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Steve Schmidt: Sarah Sanders Is The Most 'Prolific Liar' | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC
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President Trump tells his supporters that what they’re seeing is not real, in a moment critics say is reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984. Former Republican Strategist Steve Schmidt discusses Trump “assaulting objective truth” and what this means for the Republican Party and for the United States. Schmidt slams Republicans for “surrendering their sovereignty, their intellectual autonomy to Donald Trump” and compares White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, to “Baghdad Bob”.
 

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Jake Tapper responds to Trump: This is actually happening
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At a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Kansas City, President Trump attempted to discredit the media saying "what you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening."
 

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Federal judge allows emoluments case against Trump to proceed

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A federal judge on Wednesday rejected President Trump’s latest effort to stop a lawsuit that alleges Trump is violating the Constitution by continuing to do business with foreign governments.

The ruling, from U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte in Greenbelt, Md., will allow the plaintiffs in the case — the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia — to proceed with their case, which says Trump has violated the Constitution’s little-used emoluments clause.

The plaintiffs now want to interview Trump Organization employees and search company records to determine which foreign countries have spent money at Trump’s hotel in downtown Washington.

The Justice Department and Trump’s attorneys did not immediately respond to requests for comment. They could try to appeal the decision to a higher court and ask Messitte not to allow the attorneys general access to Trump Organization employees and books until the appeal is decided.

The lawsuit, filed last year by D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine (D) and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D), cleared an initial hurdle in March. Back then, Messitte settled one legal question, ruling that the plaintiffs had legal standing to sue the president in the first place.

He also limited the scope of the case to Trump’s Washington hotel; previously, the plaintiffs had also wanted to search for foreign-government spending at other Trump properties as well.

The next unsettled questions: What, exactly is an emolument?

That was a question that remained unanswered for more than 200 years.

The Constitution bars federal officials from taking emoluments from any “King, Prince, or Foreign State.” The Founding Fathers’ intent had been to stop U.S. ambassadors overseas — emissaries from a new, poor, fragile country — from being bought off by jewels or payments from wealthy European states.

But the modern meaning of the clause had not been settled because most presidents — acting on the advice of their attorneys — had steered clear of business entanglements while in office.

Trump, on the other hand, has kept ownership of his business empire, including more than 10 hotels and golf clubs around the world. Although Trump has said he gave up day-to-day management of his businesses, he still owns them and can withdraw money from them at any time.

Some of his customers have been foreign governments. In particular, the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Washington — just blocks from the White House — has rented out large ballrooms to the embassies of Kuwait and the Philippines and hosted visiting leaders from Malaysia and Romania.

At the hearing in June, the plaintiffs had argued that when applied in a modern context, the Constitution’s ban on emoluments should ban transactions such as those.

They said that emolument in this case should not just mean an outright gift but also any transaction that gave Trump “profit, gain or advantage.” That means it would apply to transactions in which a foreign government paid Trump’s company for a service or a hotel room.

But Justice Department attorneys, defending the president, said that this definition twisted the Constitution’s original meaning.

They said the president is not breaking the law when foreign officials book rooms or hold events at his Washington hotel because they are paying for something and not giving Trump a gift.

If the plaintiffs are allowed to conduct “discovery” at Trump’s hotel — examining its books to identify its foreign customers — that could require the president to provide more detailed information about his personal finances. Trump broke with presidential tradition when he refused to make public his tax returns.

The plaintiffs in this case said last month that, through the discovery process, they would try to gain access to Trump’s tax returns, which detail the functions of his businesses as well as his personal spending.

Before Trump took office, his company said it would donate all “foreign profits” collected by the business to the federal treasury. At the end of last year, the Trump Organization said it donated $151,470 in February. But it declined to explain the details behind that number — giving no information about which countries those profits came from or what the Trump Organization’s total revenue from foreign governments had been.

In a separate lawsuit, 200 Democrats in Congress asked a U.S. district judge to force Trump to seek congressional approval before accepting emoluments. The judge in that case has not ruled on the merits of the suit.

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Once again, ‘fake news’ decried by Trump turns out to be true

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“I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct. … When I make a statement, I like to be correct. I want the facts. … Before I make a statement, I need the facts.”

President Trump, Aug. 15, 2017

At the Fact Checker, we have vetted many statements by President Trump — and maintain a running list of every false and misleading claim he has made since he took the oath of office. The president’s factual errors on trade and tax policy are relatively easy to fact-check, as the data undercutting his claims can be easily obtained.

But there have been a number of instances in which the president or his surrogates have flatly denied something — only to have that denial contradicted weeks or months later by new documents or statements. Often, by then the media coverage has moved on to a new controversy.

The release of the tape recording between Trump and his former fixer, Michael Cohen, is only the most recent example of this dynamic. Here’s a sampling of White House denials that eventually unraveled after new information was disclosed. Strikingly, these examples often involve situations that might place the president in legal jeopardy.

