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US: Russian Soldiers Are Being Executed for Disobeying Orders

Ukraine reports enemy units in offensive have mutinied rather than attack positions in east

(Newser) - A White House official said Thursday that the Russian military is executing its soldiers who don't follow orders in the offensive in eastern Ukraine. "We also have information that Russian commanders are threatening to execute entire units if they seek to retreat from Ukrainian artillery fire," said...

John Kelly Confirms Trump Remarks on Veterans

Former WH chief of staff says ex-boss 'has no idea what America is all about'

(Newser) - John Kelly, who served as chief of staff to former President Donald Trump, went on the record Monday to confirm "a number of damning stories" about Trump in a statement to CNN . And what a statement it is. Kelly described Trump as "a person who is not truthful...

John Kelly: Trump Sought to Use IRS Against Enemies

Former chief of staff's allegation comes after Comey, McCabe were singled out for rare audits

(Newser) - When Donald Trump was president, two political enemies were singled out for rare special audits by the IRS. Trump has insisted he knew nothing about the audits of then FBI leader James Comey and deputy Andrew McCabe. But it was an odd fluke, given that the New York Times calculated...

Book: Trump Wanted to Trade Puerto Rico for Greenland

Idea to purchase Danish territory wasn't actually his, according to reporters

(Newser) - In an interview for a new book, Donald Trump insisted the idea to buy Greenland from Denmark was all his. Looking at a map, the president wondered, "Why don't we have that?" Trump told husband-and-wife journalists Peter Baker of the New York Times and Susan Glasser of the...

US, EU Promise Ukraine Aid Topping $1B

Russian atrocities prompt more Western contributions

(Newser) - The US and EU promised on Wednesday to send Ukraine more military equipment, a commitment totaling more than $1 billion. President Biden said he told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that he approved $800 million in weapons, ammunition, and other security assistance, the Washington Post reports. And the EU's European...

John Kelly to Trump: You Can't Keep Doing This

The former White House chief of staff urges Trump to share intelligence briefings with Biden

(Newser) - John Kelly is standing up to his old boss for the way he's treating the incoming Biden administration, CNN reports. At issue is President Trump's decision to withhold intelligence briefings: "You lose a lot if the transition is delayed because the new people are not allowed to...

John Kelly Speaks, and Trump Isn't Happy

It was 'a killer' working in the White House, says former chief of staff

(Newser) - John Kelly spoke at Drew University in New Jersey Wednesday night, and Trump's former chief of staff was unusually candid about his stint at the White House under President Trump.
  • Not fun: "I'm disappointed in myself for leaving, but it was a killer, I mean, no joke,

Aides Asked Her to Undercut Trump to 'Save Country': Haley

Tillerson and Kelly wanted UN ambassador to join resistance, book says

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson and John Kelly were trying to save the country by undermining President Trump, Nikki Haley says, and they wanted her to help. The former UN ambassador makes the claims about Trump's former secretary of state and chief of staff in a new memoir, With All Due Respect,...

Trump's Genius Was Too Much for Kelly, Says White House

President disputes that chief of staff warned of impeachment as he quit

(Newser) - John Kelly did not see impeachment coming when he resigned, President Trump says: "He just wants to come back into the action like everybody else does." The president was responding to Kelly's interview with the Washington Examiner , in which he said he regretted leaving late last year...

House Panel OKs Subpoenas for Big Names in Trump Probe

Including Jared Kushner, Jeff Sessions

(Newser) - The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to authorize subpoenas for 12 people mentioned in special counsel Robert Mueller's report, including President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the AP reports. The panel also voted to authorize subpoenas for documents and testimony related to Trump'...

John Kelly's Game of 'What If' Leads to a Reveal

WH's ex-chief of staff under Trump says he likely would've worked for Hillary Clinton if asked

(Newser) - John Kelly's exit interview after he left his post as White House chief of staff at the end of last year likely rankled the president in more ways than one, and his newest remarks may not please Trump, either. The Hill reports Kelly was doing a Q&A Wednesday...

Report: Trump Ordered Kelly to 'Fix' Kushner Security Clearance

Dems threaten to subpoena White House

(Newser) - House Democrats vowed to step up their investigation of White House security clearances amid reports that President Trump demanded a top-secret security clearance for son-in-law Jared Kushner. Sources tell the New York Times that Trump ordered former chief of staff John Kelly to grant Kushner the clearance last year despite...

John Kelly Joins Former DHS Chiefs in Shutdown Letter

They implore Trump and Congress to end the impasse in name of national security

(Newser) - Five former Homeland Security chiefs have written a letter to President Trump and Congress imploring them to end the government shutdown in the name of national security. One name in particular stands out, that of John Kelly, who left the Trump administration on not-so-great terms. “DHS employees who protect...

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Trump Pushes Back After John Kelly's Surprise Interview

The idea of an 'all concrete wall' remains very much alive, he says

(Newser) - "To be honest, it's not a wall." So said outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly in a surprise weekend interview with the Los Angeles Times that President Trump apparently doesn't agree with. For context, Kelly said that while Trump still uses the word "wall,"...

John Kelly Turns Heads With Surprise Exit Interview

The outgoing chief of staff has something to say

(Newser) - "To be honest, it's not a wall." That's John Kelly in an LA Times exit interview about immigration policy, Afghanistan, the legality of President Trump's orders—and whether Kelly was allowed to "go get a beer" during his "bone-crushing hard job" as chief...

John Kelly Won't Be Out in 2018 After All

Trump says 'great people' want the job 'badly'

(Newser) - John Kelly won't be leaving the White House in 2018 after all—but he's probably not going to need to put up a 2019 calendar in his office. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said during a Fox appearance Tuesday that the White House chief of staff will remain...

President Trump: 'Stop Calling' John Kelly 'for Anything'

The chief of staff is finally departing

(Newser) - It's official: John Kelly is leaving the White House. "John Kelly will be leaving toward the end of the year," said President Trump while heading out for the Army-Navy game Saturday, USA Today reports. Rumors had been swirling after White House sources said Kelly was on his...

Trump May Have Found a Way to Get Rid of John Kelly

Media outlets report it's believed he'd exit the administration if Kirstjen Nielsen is fired

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions is out, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen may be next , and Chief of Staff John Kelly could round out the trio, at least according to a growing number of media outlets. NBC News cites "seven people familiar with the discussions" who say Kelly may soon exit the...

Report: Secret Service Had to Break Up West Wing Fight

Chief of staff John Kelly apparently had physical confrontation with Corey Lewandowski

(Newser) - Tempers flare in the current West Wing as in others, but the New York Times reports on a particularly nasty confrontation this year that required the intervention of the Secret Service. By the newspaper's account of the "near brawl," chief of staff John Kelly got physical with...

'Profanity-Laced' Blowout Startles West Wing Staffers

John Kelly and John Bolton have a loud disagreement about the southern border

(Newser) - There was shouting in the West Wing on Thursday, and it was even more intense than usual, sources tell CNN . The blowup—"profanity-laced," per Bloomberg — between Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Advisor John Bolton was related to an ongoing disagreement over how to handle...

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