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Posts Tagged ‘ United States government ’

Spicer: Even Hitler Didn’t ‘Sink To Using Chemical Weapons’

April 12th 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday seemingly argued that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is worse than Adolf Hitler. “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said, comparing last week’s chemical weapon attack in Syria that killed dozens to Hitler’s poison gas chambers, which...
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FBI Obtained FISA Warrant To Monitor Ex-Trump Adviser Carter Page

April 12th 2017

Last summer, the FBI applied for and was granted a secret court order allowing agents to monitor the communications of Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to candidate Donald Trump, “after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign...
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Eric Trump: Nepotism Is ‘A Beautiful Thing’

April 11th 2017

President Trump’s son Eric doubled down on recent comments, indicating he believes nepotism is a “beautiful thing” days after saying it was “kind of a factor of life.” Eric Trump, who took the reigns of the family business along with his brother Donald Trump Jr., said it made sense to trust family members to...
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Eric Trump: “I’m Sure” Ivanka Influenced Daddy To Launch Syria Strikes

April 11th 2017

Donald Trump’s decision to bomb Syria was influenced by his daughter, Ivanka, being “heartbroken and outraged” at the country’s alleged chemical weapons attack, one of the president’s sons told a British newspaper. The president launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian government air base he alleged was involved in a chemical weapons attack that...
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Tillerson: Russia Must Choose Between Assad and U.S.

April 11th 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday said Russia must soon choose between its relationship with the U.S. or its relationship with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Tillerson, speaking at the Group of 7 conference, said it still is not clear if Russia failed to take its obligations to Syria seriously or just did a...
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Trump Officials Tell Russia To Stop Supporting Assad

April 10th 2017

Trump Cabinet members are cautioning Russia to reconsider its relationship with President Bashar al-Assad in the wake of Syrian chemical attacks that killed more than 80 people last week, most of them civilians. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Sunday on Fox News: “I think what we should do is ask Russia: How could...
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Judge Neil Gorsuch Sworn In As Supreme Court Justice

April 10th 2017

Neil M. Gorsuch was sworn in Monday as the newest Supreme Court justice, taking the constitutional oath administered by Chief Justice John Roberts before taking part in a ceremonial swearing-in at the White House. The other eight justices were in attendance at the Supreme Court building in Washington, in addition to the widow and...
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Air Base Hit By Trump Reopens Less Than 24 Hrs Later

April 8th 2017

New airstrikes have targeted a town in northwest Syria that was hit by a deadly chemical attack earlier this week, activists said. It wasn’t immediately clear who conducted the strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, which hit on Friday and Saturday, though only Russian and Syrian regime aircraft have been bombing that area of rebel-held Idlib...
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Kremlin: U.S. It’s ‘One Step From War’; Trump Warns He Will Hit Syria AGAIN

April 8th 2017

The Kremlin has warned the US it is ‘one step from war’ over Syria – but the Trump administration hit back by saying it would be prepared to carry out airstrikes again. In the first direct American raid on Bashar al Assad’s forces, President Trump authorised the firing of 59 cruise missiles at a...
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Senate Confirms Neil Gorsuch To Supreme Court

April 7th 2017

The U.S. Senate confirmed Neil M. Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, capping more than a year of bitter partisan bickering over the ideological balance of the nation’s highest court. Senators voted to confirm Gorsuch, 49, a Denver-based judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, who will become...
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U.S. Told Russia About Syria Strikes in Advance

April 7th 2017

Russia confirmed Friday that it received advanced warning from the U.S. about its strike on Syria, in which the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles in the first American assault on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Moscow condemned the strike and gave notice that Russia is pulling out of all agreements to minimize risk...
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Jared Kushner Omitted Russia Meetings on Security Forms

April 7th 2017

President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is reported to have omitted dozens of contacts with foreign officials and leaders in recent months on his top-secret security-clearance application form. In order to get clearance, Kushner, according to The New York Times, was required to note all such encounters with foreign governments over the past seven years,...
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Democrats Successfully Filibuster Gorsuch Nomination

April 6th 2017

Senate Democrats successfully filibustered the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court, garnering the 41 votes to vote against cloture, or the ending of debate on the nomination. The vote ended with 55 votes in favor of ending debate, and 45 against. The move almost certainly means Senate Majority Leader Mitch...
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Rex Tillerson Asks Russia To Rethink Alliance With Bashar Al-Assad

April 6th 2017

Speaking to reporters a week before his scheduled trip to Moscow, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday there is “no doubt in our mind” that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government is behind a chemical attack that killed dozens of Syrians on Tuesday, and “it’s time that the Russians really need to think carefully...
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Bannon Threatened to Leave White House Over Clash With Kushner

April 6th 2017

Steve Bannon, former executive chair of Breitbart News and current chief strategist at the White House, threatened to quit over a clash with the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Politico reports. Bannon believes that Kushner, who has taken on an increasingly important position within the administration over the last few weeks, is trying to undermine...
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Rick Perry Added to NSC After Bannon’s Ouster

