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Trump Launches Trump TV ‘Real News’ and Americans Want to Know if They’re Paying for It

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‘Who Owns Trump TV? The Trump Organization? Is It a Kind of Campaign Contribution? Is That Legal? And Is There Any WH Cooperation?’ Asks Conservative Pundit

On Saturday CNN contributor Kayleigh McEnany announced on social media she was leaving the news network and would “be moving to a new role.”

“Stay tuned next week!” she said. On Sunday, President Donald Trump released a video on Facebook featuring McEnany delivering “Real News.”

Join Kayleigh McEnany as she provides you the news of the week from Trump Tower in New York! #MAGA #TeamTrump” the President posted to Facebook.

Now taxpayers are demanding to know who’s paying for it.

“Thank you for joining us as we provide you the news of the week from Trump Tower here in New York,” McEnany tells viewers on Facebook and Twitter. In just 24 hours her video (above) has been viewed more than 1.1 million times on Facebook alone. (Twitter does not publicly provide viewing statistics.)

After rattling off positive economic indicators, including the unemployment rate and consumer confidence levels, McEnany, in her “news” video, “reports” that “President Trump has clearly steered the economy back in the right direction.” Many economists disagree, believing Trump is benefiting from policies of the Obama administration, is “overstating his responsibility for recent better growth and jobs numbers,” and “might also be a drag on growth.”

McEnany’s “news” is not entirely fact-based. “For decades, a steady rise in immigration has depressed the wages of American workers,” McEnany falsely states. She also claims Trump’s newly-announced attack on legal immigration will “raise wages, decrease poverty, and save the taxpayers billions.” That’s at best disputable.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia under President Barack Obama, Michael McFaul, said the video “Feels eerily like so many state-owned channels I’ve watched in other countries.”

And CNN investigative reporter Andrew Kaczynski noted, “You get the same vibe from this broadcast as those paid-programming news-style programs that air at 3am.” 

The video begins with the Trump-Pence campaign logo and ends with a photo of Trump at a campaign rally. 

Many on social media, even conservatives like Bill Kristol, are demanding to know if taxpayers are paying for this Trump propaganda. 

Others:

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Rob Tornoe reports the funding of Trump TV is coming from the Trump re-election campaign.

“The program, which had previously been hosted by Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump and is paid for with funds from Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, appears to align with rumors that first appeared during the 2016 campaign of the development of a “Trump TV” program,” Tornoe states.

HuffPost UK says now that thee’s Trump propaganda TV, “Trump Has Gone Full-North Korea.”

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Trump Urged Ukraine President ‘About Eight Times’ to Work With Giuliani to Get Dirt on Biden’s Son: WSJ

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that President Donald Trump “repeatedly pressured” the president of Ukraine to work with his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to get dirt on the son of his top political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.

In a July phone call Trump urged President Volodymyr Zelensky “about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani,” the Wall Street Journal says.

But the Journal’s reporting in the second paragraph offers details that appear to minimize what experts have been suggesting actually happened. The Journal’s report also does not name sources or even suggest if they are White House or intelligence community officials.

“Mr. Trump didn’t mention a provision of foreign aid to Ukraine on the call, said this person, who didn’t believe Mr. Trump offered the Ukrainian president any quid-pro-quo for his cooperation on an investigation,” the Journal says.

That would lessen the magnitude of the allegations against President Trump, although they would still be impeachable offenses.

Related: Trump to Meet With Ukrainian President Amid Bombshell Whistleblower Allegations

The Trump team has become expert at controlling the national conversation and forging a narrative that bends most elements of truth, then getting the conservative base to believe them.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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Some Among Democratic Base Grow Increasingly Frustrated as Pelosi Issues Statement Chastising Trump Over Whistleblower

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Statement  Does Not  Say ‘Impeachment’

Some among the Democratic base appear frustrated with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who has not been supportive of the majority of House Democrats who want to impeach President Donald Trump. Friday afternoon the Speaker quietly issued a lengthy statement responding to the bombshell news that a whistleblower has filed a “credible” and “urgent” complaint with the intelligence community.

Pelosi’s statement, which was not posted to her social media accounts as of this writing, made its way through Twitter via a handful of reporters.

“If the President has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his Administration and our democracy,” Pelosi said, as a Politico congressional reporter pointed out:

Nearly two-thirds of House Democrats support impeaching Trump, or beginning a formal impeachment inquiry at the very least, according to Politico. But the majority of the nation does not, nor do a majority of Democratic voters, according to recent polls.

“Only 37 percent support beginning impeachment proceedings, while half oppose it,” Politco reports, citing its own polls.

Speaker Pelosi’s statement concludes with this:

“We will continue to follow the facts and explore every possible option to ensure the American people get the truth. We would hope that Republicans would join us in supporting the Constitution.”

Some online are calling her statement “weak,” while others are disappointed with the lack of specific threats of action, and others are expressing exasperation with the Speaker not supporting impeachment:

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WATCH: Trump Says He Hasn’t Read Whistleblower Complaint – in Next Breath Claims ‘Everybody’s Read It, They Laugh at It’

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President Donald Trump has spent a good part of the day trying to minimize the news about a reportedly damning whistleblower complaint filed against him by an intelligence official. During an Oval Office press availability Trump threw many different claims at reporters, claiming both that he had no idea what was in the complaint or which country’s leader it involved, then claimed his conversation with the country’s leader was “great” and “beautiful.”

Minutes later he was asked again about the whistleblower report, and if he had read it.

“No I haven’t,” Trump replied.

“It’s – I, I just tell you it is – everybody’s read it, they laugh at it,” Trump said, making a face as if to denigrate the report.

It’s unclear who “everybody” is, but if it to have been even widely distributed Congress would need to investigate, given only the Director of National Intelligence and the IG should have access to it.

He went on to call it “another media disaster,” despite the intelligence community inspector general – who he appointed – calling the whistleblower complaint both “credible” and “urgent.”

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