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    Former New Jersey Gov Chris Christie is starring in a new advertisement urging Americans to wear face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The prominent Republican, who is an ally of President Trump, tested positive to the coronavirus on October 3 - one week after he went maskless at the Supreme Court nomination ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett, which was held in the White House Rose Garden.  In the ad, released on Wednesday, the 58-year-old states: 'Lying in isolation in ICU for seven days I thought about how wrong I was to remove my mask at the White House.  'Today, I think about how wrong it is to let mask wearing divide us, especially as we now know you're twice as likely to get COVID-19 if you don't wear a mask. If you don't do the right thing, we could all end up on the wrong side of history.'  Former New...
    Vice President Mike Pence plans to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the White House on Friday morning on live television in order to build ‘vaccine confidence’ among skeptical Americans, it has been reported. The vice president wants the major television networks to broadcast his inoculation live in order to maximize the audience so they can be reassured that the treatment is safe, Axios is reporting. Pence, the leader of the White House coronavirus task force, will be joined on Friday morning by his wife, Karen Pence, and Surgeon General Jerome Adams. Vice President Mike Pence plans to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the White House on Friday morning on live television in order to build ‘vaccine confidence’ among skeptical Americans. Pence is seen above on November 19 Adams' presence is crucial given that he is one of the highest ranking African American members of the Trump administration, which is...
    (CNN)Former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says in a new national television ad that he regrets not wearing a mask while visiting the White House earlier this year, a choice he acknowledges led to him contracting the coronavirus and spending a week in the ICU. "This message isn't for everyone. It's for all those people who refuse to wear a mask. You know lying in isolation in ICU for seven days I thought about how wrong I was to remove my mask at the White House," Christie says in the ad. "Today, I think about how wrong it is to let mask wearing divide us, especially as we now know you're twice as likely to get Covid-19 if you don't wear a mask. Because if you don't do the right thing, we could all end up on the wrong side of history. Please wear a mask."Christie, who suffers from...
    CNBC’s SHepard Smith spoke with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Tuesday night and questioned him on the need for all Americans — especially people in power — following covid safety guidelines. Smith started out by asking Azar why antibody treatments aren’t being used and, more personally, whether he would hypothetically be able to take them right away if he tested positive tomorrow. “You should absolutely talk to your doctor and see if it’s right for you. If you have co-morbidities, are 56, you’re at risk of getting into the hospital, you should get on that product as soon as possible,” Azar responded. Smith also brought up the vaccine rolout and asked directly when there will be enough available out there for the general public. Azar estimated that “by the end of February, into March,” there will be enough supply out there, while adding that it’s dependent on...
    A fox was spotted running on the White House grounds on Wednesday morning, Wijia Jiang, White House corespondent for CBS News, tweeted. The fox appeared to be limping according to video Jiang tweeted of the fox running through the White House grounds. (RELATED: A Raccoon Reportedly Attacked Reporters On The White House Lawn) “There’s a fox at the White House. Oh it’s coming, it’s coming,” Jiang said during the video. You guys there is a FOX running around the White House right now. pic.twitter.com/bu6PTw7ugC — Weijia Jiang (@weijia) December 10, 2020 It looks like it is limping ???? pic.twitter.com/5O3WLt5WLt — Weijia Jiang (@weijia) December 10, 2020 Some people on Twitter reacted to Jiang’s tweets. Excited about the new editorial direction @FiveThirtyEight is taking https://t.co/2kY3a1Wze2 — Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) December 10, 2020 Fox News runs the White House https://t.co/ciKe5Tst4f — Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) December 10,...
    Mandel Ngan/Getty Images A member of the White House press corps has reportedly tested positive for Covid-19. The White House Correspondents Association announced the news on Wednesday. It also said the reporter, who was not named, had been at the White House both Monday and Tuesday. It isn’t the first time a member of that group has been infected, though it also is not clear whether it comes as part of a wider outbreak. President Donald Trump announced Sunday that his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, had contracted the virus. Trump attorney Jenna Ellis reportedly tested positive for the virus around the same time — after attending a White House Christmas party for senior staff on Friday. The last Covid-19 outbreak among the White House press corps occurred in October, when three members of the group — including The New York Times‘ Michael Shear — contracted the illness after the Rose Garden event for...
    The ex-Bill Clinton adviser at the center of the tell-all Vanity Fair article where he claimed the former President sabotaged Hillary's White House run has announced he is standing down from PR company Teneo to 'focus on his family office'. Doug Band, who used to be one of Clinton's closest advisers, said he is resigning from his position as president of Teneo, the communications and advisory firm he co-founded with Declan Kelly and Paul Keary back in 2011.   Band, 48, broke the news to his 800-strong workforce in an email Monday, according to the Financial Times.   In it, he said he was bidding farewell with a 'heavy heart' but that he didn't want to regret staying too long at the company at the detriment of pursuing 'other dreams and ideas' - something he cited as a regret from his time working with Clinton.  The shock announcement comes just one week...
    The White House continued its month of holiday celebrations on Wednesday evening, hosting a second indoor Christmas party in just two days despite health officials' warnings against large gatherings. President Trump and first lady Melania once again welcomed guests at the executive mansion in another of at least 25 holiday events they will host in December before they leave office. Photos shared on social media showed guests dressed in ritzy evening gowns and formal attire with few to no masks or face coverings in sight.  In one photo, a group of 11 maskless attendees were seen huddling closely together as they posed for the camera.  Similar scenes had unfolded on Tuesday when the White House kicked off its holiday season with a reception, where dozens of guests were seen crowding together without masks.  Mask-free event: The White House hosted its second indoor Christmas party in just two days despite health...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning Americans not to travel for Christmas as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise across the US. Health officials fear gatherings during the holiday season could lead to an uptick in infections as occurred over Thanksgiving. 'The best thing for Americans to do during the holiday season is to stay at home and not travel,' Dr Henry Walke, the CDC's incident manager for COVID-19 response, told reporters in a media call on Wednesday. 'Cases are rising. Hospitalizations are increasing. Deaths are increasing. We need to try to bend the curve, stop this exponential increase.'  It comes as the CDC officially cut the quarantine period for people exposed to coronavirus from 14 days to between seven and 10 days, and a leaked White House report revealed the US is 'at historic risk' for uncontrolled coronavirus transmission. The CDC has warned...
    President Trump has vowed to return to the White House 'in four years' if he doesn't manage to cling onto the presidency now with his claims of election fraud following Joe Biden's win. The president on Tuesday evening once again repeated allegations that he was the true winner of the presidential race earlier this month as he addressed his guests at his Christmas celebration at the White House. 'It's been an amazing four years. We are trying to do another four years,' Trump told the crowd, which included many Republican National Committee members.  Scroll down for video  President Trump teased a 2024 run at the White House Christmas party Tuesday evening  Footage of the event was shared by a guest on social media and showed dozens of people - many who were not wearing masks - crammed into the Cross Hall of the White House state floo 'Otherwise,...
    Jimmy Kimmel has called Melania Trump the 'General Lee' in the war on Christmas and joked Fox News' Maria Bartiromo is auditioning to be the President's next wife.  During the monologue on ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' show on Monday night, the host took aim at a recent video shared by the First Lady of her unveiling this year's Christmas decorations in the White House. The video showed Melania walking through the halls of the White House surrounded by a forest of Christmas trees and lavish decorations. Pictured: A fake Christmas decoration edited into Melania Trump's White House decorations unveiling video shown on Jimmy Kimmel's Monday night monologue, in which he called the First Lady 'General Lee' in the war on Christmas 'In the war on Christmas, she is General Lee,' Kimmel (pictured) said during his monologue on Monday night. 'But there's an old Trump family saying that goes,...
