President Trump tweeted video footage of his departure from the Pentagon on Thursday after meeting there with Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James N. Mattis.
A Pentagon spokeswoman said the roughly two-hour meeting was a "broad overview" that touched on Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea and other countries. No decisions were made in the meeting, and there was no talk of timelines, said spokeswoman Dana White.
About two dozen men and women in dress uniform lined both sides of the Chairman’s Hallway in the Pentagon. The meeting took place in a secure room colloquially known as "the tank" — where the Joint Chiefs of Staff typically meet. When Trump emerged, he greeted each service member one by one, shaking hands and saying a word or two to each. Pence followed.
In comments to reporters Thursday, Trump avoided providing any specifics on the meeting, which he described as "very good."
President Trump sits in a fire truck as Vice President Mike Pence stands beside it during a "Made in America" product showcase at the White House on Monday, July 17, 2017.
President Trump tweeted about:
- A fresh defense of his son, Donald Trump Jr., from criticism stemming from his disclosure that he met during the 2016 campaign with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer
- A push for Republicans to immediately repeal the Affordable Care Act, then start from scratch on a replacement, which came amid the collapse of the latest GOP healthcare bill, as two more Republican senators announced their opposition to their party’s plan
Trump did not tweet about:
- His administration’s plan to formally certify by a midnight deadline that Iran is in compliance with the restrictions on its nuclear program imposed under a 2015 deal negotiated with the United States, five other nations and the European Union, despite Trump’s promise on the campaign trail to "rip up" the deal
- His administration’s unveiling of its highly anticipated plans for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, explicitly stating that its key objective is to reduce the trade deficit with Canada and Mexico — an aim that most economists say is misguided as the focus of a trade policy
- The Department of Homeland Security’s announcement of a one-time increase of 15,000 additional visas for low-wage, seasonal workers for the remainder of this fiscal year, a seeming about-face from Trump’s "Hire American" rhetoric
- A nonprofit watchdog’s announcement that the Department of Homeland Security has agreed to turn over visitor logs for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in response to a lawsuit filed by the group
President Trump tweeted that Republicans should repeal his predecessor’s healthcare law immediately and then start work on a new plan.
His comment Monday evening came as Republican efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act collapsed in the Senate, with two more GOP senators announcing they would oppose the plan backed by their party’s leadership.
The announcements by Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas brought to four the number of Republican senators opposed to bringing the bill to the Senate floor for debate. With all Senate Democrats against the bill, their opposition was enough to kill the measure.
The sudden announcement from Lee, a leading conservative, and Moran, who headed the Senate Republican campaign committee in the 2014 election, came as Trump was dining at the White House with several GOP supporters of the bill. That timing made their announcements a more stinging rebuke of the White House’s efforts on behalf of the measure.
— This post contains reporting from Lisa Mascaro.
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump leave the U.S. Women’s Open Championship at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., on July 16, 2017.