Editor’s Note: Everyone’s got an opinion, but who has the facts? At LibertyNation.com, we like to say, “Truth is Making a Comeback because Facts Matter.” So, each week, our editorial staff combs through the noise to bring you the highlights of what the president did and said.
December 16 – The president hosted the Roundtable Discussion on the Governors’ Initiative on Regulatory Innovation at the White House on Monday. President Trump and the various state leaders present discussed the economy, jobs, and of course, deregulation. President Trump touted the good work of each person present, and expressed his desire to accelerate the process – instead of removing two rules for each new one, how about three or four? The others were eager, and Idaho’s Governor Brad Little has grabbed quite the head start. He boasts 82 regulations removed for every new one added.
December 18 – On Wednesday, Dec. 18, President Trump announced four judicial and U.S. Marshal nominees: His picks for the U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Virginia and the Northern District of Alabama are Thomas T. Cullen and Anna M. Manasco, respectively. Mr. Trump also nominates Thomas L. Foster of Virginia to serve as the U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Virginia and Michael Allen Hager of Arkansas to serve as the U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
December 19 – Thursday was a busy day for the president. He met with Representative Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, who, despite being a long-time Democrat, voted against impeachment and joined the Republican Party after other Democrats insulted him and threatened his career. The president also attended the White House Mental Health Summit, signed the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education Act, also known as the FUTURE Act, into law, and announced his nomination of Sethuraman Panchanathan of Arizona to be Director of the National Science Foundation. The Trump campaign also launched “Democrats for Trump,” a coalition inspired by Rep. Van Drew aimed at welcoming “disaffected Democrats.” “For Democrats who feel abandoned by the socialist radicalization of their party,” campaign manager Brad Parscale said,” there is room for you on Team Trump and we welcome you to join the movement and a President that are putting America first.” All this the day after House Democrats voted to impeach the Trump.
December 20 – The biggest news Friday, Dec. 20 was the president signing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and two other spending bills into law. The NDAA passed with rare bipartisan support, and President Trump had promised to sign it as soon as it was on his desk. In signing these bills, not only did the president avoid a government shutdown and approve a hefty increase in defense spending, he also secured a pathway to citizenship for Liberian refugees displaced during the Ebola outbreak and authorized the sixth branch of the military, the Space Force. This marks the first time in more than 70 years a new branch has been added to the military. President Trump held a signing ceremony at Joint Base Andrews.
December 21 – President Trump signed seven bills into law Saturday. H.R. 2333 provides support for suicide prevention coordinators. H.R. 3196 renames the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope the Vera C. Rubin Observatory. H.R. 4566 clarifies tax benefits for charitable donations for the families of the victims of the mass shooting in Virginia Beach in May. S. 50 authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to improve sanitation on the Columbia River. S. 216 provides compensation to the Spokane Tribe of Indians for the use of tribal land for the Grand Coulee Dam. S256 reauthorizes the grant program to preserve and maintain Native American languages.
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