FLOTUS Official Portrait

The White House have released the new official portrait of the First Lady. Second airbrushing story of the day…

Trump to CPAC

Bannon and Priebus Live at CPAC

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon outlining his worldview of “economic nationalism” at CPAC. With some choice words for the “corporatist globalist media“. He reiterates Trump will not moderate his policies and tells his audience to hold him accountable on his election pledges. “Every day is going to be a fight…”

Both Trump Petitions to Be Debated Monday

The Petitions Committee has decided to merge the pro and anti-Trump state visit petitions and hold a single Westminster Hall debate on Monday:

To all Members

The Petitions Committee has scheduled the following debate in Westminster Hall on two petitions relating to a state visit by President Donald Trump…

Monday 20 February
Motion: “That this House has considered e-petitions 171928 and 178844 relating to a state visit by President Donald Trump.”

Petition 171928 ‘Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom.’ 

Petition 178844 ‘Donald Trump should make a State Visit to the United Kingdom.’

Bit of a cop out…

Trump / May Press Conference in Full

Just four questions, no major disasters, very warm words from the President on Brexit. May will be happy with that…

Trump v Laura K

As the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg questions President Trump on torture and Russia, he looks to Theresa May and jokes:

“That’s your choice of question? There goes that relationship.”

Yikes!

May Meets Trump

The President meets the Prime Minister on the steps of the White House:

Trump tells May “it’s a great honour to have Winston Churchill back”:

Bust inspected in Oval Office:

Theresa May Speech to Republican Retreat

“Majority Leader McConnell, Mr Speaker, Distinguished Members of the Senate and Representatives of the House.

I would like to thank Congress and the Congressional Institute for the invitation to be here today. The opportunity to visit the United States is always special. And to be invited to be the first serving Head of Government to address this important conference is an honour indeed.

I defy any person to travel to this great country at any time and not to be inspired by its promise and its example.

For more than two centuries, the very idea of America – drawn from history and given written form in a small hall not far from here – has lit up the world.

That idea – that all are created equal and that all are born free – has never been surpassed in the long history of political thought.

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Full-Length Trump Inaugration Speech

Here is the speech in full ,rather than just the highlights, on the news. Divisive? Radical? Great?

Watch and decide for yourself…

They Laughed, They’re Not Laughing Now

Poignant recollections for left-wing comedians.

Be careful what you wish for…

Trumps Meet Obamas

Off for a cuppa before the proceedings begin…

Trump Inauguration Concert Star Toby Keith

The highlight from last night’s Trump inauguration concert: the legendary singer-songwriter Toby Keith performing his classic “Red, White and Blue”. “We’ll put a boot in your ass, it’s the American way…”

Gove Defends Trump Interview

Michael Gove is getting some stick for his Trump interview from journalists who could never break a window. By Guido’s count the scoop had at least ten separate news lines, on Brexit, Theresa May, Nato, Russia, Syria, Iran, Merkel, travel restrictions for Europeans, his Twitter, Jared Kushner and Camp David. It was on the front page not just of The Times and Bild, but also The Sun, Telegraph, Guardian, BBC News and MailOnline. Think his editor will be happy.

Marine Le Pen in Trump Tower

The new world order?

h/t @srl

CNN Dumps on Buzzfeed

CNN has condemned Buzzfeed for publishing the unverified Trump dossier and spoiling their more careful reporting of allegations against the President-Elect:

“CNN’s decision to publish carefully sourced reporting about the operations of our government is vastly different than Buzzfeed’s decision to publish unsubstantiated memos. The Trump team knows this. They are using Buzzfeed’s decision to deflect from CNN’s reporting, which has been matched by the other major news organizations.

We are fully confident in our reporting. It represents the core of what the First Amendment protects, informing the people of the inner workings of their government; in this case, briefing materials prepared for President Obama and President-elect Trump last week.

We made it clear that we were not publishing any of the details of the 35-page document because we have not corroborated the report’s allegations. Given that members of the Trump transition team have so vocally criticized our reporting, we encourage them to identify, specifically, what they believe to be inaccurate.”

Big fight between two liberal media outlets, even more pressure on Buzzfeed’s decision to publish now…

UPDATE:

Trump: BuzzFeed is a Failing Pile of Garbage

The President-Elect says BuzzFeed “is a failing pile of garbage”, then refuses to take a question from CNN because: “You are fake news.”

And responds to the Beeb: “BBC? That’s another beauty.”

Trump: “I’m a Germaphobe”

President-Elect Trump gives a detailed denial of golden shower-gate, explaining: “I’m very much of a germaphobe”. TV gold.

BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief “Doubts the Allegations”

BuzzFeed have stuck their neck out publishing what they admit are unverified allegations about Trump in Russia. Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith emailed staff to explain this extra-ordinary departure from the usual journalistic norms:

From: Ben Smith

As you have probably seen. this evening we published a secret dossier making explosive and unverified allegations about Donald Trump and Russia. I wanted to briefly explain to you how we made the decision to publish it.

We published the dossier, which Ken Bensinger obtained through his characteristically ferocious reporting, so that, as we wrote, “Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.”

Our presumption is to be transparent in our journalism and to share what we have with our readers. We have always erred on the side of publishing. In this case, the document was in wide circulation at the highest levels of American government and media. It seems to lie behind a set of vague allegations from the Senate Majority Leader to the director of the FBI and a report that intelligence agencies have delivered to the president and president-elect.

As we noted in our story, there is serious reason to doubt the allegations. We have been chasing specific claims in this document for weeks, and will continue to.

Publishing this document was not an easy or simple call, and people of good will may disagree with our choice. But publishing this dossier reflects how we see the job of reporters in 2017.

Ben

Ben actually disses his own story, which they have been unable to stand up. Would the New York Times have published this – no. Would Guido have published it? Possibly, if we thought the source was credible enough. Imagine if we published a story about a union leader consorting with a prostitute based on widely circulating rumours and off the record briefings, naming no names and getting no affidavits or pictures. Would that be credible?

Trump’s Golden Shower Gate

What a leak this is. BuzzFeed has published an unverified document it says was shown by US intelligence to Trump and Obama about the President-Elect’s links to the Russians. Here’s the bit everyone will be talking about: the claim the Russian security services caught Trump enjoying golden showers from prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room. Wikileaks have spared us by not releasing the video…

May on Trump’s “Grab Them By the Pussy”

The moment of the first Ridge on Sunday as Sophy reads out Donald Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” quote to Theresa May, who says it was “unacceptable”.[…] Read the rest

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