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ICYMI: Trump fires attorney general and says he will announce SCOTUS pick


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By Melanie Metzman



As President Trump began his second full week in office, he fired the acting attorney general, passed an additional executive order, made plans to meet with other global leaders and announced he will reveal his Supreme Court.

Attorney general fired

Trump fired Sally Yates, the acting attorney general, Monday night after she said Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from seven muslim majority countries was not lawful.

A White House statement read Yates had “betrayed” the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order to protect the citizens of the United States, according to The Guardian.

“Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration,” the statement read. “It is time to get serious about protecting our country. 
Calling for tougher vetting for individuals travelling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.”

Trump has named Dana Boente, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, as Yates’ replacement.

SCOTUS pick to be announced

Trump tweeted Monday morning on he will announce his Supreme Court nomination at 8 p.m. Tuesday from the White House.

Trump’s preferred choices are Judge Neil Gorsuch of Colorado, Judge Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania and Judge William Pryor Jr. of Alabama, according to Fox News.

Executive order cuts regulations on businesses

Surrounded by small business owners, Trump signed an executive order Monday morning reducing regulations on businesses and fulfilling one of his main campaign promises.

The executive order requires that for every new federal regulation passed, at least two must be rescinded in order to reduce regulation.

“This will be the biggest such act that our country has ever seen,” Trump said.

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