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    By Sudarshan Varadhan CHENNAI (Reuters) - On annual trips to India as a child, Kamala Harris would go for strolls on the humid beaches of Chennai with her maternal grandfather and his friends, listening intently as they chatted about democracy and the need to treat everyone equally. Harris, born to an Indian mother and a Jamaican father who both immigrated to the United States to study, made history on Tuesday when U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden picked her as his vice president. In a speech in 2018, Senator Harris recalled those early visits to her grandparents in the upscale neighbourhood of Besant Nagar, along the shores of the Bay of Bengal in southern India. "I was not conscious of...
    ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. President Donald Trump’s recent musings about staging his Republican National Convention speech at the White House drew criticism from government ethics watchdogs and even one Republican senator, John Thune of South Dakota. The suggestion wasn’t an isolated blending of official presidential duties and the campaign. It was part of a yearslong pattern of disregarding such boundaries in the Trump White House. There is a law, called the Hatch Act, that prohibits most government officials from engaging in politicking in the course of their official work. The law does not apply to the president or vice president. While...
    President Donald Trump sparked intense mockery — and one very persistent defense — when he mispronounced “Thailand” and “Yosemite” during speeches this week, but that’s not exactly how the official White House transcripts tell the story. Trump gave a speech at the Whirlpool Corporation Manufacturing Plant in Clyde, Ohio Thursday, where he tripped over the word while talking about foreign competition in manufacturing. “Once more, your foreign competitors moved their factories to prevent a level playing field and to avoid liability, Shifting production to Thighland and to Vietnam,,” Trump said in a speech to Whirlpool employees, then quickly corrected himself to add “Thailand and Vietnam. Two places, I like their leaders very much, they’re very nice to us.” While...
    National security adviser Robert O'Brien returned to work at the White House on Tuesday after recovering from a mild case of COVID-19, an administration official confirmed. "The National Security Advisor has already met with the President, who warmly welcomed him back to the West Wing," national security Council spokesman John Ullyot said in a statement. "He has been cleared by doctors after two negative tests for the virus, and has been asymptomatic for over a week," Ullyot added. "His return to duties at the White House is consistent with CDC guidelines and White House Medical Unit advice." The White House last week confirmed that O’Brien had tested positive for COVID-19 and had been working remotely. O'Brien is the highest-ranking White House official...
    National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien has returned to work at the White House after contracting a "mild" case of coronavirus, an administration official told Fox News. O’Brien resumed in-person duties after two negative COVID-19 tests in a row and a week of being asymptomatic. The National Security Agency (NSA) head was able to work remotely during his self-isolation period from his house, which has a secure facility that allows him to view classified information. Early in his bout with the virus, O’Brien experienced mild cold-like symptoms. The official said that O'Brien contracted the virus outside of the White House. He had recently traveled to France to meet with President Emmanuel Macron and was also at a family gathering. NSA ADVISER ROBERT O'BRIEN TESTS POSITIVE FOR...
    The White House on Tuesday will announce a $35 million grant to help fund housing grants for victims of human trafficking. The grants will be delivered by the Office for Victims of Crime, a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs. They will go to 73 different organizations across the country that offer housing assistance, transitional housing, and housing cost assistance. “Shelter is the number one most requested service for all crisis cases on the national human trafficking hotline,” a senior administration official told reporters in a briefing including Breitbart News. Attorney General William Barr will join a roundtable at the White House on human trafficking with Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, White House Special...
    The White House is mandating random coronavirus testing for members of staff in the Executive Office of the President, an official confirmed Monday. The news, first reported by Politico, comes after a handful of individuals working in the White House tested positive for the novel coronavirus, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien. The White House official said Monday that the new policy is part of “ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of the entire White House Complex.” The...
    From left: Counselor to President Hope Hicks, Assistant to the President and White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and White House Staff Secretary Derek Lyons walk across the South Lawn upon return to the White House in Washington, DC on May 21, 2020.Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images Random coronavirus tests at the White House will now become mandatory for staff in the Executive Office of the President, a White House official told CNBC on Monday. The heightened level of enforcement for the random testing policy comes "as part of our ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of the entire White House Complex," the official said....
    BEHIND the scenes, a growing number of high-level Democrats are not only increasingly worried about former Vice President Joe Biden in-general, but most especially, about his chances to defeat President Donald J. Trump in November. These Democratic professionals were burned badly by faulty or fraudulent polls in 2016 so therefore view the current polls showing Biden with a huge lead over Trump as meaningless and even laughable. 4John Kerry embracing Joe Biden on the campaign trail. But is the Vietnam vet about to replace the former VP?Credit: EPA Their deepening apprehension was encapsulated during a recent interview with swing-voters in the all-important state of Michigan. The focus group comprised of voters who bounce back and forth between Republican and...
    Under intense questioning from House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) Attorney General Bill Barr admits he has discussed President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign with the president, including in the White House while official business is being conducted. “Yes or no: Have you discussed the president’s re-election campaign with the president, or with any White House official or surrogate of the president?” Chairman Nadler asked. “Well I’m not going to get in to my discussions with the President,” Barr replied, refusing to answer. “Have you discussed that topic with him? Yes or no?” Nadler pressed. “Not in relation to the program,” Barr offered in a response that was illogical. “I didn’t ask that – I asked if you discussed that –”...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany received $12,000 in payroll payments from the Trump campaign after her official appointment to a position in the Trump administration, as federal election filings examined by Salon show. That would be a clear ethical breach, and could indicate violations of the laws governing campaign finance and payments to political appointees. The campaign reported the payments on April 16 and May 1, in the amount of McEnany’s regular $6,000 biweekly salary, and filed the disbursements as “payroll” expenses. Another filing, viewable here, shows the campaign reimbursed McEnany for $524.57 in travel expenses on May 26. Prior to joining the administration, McEnany served as spokeswoman for the Trump campaign. The White House released a statement officially naming McEnany as its press secretary on April 8. Though she did not give her first official briefing...
