Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told Fox News on Wednesday that while he would prefer President Trump not focus on White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s husband — and frequent critic — George Conway, he believes the president simply has been frustrated.
“I think it’s very frustrating for the president to see the difficult circumstances that Kellyanne is put in. She obviously is one of the most trusted advisers in the White House and not just within the White House but beyond,” Gaetz said on “The Story.” “I think it’s frustrating for him to see George Conway be so critical when Kellyanne has been such a part of the great success that’s driving country.”
George Conway repeatedly has questioned the president’s mental health on social media, all while his wife continues to work at the White House.
“George Conway, often referred to as Mr. Kellyanne Conway by those who know him, is VERY jealous of his wife’s success & angry that I, with her help, didn’t give him the job he so desperately wanted. I barely know him but just take a look, a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!” Trump tweeted Wednesday.
Conway reacted by tweeting, “You seem determined to prove my point. Good for you! #NarcissisticPersonalityDisorder.”
Gaetz defended Trump against the accusation he has “narcissistic personality disorder.”
“Obviously that’s a view held by someone who doesn’t get to see how he, I think, feels for the country and does a lot to see that people live better lives,” Gaetz said.
“I don’t think it elevates the presidency or the country to be talking about somebody’s marriage. I think the president should focus on the amazing economic success he’s having. The renegotiating of trade deals and really the fact that we roll into a 2020 election cycle where Republicans are more enthusiastic than Democrats and with a lot of good reason.”
Gaetz also defended the president’s recent attacks on the late Arizona senator John McCain, blaming deep-seated resentment over McCain’s role in the failure to repeal ObamaCare.
“It was John McCain, I think, more wanting to stick it to the president than reflect even his own beliefs,” Gaetz told Fox News’ Ed Henry. “I think it’s reasonable for the president to be very frustrated and let down by that.”
McCain died last August after a battle with cancer.
Fox News’ Ed Henry and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.
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A Holmdel, N.J., teen who was denied entry into the National Honor Society says his support for President Trump was viewed as a “character flaw.”
“They told me I had this character leadership issue which they said was because I made a T-shirt for my class presidential campaign that said ‘Make Holmdel Great Again’ on them. And I posted that Trump quote on underclass Instagram as part of an inspirational daily quote thing I did as president,” Holmdel High School student Boris Kizenko said on "The Todd Starnes Show.” “And so they said this was a character flaw that this didn’t really make a lot of sense to me because it was only when I spoke out in favor of the president that it became a character flaw.”
Kizenko added, “And so I think it just showed how politically biased the school system is. Just one example, and after this happened, you know, I’ve heard countless stories of similar experiences happening to other students, and it’s very unfortunate what happened.”
"I can confirm that political affiliation is not a consideration for National Honor Society acceptance and that no student would be denied admittance to NHS based on his/her political speech or political party affiliation," Superintendent Robert McGarry told The Asbury Park Press.
Fox News has reached out to the National Honor Society for comment.
Kizenko said he met all the honor society criteria.
“When I appealed the decision when I was denied National Honor Society, you know, I checked all the boxes. I had the grade requirement. You need at least a 3.66 GPA, I have a 4.0. You needed 200 community service hours. Check that off,” said Kizenko, 16.
“I think that what happened to me with the National Honor Society … is really indicative of a greater problem with free speech we have across the nation,” Kizenko told Starnes.
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Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., said Wednesday that while his constituents want a transparent investigation into President Donald Trump, the call for impeachment is premature.
“I haven’t ruled it out. I said the bar is very high, we shouldn’t prejudge anything and we should wait for the evidence before we make any determination,” Khanna told "America’s Newsroom.”
“My constituents want there to be an open, aggressive investigation with all the facts to be transparent. They want to see the Mueller report released. They want to see what’s going to happen with the Southern District of New York investigation. They want us to go through the process, I don’t think they want us to prejudge something and they understand the gravity of impeachment and that it’s a very high bar.”
Khanna believes a positive message for Americans is important and that that is Pelosi’s focus.
“They also care most about communities that have been left behind, what are we doing to build infrastructure, what are we doing to provide health care, what are we doing to tackle prescription drugs,” Khanna said. “We have to have a positive agenda for the American people and I think that’s what Nancy Pelosi is focused on.”
