White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany revealed Thursday there is no procedure in place to facilitate House Speaker Nancy Pelosis ascension to the presidency should President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence become incapacitated by the coronavirus.
The disease penetrated the presidents inner circle last week after one of Trumps personal valets and Katie Miller, Pences press secretary and the wife of White House adviser Stephen Miller, both tested positive for Covid-19. But McEnany said the administration has not taken action to prepare for the possibility that Pelosi might need to step in as commander in chief.
how can you vote for Biden when Trump is going to give you money
Hillary Clinton on Thursday took a sideswipe at first lady Melania Trump and her Be Best initiative.
I think she should look closer to home, Clinton said on Andy Cohens Watch What Happens Live when asked how she feels about the first ladys anti-cyberbullying initiative, suggesting she should examine her husbands online behavior.
The first ladys initiative focuses on well-being, online safety and opioid abuse among children. At times, Melania Trump has promoted anti-cyberbullying tips as part of her campaign -- immediately drawing attention to her husband's penchant for Twitter-based attacks.
In December, the president targeted 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg after she won Time magazine person of the year, posting on Twitter that the activist must work on her Anger Management problem. Despite championing her initiative that promotes internet kindness, Melania Trump remained quiet.
Rep. Jeff Van Drew on Thursday formally became a Republican, pledging his "undying support" for Donald Trump as the ex-Democrat sat next to the president in the White House.
I believe that this is just a better fit for me, the New Jersey lawmaker said, following a meeting with Trump Thursday afternoon. This is who I am.
Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/12/19/trump-meet-party-switching-van-drew-087976
this goes WAY beyond a freaking cult; Stalin would be jealous of Trump
The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide in Turkey more than 100 years ago, over earlier objections from President Donald Trump.
The move amounted to a stern condemnation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has grown close to Russia in recent months and who criticized a similar resolution passed by the House. Moreover, the Senate advanced Turkish sanctions legislation on Wednesday, threatening to disrupt Trump's alliance with Erdoğan.
The White House had directed several senators to block the bill in recent weeks. But when Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) took the floor on Thursday, the opposition melted away.
"America's non-response to the Turkish horrors established patterns that would be repeated ... we know all too well the horrors that would be repeated later in the 20th century with the Holocaust and other genocides around the world," Menendez said. "Here in the Senate today, we break those patterns. We join the House who voted to do so ... 405-11. Today the Senate shows the same resolve."
Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/12/12/armenian-genocide-turkey-083744
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement moved more than 700 women, some of whom have critical medical conditions, out of a Texas detention center in September without giving their lawyers any way of finding them, according to immigrant rights attorneys.
Starting on Sept. 20, the women being held at the Karnes County Residential Center were sent to other centers around the country so that the facility could be used to detain families. More than two weeks later, their lawyers from the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) have no idea where the majority of these women are being held, and they cant find any updated information in ICEs online detainee tracking system.
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Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Monday denied that he pressed the Ukrainian government to put two U.S. businessmen on the board of the state energy company or that he was planning to leave the Trump administration.
Perry's comments at a press conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, come amid growing scrutiny into the Trump administration's diplomacy in Ukraine, which has triggered a House impeachment inquiry into whether the president withheld aid to the country in exchange for a pledge from President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his son.
Perry acknowledged making the recommendations to Ukraines state-owned natural gas company Naftogaz, but said he did so only at the request of that countrys government. He also said it was "true" that he had pressed President Donald Trump to make the July call to Zelensky that is at the center of the impeachment inquiry.
Absolutely, I asked the president multiple times, Mr. President, we think it is in the United States' and in Ukraines best interest that you and the president of Ukraine have conversations, that you discuss the options that are there, he said. Axios reported on Saturday that Trump told House Republicans he made the call at Perry's request.
Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/07/rick-perry-denies-pressing-ukraine-037716
My cousin Roy Marcus Cohncounsel to Senator Joe McCarthy, consigliere to Mafia bosses, mentor to Donald Trumphad almost no principles. He smeared Jews even though he was Jewish. He tarred Democrats even though he was a Democrat. He persecuted gay people even though he was gay.
Yet throughout his life, he held fast to one certainty: Russia and America were enemies. Roy often told me the Kremlin blamed the U.S. for Russias failure to prosper, so Russian leaders were bent on destroying our democracy.
If Roy had lived another 30 years, Im sure hed be pleased to learn that his protégé was elected president. But I am equally sure Roy would be appalled by Trumps obsequious devotion to ex-KGB officer Vladimir Putin. In his nasal tone, Roy would warn that Putin follows the Soviet playbook by interfering with elections in Western Europe; invading sovereign nations such as Ukraine; and assassinating dissidents and journalists.