US Politics in Trump era Public date: 14.11.2019 12:15:01

29 Sep 2017

White House tries to defend Trump’s claim that he pays more under his tax plan. It’s a train wreck.

During a White House briefing on Thursday, chief White House economic adviser Gary Cohn tried to defend President Trump’s claim that his tax plan will not benefit him. It did not go well. “Based on what we know, what little we know about [Trump’s] finances, he’d get a big cut on the AMT [Alternative Minimum Tax], I think he’d save something like $31 million. On pass-through income, he’d save $16.5 million, he’d obviously save a lot not paying the estate tax, his heirs would — so how can you say that this is not a plan that would help him?” a reporter asked.
During a White House briefing on Thursday, chief White House economic adviser Gary Cohn tried to defend President...
11 Sep 2019

John Bolton fired: Trump fires national security adviser, saying he ‘disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions’

President Trump announced Tuesday that he had fired his national security adviser, John Bolton, saying in tweets that he “disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions.” Trump’s harshly worded tweet made clear that long-simmering frustration with Bolton had boiled over. Bolton immediately took issue with Trump’s assertion that he was fired, saying that he had offered his resignation.
President Trump announced Tuesday that he had fired his national security adviser, John Bolton, saying in tweets that he...
12 Oct 2017

‘He threw a fit’: Trump’s anger over Iran deal forced aides to scramble for a compromise

President Trump was livid. Why, he asked his advisers in mid-July, should he go along with what he considered the failed Obama-era policy toward Iran and prop up an international nuclear deal he saw as disastrous? He was incensed by the arguments of Secretary of State Rex ­Tillerson, Defense  Secretary Jim Mattis and others that the landmark 2015 deal, while flawed, offered stability and other benefits.
President Trump was livid. Why, he asked his advisers in mid-July, should he go along with what he considered the...

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22 Apr 2017

Dow Chemical Donates $1 Million to Trump, Asks Administration to Ignore Pesticide Study

Chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion are a group of pesticides that are a big money-maker for Dow Chemical, with the company selling approximately 5 million pounds of chlorpyrifos in the U.S. each year. Studies  by federal scientists have found that chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion are harmful to almost 1,800 “critically threatened or endangered species.” Luckily for Dow, the E.P.A. is now run by climate-change skeptic and general enemy of living things Scott Pruitt, who last month said he would reverse “an Obama-era effort to bar the use of Dow's chlorpyrifos pesticide on food after recent peer-reviewed studies found that even tiny levels of exposure could hinder the development of children's brains.” Plus, Dow Chemical C.E.O. Andrew Liveris is good buddies with President Donald Trump.
Chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion are a group of pesticides that are a big money-maker for Dow Chemical, with the...

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27 Sep 2019

White House Tried to ‘Lock Down’ Ukraine Call Records, Whistle-Blower Says

After hearing that President Trump tried to persuade Ukraine to investigate a 2020 campaign rival, senior officials at the White House scrambled to “lock down” records of the call, a whistle-blower alleged in an explosive complaint released Thursday.
After hearing that President Trump tried to persuade Ukraine to investigate a 2020 campaign rival, senior officials at...
13 Jun 2017

Praise for the chief: Trump’s Cabinet tells him it’s an ‘honor’ and ‘blessing’ to serve

At Monday’s Cabinet meeting — the first President Trump had held with everyone on board — White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus spoke up to thank Trump “for the opportunity and blessing that you’ve given us to serve your agenda and the American people.” Priebus said he was offering words on behalf of everyone in the room. But one by one, pretty much everyone else seated around the table took the opportunity to lavish their leader with praise, too, as the media looked on.
At Monday’s Cabinet meeting — the first President Trump had held with everyone on board — White House Chief...