    President Donald Trump lashed out at Arizona Gov Doug Ducey Monday night for 'rushing to put a Democrat in office' as a video appeared to show him ignore a call from the White House during a press conference where he certified the state's vote for Joe Biden.  Just a few seconds into the press conference, Ducey is seen pulling a cellphone from his coat pocket.  He then appears to ignore the call that was reportedly from the White House.  'HE'LL GET BACK TO YOU Back in July, Gov. Ducey said he changed his White House ringtone to "Hail to The Chief" so he wouldn't miss a call from Trump/Pence. Guess who called while Ducey was certifying Arizona's election? (7 secs in),' NBC reporter Brahm Resnik tweeted.  Trump later wrote in the caption of the video of Ducey during the press conference: 'Why is he rushing to put a Democrat in...
    Melania Trump unveiled her final Christmas decorations at the White House on Monday, announcing the theme this year is 'America the Beautiful.'  In a video and photo posted to her Twitter account, the first lady revealed classic red, gold and white decorations fill the state rooms of the White House.  'During this special time of the year, I am delighted to share “America the Beautiful” and pay tribute to the majesty of our great Nation. Together, we celebrate this land we are all proud to call home,' she wrote. A train runs through part of the decor and the traditional gingerbread house is in the shape of the White House. In the video, Melania Trump walks through the rooms, wearing a black skirt and gold blouse, to examine the decorations.  Greenery is a major theme with many evergreen plants and white roses filling the rooms.  The official tree, which sits...
    Photo credit: Win McNamee, Getty Images. The White House Press Secretary’s office released a more detailed statement on Wednesday evening, defending Donald Trump’s full pardon of his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, following the president’s initial announcement on Twitter. “General Flynn should not require a pardon. He is an innocent man,” the statement said about Flynn, who twice voluntarily pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. The White House also claimed that the prosecution of Flynn was “the victim of partisan government officials engaged in a coordinated attempt to subvert the election of 2016.” You can real the full statement below. A Flynn statement from the @PressSec: pic.twitter.com/t2TlslrfP6 — Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) November 25, 2020 “Individuals within the outgoing administration refused to accept the choice the American people made at the ballot box and worked to undermine the peaceful transition of power,” the statement added, just minutes after news broke that...
    (CNN)The White House has discussed a possible pardon for Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, three sources told CNN on Tuesday.However, those sources cautioned that Trump could change his mind about making such a move. There have been discussions about pardoning multiple people in the President's orbit, the sources told CNN.This is a breaking story and will be updated.
    WASHINGTON -- In an annual Thanksgiving tradition, President Donald Trump offered a reprieve to a pair of meaty turkeys Tuesday.The National Turkey Federation is presenting the two birds. They are named Corn and Cob in honor of their home state of Iowa. One will be declared the national Thanksgiving turkey, though both will retire to a new home on the campus of Iowa State University.It's not the first time the typically light-hearted turkey pardon ceremony has taken place in a tense time for the nation.EMBED More News Videos This White House handout video shows Corn and Cob, the two turkeys that will be pardoned Tuesday at the White House. Trump used last year's pardon to make jokes about the impeachment process. The House would go on to approve two articles of impeachment the next month and the Senate would subsequently vote to acquit him.In 2018, Trump's joked about one of...
    President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony Tuesday at the White House. “Thanksgiving is a very special day for turkeys. I guess probably for the most part, not a very good one, when you think about it,” Trump said at the ceremony before pardoning the turkey named “Corn.” The two turkeys, “Corn” and “Cob” were brought to Washington, DC, by the National Turkey Federation from Iowa for the traditional ceremony. “These two magnificent gobblers were selected from the official presidential flock of 30 turkeys,” Trump said. Trump raised his hand over the bird, announcing that he had granted it a “full pardon.” The president wished the entire country a happy Thanksgiving, noting that it was also the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock and then suffering through a bitter winter. “From our earliest days, America has always been...
    President Donald Trump wished Americans a 'Happy Thanksgiving' while making a veiled swipe at his former Defense Secretary James Mattis at the annual turkey pardoning ceremony on Tuesday.  'We send our love to every member of the armed forces and the law enforcement heroes risking their lives to keep America safe, to keep America great - and as I say America First, we shouldn't go away from that, America First,' Trump told a crowd of about 100 in the White House Rose Garden.  This time around, most of attendees were wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. First lady Melania Trump stood next to her husband, while Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and their three children - Arabella, Joseph and Theodore - were in attendance.   Earlier in the morning, Trump had lashed out at Mattis for saying that the incoming Biden-Harris administration should do away with Trump's 'America First' policies. ...
    By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In an annual Thanksgiving tradition, President Donald Trump will offer a reprieve to a pair of meaty turkeys as he makes a public appearance Tuesday following the Nov. 3 elections. The National Turkey Federation is presenting the two birds. They are named Corn and Cob in honor of their home state of Iowa. One will be declared the national Thanksgiving turkey, though both will retire to a new home on the campus of Iowa State University. It’s not the first time the typically light-hearted turkey pardon ceremony has taken place in a tense time for the nation. Trump used last year’s pardon to make jokes about the impeachment process. The House would go on to approve two articles of impeachment the next month and the Senate would subsequently vote to acquit him. In 2018, Trump’s joked about one of the turkeys contesting...
    (CNN)US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams warned Monday that all Americans -- even at the White House -- should follow US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and avoid gatherings during what he called a "dire point" in the pandemic. Adams was asked during an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" how the White House can justify hosting holiday parties as the CDC is advising Americans to stay home for Thanksgiving and warning against indoor gatherings.CDC Thanksgiving guidelines: How to stay safe and coronavirus-free over the holidayInvitations for White House holiday parties have started to arrive on Capitol Hill and to Republican donors, two people who have received them said. The sources said the invitations seemed like any other year, with no mention of coronavirus precautions. And last week, first lady Melania Trump finalized guest lists for parties with friends, family and staff, which will be held over multiple...
    General Services Administration chief Emily Murphy is looking to the White House for cues to act when it comes to certifying the presidential election for Joe Biden instead of Donald Trump. And she fears Trump will fire her if she crosses him, a senior administration official told The Washington Post.  President Trump 'does not want a transition,' the official said. 'He's made that very clear, and we are following orders.'  Murphy is in charge of 'ascertainment' - the formal acknowledgement of the winner of the election so the federal government can start the transition process. Without her blessing, Biden's team has no access to federal agencies nor the money allocated for the transition process. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Friday denied anyone from the White House was pressuring Murphy.  'Absolutely not,' she said during her press briefing. 'GSA will make the determination of ascertainment at the right moment....
    Against every doctor, scientist and heath expert's advice, The White House is going ahead and planning in-person holiday celebrations.   Preparations for the White House's annual Hanukkah and Christmas receptions next month are underway, despite rising cases of COVID-19 throughout the country.   The Hanukkah reception is scheduled at 3pm on December 9, HuffPost reports, and the invitation makes no mention of special coronavirus precautions for attendees.  Meanwhile, the Christmas party is slated for December 10, according to GOP sources. Both events typically see hundreds of people from across the country gather at the White House.  It appears Trump's team has learned little from their September 'superspreader' event and election night celebration that saw several Republicans become infected with the virus.   Preparations for the White House's annual Hanukkah and Christmas receptions next month are underway. Both events typically see hundreds of people from across the country gather at the White House....
