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  • President Trump says he wanted to take out Syria's Assad but Mattis opposed it

    09/15/2020 8:59:50 AM PDT · by White Lives Matter · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 15, 2020 | Brett Samuels
    President Trump on Tuesday confirmed a plan was in the works to take out Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2017 and that he was supportive of it, but that former Defense Secretary James Mattis was opposed. The president's disclosure that an assassination operation was discussed came as part of a lengthy diatribe against Mattis, but it confirmed a piece of reporting from 2018 that Trump disputed at the time. “I would've rather taken him out. I had him all set. Mattis didn’t want to do it. Mattis was a highly overrated general," Trump said on "Fox & Friends."
  • Trump: Harris would be an 'insult' as first female president

    09/08/2020 5:20:59 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/8/2020 | Brett Samuels
    President Trump on Tuesday derided Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, saying it would be "an insult to our country" if the California senator became the nation's first female president. "People don't like her. Nobody likes her. She could never be the first woman president. She could never be. That would be an insult to our country," Trump told a crowd of supporters in North Carolina.
  • Andrew Cuomo to meet with Trump to discuss infrastructure projects

    05/26/2020 9:45:54 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 26 2020 | Brett Samuels
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will travel to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday for a meeting with President Trump to discuss economic revival efforts. The governor said during a news conference on Tuesday that he hoped to discuss how infrastructure projects could be leveraged to kickstart the economy, which has cratered due to the coronavirus pandemic. "You want to restart the economy, you want to reopen the economy, let’s do something creative, let’s do it fast, let’s put Americans back to work, and let’s make America better," Cuomo said. "It is common sense." "You have an infrastructure that’s crumbling, you...
  • Trump: I think Sanders is a communist

    02/02/2020 7:09:26 PM PST · by karpov · 95 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 2, 2020 | Brett Samuels
    President Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he thinks Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is a communist. Fox News host Sean Hannity asked Trump in an interview that aired prior to Super Bowl LIV for quick reactions to a number of Democratic presidential candidates, including Sanders. "I think he’s a communist. I mean, you know, look, I think of communism when I think of Bernie," Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity. "Now, you could say socialist, but didn’t he get married in Moscow?" Trump added, with Hannity interjecting to note Sanders went to the former Soviet Union on...
  • Title, release date revealed for Bolton memoir

    01/26/2020 8:26:20 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01 26 2020 | Brett Samuels
    Former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming memoir is titled "The Room Where It Happened" and is scheduled to be released March 17, according to a posting for the book that went live Sunday night. The new details emerged hours after The New York Times reported a manuscript of the book contained details about an August exchange where President Trump told Bolton he would not lift a freeze on security aid for Ukraine until the country agreed to assist in investigations into his political rivals. The book's release could be affected if the White House attempts to block publication of...
  • Trump slams 'witch hunt' after House impeachment vote

    10/31/2019 9:29:45 AM PDT · by Steve1999 · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10-31-19 | Brett Samuels
    President Trump and the White House on Thursday blasted a House vote to formalize an ongoing impeachment inquiry into his alleged abuse of power as a "witch hunt" and "unhinged." In a tweet sent immediately after the vote Thursday morning, Trump declared the impeachment probe the “Greatest Witch Hunt In American History” -- echoing language he has often used to describe the impeachment inquiry and special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation before that. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, in a separate statement also issued moments after the vote, derided “Democrats’ unhinged obsession with this illegitimate impeachment proceeding.”
  • Trump turns Pelosi's 'meltdown' criticism around: 'She is a very sick person'

    10/16/2019 5:30:08 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/16/19 | Brett Samuels
    President Trump on Wednesday blasted Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) following a heated meeting at the White House, questioning her mental fitness and commitment to the country. "Nancy Pelosi needs help fast! There is either something wrong with her 'upstairs,' or she just plain doesn’t like our great Country," Trump tweeted. "She had a total meltdown in the White House today," he continued. "It was very sad to watch. Pray for her, she is a very sick person!" Pelosi's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. SNIP
  • Trump says media is part of vetting his nominees: 'We save a lot of money that way'

