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White House argues Trump can fire Mueller, as Facebook CEO says his company is cooperating with Russia probe

  • 4:40 pm Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after President Donald Trump and his inner circle were stunned by an FBI raid in New York which targeted the President’s personal attorney, the White House stood by Mr. Trump’s concerns about the Russia investigation, publicly making the case that the President has the power to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

“The President has been clear that this has gone too far,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, which has drawn repeated criticism from the President.

Asked directly if Mr. Trump believes he has the power to fire Mueller, a [More]

In wake of FBI raid on his lawyer, Trump continues to blast Mueller probe

  • 7:20 am Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The day after the offices of his personal lawyer were raided by the FBI, President Donald Trump on Tuesday again denounced the investigation involving his campaign and the question of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!” the President declared in a morning tweet.

Mr. Trump also complained that “Attorney-client privilege is dead,” as the FBI seized materials and evidence from his longtime personal lawyer.

On Monday – before being asked any questions by reporters – Mr. Trump spoke at length about the raid involving his lawyer Michael Cohen, labeling the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller a ‘witch hunt,’ [More]

Trump calls FBI raid on personal lawyer a “disgrace,” won’t rule out firing Mueller

  • 6:51 pm Monday, April 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Hours after FBI agents executed a search warrant on his personal lawyer, President Donald Trump lashed out at the special investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 elections, denouncing a Monday raid as an “attack on our country.”

“This is a pure and simple witch hunt,” the President told reporters in the White House Cabinet Room. “It’s a disgraceful situation.”

“This is ridiculous, this is now getting ridiculous; they found no collusion whatsoever with Russia,” Mr. Trump said. “There was no collusion at all, no collusion.”

“I have this witch hunt, constantly going on, for over 12 months now,” the President [More]

Trump denounces ‘heinous attack’ in Syria, raises possibility of U.S. military response

  • 12:18 pm Monday, April 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Raising the possibility of a U.S. military strike, President Donald Trump on Monday condemned the latest apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria, telling reporters that he would soon meet with Pentagon leaders on the U.S. response.

“Nothing is off the table,” the President said flatly when asked about U.S. military action.

Reports from the Syrian opposition indicate around 40 people were killed in the chemical attack, which took place in the suburbs of Damascus, the Syrian capital.

“It was an atrocious attack, it was horrible,” Mr. Trump said. “You don’t see things like that – as bad as the news is around [More]

Congress returns facing Trump demands for action on immigration

  • 5:00 pm Sunday, April 8th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As lawmakers in the House and Senate return to Capitol Hill after a two-week Easter break, they arrive back at the U.S. Capitol this week facing an increasingly frustrated occupant of the White House, as President Donald Trump has made clear in recent days that he wants action from the Congress on immigration and other issues, and wants it done now.

“We have immigration laws that are laughed at by everybody,” the President told reporters last week at the White House. “And it’s got to be changed.”

But while Mr. Trump has repeatedly pressed for action in Congress, the votes simply aren’t [More]

GOP lawmaker resigns, still owes $84,000 for sexual harassment settlement

  • 9:10 pm Friday, April 6th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Already not running for re-election, and under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) resigned from the Congress on Friday afternoon, leaving Capitol Hill without having paid back taxpayers for an $84,000 settlement of a sexual harassment case involving himself and a former staff member, as one Democrat questioned whether the Texas Republican was trying to avoid that payment.

“Could it be that the Ethics Committee was about to act on his case?” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA). “Why hasn’t Farenthold kept his promise and repaid the taxpayers for the $84,000 paid out for his sexual harassment case?”

A [More]

After strong February, new report shows weaker job gains in March

  • 8:50 am Friday, April 6th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The Labor Department reported Friday that 103,000 jobs were created in the month of March, a sharp drop from a strong report in February, as the U.S. economy continues to struggle to generate strong employment gains on a consistent basis.

The mixed bag of jobs numbers was highlighted by revisions which increased the number of jobs created in February to 326,000, while decreasing the final figure for January back to 176,000.

Overall, unemployment remained at 4.1 percent, staying at the same level since October; the U6 jobless rate, considered to be the broadest measure of joblessness, improved to 8 percent.

Looking at the [More]

President Trump threatens $100 billion in additional tariffs on China

  • 8:48 pm Thursday, April 5th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Ratcheting up what’s quickly turned into a tit-for-tat on trade, President Donald Trump on Thursday authorized U.S. trade officials to identify up to $100 billion in possible additional tariffs on imported goods from China, after the Chinese earlier this week had said they planned to levy $50 billion in import duties on American goods, in retaliation for U.S tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum.

“For many years, no President wanted to go against China economically,” the President told an audience during an event in West Virginia on Thursday afternoon.

“We’re going to do it,” Mr. Trump added, as U.S. Trade Representative Robert [More]

Trump assails Democrats on immigration, makes new unsubstantiated claims on 2016 voter fraud

  • 3:25 pm Thursday, April 5th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after authorizing the use of National Guard troops along the southern border with Mexico, President Donald Trump lashed out at Democrats in Congress, demanding that they join his legislative effort to find new ways to slow down the influx of illegal immigrants into the United States, returning to a theme which backers say was central to his election in 2016.

“We have to change our laws, and the Democrats, what they are doing, it’s just insanity,” the President said, again pressuring his critics to back his plans for immigration change.

In remarks to start out an event in West Virginia [More]

Officials say “staggering” increase in illegal immigration helped prompt Trump action

  • 8:57 pm Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on Wednesday to authorize the use of the National Guard to help stem the tide of illegal immigration across the Mexican border, Trump administration officials acknowledged that the big 2017 decline in the number of people trying to enter the U.S. has clearly ended, and that illegal border crossings from Mexico are again surging.

“As of last April we were at historic lows,” a senior administration official told reporters on Wednesday, noting what had been labeled, the “Trump Effect,” as fewer people tried to enter the U.S. illegally soon after Mr. Trump had [More]

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