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The Latest: Trump says lawyer taping him may be 'illegal'

The Latest on President Donald Trump and his onetime personal attorney (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Donald Trump says he finds it "inconceivable" that a lawyer would tape a client, as the president weighed in on a report of a taped conversation. In the weeks before the 2016 election, his then-personal attorney secretly recorded their discussion about a potential payment for a former Playboy...
National GOP reluctant to weigh in on Trump's Russia swirl

National GOP reluctant to weigh in on Trump's Russia swirl

There was no sign of shock or outrage in the hotel hallways and conference rooms where Republican officials gathered to discuss party business even as politicians on both sides and foreign policy experts fretted about President Donald Trump's cozy relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The men and women from all 50 states who run the Republican National Committee did their best to avoid...
Trump: NFL players should be suspended for kneeling during anthem

Trump: NFL players should be suspended for kneeling during anthem

President Donald Trump said Friday that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem should be suspended as team owners and the NFL Players Association agreed to halt the enforcement of rules regarding the new national anthem policy. Team owners approved the policy in May. It would require players to stand during the anthem or stay in the locker room or off-field while it’s being played...
White House figures show Trump on pace to equal Obama deficits

White House figures show Trump on pace to equal Obama deficits

Despite clear signs of expanded economic growth, the latest White House budget estimates predict that President Donald Trump is on the verge of overseeing an expansion of federal deficits which will rival that of President Barack Obama’s two terms in office, as the Trump Administration now forecasts a deficit next year that will be over $1 trillion, with no signs of a...
Trump-owned house in Palm Beach available to rent for $100,000 a month

Trump-owned house in Palm Beach available to rent for $100,000 a month

The Palm Beach beachfront house belonging to President Donald Trump’s two eldest sons is up for rent — for $100,000 a month, according to the local multiple listing service. Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump two months ago paid their aunt, federal appeals Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, $18.25 million for her eight-bedroom house at 1125 S. Ocean Blvd. The deed was recorded...

POINT OF VIEW: NATO is about more than money

I take serious objection to the Palm Beach Post letter-writer who thinks that money is the key to the U.S. relationship with NATO. Having worked with NATO for more than 12 years, I have a deeper understanding of the extremely high value NATO plays in our security. The idea that we are bearing a higher portion of the total funding belies the value of this alliance to the security of the United States...
Woman vows to pop Trump balloon, creates GoFundMe for bail

Woman vows to pop Trump balloon, creates GoFundMe for bail

A crowdfunding account set up to raise money for a the bail of a woman who vowed to pop a balloon ridiculing President Donald Trump was removed by GoFundMe shortly after it was created.  Kathie Kitt Conklin started the first crowdfunding campaign after seeing reports about a New Jersey man who wanted to bring the Baby Trump balloon seen during the president’s visit to the United Kingdom...
Michael Cohen secretly taped Donald Trump in 2016, attorney confirms

Michael Cohen secretly taped Donald Trump in 2016, attorney confirms

Update 7:00 p.m. EDT July 20: An attorney for  Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime former attorney, has confirmed that Cohen secretly recorded conversations with Trump and that he does have a recording made in 2016 before the presidential election about a former Playboy Playmate who claims that she had a year-long affair with Trump in 2006. Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis...
Trump Putin Part 2: If you are wondering about Mar-a-Lago …

Trump Putin Part 2: If you are wondering about Mar-a-Lago …

On Thursday, President Donald Trump instructed his top national security aide to invite Russian leader Vladimir Putin to visit the United States this fall. Putin: Missile-strike video does not target Florida The invite specifically cited Washington, D.C., as the site for the visit and meetings. That said, could Putin’s U.S. itinerary include a stop at the president’s private club in Palm...

POINT OF VIEW: My trade deficit with grocery stores, the local laundry

Inspired by President Donald Trump’s insistence that all U.S. trading partners buy as much from us as we do from them, I have been trying to apply the concept to my personal affairs. I’ve got a problem with my local grocery chains, Aldi and Publix. I buy lots of groceries from them, but they don’t buy any of the lectures or writing that I do for a living. The balance of trade is...
Protester arrested during march to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, police say

Protester arrested during march to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, police say

A Riviera Beach man was arrested during a protest Wednesday night near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Richard Keith Perlicz, 40, was charged with resisting arrest without violence, a misdemeanor. Perlicz was also cited for blocking traffic. Perlicz was attending a “Confront Corruption and Demand Democracy” protest, which began at 8 p.m. with...
Trump morphs into Putin on latest Time cover

Trump morphs into Putin on latest Time cover

Time magazine has put its on mark on the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.  The graphic artists at the magazine have morphed the two leaders into one for its latest cover. >> Read more trending news  The illustration was created by Nancy Burson, a visual artist. The image, according to Time, “is meant to represent this particular...
FBI Director Wray says Russia continues to sow discord in US

FBI Director Wray says Russia continues to sow discord in US

FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday that Russia continues to use fake news, propaganda and covert operations to "spin up" Americans on both sides of hot-button issues to sow discord in the United States. Wray stood behind the intelligence agencies' assessment that Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential election, dismissing Russian President Vladimir Putin's claim that his country...
Jeff Greene joins Democratic governor debate - did he stand out?

