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Trump is even less engaged in the presidency than ‘famously hands-off Ronald Reagan’: White House expert

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Chris Whipple, author of The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency, told MSNBC on Monday that President Donald Trump’s leaked schedule reveals a president less engaged with his job than even Ronald Reagan.

Host Hallie Jackson asked what was so bad about the president’s unstructured executive time, and Whipple responded with a question of his own: how much is too much?

“Sixty percent of your time on a given day? Unheard of, unprecedented, choose your favorite adjective from the last two years,” he said. “Ronald Reagan, who was famously hands off as president, was nevertheless in the Oval Office at 9:00 A.M. sharp and the old actor was hitting his marks.”

“The most precious asset of any presidency is the president’s time. It’s not just the bully pulpit, it’s the way you deploy the president to execute your agenda,” Whipple continued. “In fairness to Trump, I will say this, it is possible to overschedule a president.” Whipple described the chaos of trying to “corral” the “famously undisciplined” President Bill Clinton, saying that once his staff gave him time off, the president quickly got a handle on his schedule.

“They had to create more time for [Clinton], with the result he did get on schedule and, most importantly, they gave him time to think,” Whipple said. “I don’t think anybody suspects that Donald Trump is spending his executive time figuring out Middle East peace or an alternative to ObamaCare. He seems to be channel surfing and calling his pals.”

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Soccer star slams Trump for attacking her teammate: He hates women he ‘cannot control or grope’

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On Wednesday, U.S. Women's Soccer champion Ali Krieger rebuked President Donald Trump for his attacks on her teammate Megan Rapinoe, saying that the president feels threatened by women that he "cannot control or grope":

In regards to the “President’s” tweet today, I know women who you cannot control or grope anger you, but I stand by @mPinoe & will sit this one out as well. I don’t support this administration nor their fight against LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants & our most vulnerable.

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Bernie Sanders: ‘I intend to be the Democratic nominee’

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Bernie Sanders intends to be the 2020 Democratic nominee - and he's not planning to back down anytime soon. Not even with 23 other Democratic presidential hopefuls in the running alongside him.

MSNBC's Kasie Hunt spoke with Sanders for an interview prior to the first Democratic debate night where he plainly said, "I intend to be the Democratic nominee."

In the interview, Sanders also discussed his plan to end student loan debt and Medicare for all. But before that, he said there was another pressing issue.

"Our goal right now is to win it," Sanders said. "And by the way, as you you may know, poll after poll shows what against Trump? Shows me beating Trump by 8, 9 or 10 points. We're going to beat Trump, we're going to win the Democratic nomination."

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Justice Department sues Omarosa Manigault Newman over financial disclosures

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The Justice Department on Tuesday sued Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former contestant on "The Apprentice" who campaigned for President Donald Trump and later worked for him in the White House, alleging she failed to file a required public disclosure report after she left 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, claims Manigault Newman "knowingly and willingly" failed to file the financial disclosure report after corresponding multiple times with attorneys for the White House. It accuses her of violating the Ethics in Government Act (EIGA) by not filing the report, which was required because her salary exceeded $124,406, despite several oral and written reminders from White House ethics lawyers.

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