Tag Archives: Trump administration

Pompeo: I’m Here Until Trump Tweets Me Out Of Office

The Hill reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo quipped on Monday that he intends to stay in his role until President Trump “tweets” him out of a job. Pompeo was asked at a speaking engagement in Kansas how he liked being secretary of State and how long he planned to stay on the job. “I’m going to be there until …

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UNITED NATIONS: Human Rights Groups Say Trump Administration Threatens Officials, Ignores Complaints

The Guardian reports: Protests have poured in from organisations objecting to the Trump administration’s virtual boycott of established systems designed to protect human rights, after the US withdrew from the United Nations human rights council last year. Washington is accused of rebuffing official complaints from monitors, undermining human rights bodies and threatening officials with prosecution should they set foot on …

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Feds Raided Office Of Top Republican Fundraiser, Probe Centers On Money Laundering And Foreign Lobbying

ProPublica reports: Federal authorities raided the office of Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy last summer, seeking records related to his dealings with foreign officials and Trump administration associates, according to a sealed search warrant obtained by ProPublica. Agents were authorized to use the megadonor’s hands and face to unlock any phones that required fingerprint or facial scans. Broidy served as a …

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US Bars Entry For Hague’s War Crimes Investigators

The Associated Press reports: The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel who try to investigate or prosecute alleged abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere, and may do the same with those who seeking action against Israel, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday. The Hague-based court, the first global tribunal for …

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Sen. Kamala Harris Blasts Pence On LGBT Rights And That He Won’t Meet With Women By Himself [VIDEO]

“I disagree with most of what the vice president stands for when he makes decisions about our LGBTQ community in a way that doesn’t understand they should be entitled to full equality and rights under the law as any other American. I disagree with him when he suggests it’s not possible to have meetings with women alone by himself. I …

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Conway Attacks Actresses In College Scandal: They’re Worried Their Daughters Are As Stupid As They Are

Talking Points Memo reports: White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday took aim at actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman after the two were charged in a massive college admissions cheating scandal. “Lori Loughlin & Felicity Huffman indicted for lying and buying spots in college,” Conway tweeted. “They worried their daughters are as stupid as their mothers.” The former “Full …

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GOP Rep: DOJ Will Block Access To Full Mueller Report

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump’s Justice Department is unlikely to grant Democrats in Congress access to underlying evidence from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, a top congressional Republican said on Friday. If Representative Doug Collins is right, Democratic-led congressional committees that have launched their own probes of Trump may be stuck with …

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HUD Official Who Appeared At Cohen Hearing Says She Has Trump’s OK To Star In New Reality Show [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Lynne Patton, a longtime Trump family associate who made a controversial appearance at last week’s House hearing with Michael Cohen, says she has the President’s blessing to follow in his footsteps as a reality TV star, even as she serves as a high-ranking federal housing official. Patton’s appearance on a still-developing show about black Republicans would come during …

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LEAKED: Jared And Ivanka’s Security Clearance Docs

Axios reports: From a White House source, the House Oversight Committee has obtained documents related to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s security clearances that the Trump administration refused to provide, according to a senior Democratic aide involved in handling the documents. The Trump administration’s problems with leaks will now benefit Congress, making it harder for the White House to withhold …

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Leaked Documents Show Feds Created Secret Database To Track Reporters Covering Migrant Caravan [VIDEO]

San Diego’s NBC affiliate reports: Documents obtained by NBC 7 Investigates show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists, journalists, and social media influencers tied to the migrant caravan and in some cases, placed alerts on their passports. As the migrant caravan reached the San Ysidro Port of Entry in south San Diego County, so did journalists, attorneys, …

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Kushner Kept US Officials Out Of Meeting With Saudis

The Daily Beast reports: Officials and staffers in the U.S. embassy in Riyadh said they were not read in on the details of Jared Kushner’s trip to Saudi Arabia or the meetings he held with members of the country’s Royal Court last week. And that’s causing concern not only in the embassy but also among members of Congress, according to …

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Trump Is Forwarding Mar-A-Lago Member Pitches For Major Federal Business To His Cabinet Secretaries

ProPublica reports: In late 2017, on one of President Donald Trump’s retreats to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, Florida, he caught up with an old friend: Albert Hazzouri. Shortly after Hazzouri and Trump saw each other in late 2017, Hazzouri followed up with a message, scrawled on Mar-a-Lago stationery. In a telephone interview, Hazzouri said he sent the …

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LIVE VIDEO: Homeland Security Secretary Testifies On Trump’s Border Wall And Family Separation Policies

The New York Times reports: Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, on Wednesday implored Congress to confront what she called a “humanitarian catastrophe” on the southern border by supporting President Trump’s call for a border wall and changing laws to crack down on asylum-seekers and illegal border-crossers. In her first congressional appearance since Democrats took control of the House, Ms. …

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Former Secretaries Of Air Force, Army, And Navy Say Pentagon Lied To Congress On Viability Of Trans Troops

Politico reports: The former secretaries of the Air Force, Army and Navy, along with instructors at the Air Force and Coast Guard academies, are accusing the Pentagon of deceiving Congress when Defense officials testified last week that medical treatment for transgender troops keeps them off duty longer than other personnel — and of ignoring the military’s own data to the …

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FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Abruptly Resigns

The Washington Post reports: Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who used his post to tackle difficult public health issues from youth vaping to opioid addiction – surprising early skeptics worried about his drug industry ties – resigned Tuesday, effective in about a month, according to an administration official. Gottlieb, who has been commuting weekly to Washington from his home …

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New AG William Barr Won’t Recuse From Mueller Probe

CBS News reports: Attorney General William Barr will not be recusing himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing Russia probe, citing advisement from “senior career ethics officials,” according to the Department of Justice. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is expected to be leaving his post in the coming weeks, will continue to serve as a “liaison” to the investigation. …

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Former Acting AG Matt Whitaker Resigns From DOJ

NBC News reports:  Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker left his position at the Justice Department on Saturday, a department spokeswoman said. Whitaker had been serving as a senior counselor at the Justice Department since Attorney General William Barr was sworn in last month. His next career move is unknown, but Whitaker has told friends that he will remain in …

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Ivanka Trump: Being Me Is The World’s Hardest Job

“The press seems to think it’s ironic that I, born of great privilege, think people want to work for what they are given. As if being Donald Trump’s daughter isn’t the hardest job in the world.” – Ivanka Trump, speaking last night at the annual Gridiron Dinner, which features roasts of DC figures and political comedy skits. More from the …

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Top Pence Aide Apologizes For Old Column Attacking The “Perverted Lifestyles” Of People With HIV/AIDS

The Daily Beast reports: Vice President Mike Pence’s incoming chief of staff Marc Short disparaged people living with HIV and AIDS and claimed that the transmission of the disease was largely the result of “repugnant” homosexual intercourse in an early ’90s column for his college newspaper. Writing in a conservative publication at Washington & Lee University, Short criticized what he …

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Nikki Haley Tapped For Boeing’s Board Of Directors

CNBC reports: Boeing announced Tuesday the nomination of former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley for election to the company’s board of directors. Haley served as ambassador to the U.N. under President Donald Trump from January 2017 until December, when she resigned. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to contribute to Boeing’s continued success as a cutting …

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