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Some accuse President Trump of betraying his working-class supporters when they mention the number of billionaires and former bankers in his Cabinet.  Nonsense! Trump cozying up to America’s financial oligarchy simply reflects his desire to appoint only the best and brightest; it’s not his fault that they all happen to be extremely wealthy and work for one particular investment bank. The real scandal came this morning when Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin dropped the following bo...
After continuously denying any communication to his father about the Trump business empire, Eric Trump now says he will give the President financial updates on the business every quarter. The President's son, who now runs the Trump Organization with his brother, Donald Jr., told Forbes about his plans to communicate with President Donald Trump about the financial status of the business immediately after denying he would do so. Trump told Forbes he would update the president "on the bottom line,...
House Republicans and the White House were dealt an embarrassing blow Thursday as they were forced to reschedule the vote on their replacement for Obamacare to Friday afternoon. Still short on votes for the American Health Care Act, the White House and GOP leadership issued an ultimatum Thursday evening to those who have yet to support the bill, informing them that the time for negotiating is over: they can either vote for the first GOP repeal measure which stands a prayer of passing, or allow...
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday touted Charter Communications‘s decision to invest $25 billion in the United States and its previously disclosed plan to hire 20,000 workers over four years. At a White House event with the second-largest U.S. cable company’s Chief Executive Thomas Rutledge and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Trump praised Charter for planning to close its offshore call centers and move them to the United States. On a number of occasions, Trump has touted job announc...
Slavery is not good, and health care reform is not easy. Seemingly obvious? Maybe not, according to President Trump, who has said multiple times in speeches and interviews over the last year that “nobody knows” or “people don’t realize” certain facts that are, in fact, widely known. While this may be little more than a verbal tic, Trump has gotten some criticism from the remarks. On the other hand, he’s not entirely wrong, since there is evidence that a lot ...
Republicans are moving into a health care vote Friday with opposition from the Democrats and from the moderate and conservative wings of their own party. But they’re also facing disapproval from the American public. According to a series of polls, nearly every aspect of the dynamic unfolding around Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is unpopular. Here’s a breakdown of the polling data. American Health Care Act A recent Quinnipiac University poll f...
Emma Thompson has revealed that President Donald Trump once asked her out for dinner, and even offered to accommodate her at one of his Trump Towers. The Love Actually star made the shocking revelation during an interview on the Swedish news outlet SVT. She told the other guests that the incident happened while shooting the movie Primary Colors with John Travolta in the 1990s, shortly after her divorce from actor Kenneth Branagh. As Thompson tells it, one day she was in her trailer when the ph...
The Senate voted this week to abolish a rule restricting certain hunting practices on national wildlife refuges in Alaska— including trapping, baiting and aerial shooting of animals like wolves and grizzly bears. The Tuesday vote was almost entirely along party lines, with Republicans voting to undo the Obama Administration’s restrictions and Democrats voting against the measure, the Washington Post reports. At its core, the issue was whether the federal government or the states sho...
President Donald Trump climbed into the cab of a Mack truck parked on the lawn Thursday to welcome trucking industry representatives to the White House. Before a meeting with trucking CEOs to discuss his health care bill proposals, Trump pretended to drive the truck as onlookers took photos and clapped. He tooted the horn at least six times. “I am honored to welcome all of the many truckers and … industry leaders to the White House,” Trump said during the meeting, according to...
(WASHINGTON) — Senior U.S. officials say the State Department will recommend approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the White House to formally approve it. Two officials say Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon will issue the recommendation Friday. A 60-day deadline to complete a Trump administration review is set to expire next Monday. The pipeline requires a presidential permit. The officials say the White House would announce the permit’s ...
It’s judgement day for President Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, as their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare faces an uncertain future on the floor of the House of Representatives. Right now they don’t have the votes, with moderates and conservatives both defecting from the legislation. Republican leadership and the White House are engaged in an 11th hour scramble to rewrite the bill in a fashion that can win over the votes needed to put the bill over the finish line. B...
Stephen Colbert once again used his Late Show platform to hammer President Donald Trump on Wednesday night. Colbert referred to a report that Trump was upset after two federal judges ruled against his travel ban, and that his staffers cheered him up by showing him a segment from Greta Van Susteren’s MSNBC show arguing the Supreme Court would side with him. “They treat the President the way you treat a 5-year-old throwing a tantrum,” Colbert said. “But if positive covera...
Trump-fueled optimism about the U.S. economy is running out of steam. Stocks crumbled Tuesday, driven by steep declines for banks. As Fortune's Lucinda Shen noted, the nine biggest Wall Street firms by market cap shed $81.6 billion in value in just one day as the momentum of a “Trump Bump” began to wane. But let’s forget stocks. The market that matters more for the economy is bonds. Yields had risen dramatically over the last four months,as investors bet on what's known as the ...
It’s coming down to the wire for President Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, as they seek to whip the required votes for their bill to replace Obamacare. Leadership is an untold number of votes short, but both the Speaker and Trump are making the hard sell to members. Trump is casting the bill as a prerequisite to passing all manner of other legislation that Republicans want, including tax reform. But conservatives want a faster and more complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act...
President Donald Trump will deliver the first commencement address of his White House tenure at Liberty University in Virginia, the largest Christian university in the world. “I look forward to speaking to this amazing group of students on such a momentous occasion,” Trump told CBN News‘ David Brody. “Our children truly are the future and I look forward to celebrating the success of this graduating class as well as sharing lessons as they embark on their next chapter ful...
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who ran Exxon Mobil before President Trump tapped him as the nation’s top diplomat, was apparently reluctant to accept the position. "I didn't want this job. I didn't seek this job," he told the Independent Journal Review. "My wife told me I'm supposed to do this." Tillerson was supposed to retire this March, he said, where he would have spent time on a ranch with his grandchildren. Erin McPike, the IJR reporter who interviewed Tillerson, was the only memb...
Although President Donald Trump signed a bill Tuesday that updates NASA’s mission to include exploration on Mars, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says it is not enough. “This bill changes almost nothing about what NASA is doing,” Musk wrote on Twitter. “Existing programs stay in place and there is no added funding for Mars.” Musk continued: “Perhaps there will be some future bill that makes a difference for Mars, but this is not it.” The bill enables NASA to spend ...
That massive spike in American women wanting to run for office following Election Day? It wasn’t a ripple--it’s a wave, says Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily’s List. The organization that supports pro-choice Democratic women is releasing new numbers Wednesday on just how many women have inquired about entering politics following the 2016 election. The results are rather staggering: Since November 8, over 10,000 women have contacted the organization about potential runs fo...
White House spokesman Sean Spicer denounced “ramspecking” at a press briefing Tuesday, arguing that members of the Obama Administration had burrowed into the government to thwart President Trump’s agenda. “I think there are people that burrow into the government after an Administration, this is going back to the beginning of time. They used to call it ‘ramspecking,'” he said. “This has been going on since the country came to be.” When no one caught...
President Trump was dealt a sharp blow Monday by the directors of the FBI and NSA, who confirmed an active counterintelligence investigation into Trump’s 2016 campaign, rejected the president’s allegations that his predecessor ordered him wiretapped, and who noted that Trump’s recent comments about the British and German governments weren’t helpful to U.S. foreign policy interests. The White House didn’t quite see it that way, focusing on officials’ comments...