Trump Watch: Day 236 Wrap-Up

Good evening, Trump watchers. I don’t have much time to write this post, so it’s going to be a bit heavy on direct quotes and then links to the articles if you’d like to read more. Here’s your latest news for Wednesday, September 13, 2017:

— Tim Scott, the only black Republican Senator, “delivered a pointed lecture on America’s 300-year legacy of racism to President Trump on Wednesday in response to what he called Mr. Trump’s ‘sterile’ response to the riots in Charlottesville, Va., last month” according to the New York Times. Further, “When a reporter asked the senator if the president had expressed regret, a pained look flashed on Mr. Scott’s face. He paused for a few seconds and replied, ‘He certainly tried to explain what he was trying to convey.’” The White House tried to convey it as a positive meeting, while Scott’s remarks afterwards left little doubt that it was anything but.

— Meanwhile, a bipartisan Congressional resolution was passed that will force Trump to condemn hate groups and the racially motivated violence that took place in Charlottesville. The resolution reads in full, “A joint resolution condemning the violence and domestic terrorist attack that took place during events between August 11 and August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, recognizing the first responders who lost their lives while monitoring the events, offering deepest condolences to the families and friends of those individuals who were killed and deepest sympathies and support to those individuals who were injured by the violence, expressing support for the Charlottesville community, rejecting White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups, and urging the President and the President’s Cabinet to use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups.” and

— Politico published an in-depth piece on how the Trump administration is quietly attempting to “gut major Obama-era rules and relax federal oversight of swaths of the health care industry.” What exactly is the administration hard at work doing in the shadows? A lot. And none of it is good. According to Politico, the administration intends to “end mandatory programs making hospitals more accountable for their patients’ health, slowed the transition to a system that pays doctors based on quality rather than quantity, and indicated they will reverse a high-profile rule blocking nursing homes from forcing residents to sign away their right to sue.”

— Trump is still courting top Congressional Democrats, inviting Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to dinner this evening. According to Bloomberg News, Schumer and Pelosi “plan to lobby Trump to renew protections against deportation for immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. by their parents and to stabilize Obamacare’s health insurance markets”, while Trump plans to “rally congressional support for a tax overhaul, including a substantial reduction of the corporate income tax rate.” On Tuesday Trump invited three Democratic senators to have dinner with him: Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. All three face reelection campaigns in states that Trump won in the presidential election. Stay tuned.

— Finally, Reuters reported today that “the Trump administration on Wednesday told U.S. government agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products from their networks, saying it was concerned the Moscow-based cyber security firm was vulnerable to Kremlin influence and that using its anti-virus software could jeopardize national security.”

That’s all for tonight! I’ll be back with another wrap-up on Friday evening.