Trump attacks Obama, his own attorney general over Russia probe

By Eileen Sullivan Published 1:10 pm, Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Jeff Sessions’ television image is reflected in President Trump’s official portrait during a news conference last year. Trump thinks the attorney general has not done enough to protect him. Jeff Sessions’ television image is reflected in President Trump’s official portrait during a news conference last year. Trump thinks the attorney general has not done enough to protect him. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images Trump attacks Obama, his own attorney general over Russia probe 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON — President Trump attacked his own attorney general Wednesday, asking in a Twitter post why Jeff Sessions has not been investigating Democrats for Russian interference in the 2016 election. “Question: If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama administration, right up to January 20th, why aren’t they the subject of the investigation?” he wrote. “Why didn’t Obama do something about the meddling? Why aren’t Dem crimes under investigation? Ask Jeff Session!” In his tweet, Trump revived his offensive on Sessions, whom he once called “beleaguered,” and continued his days-long Twitter comments on the ongoing special counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling. It was the latest instance of the president publicly criticizing federal law enforcement. The president regularly uses Twitter to question why the Justice Department is not investigating his political opponents. Recommended Video: Now Playing: Yet another firestorm is raging in Washington, after US President Trump declassified an explosive memo alleging the Russia investigation Continue Reading

Republican S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley confirms ‘angriest voices’ comment referred to Donald Trump, criticizes ‘irresponsible talk’

Yes, Nikki Haley was talking about Donald Trump. The Republican South Carolina Governor discussed her formal response to President Obama's State of the Union address on "Today" Wednesday, confirming that she was referring to the Republican presidential front-runner when she encouraged Americans to resist "the siren call of the angriest voices." "He was one of them," Haley said. "He was one, there's other people in the media, there's people in my state. I think we're seeing it across the country, but yes, Mr. Trump has definitely contributed to what I think is just irresponsible talk." Haley did not mention any presidential candidates by name in Tuesday's address. GOP TAKES SOFTER STANCE ON IMMIGRATION WITH HELP FROM SOUTH CAROLINA GOV. NIKKI HALEY Obama also declined to name Trump during his seventh and final State of the Union address — but used the speech to reject many of the claims made by the real estate mogul. Haley, whose parents were born in India, called for America to be more accepting of foreigners coming to America legally, saying Wednesday that the "fabric of America was made by immigrants." While she has been critical of Obama's administration, Haley is also holding her own party accountable. "It's important for Republicans to look in the mirror," she said Wednesday. PRESIDENT OBAMA, IN FINAL STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH, TOUCHES ON ACCOMPLISHMENTS, LOOKS TOWARD FUTURE Trump criticized Haley in an appearance on "Fox and Friends." "She’s weak on illegal immigration, and she certainly has no trouble asking me for campaign contributions because over the years she’s asked me for a hell of a lot of money in campaign contributions. So, it’s sort of interesting to hear her. Perhaps if I weren’t running, she would be in my office asking me for money," Trump said. Some fellow Republicans have also bashed Haley's speech. Right-wing Continue Reading

