‘You Guys Are So Negative’: Spicer Scolds Reporters for Asking About ACHA’s Probability of Failure

Sean Spicer got catty with several reporters for their being “so negative” with questions today about whether the vote on the American Health Care Act (ACHA) will succeed. Spicer said that President Trump has given it his all towards replacing the Affordable Care Act, even though there are numerous indications suggesting the new bill won’t pass. This topic was the headlining focus of Friday’s press briefing, though Spicer did not seem to appreciate all the questions he was asked about it. “So negative,” Spicer reacted to one questioner “Why don’t we continue with a very positive optimistic Friday? The sun is coming out. I feel really good, you know, so we’re going to continue to work as late as we can to get the votes.” Minutes later, Spicer reiterated “you guys are so negative,” when he was asked about whether the White House considered Continue reading "‘You Guys Are So Negative’: Spicer Scolds Reporters for Asking About ACHA’s Probability of Failure"

Schiff Accuses Nunes of ‘Attempt to Choke Off Public Info’ With Closed Intel Probe Sessions

Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff indicated Friday, that his rift with House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes is far from healed. Earlier today, Nunes told reporters that Donald Trump‘s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, would give testimony to the committee’s probe into the president’s connections with Russia. Nunes also announced that FBI Director James Comey and NSA chief Mike Rogers would appear before the committee again in a closed session. In addition to blasting Nunes on Twitter, Schiff also reminded reporters about his continued disapproval of the chairman’s decision to brief Trump on “incidental” surveillance findings. Schiff said that Nunes’ actions were “wholly inappropriate, and of course, cast grave doubts into the ability to run a credible investigation.” Schiff Continue reading "Schiff Accuses Nunes of ‘Attempt to Choke Off Public Info’ With Closed Intel Probe Sessions"

Report: Secret Service Agents Will Be Disciplined Over White House Fence Jumper

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 10.25.27 AM Several members of the Secret Service are reportedly in hot water after an intruder breached the grounds of the White House for at least 15 minutes last week. CNN states that the Secret Service’s Office of Professional Responsibility will soon recommend disciplinary action against six agents and officers who were active during the incident where Jonathan Tran hoped the White House fence. A Secret Service spokesperson declined to elaborate on the what kind of disciplinary action would go into effect, though the Office of Integrity is expected to render judgment over the matter. The Secret Service has come under fire due to several security issues and questionable decisions concerning them in recent weeks. The Service put out a public statement several days ago where they elaborated on the fence-jumping incident and announced plans to beef up security. [image via screengrab] — —
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Trump Rips House Freedom Caucus Ahead of Vote On American Health Care Act

Trump President Donald Trump was back on Twitter this morning with a new target in his crosshairs: The House Freedom Caucus. The tweets reveal Trump’s obvious frustration with the recalcitrant Republican bloc, which has long been a thorn in the side of GOP leadership. Hours before Speaker Paul Ryan postponed yesterday’s vote on the American Health Care Act, Trump huddled with Freedom Caucus members in an attempt to iron out a deal. The White House said the meeting went well, though Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows said they failed Continue reading "Trump Rips House Freedom Caucus Ahead of Vote On American Health Care Act"

Utah Man Killed, Wife Injured While Visiting Relatives During British Parliament Attack

An American family has been identified as victims of Wednesday’s attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Kurt and Melissa Cochran, a Utah couple, were among those struck by the attacker’s car on Westminster Bridge. Melissa was hospitalized with serious injuries, but Kurt did not survive. The couple was in London to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, and they also were visiting Melissa’s parents, who work as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Cochrans were traveling in Germany and Austria in the days prior to the incident, and they planned on returning to the U.S. on Thursday. “Our hearts are broken this day as we say good-bye to our dear brother-in-law Kurt,” Melissa’s brother, Clinton Payne, wrote online. “Our hearts ache for her and their children in losing their loving companion and father. Please continue to pray for our family. Continue reading "Utah Man Killed, Wife Injured While Visiting Relatives During British Parliament Attack"

‘Such Dishonesty’: Trump Slams ‘Fake News’ ABC, NBC Over Reports on ‘So-Called Russia Story’

trump-12-1 President Trump is attacking the media again, this time over continued coverage of investigations into the connections between his presidential campaign and Russia. It is not precisely clear which segments Trump was referring to, but he decided to rip ABC and NBC over their respective coverage on the situation today: On Thursday’s Good Morning America, ABC’s Cecilia Vega reported on how House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said that information about Trump’s team was “incidentally collected” during probes on foreign nationals. The report said that this legal surveillance of Trump’s transition team members was a “far cry” from the “baseless” allegations he made about Barack Obama. The show also discussed how there are continued calls for an independent investigation Continue reading "‘Such Dishonesty’: Trump Slams ‘Fake News’ ABC, NBC Over Reports on ‘So-Called Russia Story’"

Peter Alexander to Spicer: Can You Say No One Else in WH Is Working in the Interest of a Foreign Gov’t?

In light of today’s reports about Paul Manafort‘s pro-Russia agenda, Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked if he was certain that no one in President Trump‘s administration is working for a international government agency. Spicer got in several testy exchanges with reporters on this topic today, and he responded by talking about the Clinton family’s political dealings while also saying Trump didn’t know about Manafort’s past while he was the president’s campaign chairman. Eventually, NBC’s Peter Alexander brought up Michael Flynn‘s status as a foreign agent, and he asked Spicer, “Can you say with certainty right now that there isn’t anybody else that’s working in the interest of a foreign government working for this government right now?” Spicer responded that Flynn had filled out forms for security clearance, and he accused Alexander of trying to conflate the circumstances of Continue reading "Peter Alexander to Spicer: Can You Say No One Else in WH Is Working in the Interest of a Foreign Gov’t?"