Roseanne Barr claims ‘Planet of the Apes’ tweet was ‘about anti-Semitism’

Roseanne Barr, who was forced to quit her eponymous show after a racist and Islamophobic Twitter rant, has now said that her comments were actually about anti-Semitism.  US comedian Barr came under fire when she compared former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett to the lovechild of the «Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes».  Barr’s now-deleted tweet…

‘I guess I’m just an old-fashioned person’: a potted history of Bill Clinton’s disastrous book tour

President-turned-thriller-writer Bill Clinton has put his foot firmly in his mouth as he seeks to promote his novel, The President is Missing. He has repeatedly misspoke when asked the inevitable questions about his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky which overshadowed his time in the White House.  Even when the conversation moves away from that topic, Clinton…

Bill Clinton’s first novel The President is Missing, review: ‘More Jack Bauer than John Le Carré’

A maverick Commander-In-Chief, facing down impeachment charges and a baying media, puts his Presidency on the line to save humanity from impending disaster. Reading the President Is Missing, a high-octane collaboration between ex-Oval Office custodian Bill Clinton and bestseller conveyor belt James Patterson, it’s hard not to leap to the conclusion that the authors may…

US justice department expands probe into origins of FBI’s Russia investigation after public pressure from Donald Trump 

The US justice department has expanded a probe into whether the FBI acted with political bias when investigating the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia after pressure from the president.  The department said its inspector general had been tasked with “determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation” in how the FBI acted before the…

Donald Trump uncertain if Kim Jong-un meeting will happen as US warns sanctions will remain without summit

Donald Trump has conceded he does not know if his meeting with Kim Jong-un will go ahead after North Korean officials openly criticsed his administration’s demands.  The US president repeatedly said “we’ll see” when asked to confirm if the June 12 summit in Singapore announced last week will still happen.  The White House insisted that…

Spike Lee slams President Trump for ‘not denouncing Klan, Nazis’ in expletive-filled Cannes speech

Outspoken director Spike Lee repeatedly branded President Trump as a «m————» at the Cannes Film Festival, accusing him of failing to condemn racism and neo-Nazi attacks.  Lee was speaking at a press conference for BlacKkKlansman, a film based on the unlikely true story of a black undercover policeman who went under cover as a member of…

Donald Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly says president is ‘embarrassed’ by Russian investigation 

Donald Trump’s chief of staff has said the president is “embarrassed” by the Russia investigation and must explain away the probe when he meets world leaders.  In a rare on-the-record interview, John Kelly also revealed his “great frustration” at times in the job and said illegal migrants are not “bad people”.  The comments could further…

John McCain’s wife hits back at White House official over joke about ‘dying’ senator

The wife of John McCain has rebuked a White House official who reportedly made what some saw as an insensitive comment about ailing the Arizona Senator. Kelly Sadler was discussing McCain’s opposition to President Donald Trump’s nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel, when she allegedly claimed, «It doesn’t matter» because «he’s dying anyway.» That’s according to…

Melania Trump caught up in plagiarism row

Melania Trump has been once again accused of plagiarism, with allegations that she repurposed a 2009 booklet to launch her Be Best campaign for child wellbeing. Mrs Trump on Monday announced that her project as first lady would be an initiative to support wellness in children, reducing cyber bullying and helping reduce the opioid crisis….

Donald Trump’s pick to run the CIA, Gina Haspel, offered to withdraw over ‘torture’ role

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, has offered to withdraw over concerns about her role in the agency’s interrogation programme, according to sources familiar with the matter. Ms Haspel made her offer on Friday — reported The Washington and Reuters — in a move prompted by growing concern among her supporters that…

John McCain does not want Donald Trump to attend his funeral 

John McCain, the ailing Republican senator, does not want President Donald Trump to attend his funeral, the White House has been told. Instead, his associates have requested Vice President Mike Pence be present for the ceremony when the time comes, with former presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush giving eulogies at the National Cathedral in…

White House Correspondents Dinners through the years: the funniest, most controversial jokes

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner takes place this Saturday (April 28), but for the second year running the expected guest of honour – two-time Emmy nominee, former steak salesman and current United States President Donald Trump – will not be present. The last fifteen presidents all attended at least one of the annual dinners, which have…

Donald Trump suggests veterans affairs candidate could withdraw after ‘ugly and disgusting’ vetting process

President Donald Trump has suggested his embattled nominee to lead the veteran’s affairs department could withdraw his candidacy, after lashing out at the «ugly and disgusting» vetting process that saw serious concerns raised about Ronny Jackson’s drinking and management. Dr Jackson, 50, has found his candidacy to lead the second largest department in the federal…

Democrats sue Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia for interfering in 2016 election

