The week in politics

Published 8:56 PM ET, Sat February 18, 2017
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US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Thursday, February 16. Trump lashed out against the media and what he called fake news as he displayed a sense of anger and grievance rarely vented by a president in public. He said he resented reports that his White House was in chaos. "This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine," he said. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Jeanette Vizguerra hugs her youngest child, Zury, while addressing supporters and the media from a church in Denver on Wednesday, February 15. Vizguerra, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, first came to the United States in 1997. In 2011, a federal immigration judge ordered that she be deported. Her latest request for a stay of deportation was denied on Wednesday, but she said during her news conference that her "fight will continue." Her case has drawn national attention as the debate continues over immigration reform. Marc Piscotty/Getty Images
White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, right, walks down the West Wing Colonnade after a bilateral meeting in Washington between US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, February 10. Flynn resigned from his post three days later. His departure came just after reports surfaced that the Justice Department warned the Trump administration last month that Flynn misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians. Chip Somodevilla/dpa/AP
US Defense Secretary James Mattis, fourth from right, attends a meeting with defense ministers at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday, February 16. A day earlier, Mattis reaffirmed America's support for NATO but warned that America could "moderate" its commitment to the alliance if other member states fail to meet the requisite spending targets. Only five of the 28 member states currently meet the alliance's spending target of 2% of GDP. Anadolu Agency/Anadolu/Getty Images
Protesters in favor of a $15 minimum wage gather in New York to rally against Andrew Puzder, President Trump's nominee for labor secretary, on Monday, February 13. Puzder, the CEO of the company that owns the Hardee's and Carl's Jr. fast-food chains, withdrew his nomination two days later. He had faced intense criticism since his appointment in December. Current and former employees spoke out against him, and Democrats and labor activists attacked his record on worker rights. Puzder has a long history of fighting against government regulation, a $15 minimum wage and the Affordable Care Act. He also admitted to having employed an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Linda McMahon is joined by her six grandchildren as she is sworn in as chief of the Small Business Administration on Tuesday, February 14. McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, was confirmed by a vote of 81-19. Photos: Trump's nominees and their confirmation hearings Carolyn Kaster/AP
People listen to the national anthem during a naturalization ceremony in Newark, New Jersey, on Thursday, February 16. Mark Kauzlarich for CNN
US President Donald Trump addresses a crowd at the debut event for the Dreamliner 787-10 at Boeing's factory in North Charleston, South Carolina, on February 17. Sean Rayford/Getty Images
First lady Melania Trump and Sara Neyanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tour the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Wednesday, February 15. The Smithsonian's latest museum opened in Washington in September. MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images
President Trump watches as Steven Mnuchin is sworn in as treasury secretary on Monday, February 13. The Senate vote was 53-47, mostly along party lines. Mnuchin is a former Goldman Sachs executive. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
Norman Solomon, co-founder of the activist group RootsAction, speaks during a news conference in Washington on Thursday, February 16. RootsAction and another group, Free Speech for People, started an online petition last month to impeach President Trump. ZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images
President Donald Trump and his grandchildren, Arabella and Joseph Kushner, walk on the South Lawn of the White House to board Marine One on Friday, February 17. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Former Vice President Al Gore, the founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, opens the Climate & Health Meeting at The Carter Center in Atlanta on Thursday, February 16. The conference, which was organized after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention canceled its own conference on climate change and health, brought together scientists, public health officials and health care providers. Alex Sanz/AP
President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a joint news conference at the White House on Wednesday, February 15. Netanyahu beamed at his new American counterpart and declared him the best friend Israel could possibly wish for, while Trump offered lofty praise for Israel, denounced the Iranian nuclear deal and declined to back a two-state solution -- a long-standing, bipartisan US policy that the Israeli Prime Minister has questioned. Douliery Olivier/Sipa USA
Protesters pull down their pants to moon Trump Tower in Chicago on Sunday, February 12. Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto/Getty Images
US Vice President Mike Pence and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands at the 2017 Munich Security Conference on February 18, in Germany. Johannes Simon/Getty Images
Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen adjusts her glasses while testifying before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, February 14. Yellen signaled that the next interest-rate increase could come as early as March. Andrew Harnik/AP
From left in front, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov prepare for a group photo at the G20 summit in Bonn, Germany, on Thursday, February 16. Alexander Shcherbak/TASS/Getty Images
This aerial photo, taken Monday, February 13, shows the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. The pipeline is a $3.7 billion project that would cross four states and change the landscape of the US crude oil supply. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe says the pipeline would affect its drinking-water supply and destroy its sacred sites. Tom Stromme/AP
From left, White House press secretary Sean Spicer, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Christie's wife, Mary Pat, watch President Trump sign a piece of legislation in the White House Oval Office on Tuesday, February 14. Evan Vucci/AP
US Sen. Rand Paul speaks at a news conference about an Obamacare replacement bill on Wednesday, February 15. The conservative House Freedom Caucus officially endorsed the bill, which was introduced by Paul and US Rep. Mark Sanford. First on CNN: Details about the bill Bill Clark/Newscom/CQ Roll Call/Newscom
Vice President Mike Pence stops to speak with tourists in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, February 14. Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images
President Trump signs legislation Thursday, February 16, that rolls back the "Stream Protection Rule," a last-minute Obama administration rule aimed at stopping the coal-mining industry from dumping waste into nearby waterways. Trump called it a "job-killing rule" as he was joined at the White House by miners as well as legislators from coal-mining states. Ron Sachs/Pool/Getty Images