US Politics in Trump era Public date: 12.07.2020 21:12:21

12 Jul 2020

Fauci sidelined by Trump as he talks bluntly about pandemic

For months, Anthony S. Fauci has played a lead role in America’s coronavirus pandemic, as a diminutive, Brooklyn-accented narrator who has assessed the risk and issued increasingly blunt warnings as the nation’s response has gone badly awry. But as the Trump administration has strayed from the advice of many of its scientists and public health experts, the White House has moved to sideline Fauci
For months, Anthony S. Fauci has played a lead role in America’s coronavirus pandemic, as a diminutive,...
11 Jul 2020

“House of Absolute Horrors”: Mary Trump’s Book Reveals How Trump Family Gave Rise to a “Sociopath”

In a new book, Mary Trump — the president’s niece — describes Donald Trump as a “sociopath” who grew up in a dysfunctional family that fostered his greed and cruelty.
In a new book, Mary Trump — the president’s niece — describes Donald Trump as a “sociopath” who grew up in a...

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28 Jun 2020

The Lincoln Project is trolling Trump. But can it sway voters?

The moment President Donald Trump started tweeting at 12:46 a.m. about the “RINO Republicans” at the Lincoln Project who’d just run an ad attacking his response to the pandemic, Reed Galen knew his hunch was right: you can trigger a Trump freakout with a little bit of planning and pop psychology.
The moment President Donald Trump started tweeting at 12:46 a.m. about the “RINO Republicans” at the Lincoln Project...
1 Jun 2020

As cities burned, Trump stayed silent — other than tweeting fuel on the fire

In cities across America on Sunday, people awoke to see shattered glass, charred vehicles, bruised bodies and graffiti-tagged buildings. Demonstrators gathered again in peaceful daytime protest of racial injustice. By evening, thousands had converged again in front of the White House, where people had rioted and set fires the night before. President Trump stayed safely ensconced inside and had nothing to say, besides tweeting fuel on the fire.
In cities across America on Sunday, people awoke to see shattered glass, charred vehicles, bruised bodies and...
27 May 2020

Top HHS watchdog being replaced by Trump says inspectors general must work free from political intrusion

The chief watchdog for the Department of Health and Human Services, being replaced as part of President Trump’s purge of inspectors general, told lawmakers on Tuesday that freedom from political intrusion is “a key safeguard for the programs we oversee.”
The chief watchdog for the Department of Health and Human Services, being replaced as part of President Trump’s purge...
24 May 2020

Coronavirus and CDC: Test Counting Error Leaves Epidemiologists ‘Really Baffled’

The Centers for Disease Control has been lumping together tests for active coronavirus with tests for recovered patients, boosting testing totals but muddying the pandemic’s course.
The Centers for Disease Control has been lumping together tests for active coronavirus with tests for recovered...
17 May 2020

Hydroxychloroquine drug promoted by Trump as coronavirus ‘game changer’ increasingly linked to deaths

For two months, President Trump repeatedly pitched hydroxychloroquine as a safe and effective treatment for coronavirus, asking would-be patients “What the hell do you have to lose?” Growing evidence shows that, for many, the answer is their lives.
For two months, President Trump repeatedly pitched hydroxychloroquine as a safe and effective treatment for coronavirus,...
16 May 2020

Lancet editorial blasts Trump administration’s coronavirus response

One of the world’s oldest and best-known medical journals Friday slammed President Trump’s “inconsistent and incoherent national response” to the novel coronavirus pandemic and accused the administration of relegating the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to a “nominal” role.
One of the world’s oldest and best-known medical journals Friday slammed President Trump’s “inconsistent and...
11 May 2020

As deaths mount, Trump tries to convince Americans it’s safe to inch back to normal

In a week when the novel coronavirus ravaged new communities across the country and the number of dead soared past 78,000, President Trump and his advisers shifted from hour-by-hour crisis management to what they characterize as a long-term strategy aimed at reviving the decimated economy and preparing for additional outbreaks this fall.
In a week when the novel coronavirus ravaged new communities across the country and the number of dead soared past...
9 May 2020

As States Loosen Pandemic Restrictions, Dr. Leana Wen Warns “We Are Not Ready for a Safe Reopening”

Dr Wen explains how to think about fighting this pandemic. She claims rightly that the Federal Government has a responsibility to assess the problem and then figure out how to deliver. We can't afford to ignore science
Dr Wen explains how to think about fighting this pandemic. She claims rightly that the Federal Government has a...
9 May 2020

Top Republican fundraiser and Trump ally named postmaster general, giving president new influence over Postal Service

A top donor to President Trump and the Republican National Committee will be named the new head of the Postal Service, putting a top ally of the president in charge of an agency where Trump has long pressed for major changes in how it handles its business. Trump’s Treasury Department and the Postal Service are in the midst of a negotiation over a $10 billion line of credit approved as part of coronavirus legislation in March.
A top donor to President Trump and the Republican National Committee will be named the new head of the Postal Service,...
6 May 2020

