Becca Rotenberg

Trump observes moment of silence for Las Vegas victims

President Trump was joined by First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Pence and his wife Karen on the White House lawn this afternoon for a moment of silence for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.


Trump on Puerto Rico: "We're literally starting from scratch"

President Trump began his tax speech today by addressing the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. He vowed to stand by the people until they are safe, and acknowledged that the both Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have been "wiped out" and rebuilding must start from scratch.

Other key quotes:

  • "We've never seen a situation like this. The electrical grid and other infrastructure were already in poor shape they were at their life's end prior to the hurricane. And now virtually everything has been wiped out and we will have to start all over again."
  • "Ultimately the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort will end up being one of the biggest ever will be funded and organized."
  • "We will not rest until the people of Puerto Rico are safe. These are great people."

San Juan mayor to White House: "This is a people are dying story"

Acting Homeland Security chief Elaine Duke yesterday called Puerto Rico "a good news story," referring to the administration's ability to reach people and send resources, while mentioning the limited number of deaths in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz responded this morning on CNN, calling that statement "irresponsible." She added, "Maybe from where she's standing this is a good news story...This is a people are dying story."


All five living former presidents are raising money for Puerto Rico

All five living former presidents — Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — are fundraising for Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

The One America Appeal was launched after Hurricane Harvey to give aide to the Gulf Coast. It expanded to help Irma relief efforts, and now donations can be sent to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The full scale of Maria's massive impact, here.


LeBron James: "I'm not going to let" Trump "divide us"

LeBron James, during a press conference today, referred to President Trump as "that guy" dividing the nation. James was commenting on Trump's crusade against the NFL and national anthem protestors.

Other key quotes:

  • "...everyone that had anything or any association with the NFL yesterday was unbelievable. It was solidarity and no, there was no divide. No divide. Even from that guy that continues to try to divide us as people."
  • "I'm not going to let, while I have this platform, to let one individual, no matter the power, no matter the impact that he should have or she should have, ever use sport as a platform to divide us.
  • "...if you voted for him or not, you may have made a mistake, and that's okay. If you voted for him. It's okay. I mean, I've done things for my kid and realized I shouldn't have given my daughter that many skittles."
  • "Not one individual, no matter if it's the president of the United States or if someone in your household can stop your dreams from becoming reality."

NASCAR split over Trump's anthem crusade

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NASCAR champions and owners are divided over President Trump's tirade against NFL players protesting the national anthem. Trump thanked NASCAR's support on twitter tirade this morning. Full tweetstorm, here.

Those who oppose: NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted a JFK quote opposing Trump's stance,

Those who support: Over the weekend, Richard Childress, longtime owner of Earnhardt Jr.'s father's racing team, declared that, "anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in," and championship driver Richard Petty stated that if any of his drivers protested they would be fired, according to AP.


Trump toasts the UN's "great potential"

President Trump gave a toast to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. He greeted the world leaders in the room and raised a glass of red wine to the "great potential of the United Nations."


Russian politician says on live TV that Russia stole U.S. presidency

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Russian politician Vyacheslav Nikonov, a member of the Duma, said U.S. "intelligence missed it when Russian intelligence stole the president of the United States." He made the remarks on a Russian panel show, "Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov."

The episode centered on the U.S.' diminishing power on the world stage and the resulting chaos, The Hill reports. University of Virginia professor Allen Lynch told The Hill that Nikonov's statement was directed at the idea that the U.S. must be losing power if it can't uphold the integrity of its own electoral system.

Julia Davis, who monitors Russian media, first noted the comments on her Twitter account last night.


The theories behind Trump's decision to side with Democrats

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President Trump sided yesterday with the Democrats on key legislative issues, including government funding and raising the debt ceiling. The move upset Congressional Republicans and left many others speculating about Trump's motives. We've gathered a few of the theories about Trump's decision.


  • Axios' Jonathan Swan: "Trump is enjoying watching McConnell and Ryan squirm. He personally likes neither of them and has, in the past, demonstrated more affection for Schumer and Pelosi. It's not much of a stretch. Trump has spent much of his adult life as a Democrat, in Manhattan no less."
  • Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: "Mr. Trump is sore that Republican leaders failed on health care, so he now undermines their fiscal strategy and all but hands the gavels to Democrats."
  • PowerPost: "The deal may also benefit Trump by allowing him to revive his threat to shut down the government over wall funding."
  • Russell Berman in The Atlantic: "A frustrated president, bereft of legislative wins and desperate to make a deal, turned away from his party and into the unlikely arms of the opposition."
  • Glenn Thrush & Maggie Haberman in The NY Times: "But the president also relished the opportunity to confound critics who accused him of abandoning campaign promises to govern as a bipartisan, deal-cutting businessman."
Friendship with Schumer:
  • Ben Domenech in The Federalist: "So he's being more honest: he doesn't like McConnell and Ryan, never did. He likes Chuck Schumer, and knows him, and thinks he can work with him. And he knows Chuck always makes money for his partners."

Personal brand:

  • E.J. Dionne in Wash Post: "The improvised character of the Trump presidency owes to his inclination to see politics as entirely about public performance. He cares above all about the reactions he arouses day to day and even hour to hour."
  • Josh Barro of Business Insider: "Trump may have hit on an insight: If Republican voters will like him no matter what, he can become popular by doing whatever Democrats want."

Trump's Twitter typos

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We've gathered some of President Trump's more notable mistakes on Twitter, the social network where he has 37 million followers.

The latest example came on Friday, when he tweeted "heeled" instead of "healed" to refer to Texas recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

Other examples: