“President Trump on Wednesday praised local California leaders for standing up to ‘deadly and unconstitutional sanctuary state laws’ and hailed what he called a ‘rebellion’ against the state’s immigration policies,” Adam Shaw reports for Fox News.
“The state of California's attempts to nullify federal law have sparked a rebellion by patriotic citizens who want their families protected and their borders secured,” the President said at a White House roundtable with local officials.
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------------ Tia Goldenberg and Fares Akram report for The Associated Press that Guatemala followed President Trump’s lead and moved its embassy to Jerusalem, Israel, on Wednesday. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales sent a message of “love, peace and fraternity” to Israel.
------------ In Fox News, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich writes that “President Trump’s drug price reduction plan – American Patients First, which he announced last week – is an impressive and thorough effort to fix the underlying dynamics in the pharmaceutical marketplace that have made drugs too expensive for most Americans.” Gingrich explains that “it is a perfect example of how the Trump administration is working to reform our health-care system to save American lives and money.”
------------Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) writes in The Hill that President Trump’s historic rescissions package is “a welcome step to cut wasteful spending.” She adds that “Republicans made a promise to the American public that we would always put the American taxpayer first, and that’s exactly what President Trump’s plan to cut spending does.”
------------“Gina Haspel passed her first Senate hurdle to becoming the first woman to lead the CIA, winning approval of the intelligence committee Wednesday morning,” Stephen Dinan and Dan Boylan write in The Washington Times. “The 10-5 vote saw two Democrats join Republicans, including committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, who said she’ll be a capable and independent leader.”
------------“From the economy to important victories across the vast Asian continent, America is winning under Trump’s leadership,” Steve Cortes writes in the Washington Examiner.