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‘STORY’S COMPLETE GARBAGE’ Priebus: US intel officials say Trump did not conspire with Russia


White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Sunday that top U.S. intelligence officials have told him that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign did not collude with Russia — attempting to end widespread new reports about potentially compromising, illegal talks with the former Cold War enemy.

“I can assure you, the top levels of the intelligence community have assured me that [the allegation] is not only grossly overstated, but also wrong,” Priebus told “Fox News Sunday.” “They have made it very clear that the story is complete garbage.”

However, his statement is unlikely to end the controversy, amid bipartisan calls on Capitol Hill to hold investigative hearings.

New stories about a potential Trump-Russia connection began to surface during the 2016 campaign when Trump lauded Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forceful governing style.

And they appeared to reach a peak following reports that retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, before he officially became Trump’s national security adviser, spoke with a Russian official about U.S. sanctions, which led last week to Flynn’s forced resignation.

In a freewheeling press conference Thursday, the president repeatedly said he had no knowledge of campaign officials talking to Russian officials.

Priebus attempted Sunday to close the matter, but declined to name his contacts within the

Article source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/19/priebus-says-us-intel-officials-call-campaign-russia-story-garbage-tries-to-end-controversy.html

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BACK IN THE SADDLE: Trump returns to Florida for campaign rally, hoping to reignite voters and bypass media


President Trump returns to friendly and familiar ground Saturday with a campaign rally in Florida, after a challenging first several weeks in the White House, largely deprived of the voter enthusiasm that helped propel him to his unexpected November win.

Trump will hold the event inside an airplane hangar in the central Florida city of Melbourne. The Republican president visited Florida nearly two dozen times during the 2016 presidential campaign and won the state after Democratic President Obama was victorious there in 2008 and 2012.

Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump on Saturday wants to “speak directly to people across this county in an unfiltered way, in a way that doesn’t have any bias.”

Big rowdy rallies were the hallmark of Trump’s presidential campaign. He continued to do them, although with smaller crowds, throughout the early part of the transition, during what he called a “thank you” tour.

Since his November win and officially entering the White House in late-January, the president has continued to argue that much of the news media has treated him unfairly, which has slowed progress for his young administration.

Trump has continued to use Twitter to sidestep reporters and communicate directly with Americans. But his use of social media

Article source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/18/trump-returns-to-florida-for-campaign-style-rally-hoping-to-reignite-voters-with-unfiltered-message.html

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FOX NEWS POLL: Slightly more voters trust Trump than media


Slightly more voters find the White House more truthful than the media, according to the latest Fox News Poll. 

In addition, most feel the press is tougher on President Trump than it was on President Obama.  But that may be a positive development, as a majority thinks aggressive coverage of the presidency is good for the country.

By a slim 45-42 percent margin, more voters say they trust the Trump administration to “tell the public the truth” than the reporters who cover the White House.  Ten percent say neither.

READ THE FULL POLL RESULTS

The poll, released Friday, was conducted Saturday through Monday evenings.  That was before Trump told reporters at a press conference Thursday, “the public doesn’t believe you people anymore.”

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The Fox poll last asked a similar question in June 2006.  At that time, “news reporters” were more trusted than

Article source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/17/fox-news-poll-voters-divided-over-trusting-trump-or-media.html

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‘DEAD WRONG’: CIA Director denies agency hides intelligence from Trump


CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday denied allegations that the agency was hiding intelligence from President Trump.

Pompeo called reports that the agency was keeping intelligence from Trump “dead wrong.” He added that the reports damage the “integrity of thousands of professional intelligence officers.”

“The CIA does not, has not, and will never hide intelligence from the president, period. We are not aware of any instance when that has occurred,” Pompeo said in a statement Thursday in an attempt to dispute reports that the spy community is withholding information from the commander in chief.

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that in some cases officials opted not to tell the president how they collected information. The paper, citing both former and current officials, said the decision to hold back information underscored the mistrust between the Executive Branch and spies.

Additionally, a government official told Fox News that Trump has in fact been receiving what’s known as the President’s Daily Brief, noting that it does not routinely include raw data or discussion of sources and methods.

The Journal report points out that, historically, intelligence officials have held back information about how spies gather information, but in those cases, the information was not held

Article source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/17/cia-director-pompeo-denies-agency-hides-intelligence-from-trump.html

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YOU ‘WILL BE CAUGHT!’ Trump warns leakers as war with intel community escalates


President Trump vowed Thursday to root out those responsible for leaking the “illegal classified” information that has fueled a string of damaging news reports on his administration, warning the leakers they “will be caught!”

“Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years. Failing @nytimes (and others) must apologize!” Trump tweeted.

He added: “The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!”

The renewed focus on tracking down the sources causing political migraines for his core team follows National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation amid reports he misled Vice President Pence about a phone call with a Russian diplomat. Flynn’s alleged deception was revealed by leaks.

While Trump apparently sought Flynn’s resignation, the episode swiftly rekindled the president’s feud with the intelligence community, amid suspicions their agents provided some of the damaging information. The Wall Street Journal also

Article source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/16/trump-to-leakers-will-be-caught.html

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‘HANNITY’ Jorge Ramos blasts Trump as the ‘deportation czar’


Univision anchor Jorge Ramos squared off with Fox News’ Sean Hannity Monday night in a debate over President Donald Trump’s illegal immigration policy, with Ramos calling the president the “deportation czar.”

