Trump says he will have dinner with Apple CEO Cook on Friday

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.


Trump fumes at the FBI, Justice Dept. and Sessions in series of tweets

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.


‘She’s a low life’: President Trump attacks Omarosa ahead of scathing tell-all book

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.”


Trump calls for unity on anniversary of Charlottesville rally

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?”


Trump Admin Devastates Putin After UK Nerve Attack

For the better part of the past two years, the liberal media has pushed the narrative that President Donald Trump is some sort of “puppet” of Russian President Vladimir Putin, largely owing to their fervent belief that Russia interfered in the 2016 on behalf of — and in collusion with — the Trump campaign.

That narrative has been used to suggest that Trump and his administration are “soft” against Russia, and somehow persists in spite of decidedly “hard” and tough actions the administration has taken against Russia over the past 18 months, such as economic sanctions and diplomatic expulsions, and pressure applied through energy production and even military activity.

Now the Trump administration is preparing to slam Russia with at least one, if not two, more rounds of sanctions that could prove devastating to Russia’s economy in response to the usage of a chemical weapon against a former Russian spy living in the United Kingdom in March, according to Reuters.

The State Department has concluded that Russia is indeed responsible for the use of a nerve agent known as Novichok against ex-GRU military intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia at their home in Salisbury, which left them sickened and hospitalized for months.

“Following the use of a ‘Novichok’ nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, the United States, on August 6, 2018, determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) that the Government of the Russian Federation has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals,” said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert on Wednesday, according to CNBC.

A first round of the new sanctions will likely go into effect on August 22, and will be followed by a potential second round of sanctions after 90 days if Russia is incapable of adequately meeting specific criteria laid out in the decades-old law, such as ensuring they’re no longer using biological or chemical weapons or allowing United Nations personnel to conduct on-site inspections of certain facilities.

The news of a additional economic sanctions from the U.S. against Russia hit the country’s already weak currency pretty hard, causing it to tumble even lower as compared to the U.S. dollar.

According to CNN, the first round of sanctions will target what are known as “dual use” technologies that are imported into Russia from the U.S., technologies that can be used generally but also for military or national security purposes.

While the export of most such sensitive goods to Russia will likely be denied approval by the State Department under the sanctions, there could be a few carve-outs of certain goods after case-by-case reviews are conducted into their intended use.

An anonymous senior State Department official told CNN that this first round of sanctions could effect “potentially a very great sweep of the Russian economy,” impacting upwards of 70 percent of the struggling nation’s economy and nearly 40 percent of the nation’s workforce.

“It is possible the trade affected could reach hundreds of millions of dollars,” the official added.

After the 90-day period has passed following implementation of these sanctions, and if Russia is found to be in non-compliance with international norms on biological and chemical weapons, a second and likely even more devastating round of sanctions will be automatically applied that will target Russian exports to the U.S.

That second round of sanctions is thought to be broad enough that it could even preclude Russian state-owned airliner Aeroflot from flying into the U.S. and would likely also include a downgrade of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

Yet, even in the face of this decidedly tough stance against Russia, some still hold to the illusion that Trump is in the pocket of Putin and sanctions like these — along with other tough actions against Russia — are merely politically-motivated distractions intended to quell the criticisms Trump has received over his purported relationship with the Russian leader.

“This clearly reinforces that the administration is tightening its sanctions approach to Russia,” stated former Defense Department official Mark Simakovsky, who is skeptical of the effectiveness of the sanctions. He added, “they could have taken this step months ago. They were late in taking this step by several months. The fact that they’re doing it now showcases that they’re under increased political pressure to target Russia for its malign activities abroad.”

Uh-huh. So if Trump hadn’t done anything, he’d be smeared as soft on Russia and in Putin’s pocket. But when he does impose crippling sanctions on Russia, he’s criticized for being too late and ineffective and merely acting under pressure to silence his critics. The man simply can’t win with his haters, regardless of what he does or doesn’t do.


Trump praises Texas AG’s lawsuit to repeal DACA

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.


Melania Trump’s parents take citizenship oath in New York City

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.


Trump’s legal team responds to Mueller regarding interview

Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s legal team has responded to the special counsel, the latest effort in ongoing negotiations over a possible interview.