There are, of course, many other instances — such as denials that Trump considered firing special prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III or why Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey — but we kept this list to cases in which either the administration admitted or official records showed the initial denial was false.

When the Wall Street Journal first reported just before the 2016 election that the company that owns the National Enquirer agreed to pay $150,000 to a former Playboy centerfold model for her story of an affair a decade ago with Trump — but did not publish it — Trump’s spokeswoman Hope Hicks was quick to dismiss it. “We have no knowledge of any of this,” she told the WSJ, adding that Karen McDougal’s claim of an affair with Mr. Trump was “totally untrue.”

Hicks’s statements to the media were often dictated directly by Trump.

But that denial of knowing anything about the transaction was rendered false by the release July 24 by Cohen’s attorney of a recording of a conversation two months before the election between Trump and Cohen, secretly made by Cohen.

“Um,” Cohen says, “I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend, David,” which is potentially a reference to David Pecker, president of American Media Inc., which owns the National Enquirer. Cohen mentions that he had “spoken to Allen Weisselberg [of the Trump Organization] about how to set the whole thing up” and Trump asks, “So, what do we got to pay for this? One-fifty?”

In other words, not only was Trump aware of the payment by AMI, he even knew the figure.

Similarly, when Trump in April was asked whether he knew about a $130,000 payment to pornographic film star Stormy Daniels to buy her silence, arranged by Cohen, the president denied any knowledge of it. (The WSJ also broke that story, which included this Cohen statement about whether Trump had an affair with Daniels: “President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence.”)

“No. No. What else?” Trump said in response to questions about the Daniels payment, saying that he did not know about it when it was made and that he did not know where Cohen got the money. “Well, you’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael is my attorney. And you’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. … No, I don’t know. No.”

Cohen had also claimed he acted on his own. “In a private transaction in 2016, I used my own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford,” Cohen said in February. “Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly.”

But then in May, Trump attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani admitted that Trump had reimbursed Cohen for the payout to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

“The payment was made to resolve a personal and false allegation in order to protect the president’s family,” Giuliani said. In a July interview, Giuliani sidestepped questions about whether Trump knew of the payment when it was made. “Even if he had, that would not necessarily be anything. … That’s something you settle because you don’t want your family to be embarrassed.”

In other words, the initial denials were “fake news” — and the original reporting was correct.

When the New York Times reported in July 2017 that the president son’s had tried to obtain damaging information on Hillary Clinton from Russia during the campaign, the president’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, insisted that the president was unaware of the meeting and had no role in drafting his son’s initial statement to the media.

That initial statement was misleading — falsely claiming that Trump’s son and a Russian lawyer had “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children” and that the subject of the meeting was “not a campaign issue at the time.” Under pressure, Trump’s son released a fuller, more accurate description, including emails.

“Let’s focus on what the president was aware of: nothing,” Sekulow told CNN. “I wasn’t involved in the statement drafting at all nor was the president. I’m assuming that was between Mr. Donald Trump Jr. and his lawyers. I’m sure his lawyer was involved, that’s how you do it. To put this on the president, I think, is absolutely incorrect.”

The Times had reported that Trump “signed off” on the statement but Sekulow insisted: “Well, they’re incorrect.”

But then two weeks later, the White House story evolved, after The Washington Post reported that Trump had dictated the misleading statement. “The president weighed in as any father would, based on the limited information that he had,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said about Trump’s involvement in the statement.

But even that was wrong.

In January, Trump’s lawyers admitted in a memo to special counsel Mueller that Trump himself had dictated the statement issued by his son, a disclosure apparently forced because of documents obtained by Mueller’s office: “You have received all of the notes, communications and testimony indicating that the President dictated a short but accurate response to the New York Times article on behalf of his son, Donald Trump, Jr.”

So again, the initial reporting was correct, despite all of the denials.

Before Trump took office, The Post’s David Ignatius reported on Jan. 12, 2017, that incoming national security adviser Michael T. Flynn had spoken to the Russian ambassador around the time the Obama administration imposed sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential campaign. The Russian government’s response was muted, and Ignatius asked: “What did Flynn say, and did it undercut the U.S. sanctions?”

The next day, incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer, in a conference call with reporters, denied that sanctions were discussed. Other Trump administration officials made similar claims.

But then on Feb. 9, The Post reported that Flynn had discussed sanctions in the phone calls. Flynn initially denied that he had discussed sanctions in an interview with The Post, but then amended his comment. He “indicated that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.” Flynn was fired within days.

Trump then denied at a news conference that he had directed Flynn to discuss sanctions with the Russian ambassador and denied that other officials had been involved as well. “I saw a couple of the people that were supposedly involved with all of this, they know nothing, anything about it. They never received a phone call from Russia. It’s all fake news. It’s all fake news,” he said.

But when Flynn pleaded guilty to misleading the FBI in December, the criminal information made it clear that other Trump transition team members were involved in the discussion about what to tell the Russians about the sanctions. The document described how Flynn discussed with another official what to say on the call, noting that Trump officials did not want Russia to escalate the situation, and that he then reported back to senior members of the transition team about the positive response from Russia.

