Donald Trump shamed into returning White House flag to honour John McCain

Donald Trump shamed into returning White House flag to honour John McCain

Donald Trump was shamed into returning the White House flag to half staff after offering a lukewarm tribute to John McCain. The petulant president broke with protocol and raised the flag again less than 48 hours after the Arizona senator’s death. But following mounting political pressure from veterans and members of Congress, Trump relented and lowered the flag back to half mast on Monday. In a statement, Trump said: “Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honour, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.”

Donald Trump was shamed into u-turning on his decision. McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, lost his battle with brain cancer on Saturday at the age of 81. His death prompted many Americans to lower flags to half-staff, a traditional gesture of honour at the passing of a national leader. But Trump, who had clashed with fellow Republican McCain over various issues and said during his campaign that the senator was “not a war hero,” wavered in his approach to what presidents normally treat as a gesture of courtesy and respect. Senator John McCain lost his battle with brain cancer on Saturday aged 81. Trump’s White House lowered its flag on Saturday, then raised it back following the minimum period under law.

Trump also delayed issuing the customary proclamation for flags to remain at half-staff for longer than the two-day minimum. He also blocked a White House ­statement ­praising the heroics of McCain, a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Trump ordered the White House flag be raised on Monday. He then relented and ordered it be lowered again to half mast. Press secretary Sarah ­Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John Kelly and others had edited a draft, created before the Senator died. It paid tribute to his service in Asia, where he was shot down and captured. According to US reports, Trump did not want to send out a message calling him a “hero”. Instead, he offered only ­“sympathies” to the family of McCain. President Donald Trump put a stop to a statement praising the widely respected Senator John McCain.

Trump’s former legal team spokesman Mark Corallo branded his churlish decision to veto the tribute ­“atrocious”. He said: “At a time like this, you would expect more of an American ­president when you’re talking about the passing of a true American hero.” Other White House staff, including Sanders, posted eulogies over the weekend to McCain. John McCain RIP But as America mourned the death, Trump played golf in ­Sterling, Virginia. He later took to Twitter, to brag about himself, posting: “Over 90% approval rating for your all-time favourite (I hope) president within the Republican Party.” Throughout the final years of McCain’s life Trump took constant snipes at the Arizona Senator. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now He had a pop at the veteran’s military record, despite avoiding draft himself. Trump said: “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

 

Kanye on His Response to Kimmel’s Trump Question: “I Wasn’t Stumped”

Kanye on His Response to Kimmel’s Trump Question: “I Wasn’t Stumped”

On Thursday night, Kanye West has addressed his made an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” At one point in the interview, Kimmel asked Kanye: “Whether we like his personality or not, his actions are really what matter. You so famously and so powerfully said ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people.’ It makes me wonder, what makes you think that Donald Trump does?” Kanye then went silent for a few seconds until the show went to commercial. Kanye has now addressed his lack of response to the question. “On Jimmy Kimmel we had a great time having a dialogue,” he writes. “I’m reading that I was stumped by a question. Let me clarify the click bait. I wasn’t stumped. I wasn’t given a chance to answer the question.” In another Tweet, he adds, “The question was so important I took time to think. And then I was hit with the let’s go to commercial break.”

During the episode, Kimmel wore Yeezys and acknowledged the “dragon energy” in the room during his monologue. He also asked Kanye questions about if he would consider designing uniforms for Trump’s Space Force and if Kanye was concerned when his wife Kim Kardashian was alone in the Oval Office with Trump.

Yesterday, Trump took to Twitter to express gratitude towards Kanye. “Thank you to Kanye West and the fact that he is willing to tell the TRUTH,” he wrote. “One new and great FACT – African American unemployment is the lowest ever recorded in the history of our Country. So honoured by this. Thank you Kanye for your support. It is making a big difference!”

Kanye is an emotionally intelligent and intellectual person. It is truly admirable of Kanye to outspeak that the strongest emotions of all are – Love and Fear. And, Love conquers all, even Donald Trump. It is unclear what “TRUTH” Donald Trump referred to in his tweet but it’s not surprising coming from a someone who’s cognitive abilities are questionable. Here are some references showcasing how challenging it is for the President of United States to be articulate –

What Trump’s Speech Says About his Mental Fitness (NY Times)

Trump Biographer on the President’s Cognitive Decline & Whether He Will Be Impeached

Psychiatrists warn Trump becoming more mentally unstable (CNBC)

If that’s not all, watch this interview with Trump on Brexit where the interviewer asked Trump about Brexit and Trump ends up talking about his electoral victory in Wisconsin and his property in Ireland.

Is Kanye’s support for Trump out of Love [and compassion or empathy]?