Khanna also supported lowering the voting age to 16, something Pelosi brought up recently.
“I myself have always been for lowering the voting age to 16,” Pelosi said last week at a press conference.
“I just think that our country so desperately needs this next generation to learn about the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, to have a common American identity,” Khanna said. “If we allow this to happen in high school, I think they would be much better about voting and contributing to the country.”
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Former congressman Jason Chaffetz claimed Wednesday social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter do discriminate against conservatives, saying “the situation is very real.”
“Look, Facebook, Twitter, they all have I think a duty and responsibility to validate who is actually on their system. But this bot [excuse]… they don’t go against the liberals in this case,” Chaffetz said on “America’s Newsroom.”
Facebook apologized Tuesday to White House social media director Dan Scavino who was restricted on the platform. Facebook blamed the situation on protocol’s to stop automated bots, but Chaffetz however wasn’t buying it.
“I don’t believe any of that. I don’t believe that it’s a coincidence this happened at the senior most level there at the White House,” Chaffetz told co-host Sandra Smith.
Chaffetz also expressed the belief that litigation much like Rep. Devin Nunes’, R-Calif., $250 million dollar lawsuit against Twitter could accomplish a lot going forward.
“I do believe that civil suits may be able to get further into this then maybe what the government can do,” Chaffetz said.
“From the Federal Trade Commission and the Security and Exchange Commission, those two because these companies are publicly traded, they’re going to subject themselves to a whole lot more scrutiny and there’s a lot of evidence out there that this always goes one direction and it’s against conservatives not against liberals.”
The president Tuesday spoke out against the discrimination of conservatives on social media platforms while holding a joint-presser with the president of Brazil at the White House.
“Things are happening, names are taken off. People are not getting through. You’ve heard the same complaints. It seems to be that if they are conservative, Republicans, or in a certain group, there is big discrimination. I see it absolutely on Twitter, and Facebook, which I have also, and others I see,” President Trump said.
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Ten years ago Wednesday, the Solyndra Solar Company received half a billion dollars from the Department of Energy and their much-hyped solar panels made media headlines. But just two years later, when the company declared chapter eleven bankruptcy, the taxpayer money was gone and the company, as well as the Obama administration, faced major scrutiny.
“So we are going to be giving $535 million for the solar power company, Solyndra. and it’s going to be producing thin-film solar panels,” Former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced in 2009.
Solyndra was producing easy-to-install solar panels and initially asked the government for a loan in 2005 under a Bush administration program to help fund clean energy projects deemed too high-risk for private investors.
However, the ill-fated energy company still became a poster child under the Obama administration which made Solyndra its very first loan recipient in 2009, as part of the stimulus package.
President Obama doubled down on the company’s supposed success during a highly publicized visit to Solyndra headquarters, scheduled six months before the 2010 midterm elections.
“The true engine of economic growth will always be companies like Solyndra,” Obama said while visiting the company.
Solyndra began laying off workers the day after the election and claimed it would’ve happened sooner if not for pressure from the White House.
A little more than a year after the presidents visit, Solyndra filed for bankruptcy and an FBI investigation followed shortly after.
"The actions of certain Solyndra officials were, at best, reckless and irresponsible or, at worst, an orchestrated effort to knowingly and intentionally deceive and mislead,” the Inspector General wrote in 2015.
Solyndra’s attorneys have disputed those findings, and the Inspector General admits some obvious red flags may have been missed. But according to Tom Pyle, who led President Trump’s energy transition team, the government should never have been involved.
“The fact that these programs are billed as too high risk for private investment should tell you everything you need to know about why we shouldn’t have this program,” Pyle told Fox News.
Supporters argue that Solyndra’s failure doesn’t tell the whole story of the administration’s energy loans.
Some went to more successful groups like Tesla, and almost all were paid back.
Pyle believes that doesn’t mean the government needs to throw half a billion taxpayer dollars at every company that comes along.
“Our attitude is, take all the subsidization out, let all these energy sources compete on their own, and we’ll all end up paying less for our energy,” Pyle said. “Why are we, the taxpayer, on the hook for this high-risk stuff.”
