In The Past 24 Hours Or So

October 22, 2019

Your Daily Dose of Trump and His Administration News

  • Trump says “The New York Times … is a fake newspaper. We don’t even want it in the White House anymore, we’re going to probably terminate that and The Washington Post” He was complaining about their Pulitzer Prizes. He is falsely claiming the Times apologized for its coverage.

NOTE: The White House said Tuesday it will not be renewing subscriptions to The New York Times and The Washington Post, two papers the president frequently attacks

  • Trump talks about Elizabeth Warren using her name. “Pocahontas,” Hannity interjects. “Pocahontas,” Trump agrees.
  • Trump compared the impeachment inquiry to “a lynching.”
  • Trump tells Hannity that if his sons Don Jr & Eric accepted payments from questionable foreign sources “it would be the biggest story of the century.” 

NOTE: The Trump Organization does take payments from questionable foreign sources.

  • As a result of Trump administration policies, about a million children who had been covered by Medicaid no longer are. 
  • Trump’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, is testifying to Congress in the impeachment inquiry. Taylor is the diplomat who complained that the administration was withholding aid to Ukraine to help Trump’s campaign.
  • Mike Pompeo, in a speech to Heritage, once again suggests the anti-ISIS coalition was built by the Trump administration. “It was the Trump admin with the help of SDF fighters and 70 nations that built a coalition”

NOTE: This is untrue. The coalition was launched under Obama.

  • Bill Taylor testified that he was told by Ambassador Gordon Sondland that the release of military aid was contingent on public declarations from Ukraine that it would investigate the Bidens & 2016 election, contradicting Trump’s denial he used the money as leverage for political gain.
  • Per source in the room, Bill Taylor’s opening statement was 15 pages long and prompted “a lot of sighs and gasps.”
  • White House personnel staff have reportedly told President Donald Trump that his top two picks to temporarily serve as acting homeland security secretary, Ken Cuccinelli or Mark Morgan, are ineligible for the job due to rules that govern federal agency succession.
  • Trump called on Republicans to “get tougher and fight” against the House impeachment inquiry.
  • Trump has been fielding suggestions on who might succeed his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, amid frustration at his team’s response to the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
  • Kellyanne Conway or Steve Mnuchin may replace Mick Mulvaney as Chief Of Staff when he gets fired.
  • Shah Zuberi, a Los Angeles financier who donated $900,000 to President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, has admitted to falsifying records to hide his work as a foreign agent while he lobbied prominent U.S. government officials.Zuberi has agreed to plead guilty to three counts for allegedly making almost $1 million in illegal campaign contributions, engaging in various lobbying efforts, and evading taxes.
  • DOJ official says the department was unaware ambassadors were discussing linking the Ukraine investigation to Barr’s probe of the 2016 election.

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