Trump announces plans for ‘extended meeting’ with Xi at G-20


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President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced firmed-up plans to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit at the end of this month as the countries potentially head toward further escalation of their trade war.

“Had a very good telephone conversation with President Xi of China. We will be having an extended meeting next week at the G-20 in Japan,” Trump wrote on Twitter, prompting stocks to surge. He added that teams from Washington and Beijing would “begin talks prior to our meeting.”

Chinese state media also confirmed Tuesday that the two leaders would meet on the sidelines of the G-20.

The president has long been promoting plans for the meeting, insisting on multiple occasions that he expected to meet with Xi when world leaders gather in Japan later this month. But Xi’s team had been less committal about a potential huddle, leaving the matter up in Continue reading “Trump announces plans for ‘extended meeting’ with Xi at G-20”

RNC chairwoman says ‘way too early’ for Republicans to focus on 2020 polling


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It’s far too early to put much stock into 2020 polling, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Monday — unless you’re a Democrat.

“It’s way too early to be looking at polls. [Former Wisconsin Gov.] Scott Walker was leading heading into 2016. People come and go and they fade,” she said in an interview on Fox News. But, she added, “I think the Democrats should be looking at them because that gets them on the debate stage and they have to make numbers to get on the debate stage for their primary.”

McDaniel’s comment came on the heels of a number of public polls showing the president trailing in head-to-head match-ups with a handful of top Democrats. Trump has also in the last week disputed weak internal polling that showed him in danger or losing in several key states, reportedly asking aides to deny that he was trailing and Continue reading “RNC chairwoman says ‘way too early’ for Republicans to focus on 2020 polling”

Trump interview on ABC was a ratings bust


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President Donald Trump’s much-teased interview with ABC was not the ratings bonanza the numbers-obsessed president likely would have wanted.

The hourlong special with ABC chief anchor George Stephanopoulos came in third in its timeslot Sunday night, notching 3.91 million viewers according to ratings aggregator TV by the Numbers.

Stephanopoulos spent 30 hours with the president over the course of two days last week, and the sitdown even got a presidential promotion on Trump’s Twitter feed Saturday along with a promise that he would do more network interviews throughout his reelection bid.

But despite portions of the interview — which had been teased out over the course of several days — making major news, the full special was not enough to draw viewers away from the finale of the U.S. Open on Fox, which pulled in 7.29 million viewers over three hours, or CBS’ “60 Minutes,” which Continue reading “Trump interview on ABC was a ratings bust”

Trump points the finger at Iran for oil tanker attacks


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President Donald Trump on Friday rejected Iran’s denials that it was behind a pair of explosions on oil tankers the day before.

And though he said he’s “in no rush” to get Iran back to the negotiating table, the president warned of recent provocations in the Middle East that the U.S. blamed on Tehran, “We don’t take it lightly.”

Trump spoke at length about his administration’s escalating tensions with Iran during a wide-ranging 50-minute interview on “Fox & Friends,” and offered his first extended comments about two apparent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman that the president said Iran is responsible for.

Overnight, the Pentagon released video they said shows members of the Iranian military removing what appears to be an unexploded mine from the hulls of one of the attacked ships. Earlier Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that U.S. intelligence had Continue reading “Trump points the finger at Iran for oil tanker attacks”

Trump goes on Fox to clean up his foreign interference comments


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President Donald Trump on Friday tried again to rectify the mess he made by saying he would likely accept dirt on a political opponent from a foreign entity, going on “Fox & Friends” to clean up the comments.

Trump insisted during a meandering 50-minute interview on the network that “of course” he would alert the FBI in such a case, but only after reviewing it first, “because if you don’t look at it, you won’t know it’s bad.”

The president has moved into damage control mode after an interview he gave with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos this week in which he scoffed at the notion of reporting revelations of damaging information from a foreign source to U.S. authorities.

“It’s not an interference, they have information — I think I’d take it,” Trump said. “If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI — if Continue reading “Trump goes on Fox to clean up his foreign interference comments”

Trump goes on Fox to clean up his foreign interference comments


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President Donald Trump on Friday tried again to rectify the mess he made by saying he would likely accept dirt on a political opponent from a foreign entity, going on “Fox & Friends” to clean up the comments.

