The White House's first news break on Friday evening was the announcement President Trump signed a presidential memorandum officially instructing the Defense Department to stop accepting transgender individuals from joining the armed forces.
Trump claimed once again that "few, if any, Administrations have done more " than his so quickly, which may result in him having 'the best presidency ever'. Fanning the flames of GOP discord, President Donald Trump is accusing Republican congressional leaders botching efforts to avoid an unprecedented default on the national debt.
The president signed and transmitted his directive to the Department of Defense , which includes the Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as the Department of Homeland Security , which oversees the Coast Guard. The memo gives Mattis six months to implement the ban, by 23 March 2018. It's not immediately clear whether this policy means dependents of US service members are also ineligible for USA government funds for gender reassignment surgery.
In occupied Kashmir , four Indian soldiers and four policemen have been killed and seven others injured in an attack on district Police Lines in Pulwama . "There is no hostage situation in the ongoing encounter at the DPL ( Pulwama )", a brief statement issued to the media by the Jammu and Kashmir police said.
Following the Charlottesville rallies, which were put on to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and led to a white supremacist ramming a vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one person and injuring about 20 more, Trump provided a series of controversial responses.
At a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night Trump mentioned that "we'll end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point", because there seemed to be a wide rift between the participating countries regarding critical issues and a meeting over the weekend between the U.S., Mexico and Canada failed to bring forth a resolution.