CORONAVIRUS: [Reporter: “Mr. President, some of these scientific officials here in this room have encouraged Americans not to travel this holiday season, not to go to large gatherings [due to coronavirus]. Across the street, you’ve been holding holiday parties with hundreds of people, many not wearing masks. Why are you modeling a different behavior to […]

Read More… from 12/8/2020


MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “President Donald Trump said Tuesday [2-18-20] he knows the identity of the author known as ‘Anonymous,’ the senior administration official who wrote an inside-the-White House account that painted the president as inept and dangerous. Trump’s claim comes as speculation has grown inside Washington about the identity of the official who […]

Read More… from 2/18/2020


TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “President Trump made a number of staff moves on Thursday [2-13-20] to ensure he will be surrounded by a cadre of loyalists at the White House even as he raged against an ever-growing cast of perceived enemies that included his former chief of staff, an impeachment witness, a juror […]

Read More… from 2/13/2020


IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “President Donald Trump on Friday [2-7-20] said acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney will remain his top aide in the wake of the Senate impeachment trial that ended this week, dismissing news reports that suggested otherwise as ‘false.’ Asked by a reporter on the South Lawn whether Mulvaney […]

Read More… from 2/7/2020


IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHITE HOSUE STAFF: “The purge of impeachment witnesses has begun. Within hours of each other, President Donald Trump and the White House removed two of the most crucial witnesses against the president in the investigation that led to his impeachment for abuse of power. Late Friday [2-7-20], news emerged that Trump had ordered […]

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BUDGET/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “Two officials at the White House budget office resigned this year partly because of their concerns about President Trump’s decision to hold up congressionally approved security assistance to Ukraine, a third aide at the office told impeachment investigators, revealing dissent within a key agency about Mr. Trump’s refusal to release […]

Read More… from 11/26/2019


MEDIA/NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “Stephanie Grisham, the new White House press secretary, returned from the Demilitarized Zone with a bruise on her arm after physically pushing North Korean officials to clear a way for American journalists to cover President Trump’s meeting with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. In a video of […]

Read More… from 7/1/2019


MEDIA/MELANIA/TRUMP PEOPLE/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump’s communications director, will replace Sarah Huckabee Sanders as White House press secretary, continuing the ascent of a former campaign aide who established herself as a loyal and at times combative defender of the Trump family. Ms. Grisham will also take on the added role of communications director, […]

Read More… from 6/25/2019


FOREIGN AFFAIRS/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “White House officials privately acknowledge that President Donald Trump has handled the questions about foreign interference in American elections poorly in the days since his interview with ABC News aired, multiple sources told CNN on Friday [6-14-19]. A source close to the White House said there was frustration inside […]

Read More… from 6/14/2019


MEDIA/TRUMP PEOPLE/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “If Sean Spicer’s tenure as White House press secretary made him a figure of national renown and mockery, priming him for his current incarnation as a special correspondent on the syndicated TV show ‘Extra,’ the legacy of his successor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is more straightforward. And, perhaps, more lasting. She made […]

Read More… from 6/14/2019


MEDIA/TRUMP PEOPLE/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary who fiercely defended President Trump through one of the most tumultuous periods in American politics while presiding over the end of the iconic daily news briefing, will step down at the end of the month. Mr. Trump announced her departure on Thursday [6-13-19] […]

Read More… from 6/13/2019


TRUMP PEOPLE/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas….” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 13, 2019 3:10 pm […]

Read More… from 6/13/2019


TRUMP PEOPLE/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “….She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 13, 2019 3:10 pm […]

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MEDIA/TRUMP PEOPLE/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “Sarah Sanders’ primary legacy as White House press secretary will be the death of the daily press briefing. In her nearly two years as Trump’s top liaison with the press, Sanders shortened the on-camera briefings and then did away with them altogether. Her most recent quarrel with the press in the […]

Read More… from 6/13/2019


MELANIA/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a leading contractor for President Trump’s inaugural committee and a former adviser to the first lady, Melania Trump, has publicly disputed accounts of her departure from the White House last year, rejecting claims from officials that she was dismissed. Ms. Winston Wolkoff specifically took issue with suggestions by White […]

Read More… from 5/6/2019


RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “The first years of President Donald Trump’s tenure were marked by chaotic attempts among aides to thwart his efforts to curtail the special counsel’s investigation, according to Robert Mueller’s redacted report, an exercise that relied on subterfuge and deceit that does little to dispel the sense of disarray […]

Read More… from 4/19/2019


ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “A day after claiming that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report had vindicated him, President Donald Trump was in a foul mood about Mueller’s detailed findings, lashing out at the Russia investigator and fuming about aides who cooperated with him. Close White House advisers said they expect Trump’s hottest […]

Read More… from 4/19/2019


FBI/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHITE HOSUE STAFF: “When ousted FBI Director James Comey delivered damaging testimony to Congress in 2017, attracting nationwide attention, White House aides insisted that President Donald Trump’s mood was ‘light.’ Shortly after news broke that Donald Trump Jr. agreed to meet with Russian nationals promising dirt on Hillary Clinton, Trump reported […]

Read More… from 4/18/2019


NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “A White House staff member has told House investigators that senior officials have overruled concerns raised about 25 individuals whose security clearances were initially denied over a range of disqualifying issues — such as fears about foreign influence and potential conflicts-of-interests — warning of the grave implications to […]