    Roger Sollenberger July 27, 2020 11:42PM (UTC) White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany received $12,000 in payroll payments from the Trump campaign after her official appointment to a position in the Trump administration, as federal election filings examined by Salon show. That would be a clear ethical breach, and could indicate violations of the laws governing campaign finance and payments to political appointees. The campaign reported the payments on April 16 and May 1, in the amount of McEnany's regular $6,000 biweekly salary, and filed the disbursements as "payroll" expenses. Another filing, viewable here, shows the campaign reimbursed McEnany for $524.57 in travel expenses on May 26. : Prior to joining the administration, McEnany served as spokeswoman for the Trump campaign. The White House released a statement officially...
    President Trump on Monday said that he has not seen his national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, recently after it was announced that the senior administration official had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Stopping to talk to the media before departing the White House, Trump offered no new details on O’Brien’s case, saying only that he has not been in recent contact with him and that he doesn’t know when he tested positive for COVID-19. A senior administration official on Monday confirmed to Fox News that O’Brien had tested positive for the contagion, making him the highest-ranking administration member to contract the disease. DC MAYOR SAYS TRAVELERS FROM 27 STATES MUST QUARANTINE UPON ARRIVAL IN CAPITAL: SEE THE LIST O'Brien...
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    National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien has coronavirus, making him the most high profile administration individual to test positive Donald Trump’s National Security adviser has coronavirus, a report revealed Monday, making him the most high profile administration individual, with close proximity to the president, to test positive for it. Robert O’Brien contracted COVID-19 while attending a family event, people familiar with his situation told Bloomberg, and has been out of the office since late last week. During isolation, O’Brien has still been running the National Security Council remotely, and one person said he has been doing most of his work over the phone. It is not immediately clear how much contact O’Brien has had with Trump recently. The president’s adviser...
    National security adviser Robert O'Brien has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to multiple reports Monday morning. The senior level White House official contracted the virus while attending a family event and he has been in quarantine while still working, sources told Bloomberg News. O'Brien recently returned from Europe, where he and his top deputy met with officials from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy, said CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins, who confirmed the reporting. People around President Trump are consistently tested for COVID-19. Vice President Mike Pence's top spokeswoman, Katie Miller, tested positive for the virus in May and has since returned to work. O'Brien is the most senior level White House official to date to contract the coronavirus....
    Donald Trump’s campaign is in “full blown panic” over bad polling that includes the prospect of him losing in a large and traditionally deep-red state, former White House official turned Trump critic Anthony Scaramucci says. The former administration member took to Twitter on Sunday to post what appeared to be a response to a series of tweets from the president that took aim specifically at Pennsylvania and Texas, saying that voters there should not go for Biden. In his tweet, Trump referred to his opponent as a “puppet” for far-left figures in the Democratic Party, a line of attack he has adopted against the former vice president. “There is NO WAY a place like Pennsylvania can vote for the Radical...
    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Differences over how to fight the coronavirus pandemic have sparked infighting and tension within the White House, hampering its response as the death toll mounts and President Donald Trump's approval ratings fall. Physicians on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, particularly its coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, are frustrated that warnings about rising cases are being ignored, and dismayed that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the renowned U.S. infectious disease expert, has been demeaned and disparaged, officials said. Trump, who is trailing Democrat Joe Biden in opinion polls ahead of the Nov. 3 election in large part because of voter dissatisfaction with the president's response to the coronavirus, is signaling a possible shift in strategy. After months...
    (CNN)Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said Tuesday he considered himself "more a realist than an alarmist" after President Donald Trump on Sunday labeled him "a little bit of an alarmist" even as the coronavirus pandemic worsens."Well, I mean people have their opinion about my reaction to things. I consider myself more a realist than an alarmist," Fauci told CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead" when asked about Trump's characterization."But, you know, people do have their opinions other than that. I've always thought of myself as a realist when it comes to this."Fauci's comments follow a tense stretch with the President that saw the White House make a concerted effort to discredit him as he became increasingly...
    The idea of infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci being fired by the White House as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic is "unimaginable," National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins said Sunday. Collins said that he has not received any requests from the White House that Fauci – the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – be demoted amid grumblings from some in the Trump administration over his handling of the pandemic and condemnation from Fauci over what he sees as attacks against him. “Nobody has asked me to do that, and I find that concept unimaginable,” Collins said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “And I am amused that everybody's calling me Dr. Fauci’s boss because his real boss is his...
    Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., is seen near the statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the Capitol Rotunda before a memorial service for the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., in Statuary Hall on Thursday, October 24, 2019. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Flags were flown half-mast at the White House and the Capitol on Saturday in honor of the passing of civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis. Lewis was a 17-term congressman for Georgia who died Friday at the age of 80 after a months-long battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Lewis's death prompted an outpouring of online reactions from lawmakers, celebrities, and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, but President Donald Trump did not...
