Today in Trump Watch: Andrew Puzder Withdraws as a Labor Secretary Nominee
With everything that is going down in the world today thanks to our newest President, we thought it would be prudent for us to do a daily weekday roundup of what is all going on within the Trump administration and beyond.
Here are the latest headlines:
Andrew Puzder has withdrawn as President Donald Trump’s choice for labor secretary, a source close to Puzder and a senior administration official said.
The decision came as Senate Republicans told the White House he was losing support, a senior GOP source said, adding there were four firm Republican no votes and possibly up to 12.
Puzder needs at least 50 votes to pass with the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Mike Pence, and Republicans only hold control of 52 seats.
Puzder, the CEO of the company that owns the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. fast food chains, has faced fierce opposition mostly from Democrats in part related to his position on labor issues as well as the fact that he employed an undocumented housekeeper.
Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials. [NYT]
Twenty House Democrats led by Rep. David Cicilline have called for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs to investigate National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s affairs with Russia in a letter to Chairman Ed Royce. [Towleroad]
Kellyanne Conway has an on-air credibility crisis. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday, co-anchor Mika Brzezinski declared that she “will not interview her. t’s giving people dishonesty, it’s not worth the interview,” she said, as co-host Joe Scarborough added, “She goes out and lies, and you find out about those lies a couple hours later.” [Politico]
By a 57-43 margin, the Republican-led Senate voted Wednesday to repeal an Obama-era regulation designed to block certain mentally ill people from purchasing firearms. The vote, which approves a House resolution passed earlier this month, now sends the measure to the White House for President Trump’s signature. [NPR]
President Donald Trump told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday that the US is going to push for a peace deal with the Palestinians and asked Israel “to hold back” on settlement construction. [CNN]
Plus, the Pentagon boss gives NATO spending ultimatum:
If all of this is just to much to handle, then enjoy this:
One did it on the red carpet, while the other did it from the front row. Madonna , Kylie Jenner , Tyga Paris Hilton , Nicky Hilton , Shay Mitchell , Tiffany Trump and a slew of other celebrities attended the Philipp Plein collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at New York Public Library yesterday (Feb.