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    Getty A former top aide to Vice President Mike Pence is speaking out about President Donald Trump‘s response to the COVID-19 contagion, alleging “he doesn’t care about anyone but himself.”  Olive Troye is a lifelong Republican who served as a homeland security adviser to Pence and his lead staffer on the White House’s coronavirus task force. She plans on voting for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden after witnessing first hand Trump’s handling of the pandemic that has killed over 200,000 Americans.  Troye recalls one task force meeting when Trump suggested COVID-19 was “a good thing” because “I don’t like shaking hands with people. I don’t have to shake hands with these disgusting people.” The “disgusting people” he referred...
    SAGINAW, MICHIGAN - Amid a sea of flags flying in a strong breeze, all of them emblazoned with "Trump" and various campaign slogans and images, Michigan voter Mickey Cook mingled with the thousands who showed up for President Donald Trump's recent campaign event, held at an airport near Saginaw in the central part of the state. Cook gives Trump, a Republican, high marks for his job performance in the White House. "Trump's done what he said he's going to do and that's the bottom line," Cook told VOA.  "Whether you like the guy or not, he's working hard, and I haven't seen any accomplishments from any political figure like I have from him at least. The guy's non-stop." Aside from...
    The controversial guidance for testing for coronavirus as published on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website was not approved by the agency's scientists, it has been revealed.   Officials told the New York Times that the advice published August 24 was seen by CDC experts for review but was rewritten only by the Department of Human and Health Services and quietly made public.  The new advice sparked controversy and was slammed by public health experts for suggesting that a person without coronavirus symptoms does not need to be tested, even if they have had known contact with an infected person.     Thursday's report sparked further concerns as to the independence of the CDC after Politico reported last week that political appointees...
    First, leave. Ideally, be fired in a storm of tweets and a cloud of controversy. Second, deliver a killer new anecdote, preferably one that mixes proximity to power with mind-wilting triviality. Three, explain that mistakes were made, but not by you. Four, sit back and count the cash. The art of the insider book deal has been perfected by a string of former White House officials amid an apparently insatiable demand from readers. The past month has brought the publication of books by President Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen, his former spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, and a former adviser to the first lady. Add that to a recent tell-all family history by his psychologist niece (not so much fired as...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden disseminated multiple falsehoods while answering questions during a CNN town hall. Biden criticized President Trump's activity throughout the summer amid unrest following several deaths in police custody. However, he shared false information about Trump's photograph in front of St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C., and reports that the president went inside the White House bunker. "He gets the military to go in, put tear gas, move people — physically move them out of the way, so he can walk across to a Protestant church and hold a Bible upside down," Biden began. "I don't know if he ever opened it, upside down. And then, go back to a bunker in the White House....
    MOSINEE, Wis. (Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on Thursday that five more countries are seriously considering striking a normalization deal with Israel after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed accords this week. Meadows, speaking to reporters on Air Force One on the flight that carried President Donald Trump to a campaign rally in Wisconsin, would not identify the five nations. But he said three were in the region. He would not comment further. Trump has spoken optimistically about more countries agreeing to a normalization of relations with Israel following the UAE and Bahrain deals. One possibility is Oman, whose ambassador attended the White House ceremony on Tuesday. Trump predicted on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia...
    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will not travel to New York on Tuesday for his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, but will deliver the address from the White House, his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said on Thursday. "He's not going," Meadows told reporters as Trump flew to Wisconsin for a campaign rally. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres suggested in May that leaders send video statements to the annual high-level gathering instead of traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic. The United States is traditionally the second country after Brazil to address the General Assembly, due to start this year on Sept. 22. This year's event will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the world body....
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden falsely claimed that President Donald Trump held the Bible upside down when he stood outside St. John’s Church. Biden made the comments during Thursday’s drive-in style town hall on CNN, referencing the president’s surprise visit to the church in June after several nights of protests and riots had left the church and other nearby buildings vandalized and burned. (RELATED: President Trump Walks Out Of White House, Holds Up Bible In Front Of St. John’s Church Amid Protests) In addition to claiming that he had held the Bible upside down, Biden alleged that Trump had returned to the White House and taken refuge in a bunker after taking a photo outside the church. WATCH: “A...
    Photo credit: Spencer Platt, Getty Images The Trump White House reportedly pulled the plug on a ready-t0-execute plan from the United States Postal Service to flood the nation’s household with masks during the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the Washington Post, the nation’s mail service developed a comprehensive strategy to push hundreds of millions of face masks. The revelation came after the Post reviewed a mass tranche of documents about the federal government’s early days in the pandemic. “At one point in April, USPS leaders drafted a news release announcing plans to distribute 650 million masks nationwide, enough to offer five face coverings to every American household,” the Post reports. “The document, which includes quotations from top USPS officials and other...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpBarr criticizes DOJ in speech declaring all agency power 'is invested in the attorney general' Military leaders asked about using heat ray on protesters outside White House: report Powell warns failure to reach COVID-19 deal could 'scar and damage' economy MORE will not attend next week's United Nations General Assembly in person, White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsAmerican Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid McEnany tells CNN reporter to come work at the White House for details on health care plan Trump undercuts GOP, calls for bigger COVID-19 relief package MORE said Thursday. Meadows told reporters en route to a Trump campaign rally in Wisconsin that Trump will not be in...
