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CIA director Mike Pompeo spends 3 hours a day commuting to White House to deliver intel briefings

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President Donald Trump likes to meet daily with his favored Cabinet members and other top officials, which keeps some of them away from their other job duties for hours at a time.

Senior aides told Politico that Trump preferred to meet face to face with his Cabinet secretaries because he distrusted the bureaucrats who run the federal government as disloyal agents of a “deep state” conspiracy against his presidency.

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Trump meets frequently with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has met with the president 34 times since February, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a longtime friend of the president, also visit the White House often.

“Wilbur practically lives here,” said one White House staffer of Ross, who Trump calls “my Wilbur” and is a frequent guest at Mar-A-Lago.

CIA director Mike Pompeo spends three house a day to drive from Langley, Virginia, to the White Hose to personally deliver the daily national security briefing.

He’s there so much that the White House has set up a temporary workspace in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next door to the director of national intelligence.

Sources told Politico that Pompeo has griped privately about the near-daily inconvenience, but a CIA spokesperson said those presidential meetings were “important.”

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But not all Cabinet secretaries — including Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson — have enjoyed the same access, according to a Politico analysis.

“Who gets to sit in meetings is highly competitive,” said one Trump adviser. “People want to be in those meetings, because information is power.”

Many of those executive agencies still lack top deputies and other political leaders, and some Trump aides and former Obama administration officials are concerned the frequent White House meetings are distracting Cabinet secretaries from their official duties.

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“Everyone is in events all day long,” one senior agency official told Politico. “Everything about this White House — it’s a dog and pony show.”


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New York’s coronavirus crisis tracked back to European travel — not China: scientists

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The New York Times reported Wednesday that scientists have tracked the cases of coronavirus in New York back to travel from Europe.

The Times explained that genomes show the link to those who came down with the virus back in February.

President Donald Trump has been celebrating his decision to shut down some travel from China, though not all travel. A whopping 430,000 people have traveled from China to the United States since the coronavirus crisis.

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Warrant for journalists from Jerry Falwell Jr. came from Liberty University’s own police

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A right-wing commentator interviewed Jerry Falwell Jr. during his show Wednesday, where Falwell said that there were two arrest warrants open for reporters who came onto Liberty University's campus.

Upon further examination of the warrant, the police officer who signed the warrant was Detective/Sgt. A.B. Wilkins 206 LUPD. The LUPD is not the Lynchburg Police Department nor is there a Sgt. or Detective A.B. Wilkins. It's the police department under the authority of Liberty University.

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Trump defenders Diamond and Silk locked out of Twitter for spreading COVID-19 misinformation

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Fox Nation hosts Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, better known as Diamond & Silk, were temporarily locked out of Twitter on Wednesday for urging people to go outside and develop immunity against the coronavirus.

“The only way we can become immune to the environment; we must be out in the environment. Quarantining people inside of their houses for extended periods will make people sick!” the pair tweeted from their joint account.

A spokesperson for Twitter told Mediaite their account was locked over the tweet.

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