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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump used his second weekday in office to sign actions aimed at advancing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines as well as to streamline regulations for infrastructure building and for manufacturing.

"Something's that's been in dispute and is subject to a renegotiation of terms by us," Trump said of the Keystone XL pipeline before signing an executive action. "We'll see if we can get that pipeline built. Lot of jobs, 28,000 jobs. Great construction jobs."

He also signed an action for the Dakota Access pipeline, "again subject to terms and conditions to be negotiated by us" he said. Trump also said he wanted to make it a requirement that if pipelines are constructed, the pipes are also built in the United States.

"If we are going to build pipelines in the United States, the pipes should be built in the United States," the president said. "We build the pipelines, we want to build the pipe, going to put a lot of workers, lot of steel workers back to work.”

Trump also signed actions to expedite environmental reviews for high-priority infrastructure projects.

"We're expediting environmental reviews and approvals," he said.

And he signed actions that he suggested would streamline what he called "incredibly cumbersome" regulations for domestic manufacturing.

"Regulatory process in this country has become a tangled-up mess," the president said. "That's a big one."

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Before taking office, Donald Trump and his transition team managed to fill each Cabinet position, checking off one of the top priorities in the transition process by staffing the incoming administration.

At a Jan. 19 press conference, then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence said, "I'm proud to be at a place where we've named our entire cabinet before we reach that historic day tomorrow."

More than 170 people interviewed for a position in the Trump administration prior to the election and more than 200 people received a "full vetting and full review" since the election, according to Pence.

A number of appointees have already had their Senate confirmation hearings. All Cabinet-level appointments need to be confirmed by the Senate before they are officially appointed.

While it's been a custom for the next president to pick an appointee from the opposite party as a way to extend an olive branch, none of Trump's Cabinet nominees are Democrats. His Cabinet includes one African-American man and three women -- one of which is Asian-American and another is Indian-American.

Here is the full list of Cabinet picks:

Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson, CEO ExxonMobil Corporation - Offer announced Dec. 13.

Tillerson, who has spent his career at ExxonMobil, would be the first secretary of state without government or military experience if confirmed. He has a decades-long business relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which has raised eyebrows among Democratic and some Republican lawmakers.

The Senate Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Tillerson in early January.

Attorney General
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. - Offer announced on Nov. 18

Sessions, the senator from Alabama who is currently in his fourth term, has been a longtime Trump supporter who campaigned with him throughout the election.

Education Secretary
Betsy DeVos - Offer announced on Nov. 23

DeVos, a Michigan education activist and major GOP donor, is an advocate for school choice and charter schools, and has drawn criticism in conservative circles for being associated with groups that support Common Core.

Secretary of Health and Human Services
Rep. Tom Price - Offer announced on Nov. 28

The Georgia Republican, who met with Trump in New York City earlier this month, is a longtime Obamacare critic and was one of the first House committee chairmen to endorse the presidential candidate.

Secretary of Transportation
Elaine Chao - Offer announced Nov. 29

Chao previously served as labor secretary for former President George W. Bush and was the only Cabinet official to serve through all eight years of his presidency.

Secretary of Treasury
Steven Mnuchin - Announced Nov. 30

Mnuchin worked for 17 years at Goldman Sachs where he served as the chief information officer. He also founded the investment firm Dune Capital Management and the entertainment financing company RatPac-Dune Entertainment.

Secretary of Commerce
Wilbur Ross - Announced Nov. 30

Ross is a billionaire investor and founder of the investment firm W.L. Ross and Co. Ross has been described as the "King of Bankruptcy" for his work restructuring failed companies, and was a key economic adviser to Trump during his run for the presidency.

Secretary of Defense
Gen. James Mattis (Ret.) - Confirmed Jan. 20

Mattis retired from the Marine Corps in 2013 following a storied 41-year career that included leading U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and in Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War. He most recently served as head of U.S. Central Command. In addition to his nomination requiring Senate confirmation, Congress would also have to pass a special law to exempt Mattis from the requirement that commissioned officers be out of active duty at least seven years before serving as defense secretary. Congress passed a measure last week to expedite that process.

