More than 50 Democratic members of Congress have announced they will skip Donald Trump's Friday inauguration. While some of the 53 made their decision in previous weeks, several more have come forward in recent days, citing the president-elect's perceived insult of Rep. John Lewis as the final straw. Trump lashed out at the civil rights icon Saturday morning after Lewis said in a Friday interview he didn't view Trump as "a legitimate president." Trump's comments have drawn outrage and messages of support for Lewis from both sides of the aisle.
The first week of Senate confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees for various positions led to several splits in terms of policy between the would-be department heads and their boss. Eight more Cabinet-level nominees are slated to have their hearings in the final days leading up to the inauguration on Friday. Here are six potential flashpoints that could cause verbal fireworks inside the Capitol this week.
European leaders reacted Monday to a wide-ranging interview with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that touched on a variety of European issues from NATO to Brexit. In the interview with German newspaper Bild and The Times of London, Trump again called NATO "obsolete," said he'd make a trade deal with Britain "very quickly," and predicted other nations would leave the European Union after Britain's historic Brexit vote last June. ABC's ELIZABETH MCLAUGHLIN explains how European leaders are reacting to Trump's latest comments. http://abcn.ws/2jhixqQ
Let the education wars begin. Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, has the nation's teachers unions preparing to re-enter battle over public education systems, a little over a year after a bipartisan education reform deal was reached on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). DeVos, a wealthy Republican donor and activist, has been a long-time champion for school choice in her home state of Michigan, where she's advocated in favor of vouchers and the expansion the state's charter schools. While DeVos' admirers revere her as an effective disrupter who has put her own money into supporting school choice policies, ABC's JORDYN PHELPS notes, her critics tie her to the checkered track record of Michigan's charter schools and see her advocacy for vouchers as a threat to public education. http://abcn.ws/2jFMgd1
Americans divide evenly on whether the incoming Trump administration is complying with ethics laws. And while a bare majority in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll accepts President-elect Donald Trump's business ownership plan, three-quarters say he should release his tax returns. Contrary to his comment that the American public doesn't care about the issue, four in 10 of those polled say they care "a lot." In terms of ethics, the poll finds Americans are split on whether or not Trump, his family and his advisers are complying with federal ethics laws. ABC's GARY LANGER has more: http://abcn.ws/2j1B61r
Donald Trump's attack on Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon, this weekend has rekindled the perception among many critics that the president-elect has done little to improve his standing among black voters, who consistently gave him single-digit approval ratings during the presidential campaign. After a Friday interview in which Lewis said Trump was not the "legitimate" president because of alleged Russian interference in the election, Trump responded on Twitter, writing that Lewis "should spend more time on fixing and helping his district..." writes ABC's MEGHAN KENEALLY. http://abcn.ws/2jYpPmA