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The Daily BeastJun 26, 2019
Trump Sees Dire Migrant Detention Conditions as Messaging Problem
Brynn Anderson/APAs news broke on the reportedly horrific conditions at a Texas detention center holding migrant children, President Trump did what he normally does in times of crisis and public relations hellscapes: He monitored the media and political reactions via his White House TV and the DVR device he dubs his "super TiVo."

And in the days since the treatment of small children at this detention facility became major national news, the president wanted to make one thing clear to his subordinates, though his focus was not at all about ameliorating appalling conditions. Trump has repeatedly told advisers and senior aides that, no matter how great the public outrage toward his administration, his lieutenants were to stick to a simple strategy of blaming Democrats and Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, according to two people with knowledge of the exchanges.

In the end for Trump, the dire situation was a mere messaging problem.

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Fox PoliticsJun 26, 2019
Weld holds out hope for debate with Trump, quips he could challenge Alec Baldwin
As the Democratic White House hopefuls kick off their first round of presidential primary debates, the sole Republican who's launched a long-shot primary challenge against GOP President Donald Trump remains optimistic he may eventually face Trump on the debate stage.

Fox PoliticsJun 26, 2019
Matt Gaetz: I hope Dems' Mueller subpoena isn't a precursor to 'impeachment-by-surprise'
The subpoena of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller could be a warning of further congressional actions targeting President Trump, according to House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.

Reuters PoliticsJun 25, 2019
Trump threatens 'obliteration,' Iran calls White House 'mentally retarded'
U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to obliterate parts of Iran if it attacked "anything American," in a new war of words with Iran which condemned fresh U.S. sanctions on Tehran as "mentally retarded."

Washington Post PoliticsJun 25, 2019
400,000 households could lose food stamps under Trump plan expected soon
Democrats are critical of potential guidelines that Republicans favor to tighten eligibility requirements.

New York Times PoliticsJun 25, 2019
Trump Names Stephanie Grisham, Aide to First Lady, as Sarah Sanders's Successor
Ms. Grisham joined the Trump campaign in 2015 and is one of the last remaining aides from Mr. Trump's campaign still serving in the White House.

The Daily BeastJun 25, 2019
Hannity on Mueller Testimony: ‘They Are Harassing the Office of the President!'
Moments after news broke late Tuesday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller agreed to testify before Congress next month in an open session, Fox News host Sean Hannity claimed the testimony was nothing short of harassment of the President of the United States.

In a joint statement on Tuesday night, the House Intelligence and House Judiciary Committees announced that Mueller would publicly testify before the House on July 17. The two committees issued a subpoena to compel Mueller's testimony, marking the first time anyone from the special counsel's office will have appeared before Congress to discuss the Russia investigation.

The pro-Trump Hannity, who has spent more than two years discrediting the special counsel, devoted much of his program Tuesday night to downplaying the significance of Mueller's upcoming testimony. 

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Stephanie Grisham, who has been first lady Melania Trump's spokesperson since March 2017, will be the next White House press secretary, replacing Sarah Sanders.


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Fox PoliticsJun 25, 2019
Jay Sekulow: Mueller testimony to House lawmakers won't differ from his report
President Trump's attorney, Jay Sekulow, reacted Tuesday night to Robert Mueller agreeing to testify publicly July 17 before the House judiciary and intelligence committees after both panels issued subpoenas to him.
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