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Eric Trump criticized social media platforms, said CNN is hurting the United States and accused the New York Times of “presidential harassment” while talking to “Fox & Friends” Wednesday.
“It only goes one way. If you’re on the left you’re totally protected. If you’re on the right they absolutely try to kill you,” Trump said about social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
Trump echoed the sentiments of his father, the president, and brother Donald Trump Jr. who have been vocal about bias among social media platforms.
“Facebook, Google and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats,” President Trump tweeted Tuesday.
When asked how he would fix the situation with social media, Eric Trump said he would like the nation’s highest court to take a crack at it.
“I’d love to see this go to the Supreme Court to tell you the truth,” Trump said. “They hide under the veil that, ‘well we’re a private company.’”
“You’re no longer a private company when you are a monopoly. Facebook has 1.7, 1.8 billion users around the world… you’re beyond a private company. You’re a monopoly.”
The topic then moved to former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel’s comments that news organizations such as The Washington Post and New York Times have decided as organizations that President Trump is “bad for the United States.”
Eric Trump said the “hatred” for his father comes through in these media outlets and their reporting, highlighting CNN and claiming the network is hurting America with its international broadcasts.
“When you see some of these anchors on CNN and it’s being broadcast to the entire world and every single night they’re undermining,” Trump said. “It actually hurts our country. It’s one thing that no one ever talks about but it hurts us as a nation.”
Co-host Brian Kilmeade then asked Trump about a New York Times article exploring the relationship between the Trump organization and Deutsche Bank, which will likely prompt questions from Congress.
“Every single day we get harassed as a company because it’s their way to get to my father. And that’s all it is. You see these 81 subpoenas, what are they trying to do? It’s presidential harassment, right,” Trump said referencing the House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler’s investigation.
“They don’t want the guy to do his job, they don’t have any leadership, they don’t have any message.”
Trump added, “They’re going to lose again. I’m telling you right now, we’re going to win this thing again, my father is going to win this again. They’re desperate, they have no message and he’s doing a great job for this country.”
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Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney thinks it’s a waste of time for candidates to talk about the Electoral College.
“I would love to get rid of the Electoral College because I don’t think it’s the right way — but it’s not changing. I think to some extent it’s a total waste of time to talk about it,” the onetime Maryland representative said on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”
“I’d rather talk about improving public education, creating a better health care system, lowering drug prices, investing in infrastructure. Doing things that matter to the American people.”
“Every vote matters and the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting, and that means get rid of the Electoral College,” said another Democratic White House hopeful, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, in remarks Monday at Jackson State University in Mississippi.
Delaney also addressed the topic of age, and the question of whether fellow candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., 77, and former Vice President Joseph Biden, 76, were too old to run, reacting to a column in The Washington Post asking if the two veteran politicians had waited too long to pursue the high office.
“I don’t think people should be telling the American people that, you know, someone based on their age isn’t qualified to be the president. That’s up for the American people to decide,” Delaney, 55, told McCallum.
The former congressman also addressed his support for capitalism, something fellow candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., did Monday on MSNBC.
“It’s crazy. Look, I’m a capitalist. I was an entrepreneur before I ran for office,” Delaney said. “I believe in the power of capitalism, in its ability to create jobs and innovate, but I also believe in strong social programs.”
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White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley acknowledged Tuesday that President Trump has faced what he described as a “Deep State issue” during his presidency — but is winning regardless.
Gidley referenced claims from Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, who said Monday he was learning through documents of a “coordinated effort” aimed at taking down the president.
“I don’t know anything about those documents. Obviously this is something Mark Meadows is levying a pretty, pretty substantial, a pretty strong charge there. We’re not going to get into that,” Gidley said on Fox News Radio’s “Todd Starnes Show.” “Listen, if we had a dollar for every detractor out there would be rich people here at the White House. I’m not at all saying that that report is true or what Congressman Meadows’ said is true although he’s a friend of mine. I’ve known him for a while.”
