Tag Archives: White House

White House Asks To Borrow Van Gogh Painting From Guggenheim, Gets Offered Gold Toilet Instead [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: The emailed response from the Guggenheim’s chief curator to the White House was polite but firm: The museum could not accommodate a request to “borrow” a painting by Vincent Van Gogh for President and Melania Trump’s private living quarters. Instead, wrote the curator, Nancy Spector, another piece was available, one that was nothing like “Landscape With …

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Trump Appointee Calls Reporter April Ryan “Miss Piggy”

The New York Daily News reports: An event planner who landed a job in the Trump administration apologized Wednesday for calling a White House correspondent “Miss Piggy” during a Twitter spat. Lynne Patton, who heads a regional Housing and Urban Development office overseeing New York and New Jersey, called April Ryan of the American Urban Radio Networks “Miss Piggy” in …

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Mnuchin Walks Back Comments That Cratered Dollar

CNBC reports: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he spends little time thinking about dollar weakness over the short term, walking back his comments that sent the U.S. currency reeling amid fears of a trade war. Speaking during a CNBC-moderated panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Mnuchin said dollar weakness in the short term was “not a concern …

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Trump Claims He’ll Speak To Mueller Under Oath

The New York Times reports: President Trump said on Wednesday that he was willing to speak under oath to Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. “I’m looking forward to it,” Mr. Trump said of talking to Mr. Mueller, ending months of speculation over whether he would submit to questions from the …

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

CBS News provides likely topics: DACA deadline: Congress has its eyes set on finding a fix for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients. President Trump ended the program in September 2017 and has since wavered on what should be done about the status of DACA recipients; Andrew McCabe: Mr. Trump reportedly asked then-acting FBI director Andrew McCabe whom he …

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Michael Wolff’s Tell-All Tops 1.7 Million In Sales

ABC News reports: Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” is well on its way to becoming one of the top- selling nonfiction books in recent years. The tell-all about the Trump administration has sold more than 1.7 million copies in the combined formats of hardcover, e-books and audio, publisher Henry Holt and Co. told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Published less …

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POLL: 77% Say Trump Should Have Dementia Checkup

CNN reports: Americans continue to broadly support annual checkups for their commander in chief, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, but they are divided about how much information about his or her health a president ought to make public. The poll finds that 82% feel a president should be required to take an annual physical examination to …

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

The Associated Press reports: The White House will hold a press briefing Tuesday afternoon with press secretary Sarah Sanders. The briefing is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. EST. President Donald Trump signed a bill reopening the government late Monday, ending a 69-hour display of partisan dysfunction after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. They relented in …

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FEC Complaints Accuse Trump Of Violating Campaign Finance Laws With Porn Star Hush Money Payoff

Law & Crime reports: Two complaints filed today accuse President Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign of violating federal campaign finance laws by not reporting $130,000 in hush money paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels. The complaints in question were filed by non-profit and nonpartisan watchdog group Common Cause, which was founded in 1970 by Republican John W. Gardner. …

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

Incoming victory lap. PBS reports: The White House says President Donald Trump is focused on minimizing the harm Democrats are causing through the government shutdown. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that managing the shutdown is the “biggest part of the process” for Trump. She says the president is taking the “absolute opposite approach” from President Barack Obama’s administration, which …

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SHUTDOWN: White House Delays Davos Departures

The Associated Press reports: The White House said Monday that Cabinet members are delaying their departure for this year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland amid the federal government shutdown. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said they will determine what to do “as the day goes on and as we see how the next couple of hours go.” Treasury Secretary …

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BOOK: Trump Aides Say He Has “Defiance Disorder”

The Washington Post reports: The White House — and the politerati diaspora — has just barely stopped reeling from author Michael Wolff’s account of life in Trump’s West Wing, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” and now another life-in-the-White-House book is about to drop, this one from Fox News host Howard Kurtz. Like the books that came before …

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WH Voicemail: Dems Are Holding Us Hostage [AUDIO]

Splinter reports: A brazen effort is underway to make the White House no longer the people’s house. The Trump Organization should just go ahead and slap a big ole TRUMP sign on the front of it. In response to the government shutdown over a funding impasse, someone has recorded an automated voice mail greeting on a public White House phone …

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Pissed At Missing His Gala, Trump Spent Yesterday Watching Old Clips Of Himself Screaming About Obama

The New York Times reports: One year to the day after taking office with vows to bring the dysfunction of Washington to heel, President Trump on Saturday found himself thrust into the most perennial of political crises, bitterly casting blame on Democrats for a government shutdown he said they had orchestrated to mar the anniversary. Mr. Trump had planned to …

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Trump 2020 Ad Declares That Democrats Are Complicit In Every Murder By “Illegal Immigrants” [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: President Trump released a provocative campaign ad Saturday charging Democrats with being “complicit” in killings by immigrants who are in the country illegally. The 30-second online spot posted to YouTube came on the first day of a partial federal government shutdown caused in part by Congress’s disagreement over immigration policy. The ad, on the first anniversary …

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POLL: 47% Say Trump Is Not Mentally Stable

ABC News reports: A year in the presidential spotlight hasn’t been kind to President Donald Trump: His approval rating is the lowest in modern polling for a president at this point, with deep deficits on policy and personal matters alike. Strikingly, the public divides evenly on whether or not he’s mentally stable. That question aside, a lopsided majority, 73 percent …

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White House: Look Who Totally Isn’t Golfing Today

The Hill reports: The White House on Saturday released photos of President Trump working on the first day of the government shutdown and the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. One photo shows the president walking through a hallway wearing a white “Make America Great Again” hat, while another shows Trump sitting at his desk on the phone. The third photo …

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WH Blames “Obstructionist Losers” For Shutdown

Reuters reports: The world’s most powerful government shut down on Saturday after President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress failed to reach a deal on funding for federal agencies, highlighting the country’s deep political divisions. For the first time since October 2013 – when a similar standoff that lasted 16 days kept only essential agency operations intact – federal workers …

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White House May Reduce ATF To Just The F

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration has drafted plans to strip key authorities from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, senior administration officials said on Friday, an acknowledgment that the agency has all but abandoned its legacy of fighting liquor and tobacco smugglers. The A.T.F. traces its roots to Eliot Ness and the Prohibition-era federal agents …

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Schumer Heads To White House For Shutdown Talks

The Los Angeles Times reports: With a federal shutdown looming, President Trump reached out Friday to Senate Democratic Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and invited him to the White House for talks, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. Schumer, who reached a previous budget deal with Trump last fall over the strong objections of GOP leaders, was …

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