More Americans pessimistic about Trump's presidency than any presidency in last 25 years
A Pew Research Center poll released this week finds that 29% of Americans think President Donald Trump's presidency will be successful in the long term, 47% think it'll be unsuccessful and 23% say it is too early to tell.
Trump is as strongly disliked now as President Richard Nixon was when he resigned in 1974.
When a BuzzFeed reporter first sought comment on the news outlet's explosive report that President Trump had directed his lawyer to lie to Congress, the spokesman for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III treated the request as he would almost any other story. The reporter informed Mueller's spokesman, Peter Carr, that he and a colleague had "a story coming stating that Michael Cohen was directed by President Trump himself to lie to Congress about his negotiations related to the Trump Moscow project," according to copies of their emails provided by a BuzzFeed spokesman. Importantly, the reporter made no reference to the special counsel's office specifically or evidence that Mueller's investigators had uncovered. "We'll decline to comment," Carr responded, a familiar refrain for those in the media who cover Mueller's work.
John Kelly gave an introductory speech when he became chief of staff that was "potentially hostile" to President Donald Trump, a former aide has said. In the latest book to emerge about Trump's time in the White House, Cliff Sim, a former communications aide to the president, describes a speech that Kelly had made soon after replacing Reince Priebus.
When you propose a budget, as Trump did last year, that makes a $1 trillion cut to Medicaid, a $500 billion cut to Medicare, and a $72 billion cut to Social Security, you are not a friend of workers. When you take away overtime pay to millions of workers, as Trump did by rescinding a federal labor rule put in place by Barack Obama, you are not a friend of workers.
A Belarusian model who said she had evidence of Russian collusion with Donald Trump's election campaign is now in Russian police custody. Nastya Rybka (real name Anastasia Vashukevich) was detained at Moscow's main airport after being deported from Thailand for soliciting. Her lawyer posted a video on Instagram which, he says, shows her arrest.