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Trump's billion-dollar loss — I was his ghostwriter and I saw it happen

Trump’s billion-dollar loss — I was his ghostwriter and I saw it happen

Charles Leerhsen May 9th 2019 7:56AM On Tuesday, the New York Times scooped the world on the news that from 1985 to 1994, Donald Trump incurred the biggest business losses of any single taxpayer in American history. What was it like for him to lose more than $1 billion in a decade? Was he perpetually ashen-faced with fear? Or smirking at the thought of outwitting the IRS “for sport,” as he said in a Wednesday morning tweet? I happen to know, because from late 1988 to 1990, I was his ghostwriter, working on a book that would be called Surviving at the Top . Right in the middle of this period, I can tell you that the answer is that he was neither. Except for an occasional passing look of queasiness, or anger, when someone came into his Trump Tower office and whispered the daily win/loss numbers at his Atlantic City casinos, he seemed to be bored out of his mind. I tend to see my time with him — the first part of it, anyway, before things started going bad in a hurry — as his “King Midas” period. I never said this to him; if I had, he probably would have thought I was suggesting he enter the muffler business. But it was a stretch of months when everything he touched turned into a deal. The banks seemed to accept the version of him depicted in his first book, The Art of the Deal, which we now know from his previous ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz, was entirely invented. They believed it over what they saw on his balance sheets or heard coming out of his mouth, and never said no to his requests for more money. Often they came up with things he could say yes to before he could think of them himself. As a result, a failing real estate developer who had little idea of what he was doing and less interest in doing it once he’d held the all-important press conference wound up owning three New Jersey hotel-casinos, the Plaza Hotel, the Eastern Airlines Shuttle and a 281-foot yacht. 54 PHOTOS Donald Trump through the years See Gallery Donald Trump through the years
Donald Trump with Alfred Eisenpreis, New York City Economic Development Administrator. Sketch of new 1,400 room Renovation project of Commodore Hotel.
(Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images) Donald Trump pauses in his apartment 5/20 after receiving the news that the Board of Estimate unanimously approved a 40-year tax abatement plan. Under the plan Trump will purchase and refurbish the Commodore Hotel, which closed into doors 5/18, from the Penn Central Transportation Corp. In return for his $10-million-dollar purchase and up to $100 million face-lifting investment, Trump will have no real estate taxes for 40 years. (Bettmann via Getty Images)
Real estate developer Donald Trump announces intentions to build a $100 million dollar Regency Hotel.
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Donald Trump stands behind architect’s model of City Hall Plaza.
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Donald Trump and Ivana Trump attend Roy Cohn’s birthday party in February 1980 in New York City.
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Donna Mills and Donald Trump during 1983 Annual American Image Awards at Sheraton Center in New York City, New York, United States.
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Donald Trump attends 38th Annual Horatio Alger Awards Dinner on May 10, 1985 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City.
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Portrait of real estate mogul Donald John Trump (b.1946), smiling slightly and facing to his right, 1983. New York.
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Boxing promoter Don King holds up the arms of Mike Tyson and former champion Larry Holmes during a press conference here 12/1. Looking on is Donald Trump. The fight will be held at the Trump Plaza Hotel.
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Donald Trump, real estate mogul, entrepreneur, and billionare poses in the foyer of his home in August 1987 in Greenwich, Connecticut.
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Donald Trump Jr. and Donald Trump during 1988 U.S. Open – September 3, 1988 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York, United States.
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Ivana Trump and Donald Trump during Mike Tyson vs Michael Spinks Fight at Trump Plaza – June 27, 1988 at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States.
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Billionaire Donald Trump and his wife Ivana arrive 04 December 1989 at a social engagement in New York.
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Donald Trump and Daughter Ivanka Trump during Maybelline Presents 1991 Look of the Year at Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York, United States.
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Donald Trump attends ‘Hoop-La’ Special Olympics Basketball Game on June 25, 1992 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
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Donald Trump and Joan Rivers during Opening of The Rose Room in the Plaza Hotel at Plaza Hotel Rose Room in New York City, New York, United States.
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Donald Trump touches 07 April 1993 Marla Maples stomach to confirm published reports that the actress is pregnant with his child. The two arrived for Maples appearance in the Broadway musical ‘The Will Rogers Follies’.
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US business tycoon Donald Trump enters the PLaza Hotel in New York past supporters 21 December 1994. Hundreds of supporters showed up at a news conference where Trump denied a New York newspaper report that the Sultan of Brunei had bid 300 million USD to buy the Manhattan hotel.