In other words, the president’s denial that other officials were involved was false.

After The Post reported that Trump had revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting in May 2017, the then-national security adviser issued a statement saying, “The story that came out tonight as reported is false.”

But the next morning, Trump tweeted that he had an “absolute right” to disclose such information to the Russians.

Then, after NBC News reported that Israel was the source of the intelligence, Trump appeared to confirm that as well during a visit to Israel: “Folks, folks, just so you understand, just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name Israel during that conversation” with the Russians, he told reporters.

Before Trump’s comment, officials had never confirmed on the record that the source was Israel.

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Trump's new communications boss, 55, BANS female CNN reporter, 26, from press event for asking Trump 'inappropriate' questions in the Oval Office - including whether he was worried about Michael Cohen's tapes

  • CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins asked a series of questions of President Trump in the Oval Office Wednesday
  • She asked about Russia and longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen
  • When Trump held an 'open press' event in the Rose Garden she was BANNED
  • Collins, 26, had been the 'pool' reporter representing multiple TV networks
  • Message delivered by new communications director Bill Shine
  • Shine, 55, joined the White House from Fox News and has been questioned by a federal grand jury probing its handling of sexual harassment allegations
  • WHCA blasts move saying: 'This type of retaliation is wholly inappropriate, wrong-headed, and weak.'
  • Shine's old employer Fox News also turns on him saying: Fox News: 'We stand in strong solidarity with CNN for the right to full access.'
  • Hillary Clinton's campaign pulled similar moved on DailyMail.com political editor David Martosko during her campaign, banning him from being pool reporter
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'We stand in strong solidarity with CNN': Fox News SLAMS former co-president Bill Shine for starting his new job at White House and BANNING female CNN reporter from 'open press' briefing

  • Shine banned Kaitlan Collins from attending 'open press' event in Rose Garden
  • Moments before, she had questioned Trump about Russia and Michael Cohen
  • Fox News President Jay Wallace said it stands in 'strong solidarity with CNN'
  • Wallace called for 'right to full access for our journalists as part of a free press'
  • Fox News Chief Political Anchor Bret Baier also voiced his support for CNN
  • Shine, 55, joined the White House after he was ousted from Fox News for his handling of sexual harassment allegations
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Defiant Melania can watch 'any channel she wants' says her spokeswoman after Trump hit the roof when he saw her Air Force One TV tuned to CNN instead of Fox News

  • The first lady's office released a statement blasting the focus on TV channels
  • Melania's office touted her work with children as part of her Be Best campaign
  • Melania Trump has maintained a defiant tone since she became first lady
  • President Trump is said to be worried what affect the Michael Cohen recording will have on his marriage to her
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Defiant Melania can watch 'any channel she wants' says her spokeswoman after Trump hit the roof when he saw her Air Force One TV tuned to CNN instead of Fox News

  • The first lady's office released a statement blasting the focus on TV channels
  • Melania's office touted her work with children as part of her Be Best campaign
  • Melania Trump has maintained a defiant tone since she became first lady
  • President Trump is said to be worried what affect the Michael Cohen recording will have on nhis marriage to her
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Melania upset about what was revealed in the Cohen Trump tapes? How could that be i remember more than one “Q” fool saying the Cohen break in was a trap Mueller foolishly stepped in and was actually good news for Trump. Somebody ought to tell Melania to read“Q” and Sundunce so she knows what is going on.
 

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Stormy Daniels' lawyer claims THREE more women, including one who was allegedly pregnant, were paid off after having affairs with Trump

  • Three more women have come forward saying they had affairs with President Donald Trump before the 2016 election, lawyer Michael Avenatti alleges
  • In a tweet on Thursday night, Avenatti demanded Michael Cohen and Trump
  • come 100 percent clean with the American people'
  • Avenatti, who is representing porn star Stormy Daniels, said he is also representing the three new women alleging affairs with the president
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Ron Reagan On President Donald Trump: It’s Going To Get Worse | Hardball | MSNBC
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Trump’s behavior would earn any other President universal condemnation. However, Trump's Republican allies continue to stand by their man.
 

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Ron Reagan On President Donald Trump: It’s Going To Get Worse | Hardball | MSNBC
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Trump’s behavior would earn any other President universal condemnation. However, Trump's Republican allies continue to stand by their man.
I think it's because his supporters see his actions as putting America first instead of bowing to foreign entities (figuratively and literally).
 