Read More… from 4/1/2019


CONGRESS/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “A whistle-blower working inside the White House has told a House committee that senior Trump administration officials granted security clearances to at least 25 individuals whose applications had been denied by career employees for ‘disqualifying issues’ that could put national security at risk, the committee’s Democratic staff said Monday […]

Read More… from 4/1/2019


ETHICS/TRUMP PEOPLE/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “Seven former senior Trump aides, including the White House’s top ethics official, may have violated federal law by failing to disclose their future employment on financial reports, according to records obtained by POLITICO. One of those aides, John McEntee, President Donald Trump’s former personal aide who left in March 2018, reportedly […]

Read More… from 3/27/2019


DEMS/FBI/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director and long-time confidante of President Donald Trump, plans to turn over documents to the House Judiciary Committee as part of its investigation into potential obstruction of justice. Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, sent Hicks a detailed […]

Read More… from 3/20/2019


MEDIA/TRUMP PEOPLE/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “Bill Shine is the fifth person to learn that it’s not easy to serve as communications director to a president who doesn’t think he needs one. Trump on Friday [3-8-19] accepted the resignation of Shine, a former Fox News executive who had spent just nine months on the job, severing his […]

Read More… from 3/8/2019


MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “A former White House aide is suing President Donald Trump and arguing the government is trying to illegally penalize him after he wrote a book that portrayed an unflattering picture of life in the West Wing. Cliff Sims filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court in Washington. Trump’s campaign accused […]

Read More… from 2/11/2019


TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “The White House is aggressively investigating several leaks of President Donald Trump’s private schedules, a source of repeated embarrassment to the White House and the president himself. West Wing officials managing the hunt have enlisted the help of the White House IT office, and believe they are making progress in […]

Read More… from 2/8/2019


MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “President Donald Trump did a little book promoting Tuesday [1-29-19], attacking a former aide for writing the latest tell-all tome about the fractious Trump administration…Published Tuesday, Sims – a communications aide with both the Trump campaign and the White House – writes about the back-stabbing among the president and his […]

Read More… from 1/29/2019


MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “White House press briefings during the Trump administration have gone from must-see TV to practically cancelled after just two seasons. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, has not taken questions from the podium since Dec. 18, and she appeared just once in September, November and December. On Tuesday […]

Read More… from 1/22/2019


CHRIS CHRISTIE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sees the Trump White House as a rogues’ gallery of flawed people sidetracking the work of the U.S. president, according to excerpts of his forthcoming memoir posted on the news site Axios on Wednesday [1-16-19]. President Donald Trump employs a ‘revolving door […]

Read More… from 1/16/2019


GOVERNMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “President Donald Trump said Saturday [1-12-19] he was alone in the White House with a plan at the ready to reopen the federal government, but close White House advisers and staff said they remained in the dark about how he would end the three-week partial shutdown. Trump was slated to […]

Read More… from 1/12/2019


GOVERNMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “President Donald Trump said Saturday [1-12-19] that media reports of dysfunction within his administration amid the longest government shutdown in U.S. history were inaccurate because ‘there’s almost nobody in the W.H. but me’…The shutdown entered its fourth week on Saturday, with congressional lawmakers leaving town Friday as 800,000 federal workers […]

Read More… from 1/11/2019


MICK MULVANEY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “Incoming White House acting-chief of staff Mick Mulvaney once said Donald Trump’s past words and actions would disqualify him from becoming president in an ‘ordinary universe.’ Mulvaney made the comments in a previously unreported October 2016 radio interview in which he also said Trump is not a role model […]

Read More… from 12/17/2018


MICK MULVANEY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “Mick Mulvaney will become the acting White House chief of staff at the end of the year, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet on Friday [12-14-18]. Mulvaney will not resign as director of the Office of Management and Budget while he is acting White House chief of staff, […]

Read More… from 12/14/2018


CHRIS CHRISTIE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Friday [12-14-18] that he doesn’t want to be Donald Trump’s next chief of staff, leaving the president with a dwindling list of candidates and underscoring the chaos of the search for the top West Wing aide. Christie, an early Trump supporter […]

Read More… from 12/14/2018


MICK MULVANEY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “President Donald Trump has announced his final choice in the chief of staff sweepstakes: Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. The announcement, made predictably via Twitter on Friday [12-14-18], ends more than a week of ‘Apprentice’-like scrambling to figure out who would replace outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly. Nick Ayers […]

Read More… from 12/14/2018


GOP/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, is no longer under consideration to be President Donald Trump’s chief of staff…Meadows, a staunch Trump ally, had been a top contender for the position after Nick Ayers — the president’s first choice to replace John Kelly, who Trump […]

Read More… from 12/12/2018


CONGRESS/GOP/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “Republican House member Mark Meadows will stay in Congress and not become President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff, officials said Wednesday [12-12-18]. Meadows ‘is doing an incredible job in Congress,’ said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders. ‘The President told him we need him in Congress so he can […]

Read More… from 12/12/2018


MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “Fake News has it purposely wrong. Many, over ten, are vying for and wanting the White House Chief of Staff position. Why wouldn’t someone want one of the truly great and meaningful jobs in Washington. Please report news correctly. Thank you!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 11, 2018 8:30 am  […]

Read More… from 12/11/2018


GOP/HOUSE OF REPS/JOHN KELLY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows wrote a secret memo last month about how House Republicans could counter Democratic plans to investigate and potentially impeach Donald Trump. Now, the president is eyeing the North Carolina Republican — one of his closest allies on Capitol Hill — […]

Read More… from 12/10/2018