Twitter Love – Trump praises Kanye West for being ‘willing to tell the truth’

Trump praises Kanye West for being ‘willing to tell the truth’

President Trump on Friday took to Twitter to praise Kanye West following the rapper’s earlier “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” appearance, in which he defended his decision to support Trump during his bid for the White House.

President Trump on Friday took to Twitter to praise Kanye West following the rapper’s recent “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” appearance, in which he defended his decision to support Trump during his bid for the White House. “Thank you to Kanye West and the fact that he is willing to tell the TRUTH,” Trump tweeted before claiming that unemployment rates for African Americans are “the lowest ever recorded in the history of our Country.” “So honoured by this,” the president continued. “Thank you Kanye for your support. It is making a big difference!”

KANYE WEST DEFENDS HIS SUPPORT FOR TRUMP: ‘LIBERALS CAN’T BULLY ME’ Kanye West appeared on Thursday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and discussed his support for Trump.

The Chicago rapper was a guest on the talk show Thursday night and recalled how during the 2016 presidential election, “every time I said I liked Trump” he was told “that I couldn’t say it out loud or my career would be over.” “I didn’t have the confidence to take on the world and the possible backlash and it took me a year and a half to have the confidence to stand up and put on the hat no matter what the consequences were,” West explained, referring to his “Make America Great Again” hat. He added that no one could “bully” him. TRUMP MOCKS NANCY PELOSI AS ‘WONDERFUL PERSON,’ WHO ‘SHOULD DEFINITELY BE GIVEN A 4THCHANCE’

Trump’s tweets on West came amid his opening on a series of topics on Friday, including a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron and a deal with Mexico. He also tweeted about House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, pleading with Democrats to “not distance” themselves from her in the midst of the midterm elections. “She is a wonderful person whose ideas & policies may be bad, but who should definitely be given a 4th chance,” Trump tweeted. “She is trying very hard & has every right to take down the Democrat Party if she has veered too far left!”

 

Donald Trump just admitted his son conspired with Russians to help elect him

Donald Trump just admitted his son conspired with Russians to help elect him

Donald Trump appeared to admit his son had conspired with a foreign national to help influence the outcome of the 2016 election in a tweet, today. He claims the meeting, which took place in Trump Tower, “went nowhere”, and he insists he did not know about it. But while the President insist the meeting was “totally legal”, merely taking part in the meeting could constitute a criminal conspiracy, whether it was successful or not.

The notorious 2016 meeting was attended by Donald Trump Jr , Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner and his then-campaign manager Paul Manafort, whose trial on unrelated fraud charges began last week At the meeting, Natalia Veselnitskaya a lawyer with links to the Russian government is said to have offered the Trump campaign ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton which could be beneficial to their candidate. Today’s tweet appears to be the first time the President has publicly accepted the purpose of the meeting – to obtain ‘dirt’ on his opponent to influence the election. This tweet could be a big problem

Donald Jr – in a statement understood to have been dictated by the President himself – initially he and Ms Veselnitskaya had “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children” at the meeting. While the President had previously accepted the possibility of ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton may have been discussed at the meeting, he and his son maintained the primary focus was adoption. In today’s tweet, Trump said: “This was a meeting to get information on an opponent.” He went on to say it was “totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere.” A foreign national spending money – or giving something of value – in order to influence an election can be a crime, under the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 – which is based on statutes that have been on the books since the 1960s. If a US citizen were to coordinate, conspire or assist in that spending or gift, that could be a criminal conspiracy – even if it comes to nothing. Trump has always denied he was personally aware of the meeting taking place – something he repeated in today’s tweet, saying: “I did not know about it!” But his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani last Sunday morning, brought up the idea that Trump’s old lawyer, Michael Cohen, had ‘leaked’ that Trump was told about it. He told CNN: “[Cohen] said there was a one-on-one meeting that Donald Jr. came in and told him [Donald Trump] the meeting was about to take place. Well, there are two witnesses that say it didn’t happen [Trump and Don Jr.]. “… The one who allegedly told the president about it was Donald [Jr.], which Donald [Jr.] denies, the president denies, and there’s no corroboration of. And Cohen has never said this at any time up until now.” He later said the idea that Trump knew about the meeting was “categorically untrue.” Which makes it a very weird thing to bring up in a TV interview.

