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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

Mike Pompeo Singapore press conference

“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]

Donald Trump weekly address 4-7-17

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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Trump informs Congress he’s deployed troops near the Congo

President Donald Trump informed leaders of Congress Friday that he has deployed troops to Libreville, Gabon, to protect U.S. citizens, diplomats and facilities located in Kinshasa. “United States Armed Forces personnel have deployed to Libreville, Gabon, to be in position to support the security of United States citizens, personnel, and diplomatic facilities in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo,” the ...

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Betsy DeVos Undergoes Surgery Following Biking Accident

Betsy DeVos addresses department of education 02-08-2017]

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos underwent surgery Thursday following a recent biking accident, a U.S. Department of Education (DOE) official confirmed. “Secretary DeVos underwent surgery yesterday to repair a broken bone suffered during a recent road biking accident,” Liz Hill, press secretary at the DOE, said to The Daily Caller News Foundation over email. “She will rest at home for a ...

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Letter from President Trump to Congress on Border Security [Full Text]

President Donald Trump sent a letter to Congress Friday morning in which he described the need to secure the nation’s borders. Dear Members of Congress: Congratulations to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and her entire team, on her election to be Speaker of the House.  I look forward to working together on our shared priorities for the American People, including rebuilding our ...

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Watch: President Trump, Vice President Pence Deliver Remarks on Border Security – 1/4/19

Donald Trump speech

President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence,  Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Steve Scalise and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen appeared Friday during a surprise event in the Rose Garden of the White House on border security and the government shutdown. The president first highlighted the very good job and wage numbers released by the Department of Labor Friday then recapped a meeting that ...

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Watch: Sec. Pompeo talks Border Security and North Korea in Interview With Sean Hannity [video + transcript]

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed border security, North Korea and more in an interview with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity on Thursday. Watch: Transcript: QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, good to see you. I see this as a massive national security issue. It deals with relations, obviously, with Mexico. It’s about drugs being brought into the country, human trafficking, criminals, gang ...

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