Jun 15, 2017

Sanders: "I believe" Trump has confidence in special counsel Mueller

Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed Thursday that Robert Mueller was at the White House interviewing for FBI director the day before he was named as special counsel in the Russia probe. She also stated that she "believes" President Trump has confidence in Mueller, even after reports that he is investigating Trump for obstruction of justice.

  • Has anyone in the WH received document requests from Mueller? "Not that I'm aware of," said Sanders.
  • Who are the "bad and conflicted people" in Trump's tweet? Sanders said to refer to Trump's personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz. When pressed on why she couldn't answer, Sanders said, "because I'm not the president."
  • Sanctions bill against Russia: "The administration is committed to existing sanctions against Russia," said Sanders, not committing to signing new sanctions and adding that the WH is "still reviewing" the bill.
  • $12 billion Qatari arms deal Sanders says it was "years in the making and is a tangible show of support for our defense relationship."
  • Trump Cuba speech: Sanders confirmed Trump will make an announcement on US-Cuba policy while in Miami tomorrow.
  • Congressional baseball game: Sanders said several members of the Trump administration will attend tonight's game following yesterday's shooting.

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Trump hits back at Mattis: "I gave him a new life"

President Trump speaks at the White House. Photo: Doug Mills - Pool/Getty Images

President Trump unloaded on his former defense secretary via Twitter on Wednesday, hours after James Mattis condemned him for making a "mockery of our Constitution" in his response to mass protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing.

What he's saying: "Probably the only thing Barack Obama & I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General. I asked for his letter of resignation, & felt great about it. His nickname was 'Chaos', which I didn’t like, & changed it to 'Mad Dog'"

Obama praises young protesters, urges mayors to pursue police reforms

Former President Barack Obama called on all mayors to review their use-of-force policies and commit to policing reform in a virtual town hall Wednesday hosted by the Obama Foundation's My Brothers Keepers Alliance.

Why it matters: Obama has addressed the killing of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that followed on social media and in a Medium post, but this was his first time speaking about the past week's events on camera. His voice will add weight to the growing pressure on local, state and federal officials to pursue policing reforms.

James Mattis condemns Trump as a threat to the Constitution

Mattis on Fox in Septemnber 2019 in New York City. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis condemned President Trump for making a "mockery of our Constitution" in a statement to The Atlantic on Wednesday, saying he was "appalled" at the president's response to mass protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing.

Why it matters: Trump’s former defense secretary had refrained from publicly criticizing his former boss since resigning in 2018.