He regrets it, but not because of any “higher loyalty” to anything. Rather, it was “just because it gave people a handhold for people who haven’t read the book to attack the book,” he said during an appearance on “The View.” He was just trying to be descriptive, he claims. “I really wasn’t trying to pick on Donald Trump. I could hear my editor’s voice say, ‘Bring the reader, bring the reader,'” he said.
President Trump said the United States will not rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership multi-country trade deal, sparing himself the outrage of voters who elected him to keep the United States out of globalist commitments.
While Japan and South Korea would like us to go back into TPP, I don’t like the deal for the United States. Too many contingencies and no way to get out if it doesn’t work. Bilateral deals are far more efficient, profitable and better for OUR workers. Look how bad WTO is to U.S.
Trump had reportedly been reconsidering his decision, among the first of his presidency, to withdraw the United States from the agreement. I’m willing to bet that thinking was driven at least in part by his newly installed National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, who holds traditional Republican views on trade and multi-state deals.
Anyway, Trump heard from people, including probably himself, that kept him on track with his innate populism – and with the voter base he needs to be reelected.
The phone calls between President Trump and Sean Hannity come early in the morning or late at night, after the Fox News host goes off the air. They discuss ideas for Hannity’s show, Trump’s frustration with the ongoing special counsel probe and even, at times, what the president should tweet, according to people familiar with the conversations. When he’s off the phone, Trump is known to cite Hannity when he talks with White House advisers.
The revelation this week that the two men share an attorney is just the latest sign of how Hannity is intertwined with Trump’s world — an increasingly powerful confidant who offers the media-driven president a sympathetic ear and shared grievances. The conservative commentator is so close to Trump that some White House aides have dubbed him the unofficial chief of staff.
Trump and Hannity usually speak several times a week, according to people familiar with their relationship. The Fox News host, whose show averages more than 3 million viewers daily, is one of the few people who gets patched immediately to Trump. The two men review news stories and aspects of Hannity’s show, and occasionally debate specifics about whatever the president is considering typing out on Twitter. There have also been times when Trump has assessed the merits of various White House aides with Hannity.
I believe this. The lead writer is Robert Costa, who is a former reporter for National Review and who does excellent work.
With the ear of the president and the most-watched cable news show, Sean Hannity is a very powerful man.
One thing that is significant here is that Hannity is keeping Trump close to his base, according to the piece. Hannity is a populist, and as a kind of buddy to the president with a sense of what his voters feel, he seems to be serving a bit of the role Steve Bannon once did. Trump is pretty smart to have Hannity in his orbit given that the White House contains many traditional conservatives with little understanding of Trump’s voters.
I guess they’ll give him one. The New York Times portrayed a fairly routine occurrence as a kind of betrayal of the public trust. For decades, presidents have publicly released their tax returns each year — an act of transparency and a way to connect and commiserate with Americans on Tax Day. On Tuesday, President… Continue Reading
This is exactly the kind of thing President Trump ran on and is a perfect rebuttal to those who charge he possesses no ideology and, with respect to Syria, no plan. Trump wants not to withdraw America completely from the world, as the caricatures in the press would have it, but to back off and… Continue Reading
Our “betters” in government know better, and we should never have elected a morally repugnant rube who might challenge them. That was one of the messages we received Sunday night from former FBI boss James Comey, who took it upon himself during an interview with ABC News to challenge the moral compass of the American… Continue Reading
Like bombing Assad directly on his head, I guess. Why is this guy called “mad dog”? He seems very restrained. Anyway, I think Secretary of Defense Mattis’s advice was sound. Our goal is to prevent Syrian President Assad from using chemical weapons, not to defeat him. If Barack Obama had made up his “brilliant” mind… Continue Reading
It’s incredible to watch the mainstream media hype former FBI Director James Comey’s book even though there is absolutely nothing substantively new in it about President Trump. The media all seem to have either gotten it leaked to them or paid some lowly bookstore employees to give it to them ahead of its release Tuesday.… Continue Reading
But Mr. Trump, tell me how you feel. Oh, I’m sorry, our session is over now, see you next week. James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he… Continue Reading
From the Washington Post: President Trump ordered top administration officials Thursday to look at rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the sprawling trade pact he rejected three days after taking office. The move would mark a stunning reversal for Trump, who sharply criticized the pact as a “disaster” and made opposition to global trade deals a centerpiece… Continue Reading
From the Daily Beast: Within minutes of his firing in May, former FBI director James Comey received a call from John Kelly, then the head of the Department of Homeland Security and now the White House chief of staff. According to Comey’s account, which is set to appear in his highly-anticipated forthcoming memoir, Kelly was… Continue Reading
According to the Washington Post: Stephen K. Bannon, who was ousted as White House chief strategist last summer but has remained in touch with some members of President Trump’s circle, is pitching a plan to West Wing aides and congressional allies to cripple the federal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to… Continue Reading