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Misc…things not covered by any other Category…and if you don’t put a tag

Ford to build new Focus in China…Not US…Not Mexico…

It seems that China is in….

And…

Mexico is out?

And America STILL will lose to other countries with bigger markets and cheeper labor….Even Trump cannot stop that…

Ford Motor said on Tuesday that it would build its next-generation small car for American consumers in China rather than Mexico, where the automaker canceled plans for a new factory this year.

The shift of production of the Ford Focus to China was among a number of manufacturing moves announced by the company, and one of the first strategic steps taken by its new chief executive, Jim Hackett.

Ford said it would begin making the Focus in China for global markets in 2019, after production ends at its current location in Michigan.

The company was building a $1.6 billion assembly plant for the next Focus model in Mexico, but it ran into stiff opposition from President Trump and then canceled the project.

Ford, the nation’s second-largest automaker behind General Motors, also said on Tuesday that it would invest $900 million in a Kentucky plant to produce new versions of its Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator sport-utility vehicles. The company said the investment would preserve 1,000 jobs at the plant.

G.M. also imports cars from China to the United States market, notably the Buick Envision, a compact crossover. But Ford’s commitment to the Focus represents a far greater volume of production….

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DeVos Education Dept reviews Obama Regs on predatory for-profit colleges….

Trump and his cabinet people continue to look to take away Federal help for Americans fight against big business efforts to fool people into spending more of their  money….

The Trump administration is formally reconsidering — and may dismantle — two new rules that were a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s crackdown on predatory for-profit colleges.

The announcement by the Education Department on Wednesday freezes changes that would speed up and expand a system for erasing the federal loan debt of student borrowers who were cheated by colleges that acted fraudulently. It also throws into limbo what is known as the gainful employment mandate, which cuts off loans to colleges if their graduates do not earn enough money to pay off their student debt.

The move came just over two weeks before the new loan discharge rules were to take effect on July 1. The agency said it would form new rule-making committees to study both regulations and would hold off on implementing the discharge changes until the review was completed.

“Fraud, especially fraud committed by a school, is simply unacceptable,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement. “Unfortunately, last year’s rule-making effort missed an opportunity to get it right. The result is a muddled process that’s unfair to students and schools, and puts taxpayers on the hook for significant costs.”

The agency also took aim at the Obama administration’s rules on gainful employment, criticizing them as “overly burdensome and confusing” for colleges.

Consumer advocates and some state officials quickly lashed out against the delay, calling it damaging and potentially illegal….

Critics including Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Patty Murray of Washington, both Democrats, argued that the department could not unilaterally suspend negotiated rules, which go through a process intended to ensure that the viewpoints of the public and those affected by the rules have been taken into account.

“I am extremely disappointed that Secretary DeVos has decided, once again, to side with special interests and predatory for-profit colleges instead of students and borrowers,” Ms. Murray said in a statement.

The Obama administration pushed through sweeping regulatory changes after hundreds of for-profit colleges were accused of widespread fraud and subsequently collapsed, leaving their enrolled students with huge debts and no degrees….

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Six Resign from Trump’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS…

…from Politicalwire….

“Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS have resigned, furious at what they say is the new administration’s regressive health policies and a lack of care from President Trump,” BuzzFeed reports.

The six wrote a letter to Newsweek: “As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care.”

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Trump assets valued at a minimum of $1.4 billion, down slightly from $1.5 billion in 2016…Trump Financial Report for 2016…

No Tax returns….

But a financial report 98 pages long as required by law, showing things from January 2016 to around April 2017….

His assets where down by about $100 Million from 2015….

The report does NOT show profits for individual properties….

The report is actually early….. One is not due for Trump until 2018….

There are reports floating around that Trump is worth almost ten times the figure reported in the below NY Times piece….

Trump owe’s hundreds of millions of dollars to various banks, and financial companies …..

The document released Friday provides no new information about any possible ties to Russia, echoing the statement released last month by Mr. Trump’s lawyers. Mr. Trump’s business interests, which already have been the source of constitutional challenges and ethics complaints, are more complicated than those of any previous president. Even with the disclosure offered Friday, the picture of his finances is far from complete as they lack the level of detail normally provided in tax returns, which Mr. Trump has refused to make public.

As president, Mr. Trump has helped highlight his family’s properties by repeatedly visiting his golf courses and Mar-a-Lago. Since he was sworn in, he has visited family business properties on at least 42 different days, with 25 of those at Mar-a-Lago, according to a tally by The New York Times….

