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Trump Slams Sessions Again, but Giuliani Denies He's Up Next

Report claimed Trump was considering Giuliani for AG

(Newser) - First, President Trump told the New York Times that he regretted making Jeff Sessions his attorney general because of Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russian investigation. On Monday, Trump piled on, referring to Sessions as "beleaguered" in a tweet . "So why aren't the Committees and... More »

Old Sketch by President Going Up for Auction

He made drawing in 2005 of NYC skyline for charity

(Newser) - Back in 2005, Donald Trump made a simple sketch of the New York City skyline for a charity auction. Now that he's president, it's back on the market, but for no mere pittance, reports the Hill . As of Thursday, those interested can bid online at Nate D. Sanders... More »

Kushner: Trump Won Because of Message, Not Russia

He reiterates that he did not collude with Russia

(Newser) - With the first of his two days of congressional testimony in the books, Jared Kushner made a rare public statement Monday afternoon to reaffirm his main point: "I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so," he said,... More »

Inside Joe and Mika's Breakup With Trump

'New York' magazine profiles media's No. 1 couple

(Newser) - Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski may be on the outs with President Trump, but that wasn't always the case. A lengthy profile in New York magazine begins with the odd anecdote that when Brzezinski gave her co-host a rabbit in April 2016 as a birthday present, Scarborough actually named... More »

Kushner: I Faked Call to Get Out of Dumb Russia Meeting

President's son-in-law releases statement ahead of congressional testimony

(Newser) - Jared Kushner appears before not one but two congressional panels this week in regard to his contacts with Russian officials, but he makes the case in a statement released Monday morning that he doesn't have much of value to offer. "I did not collude, nor know of anyone... More »

White House: Trump Supports Sweeping Russia Sanctions

Press secretary indicates he will sign the measure

(Newser) - The White House has indicated that President Donald Trump would sign a sweeping Russia sanctions measure that requires him to get Congress' permission before lifting or easing the economic penalties against Moscow, the AP reports. The House was scheduled to consider the sanctions package as early as Tuesday, and the... More »

Scaramucci Takes Spotlight on Sunday Talk Shows

Says Trump not considering pardons, not convinced of Russian meddling

(Newser) - New White House communications chief Anthony Scaramucci captured most of the headlines from the Sunday talk shows. Among other things, he rejected the idea that President Trump is considering pardons and defended his own move to delete old tweets in which he was critical of Trump. Details:
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Kislyak Is Now Russia's Former Ambassador to US

Amid scandal over meetings with Trump surrogates, envoy's term in DC is over

(Newser) - The Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, a prominent figure in the controversy over Russia's possible involvement in the 2016 US presidential election, has ended his assignment in Washington . The Russian Embassy in Washington announced on Twitter that Kislyak's tenure ended on Saturday, reports the AP... More »

Sean Spicer Steps Down

Source says he disagrees with Trump's choice for communications director

(Newser) - Sean Spicer has resigned as White House press secretary, the New York Times reports. Per the Times' source, President Trump offered the job of White House communications director to New York financier Anthony Scaramucci at 10am Friday, and Spicer resigned shortly after, telling Trump he "vehemently disagreed" with the... More »

Trump's a 'Freelancer,' and That May Cost Him

Peggy Noonan thinks his reluctance to be an 'institution man' could doom presidency

(Newser) - At his six-month mark as president, Peggy Noonan writes that Donald Trump is being tripped up by the very trait that helped bring him to office. He's a "freelancer," she writes in the Wall Street Journal. That is, he's not an "institution man," and... More »

'Mooch' Will Likely Be Trump's New Communications Director

Full name: Anthony Scaramucci, Wall Street financier and Trump supporter

(Newser) - It's been nearly two months since Mike Dubke left the Trump administration , and his communications director role has remained empty since. That's apparently about to change. Four sources said to be "in and close to the White House" confirm to NBC News an earlier report by Axios... More »

Report: Trump Is Asking About the Pardons Process

But Trump attorney says 'pardons are not being discussed'

(Newser) - As special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation continues to simmer, President Trump's legal team is allegedly brainstorming how to throw cold water on it, "people familiar with the effort" tell the Washington Post . Among the strategies reportedly on the table is an attempt to slow or stop... More »

The Trump Presidency at 6 Months

Are we 'tired of winning' yet?

(Newser) - President Trump hit the six-month mark in office Thursday. So, how's he doing? That depends. The Washington Post looks at Trump's progress on seven key campaign issues. The status of his goals to have better relations with Russia and reform health care have been well-covered elsewhere . The wall... More »

Sessions: I'll Stay 'As Long as That Is Appropriate'

Attorney general addresses Trump's criticism of him

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he has no plans to resign in the wake of President Trump's criticism of him, but he seemed to add a qualifier: "We love this job. We love this department, and I plan to continue to do so as long as that... More »

Trump Ending CIA Program in Syria Opposed by Putin

The CIA will stop arming opponents of Assad

(Newser) - President Trump has decided to halt the CIA's years-long covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Russia had long pushed the United States to end the program, per the AP . The phasing out of the secret program was reported by the... More »

Trump Says He Now Regrets Hiring Sessions

Recusing himself from Russia probe was 'very unfair,' Trump says

(Newser) - President Trump says he would never have hired Jeff Sessions as his attorney general if he had known Sessions was going to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. In a New York Times interview, Trump makes it clear that he feels he has been shabbily treated by Sessions, who was... More »

This Week's Scorecard: Obama 2, Trump 0

ObamaCare, Iran show Obama's legacy is proving stronger than Trump thought

(Newser) - This has been a rough week for the White House for reasons that have nothing to do with Russia. Two big promises of President Trump fell by the wayside, at least temporarily. In addition to the GOP failure to scrap ObamaCare, Trump reluctantly preserved President Obama's nuclear deal with... More »

Critics Blast Rosie for 'Gross' Link to Trump Game

'Push Trump Off a Cliff Again' isn't going over well with conservatives

(Newser) - There's no love lost between Rosie O'Donnell and President Trump , and a tweet the comedian posted over the weekend is unlikely to mend any fences. Per USA Today , O'Donnell tweeted a link on Saturday to an online game that invites players to "Push Trump Off a... More »

Christie Denies Account of Election-Night Trump Spat

New Jersey governor says he took no call from President Obama

(Newser) - A new book alleges that Chris Christie ticked off Donald Trump on election night with an offer to let Trump use his phone, but the New Jersey governor is dismissing the account as bogus. In an interview with MSNBC, Christie took issue with Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump ... More »

Trump Slams 'Sick' Reports of 2nd Putin Meeting

White House says it was just a brief conversation

(Newser) - President Trump says his previously undisclosed one-on-one with Vladimir Putin was no secret and no big deal—and the media is "sick" for suggesting otherwise. Trump reportedly spoke to Putin for around an hour after leaving his seat during a couples-only dinner with other leaders during the G20 summit.... More »

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