    The gender pay gap within the White House is reportedly worse than the national average, according to an analysis by nonprofit news organization The 19th. Analysis by the website found salaries in President Trump's White House had a $33,300 difference between the median salary for male staffers and the median salary for female staffers. This year, male staffers earned a median salary of around $106,000, and female staffers' median was about $72,700. The statistics indicate women working for the administration make around 69 cents on the male dollar, which is less than the national gender pay gap of 82 cents on the dollar. Still, both the national numbers and the White House numbers reflect the "raw" gender pay gap, which does not...
    PHILANTHROPIST Bill Gates criticized a new coronavirus adviser rumored to be replacing Dr Anthony Fauci as apparently agreeing with the Trump administration’s “crackpot theories.” Gates, who said he has recently communicated more with Fauci than President Donald Trump, disapproved of views held by Dr Scott Atlas, a new member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.  4Bill Gates criticized the Trump administration's coronavirus response and the views of a new adviser, Dr Scott Atlas Credit: AP:Associated Press Namely, Gates disagreed with Atlas’ reported support for allowing Covid-19 to spread with little monitoring so the United States can achieve herd immunity sooner rather than later. Atlas is a neuroradiologist as well as a public policy fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution....
    The United Nations General Assembly typically draws world leaders and philanthropists from all around the globe, packing New York City with their entourages. At the 75th edition of the annual event, however, there may only be one — President Donald Trump — attending live, or, more likely, none at all. The “Will he? Won’t he?” intrigue surrounding Trump’s appearance at the U.N., an institution he has frequently antagonized, is injecting drama or distraction — depending on your perspective — into this year’s muted gathering. Trump has been signaling interest in delivering his annual General Assembly speech in person as far back as July. “This is the 75th anniversary (of the U.N.), so it makes it even more special,” Kelly Craft,...
    Loading the player... According to NBC News, the White House struck down a measure to send hundreds of millions of cloth masks to American households. The face coverings would have gone out via the United States Postal Service in April. Read More: US judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail Instead of that happening, a senior Trump administration official reportedly said selected businesses, nonprofit organizations, and state and federal agencies received 600M masks. The mask distribution program was called Project America Strong. The Washington Post first reported that the Trump administration initially planned to send masks to the households of U.S. residents across the country.  A digital sign displays a message about wearing masks at the Tropicana Las...
    The White House is trashing former top security aide to Vice President Mike Pence after President Donald Trump once suggested that COVID-19 might be a good thing, preventing it from shaking hands with ‘hateful people’. Olivia Troy, a recent former member of the Trump administration, is urging voters to vote against her a second time – and being branded ‘disgruntled’ by a White House has recently become accustomed to drawing fire from locals. . Troy served on the White House Corona Virus task force, which is headed by Benz. ‘I don’t know who he is, he doesn’t know me,’ he said when asked about him when President Donald Trump left the White House for a campaign meeting. ‘I heard about...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said his administration had spoken to Walmart Inc and Oracle Corp on Thursday about TikTok, but that not much had changed about a deal for the Chinese-owned short video app. "We're making a decision. We spoke today to Walmart, Oracle. I guess Microsoft is still involved," Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for a visit to Wisconsin. "We'll make a decision, but nothing much has changed. We'll make a decision soon." The Chinese company ByteDance, which owns TikTok, is racing to clinch a deal with the White House that would stave off a U.S. ban on TikTok that Trump has threatened could happen as early as next week. (Reporting by...
    President Donald Trump said his administration had spoken to Walmart Inc. and Oracle Corp. on Thursday about TikTok, but that not much had changed about a deal for the Chinese-owned short video app. "Were making a decision. We spoke today to Walmart, Oracle. I guess Microsoft is still involved," Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for a visit to Wisconsin. "Well make a decision, but nothing much has changed. Well make a decision soon." The Chinese company ByteDance, which owns TikTok, is racing to clinch a deal with the White House that would stave off a U.S. ban on TikTok that Trump has threatened could happen as early as next week.  © 2020 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved....
    WASHINGTON -- A former adviser to Vice President Mike Pence who also served on the White House coronavirus task force says President Donald Trump once suggested that COVID-19 might be a good thing because it would stop him from having to shake hands with "disgusting people."Olivia Troye is the latest former member of the Trump administration to speak out against him and urge voters to deny him a second term. She joins a growing list that includes Miles Taylor, former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, and former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.Troye, Pence's former homeland security adviser, says in a new video released Thursday by the group Republican Voters Against Trump that working for Trump...
    Bradley Cortright September 17, 2020 0 Comments Vice President Mike Pence says a former homeland security adviser who announced her intention to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is a “disgruntled employee.” The Washington Post reported that Olivia Troye, who left the administration over the summer, has decided to vote for Biden after observing President Donald Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 up close. When asked about Troye’s comments, Pence told reporters, “I haven’t read her comments in any detail. But, it reads to me like one more disgruntled employee that has decided to play politics during [an] election year.” He continued, “My staff has indicated, and she made no comments like that when she was serving under our team here at...
    (CNN)The White House task force applauded statewide mask usage in Arkansas, Kentucky and Nevada, but a review of the most recent weekly state reports since June shows that the task force has gradually backed off once-dire mask recommendations for the state of Georgia.The reports come as President Donald Trump directly contradicted US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield, further muddling the mask messaging.CNN reached out to all 50 states for their weekly task force reports, which the White House has declined to make public, and had obtained responses from 15 states as of Thursday. Many states are showing improvements in new cases and test positivity, the September 13 reports showed.White House coronavirus task force focuses on...
    Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosOVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats tee up vote on climate-focused energy bill next week | EPA reappoints controversial leader to air quality advisory committee | Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to 'forever chemicals' Senate Democrats demand White House fire controversial head of public lands agency Poll: Majority of teachers worried that school districts will reopen too quickly MORE' former chief of staff has joined a group of anti-Trump Republicans as an adviser. Josh Venable, who served as the top aide to DeVos in 2017 and 2018, has joined The Republican Political Alliance for Integrity and Reform (REPAIR), the group announced Thursday.  Venable previously served in the George W. Bush administration and as...
    A former adviser to Vice President Mike Pence who also served on the White House coronavirus task force says President Donald Trump once suggested that COVID-19 might be a good thing because it would stop him from having to shake hands with “disgusting people." Olivia Troye is the latest former member of the Trump administration to speak out against him and urge voters to deny him a second term. She joins a growing list that includes Miles Taylor, former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, and former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. Troye, Pences former homeland security adviser, says in a new video released Thursday by the group Republican Voters Against Trump that working for Trump...
    A former White House coronavirus official praised the “unwavering” work of the president's COVID-19 task force in her departure letter, before accusing President Trump of having a “flat out disregard for human life” and saying the "ongoing response" was "a failure." In an interview with the Washington Post published on Thursday, Olivia Troye became the first official who worked extensively on the pandemic response to speak out against Trump, saying that his actions cost lives. “The president’s rhetoric and his own attacks against people in his administration trying to do the work, as well as the promulgation of false narratives and incorrect information of the virus, have made this ongoing response a failure,” she said. However, White House officials...
    Vice President Pence on Thursday dismissed a former aide who said she would vote for Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Memo: Warning signs flash for Trump on debates Senate Republicans signal openness to working with Biden National postal mail handlers union endorses Biden MORE, calling her a “disgruntled employee” playing politics. “I haven't read her comments in any detail. But, it reads to me like one more disgruntled employee that has decided to play politics during [an] election year,” Pence said at the White House when asked about criticism leveled by former adviser Olivia Troye. “My staff has indicated and she made no comments like that when she was serving under our team here at the White House.” “I couldn’t...
    By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A former adviser to Vice President Mike Pence who also served on the White House coronavirus task force says President Donald Trump once suggested that COVID-19 might be a good thing because it would stop him from having to shake hands with “disgusting people." Olivia Troye is the latest former member of the Trump administration to speak out against him and urge voters to deny him a second term. She joins a growing list that includes Miles Taylor, former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, and former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. Troye, Pence's former homeland security adviser, says in a new video released Thursday by the group...
    WASHINGTON – A former adviser to Vice President Mike Pence who also served on the White House coronavirus task force says President Donald Trump once suggested that COVID-19 might be a good thing because it would stop him from having to shake hands with “disgusting people." Olivia Troye is the latest former member of the Trump administration to speak out against him and urge voters to deny him a second term. She joins a growing list that includes Miles Taylor, former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, and former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. Troye, Pence's former homeland security adviser, says in a new video released Thursday by the group Republican Voters Against Trump that working...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A former adviser to Vice President Mike Pence who also served on the White House coronavirus task force says President Donald Trump once suggested that COVID-19 might be a good thing because it would stop him from having to shake hands with “disgusting people.” Olivia Troye is the latest former member of the Trump administration to speak out against him and urge voters to deny him a second term. She joins a growing list that includes Miles Taylor, former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, and former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. Troye, Pence’s former homeland security adviser, says in a new video released Thursday by the group Republican Voters Against Trump that...
    Michelle Obama says she and former President Barack Obama 'could’ve never gotten away with some of the stuff going on now' in the White House in her latest podcast episode. The former First Lady reflected on race and the expectations of black America during her husband's presidency in new episode of her Spotify podcast Wednesday. 'When we were in the White House, we could've never gotten away with some of the stuff that's going on now, not because of the public, but our community wouldn't have accepted that,' Obama said in the pocast. 'You worked, you did your best every day. You showed up,' she added. Michelle Obama says she and former President Barack Obama 'could’ve never gotten away with...
    Olivia Troye, a former top national security advisor to Vice President Mike Pence and his lead coronavirus staffer on the White House task force, announced Thursday that she will vote for former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 election. Troye claimed that President Donald Trump’s focus on the election rather than the pandemic was “shocking.” (RELATED: Trump’s Former DHS Chief Of Staff Endorses Biden) “The truth is he doesn’t actually care about anyone else but himself,” she said in an ad released by “Republican Voters Against Trump” on Thursday. “When we were in a task force meeting, the president said, ‘maybe this COVID thing is a good thing. I don’t like shaking hands with people.” WATCH: “Outside of...
    Vice President Mike Pence’s former top advisor on Homeland Security claims she witnessed first hand President Donald Trump’s callous and dismissive response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including a moment where he allegedly claimed there was a silver lining to the new, virus-based social distancing restrictions: “I don’t have to shake hands with these disgusting people.” The aide, Olivia Troye, left the White House last month, and was serving as Pence’s top aide on the Covid response from the beginning of the outbreak last winter. A lifelong Republican, she has now joined an anti-Trump political group and says she will be voting for Joe Biden in November. Troye’s reversal, she claims, stems from watching Trump dedicate his primary focus to...
    THE White House has accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of holding up coronavirus relief aid as “an ultimatum.” Pelosi on Thursday pushed for a $2.2trillion economic stimulus package from Congress, saying: “It’s hard to see how we can go any lower when you see the great needs.” 5The White House has accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as using coronavirus relief aid as 'an ultimatum'Credit: EPA The House Speaker said Democratic leaders have shown the White House that they’re willing to compromise on a bill. House Democrats have lowered their previous stimulus ask by more than $1trillion, down from the $3.4trillion bill they approved in May.  But according to The New York Times, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told...
