GOP pressures Trump on Taiwan as China issues threats

February 3, 2018 Admin3915 0

TAIPEI — A year after a newly elected Donald Trump enraged China by taking a congratulatory phone call from the president of Taiwan, the pro-American island nation is pleading for Trump’s protection against Beijing’s bullying. At the same time, Republicans in Congress are pressuring Trump with pro-Taiwan legislation that could strain his delicate relationship with China. Story Continued Below China is already warning Trump to back off: One senior Chinese diplomat visiting Washington in December warned that his country would invade Taiwan if U.S. Navy ships dock in Taiwanese ports, an idea proposed in the annual defense spending bill Trump signed in December. In exclusive interviews here with POLITICO, Taiwanese officials urged Trump to stand firm, saying Beijing has stepped up a campaign of political READ MORE

Husband of former Trump household aide scores government job

February 3, 2018 Admin3915 0

A home improvement contractor married to one of Donald and Melania Trump’s former household staffers is now working as an official at the Environmental Protection Agency, the latest example of someone with a personal connection to the Trump family finding work in the administration. New Jersey-based Steve Kopec joined EPA’s Region 2 office in New York as a special assistant on Dec. 18, according to a memo obtained by POLITICO. “Steve comes to us from private industry, where he fashioned his career around customer service and organizational efficiencies,” EPA Region 2 Administrator Pete Lopez wrote in the memo. “Steve is an experienced manager with skills in team building, management and organization.” Story Continued Below According to public records, Kopec previously ran a contracting business from READ MORE

Paul Ryan and Devin Nunes Are Betraying the Constitution in the Service of Donald Trump

February 3, 2018 Admin3915 0

Donald Trump speaks to Paul Ryan at the White House, May 2017. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci) Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation , check out our latest issue . Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Fight Back! Sign up for Take Action Now and we’ll send you three meaningful actions you can each week. Travel With The Nation Be the first to hear about Nation Travels destinations, and explore the world with kindred spirits. Sign up for our Wine Club today. Did you know you can support The Nation by drinking wine? Asked READ MORE

Nunes memo unveiling prompts question of what Trump will do next

February 3, 2018 Admin3915 0

The document produced by Republican staffers on the House Intelligence Committee alleges serious abuses by the FBI of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. But Democrats says it’s a hack job drawn up to shield Trump from special counsel Robert Mueller, whose probe is moving inexorably closer to the President. Trump’s critics believe the purpose of the memo and coordination between committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes and the White House, is partly designed to discredit Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russia investigation. Democrats fear that Trump could use Rosenstein’s approval of an extended surveillance warrant for campaign foreign policy aide Carter Page, that is outlined in the report, as an excuse to fire him. “The President hasn’t needed much by way of READ MORE

Trump threatens to cut off aid to countries that allow drugs into US

February 3, 2018 Admin3915 0

“I want to stop the aid. If they can’t stop drugs from coming in, ’cause they can stop them a lot easier than us. They say, ‘oh we can’t control it.’ Oh great, we’re supposed to control it,” the President said. “So we give them billions and billions of dollars, and they don’t do what they’re supposed to be doing, and they know that. But we’re going to take a very harsh action.” Trump specifically name-checked El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico in his criticism of countries whose citizens are coming into the United States illegally. “We want strong borders. We want to give you laws. We want to stop the catch and release nonsense that goes on. You catch somebody and you release them. READ MORE

Trump won’t say whether he’s planning to fire Rosenstein

February 3, 2018 Admin3915 0

“You figure that one out,” Trump said with a scowl when asked by reporters in the Oval Office if he was considering firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Reporters also asked if he retained confidence in Rosenstein; Trump was responding to both questions with his terse reply. Rosenstein assumed oversight of the Russia investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from Russia-related matters last year. Trump has fumed about the ongoing probe, declaring it a “witch hunt” concocted by Democrats to damage him politically. Trump had hoped the controversial Republican memo, crafted by the staff of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, would help discredit top officials at the FBI and Justice Department, thereby undermining the Russia investigation. The memo states that Rosenstein — READ MORE

US President Donald Trump declassifies controversial FBI memo

February 3, 2018 Admin3915 0

A US congressional committee has released a memo claiming anti-Trump bias at the FBI. The FBI and Democratic lawmakers had warned the president against declassifying the Republican-authored memo. US President Donald Trump on Friday approved the release of a classified memo created by a Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. According to some Republican lawmakers, the memo shows anti-Trump bias at the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Justice Department. Read the memo released by the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee What we know: The four-page memo was authored by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee based on classified information. The memo says its findings “represent a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses related to the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance READ MORE

What if Donald Trump were smart?

February 3, 2018 Admin3915 0

Leonard Pitts Jr., Tribune Content Agency Published 4:56 p.m. CT Feb. 2, 2018 | Updated 4:59 p.m. CT Feb. 2, 2018 President Donald Trump says a newly declassified GOP memo alleging FBI abuses shows, “a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves.” (Feb. 2) AP Donald Trump has shown that truth can be whatever you need it to be, columnist Leonard Pitts writes. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP) What if Donald Trump were smart? It is likely not a question you’ve given a lot of thought. After all, the urgency of our ongoing disaster leaves little time for speculation. One is too busy tallying up the damage that’s happening now to worry about the damage that could. But maybe it’s time we did. Tyrannies, we READ MORE

Donald Trump accuses FBI and Justice Department of favouring Democrats over Republicans

February 2, 2018 Admin3915 0

1/29 Inauguration – 20 January 2017 US President Donald Trump acknowledges the audience after taking the oath of office as his wife Melania (L) and daughter Tiffany watch during inauguration ceremonies swearing in Trump as the 45th president of the United States on the West Front of the US capital in Washington on 20 January, 2017. Photographer Jim Bourg: “This photo was shot with one of two remote cameras. The cameras were monitored and triggered remotely and the pictures were transmitted to clients worldwide within minutes of being taken.” Reuters/Jim Bourg 2/29 Obama farewell address – 10 January 2017 US President Barack Obama wipes away tears as he delivers his farewell address in Chicago on 10 January, 2017. Photographer Jonathan Ernst: “In his final days READ MORE

5 things you should know as President Donald Trump visits Cincinnati

February 2, 2018 Admin3915 0

President Donald Trump says a newly declassified GOP memo alleging FBI abuses shows, “a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves.” (Feb. 2) AP President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump before a concert on the first day of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, in July 2017. (Photo: Associated Press) President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will visit Cincinnati on Monday. Here are the top five things you should know about the visit. 1. Trump will speak in a working-class environment. It’s hard to get more blue-collar Americana than a cylinder factory in Ohio. That’s where Donald Trump will go on Monday when he visits Sheffer Corp. in Blue Ash. Sheffer CEO Jeff Norris couldn’t release any more details. “Other than we’re READ MORE