Investigations mark President Trump’s first few weeks in office
by Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News
Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump declared his biggest campaign promise, to Make America Great Again.
Among his accomplishments so far since taking office — he green-lit the building of a wall along the Mexico border, put a freeze on federal hiring, and put the final nail in the coffin of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Still, even with these successes, the signs of non-stop winning are nowhere in sight – instead, controversies are bearing down on Trump’s administration.
First, a federal judge ruled against President Trump’s travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries.
A federal appeals court also unanimously upheld the temporary suspension of the said travel ban.
Next, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway may have broken the law according to government ethics, for promoting Ivanka Trump’s clothing lines on national TV.
Also, a possible security lapse when a photo of the President and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared to be discussing the North Korean ballistic missile test at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago golf resort last weekend.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said tTump was briefed on the North Korea situation at a sensitive compartmented information facility, or SCIF, in Mar-a-Lago before and after the dinner.
“Just to be clear, the president was briefed in a SCIF ahead of dinner,” Spicer told press. “He went with his national security team, they briefed him on the situation on North Korea…subsequently, he had a dinner.”
Then, there’s the saga of the Trump campaign’s alleged ties with Russia, which started when former campaign manager Paul Manafort left Team Trump because of his close Russian connections.
Last Monday, Trump’s national security advisor Michael Flynn resigned after misleading Vice President Mike Pence and the White House.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell says the intelligence committee is highly likely to investigate the contacts between Flynn and Russia’s ambassador to Washington.
“The fundamental question for us is what is our involvement in it, and who ought to look at it,” McConnell says. “And the intelligence committees are already looking at Russian involvement in our election….”
Democratic senate minority leader Chuck Schumer says there needs to be an “independent and transparent investigation,” because the White House knew for weeks that General Flynn misled the Vice President, and that his said discussion with the Russian government could potentially compromise America’s national security.