White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said President Trump was still looking at declaring a national emergency to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. She also reacted to news that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would resign soon.
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President Trump spoke briefly to reporters on the White House South Lawn before departing for Orlando, Florida. The president said he has a "good relationship" with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and does not plan on firing him. He also talked about the* midterm elections in November and sexual assault allegations against newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Bill Bennett and Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC) spoke at the 2018 Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC. Meadows addressed a New York Times report alleging Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wanted to wiretap President Donald Trump and said Rosenstein should testify under oath about "what he did or didn't say."
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and law enforcement officials discussed safety recommendations for protecting first responders from exposure to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. During the event, the Justice Department announced the release of a new fentanyl safety training video produced by U.S. ... Other notable speakers included Bureau of Justice Assistance Director Jon Adler and White House National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Jim Carroll.
It was part of the president's trip to Iowa and Illinois to discuss workforce training efforts as well as his recent announcement of an emerging deal on tariffs with the European Union. Among the roundtable participants were Governor Kim Reynolds (R-IA), Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, and Ivanka Trump, the president's adviser and daughter.
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President Trump was joined by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and New York Republican Representatives Peter King, Daniel Donovan, and Lee Zeldin at a roundtable on immigration policy and federal efforts to combat the MS-13 gang. Held at a national security center on New York's Long Island, participants also included four victims of the gang's violence. The president said Congress needs to change laws that require federal authorities to "catch and release" undocumented immigrants with criminal histories.
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President Trump spoke briefly to reporters before departing the White House for an immigration roundtable event in Long Island, New York. He called for "total transparency" from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the FBI regarding classified information related tothe Russia investigation. In addition, the* president was asked about his proposed meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un and NAFTA negotiations with Canada and Mexico.
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Prior to an Oval Office meeting, President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke with reporters. President Trump said, "it may not work out for June 12," the date of his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but added "there's a good chance that we'll have the meeting." He also talked about his previous-day meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray on whether "spies" were planted in his presidential campaign. ... President Trump also talked about trade negotiations with China and ZTE, the Chinese telecommunications equipment company that faced severe sanctions from the U.S. for exporting American technology to North Korea and Iran. The president said he revisited the issue at the request of Chinese President Xi and that he envisioned the company receiving a fine and other sanctions.
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President Trump's special assistant on agriculture and food assistance and the head of the American Farm Bureau took part in a panel discussion on food and agriculture policy. Some of the issues covered were expanding U.S. trade, land grants for research, and encouraging more young people to enter the agricultural industry. The forum was led by Governor Matt Mead (R-WY). ... This program was part of the National Governors Association annual winter meeting.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein spoke about the significance and importance of the Constitution and the rule of law. ... Rosenstein stressed that in promoting the rule of law the Justice Department does not choose sides based on political party affiliation. His remarks were part of a series of events at the Heritage Foundation to mark Constitution Day on September 17, 2017.
Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA) talked about news of the day. Topics included Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia's influence in the 2016 presidential election, President Trump's upcoming first foreign trip, and the president's sharing of classified information with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during a White House visit.
He said the story out of the White House "continues to change" and is "contradictory." He said the American people need answers as to why Director Comey was fired. Senator Schumer said he asked Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for an all-Senators briefing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and that McConnell had invited Mr. Rosenstein to brief Senators next week.
Chair Tom Wheeler testified on the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) relationship with the Obama administration. The hearing focused specifically on the FCC's previous month 3-2 approval along party lines of new"open Internet," also known as "net neutrality," rules designed to prohibit Internet service providers from blocking or discriminating against legal content moving through their networks. Republicans asserted that the administration pressured Mr. Wheeler into classifying the Internet as a common carrier like telephone service.
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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ), Governor Rick Perry (R-TX), former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR), Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), and others spoke at the 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit. The summit took place on January 24 at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, Iowa.
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CBS News aired a "Special Report" prior to President Nixon's address tothe nation 9:00 p.m. ET on August 8, 1974, on the assumption that he would resign. This was the last 30 minutes of coverage prior to President Nixon's address tothe nation. The report included an interview from earlier in the day of former Vice President Herbert Humphrey by Rod Challenger of WCOO-TV in Minneapolis. There were occasional technical difficulties with the recording.
Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) was the keynote speaker at the Iowa Republican Party's Spring Lincoln Dinner. He talked about what his party's strategy should be for winning future elections and criticized the Obama administration for what he called its violation of the rule of law. Following his remarks, he spoke with many of the attendees as well as the reporters covering the event and commented on the departure of health And Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Representative Ryan's speech begins approximately an hour and 15 minutes into the event, following the invocation and pledge of allegiance, and remarks from local political figures.
President-Elect Barack Obama announced the nomination of former Senator Tom Daschle as his secretary of Health and Human Services and also as director of a White House office on health care reform. He nominated Jeanne Lambrew as the deputy director. President-Elect Obama also spoke about financial aid tothe automotive industry and the arrest of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. In answers to several questions on the governor's arrest he said that he never spoke to Governor Blagojevich about replacing him in the U.S. Senate, nor had his transition staff been involved in any deal-making about the Senate appointment.
President Clinton and other government officials joined the citizens of Oklahoma City in a prayer service for the victims of the recent bombing of a federal office building. In his remarks, the president stated, "The one thing we owe those who have sacrificed is the duty to purge ourselves of the dark forces which gave rise to this evil.
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The Senate Democratic Policy Committee held an oversight hearing on how pre-war intelligence was used in regard to Iraq. Former CIA and State Department officials and others talked about their experiences and the key episodes in the history of pre-Iraq War intelligence gathering. Topics included understanding what happened in the decision to go to war in Iraq, the lack of intelligence sharing, predicting the costs of restoring Iraq after a war, the responsibility for intelligence in the future, winning the war of ideas against al-Qaeda, and understanding the nature of the enemy. Michael Smith, the reporter who uncovered the "Downing Street memo," participated by remote video connection from London. Rod Barton participated by telephone.
President Bush announced the nomination of Margaret Spellings to replace Rod Paige as Education Secretary during his second term. ... Spellings then expressed her gratitude and answered questions from the reporters.
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