Kushner coronavirus effort said to be hampered by inexperienced volunteers

The coronavirus response being spearheaded by President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has relied in part on volunteers from consulting and private equity firms with little expertise in the tasks to which they were assigned, exacerbating chronic problems in obtaining supplies for hospitals and other needs, according to numerous government officials and a volunteer involved in the effort.
The coronavirus response being spearheaded by President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has relied in part on...
1 May 2020

Trump administration launches major effort to force China to pay over coronavirus

Senior U.S. officials are beginning to explore proposals for punishing or demanding financial compensation from China for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to four senior administration officials with knowledge of internal planning. The move could splinter already strained relations between the two superpowers at a perilous moment for the global economy.
Senior U.S. officials are beginning to explore proposals for punishing or demanding financial compensation from China...
29 Apr 2020

President’s intelligence briefing book repeatedly cited virus threat

U.S. intelligence agencies issued warnings about the novel coronavirus in more than a dozen classified briefings prepared for President Trump in January and February, months during which he continued to play down the threat, according to current and former U.S. officials.
U.S. intelligence agencies issued warnings about the novel coronavirus in more than a dozen classified briefings...
25 Apr 2020

Trump rebuked by doctors, Lysol after asking if disinfectants can be injected to kill coronavirus in people

After a presentation Thursday that touched on the disinfectants that can kill the novel coronavirus on surfaces and in the air, President Trump pondered whether those chemicals could be used to fight the virus inside the human body.“I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute,” Trump said during Thursday’s coronavirus press briefing. “And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning?
After a presentation Thursday that touched on the disinfectants that can kill the novel coronavirus on surfaces and in...
23 Apr 2020

Trump Urges Doctors to Lie, as One Blows the Whistle on Him

Donald Trump tried and failed on Wednesday to coerce two of the government’s top medical experts to endorse his claim that a second wave of Covid-19 infections in the fall is unlikely, hours after a federal whistleblower said he was fired by the administration for limiting the use of an unproven drug treatment touted by the president.
Donald Trump tried and failed on Wednesday to coerce two of the government’s top medical experts to endorse his claim...
20 Apr 2020

Americans at WHO transmitted real-time information about coronavirus to Trump administration

More than a dozen U.S. researchers, physicians and public health experts, many of them from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were working full time at the Geneva headquarters of the World Health Organization as the novel coronavirus emerged late last year and transmitted real-time information about its discovery and spread in China to the Trump administration, according to U.S. and international officials.
More than a dozen U.S. researchers, physicians and public health experts, many of them from the Centers for Disease...
20 Apr 2020

Trump says government will step up coronavirus testing efforts, after governors blast federal inaction

President Trump said on Sunday that the federal government is stepping up efforts to obtain vital supplies for coronavirus testing, hours after several governors from both parties faulted his administration for not doing enough to help states. Public health experts say testing on a larger scale is a crucial step before resuming normal social and economic activity in the country. But Trump defended the administration’s approach of leaving testing largely to states.
President Trump said on Sunday that the federal government is stepping up efforts to obtain vital supplies for...
15 Apr 2020

Trump announces cutoff of new funding for the World Health Organization over pandemic response

President Trump announced Tuesday that he will suspend payments to the World Health Organization in response to the United Nations agency’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as the organization is in the midst of combating a global outbreak that has killed thousands and crippled world economies. Trump’s announcement was expected, as he seeks to deflect blame for his early dismissal of the virus as a threat to Americans and the U.S. economy.
President Trump announced Tuesday that he will suspend payments to the World Health Organization in response to the...
14 Apr 2020

US’s global reputation hits rock-bottom over Trump’s coronavirus response

Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, which he once dismissed as a hoax, has been fiercely criticised at home as woefully inadequate to the point of irresponsibility. Yet also thanks largely to Trump, a parallel disaster is unfolding across the world: the ruination of America’s reputation as a safe, trustworthy, competent international leader and partner.
Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, which he once dismissed as a hoax, has been fiercely criticised...
12 Apr 2020

States and experts begin pursuing a coronavirus national strategy in absence of White House direction

In the absence of White House direction, states and America’s top experts have begun pursuing a national strategy against coronavirus. The question is whether their effort can succeed without the federal government.
In the absence of White House direction, states and America’s top experts have begun pursuing a national strategy...
4 Apr 2020

Inside America’s mask crunch: A slow government reaction and an industry wary of liability

The confluence of a slow initial response by the Trump administration, its wariness of compelling the industry to produce gear and a long-running debate about granting manufacturers legal protection in a health emergency contributed to a critical shortage of masks to front-line workers, according to an examination by The Washington Post of the early weeks of the crisi
The confluence of a slow initial response by the Trump administration, its wariness of compelling the industry to...
30 Mar 2020

The missing six weeks: how Trump failed the biggest test of his life

hen the definitive history of the coronavirus pandemic is written, the date 20 January 2020 is certain to feature prominently. It was on that day that a 35-year-old man in Washington state, recently returned from visiting family in Wuhan in China, became the first person in the US to be diagnosed with the virus.
hen the definitive history of the coronavirus pandemic is written, the date 20 January 2020 is certain to feature...
24 Mar 2020

Governors and mayors in growing uproar over Trump’s lagging coronavirus response

President Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic sparked uproar and alarm among governors and mayors on Sunday as Trump and his administration’s top advisers continued to make confusing statements about the federal government’s scramble to confront the crisis, including whether he will force private industry to mass produce needed medical items.
President Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic sparked uproar and alarm among governors and mayors on Sunday...
20 Mar 2020

CDC is sidelined by White House during coronavirus pandemic

As the United States enters a critical phase in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s leading public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, appears to be on the sidelines, with its messages increasingly disrupted or overtaken by the White House.
As the United States enters a critical phase in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s leading public health...
20 Mar 2020

Kushner coronavirus team sparks confusion inside White House response efforts

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser, has created his own team of government allies and private industry representatives to work alongside the administration’s official coronavirus task force, adding another layer of confusion and conflicting signals within the White House’s disjointed response to the crisis.
Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser, has created his own team of government allies and...

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18 Mar 2020

Inside the Coronavirus Response: A Case Study in the White House Under Trump

The culture that President Trump has fostered and abided by for more than three years in the White House has shaped his administration’s response to a deadly pandemic that is upending his presidency and the rest of the country, with dramatic changes to how Americans live their daily lives.
The culture that President Trump has fostered and abided by for more than three years in the White House has shaped his...
18 Mar 2020

Jared Kushner told Trump media exaggerated coronavirus threat

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, repeatedly told the president that the media was exaggerating the threat posed by the coronavirus, The New York Times reported Monday. In the early weeks of the outbreak Trump attempted to downplay the severity of the illness, comparing it to the common flu, describing it as a "hoax" concocted by Democrats at a campaign rally in February, and assuring Americans that the outbreak would "disappear."
Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, repeatedly told the president that the media was...
16 Mar 2020

Trump’s embrace of Mohammed bin Salman is now costing him dearly

Donald Trump made one of the biggest mistakes of his presidency in the spring of 2017, when he offered an unconditional embrace to the then-emerging 31-year-old ruler of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, and adopted his agenda of aggressively confronting Iran. Three years later, as Trump grapples with the greatest crisis he has faced, that choice is costing him dearly.
Donald Trump made one of the biggest mistakes of his presidency in the spring of 2017, when he offered an unconditional...
14 Mar 2020

President Trump closed the White House pandemic office. I ran it.

When President Trump took office in 2017, the White House’s National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense survived the transition intact. Its mission was the same as when I was asked to lead the office, established after the Ebola epidemic of 2014. One year later, I was mystified when the White House dissolved the office, leaving the country less prepared for pandemics like covid-19.
When President Trump took office in 2017, the White House’s National Security Council Directorate for Global Health...

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13 Mar 2020

COVID-19: It’s Not About Europe, It’s About Incompetence

In the U.S., we are grossly underprepared for COVID-19 (coronavirus), now declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The federal government has failed to protect its citizens by not responding in a timely and adequate manner.
In the U.S., we are grossly underprepared for COVID-19 (coronavirus), now declared a pandemic by the World Health...
13 Mar 2020

The Bizarre List Of Errors In Trump’s Coronavirus Speech

President Donald Trump’s address from the Oval Office on coronavirus Wednesday night didn’t just send markets plunging (again) — it also required some immediate clean-up from the President and others because of numerous significant errors.
President Donald Trump’s address from the Oval Office on coronavirus Wednesday night didn’t just send markets...
11 Mar 2020

Trump Fired The Intel Director Who Warned Him Of A Deadly, Viral Pandemic

Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned President Donald Trump and his administration last year that a pandemic could lead to serious problems if they didn’t take public health preparedness more seriously.
Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned President Donald Trump and his administration last year that a...

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3 Mar 2020

Trump’s Mental Health – Now the Worst Case Scenario

The moment we feared has come: in a real emergency, the president’s inability to stay with reality and to resist the need to conform the world to what is in his head will now result in a tangible loss of lives.  People are asking: Is the president capable of functioning in a crisis?
The moment we feared has come: in a real emergency, the president’s inability to stay with reality and to resist the...
29 Feb 2020

Conservative pundits seek villains to blame amid coronavirus outbreak

Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh and others have less to say about the spread of the virus than concern for how the news coverage of it affects President Trump. In fact, many conservative commentators have expressed less interest in the spread of the virus or efforts to combat it than in the story of the virus — a story they are convinced shows bias designed to harm President Trump.
Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh and others have less to say about the spread of the virus than concern for how the news...

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4 Feb 2020

Jared Kushner’s incompetence is surpassed only by his arrogance

Forget “Saturday Night Live.” The best comic relief on television this weekend was Jared Kushner’s performance on Fareed Zakaria’s CNN show.The 39-year-old senior adviser to President Trump was contemptuous of John Kelly, John Bolton, Rex Tillerson and other former officials with decades of experience in fields such as business, the military and government who have been scathing in their recollections of the Trump administration.
Forget “Saturday Night Live.” The best comic relief on television this weekend was Jared Kushner’s performance on...

