Tag: Bannon, Stephen K

The Tea Party Didn’t Get What It Wanted, but It Did Unleash the Politics of Anger

In the late summer of 2009, as the recession-ravaged economy bled half a million jobs a month, the country seemed to lose its mind. Lawmakers accustomed to scheduling town hall meetings where no one would show up suddenly faced shouting crowds of hundreds, some of whom brought a holstered pistol or a rifle slung over […]

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Three-Ring White House

President Trump has a well-earned reputation as congenitally dishonest and occasionally disconnected from reality. But let’s give him credit when he is dead-on in an assessment, no matter how puerile. Recent example: In his brewing feud with Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House communications director, Mr. Trump recently tweeted: “Nobody ever heard of this dope […]

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Trump Allies Target Journalists Over Coverage Deemed Hostile to White House

WASHINGTON — A loose network of conservative operatives allied with the White House is pursuing what they say will be an aggressive operation to discredit news organizations deemed hostile to President Trump by publicizing damaging information about journalists. It is the latest step in a long-running effort by Mr. Trump and his allies to undercut […]

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‘Hong Kong Thing’ Is ‘Very Tough,’ but Trump Doesn’t Criticize China

WASHINGTON — President Trump, presenting himself as a neutral observer of the mass protests in Hong Kong, offered lukewarm support on Tuesday for pro-democracy demonstrators there but stopped short of criticizing the government in Beijing. In comments to reporters and in a series of afternoon tweets, Mr. Trump took no strong position on the demonstrations […]

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How a Trump Ally Tested the Boundaries of Washington’s Influence Game

WASHINGTON — Elliott Broidy had the kind of past that might have given a more traditional White House reason to keep him at a distance: A wealthy businessman, he had pleaded guilty in 2009 to giving nearly $1 million in illegal gifts to New York State officials to help land a $250 million investment from […]

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The Day Jeffrey Epstein Told Me He Had Dirt on Powerful People

Almost exactly a year ago, on Aug. 16, 2018, I visited Jeffrey Epstein at his cavernous Manhattan mansion. The overriding impression I took away from our roughly 90-minute conversation was that Mr. Epstein knew an astonishing number of rich, famous and powerful people, and had photos to prove it. He also claimed to know a […]

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Tillerson Says He Was Cut Out of Decisions by Kushner and Bannon

WASHINGTON — Saudi and Emirati leaders bypassed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in 2017 when they told Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon, close advisers to President Trump, about secret plans to impose a blockade on Qatar, a critical American ally in the Middle East. Mr. Tillerson was taken by surprise when the blockade was announced, […]

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Tillerson Says He and Mattis Were Cut Out of Foreign Policy Decisions by Kushner and Bannon

WASHINGTON — Saudi and Emirati leaders told Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon, close advisers to President Trump, over a 2017 dinner in Riyadh about secret plans to impose a blockade on Qatar, a critical American ally in the Middle East, and bypassed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was taken by surprise when the blockade […]

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Michael Wolff Talks ‘Siege,’ Trump, Journalism and His Definition of Truth

“Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Michael Wolff’s account of President Trump’s early tenure, sold more than four million copies, spawned a TV deal, prompted the president to threaten legal action and led to the ouster of Stephen K. Bannon from the White House and Breitbart News. On Tuesday, Mr. Wolff returns with […]

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In ‘Siege: Trump Under Fire,’ Michael Wolff Chats With Steve Bannon While the Establishment Burns

You might think that Michael Wolff, whose blockbuster “Fire and Fury” wasn’t exactly a glowing portrait of President Trump’s first year in the White House, might have burned so many bridges that a second insider book on the administration would have been an impossible task. But it’s not as if the Trump team became more […]

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Alibaba Weighs a Hong Kong Listing as Trade Hawks Turn Up the Temperature

BEIJING — President Trump’s trade war with China has prompted a broad rethinking of how the American and Chinese economies have become so intertwined, leading some manufacturers to trim supply chains in China and the American authorities to start cutting off access to crucial technology for Chinese companies like Huawei. Now another important area is […]

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