Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Trump’s first Monday as President dominated by trade, jobs

9:57 am Jan. 23, 2017

As he vowed repeatedly throughout the 2016 campaign, President Trump wasted no time on his first Monday in office in following through on a major campaign promise, as he pulled the United States out of a major trade deal, and pressed some notable U.S. companies to keep more jobs as home, threatening a “substantial border tax” on some products made overseas, as he used the bully pulpit of the White


President Trump, top spokesman blast news media on first full day in office

6:17 pm Jan. 21, 2017

In a direct one-two punch, President Donald Trump and his top spokesman at the White House accused the news media of “intentionally false reporting” to the American people about the size of the crowd at Friday’s Inauguration in Washington, D.C.

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an Inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to reporters in the White House


In first day executive order, President Trump takes aim at Obamacare

8:00 am Jan. 21, 2017

Issuing his first executive order just hours after being sworn into office, President Donald Trump on Friday ordered federal agencies to ease “unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens” of Obamacare, as he again declared his desire to unravel his predecessor’s main legislative achievement.

With Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and other top aides looking on in the Oval Office, President Trump signed a


Trump sworn in as President, vows to focus on “America first”

12:30 pm Jan. 20, 2017

Cheered by thousands of supporters gathered at the U.S. Capitol, Donald J. Trump took the oath of office as the 45th President of the United States, using his Inaugural Address to repeat his familiar campaign vow to focus first on the troubles of Americans at home, as he sent a message to lawmakers in Congress sitting around him.

“We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action,”


Decorum suffers as Democrats, Republicans clash over Trump picks

1:45 pm Jan. 19, 2017

A day before President-Elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office, political bitterness over Mr. Trump’s choices again spilled into public view, as Democrats vowed to slow down Senate approval of top Trump Cabinet officials, while Republicans accused Democrats of doing all they can to undermine the new administration.

Democrats have followed a familiar playbook so far on a new administration, using two weeks of Senate confirmation hearings to try their