Two people familiar with the issue described President Trump as musing about the idea rather than outlining a plan of action, and several others said the president’s fury peaked over the weekend and that he and Jeff Sessions now seem to be heading toward an uneasy detente.
Republicans in the Senate seemed to coalesce around a “skinny repeal” that would abolish individual and employer mandates for health insurance and perhaps just one tax. But they’ll face strong obstacles in trying to do more.
By Juliet Eilperin, Kelsey Snell and Sean Sullivan
He once vowed to do more than rival Hillary Clinton to protect LGBT people, but since President Trump took office, he has taken positions more in tune with his social conservative base. Those familiar with Trump say his changing stances reflect his tendency to shape his views to the moment, rather than deep-seated hostility toward a group.
The White House has its counsel, and now Trump has his own personal attorneys, as does the Trump Organization. There are lawyers for each member of the Trump family. And that’s not counting the layers of lawyers for everyone else in the administration.
Over the decades, Thelma Kouzes has hosted 174 students from 34 countries in her Fairfax home. And on Wednesday she was surrounded by friends and family as her great-grandson blew out the candles of her 100th birthday cake.
The Senate will vote on the House-passed measure stepping up sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, in exchange for a promise to consider expanding congressional checks on the president later.
During the campaign, the candidate proclaimed that 58 percent of African American youth was unemployed. Now that he’s president, Trump cites Bureau of Labor Statistics showing the rate for African Americans in general at 7.1 percent.