Tag Archives: Trump cabinet

Betsy DeVos’ Security Detail To Cost $7.7M In 2019

Politico reports: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ security detail is projected to cost up to $7.74 million from now through the end of September 2019, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service told POLITICO on Tuesday night. The Marshals Service said the final cost of protection for DeVos in fiscal 2018 was $6.79 million. That’s more than the $6.54 million officials ...

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Pompeo Declares Midterms Safe From Interference

“I have no doubt that the Russians have every intention of making life difficult for every American. This has been going on for decades. So please know, the American people should know, that the U.S. government is actively engaged in efforts to ensure the Russians, Chinese, Iranians, North Koreans – all of those – with malintent for America, will not ...

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Dems Vow To Investigate Zinke If US House Flips

Politico reports: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will face a barrage of congressional inquiries into his business dealings, travels, political activities and relations with industry if Democrats win the House in November, according to lawmakers who hope to lead the chamber next year. Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva, the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, has already unsuccessfully demanded a ...

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Pompeo Cracks Down On Improper Use Of Commas

CNN reports: Iran, North Korea, Syria and … commas. While Mike Pompeo is focused on a number of key geopolitical concerns, an email obtained by CNN suggests that the secretary of state also appears to have had it, up to, here, with, the rampant, improper use of commas by State Department staff. In the last few months, two emails have ...

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CHICAGO: Sessions Blames ACLU For Spike In Murders

CNBC reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions blamed a number of activist groups on Wednesday for a rise in violent crime in Chicago, saying that “if you want more shootings, more death, then listen to the ACLU, Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and groups who do not know the reality of policing.” “If you want public safety, then listen to the police ...

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REPORT: Def Sec. Mattis May Be Out After Midterms

The New York Times reports: Back when their relationship was fresh and new, and President Trump still called his defense secretary “Mad Dog” — a nickname Jim Mattis detests — the wiry retired Marine general often took a dinner break to eat burgers with his boss in the White House residence. But the burger dinners have stopped. In the second ...

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Rick Gates Testifies Manafort Pushed For His Banker To Be Trump’s Army Secretary After Getting Falsified Loan

CNN reports: Paul Manafort recommended a banker who allegedly loaned him money under false pretenses be nominated as President Donald Trump’s Army secretary, Rick Gates testified Tuesday. Gates, who was working on Trump’s transition team, testified that Manafort had suggested Stephen Calk as a candidate for Army secretary two weeks after Trump was elected. Manafort was Trump’s campaign chairman in ...

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Vandals Set Adrift Betsy Devos’ $40 Million Yacht

The Toledo Blade reports: A boat owned by the family of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was vandalized over the weekend while moored at a Huron dock, according to the Huron Police Department. The Seaquest was moored at the Huron Boat Basin, 330 Main St., according to a police report. The captain of the 163-foot yacht, worth a reported ...

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Woman Who Confronted Scott Pruitt At DC Eatery Trolls Trump: Hey Where Are You Going To Lunch Tomorrow?

The Hill reports: A woman who went viral earlier this week after publicly telling Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign targeted President Trump after the EPA head’s sudden resignation on Thursday. In a posting on Facebook of her encounter with Pruitt, Mink listed off multiple scandals Pruitt has been involved in since becoming EPA chief. “I would ...

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BREAKING: Scott Pruitt Resigns As EPA Chief

NBC News reports: Scott Pruitt’s polarizing tenure as head of the Environmental Protection Agency has come to an end. President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that he has accepted Pruitt’s resignation. The departure follows months of scrutiny that gathered momentum following reports that Pruitt had rented a Capitol Hill condominium linked to an energy lobbyist on favorable terms. The revelation ...

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Pruitt Directly Asked Trump To Give Him Sessions’ Job

CNN reports: Embattled Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Scott Pruitt directly appealed to President Donald Trump this spring to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and let him run the Department of Justice instead, according to three people familiar with the proposal. In an Oval Office conversation with Trump, Pruitt offered to temporarily replace Sessions for 210 days under the Vacancies Reform ...

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Federal Court Rules Census Citizenship Question Was Added In “Bad Faith,” Allows ACLU’s Lawsuit To Proceed

Mother Jones reports: A federal judge said Tuesday that there was a “strong showing of bad faith” by the Trump administration in adding a controversial question about US citizenship to the 2020 census. The judge hinted that he would allow the case to move forward over objections from the administration, and senior administration officials will be subjected to questioning under ...

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Scott Pruitt Kept Secret Calendar Of Shady Meetings

CNN reports: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and his aides have kept “secret” calendars and schedules to overtly hide controversial meetings or calls with industry representatives and others, according to a former EPA official who is expected to soon testify before Congress. A review of EPA documents by CNN found discrepancies between Pruitt’s official calendar and other records. EPA staffers met ...

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Woman Confronts Scott Pruitt At DC Eatery [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: A woman publicly confronted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt while he was eating lunch on Monday and urged him to resign, according to video posted on Facebook. “EPA head Scott Pruitt was 3 tables away as I ate lunch with my child. I had to say something,” Kristin Mink posted on Facebook with an accompanying ...

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Sessions: We “Never Intended” To Separate Families

The Hill reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday that the Trump administration “never really intended” to separate migrant children from their parents when he issued its aggressive crackdown on immigration prosecutions. In an interview with CBN News released Thursday, Sessions said he had not anticipated the massive public backlash from the administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy that he ...

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EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Spent $1500 On “Tactical Pants”

The Intercept reports: Scott Pruitt has now spent more than $4.6 million from public coffers on security, according to documents obtained by The Intercept and Documented under the Freedom of Information Act. The amount represents a $1.1 million increase from Pruitt’s total security costs as released in another disclosure just a month ago. Pruitt’s high spending on security has become ...

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Foundation Run By Wife Of Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke Linked To Real Estate Deal Backed By Haliburton Chair

Politico reports: A foundation established by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and headed by his wife is playing a key role in a real-estate deal backed by the chairman of Halliburton, the oil-services giant that stands to benefit from any of the Interior Department’s decisions to open public lands for oil exploration or change standards for drilling. A group funded by ...

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Kamala Harris Demands Resignation Of DHS Secretary

Via press release from Sen. Kamala Harris: “The government should be in the business of keeping families together, not tearing them apart. And the government should have a commitment to transparency and accountability. Under Secretary Nielsen’s tenure, the Department of Homeland Security has a track record of neither. As a result, she must resign. “During her time as the manager ...

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Sessions Unveils DOJ Campaign To Sue Municipalities That Have Zoning Laws That Regulate Places Of Worship

CNN reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an initiative on Wednesday aimed at boosting the Justice Department’s role protecting religious institutions from cumbersome zoning rules. “Under the laws of this country, government cannot discriminate against people based on their religion — not in law enforcement, not in grant-making, not in hiring and not in local zoning laws,” Sessions said in ...

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Mike Pompeo Explodes At Reporter For “Insulting And Ridiculous” Question On Verifying NK Denuclearization

You will NOT question Glorious Leader or his minions: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted a reporter on Wednesday when the journalist asked why the denuclearization of North Korea was not in the agreement signed between President Trump and Kim Jong Un. “The president said it will be verified,” the reporter asked Pompeo in South Korea, to which Pompeo said. ...

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