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Trump considering a billionaire investor for Office of the Director of National Intelligence: report

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President Donald Trump is considering a billionaire investor Steve Feinberg for a “senior role” at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Axios reported Saturday, citing “four sources familiar with the planning.”

“Why it matters: Feinberg would enter the ODNI at an especially fraught time — during a pandemic, an election year, and during a period where Trump has a deeply frayed relationship with his intelligence community,” Axios explained.

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“Feinberg, a staunch ally of the president’s who funded a pro-Trump super-PAC in 2016, currently chairs the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. In that position, he has been allowed to maintain his extensive financial interests and his role as CEO of Cerberus Capital Management,” Axios noted.

“As with any Trump appointment — and especially one with somebody who has such diverse financial interests — Feinberg’s appointment should not be considered a sure thing until he is officially installed in the role,” Axios cautioned. “But discussions and planning have been extensive and have involved Jared Kushner, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, according to an administration official familiar with the discussions.”

The report came one day after Trump fired Michael Atkinson, who was the Inspector General for the intelligence community who alerted Congress to Trump’s interactions with Ukraine that resulted in his impeachment.

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China vows to retaliate for Trump’s Rose Garden press conference — and could impose new sanctions on America

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US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he was ending preferential trade treatment for Hong Kong and had signed into law an act that authorises sanctions on banks over China's clampdown in the international finance hub.

In a discursive news conference dominated by attacks on his domestic rivals, Trump declared himself to be the toughest president ever on China, a country he is increasingly positioning as his nemesis ahead of November elections.

Trump announced that he had issued an executive order on Hong Kong as he predicted decline for the restless city, on which Beijing recently imposed a tough new security law.

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Trump’s former White House doctor Ronny Jackson wins GOP runoff for Congress in Texas

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Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician and President Donald Trump's onetime nominee for secretary of veterans affairs, has won his bid for the Republican nomination for a solidly red congressional seat in the Texas Panhandle.

With 100% of polling locations reporting, though some mail-in ballots will still need to be counted, Jackson held a lead of 11 percentage points over Josh Winegarner, a veteran agriculture expert and lobbyist. Jackson and Winegarner were competing for a seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, who is retiring and held the seat since 1995.

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Ivanka Trump’s tweet raises eyebrows: ‘Why is a senior White House official endorsing a food product?’

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As her big brother was dragging their 14-year-old half brother into the 2020 campaign, senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump was endorsing a line of canned food products.

If it’s Goya, it has to be good. Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno. pic.twitter.com/9tjVrfmo9z

— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 15, 2020

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