On Thursday, President Donald J. Trump announced new survey results showing that optimism among U.S. manufacturers has reached unprecedented levels. “Optimism among small manufacturers was at its highest level ever recorded throughout the survey’s 20 year history,” Brittany De Lea reports.
According to the latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of individuals on unemployment benefits is at its lowest level in more than four decades. “Low jobless claims are a good sign for the economy. They suggest that layoffs are rare,” Joseph Lawler writes.
On Wednesday, President Trump signed a bill that “establishes fines and prison terms for operators of websites that engage in online sex trafficking,” Sabrina Eaton reports. The bipartisan bill was championed by Ivanka Trump, who held a roundtable on trafficking at the White House last month.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) said he will “avidly support” President Trump’s nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State. “I think your background could not be better to serve in this capacity,” Sen. Corker told Pompeo this week.
"U.S. pork will be imported into Argentina for the first time since 1992 under newly finalized technical and safety rules,” Reuters reports. “The technical requirements implement a deal announced last August following a meeting between Argentine President Mauricio Macri and U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence."
This week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited America’s southern border, delivering a message of support for law enforcement officials. The Attorney General also reiterated the President’s calls for stronger border security. “The lack of a wall on the Southern border is an open invitation to illegal border crossings," he said.
In southern Arizona, U.S. Border Patrol agents came upon a large group of 61 illegal immigrants—one of whom was a member of MS-13 posing as an unaccompanied minor. “We questioned the members of the group and confirmed they are part of the caravan of Central Americans who are reported to be traveling to the U.S.,” Border Patrol spokesman Justin Kallinger said.
This week, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced that his state will join Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico in “sending National Guard troops to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border,” Anna Giaritelli reports. The California Governor “had been the only border-state governor not to support the operation despite talks with DHS and DOD, until now,” she notes.
The United States has “ratcheted up its efforts to block Kremlin-linked industrialists from doing business in the West, warning that British banks will have to sever their relationships with the tycoons if they want continued access to American financial institutions,” The New York Times reports.