OnPolitics Today: Trump tells 200,000 Salvadorans to leave the U.S.
President Trump will order nearly 200,000 immigrants in the U.S to return to El Salvador by the end of next year, ending a temporary legal status that granted refuge in the States after earthquakes devastated their Central American home country.
Most all of them pay taxes, El Salvador's U.S. embassy estimated, and over half own their homes. What's messier: Since arriving in 2001, they've had 192,000 children — all U.S. citizens.
"The substantial disruption of living conditions caused by the earthquake" no longer exists, the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement on Monday.
Also on Monday: Could an ultra wealthy TV star with zero political experience become president? Oprah, we mean.
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Psychiatric exam for Trump? No way, say aides who claim he's 'sharp as a tack'
Trump, who recently defended himself as a "stable genius" who is "like, really smart," will not undergo a psychiatric exam during his physical on Friday. He's "sharp as a tack," deputy spokesman Hogan Gidley said Monday. And psychiatric exams aren't part of presidential physicals, anyway. But questions about Trump's mental health are abound after a new tell-all book, Fire and Fury, has many openly doubting Trump's stability. The book has also upended Trump's relationship with ex-adviser Steve Bannon, who apologized Sunday for blaming Trump's son for a "treasonous" meeting with a Russian.
Speaking of Russia: Mueller wants to talk to Trump
Federal investigators want an interview with Trump into the expansive Russia investigation tied to the 2016 presidential election. They're in very early talks with Trump's legal team, one official said privately, and it could take weeks to nail down the scope of the interview and how exactly it might work. But the talks represent a definite step toward concluding whether Trump aimed to obstruct the investigation when he fired FBI Director James Comey last May.
Oprah Winfrey's lauded speech at Sunday's Golden Globes launched a million tweets over whether she might run for president in 2020. In the Trump era, many say, it's not so farfetched: She'd be "the top contender, no doubt bout it" if she ran, Howard Dean's 2004 campaign manager told USA TODAY. Winfrey had rejected the idea of running int he past, but her longtime partner Stedman Graham said "she would absolutely do it" if the people called on her.
Elsewhere in politics
- Fire breaks out on roof of Trump Tower
- White House aide escorted out by security after CNN interview
- Democratic mega-donor to spend $30 million to flip Congress
- Trump signs executive order on rural broadband Internet
- Dennis Kucinich to run for Ohio governor as Democrat