Trump denigrates Mayor Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s leadership while golfing at his Bedminister golf resort in New Jersey.
“The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,”
Trump wrote on Twitter. In another message, he added that Cruz and other local officials
“want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”
Trump attacks mayor of San Juan, ratcheting up tensions over crisis in Puerto Rico
The exchange of words came as the island is dealing with widespread power outages, while food, drinking water and other basic necessities are in short supply in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
More on this story from The Washington Post here.
Former Chief Strategist Bannon admits Trump is easily duped.
But making that argument — that Trump was duped — also means arguing that he is capable of being duped, and apparently rather easily in this case. Inherent in Bannon’s argument is the idea that Trump either isn’t discerning enough to make that endorsement decision for himself, or at least that he doesn’t do enough homework.
Bannon is basically confirming everything aides have said privately about how unsophisticated Trump is in consuming information. This is the president of the United States, and Bannon is talking about him as if he’s still a total political novice — a weather vane, even.
That’s a pretty stunning admission coming from one of the people who has worked closest with Trump. More from The Washington Post here.
NFL Players, Owners show unity and empathy on Sunday game day, despite Trump’s “son-of-a-bitch” comments on Kaepernick.
It’s all part of his new agenda: To put the sports world — which happens to be full of rich athletes, many of whom are minorities, who have huge followings and aren’t afraid to live as independent thinkers — in its supposed place. How dare ESPN’s Jemele Hill call Trump a “white supremacist,” even though he treated Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville with more fairness than Steph Curry? How dare Curry and the Golden State Warriors not jump at the chance to visit him at the White House? The invitation is withdrawn! And how dare these NFL court jesters have concerns about equality? Stand for the flag! And while we’re talking football, change the rules back and let them beat their brains out like they did during the good ol’ days!
What’s another player suffering from CTE and committing suicide mean to the current president? It’s as far down his list of priorities as the fears of the oppressed. It shouldn’t be shocking that Trump cares so little about NFL players. They’re just the latest on a long list of people he wishes would shut up and allow life to be shoved down their throat. More from The Washington Post here.
Trump campaign manager Manafort offered private briefings to Putin-linked oligarch Deripaska two weeks before Republican nomination!
Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign chairman offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Paul Manafort made the offer in an email to an overseas intermediary, asking that a message be sent to Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate with whom Manafort had done business in the past, these people said.
“If he needs private briefings we can accommodate,”
Manafort wrote in the July 7, 2016, email.
More from The Washington Post here.
Trump’s comments on Charlottesville white supremacist protests cause charities to cancel gala events at Mar-a-lago resort.
Even before last week, Mar-a-Lago was facing an unusually slow season. It had only 16 galas on the schedule for next winter, as compared to 21 in the year before, and 26 in its best year.
Then, after the president’s comments about Charlottesville, there was a new wave of cancellations, beginning with the Cleveland Clinic Florida on Thursday.
Others canceling galas or dinner events include the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the American Cancer Society, American Friends of Magen David Adom, Leaders in Furthering Education, the Palm Beach Zoo, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, the Susan G. Komen breast cancer charity and the Autism Project of Palm Beach County. More from the Washington Post here.
The president perpetuates more lies in Charlottesville attack — media exposes the truth!
“You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent. . . . You had a lot of people in that [white nationalist] group that were there to innocently protest and very legally protest, because you know — I don’t know if you know — they had a permit. The other group didn’t have a permit.”
— President Trump, remarks during a news conference on infrastructure, Aug. 15, 2017
In blaming both sides for the violence in Charlottesville that left one person dead, President Trump twice asserted that the people protesting white supremacists and neo-Nazis lacked a permit, unlike the groups that gathered to protest the possible removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
But that’s turned out to be false, according to documents and interviews obtained by our Washington Post colleague Justin Moyer. More from the Washington Post here.
Trump Organization and Secret Service unable to come to terms on lease agreement at Trump Tower.
“After much consideration, it was mutually determined that it would be more cost effective and logistically practical for the Secret Service to lease space elsewhere,” spokeswoman Amanda Miller wrote in an email to The Washington Post.
The details of the dispute between the Trump Organization and the Secret Service were not clear Thursday. Two people familiar with the discussions said the sticking points included the price and other conditions of the lease.
On Thursday, there appeared to be a difference of opinion over whether negotiations for a Trump Tower space were still going on.
Despite the Trump Organization’s statement to The Post on Thursday saying the agency should look elsewhere, Secret Service officials said the agency is still hoping for space in Trump Tower. More from the Washington Post here.