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Dr. Ben Carson – Offer announced Dec. 5

Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, was once Trump’s rival during the 2016 Republican primaries and now serves as the vice chairman on the Trump transition team. He has never held elected office or worked in government.

Secretary of Department of Homeland Security
Gen. John Kelly - Confirmed Jan. 20

Kelly is a retired four-star general and the former commander of U.S. Southern Command. In addition to his experience leading troops overseas, he is known for his strong knowledge of border issues and the drug trade in South and Central America.

Secretary of the Interior
Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont. - Announced Dec. 15

Zinke is the member of Congress from Montana and a retired Navy SEAL. Zinke endorsed Trump for president back in May.

Donald Trump Jr., an avid hunter and outdoorsman, was involved in the Interior secretary selection process, including telephone calls and meetings with the candidates, according to a source familiar with the process.

Secretary of Energy
Rick Perry - Announced Dec. 14

The former Texas governor will lead the federal agency he said he wanted to eliminate but couldn't name in his famous "oops" moment during a 2011 GOP primary debate.

Secretary of Veteran Affairs
Dr. David Shulkin - Announced Jan. 11, 2017

Shulkin is currently serving as under secretary of health for the VA under the Obama administration. If confirmed, Shulkin would be the first VA secretary in the agency's history not to have served in the military.

Secretary of Agriculture
Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Purdue - Announced Jan. 19, 2017

Perdue, 70, served as the Republican governor of Georgia from 2003 to 2011. He worked on Trump's agricultural advisory committee during his presidential campaign.

There have been several other high-profile picks for positions considered Cabinet-level:

Chief of Staff
Reince Priebus - Appointed Nov. 13. This is the only Cabinet-level position that does not need Senate confirmation.

The selection of Priebus as Trump's chief of staff was the first Cabinet-level announcement.

Ambassador to the United Nations
Gov. Nikki Haley - Offer announced on Nov. 23. This position requires Senate confirmation.

Haley, the child of Indian immigrants, brings diversity to the nascent administration but has had little international experience as governor of South Carolina.

Administrator of Small Business Administration
Linda McMahon - Announced Dec. 7

Linda McMahon is the co-founder and former CEO of WWE, and prior to the announcement was an adviser to global businesses as part of APCO Worldwide's International Advisory Council. McMahon also served on the Connecticut Board of Education and serves on the boards of Sacred Heart University and the Close Up Foundation. She was a top donor to Trump through his campaign. She ran for the U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut in 2010 and 2012, losing both times.

Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency
Scott Pruitt - Announced Dec. 7

Pruitt is the Oklahoma Attorney General and has been a critic against the EPA. Pruitt's actions largely mirror Trump's own rhetoric on the campaign trail, framing the EPA as an all-too-powerful agency pursuing an ideological agenda based on what he considers dubious science.

And then there were two other early announcements that are senior positions but outside of the Cabinet:

National Security Advisor (non-Cabinet senior position)
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.) - Offer announced Nov. 18

Flynn was a prominent campaign surrogate for Trump throughout the election cycle, often introducing the candidate at rallies and appearing on television in support of Trump.

CIA Director (non-Cabinet agency position)
Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan. - Offer announced Nov. 18. This position requires Senate confirmation.

Pompeo, who supported Sen. Marco Rubio during the GOP primaries, represents Kansas’ 4th Congressional District.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has invited President Trump to address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Ryan made the announcement during a GOP leadership press conference Tuesday morning.

"With this unified Republican government, we have a unique opportunity to deliver results to the American people. And in the days and weeks, we look forward to laying out more of our agenda," said Ryan.

"To that end, I am inviting President Trump to address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28. This will be an opportunity for the people and their representatives to hear directly from our new president about his vision and our shared agenda," the Wisconsin Republican said.

