US Politics in Trump era Public date: 03.10.2019 13:07:34

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...

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1 Oct 2019

Trump Raises Idea of Arresting House Chairman for Treason

President Trump on Monday questioned whether the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam B. Schiff, should be arrested for treason for his description of a phone call Mr. Trump had with the president of Ukraine during a recent congressional hearing.
President Trump on Monday questioned whether the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam B....

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27 Sep 2019

Trump Attacks Whistle-Blower’s Sources and Alludes to Punishment for Spies

President Trump told a crowd of staff from the United States Mission to the United Nations on Thursday morning that he wants to know who provided information to a whistle-blower about his phone call with the president of Ukraine, saying that whoever did so was “close to a spy” and that “in the old days,” spies were dealt with differently.
President Trump told a crowd of staff from the United States Mission to the United Nations on Thursday morning that he...

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23 Sep 2019

Trump Acknowledges Discussing Biden in Call With Ukrainian Leader

President Trump acknowledged on Sunday that he discussed former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. with Ukraine’s president as Democrats ramped up calls for an investigation into whether he improperly pressured a foreign leader to investigate a political opponent.
President Trump acknowledged on Sunday that he discussed former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. with Ukraine’s...

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20 Sep 2019

Trump’s promise to foreign leader prompts whistleblower complaint

Donald Trump’s promise to a foreign leader so troubled an official in the US intelligence community that it prompted the person to file a whistleblower complaint, according to multiple media reports. Speculation in Washington was at fever pitch on Thursday over which leader Trump was speaking to and what promise he made. The substance of the complaint remained a mystery.
Donald Trump’s promise to a foreign leader so troubled an official in the US intelligence community that it prompted...
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...
24 Aug 2019

Fed Chair Powell vows to ‘sustain the expansion’ but not in the way Trump wants

President Trump escalated his unprecedented attacks against America’s central bank Friday, calling Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell an “enemy” of the United States that is as bad as China, a tweet that triggered a stock market slide and came minutes after Powell vowed to keep the economy growing.
President Trump escalated his unprecedented attacks against America’s central bank Friday, calling Federal Reserve...
5 Aug 2019

We Can No Longer Ignore Trump’s Role in Inspiring Mass Shootings

On Saturday morning, a gunman at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, shot and killed at least 20 people before surrendering to the police. By all accounts, Patrick Crusius, the 21-year-old alleged shooter, is a fan of President Donald Trump and his policies. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “a Twitter account bearing the suspect’s name contains liked tweets that include a ‘BuildTheWall’ hashtag” and “a photo using guns to spell out ‘Trump.’”
On Saturday morning, a gunman at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, shot and killed at least 20 people before surrendering to...

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28 Jul 2019

Trump Assails Elijah Cummings, Calling His Congressional District a Rat-Infested ‘Mess’

President Trump lashed out at a leading African-American congressman on Saturday, calling him “a brutal bully” who represents a Baltimore-based district that has become a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.”
President Trump lashed out at a leading African-American congressman on Saturday, calling him “a brutal bully” who...
24 Jul 2019

Trump tweets American farmers ‘starting to do great again’ – except they are not.

President Trump began his Tuesday with a congratulatory tweet to new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a shout-out to the military and a rosy assessment of U.S. agriculture: “Farmers are starting to do great again, after 15 years of a downward spiral. The 16 Billion Dollar China ‘replacement’ money didn’t exactly hurt!”
President Trump began his Tuesday with a congratulatory tweet to new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a shout-out...

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14 Jul 2019

New leak claims Trump scrapped Iran nuclear deal ‘to spite Obama’

Donald Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal to spite Barack Obama, according to a leaked memo written by the UK's former ambassador to the US.Sir Kim Darroch described the move as an act of "diplomatic vandalism", according to the Mail on Sunday.It says the memo was written after the then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson appealed to the US in 2018 to stick with the nuclear deal.
Donald Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal to spite Barack Obama, according to a leaked memo written by the UK's...
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...

