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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.

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.

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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.”

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.

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“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.

“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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Jeffrey Epstein’s IT consultant reveals he saw girls who ‘couldn’t have more than 15 or 16’ on private island

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ABC News broke a story just after midnight Thursday about a former IT consultant of Jeffrey Epstein's who resigned because he couldn't take some of the things he was seeing on Epstein's private island compound.

The island, which has been called "pedophile island" by locals, had "topless women everywhere.

"There were photos of topless women everywhere," said contractor Steve Scully, who began working for Epstein in 1999 and continued for six years. "On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom."

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‘Names are going to start coming out’: New report says more elites will be exposed in the Epstein case — and ‘DC is on edge’

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Will other powerful people — presumably men — get taken down as a result of the sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein?

That’s the hope of many closer followers of the story, but it’s far from clear what, if any, fallout there will be. Epstein’s connections to Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump have raised suspicions about potential evidence of their wrongdoing, such suspicions remain unproven. Alan Dershowitz has already faced accusations of being involved in Epstein’s crimes, though he denies the charge vigorously.

But a new report from Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman says that “DC is on edge” over the Epstein case, and any elites who have run in his circles could be involved. Dozens of girls, if not more, are believed to be involved in his alleged sex trafficking, and lawyers for some of the women who have accused Epstein are strongly suggesting that other high-profile figures will be implicated.

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‘It’s so un-American’: Internet scorches Trump supporters for racist chants of ‘Send her back!’

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The ignoble highlight of President Donald Trump's rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday was when his fans doubled down on his racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color and targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), chanting "Send her back! Send her back!"

Political commentators of all stripes were gobsmacked by the crowd's naked racism — and buried them in condemnation:

The crowd at Trump’s rally chanting “send her back” after the President viciously and dishonestly attacked Ilhan Omar is one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.

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