Last week, the White House tried to avoid giving further life to President Trump’s stunning and unsupported allegation that President Obama ordered surveillance of him last year.
And when Wikileaks posted new documents claiming to expose surveillance tactics available to the intelligence community, the White House steadfastly refused to confirm their validity, in keeping with longstanding U.S. policy about keeping spying operations secret.
In the space of a few seconds, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway appeared to undo both administration objectives.
FirmGreen Inc., a Newport Beach renewable energy company, is preparing to start construction on a solar project in the Philippines. The job could have yielded about $180 million in contracts to U.S. manufacturers to supply most of the equipment — but the work most likely will be done in China instead.
When FirmGreen was unable to get the necessary loan guarantees from the U.S. Export-Import Bank, it had to seek them from China’s version of the federal export-credit agency, Chief Executive Steve Wilburn said. And that financial assistance is available only if FirmGreen promises to manufacture the project’s equipment in China.
“I’m a patriot. I’m a former Marine, a 100% disabled Vietnam vet, and for me to have to go to China and other overseas sources for manufacturing goes against my grain,” Wilburn said. “But I have to survive as a businessman.”
A woman has posted video of herself pointedly questioning White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer while he was out shopping at a local Apple store.
Shree Chauhan has identified herself as the video's poster to Britain's Daily Mail. She's an Indian American who was born in New York. She put up video of the encounter on Twitter on Saturday.
In it, Chauhan asks Spicer how it feels to work for “a fascist” and “what can you tell me about Russia.” Spicer smiles through the encounter and repeatedly says “thank you” to Chauhan. At one point, he tells her, “such a great country that allows you to be here.”
Americans will not suffer economic harm as a result of the Republican-backed plan to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, President Trump’s secretary of Health and Human Services said.
“I firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially” under the measure being weighed by the House of Representatives, Secretary Tom Price said in an interview that aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Yet a Times analysis showed that the proposal would most hurt Trump's own backers — lower-income, older voters in conservative, rural parts of the country.
Congressional pressure – some from the Republican side of the aisle – is mounting over President Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that he was wiretapped on President Obama’s orders during last year’s presidential campaign.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said it was incumbent on Trump to “clear this up.”
“The president has one of two choices: Either retract, or provide the information that the American people deserve,” McCain said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
President Trump said Saturday that the Secret Service did a "fantastic job" apprehending a "troubled person" who got onto the White House grounds after climbing a fence on the east side of the property while Trump was inside the executive mansion.
It was the first known security breach at the White House since Trump took office nearly two months ago.
Washington police identified the intruder as 26-year-old Jonathan Tran of Milpitas, Calif. When approached by a Secret Service officer on the south grounds about 11:38 p.m. Friday and asked whether he had a pass authorizing him to be in the restricted area, Tran replied, "No, I am a friend of the president. I have an appointment," the police report said.
An outspoken Manhattan federal prosecutor said he was fired Saturday after refusing Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions' request to resign along with other U.S. attorneys appointed by President Obama.
U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara said he had received assurances last year from President Trump and Sessions that they wanted him to stay on, according to a person with knowledge of Bharara's actions. The person wasn't authorized to comment publicly on the matter and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Sessions asked Friday for the resignations of dozens of politically appointed U.S. attorneys. He wanted "to ensure a uniform transition" to the Trump administration, spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement.
President Trump was not aware that former national security advisor Michael Flynn previously acted as an agent of the Turkish government, the White House said Friday while sidestepping questions about whether Flynn's lobbying work conflicted with his sensitive position.
Flynn, who resigned last month, filed paperwork with the Justice Department this week that retroactively disclosed work that his personal company did last year on behalf of a firm with connections to the Turkish government.
The disclosure was being made "to eliminate any potential doubt" about the nature of Flynn's lobbying for the firm, Inovo, Flynn's attorney wrote in an accompanying letter. He acknowledged that the arrangement "could be construed to have principally benefited the republic of Turkey."
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions asked Friday for the resignations of dozens of politically appointed U.S. attorneys held over from the Obama administration, the Justice Department said.
Sessions wanted "to ensure a uniform transition" to the Trump administration, spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement.
"Until the new U.S. attorneys are confirmed, the dedicated career prosecutors in our U.S. attorney’s offices will continue the great work of the department in investigating, prosecuting and deterring the most violent offenders," she said.