Scaramucci is out as White House Communications Director. 

Scaramucci is out as White House Communications Director.

President Donald Trump has removed Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, a little more than a week after the former financier was named to the post, three White House officials said on Monday.

The change came at the request of new chief of staff John Kelly, who started Monday, the officials said. It was not clear whether he would take on a new role after leaving the communications job, nor was it immediately clear who would take over the position.  More from Politico here.

The misguided Commander In Chief makes proclamations by Tweets on transgenders serving in the military while the brass doesn’t know what the hell is going on.

The misguided Commander In Chief makes proclamations by Tweets on transgenders serving in the military while the brass doesn’t know what the hell is going on.

The decree from Trump, who himself avoided serving in Vietnam after receiving a medical deferment for heel spurs, seemed to stun military leaders and civilians alike. The Associated Press reported that the Pentagon seemed unaware of the president’s decision, refusing to answer questions about the new policy and referring all questions to the White House. Secretary of Defense James Mattis is currently on vacation. And the Senate Armed Services Committee, which oversees the nation’s military, was not briefed beforehand. Senator John McCain, who chairs the committee, released a statement condemning the decision and ripping Trump for making policy announcements over Twitter.

More from Vanity Fair here.

Trump organization fails to provide follow through on payment from foreign governments at Trump Hotel given Donald’s promise re the Emoluments Clause.

Trump organization fails to provide follow through on payment from foreign governments at Trump Hotel given Donald’s promise re the Emoluments Clause.

‪Vanity Fair is reporting according to a company document, the Trump Organization is not keeping track of all payments coming in from foreign governments, and it appears it is throwing up its hands at the idea of doing so.
“It is not our intention nor design of this policy for our Properties to attempt to identify individual travelers who have not specifically identified themselves as being a representative of a foreign government entity on foreign government business,” the document reads. That would “impede upon personal privacy and diminish the guest experience of our brand”—an inconvenient fact that the president and his two adult sons, who are now running the Trump Organization, must have failed to consider. More from Vanity Fair here.
Lies and Liars: How and Why Sociopaths Lie and How You Can Detect and Deal with Them

Trump boasts in July just six months into his presidency he has signed more bills than any other president which is another blatant lie. 

Trump boasts in July just six months into his presidency he has signed more bills than any other president which is another blatant lie. 

At rallies, in speeches and on Twitter, Mr. Trump repeatedly boasts of the bills he has signed — 42 as of this week. He has said no president has “passed more legislation,” conceding once earlier this year that he trails Franklin D. Roosevelt, who he notes “had a major Depression to handle.”

On Monday, he went even further, claiming to have bested all of his predecessors in turning bills into law.

Mr. Truman and Franklin Delano Roosevelt both had signed more bills into law by their 100-day mark than Mr. Trump did in almost twice that time. Truman had signed 55 bills and Roosevelt had signed 76 during their first 100 days.   More from the New York Times here. 

Lies and Liars: How and Why Sociopaths Lie and How You Can Detect and Deal with Them

Court rules Trump administration violated the law on environmental review of Dakota Access Pipeline. 

Court rules Trump administration violated the law on environmental review of Dakota Access Pipeline.

Ruling: Trump administration shortcut environmental review; Court seeks additional briefing on whether to shut down pipeline – Washington, D.C. —The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a significant victory today in its fight to protect the Tribe’s drinking water and ancestral lands from the Dakota Access pipeline.

A federal judge ruled that the federal permits authorizing the pipeline to cross the Missouri River just upstream of the Standing Rock reservation, which were hastily issued by the Trump administration just days after the inauguration, violated the law in certain critical respects.  More from The Indigenous Americans. 

Trump’s overall approval rating drops to 36 percent as majority of Americans say they do not trust him in negotiations with foreign leaders.

Trump’s overall approval rating drops to 36 percent as majority of Americans say they do not trust him in negotiations with foreign leaders.

President Trump’s standing with the American people has deteriorated since the spring, buffeted by perceptions of a decline in U.S. leadership abroad, a stalled presidential agenda at home and an unpopular Republican health-care bill, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Approaching six months in office, Trump’s overall approval rating has dropped to 36 percent from 42 percent in April. His disapproval rating has risen five points to 58 percent. Overall, 48 percent say they “disapprove strongly” of Trump’s performance in office, a level never reached by former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and reached only in the second term of George W. Bush in Post-ABC polling.  More from the Washington Post here.

Trump Campaign Paid $50,000 from Campain Donations To Trump Jr.’s Lawyer Days Before Bombshell NYT Report

Trump Campaign Paid $50,000 from Campain Donations To Trump Jr.’s Lawyer Days Before Bombshell NYT Report

In newly filed campaign disclosure forms, President Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign committee has disclosed that it paid a $50,000 retainer to criminal defense attorney Alan S. Futerfas who represents his son Donald Trump Jr. The timing of the payment is certainly raising eyebrows. Trump claimed he found out about the controversial meeting his son held with a Kremlin-linked lawyer around the time the New York Times first reported it, but the payment to Trump Jr.’s lawyer was made eleven days before. 

According to the disclosure forms, Trump’s presidential campaign made a $50,000 payment to Futerfas’ law firm on June 27, 2017. The first story about Trump Jr.’s meeting with lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya went up on the New York Times website on July 8, 2017, 11 days after the payment was made. On July 12, in an exchange with reporters on Air Force One en route to Paris, Trump said, 

“I only heard about it [Trump Jr’s meeting with the Russian lawyer] two or three days ago.” 

More from the Huffington Post here.