Ivanka tried convincing Trump on background checks by visualizing it as a 'historic' Rose Garden ceremony. The NRA had other thoughts.
- President Donald Trump was moving closer to supporting universal background checks, a legislative proposal that has historically incensed the National Rifle Association but has gained bipartisan traction in the wake of the August mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
- During the phone call earlier in August, Trump went over the idea of implementing stricter background checks on gun purchasers, according to multiple news reports.
- Trump framed the idea in glowing terms, telling LaPierre, "It's going to be great," an NRA official familiar with the call said in The Atlantic.
- The idea was also advocated by White House senior adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump, who attempted to sell it by framing it as a "historic" and "unprecedented" ceremony at the White House's Rose Garden, The Atlantic reported.
Trump: Afghanistan is the 'Harvard University of terrorism'
- Washington (CNN) - President Donald Trump continued to say Tuesday that the US is talking to the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban and he is "looking at different things" in the region.
- The State Department announced on Tuesday that its Taliban negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad was traveling to Doha and Afghanistan to continue discussions with the Taliban and Afghan government, respectively, on the peace process.
- The plan is expected to formalize a significant withdrawal of US forces -- from about 15,000 troops to 8,000 or 9,000 -- and enshrine official commitments by the Taliban to counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan, according to multiple sources familiar with the plan.
- While the deal will include other elements, including a US-Taliban ceasefire, it has at least one crucial omission: It is not expected to secure a commitment by the Taliban to hold their fire on the Afghan people or the Afghan military, according to sources familiar with the talks.
Hundreds of thousands of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany were turned away by the US because of a clause in the immigration law. Trump's reviving it.
- In September 1930, the State Department issued a press release that told consular officials that they "must refuse the visa," to anyone they believed "may probably be a public charge at any time." The instructions achieved the desired effect.
- As refugees from first Germany and then most of Europe sought to escape Nazi persecution, the State Department used the public charge clause to limit the number of foreigners, most of whom were Jews, from immigrating to the U.S. With anti-foreigners pushing for legislation decreasing the quotas and refugee advocates trying to hold the line, the out-of-the-spotlight approach had political appeal.
- Immigration Services, which is under the Department of Homeland Security, will use the Trump administration's new rules to determine admissions to the U.S. at ports of entry and to assess status changes for certain immigrants already here.
- The regulations specify negative and positive factors immigration officials must consider in deciding who is likely to become a public charge.
A US diplomat held hostage in Iran 40 years ago sees the same 'bizarre history' repeating itself now 'as farce'
- Our hope was that, as soon as possible, adults in Tehran would take control of the situation, expel the "Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Line" from the embassy compound, and set us free, either to continue service in Iran or leave the country.
- Why did the Trump administration take the bizarre action of sanctioning the Iranian foreign minister?
- Since it can only denounce, but cannot act, against the JCPOA's American architects (Obama, former Secretary of State John Kerry, and former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz), who are now private citizens, the Trump administration has vented its spleen against the main Iranian negotiator, who is still an official of his government.
- If Trump, National Security Advisor John Bolton, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cannot act against Obama, they will go after Zarif.
Trump to welcome Romanian President to the White House
- Washington (CNN) - President Donald Trump is set to welcome Romanian President Klaus Iohannis to the White House for bilateral meetings on Tuesday.
- The two leaders are expected to discuss defense, energy and law enforcement cooperation between the two nations, according to a senior administration official briefing reporters on a conference call ahead of the visit.
- Tuesday's visit comes days before Trump travels to France for the G7 summit where he will meet with other world leaders to discuss a host of global issues.
- An official said they expect it to be discussed Tuesday, but that it will only happen when Romania meets the requirements of the program.
- Iohannis in 2017 told reporters that he brought up the topic of visa waivers with Trump during their meeting.
Trump is reportedly so worried about the threat of recession that he is considering reversing some of his signature China tariffs
- The Trump administration is considering reversing some of US President Donald Trump's signature tariffs against China as one of a range of potential measures to protect a weakening US economy from recession, The New York Times reported late Monday.
