Trump Comes to Sen. Bill Cassidy’s Defense: ‘Class Act Who…Doesn’t Lie’

A day after late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel hammered at Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), claiming the lawmaker lied to him about his health care bill passing the “Jimmy Kimmel test,” President Donald Trump came to the conservative senator’s defense. Earlier today, Trump said that the Obamacare repeal bill that Cassidy is pushing in the Senate has a “very good chance” of passing. The president also took shots at the current health care law, calling it dysfunctional. [image via screengrab] — Follow Justin Baragona on Twitter: @justinbaragona

CNN Hires Preet Bharara, Former U.S. Attorney Fired By Trump

Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York who was fired by President Trump after Trump promised to keep him on, has joined CNN as a senior legal analyst, according to Politico. Bharara has become something of a well-known Trump critic since getting canned by the president back in March. A month after getting terminated, he joked about crowd sizes during a speech in an obvious dig at Trump, while also hitting the White House for hiding its visitor logs. In June, he said that there was absolutely a case of obstruction of justice against POTUS. On top of that, Bharara has built up a large social media following and regularly criticizes the Trump administration on Twitter. Bharara wasn’t the only former government employee/Trump critic that the network hired. According to Politico’s Michael Calderone, ex-Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub will now Continue reading "CNN Hires Preet Bharara, Former U.S. Attorney Fired By Trump"

Trump: Graham-Cassidy Bill Has ‘Very Good Chance’ of Passing, Obamacare ‘Totally Dysfunctional’

As President Trump met with the President of Egypt this afternoon, he was asked about the ongoing Washington fight over health care. He said he’s heard about “repeal and replace” for seven years and assumed he would be signing a bill as soon as he got to the Oval Office. “It hasn’t worked out that way,” he said, “and I think a lot of Republicans are embarrassed by it, but I have to tell you, I think they’re gonna do a great job.” The President believes that they have a “very good chance” of passing the Graham-Cassidy bill, saying, “Obamacare’s only getting worse. It’s dysfunctional now. It’s totally dysfunctional.” Watch above, via Fox News. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

Rand Paul Hits Back at Trump on Health Care: ‘I Promised Repeal’ to Voters

As the likely deadline for a Republican repeal of Obamacare quickly approaches, GOP senators are attempting a Hail Mary repeal effort — but fundamental health care disputes between Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and President Donald Trump may hurt the bill’s chance of success. In a tweet this morning, Trump referred to Paul as a “negative force” in the repeal effort, while the libertarian-leaning senator responded to the president today by saying “I promised repeal” — adding that he does not consider the latest Graham-Cassidy Obamacare replacement effort to be a legitimate repeal. Additionally, Paul directly responded to Trump calling him a “negative force” by saying that he’s actually “a very positive force” who is working with Continue reading "Rand Paul Hits Back at Trump on Health Care: ‘I Promised Repeal’ to Voters"

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Rips Trump’s U.N. Speech: ‘Ignorant, Absurd, and Hateful’

One day after President Donald Trump railed against — among other things — the Iran nuclear deal in his speech before the United Nations General Assembly, that nation’s President responded by denouncing Trump’s remarks in his own speech Wednesday. Iranian President Hassan Rousani called Trump’s words “ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric — filled with ridiculously baseless allegations.” He added that the believes the speech was “unfit to be heard at the United Nations.” A day earlier, Trump renewed his objections to the Iran nuclear deal, and suggested that he might soon nullify the pact. “The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” Trump said. “Frankly, Continue reading "Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Rips Trump’s U.N. Speech: ‘Ignorant, Absurd, and Hateful’"

Special Counsel Mueller Reportedly Interested in Trump’s Russian Oval Office Meeting

The New York Times is reporting today that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has requested documents from the White House related to some of President Donald Trump’s most notable and controversial actions since he took office, specifically as it relates to the Russia probe. According to White House officials, the docs the special counsel is seeking out involve the firings of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and FBI Director James Comey, as well as Trump’s most scrutinized meeting with foreign leaders in the Oval Office.
Mr. Mueller is also interested in an Oval Office meeting Mr. Trump had with Russian officials in which he said the dismissal of the F.B.I. director had relieved “great pressure” on him.
The May meeting between Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak immediately became noteworthy as it occurred shortly after Comey’s firing. IT was reported after the meeting Continue reading "Special Counsel Mueller Reportedly Interested in Trump’s Russian Oval Office Meeting"

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Calls ‘Rocket Man’ Name a ‘President Trump Original’

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders appeared on Fox & Friends this morning and discussed President Trump’s United Nations address. Brian Kilmeade brought up the North Korea section in particular and then mentioned the “Rocket Man” nickname the President has given Kim Jong Un. “Where did that come from?” he asked. “How did that resonate? What’s the reaction been with Steve Miller and others who are writing the speeches?” Huckabee Sanders called the name “a President Trump original,” praising the President as a “master in branding.” As for the less-than-positive media reception to that line, Huckabee Sanders said, “If the mainstream media thinks it’s bad, then it means most Americans probably like it.” You can watch above, via Fox News. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac