Donald Trump filed his paperwork to run for reelection only hours after his inauguration in January 2017, setting a presidential record, the first of his many dubious achievements. For a man who relished the adulation and bombast of campaigning, it should have surprised no one that he charged out of the starting gate so quickly for 2020 as well.
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The Trump administration on Tuesday barred the media from filming or recording audio of a daily coronavirus briefing at the White House, sparking outrage from members of the press and progressive critics.
Lost amid the Paul Manafort verdict and Michael Cohen’s guilty plea is the release of a recorded phone call allegedly made last December by Lara Trump to recently fired White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman.
Without knowing the full context, the call represents anything from an innocuous effort to help a friend to a campaign finance law violation to obstruction of justice. All of which raises the question: Just what was Lara Trump up to?
President Donald Trump loves to call nonwhite immigrants and refugees as “vermin” or “invaders” and to suggest they are the “worst people.” Yet he has no such strong words for the white nationalists and other racists prevalent throughout his administration.
Reading President Trump’s Twitter feed over the past week, it’s hard not to conclude that he feels the walls are closing in. It started with his former adviser and fellow reality TV star Omarosa’s new book. She accused him of being a racist and, even more unsettlingly, revealed that she has been taping conversations with people in the campaign and the White House, including the president himself.