U.S. President Donald Trump said in a Twitter post that he would have dinner with Apple Inc (AAPL.O) Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook on Friday.
“Looking forward to dinner tonight with Tim Cook of Apple. He is investing big dollars in U.S.A.,” said Trump, who is on vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Cook said in a conference call with investors last week that Apple was looking at whether Trump’s tariffs in a trade war with China would hit the company on the purchases it must make.
The New York Times reported in June that Trump told Cook that the U.S. government would not levy tariffs on Apple iPhones assembled in China.
The newspaper reported that Cook traveled to the White House in May to warn Trump of the potentially adverse effects of Trump’s trade policies on Apple in China, but did not specify precisely when Trump made the commitment to Cook.
Apple this month became the first $1 trillion publicly listed U.S. company.
President Donald Trump on Saturday publicly castigated the Justice Department, the attorney general and the FBI, amplifying his allies’ recent efforts to cast doubt on the Russia probe after remaining largely silent as the trial of his former campaign chairman progresses.
“Why isn’t the FBI giving Andrew McCabe text messages to Judicial Watch or appropriate governmental authorities,” the president wrote on Twitter, one of a series of tweets he sent during his extended stay at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. “FBI said they won’t give up even one (I may have to get involved, DO NOT DESTROY). What are they hiding?”
Trump has been fixated on coverage of Paul Manafort during his “working vacation,” expressing his rage to close confidants that his former campaign chairman’s trial is dominating news coverage. Manafort is facing charges of tax and bank fraud in Virginia, the first high-profile case from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team to reach the trial stage.
Slamming Attorney General Jeff Sessions for being “scared stiff and Missing in Action,” Trump later seized on a line of his attacks his allies have made on a separate Justice Department official in recent days.
“The big story that the Fake News Media refuses to report is lowlife Christopher Steele’s many meetings with Deputy A.G. Bruce Ohr and his beautiful wife, Nelly. It was Fusion GPS that hired Steele to write the phony & discredited Dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary & the DNC….
“….Do you believe Nelly [sic] worked for Fusion and her husband STILL WORKS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF “JUSTICE,” the president wrote on Twitter. “I have never seen anything so Rigged in my life. Our A.G. is scared stiff and Missing in Action. It is all starting to be revealed – not pretty. IG Report soon? Witch Hunt!”
Trump, who has long criticized Sessions for his recusal in the Russia investigation, sought to amplify attacks by conservative lawmakers and his own lawyers on former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie. Nellie Ohr reportedly worked for Fusion GPS, the organization that hired Christopher Steele to compile his dossier on the president’s ties to Russia and was paid indirectly by Hilary Clinton’s campaign.
Trump’s allies allege Ohr’s role in handing over copies to the dossier to FBI officials proves there were nefarious motives behind the bureau’s counterintelligence investigation into Russia’s election meddling and possible coordination with Trump campaign officials.
“If you look at the scenario of events that have taken place in this investigation in particular, I mean the corruption at the start of it — and the new information, the Bruce Ohr information just coming out yesterday — raises serious concerns all the way through,” Jay Sekulow, one of Trump’s attorneys, said Wednesday on his radio show, according to an ABC report.
The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment on behalf of either Sessions or Ohr.
Amid the renewed assault on the key players behind the Russia probe, Trump’s legal team is still trying to negotiate the terms of an interview between Mueller’s team and the president.
“I don’t think we want to put a date on it, but we want to get to the period of time where we don’t want to affect the 2018 election,” Giuliani told POLITICO earlier this week, adding questions about obstruction of justice could still be on the table.
President Donald Trump called his former White House aide, Omarosa Manigault Newman, a “low life” on Saturday. His comment came in response to a question about Newman’s tell-all book, in which she calls Trump a “racist” suffering from “mental decline.”
Trump made the remark during a bikers rally with motorcycle-riding supporters in Bedminster, New Jersey, where the president is vacationing at his golf resort.
After shaking hands with the bikers for five minutes, Trump stood back atop the dais and asked the crowd for their thoughts on the press, according to the White House pool report. The president responded to one question from a reporter in the press pool about Newman and her new book.
“Lowlife,” Trump responded. “She’s a lowlife.”
Here are some of the takeaways from Newman’s memoir, titled “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House”.
She now believes the president to whom she was loyal for 14 years is “a racist, a bigot and a misogynist.” His biggest personality flaw is a complete lack of empathy for others, she writes.
She believes the president is in “mental decline” and physically unwell.
She believes a deeply unhappy first lady Melania Trump “is counting every minute until (her husband) is out of office and she can divorce him.”
President Donald Trump on Saturday called for the nation to “come together” ahead of the one-year anniversary of a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “We must come together as a nation.”
On Sunday, white nationalists will gather at a “Unite the Right” rally near the White House marking the anniversary of the Charlottesville rally, which resulted in the death of a counter-protester after a supremacist drove his car into a crowd of people.
