Flanked by a group of politicians from across the country, Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke called on the public to pressure Donald Trump’s administration to close an immigrant detention centre in Tornillo which houses thousands of migrant children. The congressman, who garnered national attention during his close-shot bid to unseat Republican incumbent Ted Cruz during the 2018 senatorial race in Texas, tweeted to say on Saturday: “There are 1,300 kids ready to leave to live with sponsors who have already been identified. But these children remain at Tornillo each day because this administration has deliberately prolonged the process of releasing them.” Mr O’Rourke spoke with reporters outside of the detention centre on Saturday afternoon, bringing attention to the fact many of the young refugees had taken arduous journeys to arrive at the nation’s border — to wind up being housed in a facility separately from their families for months … [Read more...] about Possible 2020 candidate Beto O’Rourke meets with young refugees at US-Mexico border
US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is set to leave his role at the end of the year, according to president Donald Trump. Mr Trump tweeted that Mr Zinke “accomplished much during his tenure” and that a replacement would be announced next week. The cabinet post requires Senate confirmation. Mr Zinke is currently facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and conflicts of interest. The former Republican congressman from Montana, is leaving weeks before Democrats take control of the House, a shift in power that promised to intensify probes into his conduct. Mr Zinke played a leading part in President Trump's efforts to roll back environmental regulations and promote domestic energy development. His departure comes amid a staff shake-up as President Trump heads into his third year in office. The president on Friday named budget director Mick Mulvaney as chief of staff. Additional reporting by AP. … [Read more...] about US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is set to leave his post this year
Amid the whirlwind of hearings, guilty pleas and sentencing memos that has been Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe in the last few weeks, an unusual pattern has emerged. One of Mueller’s biggest successes as his team investigate 2016 election meddling and possible collusion between Moscow and Donald Trump’s campaign team has been his ability to get former associates of the president to “flip” and cooperate with him. Among the more high-profile are Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michale Cohen, former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn and former campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos. They have all pleaded guilty to charges in some form and pledged to work with Mueller. Join Indpendent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent With an Independent Minds subscription for just £5.99 … [Read more...] about Mueller’s sentencing of Trump associates means his Russia probe may be ending
IN yet another resignation in Trump's office, Ryan Zinke has been the latest victim. But who is the interior secretary who's been involved in a string of scandals? Who is Ryan Zinke? Ryan Zinke is an American politician and Businessman. Donald Trump's interior secretary, Ryan Zinke previously worked in Montana's congressional district as the US Representative. He's been in office since March 2017 but has now resigned due to issues of ethics. Why has he resigned? Zinke was accused of using his position for personal gain. He is stepping down from his position as interior secretary following a series of scandals. During his time in office, Zinke sought to advance oil and gas drilling and mining on or near public land. He also reversed protection for threatened species and shrank national monuments. Zinke was accused of "plundering our land and enriching himself and his friends" by Nicole Ghio from Friends of the Earth. Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, called … [Read more...] about Who is Ryan Zinke and why has he resigned as Trump’s Interior Secretary?
Ryan Zinke will be leaving Donald Trump’s White House administration amid pressure to step down from the Interior Department due to ethics enquiries. It was originally believed the interior secretary would announce the decision on Wednesday, but on Saturday morning the president tweeted, “Secretary of the Interior @RyanZinke will be leaving the Administration at the end of the year after having served for a period of almost two years.” Join Indpendent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent With an Independent Minds subscription for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent Without the ads – for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial “Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation,” … [Read more...] about Trump announces another US cabinet member is resigning