Tag: U.S. Department of State

Trump Fox Interview: Assad Is An Animal [VIDEO]

Just a few weeks after sending 500 troops into Syria Trump claimed in his latest interview with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo that he would not send ground troops into Syria. “We’re not going into Syria, but when I see people using horrible, horrible chemical weapons which they agreed not to use under the Obama administration…

Susan Rice Denies ‘Unmasking’ Trump Officials

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 for…

Report: Diplomats Told to ‘Avoid Eye Contact’ With Tillerson

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 to…

Trump Issues Permit For Keystone XL Pipeline

The Trump administration on Friday issued a permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to be built, effectively reversing the previous White House’s decision to reject the plans two years ago. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. State Department, in reviewing the project plans, decided the pipeline would be in “the national interest,” despite…

FBI Director Reportedly Asked DOJ To Refute Trump Wiretapping Claim

After President Trump used Twitter over the weekend to accuse former President Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones, FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly reject his claims, senior U.S. officials told The New York Times on Sunday. Comey made the request on Saturday, saying the allegation is baseless and must be…

Former DNI James Clapper Denies Trump Tower Wiretap [VIDEO]

Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper denied President Trump’s allegation that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election. “If something like that happened, would this be something you would be aware of?” asked NBC News host Chuck Todd. “I would certainly hope so,” Clapper replied. “I can’t say —…

Pence Used Personal Email As Governor And Was Hacked

While serving as governor of Indiana, Vice President Mike Pence often used a private AOL email account while conducting official business, sometimes corresponding with top advisers about homeland security matters and other sensitive topics, the Indianapolis Star reports. The IndyStar made a public records request, and the office of Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) released more…

Gorsuch Calls Trump Comments On Judiciary ‘Demoralizing’

President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court expressed to lawmakers on Wednesday that he was upset to see the president attacking the federal judge who temporarily suspended his ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. In a private meeting with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), SCOTUS pick Neil Gorsuch said it was “disheartening” and “demoralizing” to…

Protesters At Sessions Hearing: No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA

Before the confirmation hearing for Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for U.S. attorney general, protesters shouted and interrupted the proceedings. “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA,” many demonstrators in the room yelled Tuesday morning before they were escorted out. Others held signs that said “End Racism—Stop Sessions.” The proceedings continued despite…

Senate Opens Confirmation Hearings Of Trump Nominee Sessions

The Senate is scheduled to launch three days of confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks on Tuesday. First up in the morning is Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Trump’s nominee for attorney general. WATCH LIVE CONFIRMATION HEARING OF TRUMP NOMINEE SESSIONS Sessions is expected to tout his conservative legal credentials; Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)…

Trump Sides With Assange On Russia Hacking

President-elect Donald Trump is seemingly taking the word of Julian Assange over that of the U.S. intelligence community, writing on Twitter that the WikiLeaks founder “said it was not the Russians who gave” him the leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee and other prominent political officials. “Julian Assange said ‘a 14 year old could…

Russia, Syria Halt Aleppo Airstrikes Ahead of ‘Truce’ [VIDEO]

Russia and Syria on Tuesday claimed they would halt their airstrikes on the besieged city of Aleppo to prepare for a “humanitarian pause” on Thursday. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the strikes were suspended at 10 a.m. Tuesday to prepare for the temporary truce from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday—a cease-fire that is…

Senator Barbara Boxer Investigate Trump Model Agency

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is calling for a federal investigation of Donald Trump’s modeling agency, Trump Model Management, for alleged labor and immigration offenses. A Mother Jones exposé revealed that three former models for the agency worked while on tourist visas—a violation of immigration law because the Trump Model Management did not get work authorization…

Trump Held Fundraiser For Pam Bondi At Mar-a-Lago

In March 2014, Donald Trump opened his 126-room Palm Beach resort, Mar-a-Lago, for a $3,000-per-person fundraiser for Pam Bondi. The Florida attorney general, who was facing a tough re-election campaign, had recently decided not to investigate Trump University. Trump did not write a check to the attorney general that night. The previous fall, his personal…

New CNN Poll: Trump Pulls Ahead Of Clinton

Donald Trump is ahead of Hillary Clinton by about 2 percentage points in a survey of likely voters in a new national CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday. Trump is leading Clinton 45 percent to 43 percent, with the other candidates trailing much further behind. Gary Johnson is at 7 percent among likely voters, while Jill Stein…

Mike Pence: I’ll Release Taxes Next Week [VIDEO]

Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick, told Chuck Todd that he will be releasing his tax returns this week as pressure has mounted on his co-pilot to do the same. “Donald Trump and I are both going to release our tax returns,” Pence said. “I’ll release mine in the next week.” He reiterated something…