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Trump Anxiety Disorder: Therapists claim patients are experiencing President-related anxiety due to Potus' policies and Twitter feuds

  • Therapists in the US said more and more patients are suffering from Trump Anxiety Disorder
  • The unofficial disorder is when patients fear the future of the country because of Trump's Twitter feuds and policies
  • One therapist said symptoms mimic those of patients who grew up with a parent suffering from a personality disorder
  • Another therapist said her patient asked if Trump was going to 'blow us all up' after he tweeted to North Korean leader that his nuclear button 'was bigger'
  • The disorder affects both Trump critics and supporters, who said they felt isolated from family and friends because they are in favor of the president
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Melania upset about what was revealed in the Cohen Trump tapes? How could that be i remember more than one “Q” fool saying the Cohen break in was a trap Mueller foolishly stepped in and was actually good news for Trump. Somebody ought to tell Melania to read“Q” and Sundunce so she knows what is going on.
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White House uses foreign aid agency to give jobs to Trump loyalists

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The White House has assumed control over hiring at a small federal agency that promotes economic growth in poor countries, installing political allies and loyalists in appointed jobs intended for development experts, according to documents and interviews.

Until the Trump administration, only the chief executive and several other top officials of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) were selected by the White House, former agency officials said. The chief executive, in turn, used authority granted to the agency by Congress to appoint about two dozen other staffers, primarily for their technical expertise.

But starting last year, the White House began naming political appointees to the lower-level positions, according to internal rosters obtained by The Washington Post and interviews with former employees and other knowledgeable people. The employees were warned by an agency leader they could lose their jobs to make way for the new political appointees, the former employees said.

Fourteen allies and Trump loyalists have been placed at the agency as political appointees so far — more than double the number of political staff on the day the president took office, the rosters show. Among them are a 2016 college graduate with a degree in English literature whose grandmother is a senior personnel official in the White House and a recent congressional intern who graduated in May with a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

The White House’s reach into MCC operations sheds new light on the administration’s appointment process and shows how even obscure parts of the federal bureaucracy traditionally viewed as nonpartisan are being drawn into partisan orbits.

In recent weeks, Sen. Robert Menendez (N.J.), the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, put a hold on a water project in Mongolia while congressional investigators examined the impact of the Trump appointments at MCC. Two weeks ago, he lifted the hold as part of a negotiation with Senate Republicans for limited access to MCC résumés and other personnel documents.

In a statement to The Post, Menendez condemned the administration’s “practice of replacing seasoned professional and programmatic experts with patronage hires.” He said that “blind loyalty seemingly trumps qualifications, experience and career public servants.”


© Getty Images/ MCC appointees include Dillon Seamus Bullock, a White House personnel official’s grandson.


“Congress gave MCC special hiring authority so that it could operate with efficiency and effectiveness, not so that it could become a dumping ground for unqualified partisan loyalists and lackeys,” Menendez wrote.

A Republican Foreign Relations Committee aide speaking on the condition of anonymity offered a more upbeat assessment.

“We were happy to work with our Democratic counterparts in resolving questions about hiring at MCC as we do regularly in exercising the committee’s oversight function,” the aide said. “Such oversight is important for all agencies under the committee’s jurisdiction, and we will continue working in a bipartisan manner moving forward.”

Menendez is continuing to examine the matter, according to spokesman Juan Pachon.

The White House and MCC have not responded to repeated questions and requests for interviews.

The Millennium Challenge Corporation dates to the early days of the administration of George W. Bush, which sought to create a technocratic alternative to sometimes wasteful, politically tinged foreign-assistance programs. Bush said he wanted such programs to be keyed to internal reforms and economic growth in client countries, and “defined by a new accountability” and measurable outcomes.

White House officials have not made clear to Capitol Hill or agency officials the exact reasons they are filling the appointed jobs. “They have just claimed those 30 jobs are [the White House’s],” said an official familiar with the political operation at MCC who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.

In September, the White House appointed a political liaison to the agency — apparently the first in its history. Six employees have been reassigned to make room for Trump appointees. Those reassigned include the agency’s chief risk officer and the leader of the team responsible for coordinating efforts with the private sector.

Three others were forced to leave, according to interviews with former employees and internal documents obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act. Among them was Lorelle Atkinson, acting vice president of public affairs, a six-year veteran and nonpolitical appointee at MCC who previously had worked for four years at a global development nonprofit that focused on improving the plight of poor women.

Atkinson told The Post she attended a June 2017 staff meeting at which employees were warned they might lose their jobs to make room for new political appointees. She said she was forced to resign in October — at a time when she was pregnant.

“I was proud of the work we did at MCC and was honored to have worked with the best and brightest the civil service has to offer,” Atkinson said.

Foreign aid veterans told The Post the appointments are subverting the agency’s technical-minded culture. They said the injection of inexperienced political appointees represents the kind of establishment machinations Trump has decried as “the swamp.”

“This is deeply troubling,” said Scott Morris, who worked closely with MCC’s board as a deputy assistant secretary at the Treasury Department in the Obama administration. “This will inevitably undermine the ability of this technocratic agency to fulfill its mission.”

Familiar ties

Congress authorized MCC in 2003 as an independent agency, including funding for 30 employees who could be appointed outside of the normal civil service laws and regulations. Congress gave the agency’s chief executive authority for hiring the majority of those employees.

