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Sarah Sanders to Depart as White House Press Secretary

President Trump announced Thursday that Sarah Sanders will step down as White House press secretary at the end of June.

Biden said in 2006 that He Does “Not View Abortion as a Choice and a Right”

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s views on abortion are catching up with him.

First, he was first to flip on the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding of abortion. The casualness with which he did this is hurting him about as much as if he never changed his viewpoint.

Now, CNN has found video of Biden from 2006, as he prepared to run for president, saying abortion was neither a choice or a right.

“I do not view abortion as a choice and a right,” Biden said. “I think it’s always a tragedy, and I think that it should be rare and safe, and I think we should be focusing on how to limit the number of abortions. There ought to be able to have a common ground and consensus as to do that.”

But who knows, maybe he was just misspeaking. It’s Biden. He also said he backed Roe v. Wade, which he has not always supported.

“I’m a little bit of an odd man out in my party,” Biden said. “I do not vote for funding for abortion. I voted against partial birth abortion — to limit it — and I vote for no restrictions on a woman’s right to be able to have an abortion under Roe v. Wade. And, so I am — I made everybody angry. I made the right-to-life people angry because I won’t support a constitutional amendment or limitations on a woman’s right to exercise her constitutional right as defined by Roe v. Wade. And I’ve made the groups — the women’s groups and others — very angry because I won’t support public funding and I won’t support partial birth abortion.”

Federal Agency Demands that Trump Fire Kellyanne Conway Over Hatch Act Violations

According to the Washington Examiner:

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act on “numerous occasions” and should be removed from the government, a United States federal office announced Thursday.

The recommendation was made by Henry Kerner, head of the Office of Special Counsel, in a letter sent to President Trump recommending she be removed from federal service.

Federal employees are prohibited by the Hatch Act from using their jobs to campaign for or against political candidates. The president and vice president are exempt from the Hatch Act, but employees of the White House are not.

Conway, 52, a longtime Republican pollster before joining Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, was described as a “repeat offender” by Kerner for disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.

Specific violations listed by Kerner related to Conway’s comments during interviews about several 2020 Democratic candidates. For instance, she insinuated Sen. Cory Booker was “sexist” and a “tinny” “motivational speaker.” She castigated former Rep. Beto O’Rourke “think[ing] the women running are good enough to be President” and said Sen. Elizabeth Warren was “lying” about her ethnicity and “appropriating somebody else’s heritage.”

Kerner also detailed her comments about “frontrunners” Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, whom she referred to as “two old white straight men career politicians.” She claimed Biden lacked “vision,” said his announcement video was “very dark and spooky,” and criticized his unwillingness to be “held to account for his record.” Conway said Sanders’ ideas were “terrible for America.”

The White House struck back, seeking to discredit the office.

“Others, of all political views, have objected to the OSC’s unclear and unevenly applied rules which have a chilling effect on free speech for all federal employees,” said White House spokesman Steven Groves. “Its decisions seem to be influenced by media pressure and liberal organizations – and perhaps OSC should be mindful of its own mandate to act in a fair, impartial, non-political manner, and not misinterpret or weaponize the Hatch Act.”

Video || Trump Says Biden’s Brains are Mushy

Headed out of the White House to Iowa, where both he and Joe Biden will be making appearances Tuesday, President Trump called Biden a loser and a mental weakling.

“I’d rather run against, I think, Biden than anybody. I think he’s the weakest mentally and I like running against people that are weak mentally. I think Joe is the weakest up here,” Trump said pointing to his head. “The other ones have much more energy.”

Trump predicted, not unreasonably, that Biden’s front-running campaign is headed for a fall.

“I heard Biden, who’s a loser, I mean look, Joe never got more than 1% … It looks like he’s failing, it looks like his friends from the Left are going to overtake him very soon,” he said.

Trump Schedule || Tuesday, June 11, 2019

12:15 pm || Departs White House
2:40 pm CT || Arrives at Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy; Council Bluffs, Iowa 
2:45 pm CT || Yours the Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy; Council Bluffs, Iowa
3:20 pm CT || Delivers remarks on renewable energy; Council Bluffs, Iowa 
4:15 pm CT || Departs Council Bluffs, Iowa 
5:55 pm CT || Arrives West Des Moines, Iowa 
6:30 pm CT || Delivers remarks at a Republican fundraiser; West Des Moines, Iowa 
7:20 pm CT || Departs West Des Moines, Iowa 
11:15 pm || Arrives White House 

All times Eastern except as noted

Trump Attacks Chamber of Commerce for opposing his Tariff Policies

President Trump Monday assailed the citadel of establishment Washington, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, criticizing its opposition to his advocacy of tariffs as a policy tool. “We lose a fortune with virtually every country. They take advantage of us in every way possible and the U.S. Chamber is right there with them,” Trump told CNBC. “I… Continue Reading

Trump Schedule || Monday, June 10, 2019

11:30 am || Receives his intelligence briefing12:30 pm || Lunch with Vice President Pence3:00 pm || Participates in a meeting on Major League Baseball’s efforts to combat human trafficking4:00 pm || Greets the 103rd Indianapolis 500 Champions: Team Penske  All times Eastern Facebook Twitter Reddit Linkedin email Continue Reading