The Latest: Trump wishes the nation a festive Cinco de Mayo

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98:55 p.m.

President Donald Trump is sending warm wishes to everyone celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

The holiday commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla that pitted Mexican Indian soldiers against French forces. Trump says that 19th century battle is a reminder of the “incredible courage and resolve” of the Mexican people as they defended their country and freedoms. He says it remains an important symbol of Mexican bravery and tenacity.

Some Mexican Americans and immigrants, though, are feeling uneasy about Trump’s immigration policies and rhetoric. He has vowed to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to deter illegal immigration and launched his presidential campaign by attacking the character of Mexican immigrants.

Trump marked Cinco de Mayo last year by tweeting “I love Hispanics!” with a photo of himself eating a taco bowl.


2:10 p.m.

The Trump administration is moving to gut the office of the White House “drug czar” according to a preliminary budget document and an email message that its acting director has circulated to agency staff.

The proposed $364 million cut would leave a budget of just $24 million for the agency and would eliminate its two major grant programs.

The eliminations involve the high-intensity drug-trafficking area program, which just received $254 million for grants to help states and localities to fight drug trafficking, and the $100 million drug-free communities program, which helps local organizations battle drugs in their communities.

The document is a preliminary White House proposal for the drug czar’s office that is subject to change before being released later this month. It was obtained by a former Obama administration official and shared with The Associated Press.

The cuts could cut staffing for the office nearly in half.

2:05 p.m.

President Donald Trump has signed his first piece of major legislation, a $1 trillion spending bill to fund the…

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