Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Aug 23) - Arizona, Phoenix, Filibuster

Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Aug 23) - Arizona, Phoenix, FilibusterThe following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.



State Department science envoy resigns over Trump's Charlottesville response

State Department science envoy resigns over Trump's Charlottesville responseOne of the U.S. State Department's three science envoys publicly resigned on Wednesday, the latest in a wave of defections over President Donald Trump's response to a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump told reporters last week that "both sides" were to blame for the violence between white supremacists and counter protesters in Virginia on Aug. 12, and said there were "very fine people" among those who participated in the white nationalist rally.



Trump warns may terminate NAFTA treaty

Trump warns may terminate NAFTA treatyU.S. President Donald Trump warned on Tuesday he might terminate the NAFTA trade treaty with Mexico and Canada after three-way talks failed to bridge deep differences. The United States, Canada and Mexico wrapped up their first round of talks on Sunday to revamp the trade pact with little sign of a breakthrough coming. Trump reopened negotiations of the 1994 treaty out of concern U.S. economic interests were suffering.



White House has prepared pardon documents for ex-Arizona sheriff Arpaio: CNN

White House has prepared pardon documents for ex-Arizona sheriff Arpaio: CNNThe White House has prepared paperwork for U.S. President Donald Trump to pardon Joe Arpaio, a controversial former Arizona sheriff convicted last month of criminal contempt in a racial profiling case, CNN reported on Wednesday. White House officials declined to comment but an administration official told CNN that talking points to be used after Arpaio is pardoned also were prepared. During an appearance on Tuesday in Phoenix, Trump hinted he would issue a pardon for Arpaio, who was the sheriff of Maricopa County, where Phoenix is located, for 24 years before losing a re-election bid last year.



Arizona ban on ethnic studies unconstitutional, U.S. judge says

Arizona ban on ethnic studies unconstitutional, U.S. judge saysThe decision by Judge A. Wallace Tashima issued on Tuesday came in response to a lawsuit by students and parents challenging the law, which ended a Mexican American Studies, or MAS, program run by the Tucson school district. "The Court is convinced that decisions regarding the MAS program were motivated by a desire to advance a political agenda by capitalizing on race-based fears," Tashima wrote in his ruling. Officials with the Arizona Department of Education were not immediately available for comment.





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