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10 May 2019

Trump Says China Tariffs Will Increase as Trade Deal Hangs in the Balance

President Trump said on Thursday that the United States would raise tariffs on $200 billion of worth of Chinese goods on Friday morning and begin the process to tax nearly all of China’s imports as he accused Beijing of trying to “renegotiate” a trade deal.
President Trump said on Thursday that the United States would raise tariffs on $200 billion of worth of Chinese goods on...
7 May 2019

Trump pardons Michael Behenna, who was convicted of murdering an Iraqi prisoner

President Trump has pardoned Michael Behenna, a former Army lieutenant who served five years in prison for the murder of an Iraqi prisoner in 2008. Behenna, who was an Army Ranger in the 101st Airborne Division, was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone and sentenced to 25 years after killing Ali Mansur, a detainee and suspected al-Qaeda member. Behenna, who stripped Mansur naked, interrogated him without authorization and then shot him twice, has claimed repeatedly that he was acting in self-defense.
President Trump has pardoned Michael Behenna, a former Army lieutenant who served five years in prison for the murder of...
27 Mar 2019

‘Vindictive Behavior’: Trump Complains Puerto Rico Getting ‘Too Much’ Disaster Aid as Over a Million Face Food Crisis

With over a million U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico facing devastating food stamp cuts as Congress fails to provide necessary hurricane relief funding, President Donald Trump reportedly complained to Republican senators on Tuesday that the island is receiving "too much" aid—a position that was decried as both false and cruel.
With over a million U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico facing devastating food stamp cuts as Congress fails to provide...

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23 Mar 2019

Trump Reverses North Korea Sanctions That U.S. Imposed Yesterday

President Trump undercut his own Treasury Department on Friday by announcing that he was rolling back North Korea sanctions that it imposed just a day ago. The move, announced on Twitter, was a remarkable display of dissension within the Trump administration and represented a striking case of a White House intervening to reverse a major national security decision made only hours earlier by the president’s own officials.
President Trump undercut his own Treasury Department on Friday by announcing that he was rolling back North Korea...

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1 Mar 2019

Trump Ordered Officials to Give Jared Kushner a Security Clearance

President Trump ordered his chief of staff to grant his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, a top-secret security clearance last year, overruling concerns flagged by intelligence officials and the White House’s top lawyer, four people briefed on the matter said.
President Trump ordered his chief of staff to grant his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, a top-secret...
25 Jan 2019

Bluster, bombast, backing down: What happens when someone says no to Trump?

As president and during four decades in business, Donald Trump has built his brand by promoting himself as someone who never backed down. When he was hit, he often said, he’d hit back a hundred times harder. But at pivotal moments throughout his career, when confronted by people wielding equal or greater power, Trump has proved to be someone who does back down.
As president and during four decades in business, Donald Trump has built his brand by promoting himself as someone who...

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24 Jan 2019

Trump Tells Pelosi He Will Deliver State of the Union. Pelosi Responds, No You Won’t.

The tit-for-tat between President Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the State of the Union address escalated sharply on Wednesday, with Mr. Trump telling Ms. Pelosi he would deliver the speech in the Capitol on Tuesday as originally scheduled, and Ms. Pelosi firing back that he was not welcome unless the government was fully open.
The tit-for-tat between President Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the State of the Union address escalated sharply...
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....
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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22 Nov 2018

Chief Justice Defends Judicial Independence After Trump Attacks ‘Obama Judge’

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. defended the independence and integrity of the federal judiciary on Wednesday, issuing a statement rebuking President Trump’s criticism of a judge who had ruled against the administration’s asylum policy. The chief justice seemed particularly offended by Mr. Trump’s assertion that Judge Jon S. Tigar, of the United States District Court in San Francisco, was “an Obama judge.”
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. defended the independence and integrity of the federal judiciary on Wednesday, issuing...
22 Nov 2018

This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for Donald Trump’s Honesty

There’s no question that Donald Trump is the most flagrantly, compulsively, and voluminously dishonest president in American history — which is saying something, given the competition. He’s probably told 27 more lies during the time it took you to read this one sentence. But as preposterous as it sounds, there’s a case to be made that he’s simultaneously America’s most honest president.
There’s no question that Donald Trump is the most flagrantly, compulsively, and voluminously dishonest president in...
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...
7 Nov 2018

Without evidence, Trump and Sessions warn of voter fraud in Tuesday’s elections

President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday issued strong warnings about the threat of voter fraud in Tuesday’s elections, echoing the president’s baseless claims that massive voter fraud marred his 2016 election and prompting accusations that his administration is trying to intimidate voters.
President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday issued strong warnings about the threat of voter fraud in...

