Trump rejects ‘timetables,’ ups pressure on Pakistan, refocuses on ‘killing terrorists’

President Trump outlined a comprehensive new strategy Monday night for achieving a “lasting peace” in Afghanistan – rejecting what he called “arbitrary timetables” for the U.S. troop presence, ratcheting up pressure on Pakistan to stop harboring militants and vowing to refocus the mission on “killing terrorists,” not nation-building. “From now...

Texas 85th Legislative Special Session

The Texas House quit early and went home after refusing to negotiate true property tax reform and relief. With 27 hours to go, they walked off the job. I held a press conference with the senators after the final gavel. Watch it here:...

Gingrich on Charlottesville reaction: Anti-Trump movement ‘will never, ever be satisfied’

President Trump “came out against bigotry, against racism, against hatred” after the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va. — but nothing he says will ever silence some of his critics, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich reacted. More than a dozen people were injured and one woman was killed amid clashes between white...

Trump condemns ‘white supremacists,’ other extremists behind deadly Virginia rallies

President Trump specifically condemns “white supremacists” and other extremist groups as forces behind the deadly protests and counter-protests this weekend in Virginia, a White House spokesperson said Sunday. “The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred. Of course that...

McMaster: Charlottesville Violence Was ‘Terrorism’

White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster called the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday “terrorism.” Speaking to ABC’s “This Week,” McMaster said “anytime that you commit an attack against people to incite fear, it is terrorism.” One person died during the white supremacist rally after a car crashed through a...

Trump on North Korean Threat: Military Solutions Are ‘Locked and Loaded’

President Trump issued yet another warning to North Korea Friday morning, saying the U.S.’s military solutions are ready to respond. “Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely,” the president tweeted. “Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” The president on Thursday told reporters...

Japan ready to protect Guam, defense minister says

In the event of a North Korean nuclear attack on Guam, Japan’s new defense minister said Thursday that his country’s military could shoot down the missiles before they reach the U.S. territory. In such a scenario, Japan has the right to activate its Aegis destroyer missile defense system, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera...

President Trump Hits Back At McConnell: You’ve Had Seven Years to Repeal Obamacare and Failed

Lawmakers are back in their home states after leaving Washington D.C. for August recess last week.  During a town hall style meeting Tuesday night, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell argued President Trump has an unreasonable expectation of how long it takes for the democratic process to work on Capitol Hill.  “Our...

Tillerson: Trump sending North Korea a ‘strong message’

President Trump’s warning of coming “fire and fury” was meant to send “a strong message” to North Korean despot Kim Jong Un, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday. Tillerson said Trump’s brawny rhetoric putting the rogue regime on notice was needed, given North Korea’s disregard of international alarm...

Trump’s generals: President turns to military men for counsel, order

When retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly was sworn in as White House chief of staff last week, he took command of a Trump administration that now has more military commanders in top spots than any since Eisenhower’s. The generals hand-picked by Trump — Kelly, National Security Adviser H.R....

Haley: North Korea needs to brace for combined pressure from US and the world

Less than a day after North Korea  threatened  that the United States would pay dearly “thousands of times” for pushing new sanctions to cripple the rogue nation’s economy, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told Fox News that America has the iron-clad upper hand. “It was a gut-punch to...

Senior Trump Aide Takes CNN’s Acosta To The Woodshed Over New Immigration Policy

President Donald Trump has announced a new immigration policy that will seek to shift attention away from low-skilled labor. It’s called the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act, RAISE, which Katie  noted  would amount to the biggest overhaul in immigration policy since the 1960s. “Struggling American families deserve an immigration...

Cornyn: Many of Our Colleagues Still Don’t Accept That Trump Won the Election

Sen. John Cornyn took to the Senate floor Wednesday to talk about the backlog of President Trump’s executive nominations, saying he’s “never seen anything quite like it.” As Cortney  reported  last month, if the current pace continues, it would take 11 years for all of the president’s nominees to be confirmed—long...

Post-Scaramucci White House: Why Trump is fighting Republicans

The media may be awash in stories describing the White House as being in chaos — especially with a communications director who lasted 11 days — but President Trump has a drastically different view: “Highest Stock Market EVER, best economic numbers in years, unemployment lowest in 17 years, wages raising, border...

POTUS: GOP Senators Look Like “Fools” After Skinny Repeal Failure

After the “skinny repeal” bill failed to pass the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lamented that more couldn’t be done to help Americans who are dealing with Obamacare’s failures, but that it was “time to move forward. “The American people are going to regret that we couldn’t find a better...

White House to Senate: Pass health bill now or else

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House stepped up demands Sunday for revived congressional efforts on health care and suggested senators cancel their entire summer break, if needed, to pass legislation after failed votes last week. Aides said President Donald Trump is prepared in the coming days to end required payments...

Nikki Haley on North Korea: ‘The Time for Talk is Over’

In the wake of North Korea’s latest ICBM launch, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Sunday the US is not seeking a Security Council emergency session to discuss the matter. Seeing that the North Korean regime repeatedly violates existing Security Council resolutions, there is no point in having...

Trump to Republicans: Let’s repeal ObamaCare

President Trump tweeted late Monday that Republicans should “just REPEAL” ObamaCare after two key Republican Senators announced they would not support the bill, ending any chance the bill had of passing the Senate. Republican Senators Mike Lee, of Utah and Jerry Moran, of Kansas joined Senators Rand Paul, of Kentucky...

Mike Pence Says Administration is “On the Verge of an Historic Accomplishment” on Healthcare

In a Saturday night keynote address to the Maverick PAC conference Vice President Mike Pence rattled off a list of President Trump’s accomplishments, noting that in seven months he’s signed 40 bills and 40 Executive Orders, approved the Keystone and Dakota Pipelines, rolled back the Obama clean power plan, withdrew...

FBI document dump reveals secrets of Clinton probe as new director nominee faces Senate

Some  42 pages of highly redacted documents  from the FBI’s criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of highly classified materials paint a picture of a serious, but flawed investigation hindered by a lack of cooperation, according to a key watchdog group. The materials, all part of the probe dubbed “Midyear Exam,” included several documents designated as...