Tag Archives: Trump administration

Ivanka Trump: I Try To Stay Out Of Politics [VIDEO]

The Week reports: White House employee Ivanka Trump apparently has a rather curious understanding of what it means to be a senior adviser to the president. On Monday, she informed Fox & Friends that despite having an office in the West Wing, “I try to stay out of politics.” Trump went on to say: “I instead like to focus on ...

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Congressional Black Caucus Rejects Trump Invite

The New York Daily News reports: The Congressional Black Caucus sends its regrets to “the Honorable Omarosa Manigault.” The CBC on Wednesday rejected the reality star villain-turned-adviser’s invite to meet with President Trump, citing his inaction on their key policy issues — and following a report some of its members had been miffed by Manigault’s grandiose sign-off. “Given the lack ...

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Republicans Will Get Tired Of Winning If Democrats Don’t Get An Agenda [VIDEO]

Fox News reports: Democrats did hold on to a seat in California earlier this month. But Republicans are now boasting a “5-0” record in special elections for seats Democrats sought to flip — counting Georgia twice, as Ossoff was unable to lock down an outright win in the initial contest and lost to Handel in the runoff. The Georgia race ...

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No More White House Press Briefings From Sean Spicer, He’s Now Interviewing Candidates To Replace Him

Politico reports: White House press secretary Sean Spicer is leading a search for his own replacement at the briefing room podium as part of a larger plan to shake up the White House communications operations, according to two people with knowledge of the effort. Last week, Spicer and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus reached out to Fox News ...

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SAYS WHO: Trump Lawyer Hires His Own Lawyer

Citing an unnamed source, this afternoon NBC’s Katy Tur reports on Twitter that Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, he of “says who!” fame, has hired his own attorney to represent him in the ever-expanding Russia investigation. According to Tur, Cohen is now scheduled to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on September 5th. Tur’s source says the delay is due ...

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REPORT: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein May Also Recuse Himself From The Russia Investigation

ABC News reports: The senior Justice Department official with ultimate authority over the special counsel’s probe of Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election has privately acknowledged to colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the matter, which he took charge of only after Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ own recusal, sources tell ABC News. Those private remarks from ...

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NEW YORK: Trump Appoints Eric Trump’s Wedding Planner To Run HUD, No Experience And Fake Degree

The New York Daily News reports: She’s arranged tournaments at Trump golf courses, served as the liaison to the Trump family during his presidential campaign, and even arranged Eric Trump’s wedding. Now President Trump has appointed longtime loyalist Lynne Patton — who has zero housing experience and claims a law degree the school says she never earned — to run ...

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Omits LGBT Mentions In 2017 Employment Anti-Discrimination Statement

Unlike his Obama administration predecessor, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has omitted sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in his 2017 employment anti-discrimination policy statement. Here’s what the pertinent section now says: The Department of Commerce does not tolerate behavior, harassment, discrimination or prejudice based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability. We will also provide ...

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Al Franken: Jeff Sessions Committed Perjury [VIDEO]

The Washington Examiner reports: Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., suspects Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have lied about his communications with Russian officials under oath when testifying during the Senate confirmation process. “I think that he did not answer truthfully under oath,” Franken said during an interview on MSNBC on Friday night. He was responding to the question of whether Sessions ...

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James Comey’s Senate Testimony Drew More Than Half The TV Audience As Did Trump’s Inauguration

Reuters reports: At least 18 million people watched former FBI director James Comey’s dramatic testimony on Thursday about his dealings with President Donald Trump, according to preliminary ratings information from TV networks. U.S. broadcast networks interrupted regular programing to air live coverage of Comey’s more than two hours of remarks before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Early Nielsen data showed that ...

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Trump Treasury Pick Doesn’t Have Claimed Degree

New England News reports: In announcing the appointment of Joseph Otting to a key treasury job on Monday, the White House Press Office trumpeted his credentials, noting that he was a graduate of the School of Credit and Financial Management at Dartmouth College. But in fact, Dartmouth does not have such a school. “Joseph Otting is not a Dartmouth graduate,” ...

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LIVE VIDEO: James Comey Testifies Before Senate

Here we go! CBS News reports: Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before Congress for the first time Thursday morning since President Trump fired him nearly a month ago. The highly-anticipated hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET. Comey is expected to say, according to his opening statement released Wednesday, that President ...

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Trump’s FBI Pick Has Ties To Russian Companies

Well, of course. USA Today reports: On paper, Christopher Wray appears to be an excellent choice to serve as the next FBI director. He has “impeccable” academic credentials (Yale law school) and has had a decades-long distinguished career as a federal prosecutor and high-level official in the Department of Justice. As the criminal defense lawyer for New Jersey Gov. Chris ...

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Pence Cancels Interview In Wake Of Comey Statement

According to a tweet from PBS NewsHour executive producer Sara Just, Mike Pence has abruptly canceled an interview scheduled for this afternoon. As much of Twitter has noted, the cancellation came shortly after former FBI director James Comey released his statement an advance of tomorrow’s public testimony before the Senate. The PBS NewsHour team had traveled with Pence to Johnson ...

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Fireworks On Capitol Hill As Intel Chiefs Repeatedly Refuse To Answer Questions On Trump/Russia [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: Senator Angus King (I- ME) grilled the intel chiefs testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee today about why they weren’t answering any of the questions being posed to them. A few minutes prior, Senator Martin Heinrich (D- NM) asked acting FBI director Andrew McCabe about conversations he’s had with James Comey about his conversations with President Trump. McCabe ...

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Kellyanne Conway On Jeff Sessions’ Offer To Resign: Trump Has Confidence In The People Who Work For Him

Axios reports: Kellyanne Conway told Mike Allen this morning that Trump “has confidence in the people who work for him” when asked if POTUS still believes in his Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who allegedly offered to resign over tensions with Trump. On the Russia investigation: Trump “sees that there’s nothing there…if you look at everything that’s been said and done ...

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Putin Denies “Really Talking” To Michael Flynn [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Michael who? Russian President Vladimir Putin claims that he had limited personal interaction with former U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, when asked by NBC’s Megyn Kelly in an exclusive interview about the nature of their relationship — and a widely circulated December, 2015 photo that shows the two sitting next to each other at dinner during ...

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Opera Vs Trump: Rossini Edition [VIDEO]

This needs to go wildly viral. I won’t spoil any of the jokes, just watch below as Operatico Politico’s Rebecca Nelson and Eric Stoklassa brilliantly skewer the entire Trump family and administration to the tune of Rossini’s Barber Of Seville. And definitely stick around for the big finish.

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Trump Appeals Block On Muslim Ban To SCOTUS

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court late Thursday to revive its revised ban that limits travelers visiting the United States from six mostly Muslim countries. The move sets the stage for a constitutional showdown over the president’s authority to make national security judgments in the name of protecting Americans from terrorism. Last week, a ...

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SpaceX Founder Elon Musk Quits Trump’s Economic Advisory Council Over Climate Accord Withdrawal

Buzzfeed reports: Tesla and SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk is stepping down from several Trump administration advisory councils after the president announced on Thursday that the US will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Musk, who sits on Trump’s economic advisory council as well as a manufacturing group, threatened to quit on Wednesday, amid news reports that the president would ...

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