- Economic experts are warning that it is US consumers who will pay a price for the tariffs, with a JPMorgan report on Monday warning that it will cost the average US household $1,000 per year when tariffs on an extra $50 billion of Chinese goods comes into effect into December.
- Though Trump has insisted that warnings of a recession have been concocted by opponents and the media, the president has delayed imposing a new range of China tariffs until December 15 after advisers reportedly warned him that it would "ruin Christmas" for many US consumers because of its knock-on effect on the price of goods in shops.
An NYPD judge recommends that the officer accused of fatally choking Eric Garner should be fired, officials say
- New York (CNN) - New York Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo should be terminated for his role in the death of Eric Garner, a departmental administrative judge officially recommended Friday, city officials said.
- NYPD Police Commissioner James O'Neill is expected to follow the recommendation of Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemarie Maldonado, a senior law enforcement official said.
- Maldonado ruled that a chokehold triggered a series of event's that culminated with Garner's death, according to a source who saw the judge's report.
- But Maldonado ruled that while on top of Garner, the officer could have used a tactic other than the banned chokehold, according to the source who saw the report.
- Maldonado ruled that Pantaleo's use of the move was a reckless and egregious display of misconduct since only a small number of maneuvers are banned by the NYPD and chokeholds are one of them, according to the source.
'Everybody started screaming': A tree was struck by lightning and fell onto a swim club's tent pavilion, injuring 9 people
- On Sunday, nine people were injured at a Pennsylvania swim club when lightning struck a tree, which caused it to fall on a tent pavilion, NBC Philadelphia reported.
- The incident happened at Dolphin Swim Club in Lower Southampton Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
- The lightning strike happened during a heavy rainstorm around 5 pm.
- When the tree fell, it landed on a 60-foot tent, according to NBC Philadelphia.
- Seven children and two adults were impacted by the tree, according to ABC 6.
- A fire official told NBC Philadelphia that two people sustained serious head injuries and one person sustained a serious back injury.
- Those who were injured were taken to St. Mary's Medical Center, according to NBC Philadelphia.
- Lifeguards and other Dolphin Swim Club officials began the rescue effort.
- Severe thunderstorms and lightning spread across the northeast on Sunday and caused power outages across Pennsylvania.
Trump White House official Stephen Miller is 'singularly focused on how to get people out of the country'
- White House senior adviser Stephen Miller is "singularly focused on how to get people out of the country," according to a senior Trump administration official.
- The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Miller has been determined to remain the authoritative voice within the West Wing on immigration, emerging as a key voice shaping the Trump administration's hardline approach.
- Former and current administration officials told the Post he's been fixated on ramping up deportations and has developed a penchant for micromanaging agencies — blindsiding cabinet leaders who found their staffers leaving the West Wing and discovering they met with Miller without their knowledge.
- Another senior official told the Post that Miller disdains the usual bureaucratic process, convinced "an activist judge" would halt the Trump administration's priorities in federal court.
Mike Pompeo is the one of the most sycophantic of all Trump officials, according to a scathing profile where he is called 'a heat-seeking missile for Trump's a--'
- Former US officials have painted a portrait of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a sycophant towards President Donald Trump, whose key priority is to maintain Trump's trust and confidence in him, according to a New Yorker profile published Monday.
- Pompeo was appointed secretary of state by Trump in April 2018 after the president fell out with Rex Tillerson, his predecessor in the role.
- Since his appointment, Pompeo has become one of Trump's most loyal servants, despite having warned prior to his election that Trump would be an authoritarian president, the Washington Post reported last year.
- According to the profile, Pompeo believes that his job is "serving the President, whatever the President asks of him," the New Yorker said.
- Despite his determination to portray himself as a Trump ultra-loyalist, according to the report, Pompeo has expressed misgivings about the president's unpredictable and impulsive orders behind closed doors.