WASHINGTON â The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST):
The White House is disputing a report that President Donald Trump was unaware of a U.S.-Russia nuclear treaty during a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Spokesman Sean Spicer says Trump paused during the call because he was âseeking an opinionâ from advisers. Reuters reported that Trump had stopped to ask aides what the New START treaty was.
Spicer told reporters Trump is aware of the treaty that was forged during the previous administration. As a candidate, Trump was critical of the agreement, which set new, lower caps on the number of nuclear warheads each country can have.
Spicer said the president finds it âconcerningâ that details of his conversations with world leaders have been leaked to the press.
Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal says Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch encouraged him to go public with the judgeâs criticism of President Donald Trumpâs comments attacking federal judges.
The Democratic senator tells The Associated Press in an interview that Gorsuch called Trumpâs attacks demoralizing and disheartening during a private meeting and said the lawmaker should feel free to quote him.
Blumenthal says Gorsuch told him, âYou can repeat that. You can quote me.â
Trump tweeted Thursday that Blumenthal had misrepresented Gorsuchâs comments and criticized Blumenthal for past statements that he served in Vietnam. Blumenthal was in the Marine Corps Reserves at the time but did not fight in Vietnam.
Blumenthal says Trumpâs attacks are âway bigger than me or even Judge Gorsuchâs nominationâ and go to the core issue of judicial independence.
House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz says White House counselor Kellyanne Conwayâs promotion of Ivanka Trumpâs fashion brand was âwrong, wrong, wrong, clearly over the line, unacceptable.â
The Republican congressman said the White House must refer the matter to the Office of Government Ethics for review. He said he and Democratic Oversight Leader Elijah Cummings are writing a letter to the office and he will also write to President Donald Trump about the matter.
âIt needs to be dealt with,â he told The Associated Press. âThereâs no ifs, ands or buts about it.â
Chaffetz was referring to Conwayâs Thursday interview with Fox News in which she boasted she was giving the presidentâs daughter âa free commercial hereâ and urged viewers to âGo buy Ivankaâs stuff.â
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Conway has been âcounseled.â Chaffetz said that isnât enough.
A spokesman for the White House says that comments by President Donald Trumpâs nominee for the Supreme Court were taken out of context.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer was addressing comments by Judge Neil Gorsuch calling Trumpâs recent criticism of federal judges âdisheartening.â The judges had angered Trump by pushing back against his immigration ban.
Citing former Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who is helping with Gorsuchâs confirmation, Spicer said Gorsuch was commenting in general about attacks on the judiciary.
He said that Gorsuch was âasked about his general philosophy.â
Gorsuchâs confirmation staff and three senators have confirmed the remarks.
A White House spokesman says top adviser Kellyanne Conway has been âcounseledâ after she urged people to buy Ivanka Trump products during an interview on Fox News.
Sean Spicer says: âSheâs been counseled, and thatâs all weâre going to say.â
Conway spoke on Fox News Thursday morning from the White House briefing room. She encouraged people to âgo buy Ivankaâs stuff.â She made the comments a day after Trump attacked Nordstrom on Twitter for dropping his daughterâs fashion line.
While Trump himself is not subject to the standards of ethical conduct for federal employees, Conway is. Among the rules: An employee shall not use his or her office âfor the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise.â
President Donald Trump is having dinner at the White House Thursday night with one of his biggest financial backers, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.
Thatâs according to two people with direct knowledge of the dinner, which was first reported by The Washington Post.
Adelson and his wife, Miriam, contributed more than $20 million to a super PAC that aired pro-Trump and anti-Hillary Clinton advertising in the final weeks before Election Day.
The couple are close with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. They received prime seats for Trumpâs swearing-in last month and â in a highly unusual bit of access â also attended a congressional lunch afterward with the new president and lawmakers.
Trumpâs relationship with Adelson was late-blooming. During the Republican primary race, Trump ridiculed his opponents for being puppets of Adelson.
-By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Pace
President Donald Trump has summoned 10 senators to the White House to urge them to confirm his Supreme Court nominee.
Trump is meeting at the White House with both Republicans and Democrats, and telling them Judge Neil Gorsuch is âexceptionally qualifiedâ and has âgreat intellect.â
The president also is repeating his assertion that comments Gorsuch made appearing to distance himself from Trump were â in Trumpâs word â âmisrepresented.â
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says Gorsuch told him that Trumpâs critical comments about a judge who ruled against his refugee and immigration ban were âdemoralizingâ and âdisheartening.â
Former New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, whoâs working with Gorsuch on the confirmation process, later said Gorsuch was speaking broadly about any criticism of judicial independence, and not about a specific case.
Democrats are accusing Judge Neil Gorsuch of engaging in a White House âruseâ by criticizing President Donald Trumpâs attacks on the courts.
Gorsuch has told Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and others that he found Trumpâs criticism of a federal judge âdisheartening and demoralizing.â
But the Democratic National Committee calls it âa meaningless White House-orchestrated attemptâ to help the Supreme Court nominee âpretend he wonât be a rubber stampâ for the administration.
And Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says Gorsuch is only showing âa desire to appear independent.â
Trump has disputed Blumenthalâs characterization of Gorsuchâs remarks, even as Gorsuchâs White House-appointed handlers confirmed them.
Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer says secretary of labor nominee Andrew Puzder should withdraw his name from consideration for the Cabinet post.
Schumer tells reporters that Puzderâs record as CEO of fast food empire CKE Restaurants Inc. disqualifies him from advocating for workers as the head of the Labor Department.
