Good morning, here’s what you need to know.
- Trump visits Boeing
President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit a Boeing factory in South Carolina to see their newest plane. He will then head to Florida where he will have a rally on Saturday and then go to Mar-a-Lago for the remainder of the weekend.
- Creating the cabinet
At President Donald Trump’s news conference yesterday he announced his new nominee for secretary of labor, R. Alexander Acosta. He is the dean of Florida International University’s law school, holds a degree from Harvard, and would be the first Hispanic member of the president’s cabinet. But finding someone who will fill the role of national security adviser is going to be harder, as Mr. Trump’s nominee retired vice admiral Robert Harward turned down the position.
The Senate is expected to vote today on the confirmation of Scott Pruitt as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- A new travel ban
A new travel ban is being written by the White House to replace the one that was blocked by the courts more than twice. The Justice Department announced yesterday that it would not take any further action on the ruling of the United States Court of Appeals.
- Neil Gorsuch confirmation scheduled
The Senate has scheduled the confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch to begin in March. The Supreme Court is expected to hear a case from a florist who would not sell flowers to a same-sex couple for their wedding. Washington State’s Supreme Court said he could not use religion as a defense.
- Flip-Flop on Middle East policy
President Trump’s remarks at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in which he most notably said that he did not necessarily support a two-state solution have set off a debate about whether there are other options.