• Donald Trump Aug 24, 2017

    Within 24 Hours, a Pair of Wildly Different Trump Speeches

    Within a 24-hour span, President Donald Trump delivered one speech in which he tore into the media and members of his own party, and a second in which he called for national unity and love. The about-face seemed to reflect the president’s real-time internal debate between calls for moderation and his inclination to let loose — though he tweeted his...

  • Donald Trump Aug 19, 2017

    Trump Struggles With Presidential Duties as Uniter-in-Chief: Analysis

    For Susan Bro, mother of the woman killed at a rally organized by white supremacists, the president of the United States can offer no healing words. She says the White House repeatedly tried to reach out to her on Wednesday, the day of Heather Heyer’s funeral. But she’s since watched President Donald Trump lay blame for the Charlottesville violence on...

  • Donald Trump Aug 19, 2017

    Trump's New Communications Director Isn't New to His Ways

    After three people tackled the assignment with limited success, the job of keeping President Donald Trump on message has for now fallen to Hope Hicks, a young former public relations aide and political neophyte who entered his orbit not knowing the ride would eventually take her into the cutthroat world of Washington politics. Word of Hicks’ promotion — she already...

  • Donald Trump Aug 16, 2017

    Trump: ‘We'll See' What Happens to Top WH Strategist Steve Bannon

    President Donald Trump won’t say whether he plans to keep Steve Bannon, a top adviser and key campaign strategist, in the White House. “We’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon,” Trump said at an impromptu Tuesday news conference where he fielded questions about his confidence in his adviser. Bannon, the former leader of conservative Breitbart News website, has been a...

  • Donald Trump Aug 16, 2017

    Combative Trump Goes ‘Rogue,' Blames ‘Both Sides' for Virginia Violence

    Combative and insistent, President Donald Trump declared anew Tuesday “there is blame on both sides” for the deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, appearing to once again equate the actions of white supremacist groups and those protesting them. He showed sympathy for the fringe groups’ efforts to preserve Confederate monuments.

  • Donald Trump Jul 28, 2017

    White House Aide's Tirade Tests Editors and Producers: Analysis

    A presidential aide’s explosion of profanity while talking to a reporter about his new White House colleagues tested newsroom leaders Thursday, forcing decisions about whether to use the graphic language or leave much of what he said to the imagination of readers and viewers. Anthony Scaramucci, the incoming White House communications director, aimed his tirade at chief of staff Reince...

  • Donald Trump Jul 25, 2017

    Trump Jokingly Threatens to Fire Price if Health Vote Fails

    President Donald Trump on Monday jokingly threatened to fire his health secretary if a crucial vote to repeal “Obamacare” fails. Trump told thousands of Boy Scouts at a national gathering in West Virginia that Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price “better get” the votes to begin debate on health care legislation Tuesday, lest Trump repeat his tagline from...

  • Donald Trump Jul 18, 2017

    Whose Side Are You On? Separate Lawyers Defend Trump, Aides

    As the government’s Russia investigations heat up, a growing cast of lawyers is signing up to defend President Donald Trump and his associates. But the interests of those lawyers — and their clients — don’t always align, adding a new layer of drama and suspicion in a White House already rife with internal rivalries. Trump himself has both an outside...

  • Donald Trump Jul 14, 2017

    Trump's Outside Counsel on Russia Probe Threatens Emailer

    President Donald Trump’s outside counsel lambasted a random emailer after the man suggested he step down following reports that explored why he had not sought a security clearance. In a series of emails obtained by ProPublica, attorney Marc Kasowitz used profanity and threatened the man. One of his four messages says: “I already know where you live. I’m on...

  • Donald Trump Jun 29, 2017

    Trump Trashes Media, Cheers Wins at $10 Million Re-Election Fundraiser With 40 Months to Go

    Republican donors paid $35,000 apiece to hear familiar a message from President Donald Trump: The media, particularly CNN, keep trying to take him down, and yet Republicans just keep on winning elections. He noted with pride that his party had won four special elections this year. The president was whisked a few blocks from the White House to the Trump...