The appointment of about seven corporate officers is subject to approval by a governing board composed of the secretary of state, treasury secretary, the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development and others with “relevant international experience.”

The MCC has about 300 employees and an $800 million annual budget. It has supported programs in dozens of developing countries.

After Trump’s inauguration, agency leaders did not initially hear from the White House, according to MCC employees at the time. In the spring of 2017, a senior official from the Presidential Personnel Office (PPO) asked several members of the leadership team to send over their résumés for review, people familiar with the matter said. Before long, a PPO official began making claims on the 30 appointed positions authorized by Congress.

The PPO is a White House organization responsible for selecting and placing 4,000 political appointees who carry out the president’s policies and run federal agencies. It has been a source of controversy over its vetting of nominees and the pace of appointments. PPO director Sean Doocey and a senior official in the PPO office, Katja Bullock, have been involved in lining up the political jobs at MCC, according to documents and interviews with people with knowledge of the office.

In a previous interview, a White House official acknowledged that Doocey and Bullock are former Bush administration colleagues and longtime friends, who with others traveled to Germany on vacation last year.

Several months after the trip to Germany, Doocey appointed Bullock’s grandson, Dillon Seamus Bullock, to MCC as a “staff assistant,” the Dec. 5 memo shows. Dillon Seamus Bullock, who was given a $50,000 salary, had no professional experience after graduating with an English degree from Belmont Abbey College in December 2016, according to his résumé and the Doocey memo.

As The Post has previously reported, Dillon Seamus Bullock is one of four of Katja Bullock’s relatives who have received political appointments in the Trump administration.

Doocey and Katja Bullock declined requests for interviews. During a brief phone call, Dillon Seamus Bullock also declined to comment.

Doocey’s office also arranged for the agency to hire Adrienne Spero as White House liaison. Though she was paid by MCC, she reported to Doocey, according to interviews with current and former employees.

Spero is a 2013 graduate of Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law who worked as a law clerk at the Justice Department in 2015 and 2016. She and her husband, Casin Spero, a political appointee at Veterans Affairs, are social friends of Doocey’s, according to current and former Trump administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.

Before the presidential election, Casin Spero and Doocey both worked at Barbaricum, a federal contractor.

Adrienne Spero declined an interview request, and VA did not respond to a request for an interview with Casin Spero.

Kirk Bell, a Trump campaign worker, told The Post that PPO officials placed him in the agency’s communications office last year, even though he did not seek out the job. Bell resigned months ago amid questions relating to his security clearance. He declined to discuss the details.

“I was asked by the White House to go to MCC,” Bell said, adding that he felt duty-bound to follow White House instructions. “I was basically told, ‘This is what we have for you.’ ”

Another appointee is Karen Sessions, a former Verizon Communications executive and municipal official in Winter Park, Fla., who made an unsuccessful run for Congress as a Republican in 2010. In 2012, she married Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.), a Trump supporter. She is vice president of congressional and public affairs.

Yet another is Eric M. Ueland, who was recently placed at MCC after his nomination to be undersecretary of state for management failed to receive Senate support. Ueland is a veteran Republican Senate staffer who has worked for former Senate majority leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and as the staff director for the Senate Budget Committee under former Alabama U.S. senator and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In a personal biography online, Ueland describes himself as a “senior strategy officer” at MCC.

The Post requested copies of emails between agency officials and the White House under the Freedom of Information Act in March. In response, MCC identified 59 emails that could be responsive. But none of the emails — which were sent to the White House for review — have been released.

“We’re simply just waiting for the White House to reply,” said Tamiko Watkins, the agency’s chief Freedom of Information Act officer. “Our hands are a little bit tied.”

Politicalization worries

The most controversial of the new appointees is Robert Blau, a retired Foreign Service officer who served as a speechwriter on Trump’s campaign. He was named MCC’s vice president of compact operations in the spring of 2017.

Soon after arriving, he filled his office with Trump campaign memorabilia, which he later removed after colleagues suggested it was not appropriate for a federal office, according to officials at the agency at the time who spoke on the condition of anonymity. During a staff town hall meeting last year, Blau, who was then director of operations, described himself as “a partisan conservative Republican” and complained that certain media were “out to get Trump every day,” according to a routine recording of the meeting made by the agency.

He assured them his political views would not influence his management decisions, the recording shows. But he also urged agency employees to watch Fox News and read Breitbart News.

“If you are only using CNN and The Washington Post, you’re getting a very biased view of the news,” he said, according to a transcript of the audio first made public by Foreign Policy magazine earlier this year.

Blau also expressed skepticism about a speaker at the agency who had recently promoted gay and lesbian pride.

“His talk was sort of ‘celebrate diversity,’ ” Blau said, noting that his wife is an immigrant from Africa and that his sons are mixed race. “I’m not someone who celebrates diversity, or engineers it. To me, diversity just happens,” he said.

Menendez condemned the remarks in a Feb. 23 letter to then-acting chief executive Jon Nash: “I write to seek a full accounting of this behavior and MCC’s response to it, as well as a commitment from MCC leadership that individuals who engage in such behavior will be held accountable.”