    (CNN)There is not much in the way of activity at the White House, as Thursday marks the 12th day out of 16 since the election with nothing on President Donald Trump's official schedule. Yet the holidays are coming, whether there is a seamless transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden's administration or not. Melania Trump's office on Thursday announced the first lady will welcome the Official White House Christmas Tree to the White House on Monday. As has been the tradition since 1966, the first lady plans to greet the tree as it arrives by horse-drawn carriage to the North Portico of the White House, ultimately to be erected in the Blue Room on the State Floor. While Trump sulks, Americans get sick and die This year's tree is an 18.5-foot Fraser Fir from West's Tree Farm in Lebanon, Oregon, according to the statement.Traditionally, dozens of volunteers from across the...
    President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will remain at the White House for Thanksgiving this year. “The President and First Lady will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday at the White House this year,” wrote First Lady Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham on Twitter. Holiday Scheduling Update: The @POTUS & @flotus will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday at the @WhiteHouse this year. ???????? — Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) November 17, 2020 The two typically spend Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago with an elaborate celebration of the holiday while President Trump takes full advantage of his golf course in Palm Beach. It is unclear who the Trumps will host for Thanksgiving at the White House as the president continues contesting the 2020 presidential election. Trump on Leftist attacks on Thanksgiving: “Some people want to change the name Thanksgiving, they don’t want to use the term ‘Thanksgiving…but we’re not changing it." https://t.co/xYl9jQfbTW — Breitbart...
    The former Democratic vice-president continues his preparations without waiting for Donald Trump to admit his defeat in the presidential election of November 3. After nominating veteran Democrat Ron Klain last week to be his White House chief of staff, he announced nine more appointments including that of campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon, 44, as chief of staff assistant. Joe Biden has retained relatives, such as his former chief of staff Steve Ricchetti and longtime friend Mike Donilon, to become his advisers. One of his main allies in the African-American community, Cedric Richmond, 47, will be leaving the House of Representatives to enter the White House as an advisor in charge of relations with civil society. Dana Remus, a former law professor who worked at the Obama Foundation, will head the presidency’s legal services. These personalities reflect Joe Biden’s commitment “to forming a government that...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he would select Washington swamp monster Steve Ricchetti to serve as the “counselor to the president.” Throughout his Washington career, Riccetti had his own “revolving door” from the lobbying world to political power. In the late 1980s, he began as a lobbyist for Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance before moving to lead the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. In 1993, he joined the Clinton White House before leaving in 1996 to start a lobbying firm with his brother Jeff. The Ricchetti brothers sold their firm to Tony Podesta in 1999 after Steve Ricchetti returned to the Clinton White House for another stint. After Clinton appointed John Podesta as his chief of staff, Podesta named Richhetti as the White House deputy chief of staff. A New York Times article published in 2000 compared the Ricchetti brothers to John Podesta and Tony Podesta as the well-heeled...
    WASHINGTON – The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 1:50 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump will make remarks Friday on Operation Warp Speed, the multi-agency effort to get a vaccine to the public quickly and safely. Trump has avoided public gatherings since Election Day and has declined to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden. Trump received a briefing on Operation Warp Speed earlier Friday. The briefing occurred one day after the U.S. set a single-day record of more than 160,000 coronavirus cases. Public health experts worry that Trump’s refusal to take aggressive action on the pandemic or to coordinate with the Biden team during the final two months of his presidency will only worsen the effects of the virus and hinder the nation’s ability to swiftly distribute a vaccine next year. ___ HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN'S TRANSITION TO...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 1:50 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump will make remarks Friday on Operation Warp Speed, the multi-agency effort to get a vaccine to the public quickly and safely. Trump has avoided public gatherings since Election Day and has declined to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden. Trump received a briefing on Operation Warp Speed earlier Friday. The briefing occurred one day after the U.S. set a single-day record of more than 160,000 coronavirus cases. Public health experts worry that Trump’s refusal to take aggressive action on the pandemic or to coordinate with the Biden team during the final two months of his presidency will only worsen the effects of the virus and hinder the nation’s ability to swiftly distribute a vaccine next year. ___ HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN'S TRANSITION...
    Barack Obama slams Republicans as xenophobic and paranoid in his forthcoming memoir, which focuses on his first term in the White House. In the 768-page tome, entitled 'A Promised Land' and out on November 17, Obama reflects on his political career but divulges in the personal, admitting life in the White House increased his smoking habit and caused tension in his marriage with Michelle. He also speaks to race relations in the United States, writing it was his own historic election as the nation's fist black president that sparked some of the current division in the country. 'It was as if my very presence in the White House had triggered a deep-seated panic, a sense that the natural order had been disrupted,' Obama writes in the book, which was obtained by CNN. Donald Trump, he claims, sensed the country's mood and took advantage of it to win the White House...
    First daughter Tiffany Trump delighted her Instagram followers with two photos of herself posing in various areas around the White House. Tiffany stood in a long hallway with windows, gold drapes, side tables with glowing lamps, and a luxurious patterned carpet in the first image. She posed in front of sheer curtain panels. President Donald Trump’s second daughter wore a dazzling scarlet blazer with one button just above her waist. The structured garment featured pockets at each hip, and the sleeves reached to her mid-hand. She paired it with matching straight-leg pants and a shell top to create a monochromatic look. She completed the outfit with shiny black pumps. Tiffany wore her long blond hair in open curls that tumbled over both shoulders from a trendy center part. She smiled with her full red lips slightly parted, and she posed with one leg bent and her arm resting on her...
    US President Donald Trump watches from the motorcade as he returns to the White House in Washington, DC, after playing golf on November 7, 2020. – Joyous celebrations erupted in Washington on Saturday after Joe Biden was declared winner of the US presidency, as several people poured into the streets of the US capital — some of them chanting, cheering and singing in front of the White House. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN / AFP) (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images) President Donald Trump has not appeared or spoken publicly since President-elect Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 election, but they say a picture is worth a thousand words — and photojournalists have captured a lot of them. It was a dramatic scene on Saturday when most major outlets called the race for Biden — while Trump was golfing at his Sterling, Virginia resort and his lawyer...
    INAUGURATION Day for President-elect Joe Biden will be starkly different from any others in US history - his swearing in will coincide with the "apex" of the latest wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Dr Scott Gottlieb, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration, said on Sunday that the Democrat will take office during the second wave of the US outbreak, which is expected to worsen as winter approaches. 7Joe Biden's Inauguration Day will be unlike any others in history because of the coronavirus pandemicCredit: AFP or licensors 7The former FDA chief said on Sunday that Biden will take office right as the latest wave of Covid reaches its 'apex'Credit: AP:Associated Press "The reality is that by the time the president-elect takes office, we’ll probably be at the sort of apex, if you will, of what we’re going through right now," he said on CBS' Face the Nation. Once...
    Notre Dame University's president lashed out at students, threatened to hold registrations and banned pupils from leaving the South Bend area until they receive an exit COVID-19 test following wild football celebrations over the weekend.  On Saturday night hordes of students rushed onto the field after Notre Dame’s 47 to 40 victory against Clemson University where they crammed close together and many were seen without masks or with their masks pulled down. Shocking video from the frenzy shows waves of students and fans sprinting onto the field, jumping on each other and cheering together with no regards for social distancing.  A little more than 11,000 fans, most of them students, attended Saturday’s game. There were also numerous parties around the campus to celebrate the win even as the school, and much of the rest of the South Bend, Indiana, reels from a spike in coronavirus cases.
