National Newswatch

Trump surrogates go after Mueller

Jun 12 2017 — — Robert Mueller’s glow is fading. The special counsel who earned bipartisan praise last month as an unimpeachable investigator who would give President Donald Trump a fair shake in the Russia probe is now taking heat from Trump surrogates intent on trying to undercut his integrity.

Sarah Sanders: ‘The president is not a liar’

Jun 8 2017 — — White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said “the president is not a liar” after former FBI director James Comey blasted the White House for telling “lies, plain and simple” about the circumstances surrounding his firing last month.

Trump’s trampling of political norms spurs strongman comparisons

May 16 2017 — — On a recent visit to Washington, members of an official Chinese delegation told their congressional hosts that Jared Kushner, with his murky mix of business and political interests, reminded them of a wealthy young communist “princeling” in their own country. When Capitol Hill aides warned officials from another repressive foreign government that they could pay […]

Spicer stonewalls reporters on mysterious Comey recordings

May 15 2017 — — White House press secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly refused to say Monday whether or not President Donald Trump would comply with congressional requests for recordings of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey that may or may not exist. Trump himself, in a post to Twitter last Friday, suggested that such recordings might exist in […]

Trump suggests financing for historically black colleges may be unconstitutional

May 6 2017 — — President Donald Trump signaled Friday that he may not implement a 25-year-old federal program that helps historically black colleges finance construction projects on their campuses, suggesting that it may run afoul of the Constitution. In a signing statement on the $1.1 trillion omnibus government spending bill, Trump singled out the Historically Black College and University […]

Why Trump is starting a trade war with Canada

Apr 25 2017 — — President Donald Trump’s administration fired its first shot in a potential trade war, but it’s not Beijing or Mexico City in the crosshairs. The target: Our friendly neighbor to the north, Canada. Trump has escalated what were modest and longstanding frictions with Ottawa over U.S. dairy products and Canadian lumber into a full-blown trade dispute […]

Spicer calls reports of White House infighting ‘overblown’

Apr 10 2017 — — Reports of infighting among high-level staff members in Donald Trump’s White House are “overblown,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday. Despite an assertion earlier from Trump himself that his administration was “running like a fine-tuned machine,” reports of feuding between top White House advisers, namely chief strategist Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner, the […]

Mega-donor urged Bannon not to resign

Apr 6 2017 — — The man credited with honing Donald Trump’s populist message and guiding him into the White House has grown frustrated amid continued infighting in the West Wing, so much so that in recent weeks a top donor had to convince him to stay in his position. Five people, including a senior administration official and several sources […]

Nunes steps aside from Russia probe

Apr 6 2017 — — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) will temporarily step aside from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including interactions between Moscow and the Trump campaign. The probe will be taken over by Reps. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.).

Former Trump staffers hunt for foreign lobbying work

Apr 3 2017 — — Some of President Donald Trump’s former campaign hands are rushing to sign lucrative deals with foreign clients, shrugging off their own pledges to avoid foreign lobbying and the president’s vow to “drain the swamp.” Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, whose partner, Barry Bennett, had said last year that their new firm wouldn’t lobby for […]

Trump to welcome Egypt’s brutal dictator

Apr 2 2017 — — Egypt’s military ruler Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was never invited to the Obama White House, where he was viewed as a brutal tyrant with little regard for human rights and democracy. On Monday, President Donald Trump will roll out the red carpet for him.

Trump demands Friday vote on health care plan

Mar 23 2017 — — President Donald Trump is demanding a vote Friday in the House on the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said. If the bill fails, Trump is prepared to move on and leave Obamacare in place, Mulvaney said.

Trump administration to approve Keystone XL permit by Monday

Mar 23 2017 — — The Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by Monday, reversing one of former President Barack Obama’s most politically charged environmental decisions, according to two sources with knowledge of the plan. The move by the State Department comes 16 months after Obama blocked construction of the 1,200-mile pipeline, which would ship crude from […]

Trump fumes over Sessions’ recusal from Russia probe

Mar 4 2017 — — President Donald Trump, increasingly frustrated with his White House rollout, vented to top aides on Friday over Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from any investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Prior to departing for Florida, where he is spending the weekend, Trump convened on Friday a group of senior aides in the Oval […]

Sessions could face legal ordeal over testimony

Mar 3 2017 — — Even if Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn’t commit perjury during his confirmation hearing, Sessions could still be in other kinds of legal trouble for failing to tell his Senate colleagues that he met the Russian ambassador on two occasions during the heat of the presidential campaign.