“[Trump] would have a more difficult time defending himself from charges of bigotry if they were leveled by Republicans… But, with painfully few exceptions, Republicans have adopted a ‘see no evil, hear no evil’ policy…”
“Ratcliffe has no qualifications in the intelligence field, but he does have a history of slavish loyalty to Trump — as he demonstrated by berating and maligning special counsel Robert S. Mueller III…”
Trump’s pick to be the next Director of National Intelligence, Rep. John Ratcliffe, has little relevant experience to take the role as DNI. To Trump, however, Ratcliffe possesses the most important quality, loyalty to Trump.
Baltimore is now the latest Trump Twitter target. Trump’s divisive weekend tweets attacking Baltimore and Rep. Cummings were curiously posted after a Fox News program criticized the city and the Congressman.
The House Judiciary Committee is seeking the secret grand jury evidence gathered by Robert Mueller. This move is seen by some as a precursor to the House building a case for President Trump to be impeached.
Trump sides with the Saudi Arabia… again. President Trump vetoed three congressional resolutions which would have blocked arms deals to Saudi Arabia. Concern has been rising over Saudi use of the weapons in its conflict with Yemen.
“The ‘failure’ is not [Mueller’s] but instead, of a country that won’t read his report and a media obsessed with scoring contests rather than focusing on the damning facts at issue.”
Although Trump is bound by law to sanction Turkey over its purchase of a Russian anti-air missile system, it seems that he is trying to avoid doing so. Trump is also lamenting his decision to deny Turkey F-35 jets.
Robert Mueller reaffirmed during his testimony that the only reason Trump was not indicted on obstruction charges is because he is the president. Mueller went on to say that Trump could be charged once out of office.
Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony will occur in two days. Will you be watching? President Trump certainly will be.
“[Carlson] is more intelligent and disciplined than Trump. He could well be the new leader of authoritarianism in America. If that were to happen, we may look back nostalgically on our present craziness as the calm before the storm.”
A lawyer for the man who killed a NYC mob boss says that the suspect is obsessed with QAnon. The suspect believed he had the protection of President Trump and committed the murder to help Trump.
“‘[Trump] thinks that Bolton’s bellicosity and eagerness to kill people is a bargaining chip when he’s sitting down with foreign leaders. Bolton can be the bad cop and Trump can be the good cop.'”
The House will vote today on a resolution condemning Trump’s racist tweets from this weekend. It is unlikely that many GOP lawmakers will vote to condemn Trump.
Dissatisfied with the current state of the GOP, former Congressman Mark Sanford is considering a presidential run. Sanford would run as a Republican, directly challenging President Trump.
“Trump is a bigot and doesn’t even bother to hide it. In fact — and this is the truly appalling part — he parades his bigotry in the expectation that it will win him votes.”
How does Trump follow up on his latest racist Twitter tirade? By demanding that those he attacked apologize to him, the U.S., and Israel. Additionally, GOP lawmakers have almost been completely silent on Trump’s racist Twitter attack.
Trump is implementing a new asylum rule that is aimed at stopping asylum seekers from Central America. Under the new rule, asylum seekers must apply for refugee status in the first country they enter, rather than at the U.S. border.
Dan Coats’ time as DNI may be running out. Trump has reportedly been discussing replacements and has even considered downsizing the role.
Were you excited to hear Robert Mueller testify to Congress in a few days? Well, put that excitement on hold because it appears that his testimony will now be delayed until July 24th.
It appears that Trump will end his efforts to have a citizenship question on the census. After legal defeat in the Supreme Court, Trump was only left with the possibility of some sort of executive action to try and place the question.
I.C.E. is planning on arresting thousands of migrant families who already received court orders to be removed. The planned removal was previously postponed, and has been bemoaned by several members of Congress.
Undeterred after a defeat in the Supreme Court, Trump is expected to pursue some executive action to try to get the citizenship question placed on the census. It is not clear what the action would be.
