WASHINGTON — Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is suggesting that alleged government surveillance of Donald Trump during his campaign may have gone beyond the president’s accusation that former President Barack Obama had his phones tapped.
Conway tells New Jersey’s Bergen County Record “there are many ways to surveil each other.” She says “you can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets — any number of ways.” Conway didn’t offer any evidence for the remark.
It follows Trump’s claim that Obama had Trump’s “wires tapped” at Trump Tower before the election. Trump hasn’t provided evidence and Obama has denied the charge.
WASHINGTON – Fewer than 60,000 foreigners from seven majority-Muslim countries had their visas canceled after President Donald Trump’s executive order blocked them from traveling to the U.S., the State Department said Friday.
That figure contradicts a Justice Department lawyer’s statement Friday during a court hearing in Virginia about the ban. The lawyer in that case said that about 100,000 visas had been revoked.
The State Department clarified that the higher figure includes diplomatic and other visas that were actually exempted from the travel ban, as well as expired visas.
Immediately after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, some changes were made to the White House’s official website and social media accounts.
Though the plan to move Barack Obama’s tweets as @POTUS to @POTUS44 was already in place, the Twitter account was wiped clean of tweets and followers to prepare it for President Trump (though he will reportedly continue to use @realDonaldTrump).
WhiteHouse.gov also saw lightning-fast changes, many of which observant Twitter users pointed out right away. Pages that contained information on issues such as LGBT rights and climate change as well as many resources on healthcare and civil rights were removed from the site.
The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Obama’s immigration executive actions, in a tie decision that delivers a win to states challenging his plan to give a deportation reprieve to millions of illegal immigrants.
The justices’ one-sentence opinion on Thursday marks a major setback for the administration, effectively killing the plan for the duration of Obama’s presidency.
The judgment could have significant political and legal consequences in a presidential election year highlighted by competing rhetoric over immigration. As the ruling was announced from the bench, pro-immigration activists filled the sidewalk in front of the court, some crying as the ruling became public. Critics of the policy touted the ruling as a strong statement against “executive abuses.”
A visibly angry President Obama lashed out at presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump over his proposal to ban Muslims entry into the U.S., and he ridiculed him and other Republicans over their insistence that the president use the phrase “radical Islam” to describe ISIS and homegrown terrorists like the perpetrators of the San Bernardino and Orlando shootings.
“For awhile now, the main contribution of some of my friends on the other side of the aisle have made in the fight against ISIL is to criticize this administration — and me — for not using phrase ‘radical Islam,'” the president said. “That’s the key, they tell us. ‘We can’t beat ISIL unless we call them ‘radical islamists.” What exactly would using this label accomplish? What exactly would it change? Would it make ISIL less committed to trying to kill Americans? Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this? The answer is — none of the above. Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away.”