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President Trump’s White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned Wednesday following abuse allegations from two ex-wives, but he won’t be leaving the West Wing until a later date.

President Trump’s White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned Wednesday following abuse allegations from two ex-wives, but he won’t be leaving the West Wing until a later date.

Porter’s departure will leave a hole among the tight circle of staff members who see President Trump on a near-daily basis.

Porter is close to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, often traveled with Trump aboard Air Force One and was responsible for handling key documents and briefings that made it into Trump’s hands.

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In a Jan. 18 meeting with top military officials, Trump’s desire was heard as a presidential directive, the Washington Post reported.

President Trump has asked the Pentagon to plan a grand parade of the U.S. armed forces in Washington this year to celebrate military strength, officials said Tuesday.

The Washington Post, which was first to report the plan, said Trump wants an elaborate parade with soldiers marching and tanks rolling, but no date has been selected.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the request Tuesday evening. She said Trump wants the Pentagon to "explore a celebration" that will allow Americans to show appreciation for the military.

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Congress is risking another federal government shutdown as House Republicans on Tuesday approved a temporary bill loaded with extra military spending that will almost certainly face a filibuster from Democrats — and some Republicans — in the Senate.

When President Trump addressed congressional Republicans at their recent retreat, he marveled at how unified the party appeared, “a great coming together,” as Congress launches his 2018 agenda.

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The Republican-led House Intelligence Committee must wait a little longer before hearing from Stephen K. Bannon, the former White House chief strategist. (Feb. 6, 2018)

The Republican-led House Intelligence Committee, which has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, must wait a little longer before hearing from Stephen K. Bannon, the former White House chief strategist.

Bannon was expected to testify behind closed doors on Tuesday in response to a subpoena, but he was granted a one-week delay.

That’s around the same time he’s also expected to meet with prosecutors working for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is leading a separate criminal investigation into the Russian meddling and whether anyone in President Trump’s orbit broke the law. 

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President Donald Trump's call in the State of the Union address last week for a new era of bipartisan cooperation seems like a distant memory.

Top Trump administration officials and congressional Republicans downplayed Monday’s stock market plunge, saying the economy’s fundamentals were strong even as they acknowledged the gyrations had gained their attention.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously Monday night to release a Democratic rebuttal to the GOP's memo on the Russia investigation that President Trump declassified last week.

The document now goes to Trump, who has five days to decide whether to declassify it.

The Democratic document aims to counter the Republican memo, which accuses the FBI and Justice Department of abusing their authority in monitoring a onetime Trump campaign associate.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (Getty Images)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday left open the possibility of face-to-face talks between U.S. officials traveling with Vice President Mike Pence and North Korean officials on the sidelines of the Olympic Games that start Friday in South Korea.

 "With respect to the vice president's trip to the Olympics and whether or not there would be an opportunity for any kind of a meeting with North Korea, I think we'll just see,” Tillerson said. 

“We'll have to see what happens," he added. When a reporter suggested that meant “No,” he replied, “We'll see, we'll see what happens."

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President Trump, unlike his predecessors, bragged repeatedly about stocks as the market rose. Monday, he avoided the topic as they plunged.

During the bull market of the last year, Trump complained that the media weren’t giving him credit for record highs in securities values.

“I mean, it’s something that’s pretty amazing,” he said to a group of mayors last month, in characteristic remarks, citing an estimate of $8 trillion in added wealth.