House Republican leaders abruptly pulled a rewrite of the nation’s health-care system from consideration on Friday, a dramatic acknowledgment that they were unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “We just pulled it,” President Trump told The Washington Post in a telephone interview. The decision came a day after Trump delivered an ultimatum to lawmakers — and represented multiple failures for the new president and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). “I don’t blame Paul,” Trump said, referring to Ryan. In a news conference shortly after the decision, Ryan conceded that his party “came up short.”
President Trump announced the granting of a permit for construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, calling it “the first of many infrastructure projects” that he would approve to put more Americans to work. The $8 billion project would span 1,200 miles, connecting Alberta’s tar sands crude with pipelines and refineries on the Texas gulf coast that are well suited to handle the thick oil.