Lawyers involved in suing Mr. Trump, based on allegations that he is violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution because his businesses are accepting payments from foreign governments, said that the financial disclosure, while helpful, left many of their questions unresolved. “It just elevates questions,” said Maryland state Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, who this week sued Mr. Trump, along with the attorney general from Washington, D.C., in what is one of at least three such lawsuits. “Just how much money is he getting from foreign sources, who is he getting it from and what impact does it have on his foreign policy and his actions as president?”

Mr. Trump has vowed to donate profits that his hotel makes from foreign governments and officials. But his company has found that to be more difficult in practice, because it is hard to identify foreign government officials who conduct business there.

In total, he listed at least $310 million in liabilities, about the same amount as last year, although that is debt held only by companies that his family has majority control over. His creditors include a range of financial companies and banks, from big names like Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch, to lesser-known ones like Amboy Bank in New Jersey.

Mr. Trump has said his net worth is more than $10 billion, but other analyses have concluded that he is worth less. In March, Forbes estimated Mr. Trump’s net worth at $3.5 billion, $200 million less than a year earlier. It attributed the decrease to money he spent on the campaign, the real estate conditions around Trump Tower and other factors, such as the sale of his liquid assets, like stocks…..

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Amazon to buy Whole Foods….

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Other retailers that have grocery operations are taking hits on their stock prices due to Amazon’s perceived financial muscle coming into this market….

“Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting and nourishing customers for nearly four decades,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, adding, “they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue.”

The sale, which has not yet been approved by Whole Foods shareholders, is expected to be concluded in the second half of 2017.

In its news release, Amazon says that Whole Foods stores will continue to operate under their own brand and will continue to source products “from trusted vendors and partners around the world.”….

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The deal shows Amazon’s interest in moving into the business of operating traditional brick-and-mortar stores, even as many retailers that have been crippled by Amazon’s growth have announced a series of store closings.

It also shows Amazon’s growing interest in groceries. The company has its own delivery service, AmazonFresh, and is experimenting with a “click and collect” model, offering customers to buy groceries online, then pick them up in person.

The supermarket business, like many other parts of retail, has been hit hard by increased competition from Amazon itself, as well as Walmart…..

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Trump Admin to keep and expand Obama ‘Dreamers’ program…..

The current Admin will leave Obama era protections in place for children of undocumented parents thru  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, an initiative for undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children.

But will not go any further in protections for parents of those child thru the program called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, or DAPA which the Supreme Court left blocked by a lower Federal court against President Obama…

“No work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates,” the Department of Homeland Security said in guidance posted on its website Thursday night.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has said recently that the administration is not seeking to deport those who received quasi-legal status under a policy President Barack Obama adopted in 2012.

However, the new statement from DHS seems to be a forward-looking promise not to take action against those in the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, an initiative for undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children.

The new guidance from DHS came as the Trump administration faced a court deadline Thursday in a still-pending lawsuit that halted Obama’s 2014 effort to expand DACA and add similar status for undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and green card holders through a program called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, or DAPA.

A federal judge in Texas blocked Obama’s 2014 moves. The issue went to the Supreme Court, which deadlocked last year, 4-4. The outcome left the preliminary injunction in place, but left open the possibility of further litigation in the district court.

The Trump administration announced Thursday night it has formally rescinded the 2014 actions creating DAPA and expanding DACA to cover a broader range of people….

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Pence lawyers up….

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Remember when Trump’s lawyer said staff shouldn’t get lawyer’s?

Well?

24 hours after we learn Mueller is investigating his boss?

Mike Pence  gets HIS OWN lawyer…

Vice President Pence has hired outside legal counsel to help with both congressional committee inquiries and the special counsel investigation into possible collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia.

The vice president’s office said Thursday that Pence has retained Richard Cullen, a Richmond-based lawyer and chairman of McGuireWoods who previously served as a U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Pence’s decision comes less than a month after Trump hired his own private attorney, Marc E. Kasowitz, to help navigate the investigations related to the Russia probe, and a day after The Washington Post reported that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is widening his investigation to examine whether the president attempted to obstruct justice.

“I can confirm that the Vice President has retained Richard Cullen of McGuireWoods to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel,” said Jarrod Agen, a Pence spokesman, in an emailed statement. “The Vice President is focused entirely on his duties and promoting the President’s agenda and looks forward to a swift conclusion of this matter.”…..

