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Marc Short, Trump’s legislative director, becomes latest senior White House aide to depart

Washington Post
John Wagner, Josh Dawsey
1 hr ago


White House legislative affairs director Marc Short, one of President Trump’s longest-serving and more visible aides, is planning to step down by the end of the month.

Short is joining Guidepost Strategies consulting firm and will teach at the University of Virginia’s business school, where he received a degree, and also serve as a senior fellow at the university’s Miller Center.

His departure, first reported by Politico, was confirmed by a White House official who requested anonymity to discuss a personnel move that has not been formally announced. Short did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Miller Center also announced Short’s position there in a statement Thursday morning, saying he would participate in conferences and other events and engage with faculty and students.

Short’s departure comes amid what is shaping up as intense confirmation battle in the Senate over Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for a Supreme Court seat and in advance of this year’s midterm elections in which Republicans risk losing seats.

His resignation adds to an unprecedented rate of turnover among senior White House aides.

As the White House’s top liaison to Capitol Hill, Short has at been at the center of legislative battles over health care and tax cuts, as well as the administration’s efforts to secure Senate confirmation of federal judges and Cabinet officials.

He has also regularly represented the White House on television programs, offering a steady defense of the president and his policies.

Short took his White House job after serving as a senior aide to Vice President Pence during the 2016 campaign.

John.Wagner@washpost.com

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...te-house-aide-to-depart/ar-AAzYsnx?ocid=ientp
 

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Wife of Trump's new communications chief had radio show where she said women in the Navy shouldn't serve with 'horny' submariners and flu pandemic was 'setup' to help drug companies

  • 'Darla Shine Show' was broadcast on the Talk Radio Network in 2008 and 2009
  • She said of women sailors in one episode: 'What do you think is going to happen when you go on a submarine for 12 months with 4,000 horny soldiers?'
  • Darla Shine is also under fire for her now-deleted social media accounts, which defended racist behavior and promoted conspiracy theories on vaccines
  • Darla Shine has also criticized the women who accused Roger Ailes of harassment, leading Megyn Kelly to attack her via twitter
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...en-Navy-shouldnt-serve-horny-submariners.html
 

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Treasury Department Responsible For Trade Policy Rocked By Wave Of Departures


by Tyler Durden
Thu, 07/12/2018 - 19:45


President Trump's war on the Washington swamp has had some unintended casualties at the Treasury Department's international affairs unit - which Bloomberg characterized as a "key office in the Trump administration's escalating trade battles with China and Europe" - as roughly 10% of the department's career staff have quit since September. And President Trump's federal hiring freeze has made it impossible to replace them, just as the administration's trade war with China has been ramping up.

According to Bloomberg, most of the departures have blamed President Trump's pick to run the department for inspiring them to leave. David Malpass, who has been a vocal proponent of Trump's protectionism, is probably best known for being Bear Stearns chief economist in the years leading up to the financial crisis.


David Malpass

According to the department's malcontents, Malpass has been involved in some high profile bungles recently, like when he said back in March that Beijing had ended formal economic talks on the eve of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, before later saying that he "misspoke."

But even with full staffing, some people say that Malpass, who was confirmed by the Senate, is mismanaging the unit. They note that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has dressed down Malpass for striking too hard a tone in public statements about China -- an episode that harmed morale throughout the unit.​
Malpass, 62, worked in the Treasury and State Departments during the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and later became chief economist at the now-defunct Bear Stearns. Malpass was a senior economic adviser on Trump’s presidential campaign. At Treasury, he succeeded Nathan Sheets, who held the post under Obama.​
In one incident, Malpass erroneously said on the eve of the March G-20 finance summit in Buenos Aires that the U.S. had ended formal economic talks with Beijing. Mnuchin privately reprimanded Malpass after the incident, according to three people familiar with the matter. Malpass had to correct the record, saying he “misspoke.”​

Among the departing staff is Mark Sobel, a 40-year veteran of the department who was respected for having "the most institutional and cultural knowledge of international affairs at Treasury." Sobel has blamed the administration for, among other things, allowing too many officials to speak publicly about dollar policy (unlike previous presidents, Trump has been more than willing to complain at about the value of the dollar).

