Wray is a former assistant attorney general. (June 7, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR)
President Trump announced Wednesday that he would pick Christopher Wray, a former Justice Department official who also has represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, to lead the FBI.
The announcement on Twitter, which caught many in Washington off guard, appeared to be an effort to seize attention ahead of what is expected to be blockbuster congressional testimony from former FBI director James Comey, who is scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee onThursday.
Trump called Wray "a man of impeccable credentials" and promised that details of the announcement would follow.
Former President Obama on Tuesday praised public and private entities for vowing to press ahead with the goals of the Paris accord on climate change, despite his successor's decision to abandon the landmark global agreement.
Speaking at an event in Montreal, one of the few public appearances he has made since leaving office in January, Obama said he "took great comfort" in watching as states, cities and corporations "made clear that they will keep pushing forward" despite President Trump's decision last week to withdraw the United States from the 2016 agreement that Obama had considered one of his biggest achievements.
The deal, "even with the temporary absence of American leadership, will still give our children a fighting chance," Obama said.
Most relate to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, whose job is often the subject of speculation. Tuesday was Spicer's first solo on-camera briefing in a week, a sign that his formerly near-daily presence on television has greatly diminished.
Other would-be changes have yet to happen, including the formation of a so-called war room run by former Trump campaign associates, to fend off the storm of controversies surrounding the president and his administration.
President Trump on Tuesday appeared to be taking credit for spurring Saudi Arabia and four other Arab nations to break off diplomatic and economic ties with neighboring Qatar -- a development that creates complications for U.S. policy.
"So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off," Trump boasted in a morning tweet. "Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism."
Trump suggested that during his visit to Riyadh, the Saudi capital, last month, when King Salman lavished praise and hospitality on him, many of the Gulf Arab nations in attendance pointed to Qatar as a main financier of terrorism.
In the wake of Saturday’s attack, in which seven people were killed by three assailants who used a van to ram pedestrians on London Bridge and then slashed patrons in nearby Borough Market, Trump has sent a barrage of tweets insisting a travel ban is necessary to keep Americans safe. So far, Trump’s proposed ban has been stalled in federal courts.
Throughout the campaign and into his fledgling administration, conservative media have backed Trump’s calls for a travel ban. The latest attack has only amplified that support.
The acting U.S. ambassador in China has resigned after saying he could not support President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
State Department officials confirmed Tuesday that David Rank, a highly-regarded diplomat with nearly three decades of service at the State Department, had resigned his post in what they described as a "personal" decision.
But Rank told embassy staffers that he refused to inform China of Trump's withdrawal last week from the historic accord and, as a consequence, felt obliged to step down, a State Department official said, speaking anonymously to discuss internal matters.
President Trump employed all the trappings traditionally reserved for signing major bills into law as he kicked off “infrastructure week” at the White House on Monday: the stately East Room full of dignitaries, a four-piece military band to serenade, celebratory handshakes and souvenir presidential pens for lawmakers, promises of “a great new era” and a “revolution” in technology.
Yet the documents Trump signed amid all the pomp were not new laws or even executive orders. They were routine letters to Congress, relaying support for a minimally detailed plan in Trump’s budget to transfer control of the nation’s air traffic control system to a private nonprofit group.
This was the ceremonial opening to Trump’s full week of infrastructure promotion, which is scheduled to include a speech along the Ohio River on Wednesday and a White House meeting with mayors and governors on Thursday.
U.S. intelligence agencies declined to comment. (June 6, 2017) (Sign up for Tronc's free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR)
A woman who worked as a records contractor for the federal government has been arrested on charges of turning over a secret document to a news organization, the first arrest of an alleged leaker by the Trump administration.
The woman, Reality Leigh Winner, 25, of Augusta, Ga., was arrested over the weekend, the Justice Department said Monday.
According to an affidavit, Winner admitted providing the document to a news organization. Although the document and the media company were not identified in the affidavit, the announcement of the arrest came just hours after the Intercept published a National Security Agency analysis that concluded that Russian hackers were able to penetrate an American technology company that works with voter data.