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Donald Trump and Christine Whitman during Opening of New Warner Bros. Store in Trump Plaza Casino at Trump Plaza Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States.
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Donald Trump attends Marc Jacobs Fashion Show on April 4, 1995 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
(Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage) Boxing: IBC Heavyweight Title: View of celebrity businessman Donald Trump and actor Steven Seagal seated ringside during Lennox Lewis vs Tommy Morrison fight at Boardwalk Convention Hall. Atlantic City, NJ. (Photo by John Iacono /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)
New York real estate giant Donald Trump poses in his Trump Tower office on a giant letter ‘T’ on May 8, 1996.
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Portrait of Marla Maples and her husband, businessman Donald Trump, with their daughter Tiffany, as they pose together at the Mar-a-Lago estate, Palm Beach, Florida, 1996.
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Donald Trump and Ron Delsner backstage at a KISS concert at Madison Squre Garden in New York City on July 25, 1996.
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Donald Trump attending Halloween party thrown by Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss at the Supper Club to kick off Fashion Week.
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Donald Trump open his new building at 1 Center Park West- The new Trump International Hotel and Tower.
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Donald Trump and his girlfriend Celina Midelfar watch Conchita Martinez and Amanda Coetzer 07 September at US Open in Flushing Meadows, NY.
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Celine Dion, husband Rene, Donald Trump & Ivanka Trump
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Entrepreneur Donald Trump and Rev. Al Sharpton speak at a ribbon cutting ceremony for Sharpton’s National Action Network Convention April 5, 2002 in New York City. The group aims to further the development of civil rights.
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Donald Trump and his girlfriend Melania Knauss attend the Marc Bouwer/Peta Fall/Winter 2002 Collection show February 14, 2002 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.
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Donald Trump at Madison Square Garden
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Donald Trump stands on the sidelines before the start of the AFC divisional playoffs between the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans on January 10, 2004 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Temperatures have reached as low as 7 degrees in the Foxboro area.
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Donald Trump, Visionary Business Leader award honoree, poses with his children Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka at Fashion Group International’s 22nd Annual ‘Night Of Stars’ at Cipriani’s 42nd Street October 27, 2005 in New York City.
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Eric Trump and Donald Trump attend the Chicago Bulls vs New Jersey Nets game at the IZOD Center on October 31, 2007 in East Rutherford, New York.
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Donald Trump delivers a speech with his son Barron after he was honored with the 2,327th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, CA, 16 January 2007.
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Portrait of former model Melania Trump and her husband, businessman Donald Trump, as they sit together at a table during the 16th annual ‘Lady in Red’ gala, hosted by LIFE (Leaders In Furthering Education), at the Mar-a-Lago club, Palm Beach, Florida, December 4, 2009.
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Donald Trump sands with Miss Universe 2009 Stefania Fernandez of Venezuela prior to the Miss Universe 2010 Pageant Final at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas on August 23, 2010. Miss Universe is an annual international beauty pageant and along with the Miss World is the most publicized beauty contest in the world. California clothing company Pacific Mills founded the contest 1952 and was acquired by Donald Trump in 1996.
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US tycoon Donald Trump arrives to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, outside Washington, on February 27, 2015.
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Donald Trump speaks during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits on April 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. The annual NRA meeting and exhibit runs through Sunday.
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Real estate mogul and billionaire Donald Trump attends Golf legend Jack Nicklaus’ Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda March 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. Trump announed on March 18 that he has launched a presidential exploratory committee.
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Businessman Donald Trump speaks to guests gathered for the Republican Party of Iowa’s Lincoln Dinner at the Iowa Events Center on May 16, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. The event sponsored by the Republican Party of Iowa gave several Republican presidential hopefuls an opportunity to strengthen their support among Iowa Republicans ahead of the 2016 Iowa caucus.
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Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump visits his Scottish golf course Turnberry with his children Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump on July 30, 2015 in Ayr, Scotland. Donald Trump answered questions from the media at a press conference.
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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016.
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Singer Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump speak with the press after their meetings at Trump Tower December 13, 2016 in New York.
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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump poses for a photo after an interview with Reuters in his office in Trump Tower, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., May 17, 2016.
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Coverage of the 2016 Republican National Convention from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, which airs on all ABC News programs and platforms. On this final night of the convention, Donald Trump accepts the party’s nomination for President of the United States.
