Immigration policy continues to haunt Trump

Donald Trump reversed course after days of digging in on a policy that resulted in immigrant family separations at the border, signing an executive order that will keep far more families together at the border. The order also seeks more authority to detain those families together until the end of their immigration proceedings. That process will begin immediately, which is likely to be met with swift legal challenges, though the order does acknowledge that current law may restrict their hands. But there are no new special procedures for children already in custody, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Trump continued to mislead about the origin of the humanitarian crisis on the US border, saying Democrats refuse to approve new funds for detention facilities for children. Trump insisted that conditions at some of the child detention facilities were “the nicest that people have seen. … Democrat and court-ordered loopholes prevent family detention and lead to family separation, not matter how you cut it.” Children’s detention centers wouldn’t of existed if he didn’t separate them from their parents.

House Republicans had to scramble to fix a drafting error in a conservative immigration bill that would have accidentally given Trump $125 billion for border security, including his wall instead of the $25 billion intended.

One of two bills easily failed, the more conservative one, after over 40 Republicans voted against the bill in addition to all the Democrats. Trump can’t blame the Democrats on this vote.

A number of governors across the US [both Democrat and Republican] have either recalled or won’t send any personnel or hardware to the US-Mexican border after the outrage over family separations. Trump signed a memorandum to send National Guard troops to secure the US-Mexico border in April after hearing of a migrant caravan making its way through Mexico.

Kellyanne “The Witch” Conway is extending her boss’ thinking that the Democrats to blame because the Democrats created the law [unsure if true and in any case a very old law] that stops people from entering the US illegally. However, prior to the change in policy by the Trump administrator, it was a misdemeanor. They were briefly detained and then sent back. Now parents are arrested and children are sent elsewhere because of the parents’ arrests. If Conway is blaming the Democrats for the law, then properly change it!

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski refused to apologize after he dismissed the story of a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was reportedly separated from her mother after crossing the border illegally by saying “womp womp” in an interview.

Trump is letting bygones be bygones as he endorses embattled Alabama Republican Rep. Martha Roby for re-election. Roby had publicly withdrawn her endorsement of Trump in the final days of the 2016 election after the release of the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape. Roby was forced earlier this month into a runoff with Democrat-turned-Republican Bobby Bright. Bright has embraced the president and charged Roby with being insufficiently supportive of Trump. Trump is rejecting Bright as “a recent Nancy Pelosi voting Democrat”. This coming from a man who himself was a Democrat.

A trade association representing a dozen automakers doing business in the United States says Trump’s threat to slap 20 per cent tariffs on vehicles imported from Europe is “not the right approach.” [Soon Trump will impose tariffs on foreign players for all we know.]

Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, tells Trump and the Cabinet that it has been nearly a century since anyone reorganized the federal government. He says the U.S. is still dealing with a government from the early 20th century. Trump is calling it the “drain the swamp Cabinet meeting,” a reference to one of his major campaign pledges.

Trump has met with lawmakers after the Senate moved to block a White House plan to allow Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. to buy component parts from the US. ZTE is accused of violating trade laws by selling sensitive technologies to North Korea and Iran. The administration announced an agreement with ZTE earlier this month but has run into opposition in Congress.

Trump, in a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, says there is “growing frustration” in the United States with North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies like Canada that have not increased defense spending as promised. He thanked Canada for helping out in various missions but these contributions “do not excuse any of us from our commitments to ensure NATO has the resources it needs.” The US may be the biggest contributor but the US [or Trump for that matter] isn’t the NATO boss.

Trump will meet Queen Elizabeth when he visits Britain on July 13th. [Hopefully Buckingham Palace stocks up on plenty of disinfectant and anti-bacteria hand lotion.] Aside from seeing the Queen, Trump is planning on attending a NATO summit [that will be fun for him] on that same trip and maybe extend the trip to see Vladimir Poutine.

At a rally in Nevada, Trump claimed that two Democratic politicians there “don’t know how to say Nevada.” The two say “Nev-ah-da,” a pet peeve for the state’s residents, rather than the correct “Nev-AD-a,” Trump claimed. However, as he finished his speech, it was Trump who made the mistake. “Thank you very much, Nevada,” he said — pronouncing it “Nev-ah-da.”

Support for Democratic House candidates has ticked up slightly to 50%, according to a poll conducted by SSRS. The percentage of voters who said Democrats when asked which party they’ll support in November was up three points since CNN’s May poll, and Democrats have a sizable lead among voters who are most enthusiastic about voting. 42% of registered voters said they’ll support the Republican candidate.

White House press secretary Sarah “Simpleton” Sanders said she was kicked out of a Virginia restaurant by its owner because she works for Trump. “Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left,” Sanders posted on Twitter. The owner told The Washington Post in an interview that she “would have done the same thing again.”

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