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Trump slams Puerto Rico mayor, Democrats, news media over Hurricane Maria response

  • 8:59 am Saturday, September 30th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Lashing out at the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump went on Twitter Saturday morning to rebuff her complaints about the federal response to Hurricane Maria, accusing Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz of “poor leadership,” and saying that Democrats and the news media were doing all they can to “get Trump.”

“The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,” the President said, as the mayor has repeatedly gone on television and questioned U.S. disaster relief efforts on the island, [More]

After Price resignation, Democrats keep focus on travel by other Trump officials

  • 4:00 am Saturday, September 30th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

With the resignation on Friday of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, amid a furor over private charter jet trips paid for by taxpayer dollars, Democrats in Congress demanded a full accounting of travel expenses by other members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, using the dust up to bolster their attacks on members of the Trump Administration.

“It’s time for full accountability on how the Jet Set Cabinet has spent our tax dollars,” said Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN).

“I am glad that Tom Price has resigned,” said Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA). “Just another example of what appears to be serious ethical [More]

HHS Secretary Tom Price resigns from Trump Cabinet amid furor over private jet trips

  • 4:41 pm Friday, September 29th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Under fire for taking a number of private charter jets at taxpayer expense for government trips, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned on Friday, as the White House said Price had offered his resignation, and President Donald Trump had accepted that. The announcement came not long after Mr. Trump had told reporters a decision on Price’s future was imminent.

“I’m not happy, okay?” the President told reporters. “I’m not happy.”

But Mr. Trump – who has railed against others in his Cabinet, only to allow them to keep their jobs – did not specifically say what he was [More]

Trump near decision on fate of HHS chief amid questions over private jet use

  • 4:25 pm Friday, September 29th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

With press reports that he was frustrated by continuing stories about the cost to taxpayers of private charter jets used for travel by health secretary Tom Price, President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday afternoon at the White House that he was ready to announce a decision on whether Price would remain in his post.

“I’m not happy, okay?” the President told reporters. “I’m not happy.”

But Mr. Trump – who has railed against others in his Cabinet, only to allow them to keep their jobs – did not specifically say what he was going to do with Price.

“Is it safe [More]

Trump: “Big decisions” must be made about rebuilding Puerto Rico

  • 8:45 am Friday, September 29th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

With questions being raised by lawmakers in both parties about U.S. disaster relief efforts in the Caribbean after Hurricane Maria, President Donald Trump on Friday raised the specter of a more limited government response in the American territory of Puerto Rico, writing on Twitter that “big decisions” will have to be made about the future of the island.

“The fact is that Puerto Rico has been destroyed by two hurricanes,” the President said. “Big decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding.”

It wasn’t immediately clear what the President was suggesting – but the widespread nature [More]

White House leaves Tom Price hanging over use of private charter jets, as Price apologizes

  • 4:22 pm Thursday, September 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

The White House on Thursday did nothing to pull back President Donald Trump’s comments that he might fire health secretary Tom Price, as officials said they had asked the Department of Health and Human Services not to allow the former Georgia Congressman to travel on any charter jets while a pair of internal investigations into his travel are completed, as Price issued an apology and said he would fly commercial in the future.

“I regret the concerns that this has raised regarding the use of taxpayer dollars, Price said in a written statement.

“I will take no more charter flights as Secretary [More]

Months after baseball shooting, Rep. Steve Scalise returns to Congress

  • 11:16 am Thursday, September 28th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

To thunderous ovations on the floor of the U.S. House, Majority Whip Steve Scalise thanked the police and fellow lawmakers who came to his aid after a gunman started shooting at Republicans gathered for a morning baseball practice earlier this year, telling his colleagues that he was a living example ‘that miracles really do happen.’

“You have no idea how great this feels to be back at work,” Scalise said, as he thanked his doctors, his family, and the police officers who returned fire, killing the shooter before he could go after more GOP lawmakers and aides.

“David, you are my hero,” [More]

Senator says Russian trolls stirred trouble via Twitter over NFL anthem dispute

  • 8:20 pm Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

The Trump Administration on Wednesday was urged to do more to deal with Russian internet “troll farms,” which experts say are continuing to stir political trouble in the United States on social media, as a Republican Senator said those internet attacks quickly latched on to the recent debate over players in the National Football League kneeling during the National Anthem.

“We watched even this weekend, the Russians, the troll farms, and their internet folks, start hashtagging out, ‘take a knee,’ and also hashtagging out ‘boycott NFL,’ said Sen. James Lankford (R-OK).

“They were taking both sides of the argument this past weekend, [More]

Trump opens door to possibly firing HHS Secretary Tom Price over private jet flights

  • 1:59 pm Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

With a U.S. House committee now asking for details about private charter jet travel at taxpayer expense by HHS Secretary Tom Price and other top administration officials, President Donald Trump on Wednesday left open the possibility that he might fire the former Georgia Congressman, bluntly telling reporters he is ‘not happy’ with news reports about Price’s flights.

“I will tell you personally, I’m not happy about it,” the President told reporters as he left the White House on Wednesday afternoon for a speech on tax reform.

“I am not happy with him,” Mr. Trump said of Price, who left Congress earlier this [More]

Congress asks for details on charter jet flights taken by top Trump officials

  • 10:31 am Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

With more details emerging about private charter flights taken at government expense by top officials of the Trump Administration, leading lawmakers on a key oversight committee in Congress asked the White House on Wednesday for details on those flights, raising questions about the proper stewardship of taxpayer dollars, as President Trump left open the chance that he might fire his health secretary over the matter.

“I am not happy with him,” the President said of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, and stories about Price taking multiple private charter jet flights.

Asked if he was thinking about firing Price, the President [More]