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18 Jan 2018

In epic 9-minute speech, Cory Booker takes on Trump’s racism and white complicity

At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, claimed that she couldn’t remember what word Trump used to describe Haiti and African countries in an Oval Office meeting last week. According to Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin, Trump derided those nations as “shithole countries.”
At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen...
13 Jun 2019

Census Fight Grows as House Panel Backs Contempt and Trump Asserts Privilege

A House committee voted on Wednesday to recommend that the House hold two cabinet secretaries in contempt of Congress, hours after President Trump invoked executive privilege to block disclosure of crucial documents on the decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
A House committee voted on Wednesday to recommend that the House hold two cabinet secretaries in contempt of Congress,...

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9 May 2017

Sally Yates Tells Senators She Warned Trump About Michael Flynn

Ms. Yates, the former acting attorney general, gave a dramatic account of an unfolding crisis in the early days of President Trump’s White House. Less than a week into the Trump administration, Sally Q. Yates, the acting attorney general, hurried to the White House with an urgent concern. The president’s national security adviser, she said, had lied to the vice president about his Russian contacts and was vulnerable to blackmail by Moscow.
Ms. Yates, the former acting attorney general, gave a dramatic account of an unfolding crisis in the early days of...

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7 Jun 2017

Oil lobby met with interior secretary at Trump hotel

The oil industry's most powerful lobbying group  met on March 23 with President Trump's interior secretary at the Trump  International Hotel in Washington, DC. It also happened to be the same  day the administration killed a rule that oil companies opposed. The location of the meeting is raising eyebrows and ethical questions. The Trump International Hotel, situated just blocks from the White House, is ground zero for companies and foreign leaders who may be trying to cozy up to the president by using his properties, critics and ethics experts fear. 
The oil industry's most powerful lobbying group  met on March 23 with President Trump's interior secretary at...
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...
24 Dec 2018

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

President Trump, who aides said has been frustrated by news coverage of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s scathing resignation letter, abruptly announced Sunday that he was removing Mattis two months before his planned departure and installing Patrick Shanahan as acting defense secretary. Shanahan, a former Boeing executive who has been Mattis’s deputy at the Pentagon, will assume the top job on an acting capacity beginning Jan. 1, Trump said.
President Trump, who aides said has been frustrated by news coverage of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s scathing...
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...
4 Mar 2017

Rachel Maddow connects the dots between a billionaire Russian oligarch and a bizarre Donald Trump deal

Rachel Maddow connects the dots between a billionaire Russian oligarch and a bizarre Donald Trump deal. A Russian billionaire using Deutsche bank, a Bank in Cyprus to launder money by buying an over valued Donald Trump real estate in Florida. The vice chairman of the Cyprus bank is Wilbur Ross, the new secretary of commerce.
Rachel Maddow connects the dots between a billionaire Russian oligarch and a bizarre Donald Trump deal. A Russian...

Trump leaves Sessions twisting in the wind while berating him publicly

President Trump and his advisers are privately discussing the possibility of replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and some confidants are floating prospects who could take his place were he to resign or be fired, according to people familiar with the talks.
President Trump and his advisers are privately discussing the possibility of replacing Attorney General...

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25 Feb 2017

Trump has sidelined Rex Tillerson just when the US most needs a strong secretary of state

President Trump isn’t allowing Tillerson to shape policy, choose staff, or speak to the press. On Thursday, a pair of devastating articles in Politico and the Washington Post described how the former Exxon Mobil CEO has been cut out of the loop on major foreign policy shifts, slapped down by the White House on personnel choices, and given virtually no opportunities to make public appearances with President Trump.
President Trump isn’t allowing Tillerson to shape policy, choose staff, or speak to the press. On Thursday, a pair of...

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21 Nov 2017

H.R. McMaster reportedly thinks Trump is an “idiot” with the brain of a “kindergartner”

The White House denied the report, as did the tech CEO with whom McMaster was dining. Such denials would be credible if McMaster’s  comments sounded out of character for senior members of Trump’s national  security team. They don’t. Instead, they sound exactly likewhat those officials have tended to say about their boss.
The White House denied the report, as did the tech CEO with whom McMaster was dining. Such denials would...

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