WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump called West Wing leakers “traitors and cowards” on Monday as a dustup over a White House aide’s crass remark about Sen. John McCain extended into a fifth day.In a Monday afternoon tweet, Trump said the “leaks coming out of the White House are a massive over exaggeration put out by the Fake News Media in order to make us look as bad as possible.”He added of the leakers: “We will find out who they are!”During a closed-door meeting last week, Trump communications aide Kelly Sadler dismissed McCain’s opposition to the president’s CIA nominee by saying of the Arizona Republican: “He’s dying anyway.” The 81-year-old McCain was diagnosed in July with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.White House spokesman Raj Shah said Monday that Sadler had been “dealt with internally.” But he refused to say how.Pressed repeatedly on the issue at a briefing, Shah said … [Read more...] about Trump calls leakers ‘traitors and cowards’ as aide’s McCain remark continues to roil White House
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By Ana Swanson Updated 4:34 pm, Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Photo: AFP / Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 MG cars produced in China await loading onto a ship to the U.S. The planned tariffs are expected to hit automakers hard. MG cars produced in China await loading onto a ship to the U.S. The planned tariffs are expected to hit automakers hard. Photo: AFP / Getty Images White House moves ahead with tough trade measures on China 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON — The Trump administration injected a fresh layer of uncertainty into its trade dispute with China on Tuesday, saying that it would impose tariffs and other punitive measures on Beijing after all, intensifying pressure on both countries as trade talks continue and as a summit between the United States and North Korea looms. Barely a … [Read more...] about White House moves ahead with tough trade measures on China
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown, the White House is insisting that Congress provide $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite lawmaker resistance from both parties.Without a resolution, parts of the federal government will shut down at midnight Friday."We're going to do whatever is necessary to build the border wall to stop this ongoing crisis of illegal immigration," White House senior adviser Stephen Miller said Sunday.Asked if that meant having a government shutdown, he said: "If it comes to it, absolutely."President Donald Trump said last week he would be "proud" to have a shutdown to get Congress to approve a $5 billion down payment to fulfill his campaign promise to build a border wall. But the president doesn't have the votes from the Republican-controlled Congress to support funding for the wall at that level.Both major political parties in Congress have suggested that Trump would likely need to make the … [Read more...] about White House moves closer to partial shutdown over wall
Donald Trump has hired and fired a string of senior staff during a tumultuous first year in the White House. Ex-campaign manager and chief strategist Steve Bannon, as well as former Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci were among the biggest names to leave the Trump administration. In the first six months of his presidency alone, he has lost a chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, national security adviser, two communications directors and a press secretary. Here are the key departures from the President’s first year in office. Steve Bannon The most high-profile departure from Donald Trump's White House administration has been Steve Bannon. Once considered the brains behind Mr Trump's stunning election win, he was labelled the "best talent in politics" by the President himself. Having joined from Breitbart, the right-wing US news site, Mr Bannon became chair of Mr Trump's election campaign before being named chief strategist after the … [Read more...] about The highest-profile White House departures during Trump’s tumultuous first year in office
As Republicans rally around a White House plan to cancel billions of dollars in unspent federal funds, Rep. Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerOvernight Finance: Unemployment rate lowest since 2000 | Trump asks China to slash trade deficit 0B by 2020 | NJ gov signs bill to skirt GOP tax law provision The Hill's Morning Report: Giuliani floods the media zone for Trump Dem primary tensions spill into public view MORE (D-Md.) is asking why the Pentagon is immune to the cuts. “Not a nickel from Defense. ... Not a nickel,” Hoyer told reporters in the Capitol. “It defies logic that if you’re going to rescind money that’s not being used, that the only place to look is [nondefense program like] Medicare and Medicaid,” he added. “Their logic is they want to cut nondefense discretionary spending — whatever it is. And we’re obviously opposed to that as a focus.” President TrumpDonald John TrumpSessions unveils 'zero tolerance' policy at … [Read more...] about Hoyer blasts White House rescission plan: Why no Defense cuts?
President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is moving to finalize trade sanctions against China even as a US delegation is set to travel to Beijing for talks to resolve the dispute. The White House said the planned sanctions announced in March, largely focused on China's theft of American intellectual property, were still in the works and details would be announced in the coming month. It was yet another apparent change of course for Trump, who veers from harsh threats to promises of compromise and back again on trade and other more sensitive issues. Despite announcing a truce in the trade hostilities less than 10 days ago, after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said threatened tariffs on Chinese goods were "on hold," the White House signaled it was ready to pull the trigger on a broad array of penalties. "From now on, we expect trading relationships to be fair and to be reciprocal," in a statement, which spelled out a list of long-standing US trade grievances," Trump said in a statement. … [Read more...] about White House moves to finalize China trade sanctions