Trump insisted during a meandering 50-minute interview on the network that “of course” he would alert the FBI in such a case, but only after reviewing it first, “because if you don’t look at it, you won’t know it’s bad.”

The president has moved into damage control mode after an interview he gave with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos this week in which he scoffed at the notion of reporting revelations of damaging information from a foreign source to U.S. authorities.

“It’s not an interference, they have information — I think I’d take it,” Trump said. “If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI — if Continue reading “Trump goes on Fox to clean up his foreign interference comments”

Klobuchar backs impeachment proceedings ‘beginning now’


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Sen. Amy Klobuchar shifted further into the pro-impeachment camp, saying Friday she would support the House beginning proceedings to remove the president “beginning now.”

Klobuchar had previously been more ambivalent on the issue, as recently as several weeks ago reiterating that she saw impeachment as “one way to investigate and hold this administration accountable if the White House keeps stonewalling.”

But in an interview on CNN’s “New Day,” Klobuchar confirmed that she would back impeachment proceedings beginning immediately.

“I would support an impeachment proceeding beginning now, but I also understand they may be wanting to do investigations leading up to it and I think they should be given the time to do that,” she said, calling the move a “possibility” in the House.

The Minnesota Democrat is just the latest 2020 Democrat to back impeaching the president, and her shift comes days after Trump said in an interview Continue reading “Klobuchar backs impeachment proceedings ‘beginning now’”

Trump disputes McGahn testimony on attempts to fire Mueller


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President Donald Trump is challenging his former White House counsel’s testimony to Robert Mueller, asserting that he never even so much as suggested firing the special counsel.

In an interview with ABC News, the president suggested that Don McGahn told Mueller of Trump’s supposed directive that he be fired in order to save face.

"The story on that very simply, No. 1, I was never going to fire Mueller. I never suggested firing Mueller," Trump said.

Pressed on why McGahn would have told Mueller’s team during his more than 30 hours of voluntary interviews of the multiple times the president sought to have the special counsel removed, Trump pushed back.

"I don’t care what he says, it doesn’t matter,” he argued. “That was to show everyone what a good counsel he was.”

McGahn, who left the White House last fall, is a key witness in the portion of Mueller’s Continue reading “Trump disputes McGahn testimony on attempts to fire Mueller”

Trump: Time not right for diplomacy with Iran


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President Donald Trump on Thursday thanked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his attempt to de-escalate tensions between the U.S. and Iran but said the time wasn’t right for diplomacy. The rebuff came moments before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Tehran for what appeared to be attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf.

“While I very much appreciate P.M. Abe going to Iran to meet with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,” Trump wrote on Twitter, “I personally feel that it is too soon to even think about making a deal. They are not ready, and neither are we!”

The attacks on two oil tankers came just as Abe prepared to depart Tehran earlier Thursday following a two-day peacekeeping trip during which he met with Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader. A statement posted on Khamenei’s Twitter account after the huddle suggested that the talks were not fruitful.

“We have Continue reading “Trump: Time not right for diplomacy with Iran”

Donald Trump Jr. and Justin Amash duke it out on Twitter


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GOP gadfly Justin Amash and Donald Trump Jr. got into a Twitter slap fight Thursday morning after the president’s son teased a campaign appearance for Amash’s primary challenger.

The spat stemmed from Amash becoming the first congressional Republican to call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, a dispute that has resulted in the Michigan Republican stepping down from the uberconservative House Freedom Caucus earlier this week.

Amash faces a primary challenge, which the president has considered stepping into to thwart Amash. A poll this week found the incumbent down by 16 percentage points. Enter Trump Jr., who tweeted out the poll Thursday.

“See you soon Justin… I hear Michigan is beautiful during primary season,” he added. Trump Jr. has become a prolific presence on the campaign trail, hustling both for his father and for a slew of GOP candidates in the lead-up to last year’s midterm elections.