In 2009, President Obama also addressed a joint session of Congress, as is tradition for the incoming president.

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FBI(WASHINGTON) — FBI Director James Comey has told top FBI officials that President Trump asked him to stay on as head of the bureau. Comey told the officials on a conference call in recent days.

Asked about the report Tuesday by ABC News, Trump had no comment. The White House has not responded to ABC News' inquiries about the news.

Comey was appointed by President Obama in 2013 for a 10-year term, but his future at the FBI came into question after his handling of the FBI probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email server.

On July 5, 2016, Comey held a news conference, announcing that the FBI was recommending no charges be filed against Clinton.

Although Comey called Clinton’s actions “extremely careless,” he said the FBI concluded there was no evidence that Clinton intended to violate laws.

Trump, then the Republican presidential nominee running against Clinton, released a statement the same day calling the FBI’s conclusions part of a “rigged system.”

“… Because of our rigged system that holds the American people to one standard and people like Hillary Clinton to another, it does not look like she will be facing the criminal charges that she deserves,” Trump said in the statement, later tweeting that it was “unfair.”

Then at the end of October, with 11 days until Election Day, Comey sent a letter to Congress informing them that the FBI had learned of the “existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation” into Clinton’s email server. The new emails had been discovered through a separate FBI investigation into former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner. The emails came from Weiner's now estranged wife, Huma Abedin, who is one of Clinton's closest aides and worked in the State Department under Clinton.

Trump and his supporters praised Comey’s decision to announce the new email review, while Democrats were flabbergasted. Comey’s letter was viewed by leaders in the Justice Department as a break in a longstanding tradition of avoiding actions that could potentially influence an election’s outcome.

On Nov. 6, 2016, Comey wrote a second letter to Congress, alerting them that the review of the newly discovered emails was complete and the FBI found nothing criminal that would change its July conclusion that Clinton shouldn’t be charged.

With the FBI now clearing Clinton a second time, Trump criticized Comey and the FBI again. "It’s a totally rigged system,” Trump said a campaign rally in Michigan.

After Clinton lost to Trump in the election, the Democrat said she believed Comey’s announcement of the email review 11 days before the election was a turning point in the race.

The Justice Department inspector general has opened an investigation into Comey and the FBI's handling of the Clinton email investigation. The probe will look at whether Comey failed to comply with department “policies and procedures” by publicly releasing details of the Clinton case and announcing that the investigation was being reopened so close to a presidential election.

On Sunday, President Trump and Comey embraced before cameras during a White House reception to honor law enforcement leaders.

“He’s become more famous than me,” Trump said as he singled out Comey for recognition.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — ABC News has learned that Judge Neil Gorsuch has emerged as the leading contender to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and his nomination is expected as early as next week, according to sources familiar with the selection process.

Gorsuch, 49, is currently a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, to which he was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2006 and confirmed by voice vote. He would be the youngest Supreme Court nominee in about 25 years.

Gorsuch clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then for Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. He attended Harvard Law, and has a Ph.D. from Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar. In legal circles, he’s considered a gifted writer. Like Scalia, he's also both a textualist and an originalist.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump has repeated the unsubstantiated claim that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election, a claim that he used after the election to justify his loss of the popular vote, Democratic and Republican sources told ABC News.

"Serious" voter fraud and a "rigged" system were themes of Trump's campaign, both in the primaries and general election, assertions that carried past Election Day. Trump, who has made a series of unsubstantiated or false claims, won the Electoral College with 306 votes (2 eventually defected), but lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots.

During the meeting with Congressional leadership, Trump said "3 to 5 million illegals" voted, according to two Democratic aides. But a Republican aide said the comments were made in jest.

"He was giving them a hard time," the Republican aide said, a characterization a House Democratic aide disputed.

ABC News contacted several White House officials who have not responded to a request for comment.

In the wake of the Nov. 8 election, Trump tweeted that he won the Electoral College in a "landslide" and claimed that millions had voted illegally.