    Todas Philipson, who served three years as acting chairman of President Donald Trump administration’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), said on Friday that the White House was warned about a potential pandemic outbreak in September. Speaking with CNN anchor Poppy Harlow, Philipson — who tested positive for the novel coronavirus less than a month before leaving his White House post — said that his team authored a special report on pandemics. Titled “Mitigating the Impact of Pandemic Influenza through Vaccine Innovation,” the report warned that the Untied States would not be able to handle a pandemic, pointing out that a virus would cause nearly half a million Americans to die and lead to unprecedented economic damage. “The White House is...
    A top Democrat said the White House is blocking all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials from testifying in front of his panel. Rep. Bobby Scott, the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, said his invitation for CDC Director Robert Redfield, or a designee, to testify next Thursday in front of the committee about how to reopen schools safely during the coronavirus pandemic is being stonewalled by the Trump administration. “It is alarming that the Trump Administration is preventing the CDC from appearing before the Committee at a time when its expertise and guidance is so critical to the health and safety of students, parents, and educators,” the Virginia Democrat said in a statement on Friday. “This...
    (CNN)The White House is blocking US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield and other officials from the agency from testifying before a House Education and Labor Committee hearing on reopening schools next week, just as the debate over sending children back to classrooms has flared up across the US.White House officials informed the committee of its decision in an email, a staff member on the House panel told CNN. "Dr. Redfield has testified on the Hill at least four times over the last three months. We need our doctors focused on the pandemic response," a White House official said, confirming the decision to block the CDC's participation in the hearing. But a spokesman for the House...
    The “criminals” who have vandalized and targeted Catholic Churches and religious statues will be prosecuted “to the fullest extent of the law,” a senior White House official told the Daily Caller News Foundation on Friday. The White House official cited the “recent onslaught of violence against Catholic monuments like the Virgin Mary statue in Boston and the Jesus statue in Miami” calling these acts “absolutely appalling.” “President Trump joins the Catholic community in solidarity during this difficult time,” the official told the DCNF. “Rest assured, President Trump will always demand law and order in American communities, and ensure the criminals causing these sacrilegious acts will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” The president signed an executive order...
    President Trump on Wednesday spoke with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, amid withering critic from some in the White House about Fauci’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. A senior administration official confirmed to Fox News that Trump and Fauci talked – marking the first time the president is believed to have had a conversation with the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in more than two months. The conversation comes after Peter Navarro, a trade adviser to Trump, published a shocking op-ed piece in USA Today where he accused Fauci of being “wrong about everything” when it comes to the novel coronavirus pandemic. TRADE ADVISER PETER NAVARRO TEARS INTO FAUCI: 'HE'S BEEN...
    On Tuesday night, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro—whom Donald Trump affectionately calls “my Peter”—decided to dump gasoline on a simmering fire when he sent USA Today a statement that it published as an op-ed in which he slammed Dr. Anthony Fauci for standing in the way of “the president’s courageous decision” making on the COVID-19 pandemic. Having just downplayed the significance of anti-Fauci talking points that they themselves had sent to media outlets, members of the White House press office were left, once again, to repair the residual damage, insisting that the USA Today opinion piece didn’t go through the “normal White House clearance processes.” But the fact that Navarro didn’t get official clearance for his statement was largely...
    By JILL COLVIN and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Infighting over the White House's handling of the coronovirus pandemic is spilling further into public view, with trade adviser Peter Navarro panning Dr. Anthony Fauci as President Donald Trump stands watch. Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, called the criticism “nonsense” and “a bit bizarre.” The long-simmering tiff escalated when Navarro wrote an op-ed in USA Today skewering Fauci, writing that the doctor “has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on. ... So when you ask me whether I listen to Dr. Fauci’s advice, my answer is: only with skepticism and caution.” In an interview with The Atlantic, Fauci responded: “I can’t explain Peter Navarro....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Infighting over the White House’s handling of the coronovirus pandemic is spilling further into public view, with trade adviser Peter Navarro panning Dr. Anthony Fauci as President Donald Trump stands watch. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, called the criticism “nonsense” and “a bit bizarre.” The long-simmering tiff escalated when Navarro wrote an op-ed in USA Today skewering Fauci, writing that the doctor “has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on. … So when you ask me whether I listen to Dr. Fauci’s advice, my answer is: only with skepticism and caution.” In an interview with The Atlantic, Fauci returned: “I can’t explain Peter Navarro. He’s in a world by himself. So I...
    Kanye West filed with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday in his first official step toward running for president in November. The rapper filled out the first form required by the FEC to run for president – Form 1: Statement of Organization – declaring that the Kanye 2020 committee will serve as the 'Principal Campaign Committee' with West as its candidate. West 43, declared he will be running as a third party candidate for the BDY Party, which he says stands for the Birthday Party. The FEC form signals West is serious about running for president in November after announcing on July 4 that he would be seeing the White House four years earlier than he previously said. 'We must...
    White House trade adviser Peter Navarro’s battle with Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciTrump adviser knocks Fauci: Wrong about 'everything' Overnight Health Care: Experimental COVID-19 vaccine shows immune response in early results Fauci: Young people have 'societal responsibility' to avoid COVID infection MORE intensified on Wednesday, putting the White House in a difficult position as it struggles to downplay evidence of a rift between President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pitches Goya Foods products on Twitter Sessions defends recusal: 'I leave elected office with my integrity intact' Former White House physician Ronny Jackson wins Texas runoff MORE and one of the nation’s most trusted health experts.  In an extraordinary move, Navarro took out an op-ed in USA Today, the country’s largest newspaper, cataloguing...