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Jordan Brand Reveals Select Fall 2017 Retro Releases…

…from NiceKicks

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Jordan Brand today reveals select styles from their upcoming fall 2017 collection, featuring a wide assortment of beloved retros. These foundational on-court gems have now begun a second lifespan off the hardwood, adding both uniqueness and versatility to the fashion forward, lifestyle driven collection.

The fall lineup begins with a premium edition of the Air Jordan 1 dressed in sleek black leather. This luxurious Jordan 1 transitions well into the gathering’s next feature, the Air Jordan 2 Decon. Stripped from its traditional leather construction in lieu of a lightweight suede, navy, black and tan colorways look to be on deck for the cool weather season.

Originally released in 1993, the Air Jordan 8 will have a strong showing come fall with both “Cement” and “Cool Grey” colorways scheduled to release. They’ll be trailed by the Air Jordan 11 Low IE “Fire Red” sample first seen on MJ during the 1996 NBA. The shoe will also release in a navy edition.

Lastly, the Air Jordan 13 “History of Flight” odes the model’s 20th anniversary in a white, red and black Bulls colorways…..

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Sailing 35th America’s Cup Match: Rematch of 2013 USA vs New Zealand

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Afternoon all!
2 Days and counting. On Saturday June 17th at 14.12 Local Bermudan Time, 13.12 ET and 9.12 PT the battle for the 35th America’s Cup will begin.
It will be a Rematch of the 34th America’s Cup in 2013 between Defender Oracle Team USA and the Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand. Back then Oracle Team USA came back from the brink of defeat beating Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8 after being down
1-8.
The big change between 2017 and 4 years ago are that we’ve smaller boats 50-foot compared to the big 72-foot Cats we’ve had in San Francisco. The other big change is that the boats will now spent almost 100% out of water flying around the Race Course. The Team who consistently spends nearly 100% out of the water will win the Races and ultimativly the 35th America’s Cup.
Team New Zealand made some big changes after that heartbreaking loss in 2013. While the Team is still run by General Manager & CEO Grant Dalton he handed over the Keys to the young Sailors who won the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in 2013. Among them is 26 year old Helmsman Peter Burling who won Gold at the Rio Olympics in the 49er Class with his mate Blair Tuke. Burling could become the youngest Helmsman to win the Cup. The lone Sailor from the 2013 Sailing Team still onboard the boat is Skipper & Wing Trimmer Glenn Ashby.
Defender Oracle Team USA kept their core group of Designers and Sailors. Notable absences are Grinder Jono Macbeth and Helmsman Sir Ben Ainslie who challenged unsuccessfully in Bermuda 2017 with the British Team Land Rover BAR.
The Team is still skippered by 37-year old Australian James “Jimmy” Spithill. His Go-To Guys will be Grinder/Tactician Tom Slingsby and Wing Trimmer Kyle Langford, both Key Members of the 2013 Defence.
By virtue of winning the America’s Cup Qualifiers on June 4th Oracle Team USA carries one bonus Point into the America’s Cup Match on Saturday which means Oracle has to win 7 Races to retain the Cup while the Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand has to win 8 Races to take the Cup back to New Zealand.
Daniel G.
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2016 Global Carbon Dioxide rate breaks a record…Report

…from Bloomberg….

Even after a quarter century of United Nations talks to save the climate, carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels climbed to a record last year, according to new data from oil major BP. India and Indonesia led nations where emissions grew, more than offsetting declines in countries including the U.S., China and the U.K., the report showed. The UN established a global framework to tackle climate change in 1992….

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Why So Many Republicans Still Grovel to Trump…

This week’s awkward and fawning Cabinet meeting is no surprise, given the G.O.P.’s reliance on the President to distract from the Party’s reactionary agenda.

By John Cassidy @ The New Yorker…

Donald Trump is the first President in history to have a Cabinet meeting go viral. If you haven’t seen it yet, you must watch the video on Monday morning and eliciting gushing testimonials and expressions of loyalty from his own appointees.

Mike Pence set the tone, saying, “The greatest privilege of my life is to serve as Vice-President to a President who is keeping his word to the American people, assembling a team that is bringing real change, real prosperity, real strength back to our nation.” Elaine Chao, the Transportation Secretary, thanked Trump for “getting the country moving again.” Sonny Perdue, the Agriculture Secretary, assured the President, “I just back got from Mississippi: they love you there.” Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury Secretary, described working for Trump as “great honor.” And Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, thanked the President for “the opportunity and the blessing that you have given us to serve your agenda and the American people.”

