WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said he is considering commuting former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's prison sentence.Trump made the statements to reporters on board Air Force One, after he announced he planned to pardon conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud. The Democratic former governor is in the middle of a 14-year federal prison term for convictions on bribery and corruption charges. He has claimed the charges and sentence were unjust.Trump told reporters he felt Blagojevich's sentence was too long for having said something "stupid."RELATED: Tom Bossert and other notable firings, resignations under the Trump administrationBlagojevich began serving his sentence in 2012. His scheduled release date is 2024.According to a source familiar with the process, Blagojevich's legal team is expected to file a motion for a pardon next week, encouraged by the president's "pardoning mood."The former governor's wife, Patti Blagojevich, … [Read more...] about Pres. Trump says he’s considering pardoning Martha Stewart, clemency for ex-Illinois Gov. Blagojevich
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Page 1 Created with Sketch. With Andrew Ross Sorkin Supported by MAY 14, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story Good Monday morning. On the calendar: Upfront Week, where the traditional TV industry is still grappling with its advertising problem. (But hey, NBC picked up “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”) Some links require subscriptions.Inside Trump’s call to save ZTEPresident Trump surprised many when he called on the Commerce Department to lift sales penalties that the Chinese telecom equipment maker said had threatened its existence. His tweet yesterday came before a top Chinese economic adviser, Liu He, arrives in Washington to continue trade talks.Now Washington is wondering: Is Mr. Trump trying to ease tensions with Beijing and perhaps score some unspecified concessions? And which faction is winning Mr. Trump’s war on trade?The ZTE primer: The administration has … [Read more...] about DealBook Briefing: What Does Trump Hope to Gain by Saving ZTE?
By Maeve McDermott, USA Today Coming off their opulent first state dinnerTuesday, President Donald Trump has something more low-key planned for first lady Melania Trump's 48th birthday. While calling in to “Fox & Friends” on Thursday morning, the president spoke about his wife's birthday and how they're planning to celebrate. » Sean Spicer unveils Melania Trump wax figure at NYC Madame Tussauds “I better not get into that because I may get in trouble," he said. "Maybe I didn’t get her so much. I got her a beautiful card; you know I'm very busy to be running out looking for presents. I got her a beautiful card and some beautiful flowers." "And she did a fantastic job with France," he said. "The people of France were just spellbound by their great president who just left." … [Read more...] about Trump says he’s too busy to get wife a birthday present: ‘I got her a beautiful card’
Updated 1:43 pm, Thursday, April 26, 2018 Photo: Seth Wenig, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, then-President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. Trump is tweeting his thanks to rap superstar Kanye West for his recent online support. Trump wrote, “Thank you Kanye, very cool!” in response to the tweets from West, who called the president “my brother.” West tweeted a number of times Wednesday expressing his admiration for Trump, saying they both share “dragon energy.” The rap star also posted a photo of himself wearing Trump’s campaign “Make America Great Again” hat. less FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, then-President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. Trump is tweeting his … [Read more...] about Trump says rapper Kanye West has ‘good taste’ for liking him
President Trump warned Wednesday that U.S. airstrikes on Syria “will be coming” in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack, although he did not say when, and he taunted Syrian ally Russia for a pledge to shoot down American missiles. Both the United States and Russia escalated a war of words over claims of indiscriminate attacks on civilians in Syria, raising the possibility of open military conflict between the old Cold War adversaries. “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to missile strikes that have appeared likely since the weekend deaths of more than 40 Syrian civilians, including children. It was the first explicit U.S. statement that a military response is in the offing, and it marked a turnabout for a president who ridiculed his predecessor, Barack Obama, for allegedly telegraphing military strategy. By … [Read more...] about Trump says missiles ‘will be coming’ to Syria, taunts Russia for vowing to block them