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It Seems Trump Now Has a Super Bowl Ring

Patriots gave the president a ring during their April visit

(Newser) - During the New England Patriots' visit to the White House in April, it was reported President Trump received a helmet and jersey—traditional gifts from a championship-winning team. But now CBS Boston reports Trump also received a commemorative Super Bowl ring from his longtime friend, Patriots owner Robert Kraft. The... More »

German Cops Seize Pills With a Familiar Look

Yes, those are Trump-themed ecstasy pills

(Newser) - Ich bin ein ecstasy pill. German police made a strange bust over the weekend that resulted in the seizure of 5,000 orange ecstasy pills in the shape of President Trump's head, reports CNN . In case there was any room for disagreement, the name Trump is on the back... More »

Trump Nixes Obama-Era Bottled Water 'Ban' in National Parks

Critics say the bottled water industry's lobbying has won

(Newser) - Environmentalists have a new bone to pick with the Trump administration, this time over bottled water. A six-year-old policy that encouraged national parks not to sell bottled water has been overturned by Trump, reports the Guardian . Per NPR , the Obama-era policy put in place to reduce waste and pollution wasn’... More »

Top General Hints That Trump Will Continue Afghan Support

'We are with you and we will stay with you'

(Newser) - Signaling that the US military expects its mission to continue, the top US commander in Afghanistan on Sunday hailed the launch of the Afghan Army's new special operations corps, declaring that "we are with you and we will stay with you." Gen. John Nicholson's exhortation of... More »

Evangelical Adviser Leaves Trump Over 'Conflict in Values'

But other religious supporters are holding firm in their support

(Newser) - President Trump continues to bleed advisers in the week following his controversial comments on Charlottesville, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists. The Hill reports Rev. AR Bernard, leader of New York's Christian Cultural Center and member of the president's Evangelical Advisory Board, announced his resignation from the panel Friday, citing... More »

Trump Breaks Silence on Bannon's Departure

'Thanks S'

(Newser) - "I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service. He came to the campaign during my run against Crooked Hillary Clinton - it was great! Thanks S," President Trump tweeted Saturday, commenting on his former chief strategist for the first time since the latter was removed from the... More »

President, First Lady Skipping Kennedy Center Awards

White House wants to avoid 'political distraction’ at celebration

(Newser) - The White House has announced that President Trump and the first lady have decided not to participate in events honoring recipients of this year's Kennedy Center arts awards. The statement says the decision to break with tradition was made to "allow the honorees to celebrate without any political... More »

Trump to Reveal New Strategy in Afghan War

President is 'considering options' as Taliban gains ground

(Newser) - President Trump is "studying and considering his options" for a new approach to Afghanistan and the broader South Asia region, the White House said Friday after the president huddled with his top national security aides at Camp David. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a brief statement... More »

Bannon Is Out. Does It Change Anything?

Critics say don't expect a brand new Trump

(Newser) - After seven months as President Trump's chief strategist, Stephen Bannon is out of the administration . Vox looks at what Bannon's departure means for the White House and debunks the idea that Bannon was "Trump's brain." Long story short: Bannon was one of the few Trump... More »

1st White House Department Quits in Protest of Trump Comments

The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities is out

(Newser) - The first White House department has resigned in protest of President Trump's comments on neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and Charlottesville, Politico reports. The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities—which includes actor Kal Penn, as well as artists, authors, and more—sent a letter to Trump Friday announcing... More »

Trump Spreads False Pig Blood Rumor After Barcelona Attack

He's spoken of it before

(Newser) - President Trump's first public reaction to the Barcelona van attack was to tweet a response: "The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!" His second public reaction was to spread... More »

White House Loses Another Advisory Council

The infrastructure council hadn't even started yet

(Newser) - It's been a bad week for President Trump's various councils. After disbanding his Strategic and Policy Forum and Manufacturing Council on Wednesday in the wake of fallout from his response to white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and Charlottesville, Trump shuttered a third council Thursday before it had even started, the... More »

McConnell Condemns Statements but Not Trump

'There are no good neo-Nazis'

(Newser) - "There are no good neo-Nazis," Sen. Mitch McConnell said Wednesday. “We can have no tolerance for an ideology of racial hatred," the Hill quotes the Senate majority leader as saying. "Those who espouse their views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms." McConnell... More »

Trump Loses 2 WH Business Councils Amid Criticism

He disbanded them, though one may have beaten him to the punch

(Newser) - President Trump tweeted Wednesday that he's shutting down both his Manufacturing Council and Strategic and Policy Forum "rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople" involved. However, Bloomberg reports the Strategic and Policy Forum had already decided to disband Wednesday in the wake of Trump's comments on neo-Nazis,... More »

WH Memo: Trump 'Entirely Correct' on Charlottesville

Talking points call on GOP to back what he said about 'both sides' acting 'inappropriately'

(Newser) - Republicans including Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio were quick to speak out against President Trump's comments Tuesday that "both sides" were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. But that wasn't at all what the White House had planned. A memo of talking... More »

6 Defections in 2 Days for Trump's Manufacturing Council

Scott Paul says leaving council was 'right thing for me to do'

(Newser) - President Trump's American Manufacturing Council has faced another couple of defections —its fourth, fifth, and sixth in the two days following Trump's widely criticized reaction to white nationalist rallies and violence in Virginia. The Hill reports Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, resigned from... More »

Trump Condemns 'Alt-Left' in Charlottesville Violence

President says anti-white supremacist protesters were 'very, very violent'

(Newser) - President Trump doubled down on Saturday's widely criticized "many sides" statement during a press conference Tuesday at Trump Tower, claiming "there is blame on both sides" in regards to the fatal white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, the New York Times reports. Trump had tried to... More »

Trump Aide Repeatedly Tried to Arrange Russia Meetings: Report

Senior officials were hesitant: WaPo

(Newser) - Snippets of some 20,000 Trump campaign emails handed over to congressional investigators reveal repeated efforts by Russian officials to arrange meetings between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Washington Post reports. In a half dozen emails sent between March and September 2016, a Trump foreign policy adviser... More »

As Trump Feels Heat, His Aide Calls Va. Violence 'Terrorism'

President takes flak for not specifically calling out white supremacists

(Newser) - A day after a young woman was killed while protesting against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, President Trump's national security adviser, HR McMaster, said the acts of violence committed by racists during the rally meet "the definition of terrorism," the AP reports. On Sunday, McMaster said,... More »

Trump Hotel in DC Braced for a Loss, Got a Windfall

The first 4 months of the year saw a $1.97M profit

(Newser) - "Some people really want to stay there, and then there's a bunch of people who don't." It's a statement that could be applied to pretty much any hotel, but it has special meaning in this case. The hotel the analyst is referring to is the... More »

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