Apr 5, 2019

Trump drops Ron Vitiello, nominee for director of ICE

Ron Vitiello (right). Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The White House has retracted its nomination of 30-year border official Ron Vitiello to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the AP reports.

Details: The announcement was delivered to members of Congress on Thursday. Vitiello was expected to join President Trump on a planned trip to the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday, but will no longer attend, according to AP sources. Details are unclear as to why Trump pulled the nomination, however, the news comes after a week of warnings that he would shut the border entirely. Three sources with direct knowledge were unauthorized to speak on the record, per the AP.

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Bloomberg campaign says Tennessee vandalism "echoes language" from Bernie supporters
  2. Scoop: New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers
  3. Trump misrepresents 2020 Russia briefing as Democratic "misinformation"
  4. Bernie Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"
  5. Nearly half of Republicans support pardoning Roger Stone
  6. Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"

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Bernie Sanders told CBS "60 Minutes" that he was surprised by Mike Bloomberg's lackluster performance at Wednesday's Democratic debate.

What he's saying: "If that's what happened in a Democratic debate, you know, I think it's quite likely that Trump will chew him up and spit him out."

Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

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Lyft has acquired Halo Cars, a small startup that lets ride-hailing drivers earn money via ad displays mounted atop their cars. Lyft confirmed the deal but declined to share any details.

Why it matters: Ride-hailing companies are increasingly eyeing additional ways to generate revenue, and Lyft rival Uber has been quietly testing a partnership with New York-based Cargo that gives it a cut of the advertising revenue, as I previously reported.