Trump used to think Jeff Bezos was 'an amazing guy'August 10, 2018
Trump's top pick to replace John Kelly as chief of staff bows out, will also leave the White House12:10 a.m.
Rand Paul says he's 'concerned' and 'disturbed' by Trump's new pick for attorney generalDecember 9, 2018
China summons U.S., Canadian ambassadors to protest tech executive's arrestDecember 9, 2018
SNL asks: What if the Trumps were black?December 9, 2018
Trump rages over Comey's testimony and the 'Rigged Fraud' to prevent his presidencyDecember 9, 2018
Major winter storm brings unusual snow to SoutheastDecember 9, 2018
The fate of Theresa May's Brexit deal — and perhaps Brexit itself — remains uncertainDecember 9, 2018
President Trump used to be a fan of what he now calls the "Fake Washington Post" — as well as its owner, who's now his enemy No. 1.
In a previously unaired chunk of a 2013 interview, Trump was asked about Jeff Bezos' purchase of The Washington Post, and it bore no resemblance to how he'd describe the Amazon founder today.
"I'm a fan of The Washington Post," Trump told ABC News' Jon Karl in 2013, also heaping praise on the Graham family, who used to own the paper. "And I have to tell you I think that Jeff, who really is an amazing guy, I think he's going to bring it to that next plateau."
Trump wasn't sure if Bezos was going to make money on the Post, but said that "ultimately, he probably will." If anything, Bezos would surely bring the paper "into the internet age," Trump told ABC News.
In never-before-seen footage from an interview five years ago today, Donald Trump told @JonKarl, “I’m a fan of The Washington Post,” adding that Jeff Bezos, who had just purchased the Post, was “an amazing guy.” https://t.co/knzTAm3ftI pic.twitter.com/HQ7F1JkwHT
— ABC News (@ABC) August 10, 2018
Today, Trump doesn't seem to hate the Post as much as the failing New York Times. But he still explicitly called the paper "fake" in a March tweet, and said it's become a "lobbyist" for Bezos. Trump's anti-Bezos opinions actually sprouted within two years of spewing niceties to ABC News, seeing as he accused Bezos of using the Post as a "tax shelter" to "screw" the public in December 2015 tweet.
Nearly three years after his first insult, Trump is still stuck on bashing Bezos. Meanwhile, his 2013 prediction — that Bezos would "ultimately" profit off the Post — is starting to come true. Kathryn Krawczyk
President Trump was so confident that Nick Ayers, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, would be his next chief of staff that the White House has already drafted the announcement, The New York Times reports. Instead, on Sunday evening, Ayers confirmed that he is leaving the White House at the end of the year, around the same time as outgoing White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
Ayers, 36 and the father of young triplets, reportedly agreed to be Trump's chief of staff on a short-term basis, but Trump wanted a chief of staff that would stay through the rest of his first term. Ayers will apparently head a pro-Trump super PAC from Georgia.
"For decades, the job of White House chief of staff was once among Washington's most desirable jobs — a pinnacle of access and power," Politico notes. "It's a different story under Trump. A job that was once a ticket to Washington royalty has recently become a laughing stock."
Still, advisers to Trump were "stunned by the turn of events," and "one former senior administration official called it a humiliation for Mr. Trump and his adult children, an emotion that the president tries to avoid at all costs," reports Maggie Haberman at Times. "With a head of blond hair, Mr. Ayers somewhat resembles Mr. Trump in his younger days, a fact that the president often looks for as a positive signal. The president had an unusual affinity for Mr. Ayers, telling aides who expressed concern about Mr. Ayers that he liked him."
Trump downplayed the news, tweeting Sunday night: "Fake News has been saying with certainty it was Nick Ayers, a spectacular person who will always be with our #MAGA agenda. I will be making a decision soon!" Peter Weber
"I'm concerned that [Barr has] been a big supporter of the Patriot Act, which lowered the standard for spying on Americans," Paul said. "And he even went so far as to say, you know, 'The Patriot Act was pretty good, but we should go much further.'"