Jeff Greene joins Democratic governor debate - did he stand out?

Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene joined the stage for the fourth debate between the Democratic candidates for governor Wednesday night. “I will fight for Florida families if you let me,” said Greene. The debate was particularly important for Greene, who was going head-to-head with his opponents for the first time since shaking up the race when he declared his candidacy shortly before...
Donald Trump Jr. joins Fox News team campaigning for DeSantis

Donald Trump Jr. joins Fox News team campaigning for DeSantis

Donald Trump Jr. hailed U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis as a fighter for President Donald Trump’s agenda at a Wednesday rally that showcased the Trump and Fox News connections that have lifted DeSantis among Republican primary voters in his bid for Florida governor. The younger Trump, accompanied by girlfriend and Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle, appeared with DeSantis at an afternoon event....

POINT OF VIEW: Did you hear Brett Kavanaugh is a great dad, coach!

Whatever you think of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court nominee — brilliant jurist, threat to Roe v. Wade, spawn of the Federalist Society — you can be sure of this: He’s a great dad and a great coach. So says Julie O’Brien, of Chevy Chase, Md., in an opinion piece in The Washington Post. She writes: “Brett’s older daughter and mine have been classmates at Blessed...
Is there a backdoor to getting at Donald Trump's tax return?

Is there a backdoor to getting at Donald Trump's tax return?

Is there a backdoor to getting at President Donald Trump's tax returns? At least one Democratic activist says yes, and it's through a New York state investigation into Trump's charity. State attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout held a news conference in front of Trump Tower on Wednesday calling on the governor to grant authority to state prosecutors pursuing a civil case against the Trump Foundation...
City attorney criticizes law used to arrest Stormy Daniels

City attorney criticizes law used to arrest Stormy Daniels

The state law that police cited in porn star Stormy Daniels' arrest at a strip club should not be enforced, an Ohio city attorney said.  Future charges filed under that law will not be prosecuted, Columbus city attorney Zach Klein wrote on Wednesday in a memo to the city's police chief. Klein also dismissed charges brought against two employees arrested with Daniels.  The 10-year-old law...
Military veterans divided over Trump's Russia comments

Military veterans divided over Trump's Russia comments

Iraq War veteran Chris Sheppard fumed as he watched President Trump's joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. The former combat engineer with the U.S. Marine Corps sat glued to his cellphone screen in his downtown Seattle office, watching live on Monday as the American president suggested he believed Putin's denial that his agents interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections...

AP Sources: Charlotte poised to host 2020 GOP convention

Charlotte, North Carolina, is poised to host the Republican Party's 2020 presidential nominating convention. The national GOP's site selection committee voted behind closed doors Wednesday to recommend Charlotte, according to Republican officials with direct knowledge of the vote who were not authorized to address the situation publicly. Republican National Committee members from across the country...
Trump-Kim statement overpromised on return of war remains

Trump-Kim statement overpromised on return of war remains

More than a month after North Korea pledged to immediately return some American war dead, the promise is unfulfilled. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who traveled to Pyongyang this month to press the North Koreans further, said Wednesday the return could begin "in the next couple of weeks." But it could take months or years to positively identify the bones as those of specific American servicemen...
Democrats fault Kavanaugh comment on independent counsel law

Democrats fault Kavanaugh comment on independent counsel law

Democrats opposing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's nomination are seizing on remarks he made in 2016 saying he would like to put the "final nail" in a Supreme Court precedent upholding an independent counsel law as constitutional. Republicans are pushing back, saying Kavanaugh's comment is being distorted. The independent counsel law, which took the hiring and firing of prosecutors...
White House: Trump didn't mean to say Russia no longer targeting US

White House: Trump didn't mean to say Russia no longer targeting US

White House officials denied that President Donald Trump expressed his disagreement Wednesday with U.S. intelligence officials who have said that the threat from Russia is ongoing. “Thank you very much. No,” Trump said after a reporter asked during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday if Russia was still targeting the U.S. The comment came one day after he corrected a separate statement in which...

Frustrated US lawmakers threaten action on Trump's tariffs

Lawmakers are losing patience with the Trump administration's reliance on tariffs to win trade disputes and are talking increasingly about legislative action to protect U.S. jobs. A senior Republican senator has threatened legislation to curb President Donald Trump's trade actions, and other senators joined him on Wednesday in promising a complementary bill. Meanwhile, lawmakers are using congressional...
The Latest: Trump says he told Putin to end election hacking

The Latest: Trump says he told Putin to end election hacking

The Latest on continuing reaction to President Donald Trump's summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin (all times local): 5:25 p.m. President Donald Trump says in an interview with CBS News that he told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the United States won't tolerate election interference in the future. Trump says: "I let him know we can't have this. We're not going to have it and that's the...
Russian government accuses FBI of 'political put-up job' after suspected foreign agent indicted

Russian government accuses FBI of 'political put-up job' after suspected foreign agent indicted

