By Matthew Kazin Published May 13, 2018 White House FOXBusiness Facebook Twitter Comments Print video Rep. Michael McCaul on Iran deal flaws, immigration policy Rep. Michael McCaul supports Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal and discusses lawmakers' push to force a House vote on immigration bills on 'Sunday Morning Futures.' House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said Sunday he expects Iran to retaliate against the U.S., possibly through cyberspace, following President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal and apply sanctions against the Middle Eastern country. Continue Reading Below “We saw this after the sanctions in 2011 – major cyberattacks on the financial sector,” McCaul, R-Texas, told Maria Bartiromo during an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures.” The agreement -- officially known as the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” … [Read more...] about Iran likely to retaliate against US after sanctions, House Homeland Security Committee chair says
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Upon Boehner's news, Austin Rep. Michael McCaul said he’d run for the job, if Ryan didn’t. Bryan Rep. Bill Flores and Midland Rep. Mike Conaway were also said to be considering a bid at the time.On Wednesday, Conaway, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee and who oversees the House Intelligence Committee's probe into Russian election meddling, demurred when asked if he'd be interested now."I'm really focused on getting the Farm Bill done," he told The Dallas Morning News. With respect to the speaker's race, "the whole system would be better served if we waited until next fall to have all those conversations." Flores said that with the headwinds of the midterm elections, now's not the time to think about the leadership race. While he's not expected to have any trouble in November, he said the party should focus on maintaining the Republican majority. "Otherwise the speaker's conversation is all moot," he said. McCaul, now … [Read more...] about Ryan retirement sets off House leadership scramble. Will any Texans run for speaker?
White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert resigned on Tuesday, depriving the Trump administration of a key voice on counterterrorism and cybersecurity just one day into John Bolton's regime. Bolton, the former Bush-era diplomat known for his hawkish stances, was installed Monday as President Donald Trump's national security adviser. By Tuesday, the White House said Bossert would be leaving his position. Story Continued Below According to one senior administration official, Bossert resigned at Bolton’s behest, although others cautioned that Bolton was not the driving force behind Bossert's exit. “The president is grateful for Tom's commitment to the safety and security of our great country,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. The move may rankle Bolton's critics, who have expressed concerns about his aggressive views on various issues, from cyberwar to the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.Bossert has long been seen — … [Read more...] about Trump’s homeland security adviser resigns, raising questions on Bolton’s second day
WASHINGTON – When Senate leaders from both parties struck a deal to end the government shutdown, there was a glimmer of hope that a bipartisan immigration bill to address both border security issues and the soon-expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would be moving forward. But House Republicans, the White House, and the Senate appear to all be on different wavelengths, which could lead to an impasse over the issue in the coming weeks. The White House has already dismissed an immigration proposal under the framework of the plan put forth by Republican Sens. Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham, alongside Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin. “The Graham-Durbin proposal is not a proposal the President can sign,” said White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah shortly after the Senate voted to reopen the government on Monday. Graham told reporters on Tuesday that their original group would be scrapped in favour of a larger, bipartisan coalition. “The gang of … [Read more...] about The Senate and the House couldn’t be further apart on what they want an immigration bill to look like
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that she “did not hear” President Donald Trump use the word “shithole” to refer to foreign countries in a meeting last week. “The conversation was very impassioned. I don’t dispute that the president was using tough language,” Nielsen said. “The concept and the context I believe in which this came up, was that the president would like to move to a merit-based system. The president used tough language in general, as did other congressmen in the room.” The question, first asked by Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, came after a now-infamous White House meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, some of whom have said Trump used “shithole countries” to refer to Haiti and African nations. Nielsen was also grilled during the Tuesday hearing by Sen. Dick Durbin, who had attended the meeting and said Trump use the … [Read more...] about Homeland Security secretary denies under oath that she heard Trump say ‘shithole countries,’ but admits that he used ‘tough language’