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Secret Service leaves Trump Tower after feud with the president’s business over a lease: report

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Secret Service has left the building — literally.

According to the Washington Post, the service tasked with guarding the president has vacated their post at Trump Tower in Manhattan after President Donald Trump clashed with the government “over the terms of a lease for the space.”

Sources close to the dispute told the Post that the Secret Service’s relocation from a floor below Trump’s apartment in his flagship New York tower to a trailer 50 feet outside the building caused the tension that led to them vacating the building.

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“After much consideration, it was mutually determined that it would be more cost effective and logistically practical for the Secret Service to lease space elsewhere,” Trump Organization spokeswoman Amanda Miller wrote in an email to the Post.

Trump’s relationship to the Secret Service has been unusually fraught since he took office in January amid news stories about the agency being forced to cut cybersecurity to fund his security at Mar-a-Lago and him appearing to rent out agents to wealthy clients prior to his inauguration.

The relationship between him and the service hasn’t been entirely smooth — in January, a senior Secret Service agent was fired for saying he’d choose “jail time” over taking a bullet for Trump.


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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.

When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.

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‘Just like Brett Kavanaugh’: GOP candidate who pleaded guilty to sexual battery claims he was the real victim

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A GOP congressional candidate in Utah is comparing himself to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh — favorably — to explain away his guilty plea to two counts of sexual battery, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Cory Green, an Army Reserve and Navy veteran and private security officer running for Utah's 1st Congressional District, was charged with forcible sexual abuse in 2010 after he allegedly brought two teenage masseuses to a Motel 6, performed a sex act with an escort in front of them, and then paid one of the teenage girls for sex. He insists that the girl lied about her age and that his victim extorted him.

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Here’s what really went down with Trump’s Taliban peace talks misadventure

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Donald Trump is not known for finessing foreign policy but for years prior to his election and during his campaign, he was mostly right about Afghanistan. He called it a “total disaster,” said it was “wasting our money” and that we should leave “immediately.”

It seemed that Trump understood the timeless – if sometimes historically inaccurate - tropes about Afghanistan being the “graveyard of empires” and home to “ungovernable” tribesmen who could outwit and humiliate the British, the Soviets – and us.

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