  • head Jun 27, 2017

    President at War With Media Seizes on Retracted CNN Story

    For a president seemingly at perpetual war with “fake news,” the resignation of three CNN journalists over a retracted story about a Donald Trump Russian connection is a gift from the political gods when the struggling effort to pass a health bill dominates the headlines. The White House quickly took advantage Tuesday with blistering presidential tweets and a media scolding...

  • Donald Trump Jun 14, 2017

    Almost 200 Congressional Democrats Sue Trump Over Foreign Payments

    Democratic lawmakers are suing President Donald Trump over foreign money flowing into his global business empire. Almost 200 senators and representatives are plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging Trump is violating the so-called emoluments clause of the Constitution. It’s being filed early Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the lawmakers said. The plaintiffs argue they have standing...

  • Donald Trump Jun 13, 2017

    No Longer Out of Bounds: Trump Allies Question Mueller Probe

    Criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller used to be off limits. No more. Some of President Donald Trump’s closest allies — including one of his sons — have begun questioning whether Mueller’s wide-ranging probe is becoming too political, as the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election intensifies.

  • Donald Trump Jun 12, 2017

    DC, Maryland Sue Trump, Claiming He Is ‘Flagrantly Violating' the Constitution

    The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia filed a federal lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump, alleging he violated the Constitution by retaining ties to his sprawling global business empire and by accepting foreign payments while in office. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh joined District counterpart Karl Racine at a news conference in announcing the lawsuit filed...

  • Donald Trump Jun 1, 2017

    White House Grants Ethics Waivers to 4 Ex-Lobbyists

    Michael Catanzaro, a former oil and gas lobbyist, can help shape the Trump administration’s energy policies. Shahira Knight can weigh in on retirement matters even though she previously worked for Fidelity, a financial company specializing in retirement services. The White House late Wednesday posted on its website ethics waivers granted to four ex-lobbyists and numerous others who have joined government....

  • Donald Trump May 9, 2017

    Sale of Trump Caribbean Property Revives Ethics Concerns

    For sale: Luxury waterfront escape. Comes with two villas and five acres of paradise. And perhaps a bit of goodwill from the president of the United States?...
    President Donald Trump’s corporate trust is selling a multimillion-dollar Caribbean resort, presenting an enticing new way for a wealthy interest to get the president’s attention and creating a fresh ethical dilemma for a first...

  • Donald Trump Apr 25, 2017

    State Department Removes Promotion of Trump's Mar-a-Lago

    The U.S. State Department has removed its promotional posting about President Donald Trump’s Florida resort, after a storm of ethics criticism Monday....
    In an April 4 blog post that was republished by several U.S. embassies abroad, Mar-a-Lago was described as “Trump’s Florida estate,” where he has hosted foreign leaders. “By visiting this ‘winter White House,’ Trump is belatedly fulfilling the dream...

  • Donald Trump Apr 13, 2017

    Fact Check: Do Trump's Mar-a-Lago Trips Cost $3M?

    With President Donald Trump making his seventh presidential trip this weekend to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, government watchdogs and Democrats are once again seeing dollar signs: namely, $3 million. That’s a widely used estimate of what each journey costs taxpayers. The figure comes from a government report on a trip President Barack Obama made to Palm Beach, Florida, but...

  • Donald Trump Apr 13, 2017

    Trump's Populist Base Worried for Top Adviser Bannon: Analysis

    President Donald Trump has declared, “I am my own strategist.” That would seem to bode poorly for his actual strategist, Steve Bannon. And Trump now appears to be publicly distancing himself. In an interview with The New York Post, the president said “I like Steve” and called his adviser “a good guy” — but one who wasn’t really all that...

  • Donald Trump Apr 9, 2017

    As Infighting Rises, White House Says No Staff Shakeup Looms

    President Donald Trump’s White House has been sharply divided by the rivalry between his powerful son-in-law with unfettered access to the president and the ideologue behind Trump’s populist rise....
    Senior adviser Jared Kushner and chief strategist Steve Bannon, arguably the two most influential voices in the West Wing, have clashed repeatedly in recent weeks over strategy to pass health care legislation,...

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