Category: white house

‘Speaking of Looting…’: Trump Admin. Refuses to Disclose Corporate Recipients of $500 Billion in Coronavirus Bailout Funds | Common Dreams News

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin arrives to speak in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 11, 2019. (

Transparency out the door (ODT)

“looting is a major problem in America”—just not in the way that the issue has been presented by President Donald Trump and the corporate media, who have spotlighted the property destruction and the stealing of goods that have occurred alongside the demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism over past few weeks.

via ‘Speaking of Looting…’: Trump Admin. Refuses to Disclose Corporate Recipients of $500 Billion in Coronavirus Bailout Funds | Common Dreams News

She inflated her resume, peddled a fake Time cover. And Trump hired her

Unreal: Mina Chang and her fake Time magazine cover.

Trump does this himself so therefore it must be alright(ODT)

The fabricated Time cover is just one in a string of Chang’s listed accomplishments and resume line items that has come into question after an NBC News investigation found the 35-year-old Trump appointee embellished her work history and made misleading claims about her professional background. It has been a persistent problem for President Donald Trump’s administration: an apparent failure to recognise red flags when vetting potential hires and appointees.

The President himself has overstated – often to an absurd degree – everything from his personal wealth to his charitable giving and his own IQ.

And in June 2017, half a year after Chang debuted her cover story, The Post found that Trump had his own fake copies of Time magazine – on display in at least five of his golf clubs.

She inflated her resume, peddled a fake Time cover. And Trump hired her

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

White House Direct (ODT)

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

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)