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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts to an answer his wife Melania gives during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show in New York, April 21, 2016.
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President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters following his meeting with Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba Group, meeting at Trump Tower, January 9, 2017 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration.
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Trump carries political controversies to rally in hurricane-hit Florida

Last Update 20 hours ago Trump announces $448M in hurricane recovery funds at raucous Florida rally President Trump on immigration The president speaks at a Make America Great Again rally. President Trump announced Wednesday night his administration would allocate $448 million in federal aid to communities in Florida affected by last year’s Category 5 Hurricane Michael , all while blasting Democrats standing in the way of his policies, at a raucous “Make America Great Again” rally in Panama City Beach. “In the wake of the terrible storm, this extraordinary community pulled together and showed the world your unbreakable spirit,” Trump told supporters. “Today, I’m doing the most allowed by law to support the people of Florida. Because of the severity of the storm — Category 5 — we will have the federal government pay for 90 percent of the cost in many circumstances.”
The White House has blamed “Democrat obstruction” for a stoppage in recovery work, with about 120 projects being deferred. The president’s opposition to more hurricane aid for Puerto Rico has sparked a standoff with congressional Democrats that has blocked some assistance to the island and elsewhere, including the Florida Panhandle.
“The money is coming immediately,” the president added. “No games, no gimmicks, no delays, we’re just doing it.”
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The president repeated his claim that Puerto Rico had received $91 billion to help it recover from 2017’s Hurricane Maria, which he called “the most money we’ve ever given to anybody. We’ve never given $91 billion to a state. We gave Puerto Rico $91 billion … and they don’t like me.” President Trump talks about Venezuela at MAGA rally
President Trump speaks at Make America Great Again rally in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Producing a bar graph printout from his suit coat pocket, Trump showed the amount of aid given to Puerto Rico compared to other disaster-hit states. “I didn’t want to spend on a big board because that costs the government too much money,” he joked before complaining that leaders on the island territory “want more money. They got $91 billion, the largest amount of money ever given for a hurricane to a state … and that’s the way it is.”
“I think that the people of Puerto Rico are very grateful to Donald Trump for what we’ve done for them,” the president said. “That was a bad storm.” The White House has said the $91 billion figure includes about $50 billion in expected future disaster disbursements that could span decades, along with $41 billion already approved. Actual aid to Puerto Rico has amounted to about $11 billion so far.
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In response to the president’s remarks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., issued a statement accusing Senate Republicans of being “more committed to hurting our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico than healing communities everywhere.
“Meanwhile, the President has doubled down on Republicans’ callousness, deliberately delaying assistance payments to Puerto Rico and inflicting more needless suffering on the Americans who are still reeling from his Administration’s disastrous response to the hurricanes,” Pelosi added. “And so, hard-hit communities from the Florida panhandle to the Midwest are stuck waiting for the GOP-controlled Senate to pass a bill to help them. We are now just weeks away from another hurricane season and Republicans continue to delay and play politics. When disaster strikes, all Americans deserve to know that their government is there for them.”
The rally, the fourth held by the Trump campaign this year, began hours after the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress.
That vote came after the president invoked executive privilege in order to prevent lawmakers from seeing the full unredacted report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian activities during the 2016 election.
Trump slammed Democrats in his speech for wasting time and resources on the Russia investigation, which he said led to nothing.
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“Instead of wasting time, energy, taxpayer dollars on partisan stunts, hoaxes and witch hunts, Democrats should be focused on building up our country,” the president said. “No collusion, no obstruction, no anything … Two years on a witch hunt, almost $40 million, 20 Trump haters … after two years, nothing!” Trump, at Florida rally, mocks 2020 field: ‘I want to watch that one’ when Buttigieg cuts deals with China’s Xi
Mueller’s report concluded that the two-year-long investigation into the Trump campaign found no evidence of collusion between Trump’s associates and the Russian government. The report did not, however, come to a conclusion on the separate question of whether Trump obstructed justice as president. House Democrats have subpoenaed the full unredacted report, as well as the underlying evidence Mueller used to come to his conclusions, but the Department of Justice has denied those requests.
“It is a disgrace. We have to focus on infrastructure, we have to focus on lowering medical prices and medicine, always focus on our military and our vets, which we’ve done,” the president said. “It’s time to stop this nonsense.”
