Sebastian Gorka resigns as Deputy Assistant to President Trump

Sebastian Gorka resigned his post as Deputy Assistant to President Trump.

In a blunt resignation letter, the national security and counterterrorism expert expressed dissatisfaction with the current state of the Trump administration. “[G]iven recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House,” Gorka wrote. “As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.”

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Fri, Aug 25, 2017: Trump pardons ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday granted a pardon to former Arizona lawman and political ally Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in America,” less than a month after he was convicted of criminal contempt in a case involving his department’s racial profiling policy.

Trump had signaled this week that the first presidential pardon of his administration would go to Arpaio, whom he has frequently praised for his hardline immigration stance.

–Reuters, Julia Harte

Fri, Aug 25, 2017: Trump ‘closely monitoring’ Hurricane Harvey; tells Texas, ‘good luck, you’re gonna be safe’

President Donald Trump had a parting message on Friday for the more than 4.6 million Americans who are in the direct path of Hurricane Harvey, a massive storm set to ram through Texas’ Gulf Coast this weekend: “Good luck.”

Asked what his message was for those who could be affected by the hurricane, Trump gave a big thumbs up to reporters and wished the best of luck.

“Good luck to everybody,” he said as he was boarding Marine One outside of the White House. “They’re gonna be safe. Good luck to everybody. Good luck.”

He later added in a tweet: “Just arrived at Camp David where I am closely watching the path and doings of Hurricane Harvey, as it strengthens to a Category 3. BE SAFE!”

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Thur, Aug 24, 2017: Trump attacks McConnell, Ryan, Clapper, and ‘Fake News’ in series of tweets

President Trump took aim at the “Fake News,” slammed congressional Republican leaders and called out former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in a rapid-fire Twitter-storm early Thursday.

The president had been relatively quiet on Twitter this week after returning to Washington from his 17-day “working vacation” at his property in Bedminster, N.J. But he returned to the platform Thursday, in part to respond to criticism in the media over his Phoenix rally speech.  Continue reading “Thur, Aug 24, 2017: Trump attacks McConnell, Ryan, Clapper, and ‘Fake News’ in series of tweets”

Wed, Aug 23, 2017: Trump signs Veterans Appeals Improvement & Modernization Act

“This is a big one,” President Donald Trump said Wednesday as he signed into law a bill to reform and speed up the appeals process on disability ratings at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

At the American Legion’s annual convention in Reno, Nevada, Trump praised the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 that he said would enable veterans “to get decisions in a fraction of the time.”

According to the White House, more than 470,000 veterans currently are awaiting appeals decisions on their disability ratings as they seek improved benefits. Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin, who stood next to Trump as he signed the bill, has said that some appeals cases can take as long as six years to process.

Following the signing, Trump handed the pen to Charles E. Schmidt, national commander of the 2.2 million-member American Legion. He handed a folder with a copy of the bill to Medal of Honor recipient Donald E. Ballard.

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Wed, Aug 23, 2017: Trump urges unity in speech to American Legion

One day after a searing speech tearing into the media and some Republicans, President Donald Trump returned Wednesday to calls for unity and love as he spoke to veterans Wednesday at an American Legion conference.

“We are here to hold you up as an example of strength, courage and resolve that our country will need to overcome the many challenges that we face,” Trump told the veterans, speaking in measured tones and adhering to his prepared remarks. He said all Americans must learn the same work ethic, patriotism and devotion as veterans. Continue reading “Wed, Aug 23, 2017: Trump urges unity in speech to American Legion”