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Trump tells press secretary ‘not to bother’ with White House press briefings

The very nature of this Potus is to hand his media to Murdoch and Fox News. Will Sanders be seconded to Fox-White House News ? (ODT)

The president of the White House Correspondents’ Association says the apparent end of the daily White House press briefing “sets a terrible precedent”.

US President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he told White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders “not to bother” with the daily briefing.

Trump tells press secretary ‘not to bother’ with White House press briefings

Fox ‘News’ Amplifies Smear Campaign Against Khashoggi | Crooks and Liars

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Proving, once again, that there is no bottom, no low that is too low to go and that they’re willing to do anything, no matter how depraved if it’s in defense of Dear Leader, the right has now launched a smear campaign against murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, basically attempting to paint him as a terrorist.

It started with Trump Jr. boosting a smear from the right wing website PJ Media, and now it’s spread to members of Congress, more far-right web sites, and of course, Fox “news.”

Trump Jr. Boosts Smear Tying Missing Journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Islamic Terrorism:

via Fox ‘News’ Amplifies Smear Campaign Against Khashoggi | Crooks and Liars

Nikki Haley resigns as US ambassador to the UN, denies 2020 election ambitions – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with outgoing US Ambassador to the United Nations.

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is resigning “to take a little time off”, according to President Donald Trump.

Nikki Haley resigns as US ambassador to the UN, denies 2020 election ambitions – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

White House Waives Rule To Allow Bill Shine To Meet With Fox News | Crooks and Liars

White House Waives Rule To Allow Bill Shine To Meet With Fox News

In a move that signals even more cooperation collusion between Fox News and Trump, the White House counsel has granted a waiver for the “public interest” that allows Bill Shine, WH Communications Director and former Fox News executive to skirt the law and meet with Fox News. (Emphasis added.)

The Administration has an interest in you interacting with Covered Organizations such as Fox News,” wrote White House counsel Don McGahn in a July 13 memo (PDF) granting an ethics waiver to Shine, a former Fox executive. “[T]he need for your services outweighs the concern that a reasonable person may question the integrity of the White House Office’s programs and operations.”

Larry Kudlow, the White House’s top economic advisor, was also granted a waiver for his old stomping ground at CNBC.

Shine’s involvement with the sexual abuse scandals that rocked the network must have been good for his resume before Trump hired him.

How does the public interest come into this mess since Fox News routinely buries real news stories that are negative for the Trump administration and his surrogates in Congress and uses mostly TV hosts that not only embrace the Trump administration but fight over his affections.

via White House Waives Rule To Allow Bill Shine To Meet With Fox News | Crooks and Liars

‘Insidious’: Emails Show Trump White House Lied About US Poverty Levels to Discredit Critical UN Report

With its attempt to falsify statistics and whitewash uncomfortable facts about poverty in America, the White House once again demonstrated its “contempt” for the poor, one critic argued

‘Insidious’: Emails Show Trump White House Lied About US Poverty Levels to Discredit Critical UN Report

Paul Ryan Fires House Chaplain For Too Much Empathy For The Poor | Crooks and Liars

But perhaps the most striking aspect of this story is the fact that Ryan has spent the last two years studiously avoiding from offering the least bit of criticism of Trump – whether it be for his womanizing, his bragging of sexually assaulting women, his overt racism or his repeated endangerment of national security. But let a priest remind him about his responsibility to help the poor, – why them there’s fighting words! And apparently just cause, in Ryan’s zombie eyes anyway, for termination.

via Paul Ryan Fires House Chaplain For Too Much Empathy For The Poor | Crooks and Liars

White House applauds its top propagandists at Fox & Friends

 

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway interrupted an interview on this morning’s Fox & Friends to congratulate the program’s hosts on being named the “most influential media figures” and praise the show for helping the administration “get our message out.”

via White House applauds its top propagandists at Fox & Friends

White House Places All Blame for ‘Astonishingly Corrupt’ Whitefish Contract on Puerto Rico | Common Dreams

Amid growing outrage over the “astonishingly corrupt” $300 million no-bid contract given to Whitefish Energy to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid, the Trump White House on Friday denied that the federal government had “any role” in crafting the agreement and placed all responsibility for the deal on shoulders of local Puerto Rican officials—despite language in the contract saying the Federal Emergency Management Agency “reviewed and approved” the agreement.

Source: White House Places All Blame for ‘Astonishingly Corrupt’ Whitefish Contract on Puerto Rico | Common Dreams

White House: All The Women Who Say Trump Sexually Harassed Them Are Liars | HuffPost

The White House on Friday confirmed its official stance on the women accusing President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct: They are lying.

Source: White House: All The Women Who Say Trump Sexually Harassed Them Are Liars | HuffPost

Steve Schmidt Goes Off: Scaramucci Revealed ‘Snake Pit’ Of Lying Liars | Crooks and Liars

Steve Schmidt tore into the White House in one of the most truthful expositions of what’s going on there we’ve heard yet.

Source: Steve Schmidt Goes Off: Scaramucci Revealed ‘Snake Pit’ Of Lying Liars | Crooks and Liars

White House merry-go-round flings Reince Priebus from the ride

At the end of a week of convulsions, Donald Trump is punting on the appointment of a politically inexperienced US Marine general to magically halt the chaos.

Source: White House merry-go-round flings Reince Priebus from the ride

Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon | The New Yorker

The new White House communications director has threatened to fire the entire communications staff.

Source: Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon | The New Yorker

Dennis Kucinich Questions White House’s Gas-Attack Narrative (Audio and Video) – Truthdig

The former U.S. Representative tells Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept that militarily and politically, it makes no sense “to engage in a chemical weapons attack.”

Source: Dennis Kucinich Questions White House’s Gas-Attack Narrative (Audio and Video) – Truthdig

Video: Donald Trump, Stephen Bannon, And The “Alt-Right”

The former head of Breitbart, Stephen Bannon, is the chief strategist to the president of the United States, Donald Trump. We are only starting to see how far-reaching the impacts of that relationship will be:John Kerr, Sarah Wasko, Dayanita Ramesh, and Alazar Moges contributed to this video.

Source: Video: Donald Trump, Stephen Bannon, And The “Alt-Right”

Donald Trump: Reince Priebus asked FBI to dispute Russia reports, White House official says – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Reince Priebus asked the FBI to dispute media reports that Donald Trump’s campaign advisers contacted Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official says.

Source: Donald Trump: Reince Priebus asked FBI to dispute Russia reports, White House official says – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

President Trump is blaming his staff for his administration’s failings – Salon.com

The operation is not exactly running smoothly in the West Wing, as sources say the problems likely start at the top

Source: President Trump is blaming his staff for his administration’s failings – Salon.com