Donald Trump's continued needling of China over the issue of Taiwan drew a sharp response from Beijing Monday, including a warning that if Trump continues his "gambit" China will have no choice but "to take off the gloves." read more
Georgia Congressman Tom Price is proving that when it comes to flouting conflicts of interest, he and Donald Trump have a lot in common. Trump's nominee for health secretary reportedly invested thousands of dollars in a medical-device company last year and then, less than a week later, introduced legislation to benefit it. Later, the company's PAC donated to Price, CNN reports.
"It clearly has the appearance of using your influence as a congressman to your financial benefit," Larry Noble of Campaign Legal Center told CNN. "If he believed in the bill, he should not have purchased the stock."
Appearances only got worse as 2016 went on and Zimmer Biomet's PAC cut Price a check for $1,000.
Had the Russians never hacked the Democratic National Committee or John Podesta, had WikiLeaks not strategically released Democrats' emails to damage Hillary Clinton, had President-elect Donald Trump not surrounded himself with a host of Russophiles (e.g. Mike Flynn, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Boris Epshteyn), had Trump not complimented Russian President Vladimir Putin during the campaign and defended him from charges that he murders journalists, had his campaign team not changed (then denied changing) the GOP platform on Ukraine and had Trump uttered a syllable of criticism of Putin, his interview with the Times of London would have been a surprise rather than a reaffirmation of Trump's creepy favoritism toward America's most formidable foe. Surely, had President Obama rather than Trump made the remarks, Republicans would be calling for him to resign, or at the very least, questioning his sanity and patriotism. read more
Monica Crowley said Monday that she will not take a role in the new Trump administration in the wake of plagiarism accusations, according to multiple reports.
Trump's transition team announced in December that Crowley had been tapped to serve as the National Security Council's senior director of strategic communications.
Monica Crowley, the foreign policy adviser tapped for a White House job under President-elect Donald Trump, will relinquish the post, a transition official told Reuters on Monday. Crowley had been chosen to serve as senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council. Her appointment had been shadowed by reports of plagiarism. A CNN review found this month that Crowley plagiarized thousands of words of her 2000 dissertation for her Columbia University Ph.D. In addition, Politico reported that it found more than a dozen examples of plagiarism in Crowley's Ph.D. dissertation.