White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday will hold his first press briefing in nearly three weeks. Spicer will address reporters at an off-camera briefing in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at 2 p.m. It will be Spicer’s first briefing at the White House since June 28. President Trump was in Europe for the Group of 20 summit from July 5-8 and traveled to France Thursday and Friday of last week, meaning there were no briefings at the White House. The press secretary has largely been missing from public view in recent weeks Spicer has taken on many of the behind-the-scenes duties
New York Times reporters Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush have another big report on what’s going on inside the White House tonight, this one focused on the relationship between President Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly. And based on the Times report, Trump has been fuming at Kelly on at least once occasion: President Trump was in an especially ornery mood after staff members gently suggested he refrain from injecting politics into day-to-day issues of governing after last month’s raucous rally in Arizona, and he responded by lashing out at the most senior aide in his presence.
On Friday night, Tucker Carlson went after Republicans who have expressed their support to keep the Obama-era DACA policy intact. “Almost ten months into the Republican Congress, top Republicans on Capitol Hill have finally found an issue they can really rally around: preserving President Obama‘s immigration policies,” he began. The White House has said that President Trump will announce on Tuesday his decision whether to keep DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in place or to gut it as he promised during the election. Meanwhile, several top Republicans including Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Orrin Hatch have urged the president
President Trump is set to nominate frequent Fox News contributor Richard Grenell as the U.S. ambassador to Germany. Grenell had previously served as the spokesman of the United Nations under President George W. Bush. The White House praised his years of public service in their announcement, per Politico, noting he is the “longest serving United States spokesman at the United Nations (2001-2008) having served four United States Ambassadors.” submit to reddit President Trump is set to nominate frequent Fox News contributor Richard Grenell as the U.S. ambassador to Germany. Grenell had previously served as the spokesman of the United Nations under President George W.
So You Think You Kim Dance? Replacing fiery rhetoric with spicy moves, North Korea has released a surprisingly nuclear weapon-free propaganda video featuring fatigue-clad men performing elaborate choreography with one another on stage to cheery music. The overtly patriotic prance was uploaded Thursday to the North Korean state news agency DPRK Today´s website, Gizmodo reports, and it´s a marked shift from previous installments from the regime. In propaganda past, the isolated country created crude computer simulations of nuclear attacks on both Guam and San Francisco, along with President Trump standing in a graveyard. While there are still actual
President Donald Trump did not signal his decision on ending former President Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children, but signaled compassion for the people affected by the law. When asked by reporters what he planned to do about the program, Trump said that he would make a decision soon. “We’ll issue it sometime over the weekend; sometime today or over the weekend, we’ll have a decision,” Trump said. During the White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the decision on DACA would be announced on Tuesday. But the president signaled
Attorney General Jeff Sessions welcomed the restoration of the practice of asset forfeiture Friday in a speech at a law enforcement conference in Alabama. "I love that program," Sessions said. "We had so much fun doing that, taking drug dealers´ money and passing it out to people trying to put drug dealers in jail. What´s wrong with that?" Sessions, reviewing some of the steps the DOJ has taken recently under his watch, went off script from his prepared remarks to express his excitement about the restoration of the controversial practice. Asset forfeiture allows law enforcement to seize property suspected to
WASHINGTON — Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon may have left the building, but one of his top aides, Julia Hahn, remains in the West Wing. Hahn is a 26-year-old former writer from Bannon’s site, Breitbart News. Earlier this week, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo News that Hahn was staying on in her position as a special assistant to the president and deputy strategist in the wake of Bannon’s departure last month. Due to her fiery writings for Breitbart, association with the controversial Bannon, and an unusual level of secrecy surrounding her work, Hahn has been
President Trump will seek to rally support for reforming the United Nations ahead of his planned address before the global body next month. Reuters reported Friday that Trump will hold an event on Sept. 18, a day before he is expected to formally address the U.N. in New York. Leaders will reportedly be invited to attend that event if they sign on to a declaration supporting U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres´s efforts "to initiate effective, meaningful reform." “We support the secretary-general in making concrete changes in the United Nations system to better align its work on humanitarian response, development and