‘He’s Doing a Lousy Job’: Trump Rips Obama on Economy, Foreign Policy

Michelle Obama Slams Donald Trump During Commencement Speech VIDEO: Woman Pelted with Eggs, American Flag Burned at Violent Trump Protest 3rd-Grader Barred From Wearing Donald Trump Hat to School Donald Trump believes that President Obama should spend less time criticizing him and more time focusing on fulfilling his duties as commander-in-chief."He's doing a lousy job," Trump told Judge Jeanine Pirro in a powerful interview last night.The presumptive GOP nominee asserted that his campaign has been so successful because of the Obama administration's terrible mismanagement of the U.S. economy, foreign policy and a host of other issues.Trump pointed out that many American workers are being hit hard by unemployment and a lack of pay increases, which is why the economy is the primary concern for American voters.Additionally, Trump said, Obama's strategy for pulling out of Iraq has been disastrous and has directly led to the rise of ISIS, which is why national security, terrorism and immigration are also viewed by voters as major problems facing our country."Look at the mess the world is in," Trump said. "If the politicians never entered office for the last 15 years - that includes Obama and it includes more people than Obama - you wouldn't have the problems that you have today."He added that Hillary Clinton certainly isn't the person to lead the U.S. and the world out of this mess because she's "incompetent.""She doesn't have a clue, she doesn't know what she's doing," Trump said. "She doesn't have the strength, the energy. She cannot be president."Watch more above. Watch Trump Protesters Try to Explain Specifically What They're Protesting 'Border Security Is Racist?': Webb Grills Anti-Trump Protesters in NY Matt Damon Blasts Donald Trump in MIT Commencement Speech FLASHBACK: Clinton's 1996 Immigration Remarks Sound Like Trump Carson: Trump Is Called 'Unpresidential' for Doing Same Thing Obama Does Continue Reading

President Trump attacks Obama administration over air-traffic control

President Trump blasted the Obama administration Monday for failing to modernize air-traffic control faster — but the Federal Aviation Administration said it has made progress.“After billions and billions of tax dollars spent, and the many years of delays, we’re still stuck with an ancient, broken, antiquated, horrible system that doesn’t work,” Trump said in announcing his plan to move controllers from the FAA to a non-profit corporation. “Other than that it’s quite good.”D.J. Gribbin, special assistant to the president for Infrastructure, said the corporation could borrow money to finance projects and avoid the cumbersome federal procurement process.Trump complained that the previous administration spent $7 billion on upgrading the system without much result.“Honestly, they didn’t know what the hell they were doing,” Trump said. “A total waste of money.”The Government Accountability Office and the Transportation Department’s inspector general have issued reports for years critical of FAA for falling behind schedule and going over-budget on the modernization program called NextGen.But FAA Administrator Michael Huerta has estimated that NextGen has already delivered $2.7 billion in benefits and is projected to provide $160 billion in benefits by 2030.Much of the spending so far has built the foundation for GPS tracking with a network of stations to relay aircraft positions by satellite. Planes are required to install equipment to communicate with the network by 2020.Airlines are already gliding to more efficient landings at some airports with new flight paths, rather than taking previous stair-step descents that burned more fuel.Another facet of the program is to move from radio communications to text messages, for less confusion between controllers and pilots about complicated instructions. Controllers at 55 airports including Newark and Miami are already sending Continue Reading

John Kelly: ‘Stunned and broken-hearted’ Trump criticized for trying to console military widow

 WASHINGTON — White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Thursday he was “stunned and broken-hearted” after Rep. Frederica Wilson listened in on a conversation between the widow of a slain U.S. soldier and then criticized President Trump’s attempts to console her.“There's no perfect way to make that phone call,” said Kelly, who appeared at a regular White House press briefing. “It's not the phone call parents, family members are looking forward to,” he said.Kelly said the comments Trump made to Army Sgt. La David Johnson's widow, Myeshia Johnson, were similar to those spoken to him after his son was killed in Afghanistan. “He was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed," Kelly said. "He knew what he was getting into when he joined” the military. “And when he died he was surrounded by the best men on this Earth, his friends,” said Kelly. “That’s what the president tried to say to the four families yesterday.” Read more: Trump's handling of cases involving troops killed in action part of growing controversy Kelly said that the conversation in the aftermath of a military death is one of the only aspects of American life that has not been politicized.Yet, "it eroded a great deal yesterday by the selfish behavior of a member of Congress,” he said. “I thought at least that was sacred,” he said. The controversy erupted on Monday after Trump was questioned about why he hadn't responded earlier to the death of four military members in Niger and he responded by noting, inaccurately, that former president Barack Obama didn't call Gold Star families during his presidency. Trump on Wednesday denied telling the widow of a U.S. soldier killed by Islamic State-linked militants in Niger that her husband knew "what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurts."Rep. Wilson said she Continue Reading

