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The Daily Countable: Deporting Military Spouses & Possible Illegal Use of the Presidential Seal

by Countable | 3.6.18

Top O' The Tuesday to ya, friends.

You know the presidential seal? That round, ceremonial badge of official-ness that marks all formal events and correspondence from the president? It looks like this:

Well here's the thing: this seal is considered to be such a potent mark of America's executive branch that there are strict rules about when and how it may be used. One of those rules states that it may not be used for personal or political events.

That's a snag currently frustrating the Trump organization, after it ordered dozens of presidential seals to be used as golf course markers on Trump properties. Here's the story.

On the Radar

The nation, and nations of NAFTA, are responding to President Trump's announcement last week that he plans to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent fee on aluminum. On Monday, the president said he'd consider lifting possible tariffs on steel and aluminum if the North American Free Trade Agreement is renegotiated to be more favorable to the United States. House Speaker Paul Ryan isn't loving it. Read why here.

Under the Radar

The DACA deadline Trump gave Congress came and went yesterday. As the Capitol and courts battle it out, Countable looks at two immigration-based stories:

  • We ask you, our users, whether ICE should enact an official policy to separate immigrants who cross U.S. borders illegally from their children as a means of deterring immigration.

  • Multiple undocumented military spouses are facing deportation. Some of them are married to retired soldiers, but some soldiers are on active duty and fear their spouses and children could be deported while they're off fighting for the U.S. Read our coverage here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president will participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven of Sweden.
  • The two will hold a joint press conference at 3:30pm ET.

The House of Representatives: In Session

  • Voting on a bill to require financial regulators to review current rules more frequently to ensure they're not outdated.
  • Voting on a bill to prohibit tax dollars from being spent on paintings of federal officials and employees.
  • Voting on a bill to prohibit political appointees from taking career civil service jobs and "burrowing" into the bureaucracy.

The Senate: In Session

  • The Senate may begin debate on a bill to provide regulatory relief for community banks and expand consumer credit protections.

Committee Hearings

  • The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on worldwide threats at 9:30am.
  • The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will examine the Trump administration's infrastructure proposal at 10am.

But Wait! There's More!

And, in the End…

There's a lot going on, stay tuned!

— Andrea Seabrook

Talk to Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook via email, andrea [at] countable.us, or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.

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  • Abby
    03/06/2018
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    Deporting military spouses has to be illegal. This administration is out of control. Making money off the presidential seal? When will enough be enough? When will Trump face impeachment for the emoluments clause as well as collusion, money laundering, selling America to Russia, destroying trade, being a white supremacist, deserting Puerto Rican/American citizens, dismissing science, etc.????? When will our Congress grow some balls, and do something? Not holding Trump to the same standards every “president” holds for the office makes Congress as liable as Trump. The rampant corruption is so disgusting. #impeach #trumpfamilyprison

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  • Dorothy
    03/06/2018
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    “I spent years as a foreign correspondent in Latin America. To say we are being governed like a banana republic is an insult to banana republics.” Eugene Robinson.

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  • John
    03/06/2018
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    The Moron in the White House gets away with everything & anything he Saids or does, so he will get away with this..Moron

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  • Patricia
    03/06/2018
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    It is not enough that we ask our brave men and women to lay their lives on the line for this country now we also want to strip them of their families? What is going on in this country? We are losing any shred of humanity that was left!

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  • Susan
    03/06/2018
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    Prosecute this illegal creep in Oval Office to fullest extent of law! How about deporting him to any country that may accept?

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  • Clayton
    03/06/2018
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    This injustice has to stop. When did we get so paranoid that we resorted to this. You both have the power to end this.