 

In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016

 

He also claimed on Nov. 27, again without offering evidence that there was "serious" voter fraud in three states.

 

Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California - so why isn't the media reporting on this? Serious bias - big problem!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2016

 

During the election, Trump repeatedly made the claim that the system was "rigged," despite little evidence of voter fraud over the past several elections.

 

"@RealJamesWoods: Without absolutely OWNING the liberal media, HillaryClinton wouldn't stand a chance. #VoterFraud and #MSM her only hope."

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2016

 

 

Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2016

 

 

Voter fraud! Crooked Hillary Clinton even got the questions to a debate, and nobody says a word. Can you imagine if I got the questions?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2016

 

An ABC News fact-check found the claim about serious voter fraud to be false.

Trump transition spokesman Jason Miller cited two studies as evidence for the then-president-elect's claim, but the authors of both of those studies disputed his characterizations.

A spokeswoman for the National Association of Secretaries of State, Kay Stimson, said in November the organization has "no information that can help to explain what sources or information are behind the basis of the tweets" by Trump.


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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services, fended off accusations from Democrats that he acted improperly as a member of Congress by trading shares of a pharmaceutical company, while offering few concrete details about the president’s plans for an Obamacare replacement or entitlement reform.

The physician-turned-lawmaker was questioned early in the hearing by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., regarding a series of trades he made in an Australian pharmaceutical company. The company could benefit from a bill passed by Congress to expedite the drug approval process.

Democrats have questioned whether Price acted on inside information after learning about the company from Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., a major shareholder. Price has flatly denied that he violated the STOCK Act.

“Doesn’t this show bad judgment?” Wyden asked.

“No,” Price responded. “The reality is that everything that I did was ethical, and above board and transparent.”

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, blasted Democrats' line of questioning: "I have never seen this level of partisan rancor when it comes to dealing w/ a president from an opposing party."

The Office of Government Ethics has approved Price's plan to divest himself of all medical-related stocks and assets that could pose potential conflicts of interest.

Price had few details about Republicans’ repeal and replacement plans, arguing that his role as an administrator will be to implement the laws Congress passes and carry out the president’s directive.

Is it true, Sen. Sherrod Brown asked, that the details of the plan will be revealed after his confirmation, as Trump has said?

“It’s true that he said this, yes,” Price replied.

“Did he lie to the public about working with you?” Brown asked.

“I’ve had conversations with the president about health care, yes," Price said, later adding that the goal is to provide all Americans with access to health insurances, rather than the universal coverage Democrats have aimed to achieve.

Later in the hearing, he suggested Democrats were trying to score political points against him.

“We know what’s going on here, and I understand. And as my wife tells me, I volunteered for this," he said.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Two days after staff at Donald Trump’s Washington hotel dropped balloons and popped champagne corks to salute his inauguration, America’s first billionaire President was put on notice – he is being sued because of profits that the hotel and other businesses earn from foreign governments.

“The founders of our country were so worried about foreign governments paying cash and giving other benefits to an American president, and the distortion that can have on a President's decision making, that they put a prohibition on it in the Constitution,” said Norm Eisen, a former White House ethics counselor to President Obama.

Eisen helps run the non-partisan watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, which filed the suit in federal court in New York, calling President Trump’s continued ownership of his vast business empire a violation of what’s called the “emoluments clause” of the U.S. Constitution.

“It's the original conflicts law of the United States, it's called the foreign emoluments clause,” Eisen said. “Emoluments is just a fancy, 18th century word for payola.”

Trump brushed off the lawsuit with just two words Monday, calling it “without merit,” but he also “resigned from all position of management and authority with the Trump Organization and its affiliates,” according to a statement for that organization.

“President Trump also transferred title, management and authority of those companies to a trust, or subsidiaries thereof, collectively managed by his children, Don and Eric, and longtime executive and chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg,” the statement also said.

A copy of the resignation letter dated Jan. 19 -- the day before the inauguration -- seen by ABC News reads: "I, Donald Trump, hereby resign from each and every office and position I hold in the entities listed."