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2 Nov 2018

As Midterm Vote Nears, Trump Reprises a Favorite Message: Fear Immigrants

Immigration has been the animating issue of the Trump presidency, and now — with the possibility that Republicans could face significant losses in the midterm elections on Tuesday — the president has fully embraced a dark, anti-immigrant message in the hope that stoking fear will motivate voters to reject Democrats.
Immigration has been the animating issue of the Trump presidency, and now — with the possibility that Republicans...
31 Oct 2018

Trump eyes ending birthright citizenship with executive order

President Trump is vowing to sign an executive order that would seek to end the right to U.S. citizenship for children born in the United States to noncitizens, a move most legal experts say runs afoul of the Constitution. The action, which Trump previewed in a television clip broadcast Tuesday, would be the most aggressive by a president elected to office pledging to take a hard line on immigration, an issue he has revived in advance of next week’s midterm elections.
President Trump is vowing to sign an executive order that would seek to end the right to U.S. citizenship for children...
26 Oct 2018

It’s Not A Violation Of Posse Comitatus If We Are Preparing For War With Mexico, I Guess

Posse Comitatus is supposed to prevent the U.S. military from engaging in police actions on U.S. soil. There are lots of good reasons for this, but mainly it’s military-takeover repellent. When the police arrest you, there is process. When the Marines arrest you, you need a prisoner exchange to get you out.
Posse Comitatus is supposed to prevent the U.S. military from engaging in police actions on U.S. soil. There are lots of...

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26 Oct 2018

Trump Abandons Calls for Unity and Resumes Attacks on the Media

In moments of national crisis, presidents typically reach for unifying themes, as Bill Clinton did after the Oklahoma City bombing and George W. Bush did with the bullhorn on the wrecked fire truck after 9/11. President Trump on Thursday chose confrontation rather than conciliation.
In moments of national crisis, presidents typically reach for unifying themes, as Bill Clinton did after the Oklahoma...
26 Sep 2018

Trump attacks second Kavanaugh accuser, saying she ‘has nothing’ and was ‘totally inebriated’

President Trump on Tuesday attacked the second woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, dismissing her account because she was “totally inebriated and all messed up,” and accused Democrats of playing a “con game” in an attempt to derail his Supreme Court nominee.
President Trump on Tuesday attacked the second woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct,...
20 Sep 2018

‘I don’t have an attorney general’: Trump escalates his attacks on Jeff Sessions

President Trump escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, offering a scathing assessment of his performance on the job and in his confirmation hearing. “I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,” Trump said in an interview with Hill.TV, in which he also said the former senator from Alabama came off as “mixed up and confused” when he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee in January 2017.
President Trump escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, offering a scathing assessment of...

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4 Sep 2018

Trump Blasts Sessions for Charging G.O.P. Members Before Midterms

President Trump on Monday attacked Jeff Sessions, his attorney general, over the Justice Department’s decision to bring criminal charges against two Republican congressmen ahead of the midterm elections, linking the department’s actions with his party’s political fate.
President Trump on Monday attacked Jeff Sessions, his attorney general, over the Justice Department’s decision to...

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1 Sep 2018

Trump confirms leaked comments: ‘At least Canada knows where I stand!’

The Toronto Star earlier Friday printed remarks Trump made during an interview with Bloomberg News the day before, in which he said the United States won't budge on a trade deal with Canada unless it is "totally on our terms."
The Toronto Star earlier Friday printed remarks Trump made during an interview with Bloomberg News the day before, in...
16 Aug 2018

Thanks to their NDAs, Trump officials have no credibility. These clips prove it.

On the heels of former Trump campaign and White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman saying she’s heard tape of President Trump using the N-word, Trump’s allies have taken to the cable news networks to defend his reputation. But there’s one big problem — because they’ve signed non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), even if they have heard Trump using a racial slur, they’re legally prohibited from saying so.
On the heels of former Trump campaign and White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman saying she’s heard tape of...

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23 Jul 2018

Trump Threatens Iran on Twitter, Warning of Dire ‘Consequences’

Mr. Trump, in an all-caps message on Twitter addressed to President  Hassan Rouhani of Iran, wrote that the country would face “CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED” if he continued to threaten the United States.
Mr. Trump, in an all-caps message on Twitter addressed to President  Hassan Rouhani of Iran, wrote...

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21 Jul 2018

Trump Blasts Fed, China and Europe for Putting U.S. Economy at a Disadvantage

President Trump accused China and the European Union of manipulating their currencies and continued to criticize the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates, saying those moves are putting the United States at a disadvantage. His comments once again break with longstanding White House norms, in which American presidents tend to talk sparingly about the United States dollar and, when they do, generally reiterate that a strong dollar is in the national interest.
President Trump accused China and the European Union of manipulating their currencies and continued...
19 Jul 2018

As Russians describe ‘verbal agreements’ at summit, U.S. officials scramble for clarity

Two days after President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, Russian officials offered a string of assertions about what the two leaders had achieved. “Important  verbal agreements” were reached at the Helsinki meeting, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, told reporters in Moscow Wednesday, including preservation of the New Start and INF agreements, major bilateral arms control treaties whose futures have been in question. Antonov also said that Putin had made “specific and interesting proposals to Washington” on how the two countries could cooperate on Syria.
Two days after President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, Russian officials offered a...

