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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Trump announces toughest sanctions ‘ever’ on Iran
President Donald Trump on Friday announced new sanctions on Iran's central bank, calling the measures the toughest ever imposed on another country by the United States.
"We have just sanctioned the Iranian national bank," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
"These are the highest sanctions ever imposed on a country," he said.
The Trump administration has vowed a response after US officials blamed Iran for weekend blasts on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which caused a sharp hike in global crude prices.
The United States already maintains sweeping sanctions on Iran including on its central bank, with anyone who deals with it subject to prosecution.
Trump uncorks bizarre rant on ‘clean coal’ in Oval Office: ‘When you talk minerals, it’s about digging’
President Donald Trump on Friday uncorked a strange and nonsensical rant about the virtues of so-called "clean coal" during an Oval Office conversation with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
When asked about the importance of Australia's mineral industry, the president praised the country for doing so much to extract resources in what he described in an environmentally friendly way.
"Coal, as an example, you're the leader of safety in coal digging and we've actually studied it," the president said. "We're doing a lot of coal. You have very little -- you have almost no -- used to have a thing, black lung disease, and in Australia you almost don't have it anymore, you've got all of the dust down."
The View explodes in confusion after Meghan McCain makes Trump’s Ukraine debacle all about herself
Meghan McCain managed to place herself at the center of a debate about a whistleblower complaint filed against President Donald Trump.
"The View" grappled with reports that Trump dangled U.S. military aid to Ukraine in exchange for damaging information against Joe Biden, and co-host Abby Huntsman agreed that was an impeachable offense -- but expressed doubts about the accuracy.
"This is a blown-up story and we have no facts, there's no gray area," Huntsman said. "It's black and white, and that would give Trump all the more ammunition if this isn't even true to say, this is what the media does."