Trump says both sides to blame amid Charlottesville backlash

August 21, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump, in a staggering, impromptu news conference in New York on Tuesday, blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend on both sides of the conflict — equating the white supremacists on one side with the “alt-left” on the other side — after his top White House aides spent days trying to clean up after Trump’s initial vague response to the violence. “I think there is blame…

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Anthony Scaramucci out as White House communications director

August 20, 2017

(CNN)Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director, the latest sign of chaos inside the Trump administration. “Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Monday afternoon. “Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give chief of staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him…

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Donald Trump just held the weirdest Cabinet meeting ever

August 19, 2017

(CNN)Leave it to Donald Trump to reinvent the Cabinet meeting. Um, ok. While Trump has signed a number of executive orders and actions — the most high profile of which, the so-called “travel ban” was, again, blocked by a court on Monday — what he hasn’t really done is pass actual legislation through Congress. The health care bill is tied up in Senate machinations. Tax reform hasn’t moved an inch….

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White House: Feds will step up marijuana law enforcement

August 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)The White House said Thursday it expects law enforcement agents to enforce federal marijuana laws when they come into conflict with states where recreational use of the drug is permitted. “I do believe you will see greater enforcement of it,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said regarding federal drug laws, which still list marijuana as an illegal substance. That’s a reversal from the Obama administration’s stance, which laid…

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Trump to reinstate US military ban on transgender people

August 16, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving “in any capacity” in the US armed forces. “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump said in a series of tweets Wednesday morning. “Our military must…

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Civil rights leaders demand Trump disavow white supremacists

August 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)A coalition of major civil rights and faith groups on Sunday called on President Donald Trump to “directly disavow the white supremacists” who participated in violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend — a reference to Trump’s remarks condemning the deadly clashes on Saturday. Farhana Khera, the president and executive director of Muslim Advocates, said that Bannon and Gorka’s presence in the administration sends the “silent message to extremists…

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Bill Maher on Trump’s presidency

August 14, 2017

(CNN)Bill Maher says he got it wrong. “I was wrong that the stock market hates volatility and uncertainty, and who is more volatile than Donald Trump? But I guess I underestimated their greed, because they still want their tax cut,” he said.

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Colombian President to Pence: No US military intervention in Venezuela

August 14, 2017

(CNN)Two days after US President Donald Trump said he would not rule out a military option to intervene in Venezuela, the President of Colombia had a message for his American counterpart: Rule it out. “Since friends have to tell them the truth, I’ve told Vice President Pence the possibility of military intervention shouldn’t even be considered,” Santos said.

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Why Trump’s words — and omissions — matter

August 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)From time to time, in moments of tragedy or international peril, a president is called up on to say the right words at the right time and foster the national unity or summon the gravity such events often produce. Trump did hit out at an “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence” on Saturday after a woman died when a man with reported neo-Nazi sympathies allegedly rammed protestors opposing…

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Trump finally comments on white nationalist rally, violence in Charottesville

August 13, 2017

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock After hours of silence, President Donald Trump finally commented on the white nationalist rally and related violence happening in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday. Am in Bedminster for meetings & press conference on V.A. & all that we have done, and are doing, to make it better-but Charlottesville sad! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017 SEE ALSO: A round of applause for student counter-protesters who stood up to…

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Omarosa Manigault spars with black journalist convention panel

August 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)White House aide Omarosa Manigault’s chilly reception on a panel at a convention for black journalists Friday spiraled into a screaming match following questions about President Donald Trump’s views on police brutality. Gordon pressed Manigault about her role as director of communications for the White House’s Office of Public Liaison and her views on the current state of the criminal justice system. Manigault began by talking about the deaths…

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Venezuela calls Trump’s warning of possible military action a ‘crazy act’

August 13, 2017

(CNN)US President Donald Trump would not rule out the possibility of a military intervention in Venezuela, he told reporters Friday. “This is our neighbor,” he added. “You know, we are all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering, and they are dying. We have many options for…

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DNC leader says GOP is ‘the party of racism’

August 12, 2017

Atlanta (CNN)A top Democratic National Committee leader called the Republican Party “the party of racism” at a conference for liberal activists Friday, pointing to President Donald Trump’s positions on immigrants and refugees. “I’m going be with the people who are most likely to win and have policies that are saying we do believe America is a nation of immigrants, we are against racism, we believe in civil rights and we…

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Trump warns North Korea against making ‘overt’ threats

August 12, 2017

(CNN)US President Donald Trump called the leader of China and spoke with the governor of Guam on Friday amid mounting tensions with North Korea. Trump also said he is considering “very strong” new sanctions against Pyongyang. Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo, on the US territory in an area of the Pacific that North Korea has threatened to strike with missiles, said he spoke with Trump and chief of staff John…

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Unscripted Trump takes on tough questions

August 11, 2017

Bridgewater, New Jersey (CNN)The President’s two unscripted appearances before the press here Thursday revealed a commander in chief with a well of pent up opinions looking for an escape. In Washington, the President has been loathe to engage in public with reporters. He departed the White House last week having held fewer solo news conferences than any of his recent predecessors.

