United States’ Image Takes A Beating Under Trump, Survey Shows

June 28, 2017

Five months into Trumps presidency, the survey spanning 37 nations showed U.S. favorability ratings in the rest of the world slumping to 49 percent from 64 percent at the end of Barack Obamas eight years in the White House. Trump took office in January pledging to put America First. Since then he has pressed ahead with plans to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, announced he will pull out of the Paris climate accord, and accused countries including Canada, Germany and China of …

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White House Warns Syria Against Launching Another Chemical Weapons Attack

June 28, 2017

The White House said in a statement released late on Monday the preparations by Syria were similar to those undertaken before an April 4 chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians and prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to order a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base. If … Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price, he said. In an interview with AFP earlier this year, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad …

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‘Turn The Cameras On, Sean’: Spicer Is Taunted At Press Briefing

June 27, 2017

The ugly confrontation was the latest conflict between journalists and the White House press secretary after broadcasters were forbidden from filming most of the months press briefings. Spicer and deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have increasingly chosen off-camera gaggles, answering questions from reporters in privatesettings. Acosta angrily replied: Maybe we should turn the cameras on. Why dont we turn the cameras on? Why not turn the cameras on, Sean? Theyre in the room, the …

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Trump and Modi reaffirm Indian-US relations with a hug

June 27, 2017

(CNN)The first face-to-face meeting between US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sealed with a bear hug Monday, as the two leaders looked to publicly underscore their new found friendship. Declaring the meeting a success, Trump went on to describe the relationship between India and the United States as having “never been stronger, has never been better.” Trump: We are world leaders in social media …

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Chaffetz: Justice watchdog also looking at Lynch’s role in FBI’s Clinton email probe

June 26, 2017

Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of House oversight committee, said Saturday that the Justice Departments inspector generals office, in addition to a Senate panel, is looking into whether former Attorney General Loretta Lynch tried to squash the FBIs Hillary Clinton email investigation. This is really a pivotal moment, said Chaffetz on Fox News Fox & Friends,” amid three probes into whether President Trumps presidential team colluded with Russia during the 2016 White House race …

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Trump defiant as pressure grows

June 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)America is edging ever closer to a new long, national nightmare, given President Donald Trump’s explosive response to signs that special counsel Robert Mueller is approaching the epicenter of White House power. Trump appears willing to test the bounds of convention and his own powers against a legal and political establishment that he believes is conspiring against him. The higher the pressure, the more defiant the President becomes. The tweet sparked …

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Patagonia’s CEO Is Ready To Lead The Corporate Resistance To Trump

June 18, 2017

… terse statement that day. An attempt to change the boundaries ignores the review process of cultural and historical characteristics and the public input. Reversing Obamas Bears Ears designation would be an unprecedented assault on a presidential prerogative created in the 1906 Antiquities Act. Nearly every president has wielded the act to preserve tribal lands and natural wonders. Only Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush declined to use the law, according to . But no White House …

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Senators reach Russia sanctions deal

June 13, 2017

… else he would move a sanctions measure. Despite mixed signals from the President and his administration this year over sanctions, a senior source on Capitol Hill said the White House is not fighting congressional efforts to push through the measure. Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on foreign relations, expressed confidence Monday that Trump would sign off on it. “I would be very, very surprised if the President vetoes this bill. Now he’s surprised me on a lot of things. But we …

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Russia cloud settles in over Trump’s White House

June 12, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Russia “cloud” is growing over President Donald Trump and threatening to wreck another week for the embattled White House as one of his closest allies tries to avoid a public spectacle on Capitol Hill. RELATED: Source: Sessions’ plans to testify surprised Senate intelligence panel members Trump makes surprise visit at couple’s wedding Trump Jr.: No ambiguity in my father’s orders …

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House, Senate investigators seek Trump tapes, Comey memos

June 11, 2017

(CNN)House and Senate investigators fired off a series of requests after former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony, seeking memos of his private discussions with President Donald Trump and any records the White House kept of their discussion — including audio recordings. The leaders of the Senate judiciary’s probe sent Richman the request Thursday and asked he provide it by Friday. A source familiar with the matter said Richman has been in touch with Senate judiciary …

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Second Lady Pence Pushes Bee Conservation, An Effort One Critic Labels ‘Hypocritical’

June 8, 2017

Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdueunveiled the new hive home to a growing population of some 20,000 bees at an event Tuesday and urged Americans to do their own part to help reverse an ongoing worldwide decline in the bee population, according to a White House release. Friends of the Earth, called the White House request extremely hypocritical in light of the administrations proposed cuts to funding for environmental protection. In a statement accompanying the White House …

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Donald Trump May Find Time To Live-Tweet James Comey’s Testimony

June 7, 2017

Trump will weigh in if he feels the need to respond to anything Comey says, The Washington Posts Robert Costa reported on Tuesday. I was just talking to some White House officials this morning and their view is that the president himself wants to be the messenger, his own warrior, his own lawyer, his own spokesman, Costa said on MSNBC. The president is expected to be tweeting on Thursday in response to Comey, not to stay quiet during the testimony, because he himself wants to be the one …