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  • Judith
    03/06/2018
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    GOD ALMIGHTY IT LOOKS LIKE THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM MIGHT SINGLE HANDEDLY PULL OUR BELOVED COUNTRY OUT OF THIS TRUMP-PUTIN DICTATORSHIP FIRE ! A LOT OF THESE STUPID LAWS TRUMPS CREW ARE TRYING TO ENACT ARE GETTING HUNG UP IN THE COURTS ! IF PUTIN PUTS HIS THREATS OF HEEL OR DIE VAPORIZED BACK IN HIS PANDORA'S BOX AND TRUMP DOESN'T START A NUCLEAR WAR IN A TEMPER TANTRUM WE JUST MIGHT SURVIVE THIS AFTER ALL !

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  • Mary
    03/06/2018
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    Grow a backbone you all would not have allowed any president or anyone else yto do that am sick of it

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  • Jaime
    03/06/2018
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    The executive office in the White House has already been disrespected with the foul language and hateful words against other nations. Trump feels the need to do whatever he wants and that won't change under the current administration. We have sorry representatives on both sides with their tail between their legs. So keep disrespecting the office, the presidential seal, our veterans and their spouses, people looking for a better life, and our nation Mr. President. You've got that hate and division thing going on and your good at spreading it.

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  • Pam
    03/06/2018
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    Daryl: get educated. Federal law prohibits any commercial use of the presidential seal. Plus just tacky.

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  • Lauren
    03/06/2018
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    Please stop this cruel & inhumane practice of separation of children & parents as well as deporting undocumented military spouses. It is outrageously cruel. Don’t even get me started on the illegal & disrespectful use of the Presidential Seal. This admin is plumbing the depths.

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  • DrRichSwier
    03/06/2018
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    An illegal alien military spouse is a national security threat. If the military member knowingly married an illegal alien then he/she violated federal law and is subject to a court martial. Foreign agents, like from Russia, can use this to recruit a military member to spy on the United States military. Bad situation.

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  • Tom
    03/06/2018
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    This one confused me. It’s ok to burn the flag. It’s ok to disrespect our police and military. It’s fine to be disrespectful during the playing of the National Anthem. We defy laws for a myriad of reasons and many of those broken laws have social and economic costs to our country. But people are upset over a few tee markers on some golf course. We have runaway spending, we have lawlessness in our urban areas, we have children being so poorly educated that they are incapable of gainful employment and someone has the audacity to be upset over a tee marker. I can’t imagine being around you folks during a real crisis. Get a life kids!

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  • TexasProgressive210
    03/07/2018
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    #CadetBoneSpurs doesn't care he's A treasonous turd

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  • David
    03/06/2018
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    Deport DACA, never mind this bs

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  • Tracy
    03/07/2018
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    First of all, we need to maintain the standards for use of the Presidential Seal. This symbol is not to be used lightly or without serious context. In the age of fraud and identity theft being rampant. It is critical that at least the Presidential Seal remain as a respected symbol of our country. Do NOT allow this to be used as a symbol on the golf course! It may be the only thing left to respect regarding the office of the President. Also, it seems that it is absolutely inexcusable that the men and women who serve their country and are willing to give their life for a small pittance of a salary could have their family deported! What is going on in this country? We have a President with a wife who is an immigrant for crying out loud! We are losing any shred of humanity that was left! NOT OK!!!!

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  • Jon
    03/06/2018
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    Please use your power of your office and help rid us of this mentally ill person....he is an angry buffoon but worse, American values and standards are being shredded one day at a time.....deport military wives? When is enough enough? Dr. Jon

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  • Dicr
    03/06/2018
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    Donnie’s corruption is unparalleled and over looked by a republican lead congress that is derelict in its duty to reign him in. He dredged the swamp and refilled it with a cabinet that is as corrupt as himself. His son in law has used his position to accomplish nothing for the country and is only concerned with bailing out his own failing business. Only a clueless racist who is intent on seeing all Obama’s accomplishments wiped away could ignore this travesty.

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  • Daryl
    03/06/2018
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    Apparently people don’t know how to read. Nowhere in the article did it say the President was making money off the seal. It just stated they were made for tee markers on the golf course.

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  • Fg
    03/07/2018
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    More conjecture from Countable. Anything that’s anti President Trump

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