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White House press shop crippled as prolonged ‘power struggle’ shows no signs of ending

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted that press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders does not appear frequently at press briefing because of alleged mistreatment from reporters. However, a CNN report reveals that there may be more chaos than consistency in Trump’s communication strategy.

The West Wing communication team faces “power struggles” as some members think the press briefings are “irrelevant.”

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As of now, Trump’s communication team consists of Sanders, Bill Shine, Kellyanne Conway, Mercedes Schlapp, and Hogan Gidley.

“Just because our strategy doesn’t match what people want or think it should be, doesn’t mean there isn’t a strategy,” Sanders told CNN.

Trump’s communication team also has several gaps and lacks sufficient staffing.

“Now, desks go unfilled and far fewer aides are responsible for fielding press questions or developing communications strategies around the President’s agenda,” the report said. “One person close to the matter said the diminished staffing has created the atmosphere of a crisis communications shop rather than an operation that can drive a message. Because only a few staffers remain, there is a lack of manpower for creating a broad messaging strategy, the person said.”

Even with his current staff, the report noted that Trump had some confusion about one of its members. It detailed a time when Trump mispronounced deputy press secretary, Hogan Gidley’s name.

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“Get me Tidley,” Trump asked after watching Gidley on TV.

“Who?” his staffers asked.

“Tidley,” Trump replied. “I want to talk to Hogan Tidley.”

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Read the full report here.


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GOP ridiculed for hyping Ohio anti-impeachment protest — and only a handful of Trump supporters showed

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The official Twitter of account of the Republican National Committee was buried in mockery after hyping up a video of anti-impeachment protesters in Youngstown, Ohio, where it appears only a handful of people showed up.

According to the tweet, "Ohioans are sick and tired of the Democrats’ impeachment charade. It’s time to STOP THE MADNESS!"

However, in the video from WKBN, which can be seen below, few people chose to show up for the cameras.

As one commenter noted with tongue-in-cheek, "Thought Ohio had a few more people than that."

That was the general consensus in the comments.

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Melania Trump scorched by columnist for standing by president’s Thunberg bullying: ‘Indefensible’

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In a piece for the Washington Post, columnist Karen Tumulty called out first lady Melania Trump for her statement defending her husband's bullying of 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg in a fit of jealousy after she was selected Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

Responding to a statement from the White House that stated, “BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children. It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do. Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” Tumulty wasn't having it.

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BUSTED: Devin Nunes is hiding how he’s paying for all his frivolous lawsuits — which could land him in more trouble

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On Saturday, the Fresno Bee dived into a lingering question: How does Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) pay for all the lawsuits he is filing against journalists, satirists, and political critics?

"Nunes, R-Tulare, has filed lawsuits against Twitter, anonymous social media users known as Devin Nunes' Cow and Devin Nunes' Mom, a Republican political strategist, media companies, journalists, progressive watchdog groups, a political research firm that worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and a retired farmer in Nunes’ own district," noted the Bee.

These lawsuits were mainly filed in Virginia — a state with very loose laws against so-called "SLAPP suits," or meritless lawsuits intended to drown people in legal expenses in retaliation for expressing political opinions. Nunes was assisted in these suits by Steven Biss, a Virginia attorney, and yet except for the suit against the retired farmer, there is no clear record in Nunes' FEC reports of how he paid for the suits.

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