 

Robert Mueller ‘wants to ask Donald Trump about obstruction of justice’

Robert Mueller ‘wants to ask Donald Trump about obstruction of justice’

Special Counsel Robert Mueller plans to interview US President Donald Trump over obstruction of justice as a part of the Russia probe, it emerged yesterday. The revelation comes after Trump unleashed a livid Twitter tirade on Wednesday by which he slammed the long-running federal investigation into Russian meddling through the 2016 presidential election. Trump as soon as once more referred to as the probe a “witch hunt” and accused the particular counsel of being “conflicted.” He mentioned: “This can be a horrible scenario and Lawyer Normal Jeff Classes ought to cease this Rigged Witch Hunt proper now, earlier than it continues to stain our nation any additional. Bob Mueller is completely conflicted, and his 17 Offended Democrats which can be doing his soiled work are a shame to the USA!” In response to insiders, Trump’s outburst got here after studying that Mueller was trying to query the President about obstruction of the Russia probe. ABC Information mentioned Mueller “will restrict the scope of questioning and want to ask questions each orally and written for the President to answer.”

US President Donald Trump has referred to as on Lawyer Normal Jeff Classes to finish the Russia probe Robert Mueller reportedly needs to interview Trump over obstruction of justice Trump has repeatedly mentioned he would meet the particular counsel whereas the president’s private lawyer Rudy Giuliani confirmed that talks with Mueller’s authorized group over the one-on-one are ongoing. “We’ve got an inventory of questions which can be pretty narrowed however we’re ready on the particular counsel’s response,” Giuliani instructed ABC final week. Commentators have learned Trump’s tweets as a command for Lawyer Normal Jeff Classes to fireside Mueller from the FBI probe, an allegation that was flatly denied by Press Secretary Sarah Saunders. California Rep.

Adam Schiff, considered one of Capitol Hill’s high Democrats, wrote on Twitter: “The President of America simply referred to as on his Lawyer Normal to place an finish to an investigation by which the President, his household and marketing campaign could also be implicated. That is an try and impede justice hiding in plain sight.” Classes has no energy to halt the investigation, having recused himself from any issues to do with the Trump marketing campaign or Russia in 2017. Any resolution to take action must be taken by his deputy, Rod Rosenstein. Critics will draw parallels between Trump’s overture and the notorious “Saturday Evening Bloodbath”, a key second within the Watergate scandal when Richard Nixon ordered Lawyer Normal Elliot Richardson to fireside particular prosecutor Archibald Cox. Richardson refused to take action and resigned, as did his deputy William Ruckelshaus.

Cox was ultimately fired by the Justice Division’s third in line, Solicitor Normal Robert Bork. A brand new particular counsel was appointed, and a court docket later dominated the dismissal had been unlawful. The information comes as Trump’s former marketing campaign supervisor, Paul Manafort, faces his first full day of proceedings, within the first trial to emerge from particular counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. Former marketing campaign supervisor Paul Manafort is on trial over cash laundering prices (Picture: AFP) Learn Extra Learn Extra The fees in opposition to Mr Manafort embody claims he promised a financial institution supervisor a job within the Trump administration in return for signing off three fraudulent loans, which Manafort used to fund his lavish way of life after his consulting charges from pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine dried up. It’s claimed the financial institution supervisor, Stephen Calk, needed to be made Secretary of the Military. Mr Manafort denies the costs.

 

Trump leaves crowd in hysterics at his Make America Great Again rally

Trump leaves crowd in hysterics at his Make America Great Again rally

‘The time has come for voter ID,’ Trump said Tuesday night at a rally in Tampa, Fla., which earned him a roar of approval and sustained applause from the crowd. ‘If you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need I.D. You go out and you want to buy anything, you need I.D. And you need your picture. In this country the only time you don’t need it in many cases is when you want to vote,’ he said.

Most grocery stores don’t require identification unless the customer is buying something age restricted, like alcohol.  Election season was clearly on the president’s mind at his rally, which featured a friendly crowd clad in Make America Great Again hats and t-shirt. They waved signs that featured Trump’s new campaign slogan ‘Keep America Great,’ ‘Trump, Pence,’ ‘Women for Trump,’ and ‘Blacks for Trump.’ He failed to address Robert Mueller’s ‘witch hunt’ or Paul Manafort’s trial, which began today, during his speech. In his remarks, Trump endorsed Republican candidates in Florida’s crucial and competitive Senate and gubernatorial races this fall.

The Sunshine State will also be critical to the president’s reelection efforts in 2020.   Scroll down for video  President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Tampa, Florida  Trump was greeted by a supportive crowd at the Florida rally. In his remarks, Trump endorsed Republican candidates in Florida’s crucial and competitive Senate and gubernatorial races this fall Supporters cheer as Trump arrives for the rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Tampa Trump won Florida in the 2016 presidential election, a victory that he was happy to remind the crowd of. But he also talked about his own time in office, reassuring the crowd he would occupy the Oval for seven years. He reminisced about the inauguration and mentioned his family – Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump were with him – as was Eric’s wife Lara – but he also talked about the first lady and how ‘everybody loves Melania.’ He also gave shout-outs to two former campaign officials who were with him: ex-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and his former deputy campaign manager David Bossie. He even got in a dig at ‘Crooked Hillary,’ prompting the crowd to shout ‘lock her up’. And he touted other victories such as ending the war on Christmas – making that claim on a muggy day in July in Florida. Trump acknowledged it was early in the year to be talking about the holidays. ‘it’s awfully early to be thinking this, but I always think it,’ he said.  ‘Remember the attack on Merry Christmas? They are not attacking it anymore. Everybody is happy to say Merry Christmas,’ he said. ‘You have these big department stores that say happy holidays. They say where’s the Merry Christmas. Now they are all putting up Merry Christmas again.’ He also teased the crowd, which had filled the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, and been hyped up since before his arrival.