Gidley continued, “You know as well as your audience that we get consistent attacks here from all angles. There’s a whole ‘Deep State’ issue that I think has been chronicled to some degree throughout much of… this administration. But the fact is, this president continues to win and continues to succeed regardless of all of that.”
“It’s additional information that is coming out that will show not only was there no collusion, but there was a coordinated effort to take this president down. We talk about the ‘Deep State,’” Meadows told Sean Hannity. “There are players now, even ambassadors, that are sitting ambassadors that were involved in part of this with the FBI-DOJ.”
Fox News’ chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge told Fox News Radio’s “Brian Kilmeade Show” Tuesday she believed that someone in the State Department is involved in the charge that Meadows made Monday night.
“My recollection is there is a tie into the State Department so we’ll see exactly who Congressman Meadows is referring to… But that is where I think it’s going,” Herridge told Kilmeade citing her reporting.
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President Trump’s senior campaign adviser and daughter-in-law Lara Trump blasted Democrats on Tuesday, including Democratic presidential contenders, after they called for changing the Electoral College and revamping the Supreme Court.
“I think it’s very clear that people are still upset on the left that their chosen candidate did not win in 2016. They want to find any way they can to beat Donald Trump because I think they know it’s going to be incredibly hard, almost impossible to beat this president in the 2020 election,” Lara Trump said.
Her comments came after one 2020 contender, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., called for ending the Electoral College.
"My view is that every vote matters. And the way we can make that happen is we can have national voting, and that means get rid of the Electoral College,” Warren said in Mississippi Monday.
Trump said talk of changing the Supreme Court is another sign of panic among Democrats.
“I think that it’s pretty clear that these folks are very upset that this president has had two Supreme Court placements now,” Trump said in response to various Democratic candidates calling for changes to how Supreme Court justices are selected.
“And quite likely if he gets a second term he will get a third. So, I think you’re seeing … panic mode now on the Democrat side.”
"I think we need to fix the Supreme Court. I think they stole a Supreme Court seat," Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said on MSNBC Monday. He appeared to be referring to President Barack Obama’s late-term nomination of Merrick Garland for a Supreme Court seat, a nomination that did not get a confirmation hearing from a Senate then led by a GOP majority.
I think you’re seeing … panic mode now on the Democrat side.
Trump believes many of the candidates looking to secure the Democratic nomination are too far left with their platforms to beat President Trump in the general election.
“I really think when you look at the field these people are generally very, very far-left,” Trump told co-host Sandra Smith. “You look at people who are running in some cases on an almost socialist or fully socialist platform, that is not something I think the average person can get behind.”
Trump also addressed her father-in-law’s disapproval rating with women, saying she didn’t trust the polling and that many women are afraid to admit they support or voted for the president.
“They might not like all his tweets, they might not like everything he does, but at the end of the day I think they know he’s going to keep this country safe and prosperous,” Trump said.
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Fox News’ chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge believes a claim by Republican North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows of a coordinated effort to hurt President Trump — including "sitting ambassadors," the FBI and the Department of Justice — also likely involves someone in the State Department.
“I think the congressman is referring to someone within the State Department based on my reporting,” Herridge said Tuesday on Fox News Radio’s “Brian Kilmeade Show.” “Because we have a pretty good sense now from these transcripts that have been revealed and then also records that were unsealed at the end last week in the defamation suit with BuzzFeed that … the government network was being pulsed with the dossier in the final months of the campaign and then during the transition period. And that it was coming at the FBI and Justice Department through many different lanes or many different avenues, and the objective was to lend it credibility.”
Herridge added, “My recollection is there is a tie into the State Department, so we’ll see exactly who Congressman Meadows is referring to … but that is where I think it’s going.”
The deposition was released last week due to a lawsuit over BuzzFeed and their publication of the much-debated Christopher Steele dossier.
Meadows appeared on “Hannity” Monday, when he made the accusation that there was a “coordinated effort” aimed at the president.
“It’s additional information that is coming out that will show not only was there no collusion, but there was a coordinated effort to take this president down. We talk about the ‘Deep State.’ There are players now, even ambassadors, that are sitting ambassadors that were involved in part of this with the FBI-DOJ,” Meadows told Hannity
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