A lot has changed since 2013, when the editors of The Onion got an angry email from Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen. Back then, Cohen was an executive vice president at the Trump Organization, and his client was just a TV mogul, still years away from announcing his first serious presidential bid. Story Continued Below Cohen was fuming over a satirical article published under Trump’s name with the headline, “When You're Feeling Low, Just Remember I'll Be Dead In About 15 Or 20 Years.” On Trump’s behalf, Cohen demanded that The Onion immediately remove the article and apologize. “This commentary goes way beyond defamation and, if not immediately removed, I will take all actions necessary to ensure your actions do not go without consequence,” Cohen wrote, according to a copy of the email provided to POLITICO. “Guide yourself accordingly.” Five years later, Trump is in the White House, Cohen is under federal investigation and the … [Read more...] about How Trump changed everything for The Onion
Trump makes fun of reporter
Subscribe to Off Message on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here.The Trump Show, argues Chris Matthews, “is wearing surprisingly well.”Story Continued Below The voluble “Hardball” host, now in his 25th year on the air—making him one of the last remaining pioneers of the 24-hour cable news culture that has shaped American politics—is clearly not a fan of Donald Trump. But he thinks people still don’t get what’s working for the president, or what’s ahead for the people who are looking to beat him. A Quinnipiac University poll released last week found that 22 percent of voters—including 37 percent of Republicans—are ready to call the media “the enemy of the people,” and that by just a 53-37 majority, voters trust the media to do a better job than Trump at representing facts on important stories. That’s the wrong way to think about how people are thinking about Trump and journalism, Matthews … [Read more...] about Matthews: ‘I’m Not Sure Trust Is What People Want from Trump’
White House aides, reporters and other famous-for-Washington types were set to gather without President Donald Trump to toast press freedom. It was to be the second White House Correspondents' Association dinner in a row without the president. Trump posted on Facebook this past week that he would hold a Saturday evening rally in Michigan with his "favorite deplorables" — a term that Democrat Hillary Clinton used in 2016 to describe some of Trump's campaign supporters. The Washington dinner, which once attracted Oscar winners and buzzed-about stars, comes as Trump routinely slams reporters as dishonest and their work as "fake news." Comedian Michelle Wolf was on tap to deliver what's usually a roast of the president and the press. Trump Says Democrat Should Quit Over VA Nomination Brouhaha "I like making fun of people to their face ... more than behind their backs, so it would have been more fun" if Trump were in the audience, Wolf told CBS' "This Morning Saturday." "None … [Read more...] about White House Corps Toasts Press Freedom; Trump A No-Show
WASHINGTON — Former FBI Director James Comey joined WTOP on Wednesday to discuss his new book, in which he sharply criticizes President Donald Trump, compares him to a Mafia boss and said he is threatening American ideals. Comey said the revelations in the book don’t jeopardize the work of investigators, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who are probing potential ties between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia. “My testimony is already locked down,” Comey told WTOP. “I gave it under oath to the Senate a year ago. In fact, even before then, it was locked down because I wrote memos about key events and so there really isn’t a serious risk that my story will somehow change. It’s in concrete, frankly, and I’ve offered it to the Senate and to the American people, already.” Some critics have chided Comey for apparently taking cheap shots at Trump, by including references to president’s height and hand size in the book. … [Read more...] about Ex-FBI Director James Comey on Donald Trump: ‘I’m not trying to pick on the guy’
Donald Trump has outlived the “axis of adults” who was supposed to guide and shape his foreign policy. He’s run through two national security advisers, innumerable lawyers and lower-level aides, an attorney general, an array of Cabinet secretaries and, any day now, the second of two White House chiefs of staff. He’s dumped the ideologist who helped elect him and never really clarified what his “America First” campaign slogan was all about anyways. But since we launched The Global Politico days after his inauguration, Trump has more than followed through on his election pledge to shake up the Washington establishment of both parties when it comes to America’s position in the world. Each week, we’ve watched as he’s reoriented – or tried to – U.S. policy toward everywhere from Iran to North Korea, Russia to our North American neighbors. Story Continued Below In 67 episodes over the last year and 85 days, I’ve been … [Read more...] about Just How Dangerous Is Donald Trump?