Category: Trump administration

In early morning tweet storm, Trump blasts Hilary Clinton, Comey…

In early morning tweet storm, Trump blasts Hilary Clinton, Comey and ‘Amazon Washington Post’

  • President Donald Trump went on quite a tear early Saturday, cranking out a 10-tweet rant against Hillary Clinton, Democrats and the “Amazon Washington Post” — all before most Americans had even finished their morning covfefe.
  • Trump kicked things off around 6:30 a.m. Eastern, blasting the Post — which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos — apparently because the paper reported Friday evening that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had apparently discussed campaign issues with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 presidential race. Read more. (7/22/17, 10:52 AM)

Jeff Sessions reportedly talked about matters related to the…

Jeff Sessions reportedly talked about matters related to the Trump campaign with Russian ambassador

  • U.S. intelligence officials intercepted phone conversations between Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and his bosses in Moscow that blow holes in Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ strong denials that he and Kislyak had any conversations regarding President Donald Trump’s campaign, the Washington Post reported Friday evening.
  • Kislyak told his bosses that he discussed campaign issues when he met with Sessions, including Trump’s feelings on policies important to Moscow, according to the Post.
  • That belies Sessions’ denials in March — when he recused himself from the Russia investigation — that he “never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign.”
  • A U.S. official told the Post that Sessions provided “misleading” statements “contradicted by other evidence.” Read more. (7/21/17, 9:30 PM)

Hawaii judge exempts grandparents, other close family members in…

Hawaii judge exempts grandparents, other close family members in latest blow to Trump’s travel ban

  • A federal judge in Hawaii on Thursday expanded the list of relatives exempted under President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban, a limited version of which went into effect late last month.
  • Judge Derrick Watson, who had issued a ruling in spring blocking the travel ban, has now ruled that grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins are exempt from the ban. Read more. (7/14/17, 10:21 AM)

Trump’s lawyers reportedly knew about Don Jr.’s Russia emails in…

Trump’s lawyers reportedly knew about Don Jr.’s Russia emails in June

  • President Donald Trump’s lawyers have known about Donald Trump Jr.’s emails with a supposed agent of the Russian government for more than three weeks according to a new report from Yahoo News Michael Isikoff.
  • On Wednesday, Trump told Reuters that he had only learned of the emails “a couple of days ago” and specified later to reporters that it was only “two or three days ago.”
  • But according to sources who spoke with Yahoo News, Trump’s lawyer in the Trump-Russia affair Marc Kasowitz, as well as chief legal officer for the Trump organization Alan Garten, both knew about the emails as early as the third week in June. Read more. (7/14/17, 10:17 AM)

Paul Ryan won’t hold public town halls because he doesn’t want…

Paul Ryan won’t hold public town halls because he doesn’t want to face protests

  • Paul Ryan won’t hold public town halls anymore because protesters have made it impossible for him to have a “civil, good, quiet conversation with constituents,” the House speaker told reporters in his home state of Wisconsin Friday.
  • “I don’t want to have a situation where we just have a screaming fest, a shouting fest, where people are being bused in from out of the district to get on TV because they’re yelling at somebody,” Ryan said. “That does nobody any good. What I want to do is have a civil, good, quiet conversation with constituents.”
  • The announcement came in response to a CBS News question at a Madison press conference about when he would hold an open town hall.
  • Rather than the open town halls he used to hold, Ryan said, he would instead use “new and creative” methods of meeting with constituents, such as “telephone town halls,” office hours and smaller “employee town halls.” Read more. (7/8/17, 12:22 PM)

Ivanka Trump took her father’s seat next to world leaders at G20…

Ivanka Trump took her father’s seat next to world leaders at G20 Summit when he stepped out

  • When Donald Trump had to leave his seat during a G20 Summit meeting entitled, “Partnership With Africa, Migration and Health,” his daughter Ivanka Trump sat in his stead, nestled between British Prime Minister Theresa May and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Washington Post reported.
  • A tweet from a Russian staff member showed Ivanka sitting between May and Jinping, with Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel flanking the three, replacing her father who left for bilateral meetings.
  • Ivanka Trump, who serves as an adviser to her father, Donald Trump, has recently said that she tries “to stay out of politics.” 
  • Her presence at the table was somewhat unusual, the Post noted, given that high-level government officials would usually replace the president and hobnob with world leaders. Read more. (7/8/17, 9:42 AM)

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis allows 6-month delay for…

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis allows 6-month delay for transgender enlistments

  • The United States military will have another six months before it begins allowing transgender individuals to enlist, the Associated Press reported.
  • Dana White, Pentagon spokeswoman, told the Associated Press that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made the decision Friday.
  • In 2016, then-Secretary of Defense Ash Carter lifted a ban on transgender people serving in the military, the New York Times reported. In that decision the army was given until July 1 of this year to begin enlisting transgender recruits. Read more. (7/1/17, 12:17 PM)

11 times Donald Trump tweeted something terrible about a…

11 times Donald Trump tweeted something terrible about a woman

  • President Donald Trump recently came under fire for attacking Morning Joeco-host Mika Brzezinski on Twitter with a sexist broadside about a “face lift.”
  • The attack was quickly condemned by many in Trump’s own party who expressed frustration that Trump’s uncalled-for attacks distracted from their broader policy agenda.
  • But if Republican politicians didn’t want their political objectives to be sidelined by unexpected bouts of online sexism, well, they probably shouldn’t have supported Trump’s presidency to begin with — because the lewd billionaire has made no bones over the years about lobbing these kinds of sexist attacks.
  • Here are 11 times that Donald Trump came for powerful women on Twitter using blatantly misogynistic rhetoric — all of which, unlike the Brzezinski tweet, predate his presidency. Read more, (7/1/17, 12:12 PM)

Trump went all of June without acknowledging LGBT Pride Month,…

Trump went all of June without acknowledging LGBT Pride Month, but he is all over Canada Day

  • It’s the first day of July and Trump wants to wish everyone, especially Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a Happy Canada Day.
  • Trump extended a “Happy Canada Day” to all Canadians on Twitter just moments before unleashing a rant against the news media, especially Morning Joe cohosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.
  • Seeing how easy it is to acknowledge a holiday, it’s even more puzzling that, for the previous 30 days, Trump said absolutely nothing about LGBTPride Month, despite his campaign-season claims that gay people loved him. Read more. (7/1/17, 2:18 PM)

The White House on Friday released its annual report on the…

  • The White House on Friday released its annual report on the salaries of every member working in the executive office of the president, with 22 staffers making the maximum $179,700 annual salary.
  • Former President Barack Obama had 16 staffers pulling the maximum salary in his final year in office.
  • The White House is required release the salary list annually in a report to Congress. Read more. (7/1/17, 10:44 AM)