Trump administration and staff bullies black reporters behind the scenes, keeps dossiers on reporters too!
Omarosa Manigault, who is now a communications official in the Trump administration, got into a heated argument with a White House reporter just steps from the Oval Office last week, according to witnesses. The reporter, April Ryan, said Manigault “physically intimidated” her in a manner that could have warranted intervention by the Secret Service.
During their altercation, Ryan said Manigault told her that she was among several African American journalists who were the subject of White House “dossiers.” Manigault has previously said that Trump is keeping “a list” of opponents, though at the time she was referring to Republicans who voted against Trump. Read the details from the Washington Post here.
The president’s press conference continued with more unanswered questions delving into Trump’s campaign Russia ties as he routinely deflected from answering questions and told reporters the questions were not friendly. In Trump’s bizarro world, he claimed leaks were occurring but the news were fake as he went on to muse about the tone of the reporting and which cable news were seemingly getting it right. After bashing the media for over an hour and telling reporters to sit down, he turned and waived as if at a raucous campaign rally and concluded by saying “Thank you, it’s a great honor to be with you.”
Master manipulator, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway’s days may be limited, networks dropping her from coverage for habitual lying.
But Conway has also been considered a master dissembler and manipulator of the media, a reputation that hit a new high on Monday, when she told MSNBC that now-former national security adviser Michael Flynn had the “full confidence” of President Donald Trump. About an hour later, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the White House was “evaluating” the situation around Flynn. By that evening, Flynn was gone.
Monday’s incident was just the latest TV-generated controversy that Conway has found herself in, making statements that later turned out to be false or misleading. And anchors have taken notice. More details from Politico here.
Flynn’s lies points to more trouble for Trump administration in Russia-gate affair.
But Flynn’s lies to Pence have been known to the Trump White House for weeks – again, according to the Washington Post. In late January, acting Attorney General Sally Yates reportedly warned Trump’s White House counsel – based on classified U.S. intercepts of the Russian ambassador’s phone conversations – that Flynn’s description of events was false. The gap between what Flynn told the Russians, and what Flynn told Pence, could leave the national security advisor open to blackmail by Putin’s government, Yates warned. More details from Rolling Stone here.
Trump administration now sued by 21 kids on climate change citing Constitutional rights!
The federal government under the Obama administration, along with fossil fuel companies, requested dismissal of the case, but a federal district court judge in Oregon ruled last fall that the case could proceed. Now, Juliana v. United States could go to trial as early as this year, possibly proving to be a check against the Trump administration’s pro-fossil fuel agenda.
Aji Piper, 16-year-old plaintiff from Seattle, said in a statement:
“I am hopeful that our case will reverse or prevent all damage our current president may inflict. I hope that our trial may shed light upon the issue of climate change, and educate the American populace on the difference between real and ‘alternative’ facts.”
National Security Director Michael Flynn did have discussions related to sanctions with Russian ambassador in violation of Logan Act despite prior denials.
But current and former American officials said that conversation — which took place the day before the Obama administration imposed sanctions on Russia over accusations that it used cyberattacks to help sway the election in Mr. Trump’s favor — ranged far beyond the logistics of a post-inauguration phone call. And they said it was only one in a series of contacts between the two men that began before the election and also included talk of cooperating in the fight against the Islamic State, along with other issues.