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US, Britain Issue Unusually Strong Warning About Russia

They warn of cyber threat, just as White House loses its cyber czar

(Newser) - Two big developments in the arena of cyber security: First, the US and Britain issued a joint warning, and an unusually strong one at that, about Russia. Second, the White House is losing its well-regarded "cyber czar," along with his boss. On the first development, the New York ... More »

White House Denies Syria Strike Photo Was Misleading

It appeared to show Trump directing strikes

(Newser) - White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted a photo Saturday that appeared to show President Trump directing missile strikes from the Situation Room on Friday, but sharp-eyed observers noticed something unusual: The caption read "Last night the President put our adversaries on notice," but Vice President Mike... More »

White House Responds to Trump 'Congratulations' Story

Notes that leaking president's briefing papers is a fireable offense

(Newser) - The White House has officially responded to a Washington Post report that President Trump was advised "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" in his briefing materials but congratulated Putin on his re-election win all the same , though the White House is not out with a confirmation or denial. Instead, its official statement... More »

New Hire Shakes Up Trump Legal Team

Joseph DiGenova has claimed FBI plotted to frame president

(Newser) - With reshuffles, insecurity, and infighting, President Trump's legal team is starting to resemble his White House team, insiders say. The president—who has been more vocal than ever in recent days about his displeasure with Robert Mueller's investigation—shook up his legal team again on Monday, bringing in... More »

White House: Death Penalty Will Be Part of Opioid Response

But trafficking in fentanyl won't be a capital crime

(Newser) - The White House has rolled out the "more nuanced" response to the opioid crisis it promised after President Trump talked about executing drug dealers earlier this month. The revised plan White House officials discussed Sunday still involves the death penalty, but officials say they don't plan to make... More »

Report: White House Aides Betting on Who'll Be Axed Next

The smart money might be on HR McMaster

(Newser) - The rate of firings in the White House will soon exceed anything seen on Celebrity Apprentice, reports the Washington Post , citing "five people with knowledge" of President Trump's plans. The sources say that as part of a shake-up, Trump has decided to get rid of National Security Adviser... More »

Report: Trump Aide Lost Job Over Gambling Habit

John McEntee bet tens of thousands at a time, sources say

(Newser) - One of President Trump's longest-serving aides was fired and escorted off the White House grounds so quickly Tuesday that he didn't have time to get his jacket. Sources tell the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal that John McEntee, 27, was fired after being denied a security... More »

US Sanctions Russians, Warns of Cyberthreat to Energy Grid

Mnuchin says US won't tolerate 'malign Russian cyber activity'

(Newser) - The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on 19 Russians for alleged interference in the 2016 election, including 13 indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller. The penalties also include the first use of new powers that Congress passed last year to punish Moscow for election meddling. Those targets include officials working... More »

Man Reportedly Shoots Self Outside White House

Man declared dead after receiving medical treatment

(Newser) - A man fatally shot himself outside the White House on Saturday, the Washington Post reports. The Secret Service says no one else was injured. According to the Los Angeles Times , about two hours after it was reported the man was receiving medical attention police announced he had been declared dead.... More »

Kushner Met With Finance Execs. Then Came 2 Big Loans

Kushner Companies, Citigroup, Apollo deny wrongdoing: NYT

(Newser) - Another report calling into question Jared Kushner's business ties is in the news. The New York Times reports that Kushner's family business received two big loans from bankers after they met with Kushner at the White House. The first, a $325 million loan to Kushner Companies and a... More »

Warriors Skipping White House on Washington Visit

'We're not going to politicize anything, we're just going to hang out with some kids,' champs say

(Newser) - The Golden State Warriors are heading to Washington, just not to the White House. The traditional champions' invitation was never granted from President Trump—and it appears the Warriors might have declined it, anyway. So they plan to spend their day in the city with local children Tuesday, the AP... More »

Vehicle Rams White House Security Barrier

White House was locked down

(Newser) - The White House was locked down following President Trump's news conference with the Australian prime minister after a vehicle intentionally rammed a security barrier on the west side of the White House on Friday, CNN reports. Sources say the driver of the vehicle is a woman known to the... More »

McMaster's White House Exit May Be Near: Report

Sources tell CNN he may rejoin the military

(Newser) - Could HR McMaster be the next figure to leave the White House? It's possible, according to CNN , reporting on "months of personal tension" between the national security adviser and President Trump. Six defense and administration officials tell the network the strained relationship is enough that the Pentagon is... More »

Report: Kushner Set to Lose Access to Classified Info

He's on the wrong side of Kelly's new rules

(Newser) - White House chief of staff John Kelly's overhaul of White House clearance procedures in the wake of the Rob Porter scandal extends to all staff members—and insiders say the president's son-in-law isn't happy about it. The New York Times , citing "White House officials and others... More »

Congress Investigating the Rob Porter Mess

House panel looking into how he kept his White House job

(Newser) - Having trouble keeping track of the Rob Porter story in regard to who knew what, when? Congress is, too. The House Oversight Committee has begun an investigation into how the ousted White House staff secretary kept his high-echelon post despite police and other records spelling out abuse allegations from his... More »

FBI Chief Just Worsened White House's Rob Porter Problem

Christopher Wray's account differs with the White House version of events

(Newser) - The Rob Porter saga re-emerged front and center in Washington on Tuesday, as FBI chief Christopher Wray testified before a Senate panel. The upshot is that Wray's account suggests the White House was warned about Porter's background months before it has previously acknowledged, reports USA Today . Porter resigned... More »

WH Speechwriter Steps Down, Ex Says: I Feared for My Life

David Sorensen is 2nd WH staffer to resign in recent days amid domestic violence accusations

(Newser) - The White House, still reeling from criticism on how it handled domestic abuse allegations against ex-staff secretary Rob Porter, has a new headache. Per the Washington Post , David Sorensen, a speechwriter reporting to senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, stepped down from his role Friday after his ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, to... More »

Omarosa on White House: 'It's Not Going to Be OK'

Former Trump staffer dishes about the world of Trump on 'Celebrity Big Brother'

(Newser) - Former Apprentice contestant and ex-White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman thanked fans Thursday for tuning in to the season premiere of Celebrity Big Brother , where she says she's been "eating, sleeping, laughing, and competing." What she didn't mention in her tweet: "dishing about the White... More »

White House Walks Back Handling of Abuse Allegations

'We all could have done better'

(Newser) - The White House apologized for its handling of Rob Porter in the wake of domestic violence allegations against him from two ex-wives—though it did little else to clear up the situation around the former staff secretary. "I think it’s fair to say we all could have done... More »

New Name in Spotlight in Mueller Investigation

White House communications director Hope Hicks is under scrutiny

(Newser) - A new name may play an unexpectedly big role in the Robert Mueller investigation: Hope Hicks. The 29-year-old director of White House communications is coming under scrutiny for comments she allegedly made in regard to Donald Trump Jr.'s controversial meeting with Russians during the campaign, reports the New ... More »

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