Former CNN commentator Kayleigh McEnany presents President Trump’s ‘news of the week’

Goodbye CNN, hello "real news." Kayleigh McEnany — who departed days ago as a commentator at CNN, a longtime advocate of President Trump — returned in front of the camera Sunday to present Trump's "news of the week" video. Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump had previously appeared in the weekly social media segment. McEnany highlighted July's jobs report in the video, accurately noting that the United States created 209,000 jobs in July. She also gushed about Trump awarding a Medal of Honor to Vietnam War hero James McCloughan. But McEnany stretched the truth in a segment about the "RAISE Act," Trump's immigration reform effort that would create a merit-based immigration system. Immigration has "depressed the wages of American workers," McEnany said, claiming that the act will "increase wages, decrease poverty and save the taxpayers billions." Not so, experts say. Trump's immigration reform efforts have been compared to the 1964 ending of the Bracero program, which allowed Mexican citizens to come to the United States for work, generally on farms and railroads. But kicking out the Mexican workers did not have a significant long-term impact on employment opportunities or wages for American workers, research shows. In fact, the loss of the Mexican workers led to increased use of machines in farm labor. "Farm wages did rise in the states that had relied most heavily on bracero labor, and rose more quickly after exclusion than they had before it," researchers Michael Clemens, Ethan Lewis and Hannah Postel wrote in an April report. "But remarkably, those wage trends are indistinguishable from the wage trends in states that had relied little on braceros, and also from those in states completely unaffected by the exclusion. If anything, wages grew faster in the unexposed states, closing the gap slightly with the most exposed states. If the Continue Reading

James Comey is one of several officials President Trump fired

James Comey, the now former FBI director, became on Tuesday the latest to join the growing list of officials President Trump has fired in the early days of his presidency.Here's a reminder of who else is in the club, in order of their dismissals:Trump's former acting attorney general was a holdover from the Obama administration. Just days into Trump's presidency, Yates was dismissed on January 30 after she refused to defend the first iteration of his travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries."Ms. Yates is an Obama administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration," a statement from the White House said.The former national security adviser was mired in controversy in February after news reports surfaced that he had misled officials, including then-Vice President-elect Pence, about his communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn resigned on February 13, less than a week later."Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the vice-president elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador," Flynn wrote in a public statement. "I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology."The former U.S. attorney was another holdover from the Obama administration. In March, Attorney General Jeff Sessions had asked for the resignations of 46 federal prosecutors. Bharara refused, asserting that he had met privately with Trump after the 2016 election and the incoming president had asked him to stay. He then announced he was fired by Trump on March 11.On Twitter, Bharara said: "I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY (Southern District of New York) will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life."The former chief usher at the White House was unceremoniously fired last week. Reid joined the White House in 2011 Continue Reading

Four things to know about Christopher Wray, President Trump’s FBI director pick

President Trump on Wednesday announced that he would nominate Chris Wray to be the next FBI director. Here's what you need to know about the man who could lead the federal government's law enforcement branch.Wray was assistant attorney general in the Justice Department during the George W. Bush administration. From 2003 to 2005, he headed the department's criminal division. He also was a member of the administration's Corporate Fraud Task Force and oversaw the fraud prosecutions of former executives at Enron Corp.During his time at the Justice Department, Wray intervened in a White House effort to persuade Attorney General Ashcroft to reauthorize a secret warrantless surveillance program in his hospital room. He later ran into Comey, then deputy attorney general, in a Justice Department corridor. At the time, rumors were swirling that top officials were preparing to hand in their resignations over the White House's actions.According to the book Angler, Wray told Comey, “Look, I don’t know what’s going on, but before your guys all pull the rip cords, please give me a heads-up so I can jump with you."When Wray left the Justice Department in 2005, he went into private practice with the law firm King & Spalding. He is a personal attorney for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a major Trump supporter. The two met while they were both at Justice, Wray as deputy attorney general and Christie as a U.S. attorney.As a personal attorney for Christie, Wray has represented the governor as the the George Washington Bridge lane-closure controversy played out. Back in 2013, two Christie associates created gridlock in Fort Lee, N.J., to punish the town's mayor for not endorsing Christie for re-election. According to prosecutors during the trial of those associates, Christie knew of the scandal while it was taking place. Christie was never charged in the scandal.Christie voiced his support for Wray last week, before news of his Continue Reading

