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Trump got ‘tired of being told no’ by John Kelly — so now he doesn’t tell his chief of staff anything

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A chagrined President Donald Trump has increasingly left White House chief of staff John Kelly out of the loop because he felt “shackled” by him.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that according to White House insiders, Trump was “tired of being told no” by Kelly — and many of his more controversial recent decisions, such as congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on winning what many consider a “sham” election, were made without the chief of staff’s input.

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According to another of the dozen insiders the AP spoke to on condition of anonymity, “once the rumors begin that an aide’s exit is forthcoming, the ‘stink’ on that staffer never leaves” in Trump’s West Wing. Because such speculation has been circulated about Kelly, people inside the White House fear that “chaos could return” as the chief of staff’s “public profile and behind-the-scenes influence has faded.”

The AP’s report noted that although Kelly lobbied the president to oust former national security adviser H.R. McMaster, he advised him against hiring neoconservative pundit John Bolton. Trump, however, offered Bolton the job in a private Oval Office meeting — and told his chief of staff about it after the fact.

In the early days of his tenure as chief of staff, Kelly was able to reign in Trump from speaking to and seeing controversial ex-aides. Recently, four of AP’s sources said, Trump shirked Kelly’s control and allowed controversial former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski into the White House after the chief of staff was “overruled.”

Trump, AP reported, has “privately contemplated about recreating the freewheeling nature of his campaign and Trump Tower office.”


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Chicago Police Board president files complaint alleging he was struck 5 times by cops at George Floyd protest

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On Friday, WTTW reported that Ghian Foreman, the president of the Chicago Police Board, has filed a complaint alleging he was beaten in the legs five times by police officers at a protest against the killing of George Floyd last Sunday.

The Chicago Police Board is an independent civilian commission that has power over police disciplinary cases.

"Foreman filed a complaint with the Citizens Office of Police Accountability alleging that he was struck by at least one officer during a protest sparked by the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police, said Ephraim Eaddy, a spokesperson for the agency," said the report. "Foreman’s complaint, which identifies the officer Foreman said struck him, is one of 344 complaints of police misconduct filed with COPA between midnight May 29 and 7 a.m. Friday, Eaddy said. The complaint itself is confidential."

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Derek Chauvin accused of illegally voting in Florida — where he was allegedly registered as a Republican

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Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has been accused of committing felony voter fraud in Florida.

Dan Helm, a candidate for Supervisor of Elections in Pinellas County, sent a letter to the State Attorney of Orange County outlining the allegations.

"I write to inform you that, Derek Chauvin, the police officer who killed George Floyd in Minnesota, voted in Orange County Floriday in 2016 and 2018 as a registered Republican," Helm wrote to Aramis Ayala.

He said he discovered the information in the voter file.

"While living in Minnesota, working there, paying taxes there, Derek Chauvin cannot claim residency in Orange County. His home, residency and where he intends to live is in Minnesota, not Florida," he charged. "This is a violation of our election laws, specifically Fla. Stat. 104.011 (2)."

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Justin Trudeau dons mask to attend anti-racism protests — and takes a knee in solidarity

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While President Donald Trump refuses to wear a coronavirus mask and demanded "no kneeling" on Friday, there was a far different scene developing in Canada.

"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau knelt on the ground as part of a crowd gathered on Parliament Hill Friday afternoon, in solidarity with anti-racism demonstrators protesting police killings of Black people," CTV News reported Friday. "The demonstration is one of multiple events in Canada, following days of demonstrations against racism and police brutality in numerous American cities."

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