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White House claims Trump actually is in the Oval Office working — despite clear absence of Marine sentry

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The White House is doubling down on President Donald Trump’s claim to be in the Oval Office working.

“I’m in the Oval Office,” Trump claimed Monday morning.

Multiple White House reporters quickly disputed the account.

When the president is in the Oval Office, a Marine sentry is posted outside the door. At the time of Trump’s tweet, no sentry was posted.

Over two hours after Trump’s tweet was fact-checked, the White House claimed Trump really was at work.

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“I just looked into the Oval Office myself, and [the president] was in fact sitting behind the Resolute Desk working,” deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley claimed.

Gidley did not say when Trump had arrived at work or why a sentry was not posted if the commander-in-chief had in fact been working at the time he claimed.

He did, however, lash out at the press for reporting that Trump’s Twitter claim was undermined by the lack of a sentry.

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“So, now I’m just waiting for you and the rest of your ilk to either stop jumping to false conclusions, correct the record, or, here’s a thought, call the press team to ask,” he lectured.

Trump has sought to portray himself as working hard to end his shutdown, despite the fact he has reportedly not spoken to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) or Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) since December 11, when Trump claimed he would be “proud” to take the blame for the shutdown.

Trump has cancelled his plans to attend a New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago resort and will instead be making an appearance on Fox News.

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Today is the 10th day of Trump’s shutdown over his attempt to get American taxpayers to foot the bill for the border wall he had promised Mexico would fund.


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Trump says his racist attacks were ‘not at all’ racist as Pelosi preps resolution condemning him

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President Donald Trump on Monday said his racist attacks on four Democratic lawmakers were "not at all" racist, even as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced a congressional resolution to condemn him for his "disgusting" smears.

While taking questions from reporters, the president was asked if he believed his attacks on Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) -- whom Trump told to "go back" to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens -- were racist.

"Not at all," the president replied.

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Republicans stuck in survival mode after seeing that challenging Trump will end their career: columnist

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The political landscape is littered with former Republican lawmakers who challenged President Donald Trump -- and lost.

Republicans have been silent -- again -- about the president's racist attack on four first-year Democratic congresswomen, following a pattern that has taken hold since Trump first announced his 2016 candidacy, reported the Washington Post.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) and Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) have all spoken out against Trump -- and all of them no longer hold elected office.

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Republican strategist shreds party for defending Trump’s racism: ‘The racist side of Nixon is now’ GOP’s ‘official position’

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Monday hammered his own party for defending President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four Democratic lawmakers.

Reacting to Trump administration official Marc Short telling Fox News that Trump was tapping into "great frustration" with lawmakers such as Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), whom Trump had told to "go back" to the country where she was born, Stevens lamented that his party has embraced the ugliest instincts of former President Richard Nixon, who at least kept his most bigoted thoughts private instead of tweeting them out publicly.

"The Republican Party establishment is openly defending racism in a way it’s never done before," he wrote on Twitter. "The racist side of Nixon heard in the White House tapes is now the official position of the Party."

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