President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign an executive order on improving accountability and whistleblower protection at 4:45 PM ET today. The EO will impact the Department of Veterans Affairs and the signing will take place at the VA. On Wednesday, VA Secretary David Shulkin held a press briefing on the upcoming executive order, explaining that the Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Office will place “an executive in charge that will report directly” to him so they can identify who shouldn’t be working at the VA anymore. Shulkin acknowledged that there will be an additional cost to this office, stating that it is an important responsibility. However, he didn’t have the exact figures yet on the costs. Watch above, via the White House. [image via screengrab]
What’s Alex Jones up to these days? Besides a custody battle and a legal fight with Chobani yogurt, the man is live vlogging while he drives. Everyone needs to vent, you know? Today, in a clip he streamed to Facebook Live while he cruised down the street, Jones did something quite unlike his usual tactics: he tackled a topic the mainstream media is covering. Specifically, he went after Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the president. She has been elevated to a staff position in the White House, which is not really how a democracy works. “We did not elect Ivanka Trump to be the 45th President of the United States,” he said. He did, of course, defend the daughter of the candidate he pulled for in the 2016 election, adding, “I think she’s talented. She’s beautiful. I think the dresses she wears — the clothing lines are cool. I Continue reading "‘We Did Not Elect Ivanka’: Alex Jones Vlog Rants Against First Daughter"
Prior to today’s White House press briefing, it was reported that the Department of Defense had warned former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn about taking foreign payments back in 2014. Also, Flynn is currently being investigated by the department’s inspector general. Therefore, it was natural that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was going to be confronted with questions about Flynn today. One of the things reporters wanted to know is what level of vetting the transition team and White House gave Flynn prior to handing him the job of national security advisor. Well, according to the spokesman, the blame was entirely on the Obama administration. Yep. That was his position. The White House was relying on the prior security clearance issued to Flynn by the prior administration and didn’t feel it was necessary to do anything else. With Spicer laying this gauntlet down, CNN’s Jim Acosta decided to confront Continue reading "‘Calm Down’: Spicer Says it Makes Sense Michael Flynn Wasn’t Vetted By Trump Administration"
The Hollywood Reporter, NBC News president Noah Oppenheim opens about Megyn Kelly, President Donald Trump, and what he thinks of what’s been going on over at Fox News, namely, Bill O’Reilly‘s departure. First, Kelly. Her new position at NBC was a hot topic when it was first announced– she’d been at Fox News for 12 years. There were some theories as to why it happened, and lots of speculation about where Kelly would go. We now know that in addition to a Sunday night show, she’ll be taking over either the 9:00am or 10:00am hour, replacing an hour of Today. Oppenheim told THR‘s Marisa Guthrie that he looks forward to what she’ll bring to the network, saying, “She is tough and fair; there’s a place for that. We’re not giving enough credit to the morning audience to think that they Continue reading "NBC News President on O’Reilly: ‘I Would Never Let A Culture Like That Exist’"In a new interview with
Following the ouster of star Bill O’Reilly after a sexual harassment scandal and stuck dealing with a number of other lawsuits, it is now being reported that one Fox News executive is worried the network may be looking at making some changes at the top of the management pyramid. According to New York Magazine’s infamous Gabriel Sherman, Fox News co-president Bill Shine is privately concerned about his future with his network because the Murdoch sons, James and Lachlan, won’t release a public statement in support of him. This appears to contradict recent news of Rupert Murdoch taking Shine and fellow co-president Jack Abernathy to lunch in what was seen as a public show of support. According to one of Sherman’s sources, however, Shine doesn’t feel like Rupert is “fighting for him” with the media, and that is why he went to the sons to get the public statement Continue reading "More Unwanted Media Attention for Fox News Co-President Bill Shine"
On today’s episode of The View, Whoopi Goldberg laughed at a joke from Jedediah Bila. Except it was no joke. Bila was reading a White House official statement saying this:
[Ivanka Trump] will not solicit funds. This is not a White House fund. This is not something she will have any authority over in any way.Goldberg clearly uttered “tee-hee-hee” throughout Bila’s recitation. “Okay White House, we heard ya!” she giggled. Goldberg was annoyed because “at one point, [Ivanka] was trying to raise funds from other countries for her foundation and I thought that was what the new guy was accusing the then-candidate Hillary Clinton of doing with her foundation. Can anybody explain to me what the difference between the two is and why no one is saying, ‘Hey! Wait a minute! Didn’t you say this wasn’t going to work out, this was a bad thing?'” Sunny Continue reading "Whoopi Goldberg Giggles at WH Assurance That Ivanka Won’t Solicit From Foreign Countries"
Press Secretary Sean Spicer will hold a conference in the White House Briefing Room today at 1:00, where he will take questions from the press and outline the actions of the Trump administration. Watch above, via Mediaite. [image via screengrab]