President Donald Trump is siding with House Republicans in the showdown over work requirements for food-stamp recipients, adding a new wrinkle to difficult negotiations that are set to begin this fall. Trump on Thursday tweeted that he hopes lawmakers “will be able to leave the WORK REQUIREMENTS FOR FOOD STAMPS PROVISION that the House approved” in the final version of the legislation.
Responding to wide-ranging criticism that it lacked a clear national strategy to protect U.S. elections, the White House said Thursday that Trump has directed a “vast, government-wide effort” to protect the cornerstone of American democracy. John Bolton, the national security adviser, also wrote in a letter to Senate Democrats that “President Trump has not and will not tolerate interference in America’s system of representative government.” The warning to American adversaries came as top U.S. intelligence and homeland security officials raised alarms about potential efforts to influence the 2018 and 2020 elections.
Source: Associated Press