    President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence look on during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on April 2, 2020, in Washington, DC.Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images A former aide to Vice President Mike Pence slammed the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic and said she will vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as a result of her experience in the White House. Olivia Troye, who was Pence's leading aide on the White House's coronavirus task force, cut an ad for the group Republican Voters Against Trump in which she claimed the president cares about no one but himself. "Towards the middle of February,...
    A group of airline chief executives on Thursday met with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to request more aid for the industry, which is set for mass layoffs next month, CNBC reports. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby and Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly attended the meeting with Meadows, who said after the meeting that President Donald Trump would consider a separate stimulus package to prop-up the airline industry, having said last month that he is weighing an executive action on the issue. Various airlines already received $25 billion in federal coronavirus aid through the CARES Act, keeping them from laying off workers until the end of September, but airlines and labor unions are calling for an additional $25 billion...
    President Donald Trump blasted the 1619 Project as “ideological poison” that will “dissolve the civic bonds” of the United States while speaking at the White House Conference on American History Thursday. The 1619 Project is a series of essays in New York Times Magazine, which work to reexamine the nation’s legacy of history. “It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative,” reads a statement on the project’s website. “Our children are instructed from propaganda tracks like those of Howard Zinn that to try to make students ashamed of their own history. The left his warped, distorted, and defiled the American story with deceptions,...
    Loading the player... Michelle Obama is not biting her tongue about the Black experience on her new podcast, “The Michelle Obama Podcast.” On the latest episode, the former first lady opens up about interacting with the police while Black and why she and former President Barack Obama would never be allowed to get away with things President Donald Trump has done in the White House. According to The Hill, Obama said this about her experience in the White House. Michelle Obama’s podcast recently launched. (Credit: Getty Images) Read More: Michelle Obama’s brother speaks on ‘terrifying’ experience being stopped by police “When we were in the White House, we could’ve never gotten away with some of the stuff that’s going...
    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Thursday said that the Trump administration is preparing to rapidly distribute 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine if there are positive results next month from clinical trials. Meadows told reporters on the White House driveway that the “first tranche” of “100 million doses is one third of the population — that’s pretty wide distribution when you look at that, and that’s October.” Meadows said that by January there would be a second tranche bringing the total to 300 million doses, or almost the whole US population. “Our goal has been to have 300 million doses by January,” he said. The chief of staff spoke after President Trump denounced Wednesday testimony to...
    Washington (CNN)A former top aide to Vice President Mike Pence assailed President Donald Trump's response to the pandemic in a new video Thursday, adding to the growing list of former Trump administration officials who have criticized the President and, in several cases, endorsed his Democratic opponent Joe Biden.Olivia Troye, who was a homeland security adviser to Pence and his lead staffer on the White House's Coronavirus Task Force, charged in the two-minute video that Trump failed to protect the American public because he only cared about himself and getting reelected. Troye's criticism is particularly striking because of her role working on the coronavirus task force, which Pence leads."We knew that there were going to be increasing cases, we knew that...
    FORMER First Lady Michelle Obama says she and Barack “could’ve never gotten away with” what the Trump administration does. Michelle made the remarks while speaking with her mom, Marian Robinson, 83, and brother, Craig Robinson, in the finale episode of her Spotify podcast released this week. 7Michelle Obama said on her podcast that the Obama administration 'could've never gotten away with' what the Trump White House doesCredit: Handout - Getty "When we were in the White House, we could've never gotten away with some of the stuff that's going on now,” she told her family of President Donald Trump living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. “Not because of the public, but our community wouldn't have accepted that. You worked, you...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Less than 48 hours after President Trump visited Sacramento, multiple White House staff members reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. The White House press pool was informed of the positive COVID-19 cases Wednesday, but Chief of Staff Mark Meadows says he is not releasing any further information. “I don’t comment on any health-related issues as it relates to the White House ever,” Meadows told press pool reporters. The White House called the journalists from the pool 30 minutes late to get our routine covid test. I was told they were late because "It was a very busy morning. We had a couple of positives today" — Raquel Krähenbühl (@Rkrahenbuhl) September 16, 2020 Josh Wingrove, White House reporter...
    The Alliance Defending Freedom has been designated an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Mike Pence met on Tuesday with members of the group Alliance Defending Freedom at the White House. Pence tweeted a photo of himself at a table with members of the group, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified as an anti-LGBTQ hate group, and wrote that he was "honored" to meet with them, saying: "This Administration is committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, and the sanctity of human life across this great Nation!"  People affiliated with the Alliance Defending Freedom have made numerous anti-LGBTQ statements over the years. Last year, the...
    White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has a suggestion: Get your cameras and head to Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport. Why? “Because you’re going to see members of Congress leaving Washington, D.C., to go home and pretend like they’re working hard on this particular deal when, in fact, the checks are not going out to the American people and unemployment benefits will start to cease,” Meadows said Thursday on “Fox & Friends.” Meadows encouraged viewers “to call on their House member to make sure that they stay here [and] that we negotiate.” Democrats have rejected GOP-proffered bills for hundreds of billions of dollars, saying they don’t provide enough. Republican senators, meanwhile, say negotiations between the White House and House Speaker...