    MIA Khalifa trolled Donald Trump with a cheeky video of her turning up to the White House in pajamas and asking: "Do you think he has any sugar?" The former porn star, 27, celebrated the President's election defeat in a post to her 22million followers on Instagram. 7Mia Khalifa poses in pajamas outside the White House in a cheeky dog at Donald TrumpCredit: instagram/miakhalifa 7The Lebanese former porn star celebrated Trump's election defeat on InstagramCredit: Instagram/miakhalifa ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates Mia posted a video of herself among protesters camped outside the White House - where Trump is holed up still insisting he won. Wearing stripey pajamas and a face mask and holding a cup, she looks at the executive mansion then turns to the camera and asks: "Do you think he has any sugar?" The Lebanese beauty also praised...
    By Matt Spetalnick and Michelle Nichols WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Seated in front of photographers in the Oval Office in 2017, German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaned toward U.S. President Donald Trump during their first meeting: "They want (us) to have a handshake." But Trump ignored her and Merkel was unable to hide a look of incredulity as she turned to face the cameras. Trump's treatment of traditional U.S. allies, on a personal and policy level, has left presumed President-elect Joe Biden with shell-shocked American friends likely forever wary of Washington's credibility - no matter who resides in the White House, say some diplomats and analysts. "The transatlantic relationship has never been this bad. The trust between the U.S. and Europe is not there anymore," said a senior European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity. "It can be repaired, but ... I'm not sure it will be the same." Biden, who...
    Actor Alex Winter, best known as Bill in the Bill & Ted film franchise, said it’s hard not to call America “a fascist autocracy when no one has the courage to declare a fully legitimate election.” And, according to Winter, if we are to wait for the election to be officially called, “at least get started arresting all the criminals in the White House.” “There’s no reason why that can’t be done while they count. They’re not mutually exclusive,” Alex Winter said in a tweet on Friday. And if no one will call it, at least get started arresting all the criminals in the White House. Theres no reason why that cant be done while they count. Theyre not mutually exclusive. — Alex Winter ???? (@Winter) November 7, 2020 In another tweet to his more than one hundred thousand Twitter followers, Winter said “Breaking news: Joseph Biden elected 46th president of the...
    Patrick Semansky / Associated Press For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Late Friday night, Bloomberg News’ Jennifer Jacobs dropped a bombshell: President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Four other White House staffers, including one of Meadows’ top aides, have also tested positive, and so has a top Trump campaign aide. One month after Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination ceremony turned into a possible superspreader event, the White House is in the midst of another coronavirus outbreak. The New York Times added some more details: One White House official, who asked for anonymity because the official was not allowed to speak publicly about internal discussions, said people were told to keep quiet about the various cases. That follows how Mr. Meadows reacted when there was an outbreak in Vice President Mike...
    Donald Trump isn't just facing defeat. He's also facing the biggest decision of his life: should he go quietly? Or should he risk being removed, kicking and screaming, from office? Whatever he chooses, now is a moment of peril: for him, for his family, for his supporters, but above all for the American nation. Over this weekend, you will hear any number of wild-eyed commentators on the US news channels speculating grandly about what will happen next. But most decent Americans will be sitting at home, subdued, holding their breath. Protesters supporting Donald Trump have been angered by the prospect of their man losing the White House to Democrat Joe Biden, pictured here, Phoenix, Arizona Many can see a Stars and Stripes flag fluttering from a pole on their front lawns. Have they rallied round that symbol all their lives, only to see it torn apart in 2020? Is...
    Dr Jill Biden, the potential next First Lady of the United States, is often described as her husband's biggest defender and one of his most trusted political advisers. The talented 69-year-old has been married to Joe Biden for 43 years, becoming a stepmother to Beau and Hunter Biden, his two sons from his first marriage, after their mother and baby sister died in a car accident in 1972. Yet, despite the high profile which will come with her new role in life, the probable new First Lady describes herself as an introvert and has maintained a low-key presence during Joe's political career.     But alongside her busy job and responsibilities, who is the doctor, teacher and mother?  Potential First Lady of the United States Dr Jill Biden is often described as her husband's biggest defenders and one of his most trusted political advisers but who is the 69-year-old doctor, mother...
    As the 2020 election gets closer to having a winner called, people online think its a “good omen” that a moving truck was spotted outside of the White House on Wednesday. Hide The race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden has not been called, although mail-in ballots that are still being counted have been favorable for the Democratic nominee. Hide Given that backdrop, when a moving van was spotted at the White House on Wednesday, a lot of people were excited about it. I’m taking this live shot of the White House, with a moving truck outside, as a good omen. pic.twitter.com/Uz4SuoU94N— straightouttacontext (@happywithmeok) November 4, 2020 Hide However, as Snopes notes, while there was a moving van outside of the White House—it doesn’t mean much, and a moving truck could be used for a variety of purposes. Snopes reports that the video...
    President Trump telephoned Rupert Murdoch on Tuesday night furious that Fox News had called Arizona for the Democratic nominee Joe Biden, according to two sources, but was unable to make the media mogul change the network's decision. That call triggered boos inside the flag-bedecked East Room of the White House, where the news channel was being broadcast on two big screens to more than 100 people gathered for what was supposed to be a celebration. It marked the moment when a promising set of results, including holding Florida, began the slide to probable defeat, triggering Trump to accuse his opponents of fraud and triggering a slew of legal challenges. “It was total BS. I don’t know Fox News could be allowed to get away with it,” said a source familiar with campaign thinking. “Why did they do it so fast? What was going on?” Trump was in the residence for...
    A group of men who appear to be part of The Proud Boys were seen drinking and celebrating Donald Trump just one mile away from the White House on Election Night, as clashes between Black Lives Matter protesters and Trump supporters exploded nearby.  Photos from Harry's Bar on 11th Street in Washington DC, just a seven minutes walk from the White House, show a group of Trump supporters proudly wearing MAGA hats and flashing white power signs. Several were seen wearing shirts affiliating themselves with The Proud Boys, a far-right males-only extremist group that has neo-fascist, violent, nationalistic, Islamophobic, and misogynistic views, according to the Anti-Defamation League.  One man was seen wearing a shirt that said 'Stand Back, Stand By,' a quote from Trump during the presidential debate with Joe Biden on September 30 when the president was asked to denounce white supremacy.  A group of men who appear...
    Donald Trump's family and special guests trickled into the White House Tuesday evening for a glamorous election viewing party as they wait for the big announcement.  Gristedes grocery store heiress Andrea Catsimatidis, Lara Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle were among the stars that arrived to the White House for the elegant event.  Donald Trump Jr shared an Instagram snap of the elaborate viewing party posing with his siblings Eric and Ivanka and their children saying: 'In the game. Let's do this.' Lara Trump also shared a snap with Guilfoyle with a celebratory emoji. The President will host 400 people to watch the election results come in from the White House East Room, dashing previous plans to host a gathering at his DC Trump International Hotel due to coronavirus restrictions that forbid gatherings of more than 50 people indoors. Donald Trump's family and special guests trickled into the White House Tuesday evening...
    PRESIDENT Trump's campaign team has reportedly set up two "war rooms" within the White House complex, which they will use to monitor Election Day developments. One room has been set up in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House, with another, smaller room situated the White House building, the New York Times reports. 4 President Trump's campaign team have set up one of two election night war rooms Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White HouseCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4 Another, smaller Trump war room will be located in the White House itself, according to reportsCredit: AFP or licensors Critics have said the arrangement is another example of Trump blurring the lines between federal government property and his campaign. Back in August, the president came under fire from Democrats when he gave the final speech of the Republican National Convention from South Lawn of the...
