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12 hours ago

Fox News has hired former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders as a contributor. Sanders served as Trump’s press secretary from July 2017 until late June, when she resigned. Former press secretaries are typically in high demand by the cable news networks because of their insight into the personalities, politics and policies at the White House and their familiarity to the public. Sanders was a frequent interview guest on Fox during her time as press secretary. During her tenure, the White House stopped giving press briefings, but Sanders nevertheless appeared regularly on Fox, especially “Fox & Friends." Read more by clicking the link in our bio. (Photo by @jabinbotsford /The Washington Post)

14 hours ago

President Trump has become flummoxed that Jewish Americans are not lining up to support his reelection, The Post reported, citing people familiar with his thinking. And the president has lashed out in predictable fashion. “If you vote for a Democrat, you’re very, very disloyal to Israel and to the Jewish people,” Trump said Wednesday at the White House, amplifying a statement he made a day earlier: “I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” Throughout his presidency, Trump has aimed at executing a pro-Israel checklist: moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing the Golan Heights as part of sovereign Israel, and taking a hard line against Iran. This turn in the president’s rhetoric about Jews magnifies his transactional approach to politics and his miscalculation that his support for Israel should automatically translate into electoral support from Jewish Americans. Read more by clicking the link in our bio. (Photo by @jabinbotsford /The Washington Post)

1 day ago

Outside the White House on Wednesday, President Trump attacked Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, saying she had made “nasty” comments about his interest in having the United States purchase Greenland. Tuesday night, Trump announced that he was abruptly calling off a planned two-day state visit to Copenhagen next month over Frederiksen’s refusal to entertain the sale of Greenland, which is part of the kingdom of Denmark. Frederiksen called the idea of the sale “absurd” over the weekend after news broke of Trump’s interest — a characterization that apparently offended him. “I thought it was not a nice statement, the way she blew me off,” Trump said on Wednesday. “She shouldn’t treat the United States that way … She said ‘absurd.’ That’s not the right word to use.” Read more by clicking the link in our bio. (Photos by @jabinbotsford /The Washington Post)

1 day ago

President Trump on Wednesday again defended his trade war with China and downplayed fears of a recession, saying "I am the chosen one."

1 day ago

The Trump administration wants to formally terminate a federal court settlement restricting how long U.S. officials can detain migrant children with their parents and replace it with a new rule that could dramatically increase the time children spend in custody. The new rule would eliminate a 20-day cap for detaining migrant children and make it easier for federal officials to expand family detention nationwide. Officials said they hoped the threat of longer detention would deter the crush of Central American migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and complement existing enforcement measures. Read more by clicking the link in our bio.

1 day ago

President Trump on Wednesday quoted conservative radio host and known conspiracy theorist Wayne Allyn Root, who praised him as “the greatest President for Jews” and claimed that Israelis “love him like he is the second coming of God.” In tweets, Trump thanked Root for “the very nice words.” Trump’s tweets quoting Root came a day he prompted an outcry by contending that Jewish people who vote for Democrats are showing “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” Read more by clicking the link in our bio. (Photo by @jabinbotsford /The Washington Post)

2 days ago

On Tuesday, President Trump abruptly called off a trip to Denmark, announcing via tweet that he was postponing the visit because the country’s leader was not interested in selling him Greenland. Greenland is a self-governing country that is part of the kingdom of Denmark. In his tweet, Trump said that while Denmark is “a very special country with incredible people,” he is postponing his scheduled meeting with Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen based on her statement “that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland.” “The Prime Minister was able to save a great deal of expense and effort for both the United States and Denmark by being so direct,” Trump added. “I thank her for that and look forward to rescheduling sometime in the future!” Over the weekend, Frederiksen had visited Greenland and told reporters there that Trump’s idea of buying the island was “absurd.” Read more by clicking the link in our bio. (Photo by @jabinbotsford /The Washington Post)

2 days ago

President Trump confirmed Tuesday that he is considering a temporary payroll tax cut amid mounting concerns about an economic slowdown. “Payroll tax is something that we think about, and a lot of people would like to see that, and that very much affects the workers of our country,” Trump said during an exchange with reporters at the White House. The White House had previously disputed that a payroll tax was under consideration. Trump said the United States is “far” from a recession and cautioned that a tax proposal isn’t imminent. “I’m not talking about doing anything at this moment,” he said. Read more by clicking the link in our bio.

2 days ago

President Trump appears to be backing away from potential support for gun background check legislation, The Post reported Monday evening, citing White House aides, congressional leaders and gun advocates. Following the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, Trump said “there is a great appetite” for tightening background checks on people who buy guns. But in recent days, the president has focused in public remarks on the need to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill while emphasizing that the nation already has “very strong background checks right now” — positions that hew more closely to the views of the National Rifle Association. On Monday, Democratic leaders said they viewed Trump’s shifting posture as a sign that he was never serious about leading a push to tighten gun laws. Read more by clicking the link in our bio. (Photo by @jabinbotsford /The Washington Post)

3 days ago

President Trump on Monday chastised the central bank’s chairman, Jerome H. Powell, for a “horrendous lack of vision," seeking to place blame for a potential economic downturn on the Federal Reserve. In a tweet, Trump also called for the Fed to reduce interest rates by at least 100 basis points, marking an escalation of his demands on the central bank. Trump has frequently lashed out at Powell but had never used the phrase “basis points” in a tweet or made such a specific demand. "The Democrats are trying to ‘will’ the Economy to be bad for purposes of the 2020 Election,” Trump tweeted. “Very Selfish! Our dollar is so strong that it is sadly hurting other parts of the world.” He then declared that interest rates, “over a fairly short period of time, should be reduced by at least 100 basis points, with perhaps some quantitative easing as well.” He added: “If that happened, our Economy would be even better, and the World Economy would be greatly and quickly enhanced-good for everyone!” Read more on by clicking the link in our bio. (Photo by @jabinbotsford /The Washington Post; Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX)

