This Day in Trump, Day 27: Puzder Out, Israel Policy, Flynn Aftermath

WASHINGTON — Day 27 of Donald Trump's presidency saw a major setback when a cabinet nominee withdrew. Trump also ripped up the U.S. playbook on the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and faced mounting calls for inquiries into aides' contacts with Russia.Highlights of the dayTrump abruptly and almost in passing set aside longstanding U.S. Mideast policy by proclaiming that he has no particular preference for a two-state solution. That goal has been a cornerstone of U.S. policy since the Clinton administration.Trump mentioned the shift during a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu."I'm looking at two-state and one-state," Trump said. "I can live with either one."In other news, pressure mounted regarding Trump aides' contacts with Russian officials during the campaign and the transition, two days after national security adviser Michael Flynn's ouster.Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, along with the committee's top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, asked the attorney general and FBI director James Comey for documents related to Flynn's resignation, and a briefing in two weeks.They cited "substantial questions about the content and context of Mr. Flynn's discussions with Russian officials, the conclusions reached by the Justice Department and the actions it took in response, as well as possible leaks of classified information by current and former government employees."Coming and goingTwo days after the abrupt ouster of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Trump lost one of his Cabinet picks. Andrew Puzder.  Continue reading...

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