Ramos, who famously confronted Trump on the campaign trail over his promise to build a wall across the southern border hours after the president took credit for a series of raids that netted 680 undocumented immigrants in six major cities. 

TRUMP PRAISES IMMIGRAION RAIDS, SCHUMER PRESSES FOR MORE INFO 

“The vast majority of immigrants in this country,” Ramos told Hannity, “are not criminals, are not terrorists, and are not rapists … Immigrants are less likely to be criminals than those born in the United States. Immigrants are less likely to be behind bars than U.S. citizens.”

“That’s not true,” responded Hannity, who later asked Ramos “Should every criminal illegal alien be thrown out of this country? Every one?”


Univsion anchor and Fusion host weighs in on 'Hannity'

 

“If they committed a crime, a real crime, absolutely,” said Ramos, who pointed out that FBI statistics showed violent crime in America has dropped 48

Article source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/14/jorge-ramos-deportation-czar-trump-destroying-american-families.html

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RAID REACTIONS Trump praises arrests, Schumer seeks more info


U.S. authorities on Monday said they arrested nearly 700 undocumented immigrants as part of a series of raids tied to President Trump’s executive order to find and deport 11 million people living in the United States illegally.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested 680 people from Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Antonio and New York City last week whom they say pose a threat to public safety.  Of those, 170 have no criminal record.

During a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump praised Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and said the raids were fulfilling a campaign promise.

Kelly emphasized that the operations were “routine” though immigration advocates claim ICE’s actions go well beyond what the previous administration did.

The executive order Trump signed last month gives the Department of Homeland Security the power to go after undocumented immigrants who have minor offenses or no convictions at all.

“President Trump has been clear in affirming the critical mission of DHS in protecting the nation and directed our Department to focus on removing illegal aliens who have violated our immigration laws, with a specific focus on those who pose a threat to public safety, have been charged with criminal offenses, have committed immigration

Article source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/13/trump-praises-immigration-raids-schumer-presses-for-more-info.html

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‘IMMORAL’ SEIZURE Critics rip Trump’s support of rule that allows police to snatch assets


The White House has riled the country’s civil libertarian wing after President Trump enthusiastically voiced support for a controversial law enforcement tool that allows an individual’s property or assets to be seized without a guilty verdict. 

The president weighed in on what’s known as “civil asset forfeiture” during an Oval Office meeting last week with sheriffs. The president, who ran on a law-and-order message, said he shared their desire to strengthen the practice and even said he would “destroy” the career of a Texas politician trying to end it.

The comments revived tensions with libertarians who have been fighting the practice under both Democratic and Republican administrations. Already piqued by the selection of former Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, a vocal supporter of asset forfeiture, to lead the Justice Department, the Libertarian Party itself condemned the comments. 

“It was really disappointing to hear those words. He campaigned on the idea of helping people who are on the low end of the economic spectrum and this [law] disproportionately affects minorities and those who do not have the means to hire an attorney,” Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark told Fox News. 

Sarwark called the practice “immoral,” adding that it is simply “government theft of individual

Article source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/13/libertarians-split-with-trump-over-controversial-police-tactic.html

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MEDIA BUZZ Press confronts Trump presidency’s new rules


The media are finally coming out of denial.

This is Donald J. Trump, and he ain’t going to change.

All the talk about how he would change his style once he got to the White House (which Trump himself encouraged now and then) was misguided.

His bombastic, combative and sometimes frenetic approach to life is what got him elected, so of course he’s going to stick with it. And when aides tell him he needs to change, he’ll obviously think that he heard that advice throughout the campaign he was expected to lose.

Now it’s true that actually becoming president is the ultimate reality check. And that’s true for any new White House occupant. Harry Truman famously said of Dwight Eisenhower, “He’ll sit here, and he’ll say, ‘Do this! Do that!’ And nothing will happen. Poor Ike—it won’t be a bit like the Army.”

And that was inevitable for a real estate mogul who ran his company with an iron hand. A president has to deal with all these checks and balances—Congress, the courts, the opposition party, the media and special interests, as well as other world leaders. And things move far more slowly than in the corporate world.

But anyone who thought Trump would adopt

Article source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/13/press-confronts-reality-messy-trump-presidency-that-breaks-rules.html

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‘SHOW OF FORCE’? N. Korea test fires missile into sea, first of Trump era


North Korea launched a missile into its eastern sea on Sunday, according to the South Korean military. The U.S. military detected the test and is assessing the launch, a U.S.defense official told Reuters on Saturday.

U.S. President Donald Trump has been briefed on the missile launched by North Korea, and the White House is continuing to monitor the situation, a White House official said on Saturday according to Reuters.

“We are aware of the missile launch by North Korea. The President has been briefed and we are continuing to closelymonitor the situation,” the official said. 

A spokesperson for the Ukrainian mission to the United Nations, Oleg Nikolenko, told Fox News the following:

“We are closely following the situation with the reported missile launch by DPRK. So far, there is no request for an urgent SC meeting. But everything is possible for tomorrow.”

The launch is a likely effort to advance its weapons program and is the first since Donald Trump became president.

Meanwhile, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has told reporters the missile test-fired by North Korea did not hit Japanese territorial seas. Suga said that it was an “act of provocation,” happening right after the planned meeting between Japan’s president and President Trump.

Suga also

Article source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/02/11/south-korea-says-north-korea-test-fires-missile-into-sea.html