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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 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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Some staffers on the House Judiciary Committee worked with Donald Trump's transition team on the executive order temporarily barring immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, and the staffers did so without telling the chair of the committee or GOP leaders, Politico reported Monday night.

The staffers were also forced to sign nondisclosure agreements, according to Politico.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday afternoon responded to reports that a group of U.S. diplomats were drafting a memo to condemn President Donald Trump's executive order denying entry to people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Spicer said that the career State Department employees should either fall in line behind Trump and his executive order or leave the agency.

"I think that they should get with the program or they can go," Spicer said at the daily press briefing, referring to State Department staff who "have a problem" banning people from the seven countries.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday afternoon said that the Trump administration never meant to deport anyone with the executive order on immigration the President signed on Friday, which temporarily banned the entry of people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Asked about legal challenges to the order at the daily press briefing, Spicer said that a ruling by a federal judge in New York "didn't make any sense."

"It deals with people who are being deported. The action never spoke to it, never intended to deport people," Spicer said.

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Following criticism of his executive order barring visas from some predominantly Muslim countries from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), President Donald Trump hit back by mocking the senator.

Trump claimed Monday morning that Schumer did not genuinely cry during a Sunday press conference.

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