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Trump says he disagrees with ‘send her back’ chants, despite fanning flames for days
Jul18

Trump says he disagrees with ‘send her back’ chants, despite fanning flames for days

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump disavowed a campaign rally chant of “send her back,” where the president’s supporters targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., during a campaign event in Greenville, North Carolina, on Wedne…

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Top Republican Tom Emmer says ‘no place’ for ‘send her back’ chants at Trump rally
Jul18

Top Republican Tom Emmer says ‘no place’ for ‘send her back’ chants at Trump rally

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — The congressman leading Republicans’ efforts to retake the House in 2020 disavowed the “send her back” chants at President Trump’s rally last night in North Carolina, saying there’s “no place for that kind of talk…

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Trump tweets about Puerto Rico being ‘under siege’ amid violent protests over governor
Jul18

Trump tweets about Puerto Rico being ‘under siege’ amid violent protests over governor

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump weighed in for the first time on the protests in Puerto Rico, where thousands have called on Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to resign.

Trump’s tweets come as the unrest on the island grew more violent Wednesday night, when police fired tear gas on those marching in San Juan.

The president tweeted the people of Puerto Rico “are great” but “much of their leadership is corrupt” — a charge he’s made before.

He noted Rosselló was “under siege” and, as he has before, lambasted San Juan’s mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz, saying she “is a despicable and incompetent person who I wouldn’t trust under any circumstance.”

The mayor has made clear in recent days that she’s on the side of the protesters, and she was also among the targets of the profanity-filled secret Telegram chat group that included the governor and other top officials that helped spark the protests.

A lot of bad things are happening in Puerto Rico. The Governor is under siege, the Mayor of San Juan is a despicable and incompetent person who I wouldn’t trust under any circumstance, and the United States Congress foolishly gave 92 Billion Dollars for hurricane relief, much….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2019

A lot of bad things are happening in Puerto Rico. The Governor is under siege, the Mayor of San Juan is a despicable and incompetent person who I wouldn’t trust under any circumstance, and the United States Congress foolishly gave 92 Billion Dollars for hurricane relief, much….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2019

In a new statement issued Thursday morning, Rossello acknowledged the widespread protests, saying they “have not gone unnoticed for me, my family and certainly for anyone in Puerto Rico.”

He said he respected the demonstrations “not only as a democratic exercise, but as a natural manifestation of the anger at recent events,” but criticized what he said were the minority of protesters who “chose the wrong methods and violence, even with the use of weapons, Molotov cocktails and other explosives, causing injuries and impacting officers of the Puerto Rico Police.”

“This challenge to law and order will be addressed accordingly,” he said of the violent demonstrators.

“In the past few days I have apologized to the Puerto Rican people and that request remains alive. I have the commitment, stronger than ever, to carry out the public policy for which we have worked so hard in all areas of government. I recognize the challenge before me for recent controversies, but I firmly believe that it is possible to restore confidence and that we can, after this painful and painful process, achieve reconciliation,” he said.

The uproar began Saturday, after the nonprofit journalism group Center of Investigative Journalism published nearly 900 pages of conversations from a leaked group chat between Rosello and several top aides that detail efforts to manipulate public narratives, operations to discredit negative press coverage and criticism of opposition leaders.

The conversations, made through the Telegram app, also contain sexist, homophobic and misogynistic comments from the members of the group, according to the report. These messages have not been independently authenticated by ABC News. After the revelation of the messages, Rossello announced the resignation of a number of government officials including Luis Rivera Marin, the secretary of state.

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Treasury Secretary Mnuchin expresses confidence in budget deal as negotiations continue
Jul18

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin expresses confidence in budget deal as negotiations continue

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin expressed confidence a budget deal with Democrats could be reached ahead of a looming deadline, but said hurdles still remain for negotiations between the Trump administration and D…

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New Cohen documents reveal calls with Trump, National Enquirer publisher before payment
Jul18

New Cohen documents reveal calls with Trump, National Enquirer publisher before payment

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Even though Hope Hicks, one of President Trump’s closest aides, may have had detailed knowledge of the scheme to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels, federal prosecutors decided privately that they didn&rsqu…

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Trump nominates 3-star admiral to lead the Navy after Senate-confirmed pick retired
Jul18

Trump nominates 3-star admiral to lead the Navy after Senate-confirmed pick retired

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump has nominated Vice Adm. Michael Gilday to lead the Navy, after his Senate-confirmed pick suddenly decided to retire.

Earlier this month, Adm. William Moran, who was slated to become the next chief of naval operations on Aug. 1, announced he would retire because of his association with a former Navy public affairs officer, who was investigated two years ago for inappropriate conduct.

Moran, who is a four-star admiral serving as the deputy chief of naval operations, was highly regarded, but Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said Moran’s contacts with the former public affairs officer called into question his judgment.

Trump’s new nominee is currently the director of the Joint Staff and previously commanded the U.S. 10th Fleet and Fleet Cyber Command, the Navy’s cyber component.

If confirmed, he would be the first officer to lead a military service who has also commanded a service cyber component, according to Fifth Domain.

(1/3) The entire Navy should be very excited by today’s announcement. Admiral Mike Gilday is a true cutting edge warfighter, a surface warrior who, by virtue of his leadership at 10th Fleet, fully appreciates the challenges we face in the cyber warfare arena…

— Adm. John Richardson (@CNORichardson) July 18, 2019

“The entire Navy should be very excited by today’s announcement,” tweeted the current chief of naval operations Adm. John Richardson on Thursday. “Admiral Mike Gilday is a true cutting edge warfighter, a surface warrior who, by virtue of his leadership at 10th Fleet, fully appreciates the challenges we face in the cyber warfare arena and the increasing pace of competition in new domains.”

“His experience as the director of the Joint Staff will ensure that the Navy continues to look for every opportunity to collaborate with other services, allies, and partners around the world. Pending confirmation, the Navy will be in good hands with Admiral Gilday at the helm,” Richardson continued.

The president bypassed seven sitting four-star admirals in picking Gilday, according to the U.S. Naval Institute. The last time a three-star admiral was nominated to be the chief of naval operations was in 1970.

Gilday is a native of Lowell, Massachusetts, and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He holds graduate degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School and the National War College.

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