President Trump’s tax reform is a win for American workers: Wicker

More money for middle-class Americans. That is the goal of tax reform and the reason I support it in the Senate. More than 30 years after Congress last rewrote the tax code, I believe we are seizing an opportunity to make history. Now that the budget has passed, the policy details of tax reform will take shape in the coming weeks.A 21st-century economy needs a 21st-century tax system. President Trump and congressional Republicans have worked together to put forward pro-growth ideas that look out for American workers and American businesses. These ideas stem from the belief that Americans can make better decisions about their money than the federal government. I agree.Like any tough policy issue, there have been outspoken critics of this tax reform effort. They have used misguided speculation and guesswork to make dire predictions. However, these naysayers should not derail the pursuit of substantial tax relief for American families. Nor should they stand in the way of a burgeoning economic boon, fueled by policies that will promote U.S. competitiveness. Millions of U.S. jobs and trillions of dollars in economic output could be generated. After a decade of lackluster economic growth, that is the kind of news we need to hear.For years, lawmakers from both political parties have acknowledged that our tax code is outdated and complicated. The difference now is that President Trump and a Republican-led Congress are ready to fix it, refusing to kick the can down the road any longer.What would an updated tax code mean for working Americans? Under the proposed framework, the standard deduction would be doubled and tax brackets would be simplified. There would still be popular tax provisions — including an expansion of the Child Tax Credit — but not the unfair smorgasbord of special deductions. U.S. businesses — big and small — would see lower tax bills, freeing up funds for capital investment, higher wages and job creation.For the past eight years, Continue Reading

President Trump calls Hillary Clinton ‘Crooked H’ in tweet after Donna Brazile story

Late Thursday night, President Trump tweeted, "Donna Brazile just stated the DNC RIGGED the system to illegally steal the Primary from Bernie Sanders. Bought and paid for by Crooked H...." in response to an explosive piece by former Democratic National Committee interim chair Donna Brazile. In her forthcoming book Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House, Brazile took 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to task for rigging the DNC in her favor. An excerpt of the book was published in Politico. In the piece, Brazile alleges that before Clinton became the Democratic nominee, her campaign signed a joint fundraising agreement with the DNC and Hillary Victory Fund, in which her campaign would finance the DNC in exchange for oversight from the Clinton campaign.Usually, the nominee doesn't take over fundraising until after they have accepted the nomination.Brazile writes:  "The agreement — signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias — specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised. Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff."  More: Elizabeth Warren agrees DNC was 'rigged' in Clinton's favor When Brazile found out about the agreement, she said she called Clinton's former primary campaign rival, Bernie Sanders, to tell him the news.Brazile writes that Sanders "took this stoically. He did not yell or express outrage. Instead he asked me what I thought Hillary’s chances were."Brazile, previously resigned from her job as a CNN contributor after Wikileaks revealed she had passed debate questions on to the Clinton campaign. Other tidbits from the Continue Reading

President Trump calls Germans ‘very bad’ and promises to stop car imports: report

In a Brussels meeting with top European Union leadership, President Trump took a pretty personal dig at Germany over its trade surplus."The Germans are bad, very bad," Trump told EU Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk, according to German news magazine Der Spiegel.The "very bad" translation comes from the Cambridge Dictionary, anyway. Google Translate says Trump's comments actually translate to "evil, very evil.""Look at the millions of cars they’re selling in the US. Terrible. We will stop this,” Trump reportedly said of the Germans.Here's the thing: the U.S. can't negotiate a deal with Germany alone. It has to deal with the entire EU, since Germany is a member state. Merkel reminded Trump of this when they met in March, noting that trade agreements with the U.S. have "not always been all that popular in Germany either."While Trump's irritation over German car sales isn't new – Trump told a German newspaper earlier this year he wanted a 35% import tax on BMWs assembled in Mexico to encourage manufacturers to move to the US, according to Quartz – Twitter users also wondered about the president's reported choice of words on his first foreign trip: Continue Reading

