President Donald Trump has a habit of praising dictators, neo-Nazis and other unsavory characters as fine and decent people, and now that also applies to mobsters.
A newly unearthed video shows Trump grudgingly praising the New York mob during a 2013 appearance with CBS’ “Late Show” with David Letterman, who asked point-blank whether he had ever knowingly done business with organized crime, reported The Guardian.
“I’ve really tried to stay away from them as much as possible,” Trump said, grimacing. “You know, growing up in New York and doing business in New York, I would say there might have been one of those characters along the way, but generally speaking I like to stay away from that group.”
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) infuriated the president by comparing him to a mafia boss, which the House Intelligence Committee chairman dramatically illustrated by paraphrasing Trump’s phone call to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, but he admitted to Letterman that he personally liked some of the mobsters he’d met.
“I have met on occasion a few of those people,” Trump told Letterman. “They happen to be very nice people.”
Trump once shared a lawyer, the late Roy Cohn, with “Fat Tony” Salerno, head of the Genovese crime family, and John Gotti, who headed the Gambinos, and Trump Tower was built in the 1980s using ready-mix concrete that was almost certainly bought from mob leaders.
Wayne Barrett, the late Village Voice reporter who traced Trump’s dealings for decades, once observed that the future president’s life “intertwines with the underworld.”
Although he found some of those Mafia characters to be “very nice” personally, Trump gave Letterman a warning about doing business with them.
“You just don’t want to owe them money,” he said. “Don’t owe them money.”
Mayors rush to impose curfews as civil unrest rocks cities from coast-to-coast
Minneapolis was the first to impose curfews designed to prevent protests of police violence after Mayor Jacob Frey imposed a curfew on Friday.
On Saturday other cities followed suit, with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan imposing a curfew set to start only 14 minutes after her announcement.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued a curfew for downtown LA.
Protesters give Donald Trump a one-finger salute as Marine One flies over DC protests
President Donald Trump returned to Washington, DC on Saturday as large crowds of protesters fill the city's streets.
Trump had flown to Florida to see the launch of the SpaceX Starship and returned as the sun was going down.
BuzzFeed News reporter Ellie Hall captured a picture of Marine One approaching the White House -- and being welcomed back to town with raised middle fingers.
Trump, in Marine One, just did a flyover of the protest area outside the White House.
Trump announces he has unilaterally decided to let Putin back into the G7 Summit: report
President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he intends to let Russia attend the next Group of Seven summit.
Since 2014, Russia's membership in the organization has been suspending in response to Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea. That changed the name from the G8 Summit to the G7 Summit.
The announcement came from pool reporter Gabby Orr of Politico, who said Trump will also invite South Korea, Australia and India to the next summit, which he is postponing until September.
More via pooler: “‘I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries,’ he said. Alyssa Farah said this is bringing together our traditional allies to talk about how to deal with the future of China.”