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13 Jul 2018

Trump hails Boris Johnson as future PM and attacks Sadiq Khan

Donald Trump hailed Boris Johnson as a future prime minister, accused the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, of doing “a bad job” on terrorism and said there had been too much immigration in Europe in an incendiary interview that raised questions about the decision to invite him to Britain.
Donald Trump hailed Boris Johnson as a future prime minister, accused the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, of doing “a...
5 Jul 2018

Trump Repeatedly Pushed For Venezuela Invasion, US Official Says

As a meeting last August in the Oval Office to discuss sanctions on  Venezuela was concluding, President Donald Trump turned to his top aides and asked an unsettling question: With a fast unraveling Venezuela threatening regional security, why can’t the U.S. just simply invade the troubled country?
As a meeting last August in the Oval Office to discuss sanctions on  Venezuela was concluding, President Donald...
25 Jun 2018

Trump advocates depriving undocumented immigrants of due-process rights

President Trump on Sunday explicitly advocated depriving undocumented immigrants of their due-process rights, arguing that people who cross the border into the United States illegally must immediately be deported without trial — and sowing more confusion among Republicans ahead of a planned immigration vote this week.
President Trump on Sunday explicitly advocated depriving undocumented immigrants of their due-process rights,...

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18 Jun 2018

Trump Defends Child Separation but Still Blames Democrats

In a series of Twitter posts on Monday, the president also railed against Europe’s immigration issues, especially in Germany, as his own policies come under enhanced scrutiny and criticism.
In a series of Twitter posts on Monday, the president also railed against Europe’s immigration issues, especially in...

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31 May 2018

Trump and Hurricane Maria: the true death toll in Puerto Rico

A highly credible new study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggested that the ultimate fallout from Hurricane Maria was 4,600 “excess deaths” — more than twice the mortality of Hurricane Katrina and the deadliest natural disaster on US soil in more than a century. Suspicion will, of course, linger for years that there’s a connection between Trump’s habit of weaponizing anti-Latino hysteria as the centerpiece of his politics and the unfolding of an essentially unprecedented human tragedy in a Spanish-speaking US territory. The possibility that Trump and his team simply have no idea what they’re doing should not, however, be dismissed out of hand.
A highly credible new study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggested that the ultimate fallout from Hurricane...
29 May 2018

Trump is blaming Democrats for separating migrant families at the border. Here’s why this isn’t a surprise.

President Trump’s attempt to blame Democrats for separating migrant families at the border is renewing a political uproar over immigration, an issue that has challenged Trump throughout his presidency and threatens to grow more heated as he imposes more restrictions to stem the flow of illegal immigration.
President Trump’s attempt to blame Democrats for separating migrant families at the border is renewing a...

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26 May 2018

Trump Ignores Court Ruling That He Can’t Block Twitter Critics: ‘President Thinks He’s Above the Law’

President Donald Trump defied a federal court judge who ruled Wednesday that it was unconstitutional for the president to block people on Twitter over their dissenting political views.
President Donald Trump defied a federal court judge who ruled Wednesday that it was unconstitutional for the...
26 May 2018

Trump takes aim at federal bureaucracy with new executive orders altering civil service protections

President Trump issued three executive orders Friday aimed at overhauling the federal bureaucracy by making it easier to fire poor performers, sharply curtailing the amount of time federal employees can be paid for union work and directing agencies to negotiate tougher union contracts.
President Trump issued three executive orders Friday aimed at overhauling the federal bureaucracy by making...

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22 May 2018

By Demanding an Investigation, Trump Challenged a Constraint on His Power

When President Trump publicly demanded that the Justice Department open an investigation into the F.B.I.’s scrutiny of his campaign contacts  with Russia, he inched further toward breaching an established  constraint on executive power: The White House does not make decisions about individual law enforcement investigations.
When President Trump publicly demanded that the Justice Department open an investigation into the F.B.I.’s...

