Trump news latest: Former president nearly fired Ivanka and Jared via tweet, claims new book

Former US president Donald Trump claims he can declassify top secret documents just ‘by thinking about it’

Donald Trump came very close to firing his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner from the White House via a tweet, a new book has claimed.

According to an early copy of New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman’s new book obtained by CNN, the 45th president was seconds away from firing off a tweet that would’ve alerted his kin about the termination of their employment.

Both Ivanka and Kushner were working as senior White House aides and the former president – who reportedly grew tired of his son-in-law’s presence and described him as sounding “like a child” – only decided not to fire them because his then-chief of staff John Kelly and then-White House counsel Don McGahn warned against it.

Meanwhile, the former president’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump has come under fire for posting a video of her son outside on a toy car as Hurricane Ian hits Florida.

The hurricane also caused the Jan 6 House select committee to postpone Wednesday’s supposed final public hearing allowing committee member Rep Stephanie Murphy to respond to matters in her Florida district.


Why was the final Jan 6 committee hearing postponed?

The House January 6 select committee postponed the hearing scheduled for Wednesday on account of Hurricane Ian, The Independent learned on Tuesday.

A source with knowledge of the panel’s internal deliberations said the postponement of what would be the committee’s ninth public session will allow one of the nine select committee members, Representative Stephanie Murphy, to tend to any matters that arise in her Florida district due to the approaching storm.


Golf magazine trolled for naming Trump the best presidential golfer

A golf magazine was mocked for awarding the top position to Donald Trump in a list ranking American presidents by their handicap.

Golf Digest awarded the 45th president the top score of 2.8, while allotting current president Joe Biden the number two slot with a 6.7 score.

John F Kennedy bagged third place with a score of 7 and 27th American president William Howard Taft was left with the lowest number of 20, according to a tweet by the magazine.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar reports on the reaction to the rankings.


McConnell: GOP has ’50:50 shot’ of taking Senate

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that he believes his party now has a “50-50 shot” of getting the chamber back less than six weeks away from the midterm elections.

“We are in a bunch of close races,” McConnell told reporters during a press conference. “It’s going to be really, really close either way, in my view.”


Doug Mastriano calls for 40 days of fasting to save flailing campaign

Doug Mastriano, the Trump-endorsed Republican gubernatorial nominee in Pennsylvania, called for 40 days of fasting and prayer as his campaign significantly lags behind Democratic nominee Josh Shaprio.

The call comes after Mr Mastriano’s rally in Harrisburg was poorly attended and his campaign fails to gain traction, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.


Gavin Newsom believes Democrats have failed to make clear GOP states have worse gun crime

California Governor Gavin Newsom, in the midst of a re-election campaign and reportedly weighing a future run for president, again hit out at fellow Democrats over what he claims is a messaging failure on the party’s handling of crime.


Tucker Carlson suggests US blew up Nord Stream pipeline

A Tucker Carlson segment focused on the purported “sabotage” of the Nord Stream gas pipelines connecting Russia and Europe, which the Fox News anchor appeared to blame on the US.

Speaking following reports of leaks in the Nord Stream pipeline on Tuesday, Mr Carlson suggested that the Biden administration was behind the “sabotage” and act of “environmental terrorism” and warned of a Russian counter-response.

Gin Spocchia reports on why the Fox News opinion host believes the US is now at war with Russia.


Lara Trump sparks anger after sharing video of son driving toy car outside in hurricane

Lara Trump has sparked anger and concern after posting a video of her five-year-old son driving his toy car outside in the midst of heavy rain from Hurricane Ian.

The 39-year-old TV producer, who lives in Florida with her husband Eric Trump, shared the video to her Instagram on Wednesday of the couple’s son Eric Luke Trump. Trump and her spouse also share three-year-old daughter Carolina Dorothy Trump.


Democrat believes Trump called her impersonating a journalist after insulting her dead husband

Another bizarre tale about the former president from Maggie Haberman’s latest book involves him allegedly calling a Democratic lawmaker while pretending to be a journalist…


Top takeaways from new book on Jan 6 probe

Former Virginia GOP congressman Denver Riggleman appeared on CBS News’ 60 Minutes this week to promote his book on the January 6 select committee investigation.

Mr Riggleman, who served as a staffer for the probe but left its employ in April, wrote The Breach prior to the committee drawing together its findings. Nevertheless, he observed how the investigation functioned.

Andrew Feinberg has three key takeaways from the book:


Family of Capitol rioter called DC police office attacked on Jan 6 a ‘piece of s***t’

A Washington DC police officer who was tasered as he defended the US Capitol on January 6 has said the mother of the rioter involved in the attack called him a “piece of s***” after her son was sentenced.

Speaking on CNN’s Don Lemon Tonight after Kyle Young was sentenced on Tuesday, Michael Fanone recounted how he was insulted by the rioter’s mother when leaving the court.

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