Trump Watch: Day 80 Wrap-Up

Good evening, Trump watchers. Wow, can you believe we’re already 80 days into this administration? Here is all the Trump-related news you need to know from Monday, April 10, 2017:

— After a 14-month vacancy following Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February of 2016, the Supreme Court got its newest justice today. Trump’s nominee for the position, Neil Gorsuch, was sworn-in this morning by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy. Gorsuch will begin hearing cases next week. According to Bloomberg News, he will first be involved in an important church-state case, and “also could help the court decide whether to hear pending bids for hearings in cases involving gun rights and voter-ID requirements.”

— Trump’s plan regarding Syria appears to be up in the air, according to the Associated Press, which stated that with regard to gaining support from allies, “the U.S. struggled Monday to explain a hazy Syria strategy that has yet to clarify key questions”. Tomorrow night Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Moscow in the first official visit by a Trump administration official to Russia. According to media reports, the U.S. will attempt to persuade Vladimir Putin to cut off his support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. Stay tuned.

— Today the New York Times reported on Trump’s proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, and said, “The cuts are so deep that even Republican lawmakers are expected to push back.” The report said that the following things are likely to face pushback when the budget reaches Congress: cuts to grants that monitor public water systems, cuts that would impact the EPA’s ability to police environmental offenders, cuts to regional clean-up programs, and cuts to federal funds “available for the cleanup of sites contaminated by hazardous substances and pollutants”, among many others. If you’re interested, check out the full report here:

— Did you hear about the Toyota factory in Georgetown, Kentucky that’s receiving a $1.33 billion investment from the company as well as 700 new jobs? Trump took credit for this, stating that this move by Toyota “is further evidence that manufacturers are now confident that the economic climate has greatly improved under my administration,” according to Bloomberg. Unfortunately for Trump, though, the Kentucky factory’s president, Wil James, said that the company began planning these upgrades to the plant during President Obama’s administration. Just an FYI in case anyone tries to tell you this is a direct result of Trump as president.

— Finally, it seems Trump’s efforts to discredit highly credible news sources such as the New York Times and the Washington Post have been all for naught. Both outlets received prestigious Pulitzer Prizes today for their reporting on Vladimir Putin (the Times) and on Trump’s presidential campaign (the Post). The Pulitzer Prize is considered the most prestigious award in American journalism.

That’s all for tonight! Stay tuned for the next update on Wednesday evening.