Trump administration won't turn over auto import probe report, defying Congress

Reuters | January 21, 2020

The Trump administration is snubbing Congress by refusing to turn over a report detailing an investigation into national security risks potentially posed by imported vehicles and auto parts, citing pending international negotiations and executive branch deliberations. Congress inserted a provision in a spending bill last month demanding the White House turn over the long-secret government report that U.S. President Donald Trump used to declare in May 2019 that some unnamed imported autos pose risks to national security.

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While the Republican Party and Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence had a long history1 of opposing legal equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, presidential candidate Donald Trump promised to support the LGBT community.2 Despite his own mixed record on LGBT issues, following the massacre and terror attack at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Donald Trump vowed, “As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens.” Yet President Trump’s Administration has amassed a striking record of anti-LGBT actions in its first year in office.

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While the Republican Party and Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence had a long history1 of opposing legal equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, presidential candidate Donald Trump promised to support the LGBT community.2 Despite his own mixed record on LGBT issues, following the massacre and terror attack at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Donald Trump vowed, “As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens.” Yet President Trump’s Administration has amassed a striking record of anti-LGBT actions in its first year in office.

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