Supporters swarmed CNN reporter Jim Acosta and the media area to scream ‘fake news’ before the president began his remarks and they were on their feet for all of Trump’s speech, often cheering and shouting.  ‘I said we might be a little bit wild, they say he’s not acting presidential and I would say it’s a lot easier to act presidential than to do what I do. Anybody can act presidential,’ he said as the crowd cheered him on.  ‘Ladies and gentlemen of the state of Florida, thank you very much for being here. You are tremendous people and I will leave now because I am boring you to death, thank you,’ he joked as the crowd gave him sustained applause. Trump’s call for a national voter ID system came he railed on Democrats for their stance on illegal immigration, an issue the president has lasered in on in the last few weeks, claiming it was a policy stance that got him elected in the first place. His first called for voter ID in January after he disbanded his controversial commission investigating allegations of voter fraud.  Trump created the commission after claiming that at least 3 million people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election — enough to make up for Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote.  Election season was clearly on the president’s mind at his Monday rally, which featured a friendly crowd clad in Make America Great Again hats and t-shirt Supporters waved signs that featured Trump’s new campaign slogan ‘Keep America Great,’ ‘Trump, Pence,’ ‘Women for Trump,’ and ‘Blacks for Trump’ A supporter of President Donald Trump heckles CNN Jim Acosta, left, during a Trump rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa Supporters cheer as US President Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa A man holds a sign that reads: ‘CNN sucks’ during the rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa However, states wouldn’t hand over their voter data over privacy concerns and there have been no reports or proof of voter fraud on a massive scale. Voting rights groups have been challenging voter ID laws for years, arguing they disproportionately impact voters of colour. Thirty-six states request or require voters to show ID at the polls, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In 2000, 14 states had such laws. Trump claimed the system was needed to keep illegals from voting. ‘In some states, Democrats are trying to give illegal immigrants the right to vote,’ he charged. ‘The Democrats are not doing what we want them to do. They’re not voting our values and what we want to do in the country,’ he said. ‘If you want safety.

If you want a country, vote Republican,’ he told the packed auditorium. ‘We need more votes,’ he said. In his little more than hour-long remarks at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, the president offered a long defence of his record in the White House. ‘I ran for president with no experience and I won,’ he said. ‘I didn’t know anybody Washington but now I know everyone in Washington. I know the good ones. I know the bad ones,’ he added. Support: Ivanka, brother Eric and his wife Lara were at the rally to support their father. Lara shared this photo of the trio to her Instagram  Trump, accompanied by Ivanka Trump, third from right, and Eric Trump, right, the children of President Donald Trump, and Eric’s wife, Lara Trump, second from right, steps off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington after the Tampa rally Ladies in red! (L-R) Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump and Eric Trump exit Marine One as they return from Tampa Ivanka Trump arrives at the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, Tuesday after the Tampa rally In a winding defense of his work, Trump proclaimed ‘we have the best economy in the history of our country now,’ attacked the press, praised U.S. steel, trashed the Democrats, and touted Republican gubernatorial and Senate candidates. Trump is seen arriving back at the White House after the rally His pro-America lines got the largest and loudest applause from the crowd while his attacks on the ‘fake news’ drew plenty of boos. His speech was also peppered with red meat lines intended to rally his core supporters, such as when he said: ‘We will never give up, we will never give in, we will never, ever back down and we will never, ever surrender.’ He added: ‘Because we are Americans and our hearts bleed red, white and blue.

