Your Daily Dose of Trump and His Administration News
- Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a central witness in the impeachment charges against President Donald Trump, was removed from his job and escorted out of the White House on Friday, according to his lawyer. Vindman’s removal from a detail at the National Security Council came just two days after Trump’s acquittal in his impeachment trial and hours after the president told reporters he was “not happy” with the NSC aide.
- Vindman’s twin brother Yevgeny has been fired from NSC, too, and was also escorted from the White House.
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fired regional administrator Michael Stoker, who alleges his dismissal was personal and based on his good working relationship with Democrats.
- Trump ordered Gordon D. Sondland, the founder of a hotel chain who donated a million dollars to the president’s inaugural committee, recalled from his post as the ambassador to the European Union.
- Sen. Graham says he talked to AG Barr and they have set up a “process” by which Rudy Giuliani will now send his Biden “dirt” directly to AG Barr.
- President Trump late Saturday ramped up his attacks on Democrat Joe Manchin over his vote to convict the president in the Senate impeachment trial, calling the West Virginia senator a “puppet” who is “weak and pathetic.” “Can’t say I mind the fact that the great people of West Virginia are furious at their puppet Democrat Senator, Joe Manchin,” Trump tweeted. “They will never forget his phony vote on the Impeachment Hoax. All he had to do is read the Transcripts, sadly, which he wouldn’t understand anyway.”
- The Justice Department has ended its antitrust investigation of automakers who formed a voluntary deal with California to reduce air pollution — a probe that was one of a series of punitive Trump administration actions against blue states and their liberal policies. The DOJ was investigating whether Ford, Volkswagen, Honda and BMW illegally coordinated last year when they agreed to follow California’s stringent vehicle fuel-economy targets, largely out of concern for climate change.
- At an Amman, Jordan meeting, Marzouq al-Ghanim, the speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly threw Trump’s peace plan into the trash adding “goodbye.”