FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as the president returns from a weekend in Florida at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There have been no conversations about President Donald Trump issuing pardons for any of his associates who have been charged or pled guilty as part of the U.S. Special Counsel’s Russia probe, White House representatives said on Monday. There has been “no discussion that I’m aware of any pardons,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters at the White House. Fellow White House spokesman Hogan Gidley also told MSNBC in an interview that the White House has not had any conversations about such pardons. Reporting by Makini Brice and Susan Heavey Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. … [Read more...] about Possible pardons for Trump associates not discussed: White House
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(CNN)President Donald Trump issued a warning to fellow Republicans to support coverage of pre-existing conditions with less than 20 days until the midterm elections. "All Republicans support people with pre-existing conditions, and if they don't, they will after I speak to them. I am in total support. Also, Democrats will destroy your Medicare, and I will keep it healthy and well!" he tweeted Thursday afternoon after departing the White House for a campaign swing out West. The tweet is in line with a familiar refrain from Trump's recent campaign rallies and even dating back to his debates during the Republican primary. However, it's not consistent with his administration's actions and policies. Earlier this month, a Democratic measure aimed at eliminating short-term health care plans that don't have to cover pre-existing conditions failed in the Senate. Maine Sen. Susan Collins was the sole Republican to vote for the measure. The resolution was aimed at rebuffing a Trump executive … [Read more...] about Trump: ‘All Republicans’ support pre-existing conditions, but White House policy says otherwise
(CNN)The White House and Senate Republican leaders have hardened their resolve to move forward with Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination in the wake of a new allegation in The New Yorker of inappropriate sexual behavior. President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave forceful statements defending Kavanaugh. The nominee himself issued a fiery letter pledging not to withdraw and will take the very rare step of doing a television interview Monday evening on Fox News. Meanwhile, all eyes remain on a handful of Republicans to see if Kavanaugh's nomination can survive to at least Thursday's Judiciary Committee hearing on the assault allegations against him. While Republican aides acknowledge Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations and the looming hearing on them have left Kavanaugh's nomination in limbo, the New Yorker allegations "have made people more angry then worried," one senior official told CNN. Anti-Kavanaugh protests lead to arrests at … [Read more...] about White House, Senate GOP leaders resolved to press forward on Kavanaugh
At noon on Jan. 3, the 435 members of the House of Representatives of the 116th Congress will convene for the first time in the Capitol. The chaplain will offer a prayer, the clerk will lead the chamber in the Pledge of Allegiance and a roll-call vote will be held to elect Nancy Pelosi speaker of the House. Then the new speaker will grasp the gavel and swear in the representatives-elect — their right hands raised, some of them clutching Bibles or Torahs or Qurans in their left. There will be speeches and family photos and, among the Democrats, who will now be in the majority, much celebration. But before any of that happens, Representative Elijah Cummings will have sent out letters. One letter will have been jointly addressed to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, demanding the age, gender, country of origin and current location of every child who was separated from his or her … [Read more...] about These Democrats Will Soon Have the Power to Investigate the White House. How Far Will They Go?
(CNN)The White House warned Beijing on Thursday that there will be consequences for its growing militarization in the South China Sea, following reports of missiles being deployed to three of the country's outposts in the disputed region. US intelligence assessed that there is a high probability the Chinese military had deployed anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles to three artificial islands during recent military drills on the contested sea. But a US defense official told CNN it was unclear if the missiles remained on the outposts following the April exercises. The South China Sea is one of the most contested regions in the world, with overlapping territorial claims by China, the Philippines and Vietnam, among several others. The move would mark the first reported Chinese missile deployment in the Spratly Islands, a series of small inlets and reefs that Beijing has slowly built into militarized, artificial islands to reinforce its claims. Read More White House Press Secretary … [Read more...] about White House warns China on growing militarization in South China Sea