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21 May 2018

Trump May Be The Most Fiscally Reckless President In American History

ُThink about why Trump is asking for rapid action on the 2019 appropriations: He wants even more spending. Even though his policies have spiked the annual budget deficit to a new normal of a $1 trillion (with $2 trillion  definitely within view) and interest rates are now starting to go up in large part because of his out-of-sync-with-the-economy stimulative fiscal policy, Trump is demanding that federal spending and the government's red ink be increased even further.
ُThink about why Trump is asking for rapid action on the 2019 appropriations: He wants even more spending....
18 May 2018

Trump’s warning to Kim Jong-un: make a deal or suffer same fate as Gaddafi

Donald Trump has threatened Kim Jong-un with the same fate as Muammar Gaddafi if the North Korean leader “doesn’t make a deal” on his nuclear weapons programme. The US president issued the threat at t he White House when he was asked about the recent suggestion by his national security adviser, John Bolton, that the “Libyan model”  be a template for dealing with North Korea at a summit between Trump and  Kim planned for 12 June in Singapore.
Donald Trump has threatened Kim Jong-un with the same fate as Muammar Gaddafi if the North Korean leader...
5 May 2018

Trump team hired spy firm for ‘dirty ops’ on Iran arms deal

Aides to Donald Trump, the US president, hired an Israeli private intelligence agency to  orchestrate a “dirty ops” campaign against key individuals from the Obama administration who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal, the Observer can reveal.
Aides to Donald Trump, the US president, hired an Israeli private intelligence agency to  orchestrate a...

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21 Mar 2018

Trump Congratulates Putin on Re-Election, but Fails to Mention Meddling in U.S.

President Trump on Tuesday congratulated President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on his recent re-election victory, but failed to ask him about  either the fairness of the Russian vote, which Mr. Putin won with a lopsided margin, or about allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
President Trump on Tuesday congratulated President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on his recent re-election victory,...

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13 Mar 2018

Conceding to N.R.A., Trump Abandons Brief Gun Control Promise

President Trump on Monday abandoned his promise to work for gun control measures opposed by the National Rifle Association, bowing to the gun group and embracing its agenda of armed teachers and incremental improvements to the background check system.After the Florida high school massacre last month, Mr. Trump explicitly called on live television for raising the age limit to purchase rifles and backed 2013 legislation for near-universal background checks.
President Trump on Monday abandoned his promise to work for gun control measures opposed by the National Rifle...
10 Mar 2018

In Trump’s decision on North Korea, the world glimpses a president who is his own diplomat, negotiator and strategist

Over the past six weeks, the Trump administration’s roster of Korean experts, already depleted, grew even thinner. The White House mysteriously dropped its choice for ambassador to Seoul. The State Department’s top North Korea specialist resigned. And the senior Asia director at the National Security Council was out the past two weeks on paternity leave.
Over the past six weeks, the Trump administration’s roster of Korean experts, already depleted, grew...

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9 Mar 2018

Trump Authorizes Tariffs in Defiance of Allies at Home and Abroad

President Trump defied opposition from his own party and protests from overseas on Thursday as he signed orders imposing stiff and sweeping new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. But he sought to soften the  impact on America’s closest allies with a more flexible plan than  originally envisioned.
President Trump defied opposition from his own party and protests from overseas on Thursday as he signed orders imposing...

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1 Mar 2018

Trump Stuns Lawmakers With Seeming Embrace of Gun Control

President Trump stunned Republicans on live television Wednesday by embracing gun control and urging a group of lawmakers at the White House to resurrect gun safety legislation that has been opposed for years by the powerful National Rifle Association and the vast majority of his party.In a remarkable meeting, the president veered wildly from the N.R.A. playbook in front of giddy Democrats and stone-faced Republicans.
President Trump stunned Republicans on live television Wednesday by embracing gun control and urging a group...

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5 Feb 2018

Trump Mocks ‘Little Adam Schiff’ as House Democrats Push to Release a Rival Memo

President Trump accused a top Democratic lawmaker on Monday of being “one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington,” calling Representative Adam Schiff of California “Little Adam Schiff” and  accusing him of illegally leaking confidential information from the House Intelligence Committee.
President Trump accused a top Democratic lawmaker on Monday of being “one of the biggest liars and...
3 Feb 2018

Husband of former Trump household aide scores government job

A home improvement contractor married to one of Donald and Melania  Trump’s former household staffers is now working as an official at the  Environmental Protection Agency, the latest example of someone with a personal connection to the Trump family finding work in the administration.
A home improvement contractor married to one of Donald and Melania  Trump’s former household staffers is...
21 Jan 2018

Schumer tried to give Trump funding for border wall in exchange for DACA protections

The fact that Schumer was willing to bend so much on funding for the wall is a sign of how much negotiating Democrats were willing to do, contrary to the insistence by Trump and most Republicans that the blame for the shutdown rests entirely on the shoulders of Schumer and the Democratic party.
The fact that Schumer was willing to bend so much on funding for the wall is a sign of how much negotiating Democrats...
5 Jan 2018

Feud between U.S. and Pakistan flares up after Trump’s ‘lies & deceit’ tweet

Even by the standard of their tumultuous relationship, the growing feud between the United States and Pakistan is unusually serious, with the potential to trigger a breakdown in ties that could threaten cooperation  on intelligence, nuclear safety and America’s war in Afghanistan.
Even by the standard of their tumultuous relationship, the growing feud between the United States and Pakistan is...
5 Jan 2018

Obstruction Inquiry Shows Trump’s Struggle to Keep Grip on Russia Investigation

President Trump gave firm instructions in March to the White House’s top lawyer: stop the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, from recusing himself in the Justice Department’s investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s associates had helped a Russian campaign to disrupt the 2016 election.
President Trump gave firm instructions in March to the White House’s top lawyer:...