A list of business holdings follows his signature.

But ethics and constitutional scholars, as well as some members of Congress, have been sounding alarms about the potential violation for months.

Many assumed Trump would relinquish control of his business empire in order to put the issue to rest. Instead, during a press conference earlier this month, Trump announced that he would not give up ownership.

Trump lawyer Sheri Dillon said at the time she had taken efforts to iron out potential conflicts by transferring operation of the company to Trump’s adult sons, Don Jr. and Eric Trump.

“President-elect Trump should not be expected to destroy the company he built,” she said, noting that Trump would “take all steps realistically possible to make it clear that he is not exploiting the office the presidency for his personal benefit.”

That, said Harvard Law Prof. Laurence Tribe, is not enough.

“You could be President of the United States or you could be a tycoon, but you can’t be both at the same time,” said Tribe, who is assisting with the lawsuit. “He is enriched not by a penny here or a penny there, it’s a billion dollars here, a million dollars there. And pretty soon it adds up.”

The Trump International Hotel, just a few blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, may be of greatest concern, Eisen said.

In one of the great product placement campaigns of all time, Trump twice showed up at his new Washington hotel before being sworn in, complimenting himself on its design.

“This is a gorgeous room, a total genius must have built this,” he said. “Under budget, ahead of schedule.”

Among the claims in the lawsuit – taking money from foreign governments to rent rooms at the hotel violates the Constitution.

Eisen noted that officials from Bahrain chose the hotel just a few weeks ago to hold a reception. And others are likely to follow.

And the hotel is not the only concern, according to the case.

Anything from foreign interests leasing space at Trump Tower in New York, money from development deals, even foreign residuals from his TV program the Apprentice, could create an issue.

The President has said he is trying to resolve the matter. He told reporters, for instance, that he would channel hotel profits from foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury.

“He has resigned from the company as he said he would before he took office,” Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. “Don and Eric are fully in charge of the company. He's taken extraordinary steps to ensure that that's happened.”

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump's pick for CIA director, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), has been confirmed.

The Senate voted 66-32 in favor of Pompeo, including 15 Democrats, while the only Republican to vote against confirmation was Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

Some Democrats are worried about the new CIA head's support for the National Security Agency's phone surveillance of American citizens. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said he had some "serious concerns" about Pompeo because he "called for the re-establishment of the bulk collection of Americans phone records."

But Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) urged his colleagues a vote was needed "as soon as possible."

"You would think that we could all agree that the president needs his national security cabinet, and particularly his CIA director, at his side," he said.

As of Monday night, four days into the new administration, only three of President Trump's cabinet nominees have been confirmed. By the end of former President Obama's first week, he had 13 confirmed.

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Democrats in Congress are challenging President Donald Trump’s right to continue to lease the historic Old Post Office Pavilion for his Washington, D.C. hotel, citing a line in the agreement that prohibits elected officials from profiting off a government lease.

“President-elect Trump announced during his nationally televised press conference on January 11 that he refuses to divest his ownership interests in his companies, and he took the oath of office on January 20 to be sworn in as President,” Rep. Elijah E. Cummings wrote Monday in a letter to Timothy Horne, the acting administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), which oversees the lease. “As a result, President Trump is in apparent breach of the lease with the Federal Government for his hotel in Washington, DC.”

The specific language in the lease is unambiguous – it says “no member or delegate to Congress, or elected official of the Government of the United States or the Government of the District of Columbia, shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom.”

Neither Trump nor his company has indicated how they intend to resolve the matter.

At a press conference shortly before taking office, Trump lawyer Sheri Dillon said she had taken efforts to iron out potential conflicts by transferring operation of the company to Trump’s adult sons, Don Jr. and Eric Trump.

“President-elect Trump should not be expected to destroy the company he built,” she said, noting that Trump would “take all steps realistically possible to make it clear that he is not exploiting the office the presidency for his personal benefit.”

