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May 15, 2017

5-15-2017 Highlights from Last Week…

Week in Review

  • President Donald Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey and later contradicted the official White House explanation for doing so. While  voters are split on the issue, many Republicans have come around to support Trump’s decision.
  • Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office, the highest-level meeting between Trump and Russian officials since he was sworn in. Though Russia has been criticized for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, more Americans said  Comey’s actions surrounding the Hillary Clinton email investigation influenced the election outcome.
  • For the second time, the White House delayed a meeting to discuss whether or not to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. The meeting has not been rescheduled, and the administration pushed back its self-imposed deadline for a decision.
  • Trump’s top military and foreign policy advisers proposed a plan that would expand U.S. efforts to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan. The proposal would delegate authority to the Pentagon, rather than the White House, to set troop levels.
  • Trump signed an executive order that seeks to strengthen digital infrastructure to defend the United States from cyberattacks.

Congress

  • House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) are working with the Trump administration to draft an immigration and border security billthe most serious effort yet in the 115th Congress to address the issue.
  • As the House Freedom Caucus worked with senators to draft a health care plan, a Morning Consult/POLITICO survey found that Obamacare is more popular than the House-passed measure.

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