Trump claims Andrew Jackson was ‘really angry’ about the Civil War. Chaffetz to return to Washington for health care vote after foot surgery. U. of Utah President David Pershing announces plan to step down.
Happy Tuesday. In another departure from historical facts, President Donald Trump claimed Andrew Jackson was "really angry" about the Civil War — though the first shots were fired 16 years after his death. Trump also questioned why there was a war at all, suggesting it could "have been worked out." The comments, made during a radio interview, are the latest in a string of misrepresentations from the president, including his suggestion that Frederick Douglass is still alive and his surprise that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. [NYTimes]
Topping the news: After a quicker-than-expected recovery from foot surgery, Rep. Jason Chaffetz will return to Washington this week, where he will vote on a Republican bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV]
-> On the Senate floor, Sen. Orrin Hatch praised the Trump administration’s proposed tax reform plan, which he said is designed to grow the economy and reduce rates for both large and small businesses. [DNews]
-> University of Utah President David Pershing announced he will step down from his post. The hiring process for his replacement will coincide with the search for a new health sciences senior vice president after Vivian Lee resigned from that position last week. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4] [Fox13] [KUTV]
Tweets of the day: From @Eisentweet: "Why would Trump just go off about the Civil War without first calling up Frederick Douglass for a simple fact check?"
-> From @StephenAtHome: "Trump called Kim Jong Un a ‘smart cookie.’ That’s crazy — he reminds me more of a ‘murderous soft cheese.’"
Happy Birthday: To former state Sen. Karen Morgan.
In other news: San Juan County leaders are in Washington for meetings with the Interior Department and Utah’s congressional delegation in support of rescinding Bears Ears National Monument. [KUTV]
-> Sen. Mike Lee introduced a bill called the Restoring Internet Freedom Act to rescind the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 open internet order. [DNews]
-> More than 100 protestors gathered at the federal building in Salt Lake City for a May Day rally against President Donald Trump. [Trib]
-> Officials at the Utah Department of Transportation want to build an overpass for animals above Interstate 80 near Parleys Summit — which is among the deadliest stretches of road in Utah for big game — in an effort to make the area safer for the state’s wildlife. [Trib]
-> With $700,000 and an expected $2.8 million from the state, Salt Lake County leaders want to expedite a process to open new jail beds for chronic drug users, which they hope will end booking restrictions that have garnered criticism for allowing some offenders who should be locked up to remain free. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4] [Fox13] [KUTV]
-> Under a budget proposal from Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Salt Lake City residents may see their sewer rates jump 30 percent — from an average of $195 a year to $442 by 2022 — for a total reconstruction of the city’s wastewater reclamation plant. [Trib]
-> A new park-and-wait lot will open at Salt Lake City International Airport this summer with a convenience store, a Chevron gas station, an electric charging station and a variety of food options. [Trib]
-> The Environmental Protection Agency has reclassified Provo and Salt Lake City into the "serious" category after both regions failed to meet 24-hour standards for fine particulate pollution between 2013 and 2015. [DNews]
-> The Utah County Republican Party elected Rob Craig as its new chairman. [DNews]
-> Pat Bagley argues climate change deniers are digging their own grave deeper and deeper. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly explores the aftermath of Saturday’s vote, in which he says "the defenders of truth, justice and the Republican way" were beat out in the Utah County GOP slugfest. [Trib]
-> Robert Gehrke says Trump’s executive order directing a review of national monument designations, including southeastern Utah’s Bears Ears, is a politically-motivated charade that manufactures an excuse to exploit the state’s natural treasures and undo one of former President Barack Obama’s final actions. [Trib]
Nationally: GOP leaders are working to get 216 Republicans to vote in favor of their newest health care bill in hopes of getting a vote this week — even as support for the legislation may be eroding. At the same time, President Donald Trump’s recent description of the bill indicated he may be unfamiliar with how it addresses coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions. [NYTimes] [WaPost] [NBCNews] [CNN]
-> A bipartisan deal to fund the government includes an allocation for more than $120 million in additional money to help cover security costs for Trump and his family — the vast majority of which would be sent to New York City, where first lady Melania Trump lives with the couple’s son. [TIME] [NYTimes] [CNN] [TheHill]
-> Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is accused of overseeing the deaths of 7,000 people as part of his war on drugs, brushed aside the president’s controversial invitation to visit the White House, saying he might be "too busy." [NPR] [ABCNews]
Where are they?
- Rep. Mia Love participates in a strategy meeting with House leadership, asks questions during a Financial Services Committee hearing on the CHOICE Act and meets with constituents. Later, she votes, speaks with Reps. Elijah Cummings and Marcia Fudge about family histories and joins a delegation to meet with the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly.
- Gov. Gary Herbert conducts interviews for the 3rd District Juvenile Court, meets with the State Board of Education and talks with an education focus group. Later, he participates in a conference call about health care with the Republican Governors Association and heads to the Aerospace Pathways graduation.
- State Auditor John Dougall meets with representatives from the the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority, speaks with members of a CPA firm and releases the result of a peer review.
-- Courtney Tanner and Taylor Stevens