How the GSA will handle the questions surrounding the lease and the fact that Trump is in essence both landlord and tenant of the Post Office building will be further complicated by the fact that he will appoint the new director of the agency.

The General Services Administration did not respond to questions about the lease and any potential violations.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and his committee have requested an unredacted copy of the lease agreement for review.

"If people have questions about this, the White House is going to be the one that has to answer those questions," Chaffetz recently told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview on "This Week" regarding concerns about Trump's potential conflicts-of-interest.

"Until we see something that is actually wrongdoing, we're probably not going to go on a fishing trip," he said.

The Trump Organization spent more than $200 million transforming the historic Pennsylvania Avenue property into a luxury hotel.

The letter Cummings sent Monday suggests that, at least in September and October, the hotel’s returns were less than stellar – earning far less than projected.

“President Trump’s company reported losses totaling more than $1.1 million in those two months alone,” the letter reads.

“It is possible that subsequent months drew more business and higher income levels,” Cummings wrote. “The possibility that President Trump will profit from large increases in hotel revenues because he was elected President highlights the grave concerns we have raised for months.”

Indeed, the hotel became a main focal point for Trump supporters during his inaugural festivities.

Phil Ruffin, an Inaugural Committee vice chair and the billionaire owner of the Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas, told ABC News he was going to pay $18,000-a-night to stay in the Trump International Hotel for the inauguration of his good friend.

For much of the week, the lobby of the hotel was filled with Trump supporters.

Trump campaign insiders including Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich posed for photos with supporters at the hotel restaurant, while donors enjoyed champagne at the lobby bar. Trump made several impromptu stops at the hotel throughout the week, where supporters cheered and posed for photos.

Many were able to book rooms there by virtue of being major donors to a Trump inaugural fund, according to a menu of perks offered to donors.

Concerns about potential conflicts of interest have swirled around the hotel from the moment Trump won the 2016 election.

Cummings questioned motives of foreign officials who were suddenly booking events at the hotel.

“If folks wanted to play favor to the president, they go to his hotel,” Cummings told ABC News in an interview. “When they meet up with him, the first thing they will say is ‘We are staying at your hotel, we took out 30 rooms for a week.’”

Trump said during a press conference that he would adopt a policy of donating income from foreign guests to the U.S. Treasury.

But Trump’s team has not addressed the question of how it would resolve questions about its GSA lease, Cummings said.

“Unfortunately, President Trump has refused to address these concerns,” he wrote in his letter, which was also signed by Democratic Reps. Peter A. DeFazio (OR), Gerald Connolly (VA), and André Carson (IN). “And taxpayer dollars may now be squandered as career public servants are forced to take remedial action to cure this breach.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump signed three presidential memoranda this morning, taking immediate action on at least one main campaign promise.

One presidential memorandum called for the U.S.'s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, fulfilling a promise made on the campaign trail in a move he says will help American businesses.

"Great thing for the American worker, what we just did," Trump said as he signed that presidential memorandum at the Resolute desk in the Oval Office.

The next presidential memorandum he signed was a hiring freeze on all federal workers "except for military," he said.

The final presidential memorandum of the morning was a reaffirmation of an existing law that bans federal funding for foreign nongovernmental organizations that promote or pay for abortions.

Trump previously said that he considers Monday his first "real" workday after Friday's inauguration, though he did do some business over the weekend. He made a trip to the CIA on Saturday, addressing members of the intelligence community, and then swore in his senior staff on Sunday.

In a video message two weeks after his election, Trump pledged that on "Day One" he would take the following actions:

  • Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • Cancel "job killing" restrictions on American energy
  • Institute a rule that for every new regulation put in place, two old ones should be eliminated
  • Ask the Department of Defense and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff to develop a plan to protect infrastructure from cyberattacks
  • Direct the Department of Labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs
  • Impose a five-year ban on executive officials' becoming lobbyists after leaving the administration


Other White House officials tell ABC News that other executive actions could come related to a declaration of intention to renegotiate NAFTA, to immigration and to repealing the Affordable Care Act.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer will hold his first official press briefing with members of the press corps, after he blasted the media Saturday in his first press room statement, accusing news organizations of falsely reporting the size of crowds at the Jan. 20 inauguration and intentionally framing photographs to "minimize the enormous support" of those in attendance.