Sobel is seen as having the most institutional and cultural knowledge of international affairs at Treasury. He was known in the building and among foreign counterparts over the past four decades as a tireless and at times uncompromising negotiator who has been a key U.S. representative behind the scenes at dozens of G-20 and G-7 finance officials meetings.​
Weeks after retiring, Sobel wrote a column called "America’s currency confusion" for a London-based think tank, chastising Mnuchin and the rest of Trump’s economic team for eroding U.S. credibility by having too many officials talking about the dollar policy.​
Sobel moved forward his departure in part because of Malpass’s move to install his chief of staff, Mauricio Claver-Carone, at the International Monetary Fund as executive director while Trump’s nominee awaits Senate confirmation. Sobel, according to the three people, didn’t want to work for Claver-Carone, an attorney who previously led a group that promoted embargoes against Cuba.​

Robert Dohner, an Asia specialist who played a key role in China's decision to allow the yuan to strengthen, has also left the department.

Several younger staffers -- seen as the next generation of non-political brain power -- have also left, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity.​
Other departures or earlier-than-planned retirements include Robert Dohner, an Asia specialist who led the push for China to allow the yuan to strengthen; Aimen Mir, deputy assistant secretary for investment security overseeing work on the CFIUS; John Weeks, head of the global economics office; and Ben Cushman, a Mandarin speaker.​
All of those officials either declined to comment or did not respond to inquiries.​
"For those who had spent their careers advocating the virtues of openness and integration and collaboration, the trajectory of policy under this administration probably made it more challenging for them," said Sheets, Malpass’s predecessor in the Obama administration.​

One of the unit's most important functions is running CFIUS, the committee that reviews foreign acquisitions for any national security issues. The administration is bringing in a dozen new hires to fulfill Trump's promise to beef up CFIUS. But with the departures factored in, it's unclear if this increased headcount really represents a genuine expansion. Fortunately, Chinese investments in the US have already plunged this year.

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Republicans withdraw Trump nominee for federal appeals court at the last minute after racially charged article he wrote about 'Uncle Toms' as a student at Stanford emerges

  • In stunning move, Mitch McConnell withdrew the nomination of Ryan Bounds for a federal appeals court seat minutes before a Senate vote
  • Tim Scott, the South Carolina senator who is the Republican's only African-American member of the senate, said he could not vote for Bounds
  • Writings from his time as a Stanford student showed Bounds, 45, had called multicultural groups at the university 'feel-good ethnic hoedowns'
  • He wrote that black students who did not sign up to 'victimhood' were treated as 'Uncle Toms' and 'Oreos'

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White House press secretary sweepstakes is underway again with former Fox News host Heather Nauert favored to shift from the State Department and Don Jr.'s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle as the wild card

  • Speculation is heating up again who might replace Sarah Huckabee Sanders
  • Sanders has shown no outward signs of leaving but officials are said to be preparing for 'life without Sarah'
  • Heather Nauert and Kimberly Guilfoyle's names are being mentioned
  • But the fact Guilfoyle is dating Donald Trump Jr. could hurt her chances
  • Bill Shine is said to be soliciting opinions on who should get the gig
  • Qualifications are said to include: knowing how to handle press, some experience, a good relationship with President Trump, and looking the part
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...derway-Heather-Nauert-Kimberly-Guilfoyle.html
 

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WH lawyer in charge of policing Trump officials' ethics to leave: report

The Hill
Avery Anapol
1 hr ago



White House attorney Stefan Passantino is reportedly planning to leave the Trump administration in the coming weeks.

Passantino, the deputy White House counsel responsible for policing ethics for Trump officials, joined the administration in January 2017 after formerly serving as an attorney to former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.).

Four people familiar with the situation told Politico of Passantino's plans to leave, which he has reportedly been forming for months. Passantino's family lives in Georgia, and he has been commuting throughout his tenure in the Trump administration.

The Hill has reached out to Passantino and the White House for comment.

Passantino has weathered a number of ethics scandals from Trump administration officials, including concerns about the use of private flights, improper spending of taxpayer dollars, accusations of Hatch Act violations and more.

Trump himself, as well as White House advisers Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, have been accused by critics of profiting from real estate holdings and Trump hotels throughout his presidency. Earlier Tuesday, a federal judge allowed a lawsuit accusing Trump of violating the Constitution's Emoluments Clause to move forward.

Though Passantino's office does not directly oversee Cabinet secretaries, the Trump White House has been viewed by ethics experts outside the administration as a particularly challenging client.

Norm Eisen, former President Obama's ethics chief and a prominent Trump critic, told Politico he was "amazed [Passantino] made it as long as he did."

"His client was the White House, but its head, the president, is as difficult an ethics subject as has ever occupied the Oval," Eisen said. "No ethicist could thrive in that environment."