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In McConnell spat, Trump banks on his base

August 11, 2017

Washington (CNN)The only surprise about President Donald Trump’s flare-up with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell is that it took so long. Political logic? While Trump appears to be alienating one of the top Republicans he needs most in Washington by searing McConnell, there is some political logic behind his attacks. To begin with, the clash gels with the President’s political sweet spot, setting him up as the frustrated agent of…

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Robert Mueller team details millions in ethics disclosures

August 11, 2017

(CNN)Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller and key members of his team revealed millions of dollars of financial holdings and previous legal work for companies that could figure into their investigation of President Donald Trump’s campaign, according to financial disclosures released Tuesday. Mueller and Aaron Zebley, Mueller’s former chief of staff at the FBI, both represented Facebook at WilmerHale before leaving for the special counsel’s office. And Jeannie Rhee, a…

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Trump’s ad-libbed North Korean missile crisis

August 10, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump effectively ad-libbed his way into a test of wills with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and an unpredictable cycle of escalation — largely due to both men’s propensity for white-hot rhetoric and a desire to project strong leadership. One day after Trump fired off a blistering and improvised warning to rain “fire and fury” over the communist state if it kept up its own threats, North…

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Lawmakers slam Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ toward North Korea

August 10, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump faced criticism from lawmakers in both parties on Tuesday after warning that North Korea would “face fire and fury like the world has never seen” if Pyongyang keeps threatening the United States. “I take exception to the President’s comments because you’ve got to be sure that you can do what you say you’re going to do,” the Arizona Republican said in an interview with Phoenix radio station…

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Trump could disrupt careful diplomatic messaging on North Korea

August 9, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s blunt threat to North Korea that it could face the United States’ “fire and fury” could undermine work the rest of his Cabinet has been doing to defuse growing tensions in Asia. The top US diplomat has paired that endeavor with an equally important but more subtle project: sending messages of reassurance to China and other Asian nations that the US’ aim isn’t to destroy North…

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North Korea ups rhetoric following President Trump’s threat of ‘fire and fury’

August 9, 2017

(CNN)North Korea is threatening to launch preemptive military strikes against the United States, including targeting the US Pacific island territory of Guam, the latest salvo in an increasingly aggressive back-and-forth between Pyongyang and Washington. Pyongyang’s provocation followed the most aggressive language yet from US President Donald Trump on North Korea, who vowed to unleash “fire and fury” if North Korea continued to threaten the United States. How much damage can…

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Trump’s credibility crisis goes nuclear

August 9, 2017

(CNN)With his jaw set and his arms crossed, Donald Trump delivered the most incendiary public threat by an American president in many decades. From political, diplomatic, and historical perspectives, Trump’s threat, delivered from his golf club in New Jersey, was an extraordinary moment and shattered years of national security conventions in apparently threatening to use nuclear weapons in response to an adversary’s rhetoric — rather than an existential threat to…

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Trump at 200 days: Declining approval amid widespread mistrust

August 8, 2017

(CNN)Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump’s overall approval rating stands at its lowest point in CNN polling, while three-quarters of Americans say they can’t trust most of what they hear from the White House. Enthusiasm breaks against Trump by a 2-to-1 margin. Nearly half in the new poll say they strongly disapprove of Trump’s handling of the job (47%), while just a quarter say they feel strongly positive about…

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Trump’s love-hate relationship with China is confusing all of us

August 1, 2017

Image: JUSTIN LANE/EPA/REX/Shutterstock/mashable composite Trump can’t seem to work out his feelings towards China. The U.S. president attacked China on social media, just a day after North Korea tested out a ballistic missile that it claims can reach as far as the U.S. SEE ALSO: Trump started a Twitter war with China, and it worked: China’s mad “I am very disappointed in China…they do NOTHING for us with North Korea,”…

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Even Ivanka learned about the transgender military ban from Trump’s tweets

August 1, 2017

Ivanka Trump, who has to pay very close attention to her dad's tweets.Image: Sean Gallup/Getty Images Ivanka Trump may share the president’s blood and hold a position in the White House, but when it comes to learning about her father’s impromptu announcements, she finds out same way as the rest of the world: Twitter. In fact, according to Politico, Trump’s eldest daughter had absolutely no idea her father was planning…

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