WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, saying it was necessary to restore “public trust and confidence” in the nation’s top law enforcement agency following several tumultuous months.
“The FBI is one of our nation’s most cherished and respected institutions, and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement,” Trump said in a statement.CONTINUE READING HERE
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice praised the Trump administration on Fox News’ “Hannity” Monday for its work with the Chinese government on confronting North Korea’s regime over its burgeoning nuclear weapons program.
While discussing last month’s Mar-a-Lago summit between Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, Rice said the administration “impressed upon the Chinese that they really do have to do something about the North Koreans, and they did it through the old fashioned way which was negotiation and discussion.”
Rice, now a professor at Stanford University, also told host Sean Hannity that Trump’s decision to strike a Syrian military airfield during the summit helped reestablish American credibility on global issues. CONTINUE READING HERE
President Trump and the leaders of Mexico and Canada agreed Wednesday to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the White House said – though Trump warned Thursday he’d be willing to “terminate” the pact if they can’t strike a “fair deal.”
“It is my privilege to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation,” Trump said in a statement late Wednesday. “It is an honor to deal with both [Mexican] President [Enrique] Peña Nieto and [Canadian] Prime Minister [Justin] Trudeau, and I believe that the end result will make all three countries stronger and better.”
The White House added that Trump “agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time” and that all three leaders “”agreed to proceed swiftly, according to their required internal procedures, to enable the renegotiation” of the trade deal to “the benefit of all three countries.” CONTINUE READING HERE
White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner played a key role in the U.S.-Canadian talks that ultimately resulted in President Trump’s decision last month to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement instead of scrapping the pact altogether, according to multiple reports – but exactly who blinked first is unknown.
Canada’s The National Post reported Monday that a White House official, later identified by the Toronto Metro and Associated Press as Trump’s aide and son-in-law Kushner, called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office to “urge” him to persuade Trump against pulling out of NAFTA, which Trump has previously called the “worst trade deal ever.”CONTINUE READING HERE
FBI Director James Comey last week reportedly misstated the number of Hillary Clinton’s emails that Huma Abedin forwarded to her husband, Anthony Weiner, to print out, ProPublica reported.
Comey told a Senate Judiciary Committee last week that Abedin forwarded “hundreds of thousands” of Clinton’s emails to her husband. But two unnamed sources familiar with the matter told ProPublica that Abedin only forwarded a handful of those emails.
The sources told Pro Publica that it was more likely that most of the emails appeared on Weiner’s laptop as a result of backups of her Blackberry device. The FBI said it would correct the record by sending a letter to Congress later this week, but that plan appeared to be on hold for now, the website reported.CONTINUE READING HERE
May 8, 2017
By Arshad Mohammed
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday she would prefer that President Donald Trump not criticize judges and the media but that U.S. democratic institutions can withstand such comments.
Speaking in an interview, Rice also described Trump as having a somewhat “transactional” view of foreign relations but she broadly endorsed his approach of seeking to enlist China’s help to get North Korea to rein in its nuclear program.CONTINUE READING HERE
President Trump was set to begin his bid Monday to reshape the makeup of the lower federal courts, with an expected rollout of several conservative nominees for judicial vacancies.
Hoping to build on the successful confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, the president is said to have a list of additional conservative nominees at the ready.
The White House said the president will announce 10 judicial nominees on Monday.CONTINUE READING HERE