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April Ryan on Omarosa’s drama: ‘I have no vendetta — I am a reporter who is covering the beat’

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Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks April Ryan hit back on Thursday at claims she has a “personal vendetta” against ousted White House aide — and former contestant on Season 1 of “The Apprentice” — Omarosa Manigault.

Manigault was fired in a dramatic scene at the White House on Tuesday night, but has since claimed that reports of her “shouting profanities” and setting off the alarms in the White House residence are false and attributed them to Ryan, who she said has a personal grudge against her.

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“Well I’ve been doing this for 20 years at the White House, been in the business for 30,” Ryan said on CNN Thursday morning, “and I’ve been covering any and all things presidential because that’s what a White House correspondent does, listens to sources inside the White House and outside of the White House.”

“One thing is for sure,” she said, “be it Republican or Democrat, some may not have liked what I reported, but I’ve never had anyone say there’s been a personal vendetta. I’ve heard Republicans say I’m fair and I’ve heard Democrats say I’m fair. I’m doing my job.”

Ryan went on to point out that multiple media outlets including the Washington Post have corroborated her reporting about Manigault’s firing.

“I’m continuing to hear information from all sides, credible sources,” she said. “And I’m not the only one. I may have broken the story, but CBS, ABC, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, I’m not the only one.”

“I have no vendetta,” Ryan said plainly. “I’m a reporter who is covering the beat.”

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Trump’s big-money Florida fundraiser expected to bring in $10 million — from only 100 people

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President Donald Trump flew to Mar-a-Lago on Friday after receiving a formal summons from the U.S. Senate informing him of his impeachment trial.

The president will be attending a Friday evening campaign fundraiser.

The recipient of the money is Trump Victory, which is a joint fundraising committee set up by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee.

“Tonight’s Trump Victory fundraiser is expected to raise $10 million with approximately 100 people in attendance," the campaign told the White House pool reporter.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1218264289225728000

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Lev Parnas has Trump ‘unnerved’: ex-FBI official says the president doesn’t know what he ‘has up his sleeve’

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President Donald Trump is "very nervous" about what Lev Parnas may have on him, a former top FBI official suggested on MSNBC on Friday.

Former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence was interviewed by MSNBC's Peter Alexander.

The host played clips of Trump denying any relationship with Parnas.

"Well, I don't know him, I don't know Lev Parnas, other than I guess I had pictures taken -- which I do with thousands of people," Trump argued. "I don't know him at all, don't know what he's about, don't where he comes from. I can tell you this -- I don't know him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him."

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Trump is now feuding with Iran’s Supreme Leader on Twitter: ‘Make Iran Great Again!’

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President Donald Trump is now replying directly to Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Twitter.

I Friday, Khamenei tweeted a screenshot of a Trump tweet, with a message of his own.

"The villainous US govt repeatedly says that they are standing by the Iranian ppl. They lie. If you are standing by the Iranian ppl, it is only to stab them in the heart with your venomous daggers," Khamenei posted.

"Of course, you have so far failed to do so, & you will certainly continue to fail," he added.

https://twitter.com/khamenei_ir/status/1218141834842660864

Trump retweeted the message, adding his own argument.

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