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Kellyanne Conway: Turmoil at White House is normal — it’s just because Trump doesn’t hire ‘yes men’

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The White House dispatched senior adviser Kellyanne Conway to Fox News on Friday night with an eye toward tamping down rumors of a major staff shakeup on the way.

Mediaite.com reported that Conway insisted that the plethora of leaks and stories coming out of the White House describing massive internal friction are just the natural by-product of the fact that President Donald Trump values an “diversity of opinion” and doesn’t hire “yes men.”

Trump critics, Conway said, are focusing on turmoil “to distract from the success he’s had this week” including the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

“Donald Trump as a businessman and certainly as president of the United States surrounds himself with a diverse group of people who are brilliant who have different expertise, who have very strong opinions.”

She went on, “And this is a man who’s very comfortable receiving different insights and different inputs from people. He’s never surrounded himself with a bunch of ‘yes men’ and that strength and diversity of opinions leads to the president having many different inputs.”

The Trump administration’s hiring to fill positions on federal agencies is lagging far behind the rate of other administrations, largely because Pres. Trump doesn’t want to hire anyone who was disloyal or skeptical toward him during his political campaign.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering op-ed asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering op-ed, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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Trump’s Russian arms control negotiator failed to disclose ties to Russian agent’s boyfriend: report

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On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that Andrea Thompson, a State Department official in managing U.S. arms control negotiations with Russia, had a years-long personal friendship with GOP operative Paul Erickson, the boyfriend of admitted Russian agent Maria Butina — and failed to disclose this either to the Senate during her confirmation hearings, or to her superiors at the State Department.

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