“We have now given him an answer. Obviously, he should take a few days to consider it, but we should get this resolved,” Giuliani said during an interview on the radio show of fellow Trump attorney Jay Sekulow.
“We do not want to run into the November elections. So back up from that, this should be over by September 1,” Giuliani said.
Sekulow confirmed in a statement that the legal team “responded in writing to the latest proposal” from the special counsel, but declined to comment on the substance of the response.
Giuliani had previously told CNN that the team plannedto send its counteroffer to special counsel Robert Mueller regarding a potential interviewon Wednesday.
“It is a good faith attempt to reach an agreement,” Giuliani, one of Trump’s lawyers on the Russia investigation, told CNN.
The former New York City mayor similarlywould not describe the contents of the counteroffer, except to say that “there is an area where we could agree, if they agree.”
Giuliani wouldn’t say if that area has to do with collusion or obstruction.
The President has previously said that he wants to speak with the special counsel and has insisted there was no collusion or obstruction, while deriding the investigation as a “witch hunt.”
But Trump’s public attacks on the Russia probe have sparked questions over whether his actions could constitute obstruction of justice. Those questions intensified earlier this month when the President calledon Attorney General Jeff Sessions to shut down the investigation, an escalation that Giuliani attempted to downplay as Trump merely expressing an opinion.
The President’s team has sought to limit any potential interview to questions about collusion. But Giuliani told CNN they would be willing to consider questions relating to any obstruction of justice inquiry as long as they are not “perjury traps,” a phrase favored by the Trump legal team as a way to raise questions about the fairness of the special counsel, though it also speaks to the risks of having the President sit down for an interview.
“For example: ‘What did you say about Flynn?’ ‘Why did you fire Comey?'” They already know our answer,” Giuliani said, referring to former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former FBI director James Comey, whom Trump abruptly fired in May 2017. The former FBI director later testified to Congress that Trump had pressed him to drop an investigation into Flynn, a claim that Trump has denied.
“If they can show us something in that area that didn’t involve those direct questions, that we don’t consider perjury traps, we would consider it,” Giuliani said, but conceded he “can’t think of what that would be.”
Mueller has indicated to the team that the special counsel wants to ask the President obstruction questions in an interview.
The President’s lawyers had previously offered the special counsel written answers to obstruction questions and limiting the interview to matters before his presidential inauguration, which are largely confined to collusion.
The back and forth over an interview comes as the special counsel investigation faces its first major test in court as Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort stands trial in the Eastern District of Virginia where he is accused of bank fraud, tax evasion and other financial crimes.
Manafort’s case isn’t about the 2016 presidential campaign, but he is the first defendantMueller’s team has taken to trial.

Legal Immigrant Running for House Crushes Every Single Objection to Trump’s Wall

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.

Trump’s America: Unemployment Benefits Hit 45-Year Low

New data from the U.S. Department of Labor published Thursday revealed that the number of Americans who filed for unemployment benefits last week was the lowest in decades.

“In the week ending February 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 221,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 230,000. The 4-week moving average was 224,500, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 234,500,” the DOL announced.

Here’s the kicker: “This is the lowest level for this average since March 10, 1973 when it was 222,000.”

Excellent, though just to be clear, the unemployment rate began dropping years ago after the financial crisis of 2007-2008, as seen in the following chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Because of this, Democrats keep trying to attribute America’s current economic boom to former President Barack Obama. But while this might hold true in regard to America’s low unemployment, it doesn’t hold true for other metrics.

“Home ownership: down. Labor force participation: down. Student loans: up. National Debt: up. Health care costs: up. Median family income: flat. People on food stamps: up. Workers’ share of economy: down,” Brad Schaeffer of The Daily Wire pointed out this week, referencing metrics that fell under Obama’s “recovery.”

“These trends do not paint a rosy picture for the working middle class,” he added.

Labor force participation particularly matters in regard to unemployment.

What does it suggest when both the unemployment rate and labor force participation rate drop at the same time as they did during the Obama years?

It suggests that the unemployment rate dropped not because of a change in economic conditions, but because more people dropped out of the labor force pool altogether.

Now take a look at the following labor force participation chart from the BLS:

The labor force participation rate dropped precipitously during Obama’s tenure in the White House. Not until around the time businessman candidate Donald Trump announced his candidacy for office did it begin to tick upward after nearly a decade of trending lower and lower.

Something similar happened with America’s food stamp consumption rate. According to documentation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, the number of Americas collecting food stamps ballooned from 28 million in 2008 to 44 million in 2016. Then suddenly in 2017, during Trump’s first year in office, it shrank to 42 million.

In fact, numbers such as these suggest President Donald Trump, not former President Barack Obama, deserves credit for America’s booming economy.

And many economists agree: “A recent survey of economists suggest it is President Trump, and not Obama, who should be taking a bow,” The Hill reported in January, referencing a survey of 68 economists by The Wall Street Journal.

Of the economists surveyed, “A majority said the president had been ‘somewhat’ or ‘strongly’ positive for job creation, gross domestic product growth and the rising stock market.”

And that’s something everyone should be happy about.

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