Thursday February 2, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Thursday February 2, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. In what can only be described as a bizarre phone call, President Donald Trump, spoke to Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, Saturday and according to multiple sources, berated the Prime Minister for a refugee exchange program that was signed by the Obama Administration. A transcript of part of the phone was leaked to the press from an anonymous White House source. Thursday evening, after the contents of the phone call were leaked, the President once again took to his favorite social media tool, Twitter. The President wrote, “Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!” Australia is considered one of the U.S’s closest allies.

2. Thursday evening, President Trump attended the swearing in ceremony of Rex Tillerson as the country’s new Secretary of State. Tillerson is the former head of ExxonMobil. The vote to pass Tillerson as the Secretary of State was 56 to 43. Three Democrats, Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Joe Manchin (WV), Mark Warner (VA), and Sen. Angus King (ME), an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, joined a unanimous GOP in supporting Tillerson. Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) did not vote on the confirmation.

3. In other confirmation news, President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Education, Betsy Devos, is looking les certain as 2 Republican Senators have decided not to sign on to her confirmation. Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), in speeches held back to back on the Senate floor, that they would oppose confirming Betsy DeVos as Education secretary. Collins stated that, ““I come to the floor to announce a very difficult decision that I have made, and that is to vote against the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be our nation’s next secretary of Education.” Devos has been coming under scrutiny as it has been perceived that Devos may have plagiarized answers to the Senate committee’s long list of written questions that is used to help Senators get a feel of whom is being nominated.

4. Wednesday evening, a protest against the appearance of a right-alt leader at the UC Berkeley campus. The protest turned violent as fires were started and damage done to the student halls at the campus. According to the school, Milo Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart writer, was originally invited as a show of freedom of speech but later cancelled. The school is reporting that about 150 out of 1500 students were the provocateurs of the protest. The protests were against the new Trump administration policies and backlash against the new President.

5. President Trump, Wednesday, spoke about the importance of Black History Month but turned into a debate as to whether the President actually knew what he was talking about. First, the dialogue was once again the role of the media and how they do not cover his administration fairly. Then in an ode to the work of African Americans in the U S. Trump spoke about the great abolitionist Fredrick Douglass. Trump stated that “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job that is being recognized more and more, I notice.” Trump’s remarks were a bit hard to understand as it was not quite understood if Trump actually knew about the life of Douglass and that he had actually died in 1895.

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