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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 »

Report: Trump Family Irked by Mocking Coverage of Kushner

As 'Washington Post' reports on 4 nations who may have targeted him as an easy mark

(Newser) - Wednesday brought the news that Jared Kushner's security clearance was downgraded from interim Top Secret/SCI-level clearance—the highest level—to the Secret level, and the Washington Post is out with a report that suggests a reason why he had been unable to secure a permanent clearance at the highest... 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 »

Kelly Overhauls White House Clearance Procedure

Will limit interim security clearances to 180 days

(Newser) - Under pressure over his handling of abuse allegations against a top aide , White House chief of staff John Kelly on Friday ordered sweeping changes in how the White House clears staff members to gain access to classified information, acknowledging that the administration "must do better" in how it handles... 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 »

Trump: Lives Being 'Shattered' by Assault Allegations

'There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone'

(Newser) - President Trump on Saturday seemed to frame the downfall of a pivotal aide accused of abusing his wives as a character assassination, adding to the tumult that has engulfed the White House, splintered staff, and imperiled chief of staff John Kelly. Trump vented in a tweet that appeared to take... More »

Man Under Fire: John Kelly Takes Heat in Porter Scandal

Chief of staff is reportedly pushing a narrative that contradicts other accounts

(Newser) - John Kelly finds himself squarely in the spotlight again after his defense of White House staff secretary Rob Porter as "a man of true integrity and honor" in the wake of domestic abuse allegations . President Trump's chief of staff has since pronounced himself appalled at the allegations and... More »

Kelly: Teacher Who Slammed Military 'Ought to Go to Hell'

California teacher called military 'lowest of our low'

(Newser) - A California teacher caught on video calling the military "the lowest of our low" was slammed by the usually reserved White House chief of staff Wednesday. John Kelly told Fox News Radio that El Rancho High School history teacher Gregory Salcido "ought to go to hell," Politico... More »

Trump Disputes Own Chief of Staff on the Wall

'The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it'

(Newser) - President Trump is pushing back against his own chief of staff over the border wall with Mexico. Trump tweeted Thursday morning that "the Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it." Some Democrats who met with Trump aide... More »

Kelly: Trump Campaign Stances 'Uninformed'

He says the president's views on immigration are 'evolving'

(Newser) - After a year in office, President Trump's views on immigration are still "evolving," and some of the promises he made during his campaign were "uninformed," according to White House chief of staff John Kelly. Insiders tell the Washington Post that during a closed-door meeting with... More »

WH Goes After Staffer, Guest Phones in 'Security' Push

Employees, guests banned from bringing in personal devices starting next week

(Newser) - The White House has a new policy banning personal cellphones at work, but aides tell Bloomberg it has nothing to do with unauthorized leaks to the media. Beginning next week, both staffers and guests will be limited to government-issued devices in the West Wing in response to cybersecurity concerns, press... More »

Omarosa Leaving White House

Reports differ on whether she quit or was fired

(Newser) - Omarosa is out at the White House. The one-time Apprentice star, full name Omarosa Manigault Newman, is once again parting ways with President Trump. The reasons aren't clear, but the AP notes that it means Trump is losing one of his most high-profile supporters in the African-American community. Omarosa... More »

Tillerson Unexpectedly at White House After News of Plan

The 'New York Times' says a plan for his ouster is in place

(Newser) - Rumors of a planned ouster of Rex Tillerson are nothing new, but the New York Times reports it's learned of an actual plan to do so. Unnamed senior White House officials tell the paper that chief of staff John Kelly has created a transition plan, to be put... More »

With 15 Days to Go, Retired Marine Joins Ala. Senate Race

Lee Busby used to work for WH Chief of Staff John Kelly

(Newser) - He didn't have a functioning website as of Monday morning, but a retired Marine colonel thinks things are such a mess in the Alabama Senate race he has a shot. With just 15 days before voters go to the polls (his now-working website has a giant countdown), Lee Busby... More »

Rumors Fly About Kushner's White House Role

Front page stories report presidential son-in-law's influence may be waning

(Newser) - Jared Kushner's influence in his father-in-law's White House comes under the microscope on the Sunday front pages of the New York Times and Washington Post in separate articles speculating that his role is waning. Both offer up a bevy of reasons Kushner is no longer front-and-center in both... More »

Coates: It's 'Shocking' Kelly Is So Ignorant on Civil War

Writer rebuts White House chief of staff's assertion that inability to compromise caused it

(Newser) - White House chief of staff John Kelly has been taking criticism over comments he made about the Civil War, mainly because he said the war was caused by "the lack of an ability to compromise" and made no mention of slavery. Now, Ta-Nehisi Coates has issued a rebuttal in... More »

John Kelly Taking Flak Over Civil War Comments

'The lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War'

(Newser) - White House chief of staff John Kelly, generally viewed as the man whose mission is to keep controversy at bay, finds himself caught up in another one . Kelly is taking flak for his comments about the Civil War, made Monday night on the debut of Laura Ingraham's show on... More »

17 Black Female Lawmakers Call on Kelly to Apologize

They accuse him of telling 'blatant lies' about Frederica Wilson

(Newser) - The John Kelly-Frederica Wilson controversy moved up a level Sunday when most of the black women in Congress called for Trump's chief of staff to apologize to the Florida lawmaker. Some 17 female members of the Congressional Black Caucus issued a statement calling for Kelly to "take responsibility"... More »

It's Time for John Kelly to Apologize

After video shows he was wrong about lawmaker's behavior

(Newser) - With video evidence on her side, the Washington Post editorial board argues it's time for John Kelly to apologize to Rep. Frederica Wilson after characterizing her as "selfish and politically motivated" during a press briefing Thursday at the White House. The chief of staff took issue with Wilson'... More »

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