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused the FBI of “implementing a political put-up job” after authorities arrested a Russian national over the weekend on allegations that she illegally acted as an unregistered foreign agent. Authorities on Sunday arrested Mariia Butina, a 29-year-old Russian citizen living in Washington, D.C., on suspicion of “conspiracy to act as an agent...
Trump announces changes to new, $3.9B Air Force One

Trump announces changes to new, $3.9B Air Force One

President Donald Trump has confirmed reports of major updates to Air Force One. In an interview with CBS News Tuesday, he said the plane will have changes inside and out, including a bolder paint scheme. “Boeing gave us a good deal. And we were able to take that,” Trump said. “But I said, ‘I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colors?’ And we’re not...
Tumult of Trump's Europe trip smashes presidential precedent

Tumult of Trump's Europe trip smashes presidential precedent

Plenty of U.S. presidents have created commotion in their travels abroad, but none as much as President Donald Trump. The president's tumultuous trip across Europe, historians say, smashed the conventions of American leaders on the world stage. Trump's "America first" approach to foreign policy had him seeming to accept the word of a hostile power over his own intelligence agencies, insulting...

Trump administration seeks to stop 'climate kids' lawsuit

The Trump administration has gone to the U.S. Supreme Court in its effort to stop a lawsuit filed by young activists who say the government is failing to protect them from climate change. Solicitor General Noel Francisco asked the court Tuesday to block further legal proceedings until the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the government's latest request to have the lawsuit dismissed. The lawsuit...
Commentary: Trump’s Helsinki ‘disgrace’ caps a destructive European trip

Commentary: Trump’s Helsinki ‘disgrace’ caps a destructive European trip

The American reaction to President Donald Trump’s Monday news conference in Helsinki was unusual in its unanimity. Trump’s appearance alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Finnish capital was “disgraceful” — as CNN’s Anderson Cooper put it — “disgusting” — as Neil Cavuto of right-wing Fox News argued — and “nothing...
Immigrant children describe treatment in detention centers

Immigrant children describe treatment in detention centers

Wet and muddy from their trek across the Mexican border, immigrant children say they sat or lay on the cold, concrete floor of the immigration holding centers where they were taken. It was hard to sleep with lights shining all night and guards kicking their feet, they say. They were hungry, after being given what they say were frozen sandwiches and smelly food. Younger children cried in caged areas...
Lights go out during Trump statement at the White House

Lights go out during Trump statement at the White House

President Donald Trump wanted to make an important point. And then the lights went out. Trump was saying Tuesday that he has "full faith" in the U.S. intelligence agencies in the aftermath of his Helsinki news conference when the lights in the White House Cabinet Room dimmed and briefly went out, leaving the room mostly in darkness. "Whoops, they just turned off the lights. That must...
Senate GOP, Dems fight over Kavanaugh confirmation documents

Senate GOP, Dems fight over Kavanaugh confirmation documents

A Senate battle was brewing Tuesday over Democrats' requests for documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's career, with his time in President George W. Bush's White House emerging as a potential focal point of that fight. No. 2 Senate Republican leader John Cornyn told reporters about "rumblings" that Democrats want "every scrap of paper" from Kavanaugh's career. "...

Correction: EU-Trump-Putin-Man Removed story

In a story July 17 about the writer who was forcibly removed from the room where the U.S. and Russian presidents were about to give a news conference, The Associated Press incorrectly quoted Sam Husseini's explanation of the paper he held up at the time. Husseini told the AP he wanted to ask a question "on serious nuclear policy," not "on Syria's nuclear policy." A corrected and...
EU, US relations sinking further after divisive Trump tour

EU, US relations sinking further after divisive Trump tour

After a week of the worst barrage of insults yet from U.S. President Donald Trump, the European Union is looking westward toward the White House less and less. Making it worse, Trump spent Monday cozying up to EU adversary Vladimir Putin in an extraordinary chummy summit with the Russian leader in Helsinki. Never mind. In an age when Trump has made political optics all-important, on Tuesday the EU...
Trump says he accepts that Russia meddled in 2016 election

Trump says he accepts that Russia meddled in 2016 election

President Donald Trump accepts the conclusion made by American intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections, the president said Tuesday, one day after telling reporters that he couldn’t see why Moscow would have interfered. >> From Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree: With Putin, Trump calls Russia probe a disaster  Trump on Monday stood beside Russian President...
Who is Mariia Butina, the woman charged with acting as a Russian agent in the US?

Who is Mariia Butina, the woman charged with acting as a Russian agent in the US?