We are one people. We are one family. And we are one glorious nation under God. And together we will make America wealthy again. We will make America strong again. We will make America safe again. We will make America great again.’ The president spent considerable time talking about his trade policies, including tit-for-tat tariffs with China that he said would eventually pay dividends for the United States. The tariffs are causing unease among Republican lawmakers facing tough re-election battles in November, and Trump’s focus on them suggested he was concerned about their potential political impact. China and other top U.S. trade partners zeroed in on American farmers with retaliatory tariffs after the administration imposed duties on Chinese goods as well as steel and aluminium from the European Union, Canada and Mexico. ‘China and others have targeted our farmers. Not good. Not nice. And you know what our farmers are saying? ‘It’s OK. We can take it,’ Trump said. The Trump administration announced a $12 billion farm aid package last week, prompting some farmers and farm-state lawmakers, including Trump’s fellow Republicans, to criticize the move, saying they would rather trade with no tariffs than receive government help. ‘I want to thank our farmers,’ Trump said. ‘Our farmers are true patriots.’ Trump won Florida in the 2016 presidential election, a victory that he reminded the crowd of during the rally Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd during a campaign rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall Trump shakes hands with US Representative Ron DeSantis, Republican of Florida, and candidate for Florida Governor, during the rally Trump, also defended the denuclearization deal he signed with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June in Singapore after reports surfaced that North Korea was proceeding with its missile program. The Singapore summit was long on positive imagery but short on specific benchmarks for North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons. Trump said the fact that North Korea was starting to return the remains of American dead from the 1950s Korean War and that there had been no nuclear or missile tests were offshoots of the summit.’I think it’s going to work out very well,’ he said. ‘No tests, no rockets flying. But we’ll see what happens.’ Trump also repeatedly encouraged the crowd to vote for Republican Ron DeSantis for governor. Trump had previously endorsed the candidate via Twitter, a move that boosted DeSantis’ standing in the polls and pushed him past his GOP primary rival Adam Putnam, who has been twice elected statewide and has held various Florida offices for 21 years. He brought DeSantis on stage to speak. Trump also touted Republican Rick Scott, who’s challenging Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in the fall. ‘We have to make sure Rick Scott wins and wins big,’ he said. Scott was not at the rally but was at the president’s workplace development event at the Tampa Bay Technical High School earlier in the evening and was spotted getting off Air Force One with the president when he landed in Florida.  Corey Lewandowski, former campaign manager for Trump, poses for photographs outside a signing ceremony for the ‘Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act,’ at Tampa Bay Technical High School, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Tampa Trump supporters watch through glass doors as the president speaks during the rally At the beginning of his remarks, protesters were pulled from the crowd, which the president used to get in a dig at the media: ‘One person and tomorrow it will be massive protests.’ At least three protestors were pulled from the crowd.

The Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall was filled to the rafters with the arena standing room only. The president pointed out: ‘Outside we set up for the first time a big movie screen because we have thousands and thousands who couldn’t get in.’ He added: ‘It’s a great place to be. If you have to be outside, be outside in the great state of Florida.’ It was actually raining outside when he made those remarks. He also touted a poll – without naming which poll – that he says calls him the most popular Republican president. ‘The most popular person in the history of the Republican Party is Trump – can you believe it?’ he exclaimed, as the crowd roared and waved signs at him. ‘Seven more years. Yeah seven more,’ he concluded to the delight of the crowd. Abraham Lincoln, a Republican president, is consistently ranked by historians as the best leader in the country’s history. And polling wasn’t invented until the 1930s, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was president. Trump address that too. ‘I would say I can be more presidential than any president in history except for possibly Abe Lincoln with the big hat,’ he said.

Trump pushes Jeff Sessions to end Mueller’s Russia investigation ‘right now’

Trump frequently rages on Twitter about the Mueller investigation, which the president calls a “witch hunt”. Trump reportedly ordered Mueller fired in 2017 but backed down in the face of internal White House resistance. Trump has said that he regretted appointing Sessions because Sessions recused himself from matters relating to the Mueller inquiry. “..This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further,” Trump tweeted. “Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to the USA!”

Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) ..This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to the USA! August 1, 2018, The phrase “17 angry Democrats” is Trump’s shorthand for a conspiracy theory imputing political bias to the special counsel’s team. Mueller is a Republican, his direct superior is a Republican, and his teams include members who have made political donations in the past to both Democrats and Republicans. Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House intelligence committee, expressed alarm at the president’s order. “The President of the United States just called on his Attorney General to put an end to an investigation in which the President, his family, and the campaign may be implicated,” Schiff tweeted. “This is an attempt to obstruct justice hiding in plain sight. America must never accept it.” As head of the justice department, Sessions has authority over the special counsel investigation, and although he has recused himself, Sessions could disrupt the Mueller investigation by ordering deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein to fire Mueller or by firing Rosenstein. Sessions have made no indication of a willingness to take any such step. Trump’s lashing out Wednesday morning appeared to be prompted by the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, which began on Tuesday and which is being prosecuted by Mueller’s team. “These old charges have nothing to do with Collusion – a Hoax!” Trump tweeted in reference to the Manafort trial. Trump is correct that the 18 charges of bank fraud and tax evasion that Manafort currently faces in federal court in Virginia do not directly relate to alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives. In the five months he led the Trump campaign, Manafort remained in contact with his partners in Ukraine and Russia, at least one of whom had Russian intelligence ties, and Manafort offered a Russian oligarch private briefings on the campaign. Mueller has indicted 31 individuals, including 12 Russian intelligence agents, and three former Trump aides have reached plea deals with prosecutors. Late on Tuesday, it emerged that Mueller had referred a new case, involving the alleged failure of a Democratic lobbyist and a former Republican congressman to register as foreign agents, to prosecutors in New York. Previously, Mueller referred a case involving former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to prosecutors in New York.

