Trump Demands $4.1B for His Wall:
’s newly released budget request asks Congress for $1.5 billion to begin developing a border wall separating the U.S. and Mexico—and that’s just the moneyneeded for the current fiscal year. The White House will ask for an additional $2.6 billion in funding for the wall in the fiscal year 2018 budget request. The initial money, part of a $30 billion supplemental spending request sent to lawmakers this week, is to begin developing design and locations for the project, according to White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney
. The 2018 budget also requests additional spending related to the wall, including more Border Patrol agents and immigration-enforcement agents. “I think the funding provides for a couple of pilot cases… different kinds of barriers in different kinds of places,” Mulvaney told reporters. “We try and find the most cost-efficient, the safest, and also the most effective border protections.”
Chelsea Clinton Announces ‘She Persisted’ Book:
, the daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton
and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
, is publishing a new children’s book apparently inspired by Sen.Elizabeth Warren
. The picture book, titled She Persisted
, is named after Warren refused to be silent and was cut off bySenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
. It will reportedly showcase 13 inspiring American women—including Nellie Bly
, Harriet Tubman
, and Sally Ride
—and will be available for sale May 30. “I wrote this book for everyone who’s ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who’s ever been made to feel less than,” Clinton said in a statement. “The 13 women in She Persisted
all overcame adversity to help shape our country—sometimes through speaking out, sometimes by staying seated, sometimes by captivating an audience. With this book, I want to send a message to young readers around the country—and the world—that persistence is power.”
Rand Paul Fires Back: McCain ‘Unhinged,’ ‘Past His Prime’:
After being called a Russian operative by Sen. John McCain
from the Senate floor on Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Rand Paul
finally returned fire Thursday morning, calling his colleague “unhinged” and “past his prime.” After objecting to a measure advancing Montenegro’s bid for NATO membership, Paul exited the Senate chambers Wednesday afternoon, prompting McCain to say that the Kentucky senator “is now working for Vladimir Putin
.” Paul’s initial comment on the attack was policy-focused, but the following morning he appeared on MSNBC and gave a more forthright response: “I think he makes a really, really strong case for term limits. I think maybe he’s past his prime, maybe he’s gotten unhinged.” The senator then referenced a Mother Jones
article rating each country McCain has wanted to attack with between 1 to 5 “Angry McCains.” The Arizona senator’s “foreign policy would greatly endanger the United States and overextend us,” Paul added.
Trump Blasts Judge Ruling on Travel Ban:
During a speech in Nashville on Wednesday night, PresidentTrump
blasted a Hawaii judge’s decision to freeze his revised executive order that sought to temporarily bar the issuance of new visas to citizens from six Muslim-majority countries and suspend the admission of new refugees. “The order he blocked was a watered-down version of the first one,” Trump said. “This is, in the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach,” he added. Trump also promised to take his fight against the ruling to the Supreme Court, as he did for the last ban that was blocked.
Tillerson: North Korea ‘Need Not Fear’ U.S.:
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
, while in Tokyo on Thursday, asked North Korea to abandon its “dangerous and unlawful” nuclear-weapons program. The former ExxonMobil CEO, on his first trip to Asia as a U.S. diplomat, met with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida
and the two reportedly discussed approaches to handling the increasingly belligerent Hermit Kingdom. “North Korea and its people need not fear the United States or their neighbors in the region who seek only to live in peace with North Korea,” Tillerson said during a news conference. “With this in mind, the United States calls on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic-missile programs and refrain from any further provocation.” Last week, Pyongyang launched four missiles into the waters off Japan and publicly announced the move was a dry run for an attack on U.S. bases there. In response, the U.S. military has moved in its THAAD missile system and missile-carrying Gray Eagle drones to bordering South Korea, along with the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, which is conducting drills offshore. Tillerson will also meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
, before traveling to South Korea and then China.
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