This column provides a daily update on key presidential actions as well as comments, whether spoken aloud or on Twitter, by President Trump. Like the stock market, the deadline for Trump Today action is 4 p.m. Eastern time, even as we acknowledge that substantive news can and does occur after hours.
President Donald Trump tweeted about a previously announced upgrade of Ford Motor Co. factories, signed an executive order undoing President Barack Obama’s climate polices and met with his secretaries of state and homeland security.
JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! AT FORD
• Trump tweeted in the morning about a “big announcement” by Ford Motor Co.
that would result in more U.S. jobs. As MarketWatch wrote, Ford said it would “create or retain” 130 jobs as it expands capacity at a plant in Michigan. Most of the factory upgrades outlined Tuesday were first announced in 2015.
Big announcement by Ford today. Major investment to be made in three Michigan plants. Car companies coming back to U.S. JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2017
POLICE LISTENING SESSION
• The Fraternal Order of Police met Trump for a “listening session” in the morning. “We will work every day to remove gang members and drug dealers from your communities,” Trump said.
• The policy highlight of Trump’s day was signing an “energy independence” executive order at the Environmental Protection Agency. It directs the EPA to start rewriting the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era policy to cut carbon emissions from power plants. The rule has been held up by the Supreme Court and legal experts say it could take years for the Trump administration to unwind it. Still, Trump said: “My administration is putting an end to the war on coal.”
The order also rescinds a ban on new coal leases on federal lands issued by the Obama Interior Department.
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SECRETARIES OF STATE AND HOMELAND SECURITY
• Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly met with Trump in the late afternoon. The meeting came amid uncertainty over funding for Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border: Republicans reportedly may decouple border-wall money from the April 28 government-funding deadline. If that happens, the chances of getting funding for the wall passed this spring become slim.