 

New York Times writer meets Trump to warn of ‘harmful’ assaults on press

New York Instances writer meets Trump to warn of ‘harmful’ assaults on press

Donald Trump stated on Sunday he had discussed his determination to name the press the “enemy of the people” with AG Sulzberger, writer of the New York Times. Sulzberger stated he accepted the assembly so as “to lift considerations concerning the president’s deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric” and had “implored him to rethink his broader assaults on journalism, which I imagine are harmful and dangerous to our nation”. Sulzberger didn’t say how the president responded. The alternate got here the morning after the Washington Publish’s govt editor, Marty Baron, instructed an viewers in Annapolis, Maryland 5 journalists shot dead on the workplaces of the Capital Gazette newspaper last month had been “friends of the people”. “Not certainly one of them deserved to be seen as an enemy,” Baron stated. The New York Times’ Washington bureau chief, Elisabeth Bumiller, and Olivier Knox, president of the White Home Correspondents’ Affiliation, additionally spoke at a profit occasion for the Capital Gazette and emergency companies. The suspect within the taking pictures harassed the Maryland newspaper after it reported his behaviour involving a high school acquaintance. A grand jury indicted him on 23 counts, together with homicide, tried homicide and assault, within the deaths of Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Ann Smith and Wendi Winters. ‘Horrible factor occurred’ says Donald Trump to households of Maryland taking pictures – video Baron didn’t point out Trump by identify. He did identify the victims and stated, to applause: “Not certainly one of them deserved to be seen as an enemy due to the career they select or the place they labored. “Not certainly one of them deserved to be seen as an enemy by the person who killed them, and never certainly one of them deserved to be known as an enemy by anybody else, both. Nor does anybody else in our area need to be labeled that manner.” Baron stated: “To demean individuals like these, to demonise, to dehumanise them, is to debase your self.” The day after the taking pictures, Trump stated journalists shouldn’t worry being violently attacked whereas doing their job. He additionally stated the taking pictures “shocked the conscience of our nation and stuffed our hearts with grief”. However he has continued to assault media together with the Instances and the Publish, deriding each for supposed bias and inaccuracy, which he calls “pretend information”. This week, Trump instructed veterans in Kansas City they need to not “imagine the crap you see from these individuals, the pretend information” and added: “Simply bear in mind: what you’re seeing and what you’re studying is just not what’s taking place.” His aides additionally barred Kaitlin Collins of CNN from an occasion on the White Home, after she shouted questions within the Oval Workplace as a part of her job as pool reporter. That led to an industry-wide protest that included Fox Information, Trump’s most well-liked community. Knox, of Sirius XM, instructed the viewers in Annapolis he divided “threats in opposition to journalists into two eras: earlier than 17 February 2017 and after 17 February 2017. That’s as a result of on 17 February 2017, the president of the US, utilizing his Twitter account, declared us enemies of the American individuals.” New York Instances writer: ‘I instructed the president straight that I assumed that his language was not simply divisive however more and more harmful.’ : Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Photos That tweet named the “failing” New York Instances, NBC Information, ABC, CBS and CNN. Trump has commonly attacked the Publish over its possession by Jeff Bezos, the Amazon billionaire. The president’s use of the phrase “enemies of the individuals” has attracted criticism, together with from inside his personal get together, each earlier than and after the Maryland taking pictures. The White Home confirmed to the Publish that Trump met Sulzberger on 20 July. Trump’s tweet learn: “Had an excellent and attention-grabbing assembly on the White Home with AG Sulzberger, Writer of the New York Instances. Spent a lot time speaking concerning the huge quantities of Faux Information being put out by the media & how that Faux Information has morphed into phrase, ‘Enemy of the Individuals’. Unhappy!” Sulzberger, 37, took over from his father, Arthur Sulzberger Jr, on 1 January. Trump tweeted then that the change gave the Instances a “final probability” to meet its founder’s imaginative and prescient of impartiality. In a press release on Sunday, Sulzberger stated: “I instructed the president straight that I assumed that his language was not simply divisive however more and more harmful. I instructed him that though the phrase ‘pretend information’ is unfaithful and dangerous, I’m way more involved about his labelling journalists ‘the enemy of the individuals’.” He additionally “warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to an increase in threats in opposition to journalists and can result in violence”, he stated, and “repeatedly careworn that that is significantly true overseas, the place the president’s rhetoric is being utilized by some regimes to justify sweeping crackdowns on journalists”. Sulzberger added: “I made clear repeatedly that I used to be not asking for him to melt his assaults on the Instances if he felt our protection was unfair.”