    The watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) says in a complaint filed on Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pitches Goya Foods products on Twitter Sessions defends recusal: 'I leave elected office with my integrity intact' Former White House physician Ronny Jackson wins Texas runoff MORE’s chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - California a coronavirus cautionary tale as it retrenches to stave off infections The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Signs of a Trump, Fauci rift on display Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios MORE violated the federal Hatch Act during two separate interviews on Fox News...
    President Trump said Wednesday that he has a “very good relationship” with Dr. Anthony Fauci, just hours after White House trade adviser Peter Navarro published a blistering op-ed criticizing the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for his projections on the coronavirus pandemic. “I get along very well with Dr. Fauci,” Trump told reporters Wednesday in the Oval Office. “I have a very good relationship with Dr. Fauci.” TRADE ADVISER PETER NAVARRO TEARS INTO FAUCI: 'HE'S BEEN WRONG ABOUT EVERYTHING'  His comments came after Navarro tore into Fauci in a stunning op-ed published by USA Today. “Dr. Anthony Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public, but he has been wrong about everything I have interacted...
      According to the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch: An employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity, including nonprofit organizations of which the employee is an officer or member, and persons with whom the employee has or seeks employment or business relations. Ivanka Trump wouldn't be the first Trump administration official to violate this law. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was accused of violating the same law in 2017, when she promoted Ivanka Trump's fashion brand during an interview with...
    While there is definitely "common ground" in the debate over police reform, the left is "playing politics" instead of problem-solving, Deputy Assistant to the President Ja'Ron Smith asserted Tuesday. In an interview on "America's Newsroom," Smith said that while both sides of the aisle may agree on some issues, it's "all about getting on the legislation." Smith referenced South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott's police reform bill which failed a procedural "test" vote in June. SEATTLE MAYOR PLANS TO MOVE 911, OTHER FUNCTIONS OUTSIDE POLICE DEPARTMENT "Senator Scott really pushed to have that done in the Senate so we can have this conversation. But, too many people on the left are playing politics with it instead of getting the work done," he said. "But,...
    Washington — A top health official on the White House coronavirus task force said Tuesday that "none of us lie" to the public, contradicting President Trump, who shared a Twitter post baselessly accusing government medical experts of "lying." Admiral Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health who has taken the lead on expanding testing, told NBC's "Today" that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts "are completely transparent with the American people." He said that coronavirus guidance, such as whether to wear a mask, has been updated as more is learned about the virus. "We may make mistakes occasionally, but none of us lie," Giroir said. He also contradicted Mr. Trump's repeated assertions that the virus...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — With U.S. virus cases spiking and the death toll mounting, the White House is working to undercut its most trusted coronavirus expert, playing down the danger as President Donald Trump pushes to get the economy moving before he faces voters in November. The U.S. has become a cautionary tale across the globe, with once-falling cases now spiraling. However, Trump suggests the severity of the pandemic that has killed more than 135,000 Americans is being overstated by critics to damage his reelection chances. Trump on Monday retweeted a post by Chuck Woolery, once the host of TV’s “Love Connection,” claiming that “Everyone is lying” about COVID-19. Woolery’s tweet attacked not just the media and Democrats but the Centers...
    By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House plans to announce on Monday that U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios is being tapped to serve as the acting Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. A White House official said Kratsios, who is President Donald Trump's top technology policy advisor, will also serve as the acting Pentagon chief technology officer. The Defense Department has the largest research and development budget in the federal government and Kratsios will oversee the Missile Defense Agency, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Defense Innovation Unit, Space Development Agency and the DoD Laboratory enterprise. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a statement the Pentagon sought "someone with experience in identifying and...
    Igor Derysh July 13, 2020 3:05PM (UTC) The White House sent reporters documents seeking to discredit top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci after he disputed claims made by President Donald Trump about the new coronavirus. An anonymous White House official released a statement claiming that "several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things" and included a "lengthy list" of comments he made early in the outbreak which turned out to be incorrect, The Washington Post first reported. : The document was sent to reporters at seemingly every mainstream news outlet. "Confirming Washington Post reporting-- WH openly discrediting Fauci," CNN's Kristen Holmes tweeted. "As @washingtonpost first reported, a White House [official]...
    Alex Wong/Getty Images White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino publicly blasted White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci Sunday on Facebook. Scavino posted a cartoon by conservative illustrator Ben Garrison which showed Fauci as a faucet flushing the economy down a sink, with labels including “Indefinite lockdown!” and “Shut up and obey!” “Sorry, Dr. Faucet! At least you know if I’m going to disagree with a colleague, such as yourself, it’s done publicly — and not cowardly, behind journalists with leaks,” Scavino commented. “See you tomorrow!” Dr. Fauci has faced an onslaught of criticism from the White House this past week, culminating in the White House reportedly sending reporters a list of contradictory...