Fact check: Trump’s line on Syria

President Trump said the Obama administration “had a great opportunity to solve” the crisis in Syria when Obama set a “red line” for military intervention. But when Obama didn’t launch such intervention, “I think that set us back a long ways,” Trump said. However, Trump ignores his repeated calls at the time to “not attack Syria.”Trump is free to criticize President Obama’s handling of Syria and the “red-line” episode. As we said in 2013, Obama blurred the facts on the issue in trying to downplay his remarks. But Trump’s comment also blurs the history of his own statements on the issue.The White House released a brief statement by Trump on April 4, the day a chemical bombing in a rebel-held area of northern Syria killed dozens of people. Humanitarian groups said the death toll was as high as 100, The New York Times reported. Trump blamed the Syrian government for the attack, but also the Obama administration’s foreign policy.In an April 5 press conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah, Trump again criticized Obama, saying: “I think the Obama administration had a great opportunity to solve this crisis a long time ago when he said the red line in the sand. And when he didn’t cross that line after making the threat, I think that set us back a long ways, not only in Syria but in many other parts of the world because it was a blank threat.”Trump said the recent chemical attack had “a big impact on me” and that his “attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much,” but he stopped short of saying he had changed his mind about military intervention in Syria. “I’m not saying I’m doing anything one way or the other,” he said.At the time of the red-line episode, Trump didn’t describe it as “a great opportunity to solve this crisis.” He instead advocated not intervening in Syria.Let’s look back at Continue Reading

Booker attending inauguration, but will be Trump critic

Sen. Cory Booker said Monday he will be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration this week even though he expects to be one of the president-elect’s "most fearsome opponents" in the Senate.“I respect everybody's choice in this. My personal feeling is this is the peaceful transition of power,” Booker said after speaking in Washington at a Martin Luther King Day breakfast organized by the National Action Network, a group led by the Rev. Al Sharpton that hosted a protest march against Trump on Saturday.“Barack Obama will be up there, handing off the reins of our country, and I feel ... it's important for us to be up there. This doesn't mean I agree with Donald Trump,” Booker said.Several members of Congress have said they would stay away from the ceremony, including Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, who joined Booker for a widely publicized appearance criticizing Trump's pick for attorney general last week. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, a Democrat who was the first African-American woman elected to Congress from New Jersey, said Saturday she would hold an interfaith prayer vigil in her hometown of Trenton on Inauguration Day.“Our nation is founded on democracy and inclusion that unfortunately our president-elect refuses to represent,” Coleman said.But Booker, a Democrat from Newark who was the state's first African-American senator, pointed to an inaugural tradition stretching back to George Washington’s departure from office."I respect our institutions, and so I'll be there just like the president will be there and most of my Senate colleagues," he said. "But as soon as that hand goes down and the ceremonies are over, it's time to get to work on advancing our nation's ideals, and if Donald Trump wants to repeal our health care, undermine our Justice Department – the critical work they've been doing for the last eight years, if he wants to go after Muslim-Americans, immigrant Americans, all these Continue Reading

Donald Trump to Phoenix: ‘Don’t worry, we’ll take our country back’

Donald Trump, the billionaire Republican presidential candidate, on Saturday took his anti-illegal-immigration message to Phoenix, delivering a 70-minute speech to a packed downtown ballroom that at times seemed more about needling his White House rivals and settling scores with his critics than public policy.Trump's at times undisciplined afternoon remarks at the Phoenix Convention Center veered into international trade, national security and foreign policy but always returned to the topic that has his candidacy climbing the polls: immigrants who commit violent crimes while in the United States without authorization. REACTION: Trump wins hearts of some in GOP, scorn from critics during Phoenix visit"I respect Mexico greatly as a country, but the problem we have is that their leaders are much smarter, sharper and more cunning than our leaders," Trump said. "And they're killing us at the border."Trump, one of 14 declared GOP presidential hopefuls, has claimed repeatedly that the Mexican government is deliberately sending criminals to the United States, and has vowed to build a border fence and force Mexico to pay for the construction.On Saturday, Trump said that as president he would charge Mexico $100,000 for every undocumented immigrant who crossed the border. And after the speech, he told reporters, without elaborating, that he believes "without question" that Mexican officials are complicit in sending undesirable immigrants to this country.About 20 minutes into Trump's speech, a group of protesters disrupted the speech, and the ballroom immediately erupted. Trump supporters shouted "U-S-A! U-S-A!" as the demonstrators were led out. MORE: Donald Trump visits Phoenix, talks immigration"I wonder if the Mexican government sent them over here. I think so," Trump said to applause. "Because I'm telling you. I tell about the bad deals that this country is making. Mexico — I respect the country — they're taking our jobs, they're taking our manufacturing, Continue Reading