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Trump has said the Democrats’ attempts to see the full report were merely an effort to damage him politically ahead of next year’s election. The administration also has rejected efforts by Democrat-led House committees to investigate Trump’s business dealings or tax returns as well as the West Wing’s security clearance procedure.
The president took several shots at rival Democrats in the 2020 White House race Wednesday night, calling them “some real beauties” and mock-pleading: “Let’s just pick somebody, please, and let’s start this thing.” He joked that he would like to see South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg negotiating trade deals with China, saying, “That will be great.” 2020 Democrats campaign on repealing Trump’s tax cuts
Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist says taking away President Trump’s tax law would mean higher taxes for the average family.
“We have a choice between Sleepy Joe [Biden] and Crazy Bernie [Sanders], and I’ll take any of them,” said Trump at another point in the rally, before adding: “Democrats are now the party of high taxes, high crime, open borders, late-term abortion, witch hunts and delusions. The Republican Party is the party for all Americans. We want to make America great again, that’s what we’re doing.”
Trump also highlighted the American economy, calling it “the envy of the world.”
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“Our growth number came in for the first quarter, which is almost always the lowest quarter of the year historically, 3.2 percent, crushing expectations,” he said.
The president added that since the election, his administration has created nearly 6 million new jobs, including 500,000 manufacturing jobs and nearly 700,000 construction jobs. Trump said had he promised those numbers during the 2016 campaign, the mainstream media would say he exaggerated them. Worries of a trade war with China rattles markets, GOP lawmakers
Florida Senator Marco Rubio weighs in on the trade talks with China and the effect on lawmakers within Capitol Hill.
Trump also noted the unemployment rate has reached its lowest point in 49 years and told supporters not to worry about this week’s talks between U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators, including his threat to increase tariffs on nearly all Chinese imports at the end of the week. “They [China] broke the deal” in talks meant to de-escalate a year-long trade war, he said.
“We won’t back down until China stops,” Trump said. “The era of economic surrender is over.”
Prior to the rally at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, Trump visited Tyndall Air Force Base, which took a serious hit from Hurricane Michael. The White House said almost all 700 structures on the base were damaged, roughly one-third were destroyed and 11,000 base personnel evacuated.
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Almost every building appeared damaged in some way, including a collapsed hangar.
After touring the base, Trump promised officials, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, that it will be rebuilt “better than ever.”
Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Adam Shaw and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Trending in Politics

Trump holds campaign rally in Florida’s Panhandle

By Camilo Montoya-Galvez
Updated on: May 9, 2019 / 6:24 AM / CBS News
Trump holds Make America Great Again rally in Florida President Trump traveled to the Florida Panhandle to fire up his staunch supporters with fiery rebukes of congressional Democrats, whom he accused of blocking additional disaster aid for the storm-hit region and wanting to give Puerto Rico “more and more” federal aid.
Holding up a paper chart which purportedly showed that the hurricane-battered island has received more federal assistance than states in the mainland, Mr. Trump told the boisterous crowd, “What the Democrats want to do, they want to give more and more.”
“They complain, they want more money,” Mr. Trump said, referring to Puerto Rico’s government, which he has constantly clashed with over federal assistance to the island in wake of a pair of devastating storms which struck the U.S. territory in 2017.
Trending News Trump Hosts Red Sox Fiery Abortion Debate North Korean Missiles Don Jr. Subpoenaed Mr. Trump told supporters that the island has received $91 billion from the U.S. government — a misleading claim he has made on numerous occasions. Although the figures are murky, Puerto Rico has not received $91 billion from Washington.
A Puerto Rican government official told CBS News last month the island has received $300 million in funding for “permanent work” on the island in the wake of hurricanes Maria and Irma. The official added that several federal agencies, like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), have projected billions in relief work for Puerto Rico over the next several years, but that only a small percentage of the funds have been distributed.
The president also told his supporters he’s ready for a general election opponent. “I want to run so badly. I want this race to start immediately,” he said.
He mocked a few of his opponents from the stage, making fun of Pete Buttigieg’s name — pronouncing it “Boot-edge-edge” — and saying he’d like to see the South Bend mayor negotiate a trade deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping. He asked if former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke had “fallen like a rock?” And he called “sleepy” Joe Biden and “crazy” Bernie Sanders “some real beauties.”
Bringing up the tariffs he authorized to go into effect Friday, Mr. Trump said China “broke the deal” on trade. But he assured the crowd that his administration will ultimately broker a pact with Beijing.
