Showing posts with label Trump. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Trump. Show all posts

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Legislators request that Trump turn over any Comey tapes

WASHINGTON: US administrators approached President Donald Trump to turn over any tapes of discussions with let go FBI boss James Comey, conceivably setting up a standoff with the White House as Democrats considered a blacklist of the vote on Comey's substitution.

In an exceedingly bizarre move, Trump a week ago seemed to recommend on Twitter that he may have tapes of discussions with Comey and cautioned the previous executive of the Federal Bureau of Investigation against conversing with the media. Trump and a White House representative declined to affirm or deny whether such tapes exist.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said the White House must "dispel any confusion air" about whether there are any taped discussions.

"You can't be charming about tapes. On the off chance that there are any tapes of this discussion, they should be turned over," Graham told NBC's "Meet the Press" program.

Trump started a political firestorm when he suddenly let go Comey a week ago. The FBI has been examining asserted Russian interfering in the US decision and conceivable ties amongst Moscow and the Trump crusade.

Democrats have blamed Trump for endeavoring to defeat the FBI's test and have required some kind of free investigation into the matter.

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Trump Cabinet nominees meet growing ethical questions

Three of Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks came under growing fire Wednesday on ethical issues, potentially jeopardizing their nominations.

The most serious concerns surround personal investments by Trump’s health and human services nominee, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), in health-care firms that benefited from legislation that he was pushing at the time.

Additionally, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Trump’s choice to head the Office of Management and Budget, has acknowledged during his confirmation process that he failed to pay more than $15,000 in state and federal employment taxes for a household employee.

And Commerce Department nominee Wilbur Ross revealed that one of the “dozen or so” housekeepers he has hired since 2009 was undocumented, which he said he discovered only recently. The employee was fired as a result, he added.

All of those are the kinds of problems that have torpedoed nominees in the past. But it is far from certain — or even likely — that any of Trump’s nominees will buckle under the political pressure.

 Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Donald Trump’s nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget, acknowledes failing to pay more than $15,000 in state and federal employment taxes for a household employee. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)
That is in part because the ­president-elect himself has broken so many norms — notably, by flouting the convention of major-party presidential candidates making their tax returns public and by refusing to sever himself from his financial interests while he is in the White House.

Critics say that Trump’s actions and those of his nominees suggest that an incoming administration that promised to “drain the swamp” of Washington has instead brought in a new, lower set of standards.


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Trump eager to work with Putin

President-elect Donald Trump signaled an openness to working with Russian President Vladimir Putin on a nuclear reduction deal to ease American sanctions.

Trump's interview with the Times of London, published Sunday afternoon, comes amid ongoing questions in the U.S. in the days before his inauguration this Friday about Putin's election-related cyberattacks last year on Trump's behalf and the possibility that the president-elect's campaign was in contact with Russian intermediaries.

Although Trump's team Sunday denied a separate Times of London report that his first foreign visit was to be a summit with Putin in Reykjavik, Trump himself revealed an openness to easing sanctions on Russia that the U.S. and NATO allies have imposed in response to Russia's annexation of territory in Ukraine and Crimea.

“They have sanctions on Russia — let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia," Trump told the Times. "For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that’s part of it. But Russia’s hurting very badly right now because of sanctions, but I think something can happen that a lot of people are gonna benefit.”

Trump, who has been consistently and surprisingly complimentary of Putin and critical of the Obama administration's policy toward Russia, did criticize Putin's intervention in Syria, calling it "a very bad thing" that led to a "terrible humanitarian situation."