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Donald Trump Told By Party Member To ‘Remove His Children From The White House’

Eleanor Rose
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Donald Trump should remove his children from the presidential administration, a congressman from his own party has said.

Representative Bill Flores of Texas said: “I’m going out on a limb here – but I would say I think it would be in the president’s best interest if he removed all his children from the White House.

“Not only Donald Trump [Jr] but Ivanka and Jared Kushner,” the Republican politician told Texas TV station KBTX. Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Mr Kushner both hold posts as his senior advisors.

The advice comes after the release on Tuesday of an incendiary series of emails showing that Mr Trump Jr worked to arrange a meeting between Mr Kushner and a Russian lawyer who claimed to hold potentially incriminating material about Hillary Clinton.

“I do find issues with the meeting, that it’s a meeting that should not have taken place,” said Rep. Flores on KBTX.

“I think he probably thought he was looking out for his father’s best interests.”

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Rep. Flores later clarified his comments in a statement.

“Through no fault of their own, the presence of President Trump’s adult children in the White House has caused some distractions from the work the Trump administration is doing on behalf of hardworking American families,” Flores said in the statement.

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“Given the liberal media’s unwavering scrutiny of the Trump administration, it may be beneficial for the president to do all he can to remove any distractions from the administration so that he can focus on our conservative agenda.”

President Trump defended his children this week, saying in Paris on Thursday: “My son is a wonderful young man. He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government lawyer, but a Russian lawyer.”  (Evening Standard)

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Donald Trump Jnr Posts Emails Of Russian Offer Of Material To Harm Clinton’s Candidacy ‘I Love It’

David Smith in Washington

Related: Trump Jr ‘was told lawyer had info from Kremlin’ (Provided by Sky News)
 

Donald Trump Jr has been forced to release damning emails that show he welcomed what he was told was a Russian government attempt to harm Hillary Clinton’s election campaign.

The emails show music promoter Rob Goldstone telling the future US president’s son that “the crown prosecutor of Russia” had offered “to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father”.

Goldstone adds: “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr Trump.”

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Trump Jr replies 17 minutes later and welcomes the offer. “If it’s what you say, I love it, especially later in the summer.”

In a later email, Goldstone describes the Russian lawyer they were due to meet, Natalia Veselnitskaya, as a “Russian government attorney”.

The formatting of the emails suggests that Trump Jr forwarded the whole chain to Paul Manafort, then Trump’s campaign chairman, and Jared Kushner, Trump Jr’s brother-in-law, before the meeting the three attended with Veselnitskaya.

Trump Jr released the email exchange on Tuesday apparently to pre-empt their publication by the New York Times, which, this weekend, first broke the news of his meeting with Veselnitskaya in June last year. Veselnitskaya had promised compromising information about Clinton but apparently failed to deliver.

The president’s eldest son denies any wrongdoing and tweeted on Tuesday: “Media and Dems are extremely invested in the Russia story. If this nonsense meeting is all they have after a year, I understand the desperation!”

On Monday night, the Times had reported that Trump Jr was informed in an email before a meeting with the lawyer that damaging information about Clinton to be handed over was part of an effort by the Russian government to help the Trump campaign.

The Times did not publish the Goldstone email but reported that three different people had described it to them. On Tuesday the paper published the email, and Trump Jr posted the email chain to Twitter.

There is no such position as crown prosecutor of Russia.

(The Guardian)

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Donald Trump Jnr Attacks Mayor Of London, Sadiq Khan, Over Terrorism

Donald Trump Jr has joined his father in attacking Sadiq Khan, saying the Mayor of London is “pretending” there isn’t a problem with terrorism in the capital.

The US President’s son waded in on the row, which has led Mr Khan to suggest that Donald Trump’s planned state visit to Britain should be cancelled, during a television interview on Tuesday.

Mr Trump had previously branded Mr Khan “pathetic” as he criticised him for saying there was “no reason to be alarmed” by the additional police presence on the capital’s streets following the London Bridge terror attack.

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And Trump Jr added in an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America: “Rather than the Mayor of London attacking maybe he should do something about it.

“Maybe he should do something to fix the problem rather than just sit there and pretend there isn’t one.

“I think that’s an important message.”

He also defended his father, saying: “Every time he puts something out there he gets criticised by the media all day every day by everyone else and guess what? Two weeks later he’s proven to be right.”

“It happened again and we keep appeasing it and keep saying, ‘okay, it’s going to be great. We’re going to hold fast and we’re going to keep calm and carry on.’

“Maybe we have to keep calm and actually do something. And I think that’s what he’s trying to say because he’s been proven right every time.”

Trump Jr also slammed Sadiq Khan after the terror attack in Westminster over comments the Mayor made in an interview last year about terrorism.

The President’s son quoted an interview Mr Khan did with the Evening Standard last September, following an explosion in the Chelsea district of New York that left 29 people injured.

The Mayor said in the interview that terror attacks were “part and parcel of life in the big city”.

Trump Jr linked to a report of the interview in a tweet, saying “You have to be kidding me?!”                  (Evening Standard)

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Oscar’s Best Picture Flub Occurred Because Show ‘Focused So Hard’ On Me-Trump

 

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President Donald Trump, making his first remarks on an Oscar ceremony where he and his policies were a frequent target of jokes and serious speeches, told Breitbart News that the ceremony’s political tone may have played a role in the major flub of the announcement of best picture.

“I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” Trump told Breitbart. “It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars. It didn’t feel like a very glamorous evening. I’ve been to the Oscars. There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad.”

In the final award of the evening, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented the best picture to “La La Land.” Minutes later, though, the producers of the movie were informed on stage that they didn’t win. Jordan Horowitz then announced that “Moonlight” had won the honour, holding up a card from an envelope showing that was the case.

As it turned out, Beatty was given the wrong envelope as he took the stage. It was a duplicate of the previous category, best actress, showing that Emma Stone of “La La Land” had won. He looked puzzled after he opened the envelope, pausing for a few moments before handing it to Dunaway, who then blurted out that “La La Land” had won.

It’s unclear if Trump actually watched the ceremony. Last week, White House spokesman Sean Spicer suggested that he and the first lady would be too busy hosting the nation’s governors at a White House dinner.

A number of presenters and winners made political references, on issues including immigration and diversity, while host Jimmy Kimmel made Trump the target of jokes throughout the evening.

Trump did have a connection to the ceremony: His treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, financed and was an executive producer of “Suicide Squad,” which won for hair and makeup.

Although Trump did not tweet about the ceremony, as he has done in the past, his son, Donald Trump Jr., did. He made a dig at another flub of the evening when the show used the wrong photo to identify Janet Patterson, a costume designer, for their In Memoriam segment. The woman in the photo, producer Jan Chapman, is still alive.

(Variety)

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