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Trump forced to hire ex-Bush officials he loathes because of massive White House turnover: report

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Due to the mass exodus of administration aides and advisers who have left the White House — either by quitting or being pushed out — President Donald Trump has been forced to hire former members of President George W. Bush’s administration despite having nothing but contempt for what he calls “Bushies.”

According to a report at Politico, “President Donald Trump uses the term ‘Bushie’ as shorthand for anyone he considers too establishment, thinks too conventionally, or is just, in the president’s mind, a pain.”

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But, with the White House in constant turmoil and high-ranking officials leaving at a record pace as the president faces multiple investigations, Trump has been forced to hire who he can to fill key posts.

“Bush administration alums now run huge swaths of Trump’s government. They’re at high levels of his departments of Homeland Security, Labor, State, Health and Human Services, and Treasury. At the White House, they staff his legal and domestic policy offices,” Politico reports.

This has some of Trump’s ardent supporters furious who don’t care for Bush-style conservatism and would prefer he tap people who helped him win the presidency.

“And Trump wonders why he can’t get anything done,” explained a former Trump transition official, who claims Trump’s senior staff have shut out loyalists from plum positions. “It was hard in January 2018 to imagine Trump senior personnel decision-making to get any worse. But it has.”

Among Trump’s picks from the Bush years is “Bill Barr, a former Attorney General under President George H.W. Bush as his replacement for Jeff Sessions. Two of his recent hires for the White House counsel’s office, Mike Purpura and Pat Philpin, served under President George W. Bush. They will report to the new White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, who served in the elder Bush’s Justice Department,” Politico reports.

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According to the report, “Bushies” are still not held in high regard at the White House and their links to an earlier time are used as a “weapon” to undercut their advice and positions.

The report states, “One former administration official said that Trump officials and allies often ‘use the Bush term to their advantage’ by reminding Trump and his senior aides of an internal rival’s ties to the Republican clan.”

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WATCH: Trump wonders if he should start taking insulin

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On Tuesday, at a press conference, President Donald Trump mused aloud whether he should start taking insulin.

"I don’t use insulin. Should I be? Huh? I never thought about it," he said.

"But I know a lot of people are very badly affected, right?" he added a second later. "Unbelievable."

Insulin is a crucial hormone the regulates blood sugar. People who are afflicted with Type 1 diabetes are incapable of producing it in their pancreas, and thus must administer it to themselves regularly through injections or pumps.

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DOJ closes insider trading investigations against three senators — but is still investigating Richard Burr: report

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On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Justice Department officials are closing insider trading investigations into three senators — Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), and Jim Inhofe (R-OK).

However, a fourth probe, into insider trading allegations against Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), is reportedly ongoing.

"The Federal Bureau of Investigation began the investigations two months ago, as reports emerged that several members of Congress, their spouses or their investment advisers sold hundreds of thousands of dollars in stock after lawmakers attended closed-door briefings about the threat posed by the new coronavirus," reported Aruna Viswanatha. "Some of those trades spared lawmakers as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses as stocks sank by mid-March."

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White House insider says Trump spent Memorial Day weekend ‘in a rage’ – and sees himself as COVID-19’s biggest victim

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An inside source speaking to Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman says President Trump spent his Memorial Day weekend "in a f*cking rage" over what he sees is his unfair treatment over his response to the coronavirus outbreak. Even as the death toll neared 100,000 and unemployment swelled to over 38 million, Trump still sees himself as the victim, Sherman writes.

"Trump’s outburst reflected his growing frustration that, at this stage of the race, he is losing to Joe Biden," writes Sherman. "According to a Republican briefed on the campaign’s internal polls, Trump is trailing Biden by double digits among women over 50 in six swing states. 'Trump knows the numbers are bad. It’s why he’s thrashing about,' the Republican said."

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