    08/02/2019 7:48:06 PM PDT · by MAGA_patriot · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/02/19 | BRETT SAMUELS
    President Trump on Friday defended the vetting process at the White House, telling the news media that he allows it to do much of the heavy lifting while simultaneously blaming it for the withdrawal of his nominee to lead intelligence agencies. Trump spoke to reporters at the White House just hours after he announced he would no longer nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) as director of national intelligence. He lamented that the congressman "is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media" and that the nomination process would be "miserable." But on the South Lawn, he suggested coverage of his...
  • Trump slams Tlaib as 'lunatic' over resurfaced protest video

    07/23/2019 11:23:03 AM PDT · by Innovative · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 23, 2019 | Brett Samuels
    President Trump took aim at Rep. Rashida Tlaib Rashida Harbi Tlaib CNN, MSNBC said 'racist' more than 4,100 times from July 14-21 Trump says 'Squad' and Dems have 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' over impeachment 2020 RNC host city Charlotte condemns Trump's 'racist and xenophobic' remarks MORE (D-Mich.) on Tuesday, deriding the congresswoman as a "lunatic" after video resurfaced of her protesting a Trump speech in 2016. "I watched just this morning this Tlaib from Michigan," Trump said at Turning Point USA's Teen Student Action Summit, a gathering of young conservatives and supporters of the president. "There is no way she stands...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Trump on reparations: 'I don't see it happening'

    06/24/2019 5:26:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 24, 2019 | Jordan Fabian, Brett Samuels and Saagar Enjeti
    President Trump on Monday said he doesn't believe the federal government will pursue reparations for descendants of slaves, an idea that has gained traction among some Democrats. "I don’t see it happening," Trump said in an exclusive interview with The Hill. The House Judiciary Committee held the first hearing on the issue in a decade earlier this month, and a handful of Democratic presidential candidates seeking to challenge Trump in 2020 have broached the idea. "I think it’s a very unusual thing," Trump said of the possibility of reparations. "You have a lot of — it’s been a very interesting...
  • Tucker Carlson says 'we will never bow to the mob' amid resurfaced comments

    03/11/2019 8:24:35 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/11/2019 | Brett Samuels
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday rejected what he called a culture of outrage from both Democrats and Republicans amid the fallout from recently resurfaced offensive comments he made about women and minorities years ago. Carlson delivered a roughly seven-minute opening monologue on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" peppered with graphics that read "The Mob," "Crackdown on Dissent" and "Liberal Hypocrisy." While he did not reference any of his specific controversial comments, he doubled down on his initial refusal to apologize for them. "Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day," Carlson said. "Toughness is...
  • Warren says it's 'just wrong' to call her a socialist

    03/10/2019 6:41:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/10/19 | Brett Samuels
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that it's "wrong" to call her a socialist as Republican critics seek to use the label against her and other progressive Democrats running for president. "I believe in markets. Markets that work," Warren told CBS News correspondent Ed O'Keefe in an interview that aired on "Face the Nation." "Markets that have a cop on the beat and have real rules and everybody follows them," she continued. "I believe in a level playing field. And as long as we've got that then we will get the best out of markets because...
  • AG Barr won't recuse himself from Mueller probe

    03/04/2019 5:00:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/04/19 | Brett Samuels
    Attorney General William Barr will not recuse himself from overseeing the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Monday. DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement that senior career ethics officials advised Barr that he should not recuse himself from oversight of Robert Mueller's probe. "Consistent with that advice, General Barr has decided not to recuse," Kupec said. **SNIP** Barr's views in support of executive power and his refusal to commit to publicly releasing the full report at the conclusion of Mueller's investigation also contributed to Democratic opposition to his...
  • What key 2020 candidates are saying about the Green New Deal

