Trump on N.Y. Times: ‘Things are really getting ridiculous’

President Donald Trump on Sunday slammed a New York Times report that his son and other campaign aides sought to curry favor with other foreign countries along with Russia during the 2016 campaign.

"Things are really getting ridiculous," the president wrote on Twitter. "The Failing and Crooked (but not as Crooked as Hillary Clinton) @nytimes has done a long & boring story indicating that the World’s most expensive Witch Hunt has found nothing on Russia & me so now they are looking at the rest of the World!"

Trump appeared to be responding to a Times report from Saturday night that says Donald Trump Jr. and former Blackwater head Erik Prince attended a meeting in Trump Tower in August 2016 with an Israeli social media specialist and representatives of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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Trump on N.Y. Times: ‘Things are really getting ridiculous’

President Donald Trump on Sunday slammed a New York Times report that his son and other campaign aides sought to curry favor with other foreign countries along with Russia during the 2016 campaign.

"Things are really getting ridiculous," the president wrote on Twitter. "The Failing and Crooked (but not as Crooked as Hillary Clinton) @nytimes has done a long & boring story indicating that the World’s most expensive Witch Hunt has found nothing on Russia & me so now they are looking at the rest of the World!"

Trump appeared to be responding to a Times report from Saturday night that says Donald Trump Jr. and former Blackwater head Erik Prince attended a meeting in Trump Tower in August 2016 with an Israeli social media specialist and representatives of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

According to the Times, the meeting was seen as an opportunity for the Continue reading “Trump on N.Y. Times: ‘Things are really getting ridiculous’”

Trump responds to new FBI informant reports

President Donald Trump on Saturday appeared to respond to new reports that an FBI informant had reached out to multiple campaign aides during the 2016 presidential campaign.

"If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal," the president wrote on Twitter.

On Friday night, the New York Times reported that an unnamed FBI informant talked to two campaign advisers who allegedly had suspicious contacts with individuals linked to Russia. The Times did not name the informant, but described the person as an "American academic who teaches in Britain" and who made contact with Trump foreign policy advisers George Papadopoulos and Carter Page.

The alleged informant’s name has been published by conservative media outlets and circulated widely on Twitter.

Earlier Friday, apparently responding to previous conservative media reports, Trump had tweeted: "Reports are there was indeed at least one Continue reading “Trump responds to new FBI informant reports”

First lady Melania Trump released from hospital after kidney treatment

First lady Melania Trump returned to the White House on Saturday morning following hospital treatment for a kidney condition.

"She is resting comfortably and remains in high spirits. Our office has received thousands of calls and emails wishing Mrs. Trump well, and we thank everyone who has taken the time to reach out," a statement from her office read.

Melania Trump was hospitalized for five days beginning Monday for a kidney condition at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The White House said the first lady went through an embolization procedure for a "benign" condition and had no complications.

President Donald Trump visited his wife Monday afternoon and thanked well wishers on Twitter. He added later that she was "doing really well," after the procedure.

Mark Schoenberg, a urologist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York previously told POLITICO that for someone the first lady’s age — 48 — the Continue reading “First lady Melania Trump released from hospital after kidney treatment”

Trump has the final word in Laurel/Yanny debate

The rest of America may be resting on its Laurels, but President Donald Trump’s mind appears to be stuck on another word that puzzled us all.

In a video posted Thursday evening, the White House waded into America’s most contentious debate: Is it “Laurel” or “Yanny”? In case you haven’t been attuned to social media, the country is divided over whether a voice in a brief audio clip is saying “Laurel” or “Yanny.” The White House is far from the the first corner of Washington to weigh in on a topic that many have found earresistible. (For the record, House Speaker Paul Ryan says it’s “Laurel,” but House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy swears it’s “Yanny.”)

White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, counselor Kellyanne Conway and director of social media Dan Scavino are all on team #Laurel.

