During an interview with Fox News, senior counselor to President Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway was asked about her recent ethics flub during an interview earlier that day. During the press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer said that Conway “has been counseled and that’s all we’re gonna go with. She’s been counseled on, on that subject, and that’s it.”
Conway refused to comment on what she was “counseled,” who “counseled” her and what any of the details were. When asked about the letter of concern from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chair Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and ranking member Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Conway said the president was not concerned.
“We’re aware of that letter and we’re reviewing that internally,” Conway told Fox. “I’m just really happy that I spent an awful lot of time with the president of the United States this afternoon and that he supports me 100 percent. We spoke about a range of matters and he supports me 100 percent, in fact, it was a very hearting moment. All I can say to America’s women is that at some point in your life you ought to have a boss who treated me the way that the president of the United States treated me today.”
Watch the full interview below:
Melania Trump statue torched near her Slovenian hometown: report
On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that a wooden statue of First Lady Melania Trump carved from a tree outside her hometown in Slovenia last year has been burned to the ground.
"The artist who had commissioned the sculpture, Brad Downey, had the statue removed on July 5," reported Madeline Charbonneau. "Downey, who is American but works out of Berlin, had hoped his statue of the first lady would create dialogue about American politics, given that Melania Trump is an immigrant married to a president who seeks to stem immigration. Though the investigation is still pending, Downey said he hopes to interview the perpetrators for an upcoming exhibition."
FBI investigating Chinese businessman who bankrolled media company linked to Steve Bannon
A Wall Street Journal expose revealed that a Chinese businessman is under investigation by the FBI after he used funds to bankroll a media company with ties to a former aide to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon.
"Federal Bureau of Investigation national security agents in recent months have asked people who know both men for information on Mr. Guo’s activities, including the source of funds of a media company linked to him that hired Mr. Bannon in 2018 as a consultant, the people said," according to the Journal. "As recently as last week, the FBI met with one person familiar with the companies tied to Mr. Guo, the people said. The probe has been underway for more than six months, and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn have been involved.
Mike Pompeo asks Egypt to stop harassing US citizens
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday welcomed Egypt's release of a US citizen but urged the ally to stop harassment of others.
Mohamed Amashah, 24, was freed Monday, nearly 16 months after he was arrested in Cairo's Tahrir Square for holding up a sign seeking the release of prisoners, according to human rights campaigners.
A dual US-Egyptian citizen who lives in New Jersey, he had gone on a hunger strike this year to protest his conditions.
"We thank Egypt for securing his release and his repatriation," Pompeo told a news conference.
"But at the same time, we urge Egyptian officials to stop unwarranted harassment of US citizens and their families who remain there," he said.