    President Trump retweeted a message criticizing health expert Dr. Anthony Fauci and Democrats over coronavirus social distancing measures. The social media offensive against Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a core member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, came after the White House shared an opposition research memo seeking to discredit the top health official. "So based on Dr. Fauci and the Democrats, I will need an ID card to go shopping but not to vote?" said an April tweet by conservative host Mark Young, who co-hosts a podcast with former game show host Chuck Woolery, that was retweeted by Trump. So based on Dr. Fauci and the Democrats, I will...
    Donald Trump's chief of staff has begun an aggressive campaign to root out leakers from the White House, according to a new report, and yet the president has been reluctant to act when leakers are 'outed' and close to him. Mark Meadows, who in March became Trump's fourth chief of staff in a little over three years, has told staff of his scheme, Axios reported. Meadows has been deliberately feeding false information to key people, to see what appears in the media. 'Meadows told me he was doing that,' said one former White House official. 'I don't know if it ever worked.'  Donald Trump pictured with Mark Meadows, his chief of staff, who is looking for leakers The 60-year-old...
    Amid an ongoing spike in U.S. coronavirus cases and deaths, the White House has compiled information on the times when Dr. Anthony Fauci has erred. An unnamed White House officials has assembled a list of statements by Fauci that have not held up and distributed it to members of the media. President Trump said last week Fauci has made 'a lot of mistakes.' A longtime advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday called it a 'smear.'  And a member of the coronavirus task force, Admiral Brett Giroir, who heads testing efforts, said Sunday Fauci is not '100 per cent right.' Unnamed White House officials have been spreading opposition information on Dr. Fauci about times he has been 'wrong'
    Alex Wong/Getty Images Over the weekend, the White House sent out a statement to multiple media outlets trying to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci — one of the top members of the White House’s own coronavirus task force. Fauci’s public sidelining had been notable — he’s been making less frequent media appearances and just last week one Sunday show said their attempts to book him haven’t been approved for months, while the president himself has made it clear he’s at odds with Fauci — but recent reports have indicated that Fauci has been privately sidelined as well. Per the Washington Post: Fauci no longer briefs Trump and is “never in the Oval [Office] anymore,” said a senior administration official who spoke on the...
    Adm. Brett Giroir pushed back on some of the public health recommendations made by his colleague on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Anthony Fauci. "I respect Dr. Fauci a lot, but Dr. Fauci is not 100% right, and he also doesn't necessarily — and he admits that — have the whole national interest in mind," Giroir said Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press. "He looks at it at a very narrow public health point of view." The Washington Post reported Saturday on recent conversations between the White House and Fauci, during which the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases pushed for lockdowns in the parts of the country experiencing COVID-19 spikes. "There is...
    The U.S.'s top coronavirus testing official Adm. Brett Giroir said Sunday that top infectious disease expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciDeSantis breaks with Fauci, says Florida didn't rush reopening Overnight Health Care: Coronavirus deaths rise again amid mounting outbreaks | The Trump-Fauci divide is getting more apparent | New York to deliver remdesivir to Florida after DeSantis dismisses offer for help BioNTech CEO confident vaccine will be ready for regulatory approval by end of 2020 MORE is “not 100 percent right” because he looks at the coronavirus pandemic from “a very narrow public health point of view.” NBC's “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddTrump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record Cuomo: Trump administration 'in denial'...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been “sidelined” by the White House, The Washington Post reported on Saturday. According to the publication’s sources, President Donald Trump’s advisers have limited Fauci’s television appearances, keeping the public health expert “out of the Oval Office.” As one senior administration official put it, Fauci is “never in the Oval [Office] anymore.” He last briefed the president on the situation with the coronavirus pandemic during the first week of June. The two men have reportedly not spoken since. Individuals briefed on the matter revealed that the White House has been growing increasingly frustrated with Fauci’s bluntness. The nation’s leading expert has made a number of statements critical...
    (CNN)The White House has tapped Ryan Tully to be the top official on Europe and Russia at the National Security Council, making him the fifth person to occupy that job in the last three and a half years of the Trump administration, three sources familiar with the decision told CNN Friday. Tully currently serves on the NSC as senior adviser for arms control and deputy senior director for the council's directorate on weapons of mass destruction but will move over to his new post next week, the sources said.NSC Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs placed on administrative leaveTully's previous role at the NSC was part of the office that, in part, incorporated the global health security directorate that...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE plans to visit Atlanta next week to announce a new initiative to speed up infrastructure projects, according to a White House official. Trump is expected to deliver remarks at the UPS Hapeville Airport Hub highlighting his administration’s efforts to cut regulations. Trump will announce a new rule that the White House says will expedite the environmental review of the I-75 lane expansion in the state as well as other such projects across the country.  “This infrastructure project will...
    Some of Donald Trump’s advisers wish he’d tone down the racism. But others think it’s a winning strategy. Guess which side is going to triumph here? Trump is “going with his gut” and “relying on instinct,” two unnamed officials tell NBC News. And Donald Trump’s gut and instincts will always mean more racism. The debate, as NBC News reports it, is between “some political allies encouraging him to embrace a divisive tone likely to further inflame civic unrest seen across the country over the past month and deliver political wins by rallying his supporters” and those who think “Trump is making a mistake by stoking racial divisions and continuing to revive the kind of grievances he also aired in 2016, when he stoked racial...
