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

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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During a press conference on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) would not discuss a report revealing that staffers on the House Judiciary Committee helped with President Donald Trump's executive order barring immigrants from several predominantly Muslim countries.

"Congressional staffers help the administration all the time," Ryan said when asked about the report.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Monday morning defended President Donald Trump's executive order suspending the refugee program and temporarily denying entry to the U.S. to people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Ryan acknowledged that the "rollout was confusing," and said nobody wanted to hold up green card holders or translators who had helped the U.S. military abroad. But he stood behind the substance of the order and argued that members of the Islamic State could try to enter the U.S. as refugees.

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The White House announced Tuesday morning that President Donald Trump will keep in place the Obama administration's policy protecting LGBT federal contractors from workplace discrimination

"President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community. President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election," a statement from the White House reads. "The President is proud to have been the first ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression."

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