Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin acknowledged today that White House lawyers had been
in touch with his department following House Democrats' request for six years of President Trump's tax returns.
Mnuchin told a House panel he has not personally spoken with the president about the matter,
and plans to "follow the law" with respect to the Democrats' request.
Mr. Trump has repeatedly said that he is under audit, and is unable to release his returns.
New York City has declared a public health emergency, in an effort to combat a growing measles outbreak.
City health officials say there have been 285 confirmed measles cases in Brooklyn and Queens since September.
Most were members of the Orthodox Jewish community.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said that they have also ordered mandatory measles vaccinations
for unvaccinated residents in the affected areas who may have been exposed to the virus.
The only way to stop this outbreak is to ensure that those who have not been vaccinated get the vaccine.
It's crucial for people to understand that the measles vaccine works. It is safe. It is effective. It is time-tested.
Residents who defy the new vaccination order could be fined 1,000 dollars.
President Trump insisted today that he is not looking to reinstate the policy of child separation at the U.S. southern border.
Mr. Trump said his predecessor is to blame for separating migrant children from their families.
He spoke during a meeting with the visiting Egyptian president.
President Obama had child separation. Take a look. The press knows it. You know it. We all know it.
I didn't have, I'm the one that stopped it. President Obama had child separation.
Now, I will tell you something. Once you don't have it, that's why you see many more people coming.
More than 2,700 children were separated from their parents at the Mexican border under the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy,
before it was reversed last year. Child separations did occur under the Obama administration,
but on a much less frequent basis, and primarily in cases of child endangerment.
President Trump also dismissed claims that he is cleaning house at the Department of Homeland Security,
after its secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, announced her resignation on Sunday.