Trump Attacks Merck CEO

In light of the deadly Charlottesville barbarity, the CEO of Merck, a pharmaceutical firm, announced he is resigning from a White House jobs council. CEO Kenneth Frazier pulled out of the American Manufacturing Council, announcing, “America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal.” President Trump usedTwitter to fire back, stating, “Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”

While Frazier did not specifically mention Trump’s view over the Charlottesville conflicts, he is standing against this violence as a “matter personal conscience.” Along with this statement comes bipartisan criticism of the president for not exactly denouncing white supremacists on Saturday. The White House, along with other administration officers, have released a statement denouncing the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups.

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Cheaper Plans with Fewer Benefits?

     Republican Senators exposed their newest health care bill on Thursday, still awaiting the majority to repeal and replace Obamacare. This new health care bill holds the amendment of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, allowing insurers who provide Obamacare to also issue cheaper policies. While this is meant to appeal to Republicans, moderates may also be unhappy with this, believing that this would cause premiums to spike. There are significant changes regarding funding for opioid treatment and distribution of money to the states  concerning lower premiums for high-cost enrollees. By 2026, it is estimated that 15 million fewer people could be insured.

     Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader, still searches for his 50 votes to pass his bill. Already, politicians are showing a steady fight ahead. Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, has mentioned his opposition to a vote next week. In addition to, Susan Collins, a Maine moderate, has doubts supporting this bill. Many Senators have mentioned that they’re unfamiliar with the revised bill. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was not pleased to find that lobbyists had read summaries while she had yet to see the bill. Murkowski stated, “I think that as a courtesy to those of us who are actually making the decisions that we would actually have an opportunity to see it first.” It is alleged that President Donald Trump will be “angry” if Republicans fail to pass the bill. President Trump encourages Republicans to move swiftly.

 

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Mitch McConnell Wants Revised Health Care Bill by Friday

     Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, delayed a vote on the Senate Health care bill on Tuesday. The bill will now be delayed until after the July 4 recess, allowing his caucus more time to broker alterations to the proposal. GOP senators are trying to figure out a path towards the future. The goal is to have a new deal by Friday and then get it scored by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office next week. This way, they will be able to vote on it when they return from recess. A senior GOP told CNN that while it may be difficult, it could very well happen.

     The public is wondering exactly how much could change in just a matter of days. Donald Trump’s position, as seen from the Hill: “He has his role. We have ours. There probably won’t be much intersection,” according to a GOP aide. The President will publish big promises through social media and television according to GOP aides. Tuesday, the second meeting with GOP senators, was described as a good meeting In which the President mainly listened and talked about promises that needed to be made, as well as money that needed to be put into the bill. Three GOP senators came out strongly opposing the need to draft a bill after McConnell delayed the vote and pledged changes. The reality of the situation is that the dynamics haven’t truly changed.

Obama’s Warning to President Trump

    Barack Obama, then-president, warned Donald Trump, president-elect, about hiring retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security advisor, according to many officials from the former Obama administration. Allegedly, Trump was warned by Obama in their Oval Office meeting on November 2. Obama’s concerns don’t come from the Defense Intelligence Agency, instead they come from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. A senior Obama administration source revealed that Flynn’s name came up numerous times throughout their conversation. The White House has recently confirmed these rumors. Sean Spicer, press secretary, stated, “It’s true President Obama made it known he wasn’t exactly a fan of Gen. Flynn.” Despite this, Spicer believes that Obama disliked Flynn due to him being an “outspoken critic” of the Obama administration. Spicer reassured some by stating that if Obama was “truly concerned” there were steps he could’ve taken during his term, including the suspension of his security clearance. Under the Obama administration, Flynn served as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency until he was forced out of his position for internal alterations on management in 2014.

    Regardless of Obama’s advice, Trump took the actions that he wanted. President Trump fired Flynn 24 days after news broke of Flynn’s talks with the Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. Attorney General Sally Yates warned the White House on January 26 that Flynn was lying when he refused to have any contact with Kislyak regarding US sanctions on Russia. Weeks passed before Trump asked for Flynn’s resignation, only letting him go after stories leaked about Flynn misleads Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with Kislyak. Attorney General Sally Yates it to testify before Congress on Flynn’s contact with Russian officials.

 

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