Fact check: President Trump’s first week on the job

Here’s our roundup of Trump’s first full week in office:President Trump on the intelligence community, Jan. 21 remarks at CIA headquarters: “I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth. And they sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community.”Trump engaged in revisionist history when he accused the “dishonest” media of making “it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community.” In fact, Trump made numerous disparaging remarks about the U.S. intelligence community.Trump belittled the intelligence community’s work and questioned its motives in a series of statements and tweets before and after the election. His disagreement with the intelligence community stemmed from the IC’s investigation of Russian cyber attacks on Democratic committees and officials. For months, Trump refused to accept the intelligence community’s findings of Russia’s meddling in the election and questioned its track record and motives. Most recently, on Jan. 11, Trump claimed the IC had leaked an unsubstantiated report to take “one last shot at me,” and compared it to “living in Nazi Germany.” “Trump and Intelligence Community,” Jan. 23 Trump on inauguration crowd size, Jan. 21 remarks at CIA headquarters: “But, you know, we have something that’s amazing because we had — it looked — honestly, it looked like a million and a half people. Whatever it was, it was. But it went all the way back to the Washington Monument.”Trump complained that the media had misrepresented the number of people attending his inauguration. But his statement that the crowd “looked like a million-and-a-half people” was unsupported, and his claim that it “went all the way back to the Washington Monument” was false.Photos of the crowd, including one taken Continue Reading

President Trump condemns white supremacists after Charlottesville violence

WASHINGTON – After two days of public pressure to renounce white supremacists at the root of street violence in Charlottesville, Va., President Trump declared Monday that "racism is evil" and announced that the Justice Department will open a civil rights investigation into the deadly car attack that left one woman dead. "To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend's racist violence: You will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered," Trump said after returning to the White House to meet with top federal law enforcement officials.Denouncing racism, Trump said in a prepared speech that "those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans."Trump's remarks came after an avalanche of criticism for his initial response to the Charlottesville violence between white supremacists and counter protesters on Saturday, which he blamed on "many sides."In that statement, Trump did not directly call out white nationalists – some dressed in militia-type garb and carrying weapons – who rallied to protest the city's planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Officials tried to shut down the "Unite the Right" rally and declared it an unlawful assembly. On Monday, Trump met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and newly confirmed FBI Director Chris Wray hours after the attorney general said the Charlottesville car attack appears to fit the legal definition of domestic terrorism. A 20-year-old Ohio man James Alex Fields Jr., 20, has been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit and run after driving a car into a crowd of people protesting the demonstration in the city where the University of Virginia is located. The crash killed one woman, Continue Reading

Indiana is the 25th state President Trump has visited since taking office

After his tax speech in Indiana on Wednesday, President Trump will have visited half of the country since the start of his presidency.The 25-state milestone was noted by CBS News' Mark Knoller.We don't know if visiting all 50 states during his presidency is on Trump's to-do list, but if he did it, he would join a short list U.S. leaders who have accomplished the task: Richard Nixon, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Continue Reading

What President Trump has said about the travel ban

Here's a look at noteworthy statements by President Trump and his advisers on his immigration travel ban, from December 2015 to the present:Trump speaking during a press conference:Trump speaking on MSNBC:Trump speaking on CNN:Trump speaking on Fox Business Network:Trump speaking on NBC, answering whether he had scaled back his call for a Muslim ban by focusing on countries instead:Trump speaking during the second presidential debate in St. Louis:Trump when asked whether recent violence in Europe had affected his plans to ban Muslims:Trump speaking to the Christian Broadcasting Network, explaining a provision in his first travel ban that gives immigration preference to religious minorities:Trump before signing the first travel ban during a ceremony at the Pentagon:Trump adviser and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani speaking on Fox News, when asked how Trump selected the seven countries targeted in the first ban:Trump senior policy adviser Stephen Miller speaking on Fox News after a federal judge blocked the first travel ban:White House press secretary Sean Spicer discussing the revised travel ban during his daily press briefing:Trump speaking at a rally in Nashville, Tenn., after a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the revised travel ban:Trump tweeting after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit maintained a block against the revised travel ban: Read more: Continue Reading