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3 Jan 2018

Trump Tweets His ‘Nuclear Button’ Is ‘Much Bigger’ Than Kim Jong-un’s

President Trump again raised the prospect of nuclear war with North  Korea, boasting in strikingly playground terms on Tuesday night that he  commands a “much bigger” and “more powerful” arsenal of devastating  weapons than the outlier government in Asia.
President Trump again raised the prospect of nuclear war with North  Korea, boasting in strikingly playground terms...

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15 Dec 2017

Trump Says His Regulatory Rollback Already Is the ‘Most Far-Reaching’

President Trump on Thursday said his administration was answering “a call to action” by rolling back regulations on environmental protections, health care, financial services and other industries as he made a push to showcase his accomplishments near the end of his first year in office.
President Trump on Thursday said his administration was answering “a call to action” by rolling back...
9 Dec 2017

4 Horrible Policy Changes Trump Issued This Week While You Weren’t Looking

While the Republican Congress continues to be unable to govern, President Donald Trump is unilaterally making horrible policy changes, using every distraction to get away with it. The Trump administration’s ground-level policy changes continued apace, out of the headlines, from withdrawing from a major international agreement on migration to the repeal of Obama-era rules on wages and methane leaks.
While the Republican Congress continues to be unable to govern, President Donald Trump is unilaterally making horrible...

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4 Dec 2017

Trump Slashes Size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Monuments

The decision to reduce Bears Ears is expected to set off a legal battle  that could alter the course of American land conservation, putting dozens of other monuments at risk and possibly opening millions of preserved public acres to oil and gas extraction, mining, logging and other commercial activities.
The decision to reduce Bears Ears is expected to set off a legal battle  that could alter the course of...
16 Nov 2017

The Distraction in Chief

As the Trump/Russia reality show continues to consume endless hours of media coverage, the U.S. is backing the genocidal,  scorched-earth bombing of Yemen. Trump has granted the CIA and military  sweeping authorities to conduct lethal operations, all while laughing it  up with the murderous despot, Rodrigo Duterte.
As the Trump/Russia reality show continues to consume endless hours of media coverage, the U.S. is backing the...
2 Nov 2017

Here Are All The Ways Trump Is Already Sabotaging Obamacare and Raising Premiums

Open enrollment starts today. Don’t expect Trump to help. On Tuesday, Trump released a campaign-style video attacking the law. “Obamacare is failing,” the narrator intones. “Insurance premiums skyrocketing. Working families suffer. All while Democrats in Washington, DC, block a better plan to repeal and replace Obamacare once and for all.” The president has, of course, tweeted about it.
Open enrollment starts today. Don’t expect Trump to help. On Tuesday, Trump released a campaign-style video attacking...

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1 Nov 2017

Trump, Citing Attack in New York, Calls for End to Visa Program

President Trump touched off a sharply partisan debate over some of the  most divisive issues in American life on Wednesday as he cited this  week’s terrorist attack in New York to advance his agenda on immigration and national security while assailing Democrats for endangering the country.
President Trump touched off a sharply partisan debate over some of the  most divisive issues in American life...

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28 Oct 2017

Trump Just Screwed the Millions of Americans Addicted to Opioids

On Thursday, President Trump declared the nation’s opioid epidemic a public health emergency. “We can be the  generation that ends the opioid epidemic,” he said. “We can do it.” The announcement came more than two months after the president first promised to declare a national emergency, which is distinct from a public health emergency. 
On Thursday, President Trump declared the nation’s opioid epidemic a public health emergency. “We can be...
17 Oct 2017

Inside the ‘adult day-care center’: How aides try to control and coerce Trump

During the campaign, when President Trump’s advisers wanted him to stop talking about a certain issue — such as when he attacked a Gold Star military family — they sometimes presented him with polls demonstrating how the controversy was harming his candidacy.  During the transition, when aides needed Trump to decide on a looming issue or appointment, they often limited him to a shortlist of two or three options and urged him to choose one.
During the campaign, when President Trump’s advisers wanted him to stop talking about a certain issue —...
13 Oct 2017

