SaveSave story

Corker: Tillerson, generals "separate our country from chaos"

Chairman Bob Corker pauses before a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP

Senator Bob Corker told reporters Wednesday he thinks "Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mattis, and Chief of Staff Kelly are those people that help separate our country from chaos." Corker added that Tillerson is not being supported in the way that I would hope" and "is in an incredibly frustrating place."

The backdrop: Corker's comments followed a report that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a moron — which the State Department has since refuted — and considered resigning.

Go deeper: Between the lines on Tillerson

SaveSave story

Trump: Transgender people "disqualified" from the military

SecDef Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford. Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / Getty Images

President Trump late Friday issued an order disqualifying most transgender people from serving in the military.

"[T]ransgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria -- individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery -- are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances."

Why it matters: Anything short of an inclusive policy for transgender troops will be viewed as a continuation of the ban Trump announced on Twitter in August.

Haley Britzky 9 hours ago
SaveSave story

Both Bush and Obama also requested line item veto power

Donald Trump.
Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Friday evening that to avoid having "this omnibus situation from ever happening again," he wants Congress to re-instate "a line-item veto."

Why it matters: This would allow him to veto specific parts of a bill without getting rid of the entire thing. Trump was deeply unhappy with the $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by Congress early Friday morning, but signed it anyway on Friday afternoon.