Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

During a phone call on Wednesday with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, President Donald Trump railed against a deal for the United States to accept more than 1,000 refugees from Australia, telling the Australian leader that is was his worst call of the day, according to a Washington Post report.

Senior U.S. officials told the Washington Post that Trump used the call with one of America's closest allies to criticize the refugee deal and to brag about his win in the 2016 election. While discussing the refugee deal, Trump told Turnbull that it was the "worst deal ever" and accused Australia of trying to send the "next Boston bombers" to the U.S. Trump also worried that accepting the refugees from Australia would get him "killed" politically, according to the Washington Post.

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Before his inauguration, President Donald Trump's transition team told inspectors general, the independent watchdogs at each federal agency, that they would only stay on in the Trump administration temporarily, according to an email obtained by Democratic members of the House Oversight Committee and viewed by the Washington Post.

In a Jan. 13 email, transition official Katie Giblin instructed the transition agency leads to tell the inspectors general in their respective agencies "that they are being held over on a temporary basis," according to the Washington Post.

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Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday morning suspended the rules and voted to approve President Donald Trump's nominees to lead the Treasury Department and the Department of Health and Human Services even though Democrats on the committee were not present.

Democrats on the committee refused to vote on Steve Mnuchin and Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) until both nominees answered additional questions.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday afternoon painstakingly insisted that President Donald Trump's order barring immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries was not a "travel ban."

But with one tweet on Wednesday morning, Trump undid Spicer's efforts and said he did not care what term was used to describe his order.

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A dissent cable from State Department diplomats opposing President Donald Trump's order suspending the refugee program and barring travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries reached 1,000 signatures by Tuesday afternoon, according to the New York Times.

State Department officials told the Times that the cable was being sent to management and that more diplomats have expressed interest in signing the cable. The cable has the more signatures than any other recent cable, per the Times.

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The White House has stopped sending officials to appear on CNN, a network that President Donald Trump has repeatedly bashed as "fake news," Politico reported Tuesday evening.

"We’re sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda," an unnamed White House official told Politico.

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During a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, the acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, offered very different numbers for the people affected by the executive order barring travel from certain countries than the White House provided to reporters on Monday.

During a press conference Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that only 109 people were impacted by the order at airports over the weekend.

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During a press conference on Tuesday afternoon to clarify President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily barring travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly insisted repeatedly that he had sufficient advance notice of the order.

Kelly's assurance that he was in the loop comes after reports indicated he was frustrated with the White House after receiving few details about the order in advance.

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