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Trump’s approach is hurting the U.S., foreign policy experts say

President Donald Trump and his administration’s lack of a consistent and coherent foreign policy is confusing U.S. allies and ceding ground to countries that do not share America’s interests, a group of foreign policy experts said at a debate on Monday evening.

But for all the criticism of the president’s approach, some of the panelists at the event in Dallas, “The Future of America’s Global Role,” argued that there might be a silver lining in letting the world know that the U.S. would not do everything.

“I think the global perception has gone from the U.S. being a reliable partner, and someone that many countries would aspire to emulate in some ways, to someone who is an unreliable partner,” said Loren DeJonge Schulman, deputy director of studies at the Center for a New American Security in Washington. “That is not necessarily a bad thing. … It is Continue reading “Trump’s approach is hurting the U.S., foreign policy experts say”

Trump urges Commerce Dept. to help Chinese company that violated U.S. sanctions

President Donald Trump signaled he would help a Chinese phone maker Sunday, less than a month after the Commerce Department decided to implement a harsh penalty on the company for lying to investigators about violating U.S. sanctions by selling equipment to Iran and North Korea.

"President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast," the president wrote on Twitter. "Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!"

Trump’s Sunday message came as the administration said it could go after European allies if they continue to be involved with Iran. The president pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear agreement on Tuesday and vowed to re-impose sanctions on Iran, including the possible secondary sanctions on companies that do business with the regime.

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Graham: White House staffer’s McCain joke ‘inappropriate’

Sen. Lindsey Graham urged the White House on Saturday to declare a joke by a communications staffer about Sen. John McCain dying as out of bounds and suggested President Donald Trump consider getting involved.

"If it was a joke, it was a terrible joke. I just wish somebody from the White House would tell the country that was inappropriate, that’s not who we are in the Trump administration," Graham (R-S.C.) told "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan in an interview set to air Sunday.

Graham said his longtime friend McCain (R-Ariz.) is not above criticisms of his past votes, but added that the former Vietnam prisoner of war is an "American hero." As to whether Trump should apologize on behalf of the White House, Graham said that’s up to the president.

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Trump praises North Korea’s move to dismantle its nuclear testing site

President Donald Trump on Saturday praised North Korea after the country announced further details of its plans to wind down its nuclear weapons testing program in advance of high-level talks with the U.S. in June.

"North Korea has announced that they will dismantle Nuclear Test Site this month, ahead of the big Summit Meeting on June 12th," the president wrote on Twitter. "Thank you, a very smart and gracious gesture!"

North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Saturday that a "ceremony for the dismantling of the nuclear test ground" will occur weather pending at the remote Punggye-ri site between May 23 and the 25, according to a statement published by the country’s state news agency.

Pyongyang pledged to invite journalists from the U.S., China, Russia, United Kingdom and South Korea to observe the dismantling of the highly sensitive facility that the regime says will include removing Continue reading “Trump praises North Korea’s move to dismantle its nuclear testing site”

Dershowitz: Giuliani playing into prosecutors’ hands

Legal scholar Alan Dershowitz said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s newest attorney Rudy Giuliani has made matters worse for the president.

The Harvard Law professor emeritus and informal Trump adviser added that Giuliani’s recent media appearances resulted in "a very bad week for the Trump team."

"… The Trump team has to speak with a single narrative. They have to get their story clearly set out. It has to be put in writing," Dershowitz told NBC’s "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd. "It shouldn’t be put on television shows off the cuff."

Dershowitz, who has known Trump for decades and has become a high-profile defender of the administration amid the Russia probe, said Giuliani, a former U.S. attorney, should know better.

"This is the way prosecutors operate. But Giuliani knows it, too," Dershowitz said. "And he shouldn’t be playing into their hands."

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Stormy Daniels attorney: Giuliani interview an ‘unmitigated disaster’

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels’ attorney said on Sunday that Rudy Giuliani’s appearance on ABC minutes before him was an "absolute unmitigated disaster" for President Donald Trump’s legal counsel.

