Trump settles in as producer in chief
- Trump, who hosted a reality show on NBC for 14 seasons before entering the White House, relishes in the feeling of being able to control the banners that flash across the lower third of his screen, people familiar with his thinking said.
- It was a week of turbulence in the West Wing -- beginning with the President's decision to fire his secretary of state on Twitter -- and whispers of more dismissals created the impression among White House staff that there would be a staffing upheaval come Friday.
- Bolton, who said last fall that "the only diplomatic option left" in North Korea was regime change, has tempered his comments during recent appearances as speculation ramps up that he could replace McMaster as national security adviser.
- Trump, who often quizzes his aides on how his decisions are playing on television, has also shown he favors candidates with on-screen experience who can adeptly defend his administration and spar with cable news hosts.
6 signs you're going to lose your White House job
- By CNN's count, more than 30 Cabinet secretaries, senior staffers and advisers, respectively, have been hired and fired (or forced out, or resigned) from the White House during President Donald Trump's nearly 14 months in office.
- Often, they are as much of a surprise to White House staff as reporters and observers -- flesh-and-blood symbols of the organizational distress inside administration and a reminder that no one is safe, not from Trump or even themselves.
- Good, bad or ugly, it's well-established that Trump wants his staff, whether they run a massive federal agency or keep a small office in the West Wing, to stay out of the headlines -- his headlines.
- Trump obviously warmed to them at some point, but they had careers in politics before The Candidate came down the golden escalator.
- Priebus was sent away, literally, after months spent struggling to wrangle a weird and wild new White House.
Congress wants to question an NRA lawyer who reportedly raised concerns about the group's Russia ties
- Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are interested in questioning a top lawyer at the National Rifle Association who was concerned about the organization's Russia ties, McClatchy reported.
- Torshin's longtime associate, Maria Butina, and the Republican strategist, Paul Erickson, are also of interest to investigators.
- In January, McClatchy reported that the FBI is investigating whether Torshin illegally funneled money to the NRA to help sway the 2016 election in favor of then-candidate Donald Trump.
- Erickson invited scrutiny last year, when The New York Times reported that he emailed Trump campaign aide Rick Dearborn in May 2016, with the subject line "Kremlin Connection," telling him that he could arrange a backdoor meeting between Trump and Putin.
- He added that Russia would try to make contact with the Trump campaign at the NRA's annual convention that May in Louisville, Kentucky.
Trump’s New Economic Adviser Hints at Friendly Tax Policy for Crypto Investors
- President Donald Trump’s new economic adviser has his sights set on lowering the capital gains tax rate, a move that would prove to be a huge boon to cryptocurrency investors.
- Kudlow, a former Bear Stearns economist and CNBC contributor, said during a lengthy interview with his former network that he wants to implement “phase two” of the White House’s tax overhaul, a reform package that he says should include a lower capital gains rate.
- A lower capital gains rate would likely be welcomed by cryptocurrency investors and traders because the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) classifies cryptocurrencies as “property” for tax purposes.
- Net profits are taxed as capital gains, rates for which vary both on the income level of the individual as well as how long he or she held the investment.
The mood inside the White House is the worst it's ever been, with staffers calling it 'the most toxic working environment on the planet'
- The White House is being called "the most toxic working environment on the planet" by some staffers as rumors of another wave of firings have circulated, Axios reported Wednesday.
- Following the abrupt firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, officials were reportedly vague in providing details on the fate of senior White House officials that have drawn ire from President Donald Trump, including White House chief of staff John Kelly, national security adviser H.R. McMaster, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
- In addition to the firing of John McEntee, Trump's longtime personal assistant, on Wednesday, an aide to first lady Melania Trump was reportedly escorted out.
- Kelly, who was also reportedly on Trump's radar, enacted stricter measures for security clearances following a scandal involving a former aide, Rob Porter.
5 high-profile departures in 2 weeks for Trump's White House
- Washington (CNN) - President Donald Trump has tried to quell talk of chaos in his administration for days, but the last two weeks inside the West Wing have been anything but calm.
- Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy Steve Goldstein said Tillerson, who had been on a week-long tour of African nations until Tuesday morning, did not speak to Trump before his ouster and is unaware of the reasons behind the firing.
- Gary Cohn, Trump's top economic adviser, resigned from the White House last week after he voiced his fierce disagreement with the President's decision to levy steel and aluminum tariffs.
- John McEntee, Trump's longtime personal aide and bodyman, was fired and escorted from the White House on Monday, three sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN on Tuesday.
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- And you can still watch Kara Swisher’s onstage interviews with Maria Shriver and her daughter Christina Schwarzenegger about their new Netflix documentary.
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US allies are upset. The top economist quit. Trump doesn't care.
- Washington (CNN) - President Donald Trump's demand that new tariffs be slapped on steel and aluminum imports has spooked markets, prompted his chief economist's resignation, rattled major US allies and widened a rift with establishment Republicans.
- None of that stopped Trump from moving forward with his plan Thursday to erect 25% and 10% tariffs on steel and aluminum imports respectively, as he signed two tariff proclamations at the White House on Thursday, surrounded by steel and aluminum workers.
- Coming on the same day that 11 US allies -- but not the US -- sign a landmark Asia-Pacific trade agreement, the move on tariffs only underscores Trump's embrace of the protectionist policies he believes helped him win the presidency.
- Multiple senior administration officials familiar with the planning said Trump was prepared to sign something on Thursday afternoon -- though actual details of the document were still coming together through the morning.
What happened in Trump's White House on the day he said there was 'no chaos'
- That tweet, however, was just the curtain raiser for a certifiably chaotic day in Trump's presidency: a top aide was found to be in violation of a major ethics law, his top economic adviser quit, he was sued by a porn star and his administration sued a state in a widening fight over immigration.
- A lawsuit filed by the porn star known as Stormy Daniels who claims Trump never signed a hush agreement regarding an alleged sexual encounter between the two and therefore the agreement is void.
- In another example of the Trump administration's never-ending battles both internal and external, it filed a federal lawsuit against California and its top officials Tuesday night to stop a cluster of so-called "sanctuary state" bills.
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein: I'm 'disappointed to see' Gary Cohn leave the White House
- Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein thanked his former deputy, Gary Cohn, following the news of Cohn's departure from the White House on Tuesday.
- Cohn was the second-in-command at the investment bank prior to leaving for the Trump administration, in which he served as director of the National Economic Council and the president's top economic adviser.
- Starting as a commodities trader, Cohn worked his way up through the ranks at Goldman Sachs and spent a total of 26 years at the firm.
- The White House tenure was tumultuous for Cohn, and rumors of his departure swirled for almost a year.
- The former Goldman executive admitted that he almost left the White House after Trump's response to the racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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