Day 27: Trump loses Cabinet nominee, reverses decades of US foreign policy
President Trump’s day began with a joint press conference alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The first meeting between the two world leaders came, unsurprisingly, with a few big news stories.
First off, Trump backed off of decades’ worth of US foreign policy in the Middle East by neglecting to insist on a two-state solution in peace talks between Israel and Palestine. Here’s what he said:
“I’m looking at two state and one state. And I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like — I can live with either one.”
Trump was later asked what he thinks about the rise in anti-Semitism in America since his election, a question he somehow managed to answer by touting his Electoral College victory.
The President was also asked about the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was a key member of the new administration’s team, and Trump responded by berating the media. He cited the “illegal leaks” that led to Flynn’s disgraceful resignation, as well as the “fake news” from the “unfair” media that reported on the controversy. However, if the leaks were not real they would not have been “fake,” and if they were “fake” they would not have been “illegal” …. the logic of Mr. Trump remains questionable.
The administration’s day got even shakier after the press conference, as Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination for Labor Secretary, bowing out to word from the Capitol that he would lack enough Congressional votes to be confirmed. He is the first of Trump’s cabinet nominees to be denied confirmation onto the Cabinet.
And finally, in somewhat lesser news on a busy day, Texas became the first state to ask for Trump’s travel/Muslim ban to be reinstated. This is a major break from other states’ public denunciation of the ban, as more than 20 have urged the court to uphold the freeze on the Executive Order.