    President Donald Trump downsized the guest list for his election night party at the White House from 400 to 250 - and said he'd 'maybe' address the nation Tuesday night after polls close.  CNN first reported the slimmed-down party, which is slated to take place in the East Room, with every attendee getting tested for COVID-19 before gaining entry.  Meanwhile, in Wilmington, Delaware, a podium is set up outside the Chase Center where Democratic nominee Joe Biden will address the nation - no matter the election result - his campaign said.  President Donald Trump told reporters during a visit to the Republican National Committee Annex in Arlington, Virginia Tuesday that he 'maybe' would address the nation tonight, after the polls close  CNN reported that Trump's guest list for his White House election fete had been slashed from 400 attendees to 250  Democratic nominee Joe Biden will address...
    President Donald Trump wrapped up his pitch for a second term in the White House in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his adult children at his side. 'I think we're going to win everything. I think tomorrow is going to be one of the greatest wins in the history,' he predicted. 'This is not the crowd of somebody who is going to lose the state of Michigan,' he said. 'This is not the crowd of a second place finisher.' Democratic rival Joe Biden leads in national polls and in polling in several critical battleground states. Biden is up by 6.7 points in the RealClearPolitics polling average. But it's been an unusual year - upended by the coronavirus pandemic - and Tuesday's race is not a lock.  'He's not going to win. I really don't believe he's going to win,' Trump said of his rival.   Trump sounded hoarse and tired after two back-to-back...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 8:55 a.m. President Donald Trump’s press secretary says Trump expects to spend election night at the White House watching results roll in. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was asked on Fox News Channel's “Fox & Friends” on Monday where the president planned to celebrate. She said Trump and some aides “will be together ... at the White House” for election night. Trump’s campaign had planned a traditional campaign party at his Washington, D.C., hotel. But Trump said last week that he was considering other options, including staying at the White House, because the District of Columbia’s coronavirus protocols would restrict the size of the gathering. The Trump campaign last month pushed out fundraising emails in the Republican president’s name offering donors the chance to enter a drawing “to join Team Trump at the Election Night Party" in...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden leads Trump in survey of Texas voters from left-leaning pollster On The Trail: Making sense of Super Poll Sunday Trump rebukes FBI for investigating supporters accused of harassing Biden bus MORE plans to host his election night gathering at the White House, spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany said Monday. “We will be together. We’ll be there at the White House in D.C. This president has earned a second term,” the White House press secretary said on “Fox & Friends” when asked about plans for Tuesday evening. Trump acknowledged last week that he was considering moving a planned gathering from Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., to the White House. He cited the District’s coronavirus restrictions as the reason for the possible change of plans. D.C. currently limits gatherings to 50 or fewer people. It is not clear how many people will be expected at the White House late Tuesday, where the gathering will take...
    WASHINGTON – The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 8:55 a.m. President Donald Trump’s press secretary says Trump expects to spend election night at the White House watching results roll in. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was asked on Fox News Channel's “Fox & Friends” on Monday where the president planned to celebrate. She said Trump and some aides “will be together ... at the White House” for election night. Trump’s campaign had planned a traditional campaign party at his Washington, D.C., hotel. But Trump said last week that he was considering other options, including staying at the White House, because the District of Columbia’s coronavirus protocols would restrict the size of the gathering. The Trump campaign last month pushed out fundraising emails in the Republican president’s name offering donors the chance to enter a drawing “to join Team Trump at the Election Night Party" in his...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will have his election night party on Tuesday in the East Room of the White House, a White House official said. About 400 people will attend the party, all of whom will be tested for the coronavirus, the official said on Sunday. The party had been planned for the Trump International Hotel in Washington, just a few blocks from the White House. But the New York Times reported on Friday that the Republican president had dropped plans to appear at the hotel, preferring to watch the returns from the White House. The East Room is the largest room in the mansion. Despite health officials' warnings about the risks of large gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic, Trump has continued to bring big groups of people together for outdoor campaign rallies and events at the White House. A number of people who attended Sept. 26...
    The White House fired back at former President Barack Obama Sunday after he unloaded on President Trump during a campaign rally for Joe Biden in Michigan. Obama on Saturday accused his successor of treating the White House "like a reality show," telling an audience in Flint, Mich. that the president "hasn't shown any interest in doing the work or helping anybody but himself and his friends." OBAMA TAKES AIM AT TRUMP DURING BIDEN RALLY: 'WE CAN'T AFFORD FOUR MORE YEARS OF THIS' "With all respect to President Obama, who if I recall hosted Jay-Z and Beyonce, Will Farrell, Demi Lovato at the White House during his presidency, Ariana Grande, I think we saw more celebrities come through for no policy aims in the President Obama administration than this president," White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah said Sunday on "Fox & Friends." VideoFarah touted Trump's foreign and domestic policy achievements, asserting that Trump is "doing the job  -- not hosting celebrity get-togethers like we saw...
    WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday said he could very well spend election night at the White House — a sign of the ongoing pandemic and contrast with the raucous Big Apple celebration he held in 2016. “We haven’t made a determination. We have certain rules and regulations, you know, Washington, D.C. is shut down,” he told reporters on his way to a trio of rallies in the swing states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The nation’s capitol is not shut down but indoor dining is only allowed at 50 percent capacity and mass gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited — spiking the Trump campaign’s plans to have a celebration at Trump International Hotel. “We have a hotel. I don’t know if it’s shut down, if you’re allowed to use it or not, but I know the mayor has shut down Washington, D.C.,” Trump continued. “If that’s the...
    Savannah Rychcik October 30, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump could potentially be staying back at the White House to watch the election-night results come in. “We haven’t made a determination. We have certain rules and regulations. Washington D.C. is shut down. The mayor has shut it down, so, we have a hotel, I don’t know if you’re allowed to use it or not, but I know the mayor has shut down Washington D.C. and if that’s the case we’ll probably stay here or pick another location,” Trump told reporters on Friday. Watch his comments below: Trump on where hell spend election night: "Washington, D.C. is shut down. The mayor has shut it down … if thats the case, well probably stay [at the White House] or pick another location." pic.twitter.com/nVN6VScSlI— The Recount (@therecount) October 30, 2020 A senior Trump adviser told the Washington Examiner, “There’s really no...
    Christopher Dilts/MSNBC With less than a week remaining before Election Day, there are few better people to speak with than Hallie Jackson, the chief White House correspondent for NBC News and an anchor on MSNBC who has spent the last four years immersed in the Trump White House. In between her gig hosting the 10 a.m. hour of MSNBC, Jackson has churned out scoops on the current administration — most recently breaking news of Stephen Miller’s positive Covid-19 test — and earlier this year took a break from Trump world to moderate a Democratic primary debate (while eight and a half months pregnant, I should note). I asked Jackson on this week’s episode of The Interview what the mood inside the White House is now, as President Donald Trump embarks on a frenzied, last-minute campaign spurt, packing in multiple rallies a day, after recovering from the coronavirus earlier this month. Joe...
    Former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff and author of the infamous ‘Anonymous’ 2018 New York Times op-ed Miles Taylor revealed that Trump once said he wanted migrants to be ‘gassed, electrified and shot’ at the border. Taylor made the claim during an interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN Wednesday night, hours after he revealed himself to be the unnamed author of a bombshell Times article published two years ago that characterized Trump as ‘impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.’ During the segment, Taylor, who resigned from the White House last June, was quizzed by Cuomo why he didn’t stay in the administration longer to counteract Trump’s purported ‘bad policies' to ‘help the country’. ‘People ask me all the time, if it was so bad, Miles, why did you stay? And my answer is because it was so bad on a daily basis, the things the president wanted us to do...