Ex-White House ethics chief Walter Shaub, who briefly served under Trump before resigning, said that Passantino was "openly hostile" to the government ethics program. The two clashed during Shaub's brief tenure in the Trump White House.

"I'm glad to hear he's leaving," Shaub said. "He is a nice guy - charming even, and easy to like on a personal level. I'd want him as a neighbor, but not as an ethics official."

"On a professional level, he has been openly hostile to the government ethics program, like nothing we'd ever seen," Shaub added. "He's done more harm than good in his brief stint in the White House. His detrimental influence on the government ethics program under the Trump administration was a factor in my decision to resign."

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...-ethics-to-leave-report/ar-BBL3r9e?ocid=ientp
 

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EXCLUSIVE: Omarosa to tell all! The exiled former Trump aide lands a seven-figure book deal and is expected to dish about her time in the White House and her relationship with the president

  • Omarosa Manigualt has landed a book deal with a division of Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books
  • The book promises to be a blockbuster - and deliver the juiciest insider scoop yet about Trump and the Trump White House
  • A source tells DailyMail.com, that the former Trump aide and Apprentice star has had a tough time dealing with the aftermath of her dramatic departure from the White House
  • On Wednesday it was reported that Omarosa has been interviewed by federal investigators in the Trump-Cohen probe
  • Omarosa went on to star in Celebrity Big Brother but hasn't been making any appearances since the show ended
  • The book is expected to be published next month
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ery-Books-seven-months-fired-White-House.html
 

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EXCLUSIVE: Omarosa to tell all! The exiled former Trump aide lands a seven-figure book deal and is expected to dish about her time in the White House and her relationship with the president

  • Omarosa Manigualt has landed a book deal with a division of Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books
  • The book promises to be a blockbuster - and deliver the juiciest insider scoop yet about Trump and the Trump White House
  • A source tells DailyMail.com, that the former Trump aide and Apprentice star has had a tough time dealing with the aftermath of her dramatic departure from the White House
  • On Wednesday it was reported that Omarosa has been interviewed by federal investigators in the Trump-Cohen probe
  • Omarosa went on to star in Celebrity Big Brother but hasn't been making any appearances since the show ended
  • The book is expected to be published next month
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ery-Books-seven-months-fired-White-House.html
EXCLUSIVE: Omarosa to tell all! The exiled former Trump aide lands a seven-figure book deal and is expected to dish about her time in the White House and her relationship with the president

  • Omarosa Manigualt has landed a book deal with a division of Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books
  • The book promises to be a blockbuster - and deliver the juiciest insider scoop yet about Trump and the Trump White House
  • A source tells DailyMail.com, that the former Trump aide and Apprentice star has had a tough time dealing with the aftermath of her dramatic departure from the White House
  • On Wednesday it was reported that Omarosa has been interviewed by federal investigators in the Trump-Cohen probe
  • Omarosa went on to star in Celebrity Big Brother but hasn't been making any appearances since the show ended
  • The book is expected to be published next month
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ery-Books-seven-months-fired-White-House.html
I can't wait to not buy the book.
 

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Don Jr's new squeeze...…………...

Kimberly Guilfoyle 'shared personal photos of male genitalia with Fox News co-workers, complained Jeanine Pirro was too old for TV and emotionally abused staff prior to exit', say sources

  • Kimberly Guilfoyle, 49, had been the subject of a human resources investigation in the year before her departure sources tell Huff Post
  • The behavior which lead to this investigation was revealed in interviews conducted with 21 sources inside and outside Fox News and 21st Century Fox
  • Six sources said that Guilfoyle would share personal photos of male genitalia with staff and then identify the man whose genitals she was showing
  • Guilfoyle, who has an 11-year-old son, also spoke about her sex life with her assistant claim sources while using hair and makeup staff for her personal events
  • Her support of Roger Ailes back in 2016 almost resulted in her termination claim sources, as she asked employees if they were 'Team Roger' and 'Team Gretchen'
  • Two sources say Guilfiyle declared that Judge Pirro should not be on television because the former district attorney, who is 67, is too old

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...talia-photos-workers-prior-Fox-news-exit.html
 

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First lady Melania Trump's policy director Reagan Hedlund departs

CNN
By Kate Bennett, CNN
1 hr ago

First lady Melania Trump's office is operating without a policy director.

Reagan Hedlund, who was hired for the job by Trump in January, recently departed the first lady's team, according to a source with knowledge of the East Wing staffing change.