Trump threatens to abandon Puerto Rico recovery effort

President Trump served notice Thursday that he may pull back federal relief workers from Puerto Rico, effectively threatening to abandon the U.S. territory amid a staggering humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of  Hurricane Maria. Declaring the U.S. territory's electrical grid  and infrastructure to have been a “disaster before hurricanes,” Trump wrote Thursday that it will be up to Congress how much federal money to appropriate to the island for its recovery efforts and that recovery workers will not stay “forever.”
President Trump served notice Thursday that he may pull back federal relief workers from Puerto Rico,...
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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12 Oct 2017

Trump Threatens NBC Over Nuclear Weapons Report

President Trump threatened on Wednesday to use the federal government’s power to license television airwaves to target NBC in response to a report by the network’s news division that he contemplated a dramatic increase in the nation’s nuclear arsenal.
President Trump threatened on Wednesday to use the federal government’s power to license television airwaves...

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6 Oct 2017

Trump Calls Meeting With Military Leaders ‘the Calm Before the Storm’

President Trump said late Thursday that a meeting with his military leaders was “the calm before the storm,” but what he meant by his ominous comment remained unclear. When pressed for more details, the president said, “you’ll find out,” a declaration that comes amid more turmoil in his own cabinet and several foreign policy challenges around the world.
President Trump said late Thursday that a meeting with his military leaders was “the calm before the storm,” but...
6 Oct 2017

As ACA enrollment nears, administration keeps cutting federal support of the law

For months, officials in Republican-controlled Iowa had sought federal permission to revitalize their ailing health-insurance  marketplace. Then President Trump read about the request in a newspaper story and called the federal director weighing the application. Trump’s message was clear, according to individuals who spoke on the condition  of anonymity to discuss private conversations: Tell Iowa no.
For months, officials in Republican-controlled Iowa had sought federal permission to revitalize...

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5 Oct 2017

Rex Tillerson, Trump’s Secretary of State, ‘Never Considered Leaving’ the Job

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson  insisted on Wednesday that he has never considered resigning, despite what associates have described as deep frustration. But he did not deny a report that he has grown so disenchanted with President Trump that he once referred to him as a “moron.”
Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson  insisted on Wednesday that he has never considered resigning,...
2 Oct 2017

Trump says Tillerson is ‘wasting his time’ trying to pursue negotiations with North Korea

President Trump signaled Sunday that he does not believe that attempts at direct communications with North Korea are worth the effort despite escalating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang. A day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested that the United  States maintains “lines of communications” with Kim Jong Un's regime, Trump wrote on Twitter that Tillerson is “wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man” — his nickname for Kim.
President Trump signaled Sunday that he does not believe that attempts at direct communications with North Korea are...
2 Oct 2017

Trump lays blame on Puerto Ricans for slow hurricane response

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday placed blame squarely on Puerto Ricans for the slow recovery from Hurricane Maria after critics and the mayor of San Juan complained his administration's response to the U.S. territory's plight was insufficient.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday placed blame squarely on Puerto Ricans for the slow recovery from Hurricane...
29 Sep 2017

It was candidate Trump’s best trick. Now it’s stalling President Trump’s agenda.

Refusing to sweat the details made the Republican difficult to attack, but it’s making it hard for him to govern. “It’s the chickens coming home to roost,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former Congressional Budget Office director who advised Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) during his 2008 presidential run. “This operating style I don’t think serves the process very well, and I think he got trapped into it by not being specific enough on the campaign.”
Refusing to sweat the details made the Republican difficult to attack, but it’s making it hard for him to govern....
21 Sep 2017

Donald Trump Used the United Nations to Threaten a Massive Violation of International Law

The United States has never cared much about international  law. But most U.S. presidents had at least made an effort to pretend that they  did. Based on President Donald Trump’s speech Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly, this is yet another American tradition that he’s discarding. Trump’s overturning of this American norm came during his blusterous threats against North Korea:
The United States has never cared much about international  law. But most U.S. presidents had at...
21 Sep 2017

‘Chuck and Nancy,’ Washington’s New Power Couple, Set Sights on Health Care

In a city where they hold no formal reins of power, the two are helping to set the agenda on Capitol Hill. They cut a fiscal deal with Mr. Trump, then reached a tentative agreement to protect young immigrants in the country illegally from deportation. Now they face a tougher test: Killing the latest Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and persuading the mercurial president to work with them to shore up shaky health insurance markets.
In a city where they hold no formal reins of power, the two are helping to set the agenda on...
20 Sep 2017

In U.N. speech, Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy North Korea’ and calls Kim Jong Un ‘Rocket Man’

