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On Twitter, Trump thanks Bannon for his role in defeating ‘Crooked Hillary Clinton’

President Trump with Stephen K. Bannon in January. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) President Trump took to Twitter on Saturday morning to thank Stephen K. Bannon, his ousted White House chief strategist, and took a shot at his vanquished Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, while he was at it. “I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service,” Trump Read More…

Trump, first lady to skip Kennedy Center Honors over concerns of ‘political distraction’

(Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have elected not to attend the annual Kennedy Center Honors in December amid a political backlash among those who will be feted at the event. The first family will not participate “to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Read More…

Trump, first lady pull out of Kennedy Center Honors ’to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction’

(Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have elected not to attend the annual Kennedy Center Honors in December amid a political backlash among those who will be feted at the event. The first family will not participate “to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Read More…

Stephen Bannon out as White House chief strategist, say two people familiar with the decision

By Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker, Robert Costa and Damian Paletta, President Trump on Friday dismissed his embattled chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, an architect of his 2016 general election victory, in a major White House shake-up that follows a week of racial unrest, according to multiple administration officials. Trump had been under mounting pressure to Read More…

Romney calls on Trump to address the nation, apologize for Charlottesville comments

Mitt Romney talks to media after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump in November 2016. (Carolyn Kaster/AP) Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney on Friday called on President Trump to address the nation and apologize for his remarks about Charlottesville, warning of “an unraveling of our national fabric” if Trump doesn’t take “remedial action in the extreme.” Read More…

Can President Trump unify the country despite a reluctance to denounce hate groups?

Several white nationalist and hate groups came together in Charlottesville last weekend for a “Unite the Right” rally. Those assembled for the rally chanted slogans like: “Jews will not replace us,” “Blood and soil,” and “White lives matter.” Others organized to protest against these hate groups, and as the day went on things turned violent. Activist Read More…

White House disbands another advisory council, this one on infrastructure

President Trump departs the White House on his way to West Virginia earlier this month. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — A White House advisory council on infrastructure on Thursday became the latest casualty of the pique of business leaders over President Trump’s response to the hate-fueled violence in Charlottesville. Two other outside corporate advisory Read More…

Trump recycles discredited Islamic pigs’ blood tale after terrorist attack in Barcelona

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump defended his stance on waterboarding in Charleston, S.C., in February 2016, with a largely discredited story from the internet about killing terrorists with bullets dipped in pigs’ blood. (AP) Hours after an apparent terrorist attack in Barcelona, President Trump on Thursday recycled a largely discredited Internet tale that he Read More…

Trump mourns loss of ‘beautiful statues and monuments’ in wake of Charlottesville rally over Robert E. Lee statue

Following the violence in Charlottesville, Va. that was sparked by plans to remove the Robert E. Lee statue, cities across the country are stepping up efforts to pull Confederate monuments from public spaces. (Reuters) President Trump on Thursday mourned the loss of “beautiful statues and monuments” in the wake of the violent clashes in Charlottesville Read More…

‘We have much work to do’: Sen. Cory Booker seeks removal of Confederate statues from U.S. Capitol

Statues of Confederate leaders stand in the U.S. Capitol, part of the National Statuary Hall Collection. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) will introduce legislation after Congress reconvenes next month calling for the removal of at least a dozen statues of Confederate soldiers and politicians located inside the U.S. Capitol. The move follows similar Read More…

Deepening GOP split, Trump attacks Republican senators Graham, Flake as ‘publicity-seeking,’ ‘toxic’

President Trump tweeted his anger at Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), on Aug. 17, as fallout over his response to the violence in Charlottesville grows. (Reuters) President Trump went on the offensive Thursday against two Republican senators, attacking them for their recent criticisms of his divisive governing style and response to Read More…

Republican Jewish Coalition breaks with Trump on Charlottesville, asks for ‘greater moral clarity’

President Trump discusses the violence, injuries and deaths at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville as he talks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan on Aug. 15, 2017. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) A major Jewish political coalition that has long supported President Trump and stood by him through other controversies broke Read More…

Pence cuts short Latin America trip and pressures Chile to sever all ties to North Korea

Vice President Pence and his wife, Karen, wave before departing from Palomar Air Base in Buenos Aires on Wednesday. (Erica Canepa/Bloomberg News) SANTIAGO, Chile — Vice President Pence is cutting short his Latin America trip by one day to return to Washington for a strategy meeting Friday at Camp David with President Trump and the Read More…

Pence says he stands with Trump but did not defend president’s ‘both sides’ comments on Charlottesville

In Santiago, Chile, Vice President Pence said his heart was back in Virginia. Pence also said he prayed that in the U.S. “the few” would not “divide the many.” (Reuters) SANTIAGO, Chile — Vice President Pence says he is standing by President Trump in the aftermath of deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Read More…

Hope Hicks takes expanded White House communications role amid search for Scaramucci replacement

Hope Hicks listens as President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau host a meeting with women business leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Feb. 13, 2017. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Hope Hicks, President Trump’s trusted confidant and adviser, is taking on expanded communications responsibilities while the White House searches for Read More…

Hope Hicks taking on expanded communications role amid search for Scaramucci replacement

Hope Hicks listens as President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau host a meeting with women business leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Feb. 13, 2017. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Hope Hicks, President Trump’s trusted confidant and adviser, is taking on expanded communications responsibilities while the White House searches for Read More…

Trump again blames ‘both sides’ in Charlottesville, says some counterprotesters were ‘very, very violent’

President Trump first asked reporters to define the “alt-right,” before saying members of the “alt-left” were also to blame for violence in Charlottesville, while taking questions from reporters on Aug. 15 at Trump Tower in New York. (The Washington Post) President Trump declared Tuesday that counterprotesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville acted violently Read More…

Trump doubles down on initial Charlottesville response, saying ‘there is blame on both sides’ for violence

President Trump first asked reporters to define the “alt-right,” before saying members of the “alt-left” were also to blame for violence in Charlottesville, while taking questions from reporters on Aug. 15 at Trump Tower in New York. (The Washington Post) President Trump declared Tuesday that counterprotesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville acted violently Read More…