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13 Jan 2020

Esper Says He Saw No Evidence Iran Targeted 4 Embassies, as Story Shifts Again

For 10 days, President Trump and his team have struggled to describe the reasoning behind the decision to launch a drone strike against Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite security forces, propelling the two nations to the brink of war. Officials agree they had intelligence indicating danger, but the public explanations have shifted by the day and sometimes by the hour.On Sunday came the latest twist. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said he was never shown any specific piece of evidence that Iran was planning an attack on four American embassies, as Mr. Trump had claimed just two days earlier.
For 10 days, President Trump and his team have struggled to describe the reasoning behind the decision to launch a drone...
14 Nov 2019

Trade Deficit Up;We’re Losing Trump’s Trade War

Candidate Donald Trump railed against America’s chronic trade deficits, vowing to eliminate them if he became president. So, how’s Trump doing? Awful. Trade deficits are growing on his watch. The overall trade deficit in September was 21% larger than during his first full month in office.
Candidate Donald Trump railed against America’s chronic trade deficits, vowing to eliminate them if he became...
29 Oct 2019

Doubts over Donald Trump’s dramatic account of Baghdadi raid

Footage of the US special forces raid on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Syrian compound reportedly consisted of overhead surveillance footage and no audio, prompting questions over the extent of the dramatic licence taken by Donald Trump in describing the final moments of one of the most wanted terrorists in the world.
Footage of the US special forces raid on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Syrian compound reportedly consisted of overhead...

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23 Oct 2019

In Hungary, a Freewheeling Trump Ambassador Undermines U.S. Diplomats

He has undermined efforts by career diplomats to deliver messages to Washington about corruption and democratic backsliding in Hungary. And he has privately acted as a broker for Mr. Orban’s point of view, taking positions contrary to United States policy, according to interviews with roughly two dozen current and former American and foreign officials as well as others who have worked with Mr. Cornstein.
He has undermined efforts by career diplomats to deliver messages to Washington about corruption and democratic...

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22 Oct 2019

For Trump the Dealmaker, Troop Pullouts Without Much in Return

The Taliban have wanted the United States to pull troops out of Afghanistan, Turkey has wanted the Americans out of northern Syria and North Korea has wanted them to at least stop military exercises with South Korea. President Trump has now to some extent at least obliged all three — but without getting much of anything in return.
The Taliban have wanted the United States to pull troops out of Afghanistan, Turkey has wanted the Americans out of...
15 Oct 2019

US bombs at Turkish airbase complicate rift over Syria invasion

An estimated 50 nuclear bombs stored at a US airbase in Turkey have become potential bargaining chips in the tense relationship between Washington and Ankara in the wake of the Turkish offensive into Syria. The presence of B61 nuclear gravity bombs at İncirlik airbase, which is about 100 miles from the Syrian border and which the US air force shares with its Turkish counterpart, is complicating Washington’s calculations.
An estimated 50 nuclear bombs stored at a US airbase in Turkey have become potential bargaining chips in the tense...
3 Oct 2019

Trump under pressure to address ethanol and trade pain in Iowa and other farm states

The trade war has cost farmers potential Chinese orders for the corn-based fuel as well as for a byproduct that is used as animal feed. Now, the refinery exemptions are compounding the financial pain — and threatening political consequences for the president, who won this state and its six electoral votes in 2016.
The trade war has cost farmers potential Chinese orders for the corn-based fuel as well as for a byproduct that is used...
1 Oct 2019

Trump Was Repeatedly Warned That Ukraine Conspiracy Theory Was ‘Completely Debunked’

President Trump was repeatedly warned by his own staff that the Ukraine conspiracy theory that he and his lawyer were pursuing was “completely debunked” long before the president pressed Ukraine this summer to investigate his Democratic rivals, a former top adviser said on Sunday.
President Trump was repeatedly warned by his own staff that the Ukraine conspiracy theory that he and his lawyer were...
25 Sep 2019

As a foreign reporter visiting the US I was stunned by Trump’s press conference

As a political reporter for most of the last 30 years I have also endured many long and rambling political press conferences with Australian prime ministers and world leaders. But watching a full presidential Trump press conference while visiting the US this week I realised how much the reporting of Trump necessarily edits and parses his words, to force it into sequential paragraphs or impose meaning where it is difficult to detect.
As a political reporter for most of the last 30 years I have also endured many long and rambling political press...

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12 Sep 2019

White House Pressed Agency to Repudiate Weather Forecasters Who Contradicted Trump

The White House was directly involved in pressing a federal scientific agency to repudiate the weather forecasters who contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian would probably strike Alabama, according to several people familiar with the events.
The White House was directly involved in pressing a federal scientific agency to repudiate the weather forecasters who...

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4 Sep 2019

Trump Says China Will Suffer as Data Shows Trade War Hurting U.S.

