DC Daily: Trump administration officials meeting with Mexican leaders

DC Daily: US officials, Mexican leaders to meet
DC Daily: US officials, Mexican leaders to meet
Posted at 8:40 AM, Feb 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-23 19:53:36-05

Some members of the Trump administration are in Mexico to meet with that country's leadership, while others are in Maryland for the Conservative Political Action Conference. Meanwhile, President Trump's revised travel ban could be implemented soon.

What's happening today:

White House petitioned FBI to kill stories on Trump's Russia contact

-- Multiple U.S. officials told CNN that the FBI rejected a recent request by the White House to knock down media reports about Donald Trump's associates and Russians known to the U.S. intelligence community during the president's 2016 campaign.

The direct communications between the White House and the FBI were unusual because of restriction that limit communications with the FBI on pending investigations, which could be a violation by the White House.


White House hints at federal enforcement of marijuana law in all states

-- In a new briefing Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer hinted that the federal government would conduct "greater enforcement" of federal marijuana laws in all states.

"There is a big difference between (medical marijuana) and recreational marijuana," Spicer said. "When you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people. There is still a federal law we have to abide by."


Homeland Security Secretary says "no mass deportations"

-- U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Thursday that there will be "no mass deportations" or "no use of military forces" to enforce President Donald Trump's immigration orders.

Speaking in Mexico City, Kelly said the U.S. would do everything dealing with illegal immigration legally and respectful to human rights. 

Comments by Pres. Trump Thursday drew alarm after he said deportations are "a military operation" because the U.S. has allowed criminals into the country previously.


Trump administration officials visit Mexico

-- U.S. officials met with Mexican leaders in Mexico Thursday, and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly emerged from the meetings and said that there will be "no mass deportations" and "no use of military forces" in enforcing President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown.

Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Kelly arrived in Mexico City Wednesday and met with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and other top officials Thursday, with numerous topics, most notably immigration and border security, up for discussion.

Kelly said everything the U.S. does on immigration will be done legally and with respect for human rights, adding that actions will occur in close coordination with Mexico's government.


Steve Bannon speaks at CPAC

-- President Trump's strategist Steve Bannon took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland Thursday and said the media "is always wrong" about the Trump administration.

Bannon's appearance with Chief of Staff Reince Priebus:

Earlier, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos spoke about the decision to rescind public-school bathroom rules for transgender students.

DeVos said, "This was a huge example of the Obama administration's overreach."

DeVos also said she wants to provide more flexibility on how education is delivered and experienced.


Apple disagrees with Trump's decision on transgender bathroom guidelines

-- Tech giant Apple is openly against the Trump administration's decision to withdraw protections for transgender students in public schools.

In a statement, the company said: "Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination. We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals. We disagree with any effort to limit or rescind their rights and protections."


Trump administration revokes transgender bathroom guidelines
-- The Trump administration on Wednesday night withdrew Obama-era guidance on transgender bathroom use in public schools.

The announcement is a significant victory for opponents of the Obama administration's guidelines who believe the federal government should never have gotten involved in the issue. Civil rights groups, meanwhile, decried the move as an attack on transgender children that denies them equal rights.