“I will always put America first just like you, the leaders of your countries, should put your countries first,” Trump said, returning to a campaign theme and the “America First” phrase that has been criticized as isolationist and nationalistic. The president warned of growing  threats from North Korea and Iran, and he said, “The scourge of our  planet is a group of rogue regimes.” The North Korean delegation was seated, by chance, in the front row, mere feet from the U.N. podium.
“I will always put America first just like you, the leaders of your countries, should put your...
15 Sep 2017

GOP’s Ryan dismisses potential DACA deal between Trump and Democrats

President Trump’s effort to strike an immigration deal with Democrats  attracted cautious support from lawmakers of both parties Thursday even as it prompted a swift backlash from scattered conservatives and an attempt by irritated Republican leaders to reassert their authority.
President Trump’s effort to strike an immigration deal with Democrats  attracted...
8 Sep 2017

The Republicans aren’t just losing. Big government is winning.

Republicans are mad because their preferred option — a huge  government aid package coupled with taking off the table a tool they  used to try to compel spending cuts when Barack Obama was president — has been pushed aside in favor of a huge government aid package coupled with keeping that tool around. In other words, both of the options for this deal validated big government
Republicans are mad because their preferred option — a huge  government aid package coupled with taking off the...
1 Sep 2017

Legal challenge to Arpaio pardon begins

After President Trump’s pardon of ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of criminal contempt for violating a court order designed to stop the violation of the constitutional rights of suspected illegal immigrants, conventional wisdom — and certainly the Trump administration — would have us believe that Trump’s pardon powers are unlimited. However, never before has someone stretched the pardon power so beyond its original intent. Trump has now drawn scrutiny not simply from critics of his racist rhetoric but from the court itself.
After President Trump’s pardon of ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of criminal contempt for...
29 Aug 2017

The “I” of the Storm: Trump’s Egotistical Failure in the Face of Harvey

Remember that until October, we’re still living on Obama money. He owns this hurricane and the resources available to it. The upcoming Trump budget, then, will give us a good idea of how the new president  plans to make his “investment in our future,” because that’s literally what it is. Mr. Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint,  literally titled “America First: A budget blueprint to make America great again,” thrashes disaster relief funding. He proposed cutting FEMA state and local funds by $667 million. That of course includes response and relief to weather-related disasters, but it also cuts state and local counterterrorism funds. In New York Fucking City, for instance, where the threat of terrorist attack is fairly high, I’d wager.
Remember that until October, we’re still living on Obama money. He owns this hurricane and the resources...
26 Aug 2017

Trump Mulls Stripping Legal Status From 800,000 Young Immigrants

President Donald Trump is “seriously considering”  killing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program,  according to multiple reports. The exact timing remains uncertain, though immigration advocates are treating a decision as potentially imminent, perhaps as early as Friday. DACA has since 2012 extended legal status and work permits to more than 800,000 immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Ending the program would make this population, known as the DREAMers, vulnerable to deportation.
President Donald Trump is “seriously considering”  killing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals...
26 Aug 2017

Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio, Who Became Face of Crackdown on Illegal Immigration

Mr. Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who built a national reputation for his efforts to hunt and detain undocumented immigrants, had been convicted of criminal contempt.
Mr. Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who built a national reputation for his efforts to hunt and detain undocumented...

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23 Aug 2017

McConnell, in Private, Doubts if Trump Can Save Presidency

The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not  spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration  after a series of summer crises.
The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the...
17 Aug 2017

False moral equivalency is not a bug of Trumpism. It’s a feature.

Showing that the remarks he delivered from a White House teleprompter  Monday were hollow and insincere, Trump yesterday revived his initial claim that “both sides” are to blame for the horrific violence at a white supremacist rally over the weekend in Charlottesville.
Showing that the remarks he delivered from a White House teleprompter  Monday were hollow and insincere, Trump...

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17 Aug 2017

Trump is late on China trade, too

If Donald Trump thought slapping China would divert attention from events in Virginia, he miscalculated. That’s because, just like his slow disavowal of racist protestors, Trump’s move to investigate Beijing’s trade practices is too little, too late. Directing Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to probe America’s deficit with China makes for great optics for the reality-TV president.
If Donald Trump thought slapping China would divert attention from events in Virginia, he miscalculated. That’s...

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15 Aug 2017

Trump finally condemns Charlottesville racism, days after violence

Donald Trump has bowed to overwhelming pressure and directly condemned the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists, two days after violent clashes left one woman dead. “Racism is evil,” the US president said at the White House. “And  those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
Donald Trump has bowed to overwhelming pressure and directly condemned the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and...
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