“We don’t know if Mr. Darroch tried to explain that aberrant behavior in one of his cables. But he did write that the Trump administration was unlikely “to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.” To which we can only say: Right you are, Mr. Ambassador.”
A unanimous ruling from a federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit against Trump which claimed that he was illegally profiting from foreign government visitors staying at his luxury Washington D.C. hotel.
U.K. Ambassador Kim Darroch has resigned following the leaks of his conversations on the Trump administration. Darroch was the target of several harsh Trump Twitter attacks following the leak.
U.K.’s Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt came to the aid of U.K. Ambassador Kim Darroch after Darroch was attacked multiple times by Trump on Twitter. Trump vowed to not work with Darroch after leaked cables showed Darroch calling Trump “inept” and incompetent”.
“There aren’t enough tax cuts and judges in the world to justify a president who stands on the stage with Vladimir Putin and sides against America’s intelligence community; who ignores, if not invites, foreign interference in our elections and normalizes unprecedented levels of corruption and incompetence; who abdicates moral leadership both at home and abroad; who lies and obstructs justice and then lies about obstructing justice.”
The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that found that Trump’s blocking of users was unconstitutional. It is likely that Trump will fight this ruling.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that will allow certain members of Congress access to Trump’s state tax returns. Cuomo said that the bill “ensures that no one is above the law.”
President Trump is vowing not to work with UK Ambassador Kim Darroch after leaked emails from Darroch showed the ambassador calling Trump “inept” and “incompetent”. Darroch has served as the UK ambassador to the U.S. since 2016.
Donald Trump joked with Russian President Vladimir Putin that they should “get rid” of journalists as they met in public at the G-20 conference of world leaders in Osaka, Japan. Indicating toward the journalists in the room, Trump said, “Get rid of them. Fake news is a great term, isn’t it? You don’t have this problem in Russia but we do.”
Graham, who during the 2016 campaign called Trump a “jackass” and said he was “not fit to be President,” has become one of the president’s biggest defenders. He posted the tweet after the first night of NBC’s back-to-back Democratic presidential debates.
President Trump and foreign leaders appeared set for a major clash at the Group of 20 summit in Japan, as the U.S. president prepared to highlight his unhappiness over trade and European leaders promised to challenge him on climate change.
Two women confirmed the writer E. Jean Carroll confided in them following Donald Trump’s alleged sexual assault against her in the 1990s. Carol Martin and Lisa Birnbach have gone public with their recollection of events in interviews with The New York Times.
A union representing U.S. asylum officers has denounced a Trump administration policy mandating that asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for their immigration hearings, warning Wednesday that the policy is risking migrant lives. The policy has reportedly sent about 12,000 asylum-seekers back to Mexico since the beginning of this year.
The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists hit out at Trump’s temperament and his “America First” rhetoric during an interview with the BBC. “[Trump’s] emotions [are] also a little bit,” he said, while waggling his finger near his temple. “One day he says something, another day he says something. But I think [there is a] lack of moral principle. When he became president, he expressed America first. That is wrong. America, they should take the global responsibility.”
The Trump International Hotel in Washington, just five blocks from the White House, charged the Secret Service more than $200,000 in taxpayer money during the first year of Trump’s presidency. Expense documents obtained by NBC News show that a total of $215,254 was spent by the agency at the property from September 2016 to February 2018.
The Iranian and US presidents have traded insults, with Hassan Rouhani suggesting that Donald Trump suffered from a “mental disorder” and Trump once more threatening Iran with “obliteration.” The worsening confrontation became significantly more personal this week when the US imposed sanctions on Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and eight military commanders, and threatened measures against the foreign minister, Javad Zarif.
Stephanie Grisham, who previously served as spokeswoman for Melania Trump, will replace Sarah Sanders as the White House press secretary and will also serve as communications director, replacing Bill Shine. Grisham will also maintain her role as Melania Trump’s spokeswoman. “I can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country. Excited to have Stephanie working for both sides of the White House,” Melania Trump tweeted.