"I can’t believe that that actually just happened," Daniel’s attorney Michael Avenatti told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s "This Week." "I mean what we witnessed by Rudy Giuliani may be one of the worst TV appearances by any attorney on behalf of a client in modern times."

Avenatti argued that Giuliani, a former prosecutor and mayor of New York City, does not have a solid grasp of the facts on Trump’s actions in relation to the president’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen’s $130,000 payment to Daniels during the 2016 election campaign.

Earlier this week, Giuliani told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that Trump had reimbursed Cohen for the sum, contradicting denials from the White House and forcing Giuliani to later issue Continue reading “Stormy Daniels attorney: Giuliani interview an ‘unmitigated disaster’”

Giuliani: Trump is ‘committed to’ regime change in Iran

Rudy Giuliani pushed for regime change in Iran on Saturday, saying President Donald Trump is "as committed to regime change as we are."

It’s "the only way to peace in the Middle East" and "more important than an Israeli-Palestinian deal," Trump’s newest attorney in the ongoing Russia probe and former mayor of New York City told reporters after giving a speech to the Iran Freedom Convention for Democracy and Human Rights in Washington.

The speech was hosted by the Organization of Iranian-American Communities, a group that aims to promote democracy in the Islamic Republic and was supportive of the December protests there.

At one point in his speech, Giuliani, who has served as an informal adviser to Trump and had been under consideration to be his secretary of state, pretended that his notes were the Iran nuclear deal, ripping them up and spitting on them.

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White House: China’s demands to U.S. airlines ‘Orwellian nonsense’

Amid high-level negotiations on trade, the White House on Saturday called China’s demands that American airlines follow the communist country’s line on sensitive issues like the international status of Taiwan "Orwellian nonsense."

"President Donald J. Trump ran against political correctness in the United States," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. "He will stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens."

According to multiple news reports, the Civil Aviation Administration of China recently sent notices to international airlines, including American Airlines and United, demanding they follow Chinese law in how they refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. China is sensitive to any suggestion that Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau are referred to as separate countries.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin this week led a delegation of officials and business leaders to Continue reading “White House: China’s demands to U.S. airlines ‘Orwellian nonsense’”

Missouri lawmakers agree to special session to weigh impeaching Gov. Eric Greitens

Missouri lawmakers moved overwhelmingly on Thursday evening toward calling special legislative session to further investigate possible impeachment charges against the state’s embattled governor, Eric Greitens.

“This path is not the one that I would have chosen for Missourians or my colleagues,” Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson, a Republican, told reporters at a news conference in Jefferson City. “I hoped from the beginning of this process that the committee would find no wrongdoing, so we could bring this investigation to a close and put all of our attention on the issues that matter most to Missouri families.”

According to Richardson, 138 House members and 29 senators supported the call for a special session, more than the respective three-fourths required in each chamber. The first-ever special session in the state’s history will begin on May 18, the last day of the regular session, and last for 30 days, immediately after which Continue reading “Missouri lawmakers agree to special session to weigh impeaching Gov. Eric Greitens”

NYT: Mueller’s questions for Trump focus on Manafort, Flynn, Comey, Sessions

Special counsel Robert Mueller has a long list of questions for President Donald Trump, and is seeking to ask him about everything from Michael Flynn, his first national security adviser, to whether or not Attorney General Jeff Sessions tried to resign, according to a New York Times report.

The Times reported on Monday night that Mueller had at least four dozen questions for Trump on a wide range of topics that have come to light during his Russia investigation. The list provides significant insight into what the special counsel is examining as his team continues to negotiate with the White House over a possible interview with the president.

Among those questions, according to The Times: What knowledge did Trump have of any outreach by his presidential campaign, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, to Russia about possible assistance to the campaign? What did Trump know about phone calls Continue reading “NYT: Mueller’s questions for Trump focus on Manafort, Flynn, Comey, Sessions”

Trump targets Sen. Jon Tester on immigration

President Donald Trump continued his attacks against Sen. Jon Tester on Monday, accusing the Montana Democrat of being soft on immigration as news reports indicate that a group of immigrants has been stalled from entering the U.S. along the border with Mexico.

