Supporters welcomed these actions. But by the end of the day, Trump drew focus away by — what else? — continuing to re-litigate the results of November’s election. In a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House, Trump claimed that 3 million to 5 million illegal votes for Hillary Clinton prevented him from winning the popular vote. There are no verifiable facts to back this up.
The comments come after a tumultuous first few days at the White House for Trump. Friday’s attendance at the inauguration was one blow; the number of protesters in Washington on Saturday was another. As our colleagues wrote, Trump grew “increasingly and visibly enraged” while watching the media’s coverage, feeling “demoralized that the public’s perception of his presidency so far does not necessarily align with his own sense of accomplishment.”
RECAPPING TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS
Here’s a quick summary of the president’s executive actions Monday.
- He signed a memorandum ordering the end of U.S. participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sweeping trade deal with Asia designed to provide a check on China that had already failed to make it to Capitol Hill for approval.
- He reinstated the so-called “Mexico City policy” barring foreign aid funds for groups that discuss or provide abortion. The policy has been lifted by Democratic presidents and reinstated by Republican ones since President Ronald Reagan instituted it in 1984.
- He instituted an immediate hiring freeze for the executive branch, with exemptions for those working in the military, national security and public safety.
Still, there are some campaign promises that will not be fulfilled so quickly, Trump aides indicated, including canceling former President Obama’s immigration policies and renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.
THE LATEST FROM SEAN SPICER
White House press secretary Sean Spicer stood by his assertion from the weekend that Trump’s inauguration had the largest viewing audience ever but acknowledged there were problems with the Metro ridership numbers he cited Saturday. After his tirade against the media became an Internet meme, he tried to smooth things over at Monday’s press conference. “Our intention is never to lie to you,” Spicer told the media.
CHECKING IN WITH CAPITOL HILL
Trump got his third nominee confirmed Monday night when the Senate approved Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) as CIA director. Another key nomination is on its way to the Senate floor: The Foreign Relations Committee approved Rex Tillerson’s nomination to be secretary of state Monday afternoon, with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), despite having expressed significant doubts, voting in favor.
Tuesday will be a huge step forward in the confirmation process for Trump’s Cabinet: Nine nominees will receive either votes or hearings in committee. Here’s the full schedule:
- Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources votes on Rick Perry for energy secretary at 9:30 a.m.
- Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources votes on Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) for interior secretary at 9:30 a.m.
- Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee votes on Ben Carson for secretary of housing and urban development at 10 a.m.
- Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing on Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), nominated for health and human services secretary, at 10 a.m.
- Senate Judiciary Committee votes on Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for attorney general at 10 a.m.
- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation votes on Elaine Chao for transportation secretary at 10:15 a.m.
- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation votes on Wilbur Ross for commerce secretary at 10:15 a.m.
- Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship holds a hearing for Linda McMahon, nominated to lead the Small Business Administration, at 10:30 a.m.
- Senate Budget Committee holds a hearing for Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget, at 10:30 a.m.
- Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs holds a hearing for Mulvaney at 2:30 p.m.