Senate Democrats have come forward with another former employee of Puzderâs company who says she was mistreated. Puzder has said heâs committed to becoming a member of President Donald Trumpâs Cabinet.
Puzder took another step toward confirmation this week by submitting required ethics forms to the Senate ahead of his Feb. 16 hearing.
He says heâll avoid conflicts of interest by divesting from more than 200 companies if heâs confirmed. President Donald Trump has not divested from his business empire.
President Donald Trump will host Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House on Monday.
The White House says the leaders will discuss âstrengthening the relationshipâ between their countries.
Trump has said he wants to discuss his wish to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement, which involves the United States, Canada and Mexico. Trump has said NAFTA puts U.S. workers at a disadvantage.
Trumpâs refugee and immigration ban may also come up in the discussions with Trudeau.
After Trump signed the executive order pausing all entries to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority nations, Trudeau tweeted that Canada welcomed people fleeing persecution, terrorism and war.
Trudeau said âdiversity is our strength.â
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says President Donald Trumpâs Supreme Court nominee told him and another senator that he was âdisheartenedâ by Trumpâs denigration of federal judges.
The New York Democrat says Neil Gorsuch made the remark when they met privately Tuesday. It is remarkable for a presidentâs nominee to chide him.
On Wednesday, Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Gorsuch told him Trumpâs criticisms of the judiciary were âdemoralizing and disheartening.â
That comment was confirmed by aides helping Gorsuch win Senate confirmation.
Trump tweeted Thursday that Blumenthal âmisrepresentsâ what Gorsuch said. Trump offered no reason for his claim.
Schumer also says Gorsuch told Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse (sas) that he was disheartened.
Sasse spokesman James Wegmann confirms that Gorsuch told the senator that Trumpâs comments were âdisheartening.â
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is defending Ivanka Trumpâs fashion company.
Conway tells Fox News that Trump is a âsuccessful businesswomanâ and people should give the company their business.
President Donald Trump launched a Twitter attack against Nordstrom on Wednesday after the Seattle-based retailer dropped his daughterâs clothing and accessory line. Trump says his daughter has been treated âso unfairly.â
The tweet drew swift criticism from ethics experts.
Trump has tweeted about companies such as Boeing, Carrier and General Motors. But ethics experts say this time is different because it involves a business run by his daughter â and that raises conflict-of-interest concerns.
President Donald Trump is going after Republican Sen. John McCain for suggesting that last weekâs U.S. raid in Yemen wasnât a success.
Trump tweeted Thursday that McCain âshould not be talking about the success or failure of a mission to the media. Only emboldens the enemy!â
He added that McCain has âbeen losing so long he doesnât know how to win anymore, just look at the mess our country is in â bogged down in conflict all over the place.â
McCain is a Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war who lost the 2008 presidential election to President Barack Obama. The Arizona senator won re-election in November.
McCain said Wednesday that any operation where a $75 million airplane is lost, a Navy SEAL is killed, and there are multiple casualties, including women and children, âcannot be labeled a success.â
An adviser to President Donald Trump says the president is âfully confidentâ in his Supreme Court nominee.
Kellyanne Conway said Thursday on âFox and Friendsâ that Trump wants judges âto express their own independence,â after his extended criticism of the judiciary prompted a rebuke from Judge Neil Gorsuch, his pick for the Supreme Court.
Conway echoed comments made earlier by Trump, casting doubt on the credibility of Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who first relayed remarks Gorsuch that Trumpâs criticism of the judiciary is âdemoralizing and disheartening.â
Trumpâs own confirmation team for Gorsuch later confirmed the comments.
Conway said that âthe judge has been misrepresented.â
She said, âBlumenthal has had a credibility problemâ after inaccurately saying heâd served in Vietnam. Blumenthal apologized for his misstatements in 2010
A Republican former senator confirms comments by the presidentâs Supreme Court nominee, though the president suggests those comments were misrepresented.
President Donald Trump attacked a Democratic senator early Thursday. Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal had said judge Neil Gorsuch told him during a meeting that he found Trumpâs disparagement of the judiciary âdemoralizing and disheartening.â
GOP former Sen. Kelly Ayotte is helping with Gorsuchâs confirmation and was at the meeting.
She issued a statement saying Gorsuch made clear he was not referring to any specific case. But she said the nominee said he finds any criticism of a judgeâs integrity and independence to be âdisheartening and demoralizing.â
Trump tweeted Thursday that Blumenthal âmisrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?â
President Donald Trump suggests a Democratic senator misrepresented his Supreme Court nominee when the senator said the judge criticized Trumpâs recent disparagement of the judiciary.
Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Wednesday that Judge Neil Gorsuch told him Trumpâs comments were âdemoralizing and disheartening.â Trumpâs own confirmation team for Gorsuch confirmed those comments.
But Trump tweeted Thursday, âRichard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie), now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?â
Blumenthal faced criticism in the past for saying he had served in Vietnam. Blumenthal served in the Marine Corps Reserves during Vietnam. He apologized in 2010, saying he regretted his misstatements.
President Donald Trumpâs extended criticism of the judiciary has prompted a rebuke from his nominee for the Supreme Court, who told a senator the presidentâs comments were âdemoralizing and disheartening.â
Judge Neil Gorsuch, who was nominated by Trump to the nationâs high court last week, made the comments Wednesday after Trump accused an appellate court considering his immigration and refugee executive order of being âso political.â During the weekend, the president labeled a judge who ruled on his executive order a âso-called judgeâ and referred to the ruling as âridiculous.â
Gorsuchâs comments came at the end of his first full week of meetings in the Senate, which is considering his nomination.
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