Jared Kushner has an expansive portfolio in the White House, he's a subject of a special counsel's probe of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign and, as President Trump’s son-in-law besides, he's often seen at the president's side.
But until Monday, he had never been heard by much of the public.
So Kushner's otherwise unremarkable voice proved to be among the more interesting things at the kick-off event of what the White House is calling “Tech Week." On the administration's 150th day, the 36-year-old adviser spoke before reporters and television cameras to discuss one of the initiatives he’s leading: a review of how private-sector solutions could be adapted to modernize government’s technological infrastructure.
Since Donald Trump became president, commentary about his public statements, tweeting habits, predilections and even his personality have become something of a national pastime.
Some in the professional psychiatric community have been moved to join in, offering their own expert analysis on why the president says what he says and does what he does.
But should they? Not according to the American Psychiatric Assn., which years ago adopted a rule for its 37,000 licensed members against offering a public opinion about the mental health or general psychological makeup of a public figure.
The federal government’s consumer financial watchdog is defending his handling of the Wells Fargo & Co. unauthorized accounts scandal in the face of Republican allegations that the agency failed to catch the problem and has stymied a congressional investigation into how it handled the case.
“Clearly our team, along with our partners, has performed a tremendous public service here,” Cordray wrote last week to Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.
The Department of Homeland Security says Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is no longer a candidate for a position in the agency.
The conservative firebrand said last month he was taking a job as an assistant secretary at the DHS, but the agency declined to confirm the appointment, saying it announces such senior appointments once the DHS secretary makes them official.
Craig Peterson, a political advisor to Clarke, said in a statement that the sheriff notified DHS Secretary John Kelly late Friday that he "had rescinded his acceptance of the agency's offer" to join the department. The Washington Post first reported on Clarke's decision.
One of President Trump's lawyers insisted on Sunday that a tweet in which he wrote of "being investigated" did not confirm that he was, in fact, under investigation, as senators of both parties suggested the probe will run for many more months whether Trump is unhappy about it or not.
Trump’s intemperate tweets have by now become commonplace, but few have been as revealing as last week’s volley of statements expressing outrage in the government’s probe of Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Casting aspersions on the Justice Department and its inquiry, Trump on Friday seemed to confirm that he was under investigation for possible obstruction of justice by the special counsel looking into Russia’s actions.
The man who shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others at a congressional baseball practice this week in Virginia had with him a piece of paper with doodles and the names of three lawmakers, according to a person familiar with the case.
The person told the Associated Press on Saturday that investigators weren't sure of the significance of the names and didn't know whether it was a list of people he was targeting. This person was not authorized to speak publicly about the case and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The person did not disclose the names, but said those listed had been briefed.
A New York production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," with a President Trump-like character who is assassinated, had a boisterous new scene this weekend: an activist who stormed the stage, yelling, "Do you want Trump to be assassinated?"
Police said Laura Loomer was arrested Friday evening during the play presented in Central Park by the city's Public Theater. She was arrested, charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct and released. She is required to appear in court to respond to the charges at an unspecified later date.
"I'm out of jail, but I'm not apologetic," the 24-year-old conservative activist wrote on Twitter. "Thanks to everyone who is supporting me & condemning political violence."
Cuba's leaders on Friday criticized President Trump's "hostile rhetoric" and tightening of restrictions on Cuba as a harmful setback to what had been warming relations between the United States and the Communist-ruled island nation.
In a letter signed by Cuba's revolutionary government and published in Granma, the ruling party's official mouthpiece, Cuban leaders called Trump's announcement that he would be tightening economic and travel restrictions on Cuba a return to "the coercive methods of the past."
The statement said that Trump's actions "contradict the majority support of American public opinion." It suggested Trump was influenced not by overall opinion polls but by the views of a minority of Cuban Americans who opposed former President Obama's moves to improve relations with and roll back sanctions against Cuba.