“Don’t worry about it. It’ll work out. There’s no pressure,” he said of Thursday’s negotiating sessions with the Chinese vice premier.
Before the rally, the president visited storm-hit Tyndall Air Force Base, which is still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Michael. Additional federal relief funds for the Panhandle and other disaster-hit communities across the country have stalled in Congress in recent months as lawmakers have failed to break a gridlock over additional hurricane recovery funds for Puerto Rico — which the White House strongly opposes.
In a statement, Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, the vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, criticized the president for “repeatedly and falsely” claiming that Democrats were blocking the disaster aid package. “The fact is that the President is holding disaster aid to all American communities hostage over his petty political grudge with the American citizens of Puerto Rico,” Leahy said.
U.S. President Donald Trump reacts with supporters during a campaign rally in Panama City, Florida, U.S., May 8, 2019. KEVIN LAMARQUE / REUTERS The president’s visit to Florida also came as Democrats in Washington are warning of a “constitutional crisis.”
Earlier in the day, the president claimed executive privilege over special counsel Robert Mueller’s entire report and its underlying documents at the request of Attorney General William Barr. Echoing comments made by the Justice Department, the White House insisted that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, a Democrat from New York, is “overstepping” his oversight authority.
Making good on his promise, Nadler and his Democratic-controlled committee voted to find Barr in contempt for not complying with the panel’s subpoenas for the Mueller report. The New York Democrat told reporters that the “stonewalling” by the Justice Department and White House had precipitated a “constitutional crisis.”
Arden Farhi contributed to this report.

Panelo can’t explain why sportswomen on ‘matrix’

More doubts were raised on Thursday on the credibility of new and expanded diagrams presented by Malacañang to show links among individuals and groups led by the opposition Liberal Party (LP) after two top female athletes were included in the alleged web of conspiracy to discredit President Duterte and his administration.
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo could not explain why Hidilyn Diaz, the Asian Games 2018 female weightlifting gold medalist, and star volleyball player and TV host Gretchen Ho were listed in one of six matrices presented to reporters on Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENT
The names of Diaz and Ho were in the diagram that centered on Rodel Jayme, who had admitted creating the website metrobalita.net that showed the first of five videos on “The Real Narcolist.” Jayme is now in the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation.
The videos featured “Bikoy,” who surfaced on Monday and identified himself as Peter Joemel Advincula, repeating his allegations that members of the Duterte family and their associates were involved in the illegal drug trade. FEATURED STORIES NEWSINFO Duterte publicly flirts with Bohol mayor NEWSINFO Royal baby name Archie: Inspired by Princess Diana, teased by Prince George? NEWSINFO DID YOU KNOW: 692 youths diagnosed with HIV Jan-Feb 2019
President’s instruction
“I did not make the matrix, I just presented it per instruction of the President,” said Panelo in a text message when sought to clarify on why Diaz and Ho were implicated.
He said he was just handed the PowerPoint presentation “as is” with no explanation of the roles of two women in the alleged plot.
Did he know who created the matrices? “Nope,” he replied.
The linkages indicated that Jayme was a follower of Ho and Hidilyn, in the same way that he also followed Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, an opposition senatorial candidate; Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, a Magdalo member and one of the most strident critics of the President; and journalist Inday Espina, a critic of Duterte’s war on drugs.
When he presented the largest diagram, which named the “conspirators” to Malacañang reporters on Wednesday, Panelo said the President had told him to make it public and that it was based on “intelligence information that has been validated.”
The diagram included the names of Duterte’s known critics who were allegedly part of “a deliberate attempt to discredit this administration, as well as to boost the candidacies of the opposition’s senatorial candidates,” he said. ADVERTISEMENT
No cases to be filed
The President was not interested in going after those implicated in the new diagrams. On Wednesday night, he told a campaign rally in Bohol province that he would not file criminal charges against them.
“The truth will come out. They released black propaganda that included my daughter. I’m not interested to file cases,” he said in Garcia-Hernandez town.
He said the voice of the narrator in the “Bikoy” videos was a soldier affiliated with the Magdalo group.
“Do you know whose voice was that? That was a soldier. Magdalo. It was a Magdalo production,” the President said.
A bit incredible
Panelo earlier identified the narrator as Bong Banal, an activist artist who had strongly denied it was he.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson, a former national police chief, was “not impressed” by Malacañang’s “matrix,” saying the inclusion of Diaz and Ho made it questionable.