A Russian national was charged in federal court Monday with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation within the United States. Mariia Butina, 29, was charged with “undertaking activities without officially disclosing the fact that she was acting as an agent of the Russian government.” The criminal complaint accused Butina of failing to register under the Foreign...
Dems see Kavanaugh as Obamacare threat, but law likely safe

Dems see Kavanaugh as Obamacare threat, but law likely safe

The heated debate over how Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would vote on the Affordable Care Act might not matter. As long as five past defenders of the health care law remain on the nation's highest court, the odds tilt in favor of it being allowed to stand. Some Democrats are warning that President Donald Trump's designee could spell doom for the statute, even as some conservatives are portraying...
Obama describes ‘strange times,’ criticizes ‘strongman politics’ in Nelson Mandela speech

Obama describes ‘strange times,’ criticizes ‘strongman politics’ in Nelson Mandela speech

Former U.S. President Barack Obama described “strange and uncertain” times during a speech commemorating Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Tuesday. It is the former president’s first high-profile speech since leaving office, the Associated Press reports. The address marks the 100th anniversary of Mandela’s birth. >> Read more trending news ...
Putin: Missile-strike video does not target Florida

Putin: Missile-strike video does not target Florida

Apparently, Russian President Vladimir Putin needs a lesson in U.S. geography. In an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Monday, Putin denied that Florida was depicted in a propaganda video released last year showing Russian super missiles targeting Florida.  Florida, arguably the country’s most identifiable state, is clearly depicted on the map, with Russian intercontinental...
Nelson, Frankel urge FEMA to reimburse county for Trump security costs

Nelson, Frankel urge FEMA to reimburse county for Trump security costs

Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, urged the federal government Monday to speed up its expected reimbursement of $5.6 million to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for protecting President Donald Trump during his visits to Mar-a-Lago. The sheriff’s office wants the Federal Emergency Management Agency to send the money before Sept...
Fla. Democrats rip, Republicans disagree with Trump defense of Putin

Fla. Democrats rip, Republicans disagree with Trump defense of Putin

President Donald Trump’s equivocating response to his own administration’s conclusions that Russia interfered in the 2016 election drew outraged responses from Florida Democrats on Monday while Republican Sen. Marco Rubio faulted the president for ignoring “probably an unparalleled amount of evidence” of Russian meddling. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Trump ally who&rsquo...
Russian hackers used US online infrastructure against itself

Russian hackers used US online infrastructure against itself

Exactly seven months before the 2016 presidential election, Russian government hackers made it onto a Democratic committee's network. One of their carefully crafted fraudulent emails had hit pay dirt, enticing an employee to click a link and enter her password. That breach of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was the first significant step in gaining access to the Democratic National...
CNN's Cooper calls Trump's summit performance 'disgraceful'

CNN's Cooper calls Trump's summit performance 'disgraceful'

Seconds after President Donald Trump's news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin ended Monday, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper called the American leader's performance "disgraceful." It was the most startling of several strong media reactions to the session, televised live by the largest American broadcasters and cable news networks, primarily because of Cooper's role. He was the...
US arrests, accuses woman of acting as Russian agent

US arrests, accuses woman of acting as Russian agent

A 29-year-old gun-rights activist served as a covert Russian agent while living in Washington, gathering intelligence on American officials and political organizations and working to establish back-channel lines of communications for the Kremlin, federal prosecutors charged Monday. The announcement of the arrest of Maria Butina came just hours after President Donald Trump met with Russian President...
US intel chief stands by assessment of Russian meddling

US intel chief stands by assessment of Russian meddling

The top U.S. intelligence official on Monday stood by what he called "clear" assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election after President Donald Trump cast doubt on that conclusion following a summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The statement from Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, did not directly reference Trump's comments at a news conference alongside Putin...
Trump Putin summit: Paul Ryan, Lindsey Graham, John McCain react

Trump Putin summit: Paul Ryan, Lindsey Graham, John McCain react

Response to President Donald Trump’s comment at the Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin that he doubted Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was swift and pointed Monday. Reaction ranged from CNN anchor Anderson Cooper calling the president’s performance “disgraceful” to retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa (California) defending the president&rsquo...
DeSantis calls Trump-Putin appearance a missed opportunity — to blame Obama

DeSantis calls Trump-Putin appearance a missed opportunity — to blame Obama

President Donald Trump’s choice for Florida governor, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, weighs in on the Trump-Vladimir Putin meeting in Helsinki. U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, whose Republican campaign for governor is built largely on President Donald Trump‘s endorsement , weighed in on Fox News about today’s Trump&rsquo...
Art of the Disruption: Trump, the Red Cross gala and the season

Art of the Disruption: Trump, the Red Cross gala and the season

Before he was a disruptive force in American politics, Donald Trump was recasting and remaking relationships in Palm Beach’s winter social season. Take the case of Trump and the season’s most prestigious gala — the International Red Cross. In 2005, shortly after a new ballroom opened, the International Red Cross Ball decided to leave The Breakers, its home for 40 years...
Trump Foundation donated to charities that booked galas at Mar-a-Lago

Trump Foundation donated to charities that booked galas at Mar-a-Lago

Nearly all of the $706,000 in donations made by the Donald J. Trump Foundation in Palm Beach County since 2008 went to charities that hosted lavish fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago — the president’s highest-profile business in the county. While the timing and frequency of the donations suggest charities that fete at Mar-a-Lago — especially those that return after fundraising at other...
COMMENTARY: Words on clothing mean things, whether it’s what you want them to mean or not

COMMENTARY: Words on clothing mean things, whether it’s what you want them to mean or not

About 15 years ago, around the time I began writing for this paper, message T-shirts -- some political, some pithy and others just punny -- were  a thing. I was in my early 30s at the time and probably a few years north of the target age, but they were cute and I bought a few. My favorite was an homage to my devotion to the “Law and Order” franchise, the words “Chung...
First lady Melania Trump makes unannounced visit to child migrant detention center

First lady Melania Trump makes unannounced visit to child migrant detention center

First lady Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to Texas on Thursday, one day after her husband signed an executive order ending his administration’s controversial policy of separating migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Update 3:10 p.m. EDT June 21: Trump was criticized for the coat she chose to wear while boarding the plane en route to McAllen on Thursday...
Trump Foundation lawsuit cites Palm Beach flag fight, Bondi donation

Trump Foundation lawsuit cites Palm Beach flag fight, Bondi donation

President Donald Trump’s long ago dispute with Palm Beach over the American flag flying over Mar-a-Lago came back to skewer the real estate tycoon Thursday when New York’s top law enforcer said it exemplified how Trump misused millions of dollars from his charitable foundation to pay off personal, business and political debts.  “Mr. Trump ran the foundation according to...
Will Donald Trump invite North Korea’s Kim Jong-un to Mar-a-Lago?

Will Donald Trump invite North Korea’s Kim Jong-un to Mar-a-Lago?

In what would be an unprecedented event even for a president who seems to relish the unprecedented, President Donald Trump is considering inviting North Korean President Kim Jong-un to his Mar-a-Lago mansion if talks between the two leaders in June go well, according to a report by Bloomberg on Wednesday.  The Florida summit would likely happen in the fall, according to Bloomberg, citing an unnamed...
Jeff Greene and Donald Trump: Billionaires and … politicians?

Jeff Greene and Donald Trump: Billionaires and … politicians?

Another Palm Beach billionaire businessman with ties to Mar-a-Lago but virtually no political experience has decided to go big and run for an office traditionally held by veteran politicians. Jeff Greene, a member of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, has filed paperwork to enter the Democratic primary for governor. Greene, 63, has said he considers Trump a friend. They...
Read Trump’s letter to Kim Jong Un canceling North Korea summit

Read Trump’s letter to Kim Jong Un canceling North Korea summit

President Donald Trump on Thursday sent a letter to the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, canceling their highly anticipated summit on June 12 to discuss denuclearization.  The following is the text of that letter, as released by the White House.  —  His Excellency Kim Jong Un Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Pyongyang ...
White House lawyer’s presence at briefings on FBI’s Russia source roils lawmakers

White House lawyer’s presence at briefings on FBI’s Russia source roils lawmakers

Justice Department and intelligence community leaders conferred twice with top Republican and Democratic lawmakers Thursday, hoping to defuse a partisan conflict over the FBI's use of a confidential source to aid the investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia.  After hours of discussion, though, there seemed to be little in the way of resolution. Instead, the meetings...
Courting Kim and coming up short highlights the limits of Trump’s me-first diplomacy

Courting Kim and coming up short highlights the limits of Trump’s me-first diplomacy

At the core of President Donald Trump's foreign policy is a belief that he can use his personal charisma to charm his way to world peace.  The collapse Thursday of the planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shows the limits of Trump's me-first approach to diplomacy.  Trump's letter to Kim canceling the meeting on North Korea's nuclear program neatly summed up his view. In it...
White House commitment to summit ended as spontaneously as it began

White House commitment to summit ended as spontaneously as it began

The historic nuclear disarmament summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un — the one that Trump thought might earn him the Nobel Peace Prize — crumbled nearly as quickly as it came together, in a sudden and startling decision Thursday morning by the American president.  Inside the White House residence, the first alarm sounded about 10 p.m. Wednesday...
In reversal, Giuliani now says Trump should do interview with Mueller team

In reversal, Giuliani now says Trump should do interview with Mueller team

President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani switched gears Wednesday, saying that he would prefer the president grant an interview to special counsel Robert Mueller's office and that a decision would be made within "the next couple weeks."  "I guess I'd rather do the interview. It gets it over with it, it makes my client happy," he said. "The safe course you hear every...
Trump’s cryptic China tweet threatens another course change on trade

Trump’s cryptic China tweet threatens another course change on trade

President Donald Trump has sent outraged tweets and combative tweets and happy tweets and tricker tweets (covfefe). There have been tweets in all capital letters and with multiple exclamation points. There have even been tweets that seemed to threaten a preemptive nuclear strike.  But there haven't been many tweets like the one Trump sent Wednesday morning, where he was both cryptic and subtle...
When it comes to Trump, men and women remain far apart

When it comes to Trump, men and women remain far apart

The evidence continues to pile up. When it comes to Donald Trump, there's a big difference between men and women.  Yes, many women voted for Trump in 2016 and continue to support him as president almost without reservation. They are women like Janelle Lutgen, whom I met during intermittent travels through counties in the Midwest over the past year-plus. She's a Republican official in Iowa and...
Dramatic Miami-Dade police video shows shootout at Trump Doral resort

Dramatic Miami-Dade police video shows shootout at Trump Doral resort

The Miami-Dade Police Department has released dramatic body-cam video from an officer who rushed into the lobby of the Trump Doral resort during a shootout with an armed man at 1:39 a.m. on May 18. Police identified the shooter as Jonathan Oddi, 42. Four days later, a motive for the bizarre incident has not been revealed. The video begins with the officer raising his gun and pointing it towards...
Divisions within Trump team undercut quick trade victory with China

