First Line News Articles for Saturday, February 25 2017
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that he wants to see “very significant” tax reform passed before Congress’ August recess but the Trump administration is still studying the merits of a proposed border tax system.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled Thursday his strong support for the federal government’s continued use of private prisons, reversing an Obama administration directive to phase out their use. Stock prices of major private prison companies rose at the news.
President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants to ensure the U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the “top of the pack,” saying the United States has fallen behind in its weapons capacity.
Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly ruled out the possibility of using military troops in immigration enforcement, after meetings in Mexico City on Thursday.
President Trump’s push to ramp up U.S. immigration enforcement and increase deportations is further souring U.S. ties with Mexico, where the administration’s orders could destabilize the country’s economy and political system.