Trump Administration

Democrats Object To Cuts In Counter-Terrorism Center

The New York Times reports: The acting intelligence chief announced a reorganization of the National Counter-Terrorism Center on Friday, part of an effort to reduce the size of the office overseeing the nation’s spy agencies. Richard Grenell, the acting director of national intelligence, has been racing against the clock to make changes to his office before his appointment ends and …

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Trump Is “Looking At” Making COVID Vaccine Free

The Hill reports: President Trump told reporters at the White House Friday that his administration is “looking at” making coronavirus vaccines free to the public. “We’re looking at that actually,” Trump told reporters before departing for Camp David when asked if he thought vaccines should be free. He did not offer his personal opinion on the matter. The Trump administration …

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WH Spox Get Asked Why Trump Wants Obama Jailed:
“I Never Said That, Those Are Your Words, Not Mine”

Mediaite reports: During Friday’s White House press briefing, CBS News correspondent Steven Portnoy pressed Kayleigh McEnany on President Donald Trump’s comments about “Obamagate” crimes. “The president suggested people should be jailed for what he suggested earlier in the week was a very obvious crime,” he said. “You’re an attorney and the president’s spokesperson. Perhaps you could lay out the elements …

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Trump Advisor Has Viciously Anti-LGBT History: Backed Criminalizing Gay Sex, Compared Gays To Pedophiles

CNN reports: A top adviser and lawyer for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has a history of pushing anti-gay positions, including linking the legalization of same-sex marriage to bestiality and pedophilia. Jenna Ellis, an attorney who previously served as the director of public policy at the socially conservative James Dobson Family Institute, has also repeatedly attacked the Supreme Court’s 2003 …

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ACLU Sues DeVos Over New Sexual Assault Guidelines

Yahoo News reports: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ revised federal guidelines on how sexual assault allegations should be handled on college and K-12 campuses is the target of a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, claiming the changes would “inflict significant harm” on victims and “dramatically undermine” their civil rights. The suit, filed on behalf of four advocacy groups for sexual assault survivors, …

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Navarro Calls Vaccine Doc “Deserter” In COVID War

Mediaite reports: White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Thursday blasted Dr. Rick Bright as a “deserter in the war on the China Virus” for criticizing the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. “He’s not just a disgruntled employee, in my judgment. He is a deserter in the war on the China virus,” Navarro said in an interview with …

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Postal Service Reviews Package Delivery Contracts As Major Trump Donor Is About To Be Postmaster General

The Washington Post reports: Weeks before a Republican donor and top White House ally becomes postmaster general, the U.S. Postal Service has quietly launched a review of its package delivery contracts and lost its last senior official who was not appointed by President Trump. The moves, confirmed by six people with knowledge of the Postal Service’s inner workings but not …

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Trump Admin Preps For Potential Biden Transition

Politico reports: The administration sent a report outlining its transition activities to two congressional committees on Wednesday night, announcing it has created a transition planning group — the White House Transition Coordinating Council, which will advise executive departments and agencies on preparation for a potential transition — and detailing other aspects of a handoff between administrations. The administration has also …

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$27M Grant For Trump Donor’s Private Jet Company

NBC News reports: A private jet company founded by a donor to President Donald Trump received nearly $27 million in government funding under a program run by the Treasury Department, according to government filings. Clay Lacy Aviation, a private jet charter company based in Van Nuys, California, that serves wealthy executives and celebrities, received the government grant as part of …

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Ousted Doc: Vaccine May Be Over 18 Months Away

USA Today reports: Former immunologist at the Department of Health and Human Services Rick Bright expressed concern that the nation is rushing too quickly on a vaccine for coronavirus, risking a vaccine being used before a full assessment is made of its efficacy. He called the hope that a vaccine could be available in 12 to 18 months an “aggressive …

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LIVE VIDEO: Ousted Vaccine Doc Testifies Before House

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump on Thursday tore into ousted federal scientist-turned-whistleblower Dr. Rick Bright just before Bright was set to testify before Congress that the U.S. “missed early warning signals” about the coronavirus. “I don’t know the so-called Whistleblower Rick Bright, never met him or even heard of him,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning. Bright is scheduled to testify before …

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US Border Restrictions To Be Extended Indefinitely

The New York Times reports: The order — which was extended for another 30 days on April 20 — was part of a broad effort, led by Stephen Miller, the architect of President Trump’s immigration agenda, to aggressively use public health laws to reduce immigration as the government battles the virus. But a new order under review by several government …

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Test Used By WH Might Miss Half Of Positive Cases

Yahoo News reports: A coronavirus test touted by President Trump and used at the White House may miss nearly half of positive cases, according to a study by New York University. The study looked at Abbott Laboratories’ ID Now molecular COVID-19 rapid test, which Trump hailed as a “whole new ballgame” at a March 30 news briefing because it boasted …

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Trump Rips Fauci On Opening Schools: Unacceptable

CNN reports: President Donald Trump voiced frustration Wednesday at the nation’s top infectious disease specialist after he warned a day earlier against reopening schools and businesses too quickly. “I was surprised by his answer, actually,” Trump said when asked about Dr. Anthony Fauci’s warnings during televised congressional testimony that reopening states too quickly could have dire consequences. “It’s just — …

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Former Glaxo Executive To Lead Trump’s Vaccine Team

Politico reports: The former head of GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccine division will serve as the Trump administration’s “therapeutics czar,” working to speed the development of potential coronavirus vaccines, three individuals with knowledge of the selection told POLITICO. Moncef Slaoui, who left the drugmaker in 2017 and has worked as a venture capitalist, will help coordinate the development of Covid-19 vaccines and treatments …

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Ousted Vaccine Researcher To Tell Congress That US Faces “Darkest Winter In History” Without New Steps

CNN reports: Dr. Rick Bright, the ousted director of a key federal office charged with developing medical countermeasures, will testify before Congress on Thursday that the Trump administration was unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic and warn that the the US will face “unprecedented illness and fatalities” without additional preparations. “Our window of opportunity is closing. If we fail to develop …

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Trump Pressures CDC To Revise Death Tally Downwards

The Daily Beast reports: President Donald Trump and members of his coronavirus task force are pushing officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to change how the agency works with states to count coronavirus-related deaths. And they’re pushing for revisions that could lead to far fewer deaths being counted than originally reported, according to five administration officials working …

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Former Trump Official Compares Schiff To Goebbels

“Hitler’s chief propagandist, Goebbels, said, you know, if you tell a big enough lie and repeat it often enough, people will believe it. I think that’s what this is. They were telling lies from the get-go, and from the beginning they knew they were lies, and yet they persisted. “My big question is why, and who was in on it, …

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Hillary Rips Jared Kushner: The President’s Son-In-Law “Doesn’t Get To Decide” When The Election Happens

The New York Times reports: “I’m not sure I can commit one way or the other, but right now that’s the plan,” Mr. Kushner told Time magazine in response to a question about whether the election could be postponed because of the pandemic. The opinion of a White House staff member has no bearing on when the election is held. …

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Trump And GOP Plot To Battle Vote-By-Mail Lawsuits

CNN reports: President Donald Trump has been increasingly engaged in the legal battles unfolding across the country over the issue of vote-by-mail, urging his political advisers to take an aggressive posture to counter Democratic lawsuits on the issue. Trump met with his political aides on Thursday at the White House about the legal efforts, a source familiar with the meeting …

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