As President Trump recently reminded us, when someone has been disloyal to him, he never forgets it. But now that he's president, it's become more difficult to keep track of those who have defied him -- or who may potentially defy him. That's why, according to the Washington Post, Trump has embedded political appointees in every cabinet agency and tasked them with keeping tabs on the secretaries' fealty to the president. Unsurprisingly, this is not going over well with some cabinet members.
The Post is not the first to note the existence of these monitors. Last month, Politico reported that the Trump administration had created the new position of "senior White House adviser" within each agency, placing many former campaign aides in those jobs. Records obtained by ProPublica show that there are at least 16 of these advisers, with Trump loyalists stationed in all the major departments, as well as in some smaller agencies, such as NASA. read more
One national report suggests international students have become increasingly apprehensive about studying at American colleges and universities.
Consider the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The numbers of foreign students applying for admission has fallen noticeably in recent years. At this point in 2015, applications from students overseas were 21 percent below the year before. Last year, the number of foreign student applications dropped 9 percent.
This year, the number of foreign students looking to enroll at UMKC dropped by more than half. Immigration uncertainty, combined with the recent killing of a man from India -- which funnels more students to campus than any other foreign country -- drove international applications at UMKC from 1,525 this time last year to 664 this spring. read more
President Trump did not extend his hand to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel's in a Friday Oval Office photo op, a courtesy he usually extends to foreign leaders visiting the white House. Trump sat next to Merkel in front of a fireplace for the brief photo-op. "Very good," Trump said to assembled reporters when asked about what the two leaders discussed. "Lots of things." "Very good, thanks," Merkel said in German. But Trump hardly looked at Merkel and, when the photo op ended, didn't move in for a handshake. When reporters asked whether there would be a handshake, Merkel leaned in and appeared to ask, "Do you want to have a handshake?" Trump did not even look back at her. read more
U.S. President Donald Trump's first budget proposal includes massive cuts across most of the federal government. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture face unprecedented discretionary funding cuts in excess of 25 percent, as Trump attempts to boost the military and national security.
T.I. has weighed in on the ongoing and ridiculous feud between President Donald Trump and Snoop Dogg, defending the recent music video that the legendary West Coast rapper starred in which showed him aiming a gun at a Donald Trump look-alike in clown face. read more