PUBLISHED: 12:03 27 January 2019 Steve Russell Woo! Claire with Bradley Whitford, who played Josh Lyman in The West Wing. The actor ‘is a great guy. He is very smart and funny and well-read’ Picture: Claire Handscombe Archant Celebrity crushes and a lunch date with Bradley ‘Josh Lyman’ Whitford Claire Handscombe with the very friendly Allison Janney, who played President Bartlet’s press secretary, CJ Cregg, in The West Wing Picture: Claire HandscombeWhen Claire Handscombe was asked if she was a “wingnut” – a head-over-heels fan of TV series The West Wing – she paused to reflect. But there’s no doubt. As the ex-Suffolk schoolgirl says, “I can’t believe how much that show changed my life”.Weigh the evidence:* She moved to Washington DC (where the stories are set) because she so loved the series* She shelled out a “significant amount of money” to a charity for a … [Read more...] about Do you love The West Wing? Claire did. So she moved to America!
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Politics | In a West Wing in Transition, Trump Tries to Stand Firm on the Shutdown Supported by ByMaggie Haberman and Annie Karni Jan. 16, 2019 WASHINGTON — President Trump has insisted that he is not going to compromise with Democrats to end the government shutdown, and that he is comfortable in his unbendable position. But privately, it’s sometimes a different story. “We are getting crushed!” Mr. Trump told his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, after watching some recent coverage of the shutdown, according to one person familiar with the conversation. “Why can’t we get a deal?” The president is confronted by a divided and partially shuttered government with an untested staff that has undergone yet another shake-up. Polls show that most Americans blame him for the … [Read more...] about In a West Wing in Transition, Trump Tries to Stand Firm on the Shutdown
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said Saturday that chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job by year's end amid an expected West Wing reshuffling reflecting a focus on the 2020 re-election campaign and the challenge of governing with Democrats reclaiming control of the House.Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, is Trump's top choice to replace Kelly, and the two have held discussions for months about the job, a White House official said. An announcement was expected in the coming days, the president told reporters as he left the White House for the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia. Kelly had been credited with imposing order on a chaotic West Wing after his arrival in June 2017 from his post as homeland security secretary. But his iron fist also alienated some longtime Trump allies, and he grew increasingly isolated, with an increasingly diminished role.Known through the West Wing as "the chief" or "the general," the retired Marine Corps four-star … [Read more...] about As Kelly’s exit nears, West Wing reshuffle could signal refocus toward 2020 election
News / UK and world by Press Association November 18, 2018, 4:59 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter President Donald Trump has not committed 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. Mr Trump, in a wide-ranging interview that aired on Fox News Sunday, praised Mr 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 Mr Trump, who added that Mr Kelly himself might want to depart. Asked whether he would keep Mr Kelly in his post through 2020, the president offered only that “it could happen”. Mr Trump had earlier pledged publicly … [Read more...] about Donald Trump hints at changes to his West Wing team
Zeke Miller Associated Press Published 7:25 PM EST Nov 14, 2018 Washington – Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel is leaving the White House, one day after first lady Melania Trump’s office issued an extraordinary statement calling for her dismissal. No replacement was named. Aides said Ricardel clashed with the first lady’s staff over her visit to Africa last month. Yet it is highly unusual for a first lady or her office to weigh in on personnel matters, especially the president’s national security staff. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Ricardel will have a new role in the administration. On Tuesday, Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman, released a statement saying: “It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House.” President Donald Trump’s White House has set records for administration turnover. Ricardel was the … [Read more...] about Trump aide departs West Wing after first lady rebuke