    02/10/2019 3:18:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/10/19 | Brett Samuels
    The Green New Deal has emerged as a key litmus test for prospective 2020 presidential candidates, with high-profile candidates jumping on board to back the progressive environmental pitch. On Sunday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) entered the 2020 race after supporting the proposal. Four other senators who have declared presidential bids have co-sponsored the resolution, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is mulling a 2020 campaign and has previously supported the concept, will back the plan. Their support highlights one of the progressive ideas at the center of the Democratic race, while the Republican National Committee dismissed the proposal as a...
  • Trump defends immigration proposal against 'amnesty' criticism from conservatives

    01/20/2019 9:15:10 AM PST · by 4Runner · 227 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 20, 2019 | Brett Samuels
    In a series of tweets, Trump chastised Democrats for dismissing his plan, and attempted to assuage immigration hard-liners who likened the administration's latest proposal to amnesty for immigrants already in the country illegally. "No, Amnesty is not a part of my offer," Trump tweeted. "It is a 3 year extension of DACA. Amnesty will be used only on a much bigger deal, whether on immigration or something else. Likewise there will be no big push to remove the 11,000,000 plus people who are here illegally-but be careful Nancy!"
  • Trump pushes back on Dems' funding proposal

    01/01/2019 9:29:03 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/01/19 | Brett Samuels
    President Trump on Tuesday criticized Democrats over their proposal to reopen the government, lamenting that the party's funding bill lacked money for his desired wall along the southern border. In a pair of tweets, the president said the country has no "real border security" without a wall, adding later that Democrats do not care about "open borders." "The Democrats, much as I suspected, have allocated no money for a new Wall," Trump tweeted. "So imaginative! The problem is, without a Wall there can be no real Border Security - and our Country must finally have a Strong and Secure Southern...
  • Graham: Trump 'open-minded' to wedding border funding to DACA protections

    12/30/2018 1:58:15 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/30/18 | Brett Samuels
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday that President Trump is "open-minded" but non-committal about a potential deal that would include border security funding and offer protections for young immigrants that he has floated to resolve the ongoing government shutdown. Graham said Trump remained adamant that any agreement must include money for the president's desired wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Graham told reporters outside the White House that he spoke with Trump about a possible arrangement that would include $5 billion for border security, renewable work permits for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and visas for...
  • Poll: GOP Vermont governor has 14-point lead on Dem challenger

    Vermont's Republican governor holds a 14-point lead over his Democratic challenger in the race with roughly two weeks to go until Election Day, according to a new poll. A VPR-Vermont PBS poll released Monday showed 42 percent of respondents support Gov. Phil Scott (R) for another term, while 28 percent back Democrat Christine Hallquist, who earlier this year became the first transgender candidate to win a major party's nomination for governor. Hallquist is a former chief executive of the Vermont Electric Cooperative. ADVERTISEMENT Scott is bolstered by a strong approval rating. The poll found 45 percent of respondents approve of...
  • Secret Service: Agent who blocked reporter questioning Kushner reacted to ‘abrupt movement’

    10/17/2018 6:30:56 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/17/18 | BRETT SAMUELS
    The Secret Service said Wednesday that an agent who blocked a reporter attempting to question senior White House adviser Jared Kushner was reacting to "an abrupt movement." "The actions of the special agent in this incident were in no way intended to impede those rights or the media’s access to a Secret Service protectee," the Secret Service said in a statement. "The actions were taken solely in response to an abrupt movement by an unknown individual who later identified themselves as a member of the media," the agency added. The Secret Service reviewed the Tuesday incident in which CBS News...
  • Trump officials to announce closure of Palestinian Liberation Organization office in DC: report

    09/10/2018 7:35:07 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/09/18 11:04 PM EDT | BRETT SAMUELS
    National security adviser John Bolton is expected to announced Monday that the U.S. will shutter the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) office in Washington, D.C., The Wall Street Journal reported. “The Trump administration will not keep the office open when the Palestinians refuse to start direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel,” Bolton is expected to say, according to a draft of his speech reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Bolton will reportedly threaten the International Criminal Court with sanctions if it carries out investigations into the U.S. and Israel. ADVERTISEMENT The action against the PLO, which serves as the main entity...