So it went—part North Korean Politburo rah-rah session and part opening scene from “The Godfather.” A willingness to genuflect before a thin-skinned egomaniac is the price of serving in—or working closely with—this Administration. But why are so many powerful people willing to pay this price?….

In the place of Trumpism, the Trump Administration is promoting and facilitating a much less popular agenda, which will end up hurting many Trump voters: the anti-government agenda of post-Reagan Republicanism. Controversial policies that conservatives have wanted to introduce for years are making their way through legislative and administrative processes. To be sure, the progress has been uneven, and the Trump Administration still hasn’t passed a landmark piece of legislation…

Back in the nineteen-seventies, Lord Hailsham, an eminent British jurist, popularized a term for this type of behavior: elective dictatorship. He applied it to the British system, in which a government that has a healthy majority in Parliament can ride roughshod over the opposition. With Trump in the White House and the Republicans running Capitol Hill, elective dictatorship appears to have crossed the Atlantic.

Small wonder, then, that so many Republicans are willing to kiss Trump’s ring. He’s given the G.O.P. what it has long wanted: a White House willing to go along with its reactionary agenda, and a President who provides it with political cover. As long as Trump sticks to his side of the deal, he can expect to receive the loyalty he so prizes…..

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2017 Virginia Governor race favors the Democrats…

…from  Politicalwire….

First Read: “Democrats start out with the advantage in this fall’s Northam-vs.-Gillespie general election. One, turnout suggests Democrats have enthusiasm on their side: There were more than 540,000 votes in the two-person Dem race, while the three-person GOP contest had 366,000 votes. (That turnout disparity looks like New Jersey, not Virginia.) Two, Democrats today hold a unity event with Northam and Perriello, while Republicans aren’t unified. ‘There is one word you will never hear from me, and that’s ‘unity,’’ Stewart told supporters, per the Washington Post. And three, President Trump’s job approval rating in Virginia is in the 30s. Add them all up, and you’d rather be Ralph Northam than Ed Gillespie, although we still have five months to go.”

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Democrats running for President 2020 will need a STRONG Black vote…

That is bad news for Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren….

Last year in the primaries Hillary Clinton kept the black vote to win the nomination from media darling Bernie Sanders….

Warren has never made much of inroads with blacks who probably don’t much know who she is….

Most black voters aren’t into hard left Democrats ….

Black voters are looking for a President that plays to THEIR basic needs….

Bill Clinton and Barack Obama owned their vote for two terms each…

Hillary Clinton had the black vote last November….But new analysis has shown that Hillary did NOT get that extra vote from blacks that went to her husband and Obama…

With Sanders and Warren NOT the idea politicians to get that extra black vote above the black vote that always goes Democratic?

Democrats should be searching for someone who CAN light the black, hispanic, main, and yes the left parts of the Democratic party if they want to mount a SERIOUS effort to get the Presidency back in 2020…..

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Joe Biden?

Black voters have his­tor­ic­ally ral­lied be­hind one Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate. In 2008, Barack Obama’s abil­ity to break Clin­ton’s lock on Afric­an-Amer­ic­an voters was the main reas­on he up­set the front-run­ner to be­come the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­ee. Bill Clin­ton’s and Jimmy Carter’s per­son­al his­tory woo­ing South­ern black voters were key factors in their out-of-nowhere nom­in­a­tions in 1992 and 1976. Back in the 1980s, Demo­crat­ic can­did­ates cur­tailed cam­paign­ing in black com­munit­ies be­cause Jesse Jack­son’s cam­paign was so pop­u­lar with Afric­an-Amer­ic­ans. Since 1976, the can­did­ate backed by black voters be­came the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­ee in sev­en of the nine con­tested nom­in­a­tion battles. (John Kerry com­fort­ably won the back­ing of black voters in 2004, though he nar­rowly lost their sup­port to John Ed­wards in South Car­o­lina—when the nom­in­a­tion fight was still com­pet­it­ive.)

The les­son of re­cent polit­ic­al his­tory is that the Demo­crats who are the darlings of white pro­gress­ives—the so-called “wine track” can­did­ates—usu­ally fall short. In 2004, Howard Dean was un­able to broaden his co­ali­tion bey­ond young voters and the most lib­er­al ele­ments of the party. He only won 108 del­eg­ates. Bill Brad­ley filled the pro­gress­ive void against Al Gore in 2000, and didn’t win a single primary. Obama shattered that mold in 2008, but only by for­ging a rare al­li­ance between “beer track” Afric­an-Amer­ic­an voters and the more pro­gress­ive elite wing of the party.