In a letter back, Nash wrote that the remarks “do not reflect MCC’s values” and said that the matter had been referred to the agency’s general counsel.

Through a spokeswoman, Blau declined requests for an interview.

On May 25, Blau was promoted to interim leader of MCC, effective three days later. The White House officials made the move after repeated delays in Senate consideration of the nominee to be MCC’s chief executive, which has been pending since early January.

The nominee, Sean Cairncross, is a Washington insider who served as chief operating officer of the Republican National Committee in the 2016 election cycle. In the Trump administration, he served as deputy assistant to Trump and senior adviser to the chief of staff.

But he has no foreign development experience, according to his testimony during his nomination hearing in February.

During that hearing, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) asked Cairncross about White House politicization of MCC. Cairncross said he knew nothing about it.

“If confirmed, I would strive to keep the MCC a performance-based professional development organization,” Cairncross testified. “I am not looking to politicize the MCC.”

Cairncross’s nomination is still pending.

robert.oharrow@washpost.com

Andrew Ba Tran contributed to this report.

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Trump Anxiety Disorder: Therapists claim patients are experiencing President-related anxiety due to Potus' policies and Twitter feuds

  • Therapists in the US said more and more patients are suffering from Trump Anxiety Disorder
  • The unofficial disorder is when patients fear the future of the country because of Trump's Twitter feuds and policies
  • One therapist said symptoms mimic those of patients who grew up with a parent suffering from a personality disorder
  • Another therapist said her patient asked if Trump was going to 'blow us all up' after he tweeted to North Korean leader that his nuclear button 'was bigger'
  • The disorder affects both Trump critics and supporters, who said they felt isolated from family and friends because they are in favor of the president
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ients-experiencing-Trump-related-anxiety.html
The LSM is in cahoots with the physc business.
 

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Trump Anxiety Disorder: Therapists claim patients are experiencing President-related anxiety due to Potus' policies and Twitter feuds

  • Therapists in the US said more and more patients are suffering from Trump Anxiety Disorder
  • The unofficial disorder is when patients fear the future of the country because of Trump's Twitter feuds and policies
  • One therapist said symptoms mimic those of patients who grew up with a parent suffering from a personality disorder
  • Another therapist said her patient asked if Trump was going to 'blow us all up' after he tweeted to North Korean leader that his nuclear button 'was bigger'
  • The disorder affects both Trump critics and supporters, who said they felt isolated from family and friends because they are in favor of the president
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ients-experiencing-Trump-related-anxiety.html
Just shows you how asinine some people are. I see it every day on social media; people (women AND men) posting a photo of something relatively mundane and making it appear to be a very dramatic occurrence. For example, a tiny, baby snake in someone's garage shouldn't warrant photos and 38 comments about how terrible it is. Just pick it up and put it back outside.
 

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Trump claims his approval numbers top Reagan and 'Honest Abe' Lincoln - even though presidential polling wasn't invented until FDR's time

  • President Trump tweeted Sunday he has 'highest Poll Numbers in the history of the Republican Party,' beating Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln
  • It's unclear what poll numbers he's referring to
  • Trump does have an 85 percent approval rating among Republicans
  • But a Pew Poll showed Republicans ranked Reagan higher than Trump
  • Political experts rank Lincoln as the greatest president in history
  • Gallup invented polling in the 1930s - some 70 years after Lincoln was president
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ims-approval-numbers-beat-Reagan-Lincoln.html
 

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Trump claims his approval numbers top Reagan and 'Honest Abe' Lincoln - even though presidential polling wasn't invented until FDR's time

  • President Trump tweeted Sunday he has 'highest Poll Numbers in the history of the Republican Party,' beating Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln
  • It's unclear what poll numbers he's referring to
  • Trump does have an 85 percent approval rating among Republicans
  • But a Pew Poll showed Republicans ranked Reagan higher than Trump
  • Political experts rank Lincoln as the greatest president in history
  • Gallup invented polling in the 1930s - some 70 years after Lincoln was president
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ims-approval-numbers-beat-Reagan-Lincoln.html
To me, this is rather like his claim that Obama "wiretapped" Trump Tower. While they didn't actually use "wiretaps", it was a way to quickly and efficiently explain to the people that Obama's DOJ was illegally surveilling him and his campaign. I'm pretty sure he knows that the telephone polls weren't carried out in the 1860's, and it's another example of Trump being Trump.
 

