The Trump White House continues to do an amazing job helping writers sell books that slam the Trump White House. And former FBI Director James Comey is the latest beneficiary. In January, Michael Wolff’s exposé “Fire and Fury” painted a devastating portrait of Trump and his administration. The book has sold an astonishing two million copies to date, thanks in part to incessant attacks and weeks of free publicity from the White House.
Never passing up a chance to make Trump look weak on the world stage, the Kremlin on Friday stressed that when it came to last week’s U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria, Russia dictated what bombing sights were off limits. If true, the revelation makes a mockery of Trump’s attempt at get-tough rhetoric about Russia in the days leading up to the strikes.
“Thanks to a map that puts more Democratic than Republican seats at risk, our party will still cling to control of the Senate, but GOP House members lack insulation: They will crawl out from the smoking rubble of a 40- to 50-seat pounding to find they have lost their majority,” writes longtime GOP operative Alex Castellanos.
“According to the Government Accountability Office, the EPA did not comply with the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act by spending more than $5,000 on the phone booth without notifying Congress,” ABC News reports. “By failing to provide such advance notice, EPA violated section 710 of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act.”
“President Donald Trump’s U.S. businesses have received at least $15.1 million in revenue from political groups and federal agencies since 2015,” McClatchy reported on Monday. “But it was Trump’s campaign itself that spent the biggest chunk by far — about 90 percent, or $13.4 million.”
If anyone needed a stellar defense team right now, it’s Trump. But his legal search continues in vain as elite, white-collar attorneys in Washington, D.C., and around the country continue to turn down White House offers to lead Trump’s defense.
Pruitt’s trips included spending taxpayer dollars to repeatedly fly home to Oklahoma on the weekends, as well as visit other destinations, last year. Pruitt also regularly demanded that his flights be booked on Delta airlines — even when the federal government didn’t have a government carrier contract with Delta — because Pruitt wanted to bank as many frequent flyer miles as possible.
Retiring Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will leave two distinct legacies: a weak Trump enabler, and a policy fraud. Ryan simply lacked the moral and political courage to stand up to Trump and his reckless, dangerous, hateful ways. Scared of offending Trump supporters, Ryan submitted and let Trump run wild, completely unchecked by the Republican Party or by the Congress Ryan runs.
At a campaign event with former Trump crony Sebastian Gorka, Ward first made fun of one of her primary opponents, Rep. Martha McSally. McSally often touts her time in the military, but Ward dismissed that as mere “fluff.” “We can’t be fooled by those fluff ads that come in your mailbox, and the 30 seconds you see, because someone’s a pilot, they’d make a good senator,” Ward said. “We’ve seen that, we’ve seen that ad before.”
Suggesting it’s their patriotic duty to take an economic hit for America, Trump on Monday conceded U.S. farmers will likely be hurt by the White House’s unfolding trade war with China. But he stressed that farmers shouldn’t worry if their livelihoods dwindle because he promises to make it up to them.
“The success of our government depends on maintaining the trust of the people we serve,” wrote David Apol, acting director of the Office of Government Ethics wrote in the letter sent Monday morning to the E.P.A. “The American public needs to have confidence that ethics violations, as well as the appearance of ethics violations, are investigated and appropriately addressed.”
From ignoring his top military advisers on Syria strategy, to tossing aside his prepared tax cut statements to wallow in anti-immigration hate rhetoric, to telling supporters on AM talk radio that his real approval rating actually hovers around 60 recent, Trump seems to have retreated even further into a misinformation cocoon within the White House.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is sending his first target, the former attorney to Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, to jail in connection with the ever-expanding Russia probe. And the reason that person’s about to serve time — for lying to prosecutors — could send chills up the spine of Trump advisers.
They’re urging Ryan to help ban all military-style weapons and all accessories that turn semiautomatic weapons into automatic weapons, such as bump stocks. They are also calling for a four-day waiting period on all gun purchases, required background checks on all gun sales, and to increase the legal purchasing age of all guns to 21.
Capping off a rambling White public appearance Friday in what was touted as a “press availability,” Trump once again dodged transparency when he refused to answer almost any questions from the press. After taking just two queries, he quickly exited the room full of reporters and ignored a pointed question about lawsuits that are piling up about his previous extramarital affairs.
“Today, I feel that Fox News is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers,” Peters wrote in a Dear Colleagues email, as reported by BuzzFeed. “Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed.”
With a GOP civil war brewing in Mississippi, some Republicans are already worried about a looming special election there. They’re concerned that this year’s mounting blue wave could elect a Democrat to the U.S. Senate from one of the reddest states in the country.
After demanding credit if Republicans won this week’s Pennsylvania special election, Trump has gone silent after the humiliating defeat. He aggressively backed the hapless Republican Rep. Rick Saccone, making two visits to a district Trump carried by 20 points in 2016.
The Stormy Daniels hush money scandal isn’t going away. And now, it appears that the porn actor and her attorney have outmaneuvered the White House by giving Trump a new deadline to take action. This, while a potentially explosive Daniels interview with CNN’s Cooper Anderson for “60 Minutes” is looming on the horizon.
In Wisconsin, which went for Trump by the narrowest of margins, Republican Gov. Scott Walker has warned that tariffs could hurt the state’s canning and beer industries. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has also condemned the looming trade war. And Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) lamented how the White House doesn’t understand today’s global economy.
Harley-Davidson and Trump have been enjoying something of a bromance for the last two years. But the red state motorcycle manufacturer may soon pay a big price for Trump’s latest, irrational policy plan. And they won’t be alone. During the 2016 campaign, candidate Trump tried to bask in an association with Harley riders.
Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team have detailed interference by 13 Russian operatives in the 2016 election. Now, he is focusing on Trump’s potential role in the stolen Democratic National Committee emails at the center of the scandal.
A vocal group of retired military veterans thinks the idea of arming teachers to possibly open fire on students as complete madness, and they’re taking aim at Trump and the NRA for the dangerous plan. For many who served in the military, unlike Trump, the obvious and horrific red flags are obvious.
Not only Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott skipping Wednesday’s night’s nationally televised town hall meeting on gun violence, where he was invited but declined to participate, but it appears he’s quietly scrubbed himself from a speaker role at the NRA’s upcoming national convention in May.
Tired of the wild, reckless and partisan attacks that Trump and Republicans have been hurling against the FBI, a string of former prosecutors have come forward to run for Congress in hopes of unseating members of the GOP this year. One such candidate is Chris Hunter, a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor, running in Florida’s 12th District.