But Amash on Continue reading “Donald Trump Jr. and Justin Amash duke it out on Twitter”

Trump unveils plans for new Air Force One paint job


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President Donald Trump unveiled his proposed changes to the presidential aircraft, including a new red, white and blue color scheme for the Air Force One jets that have maintained the same exterior visage for decades.

In an interview that aired Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the president gave host George Stephanopoulos a peek at his new plans, which Stephanopoulos said Trump designed himself.

“There’s your new Air Force One,” Trump said, holding up mock-ups of the new design, which is not scheduled to arrive until 2024. “I’m doing that for other presidents, not for me.”

The jet’s sky blue and white paint is so iconic that its trademark coloring helped give away a surprise trip by the president and first lady to Iraq late last year. But the new plan, which incorporates red and navy blue into the color scheme, looks very similar to that of Trump’s personal Continue reading “Trump unveils plans for new Air Force One paint job”

Beto knocks Biden: ‘We cannot return to the past’


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Beto O’Rourke took a swipe at Joe Biden on Thursday, saying the former vice president’s nomination would mark a return to the past that the country cannot afford to make.

O’Rourke, who after entering the 2020 race to great fanfare has been slipping in recent polls, knocked Biden’s repeated insistence on the campaign trail that his election would be a return to normalcy after a chaotic Trump presidency.

“You cannot go back to the end of the Obama administration and think that that’s good enough,” the former Texas congressman said at the end of a lengthy interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “As much of a horror show as Trump has been — his racism, the disaster of his foreign policy, his punishment of farmers and workers here in this country — we had real problems before Donald Trump became president.”

Among these issues, Beto argued, was a continued Continue reading “Beto knocks Biden: ‘We cannot return to the past’”

Beto knocks Biden: ‘We cannot return to the past’


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Beto O’Rourke took a swipe at Joe Biden on Thursday, saying the former vice president’s nomination would mark a return to the past that the country cannot afford to make.

O’Rourke, who after entering the 2020 race to great fanfare has been slipping in recent polls, knocked Biden’s repeated insistence on the campaign trail that his election would be a return to normalcy after a chaotic Trump presidency.

“You cannot go back to the end of the Obama administration and think that that’s good enough,” the former Texas congressman said at the end of a lengthy interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “As much of a horror show as Trump has been — his racism, the disaster of his foreign policy, his punishment of farmers and workers here in this country — we had real problems before Donald Trump became president.”

Among these issues, Beto argued, was a continued Continue reading “Beto knocks Biden: ‘We cannot return to the past’”

Trump applauds Flynn’s hiring of FBI critic as new lawyer


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President Donald Trump on Thursday hailed Michael Flynn’s move to hire a new lawyer who has been a fierce critic of the FBI’s probe of the former national security adviser.

“General Michael Flynn, the 33 year war hero who has served with distinction, has not retained a good lawyer, he has retained a GREAT LAWYER, Sidney Powell,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “Best Wishes and Good Luck to them both!”

The message from Trump is one of the strongest indicators that Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his contacts with the then-Russian ambassador during the presidential transition, still remains in the president’s good graces and hints that a pardon may still be within the realm of possibility.

Flynn continues to be the recipient of the president’s public support despite his having been fired for having lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversation with the Continue reading “Trump applauds Flynn’s hiring of FBI critic as new lawyer”

Trump on Russia dispute: ‘Ultimately I’m always right’


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President Donald Trump on Wednesday renewed his assertion that Russia had pulled personnel out of Venezuela, pushing back on Moscow’s denials that it had any plans to do so.

Trump last week tweeted that Russia “has informed us that they have removed most of their people from Venezuela,” where it’s backed the government of dictator Nicolas Maduro.

A day later, the Kremlin denied Trump’s tweet, telling reporters "there have been no official messages in this regard from the Russian side nor could there be any,” according to The Washington Post.

But Trump on Wednesday asserted he was not mistaken. When asked by a reporter about Russia’s denials, while meeting with the Polish president, Trump grew testy.