    Some of Donald Trump’s advisers wish he’d tone down the racism. But others think it’s a winning strategy. Guess which side is going to triumph here? Trump is “going with his gut” and “relying on instinct,” two unnamed officials tell NBC News. And Donald Trump’s gut and instincts will always mean more racism. The debate, as NBC News reports it, is between “some political allies encouraging him to embrace a divisive tone likely to further inflame civic unrest seen across the country over the past month and deliver political wins by rallying his supporters” and those who think “Trump is making a mistake by stoking racial divisions and continuing to revive the kind of grievances he also aired in 2016, when he stoked...
    President Donald Trump has proven to be a volatile and unpredictable president, and more and more individuals close to him believe he might upend the November election. One veteran Republican operative told Politico that it’s been stunning how many Trump associates believe he could bail out of the race to avoid a repudiating defeat, just as he’s declared bankruptcy in his business career. “He doesn’t want to be a loser, and that’s all in jeopardy now,” the strategist said. “It’s less than 50-50, but I’m amazed at the amount of New Yorkers that are talking about this — his former friends. … They think he’s looking for an excuse to get out.” “He doesn’t want to be a loser, and...
    Washington (CNN)The Trump administration on Tuesday will continue its push for schools across the US to reopen despite a recent surge in coronavirus cases that threaten President Donald Trump's desire to get the country back to normal.In a series of events at the White House, the Trump administration will promote a plan to provide financial resources and share best practices as it strongly urges a return to school for what it says is the "holistic health" of the nation, according to administration officials who briefed reporters.The school year is rapidly approaching, in some places as soon as August. Being able to safely reopen schools would not only help resume a normal education environment but alleviate parents of the obligations that...
    White House economic adviser Peter Navarro said people are too focused on having conversations about race relations. During a CNN interview on Tuesday morning, the economist and author shared an anecdote about his "awakening" on race and his thoughts on the recent spotlight on social injustice following the death of George Floyd. "My awakening on the race issue was when I was 8 years old in a Woolworth’s store in West Palm Beach, Florida, when I walked over, and I took a drink from the colored water fountain because I wanted to see colored water. And this woman came up to me and just gently said, 'you can’t — can’t drink from that.' I go, 'Why?' She says that’s for...
    A senior Trump administration official said that President Trump's upcoming visit from Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will help build on the leaders' relationship — while pushing back against criticism from Democrats over the meeting. The visit is the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders. It's scheduled to take place Wednesday at the White House. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, comprised entirely of Democrats, accused Trump in a letter last week of staging the meeting as a distraction from what they called a "failure to lead" as many states have faced spikes in coronavirus cases. RONNA MCDANIEL HITS BACK AT DEMS SLAMMING TRUMP FOR SCHEDULING RALLY: 'THEY WERE SILENT' DURING LEFT-WING PROTESTS "It’s really a shame it's being used for political convenience," the...
    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is due to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump on his first official visit to Washington Wednesday, pending the results of his coronavirus test.  Lopez Obrador said, he will announce the results of his test on Tuesday and will undergo another test when arriving in the U.S. if it’s part of the protocol.  The White House said in a statement that both leaders will recognize the historic United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which took effect on July 1.  The Mexican leader said, his visit to Washington is important because the agreement aims to create jobs in North America at a time when the pandemic has crippled many of the world's economies.  Some political observers urged Lopez Obrador to reject the White House invitation, citing Trump's characterization of some Mexicans as criminals...
    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is due to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump on his first official visit to Washington Wednesday, pending the results of his coronavirus test.  Lopez Obrador said, he will announce the results of his test on Tuesday and will undergo another test when arriving in the U.S. if it’s part of the protocol.  The White House said in a statement that both leaders will recognize the historic United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which took effect on July 1.  The Mexican leader said, his visit to Washington is important because the agreement aims to create jobs in North America at a time when the pandemic has crippled many of the world's economies.  Some political observers urged Lopez Obrador to reject the White House invitation, citing Trump's characterization of some Mexicans as criminals...
    By ROB GILLIES TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned down a White House invitation to celebrate the new regional free trade agreement in Washington with U.S President Donald Trump and and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Trump and López Obrador are due to meet Wednesday Washington, but Trudeau spokesperson Chantal Gagnon said Monday that while Canada wishes the U.S. and Mexico well, Trudeau won’t be there. “While there were recent discussions about the possible participation of Canada, the prime minister will be in Ottawa this week for scheduled Cabinet meetings and the long-planned sitting of Parliament,” Gagnon said. Trudeau is conducting online Cabinet meetings instead of in person meetings because of the coronavirus pandemic. A senior...
    White House economic adviser Peter Navarro claimed that the Chinese government knowingly allowed people who had contracted the coronavirus to travel overseas before the virus was declared a pandemic. Navarro, who is on the coronavirus response team for the White House, sparred with Ali Velshi in a Saturday afternoon interview on MSNBC about the Chinese Communist Party's role in spreading the virus as COVID-19 cases again spike in places around the United States. "I want everybody right here today, as the day before America’s Independence Day, to understand where this virus started — with the Chinese Communist Party that is making us stay locked in our homes and lose our jobs. They spawned the virus. They hid the virus. They...
    (CNN)Dr. Anthony Fauci, arguably the most trusted man in America, is practically invisible right now. Fauci is not appearing on any of the major US television networks at a brutal stage of the coronavirus pandemic. Appearances by other members of the coronavirus task force are also few and far between.Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Robert Redfield are rarely granting interviews to national news outlets, according to a CNN analysis of the past two workweeks.The officials have busy jobs, to be sure, but communicating with the public is of utmost importance, especially when Covid-19 cases are rising and Americans are receiving mixed messages about what to do.Read MoreCNN and other TV networks routinely ask for interviews with Fauci and other task...