    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows portrayed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head as out of the loop on the heels of Dr. Robert Redfield saying coronavirus vaccines wouldn't be readily available until mid-2021.  'I'm not saying he's not part of the process, I'm saying he's not closest to the decision making as it relates to the clinical 3 trials and the distribution thereof,' Meadows told reporters outside the White House Thursday.  Meadows was echoing comments made by President Donald Trump at Wednesday's press briefing, as the president pushed back on the two sound bites that came out of Redfield's testimony earlier in the day before a Senate committee.  White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows...
    WASHINGTON — Top officials from the nation’s hobbled airlines visited the White House on Thursday to plead for financial relief as Congress continues to delay on passing another round of urgently-needed coronavirus stimulus. CEOs from American, United and Southwest Airlines met with Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to push for more aid before the $25 billion bailout approved in the March CARES Act expires on Sept. 30 — risking up to 30,000 jobs in the industry. “We airline CEOs are here on behalf of the people that work for us, keeping our country moving when our country is largely paralyzed,” American Airlines chief Doug Parker said after the meeting. “Without action they’re going to be furloughed on October 1...
    A USPS mail worker wearing a mask poses in his truck while it rains as the state of New Jersey continues Stage 2 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on August 13, 2020 in Ventnor City, New Jersey.Alexi Rosenfeld | Getty Images The U.S. Postal Service had drafted a press release announcing plans to send 650 million masks out across the U.S. early in the coronavirus crisis, but the White House ultimately abandoned the plan, The Washington Post reported Thursday. The plan would have sent a pack of five reusable masks to every residential address in the country, the Post reported, citing one of thousands of internal post office documents obtained by watchdog group American...
    President Donald Trump is expected to deliver remarks on the White House Conference on American History Thursday afternoon. The event is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. and it will be livestreamed in this article. If there is not a livestream available, check back at a later time. Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    Getty The White House is seen on March 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Adbusters was planning a 50-day White House siege starting September 17 that was promoted widely on social media. Is the nonviolent protest still happening? As it turns out, the protest has evolved a bit since it was first announced and is now 50 days of jazz improv. Here’s what you need to know.The White House Siege Is Now 50 Days of Nonviolent Improv Jazz Throughout the CountryAdbusters –On September 17, 2020, we launch 50 days of peaceful protests across DC and the entire United States of America. Why? To stop Donald Trump from stealing the election. So alright you redeemers, rebels and radicals out there,...
    Barack Obama's long-awaited and much-anticipated memoir will be published on November 17 - two weeks after this year's presidential election, it was announced Thursday. His reflections on his life and his presidency will come in two parts. 'A Promised Land' is volume one and will trace his life from his childhood through his first term in the White House, culminating in the death of Osama bin Laden, his publisher Penguin Random House announced on Thursday. The book clocks in at 768 pages and will include two 16-page photographic inserts. It will sell for $45.  Obama and his wife Michelle sold the rights to their memoirs for an advance reported to be as high as $65 million in 2017; her Becoming has already...
    Parents knew kid had coronavirus, sent him to school anyway, officials say Giorgio Armani is one of the richest people in fashion. How the 86-year-old designer spends his billions, from a 213-foot yacht to homes in Italy, NYC, and the Caribbean. Investigated at home, FIFA head visits Trump, White House © APWF FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 file photo, FIFA president Gianni Infantino speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Soccer governing body FIFA says its $1.5 billion coronavirus relief plan to revive the sport and help national associations stay afloat comes with strict compliance and audit requirements. This relief plan is a great example of footballs solidarity...
    Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaOvernight Defense: House to vote on military justice bill spurred by Vanessa Guillén death | Biden courts veterans after Trump's military controversies Biden courts veterans amid fallout from Trump military controversies The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's rally risk | Biden ramps up legal team | Biden hits Trump over climate policy MORE says as Black Americans, she and former President Obama "never could've gotten away with some of the stuff that's going on now" in the White House because their "community wouldn't have accepted that." The former first lady opened up about race in an episode of her eponymous Spotify podcast released this week. Speaking with her mother, Marian Robinson, and her brother, Craig Robinson, in...
    U.S. airline executives met with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Thursday in a last-ditch effort to get more aid for their industry before they are forced to lay off workers next month. “Without action, they’re [workers] are going to be furloughed on Oct. 1, and it’s not fair,” Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines, told reporters after the meeting. The CARES Act enacted in March provided the airline industry $25 billion in aid as long as no workers were furloughed before Oct. 1. With that deadline less than two weeks away, roughly 30,000 airline jobs are currently at risk. The airline executives asked Meadows for an additional $25 billion in aid, which would be expected to...
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump parachuted into the coronavirus aid debate Wednesday, upbraiding his Republican allies for proposing too small of a relief package and encouraging both parties in Congress to go for a bigger one that would include his priority of $1,200 stimulus checks for most Americans.But his top GOP allies in the House and Senate shrugged off the president's mid-morning tweet for more aid. They also weighed in against a $1.5 trillion aid package backed by moderates in both parties that earned praise from the White House.Trump, by evening, dug in."I like the larger amount," Trump said during a press conference at the White House. "Some of the Republicans disagree, but I think I can convince them to...
    White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said he wouldn't have used the same analogy as Attorney General William Barr, who compared coronavirus lockdowns to slavery. "Well, when we look at lockdowns, when you look at individual liberties and who we are as a nation, a nation of freedom, many times when we give up those civil liberties, and I’m one that believe in those civil liberties are inherent, they’re enshrined by our Constitution, and ... we need to protect those because when bad things happen, we sometimes, not always but sometimes, start to take away the liberties that are enshrined in and are part of our constitutional rights and make us different as Americans than many other countries," Meadows,...