President Trump said on Tuesday that Chinese manufacturing would “crumble” if the country did not agree to the United States’ trade terms, as newly released data showed his trade war was washing back to American shores and hurting the factories that the president has aimed to protect.
President Trump said on Tuesday that Chinese manufacturing would “crumble” if the country did not agree to the...

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8 Aug 2019

Trump Visits the Grieving, and Stokes Divisions

President Trump began a day set aside for healing in Dayton and El Paso by lashing out against his political rivals and the news media, employing the kind of divisive language that prompted protests in both cities even before he arrived. He mocked Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic candidate for president who once represented El Paso in Congress, for having a “phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage” and he linked the Dayton shooter to liberal politicians.
President Trump began a day set aside for healing in Dayton and El Paso by lashing out against his political rivals and...

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27 Jul 2019

U.S. Economy Slows, Denying Trump 3% Talking Point

The American economy is slowing, dragged down by trade tensions and weak growth overseas. But there are few signs that the decade-long expansion is on the verge of stalling out.Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced in the economy, rose at a 2.1 percent annual rate in the second quarter, according to preliminary data released by the Commerce Department on Friday.
The American economy is slowing, dragged down by trade tensions and weak growth overseas. But there are few signs that...

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24 Jul 2019

Emails Show DeVos Aides Pulled Strings for Failing For-Profit Colleges

Dream Center Education Holdings, a subsidiary of a Los Angeles-based megachurch, had no experience in higher education when it petitioned the federal Education Department to let it take over a troubled chain of for-profit trade schools.But the organization’s chairman, Randall K. Barton, told the education secretary, Betsy DeVos, that the foundation wanted to “help people live better lives.”
Dream Center Education Holdings, a subsidiary of a Los Angeles-based megachurch, had no experience in higher education...
9 Jul 2019

Donald Trump: we will no longer deal with the British ambassador

Donald Trump has launched a scathing attack on Theresa May and said the US would no longer deal with the British ambassador to Washington after the diplomat’s frank assessments of the president as “inept” and “dysfunctional” were leaked to the Mail on Sunday.
Donald Trump has launched a scathing attack on Theresa May and said the US would no longer deal with the British...

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9 Jul 2019

Jared Kushner was my Boss

you want to understand Jared Kushner, I recommend starting with the dimples. When Jared smiles, his dimples do the work, cleaving his supple cheeks in an unconvincing approximation of contentment. The giveaway isn’t merely that his lips don’t seem to lift properly at the corners but that his eyes dissent. You can learn to force a smile, but getting your eyes to play along is a trickier thing.
you want to understand Jared Kushner, I recommend starting with the dimples. When Jared smiles, his dimples do the work,...

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22 Jun 2019

Trump Stopped Strike on Iran Because It Was ‘Not Proportionate’

President Trump said Friday morning that the United States military had been “cocked and loaded” for a strike against Iran on Thursday night, but that he called it off with 10 minutes to spare when a general told him that 150 people would probably die in the attack.
President Trump said Friday morning that the United States military had been “cocked and loaded” for a strike...

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19 Jun 2019

Shanahan Withdraws as Defense Secretary Nominee; Mark Esper Named Acting Pentagon Chief

President Trump on Tuesday withdrew the nomination of Patrick M. Shanahan to be the permanent defense secretary, leaving the Pentagon in transition at a time of escalating tensions with Iran and questions about the role of the military at the border with Mexico.
President Trump on Tuesday withdrew the nomination of Patrick M. Shanahan to be the permanent defense secretary, leaving...
11 Jun 2019

Homeland Security watchdog retires early after his office was forced to retract ‘feel-good’ audits of disaster response

John V. Kelly, the acting inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, announced his retirement Monday following revelations that he directed his staff to whitewash audits of the agency’s performance after federal disasters.
John V. Kelly, the acting inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, announced his retirement Monday...
1 Jun 2019

Trump’s Mexico tariffs: Republican lawmakers alarmed as president issues 5 percent levy on Mexican imports

President Trump forged ahead Friday with plans to impose import penalties on Mexico, one of the United States’ largest trading partners, brushing aside apoplectic lawmakers, business groups and investors who feared the White House was expanding trade wars without any plan for eventual escape.
President Trump forged ahead Friday with plans to impose import penalties on Mexico, one of the United States’ largest...
24 May 2019

Putin out-prepared Trump in key meeting, Rex Tillerson told House panel

Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Russian President Vladimir Putin out-prepared President Trump during a key meeting in Germany, putting the U.S. leader at a disadvantage during their first series of tête-à-têtes. The U.S. side anticipated a shorter meeting for exchanging courtesies, but it ballooned into a globe-spanning two-hour-plus session involving deliberations on a variety of geopolitical issues, said committee aides, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss Tillerson’s seven-hour closed meeting with the committee.
Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Russian President...
23 May 2019

President cancels meeting with Pelosi and Schumer on infrastructure, holds impromptu presser

President Trump abruptly ended a meeting with Democratic leaders on Wednesday, saying he was unable to work with them on legislation following comments by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that he was “engaged in a coverup.”
President Trump abruptly ended a meeting with Democratic leaders on Wednesday, saying he was unable to work with them on...
21 May 2019

