President Trump pressured the hard-right House Freedom Caucus Friday morning over their likely opposition to the Republican healthcare plan. “The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P. to continue if they stop this plan!” the president tweeted hours before the controversial bill is set for a vote in the House. The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P. to co...
(WASHINGTON) — The White House on Thursday defended the House intelligence committee chairman’s extraordinary decision to openly discuss and brief President Donald Trump on typically secret intelligence intercepts, even as Rep. Devin Nunes privately apologized to his congressional colleagues. The decision to disclose the information before talking to committee members outraged Democrats and raised questions about the independence of the panel’s probe of Russian interference i...
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) — The federal agency overseeing Donald Trump’s lease for a luxury hotel in Washington has ruled his election as president doesn’t violate the terms of his agreement barring government officials from profiting from the property. In a letter to the Trump Organization on Thursday, the General Services Administration says it has determined that the president’s business is in “full compliance.” The lease for the Trump International Hotel expressly for...
Seth Meyers decided it was time to hold his very own press briefing with White House press secretary Sean Spicer again since he did around President Donald Trump’s inauguration. In a sketch on Tuesday’s episode of Late Night, the host spoofed Spicer’s press conferences by juxtaposing clips of himself grilling the Trump spokesman with footage from past briefings. Meyers proceeded to fire off the questions “America wants answers to” — including, “how har...
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Tuesday that stock indexes cannot be used to judge the performance of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, confounding observers who have witnessed the President do just this when markets performed better in the past. “You can’t look at one indices and say that that is the benchmark of an entire economy,” Spicer said at his daily press briefing as the Dow Jones industrial average shed about 200 points, CNBC reports....
The media is making much ado about the possible conflict of interest with Ivanka Trump’s new expanded role inside her father’s White House, which includes an office and security clearance. What that official role is exactly hasn’t been disclosed, but based on Ivanka’s presence in meetings with foreign dignitaries—everyone from Justin Trudeau to Shinzo Abe to Angela Merkel—it appears she plans to operate in the capacity of a special advisor to dad. This, of course, raised several eth...
Lockheed Martin’s chief executive said on Tuesday she is “more optimistic than ever” about growth prospects because refocusing the company on its core defense business has helped make weaponry more affordable for cost-conscious governments, including the Trump administration. The F-35 jet fighter, Lockheed’s largest program, which constitutes 20% of the company’s revenue, has drawn fire from U.S. President Donald Trump, who made lowering prices for military equipmen...
Following White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s contradictory press briefing remarks on FBI Director James Comey’s testimony at Monday’s congressional hearing, Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at Spicer’s habit of stumbling over his words. During Monday night’s episode of Live!, the host aired a montage of Spicer’s blunders throughout his time as White House press secretary. “When all the mud gets stirred up on a day like today, White House stress secretary ...
To say America today is verging on Nazism feels like scaremongering. Yes, white nationalism lives in the White House. Yes, President Donald Trump leans authoritarian. Yes, the alt-right says many ugly things. But for all the economic pains of many Americans, there is no Great Depression gnawing away at democracy’s foundations. No paramilitary force is killing people in the streets. Fascism and Nazism have not arrived in the United States. But there is a different and instructive story to...
After a three-year stint serving the Obama Administration, Jake Fingert is starting a new chapter: venture capital. The former White House senior policy adviser for infrastructure has joined real estate-focused venture capital firm Camber Creek as a partner. At the White House, Fingert served on the National Economic Council and managed the Build America Investment Initiative, a government-wide plan to increase infrastructure investment through collaborations with the private sector. He also led...
The White House has come to the defense of President Donald Trump as questions mount over his frequent and expensive trips to Mar-a-Lago, his luxurious private golf resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Asked during Monday's White House briefing whether the President would consider reducing his weekend trips to save taxpayer money, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that "presidents always travel," adding that "the President will continue to go and travel around the country and have meetings to solve the...
For President Trump, the blows kept coming at a congressional hearing Monday. First, FBI Director James Comey said at a congressional hearing on Monday that his agency is investigating links between the President’s campaign and Russia’s interference in the November election. It was the first time the FBI director publicly confirmed the investigation into ties between Trump associates and Russian interference. Comey then contradicted several statements by the White House, including...
The two former First Dogs, Bo and Sunny Obama, seem to be adjusting to post-White House life just fine. Michelle Obama posted a photo on Twitter of the two dogs on a leash, writing “look who has a spring in their step! Celebrate the #FirstDayOfSpring by grabbing a friend, heading outside, and getting moving.” Look who has a spring in their step! Celebrate the #FirstDayOfSpring by grabbing a friend, heading outside, and getting moving. pic.twitter.com/yQTb0sQgCc — Michelle O...
The Trump Administration has released requirements for the border wall slated to cut off the southern U.S. border with Mexico from illegal immigration—and they say it not only needs to be effective, it also needs to be pretty. In accordance with federal bidding practices, DHS has released a one-page description of what they believe the border wall should look like, and companies submitting a proposal (they’re due in May), should be prepared to explain exactly how their plan fits with DHS...
Renown British physicist Stephen Hawking fears he may not be welcome in the U.S. under President Trump, who he said is leading America’s “definite swing to a right-wing, more authoritarian approach.” “I have many friends and colleagues there and it is still a place I like and admire in many ways, but I fear that I may not be welcome,” Hawking said in an interview with the British program Good Morning Britain. Hawking has been critical of Trump in the past. During t...
President Donald Trump is accusing Democrats of fabricating allegations of election interference against Russia and creating more “fake news.” His tweets came just hours before a congressional hearing on Russia. The House Intelligence Committee will hear from FBI Director James Comey on whether U.S. officials believe Russia tried to bolster Trump’s chances in the election and if there were any connections between Moscow and Trump’s campaign aides. Trump tweeted Monday: &...
On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver looked at the federal budget or as he called it, “the only beach read less appropriate than Bill Cosby’s Little Bill One Dark and Stormy Night.” Earlier this week, President Trump’s White House released a blueprint or “skinny budget,” which Oliver noted, “sounds like a line item which Trump might have included in one of his prenups.” According to Oliver, these skinny budgets are almost a mood board for what the P...
The Secret Service dealt with an individual on Saturday who jumped a bike rack near the White House, press secretary Sean Spicer said. Spicer tweeted that the incident occurred on Pennsylvania Avenue. Individual jumped bike rack on Pennsylvania Ave, not @WhiteHouse fence. Great response by @SecretService — Sean Spicer (@PressSec) March 18, 2017 President Donald Trump was not in town, as he is spending the weekend at his private Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. A similar incident occurr...
Palm Beach, Fla. Mayor Paulette Burdick says that using local law enforcement to protect President Donald Trump during his frequent trips to his Mar-a-Lago estate “means the local taxpayers will have to bear the added burden of being part of the security for the president of the United States,” according to CNN. “It will either be cuts or increase in taxes,” Burdick told the network. Palm Beach’s sheriff’s department told CNN that it costs roughly $60,000 in o...