    By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer GENEVA (AP) — Under investigation in his home country Switzerland, FIFA president Gianni Infantino made a third trip to the White House and met President Donald Trump since the United States became a 2026 World Cup co-host just over two years ago. Infantino attended a signing ceremony this week for a diplomatic deal to improve relations between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, FIFA said Thursday. It was Infantino’s first meeting with Trump since a special prosecutor in Switzerland opened a criminal proceeding against him in July. The FIFA president is a suspect in regard to meetings he had with Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber, who has since resigned in fallout from the...
    Aaron Rodgers comes around to Green Bay Packers offense using more motion Virtual weddings are becoming the norm during the pandemic, and wedding planners think theyre here to stay Airline CEOs meet with White House in last-minute plea for more coronavirus aid Airline CEOs and unions are seeking another $25 billion in federal aid to preserve jobs through March. The provision that preserves jobs expires Sept. 30, setting the stage for more than 30,000 industry job cuts. The executives met with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. © Provided by CNBC A passenger aircraft of American Airlines. U.S. airline CEOs met with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Thursday, making a last-minute attempt to...
    White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsAmerican Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid McEnany tells CNN reporter to come work at the White House for details on health care plan Trump undercuts GOP, calls for bigger COVID-19 relief package MORE on Thursday joined President TrumpDonald John TrumpBarr criticizes DOJ in speech declaring all agency power 'is invested in the attorney general' Military leaders asked about using heat ray on protesters outside White House: report Powell warns failure to reach COVID-19 deal could 'scar and damage' economy MORE in pushing back against Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield’s comments on a timeline for a possible coronavirus vaccine, saying Redfield was not clued into...
    Back in April as coronavirus was exploding across the country, the U.S. Postal Service had a plan to send five reusable facemasks to every home across the country. The White House killed the plan. “USPS leaders drafted a news release announcing plans to distribute 650 million masks nationwide, enough to offer five face coverings to every American household,” The Washington Post reports. “This unprecedented undertaking is being done in partnership with the White House Coronavirus Task Force,” the press release reads, “and a consortium of textile manufacturers.” It called the project a “critical national initiative.” The hardest hit areas would be the first to receive them. “The service specifically identified Orleans and Jefferson parishes in Louisiana as the first areas to receive face coverings,...
    (CNN)Pete Souza became an unlikely political figure, stepping out from his behind-the-scenes role as official White House photographer and into the spotlight with Instagram posts jabbing President Trump, which became the book "Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents." That provides the foundation for a documentary, "The Way I See It," which offers an insider's view of Barack Obama presidency through Souza's unerring lens.Souza served as a photographer in the Reagan White House before he was approached about chronicling Obama's terms -- a job with its own fascinating background that he approached, Souza says here, as "a historian with a camera," constantly thinking of "mood, emotion, context."For Souza, that spanned the gamut of experiences, from the killing of Osama bin Laden...
    President Donald Trump was in Philadelphia on Tuesday, September 15 for an ABC News townhall event that was moderated by George Stephanopoulos—and less than 24 hours after that event, CBS News reported that a White House staffer had tested positive for COVID-19. However, the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia, CBS Channel 3, said that the person was “not associated with” Trump’s visit to Pennsylvania’s largest city, where the townhall was held at the National Constitution Center. On Wednesday, September 16, Trump confirmed that a staffer had been infected with COVID-19 but did not say who the person was. Trump told reporters, “I heard about it this morning at a very small level…. Last night, I heard about it for the first...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The White House says a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump visited Philadelphia. However, officials say the person was “not associated with” and did not affect the president’s trip. When asked about a report that staff members tested positive earlier Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said, “I’m not here to give people’s personal identities” and that “close contacts” with a person who has since tested positive would be notified, according to Bloomberg. .@johnrobertsFox: "Have any members of White House staff recently tested positive for coronavirus?" .@PressSec Kayleigh McEnany: "I dont share peoples personal medical information." Full video here: https://t.co/ImrhfydMim pic.twitter.com/ZLkTVtBMXx — CSPAN (@cspan) September 16, 2020...
    President Donald Trump said in a new interview that his administration is winning the coronavirus pandemic battle but "got outplayed" in the "public relations" aspect of it. Trump spoke with journalist Greta Van Susteren for Gray TVs "Full Court Press: Election Countdown" and said the pandemic numbers could have been worse than they are. "I think we did a great job with coronavirus, except at public relations," Trump said, according to The Hill. "Look, we would have lost 2 and a half million people, as Ive said. Were at 185,000, and its too much. One person is too much. "[I]t never should have been allowed to happen by China. They should have never allowed it out. They stopped it from...
    A whistleblower told Congress that military police asked for a "heat ray" to use to disperse protesters from a park outside of the White House. D.C. National Guard Maj. Adam DeMarco revealed in testimony that he was copied on an email from the provost marshal of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region who was seeking a device called the Active Denial System, which is a weapon that uses radio waves to provide "a sensation of intense heat on the surface of the skin," and a Long-Range Acoustic Device known as the LRAD. The email said ADS, which has been dubbed a "heat ray" or "pain ray," has an effect that is "overwhelming, causing an immediate repel response by the...
    ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl said covering a Trump campaign rally during the coronavirus pandemic is akin to bringing your family to a war zone in Iraq. Speaking with National Journal following Sunday nights rally for President Donald Trump in Las Vegas, Karl pointed to the fact that the campaign did not perform temperature checks on attendees, including the media, at the event. Karl said the rally, which was moved inside at the last minute despite Nevada state regulations that banned such gatherings to help control the pandemic, was "the first time that everybody [in the media] stayed out except for the [White House press] pool." "This is not like embedding with the Marines in Fallujah. It is like you...
    WASHINGTON -- A military whistleblower says federal officials sought some unusual crowd control devices - including one that's been called a "heat ray" - to deal with protesters outside the White House on the June day that law enforcement forcibly cleared Lafayette Square.In written responses to questions from a House committee, National Guard Maj. Adam DeMarco said the Defense Department's lead military police officer for the National Capital Region sent an email asking if the D.C. National Guard possessed a long-range acoustic device - used to transmit loud noises - or an "Active Denial System," the so-called heat ray.DeMarco said he responded that the Guard was not in possession of either device. National Public Radio and The Washington Post first...
    (CNN)A deal for 150 million rapid coronavirus tests the White House promoted last month as a potential game-changer in battling the pandemic fails to fix the lack of an overarching strategy for a new phase of testing the nation needs to embrace, multiple health experts and state and local officials say. The Trump administration's purchase of the new Abbott Laboratories antigen tests, which can detect the virus in 15 minutes, was hailed by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany as a major development that would help Americans get back to work and school. But without detailed federal guidance, states and cities remain divided, and some of them stifled, on how to best to use those types of rapid tests and...
    U.S. Park Police keeps protesters away after they attempted to pull down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square near the White House on June 22, 2020 in Washington, DC.Tasos Katopodis | Getty Images A military whistleblower says federal officials sought some unusual crowd control devices — including one that's been called a "heat ray" — to deal with protesters outside the White House on the June day that law enforcement forcibly cleared Lafayette Square. In written responses to questions from a House committee, National Guard Maj. Adam DeMarco said the Defense Department's lead military police officer for the National Capital Region sent an email asking if the D.C. National Guard possessed a long-range acoustic device — used to...
    Officers requested a "heat ray" weapon for possible use against protesters in a park next to the White House in June, a National Guard major has testified. Military police allegedly asked for the Active Denial System (ADS), which makes targets feel their skin is on fire. It was before authorities cleared Lafayette Square of demonstrators on 1 June amid protests over the killing of black man George Floyd. The National Guard did not possess the heat ray and it was not used. Law enforcement officers are instead believed to have used tear gas, rubber bullets and smoke grenades to clear the park. At the time authorities said it was to tackle violent protesters who had thrown rocks at police...
    A senior military police officer in the Department of Defense for the D.C. region has questioned whether the National Guard had access to a military heat-ray mechanism that could have been used to disperse protesters outside the White House on June 1. Documents obtained from the whistleblower, Maj. Adam DeMarco of the D.C. National Guard, show that the Provost Marshal of Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region copied him on an email, inquiring about a long range acoustic device known as LRAD, as well as an Active Denial System (ADS), NPR reported. TRUMP SAYS HE HAD 'A SHOT' TO TAKE OUT SYRIA'S ASSAD, BUT EX-DEFENSE CHIEF MATTIS OPPOSED IT The ADS is a controversial device designed by the military 20 years ago that...
    Getty President Donald Trump speaking at a White House Briefing. At a White House press briefing, President Trump lent his support to the new bipartisan proposal on coronavirus relief that came out of the Problem Solvers Caucus, and specifically, support for more stimulus check payments. Trump made his comments on September 16, the same day that Trump posted a tweet calling Democrats “heartless” and saying, “they don’t want to give STIMULUS PAYMENTS to people who desperately need the money.” Democrats are “heartless”. They don’t want to give STIMULUS PAYMENTS to people who desperately need the money, and whose fault it was NOT that the plague came in from China. Go for the much higher numbers, Republicans, it all...
    Pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel groups clashed outside of the White House on Tuesday as President Donald Trump and other leaders signed the “Abraham Accords,” a peace deal between Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates brokered by the United States. Breitbart News was on the scene and captured the incident on film as it unfolded. “Free free Palestine,” shouted the pro-Palestinian protesters parading down the street surrounded by Palestinian flags. “No justice, no peace.” Amid the chants were several signs and posters, from both sides, which were shown off during the march. “Benjamin Netanyahu and the State of Israel do not represent world Jewry,” stated one sign from the pro-Palestinian group. Another said, “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA.” As the pro-Palestinian...
    A MILITARY police leader considered shooting a heat ray with a skin burning sensation at protesters near the White House in order to disperse them in June. Providing his account as a whistleblower this week, DC National Guard Major Adam DeMarco said the Provost Marshal of Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region copied him in an email seeking two devices. 5Federal police officers cleared protesters from Lafayette Square with tear gas and smoke on June 1Credit: Getty Images - Getty 5Systems Engineer for SAIC Jim Staggs operates the Active Denial System in March 2012Credit: AFP - Getty One device, the Active Denial System, or ADS, “provides a sensation of intense heat on the surface of the skin,” DeMarco quoted from...
    VIDEO1:1901:19Emirati minister says the UAE and Israel have much to learn from each otherCapital Connection SINGAPORE — The Middle East will benefit from the bilateral deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, the Emirati minister of economy said this week. "Both nations will bring different mindsets to the table, different advantages, and I think the whole region will benefit from this agreement," Abdulla bin Touq told CNBC's Hadley Gamble on Wednesday. His comments follow a ceremony at the White House where Bahrain and the UAE held a signing ceremony with Israel. In August, the UAE became the third Arab country to open diplomatic ties with Israel in a U.S.-brokered deal. Bahrain followed, normalizing relations last week. Egypt and Jordan established normal ties with...