But the pro­spect­ive 2020 field for Demo­crats is over­whelm­ingly white and un­abashedly pro­gress­ive. Demo­crats have all but ceded the South, with only three Demo­crat­ic gov­ernors left in the re­gion. And the party’s in­creas­ing pro­gressiv­ism doesn’t ne­ces­sar­ily res­on­ate with Afric­an-Amer­ic­an voters, par­tic­u­larly the older gen­er­a­tion who found little to like in Bernie Sanders’ in­sur­gent can­did­acy.

Look­ing at 2020 polling is fool­hardy, giv­en how much could change be­fore the cam­paign heats up, but it is in­ter­est­ing to see the early dis­par­ity between white and black Demo­crat­ic voters in as­sess­ing lead­ing pro­gress­ive can­did­ates. A Pub­lic Policy Polling sur­vey con­duc­ted last Decem­ber showed that the two pro­gress­ive icons—Eliza­beth War­ren and Bernie Sanders —polled at 48 per­cent among white Demo­crats, but just 27 per­cent among Afric­an-Amer­ic­ans. Cory Book­er, the only Afric­an-Amer­ic­an can­did­ate tested, got the back­ing of 10 per­cent of black voters and 4 per­cent of white Demo­crats.

Choos­ing a nom­in­ee who will ex­cite Afric­an-Amer­ic­an voters will be crit­ic­al for the Demo­crats in the gen­er­al elec­tion. With Obama off the bal­lot in 2016, Afric­an-Amer­ic­an turnout de­clined markedly, even with the high stakes of last year’s pres­id­en­tial elec­tion. It’s a key reas­on why Clin­ton lost nar­rowly in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wis­con­sin. There’s no sign that Afric­an-Amer­ic­an en­gage­ment will re­bound in a post-Obama era, even as the Demo­crat­ic base is agit­at­ing to be part of the anti-Trump res­ist­ance.

It’s hard to see some of the most-buzzworthy Demo­crats such as Sanders, War­ren, and Al Franken fit­ting that bill. All hail from ho­mo­gen­eous states with small Afric­an-Amer­ic­an pop­u­la­tions….

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I have been pushing Cory Booker as the lead in 2020 Democratic Presidential sweepstakes running….

If Bookers numbers among black and white Democrats does NOT improve?

He won’t be the answer….

Right now?

Kamal Harrtis is being talked up….Although a lot of people do not know who she is….

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Louisiana GOP Rep. Scalise and 4 others Shot at Baseball Field….

The gunman was in custody after exchanging fire with the Congressman’s  Capitol Police security detail…They where wounded also…

Steve Scalise, the majority whip of the House of Representatives, was shot at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., when a gunman opened fire near a Y.M.C.A. on Wednesday morning, a congressional official said on Wednesday.

Representative Mo Brooks told CNN that “at least five” people were injured — including two law enforcement officers and a congressional aide — while members of a Republican congressional baseball team were practicing.

President Trump said in a statement that he and the vice president were monitoring developments closely.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.”….

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Sorry for the mistake in where Scalise is from…He is not from California …

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MAN RAVAGED BY AMNESIA SOMEHOW ABLE TO HOLD DOWN DEMANDING LEGAL JOB

The man, whom neurologists are calling a “medical mystery,” has performed highly exacting tasks in one of the country’s top legal positions despite having virtually no short- or long-term memory.

 Dr. Davis Logsdon, the chairman of the neurology department at the University of Minnesota Medical School, said that the Alabaman’s brain “defies explanation.”

“In all the medical literature, we have never seen an example of someone capable of holding down such a high-powered job while having no memory whatsoever of people he met, things he said, places he has been, or thoughts he has had,” Logsdon said. “It’s the stuff of science fiction.”…

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Secret Service…No Tapes….

Of Course Trump could have had his OWN system installed or use his phone….

Or could be imaging things as he sometimes does?

 

The Secret Service on Monday said it has no copies or transcripts of audio recordings made within the White House during President Donald Trump’s term so far, though Trump appeared to suggest a recording system may exist inside the Oval Office.

“It appears, from a review of Secret Service’s main indices, that there are no records pertaining to your request that are referenced in these indices,” the Secret Service wrote to the Wall Street Journal in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

The Wall Street Journal in May filed a request for “recordings or transcripts of any recordings” made after Trump’s inauguration….

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