The president’s response to the rally was heavily criticized after he asserted during a press conference at Trump Tower that there were “very fine people on both sides.”
On Saturday, Trump wrote that he condemns “all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!”
No permits were granted for a similar rally in Charlottesville this year and the city, county and Virginia have declared a state of emergency to allow for increased police presence. Multiple counter-protests are scheduled to take place in Washington.
The president followed up his Charlottesville tweet by touting his administration’s record on African-American and Hispanic unemployment levels. On Friday, amid the release of excerpts of a book criticizing Trump’s record on race relations by Omarosa Manigault, a former White House staffer who is African-American, Trump thanked rapper Kanye West for his support, following an interview broadcast with Jimmy Kimmel late Thursday.
The president, who is staying at his golf club in New Jersey, earlier Saturday returned to his criticism of current and former FBI officials, echoing calls from his congressional allies that the Justice Department had not turned over documents related to officials like former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe in a timely manner.
“Why isn’t the FBI giving Andrew McCabe text messages to Judicial Watch or appropriate governmental authorities,” the president wrote. “FBI said they won’t give up even one (I may have to get involved, DO NOT DESTROY). What are they hiding?”
President Donald Trump on Thursday praised a lawsuit led by Texas to repeal an Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, saying he hopes the legal action is “successful.”
The lawsuit, which was filed against the Trump administration over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in May, was argued in federal court in Texas on Wednesday by the state’s attorney general, Ken Paxton.
“Ken just filed a very interesting lawsuit, which I think is going to be very successful,” Trump said on Thursday in New Jersey during a roundtable discussion on prison reform that included several governors and state attorneys general. “I hope it’s going to be successful.”
Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia have also signed on to the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Brownsville, Texas.
In the action, the states argue that DACA leads to additional costs in health care, law enforcement and education, in addition to increased competition for jobs.
The president later went on to ask Paxton how the case was looking, and the Texas attorney general said the hearing on Wednesday “went quite well.”
“We will see what the judge says,” Paxton said. “We know we are right on the law and right under the Constitution. We are confident that things are going to go on the right way.”
“It’s true,” the president replied.
In an op-ed published Thursday, Paxton argued that because DACA did not get congressional approval, it “represents a dangerous exercise of executive power, which, if left unchecked, allows the president to set aside any duly enacted law.”
Approximately 694,000 Dreamers are enrolled in the DACA program.
The parents of first lady Melania Trump have become citizens, an attorney representing the family confirmed to POLITICO today.
Viktor and Amalija Knavs took the oath of citizenship today in New York City, the attorney said.
The route the couple took to citizenship remains unclear. Michael Wildes, the family’s attorney, has declined to comment on the process, but said in February that they had become permanent residents and were on track to naturalize.
The Knavs’ immigration status has drawn scrutiny amid President Donald Trump’s sustained attack on legal and illegal immigration.
The president in particular has vented about the family-based immigration system, which the administration dubs “chain migration.”
“CHAIN MIGRATION must end now!” Trump tweeted in November after a fatal attack in Manhattan allegedly perpetrated by an Uzbek immigrant. “Some people come in, and they bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil. NOT ACCEPTABLE!”
Melania Trump’s own immigration history has raised questions in light of the president’s hard-line views.
Wildes said in a 2016 letter that Melania Trump sponsored herself for a green card as a model of “extraordinary ability” and became a lawful permanent resident in March 2001.
The Associated Press, which first reported on the Knavs’ naturalization, said they arrived and left the ceremony today accompanied by DHS officers.
The liberal media has, since the very day Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president, run with a narrative that he is a bigoted, racist xenophobe who absolutely hates all immigrants, and they want the rest of America to believe that the feeling among immigrants is most certainly mutual.
But it’s clear to anybody who has listened to candidate-turned-President Trump speak that he doesn’t hate immigrants at all; he merely stands in staunch opposition to the lax enforcement of our nation’s border and immigration laws that allow immigrants to illegally enter the country alongside criminals, drugs and even terrorists.
Anybody taking the time to speak with and listen to Trump’s legion of supporters also soon will realize that he has quite a few legal immigrants who fully support him, particularly when it comes to his firm stance on border security and illegal immigration.
One of those is conservative Hollywood actor and California congressional candidate Antonio Sabato Jr., who legally immigrated to America from Italy with his family in 1985 and who now is calling for tough border security measures that includes a border wall, according to The Daily Caller.
Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast for the second time, President Trump stressed the importance of putting God at the center of the country, describing America as a “nation of believers.”
Unlike last year, where President Trump promised to repeal the Johnson Amendment — a provision in the tax code barring churches and nonprofits from endorsing political candidates — the president eschewed political promises in favor of highlighting the importance of faith.
“America is a nation of believers and together we are strengthened by the power of prayer,” Trump said.