“The migrant ‘caravan’ that is openly defying our border shows how weak & ineffective U.S. immigration laws are,” the president wrote on Twitter on Monday evening. “Yet Democrats like Jon Tester continue to support the open borders agenda — Tester even voted to protect Sanctuary Cities.”

Trump has slammed reports throughout April about a group of Central American immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. The Washington Post reported on Monday that 220 migrants were stuck waiting outside a U.S. border crossing as officials told them there was not enough available space to process them.

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Huckabee: WHCD taught me ‘why eating Tide Pods is popular’

Mike Huckabee says he learned something at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, but it’s probably not what Michelle Wolf had in mind.

"After seeing the young female hired to verbally bully anyone who worked for @realDonaldTrump I now understand why eating Tide Pods is popular," the former Arkansas governor wrote on Twitter, referring to an online meme about the detergent-filled packets appearing edible.

"That level of vulgarity is best handled with a mouth washed out w/ soap," Huckabee wrote.

Huckabee, whose daughter, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, bore the brunt of some of the night’s harshest lines, said the dinner intended to honor the First Amendment turned into a night of "bullying, vulgarity, and hate" by Wolf, the comedian who headlined the event.

"@PressSec handled it professionally but I pray her kids never see that. I pray more they never bully another person like that," Huckabee wrote Continue reading “Huckabee: WHCD taught me ‘why eating Tide Pods is popular’”

Wolf routine stuns White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Members of the Trump administration walked out of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night after comedian Michelle Wolf ripped into White House staffers, including press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in the absence of the president himself.

A year after the White House boycotted the annual dinner — and with President Donald Trump holding a competing campaign-style rally in Michigan — director of strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp and her husband, conservative activist Matt Schlapp, were among those who marched out of the ballroom at the Washington Hilton long before Wolf’s keynote routine was over.

Footage broadcast live on cable TV networks showed Sanders sitting at the head table on stage stone-faced, wincing and at times raising her eyebrows as Wolf compared her to a character on the dystopian TV series "The Handsmaid’s Tale" and to an "Uncle Tom" for white women.

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Joy Reid apologizes for ‘hurtful’ LGBT comments, doesn’t ‘believe’ she wrote anti-gay posts

MSNBC host Joy Reid apologized on Saturday for her past comments about the LGBT community, but the liberal commentator was still reluctant to admit she’d written old blog posts attributed to her.

"Here’s what I know. I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things, because they are completely alien to me, but I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted and I have written in the past, why some people don’t believe me," Reid said at the top of her show, "AM Joy." "I have not been exempt from being dumb or cruel or hurtful to the very people I want to advocate for. I own that. I get it. And for that I am truly, truly sorry."

The progressive host’s alleged past posts from a defunct personal blog, which contain language critical of gay marriage and claims homosexual men prey on “impressionable teens,” Continue reading “Joy Reid apologizes for ‘hurtful’ LGBT comments, doesn’t ‘believe’ she wrote anti-gay posts”

Biden: I’m not ruling out 2020 run

Vice President Joe Biden is not ruling out a White House run in 2020, telling MSNBC host Al Sharpton that all options remain open.

"I’m really hoping that some other folks step up. I think we have some really good people," Biden said of the potential other 2020 Democratic hopefuls in an interview that aired Sunday.

The former vice president and two-time presidential aspirant (1988 and 2008) said he needs to know that whoever carries the Democratic Party’s nomination is someone who can beat President Donald Trump.

In response to a Sharpton question — “What would make Joe Biden really consider running in 2020 for president? — Biden said former President Barack Obama gave some good advice.

"I know Barack always asked me that question. And he said what’s going to make the decision," Biden said. "I‘ve got to be able to look in the mirror and if I walk Continue reading “Biden: I’m not ruling out 2020 run”