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Former Trump administration officials: A list of notable departures

A growing number of people have left the Trump administration in just over a year, including Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, chief strategist Steve Bannon and FBI Director James Comey. Some, such as Comey, were fired by President Trump, while others resigned or retired for a variety of reasons. Trump’s administration has set records for turnover of senior officials, with more than 60 percent of those with the title of assistant to the president departing in the first 18 months. The president addressed the high turnover in the White House in a March tweet, denying there is any “chaos.”  “People will always come [and] go, and I want strong dialogue before making a final decision. I still have some people that I want to change (always seekin...

Rand Paul sides with Trump on Russia, says critics ‘motivated’ by dislike of president

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Monday expressed his approval of President Donald Trump’s handling of Russia despite the tsunami of criticism the president faced after his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “It’s gotten so ridiculous that someone has to stand up and say we should try to engage even our adversaries and open up our lines of communication,” Paul told Politico after the controversial press conference. “We’re going to talk to the president about some small steps in order to try to thaw the relations between our countries,” the senator added, noting that he’s set to travel to Russia early next month to continue the dialogue that Trump started. “We’re going to talk to the president about some small steps in order to try to thaw the relations between our count...

Trump advised May to sue EU over Brexit, prime minister reveals

President Trump’s advice to Theresa May over the tense negotiations over Britain’s exit from the European Union included suing the bloc, the prime minister revealed Sunday. The U.S. president made reference to this suggestion on Friday during a joint press conference, saying May had ignored his advice as she found it too “brutal.” “He told me I should sue the EU. Not go into negotiation, sue them,” May said on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. “What the president also said at the press conference was ‘Don’t walk away. Don’t walk away from the negotiations. Then you’re stuck.” Trump is currently on his first official visit to Britain since becoming president in 2016. His visit was overshadowed by explosive remarks he made about May’s leadership, especially on her handling of the Brexit nego...

Trump calls out Sessions over FBI lawyer Lisa Page’s no-show at Congress

April 3, 2018: President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with the leaders of the Baltic states.  (AP) President Trump in an early morning tweet Thursday nudged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to act over FBI lawyer Lisa Page’s refusal to comply with subpoena and testify before Congress. “As I head out to a very important NATO meeting, I see that FBI Lover/Agent Lisa Page is dodging a Subpoena & is refusing to show up and testify,” Trump tweeted early Thursday morning. He continued, “What can she possibly say about her statements and lies. So much corruption on the other side. Where is the Attorney General?” Sessions has been the target of Trump in the past. The presiden slammed him for recusing himself from the Russia-collusion investigation and for his “weak position” on f...

Former Clinton aide shares contact information of bookstore Steve Bannon was accosted in

March 10, 2018: Former White House strategist Steve Bannon addresses members of the National Front party at the party congress in the northern French city of Lille.  (AP) Former longtime Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines on Saturday posted the contact information of a Virginia bookstore whose owner called the police on a customer who harassed former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. The owner of Black Swan Books in Richmond, Nick Cooke, alerted 911 after a woman confronted Bannon and reportedly called him a “piece of trash.” The store owner said the woman began accosting the former White House strategist out of nowhere and stopped only after he called the police. No officers arrived to the scene as the call was shortly cancelled. Philippe Reines posted the contact information o...

Amy Coney Barrett criticized for ties to People of Praise: A look at the group

Amy Coney Barrett’s faith came under question in 2017 when she was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She is reportedly on the short list for President Trump’s Supreme Court pick.  (University of Notre Dame Law School via AP) If President Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, the federal judge can expect her second bruising round of confirmation hearings in less than a year and more of what supporters call “unfair criticisms” about her faith. Barrett, 46, is one of six judges Trump has already interviewed to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the bench. She is a federal appeals court judge who was appointed by Trump in 2017. Her Senate confirmation was anything but easy as she was grilled by Democrats about her...

