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The Latest: Trump vows to lower drug prices

  • President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with pharmaceutical industry leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with pharmaceutical industry leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)  (The Associated Press)

  • President Donald Trump shakes hands with Celgene CEO Bob Hugin during a meeting with pharmaceutical industry leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    President Donald Trump shakes hands with Celgene CEO Bob Hugin during a meeting with pharmaceutical industry leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 18, 2014, file photo, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale, left, accompanied by US Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski, center, and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters in Washington to discuss the results of a international operation involving an underground child pornography website. The Department of Homeland Security announced on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, that Ragsdale has been replaced as acting head of the agency by Thomas Homan. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

    FILE - In this March 18, 2014, file photo, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale, left, accompanied by US Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski, center, and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters in Washington to discuss the results of a international operation involving an underground child pornography website. The Department of Homeland Security announced on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, that Ragsdale has been replaced as acting head of the agency by Thomas Homan. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump says he wants to lower drug prices and bring pharmaceutical companies back to the United States.

Trump is meeting with drug company executives at the White House Tuesday. He says "we're going to be changing a lot of the rules" and promises to end "global freeloading."

He is also vowing to reduce the prices of Medicare and Medicaid.

Among the attendees were executives from the drug companies Novatis, Merck, Worldwide Pharmaceuticals-Johnson & Johnson and Amgen.

Trump is promising the group that he will soon name a "fantastic person" to head the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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9:55 a.m.

Democrats say President Donald Trump should stop the name calling.

In a tweet Tuesday, Trump mocked congressional leaders who protested at the Supreme Court on Monday night against the new executive order on refugees and immigration.

Trump tweeted: "Nancy Pelosi and Fake Tears Chuck Schumer held a rally at the steps of The Supreme Court and mic did not work (a mess)-just like Dem party!"

Matt House, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Schumer, said Trump should learn that name calling is not going to solve the self-inflicted problems of the Trump administration. House said Trump should repeal the executive order halting the entire U.S. refugee program and banning all entries from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days.

Schumer became emotional this past weekend at a news conference on the refugee issues.

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7 a.m.

The White House says President Donald Trump will leave intact a 2014 executive order that protects federal workers from anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

In a statement released early Tuesday, the White House says Trump "is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community" and that he "continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election."

The Trump administration has vowed to roll back much of President Barack Obama's work from the past eight years and had been scrutinizing the 2014 order. The directive protects people from LGBTQ discrimination while working for federal contractors.

The recent statement says the protections will remain intact "at the direction" of Trump.

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6:05 a.m.

The Trump administration has named a new acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Thomas Homan, who was in charge of the agency's enforcement and removal operations, has been named acting director. The agency's Twitter account says that Daniel Ragsdale, who had been temporarily in charge, is returning to his previous position as deputy director of ICE.

Both men are longtime career employees.

The administration didn't offer any explanation for the move announced late Monday, the same day that President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates for publicly declining to defend Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in announcing the change that Homan had led efforts "to identify, arrest, detain, and remove illegal aliens." The statement didn't make any mention of Ragsdale.

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3:50 a.m.

In an extraordinary public showdown, President Donald Trump fired the acting attorney general of the United States after she publicly questioned the constitutionality of his refugee and immigration ban and refused to defend it in court.

The clash Monday night between Trump and Sally Yates, a career prosecutor and Democratic appointee, laid bare the growing discord and dissent surrounding an executive order that halted the entire U.S. refugee program and banned all entries from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days. The firing also served as a warning to other administration officials that Trump is prepared to terminate those who refuse to carry out his orders.

Yates' refusal to defend the executive order was largely symbolic given that Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump's pick for attorney general, will almost certainly defend the policy once he's sworn in. He's expected to be confirmed Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee and could be approved within days by the full Senate.

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This version corrects Daniel Ragsdale's standing with the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. After temporarily being put in charge of ICE, he is returning to his previous position as deputy director there.