Sean Spicer Says Nothing Useful In First On-Camera Briefing In Over A Week

White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s first on-camera press briefing in over a week was full of non-answers and promises to “touch base” with President Donald Trump at a later date.
When asked Tuesday if Trump believed Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election, as the U.S. intelligence community determined in January, Spicer said he wasn’t sure.
“I have not sat down and talked to him about that specific thing,” Spicer said. “Obviously, we’ve been dealing with a lot of other issues today. I’d be glad to touch base.”
It’s been six months since the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency released a joint report outlining the Kremlin’s efforts to tip the election in favor of Trump. Spicer acknowledged that he’s personally seen the reports, but he Continue reading "Sean Spicer Says Nothing Useful In First On-Camera Briefing In Over A Week"

NBC Connecticut Refuses To Air Megyn Kelly’s Interview With Alex Jones

NBC Connecticut will not air Megyn Kelly’s interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, a spokeswoman for the station confirmed to HuffPost.
The station’s decision to skip broadcasting this week’s episode of “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” follows intense public pressure from families of children killed in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Jones, the host of far-right radio show “Infowars,” has suggested the massacre was a false flag orchestrated by gun control advocates and that the grieving parents are actors. He has since conceded that he now believes the shooting, in which 20 children and six adults were slaughtered by a gunman who then killed himself, did occur.
NBC Connecticut WVIT general manager and president Susan Tully told staff in an internal memo that wounds caused Continue reading "NBC Connecticut Refuses To Air Megyn Kelly’s Interview With Alex Jones"

Here’s All The ‘Fake News’ Confirmed In James Comey’s Planned Testimony

In the months leading up to FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate intelligence committee, President Donald Trump and his staff dismissed several New York Times reports about the two men’s interactions as “fake news.”
Trump tweeted last month that unnamed sources cited in the articles likely “don’t exist” and are “made up by fake news writers.”

But Comey’s planned testimony, which was made public on Wednesday, appears to confirm the credibility of the Continue reading "Here’s All The ‘Fake News’ Confirmed In James Comey’s Planned Testimony"

Donald Trump’s Aides Can’t Agree On Whether His Tweets Are Official Statements

President Donald Trump’s aides just can’t seem to get on the same page regarding the significance of their boss’s Twitter feed.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer called Trump’s tweets “official statements by the president of the United States” during a press briefing on Tuesday. His statement contradicts comments made by three other Trump advisers the previous day.

On Monday, Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to the president, attempted to downplay Trump’s recent Twitter rants over the London terror attacks and his court-stymied “travel ban” by saying the media shouldn’t take those tweets so seriously.
“It’s not policy,” Gorka told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “It’s not Continue reading "Donald Trump’s Aides Can’t Agree On Whether His Tweets Are Official Statements"

Donald Trump’s Advisers: Don’t Take His Tweets So Seriously

Two of President Donald Trump’s advisers are on a mission to downplay the significance of his most recent Twitter rant, claiming media outlets take the president’s social media posts too seriously.
Sebastian Gorka, Trump’s deputy assistant, engaged in a heated exchange with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Monday, denying that the president’s tweets about the London Bridge terror attack and his executive order on immigration amount to policy.
“His tweets are the policy,” Cuomo argued. “They are statements from the president of the United States about what he wants. ... It’s his words, his thoughts.”
“It’s not policy,” Gorka said. “It’s not an executive order. It’s social media.”
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also attempted to devalue Trump’s tweets on Monday by claiming the media has “an obsession” with covering his posts.
“Well, but that’s his preferred method of communication with the American people,” said Craig Melvin, Continue reading "Donald Trump’s Advisers: Don’t Take His Tweets So Seriously"

ACLU Of Oregon: Mayor’s Attempt To Stop Pro-Trump, Anti-Sharia Rallies Is ‘Unconstitutional’

The mayor of Portland, Oregon, has made an “unconstitutional” attempt to shut down upcoming rallies against sharia and in support of President Donald Trump, according to the ACLU of Oregon.  

Following a deadly hate-fueled attack last week, Mayor Ted Wheeler said Monday that the city would not issue permits to groups organizing “alt-right events” scheduled for early June. He also called on the federal government, which operates the plaza where the events are supposed to take place, to “immediately revoke” a permit issued to organizers of one rally and to not issue a permit for the other one. 
But the ACLU of Oregon warned that the mayor could impede upon a “core, fundamental freedom of the United States” by censoring “unpopular speech.” 

Donald Trump’s Communications Director Resigns

President Donald Trump’s communications director, Mike Dubke, is resigning from the White House, he confirmed to Politico Tuesday.
Dubke  tendered his resignation May 18, almost three months after taking on the role, Axios first reported. Trump accepted Dubke’s offer to stay while on his first overseas trip as president this month.
The spokesman’s last day has not been determined, but could be Tuesday, The Washington Post reported. He plans to return to work at Black Rock group, his communications and public affairs firm, according to Politico.
“The reasons for my departure are personal, but it has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration,” Dubke, 47, wrote in an email to friends, according to Politico. “It has also been my distinct pleasure to work side-by-side, day-by-day Continue reading "Donald Trump’s Communications Director Resigns"