    We’re less than a week away from election night and the Trump administration is set on spreading the novel coronavirus to anyone it can get its hands on. Nationwide the U.S. is seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases following visits from Donald Trump’s campaign. As rallies for Trump continue daily, some states are reporting more than 50% increases in COVID-19 cases. Despite this, the White House claimed Tuesday that Trump has ended COVID-19 and does not plan to take any action on stopping the spread. Interesting how rising hospitalizations and the country facing its highest number of per average cases a day is equivalent to ending the coronavirus for the Trump administration. The reality is Trump isn’t ending the coronavirus pandemic, he’s spreading it. NextGen textbanking: Text young voters in swing states and help them vote by mail Volunteer with NextGen America to send texts to young, but infrequent,...
    The son of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy helped Donald Trump in 2005 secure nearly $700 million in loans to construct a skyscraper in Chicago, despite Trump’s reputation for defaulting on business loans, the New York Times reported on Tuesday evening. According to the report, Justin Kennedy, who ran the German bank’s commercial real estate team and was close with the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, was willing to overlook Trump’s shoddy history as a debtor, getting the future president to personally guarantee $40 million of the loan. Both Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump currently work in the White House. The Times reported that Trump was able to convince Kennedy and other top executives that “the Chicago development was a guaranteed moneymaker,” and further signaled “the Trump family’s commitment to the project” by informing the bank that Ivanka would be in charge of the operation. Justin Kennedy’s...
    Former President Barack Obama ripped into President Donald Trump over the Republican's recent complains about the media's constant focus on the coronavirus crisis.  'He's jealous of COVID's media coverage!' Obama remarked to a crowd of 273 cars at a drive-in style event in Orlando, Florida Tuesday.   Trump made is clear he was watching Obama hammer him, sending out a tweet mocking the Democrat's crowd size: 'Now @Fox News is playing Obama's no crowd, fake speech for Biden, a man he could barely endorse because he couldn't believe he won,' the president wrote.  President Barack Obama ripped into President Donald Trump during an Orlando, Florida campaign stop Tuesday saying he was 'jealous of COVID's media coverage'  President Donald Trump, captured as he left the White House Tuesday for several campaign rallies, indicated via tweet that he was watching President Barack Obama in real-time Trump complained about Obama's 'fake' speech...
    President Donald Trump held a socially distanced swearing-in ceremony for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett Monday night with most guests wearing face masks - a stark contrast to her nomination celebration, which turned into a COVID super-spreader event. Folding chairs on the South Lawn were spaced a few feet apart - on par with social distancing guidelines - for the scaled back event last Monday evening, taking place a few hours after the Senate confirmed Coney Barrett. The event took place on a cool, crisp, Washington D.C. evening in the dark with White House aides and Republican members of the House and Senate in attendance.  But just as notable as those present - in their face masks - were those who were not there.  That included Vice President Mike Pence, who has continued to campaign for Trump despite five of his aides, testing positive for COVID, and Senate Majority...
    President Donald Trump hosted a swearing-in ceremony for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Monday night, about an hour after the Senate voted to confirm her. “She is one of our nation’s most brilliant legal scholars and she will make an outstanding justice on the highest court in our land,” Trump said. The final Senate vote was 52 -48. The White House held the swearing-in ceremony on the South Lawn as the South Portico of the White House was decorated with lighting and large American flags. “It is highly fitting that Justice Barrett fills the seat of a pioneer for women, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” Trump said at the ceremony. Trump noted that Barrett was the fifth woman to serve on the Supreme Court and the first mother of school-aged children to sit on the court. Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, the longest-serving justice currently on the Supreme Court, presided over the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Amy Coney Barrett is pledging to carry out her duties as a Supreme Court justice “without any fear or favor” toward the other branches of government or her own beliefs. Barrett spoke Monday after taking the first of two oaths that will allow her to officially join the high court. Addressing an outdoor White House ceremony in her honor, Barrett says it’s the job of a judge to “resist her policy preferences,” claiming it would be a “dereliction of duty” to give in to them. Barrett is pledging to do her job “independently of the political branches and of my own preferences.” __ 9:20 p.m. The scene at an outdoor White House ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett looked very different from the previous White House event where President Donald...
    Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court Monday evening by the Senate in a 52-48 vote - with Republican Susan Collins crossing the aisle to vote against her. Donald Trump's third nominee was not in the chamber to watch the roll call vote, which allows her to join the eight justices on Tuesday morning, and potentially to decide on cases about voting before the November 3 election.  Senate president pro tempore Chuck Grassley declared her confirmation at 8.06pm.   Her nomination transforms the court to a 6-3 conservative majority and comes after fierce opposition from Democrats, whose presidential nominee Joe Biden has resisted pressure to promise to pack the court if he wins - but who says he will order a commission on reforming the high court.  Before the final vote she was praised by Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell who said: 'By every account, the Supreme Court is...
    Joe Biden said he hopes Donald Trump has learned a lesson when it comes to holding big events ahead of plans for the president to host a massive swearing-in ceremony for his Supreme Court nominee Monday night. 'I just hope he is willing to learn a lesson, and there will be significant social distancing. I don't blame him for celebrating. There are a lot of things he can be doing without massive crowds,' Biden said.  The Democratic nominee made his remarks during a surprise visit to a voter service center in Chester, Pa., on Monday - the same day President Trump held three campaign events in the state.  Biden pointed out that Trump's announcement of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be nominee for the Supreme Court became a super-spreader event. At least 13 people who attended the event later tested positive for COVID, including the president, first lady Melania Trump, and...
    After Amy Coney Barrett's almost assured confirmation Monday evening, Justice Clarence Thomas is on the docket to swear in the 7th Circuit appellate judge to the Supreme Court at a White House ceremony. 'Justice Clarence Thomas will administer the official Constitutional Oath to Judge Amy Coney Barrett at the White House tonight,' a senior White House official told The New York Times. The vote on Barrett's nomination is set to take place some time after 7:00 p.m. Monday evening and the White House is prepared to hold a 'large' celebration in the Rose Garden honoring the momentous occasion just one week before Election Day. Although a source told Politico that the guest list for the South Lawn event is not small, Trump suggested it was smaller than it was being made out. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows also sought to assure reporters Monday that the White House ceremony...
    Scott Olson/Getty Images President Donald Trump whacked Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Monday for waving “the white flag on life.” Trump made the remark to reporters as he was traveling to Pennsylvania for a trio of rallies, according to a White House pool report. Asked to respond to the Biden campaign’s statement that Trump had waved “the white flag of defeat” in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Trump replied, “He’s waved the white flag on life. He doesn’t leave his basement.” He added that Biden was “a pathetic candidate” and said the country was “absolutely rounding the corner” with respect to the coronavirus. The comments came after the Biden campaign on Sunday issued a statement critical of Trump’s handling of the pandemic. Infections have surged over the last several days, and set a new record on Friday with 83,757 reported cases. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows similarly shot back at Biden, telling...
