Trump calls missing FBI texts ‘one of the biggest stories in a long time’

Missing text messages between two FBI employees accused of bias against President Donald Trump is “one of the biggest stories in a long time,” Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning, seemingly renewing his questions about the bureau’s objectivity.

“In one of the biggest stories in a long time, the FBI says it is now missing five months worth of lovers Strzok – Page texts, perhaps 50,000, all in prime time. Wow!” Trump wrote online.

That the FBI is missing five months worth of text messages between agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page, from December, 2016, to May, 2017, was revealed over the weekend in a letter from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who wrote to bureau Director Christopher Wray seeking information about the messages.

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Trump slams CNN’s ‘Crazy Jim Acosta’ in shutdown victory lap tweet

President Donald Trump on Tuesday celebrated the end of a government shutdown with a tweet citing a reporter from perhaps his least favorite media outlet: CNN.

“Even Crazy Jim Acosta of Fake News CNN agrees: ‘Trump World and WH sources dancing in end zone: Trump wins again…Schumer and Dems caved…gambled and lost.’ Thank you for your honesty Jim!” Trump wrote online Tuesday morning.

It was not immediately clear which of Acosta’s reporting Trump was citing, or if the quote Trump attributed to the CNN reporter is accurate. Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent, has at times drawn the ire of Trump supporters for his particularly pointed and, at times, confrontational lines of questioning during press briefings.

A spokesperson for CNN did not immediately return a request for comment.

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Trump: Democrats have ‘come to their senses’ on shutdown

President Donald Trump said in a statement Monday that he was “pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses” and agreed to end a three-day government shutdown, but he seemed to cast doubt on the possibility of a broad compromise on immigration policy.

“I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses and are now willing to fund our great military, border patrol, first responders and insurance for vulnerable children,” Trump said in the statement, which was read aloud by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at Monday’s press briefing.

“As I’ve always said, once the government is funded my administration will work toward solving the problem of very unfair illegal immigration," the statement said. "We’ll make a long-term deal on immigration if, and only if, it’s good for our country.”

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White House defends Trump’s role in shutdown talks

White House officials on Monday defended President Donald Trump’s role in negotiations to reopen the federal government, insisting that he has made his priorities clear and that Democratic lawmakers are to blame for the shutdown that is now in its third day.

Lawmakers from both parties, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), have complained over the past week that they didn’t know Trump’s position in immigration negotiations that Democrats have tied to government funding.

Administration officials, in a series of appearances on morning TV news shows, were emphatic that the president has been unwavering in his stance, as they try to ensure that public blame for the shutdown rests with Democrats in Congress and not with Trump.

“I can’t think of anybody who is more explicit about their position on immigration. It has Continue reading “White House defends Trump’s role in shutdown talks”

Pence: U.S. to open embassy in Jerusalem in 2019

A new U.S. embassy in Israel, located in Jerusalem, will open in 2019, Vice President Mike Pence told the Israeli parliament Monday, putting a timeline on a move that has proven controversial in the region and around the world.

“In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem — and that the United States embassy will open before the end of next year,” Pence said in an address to the Knesset, Israel’s legislature. “By finally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the United States has chosen fact over fiction — and fact is the only true foundation for a just and lasting peace.”

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White House fires back at senators who say Trump’s priorities aren’t clear

Lawmakers who have complained publicly that they are not sure what President Donald Trump wants out of a deal to end the ongoing government shutdown are “not paying attention,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday morning, accusing Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of being unable to keep pace with policy negotiations.

“I think then maybe sometimes they’re not paying attention. Look, the president has laid out what his priorities are and what his principles are. And frankly, he invited, George, all of the media in to see and have that discussion. We’ve laid out that we want to make a deal on DACA,” Sanders told ABC “Good Morning America” host George Stephanopoulos.

The press secretary reiterated what the president’s broad priorities have been, that any deal to protect Dreamers – undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children – be paired with immigration reforms and border Continue reading “White House fires back at senators who say Trump’s priorities aren’t clear”

White House on ‘shithole’ remark: Trump ‘hasn’t said he didn’t use strong language’

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not deny Tuesday morning that President Donald Trump had called certain Caribbean and African nations “shithole countries,” telling reporters outside the West Wing that the president had never denied using “strong language.”

"Look, the president hasn’t said he didn’t use strong language. And this is an important issue. He’s passionate about it," Sanders said when asked why Trump reportedly defended the comment to allies while denying it publicly. "He’s not going to apologize for trying to fix our immigration system. He’s committed to doing that and hopefully Democrats will be too."

Negotiations on an immigration deal between the White House and Congress appear to have stalled in recent days following reports that Trump used the expletive characterization during a meeting late last week. Some who were in the meeting have denied that the president used the term, although the White Continue reading “White House on ‘shithole’ remark: Trump ‘hasn’t said he didn’t use strong language’”