DC Daily: President Trump's tweets target Obama, tout health care

Posted at 7:49 AM, Mar 07, 2017

President Donald Trump is still looking to fill open spots in his Cabinet -- all while dealing with questions surrounding possible ties to Russia.

What's happening today:

Trump tackles different topics in morning tweets
-- The president went on Twitter Tuesday morning and spoke out on health care, the Obama administration's failures and his own administration.

House Republicans reveal bill to repeal & replace Obamacare
-- On Monday, House Republicans introduced their bill to repeal Obamacare's individual mandate that also aims to maintain coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and allow children to stay on their parents' plans until the age of 26. The bill also includes a provision that would strip all federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

Trump signs revised travel order; Iraq removed from banned list
-- The president Monday signed a reworked version of his controversial travel ban, which still has the goal of keeping would-be terrorists out of the United States while the government reviews the vetting system for refugees and visa applicants from certain parts of the world.

The revised travel order leaves Iraq off the list of banned countries but still affects would-be visitors and immigrants from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya.

HUD Secretary Carson clarifies slavery remarks
-- In an address before employees at the Department of Housing and Urban Development on Monday, HUD Secretary Ben Carson appeared to liken slaves to immigrants who choose to come to the United States.

Amid an uproar over his remarks, a statement was posted on Carson's official Facebook page late Monday that said slaves and immigrants had "two entirely different experiences."

"Slaves were ripped from their families and their homes and forced against their will after being sold into slavery by slave traders. The Immigrants made the choice to come to America."

AG Sessions says he did not mislead Congress in testimony
-- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended his answers about Russian contacts to the Senate Judiciary Committee as "correct" in a letter Monday.

The attorney general had been under fire since late last week when it was reported that he met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice during the course of the election, during which he was a surrogate for President Donald Trump.