    Every day, normal presidents would meet with their intelligence staff and hear about the threats against Americans. MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace said that obviously, after 9-11, it was even more critical to understand how to protect Americans at home and abroad. “Normal presidents start every day before they meet with people like me in the press office, they meet with people like you,” Wallace said to Ben Rhodes, former Deputy National Security Advisor under President Barack Obama. “They want to know threats about Americans…and the standard isn’t after the attack isn’t after the attack is successful. You failed if that’s when you walk into the Oval with intel. The standard is when you’re strategizing how to muster the forces diplomatically, militarily,...
    (CNN)A divide has emerged inside President Donald Trump's inner circle over whether he should turn his attention back to the coronavirus pandemic or continue to focus on reopening the economy, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.As cases surge in dozens of states, Trump has remained mostly silent on the matter, focusing instead on protecting statues and stoking racial and cultural divisions. While others in his administration -- including Vice President Mike Pence -- make appeals for Americans to continue socially distancing and wear masks, Trump again suggested Wednesday the virus would "disappear."That has led to concerns, even among some of his own aides, that Trump appears disengaged from a deadly crisis that continues to grip the nation. Trump calls...
    Washington — National security adviser Robert O'Brien said Wednesday that the senior career CIA officer who briefs President Trump in person made the decision not to verbally brief him on intelligence about a Russian scheme to offer bounties targeting American troops in Afghanistan, saying she lacked confidence in the veracity of the intelligence. "The president's career CIA briefer decided not to brief him because it was unverified intelligence," O'Brien said in an interview with Fox News, adding that she is "an outstanding officer." O'Brien told reporters at the White House following his interview that the CIA officer who serves as the president's briefer, who he did not identify, decided not to tell Mr. Trump of the Russian bounty operation "because...
    (CNN)The White House used a last-minute briefing Tuesday to continue defending President Donald Trump against accusations he let languish intelligence about Russia paying bounties to the Taliban for killing American troops.Announced an hour ahead of time, the briefing came as Trump's election-year rival Joe Biden accused the President of shirking his duties as commander in chief by not acting on the intelligence when it first appeared in the President's Daily Brief, the highly classified summary of the nation's secrets.The White House has insisted the information was neither verified nor credible, and said it did reach Trump because there was no consensus within the intelligence community about its veracity.Yet the information about Russian bounties was included in a President's Daily Brief...
    Donald Trump's daily briefing book contained intelligence claiming that Russia was paying the Taliban bounties for dead American troops, CNN reported Monday night. A U.S. official told the network that the assessment was part of the printed material given to the president every day at some point in 'spring.' The disclosure comes after Trump claimed on Sunday that 'intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or [Mike Pence].' White House officials, including press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, have offered a guarded response to whether Trump was informed about the bombshell claim. On Monday she declined to answer directly whether it was in the Presidential Daily Brief, the...
    Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley is moving over to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSouth Korea slams Bolton book as 'distorting the reality' of nuclear talks Democrats face tough questions with Bolton Protesters try to bring down statue of Andrew Jackson near White House MORE's reelection campaign, where he will serve as a top spokesman, people familiar with the matter confirmed Tuesday. Gidley, who has served in the White House press shop since 2017, will take over as the Trump campaign's national press secretary. That role was previously filled by Kayleigh McEnany, who is now the White House press secretary. Trump had hinted at the move during a gaggle with reporters at the White House on Tuesday morning. His shift...
    (CNN)White House trade adviser Peter Navarro claimed Sunday that President Donald Trump was being "tongue in cheek" when Trump revealed at a campaign rally that he's told officials in his administration to slow down coronavirus testing because of the rising number of cases in America. But Trump has questioned Covid-19 testing before.Trump, while claiming the US has now tested some 25 million people, said in part: "When you do testing to that extent, you're going to find more people; you're going to find more cases. So I said to my people, 'Slow the testing down please.' "Trump made the shocking admission alongside a bunch of repeated false claims during his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday night. Dr. Ashish Jha,...
    Donald Trump will share the details of a new policing executive order Tuesday afternoon in the Rose Garden that will focus on 'de-escalation tactics' that still embolden cops to do their job and keep communities safe.  A senior administration official told reporters Monday night that during his remarks, the president will also call on Congress to get a bill passed that he feels can make more of a difference. 'The President is going to call on Congress to hopefully pass legislation that can make a difference,' the official said. Trump's three-tier plan will include a plank on 'best practices,' which will include police departments receiving training on de-escalation, when and how to properly use force and 'community engagement.' It also...
    WASHINGTON - The thousands of people expected to attend next Saturday’s political rally for President Donald Trump in Oklahoma “probably” ought to wear a face mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Sunday.  The Trump campaign, however, has not said whether it plans to enforce guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control calling for face coverings at large gatherings such as the Trump rally in in Tulsa. As many as 19,000 people could crowd into the city’s BOK Center to take part in the president’s first large-scale rally in three months.  Kudlow told CNN that as U.S. workers return to their jobs after being laid off because of the spread of...
