Graham-Durbin immigration proposal ‘completely dishonest,’ White House says

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) “were completely dishonest” in their negotiations on immigration with President Donald Trump, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Monday.

Gidley criticized a bipartisan deal on immigration brought forth by the lawmakers, along with four other senators, for failing to live up to their assurances to the White House.

“Senator Graham and Senator Durbin called the president and told him they had a bipartisan bill,” Gidley said. “They’d come together with some meeting of the minds to prepare a piece of legislation that would address everything the president outlined. The president was ecstatic.”

But he added: “Here’s the problem: Senator Graham and Senator Durbin were completely dishonest.”

Their proposal, Gidley said, “woefully” underfunded the president’s long-sought wall along the southern U.S. border with Mexico and did little to address “chain migration,” an issue the Trump Continue reading “Graham-Durbin immigration proposal ‘completely dishonest,’ White House says”

White House: Trump’s Davos trip still on ‘if all things go as expected’

President Donald Trump will travel to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum as planned this week if the re-opening of the government goes as anticipated, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday.

“If all things go as expected this afternoon with the reopening of the government, which we expect that they will, the president’s delegation will leave tomorrow, and the president will continue on his trip later in the week," Sanders said at the White House press briefing.

The status of the president’s trip to the elite-economic summit was uncertain over the weekend after lawmakers failed to reach a deal to fund the federal government ahead of Friday’s midnight deadline. But Democratic senators on Monday reached an agreement with Republicans to end the shutdown.

Sanders announced earlier this month that Trump would attend the forum, saying in a statement he "welcomes opportunities to advance his America First Continue reading “White House: Trump’s Davos trip still on ‘if all things go as expected’”

White House: Democrats ‘blinked’ in shutdown showdown

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah on Monday said Senate Democrats “blinked” in their stalemate with GOP leadership over government funding, and he criticized them for not agreeing last week to avert a shutdown.

“I think the fact they are voting in favor of this proposal that they rejected a few days ago is sort of evidence that they blinked,” Shah told CNN shortly after most Senate Democrats joined Republicans in voting to re-open the government after three days.

Shah added that Trump intends to negotiate with lawmakers over protections for undocumented immigrants under the Dream Act, but he would not support a bipartisan proposal extended by Sens. Dick Dubin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

"The Graham-Durbin proposal is not a proposal the president can sign," he said.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced during a Senate floor speech Monday afternoon that he and other Democratic Continue reading “White House: Democrats ‘blinked’ in shutdown showdown”

Morgan Stanley says former congressman fired over ‘corporate policy,’ not sexual misconduct

Morgan Stanley said Monday former congressman Harold Ford Jr. was fired over "corporate policy," disputing reports he was dismissed over allegations of sexual misconduct.

"We take allegations of inappropriate conduct seriously," a company spokesperson said in a statement. "The press has reported that Mr. Ford was terminated for sexual misconduct. He was not."

They added: "We have not received any internal allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct involving him either before or after his separation became public. As previously stated, his separation was based on corporate policy."

HuffPost reported in December that Ford had been dismissed "after facing a human resources investigation into allegations of misconduct," citing a company spokesperson. It also reported that he faced allegations from a woman who did not work for Morgan Stanley but had interacted with him in a professional setting.

Ford denied the HuffPost report, writing on Twitter in December that the Continue reading “Morgan Stanley says former congressman fired over ‘corporate policy,’ not sexual misconduct”

White House doctor gives Trump ‘excellent’ bill of health

A White House physician declared on Tuesday that President Donald Trump is in “excellent” overall health and that he performed “well” on a cognitive screening exam, while noting the commander-in-chief could benefit from a low-fat diet and additional exercise.

“All clinical data indicates that the president is currently very healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency,” Dr. Ronny Jackson said at the daily White House press briefing during a nearly hour-long question-and-answer period with reporters.

Jackson added that during the physical exam on Friday at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, he performed some cognitive testing at the president’s behest and that Trump “did well on it.” He noted the exam was limited to a screening for cognitive impairment and was not part of a larger psychological examination.

Trump, according to Jackson, is 6-foot-3 and weighs 239 pounds. The doctor said that Continue reading “White House doctor gives Trump ‘excellent’ bill of health”

Trump on immigrants: ‘I want them to come in from everywhere’

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wants immigrants coming in "from everywhere" in response to questions about his alleged remarks challenging U.S. admittance of people from "shithole countries."

“I want them to come in from everywhere,” Trump told reporters during a White House meeting with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The remark came as reporters shouted questions about his reported statement last week that he’d prefer the United States welcome people from countries like Norway over nations like Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.

Trump has denied using any derogatory language to describe Haitians and said one Democratic lawmaker "totally misrepresented" his remarks when he said Trump used "vile" and "hate-filled" language, including repeatedly referring to the foreign nations as "shitholes," during a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers on immigration Thursday. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Tuesday he stands by "every word" of his statement on the matter.

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Durbin: ‘I stand by every word’ of ‘shithole’ statement

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Tuesday he stood by "every word" of his statement that President Donald Trump referred to foreign countries as "shithole countries" during a bipartisan meeting on immigration last week.

"I stand by every word I said about what was said and what happened at that meeting," Durbin told reporters on Capitol Hill.

The Illinois Democrat came under fire from fellow senators and the president after corroborating media reports last Thursday that Trump questioned why the U.S. was admitting people from “shithole countries” or “shitholes" during a meeting on immigration reform at the White House.

Durbin, one of the lawmakers in attendance, was the first to speak out and support the reports, saying Trump used "hate-filled" and "racist" language "several times" during the summit. But the account has been contested by his Republican colleagues, with two GOP senators denying the president used such language.

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