A Path to War With Iran

That the Trump administration’s approach to Iran could lead the United States into an inadvertent conflict should come as a surprise to no one. Indeed, from the day Trump took office, many feared that his impulsive behavior, blustering rhetoric, inability to think ahead, disrespect for policy process, and determination to “win” could lead to war. In a spring 2017 essay for this magazine, I raised concerns about his potential to stumble into conflict with Iran, China, or North Korea.
That the Trump administration’s approach to Iran could lead the United States into an inadvertent conflict should come...
18 May 2019

Trump risks credibility with policy that veers between threats and inaction

Trump has said that there is no inconsistency in his administration’s messaging but that the image of incoherence can be useful. “At least Iran doesn’t know what to think, which at this point may very well be a good thing!” he tweeted Friday. But as he moves more deeply into the second half of his term with major foreign policy issues unresolved, Trump’s credibility has suffered, and his options have narrowed.
Trump has said that there is no inconsistency in his administration’s messaging but that the image of incoherence can...

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11 May 2019

Trump Administration Plans to End Some Protections for Endangered Species After UN Report Warns of ‘Mass Extinction Event’

A United Nations report released this week found that one-eighth of the world’s animals and plants are at risk of extinction and that biodiversity was declining at an “unprecedented pace,” but David Bernhardt, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, said this dire portrait won’t stop the Trump administration from ending protections for endangered species in the United States.
A United Nations report released this week found that one-eighth of the world’s animals and plants are at...

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8 May 2019

Decade in the Red: Trump Tax Figures Show Over $1 Billion in Business Losses

Mr. Trump was propelled to the presidency, in part, by a self-spun narrative of business success and of setbacks triumphantly overcome. He has attributed his first run of reversals and bankruptcies to the recession that took hold in 1990. But 10 years of tax information obtained by The New York Times paints a different, and far bleaker, picture of his deal-making abilities and financial condition.
Mr. Trump was propelled to the presidency, in part, by a self-spun narrative of business success and of setbacks...
2 May 2019

Trump scrambles to salvage NAFTA rewrite, courting Democrats and trying to tamp down GOP fury

President Trump and senior White House officials are working to salvage political support for a revised trade pact with Mexico and Canada, stunned by bipartisan blowback that appeared likely to scuttle a key initiative. Several Democrats said Trump put on a charm offensive Tuesday during a White House meeting, soliciting their feedback on what he would need to do to win their support for an updated version of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
President Trump and senior White House officials are working to salvage political support for a revised trade pact with...
22 Apr 2019

Things Didn’t Go Well When Betsy DeVos Was Confronted With Her Department’s Charter School Fraud

During a series of recent congressional hearings in Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had to respond to a recent report finding the U.S. Department of Education has been scammed for hundreds of millions of dollars by fraudulent or mismanaged charter schools. Her responses reveal not only her inability to counter legitimate concerns over the spread of charter schools but also the charter school industry’s resistance to honestly address a chronic problem with its schools.
During a series of recent congressional hearings in Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had to...
18 Apr 2019

North Korea’s Latest Weapons Test: Short in Range but Long in Message

Kim Jong-un’s test of what analysts said could be a new short-range guided or cruise missile shows the North Korean leader reverting to saber rattling as he seeks to end sanctions that are derailing his hopes of rejuvenating the North’s economy.
Kim Jong-un’s test of what analysts said could be a new short-range guided or cruise missile shows the North Korean...

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5 Apr 2019

The U.S. just had the most Q1 layoffs in a decade

The U.S. saw its highest level of layoffs in a first quarter since 2009, data from staffing firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas released Thursday showed.By the numbers: Employers cut 190,410 jobs in the first 3 months of the year — 10.3% higher than the number of layoffs announced in the fourth quarter of 2018 and 35.6% higher than job cuts announced in the same quarter of 2018.
The U.S. saw its highest level of layoffs in a first quarter since 2009, data from staffing firm Challenger, Gray &...
2 Apr 2019

White House whistleblower says 25 security clearance denials were reversed during Trump administration

A White House whistleblower told lawmakers that more than two dozen denials for security clearances have been overturned during the Trump administration, calling Congress her “last hope” for addressing what she considers improper conduct that has left the nation’s secrets exposed.
A White House whistleblower told lawmakers that more than two dozen denials for security clearances have been overturned...
29 Mar 2019

Trump just gave a huge gift to an alleged billion dollar Medicare fraudster

The Trump administration informed a federal appeals court on Monday night that it would no longer defend the Affordable Care Act after a judge in Texas declared that the entire law must be struck down. The judge, Reed O’Connor, is a former Republican Senate staffer with a history of striking down policies opposed by conservatives. O’Connor’s opinion is widely viewed as ridiculous, even by conservative legal scholars and health policy experts.
The Trump administration informed a federal appeals court on Monday night that it would no longer defend the Affordable...
7 Mar 2019

U.S. posted record-breaking $891 billion goods trade deficit in 2018, despite Trump’s ‘America First’ policies

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that — despite more than two years of President Trump’s “America First” policies — the United States last year posted a $891.2 billion merchandise trade deficit, the largest in the nation’s 243-year history.
The Commerce Department said Wednesday that — despite more than two years of President Trump’s “America First”...
31 Jan 2019

Trump blasts U.S. intelligence officials, disputes assessments on Iran and other global threats

President Trump lashed out at U.S. intelligence officials Wednesday, calling them “extremely passive and naive” about the “dangers of Iran” and pushing back on their assessments of the Islamic State and North Korea during a congressional hearing. In tweets, Trump offered what amounted to a rebuttal of testimony on global threats provided to the Senate on Tuesday by a panel of top officials from his administration.
President Trump lashed out at U.S. intelligence officials Wednesday, calling them “extremely passive and naive”...