Dershowitz unloads on NY socialist Dem, Martha’s Vineyard liberals

Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz said Tuesday he won’t let radicals like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders steal the spirit of the Democratic Party and doubled-down on his attack on fellow liberals who “shunned” him at Martha’s Vineyard. “I won’t let the Democrats steal my party from me. I want to regain the center,” Dershowitz told WABC Radio’s “Curtis and Cosby” show, noting that he will remain a Democrat as “as long as there’s some chance the Democratic Party can return to normalcy.” “I want to make sure that the radical Left, the woman who got elected in the Bronx and Queens to Congress on the Democratic ticket, that they and Sanders and others don’t represent the Democratic Party,” he continued, referring to socialist Ocasio-Cortez who pulled off a shock victory l...

Trump’s Space Force decree followed frustration over Pentagon’s rejection of plan

President Donald Trump’s call this week for a separate U.S. “space force” was the culmination of months of frustration over what he felt was a lack of Pentagon action on his initial suggestions about the topic, according to people familiar with the decision. The announcement on Monday—which surprised many military officials, senior aerospace industry executives and lawmakers—went against well-known opposition by Pentagon leaders to the idea of establishing  a new branch of the U.S. armed forces. “He doesn’t forget, and ultimately erupts when he feels slighted.” – A former high-level industry and government official close to the Trump administration The week before, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and the service’s senior commanders gathered for a strategy session in Dayton, Ohio, ...

Video shows DHS boss Kirstjen Nielsen being heckled, harassed at DC restaurant

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Jan. 16, 2018.  (Associated Press) Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was accosted by an angry socialist mob and forced out of a Mexican restaurant in Washington on Tuesday evening amid backlash over the federal government’s “zero-tolerance” stand at the U.S.-Mexico border. The video, posted by the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America, shows a group of protesters harassing Nielsen at MXDC Cocina Mexicana, a restaurant near the White House. “Shame!,” one protester shouts at Nielsen. “If kids don’t eat in peace, you don’t eat in peace,” another yells. “Kirstjen Nielsen, you’re a villain! Lock her up!” – Protester at a Washington restaurant “Kirstjen Nielsen...

Giuliani calls for suspension of Mueller’s probe after bombshell DOJ watchdog report

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, called Thursday for the suspension of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in light of the release of a watchdog report that criticized key figures in the Hillary Clinton email probe. Giuliani, who appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity,” said the U.S. Department of Justice should dismiss all those in the “phony Trump investigation” and bring in FBI agents from the New York office to probe former FBI Director James Comey, special counsel Lisa Page and FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok. “I believe that (Deputy Attorney General) Rod Rosenstein and Jeff Sessions have a chance to redeem themselves and that chance comes about tomorrow,” he said. “It doesn’t g...

CNBC correspondent muses on Trump’s mental health: ‘He did not look well to me’

A CNBC journalist on Saturday responded to President Trump’s lengthy press conference in Canada by saying he was concerned about the president’s mental health — the latest Trump-related health concern raised by media outlets. CNBC correspondent John Harwood made the remarks on MSNBC’s “AM Joy.” Mediaite first reported on Harwood’s comments. Trump used the press conference to take a hard stance on tariffs, warning allies not to retaliate against U.S. tariffs on aluminum and steel. He also criticized past U.S. leaders for their handling of the crisis on the Korean Peninsula and trade — something he has done multiple times before. TRUMP SAYS US IS LIKE A ‘PIGGY BANK THAT EVERYBODY IS ROBBING’ ON TRADE  But Harwood was concerned. “I’ll be honest as a citizen: I...

Inside JFK’s door-to-door search for a French call girl — and why she had to look like Jackie

In May 1961, an elderly woman in Paris heard a knock at the door of her six-story walk-up apartment. It was only the most powerful man in the world. The president of the United States was going door-to-door hoping to find the call girl he had discreetly arranged to meet. John F. Kennedy, it turned out, used a fake excuse about a doctor’s visit to attend a long-arranged dalliance while in Paris for a crucial summit, only to wind up in the wrong building, knocking on the doors of random Parisians who were left with the surprise of their lives. The tale of this ill-advised but ultimately, er, successful liaison is recounted in “Madame Claude: Her Secret World of Pleasure, Privilege, & Power,” by William Stadiem (St. Martin’s Press). Madame Claude, born Fernande Grudet on July 6, 1923, in ...