FBI Releases Clinton Email Investigation Notes

The FBI released documents Friday from its early July interview with Hillary Clinton on her use of a private email server. One section of the documents revealed that “when asked about the email chain containing ‘(C)’ portion markings that the State determined to currently contain confidential information, Clinton stated she did not know what the…

Mr. Brexit: Nigel Farage Joins Donald Trump To Attack Hillary Clinton [VIDEO]

Nigel Farage, a key figure in the successful campaign to get Britain out of the European Union, lent his support to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying Trump represented the same type of anti-establishment movement that he masterminded in his own country. Farage appeared with Trump before a cheering crowd of thousands at…

Eric Trump: Dad Would Be ‘Foolish’ to Release Taxes [VIDEO]

According to Eric Trump, it would be “foolish” for his father Donald to release his tax returns amid the presidential race. “You would have a bunch of people who know nothing about taxes trying to look through and trying to come up with assumptions on things they know nothing about,” the 32-year-old spawn of the…

State Department To Release 14,900 Newly Discovered Clinton Emails

The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state found 14,900 work-related emails and documents that her lawyers had not previously disclosed, State Department lawyers told a federal judge on Monday. Clinton’s lawyers turned over about 30,000 emails in 2014. The State Department and Judicial Watch, a conservative…

Melania Trump to Sue Daily Mail for Defamation

Melania Trump is set to take legal action against The Daily Mail over an article she claims is defamatory about her personal background. The Mail and several other outlets ran a story last week raising “troubling questions” about Melania’s visa status upon first meeting Donald Trump, while also alleging that salacious details about her employment…

NYT Report: Trump’s Companies $650M In Debt

An investigation into Donald Trump’s real estate holdings by the New York Times has called into question the Republican nominee’s claims of having great business savvy. According to the report, Trump’s companies are at least $650 million in debt — more than twice as much as he disclosed in financial forms for the presidential campaign.…

Manafort Lobbied For Ukraine in D.C. [VIDEO]

A firm run by Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, orchestrated a lobbying operation in Washington D.C. for Ukraine’s ruling political party, according to new emails acquired by the Associated Press. Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, who also works on the Trump campaign, did not disclose their work as foreign agents which is required…

Paul Manafort, Trump’s Campaign Chairman, Resigns [VIDEO]

Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigned Friday morning, the candidate announced in a statement. “This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign,” Trump said. “Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.” Despite the kind words, Trump essentially demoted Manafort this week by hiring Brietbart…

Clinton Told FBI Colin Powell Recommended Private Email

Hillary Clinton told the FBI that former Secretary of State Colin Powell recommended on two occasions that she use a private email account for unclassified communication, sources told NBC News early Friday. According to the Democratic nominee, Powell made the suggestions at a small dinner party shortly after Clinton took over at the State Department…

Trump Regrets ‘Saying the Wrong Thing’ [VIDEO]

Donald Trump offered a vague apology on Thursday for not choosing “the right words” throughout his campaign, telling a crowd in North Carolina, “I will never lie to you.” “Sometimes, in the heat of debate, and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I…

Trump Shakes Up Staff Hires Breitbart‘s Bannon as CEO

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has diminished the role of campaign chairman Paul Manafort and brought on Breitbart News executive Stephen Bannon and Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway. Bannon has been named the campaign’s new chief executive, and Conway will become campaign manager. According to The Washington Post, the decision is intended to curtail Manafort’s efforts…

New Monmouth University Poll: TRUMP Losing Florida By 9

Hillary Clinton is leading 9-points over Donald Trump in Florida, according to a poll released Tuesday, owing to her advantage among minorities and white women in the state. The survey from Monmouth University found Clinton with the support of 48% of likely voters in the important swing state, compared with 39% for Trump. Libertarian Gary…

Ivanka Trump Vacationing With Putin’s Alleged Girlfriend

Ivanka Trump is vacationing with Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch, who is rumored to be dating Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump posted a photo of the two in Croatia on Sunday. Deng Murdoch introduced Trump to her eventual husband, Jared Kushner, according to People magazine. Rumors swirled in March that Deng Murdoch was linked…

Michael Moore: Trump’s Sabotaging His Presidential Bid [VIDEO]

Oscar-winning Michael Moore realesed a blog post on the progressive Alternet insisting that Donald Trump is currently sabotaging his presidential bid because he never wanted the Oval Office in the first place. The whole campaign had begun as a tactic to give him leverage in ongoing negotiations with NBC over his Apprentice deal, Moore claims.…