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29 Jan 2019

U.S. Intelligence Chiefs Contradict Trump on North Korea and Iran

A new American intelligence assessment of global threats has concluded that North Korea is “unlikely to give up” all of its nuclear stockpiles, and that Iran is not “currently undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activity” needed to make a bomb, directly contradicting two top tenets of President Trump’s foreign policy.
A new American intelligence assessment of global threats has concluded that North Korea is “unlikely to give up” all...
26 Jan 2019

Trump Agrees to Reopen Government for 3 Weeks in Surprise Retreat From Wall

President Trump agreed Friday to reopen the federal government for three weeks while negotiations proceeded over how to secure the nation’s southwestern border, backing down after a month-long standoff failed to force Democrats to give him billions of dollars for his long-promised wall.
President Trump agreed Friday to reopen the federal government for three weeks while negotiations proceeded over how to...

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25 Dec 2018

Economy Is Strong. Leadership Is Shaky. Which Will Win Out in 2019?

It is true that the global economy is sputtering, and that the stock market is in its worst pullback in a decade, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 index down more than 19 percent since Sept. 20 as of Monday’s close. But this sense of gloom and pessimism has gotten ahead of the facts on the ground, especially concerning the United States economy.The real risk is not that insurmountable challenges knock the economy off course. It is that poor leadership converts moderate economic shocks into a crisis.
It is true that the global economy is sputtering, and that the stock market is in its worst pullback in a decade, with...
25 Dec 2018

Ben Carson’s HUD dials back investigations into housing discrimination

Beyond his attempts to roll back the agency’s fair-housing rules, Carson is overseeing a department whose fair-housing budget and staffing have been cut. And, notably, he has departed from the practices of recent Democratic and Republican predecessors of using their secretarial power to root out systemic racial discrimination by launching broad-based investigations into bias by banks, real estate companies and others.
Beyond his attempts to roll back the agency’s fair-housing rules, Carson is overseeing a department whose fair-housing...
24 Dec 2018

Exasperated over the market plunge, Trump asks advisers whether he can fire Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell

President Trump has asked internal and external advisers about whether he can fire Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome H. Powell, two people familiar with the exchanges said, in a sign of his mounting frustration with the central bank chief. News of Trump’s discussions about Powell prompted rebukes from lawmakers and alarm among economists and Wall Street executives Saturday
President Trump has asked internal and external advisers about whether he can fire Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome H....
24 Dec 2018

Trump forces Mattis out two months early, names Shanahan acting defense secretary

President Trump, who aides said has been seething about news coverage of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s pointed resignation letter, abruptly announced Sunday that he was removing Mattis two months before his planned departure and installing Patrick Shanahan as acting defense secretary.
President Trump, who aides said has been seething about news coverage of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s pointed...
23 Dec 2018

The era of containing Trump is over after Mattis firing

For two years, they tried to tutor and confine him. They taught him history, explained nuances and gamed out reverberations. They urged careful deliberation, counseled restraint and prepared talking points to try to sell mainstream actions to a restive conservative base hungry for disruption. But in the end, they failed.
For two years, they tried to tutor and confine him. They taught him history, explained nuances and gamed out...

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21 Dec 2018

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Resigns, Rebuking Trump’s Worldview

Jim Mattis, the four-star Marine general turned defense secretary, resigned on Thursday in protest of President Trump’s decision to withdraw 2,000 American troops from Syria, where they have been fighting the Islamic State.Mr. Trump announced the resignation in two tweets Thursday evening, and said Mr. Mattis will leave at the end of February.
Jim Mattis, the four-star Marine general turned defense secretary, resigned on Thursday in protest of President...

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14 Dec 2018

Rubio Tweets Tax Bill He Voted For Helps Companies Over Workers

Republican Senator Marco Rubio broke with his party by blasting last year’s tax overhaul for benefiting corporations rather than workers. “When corporation uses profits for stock buy back it’s deciding that returning capital to shareholders is better for business than investing in their products or workers,” Rubio said in a tweet Thursday. “Tax code encourages this. No surprise we have work life that is unstable & low paying.”
Republican Senator Marco Rubio broke with his party by blasting last year’s tax overhaul for benefiting corporations...
12 Dec 2018

That was awkward — at world’s biggest climate conference, U.S. promotes fossil fuels

President Trump’s top White House adviser on energy and climate stood before the crowd of some 200 people on Monday and tried to burnish the image of coal, the fossil fuel that powered the industrial revolution — and is now a major culprit behind the climate crisis world leaders are meeting here to address. “We strongly believe that no country should have to sacrifice economic prosperity or energy security in pursuit of environmental sustainability,” said Wells Griffith, Trump’s adviser.
President Trump’s top White House adviser on energy and climate stood before the crowd of some 200 people on Monday...

