Danielle Paquette, The Washington Post Published 12:42 pm PST, Friday, December 21, 2018 Bonita Williams wanted to buy her grandchildren a bike for Christmas. But now the janitor who sweeps floors and scrubs bathrooms at the State Department worries she won't be able to pay her rent if there is a partial government shutdown this weekend. "My supervisor told me we won't be getting paid," she said, "so my bills won't be getting paid." Williams, 56, is one of roughly 2,000 janitors, security guards and other federal building workers who stand to lose wages this holiday season if funding runs dry for a number of agencies, according to 32BJ SEIU, a labor union that represents 120,000 of them on the East Coast. President Donald Trump warned Friday that a partial shutdown "will last a very long time" unless Congress meets his demands for billions of dollars for a border wall in a stopgap spending measure. Trump's threat scared Williams, who works for a government contractor. … [Read more...] about She wanted to buy her grandkids a bike for Christmas. But now the shutdown looms.
NEW YORK -- The picture of President George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully, lying in front of his casket was, perhaps, one of the most viewed and shared pictures following the president's death."We all felt such a tremendous sense of pride," said John Miller, the President and CEO of America's VetDogs, based in Smithtown, which raised Sully and gave him to the president. America's VetDogs honored the 2-year-old yellow labrador on Wednesday at its headquarters in Smithtown.RELATED: Service dog 'Sully H.W. Bush' escorted into the Capitol RotundaSully is named after hero pilot Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, however, not merely because of Sullenberger's miraculous landing of a commercial airliner in the Hudson River, but mainly because of Sullenberger's service and training in the United States Air Force.Like all of the dogs which pass through the America's VetDogs program, Sully was raised as a puppy for a year by an incarcerated veteran. The veteran was located at a prison in … [Read more...] about Sully, former President George HW Bush’s service dog, honored on Long Island
WASHINGTON ― Having run through his first choices for his chief of staff vacancy without any luck, President Donald Trump is considering his own son-in-law for the job.Jared Kushner, the husband of Trump’s daughter Ivanka and already an official White House adviser, met with Trump Wednesday about the job, a top Republican close to the White House told HuffPost. He and two others close to Trump or the White House who confirmed Kushner’s interest in the position did so on condition of anonymity to discuss the president’s staffing considerations freely.Kushner has been pushing his own candidacy with Trump, citing his work on a criminal justice reform package and a claimed ability to work with Democrats, one person said. “I don’t know why he thinks that, when the Democrats are mainly going to be coming after Trump,” the source said.The White House did not respond to HuffPost’s queries about Kushner’s prospects for the job.Trump told … [Read more...] about Report: Trump considering Jared Kushner for next chief of staff
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't committing to a previous pledge to keep chief of staff John Kelly for the remainder of his term, part of widespread speculation about staffing changes that could soon sweep through his administration.Trump, in a wide-ranging interview that aired on "Fox News Sunday," praised Kelly's work ethic and much of what he brings to the position but added, "There are certain things that I don't like that he does.""There are a couple of things where it's just not his strength. It's not his fault. It's not his strength," said Trump, who added that Kelly himself might want to depart.Asked whether he would keep Kelly in his post through 2020, the president offered only that "it could happen." Trump had earlier pledged publicly that Kelly would remain through his first term in office, though many in the West Wing were skeptical.Trump said he was happy with his Cabinet but was thinking about changing "three or four or five positions." One of them is … [Read more...] about Trump waffles on pledge to keep chief of staff John Kelly
WASHINGTON — John Kelly, mired in conflicts with a widening array of officials from the National Security Council to the office of the first lady, may soon depart the Trump administration, according to seven people familiar with the discussions.Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, is among those being considered for the job, three of the people said, though President Donald Trump has mused about other possible candidates.Kelly's time as chief of staff for most of the past year has been clouded by controversy and disagreements with Trump and various West Wing staff. But questions about his future in the White House recently became more serious after his repeated clashes with national security adviser John Bolton and his deputy, Mira Ricardel.Kelly has also gotten on the wrong side of first lady Melania Trump over staffing issues and travel requests. Some of the disputes with the East Wing have escalated to the president, the seven people familiar with the … [Read more...] about John Kelly may soon exit the White House after clashes with first lady and others