The Democratic Party is suing Russia, Donald Trump’s election campaign and WikiLeaks for conspiring to damage Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the 2016 presidential election. Documents filed in New York federal court show Democrats have opened a fresh front in their campaign against President Donald Trump that could reveal fresh evidence of collusion between his…

White House allies attack James Comey’s ‘God complex’ after scathing interview

Donald Trump’s allies claimed ex-FBI director James Comey has a “God complex” and is politically biased after he declared the president “morally unfit” for office during an excoriating interview.  White House supporters took to the airwaves to trash Mr Comey after his prime time interview with ABC News triggered a string of damaging headlines for…

Russia warns the US that Syrian airstrikes could spark war   

Moscow on Thursday night warned against any US move that could trigger a conflict between the nuclear-armed rivals. Russia’s UN ambassador warned the priority in Syria was to avert US-led strikes that could lead to a confrontation between the world’s two preeminent nuclear powers. «The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war,» said…

Theresa May joins Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron in condemning Syria chemical attack, amid pressure for airstrikes

Theresa May has held talks with Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron in which they have condemned Bashar Assad regime’s “appalling cruelty” and said those responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria should be “held to account”. The British Prime Minister “agreed” in telephone conversations with the US president and the French president  that the international…

Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser Tom Bossert resigns

Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, has resigned amid a shakeup of the administration’s foreign policy team. The resignation comes a day after John Bolton, Mr Trump’s new foreign policy hawk, took up his role at the White House. The hardliner is expected to shake up the national security team, hinting at a change…

National Guard deployed to Texas-Mexico border within 72 hours

The US states of Texas and Arizona on Friday announced plans to send National Guard troops to the southern border with Mexico after President Donald Trump ordered a thousands-strong deployment to combat drug trafficking and illegal immigration. The Texas National Guard said it would send 250 troops to the border within 72 hours and had already deployed two Lakota…

Devil with the Blue Dress at The Bunker, review — Monica Lewinsky drama relives moments of real-life anguish

Armento doesn’t give us Clinton’s perspective per se – whenever he speaks, his words are relayed via a female voice, complete with droll impersonation. Instead this is a piece, fluid and jazz-like in its approach (with a wryly insinuating off-stage saxophone accompaniment from Tashomi Balfour), for five actresses, with each one taking the main ‘roles’…

Donald Trump says he will send military to guard Mexico border

Donald Trump said he will deploy the US military to the border with Mexico until his «beautiful wall» is finally built. The US president has become increasingly frustrated by the lack of progress on his signature campaign promise. In recent days he raged at Mexico for allowing a «caravan» of 1,500 migrants from Central America…

The White House hosts its 140th Easter Egg Roll

Footage shows the White House’s annual Easter Egg Roll as the event turns 140 this year. Traditionally, children roll Easter eggs across the White House’s South Lawn with wooden spoons. The First Lady Melania Trump has added a new activity to a roster of festivities: lawn bowling.  The event has been held every year since 1878. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/03/white-house-hosts-140th-easter-egg-roll/

Donald Trump’s lawyer ‘discussed pardoning Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort’

Donald Trump’s lawyer talked about pardoning two top former advisers as the Russian investigation was closing in, according to The New York Times.  John Dowd reportedly discussed the topic with lawyers for Michael Flynn, once the White House national security adviser, and Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman.  The conversations were said to have…

Trump ousts McMaster, makes Bolton national security adviser

US President Donald Trump on Thursday picked as his new national security adviser John Bolton, a hawk who has advocated using military force against Iran and North Korea and has taken a hard line against Russia. Trump announced in a tweet he was ousting H.R. McMaster, his current national security adviser. Bolton, 69, who has long been…

‘Don’t run for president’: Donald Trump’s advice to younger self

Donald Trump was asked what advice he would give to his 25-year-old self at a White House forum on millennials on Thursday. President Trump jokingly said he would not run for president.  He then added that he got «the greatest publicity» until he «ran for office.» https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/22/dont-run-president-donald-trumps-advice-younger-self/

Trump lawyer claims porn star Stormy Daniels is liable for $20million 

Donald Trump’s lawyer claims porn actress Stormy Daniels is liable for at least $20 million (£14,340,000) for violating a nondisclosure agreement she says prevents her from discussing an alleged affair with the president, according to a Friday court filing. A lawyer for Michael Cohen’s Essential Consultants limited liability company — which paid Ms Daniels $130,000 (£93,200) under the…

Donald Trump loses patience with ‘no men’ as speculation of mass sackings reaches fever pitch

Donald Trump’s patience with his administration’s ‘no men’ appeared finally up last night as speculation of imminent sackings entered overdrive.  The US president was on Friday reportedly on the brink of dismissing a string of moderating figures who have hemmed in his hardline instincts over the last year.  HR McMaster, the three-star general who is Mr Trump’s…