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'I will not allow our great country to be sold out': Trump says the 'unpatriotic' press is 'driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome' and complains that 90% of the coverage of him is negative in another attack on the media

  • Trump went on another anti-media tirade shortly after revealing NYT meeting
  • He revealed on Sunday morning he spoke with AG Sulzberger about 'fake news'
  • Sulzberger then revealed he met with Trump because of his 'dangerous' rhetoric
  • Trump then attacked the press on Sunday afternoon and blamed the media for putting 'the lives of many at risk' by revealing 'internal' government deliberations
  • President has repeatedly called media the 'enemy of the people' in his tweets
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An Angry Trump Responds After NYT Publisher Says President "Putting Lives At Risk"


by Tyler Durden
Sun, 07/29/2018 - 16:04


The publisher of the New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, responded to a Trump tweet from this morning, saying he "implored" President Donald Trump at a private White House meeting this month to reconsider his broad attacks on journalists, calling the president’s anti-press rhetoric "not just divisive but increasingly dangerous" and that Trump's assault on the media is "putting lives at risk"

The war of words started on Sunday morning, when Trump tweeted that he "had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times. Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, “Enemy of the People.” Sad!” Trump wrote.


A.G. Sulzberger

A few hours later, Sulzberger issued a statement in which he said he decided to comment publicly after Trump revealed their off-the-record meeting held on July 20, noting that "Trump’s aides requested that the meeting be off the record" but with Trump tweeting this morning "he has put the meeting on the record, so A.G. has decided to respond to the president’s characterization of their conversation, based on detailed notes A.G. and James took."

Sulzberger - who said said he accepted the meeting because Times publishers have a history of meeting with presidential administrations and other public figures who have concerns with the publication’s coverage of them - said his main purpose for accepting the meeting was to "raise concerns about the president’s deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric."

"I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous."

Sulzberger also told Trump that that although the phrase “fake news” is untrue and harmful, "I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists “the enemy of the people.” I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence."

Sulzberger, who went to the White House with James Bennet, who oversees that NYT's editorial page, said he stressed "that this is particularly true abroad, where the president’s rhetoric is being used by some regimes to justify sweeping crackdowns on journalists."

"I warned that it was putting lives at risk, that it was undermining the democratic ideals of our nation, and that it was eroding one of our country’s greatest exports: a commitment to free speech and a free press."

In conclusion, the NYT owner said that "throughout the conversation I emphasized that if President Trump, like previous presidents, was upset with coverage of his administration he was of course free to tell the world. I made clear repeatedly that I was not asking for him to soften his attacks on The Times if he felt our coverage was unfair. Instead, I implored him to reconsider his broader attacks on journalism, which I believe are dangerous and harmful to our country."

* * *

The president has repeatedly lashed out over media coverage of him that he deems unfair, and has labeled the news media the “enemy of the people” while regularly accuses reporters of spreading "fake news." Just last week, Trump told hundreds of people attending the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Kansas City, Missouri: “Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news,” as he gestured toward journalists at the back of the room and the crowd erupted.

He also told them to remember “what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”

Trump has been especially vocal in his attacks on the "failing New York Times" and after the younger Sulzberger took over for his father as publisher on January 1, Trump tweeted that his ascension gave the paper a “last chance” to fulfill its founder’s vision of impartiality.

Trump urged the new Sulzberger to “Get impartial journalists of a much higher standard, lose all of your phony and non-existent ‘sources,’ and treat the President of the United States FAIRLY, so that the next time I (and the people) win, you won’t have to write an apology to your readers for a job poorly done!”

* * *

Shortly after the Sulzberger statement was published, Trump shot back with another extended attack at "anti-Trump haters in the dying newspaper industry", who are "selling out our great country" and named the "failing New York Times" and the "amazon Washington Post", split over 4 separate tweets:

When the media - driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome - reveals internal deliberations of our government, it truly puts the lives of many, not just journalists, at risk! Very unpatriotic! Freedom of the press also comes with a responsibility to report the news accurately. 90% of media coverage of my Administration is negative, despite the tremendously positive results we are achieving, it’s no surprise that confidence in the media is at an all time low! I will not allow our great country to be sold out by anti-Trump haters in the dying newspaper industry. No matter how much they try to distract and cover it up, our country is making great progress under my leadership and I will never stop fighting for the American people! As an example, the failing New York Times and the Amazon Washington Post do nothing but write bad stories even on very positive achievements - and they will never change!​

It is clear that this latest escalation in the simmering war of words between Trump and the NYT is only just beginning, and comes at a precarious time for the president, with Mueller's probe reportedly in its last stages, with his former lawyer Michael Cohen threatening to "flip", with the trade war with China set to accelerate should another $200BN in tariffs be imposed in mid August, with Trump threatening to shutdown the government over border security, and as the political bickering over the upcoming midterm elections hit fever pitch.

Meanwhile, the biggest tailwind going for Trump is the strength of the economy and the stock market, although the immediate future of both is increasingly in question after last week's Facebook fireworks which threatens the growth narrative, while many predict that GDP in Q3 is set to post a steep decline when it is reported just a few days before the elections.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018...-trump-putting-lives-risk-war-words-escalates
 

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Mnuchin: Trump 'absolutely respects' Fed's independence

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin insisted on Sunday that President Donald Trump and his administration "absolutely support" the Federal Reserve's independence.

