Friday , 24 February 2017


News outlets excluded from White House press secretary's gaggle

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Multiple news outlets were excluded from a White House gaggle with press secretary Sean Spicer on Friday afternoon, according to reporters present, sparking criticism from the White House Correspondents’ Association and other observers. The move comes amid President Donald Trump’s ongoing battle with many news organizations, which he has characterized as “fake news” and the “enemy ... Read More »

President Trump's history of using anonymous sources

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump used part of his speech at an annual gathering of conservatives Friday to take aim at reporters’ use of anonymous sources, despite using unidentified sources himself in the past. “They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name,” Trump said in his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The president didn’t ... Read More »

President Trump renews attacks on media amid news of FBI-White House contact

ABC News(NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.) — President Trump made a victorious return to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, where he sought to assure cheering audience members that they now have a top advocate for their policy priorities in the White House while also taking aim at his favorite target, the media. “All of these years we’ve been together and ... Read More »

Trump signs executive order to help remove 'job-killing regulations'

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Trump signed an executive order for regulatory reform on Friday, directing government agencies to set up task forces to look into ways to eliminate or scale back regulations. Trump said that the order is “one of many ways” the administration will remove “job-killing regulations.” “This directs each agency to establish a regulatory reform task force which ... Read More »

Rex Tillerson stays silent as State Dept. set to resume 'regular' briefings

RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been maintaining his silence during his first weeks on the job, as has the department he heads. But some of that veil of silence will be lifting early next month. The daily State Department briefing — a fixture at Foggy Bottom since the Eisenhower administration and watched closely in Washington ... Read More »

Former Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear to give Democratic response to Trump's first address to Congress

Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Former Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced Friday. Astrid Silva, an immigration activist and DREAMer, will deliver the Spanish language response to Trump’s speech. Copyright © 2017, ... Read More »

President Trump to address conservatives at CPAC

ABC News(NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.) — President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday at 10:20 a.m., his fifth time addressing the gathering of right-wing organizers and activists. The conference, which is hosted by the American Conservative Union, began in 1974 and has since grown into a four-day-long event with thousands of attendees. Trump’s appearance ... Read More »

White House chief of staff urged FBI to dispute Trump-Russia report

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus made a personal appeal to a top FBI official to dispute reports that multiple senior members of President Trump’s campaign had communicated with Russian agents during the 2016 election, a senior White House official confirmed to ABC News on Friday. Priebus had reached out to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe ... Read More »

Pence downplays town hall backlash, rallies conservatives at CPAC

ABC News(NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.) — In his primetime speech to conservatives at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday night, Vice President Mike Pence spoke out against the backlash Republicans are seeing in districts across the country, dismissing the “best efforts of liberal activists,” while promising an orderly transition from Obamacare to a GOP replacement. “Despite the best efforts of liberal ... Read More »

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