Longtime Trump aide Keith Schiller plans to leave White House: report Keith Schiller, a longtime aide to President Trump, has told multiple people he intends to leave the White House, according to CNN. Schiller has reportedly said he plans to leave the White House at the end of September or in early October and cited financial reasons as his reason for the move. The longtime Trump aide reportedly wasn’t pleased with new White House chief of staff John Kelly and his newly implemented restrictions on access to the president. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CNN the story was “not true.” Schiller has
Last night, Trevor Noah addressed the Antifa movement that has gotten a lot more attention in recent days because of the violence they incited in Berkeley, CA over the weekend. The Daily Show host referred to them as “vegan ISIS” and said when they think they’re “punching Nazis,” they’re only “punching their own cause.” He also mentioned some of the good they accomplish by exposing and doxxing neo-Nazis online. But the critics came out in full force the next day, condemning Noah for being critical of Antifa. Marlow Stern of The Daily Beast called comparing Antifa to ISIS “remarkably ignorant,”
President Trump is having a difficult time accepting the strict operation in the White House run by chief of staff John Kelly, according to a report Thursday. Sources closed to the president tell The Washington Post that Trump is struggling with the adjustment as the former Marine Corps general has brought a sense of discipline to a West Wing beset by leaks and infighting. "[Trump´s] having a very hard time," one friend who spoke with Trump this week told the Post. "He doesn´t like the way the media´s handling him. He
Major bipartisan accomplishments in federal policy feel like a rarity these days. But it was just over 20 years ago that the parties came together to pass significant, positive reforms to our nation’s cash assistance program for families in poverty. The 1996 welfare-reform law, passed by a Republican Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton, significantly strengthened work requirements in a new program, now known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). In the years following the law’s enactment, child-poverty rates dropped significantly and employment among poor mothers increased, while teen pregnancy and abortion rates continued to fall.
Arizona Sen. John McCain made clear in an op-ed Thursday that he believes Congress does not fall secondary to President Donald Trump — instead calling on Congress to return to regular order to accomplish the things Trump can´t. "We must respect his authority and constitutional responsibilities," McCain wrote in a Washington Post op-ed Thursday night. "We must, where we can, cooperate with him. But we are not his subordinates. We don’t answer to him. We answer to the American people." McCain made the plea to a Congress that faces continued gridlock as it returns from August recess next week, and wrote out
Oh, Melania. In the words of the late, great Lou Reed, you “couldn’t hit it sideways.” First the now–First Lady (perhaps unwittingly) plagiarizes Michelle Obama in her convention speech, then she takes as her platform a crusade against bullying—when she is married to unquestionably the greatest cyber bully in political history—and now this! This morning, Mrs. Trump boarded Air Force One wearing a pair of towering pointy-toed snakeskin heels better suited to a shopping afternoon on Madison Avenue or a girls’ luncheon at La Grenouille. While the nation is riveted by images of thousands of Texans wading with their
Kenneth Storey says he made a “heartbreaking” mistake in describing the destruction from Hurricane Harvey as “instant karma” for Texans who voted Republican last year. Storey, since fired from his post as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Tampa, said his ill-fated post to Twitter on Sunday was intended as a critique of the GOP’s resistance to funding climate-change research — but that the message was “extremely poorly worded.” The Winter Park resident’s tweet quickly ignited online outrage, amid reports of the catastrophic destruction in Houston. “It’s heartbreaking to me to know that these people are struggling … and I did
Hillary Clinton is ready to talk about “what happened.” But if you want to hear her speak about it in person, you may have to spend some serious dough. Starting next month, the former Democratic presidential nominee embarks on a tour across the United States and Canada to promote “What Happened,” her memoir about running against Donald Trump for president. And the price for access is a throwback to campaign fundraisers. For $2,375.95 (or $3,000 in Canadian dollars), Clinton fans in Toronto can obtain a “VIP platinum ticket” for her Sept. 28 talk. That ticket includes two front-row seats, a photo with
Michelle Obama looked ever the A-lister as she stepped out for a workout and a yacht trip in Mallorca, Spain. The former First Lady, 53, shielded herself from the sun with shades and a black hood to enjoy a hike around the island on Thursday. She was surrounded by members of her staff tagging along for the sweat session, with members of her security team flanking her. Michelle is in Mallorca to visit American diplomat James Costos and his partner, Michael Smith. Her husband, former President Barack Obama, does not appear to have accompanied her on the international trip. The
A Greek Life retreat at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) was promptly cancelled this weekend after a banana peel was found hanging in a tree. “To be clear, many members of our community were hurt, frightened, and upset by what occurred at IMPACT,” Interim Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Alexa Lee Arndt remarked in an email between Greek leaders, according to The Daily Mississippian. “Because of the underlying reality many students of color endure on a daily basis, the conversation manifested into a larger conversation about race relations today at the University of Mississippi.”