“We as an administration absolutely support the independence of the Fed, and the president’s made it clear that this is the Fed’s decision," Mnuchin said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Responding to recent comments by the president questioning the Fed's raising of interest rates, Mnuchin said, "These are really more just comments saying, as interest rates are going up, it’s something that the president has a concern."

"But let me be clear," Mnuchin added, "he absolutely respects the independence of the Fed.”

Now is someone going to spin this as 'Trump caving in' or is it a wise move to avoid being a recipient of a magic bullet.

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"Sulzberger also told Trump that that although the phrase “fake news” is untrue..."

This means that the flight crew names of Asiana 214 really were as reported:
'Sum Ting Wong,' 'Wi Tu Lo,' 'Ho Lee Fuk,' and 'Bang Ding Ow'

Good ting there's never No Ting Wong at the NYT!
 

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Former GOP governor to Trump: Step down
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Former GOP Governor Christine Todd Whitman discusses her LA Times op-ed where she wrote that President Trump is "clearly unfit to remain in office."
 

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Anderson Cooper calls out Sarah Sanders' promise
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Published on Aug 1, 2018
Anderson Cooper discusses the White House only holding three press briefings in the month of July despite press secretary Sarah Sanders promising to provide regular and constant information to the American people.
 

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'It's gonna be a killer': Insiders say new Donald Trump book by legendary journalist Bob Woodward will be the most intimate portrait of a sitting President in history

  • Journalist Bob Woodward has written a new book on Donald Trump's presidency
  • The celebrated journalist of Watergate fame announced his new book Monday
  • Woodward has used 'hundreds of hours' of interviews, insider notes and diaries
  • It will provide an in-depth look at how Trump makes decision on major policies
  • Woodward has written best-selling accounts of several recent administrations
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EXCLUSIVE: 'Something serious was going on in Donald's brain.' Omarosa tells how President Trump exhibited a 'mental decline that could not be denied' as she watched his rambling Lester Holt interview in her explosive book

  • Omarosa Manigualt Newman's blockbuster book Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House is set to be published August 14
  • In an excerpt from the book exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com, the former White House assistant to the president makes the case for his mental decline
  • Hope [Hicks] had gone over the briefing on discussing Comey's firing with him a dozen times, Omarosa says
  • 'Throughout this erratic and contradictory interview, I kept thinking, 'Oh No! Oh No! This is bad!' she writes.
  • The explosive book promises to deliver the juiciest insider scoop yet about Trump and the Trump White House
  • Last week it was reported that Omarosa has been interviewed by federal investigators in the Trump-Cohen probe
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...esident-Trumps-mental-decline-not-denied.html
 

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'The fake, fake, DISGUSTING news': Finger-wagging Trump ramps up his attack on the media who 'make up stories' and claims they ignored his 'successes' with Putin and Kim, as baying Pennsylvania crowd chants 'CNN sucks'

  • President Trump made several vicious attacks on the media over its reporting of his Kim and Putin summits
  • Said he'd shut government if Democrats don't give him Wall money but was 'a bit torn' about when to do so
  • Protester ejected while Trump was recalling night of election victory and led away while swearing at crowd
  • Trump spoke in Wilkes-Barre to back his loyal supporter Rep. Lou Barletta in his bid for Congress re-election
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...hails-returned-fallen-heroes-North-Korea.html
 

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The Russian mob first 'made its move' on Trump when he was hemorrhaging money in 2002
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Published on Aug 2, 2018
 

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FWIW...…………….

Psychiatrist: Trump Mental Health Urgently Deteriorating
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Published on Jul 28, 2018
--Dr. John Gartner, Founder of Duty To Warn and co-editor of "Rocket Man: Nuclear Madness and the Mind of Donald Trump," joins David to discuss the mental health conditions he believes Donald Trump has, which would justify his removal from the Presidency under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution
 

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Trump and his administration clash over Russia threat
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The nation's top national security officials came together to warn of a pervasive Russian effort to undermine US democracy at a White House press briefing. Hours later, President Donald Trump called the threat a “Russian hoax,” directly contradicting his administration.
 

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Searcher, no matter how much fake news tripe you plaster on this thread, you're still gonna lose that $100 bet. :2 thumbs up:
 

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Searcher, no matter how much fake news tripe you plaster on this thread, you're still gonna lose that $100 bet. :2 thumbs up:
ROTFLMAO

You're probably right. I was wrong about the last 2 chuckle heads and I'm probably wrong about this one. But then again you never know what Mueller will come up with.
 

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Attorney tells what it's like to depose Trump
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Published on Aug 3, 2018
Attorney Glenn Zeitz deposed Donald Trump in the 1990s. He tells CNN's Randi Kaye what the experience was like.
 

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"This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men. " https://biblehub.com/daniel/4-17.htm
 

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So Trump, Hitler, and Stalin were all Gods choices...?
 

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So Trump, Hitler, and Stalin were all Gods choices...?
By accident, he sometimes leaves it up to the multitudes, or the unseen masters, etc..