    First Lady Melania Trump celebrated Halloween at the White House in an orange suede coat and metallic bronze stilettos. Melania Trump wore an orange suede duster coat by Prada to greet trick or treaters alongside President Trump on Sunday evening. The Italian-made coat features a pointed collar, three-quarter sleeves, and pleated details. The coat retails for about $5,600. Mrs. Trump paired the coat with a custom-made Hervé Pierre brown leather skirt and Christian Louboutin stilettos that feature bronze metallic leafing detail. Fashion Notes readers will be seeing a lot of Mrs. Trump this week as she takes off for the campaign trail with the election just days away. (OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images) (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) (OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images) (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a bit of rejiggering, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump played host Sunday to hundreds of superheroes, unicorns, skeletons and even a miniature version of themselves as part of a Halloween celebration at the White House. In years past, the president and first lady personally handed out candy to the costume-clad kids. This year, the treats were provided separately as participants walked along a path on the South Lawn. The kids still briefly met the president and first lady, who waved and offered words of encouragement from a safe distance about how much they liked the costumes. Trump and the first lady have both recently recovered from COVID-19. Trump was particularly pleased with a young boy with a distinctly Trump head of hair and a partner who did her best Mrs. Trump impersonation. The president motioned for them to turn and pose for the...
    Live updates: El Paso imposes curfew after ICU beds reach capacity The fast food favorites from the year you were born Do you know these lucrative Social Security secrets? Ad Microsoft Incredible Blanket Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep, Melting Stress Away Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/12 SLIDES © Reuters Children dressed as President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend a Halloween event hosted by President Trump and the first lady at the White House in Washington, October 25, 2020. REUTERS/Ken Cedeno 2/12 SLIDES © Reuters President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump host a Halloween event at the White House in Washington, October 25, 2020. REUTERS/Ken Cedeno 3/12 SLIDES © Reuters President Donald Trump and first lady Melania...
    With a bit of rejiggering, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump played host Sunday to hundreds of superheroes, unicorns, skeletons and even a miniature version of themselves as part of a Halloween celebration at the White House. In years past, the president and first lady personally handed out candy to the costume-clad kids. This year, the treats were provided separately as participants walked along a path on the South Lawn. The kids still briefly met the president and first lady, who waved and offered words of encouragement from a safe distance about how much they liked the costumes. Trump and the first lady have both recently recovered from COVID-19. Trump was particularly pleased with a young boy with a distinctly Trump head of hair and a partner who did her best Mrs. Trump impersonation. The president motioned for them to turn and pose for the cameras, and they...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a bit of rejiggering, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump played host Sunday to hundreds of superheroes, unicorns, skeletons and even a miniature version of themselves as part of a Halloween celebration at the White House. In years past, the president and first lady personally handed out candy to the costume-clad kids. This year, the treats were provided separately as participants walked along a path on the South Lawn. The kids still briefly met the president and first lady, who waved and offered words of encouragement from a safe distance about how much they liked the costumes. Trump and the first lady have both recently recovered from COVID-19. Trump was particularly pleased with a young boy with a distinctly Trump head of hair and a partner who did her best Mrs. Trump impersonation. The president motioned for them to turn and pose for the...
    First lady Melania Trump announced Friday that the fourth annual Halloween at the White House celebration would take place on Sunday. In this spooky celebration, the White House grounds will open up to costumed trick-or-treaters, specifically those from families of frontline workers, military families, and local schoolchildren with their parents, according to a press release from the White House. This year’s event will run from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday and will feature brightly colored leaves and festive pumpkins waiting to greet the trick-or-treaters as they make their way across the South Portico of the White House. President Donald Trump and Melania will meet the trick-or-treaters as they pass the South Portico of the executive mansion. This year, the Trump administration took extra precautions to keep everyone safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some of the following ways they will be keeping everyone safe, according to the...
    President Trump has lashed out at comedian Sacha Baron Cohen after his new Borat movie left the White House red-faced.  The mockumentary film -  titled Borat Subsequent Moviefilm - features multiple scenes in which the titular character's daughter, played by actress Mara Bakalova, embarrasses Trump and his associates.  In one scene, filmed last month, Bakalova allegedly manages to get onto the grounds of the White House without a proper security check or a COVID test.  Another scene features Bakalova taking part in a sting of Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani. The former Mayor of New York City was seemingly filmed in a compromising position with the 24-year-old starlet inside a hotel room.  Trump is less than impressed with the new film and it's headline star, telling reporters on Air Force One late Friday: ''I don't find him [Cohen] funny. To me, he's a creep.' President Trump has lashed out at comedian Sasha...
    "That's a phony guy and I don't find him funny," Trump reportedly said about Sacha Baron Cohen. Amazon Prime President Donald Trump told reporters that Sacha Baron Cohen tried to scam him years ago, Steve Herman from Voice of America News said in a tweet on Friday. Cohen's new movie "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" garnered attention this week for a potentially compromising scene featuring Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney. A deleted scene posted to Twitter on Friday also showed that the actress who plays Borat's daughter in the film was able to get access to the White House, alongside One America News Network journalist Chanel Rion, and meet Donald Trump Jr. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump told reporters on Air Force One that Sacha Baron Cohen tried to scam him years ago, Steve Herman from Voice of America News said in a tweet on...
    An actress posing as Sacha Baron Cohen's daughter in the new Borat movie was able to gain admittance to the White House last month – making it steps from the Oval Office and touring the press areas and grounds north of the White House. The comedian tweeted out images of the encounter hours after the release of his new film, which also footage of a staged encounter with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani that the comedian defended as a 'honey trap.' DailyMail.com was present at the White House when OANN correspondent Chanel Rion conducted an interview of the actress while being trailed back and forth by a camera and sound crew.  The Borat character posted footage of actress Mara Bakalova, who plays his daughter in Borat 2, being interviews by OANN's Chanel Rion at the White House. A Marine stationed behind them indicates that the president was in the West Wing...
    Madison Summers October 23, 2020 0 Comments The coronavirus pandemic has brought a lot to a halt this year as social gatherings are limited in size and many businesses had to shut down. As the end of the year brings holidays celebrated by many, some are wondering what the guidelines look like for that. The White House made the announcement on Friday that it will continue with hosting a Halloween event this year. First Lady Melania Trump said in a statement that on Sunday “the White House grounds will open to ghosts, fairies, superheroes, tiny goblins and other costumed trick-or-treaters.” It will be the Trump administration’s fourth Halloween festivity. This year’s event will be open to frontline workers, military families, and schoolchildren. The first lady and president will greet those trick-or-treating who pass by the South Portico. The first lady, however, did make clear that there precautions taken due...
    NANCY Pelosi has insisted Democrats will take control the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives in a bold prediction ahead of the election. The House Speaker boasted a "big victory" with just two weeks to go until the election - but made similar comments before being disastrously wrong in 2016. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 6Nancy Pelosi was confident the Democrats are on course for a 'big victory'Credit: Alamy Live News Pelosi however seemed to acknowledge her remarks four years ago as she said "we assume nothing" and described the last election as a "lesson brutally learned". She said also seemed to accept that things may change between now and the election on November 3 as she said "I can only speak for today". Winning all three would allow the Democrats to have full control of...
    President Donald Trump did an interview with sports journalist Jason Whitlock on Thursday and got some debate coaching. Whitlock spoke with Trump about the importance of football, the president’s America First agenda, his contributions to the black community, and place in American pop culture. The two also discussed tonight’s debate with former Vice President Joe Biden. When Whitlock asked Trump if he was changing his strategy from the first presidential debate, the president replied, “No, but I’ll listen to you. If you have any ideas, I’ll take them.” “Let Joe Biden talk,” Whitlock replied. “He’ll do the work for you.” Watch the full interview below:
    A new report from Columbia University on COVID-19 deaths estimates that hundreds of thousands of Americans died because the United States’ response to the pandemic was an “abject failure,” particularly the actions of President Donald Trump. With an adequate response, the United States could have avoided tens of thousands of deaths and an incalculable amount of suffering, the researchers said. Dr. Irwin Redlener, the lead author on the study and the founding director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, laid the blame at the feet of the White House in an interview with The Daily Beast: “We believe that this was a monumental, lethal screwup by an administration that didn’t want to deal with reality.” In the report, titled “130,000–210,000 Avoidable COVID-19 Deaths—and Counting—in the U.S.”, researchers at Columbia’s NCDP studied “the staggering and disproportionate nature of COVID-19 fatalities in the United States.” The researchers compared the coronavirus response...