Editor's Note: The White House has since clarified that this morning's actions were technically "presidential memoranda," not "executive orders" as they were previously indicated on the president's public schedule and referred to in this story. This story has been updated accordingly.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that he believes that his job is to be honest with the public but "sometimes we can disagree with the facts but our intention is never to lie."

"There are certain things that we may -- we may not fully understand when we come out but our intention is never the lie to you," he said.

Monday's news conference is the first time Spicer is taking reporters' questions since the inauguration. On Saturday, he appeared in the briefing room and read a statement to the press but did not take any questions afterward.

Spicer defended Saturday's statement when he said "this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration -- period -- both in person and around the globe," specifically citing audiences who watched the inauguration online and through streaming services, even though those audience numbers have not been publicly confirmed.

When asked by ABC News' Jonathan Karl about whether or not Trump's inauguration had a larger audience than that of President Ronald Reagan's inaugurations, Spicer said "I'm pretty sure that Reagan didn't have YouTube, Facebook or the internet."

In Saturday's statement, Spicer also said "some members of the media were engaged in deliberately false reporting," specifically citing the use of photos from the inauguration on Friday that he said were "intentionally framed in a way ... to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall."

On Monday, Spicer also defended his decision not to take any questions after making his statement on Saturday.

"Look -- I came out to read a statement. I did it. We're here today. I'm going to stay as long as you want," Spicer said.

He also said that the numbers that he released on Saturday about WMATA metro ridership -- which differed from the accurate figures that were released by WMATA later that day -- were provided to him by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

"At the time the information that I was provided by the inaugural committee came from an outside agency that we reported on. And I think knowing when we know now we can tell that WMATA's numbers were different but we were providing numbers we had been provided. It wasn't like we made them up out of thin air," he said.

Earlier in the news conference, Spicer ran through the meetings Trump had Monday morning, which included a meeting with business leaders, lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and a call with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

He also criticized Democrats, saying that they were holding up Trump's "unquestionably qualified" candidates who need Senate confirmation.

Spicer was asked about when the White House's Spanish site would be reinstated, and he said "we've got the IT guys working overtime."

"We're working piece by piece to get that done," he said.


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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Marco Rubio will support former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, he announced in a statement posted on Facebook Monday, deferring to President Donald Trump’s selection over his concerns about Tillerson’s positions on Russia.

"Given the uncertainty that exists both at home and abroad about the direction of our foreign policy, it would be against our national interests to have this confirmation unnecessarily delayed or embroiled in controversy. Therefore, despite my reservations, I will support Mr. Tillerson’s nomination in committee and in the full Senate," Rubio wrote in the statement.

The Florida Republican’s support all but guarantees Tillerson’s nomination will clear the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in its vote Monday afternoon.

Rubio questioned Tillerson sharply during his confirmation hearing on Russia’s activity in Ukraine, Syria and imposing sanctions against the country.

Rubio said he was troubled by Tillerson’s refusal to say Russian President Vladimir Putin has committed war crimes in Syria, and that he did not commit to maintain sanctions against Russia for military actions in Ukraine.

“I think it’s important, if you stand for moral clarity, that you be clear,” Rubio told reporters following the hearing. "I'm prepared to do what's right."

On Monday, he said he would give Trump's nominee the benefit of the doubt.

“But in making my decision on his nomination, I must balance these concerns with his extensive experience and success in international commerce, and my belief that the president is entitled to significant deference when it comes to his choices for the Cabinet,” Rubio wrote.

On Sunday, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who have expressed wariness over Tillerson’s relationship with Russia, announced they would support him on the Senate floor.