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Trump Sought Reassurance From Fox News Before He Dumped Climate Pact

June 2, 2017

… She added: He was excited about this today; it was going to be a big speech and a lot of people would be excited about it. However, there would be people that would be upset and disappointed.He would do his best to explain. Guilfoyle has a law degree and has worked for Fox News since 2006, beginning with a program that focused on crime and legal issues. The gushing Guilfoyle recently revealed that shes on a short list of candidates to replace White House press secretary Sean Spicer,who …

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9 Times Donald Trump Twisted Facts In His Speech Quitting Paris Accord

June 2, 2017

President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord on Thursday with a White House speech that made the historic agreement sound like a trade deal, which it isnt. But that was just one of the thorns in his Rose Garden statement. The nonbinding pact to reduce planet-warming emissions, approved by every country but Syria and Nicaragua, commits its signatories to slashing greenhouse gas outputs and coming back to the negotiating table every five years to seek more …

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Trump Grants Ethics Waivers To 17 Top White House Staffers

June 2, 2017

President Donald Trumphas granted ethics waivers to at least 17 of his top White House aides, including chief strategist Steve Bannon, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, in addition to four former lobbyists. The late Wednesday but granted on various dates, undermine Trumps campaign pledge to drain the swamp in Washington. They also reveal a president who is granting ethics waivers at an unusually rapid pace. The 17 senior White House appointees were all …

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Kushner Following Trump’s Orders On Secret Russian Link, Former CIA Official Suggests

May 30, 2017

Reports that top White House adviserJared Kushner attempted to establish a secret communication link with Russiahas an ex-CIA official wondering if he was acting on his or following orders and if so, whose orders. Mudd was referring to last weeks Washington Post report that Kushner met in December with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. to discuss establishing a secret communication channel to the Kremlinthat could not be monitored by U.S. intelligence using Russian facilities. The link was …

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Twitter Had Lots Of Theories About Those Flashing Red Lights On The White House

May 30, 2017

A local Fox station, which had its camera feed pointed at the White House, said the flashes could be seen around 8:30 p.m. EDT from windows on the executive mansions second-floor. The lights seemed to be strobing inside the building, the news station wrote on its Facebook page. Were working to find out what those were. No explanation was immediately available from the White House, so naturally Twitter users started offering up some thoughts: Apparently, Johnsons speculation was …

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The Portland Heroes Who Stood Up To Hate

May 29, 2017

… other minority group advocates say havefueled more Islamaphobic incidents. “I just want to say thank you to the people who put their life on the line for me because they didn’t even know me,” a tearful Mangum said. “They lost their lives because of my friend the way we looked. Without them, we probably would be dead right now.” This story may not neatly fit into a narrative you pushed on the campaign trail and that has followed you into the White House. They …

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Trump Declares Victory, Heads Home To Face More Russia Scandal

May 28, 2017

… were pleased to hear following eight years of criticism on the issue from Obama. Things started going downhill for Trump, though, in Rome. For the first time, there were protests against him, albeit not very large, thanks to the mayor whose party leader, Beppe Grillo, admires Trump. And although the White House got the Vatican audience it wanted, Pope Francis dour facial expressions likely were not the images it had hoped for. At the unveiling of a memorial at NATO headquarters to the …

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White House Facebook Page Snubs Gay Prime Minister’s Husband, Fixes It After Backlash

May 28, 2017

The photo, posted to an album titled President Trumps Trip Abroad, featured the spouses of NATO leaders gathering before dinnerat the Royal Castle of Laeken in Brussels. Twitter users were quick to point out the missing name and accused the White House of doing it on purpose.Scott Bixby of The Daily Beast called the caption homophobic. Thousands of photos were taken over the course of a very big, very busy international trip, deputy press secretary Stephanie Grisham told Johnson in an …

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REPORT: Trump To Set Up ‘War Room’ To Repel Russia Probe Attacks

May 28, 2017

Trumps advisers are planning to establish a war room to combat mounting questions about communication between Russia and his presidential campaign before and after Novembers presidential election, while bringing new aides into the White House, administration officials and persons close to Trump told Reuters. Upon Trumps return, the administration will add experienced political professionals, including Trumps former campaign manager, and possibly more lawyers to handle the Russia probe, which …

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Boehner: Trump’s term ‘disaster,’ aside from foreign affairs

May 27, 2017

… Scavino, the White House social media director, called Boehner a “disaster” in a tweet Friday. Scavino posted video of Boehner fighting back tears in the tweet. Boehner said he’s been friends with Trump for 15 years, but still has a hard time envisioning him as president. He also said Trump shouldn’t be allowed to Tweet overnight. David Schnittger, a spokesman for Boehner, confirmed the comments on Friday. According to Rigzone, Boehner said that the Republican tax …

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Donald Trump Says Special Counsel Appointment ‘Hurts Our Country Terribly’

May 19, 2017

… anchors at the White House. Later,during a news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, he again attacked the investigation. There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaignbut I can only speak for myself, he said. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), emerging on Capitol Hill from a closed-door briefing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller on Wednesday, cast the investigation ofFlynn and possible Trump campaign ties to Russiaas far more …

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