Tag Archives: White House

Kelly: Judge My Tenure By What Trump Didn’t Do

The Guardian reports: Citing the thorny question of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and Trump’s urge to pull out of NATO, Kelly “defended his rocky tenure, arguing that it is best measured by what the president did not do when Kelly was at his side”. Kelly was one of the so-called “adults in the room” – many of them generals, who …

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Trump Order Freezes 2019 Pay For Federal Workers

Roll Call reports: As the partial government shutdown grinds on, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday evening that would freeze pay for federal workers in 2019. Trump telegraphed the move in his February budget request for fiscal 2019 when he proposed a pay freeze for the roughly 2.1 million federal civilian workers. White House and Office of Management …

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REPORT: White House Gleeful That Pelosi’s Big Moment Will Be Stolen By Battle Over Continuing Shutdown

The Daily Beast reports: Days into a partial government shutdown that has left tens of thousands of federal workers furloughed, President Donald Trump and his close allies have begun feeling more confident about the political perch they occupy. In their eyes, a prolonged stalemate will likely fracture voters along traditional partisan lines, and the ultimate outcome will be a debate …

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POLL: Democratic Voters Want “Someone Entirely New”

USA Today reports: Asking voters their pick for president more than a year before the primaries begin typically doesn’t tell you much beyond name recognition. Instead of asking about support, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll tested which Democratic candidates now seem intriguing to voters, and who turns them off, in an effort to get clues about the dynamic ahead. Landing …

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Trump Breaks Tradition Of Visiting Troops On Xmas

Talking Points Memo reports: President Barack Obama visited troops on a base in Hawaii every year of his presidency.  Trump skipped the tradition this year, adding yet another strike to his 2018 record. He garnered backlash earlier this year when he cancelled appearances at a burial site in Paris and Arlington National Cemetery in quick succession. He has also yet …

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Trump Wails: Poor Me, All Alone On Christmas Eve

The Wrap reports: President Trump, instead of channeling his inner Kevin McAllister and enjoying being “all alone” in the White House on Christmas Eve, is blasting Democrats for refusing to give him the one gift he really wants: a $5-billion border wall. The president also skewered the Federal Reserve, saying it “doesn’t understand” his policies — leading to the recent …

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Michelle Obama Reveals Her Thoughts On The Leaving WH After Trump’s Inauguration: “Bye Felicia” [VIDEO]

Deadline reports: The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon hosted book-touring former First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday, showing a photo of her with President Barack Obama on Donald Trump’s inauguration day, waiving from Air Force One, asking what had been on her mind at that moment. “Bye, Felicia,” Michelle responded, speaking volumes and reducing Fallon to giggles. “A lot was going …

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

Patch reports: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will host a press briefing at the White House Tuesday afternoon. Likely topics include the Mueller investigation and the continued crackdown on immigration. That event begins at 1:30 p.m., and you can watch it live below. I’ll bump this post back to the top shortly before today’s cavalcade of lying begins.

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WH Signals Backing Down On Border Wall Funding

The Washington Examiner reports: White House press secretary Sarah Sanders hinted Tuesday morning that President Trump is willing to avoid a government shutdown this weekend, saying there may be “other ways” to get the $5 billion border wall money that Trump is seeking. Sanders’ comment indicated that Trump still wants the $5 billion for the border wall, but he is …

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Former Enquirer Editor: They Have Dirt Implicating Jared Kushner And Ivanka Trump In “Criminal Activity”

Talking Points Memo reports: Former National Enquirer senior editor Jerry George said Monday night that he knew of stories killed by his old magazine and it’s Trump-sympathetic publisher that implicated Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in “criminal activity.” George added that he believes the magazine acted together with the Trump campaign to break the law, and that there is still …

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Trump’s Acting Chief Of Staff In 2016: In An Ordinary Universe He’d Be Disqualified From Becoming President

CNN reports: Incoming White House acting-chief of staff Mick Mulvaney once said Donald Trump’s past words and actions would disqualify him from becoming president in an “ordinary universe.” Mulvaney made the comments in a previously unreported October 2016 radio interview in which he also said Trump is not a role model and has said “atrocious things.” On October 7, 2016, …

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Mike Huckabee: White House Turnover Is High Because Trump Wears Them Out With The “Vigor Of 32 Year-Old”

During an appearance on Fox Business, Mike Huckabee today shrugged off the high staff turnover rate of Trump’s White House. Media Matters has the quote: “I think it may be a little higher than normal but there’s always transitions going on in the White House staff. More so in this case for two reasons. One, this is a tough president …

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Trump Names Mick Mulvaney As Acting Chief Of Staff

CNN reports: Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, will become the acting White House chief of staff replacing John Kelly, President Donald Trump announced on Friday. “I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! John will be staying until the end of the year. …

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Christie Withdraws From Chief Of Staff Consideration

The Hill reports: Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) declined the White House chief of staff role on Friday. Christie and President Trump reportedly met last night to discuss the role of replacing John Kelly, who will be departing as chief of staff by the end of the year. JUST IN: Chris Christie says he has asked Pres. Trump …

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REPORT: Chris Christie Interviews For Chief Of Staff Job

Axios reports: President Trump met with Chris Christie on Thursday evening and considers him a top contender to replace John Kelly as chief of staff, according to a source familiar with the president’s thinking. “He’s tough; he’s an attorney; he’s politically-savvy, and one of Trump’s early supporters.” Trump has met with a couple of others, but the way he’s discussed …

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REPORT: Jared Kushner Considered For Chief Of Staff

CBS News reports: Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is under consideration to become the next White House chief of staff, CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett has confirmed, citing a source familiar with the process. Kushner met with Mr. Trump on Wednesday to discuss the job.  Current White House chief of staff John Kelly is set …

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Former Apprentice Staffer: Trump Was A “Speed Freak” And Invited Teen Beauty Contestants Up To His Suite

Mediaite reports: A former staffer on The Apprentice and current stand-up comic named Noel Casler claims that Donald Trump was a “speed freak” who snorted crushed-up Adderall, and also says that Trump invited teen beauty pageant contestants up to his suite. Casler told the crowd “I’m not kidding this is true. I had a 24-page NDA non-disclosure agreement, I didn’t …

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Gingrich Swats Down Chief Of Staff Chatter [VIDEO]

Fox News reports: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Thursday adamantly denied that he’s being considered for White House chief of staff, shooting down speculation that surged in the press after he was spotted visiting 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue a day earlier. Speaking on “Fox & Friends,” Gingrich said he and his wife Callista were merely there looking at the Christmas …

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Trump Cancels White House Xmas Party For The Press

Fox News reports: President Trump has canceled the White House holiday party for the media, making the decades-old tradition a victim of his increasingly contentious relationship with major news organizations. The annual Christmas-season gathering was a significant perk for those covering the White House, as well as other Washington reporters, anchors and commentators, and New York media executives would regularly …

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Meadows Drops Out Of Chief Of Staff Consideration

Politico reports: House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows is no longer under consideration to be President Donald Trump’s chief of staff. “Congressman Mark Meadows is a great friend to President Trump and is doing an incredible job in Congress. The President told him we need him in Congress so he can continue the great work he is doing there,” White …

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