Lacson also could not see how Jose Maria Sison, the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines, could work with the Magdalo group, which is composed of soldiers or former military men, as the Malacañang diagram indicated.
“It’s a bit incredible at this point in time, at face value,” he added.
He said Diaz was a “gem” who brought honor, pride and prestige to the country. “And then she would be included there. Does the kid have time to be involved in destabilization?” he said.
‘Not in right condition’
Ho, a reliable scorer and part of the “Fab Five” of the Ateneo Lady Eagles volleyball team, had carved out a name for herself in the media, making it unlikely that she would be involved in a supposed plot against Duterte, Lacson said.
“Whoever prepared the matrix or information did not do enough research or was not in the right condition,” he said.
The matrices were released a day after Ho and other TV personalities and artists who supported Duterte’s presidential bid in 2016 were invited to a dinner at Malacañang hosted by the President and his partner, Cielito Avanceña.
Ho said she was surprised by her inclusion, and that she had not even watched the “Bikoy” videos.
Diaz said she was too busy preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to play politics. She said she had sacrificed a great deal to bring honor to the country.
People who dislike Duterte
Senate President Vicente Sotto III also said he could not see the roles of Diaz and Ho in an ouster plot. He said he would consider the Palace matrix as just a list of people who disliked the President.
Reelectionist Sen. JV Ejercito said he knew Ho personally and that she would not be involved in a plot against the administration.
Ejercito said the supposed plan could not succeed anyway, considering that Mr. Duterte enjoyed the trust and confidence of majority of the people. —WITH REPORTS FROM DONA Z. PAZZIBUGAN AND LEO UDTOHAN
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David Cameron Is ‘Distraught’ About Brexit, According To Former Advisor Gabby Bertin

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Australia Brasil Canada España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb Québec (en français) United Kingdom United States NEWS 08/05/2019 08:23 BST | Updated 08/05/2019 09:05 BST David Cameron Is ‘Distraught’ About Brexit, According To Former Advisor Gabby Bertin “It’s a wrong perception that he is having a great time.” 1.2k By Chris York Since informing the country he would be stepping down as PM and humming a jaunty tune as he walked into Downing Street for the last time, David Cameron has said little about the Brexit process he set in motion.
In January he surfaced to tell journalists he does not regret calling the EU referendum – just the result – but according to his former press secretary he is actually “distraught” about it all.
Speaking to The Times , Baroness Bertin insisted the perception he has “travelled off into the sunset” is far from the truth.
Toby Melville / Reuters An outdoor screen displays a broadcast of former British Prime Minister David Cameron at the March to Leave demonstration in March.
She said: “I’m not seeking sympathy for him, but he is pretty distraught about it all.
“When I say distraught, he’s not depressed or anything, but he cares deeply about this country. It’s a wrong perception that he is having a great time and washed his hands of it.”
Aside from the incident in January, Cameron has largely stayed out of the headlines as his successor battles with both the EU and her own party in an attempt to negotiate the now-delayed Brexit process.
But his purchase of a £25,000 shed to write his memoirs in helped fuel the idea that he had indeed washed his hands clean of the whole affair and was living his best life.
This is obscene. People can’t feed their families, and David Cameron is bragging about spending £25,000 on a shed. https://t.co/0LqfCbrFLP
— Martin McCluskey (@martinmccluskey) April 30, 2017 The anger in some quarters at Cameron was perhaps best summed up by Danny Dyer, when he said last year: “Well, fuck you, Cameron you posh twat. Sorry.
“It backfired on him didn’t it? And what does he do? He fucks off. He doesn’t like the way it went and he fucks off.”
David Cameron: “I don’t regret calling the referendum”
Former prime minister says he stands by his decision to hold the vote on leaving the EU https://t.co/p2pmws7I8I #Brexit pic.twitter.com/fpyqGD4Pfl
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) January 16, 2019 Meanwhile, Theresa May is ready to delay Brexit to Augus t in yet another bid to buy time for a compromise deal with Labour.
In her latest attempt to break the deadlock, the prime minister has set the House of Commons’ summer recess as a new deadline for Parliament to sign off her EU-UK ‘divorce deal’.
Newly-elected MEPs would even be allowed to take their seats in Strasbourg, as long as MPs finally approve May’s plans by the time they head off for their break in late July.
Related… May Ready To Delay Brexit To August To Win Labour Backing European Parliament Elections WILL Go Ahead, Minister Confirms Suggest a correction Chris York Senior Editor, HuffPost UK

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