A day after meeting the German chancellor, President Donald Trump on Saturday tweeted that the country owes the United States “vast sums of money” for defense under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s security umbrella. “Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, Germany owes…..” Trump wrote on Twitter. “…vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!” (Politico)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says he still plans to “to get to the bottom” of President Trump’s claims that Trump Tower was wiretapped by the Obama administration during the 2016 election. “We owe it to [Trump]; we owe it to the American people to find out what happened in the 2016 election,” Graham said in an interview with John Catsimatidis that aired Sunday on New York’s AM 970. (The Hill)
President Trump has selected George T. Conway III, the husband of his counselor Kellyanne Conway, to head the civil division of the Justice Department, people familiar with the decision said on Saturday, placing him in charge of a crucial office charged with defending Mr. Trump’s contentious travel ban and lawsuits alleging that his business activities violate the Constitution. (NYT)
President Trump and his entire administration get their information and intel from TV shows, radio shows and alt-right sites like Breitbart, no surprises that Trump continues to create embarrassing situations for the US. In the latest tweet storm, Trump attacked Germany wrongly stating that they ‘owe’ money to the US.
1/ Sorry, Mr. President, that’s not how NATO works. The US decides for itself how much it contributes to defending NATO. pic.twitter.com/8svkzRBEQb
— Ivo Daalder (@IvoHDaalder) March 18, 2017
The White House has apologized to the British government after alleging that a UK intelligence agency spied on President Donald Trump at the behest of former President Barack Obama. (CNN)
British intelligence officials have denied an allegation that the UK helped former president Barack Obama “wiretap” Donald Trump during the 2016 election. The claim was repeated by the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, on Thursday and dismissed as “utterly ridiculous” by a GCHQ spokesperson. (The Guardian)
Coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler is reportedly President Trump’s pick to be the deputy chief of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and is expected to be tapped for the position in coming weeks.(The Hill)
House Speaker Paul Ryan today closed the case on President Donald Trump’s baseless claim that the Obama administration had his phones tapped during the election. Citing intelligence reports given to House leaders, Ryan said, “No such wiretap existed,” according to CNN. (The Verge)
President Trump discussed his tweeted accusation that President Obama ordered “wires” at Trump Tower tapped during last year’s presidential campaign in an exclusive interview with Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Wednesday. (Fox News)
Probably right after he submits his tax returns!
President Trump appears set on a collision course with federal judges, vowing to fight them to the end after a district court in Hawaii issued the second block in as many months on his proposed travel ban on visitors from majority-Muslim countries. (The Guardian)
President Trump on Wednesday defended his unsubstantiated claim that former president Barack Obama ordered surveillance on his phones at Trump Tower in New York during last fall’s campaign. Trump again offered no evidence to support his wiretapping accusation, but he maintained in an interview with Fox News Channel that information would soon be revealed that could prove him right. (NYTimes)
Staffers are leaving their phones at home, using secret apps and monitoring each other’s social media. A culture of paranoia is consuming the Trump administration, with staffers increasingly preoccupied with perceived enemies — inside their own government. (Source: Politico)
The Justice Department announced Wednesday the indictments of two Russian spies and two criminal hackers in connection with the heist of 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014, marking the first U.S. criminal cyber charges ever against Russian government officials. The charges include hacking, wire fraud, trade secret theft and economic espionage. The charges are unrelated to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. (Washington Post)