President Donald Trump appeared on Fox News Sunday evening after the town hall with Pete Buttigieg. In his interview with Steve Hilton, Trump claimed
Trump was asked about whether he’s actually drained the swamp, a campaign promise he made in 2016. He not only claimed that he did, but he said that somehow the Russian witch hunt helped him do it.
“If you have, I think, one of the things that’s been incredible has been this witchhunt that went on, and I think it’s going on right now, the draining of the swamp, people are running scared,” said Trump, presumably talking about FBI agents and officers he’s prosecuted. “These were bad people. We had tremendously bad people; the witch hunt was a hoax.”
Hilton then asked Trump if the story was true that he ordered a cyber-attack during the midterm election to prevent election meddling.
Trump refused to answer — sort of.
“I’d rather not say that, but you can believe that the whole thing happened and it happened during my administration because they don’t like me to it talk, intelligence, ‘please don’t talk intelligence.’ Sometimes intelligence is good, and sometimes you look at James Comey and [John] Brennan and [James] Klapper, and I’m supposed to believe that intelligence? I never believed that intelligence.”
Trump was parsing his words, telling Hilton that he “can believe that,” but never confirmed that the story was true. He then pivoted to say that he didn’t believe the intelligence reports under Comey, Clapper, and Brennan, but the intelligence hasn’t changed under the Trump administration, only the people delivering the intelligence has.
It’s unclear if Trump is admitting that he only believes intelligence reports if it is delivered by someone he likes.
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Don Trump Jr shamed for sucking up to his dad on Twitter: ‘Ivanka is still his favorite’
President Donald Trump retweeted about a half dozen posts early Wednesday from his wife and children, but not one particularly approval-seeking tweet from his namesake son.
The president's namesake son hyped his father's promotion of the "American Dream" late Tuesday, but Trump didn't include that one among several others posted by Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and Melania Trump, as well as another touting son-in-law Jared Kushner's Middle East peace plan.
"For the last 50 years our biggest net export has been The American Dream, but because of @realDonaldTrump we’ve brought that American Dream home, where it belongs," tweeted Donald Trump Jr. "He’s doing this for you, your children, and for your grandchildren. Let’s Keep America Great! #2020"
Trump attacks his own Fed chairman in unhinged Fox interview: ‘Nobody ever heard of him before — I made him!’
President Donald Trump bitterly attacked Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell for refusing to cut interest rates during an interview with Fox Business's Maria Bartiromo.
When asked about the state of the economy, Trump claimed that the economy is doing terrific but he said that Powell should nonetheless aggressively pump money into the economy via rate cuts.
"We should have [European Central Bank President Mario] Draghi instead of our Fed person!" the president said. "We have a man who doesn't do anything for us!"
Bartiromo then noted that Powell has made a point of preserving the Federal Reserve's political independence by refusing to obey the president's orders to lower rates, but Trump replied that Powell should just do what he's told.
Gates launches lobbying arm – higher education on agenda
Bill and Melinda Gates have launched a lobbying group in part to drive their agenda on education.
The move comes as Congress is negotiating a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, the main federal law concerning student financial aid.
The Gates Foundation has also recently started up a commission to determine the value of a college degree or certificate. If Gates lobbyists convince legislators to embrace the agenda of the Gates commission, then Congress may make it harder for students in certain majors to secure loans or grants.