How ‘dreamers’ are preparing in case Donald Trump ends Obama immigration actions

Judith Jimenez was already house hunting when Donald Trump won the presidential election in November. She decided to go ahead and buy anyway.Now she risks losing the house, and everything else she has worked for, if President Donald Trump reverses Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration."It would definitely put a stop to our dreams, for now," said Jimenez, 35, a Phoenix resident whose parents brought her from Mexico City to the U.S. when she was 11. "But I  guess we would do what all immigrants have done throughout history, which is try to survive."Surviving won't be easy.Ending Obama's immigration actions would revoke work permits and deportation deferments for Jimenez and more than 752,000 other young people approved for Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. That means Jimenez would no longer be able to work legally in the U.S.If that happens, Jimenez, a dental assistant, said it will be a huge struggle to afford the $830 monthly mortgage payment on the $144,000 house she bought at the end of November for her and her 12-year-old son. MORE:  In-state tuition for 'dreamers' under fire in Arizona Court of Appeals After being on a waiting list for nearly two years, Jimenez said she was recently accepted to enroll in the dental hygienist program at Phoenix College. But if she loses her work permit, she said she likely also won't be able to afford the tuition, not only because she won't be able to earn a living legally, but also because she would no longer qualify for in-state tuition under Arizona law.On top of that, she would have to worry again about being deported back to Mexico, even though she grew up in the U.S.Losing deferred action "would just mess up everything," she said.Trump had promised to roll back many of Obama's executive actions on his first day in office, including the controversial Continue Reading

Royal welcome for Trump in Saudi Arabia as troubles mount at home

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Trump got the royal treatment in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, receiving a lavish welcome that he hopes can erase two weeks of bad headlines, refocus his presidency and unite allies against terrorism.Day one of his nine-day foreign trip — his first as president — saw the signing of arms sales agreements and discussions on trade, terrorism, Iran and the wars in Syria and Yemen.In a blitz of pre-negotiated dealmaking, Trump and the Saudi king signed eight different agreements approving almost $110 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The kingdom also approved 23 foreign investment export licenses with U.S. companies, bringing the total amount of investments to $350 billion over 10 years.The arms deals included a Jane's catalog of military equipment, the State Department said: Tanks, artillery, counter-mortar radars, armored personnel carriers, helicopters, ships, patrol boats, aircraft and missile defenses. ("Just what the Middle East needs — $110 billion more in weapons," Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., retorted in the Huffington Post.)But the first day of Trump's five-stop overseas trip was dominated by a series of highly choreographed ceremonies, beginning with an elaborate red-carpet arrival and ending with a traditional sword dance at the historic Murabba Palace.The Saudi king, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, greeted the presidential plane in the 101-degree heat as a brass band played, cannons boomed and seven Saudi jets flew overhead trailing red, white and blue smoke.It was a notable contrast from President Obama's last visit to the kingdom, when King Salman delegated the task of greeting the president to a distant nephew, a provincial governor, amid tensions between the two countries over the Iran nuclear deal.At an elaborate ceremony at the Saudi Royal Court, Trump bowed to receive the King Abdul Aziz Collar, a medal Continue Reading