time had nearly run out. It was less than two weeks until a looming deadline imposed by 10 states that threatened to sue the federal government if Trump did not end DACA.
But the president was still conflicted, and so was his new chief of staff, John Kelly, who had personally supported DACA.
It was last Thursday, and Sessions and one of his former aides, Stephen Miller, who now serves as Trump's senior policy adviser, tried to get into the Oval Office to see Trump and talk again about their opposition to protections for the DACA recipients, according to a person familiar with the situation. They saw the president wavering and wanted to remind him of the legal argument and the stakes.
Kelly stopped them.
Kelly, the former secretary of homeland security, had a solution in mind aimed at allowing Trump to fulfill a campaign promise while easing the president's clear misgivings about ending a program geared toward children - many of whom had no idea they were being brought to the country illegally. Delay the program's end by six months, Kelly told Trump.
There was a practical benefit of this approach too; it would give Congress time to devise a legislative fix to protect nearly 800,000 Dreamers.
"Gen. Kelly either wants a delay on the decision or to keep DACA, and is very frustrated by the attorney general and his former staffer Stephen Miller's efforts to pursue their own agenda, given the president told his staff in the past he wants to keep DACA in place," according to a person familiar with the situation.
Kelly used the weekend to call congressional leaders and lock in support. As details leaked, the administration's decision was now set.
Trump made cracking down on illegal immigration the signature issue of his campaign. He promised to build a border wall and boost deportations, and he pledged to eliminate DACA on his first day in office.
Once elected, his aides got to work. Members of the Domestic Policy Council and DHS met with representatives for groups on both sides of DACA, including the Center for Immigration Studies, Numbers USA, Federation for American Immigration Reform and Fwd.us, which were mobilizing supporters to send letters and emails, call the White House and organize protests, according to multiple people familiar with the meetings.
FAIR was just one of the groups that sent Trump's team their proposals, including support for ending the DACA program. "Repeal of all Obama administration executive policy decisions that have effectively exempted nearly 90 percent of all immigration law violators from enforcement, including the unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program," the document stated.
An executive order was drafted to end the program. Titled "Ending unconstitutional executive amnesties," transition aides post-dated the order Jan. 23, which was the first Monday after Inauguration Day. But Trump did not sign the order. The widely circulated draft executive order remained just that - a draft.
Yet Trump began surrounding himself with more top aides who supported protections for the DACA recipients. They include his first and second chiefs of staff, Reince Priebus and Kelly, his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, who both serve as presidential advisers. Even those who have not been as vocal publicly about their stance were thought to agree, such as Vice President Mike Pence, who as a congressman worked on a failed immigration deal that called for citizenship, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and Gary Cohn, a Democrat who serves as director of the National Economic Council.
Miller was even ordered not to brief the president on the issue over the months, according to two people familiar with the situation. A former campaign and transition aide, Miller had already briefed Trump many times on the issue so his views are not unknown, but the president has a tendency to side with the last person who speaks to him.
"I'm just glad Sessions is there because everybody in the White House other than Stephen Miller is now a liberal Democrat who frankly couldn't care less about immigration enforcement or legal immigration," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies.
Even Trump's rhetoric changed on the issue. He maintained his fury about cracking down on immigration but softened his language when referring to the DACA beneficiaries. "He is a bit more emotional than people realize, especially about kids," Republican consultant Matt Mackowiak said.
Trump stopped calling the program illegal amnesty and instead spoke candidly of his torn feelings, saying what to do about Dreamers was one of his most difficult decisions. He promised to "work something out" for these immigrants.
"You know, I love these kids," Trump said at a lengthy news conference in February. "I love kids. I have kids and grandkids. And I find it very, very hard doing what the law says exactly to do. And you know, the law is rough. I'm not talking about new laws. I'm talking the existing law is very rough. It's very, very rough."
Through the spring, Trump heard from the warring factions inside and outside the White House.
His supporters insisted the program was unconstitutional. Keep your promise, he was told repeatedly. But others who wanted to keep DACA, including some members of his own party, worried about backlash from business leaders, faith groups and donors if he ended a popular program that protects the most sympathetic segment of the undocumented community. Some saw it as political suicide, possibly throwing away the increasingly important Latino vote for a generation.
