Posts tagged as White House

Ukraine knew of stalled aid far earlier than White House claims, official testifies

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Ukraine raised concerns about a hold on military aid on the same day as Donald Trump’s infamous phone call with its president, a Pentagon official told the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday. The evidence from Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant secretary of defence, knocks down a key pillar of the White House’s defence: that Ukraine was unaware of the suspension of nearly $400m in security assistance until a much later date.…

Whistleblower: White House reversed dozens of security clearance denials

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A White House whistleblower has told members of Congress that Donald Trump’s administration overturned more than two dozen denials for security clearances, often ignoring the guidance of intelligence officials. Tricia Newbold, a White House security adviser holding nearly two decades of experience with clearances, made the allegations during an interview with the House Oversight and Reform Committee last month, according to a letter and memo released Monday by Elijah Cummings…

Mattis, GOP hawks warn Trump against defense cuts at White House meeting

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and two top Republican lawmakers met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday to argue against a $33 billion budget cut he’s considering for the military. Their strategy was to link budget problems to Trump’s sometime-foil, President Barack Obama. Mattis, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry held the meeting to discuss the administration’s…

Donald Trump gives in to Melania and forces his deputy national security adviser OUT of the White House

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Melania Trump won a White House battle to decide the fate of one of the president’s national security advisers after an all-out brawl between the first lady’s staff and senior aides to her husband. Mira Ricardel was fired Wednesday evening following a public rebuke from the office of the first lady. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced in an end-of-day statement that Ricardel, the deputy national security adviser, would…

Khashoggi murder: Saudi prince ‘said he was dangerous Islamist’

Friday, November 2, 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the US he considered murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be a dangerous Islamist, media reports say. Prince Mohammed’s reported phone call to the White House came before Saudi Arabia admitted he had been killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia has denied the reports in the Washington Post and New York Times. A Saudi national and well-known critic of Saudi rulers,…

White House of Lies

By Joseph S. Nye on Saturday, August 11, 2018

US President Donald Trump’s supporters justify his mendacity on the grounds that “all politicians lie,” and a little introspection leads us to admit that all humans do. But the amount and type of lying make a difference. By June 1 of this year, US President Donald Trump had made 3,259 false or misleading claims, according to The Washington Post Fact Checker’s database, which tracks and categorizes every suspect statement uttered by the president.…

Sarah Sanders tweet about being kicked out of restaurant violates law, former White House ethics chief says

Monday, June 25, 2018

Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ tweet about being kicked out of a restaurant broke the law, a former White House ethics chief has said. Ms Sanders, the White House press secretary, was asked to leave Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, because she works for Donald Trump. Stephanie Wilkinson, the restaurant owner, said she had told Ms Sanders on Friday that her establishment “has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation”.…

America after Trump

By E.J. Dionne Jr. on Monday, May 14, 2018

In the imaginations of his hopeful defenders, President Trump was supposed to transcend left and right. He’d break the Republican Party from the shibboleths of the Reagan Era and create a new ideology mindful of the interests of the party’s working-class supporters. Trump signaled this regularly. He touted a big infrastructure program. He insisted he would never cut Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. He said his health-care plan would be…

Top national security spokesman to leave the White House

Monday, April 9, 2018

Trump’s National Security Council spokesman, Michael Anton, is leaving the White House, as first reported by Politico and confirmed by Axios. Politico adds that he plans to be a writer and lecturer at Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center. Why it matters: Per Politico, Anton’s departure leaves the president without “one of the earliest and sharpest defenders of his ‘America First’ foreign policy.” The announcement comes on the heels of H.R. McMaster’s…