Hedlund came to Trump's office from the National Security Council, where she was an executive assistant; prior to that she served as policy and communications adviser to Mike Pompeo when he was a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Kansas, before his roles as CIA director and secretary of state.

"She is no longer with our office and we wish her our best," Trump's communications director, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN on Friday.

Hedlund's departure was first reported by Politico.

The parting of the first lady's policy director comes as Trump appears to have begun a take-two on her rollout of Be Best, the initiative the first lady designed to help children. The broad-based program pursues three different issues: overall well-being, positivity on social media, and the effect of the opioid crisis on kids. Although Trump officially announced Be Best as her policy platform at a Rose Garden event in early May, the momentum of the launch was somewhat stalled after the first lady entered Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for an undisclosed kidney procedure on May 14, requiring several weeks of recovery.

In England last month, Trump talked up Be Best to schoolchildren during an official event with Philip May, the husband of British Prime Minister Theresa May. This week Trump taped a video message for kids at a leadership camp in Kentucky, reminding them to be nice to one another, and two weeks ago she traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, to visit a children's hospital and learn more about neonatal abstinence syndrome, part of the opioid crisis that affects newborn babies.

Trump has lately also waded into policy related to the country's ongoing immigration crisis at the border, with Grisham telling CNN in June the first lady "hates to see" families being separated, and that she encouraged a bipartisan legislative resolution. Additionally, Trump made two trips to border facilities, in Texas and in Arizona, for what Grisham stated were attempts to "educate herself" about what is happening on the front lines of the "zero-tolerance" policy being enforced by her husband's administration.

While it is unclear if Hedlund had anything to do with Trump's statements or actions on immigration, she did tell Politico that she worked on Be Best.

"I am very grateful to the first lady for the opportunity to help launch her policy initiative," Hedlund told Politico. "It was a rare opportunity to contribute at such a high level. It was a difficult decision to leave, however, I have decided to return to my roots in the foreign policy world."

It is unclear what Hedlund's current job status is.

A source familiar with the matter told CNN that although the first lady's office is downplaying details of Hedlund's departure in an effort of goodwill, she was asked to leave the East Wing after it was determined she was not the right fit for the policy director position. CNN has attempted to reach Hedlund for comment.

Hedlund's departure makes Trump's already small team even leaner. With approximately 10 full-time staffers managing everything from daily operations to communications, Trump's East Wing office is less than half the size of Michelle Obama's when she left the White House. Obama had about 25 people on her staff, as did her predecessor Laura Bush.

"The team is small, but mighty," Grisham told CNN in April.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...-reagan-hedlund-departs/ar-BBLtddv?ocid=ientp
 

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Departing...………….


First lady Melania Trump's policy director Reagan Hedlund departs

CNN
By Kate Bennett, CNN
1 hr ago

First lady Melania Trump's office is operating without a policy director.

Reagan Hedlund, who was hired for the job by Trump in January, recently departed the first lady's team, according to a source with knowledge of the East Wing staffing change.

Hedlund came to Trump's office from the National Security Council, where she was an executive assistant; prior to that she served as policy and communications adviser to Mike Pompeo when he was a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Kansas, before his roles as CIA director and secretary of state.

"She is no longer with our office and we wish her our best," Trump's communications director, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN on Friday.

Hedlund's departure was first reported by Politico.

The parting of the first lady's policy director comes as Trump appears to have begun a take-two on her rollout of Be Best, the initiative the first lady designed to help children. The broad-based program pursues three different issues: overall well-being, positivity on social media, and the effect of the opioid crisis on kids. Although Trump officially announced Be Best as her policy platform at a Rose Garden event in early May, the momentum of the launch was somewhat stalled after the first lady entered Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for an undisclosed kidney procedure on May 14, requiring several weeks of recovery.

In England last month, Trump talked up Be Best to schoolchildren during an official event with Philip May, the husband of British Prime Minister Theresa May. This week Trump taped a video message for kids at a leadership camp in Kentucky, reminding them to be nice to one another, and two weeks ago she traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, to visit a children's hospital and learn more about neonatal abstinence syndrome, part of the opioid crisis that affects newborn babies.

Trump has lately also waded into policy related to the country's ongoing immigration crisis at the border, with Grisham telling CNN in June the first lady "hates to see" families being separated, and that she encouraged a bipartisan legislative resolution. Additionally, Trump made two trips to border facilities, in Texas and in Arizona, for what Grisham stated were attempts to "educate herself" about what is happening on the front lines of the "zero-tolerance" policy being enforced by her husband's administration.

