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Five cabinet confirmations, Supreme Court nominee criticizes Trump and more in political news

By Lauren AguirreFebruary 9, 2017

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Jeff Sessions was confirmed as attorney general on February 8, 2017. Getty Images

IVANKA AND NORDSTROM

Nordstrom, citing declining sales, has removed Ivanka Trump's clothing line from its stores. In response, President Donald Trump tweeted that his daughter has been treated unfairly. Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to the president, then publicly endorsed Ivanka's brand and encouraged Americans to go buy her products from the White House press briefing room.

With these remarks, Conway appears to be in violation of a ban on executive staff endorsing products or companies. The president is technically exempt from this regulation, but White House policy historically has applied it to him. Violations like these are usually handled by the White House counsel, but it is uncertain how the Trump administration will enforce the regulation.


GORSUCH ON TRUMP

Trump has criticized the judge responsible for temporarily halting the implementation of his immigration and refugee ban. The executive order was put on hold while courts determine the outcome of the lawsuit against the action. Trump took to Twitter, criticizing the decision. He said, "Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and the court system. People pouring in. Bad!" 

Turmp's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch responded to the president's comment in a private meeting with Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal. Gorsuch said Trump's criticism of the judiciary was "disheartening" and "demoralizing," according to Blumenthal. 


FIVE CONFIRMATIONS

This week, two of his more controversial picks were confirmed to their new positions. Betsy DeVos, after a historic tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence, is now the new secretary of education. Jeff Sessions, after facing harsh criticism from Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, is now the new attorney general. 

So far, only five of Trump's cabinet nominations have been confirmed. By this time in 2009, all but three of President Barack Obama's cabinet picks were in place. Those still waiting for confirmations include the secretary of the treasury, the secretary of energy, the secretary of health and human services and the secretary of labor.


FACEBOOK PROTEST BOT

A new Facebook chat bot makes it easier for anti-Trump protesters to find events in their city. WeBot, which just launched Wednesday, asks for a user's location and gives them information on protests and other anti-Trump events near them. It can also alert users to new protests as they pop up. The creators of the bot are two brothers, Logan and Nathan Bernard. They said they wanted to help people get organized and stay informed about protests and events in their area. "Together we can work to raise awareness of their events and bring more people together," Logan Bernard said.