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The Note: Trump returns to a lonelier Washington after damage of Charlottesville
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY Strategy, at last: President Trump makes his third primetime address to the nation as president tonight, outlining the path forward for the U.S. in Afghanistan. Anything happen while he was gone? The president is back in Washington after a working vacation and has... Read more
Kasich urges Trump to end staff chaos and ‘settle it down’
Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to stop the staff chaos at the White House and “settle it down.” Strategist Steve Bannon last week became the latest top White House official to follow Trump’s national security adviser, a chief of staff, two communications directors... Read more
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is defending President Donald Trump’s response to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and rejecting calls from a group of his Yale University classmates that he resign from the administration in protest. In a statement issued by the Treasury Department, Mnuchin said “the president in... Read more
Trump’s generals ‘have to stay’ in Cabinet to ‘right the ship’: Obama official
The secretary of Homeland Security for President Obama said that despite recent talk of “whether people should resign from the White House,” the military leaders now serving in top positions for President Donald Trump need to stay to “right the ship.” ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz... Read more
Trump has ‘inside information’ on who protested in Charlottesville, says Falwell Jr. in defense of president
Evangelical Christian leader Jerry Falwell Jr. defended President Donald Trump’s comment that there were “very fine people on both sides” in the Charlottesville protests, saying the president “had information I didn’t have” about who participated in the demonstration against removal of a Confederate statue in the Virginia city. “He... Read more
Stephen Bannon: ‘No administration in history has been so divided’
The White House is indeed divided. That’s the claim being made by Stephen Bannon in a new interview, following his departure Friday from the White House as President Trump’s chief strategist. Bannon, 63, is returning to Breitbart News as executive chairman. “No administration in history has been so divided... Read more
Mnuchin rebuffs calls from former Yale classmates to resign, defends Trump
Facing calls from members of his Yale graduating class to resign, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Saturday night defended President Trump’s response to the Charlottesville violence and reaffirmed his commitment to remain in the Trump cabinet. The letter, penned Friday and signed as of Saturday by more than 350... Read more
GOP doubts and anxieties about Trump burst into the open
President Donald Trump’s racially fraught comments about a deadly neo-Nazi rally have thrust into the open some Republicans’ deeply held doubts about his competency and temperament, in an extraordinary public airing of worries and grievances about a sitting president by his own party. Behind the high-profile denunciations voiced this... Read more
Missouri child abuse hotline now accepts out-of-state calls
For years, callers with out-of-state area codes couldn’t connect with Missouri’s toll-free hotline to report cases of potential child abuse and neglect, an issue advocates worried could discourage good Samaritans and mean some kids might not get the help they need. It took a phone call from Missouri’s first... Read more
Trump to skip Kennedy Center Honors amid boycott threat; center is ‘grateful’
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will skip the Kennedy Center Honors, one of the nation’s highest-profile event honoring performing artists, after some awardees threatened to boycott a pre-ceremony reception at the White House. The White House announced Saturday that the Trumps would not participate in the... Read more