    Whatever they might be saying about President Donald Trump in private, most Republicans in Congress and GOP governors are afraid to openly criticize him. But David Meyers, who served in the George W. Bush White House from 2006-2009, has a warning for Republicans who are rallying around Trump: in an article for the conservative website The Bulwark, Meyers asserts that Trump’s toxic legacy will also be their toxic legacy. “Donald Trump’s actions have so demeaned and debased our country and the role of president that we’ve become accustomed to them,” Meyers explains. “Things we previously thought unimaginable — a president who makes racist statements and calls a free press the ‘enemy’ of the people, who explicitly supports political violence, who...
    WASHINGTON -- Tensions between the White House and Pentagon have stretched to near a breaking point over President Donald Trump's threat to use military force against street protests triggered by George Floyd's death.Friction in this relationship, historically, is not unusual. But in recent days, and for the second time in Trump's term, it has raised a prospect of high-level resignations and the risk of lasting damage to the military's reputation.Calm may return, both in the crisis over Floyd's death and in Pentagon leaders' angst over Trump's threats to use federal troops to put down protesters. But it could leave a residue of resentment and unease about this president's approach to the military, whose leaders welcome his push for bigger budgets...
    (CNN)The White House wanted to have 10,000 active duty troops on the streets of Washington and other cities earlier this week to quell protesters, but Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint of Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley pushed back at the use of any active duty troops, according to a senior defense official. Esper did move approximately 1,600 active duty troops to be in the Washington, DC, region to respond if needed but the approximately 5,000 National Guard troops already there never needed assistance and the the active troops began to leave Thursday night.A second defense official said Milley strongly felt the threshold -- informally described as dire circumstances -- for calling in active duty...
    U.S. Park Police walked back its claim on Friday that no “tear gas” was used to clear protesters in front of the White House before President Donald Trump crossed the street for his ill-fated photo-op on Monday. The president and his allies had used the claim that there hadn’t been any tear gas used to hit back against critics in the media and elsewhere, who argued it was inappropriate and abusive to clear the street of peaceful protesters. (Trump supporters also argued, with little supportive evidence and extensive reporting to the contrary, that the protest had become violent.) But Sgt. Eduardo Delgado of the Park Police told Vox on Friday that it was a “mistake” for the department to have previously...
    Former NFL player Scott Turner reacted on “Fox & Friends” on Thursday to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ comments about players standing for the national anthem, calling it a "sign of strength and solidarity when the players stand together." “We know that everything in our country is not perfect,” said Turner, the executive director of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council who was a cornerback in the NFL from 1995 to 2003. “We know that there’s [sic] injustices. We know that there’s [sic] equality issues that need to be met, but, as NFL players, as professional players as a whole, I believe it shows a sign of strength when we stand in the midst of knowing what's going on in our country.” He added that “it's a great example...
    (CNN)A former top policy official at the Pentagon, James Miller, resigned from his role on the Defense Advisory Board due to what he said was Secretary of Defense Mark Esper's visible support for law enforcement officers' clearing of protesters from Lafayette Square on Monday.Miller called what he saw as Esper's support for suppressing the protest a violation of Esper's oath of office. Miller served as the Pentagon's undersecretary of defense for policy during the Obama administration."When I joined the Board in early 2014, after leaving government service as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, I again swore an oath of office, one familiar to you, that includes the commitment to 'support and defend the Constitution of the United States ....
    Washington (CNN)Attorney General William Barr on Monday evening ordered authorities to clear a crowd of protesters that had gathered near the White House, according to a Justice Department official, minutes ahead of President Donald Trump's televised address from the Rose Garden.Barr and other top officials from agencies responsible for securing the White House had previously planned to secure a wider perimeter around Lafayette Square, a federally owned green space just north of the building, in response to fires and destruction caused by protestors on Sunday night.That plan, developed earlier Monday, would have cleared the area later used for the President's walk to the nearby St. John's Episcopal Church for a photo-op by 4 p.m. ET, the official said.But it never...
    Senate Democrats on Tuesday sought to officially rebuke President Donald Trump for having federal authorities disperse peaceful protesters outside the White House by using tear gas, among other means. The resolution, a symbolic measure that is expected to be blocked by Republicans, states that Congress "condemns the President of the United States for ordering Federal officers to use gas and rubber bullets against the Americans who were peaceably protesting" in Lafayette Square, a small park on the north side of the White House. The text goes on to accuse Trump of "violating the constitutional rights of those peaceful protestors" because officials used forcible measures, including tear gas, smoke canisters, rubber bullets and riot shields, to quickly disperse the large crowd...
    As protests following the death of George Floyd continue across the country, several fires broke out near the White House, including at St. John's Church, an official U.S. National Historic Landmark built in 1815, the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia reports. "MPD is currently responding to multiple fires intentionally set around the city, including at St. John's Episcopal Church in the 1500 blk of H Street, NW, with @dcfireems. This church has been standing in our city since the early 1800s. Please avoid the area," the MPD wrote in a post Monday on its official Twitter account. The District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DC Fire and EMS) was reported to be extinguishing a...
    The Secret Service took President Trump to the White House's underground bunker as protests over the in-custody death of George Floyd intensified Friday night outside the complex, a senior administration official confirmed to Fox News. “Wasn’t long. But he went," the official said Sunday. The White House declined to comment. The news was first reported Sunday by the New York Times. “The White House does not comment on security protocols and decisions,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said. Around the time Trump headed to the safety, multiple agents were being "assaulted with bricks, rocks, bottles, fireworks and other items -- injuring a number of uniformed division officers and special agents," according to the Secret Service. No one reportedly made it over the White...