America Hasn’t Seen the First Lady in Weeks
First Lady Melania Trump‘s surprise and unannounced “routine” kidney surgery led many to speculate she was either very ill, getting “work done,” or just trying to escape her husband. That speculation exploded when Americans learned that the reported procedure usually requires at most one overnight stay, and she was hospitalized five days.
Worse, President Trump wasn’t with her during the surgery, and didn’t travel to Walter Reed Hospital to bring her back home to the White House.
It’s now been weeks since America has seen the First Lady – it does not appear she was present at today’s Sports and Fitness Day at the White House. The event, which was attended by children, ordinarily would have included the First Lady who has made them her focus.
One White House correspondent made it clear:
— Philip Crowther (@PhilipinDC) May 30, 2018
Ivanka Trump was present, but not Melania Trump:
Ivanka is in the house for Trump’s speech commemorating “White House sports and fitness day” pic.twitter.com/F95aL96rIZ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 30, 2018
Many are curious, concerned, or conspiracy-theory spinning – so much so that the White House, or the First Lady, just posted this tweet:
I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I’m doing. Rest assured, I’m here at the @WhiteHouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 30, 2018
Fox News is totally on it:
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) May 30, 2018
Meanwhile, it’s already led to more speculation.
Take a picture with newspaper with today’s date in front of the White House
— USN HM3 ☤ #VeteransResist (@CDC_DJ_Account) May 30, 2018
— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) May 30, 2018
“rest assured” doesn’t sound at all like Trump wrote this.
— Pesach ‘Pace’ Lattin 🔴 (@pacelattin) May 30, 2018
Rest assured, I am Melanie and I am here. https://t.co/0muuRIu6kh
— Slade (@Slade) May 30, 2018
The American people want you to rescue yourself. You are not a prisoner in Trumpworld. You can leave anytime you want. Empower yourself. Take him for every penny.
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) May 30, 2018
Please explain how you’re working hard on behalf of children and the American people. #forrealthough
— My3Js (@kimdangis) May 30, 2018
Something’s up. https://t.co/upedJzj7in
— Ivan the K™ (@IvanTheK) May 30, 2018
Prove it come out to the sport and fitness day on the WH lawn! Ivanka is there?! Why aren’t you!? Ohh I can’t see you in the window either! Where oh where are you? Tell the truth!
— @snarky lib (@spofford_sherry) May 30, 2018
“Yes, it is I, Melania Trump. This is is definitely me, Melania Trump, speaking.” https://t.co/C5h1WmIoFJ
— Lauren Radice (@laurenradice) May 30, 2018
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White House Bans Fauci From Testifying Before Congress
The White House has informed an Appropriations subcommittee that Dr. Anthony Fauci is not allowed to deliver testify before Congress. Fauci is the most-recognizable medical expert leading the administration’s efforts to battle the deadly coronavirus pandemic that has taken more than 65,000 American lives.
House Democrats “have been informed by an administration official that the White House has blocked Dr. Fauci from testifying,” a spokesperson for the House committee, Evan Hollander, said on Friday, as The Hill reports.
The Committee is investigating President Donald Trump’s and his administration’s response to the pandemic.
The White House later announced it believes it would be “counter-productive” for Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to testify before Congress.
“While the Trump Administration continues its whole-of-government response to COVID-19, including safely opening up America again and expediting vaccine development, it is counter-productive to have the very individuals involved in those efforts appearing at Congressional hearings,” White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement. “We are committed to working with Congress to offer testimony at the appropriate time.”
Fauci was expected to testify next week.
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.
‘Known Liar’: Trump’s Acting National Intelligence Chief Blasted for ‘Attempt to Smear CNN for Purely Political Ends’
President Donald Trump’s Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) on Thursday posted a statement via Twitter attacking a CNN report by claiming “this story contains inaccurate information.” It did not specify what the “inaccurate” information was.
The ODNI is headed by the Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, a Trump loyalist who has come under scrutiny for being unqualified to hold that position.
The story the ODNI is attacking is a bombshell that destroys President Donald Trump’s claim that no one could have predicted the impending coronavirus pandemic, along with other administration falsehoods. It says: “US intelligence agencies started tracking coronavirus outbreak in China as early as November.”
As we told CNN earlier today, this story contains inaccurate information. https://t.co/cFb2q1Cvr4
— Office of the DNI (@ODNIgov) April 9, 2020
The CNN report also exposes the Trump administration’s horrific mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic. Recent news reports have shown Trump had 70 days to take action to protect America from the coronavirus but instead chose to wage a PR campaign falsely claiming the nation was not at risk, and that everything was under control. The CNN report extends that timeline by over a month, meaning Trump and his administration had more than three months to take decisive action but did not.
But CNN was not the first to report that US Intel was aware of what would become known as the COVID-19 outbreak in November. ABC News first broke the story one day prior to CNN’s report – noting that U.S. Intelligence officials had briefed the White House as far back as November.
“cataclysmic event” briefed “multiple times” to Defense Intelligence Agency, Joint Staff and White House in 2019 https://t.co/gedbavXcR0
— GeorgeStephanopoulos (@GStephanopoulos) April 8, 2020
Former Pentagon Press Secretary and former CIA Spokesman George Little weighed in, accusing the ODNI of attempting to smear CNN for political purposes.
— George Little (@georgelittledc) April 10, 2020
Politico’s Cybersecurity reporter Eric Geller adds:
the really remarkable thing about the tweet is that it’s intentionally obtuse, designed to cast doubt without having to get into the potentially embarrassing details
— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) April 10, 2020
Economist David Rothschild blasted Grenell as a “partisan hack & known liar.”
I am not fan of @CNN (leaders in false equivalency, a hard-core pro-Republican bias), but they are much more reliable source than the Director of National Intelligence, who is partisan hack & known liar. https://t.co/F8hbQwynEC
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) April 10, 2020
UPDATE: 10:20 AM ET –
MSNBC’s Ken Dilanian just reported out the same story that ABC and CNN have reported as well.
Trump’s Alleged ‘Checkup’ at Walter Reed Was ‘Non-Routine and Scheduled Last Minute’: Report
President Donald Trump’s unexpected trip to Walter Reed medical center did not follow “routine” protocols for a presidential medical exam, CNN’s Jeremy Diamond reported on Sunday.
A source familiar with Trump’s visit to the hospital told Diamond that staff was not notified prior to the president’s visit.
President Donald Trump’s visit to Walter Reed on Saturday did not follow the protocol of a routine presidential medical exam, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Medical staff at Walter Reed did not get a staff-wide notice about a presidential visit to the medical center in Bethesda, Maryland, ahead of Trump’s arrival, according to that source.
During normal circumstances, medical center staff would have received instructions about a “VIP” visit ahead of time.
“That did not happen this time, indicating the visit was a non-routine visit and scheduled last minute,” Diamond reported.
A second source also told CNN that the trip to Walter Reed was “abnormal.”
The White House is on record insisting that the visit was part of the president’s annual “routine” physical exam.
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