(CNN)Former President Barack Obama will deliver a high-profile address in July marking the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth as he continues to shape his post-White House platform. Like all of Obama's public appearances since leaving the White House, the lecture in Johannesburg isn't likely to raise his successor, President Donald Trump, by name. But the topic and setting will provide an implicit contrast to Trump and his view of US leadership around the globe. The July 17 speech, which was announced on Monday, will be paired with a five-day gathering of young African leaders that will include workshops and training, as well as a town hall with Obama. The Obama Foundation said it had received 10,000 applications for the 200 available slots in the program. It makes for a continuation of efforts Obama began while in office to cultivate young leaders through leadership training programs and town halls. During his last trip to Africa as President, Obama convened a meeting … [Read more...] about Obama to deliver Mandela event speech in latest contrast with Trump
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Washington (CNN)It is not fun trying to catch up on fact checking President Donald Trump. We took a Thanksgiving break from our comprehensive counting of the President's false claims. We returned to find a hefty backlog of nonsense. Trump made 41 false claims last week, some of which he spent relaxing in Florida. He made 55 false claims the week before. The economy was the top subject of his dishonesty, with 27 false claims over the two weeks. Many of those economic claims related to his trade war with China; he made 18 false claims about China, 15 about trade (some of which were also about China) and 14 false claims about Ukraine. Trump scattered the dishonesty around multiple events and interviews. His worst showing: 23 false claims during a ranting 53-minute interview with Fox News morning show Fox & Friends. (Before we had time to do a deep dive, we reported it was at least 18 false claims.) Trump added another 15 false claims during his campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida and … [Read more...] about Trump made 96 false claims over the last two weeks
At the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Indianapolis in late April, President Trump stood backstage and chatted with Chris Cox, then the gun group’s top lobbyist, and Wayne LaPierre, its longtime executive and public-facing culture warrior. The NRA had spent massive amounts of money to help get Trump elected in 2016, and the president views the organization as one of his top reservoirs of support. And he’s kept close tabs on its internal dramas and gossip, according to two sources close to Trump. As the men talked, their conversation turned to the topic of turmoil over money matters that has roiled the group for months. According to two sources familiar with the conversation, Trump pointedly told Cox and LaPierre that they needed to get themselves better lawyers. One of the sources, who was present at the time, said Trump referred to the NRA’s legal team as “lousy.” The second source said the remark rattled LaPierre. Shortly … [Read more...] about Trump to NRA Bigwigs: Get Better Lawyers
Kasich may have never taken off his 2016 boxing gloves. But intra-party challenges to presidents usually come from ideologues, not sensible centrists. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images This week, five Republican governors bucked the party line, signing onto a bipartisan letter calling on Congress to abandon the GOP’s highly partisan drive to repeal and replace Obamacare, and instead work across party lines for incremental improvements in the health care system. Needless to say, this was not the approved GOP message, and 4 of the 5 signatories represent states carried by Hillary Clinton. And then there is John Kasich of Ohio, who stands alone. He is from a state that Donald Trump won in November. But Trump did not win the Buckeye State in the primaries, because Kasich handed him a rare defeat there. And he neither supported nor voted for the 45th president in the general election (according to his own account, he wrote in John McCain’s name on his presidential ballot). … [Read more...] about Is Kasich Preparing a Primary Challenge to Trump in 2020?
I am certain I can defeat Mr. Bannon in politics, or in sport. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images A few weeks after Mitt Romney dined on frogs legs with Donald Trump and made meme history, Roger Stone claimed that the president-elect only interviewed Romney for secretary of State because he wanted to “torture him.” A year later, the former Trump adviser’s claim seems pretty credible; now that Romney is eyeing a run for the Senate in Utah, both the president and Steve Bannon are reportedly looking to undermine him. Earlier this year 83-year-old Utah senator Orrin Hatch said he’d consider retiring in 2018 if he could find someone “really outstanding” to run for his seat, and called Romney “perfect” for the position. Romney has reportedly been gearing up for a run, but now Hatch is dragging his feet — and Trump is encouraging him to run for an eighth term. Politico reports that Trump has been telling friends he doesn’t want to … [Read more...] about Trump and Bannon Don’t Want Senator Romney — But They Might Not Have Much Say