    Ina Garten left a job in the White House to run Barefoot Contessa, which helped launch her cooking career. Nathan Congleton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images Ina Garten recently opened up about why she quit her prestigious job at the White House in the 1970s to run Barefoot Contessa.  Garten had worked under both Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, helping to write the nuclear energy budget.  But a month after she turned 30, Garten quit and bought the small Barefoot Contessa shop — despite having no food business experience.  Garten credits the shop with informing her future cookbooks and teaching her that, at home, people "want simple food."  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. It was her husband Jeffrey who helped inspire Ina Garten to take the life-changing plunge.  The year was 1978, and Garten was considering leaving her job at the White House...
    White House Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, called out the press corps that she is getting paid by the American public to speak to on a daily basis as Donald Trump’s opponent in the 2020 election during the president’s latest campaign rally in Arizona. McEnany, who is not a member of the Trump campaign but is, in fact, a White House employee, joined Trump onstage after he called her out during his speech. Trump typically doesn’t bring staffers up on stage, but his decision to briefly feature McEnany recalled a Florida rally from last Friday, where he goaded his longtime aide, Hope Hicks, to the microphone for very brief — and rare — public remarks. These notable breaks with precedent to give Millennial women in his orbit a much more visibility come less than a week since the president effectively begged suburban women to “please like me.” “Where is Kayleigh...
    President Donald Trump decided to get personal again as he tweeted out a new series of insulting slams against Dr. Anthony Fauci. The president began by complaining about Fauci’s interview with 60 Minutes, in which the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director critiqued the White House’s recent Covid-19 super-spreader event, rejected his inclusion in a Trump campaign ad, and claimed that the White House has been restricting his media availability. Dr. Tony Fauci says we don’t allow him to do television, and yet I saw him last night on 60 Minutes, and he seems to get more airtime than anybody since the late, great, Bob Hope. All I ask of Tony is that he make better decisions. He said “no masks & let China in”. Also, Bad arm! After that, Trump continued pouring salt on the wound by harping some more over Fauci’s botched pitch at the...
    Legal scholar Jonathan Turley warned that fellow legal analysts have an obligation to be accurate when discussing the literal meanings of laws, which came in response to a Yale lecturer and CNN analyst saying President Trump is a “biological terrorist in the White House.” “Yale Professor and CNN legal analyst Asha Rangappa tweeted that President Trump is a ‘biological terrorist in the White House; and then added that she meant that ‘literally.’ That is literally why legal analysis has become little more than sensational insults or allegations,” Turley tweeted Thursday morning. “As legal analysts we have a duty to at least try to be accurate in discussing the literal meaning of our laws and terminology. This type of attack is an appeal to the lowest common denominator in our public debate. It may drive ratings but it does harm to national dialogue,” he continued. ...As legal analysts...
    President Donald Trump is being accused to dragging the United States Marine Band into his re-election campaign after the musicians entertained his guests on the White House South Lawn Saturday.  The event, which the White House branded as a 'Peaceful Protest for Law and Order,' veered into the political, as Trump's supporters wore 'Make America Great Again' campaign hats and the president went after his rival, Democratic nominee Joe Biden.  Even first son Eric Trump, appearing on ABC News' 'This Week,' referred to the event as a 'peaceful Trump rally at the White House in support of law enforcement,' after host Jonathan Karl had also referred to the event as a 'rally.'  President Donald Trump was accused of dragging the military into his re-election fight by having the United States Marine Band play at his Saturday event at the White House  The Lincoln Project's Senior Advisor for Veterans Affairs Fred...
    President Trump's first public appearance since he announced his COVID-19 diagnosis appeared to be an unofficial rally at the White House. On Saturday, Mr. Trump addressed hundreds of supporters closely gathered and dressed in Trump campaign gear, repeating unfounded claims of election fraud, attacking Democratic leaders, and falsely claiming that Joe Biden is a socialist.  White House spokesman Judd Deere said the event was an "official" event, and "the campaign is not involved in this." Anyone in attendance was invited by the White House, Deere said. While using the White House for a partisan political event is a violation of the Hatch Act, Deere insisted Saturday's event had "no Hatch Act implications" because it was run by the White House and not the campaign.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The Hatch Act does not apply to the president or vice president, but does apply to any other...
    A NURSE who spoke at 2020 Republican National Convention and worked on the Covid frontline in New York City allegedly "shot a woman in the STOMACH" in an argument. West Virginia police said Amy Thorn, 39, was charged after she allegedly shot at another woman on Thursday. 7Nurse Amy Ford of West Virginia – who spoke at the RNC – allegedly shot a woman in the stomach during an argumentCredit: Getty Images - Getty 7Ford has been charged with malicious wounding in the incidentCredit: Facebook Court documents filed in Mingo County Magistrate detailed the alleged events on Vinson Street in Williamson, the Williamson Daily News reported. Police said that Thorn and the victim got into an argument. Thorn then allegedly went into her car, grabbed a gun, and shot the other woman, cops said. She allegedly fired the shot into the woman's stomach, Williamson Police Chief Grady Dotson told WCHSTV....
    LONDON -- One of the main medical advisers to the British government has warned that the country is at a “tipping point” in its battle against the coronavirus pandemic, a day before Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce fresh lockdown restrictions for virus hot spots in the north of England. England’s deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, said in a statement that the country is at a “tipping point similar to where we were in March.” The U.K. has experienced Europe’s deadliest outbreak with more than 42,750 deaths. Van-Tam laid out his hope that history won’t repeat itself in light of better testing and treatments, as well as greater knowledge of the virus itself. Johnson is on Monday expected to impose additional restrictions in areas where the virus has been spreading fastest in recent weeks. Pubs and restaurants in northern cities like Liverpool for example...
    President Trump warned his supporters on Saturday that the United States was at risk of becoming a socialist country if Joe Biden were to be elected in November and that Americans should 'vote the Democrats into oblivion.' The president made the remarks while standing on the balcony of the White House before a large crowd of supporters that had gathered on the South Lawn. It was the first public event held by the president since his release from the hospital last week. Trump spent four days at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, after contracting coronavirus.  'I'm feeling great... We're starting very big with our rallies... because we cannot allow our country to become a socialist country,' he told the crowd.  President Trump (seen above on Saturday) addressed hundreds of supporters on the South Lawn of the White House in his first public event since returning from the...
    Trump delivering a campaign speech from the White House balcony to supporters on Saturday.Erin Scott/CNP via ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Barely week after President Donald Trump tested positive and was hospitalized for COVID-19, he spoke for 17 minutes from a balcony, maskless, in front of roughly 500 supporters packed tightly beneath him on the White House’s South Lawn.  The event, which gave the president a desperately-sought venue after days away from the public, had the same appearance, tone, and apparent goals of any campaign rally. Even so, White House spokesperson Judd Deere had earlier insisted to reporters that it was “an official event,” not a campaign event, and that no campaign staff would be involved.  The maneuvering called to mind how Trump used the White House, a federal government facility, during August’s Republican National Convention as a...