‚ÄėThe defining accomplishment of his first year‚Äô
Yet the Bureau of Land Management‚Äôs reversal last month of an Obama-era energy policy flew largely under the radar, and it underscores one of the crucial missions of this presidency.
‚ÄúThe Trump administration rounded out the Year of Deregulation in appropriate fashion, rescinding a rule intended to punish oil and gas producers,‚ÄĚ the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote in an editorial this week. That regulation ‚Äúwould have added millions of dollars to the cost of fracking operations‚ÄĚ with duplicative red tape.
Here‚Äôs the key: ‚ÄúFracking is already subjected to scores of regulations at the federal, state and tribal levels. That won‚Äôt change,‚ÄĚ the editorial says. In other words, simplifying government doesn‚Äôt mean it‚Äôs going away.
Saying what we mean
The Vice President‚Äôs point was simple: An America that‚Äôs clear about what it stands for has a genuine opportunity to shape a world that‚Äôs freer and more democratic. And we can do so peacefully.
‚ÄúMy hope, and really my prayer, is that the people of Iran ‚ÄĒ a youthful population, a well-educated population ‚ÄĒ understand that the United States of America and the people of this country are their natural ally.‚ÄĚ
Getting to ‚Äėyes‚Äô on a bipartisan budget deal
The White House and Republican leadership on Capitol Hill were clear about what they expect from a deal. ‚ÄúThe American people deserve a government that funds our great military, protects our borders, and leads to a more prosperous future for all,‚ÄĚ they said in a joint statement.
Photo of the Day
President Donald J. Trump walks down the West Colonnade of the White House | January 3, 2017 (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)
This morning, President Trump will meet with Republican members of the Senate to discuss immigration. In the afternoon, the President will present the National Security Medal to Richard Ledgett, Jr.
Later in the afternoon, the President will meet with Republican members of the Senate about 2018 legislative priorities. The President will then meet with the Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.