Trump administration sends mixed messages on resettlement of refugees with Australia. Can Trump be trusted? 

Trump administration sends mixed messages on resettlement of refugees with Australia. Can Trump be trusted?

A day before the conversation with Turnbull, Trump had signed an executive order suspending the admission of refugees.

There have been mixed messages from Washington all week on the state of the agreement with Australia.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed on Wednesday that Trump had agreed to honor the deal.

But a White House statement sent to Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Thursday said: 

“The president is still considering whether or not he will move forward with this deal at this time.”

Read the full article from NBC News here.

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White House administration advisors Conway and Bannon are members of secret hate society Council for National Policy.

White House administration advisors Conway and Bannon are members of secret hate society Council for National Policy.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has revealed that longtime Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway and Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of the far-right Breitbart News operation, were named on Aug. 17 as, respectively, the Trump campaign’s manager and its chief executive officer. The appointment of Bannon was by far the more controversial choice, given his role at a “news” outlet known for bashing immigrants, Muslims, women and others.

The CNP is an intensely secretive and shadowy group of what The New York Times once described as “the most powerful conservatives in the country.” It is so tight-lipped that it tells people not to admit their membership or even name the group. Revealing when or where the group meets, or what it discusses, is also forbidden. The organization, which can only be joined by invitation and at a cost of thousands of dollars, strives mightily to keep its membership rolls secret.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which publishes Hatewatch, obtained a copy this spring of the CNP’s 2014 membership directory, a closely held document. It shows that Conway was a member of the CNP’s executive committee that year, and that Bannon was a regular member. It is not known if they remain.  More from SPLC here.  

Trump loses, ordered to pay nearly $6 million in Jupiter Florida golf course lawsuit.

Trump loses, ordered to pay nearly $6 million in Jupiter Florida golf course lawsuit.

A federal judge has ordered a golf club owned by President Donald Trump to refund nearly $6 million to members who said Trump’s team essentially confiscated refundable deposits after taking over the country club in 2012. 

U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth A. Marra ruled that the Trump National Jupiter Golf Club violated the contracts with members by retaining the fees and locking out many members who had declared their plans to resign.  More from Politico here.  

1000 State Department officials dissent from Trump immigration executive order. 

1000 State Department officials dissent from Trump immigration executive order.

The New York Times is reporting by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the letter had attracted around 1,000 signatures, State Department officials said, far more than any dissent cable in recent years. It was being delivered to management, and department officials said more diplomats wanted to add their names to it.

The State Department has 7,600 Foreign Service officers and 11,000 civil servants. Read more here from the New York Times.

Man Trump relies on for bogus voter fraud claim numbers caught in a lie about his own non-profit.

Man Trump relies on for bogus voter fraud claim numbers caught in a lie about his own non-profit.

CNN Politics is reporting Phillips has publicly described VotersTrust as a non-profit, specifically a 501c4, a type of non-profit that does not have to disclose its donors. CNN’s KFile was unable to locate any public records listing VotersTrust as a nonprofit.

In a phone interview Sunday, Phillips initially denied to CNN’s KFile ever describing it as a nonprofit, though it is described that way on the VotersTrust website and Phillips described it that way as recently as December in a radio interview. “I have another non-profit that I run called The Voters Trust,” he said on the The Bob Phillips Show on KTXW.  More information from CNN Politics here.