Trump’s jab over a secret Cohen tape prompts a return poke from his ex-fixer’s personal lawyer

Trump’s jab over a secret Cohen tape prompts a return poke from his ex-fixer’s personal lawyer

President Donald Trump took a shot Saturday at his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, over a secretly recorded dialog with him in 2016, tweeting that a lawyer taping a shopper is “maybe unlawful,” earlier than assuring Twitter followers that  “your favourite President” did nothing fallacious. Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, rapidly fired again, hurling a tweet on the president, and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, in a present of worsening relations between the president and his former legal professional.

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Trump’s tweet adopted information Friday that Cohen, the president’s one-time fixer, secretly recorded a dialog through which he and Trump mentioned funds to former Playboy mannequin Karen McDougal who claimed to have had an affair with Trump.

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The event was first reported Friday by The New York Instances. The Wall Road Journal reported subsequently that the dialog befell in individual. An individual acquainted with the matter, who has reviewed the transcript of the contact however who shouldn’t be licensed to remark publicly, stated the recording was made about two months earlier than the 2016 election and was among the many supplies seized throughout an April FBI raid on Cohen’s workplace, residence and lodge room. Trump’s tweets lashed out at each factors. “Inconceivable that the federal government would break right into a lawyer’s workplace (early within the morning) – virtually extraordinary,” he tweeted. “Much more inconceivable lawyer would tape a shopper – completely extraordinary & maybe unlawful. The excellent news is that your favourite President did nothing fallacious!” Davis responded, tweeting: “The technique of @realDonaldTrump @POTUS @RudyGiuliani is flawed; simply as is #Trump’s false #Twitter assertion made in opposition to @MichaelCohen212 this morning.”

However in an extra twist to the story, Giuliani tells NBC reporter Kelly O’Donnell on Saturday that the president has waived attorney-client privilege associated to the tape. “It was already on the market so appeared no level in objecting besides on precept,” Giuliani stated. The recording was half of a giant assortment of paperwork and digital information seized by federal authorities from the longtime Trump fixer earlier this 12 months. Cohen had made a observe of recording phone conversations, unbeknownst to these with whom he was talking. Most states, together with New York, permit for recordings of cellphone conversations with solely the consent of 1 celebration; different states require all events to comply with a recording or have blended legal guidelines on the matter. It was not instantly clear the place Trump and Cohen have been positioned on the time of the decision. Cohen’s recording provides to questions on whether or not Trump tried to quash damaging tales earlier than the election. Trump’s marketing campaign had stated it knew nothing about any fee to McDougal, the previous Playboy centerfold. McDougal, who alleged she had an affair with Trump that started in 2006, acquired a $150,000 fee in August 2016 from the guardian firm of the Nationwide Enquirer. However the tabloid didn’t publish the story, preserving it out of public view.  The top of the Enquirer’s guardian firm, David Pecker, is a Trump ally. In a lawsuit she has since settled, McDougal argued that Cohen secretly intervened within the deal she struck with the tabloid’s proprietor. Trump has denied the affair. In an interview with The Instances, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani confirmed Trump mentioned the funds with Cohen on the tape, however he asserted that Trump didn’t have interaction in any wrongdoing. “Nothing in that dialog suggests he had any data of it prematurely,” Giuliani stated. Davis, in his Saturday tweet, took a selected poke at Giuliani: “Rudy claims the tape is “exculpatory”. Why so offended?” The taped dialog, now within the FBI’s possession, may additionally additional entangle the president in a prison investigation that for months has focused Cohen. Lanny Davis, one in all Cohen’s attorneys, claimed in a written assertion late Friday that the contents of the recording wouldn’t be damaging for his shopper. “Clearly, there may be an ongoing investigation, and we’re delicate to that,” Davis stated. “However suffice it to say that when the recording is heard, it won’t damage Mr. Cohen. Any try at spin can not change what’s on the tape.” The revelation casts a recent highlight on efforts earlier than the presidential marketing campaign to place the lid on damaging disclosures about Trump, in addition to the trove of data Cohen may possess as he weighs cooperating with prosecutors. Federal prosecutors in New York have been investigating whether or not Cohen’s actions, together with a fee to grownup movie star Stormy Daniels, violated campaign-finance legal guidelines as a part of a wide-ranging corruption probe into the longtime Trump fixer.