3 days ago

This would seem like a good time for DSM, the Dutch life sciences giant, to expand its sprawling manufacturing complex in Greenville, N.C. The company already owns 300 wooded acres right next door, boasts plenty of cash and is producing 24/7 to meet soaring demand for its high-strength materials. But DSM is not adding to its local plant or workforce. In fact, the company is delaying new investment at all of its 32 U.S. sites while executives try to determine whether they -- and other foreign-owned employers -- are really welcome under President Trump.The hesitation to commit new cash to the U.S. follows what executives say is a troubling shift in the president’s “America First” rhetoric, stressing the citizenship of a company’s owners rather than the location of its workforce. In May, Trump went beyond traditional backing for American-made products to declare that “American-owned” operations, at least in the auto industry, are “critical” to U.S. national security. The unusual statement now is undermining Commerce Department efforts to attract job-creating overseas investment, as many executives worry their foreign enterprises might be discriminated against. Go to the link in our bio to read more. (Photo by Eamon Queeney/For The Washington Post)

4 days ago

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday confirmed that the Trump administration is exploring trying to buy the country of Greenland, noting that the self-governing country is a “strategic place” that is rich in minerals. “It’s developing. We’re looking at it,” Kudlow said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Denmark owns Greenland. Denmark is an ally. Greenland is a strategic place … I’m just saying the president, who knows a thing or two about buying real estate, wants to take a look.” President Trump’s desire to buy Greenland, which is part of the kingdom of Denmark, was first reported last week by the Wall Street Journal. Two people with direct knowledge of the directive told The Washington Post that Trump has mentioned the idea for weeks, and aides are waiting for more direction before they decide how seriously they should look into it. Go to the link in our bio to read more. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP)

4 days ago

Workers at a Royal Dutch Shell plant in Monaca, Pa., were forced to choose Tuesday between attending a speech by President Trump or forgoing overtime pay that their co-workers would earn. Attendance was optional, but contract workers who chose not to stand in the crowd would not qualify for time-and-a-half pay when they arrived at work Friday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Several companies with thousands of unionized workers have contracts with Shell, one the world’s largest oil and gas companies. Workers at the unfinished Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex had to arrive at 7 a.m., scan their ID cards and stand for hours until Trump’s speech began, the Post-Gazette reported. “NO SCAN, NO PAY,” a supervisor for one of the contractors wrote to workers, according to the Post-Gazette. The contractor’s memo also banned yelling, protesting or “anything viewed as resistance” at Trump’s speech, the Post-Gazette reported. Go to the link in our bio to read more. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

1 week ago

President Trump appears genuinely worried about the economy, which is showing increasing signs of instability. But just as he has before, the president has found one man on which to focus his blame. This time it is Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome H. Powell, The Post's Aaron Blake writes. Powell could be in for a world of pain ahead of the 2020 election — especially if things do go south. Read more by clicking the link in our bio.

1 week ago

President Trump on Tuesday claimed that if he had a “fair press” the 2020 election "would be over."

1 week ago

President Trump enjoyed overwhelming support from white evangelicals in 2016, winning a higher percentage than George W. Bush, John McCain or Mitt Romney. That enthusiasm has hardly dimmed since then. Almost 70 percent of white evangelicals approve of Trump’s performance in office, according to a 2019 Pew Research Center poll. The Post's interviews with 50 evangelical Christians in three battleground states explain why. In conversation, evangelical voters paint the portrait of the Trump they see: a president who acts like a bully but is fighting for them. A president who sees America like they do, a menacing place where white Christians feel mocked and threatened for their beliefs. A president who’s against abortion and gay rights and who has the economy humming to boot. Read more by clicking the link in our bio. (Photo by Ilana Panich-Linsman for The Washington Post)

1 week ago

On Tuesday, President Trump defended his promotion of a baseless conspiracy theory about the death of Jeffrey Epstein over the weekend, saying he had retweeted a “very highly respected conservative pundit” who is a “big Trump fan.” Trump on Saturday retweeted a message from conservative actor and comedian Terrence K. Williams that suggested former president Bill Clinton might have been involved in the death of Epstein. "That was a retweet," Trump said. "That wasn’t from me. That was from him, but he’s a man with half a million followers, a lot of followers. And he’s respected.” The president added: “So I think I was fine." Read more by clicking the link in our bio. (Photo by @jabinbotsford /The Washington Post)

1 week ago

From paper straws to wind turbines to socially conservative issues, President Trump is deliberately amplifying public tensions by seizing on divisive topics to energize his base, campaign aides and White House advisers told The Post. The president is following much the same strategy that he pursued in 2016 — inserting himself into the issues his supporters are already discussing, and using blunt us-against-them language without regard to nuance or political correctness. As Democrats debate policy, Trump has sought to force his potential rivals to defend the most far-reaching cultural ideas circulating within their party. He has attacked his opponents as un-American, described entire U.S. cities as deplorable, and pitted his mostly white base against an increasingly diverse Democratic Party. Read more by clicking the link in our bio. (Photo by @jabinbotsford /The Washington Post)