Appointments and Executive Changes

Trump Has Considered Firing Intelligence Community Inspector General

NYT > U.S. > Politics President Trump has discussed dismissing the intelligence community’s inspector general, Michael Atkinson, because Mr. Atkinson reported a whistle-blower’s complaint about Mr. Trump’s interactions with Ukraine to Congress after concluding it was credible, according to four people familiar with the discussions. Mr. Trump first expressed his dismay about Mr. Atkinson around […]

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Robert O’Brien ‘Looks the Part,’ but Has Spent Little Time Playing It

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — Even his many critics conceded that the former national security adviser John R. Bolton brought useful credentials to the job: decades of foreign policy experience and a keen grasp of how the gears of government turn. Mr. Bolton’s main problem, as it turned out, was that he knew […]

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White House Fires Homeland Security Dept.’s General Counsel

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday fired John Mitnick, the general counsel for the Department of Homeland Security, after months of shake-up at an agency responsible for carrying out President Trump’s immigration agenda. “We thank John for this service, and we wish him well,” a department spokeswoman said Tuesday […]

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Trump Ousts John Bolton as National Security Adviser

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday pushed out John R. Bolton, his third national security adviser, amid fundamental disputes over how to handle major foreign policy challenges like Iran, North Korea and most recently Afghanistan. The departure ended a 17-month partnership that had grown so tense that the two men […]

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Shanahan Withdraws as Defense Secretary Nominee

NYT > Politics President Trump on Tuesday pulled the nomination of Patrick M. Shanahan to be the permanent defense secretary, saying on Twitter that Mr. Shanahan would devote more time to his family. Mr. Trump named Mark T. Esper, the secretary of the Army and a former Raytheon executive, to take over as acting secretary […]

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White House Considers Restoring the Daily Briefing for the Next Press Secretary

NYT > Politics WASHINGTON — Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s announcement that she would step down as White House press secretary has set off the latest round of musical chairs in the West Wing and an internal debate over whether to revive the daily news briefing as President Trump heads into the thick of election season. Some […]

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Leaving White House at the End of the Month

NYT > Politics WASHINGTON — Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary who fiercely defended President Trump through one of the most tumultuous periods in American politics and presided over the end of the daily White House news briefing, will step down at the end of the month. President Trump announced her departure on […]

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Emmet T. Flood to Step Down as White House Lawyer

NYT > Politics WASHINGTON — Emmet T. Flood, the White House lawyer who oversaw the administration’s response to the special counsel investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, will step down from the job this month, President Trump said on Saturday. The departure of Mr. Flood, who first rose to prominence when he defended […]

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A Would-Be Trump Aide’s Demands: A Jet on Call, a Future Cabinet Post and More

NYT > Politics Access to a government jet 24 hours a day. An office in the West Wing, plus guaranteed weekends off for family time. And an assurance of being made secretary of homeland security by November. Those were among a list of 10 conditions that Kris Kobach, the former Kansas secretary of state, has […]

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Trump Names Mark Morgan, Former Head of Border Patrol, to Lead ICE

NYT > Politics WASHINGTON — President Trump on Sunday named Mark Morgan, a former Obama administration official who has aligned himself with some of Mr. Trump’s hard-line positions on border security, as the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Mr. Morgan served as the Border Patrol chief at the end of the Obama administration, and […]

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