Tag: Trump, Donald J

Diplomat Told House Investigators He Raised Alarm About Hunter Biden in 2015

WASHINGTON — A career State Department official told impeachment investigators this week that he raised concerns with a senior White House official in 2015 about the son of then-Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. holding a position on the board of a Ukrainian gas company. But the warning from George P. Kent, then a State […]

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I Joined the Army to Prevent Genocide, Not to Pave the Way for It

Video The U.S. withdrawal from northern Syria is immoral and un-American, says this national guard captain. In the Video Op-Ed above, Alan Kennedy, a captain in the Colorado Army National Guard who served this summer in northern Syria, condemns President Trump’s decision to fully withdraw American troops from the area and abandon our Kurdish allies […]

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When Brand Trump Met Brand Vuitton

On Thursday two of the most powerful brands in politics and high fashion collided in Johnson County, Texas, a rural area about a half-hour’s drive south of Fort Worth. They met in a blur of pomp, supple leather and mutual appreciation as President Trump joined Bernard Arnault, founder and chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis […]

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New Energy Secretary Fits Trend: Cabinet Dominated by Lobbyists

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump likes to say that people in his political orbit come straight out of central casting, “tough hombres” from far beyond the Capital Beltway ready to roil the swamp. Increasingly, though, his cabinet is full of lobbyists. […]

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Supreme Court to Rule on Trump’s Power to Fire Head of Consumer Bureau

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would hear a challenge to the leadership structure of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, agreeing to decide whether the president is free to fire its director without cause. The bureau, the brainchild of Elizabeth Warren, then a law professor at Harvard and now a senator […]

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Viral Photo Captures Power Dynamic Between Trump and Nancy Pelosi

WASHINGTON — When President Trump tweeted a photograph of Speaker Nancy Pelosi rising to storm out of a meeting with him this week in the Cabinet Room, he meant it as an insult, branding her “Nervous Nancy” and saying she had had an “unhinged meltdown.” But the photograph — which depicts Ms. Pelosi, 79, standing […]

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On Day 1,001, Trump Made It Clear: Being ‘Presidential’ Is Boring

DALLAS — At one point during one of his most unpresidential of days, President Trump insisted that he knew how to be presidential. “It’s much easier being presidential, it’s easy,” he told a stadium full of more than 20,000 boisterous supporters in MAGA hats and T-shirts cheering his every word on Thursday night. “All you […]

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Mattis Mocks Trump’s Bone Spurs and Love of Fast Food

Jim Mattis, the former defense secretary, departed from his usual reticence about President Trump and mocked his former boss in a speech on Thursday night that made fun of his bone spur diagnosis during the Vietnam War and his love for fast food. The president had recently referred to Mr. Mattis, a retired four-star Marine […]

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The Impeachment Will Be Televised

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Earlier this week, my colleague Nicholas Kristof interviewed Representative Adam Schiff — the Democrat leading the impeachment inquiry — at a public event in New York. Toward the end, Nicholas asked about the inquiry’s apparent lack of […]

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How Did Gordon Sondland Think This Was Going to End?

Ever since Donald Trump began his nightmarish political ascent, some psychologists have been warning us, with increasing urgency, about what it means to have a malignant narcissist in power. In many cases, they’ve been more accurate about the trajectory of the last three years than the Washington hands who assumed Donald Trump would be constrained […]

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Fighting Continues in Syria, Hours After Cease-Fire Deal

ISTANBUL — Fighting continued in northern Syria between Turkish and Syrian Kurdish fighters on Friday morning, casting further doubt on the feasibility of a cease-fire announced on Thursday by Vice President Mike Pence and Turkish officials. The cease-fire deal had already amounted to a near victory for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, who appears […]

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How Pending Decision on Obamacare Could Upend 2020 Campaign

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in New Orleans is preparing a ruling on the Affordable Care Act that could put the law’s future front and center in the presidential race, overwhelming the current Democratic debate over Medicare for all and reigniting the health care-driven worries that helped Democrats win back the House last year. […]

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The Navy Wants to Push Out Problem SEALs. But Trump May Get in the Way.

Spiking drinks with cocaine, shooting Iraqi civilians, strangling a Green Beret: The Navy SEAL teams have been rocked by one high-profile scandal after another in recent months, and the leader of the elite commando force, Rear Adm. Collin P. Green, has vowed to clean house. Admiral Green has come down hard on misconduct, fired two […]

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Trevor Noah Can’t Keep Up With the Scandals

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. If you’re interested in hearing from The Times regularly about great TV, sign up for our Watching newsletter and get recommendations straight to your inbox. ‘We Totally Caught Ourselves […]

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Trump Will Host Next G7 Summit at His Doral Resort

WASHINGTON — President Trump has decided to host the Group of 7 meeting next June at the Trump National Doral near Miami, Mick Mulvaney, the president’s acting chief of staff, said Thursday, a decision that prompted immediate questions about whether it was a conflict of interest for him to choose one of his own properties […]

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A Scotch Maker’s Challenge: First Brexit. Now Tariffs.

ISLAY, Scotland — Britain’s planned departure from the European Union has turned distiller Anthony Wills’s workdays into a marathon of logistics. For months, he communicated with importers to ensure that his single malt, whisky distilled from barley harvested from his farm on the windswept isle of Islay, could be shipped to the Continent and the […]

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Trump Compares Turks and Kurds to ‘Two Kids’ Fighting

DALLAS — President Trump insisted on Thursday night that he was smart to let Turkey attack America’s Kurdish allies in northern Syria, comparing the two warring sides to children on a playground who need to slug it out before settling their differences. Speaking at a campaign rally hours after Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary […]

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15 Times Trump and His Allies Claimed ‘No Quid Pro Quo’

WASHINGTON — It was not the message that the White House and its supporters have been trying to hammer home in recent weeks as the impeachment investigation has intensified on Capitol Hill: Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said Thursday that President Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine in part to pressure […]

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Read Mulvaney’s Conflicting Statements on Quid Pro Quo

Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s acting chief of staff, answered questions on Thursday about Mr. Trump’s interactions with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine that are at the center of an impeachment inquiry. Mr. Mulvaney said the United States withheld nearly $400 million in military aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate what the president has long insisted […]

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