In June, Apple CEO Tim Cook urged Trump to show more compassion on immigration, saying that the Dreamers on his staff were scared.
Still, Trump did not act. He found himself in the midst of multiple scandals involving Russian meddling in the campaign on his behalf, fired aides and failed proposals. His poll numbers plummeted and Trump retreated to the safety of his base. He began holding rallies where he pulled out old applause lines from the campaign. The biggest applause line often had to do with immigration.
Trump stoked greater fears when he rescinded another program, stalled in the courts, known as DAPA - Deferred Actions for Parents of Americans - that also lengthened the work permits to three years.
Yet, all the while, his administration continued to process applications and renew DACA work permits to the dismay of immigration hard-liners.
One of the most prominent groups pushing Trump to end DACA, FAIR did not know the administration was still accepting applicants until statistics came out this summer that showed Trump was issuing new work permits at nearly the same pace as Obama. A FAIR spokesman described it as a "betrayal" and said ending DACA took on a new sense of urgency.
Soon, Republicans officials from 10 states threatened to sue the Justice Department if Trump did not end the program, arguing that Obama overstepped his executive powers in granting the vast special protections. They issued Trump a Sept. 5 deadline.
Advocates immediately accused the Trump administration of engineering the lawsuit to provide him political cover to the end the program. And Sessions, who as an Alabama senator was a staunch opponent of DACA, praised the states who threatened to sue the administration in a June 30 interview with "Fox and Friends."
"I like it that our states and localities are holding the federal government to account, expecting us to do what is our responsibility to the state and locals, and that's to enforce the law," Sessions said.
The Trump administration appeared resigned to let the court do the work. On July 12, Kelly, then still DHS secretary, told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that he didn't expect the administration would defend the program and that the courts would end it.
"I have never left a meeting so emotionally affected than from what I just heard inside," Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said after the meeting.
But Trump's supporters didn't feel that was enough. Why allow the courts to make the decision? This was a chance for Trump to take the lead and look and act presidential.
Trump got the message. Last month, aboard Air Force One en route to Paris, he made it clear the decision was his own.
"It's a decision that I make and it's a decision that's very, very hard to make," Trump said. "I really understand the situation now. I understand the situation very well. What I'd like to do is a comprehensive immigration plan. But our country and political forces are not ready yet."
But Trump continued to struggle as the lobbying effort grew. Leon Fresco, who was head of the Department of Justice's Office of Immigration Litigation during Obama's tenure, said Trump should have simply asked the Republican state officials for more time.
"Politically, Trump can easily diffuse this crisis by tweeting to the governors about having more important things to do right now than challenging DACA," Fresco said.
In the final days before Tuesday's announcement, Trump's team and Republican leaders tried to ensure he wouldn't stray from the decision they had finally gotten him to make. Conservative senators led by Thom Tillis of North Carolina talked to the White House about legislation that would create an avenue for Trump to end the program while also giving him a way to show the DACA recipients he was "working on something" with Congress. In the House, Speaker Paul Ryan pledged that lawmakers would also work on a fix.
On Tuesday, when it was time to announce a major policy decision, Trump did not take the stump.
Instead, it was Sessions who took the mic.
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In Signing Sweeping Tax Bill, Trump Questions Whether He Is Getting Enough Credit
WASHINGTON — “President Trump signed the most consequential tax legislation in three decades on Friday, even as he complained that he has not been given credit for his administration’s accomplishments during a turbulent first year.
Mr. Trump decided against doing a formal signing ceremony early next year because television news networks questioned whether he would keep his promise to sign the legislation before Christmas.
Mr. Trump said he saw the coverage Friday morning and hastily called his staff to say that the legislation needed to be signed “now,” prompting a last-minute Oval Office ceremony for the president’s greatest achievement in his first year in office.
“We did a rush job today,” Mr. Trump said at the bill signing. “It’s not fancy, but it’s the Oval Office. It’s the great Oval Office.”
Mr. Trump said in a Twitter post that companies were celebrating the bill’s passage with bonuses for workers.
