Advertisement
1349 posts
  • On the media
  • Insults

President Trump, who has threatened press freedoms before, suggested Wednesday that NBC might lose its broadcast licenses following critical stories detailing his behavior.

NBC reported last week that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a "moron" and nearly quit the administration out of concern for Trump's behavior and policy. The network followed up Wednesday with a report on what had prompted the "moron" comment.

Tillerson made the comment after a July 20 meeting of top national security leaders at which Trump advocated a near-tenfold increase in the nation's nuclear arsenal, questioning why he lacked the stockpile that U.S. presidents had during the height of the Cold War, the network reported. The United States has since entered into numerous treaties and other legally binding agreements to slow the nuclear arms race.

Advertisement
  • On the media
  • Accolades
  • Fox News

President Trump promoted a book called "The Art of the Donald" in a tweet on Tuesday.

The book purports to offer "motivational self-help advice" gleaned from Trump's life. It was written by Christopher Bedford, a senior editor at conservative news and opinion website the Daily Caller. Bedford also regularly appears as a political commentator on Fox News.

Trump's tweet on the topic came less than a half-hour after Bedford appeared on "Fox & Friends" to promote the book, according to Media Matters.

Advertisement
  • His schedule
  • Accolades

After adding to the uproar over NFL players who protest during the national anthem, President Trump mostly stuck to hockey in honoring the Stanley Cup-winning Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, calling them "true champions and incredible patriots."

Trump welcomed the Penguins into the Oval Office and celebrated their second consecutive championship in the East Room of the White House.

Trump has grabbed a number of sports headlines in recent weeks, including his criticism of NFL players for kneeling during the anthem and his decision to disinvite the NBA champion Golden State Warriors from the White House for the type of championship visit made by the Penguins, the New England Patriots and the Chicago Cubs, along with the Clemson University football team.

  • Immigration
  • Insults
  • Domestic policy
  • Politics and polls

President Trump says that reaching out to congressional Democrats for help in getting immigration legislation passed is difficult because "the Democrats don't want secure borders."

Trump sent out a tweet early Tuesday charging that Democrats "don't care about safety for U.S.A."

The president's Twitter post came only two days after he sent congressional leaders an immigration overhaul wish list of legislative proposals, including a requirement that Congress agree to a host of border security improvements and make significant changes to the green card program.

  • Healthcare
  • Domestic policy
  • Politics and polls

President Trump, who has been unable to get Republicans in Congress to roll back the Affordable Care Act, is promising to issue an executive order this week that he says will offer relief to consumers facing rising insurance premiums.

Administration officials are reportedly looking specifically at ways to loosen health insurance regulations and promote wider use of a form of insurance known as association health plans.

Here is a rundown of how these plans work and what the administration’s moves could mean for Americans and their health insurance.

Advertisement
  • On the media
  • Insults
  • Politics and polls

President Trump continued attacking Republican Sen. Bob Corker, belittling the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman over his stark criticisms of the president as Trump's allies called for the senator to step down.

Trump resorted to name-calling on Twitter, as is his preference, labeling the 5-foot-7 Tennessee senator "Liddle' Bob Corker."

Critics say Trump's tirades against a growing list of top Republicans, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona, are alienating the key members of his party needed to advance tax reform and the rest of the president's legislative agenda on Capitol Hill.

  • On the media
  • Insults
  • Domestic policy

President Trump is suggesting the United States change its tax laws to punish organizations such as the NFL if members are “disrespecting” the national anthem or flag.

The NFL gave up its federal tax-exempt status a few years ago and now files tax returns as a taxable entity. So it’s unlikely that Trump’s proposal, tweeted in the early hours Tuesday, would change anything.

Trump also tweeted Tuesday that ESPN ratings have “tanked” because of Jemele Hill, the anchor suspended for making political statements on social media.

  • On the media
  • His cabinet
  • Insults
  • Accolades

President Trump on Tuesday disputed media reports that White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly is on the verge of resigning or being fired.

A number of news reports have described Kelly as having difficulty managing Trump's unpredictable nature and habit of undermining his own policy messages with distracting outbursts.

Kelly succeeded the first chief of staff, Reince Priebus, who had not been able to corral Trump’s wide-ranging spheres of advisors and confidants. Many of them met or talked with the president without Priebus’ knowledge, sometimes influencing Trump to veer off in unexpected ways in making decisions or comments.

Advertisement
  • Accolades

President Trump tweeted praise for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Monday after Jones suggested he would bench players who protest during the national anthem.

Jones, also the team's general manager, said after a loss to Green Bay on Sunday that the NFL cannot leave the impression that it tolerates players disrespecting the flag. He said that any Cowboys doing so would not play.

Jones was responding to questions about Vice President Mike Pence's decision to leave an Indianapolis home game in protest of about a dozen San Francisco players who knelt during the anthem.

  • His schedule

President Trump has proclaimed Monday Columbus Day — without any of his predecessor's qualms.

The president's proclamation, issued Friday, directs the United States to celebrate Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas, noting "the permanent arrival of Europeans ... was a transformative event that undeniably and fundamentally changed the course of human history and set the stage for the development of our great Nation."

Trump's proclamation only praises Columbus, Spain and the explorer's native Italy, contrasting with President Obama's document almost exactly a year earlier.