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The White House Daily Chronicle – January 12, 2019

Quick Links: Trump’s Itinerary Tweets Statements Executive Actions Nominations Heads of State comms The news behind the news on the president, administration and everything that happens in the White House is always in …  The White House Daily Chronicles. note: this post is updated throughout the day as events warrant See all of the daily White House Daily Chronicles HERE. Presidential Itinerary ...

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Trump administration will use ‘full weight’ of diplomatic and economic pressure to restore democracy in Venezuela

The U.S. State Department released a statement Friday assuring the Venezuelan National Assembly that the United States stands with them and the Venezuelan people against the tyranny of Nicolas Maduro. We stand with the Venezuelan people, and we praise the fierce commitment to democratic principles of the elected members of the Venezuelan National Assembly. We commend the courage of the ...

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Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue Pushes Back On ‘Sensational Reporting’ Of Food Inspections Being Stopped

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue pushed back on what he called “sensational reporting” that the government shutdown had put a halt to food inspections. “Want to calm some fears because of somewhat sensational reporting on the shutdown,” Perdue said in a tweet Friday in response to alarming headlines, including those from The New York Times and NBC News, over food inspections ...

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U.S. Advances Partnerships to Build Support for Iran Pressure Campaign

ADVANCING STRONG PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN AMERICA AND THE GULF The United States is committed to its partnerships with Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates as these Gulf partnerships are critical to achieving shared regional objectives: defeating ISIS, countering radical Islamic terrorism, protecting global energy supplies, and rolling back Iranian aggression. These Gulf countries are all partners in ...

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White House Reinforces Counsel’s Office As Subpoenas, Mueller Report Loom

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The White House counsel’s office has hired 17 lawyers in recent weeks. Pat Cipollone, the newly-installed White House counsel, is expanding his staff in view of the coming deluge of subpoenas and special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report, according to The Washington Post. “It’s almost as if he’s building a law firm within a government entity,” attorney Jay Sekulow told ...

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Trump Administration Postpones ANWR Meetings As Lisa Murkowski Calls For Shutdown To End

The Trump administration postponed eight public meetings scheduled over plans to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas drilling. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) did not say why the meetings were postponed, and the agency did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment. Meetings slated to take place in Anchorage, Arctic ...

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Trump Cancels Trip To Switzerland Citing Border Security Battle

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will be canceling his scheduled appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, citing the importance of national security amid the partisan battle on border security. “Because of the Democrats intransigence on Border Security and the great importance of Safety for our Nation, I am respectfully cancelling my very important trip to ...

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America’s Reinvigorated Role in the Middle East

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“In just 24 months, the United States under President Trump has reasserted its traditional role as a force for good in this region, because we’ve learned from our mistakes. We have rediscovered our voice. We have rebuilt our relationships. We have rejected false overtures from enemies.” – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, January 10, 2019 THE UNITED STATES: A FORCE ...

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Trump Officially Nominated An EPA Head. Get Ready For Another Confirmation Fight

In a move that was long expected, President Donald Trump formally nominated Andrew Wheeler to serve as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The White House announced Wednesday the president has sent Wheeler’s nomination to the Senate. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee — which must pass Wheeler before he can get a vote on the Senate floor — ...

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Pence Quietly Taking On Larger Role With Trump Administration

By Tim Nerozzi North Korea, on many issues, he is taking the lead across the Pacific in a way unusual for a vice president – sometimes dramatically. During the tail end of last year, Pence threatened that the United States’ current tariffs would continue until China became more diplomatic in international negotiations. The vice-president even hinted at the United States’ ...

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Watch: President Trump Participates in a Signing Ceremony for Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation [video + transcript]

President Donald Trump signed into law S. 1862 the “Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act” Wednesday in an Oval Office event. Watch: Transcript THE PRESIDENT:  Okay, thank you very much.  Appreciate you being here.  It hasn’t been so long.  Late last night.  And we’re having some very good times in our country.  We’re doing very well, except for the border.  The border ...

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Rosenstein Has A Timeline For Leaving The Trump Administration

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein plans to leave the Trump administration in the coming weeks, according to multiple reports on Wednesday. Rosenstein has told President Trump that he will leave the Justice Department after the expected confirmation of William Barr as attorney general. According to ABC News, and other news outlets that reported Rosenstein’s impending departure, he is not being forced ...

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Watch: President Trump Addresses the Nation – 1/8/19 [video + transcript]

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President Donald Trump addressed the nation Tuesday evening during which laid out his priorities for immigration reform and border security. The president and senior staff members have been investigating the legality and feasibility of declaring a National Emergency. The move could allow the president to use DoD funds and personnel to construct barriers along the U.S. – Mexico border, but ...

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Watch: President Trump talks about the wall upon arrival at the White House – 1/6/19

President Donald Trump spoke with reporters about the border wall and government shutdown negotiations upon returning to the White House after a day of meetings at Camp David with senior staff. “We’ve been in touch with a lot of people and I informed my folks to say that we’ll build a steel barrier, steel, that it will be made out ...

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