In a letter from Senator Chuck Grassley to new FBI Director Christopher Wray (full pdf below) the senator outlines some disturbing information discovered in documents reviewed by the judicial committee. Chief among the issues was a discovery that fired FBI Director James Comey had already drafted a preliminary conclusion that Hillary Clinton was not going to be held responsible; the FBI Director’s position was created in April and May 2016 before sixteen key investigative witnesses, including Mrs. Clinton herself, were even interviewed. The revelations within the documents provides even more evidence that FBI Director James Comey was running a political investigation
Glenn Beck‘s TheBlaze is saying farewell to 20 percent of its employees. And Beck may cry. “What happened?” he asked in a highly emotional piece that he posted to his website and to Medium that makes it sound like someone is literally ripping out his spleen. “My heart is heavy today.” “Today, we said goodbye to just over 20 percent of the combined workforce of Mercury Radio Arts and TheBlaze (with most of the changes happening at TheBlaze),” he wrote. “We are losing a lot of talented and committed colleagues, who are some of the best human beings I know?—?some
The "alt-right" Twitter personality Mike Cernovich is at it again, with fresh accusations against the “Obama holdovers” who are supposedly undermining the Trump administration’s agenda. These attacks on apolitical career government officials show a deep misunderstanding of our government and undermine our institutions. I should know. As a political appointee early in the Obama administration, I worked with many “Bush holdovers”—and I can attest from personal experience that they are critical to achieving policy success. My first job in government was as a junior political appointee on the Iran desk in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, starting in
A Utah nurse screamed “help me” after a cop handcuffed her for refusing to draw blood on an unconscious patient July 26, police body camera footage showed. The video showed University of Utah Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels, an Alpine skier who participated in the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympic games, calmly explaining to Salt Lake Detective Jeff Payne that she could not draw blood from a patient who had been injured in a car accident, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Wubbels told Payne the patient was required to give consent for a blood sample or be under arrest. Otherwise,
House Speaker Paul Ryan condemned violent leftist Antifa protesters Wednesday a day after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi condemned the group. “Speaker Ryan believes, as is obvious, these individuals are left-wing thugs, and those who are committing violence need to be arrested and prosecuted. Antifa is a scourge on our country,” Ryan’s spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement provided exclusively to The Daily Caller. Speaker Ryan has been criticized by many conservatives for what was viewed as a weak response to the violent activists. President Donald Trump blamed “many sides” for the violence surrounding a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.,
House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday gave a major boost to legislative efforts to preserve protections for young undocumented immigrants -- and urged President Donald Trump to not tear up the program. Trump told reporters Friday he was still mulling the decision. Responding to a question about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, on his hometown radio station WCLO in Janesville, Wisconsin, Ryan said Congress was working on a legislative fix to preserve the program.