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10 Dec 2018

Wall St. Ignored Signs of Trouble for Months. Now It Sees Risks Everywhere

For stock investors in the United States, the political and economic outlooks have suddenly become ominous. More volatility could be in store this week. “The fact is that politics is driving the economy to an extent that is very atypical,” said Julian Emanuel, chief equity and derivatives strategist at BTIG, an institutional brokerage firm. “We would say probably to the greatest extent that we’ve seen in our investing lifetime.”
For stock investors in the United States, the political and economic outlooks have suddenly become ominous. More...
10 Dec 2018

John Kelly Was a Bully, Bigot and Liar for Donald Trump

This “great guy” will leave behind an administration mired in scandal, chaos and corruption; a president perhaps even more reckless and lawless today than he was when Kelly arrived for work at the West Wing on the morning of July 31, 2017. That was a period in which political pundits and correspondents also believed the retired four-star general to be a “great guy.” Remember how his appointment, as replacement for the hapless Republican operative Reince Preibus, was greeted by the liberal press? Kelly, we were told, would be the “adult in the room”; he would rein in a brash and belligerent commander-in-chief.
This “great guy” will leave behind an administration mired in scandal, chaos and corruption; a president perhaps...

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7 Dec 2018

Kathy Kraninger is confirmed as director of the CFPB

The US Senate voted to confirm Kathy Kraninger as the next head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the federal government’s top consumer watchdog. She will take permanent charge over the CFPB and replace Mick Mulvaney. who critics say he’s sought to undermine its mission and scale back its enforcement and oversight efforts. Those same critics have echoed concerns about Kraninger, wondering whether she’ll continue on the same path as Mulvaney at the CFPB. They also point to her lack of experience in the consumer sector.
The US Senate voted to confirm Kathy Kraninger as the next head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the...
4 Dec 2018

After Trump summit, no mention in China of 90-day deadline or trade concessions

China seems to have a markedly different view of the trade war cease-fire reached with the Trump administration over the weekend, with state media making no mention Monday of a 90-day time frame or a reduction in tariffs on imported American cars — or indeed any specifics about buying more American products. That raises the prospect that the two sides have come away from their meeting in Buenos Aires, on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit, with very different ideas about what comes next.
China seems to have a markedly different view of the trade war cease-fire reached with the Trump administration over the...
26 Nov 2018

Trump demands action to reduce deficit, pushes new deficit spending

President Trump is demanding top advisers craft a plan to reduce the country’s ballooning budget deficits, but the president has flummoxed his own aides by repeatedly seeking new spending while ruling out measures needed to address the country’s unbalanced budget.
President Trump is demanding top advisers craft a plan to reduce the country’s ballooning budget deficits, but the...
21 Nov 2018

Trump Wanted to Order Justice Dept. to Prosecute Comey and Clinton

President Trump told the White House counsel in the spring that he wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute two of his political adversaries: his 2016 challenger, Hillary Clinton, and the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, according to two people familiar with the conversation. The lawyer, Donald F. McGahn II, rebuffed the president, saying that he had no authority to order a prosecution.
President Trump told the White House counsel in the spring that he wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute...
3 Nov 2018

GDP: Trump tariff, trade war hit to economy

There's mounting anecdotal evidence that President Donald Trump's trade war is causing trouble for the US economy and businesses. But Friday's report on third-quarter gross domestic product may be the best hard evidence yet that the tariffs are causing major disruptions in the economy.
There's mounting anecdotal evidence that President Donald Trump's trade war is causing trouble for the US economy and...
30 Oct 2018

President Trump Barely Works at All

Early this year, Axios obtained a schedule of President Trump’s activities, revealing hour after hour of “Executive Time” — which means, mostly, binge-watching cable television news and tweeting. Politico has obtained another weekly Trump schedule, and if anything, it appears to contain even less actual work.
Early this year, Axios obtained a schedule of President Trump’s activities, revealing hour after hour of “Executive...

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27 Oct 2018

Trump Ebola response: security officials have banned health experts from helping

One of the largest Ebola outbreaks in history shows no signs of slowing — and the Trump administration barred US health experts who want to help at the outbreak’s epicenter in the Democratic Republic of Congo from traveling there. The relatively tepid response from the US, at a time when the outbreak is spiraling, has former CDC officials and global health experts concerned. “I do worry that in the worst-case scenario, we could have an outbreak of tens of thousands of people,” said Daniel Bausch, the director of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, “and complete destabilization of an already unstable region.”
One of the largest Ebola outbreaks in history shows no signs of slowing — and the Trump administration barred US...
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