The president made reference to America’s God-centered founding, such as the Declaration of Independence referencing God four times. He also noted how our currency boldly declares “In God We Trust” and how our Pledge of Allegiance states, “We are one nation, under God.”
Also referencing the phrase “praise be to God” etched atop the Washington monument, Trump declared, “and those same words are etched in the hearts of people.”
“Our rights are not given to us by men, our rights are given to us from our creator,” he said. “No matter what, no earthly force can take those rights away.”
The president highlighted how “the Lord’s grace” shines in America through acts of service and good deeds. So long as Americans hold firmly to their convictions, Trump said, “our nation can achieve anything at all.”
Then the president shifted to the importance of religious liberty, praising the many Christians, Jews, and “countless Muslims” abroad who have bravely suffered under the persecution of ISIS. He also gave another nod to North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho from his State of the Union address.
“As long as we open our hearts to God’s grace, the land of the free, the home of the brave and the light to all nations,” Trump said, “America will flourish, as long as our liberty, and in particular our religious liberty, is allowed to flourish.”
The keynote speaker that morning was not the president, but rather Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), the House Majority Whip, who was hospitalized last year when a crazed leftist opened fire on several GOP lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game. Scalise spoke about how the harrowing incident gave him “renewed faith.”
Move over Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, there’s a new sheriff in town — the U.S. military parade.
Per multiple reports, a plan to showcase the U.S. armed forces in a grand parade down Pennsylvania Avenue is underway at the White House and the Pentagon.
As reported by Politico, President Donald Trump was so impressed with France’s military showcase during last year’s French Bastille Day celebration that he has jockeyed for such an event to take place in the United States.
“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” said a military official speaking on the event. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”
Two officials told the Washington Post that the process of crafting a military parade came after a Jan. 18 meeting at the Pentagon.
White House and Pentagon officials have confirmed that a massive military parade will take place later this year that will showcase the U.S. armed forces,
The Post noted that a military parade is not only a tall order pragmatically, but financially as well.
Shipping military hardware, technology and weaponry to the nation’s capital could cost the government millions, and it is still unclear as to how the event would be paid for.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the news in a statement Tuesday, saying that the president “is incredibly supportive” of the men and women serving in the U.S. military.
“President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe,” Sanders said. “He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation.”
And on Tuesday, the Pentagon revealed that the specifics of the parade are currently being worked out.
Back in September, Trump marveled at the military parade that took place during French Bastille Day and praised the spectacle while sitting alongside French President Emmanuel Macron.
“It was military might and I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France,” Trump said in September. “And people don’t know what great warriors they are in France, but when you see that and you see all the victories, it was a tremendous thing.”
“To a large extent, because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July Fourth in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue, if I have your approval,” he added.
The remarks ended with a Trump proposing a little friendly competition.
“I don’t know,” Trump continued as he laughed alongside Macron. “We’re gonna have to try and top it, but we had a lot of planes going over and a lot of military might, and it was really a beautiful thing to see.”
As noted by Politico, the last American military parade to take place in Washington D.C., occurred in 1991 after the U.S. armed forces defeated the Iraqi army in the Persian Gulf War.
Donald Trump’s election victory saved the United States from the establishment of an “Orwellian police state” in the hands of Democrats who would have used the same authoritarian tactics “over and over again” to “circumvent the will of the people in future elections,” according to Denzel Washington.
“If the Democrats had won the election, we never would have found out they were using false documents to get warrants to spy on American citizens and political opponents. We never would have known this. Think about it!” said Denzel Washington at a press conference in New York.
“They would have a tool they would use over and over again to circumvent the will of the people in future elections,” said Denzil Washington, who has just been nominated for an Oscar for his film Roman J. Israelm Esq.
The nomination marks the eighth time Washington has been nominated in the best actor category, making him the most-nominated African-American actor of all time.
Asked by a reporter if he was sure the memo released by Congress on Friday was “reliable“, Denzel Washington said, “Hell yeah, it’s reliable. We don’t need to know the nitty gritty to understand exactly what’s happened here.
“We know that a warrant to spy on the Trump team was issued based on media reports, and these media reports were based on information provided by an opposition research firm being paid by the DNC and Hillary Clinton.”
“You guys can’t see what is wrong with this? You’re kidding me,” The Equalizer actor said, before adding, “Well I guess you are reporters. How many reporters was it that got caught colluding with the Clinton campaign?”
Addressing the reporters personally, Denzel Washington called them out for refusing to publish anything critical about the Democratic Party.
“I grew up a Democrat. I get it. I know a lot of people who hate Trump with a real passion.”
“But you’ve got to understand that we dodged a bullet when Clinton lost. More than one bullet. We avoided a war with Russia, and we avoided the creation of an Orwellian police state.”
Roman J. Israel, Esq. is available digitally now, with the Blu-ray and DVD hitting shelves Feb. 13.