Rubio met privately with Tillerson twice before announcing his decision, before and after the confirmation hearing.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he expects the Senate will confirm all of Trump's Cabinet nominees.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump’s most consistent campaign promise — to build a wall on the United States’ southern border to keep immigrants out — will be a waste of time and money, the former head of the Customs and Border Protection agency told ABC News in a final warning just days before leaving office.

“I think that anyone who’s been familiar with the southwest border and the terrain...kind of recognizes that building a wall along the entire southwest border is probably not going to work,” Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of CBP during the Obama Administration, said shortly before leaving office last Friday.

Over the course of the race to the White House, Trump’s wall idea became more than a simple policy proposal.

Repeatedly featuring in Trump’s speeches and the chants of his supporters, the idea of the wall in many ways came to capture the zeitgeist of his campaign.

And it’s an idea that persisted through the race and afterward, even as other proposals were altered or dropped.

Just 37 percent of Americans support building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released last week.

Kerlikowske says that supporters of the wall are missing the real issue when it comes to the immigration inflows that they are concerned about.

“[Immigrants] can come right up to our ports of entry. All our ports of entry of course are open. That’s where we have our commerce,” he told ABC News’ Brian Ross. "People can come up to those ports of entry, as they are doing now, and turn themselves in and ask for whatever laws they feel will protect them."

In his wall-building pledge, Trump has also vowed to do it on the cheap.

“I would build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me — and I’ll build them very inexpensively,” he said during his campaign launch.

But Kerlikowske said that he didn't “think this was feasible,” nor “the smartest way to use taxpayer money on infrastructure.”

“When we look at the cost — and we have about 600 miles of fencing now — we look at the maintenance and the upkeep, we know how incredibly difficult it is,” he said.

The former CBP chief also took time to highlight the work of his agency during his tenure, praising the “21,000 border patrol agents and 24,000 Customs and Border Protection Officers,” while noting that “not that many years ago we had 1.6 million people coming across the border.”

And it’s because of those employees and those declining numbers, Kerlikowske said that he’d, “call the border far more secure today.”

“But, if we say, ‘you know, what is secure border?’ I think definition is in the eye of beholder,” he said.

“Does it mean nobody get in ever? Does it mean 400,000 is too many, but 1.6 million compared to 1.6 million?”

“I think you have to put it into context,” he said. “But it is a safer place today.”

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Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump came face-to-face with FBI Director James Comey on Sunday after questions circulated whether Comey would stay on the job for the rest of his term in the new administration.

The president called out the FBI director, who is three years into his 10-year term, during a ceremony in the White House Blue Room honoring the law enforcement who oversaw the inauguration. President Trump joked, "He's become more famous than me," as Comey walked up to him and shook his hand, and the president patted him on the back.

 

Pres. Trump greets FBI Director James Comey during First Responders ceremony at the White House: "He's become more famous than me." pic.twitter.com/13HFICLKk7

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 22, 2017

 

Democrats have criticized Comey for his decision before the presidential election to announce in a letter to Congress that the FBI was reviewing additional emails in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. On Nov. 6, two days before the election, he said in a second letter that the FBI had "not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July."

Members of Hillary Clinton's campaign team have cited Comey's letters as a reason for her defeat in the election.

Before the president's inauguration, House Democrats slammed the FBI director for remaining mostly silent on any investigation into alleged connections between President Trump's campaign and the Russian government. Several members of Congress said Comey would not reveal if the FBI was already investigating or if there would be an investigation, even behind closed doors.

Last week in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on This Week, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said the president had confidence in Comey, despite the president being tough on the FBI director during the campaign.

"We have had a great relationship with him over the last several weeks," Priebus said. "He's extremely competent. But look, his term extends for some time yet. There's no plans at this moment in changing that term and we've enjoyed our relationship with him and find him to be extraordinarily competent."

In the same show, Sen. Bernie Sanders told Stephanopoulos it "would not be a bad thing for the American people" if Comey decided to step down.

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