Friday February 10, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Friday February 10, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld the suspension of President Trump’s executive order regarding what the administration calls a travel ban from 7 Muslim majority countries. In a unanimous decision, the panel of three judges from the San Francisco could not find the administration’s argument that the policy was in the best interest of the country. Immediately, President Trump tweeted that, “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” The executive order appears to be heading right to the Supreme Court to verify that Trump did not abuse his power by issuing the order. Many believe that if Trump wants enact this order, it needs to be retooled and a new order ordered. It is not believed that the Trump administration wants to go in this direction but it is a possibility.

2. On Thursday, Kellyanne Conway, advisor to the President, has been accused of violating ethics codes when she, in a television interview, asked for the nation to buy the Ivanka Trump’s fashion line at Nordstrom’s department store. Conway stated that, ““go buy Ivanka’s stuff” and said she was performing a quick infomercial for the daughter of the President. When Conway asked that people buy the fashion line, many are arguing that is broke an ethics rule that disallows public officials from endorsing products. The White House announced that they have “counseled” Conway on her actions but what was actually done is still in question.

3. Friday morning, Tom Price was confirmed to lead the Health and Human Services Department. In his new position, Price will face the task of creating a new insurance plan that will take the place of Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act. Since 2005, Price has served in Congress for Georgia’s 6th congressional district, which includes the northern suburbs of Atlanta. Price currently serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee and has previously served as chairman of the Republican Study Committee and the Republican Policy Committee.

4. In another test for the Trump administration, President Trump backed down from what could have been a serious fight with China. During a lengthy telephone call with China’s President Xi Jinping, President Trump agreed to honor the One-China policy. The White House statement said that “The two leaders discussed numerous topics and President Trump agreed, at the request of President Xi, to honor our One-China policy.” The Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported that Xi appreciated President Donald Trump, for “stressing that the U.S. government adheres to the One-China policy.”

5. There are questions Friday, as to whether President Trump’s National security adviser Michael Flynn had contact with Russian officials before President Trump was even sworn in. The allegations say that Flynn discussed with Russian officials the sanctions that had been imposed due to the information that Russia did indeed try to influence the 2016 Presidential election. On Wednesday, Flynn denied speaking about the sanctions but then walked the denial back a few steps on Thursday stating that “indicated that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.” If Flynn did in fact speak about the sanctions the conversation would be illegal. Flynn would have violated a law against unauthorized citizens interfering in U.S. disputes with foreign governments, according to officials.

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