Kayleigh McEnany defends Donald Trump pushing ‘Morning Joe’ murder conspiracy theory with no evidence

A widower is calling on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to remove tweets posted by President Donald Trump and his allies promoting a debunked conspiracy theory that claims his wife was murdered by former congressman-turned TV personality Joe Scarborough.

The husband of Lori Klausutis, who previously worked for Scarborough during his time in office, wrote in an open letter to Mr Dorsey that the president’s false tweets be removed as they are false and in violation of the platform’s policies. He wrote: “My request is simple: Please delete these tweets.”

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany attempted to defend the baseless accusations during a Tuesday press briefing, claiming Scarborough himself quipped about the allegations during a media interview in the 2000s. Meanwhile, former Acting Inspector General of the Department of Defence Glenn Fine has resigned after he was sidelined by the Trump administration in his efforts to oversee congressional spending surrounding coronavirus relief funds.

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Trump campaign responds to Twitter fact-checking president’s tweets

The Trump 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, has responded to Twitter’s fact-checking of the president’s tweets, saying it was a “smoke-screen” to lend political tactics false credibility.

“There are many reasons we pulled all our advertising from Twitter months ago, and clear political bias is one of them,” he said.
 



Trump’s education secretary tries to steer million in coronavirus relief aid to private schools

The Independent’s James Crump has this report on Betsy DeVos moving federal coronavirus relief from public to private schools. 

Initially, coronavirus relief was sent out to states, with education officials directed to divide the money between institutions, based on how many low-income students attended.

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 Twitter adds fact check warning to Trump tweets

After refusing to remove Trump’s tweets on MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, Twitter announced it was adding a fact check warning to the president’s posts

It came after the president continued discussing the “very sad and very suspicious” accusations about Mr Scarborough’s former staff member Lori Klausutis.



BREAKING: Republican leaders to sue Nancy Pelosi over House proxy voting system

House Republicans, led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, intend to sue Speaker Nancy Pelosi to block the chamber’s new proxy voting system.

“It’s simple: one representative should equal one vote. We can’t let her get away with this,” Republican Whip Steve Scalise tweeted, announcing the House GOP’s legal plan.

Follow the story as it unfolds.
 



Trump rants on mail-in voting, says California governor Gavin Newsom sent millions of ballots to anyone who’s breathing

Continuing his campaign against mail-in voting, Trump said today that California governor Gavin Newsom has sent “millions of ballots” all over to the state to anybody.

“People that aren’t citizens, illegals, anybody that walks in California is going to get a ballot. We’re not gonna destroy this country by allowing things like that to happen. We’re not destroying our country. This has more to do with fairness and honesty,” he said.

Trump said mail-in voting would lead to a rigged system when anyone who’s breathing and doesn’t have the right to vote would get access to ballots.

“Well they’ll be voting, and you know what, we’re not going to let it happen because you’re subverting the process and you’re making our country a joke,” Trump said.
 



DOJ ends coronavirus insider trading investigations into 3 senators but continues probing Richard Burr

All four senators reported substantial individual stock sales after some had received non-public intelligence briefings about coronavirus in January and February, before global markets crashed.

Griffin Connolly has this report on the Justice Department’s investigation into Kelly Loeffler, Dianne Feinstein, Jim Inhofe and Richard Burr.
 



Trump to withdraw troops from Afghanistan as ‘soon as reasonable’, threatens to send them back ‘raging’ if they need to

Trump said today troops were being withdrawn from Afghanistan “as soon as reasonable”.

When asked if the Pentagon was drawing up plans to have troops home by Thanksgiving, Trump said there wasn’t a target but would the 8000 troops would come home over a period of time.

“We can always go back if we have to,” he said.

“If we have to go back we’ll go back and we’ll go back raging and they will go back as warriors, fighters, but right now we’re policing and we’re not meant to be a police force we’re meant to be a fighting force.”
 



Trump suggests no statute of limitations on “very suspicious situation” with MSNBC host Joe Scarborough

Trump today double-downed on his accusations that something “very sad and very suspicious” happened between MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and Lori Klausutis.

Trump was asked today if he had seen the letter from Ms Klausutis’ husband, Timothy Klausutis pleading with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to take accusations down.

“Yeah I have but I’m sure that ultimately they want to get to the bottom of it and it’s a very serious situation,” he said.

