Author: John Wagner

Trump calls Warren a ‘phony’ and ‘fraud’ in latest shots over her heritage

President Trump on Tuesday morning called Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) a “complete and total Fraud,” opening a second day of sparring between the current White House occupant and a likely 2020 challenger over her Native American heritage. In morning tweets, Trump claimed a DNA test shared by Warren on Monday was “a scam and a lie” and called on her to “apologize for perpetrating this fraud against the American Public.” The DNA test, conducted by a Stanford University professor, concluded that there was “strong evidence” that the senator had a Native American in her family tree dating back six...

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Trump an ‘absolute no’ on Puerto Rico statehood because of San Juan’s ‘horror show’ of a mayor

President Trump said in a radio interview broadcast Monday that he is an “absolute no” on statehood for Puerto Rico, citing his running feud with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a critic of the federal response to Hurricane Maria. “With the mayor of San Juan as bad as she is and as incompetent as she is, Puerto Rico shouldn’t be talking about statehood until they get some people that really know what they’re doing,” Trump told host Geraldo Rivera in an interview conducted Sunday with WTAM Radio in Cleveland, later calling Cruz “a horror show.” Trump’s assessment brought...

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Mike Huckabee attacks CNN reporter on Twitter after he tangles with his daughter at the White House

Mike Huckabee, the father of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, tweeted an attack on a CNN reporter who aggressively questioned his daughter Thursday about whether she considers the media to be “the enemy of the people.” In tweets starting Thursday afternoon, Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas and former Republican presidential candidate, derided “little Jim Acosta,” a White House correspondent for CNN. In one tweet, Huckabee referred to his daughter as “the WINDSHIELD” and Acosta as “the BUG.” https://twitter.com/GovMikeHuckabee/status/1025291947467059200“> In another tweet, Huckabee wrote: “Jim Acosta suffers severe nose bleed from the elevation of his high horse....

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Ivanka Trump tries to distance herself from some of her father’s policies, and critics are unimpressed

Ivanka Trump distanced herself from her father on two high-profile issues Thursday, saying that she did not agree with his characterization of the media as “the enemy of the people” and that she was “vehemently against” separating migrant children from their parents at the border — calling the latter a low point of her tenure in the White House. Her comments at a public event underscored the difficult balance Trump has sought as she tries to preserve her reputation independent of an administration led by her father that is consistently courting controversy. During her time in Washington, Ivanka Trump...

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In new video, Arnold Schwarzenegger asks Trump what’s next after saving coal: Bringing back Blockbuster video stores?

Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a frequent critic of President Trump, takes fresh aim at his fellow Republican in a new video in which he mocks Trump’s efforts to save the coal industry, saying it makes no more sense than protecting Blockbuster video-rental stores. The three-minute video opens with Schwarzenegger, an actor well known for his time-traveling title role in “The Terminator” movie series, lecturing a Trump bobblehead. “So President Trump, I know you really want to be an action hero, right?” Schwarzenegger says. “So take it from the Terminator, you’re only supposed to go back in time to...

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Trump raises the specter of a Space Force as he congratulates Army’s football team

President Trump mused again Tuesday about adding a new branch of the military — a Space Force — and this time made clear he is thinking seriously about it. Trump aired his thoughts during a ceremony at the White House, where he presented the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy to the U.S. Military Academy’s Black Knights football team for its victories over Navy and Air Force. Surrounded by West Point cadets in the Rose Garden, Trump talked up the mission they have ahead. “You will be part of the five proud branches of the United States Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Marines, Air...

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Trump, first lady will be 1,000 miles apart when Stormy Daniels appears on ’60 Minutes’

Adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, at the Gossip Gentleman club in Long Island on Feb. 23, 2018. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters) WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — When porn star Stormy Daniels appears Sunday night on “60 Minutes,” this much is clear: The segment won’t be family viewing in the White House. President Trump, who has been spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., is scheduled to return to the White House ahead of the highly anticipated interview. But first lady Melania Trump, who traveled to Florida with the president on Friday, is staying...

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With one tweet, Trump inserts himself into Florida’s GOP gubernatorial primary

By John Wagner and Josh Dawsey, President Trump on Friday unexpectedly weighed in on the 2018 governor’s race in Florida, talking up the potential candidacy of U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), a tea-party conservative and an outspoken critic of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. DeSantis, who recently introduced Trump at a campaign-style rally in Pensacola, is poised to join a competitive Republican field in the race to succeed Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who is term-limited. If he runs, DeSantis would likely join two hopefuls with closer ties to the Republican establishment: Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who previously served a decade in Congress, and Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran. Another GOP candidate, Jack Latvala, recently announced his resignation from the state Senate as the result of a sexual harassment scandal and is expected to exit the race. “Congressman Ron DeSantis is a brilliant young leader, Yale and then Harvard Law, who would make a GREAT Governor of Florida,” Trump said on Twitter. “He loves our Country and is a true FIGHTER!” The tweet was sent out shortly after Trump landed in Florida en route to his Mar-a-Lago estate, where he is spending the holidays. It appears the tweet was prompted by a Fox News segment featuring DeSantis that was playing on televisions in the cabin of Air Force One...

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