Divisions within Trump team undercut quick trade victory with China

By the time U.S. negotiators wrapped up high-level talks with a visiting Chinese delegation last week, President Donald Trump’s ambitions for a multibillion-dollar trade agreement had, for the time being, shriveled into a blandly worded communiqué without any dollar figures. It was not clear that the talks set a path to success.  Ceaseless infighting and jockeying for influence on...
Trump team’s Mueller strategy: Limit the investigation and attack the investigators

Trump team’s Mueller strategy: Limit the investigation and attack the investigators

Frustrated and impatient, fed up with waiting and eager to fight back, President Donald Trump has embarked on what amounts to a two-prong strategy to contain the threat and undercut the credibility of the escalating investigations targeting him and his associates.  The blizzard of Twitter messages combined with a string of public statements by his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, in recent days seemed...
By demanding an investigation, Trump challenged a constraint on his power

By demanding an investigation, Trump challenged a constraint on his power

When President Donald Trump publicly demanded that the Justice Department open an investigation into the FBI’s scrutiny of his campaign contacts with Russia, he inched further toward breaching an established constraint on executive power: The White House does not make decisions about individual law enforcement investigations.  “It’s an incredible historical moment,” said...
Trump’s charm and threats aren’t working on China. Here’s why.

Trump’s charm and threats aren’t working on China. Here’s why.

China has called President Donald Trump’s bluff.  Chinese negotiators left Washington this weekend with a significant win: a willingness by the Trump administration to hold off for now on imposing tariffs on up to $150 billion in Chinese imports. China gave up little in return, spurning the Trump administration’s nudges for a concrete commitment to buy more goods from the United States...
UPDATE: Police probe motive for Trump resort shooting; All quiet at PBC Trump sites

UPDATE: Police probe motive for Trump resort shooting; All quiet at PBC Trump sites

While police investigators probe a shooting this morning at the Trump resort west of Miami, there is little evidence of heightened security at the Trump Organization’s golf clubs in Jupiter and West Palm Beach or the Winter White House at Mar-a-Lago. “I cannot provide any information,” said a security guard at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. At Mar-a-Lago, where...
Trump joins push by allies to expose an FBI source

Trump joins push by allies to expose an FBI source

President Donald Trump's allies are waging an increasingly aggressive campaign to undercut the Russia investigation by exposing the role of a top-secret FBI source. The effort reached new heights Thursday as Trump alleged that an informant had improperly spied on his 2016 campaign and predicted that the ensuing scandal would be "bigger than Watergate!"  The extraordinary push begun...
UPDATE: President’s sister sells Palm Beach house to company headed by nephews Eric, Donald Trump Jr.

UPDATE: President’s sister sells Palm Beach house to company headed by nephews Eric, Donald Trump Jr.

UPDATE: Eric and Donald Trump Jr., President Trump’s sons, are officers of the company that just paid $18.25 million for the Palm Beach oceanfront vacation home of one of the president’s sisters, records show. The house at 1125 S. Ocean Blvd. was sold by Eric and Donald Jr.’s aunt, federal appeals Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, according to the deed recorded this week. Eric Trump signed...
Trump 2017 finance report: Palm Beach County businesses earned $52M; Cohen payment disclosed

Trump 2017 finance report: Palm Beach County businesses earned $52M; Cohen payment disclosed

The Winter White House is pretty green for  President Donald Trump. Mar-a-Lago, along with Trump’s two golf clubs in Palm Beach County earned income of $52.2 million in 2017, according to the president’s financial disclosure report released on Wednesday. Mar-a-Lago, the president’s private club in Palm Beach, was the biggest earner, bringing in $25...
Trump billboard battle heats up, again

Trump billboard battle heats up, again

How much would you pay to own a piece of a billboard -once located on the presidential motorcade route - that called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump? An unidentified buyer has paid $2,500 for the section of the sign that spells out the word “NOW” - as in “IMPEACHMENT NOW.” The eleven letters in the word impeachment are going for $500 apiece, while an 5&rdquo...
Trump’s ZTE tweet sows confusion before trade talks with China

Trump’s ZTE tweet sows confusion before trade talks with China

Senior U.S. officials struggled Monday to explain and act on President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to rescue Chinese telecom giant ZTE — a move that caught many of them by surprise.  ZTE said last week that it would shutter major operations after the United States announced punitive measures in response to the company's failure to comply with a settlement of charges for violating sanctions...
To sway Trump on trade, businesses try an ad blitz on cable TV

To sway Trump on trade, businesses try an ad blitz on cable TV

When President Donald Trump tunes into “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning, he may see a familiar face delivering a gentle warning that tariffs are “B-A-D economics.”  In a last-ditch attempt to persuade Trump to back away from his trade approach, the National Retail Federation has enlisted Ben Stein, the comedic economist famous for his role in the 1980s film “Ferris...
Insider: Who was at same party with Donald Trump Jr. in New York?

Insider: Who was at same party with Donald Trump Jr. in New York?