“It’s a very suspicious thing and I hope somebody gets to the bottom of it. As you know there’s no statute of limitations so it would be a very good thing to do.”
 



Trump again threatens to override governors if they refuse to open churches, mosques, synagogues

Asked on what authority Trump could order governors to open churches, mosques and synagogues, Trump said the ultimate authority. His own.

“I can absolutely do it I want to and I don’t think I’m going to have to because it’s starting to open up,” he said at a press briefing today.

“If I have to I will override any governor that wants to play games. If they want to play games that’s ok but we will win. And we have many different ways where I can override them. And if I have to I’ll will do that. “
 



‘You want to be politically correct’: Trump mocks reporter for refusing to take mask off

 

The CDC doesn’t usually give out advice about how to be “politically correct”, however, it does recommend wearing a face mask as a preventative measure when standing in close proximity to a lot of other people.

 



​Trump wonders if he should take insulin

 

25 per cent of Americans over the age of 65 have diabetes according to the CDC, so it might be something to discuss with a doctor.

 



Wasn’t this about policy not politics?

 

 



An appeal to older voters?

 

As polls show that the over 65s are turning away from voting Trump in 2020 in favour of Joe Biden, Kellyanne Conway says that the announcement of a new plan to slash the costs of insulin copayments is about policy and not politics.

 



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ICYMI: Trump demands reopening as party-goers live it up on Memorial Day weekend, despite raging pandemic

Crowds flocked to beaches and parks throughout the United States during the Memorial Day holiday, despite the number of new coronavirus cases continuing to rise in at least 18 states according to the latest data.

Photos showed packed public spaces amid the pandemic as President Donald Trump encouraged states to begin reopening and implored governors to ease restrictions on houses of worship on Friday, saying in remarks at the White House: “These are places that hold our society together and keep our people united.”

Many entryways at beaches and parks across the country featured signs displaying social distancing guidelines and instructions for patrons. Police officers were also stationed at public spaces to ensure local orders were followed.



Twitter refuses to delete president’s baseless murder accusation tweets

Oliver O’Connell writes: Twitter will not remove tweets by President Donald Trump that push a conspiracy theory about the death of a young woman almost twenty years ago, despite a heartfelt plea from her husband.

The president’s tweets accuse MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of playing a part in the 2001 death of Lori Klausutis, who worked in his congressional office in Florida when he served in the House of Representatives. Mr Scarborough was in Washington DC at the time of her death.

Timothy Klausutis, the widower of the late Ms Klausutis, sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey late last week pleading for the company to delete the tweets due to the pain they are causing him and his family.

Today, despite much media coverage, the company did not agree to remove the tweets, but said that it would be making changes to address incidences such as this in the future.



Press secretary supports Donald Trump over promoting murder conspiracy theories

Here’s Kayleigh McEnany defending the president for his bizarre decision to reignite a debunked conspiracy theory about one of his television critics: 



Mika defends Joe amid renewed bad blood with Trump

Joe Scarborough’s wife and co-host defended him amid the president’s Twitter conspiracies, writing in a tweet of her own: “The Press Secretary is lying.”



White House criticises Biden for wearing a face mask (yes, really)

John Bennett writes: The White House criticised Joe Biden for wearing a mask at an outdoor Memorial Day ceremony but not while “in his basement” doing television appearances with wife Jill Biden.

Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany described administration guidelines for the coronavirus as donning a mask outdoors as “recommended but not required.” Because Mr Biden kept his distance from others at the wreath-laying event, Ms McEnany called his decision to cover his face “not data-driven.”



Trump’s press secretary defends president’s false conspiracy tweets

Kayleigh McEnany is defending Donald Trump’s tweets that reignited debunked conspiracy theories alleging Joe Scarborough, an MSNBC host and frequent critic of the president who previously served as a Republican congressman, was involved in the death of his former staffer. The allegations have no truth to them, and the husband of the deceased staffer is now calling on the CEO of Twitter to delete the president’s tweets, saying they are causing a burden to him and his family. 



Trump’s press secretary criticises Biden for wearing a mask outdoors and not in his basement, even though that’s the exact policy

Kayleigh McEnany said it was “peculiar” that former VP Joe Biden donned a face mask outdoors while social distancing but not in his basement – even though those are the exact CDC guidelines: