Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by BySheryl Gay Stolberg, Thomas Kaplan and Nicholas Fandos May 22, 2018 WASHINGTON — Speaker Paul D. Ryan pledged to “run through the tape” and finish out his term when he announced last month that he would retire from Congress. But with Republicans in revolt on both his right and his left, Mr. Ryan is increasingly facing questions about whether he can manage to stumble across the finish line. Mr. Ryan’s fractious conference has always been a management headache for him. But now moderates and conservatives are engaged in open warfare over one of the toughest issues before Congress — immigration — and the speaker is stuck in the middle, with no clear path forward. His colleagues know he will be gone in eight months, which is diminishing his leverage. Mr. Ryan, of Wisconsin, also … [Read more...] about Paul Ryan’s Hold on Speaker’s Job Is Tested by G.O.P. Infighting
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Darlene Superville and Jill Colvin, Associated Press Published 5:53 p.m. ET May 14, 2018 Washington – President Donald Trump called West Wing leakers “traitors and cowards” on Monday as a dustup over a White House aide’s crass remark about Arizona Sen. John McCain extended into a fifth day. In a Monday afternoon tweet, Trump said the “leaks coming out of the White House are a massive over exaggeration put out by the Fake News Media in order to make us look as bad as possible.” He added of the leakers: “We will find out who they are!” During a closed-door meeting last week, Trump communications aide Kelly Sadler dismissed McCain’s opposition to the president’s CIA nominee by saying of the Arizona Republican: “He’s dying anyway.” The 81-year-old McCain was diagnosed in July with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. White House spokesman Raj Shah said Monday that Sadler had been “dealt … [Read more...] about Trump: Leakers ‘cowards’ after aide’s remark on McCain
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByAlexander Burns, Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman May 14, 2018 Representative Jeb Hensarling of Texas needed a favor: Before retiring at the end of his term, Mr. Hensarling, a powerful conservative, wanted to anoint an activist named Bunni Pounds as his successor. He reached out to President Trump for help, but Mr. Trump and his aides hesitated to meddle in a House primary, according to a person familiar with the overture. Instead, Mr. Hensarling found a willing ally at Mr. Trump’s right hand: Vice President Mike Pence. Anxious to please his former House colleague, the vice president backed Ms. Pounds last month in a tweet that blindsided key White House aides. The eager assistance Mr. Pence provided a senior lawmaker reflected the outsized political portfolio that the vice president and his aides have seized … [Read more...] about Amid Political Disarray, Pence Reaches for Control of G.O.P.
Former Vice President Joe Biden said the Trump administration had "hit rock bottom" after it was reported White House aide Kelly Sadler mocked Sen. John McCain. During a discussion at the White House on Thursday on McCain's opposition to Trump's nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel, Sadler reportedly said, "He’s dying anyway," so his opinion "doesn't matter."Sadler's reported remarks add to the Trump administration's troubled history with McCain.Former Vice President Joe Biden ripped into President Donald Trump's administration on Friday and said it "hit rock bottom" after reports that White House aide Kelly Sadler mocked Sen. John McCain, who has an aggressive form of brain cancer."People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration," Biden said in a statement. "It happened yesterday."Sadler's reported remarks came during a discussion at the White House on Thursday on McCain's opposition to Trump's nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel. … [Read more...] about Joe Biden berates White House over ‘joke’ about John McCain’s health
Supported by Politics By JACK EWING and ANA SWANSONAPRIL 29, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story BERLIN — A few weeks ago, it felt as if a trade war pitting the United States against allies like Australia, Canada and the European Union was over before it even began. The Trump administration dispensed so many temporary exemptions to steel and aluminum tariffs that many countries figured the threats were just political theater.But with only days left before the exemptions expire and punitive tariffs take effect, it’s dawning on foreign leaders that decades of warm relations with the United States carry little weight with a president dismissive of diplomatic norms and hostile toward the ground rules of international trade.What began as a way to protect American steel and aluminum jobs has since become a cudgel that the Trump administration is using to extract concessions in other areas, including car exports to … [Read more...] about U.S. Allies Brace for Trade War as Tariff Negotiations Stall