Just because the car carriers are loading up all over Palm Beach and the hurricane shutters are in place at all the Midtown condos doesn’t mean the party scene is over. It’s just that there might be some travel involved to get to one. In New York, Palm Beacher Terry Allen Kramer joined GOP stalwarts Kathleen and Wayne Newton, Donald Trump Jr. and the comely Kimberly...
Trump’s  winter visits to Mar-a-Lago: 47 days, 220 tweets, 29 golf outings

Trump’s  winter visits to Mar-a-Lago: 47 days, 220 tweets, 29 golf outings

Mar-a-Lago is about to close its gilded doors for the summer, meaning Palm Beach’s most famous snowbird - President Donald Trump - likely won’t be seen in Palm Beach until the fall. The president made 10 visits to Mar-a-Lago during the 2017-2018 winter season - beginning Nov. 21, 2017 with a six-day visit to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family. But the controversy over Mar-a-Lago&rsquo...
Trump’s trust grows in his gut-driven, out-of-the-box approach to international relations

Trump’s trust grows in his gut-driven, out-of-the-box approach to international relations

President Donald Trump yanked the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal this week and will reverse decades of policy in Israel next week, in each case acting on a campaign pledge and intuition that he argues has already proved more successful than traditional diplomacy.  He is aggressively moving forward with his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. This week Trump sent Secretary...
Trump made high drug prices his issue. Democrats think they can take it back.

Trump made high drug prices his issue. Democrats think they can take it back.

Democrats are trying to take back an issue Donald Trump effectively stole from them during the 2016 presidential campaign: the high cost of prescription drugs.  Trump repeatedly railed against pharmaceutical companies during the campaign and after taking office, promising prices would drop and accusing drug companies of "getting away with murder." But more than a year into his tenure...
All the different ways Trump could go on the Iran deal

All the different ways Trump could go on the Iran deal

On Monday afternoon, President donald Trump declared via Twitter that his decision on the Iran deal will come Tuesday.  The 2015 accord — signed by the United States, the U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran — lifts economic sanctions against Iran. In exchange, Tehran gave up its ability to produce enriched uranium, which could be used in a nuclear weapon. The president is...
Giuliani says Trump would not have to comply with Mueller subpoena

Giuliani says Trump would not have to comply with Mueller subpoena

Rudy Giuliani, reeling after a chaotic first week as President Donald Trump’s lawyer, tried again Sunday to straighten out his client’s story. But Giuliani raised new questions about whether Trump had paid hush money to other women and suggested the president might invoke the Fifth Amendment to avoid testifying in the special counsel’s Russia investigation.  Giuliani, a former...
Mar-a-Lago events raise money for politicos, revenues for Trump

Mar-a-Lago events raise money for politicos, revenues for Trump

In March, the Republican National Committee paid $224,857 to Mar-a-Lago — President Donald Trump’s private club in Palm Beach — to host fundraisers for his prospective 2020 re-election bid as well as the 2018 campaigns of other Republicans. The fundraisers on the weekend of March 3 are believed to have raked in about $5 million — a big chunk of the record $13...
First lady fashion: See Melania Trump’s looks of the Palm Beach season

First lady fashion: See Melania Trump’s looks of the Palm Beach season

From deboarding Air Force One to hosting international first ladies, Melania Trump carries out her political responsibilities in style. This Palm Beach season, the former model was photographed wearing designers such as Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera, and Dolce & Gabbana, but mostly Michael Kors. And what’s an outfit without the right shoes? Melania almost always pairs her classic looks with...
Kelly finds himself in a familiar place in the Trump White House — eyeing the exits

Kelly finds himself in a familiar place in the Trump White House — eyeing the exits

When President Donald Trump learned this week that his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, reportedly called him “an idiot” on several occasions, he expressed little in the way of frustration or anger, an uncharacteristically low-key response from someone with little tolerance for slights.  Attending a fundraising dinner on Monday, Trump told a confidant that he did not believe Kelly would...
Trump repaying the Stormy Daniels money doesn’t mean there were no campaign finance violations

Trump repaying the Stormy Daniels money doesn’t mean there were no campaign finance violations

It didn't take former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani long to make his mark after joining President Donald Trump's legal team. Unfortunately, the mark Giuliani left was on his client.  During an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Wednesday, Giuliani volunteered a startling bit of information. That $130,000 that Trump's attorney Michael Cohen admitted having paid to porn star Stormy Daniels?...
Roy Moore lawsuit claims ‘political conspiracy’ against him in Senate race

Roy Moore lawsuit claims ‘political conspiracy’ against him in Senate race

Roy Moore, whose campaign for the U.S. Senate foundered amid allegations he pursued teenage girls in Alabama decades ago, filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that he was the victim of what he called a "political conspiracy."  The defamation case names four women, including Leigh Corfman, who has said Moore touched her sexually when she was 14 years old and he was a 32-year-old assistant...
‘Fake news’ might have saved Trump from awkward confrontation over his vulgar remark about African countries

‘Fake news’ might have saved Trump from awkward confrontation over his vulgar remark about African countries

