After seeming to go back and forth whether or not a deal had been reached between the White House and Democratic Congressional leaders on a deal that would provide protections for so-called Dreamers, the Trump administration on Sunday gave Congress a list of immigration measures it wants in exchange for any deal to protect them.
Minority leaders in the House and Senate have said the demands, which include funding for the president’s border wall, are non-starters.
On Monday morning, Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt announced that the Trump administration would be ending the Obama-era restrictions on coal-fired power plants, aimed at cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions. The president has been a cheerleader for the coal industry and has spoken in the past of his desire to roll back environmental protection laws that his predecessor signed.
Over the weekend, President Trump commandeered the spotlight once again. He publicly lashed out at Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker in a tweet saying that Corker “begged” him to endorse him for re-election and that he said no. Corker fired back, referring to the White House as an ‘adult day care center.’ Then, after Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts because of players taking a knee during the national anthem, the president tweeted that he had directed Pence to leave if players knelt.
We’ll also look at the chances and implications of the White House possibly decertifying the Iran deal this week, the president’s cryptic ‘calm before the storm’ comment during a meeting with military leaders, and the reports of discord between the president and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush