Despite immigration pushback, Trump team moves forward
WASHINGTON, D.C. — While fallout over the executive order on immigration continues throughout the country, the Trump administration continues forward.
President Trump is urging the Senate to confirm his Cabinet, so they can get to work on his agenda.
But the confirmation of Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos has been threatened by two Republicans.
Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Senator Lisa Murkowski became the first sitting members to break with POTUS on any of his cabinet picks.
” I will not, I cannot vote to confirm her as our nation’s next Secretary of Education,” Sen. Collins said during a speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday.
The day before, Collins had voted in favor of DeVos in committee.
Without their votes, the count is tied, if all Democrats vote against her.
DeVos would need the vote of Vice President Mike Pence to break the tie.
But, when asked about the upset Wednesday morning, the White House gave its full support.
“I am 100% confident [DeVos] will be the next Secretary of Education,” said White Hosue Press Secretary Sean Spicer during a press briefing on Wednesday.
A recent missile test in Iran has the new national security adviser giving warning.
Lt. General Michael Flynn said Iran’s actions threaten regional stability and place American lives at risk.
He lays some of the blame on agreements made with Iran by the Obama administration.
“Instead of being thankful to the United States in these agreements, Iran is now feeling emboldened. As of today we are officially putting Iran on notice,” he said at the White House on Wednesday.
“On notice” of what is unclear.
Flynn did not say whether or not the US would take any concrete actions in response to Iran’s actions.
The President himself made an unannounced visit to Dover, Delaware.
He and daughter Ivanka went to greet the returning remains of Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, the first american military casualty of President Trump’s term.
He was killed during a weekend raid on an Al-Qaeda base in Yemen.
President Trump has fewer cabinet-level appointees confirmed by this point in his administration than any president in at least the last four decades.
Senate Democrats continue to boycott committee votes for several nominees in hopes of allowing for more time to consider testimonies.
In Wednesday’s briefing, Spicer called the tactic “childish”.
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