The Newest: GOP leaders: No invitation for Putin deliberate

The Newest: GOP leaders: No invitation for Putin deliberate

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Newest on President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin (all occasions native): four p.m. A spokeswoman for Home Speaker Paul Ryan says Russian President Vladimir Putin shouldn’t anticipate an invite to handle Congress if he visits Washington within the fall. President Donald Trump gestures whereas talking throughout his assembly with members of his cupboard in Cupboard Room of the White Home in Washington, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Trying on is Deputy Secretary of Protection Patrick Shanahan. (AP Photograph/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Sturdy says “the one one speaking about inviting Putin to handle Congress is Nancy Pelosi,” a jab on the Democratic chief, who referred to as on Ryan Friday to make it clear he won’t problem an invite “for a thug like Putin to handle america Congress.” In the meantime, David Popp, a spokesman for Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell mentioned flatly, “There is no such thing as a invitation from Congress” for Putin to talk to lawmakers. President Donald Trump has requested his nationwide safety adviser to ask Putin to Washington to observe up on a summit in Helsinki this week. __ 3:10 p.m. Home Democratic Chief Nancy Pelosi says Home Speaker Paul Ryan ought to make it clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be invited to handle Congress if he involves Washington. President Donald Trump has requested Nationwide Safety Adviser John Bolton to ask Putin to Washington this fall – an invite Pelosi calls “past perception.” Pelosi labels Putin a tyrant and a thug and says Trump’s “frightened fawning over Putin is a humiliation and a grave menace to our democracy.” Heads of state at occasions handle Congress when visiting town. Pelosi says invites to handle a joint assembly of Congress needs to be bipartisan. She says Putin’s “ongoing assaults on our elections and Western democracies” deserve unanimous condemnation from the worldwide neighborhood, “not a VIP ticket to our nation’s capital.” __ 12:10 p.m. The White Home says the Trump administration “will not be contemplating supporting” a Vladimir Putin-backed name for a referendum within the jap Ukraine within the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s assembly with the Russian president. The White Home says the 2015 peace deal signed in Minsk doesn’t embody any choice for referendum, and a referendum in part of Ukraine that is not below authorities management would don’t have any legitimacy. The U.S. and Russia have been on opposing sides of the battle in Ukraine, which began after a well-liked rebellion in 2014 towards Ukraine’s pro-Russian president and Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. European allies are additionally anticipated to oppose a referendum within the Donbass, the place pro-Russian separatists maintain sway. __ 11:20 a.m. President Donald Trump’s subsequent assembly with Russian President Vladimir Putin will concentrate on nationwide safety issues the leaders mentioned earlier this week in Finland. A White Home official says Friday that these points embody Russian meddling, nuclear proliferation, North Korea, Iran and Syria. The official spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of the official wasn’t approved to debate inner planning on the document. The official says the aim is to observe up on progress achieved at Monday’s summit in Helsinki. White Home press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders introduced Thursday that Trump has requested nationwide safety adviser John Bolton to ask Putin to Washington within the fall. Phrase that one other Trump-Putin assembly is being deliberate got here because the White Home sought to scrub up days of confounding post-summit statements by Trump on Russian election interference. __ 12:31 p.m. President Donald Trump has invited the Russian chief Vladimir Putin to the White Home this fall for a second get-together. And that comes as cleanup from the primary assembly in Helsinki has continued with no letup. Trump belatedly determined Putin’s “unimaginable supply” of shared U.S.-Russia investigations was no good in any case. A White Home assembly could be a dramatic extension of legitimacy to the Russian chief. He has lengthy been remoted by the West for actions in Ukraine, Syria and past and is believed to have interfered within the 2016 presidential election that despatched Trump to the presidency. No Russian chief has visited the White Home in practically a decade. On this July 16, 20198, picture, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for a information convention on the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland. Trump has requested nationwide safety adviser John Bolton to ask Putin to Washington within the fall. That is the newest replace Thursday from White Home press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders following Trump’s assembly with Putin earlier this week in Finland. (AP Photograph/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) The Jefferson Memorial is seen behind Marine One, prime, with President Donald Trump and first woman Melania Trump aboard, because it arrives on the South Garden of the White Home in Washington, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. The president and the primary woman are getting back from Andrews Air Power Base after paying their respects to the household of fallen U.S. Secret Service particular agent Nole Edward Remagen who suffered a stroke whereas on responsibility in Scotland. (AP Photograph/Andrew Harnik) U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hand with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the finish of the press convention after their assembly on the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photograph/Alexander Zemlianichenko) President Donald Trump, accompanied by first woman Melania Trump, waves to members of the media as they arrive on the South Garden of the White Home in Washington, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. 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