Our big and very popular Tax Cut and Reform Bill has taken on an unexpected new source of “love” - that is big companies and corporations showering their workers with bonuses. This is a phenomenon that nobody even thought of, and now it is the rage. Merry Christmas!
During the signing ceremony, Mr. Trump said, “Corporations are literally going wild over this.” A handful of companies, including AT&T, which is seeking government approval of a major acquisition of Time Warner, have announced that they would give bonuses to workers.
There was some discussion in Congress and at the White House that Mr. Trump should consider delaying the signing until early 2018 as a way to delay automatic spending cuts that could have been triggered by the tax cuts. In addition, some companies said that delay would give them more time to adjust to the major changes that the new tax code will mean for their businesses.
However, once Congress reached a deal this week to avoid the possibility of the spending cuts, White House officials signaled that Mr. Trump wanted to sign the bill into law as soon as possible.
Mr. Trump often reacts to television news, and Friday was no different. The president delayed his travel to Florida for the holidays by an hour to stave off potential criticism.
“Every one of the networks was saying, ‘Will he keep his promise?’ ” the president said.
Shortly after 10 a.m., Mr. Trump announced in a Twitter post that the bill would be signed “in 30 minutes.”
Earlier in the morning, the president suggested that he would not get credit for what he said were extraordinary accomplishments for a first year.
With all my Administration has done on Legislative Approvals (broke Harry Truman’s Record), Regulation Cutting, Judicial Appointments, Building Military, VA, TAX CUTS & REFORM, Record Economy/Stock Market and so much more, I am sure great credit will be given by mainstream news?
Under the new tax law, individual rates will be lowered, but those cuts are set to expire in 2025. The standard deduction, which will almost double, is likely to become more popular. The tax credit for children will also double, which Republicans have said will benefit lower-income families. The largest cut by far in the new tax law — which will not expire — benefits corporations.
The new law has been criticized by lawmakers representing states with high taxes, because the bill caps state and local tax deductions at $10,000.
The law also eliminates the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that most people have health insurance or pay a penalty. Mr. Trump has said that amounted to repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, but 8.8 million Americans signed up for coverage, according to figures his administration announced on Thursday. The law is not repealed, but the mandate had been considered an important feature of it.
Mr. Trump also signed a stopgap spending bill in order to avoid a government shutdown. In addition to extending government funding, the bill includes $4 billion for missile defense, among other provisions.
Alan Rappeport, Michael D. Shear and Thomas Kaplan contributed reporting.
A version of this article appears in print on December 23, 2017, on Page A15 of the New York edition with the headline: President Signs Bill Into Law, and Seems to Ask for a Pat on the Back.”
US secures $285M cut in UN budget
The Hill - Avery Anapol
“The U.S. Mission to the United Nations announced Sunday that it negotiated a major reduction in the U.N.'s budget for the upcoming fiscal years.
According to a statement from the mission, the 2018-2019 U.N. budget will have a $285 million reduction from the previous two years.
"In addition to these significant cost savings, we reduced the UN's bloated management and support functions, bolstered support for key U.S. priorities throughout the world, and instilled more discipline and accountability throughout the UN system," the statement reads.
One of the Trump administration's goals has been to reduce the amount of contributions that the U.S. makes to the U.N. The U.S. currently provides for about 22 percent of the annual budget, or about $3.3 billion per year, according to PolitiFact.
The U.N. General Assembly previously approved a $5.4 billion operating budget for 2016 and 2017. The regular budget is separate from the body's budget for its sprawling peacekeeping operations, which totaled $7.8 billion for 2017 alone.
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said that the budget cut announced Sunday is a "big step in the right direction" for the U.S., and that she will continue to pursue "ways to increase the UN's efficiency while protecting our interests."
"The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known," Haley said. "We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked. This historic reduction in spending - in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable UN - is a big step in the right direction."
Conservatives have long criticized the U.N. as not being in the U.S.'s interests, and many have amplified their concerns after the global body overwhelmingly voted for a resolution last week to oppose President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Trump suggested earlier this month that the U.S. may cut off foreign aid to nations who voted for the U.N. resolution, and Haley said that the U.S. would be "taking names."“
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