Donald Trump Jr’s wife Vanessa ‘files for divorce’

Donald Trump’s oldest son is getting divorced after his wife filed court documents on Thursday, according to numerous US media reports.  Donald Jr, 40, has been married to Vanessa Trump since 2005 and the pair have five children together.  Mrs Trump filed for an uncontested divorce in the Manhattan Supreme Court, according to the gossip site…

North Korea silent on meeting with Trump

North Korea has yet to respond publicly or privately to the decision by Donald Trump to attend a summit with its leader Kim Jong-un. President Trump surprised many on Thursday by accepting an invitation to direct talks, relayed by the North Korean leader through South Korean envoys visiting the White House. He said he would meet Mr…

‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli sentenced to seven years in prison

The former pharmaceuticals boss dubbed «Pharma Bro», Martin Shkreli, has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Last August Shkreli was found guilty of defrauding investors in two hedge funds he ran between 2009 and 2011, by sending false account statements and concealing huge losses, and then using money from a pharmaceutical company he founded,…

Donald Trump suggests ‘terror’ ratings for movies to help stop gun attacks after shock at what son Baron watches

Donald Trump has suggested films should be given a “terror” rating to help stop school shootings as he expressed shock at the “really violent” entertainment children are watching.  Mr Trump criticised revealed he had been taken aback by what his 11-year-old son Baron watches and raised fears about the computer games that are being played. …

How to lose your ‘Top Secret’ security clearance in the US

In the last week a number of White House officials — including Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law — have seen their ‘top secret’ intelligence access revoked. Mr Kushner, a senior presidential advisor, will no longer have access to the president’s Daily Brief, the highly classified intelligence report which is given to Mr Trump every morning….

Four foreign countries ‘secretly discussed how to manipulate’ Jared Kushner

Four foreign countries secretly discussed how they could manipulate Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, according to The Washington Post.  Officials from the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico talked about how they could influence Mr Kushner to their advantage, according to the paper.  The claims were sourced to “current and former…

Trump calls WTO a ‘catastrophe’ amid criticism of trade deals

Donald Trump issued a stinging critique of international trade bodies and US trading partners in a speech on Monday. The US President told a group of 39 state governors gathered at the White House that his administration was now focused on securing “fair and reciprocal trade deals” as a result of “not being treated fairly”…

Ivanka Trump says she believes her father’s denials of sexual misconduct

Ivanka Trump said she believes President Donald Trump’s denials of sexual misconduct and dismissed an interviewer’s question on the topic as “inappropriate”, provoking the wrath of online activists who accused her of dodging tough issues and of selling out women. Her comments came during a wide-ranging interview with NBC broadcast during her visit to South…

Woman crashes car into White House barricade

A woman has been arrested after crashing her car into the barricades protecting the White House. The woman, said to be known to the Secret Service, drove into the protective barrier at around 3.10pm local time. She was immediately detained, and no shots were fired. No one was injured. Traffic around the area was diverted,…

Donald Trump defends NRA as ‘great American patriots’ as he doubles down on call to arm teachers

Donald Trump defended the National Rifle Association, Americans biggest gun lobby, saying it was led by «great people» who would «do the right thing».  The US president re-iterated his support for arming some teachers in schools in response to America’s second worst high school shooting in Florida last week. Writing on Twitter, Mr Trump said: «What…

Donald Trump blocks release of Democratic memo on Russia probe

Citing national security concerns, the White House on Friday formally notified the House intelligence committee that President Donald Trump is «unable» to declassify a memo drafted by Democrats that counters GOP allegations about abuse of government surveillance powers in the FBI’s Russia probe. White House counsel Don McGahn said in a letter to the committee that…

Donald Trump’s lawyers ‘want him to reject Robert Mueller interview’

Donald Trump’s lawyers have reportedly advised him against doing a wide-ranging interview with Robert Mueller, the man leading the Russia investigation.  They fear the US president could be charged with lying to investigators, according to a New York Times report, which noted his tendency to contradict himself in the past.  Other high profile supporters of…

Donald Trump sexism: How I tracked every lewd comment 

On August 7, 2015, Fox News presenter Megyn Kelly grilled Donald Trump in the first televised Republican debate — and everything changed. At least it did for me. That night, Trump took a dislike to Kelly’s tough questions over his alleged sexist remarks. So he did what any potential President keen to improve his image…

Jeff Sessions interviewed by Robert Mueller’s Russian investigation 

Jeff Sessions, the US attorney general and a key Donald Trump campaign adviser, has been interviewed by the investigation into Russian election meddling.  Mr Sessions was asked about whether the US president had obstructed justice, according to The New York Times.  It is the first time Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the investigation, has…

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