Just a few months ago, President Donald Trump grew frustrated during a meeting in the Oval Office about protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries and asked, "Why are we having all these people from sh-thole countries come here?"  The African Union condemned the remark at the time. On Monday, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari became the first of its members...
Korean unity pressures Trump as bargaining chips slip away

Korean unity pressures Trump as bargaining chips slip away

President Donald Trump lost no time hailing the historic nature of Friday’s meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea. But the gauzy images and vows of peace by Kim Jong Un and his counterpart from the South, Moon Jae-in, have complicated Trump’s task as he prepares for his own history-making encounter with Kim.  While the two Korean leaders pledged to rid the heavily armed...
How Trump’s mixed signals complicate America’s role in the world

How Trump’s mixed signals complicate America’s role in the world

To hear President Donald Trump tell it, his approach to North Korea and Iran, marked by unpredictability and opposition to the diplomacy and compromise of his predecessors, will end the nuclear programs of both countries once and for all.  Imposing “maximum pressure” on North Korea will persuade it to dismantle its arsenal, Trump has said. And a decision by the United States to withdraw...
Trump’s loyalty tests cause hiring headaches

Trump’s loyalty tests cause hiring headaches

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, then the star of President Donald Trump's early Cabinet, was assembling his staff and picked Sarah Isgur Flores as his top spokeswoman.  There was just one problem: She had criticized Trump, repeatedly, during the 2016 Republican primaries. Flores' prospects for a Justice Department job stalled, and Trump's advisers knew there was only one way Sessions would be...
President Trump to visit to Britain in July

President Trump to visit to Britain in July

President Donald Trump will travel to Britain in July for a working visit, the office of British Prime Minister Theresa May announced Thursday, making good on an invitation delayed in part by the threat of protests and unrest in London.  The trip will include talks with British leaders but will be a lower-key working visit and not a full state visit, a spokesman for Downing Street confirmed. ...
Trump invites Palm Beachers to dinner with French president

Trump invites Palm Beachers to dinner with French president

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania host their first state dinner and the White House on Tuesday evening that Palm Beach was well represented. Among the guests with ties to Palm Beach: Stephen Schwarzman, chief of Blackstone and Trump confidant, who  owns a $32.9 million estate at 1768 S. Ocean Blvd.  Schwarzman, who has a net worth of $12.6 billion, is ranked 117th on the Forbes&rsquo...
Amazon’s critics get new life with Trump’s attacks on the company

Amazon’s critics get new life with Trump’s attacks on the company

One of Amazon’s antagonists seized the moment last month with an unusual newspaper advertisement addressed to President Donald Trump. The ad, from a nonprofit that advocates less government, attacked a Defense Department technology contract that Amazon intends to bid on, calling it a lucrative handout for the company.  A top think tank critic of Amazon’s market power also credited...
The ‘fixer’ for Trump becomes a danger

The ‘fixer’ for Trump becomes a danger

When Donald Trump won the presidency, his longtime attorney Michael Cohen seemed in position for a coveted spot in the senior ranks of the White House.  At one point, Cohen topped a list of five candidates for White House counsel, according to documents reviewed by The Washington Post. He suggested to some Trump allies that he might make a good chief of staff.  But when Trump built his West...
Trump in Palm Beach: President praises, poses with PBSO officers before leaving PBIA

Trump in Palm Beach: President praises, poses with PBSO officers before leaving PBIA

UPDATE 4:45 p.m.: President Trump posed with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office officers on the tarmac at Palm Beach International Airport this afternoon before leaving on Air Force One. Later, while en route to Washington, he tweeted a photo and praised the “incredible”officers who “keep us safe and are very cool about it!” Air Force One arrived in Washington around...
Trump in Palm Beach: President to pardon boxer? Melania at Barbara Bush funeral

Trump in Palm Beach: President to pardon boxer? Melania at Barbara Bush funeral

UPDATE 6 p.m.: Prodded by actor Sylvester Stallone, President Trump says he’s considering a posthumous pardon for boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after he was convicted by all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines. Trump tweeted this afternoon from Mar-a-Lago that “I am considering a Full Pardon!" for the late Jack Johnson...
Trump in Palm Beach: President returns to Mar-a-Lago after 5 hours at golf club

Trump in Palm Beach: President returns to Mar-a-Lago after 5 hours at golf club

UPDATE 8 p.m.: The president tweeted that “North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site.”  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site. This is very good news for North...
Across Midwest, farmers warn of GOP losses over Trump’s trade policy

Across Midwest, farmers warn of GOP losses over Trump’s trade policy

Here in the largest soybean-producing county in the country, a snowy winter has left North Dakota farmers like Robert Runck with time on their hands before spring planting — time they have spent stewing over how much they stand to lose if President Donald Trump starts a trade war with China.  “If he doesn’t understand what he’s doing to the nation by doing what he&rsquo...
Trump today: First lady but not president will attend Barbara Bush funeral

Trump today: First lady but not president will attend Barbara Bush funeral

The White House announced today that Donald Trump would not attend former first lady Barbara Bush's memorial service Saturday "to avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush Family and friends attending the service." The president is expected to stay at Mar-a-Lago while first lady Melania Trump flies to Houston for the funeral, the Associated Press reports...
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