President Trump took jabs at Republican senators, "dishonest" reporters, his predecessor and his 2016 election rival in a rambling and surprisingly partisan speech before about 30,000 Boy Scouts and their troop leaders Monday evening in West Virginia.
In one aside during remarks to the National Scout Jamboree in Glen Jean, W.V., the president asked, "Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I'm in front of the Boy Scouts?" Yet he launched into an extended a critique of Washington politics.
That included jibes at senators in his own party -- including by name the home state senator, Shelley Moore Capito -- who have balked at ending the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with a still uncertain plan that would cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicaid.
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions faced increasing questions about his future on Monday, a day that began with a fresh public slap from his boss, President Trump, and continued with new calls to testify about his conversations with the Russian ambassador last year.
Sessions, the first senator to endorse Trump and a strong influence during last year’s campaign, raised the president’s ire earlier this year with his decision to step aside from overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any possible cooperation by people associated with the Trump campaign.
Sessions acted on advice from the department’s ethics lawyers, who said he should not play a role in an investigation involving a campaign on which he worked. But in a startling interview with the New York Times last week, Trump said Sessions' decision to recuse was unfair to him, and he made it clear that he blamed Sessions for the fact that he is now facing a widening special counsel investigation.
President Trump made a late-hour attempt to pressure Republican senators to act this week to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
"For Senate Republicans, this is the time to keep their promise. So many times they said, 'repeal and replace,'" Trump said at a White House event carried live on cable television news channels, with people he said were "victims of Obamacare" arrayed behind him.
It was an unusual pitch, as a sitting president used the presidential bully pulpit to take his own party to task, at one point in mocking tones.
Republican Senate leaders are pressing party colleagues to vote on Tuesday to allow debate on the House-passed healthcare measure, so they can then amend it with a different Senate version. They need at least 50 of the 52 Republican senators to consider the bill, a hurdle made more difficult with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.
President Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner said Monday he "did not collude" with Russia and doesn't know of "anyone else in the campaign" who did.
Kushner, in a rare appearance before reporters at the White House, spoke within an hour of being interviewed behind closed doors on Capitol Hill by staff investigators of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is looking into Russia's meddling in the election and possible Trump campaign collusion.
"Let me be very clear: I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so," Kushner said, reading from a prepared statement.
Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, will give a statement at 10:15 a.m. following a closed session hearing with investigators and Senate Intelligence Committee members over Russian meddling in the election.
Early Monday, ahead of the hearing, Kushner's representatives released an 11-page statement in which he described four meetings he had with Russians, including two with Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. He confirmed a report first published in the Washington Post that at a meeting in December, he had inquired about using a secure communications line at the Russian embassy to conduct talks with Russian officials.
Congressional Democrats launched a progressive-leaning economic agenda Monday as they try to wrestle the populist mantle from President Trump ahead of the 2018 midterm election.
Leaders of the House and Senate -- along with top lawmakers, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) -- believe their "Better Deal" platform of higher wages, child care support and job training will appeal to working families and those who abandoned the party last year to elect Trump.
"In the last two elections, Democrats, including in the Senate, failed to articulate a strong, bold economic program for the middle class and those working hard to get there," wrote Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) in an op-ed in the New York Times.
In the statement, Kushner described four meetings he had with Russians, including two with Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. He confirmed a report first published in the Washington Post that at a meeting in December, he had inquired about using a secure communications line at the Russian embassy to conduct talks with Russian officials.
President Trump still isn’t convinced that Russia meddled in last year’s presidential election, his new communications director says, despite the conclusions of the FBI and U.S. intelligence agencies.
Anthony Scaramucci said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that an unidentified person had recently told him that if the Kremlin had in fact interfered, the United States would not have been able to detect the activity.
Pressed as to the identity of the person holding that opinion, Scaramucci said it was Trump.
Republican and Democratic leaders in the House appear to have reached a deal on a bill that would sharply limit President Trump's ability to suspend or terminate sanctions on Russia.
If the bill ultimately passes, Trump would face a difficult choice — whether to veto a bill and fuel concerns that he is aiding Russian President Vladimir Putin while the FBI is investigating allegations of collusion with Moscow, or sign legislation that his administration strongly opposes.
The agreement to fix procedural concerns, add sanctions against North Korea and modify restrictions on the participation of U.S. energy companies in some international projects, clears the way for a House vote next week.
It's not rare for presidents to dole out pardons. They’ve pardoned friends and felons, political donors and even a former president.
But can a president pardon himself? Well, we’ve now reached that question, six months into President Trump’s administration.
As a special counsel’s investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia continues, reports have surfaced in recent days that the president has inquired about pardoning family members and even whether he can give himself a pardon. Trump, in a report first published by the Washington Post, has questioned aides about the scope of his pardoning powers.