“Well, let’s just see who’s right. You know what you’re gonna do? You’re gonna see in the end who’s right. You just watch it. Okay?” Trump said. “And we’ll see who is right. Continue reading “Trump on Russia dispute: ‘Ultimately I’m always right’”

Trump dismisses 2020 polling that show him in danger


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President Donald Trump is reviving his attacks on the polling industry, denying reports that his own internal polling has indicated trouble ahead for his reelection bid, even as public polls show warning signs.

In a pair of tweets Tuesday, Trump cheered the power social media gives him to “fight back” against media outlets, writing that “Their new weapon of choice is Fake Polling, sometimes referred to as Suppression Polls (they suppress the numbers).”

“The Fake (Corrupt) News Media said they had a leak into polling done by my campaign,” he said, likely referring to a New York Times story detailing Trump’s response to a “devastating" 17-state poll conducted by his internal pollster. According to the Times, after being briefed on the poll, Trump asked aides to deny that he was trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in several key states. When the toplines of Trump’s internal polls leaked, he Continue reading “Trump dismisses 2020 polling that show him in danger”

Trump throws mud back at Biden


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President Donald Trump tore into Joe Biden on Tuesday, questioning his mental fortitude ahead of dueling events in Iowa where Biden similarly laid into the president.

“When a man has to mention my name 76 times in his speech, that means he’s in trouble,” Trump told reporters before departing the White House. “I have to tell you, he’s a different guy. He looks different then he used to, he acts different than he used to, he is even slower than he used to be. So I don’t know. But when he mentions my name that many times, I guess I should be complimented.”

Trump has repeatedly tried to diminish Biden by questioning his mental and physical fitness, a tactic he’s also deployed against his former rival Hillary Clinton and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Earlier in the day, Biden’s campaign previewed comments in which he directly targeted the president as he Continue reading “Trump throws mud back at Biden”

Senate to take up border funding


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The Senate Appropriations Committee will take up a long-stalled border funding request next week aimed at addressing the influx of migrants from Central America.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said the spending committee will begin moving the legislation imminently after it was dropped from a disaster aid package.

“The game plan is that we’re gonna to take the $4.5 billion that was in the disaster package that was unfortunately taken out, and mark it up next week as a standalone proposition to get money flowing to the border to deal with the housing conditions and take some stress not only off of the agents but the migrants,” Graham said at a Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday. “I think it’ll be money well spent.”

Immigration policy has bedeviled Congress for years, especially under President Donald Trump. But both parties seem to see a need to address the increase Continue reading “Senate to take up border funding”

McConnell softens his tariff criticisms: ‘You have to give the president credit — it worked’


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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell eased up on his criticism of President Donald Trump’s threat to impose steep tariffs on imported goods from Mexico, saying Tuesday the president deserved “applause” for the way his brinkmanship worked out.

McConnell’s shift in tone comes as there remains an air of mystery surrounding the deal’s specifics, and whether or not concessions made by Mexico were actually significant or came to fruition solely because of the tariff threat.

“They just can’t let the president have a win,” McConnell said in an interview on conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt’s show.

Trump would have faced a GOP revolt had negotiators not struck a deal late Friday to avert the tariffs from going into effect, with some senators warning that there was a veto-proof majority in the chamber willing to block the levies. McConnell in particular made clear last week that his conference was opposed to Continue reading “McConnell softens his tariff criticisms: ‘You have to give the president credit — it worked’”

McConnell softens his tariff criticisms: ‘You have to give the president credit — it worked’


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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell eased up on his criticism of President Donald Trump’s threat to impose steep tariffs on imported goods from Mexico, saying Tuesday the president deserved “applause” for the way his brinkmanship worked out.

McConnell’s shift in tone comes as there remains an air of mystery surrounding the deal’s specifics, and whether or not concessions made by Mexico were actually significant or came to fruition solely because of the tariff threat.

“They just can’t let the president have a win,” McConnell said in an interview on conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt’s show.

Trump would have faced a GOP revolt had negotiators not struck a deal late Friday to avert the tariffs from going into effect, with some senators warning that there was a veto-proof majority in the chamber willing to block the levies. McConnell in particular made clear last week that his conference was opposed to Continue reading “McConnell softens his tariff criticisms: ‘You have to give the president credit — it worked’”