April 6th 2017

Following top White House strategist Steve Bannon’s Wednesday morning ouster from the National Security Council, the president has reportedly added Energy Secretary Rick Perry to fill the vacancy. Along with Perry, Trump added the director of national intelligence, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the director of the CIA, and the U.S....
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Trump: I Think Susan Rice Committed Crime, Declines To Provide Proof

April 6th 2017

President Trump said in a Wednesday interview with The New York Times that he believes former national security adviser Susan Rice committed a crime in allegedly seeking to unmask the identities of Trump associates mentioned in intercepted communications. “I think it’s going to be the biggest story,” the president told the Times, though he...
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Ivanka Trump: I Don’t Know What It Means ‘To Be Complicit’

April 5th 2017

First daughter and Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump responded to her public critics on Wednesday, in a preview clip from a longer interview with Gayle King that will air on CBS This Morning. To her detractors, Ivanka said, “I would say not to conflate lack of public denouncement with silence.” She added, “I...
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Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch Faces Plagiarism Charges

April 5th 2017

On Tuesday night, as the Senate began debate on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Politico reported that in a 2006 book and earlier academic articles, Gorsuch had “copied the structure and language used by several authors and failed to cite source material,” throwing a last-minute charge of plagiarism into the bitter...
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Susan Rice Denies ‘Unmasking’ Trump Officials

April 4th 2017

Former national security adviser Susan Rice denied on Tuesday that she was responsible for “unmasking” the names of top Trump officials, as was claimed in reports on Monday. “I leaked nothing to nobody, and never have and never would,” Rice said on MSNBC. Rice denied that she or any Obama administration official “used intelligence...
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Blackwater Founder Met With Putin Pal On Trump’s Behalf [VIDEO]

April 4th 2017

The crown prince of Abu Dhabi helped arrange a clandestine meeting in the Seychelles islands between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin nine days before President Trump’s inauguration, several U.S., European, and Arab officials told The Washington Post, in an apparent attempt to establish a backchannel between Putin...
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Jared Kushner Makes Unannounced Visit To Iraq

April 3rd 2017

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, made an unannounced trip to Iraq over the weekend with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joseph Dunford, a senior U.S. official said Sunday. The official said that Kushner wanted to show his support for Iraq’s government, and get a better understanding...
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Trump Can Take Money From His Businesses Without Disclosing It

April 3rd 2017

Donald Trump is reportedly now able to pocket as much money as he wants from any of his businesses while serving as president—and is not required to disclose it. According to ProPublica, documents outlining the trust in which Trump placed his businesses in January have been changed to make that possible. Trump’s trust can...
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Judge Approves $25-Million Agreement To Settle Trump University Lawsuit

March 31st 2017

A judge on Friday approved an agreement reached with President Trump to pay $25 million to settle three lawsuits filed against him over Trump University real estate seminars, US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego had been expected to sign off on the agreement, which was reached last year, ending nearly seven years...
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2 Dems Announce Support For Trump’s SCOTUS Pick

March 31st 2017

Two Democratic senators — Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota — said Thursday that they would vote to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Manchin, who frequently crosses the aisle to side with the GOP, said he found Gorsuch to be “an honest and thoughtful man,” and...
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Report: Diplomats Told to ‘Avoid Eye Contact’ With Tillerson

March 31st 2017

President Trump’s secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has been so cut off from his own diplomats during his tenure that employees have been told not to speak directly to him or even make eye contact, according to a new report in The Washington Post. The former ExxonMobil chief executive reportedly takes a private elevator...
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Trump Backs Flynn’s Bid For Immunity on Twitter & Calls it a ‘Witch Hunt’

March 31st 2017

This morning Trump tweeted in support of former White House National Security Adviser Mike Flynn just one day after it was reported that he would be willing to be interviewed about the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Early Friday morning, he wrote: “Mike Flynn should ask for...
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Michael Flynn Offers Testimony For Immunity

March 30th 2017

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Mike Flynn, the former national security adviser for President Donald Trump, has informed the FBI and the House and Senate intelligence committees that he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Flynn was privvy to information about foreign policy deliberations and...
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China President To Meet Donald Trump In Mar-a-Lago

March 30th 2017

China’s foreign ministry confirmed Thursday that President Xi Jinping will travel to Florida April 6-7 for his first meeting with President Trump. The leaders of the world’s largest and second-largest economies will meet at Trump’s private club, Mar-a-Lago, where Trump also hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in February. Unlike Abe, Xi will not...
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13 Die In Texas Church Bus Crash [VIDEO]

March 30th 2017

The death toll in a Texas bus crash rose to 13 late Wednesday after one of the injured passengers died at a hospital. The midday crash occurred when a bus carrying a church choir group from the city of New Braunfels collided head-on with a pickup truck outside Garner State Park, some 90 miles...
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