Trump: “Why didn’t Obama do something about the meddling? Why aren’t Dem crimes under investigation? Ask Jeff Sessions!”
( By Alex Pappas | Fox News ) President Trump on Wednesday again dinged Attorney General Jeff Sessions, this time asking why the Democrats in the Obama administration aren’t being investigated as part of the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
“Question: If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama Administration, right up to January 20th, why aren’t they the subject of the investigation?” Trump tweeted.
Trump added: “Why didn’t Obama do something about the meddling? Why aren’t Dem crimes under investigation? Ask Jeff Sessions!”
Sessions, because of his role on the Trump campaign, recused himself from the special counsel’s Russia probe months ago – a move that angered Trump and has caused him to lash out at his attorney general over and over.
The Sessions recusal, followed by Trump’s firing of James Comey at the FBI, paved the way for the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel.
During the meeting with Parkland students at the White House on Wednesday President Trump said arming teachers is a step that can be taken to make schools less-attractive targets for attackers.
He said that as things stand, attackers have nothing to lose because no one can shoot back.
CNN quoted Trump saying, “Gun-free zone to a maniac—because they’re all cowards—a gun-free zone is ‘let’s go in and let’s attack because bullets aren’t coming back at us.’” He said adopting a policy where “20 percent” of teachers were armed would reduce or eliminate the perception of weakness, making schools a riskier target to strike.
Trump said, “If you had a teacher who was adept with the firearm, they could end the attack very quickly.”
Newsweek reports that Trump also emphasized mental health and raising “the minimum age for purchasing a firearm,” but the push for arming teachers took center stage.
Students showed considerable support for the idea of arming teachers. Hunter Pollack, who lost his sister Meadow in the attack, said, “I’m not here to debate, but I lost my sister. And like Mr. President said, if you could find 20% of maybe retired law enforcement officers, or a teacher who could go through discreet training to carry a firearm around his waist, it could’ve been a very different situation.”
David Hogg, an anti-Trump FBI brat and Florida school shooting survivor, caught on video being coached on anti-Trump lines during a CNN interview.
Hogg’s father is a retired FBI agent and he has been running his mouth about how President Trump and the GOP are teaming to help murder high school kids by upholding the Second Amendment.
The FBI was warned, at least twice, that the Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz had promised to shoot up a school long before the massacre that killed 17 students last week. Obviously, Hogg did not tell his father about it.
President Trump, first lady Melania Trump and son Barron left Florida Monday as a family unit after a weekend spent at Mar-a-Lago where the president predominantly tweeted, and then today finally played golf.
The president marked his holiday with a trip to his West Palm Beach golf club after skipping playing the sport in the direct aftermath of Wednesday’s Parkland, Florida shooting.
The president stayed away from the course on Saturday, a day he spent fuming on Twitter, and Sunday, when he hosted House Speaker Paul Ryan at Mar-a-Lago, his private Palm Beach resort.
President Trump: “Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. There is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!”
Trump visited a hospital near Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida Friday night to comfort and meet the families of students injured after a deranged gunman rampaged through the high school with a semi-automatic rifle. Trump and the first lady visited with staff and families and first responders.
( Fox News ) President Donald Trump urged the FBI to “get back to the basics” Saturday night after an embarrassing series of mistakes in connection with the Parkland, Fla., massacre.
“Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter,” the president tweeted late Saturday. “This is not acceptable.”
The president then asserted that the agency was perhaps distracted by the investigation into possible Trump administration ties to Russia.
“They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign,” the president wrote. “There is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!”
On Friday, America’s top law enforcement agency admitted that it failed to act on information that alleged Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz had a “desire to kill people,” had written a series of alarming social media posts and had access to a gun.
Cruz, 19, is suspected of opening fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where he was a former student, killing 17 people and injuring more than a dozen others.
Pres. Trump’s “America’s Harvest Box” would provide 16.4 million households, about 81% of current food stamp recipients, with boxes of non-perishable food items grown by U.S. farmers in place of some of their SNAP aid.
The Trump administration has a proposal to replace some of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s (SNAP) cash benefits with boxes of physical food.
The plan, outlined in the administration’s budget blueprint for fiscal year 2019, is being dubbed “America’s Harvest Box” by the Department of Agriculture. It would provide 16.4 million households, about 81% of current food stamp recipients, with boxes of non-perishable food items grown by U.S. farmers in place of some of their SNAP aid. The government’s proposed program would apply to households that receive more than $90 in food stamp benefits.
Items that could be included in a government-issued food box are grains, peanut butter, canned meat, canned fruits and vegetables, juice and other shelf-stable products, according to the Department of Agriculture. The government would decide what to include based on nutrition guidelines utilized for other, existing programs, such as the Emergency Food Assistance Program, and the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations.
( Daily Caller ) President Donald Trump will unveil a plan to spend $200 billion on infrastructure over a decade Monday, days after signing one of the largest budget increases in recent memory.
The long-awaited infrastructure plan is supposed to generate $1.5 trillion of total investment in roads, bridges, waterways, electrical grids and other projects, but despite widespread support for improving America’s public works, some in Congress remain skeptical.
“This is the start of a negotiation — bicameral, bipartisan negotiation — to find the best solution for infrastructure in the U.S.,” a White House official told reporters Saturday.
“I think [the budget deal] does hurt the chances for an infrastructure package to get done, unless you use the money we’re just now spending,” House Freedom Caucus chair Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina told Axios. “I think there’s not going to be the appetite to continue to add additional monies without real offsets.”
Half of the $200 billion would be doled out through competitive program, allowing local and state authorities to apply for federal support. Projects that already have dedicated non-federal funding sources would be more likely to receive taxpayer money.
A quarter of the appropriated funds would be invested in rural projects, like broadband, through block grants distributed by the states with little federal involvement.
….The other problem facing infrastructure development that the White House hopes to fix with its plan is “the broken permit system,” that is part of the reason the U.S. has fallen behind many other developed countries in infrastructure.
The federal government has to approve 100 percent of infrastructure projects, however, it only funds 14 percent, one official said, and the amount of hoops localities and companies have to jump through is both costly and time-consuming.
The Trump administration plans to simplify the process, and allow agencies to act more decisively.
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