Donald Trump: This cabinet has faced record-setting confirmation delays

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This is our first Cabinet meeting with the entire Cabinet present. The confirmation process has been record-setting long — and I mean record-setting long — with some of the finest people in our country being delayed and delayed and delayed.

Donald Trump: Claims to be the most productive president in history, with a few exceptions

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Never has there been a president, with few exceptions—case of FDR, he had a major depression to handle—who has passed more legislation and who has done more things than what we’ve done.

Sen. Michael Bennet: Using the Marshall Plan to critique Trump’s foreign policy

Michael BennetAs the recent terrorist attack unfolded in London, President Trump took to Twitter to promote his political agenda and sow fear in the wake of that attack. In the face of challenges like extremism and instability that demand 40-year strategies like the ones President Truman had in mind, President Trump is conducting his foreign policy 140 characters at a time.

Like the Marshall Plan, the Paris Agreement recognized that in the modern world there is no “over there” anymore. Today, over there is here, and here is over there, and our President fundamentally doesn’t understand it. Continue reading Sen. Michael Bennet: Using the Marshall Plan to critique Trump’s foreign policy

Talking Points Watch: Team Trump’s repeated claims that first foreign trip “historic”

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A collection of statements by Rex Tillerson and Sean Spicer characterizing President Trump’s recent trip, especially to Saudi Arabia, as “historic.” 

I am thrilled to be back in the United States after our first historic foreign trip.

Our first foreign trip was full of historic and unprecedented achievements. Joined by many old and new friends, we have paved the way for the new era of cooperation – one that calls upon each nation to take more responsibility to bring peace to their people.

In Saudi Arabia, I was honored to participate in a historic summit with the leaders of more than 50 Muslim and Arab nations, where King Salman and many other leaders expressed their desire to take on a greater role in defeating terrorists who murder innocents of all faiths.

—President Donald J. Trump, Weekly Address, June 2, 2017

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Tillerson: “America First” means bringing foreign relations “back into balance”

So let’s talk first about my view of how you translate “America first” into our foreign policy. And I think I approach it really that it’s America first for national security and economic prosperity, and that doesn’t mean it comes at the expense of others. Our partnerships and our alliances are critical to our success in both of those areas. But as we have progressed over the last 20 years – and some of you could tie it back to the post-Cold War era as the world has changed, some of you can tie it back to the evolution of China since the post-Nixon era and China’s rise as an economic power, and now as a growing military power – Continue reading Tillerson: “America First” means bringing foreign relations “back into balance”

Rep. Linda Sánchez: Historical precedent for demanding Trump’s tax returns

Linda SanchezWhereas, according to the Tax History Project, every President since Gerald Ford has disclosed their tax return information to the public;

Whereas, Congress gave itself the authority to review an individual’s tax returns to investigate and reveal possible conflicts of interest of executive branch officials involved dating back to the Teapot Dome scandal;
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Rep. Anna Eshoo: Giving Highly Classified Intel to Russians “Unprecedented”

Anna EshooHolding the meeting itself raised many questions. But in the meeting, the President revealed highly classified, code-word information to the Russians. I believe that this is unprecedented. No President in the history of our country has ever done such a thing.

—Rep. Anna Eshoo (D–CA)

 House Floor, May 18, 2017

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Rep. Jamie Raskin: Trump Campaigned Like William Jennings Bryan but Has Richest Cabinet in US History

America needs to know that all of the protests and the popular participation is working. The Women’s March set the whole context for discussion about what is going to happen here because we know that President Trump campaigned like William Jennings Bryan, like he was a big populist. He was going to be on the side of the working people. But he got in, and the very people he denounced, like Goldman Sachs, have come to run his government. It is a Wall Street Cabinet. It is the wealthiest Cabinet in the history of the United States. That is who this government represents today. That is what this tax plan represents today.

— Jamie Raskin (D–MD)

President Trump’s Tax Plan, House Floor, April 27, 2017

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Rep. Brad Sherman: Not Since Galileo “Have Science Deniers Had Such Powerful Friends”

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Last Saturday was Earth Day, and tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions of people across this country had to march in favor of science because, not since Galileo was condemned by the Inquisition for asserting that the Earth orbits the Sun, not since Galileo was condemned by the Inquisition have science deniers had such powerful friends.

— Brad Sherman (D–CA)

Confronting Trump on Anti-Science Agenda and Taxes, House Floor, April 25, 2017

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Rep. Andy Biggs: Trump’s First 100 Days Most Productive Since Truman

In his first 100 days, President Trump has enacted more pieces of legislation than any other President since Truman, facilitated the earliest Supreme Court confirmation since 1881, eliminated many onerous regulations to restore economic optimism and opportunity, protected the sanctity of life, and driven illegal border crossings to a 17-year low. His accomplishments are truly remarkable.

—Rep. Andy Biggs (R–AZ)

First 100 Days of President Trump’s Administration, House Floor, April 27, 2017

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