Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary in the Trump administration, shares business interests with Vladimir Putin's immediate family, and he failed to clearly disclose those interests when he was being confirmed for his cabinet position. Ross -- a billionaire industrialist -- retains an interest in a shipping company, Navigator Holdings, that was partially owned by his former investment company. One of Navigator's most important business relationships is with a Russian energy firm controlled, in turn, by Putin's son-in-law and other members of the Russian president's inner circle. read more
The NHL champion Pittsburgh Penguins visited the White House on Tuesday, a move that seemed to many like a deliberate slap in the face of the black athletes whom the president had been attacking on Twitter and in public appearances for the past several weeks.
The assembled Penguins players were all white; the lone nonwhite player on the championship squad, a black Canadian named Trevor Daley, could not attend due to scheduling conflicts. And then at the very end of the event, Trump said something that sounds like boilerplate -- but, in context, was kind of absurd.
"You are true, true champions -- and incredible patriots," Trump said. read more
There have been some deeply awkward moments between President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, and one of the most absurd examples might have slipped past you. At a visit to Fort Myers, Florida, last week to survey the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Trump sent his regards on behalf of his absent wife -- while she was standing right next to him. "I just want to thank everybody, the first responders, on behalf of myself, our Vice President -- Melania really wanted to be with us," Trump said, somehow forgetting that the Slovenian former model was standing directly to his left in a green shirt and white baseball cap. What? read more
Trump hires the best people...If shooting off one's mouth over steakes and drinks next door to the New York Times is your measure.
Trump lawyers talk of documents locked away in a safe.