    Loading the player... Coronavirus is still showing up at the White House. According to CNBC Trump confirmed a member of his staff has tested positive for the virus. A journalist reportedly heard “a couple of positives today,” while at the White House and rumors quickly swirled there were more than one. Read More: Trump indoor rally site fined $3K for virus violations But there is one confirmed case and Trump says he has had no contact with the individual who has tested positive. At a recent briefing, journalists asked press secretary Kayleigh McEnany who on the staff has been infected but she would not reveal the person’s name. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a news conference...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said a White House staffer tested positive for COVID-19 but the individual was not "near" him or "associated with" him. "It was not anybody that was near me," Trump said at a press conference. "It was one person," Trump added. "It was not a person that I was associated with." The press briefing came one day after Trump met with three world leaders at the White House to sign a Middle East peace accord. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of both Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were present to signed agreements to establish formal ties with Israel, becoming the first Arab states in a quarter...
    Sarah K Burris September 16, 2020 11:38PM (UTC) if you want to know, come work here at the White House,”  McEnany told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.  President Donald Trump's ABC town hall event teased a healthcare plan that he has been promising for months. The plan was then confirmed Wednesday by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who acknowledged the plan but said that Americans and the press couldn't have access to it. In 2015, Trump promised that the GOP would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. In an appearance on Sean Hannity's radio show, he claimed the replacement would be "something great," but five years later, the plan still hasn't been revealed to the public....
    Reuters September 16, 2020 0 Comments  U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said a White House staffer tested positive for COVID-19 but the individual was not “near” him or “associated with” him. “It was not anybody that was near me,” Trump said at a press conference. “It was one person,” Trump added. “It was not a person that I was associated with.” The press briefing came one day after Trump met with three world leaders at the White House to sign a Middle East peace accord. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of both Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were present to signed agreements to establish formal ties with Israel, becoming the first Arab...
    The White House on Wednesday called out Venezuela and almost two dozen other nations as “major drug transit” or “drug producing countries," in an effort to tackle the ongoing drug trade in the U.S. – an issue Trump has attempted to curtail since he took office. The Justice Department in March already indicted Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro for his his alleged involvement in a decades-long narco-terrorism and international cocaine trafficking conspiracy scheme. A $15 million bounty has been placed on Maduro for information that could lead to the arrest of the socialist president. The United States no longer accepts the validity of Maduro’s presidency, instead recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who declared himself the true president of Venezuela in 2019. VENEZUELA’S MADURO CALLS TRUMP A ‘RACIST COWBOY’ AFTER...
    President Donald Trump confirmed on Wednesday that another White House staffer has tested positive for the coronavirus. 'It's not anybody that was near me,' he said at his press conference. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany stepped in to say the person will not be identified and it did not affect any events around the White House. 'We're not going to confirm the identity of the individual. It did not affect the event and press was not around,' she said. It was not immediately clear what event she was referring to.  President Donald Trump confirmed that another White House staffer has tested positive for the coronavirus White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany stepped in to say the person...
    Members of the press and White House staffers are stopped for medical screening and temperature checks in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic ahead of a task force briefing at the entrance of the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in Washington, DC.Jabin Botsford | The Washington Post | Getty Images President Donald Trump confirmed Wednesday that a White House staff member tested positive for the coronavirus. But the unnamed person who contracted the disease did not "affect" the large, in-person gathering with a number of world leaders that took place on the White House south lawn a day earlier, Trump's spokeswoman assured. Questions had arisen earlier in the day about another...
    Democratic socialist and "squad" member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) believes the far left of the Democratic Party will be able to push former Vice President Joe Biden to enact some of their preferred polices, should the Democrats win the presidency. Ocasio-Cortez, who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Democratic primary, told JustTheNews reporter Nick Ballasy she agrees with Sanders' reported concerns that Joe Biden is not progressive enough for the modern left. "Of course I do," Ocasio-Cortez said. "We're different people, and clearly I, in the primary, one of the reasons why I was supportive of Sen. Sanders was because of how progressive his stances are, but, you know, the primaries are over, and right now...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't think he could've done more to stop virus spread Conservative activist Lauren Witzke wins GOP Senate primary in Delaware Trump defends claim coronavirus will disappear, citing 'herd mentality' MORE on Wednesday confirmed that a White House staffer tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, but said he did not have contact with the individual. The positive test came after the White House hosted hundreds of people on the South Lawn on Tuesday for the signing of peace accords to mark the normalization of relations between Israel and two Arab countries. Trump offered few details on the latest positive case at the White House. "Last night i heard about it for the first...
    White House senior adviser Jared Kushner canceled his interview with MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell as he continues to tout the historic peace agreement between Israel, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain. Kushner has been hitting the media circuit following the signing of the Abraham Accords as he has been largely credited for leading Middle East peace talks on behalf of the Trump administration. However, Mitchell told her viewers on Wednesday that despite scheduling his interview on her show days prior, Kushner canceled just hours before he was set to appear on-air. NBC'S ANDREA MITCHELL SAYS ISRAEL-UAE-BAHRAIN AGREEMENT 'IS NOT MIDDLE EAST PEACE' “We had planned to have White House senior adviser Jared Kushner on our program today, an appearance that had been...