While it is unclear if Hedlund had anything to do with Trump's statements or actions on immigration, she did tell Politico that she worked on Be Best.

"I am very grateful to the first lady for the opportunity to help launch her policy initiative," Hedlund told Politico. "It was a rare opportunity to contribute at such a high level. It was a difficult decision to leave, however, I have decided to return to my roots in the foreign policy world."

It is unclear what Hedlund's current job status is.

A source familiar with the matter told CNN that although the first lady's office is downplaying details of Hedlund's departure in an effort of goodwill, she was asked to leave the East Wing after it was determined she was not the right fit for the policy director position. CNN has attempted to reach Hedlund for comment.

Hedlund's departure makes Trump's already small team even leaner. With approximately 10 full-time staffers managing everything from daily operations to communications, Trump's East Wing office is less than half the size of Michelle Obama's when she left the White House. Obama had about 25 people on her staff, as did her predecessor Laura Bush.

"The team is small, but mighty," Grisham told CNN in April.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...-reagan-hedlund-departs/ar-BBLtddv?ocid=ientp
Be brave and rest assured that somehow; the nation will get through this!
 

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Gone from a staff of 25 for the past two first ladies to a staff of 10. Seems her predecessors we're way over staffed. Perhaps Melania could survive with less even.
 

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Hope Hicks told reporters she'd consider coming BACK to the White House to be Trump's chief of staff as she plots her next career move

  • Hope Hicks has been floated as a possibility for White House chief of staff
  • She added fuel to the fire when she was spotted Saturday boarding the president's plane and traveling with him to a rally
  • Hicks and the White House have declined to comment on the appearance
  • She reportedly told reporters in an off the record conversation that could take the job of chief of staff if the right opportunity presented itself

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Trump's commerce secretary Wilbur Ross is accused of siphoning $120 MILLION from his business partners - and even taking Sweet'n'Low packets from a restaurant to save cash

  • Ross siphoned off $120 million total over the years from his various businesses it was claimed
  • The Department of Commerce slammed the allegations, calling them based on 'false rumors' and 'unverifiable claims'
  • One former employee said Ross 'was like a kid in a candy store' when it came to siphoning money
  • Ross is also alleged to have done small things like take Sweet 'n Low from a restaurant so he didn't have to buy his own
  • The Commerce Department says he does not use the sweetner
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Speechwriter who attended conference with white nationalists in 2016 leaves White House

CNN
By Andrew Kaczynski
2 hrs ago



A speechwriter for President Donald Trump who attended a conference frequented by white nationalists has left the White House.

CNN's KFile reached out to the White House last week about Darren Beattie, a policy aide and speechwriter, who was listed as speaking at the 2016 H.L. Mencken Club Conference.

The Mencken Club, which is named for the early 20th century journalist and satirist whose posthumously published diaries revealed racist views, is a small annual conference started in 2008 and regularly attended by well-known white nationalists such as Richard Spencer. The schedule for the 2016 conference listed panels and speeches by white nationalist Peter Brimelow and two writers, John Derbyshire and Robert Weissberg, who were both fired in 2012 from the conservative magazine National Review for espousing racist views.

Other speakers from the 2016 conference are regular contributors to the white nationalist website VDare. Jared Taylor, another leading white nationalist, can be heard at the conference in 2016 on Derbyshire's radio show along with Brimelow.

The White House, which asked CNN to hold off on the story for several days last week declined to say when Beattie left the White House. Beattie's email address at the White House, which worked until late Friday evening, was no longer active by Saturday.

"Mr. Beattie no longer works at the White House," White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told CNN on Friday night. "We don't comment on personnel matters."

Beattie confirmed to CNN he spoke to the 2016 conference, saying his speech was not objectionable.

"In 2016 I attended the Mencken conference in question and delivered a stand-alone, academic talk titled 'The Intelligentsia and the Right.' I said nothing objectionable and stand by my remarks completely," he told CNN's KFile in an email on Saturday. "It was the honor of my life to serve in the Trump Administration. I love President Trump, who is a fearless American hero, and continue to support him one hundred percent. I have no further comment."

Beattie gained prominence in 2016 when as a visiting instructor in Duke University's political science department he signed on to a letter of academic scholars supporting Trump. He correctly predicted Trump would win the 2016 presidential election.

As a professor, Beattie wrote an editorial for Duke's student newspaper in support of the travel ban and has said he supported Trump's candidacy from the beginning, citing his position on immigration.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...2016-leaves-white-house/ar-BBM83it?ocid=ientp