"I'm disturbed that he's been a big fan of taking people's property, civil asset forfeiture, without a conviction," Paul continued. "Many poor people in our country have cash taken from them, and then the government says, 'Prove to us where you got the cash, and then you can get it back.' But the burden is on the individual. It's a terrible thing called civil asset forfeiture. He's a big fan of that."
Paul noted he has not yet decided how he will vote on Barr's nomination. Watch the full interview below. Talk of Barr begins around the eight-minute mark, and Paul and host Chuck Todd also discuss Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, Saudi Arabia, and more. Bonnie Kristian
Meng was taken into custody in Vancouver, Canada, on Dec. 1, at U.S. direction. She faces extradition to the United States, where she is accused of helping Huawei, a major electronics manufacturer, evade American sanctions on Iran.
Beijing said the arrest "severely violated the Chinese citizen's legal and legitimate rights and interests," calling it "lawless, reasonless, and ruthless, and ... extremely vicious." Canada should "release the detainee immediately and earnestly protest the person's legal and legitimate rights and interests," the statement said, "otherwise it will definitely have serious consequences, and the Canadian side will have to bear the full responsibility for it." Bonnie Kristian
What if the Trumps were black? That's the question asked in Saturday Night Live's trailer for Them Trumps, an imaginary new series from the makers of Empire.
Them Trumps has a solid concept and a strong line-up: President Darius Trump (Kenan Thompson), first lady Malika (Leslie Jones), Darius Jr. (Chris Redd), and L’evanka (Ego Nwodim). Where it struggles is length, as the black Trump can't seem to avoid arrest as easily as his white counterpart.
"Maybe I've done some dirty things. But I'm making America great again," Thompson's Trump rants. "And what these feds don't realize is that I'm the president, the most powerful man in the most respected office in the world. They can't lock me up, and even though I may be black—"
That's when the feds show up. Watch the full sketch below. Bonnie Kristian
The House Judiciary and Oversight Committees on Saturday evening released a transcript of former FBI Director James Comey's lengthy testimony from the day before — and President Trump, naturally, denied it all early Sunday:
On 245 occasions, former FBI Director James Comey told House investigators he didn’t know, didn’t recall, or couldn’t remember things when asked. Opened investigations on 4 Americans (not 2) - didn’t know who signed off and didn’t know Christopher Steele. All lies!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2018
Leakin’ James Comey must have set a record for who lied the most to Congress in one day. His Friday testimony was so untruthful! This whole deal is a Rigged Fraud headed up by dishonest people who would do anything so that I could not become President. They are now exposed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2018
A major winter storm began Saturday in southeastern states, especially North and South Carolina, and is expected to bring unusually heavy snow through Monday. "Snowfall amounts in some locations will likely exceed a foot and result in several days of difficult or impossible travel, extended power outages, and downed trees," the National Weather Service warned.
Here are the NWS collaborated Key Messages for winter aspects of the southern storm, per our colleagues @NWSWPC. The most glaring concern is the expected snow accumulations and likely travel hazards from the southern Appalachians into parts of the Carolinas and southern VA. #snow pic.twitter.com/4ZAClPnE4u
— NWS (@NWS) December 8, 2018
Already more than 200,000 customers in the region have lost power, the bulk of them in North Carolina, and hundreds of flights were grounded Sunday. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) urged residents to stay safe indoors. "Snow may be beautiful, but it can also be treacherous, and I urge North Carolinians to take this storm seriously and get ready for it now," he said. Bonnie Kristian
The United Kingdom's House of Commons is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to proceed with Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for Brexit, the U.K.'s exit from the European Union.
But whether the vote will proceed as planned remains uncertain, as opposition inside and out May's Conservative Party makes its prospects look dim. Protest resignations from May's own government are expected Sunday and Monday, but May's office says the vote will go forward.
May has warned fellow Tories who oppose her plan that its failure may lead to a general election, a new government, and the "very real risk of no Brexit" at all.