Ukrainian President Zelensky ‘ready’ for next call with President Trump

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during talks with journalists in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky said he’s ready for his next phone call with President Trump. During an interview with CNN Friday, he stated he’s willing to speak with the United States President again if it will help Ukraine.

Zelensky’s’ phone call with President Trump last year was at the center of the impeachment probe after a whistle-blower alleged the U.S. president of pressuring Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, left, walks after inauguration ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, May 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

However, Zelensky denied this and thanked everyone in America for supporting Ukraine.

“If this way will help Ukraine I am ready for next call with Mr. Trump…” stated the Ukrainian president. “…I want to thank you guys and thank everybody and thank USA and just ordinary American people, first of all, for support of Ukraine.”

Zelensky said he’s trying to set up a White House meeting, which he wants to be special with positive outcomes for both countries.

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President Trump highlights alleged wrongdoing by Andrew McCabe

FILE – In this June 7, 2017, file photo, then FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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President Trump highlighted alleged wrongdoing by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe amid the DOJ’s decision to not bring charges against him.

The 2018 Inspector General report confirmed McCabe leaked information to the Wall Street Journal regarding the Clinton probe.

The president tweeted Saturday noting the Department’s report found the former FBI official misled investigators over his role in disclosures to the media and lacked candor on four separate occasions.

He also pointed out McCabe authorized leaks to advance his own personal interests and the Inspector General recommended he be fired.

This came after the DOJ informed McCabe this week its investigation into the former official is over.

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President Trump endorses Claudia Tenney for Congress

FILE – In this June 10, 2015, file photo, former assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, R-NY, speaks during a news conference at the Capitol, in Albany, N.Y. Tenney faces Democratic New York State Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi in the state’s 22nd Congressional District. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

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The president has announced his support for former Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.). President Trump endorsed Tenney on Twitter, commending her on her past in Congress.

The Republican congressional candidate quickly responded by saying she was honored to have the president’s support and that Upstate New York is excited to join him in the “great American comeback.”

Tenney got her political start in 2002 by representing New York State Assemblyman David Townsend as his legal council and chief of staff. She went on to win the 2016 election, serving in Congress until she was unseated in 2018.

As a small business owner and military mother, Tenney is running on a conservative platform that opposes unnecessary taxation while supporting active and retired military.

“Republicans and Democrats…all across Central New York get up and fight for their families, for their jobs,” stated the congressional candidate. “That’s who I’ll fight for in Congress.”

FILE – In this Feb. 25, 2019 file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a bill signing ceremony in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Tenney is a vocal advocate for the Second Amendment and was the first to introduce a bill to repeal New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s restrictive Safe Act. If she wins the Republican primary, she will face off in a rematch with Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.), who edged her out by less than two percent.

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Schwarzenegger thanks President Trump for combating homelessness

U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Dr. Ben Carson participates in a roundtable discussion at Stella apartment homes in Granville, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 in San Diego, Calif. (Howard Lipin/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

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The president thanked former Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for acknowledging his efforts to combat homelessness. Taking to Twitter Friday, President Trump said it was “very nice” of to Schwarzenegger to extend his gratitude.

This came after the former Golden State governor said he wanted to thank the president, even though they have disagreements.

Carson attended the event, where he called for stronger housing policies.

“The health of a community starts at home. The home is the basis of the community, and the community is the basis of the nation. If we want to have a strong and fair nation, then we have to have strong and fair policies.”

Ben Carson, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

In the meantime, the latest Federal Report showed the number of residents suffering from homelessness in California grew by a little over 16 percent, or 21,000 people, last year.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson as he arrives to speak at the North Carolina Opportunity Now Summit, at Central Piedmont Community College, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Trump endorses Beth Van Duyne for Congress

Photo of Beth Van Duyne via official campaign website.

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President Trump is throwing his support behind Beth Van Duyne for Congress. The president posted on Twitter that Van Duyne has his full endorsement for Congress. He said she is a “strong conservative who supports border security (and) loves our military.”

He added she has done “great things as Mayor of Irving, Texas, and with my administration.”

The former mayor quickly responded by saying the president wants people in office who are going to work for the American people.

“He’s not looking for politicians, he’s looking for people who are able to bring solutions to the table and get things done,” she said. “I was very proud to be able to get his support yesterday.”

Van Duyne set out on her political career in 2004 as a city council member for the Dallas suburb of Irving. Six years later, she was elected as the city’s first female mayor.

In 2017, the president appointed her to be the Regional Director of U.S. Housing and Urban Development.

If elected, Van Duyne said she will work to stop drug cartels from finding a safe haven in sanctuary cities and secure the nation’s borders. She said these efforts have attributed to her city’s record low crime rates.

“What happened in our city of Irving is our crime rate plummeted,” she said. “We had the lowest crime rate in our city’s history, and that lasted for nine years.”

Along with border security, the former mayor and mother of two has promised to work with the president to promote economic opportunity for Americans and fight human trafficking.

Others vying for the state’s 24th district seat included former Green Beret Desi Maes, two realtors and a property manager. The Texas primary election is set to take place on March 3rd.

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President Trump: ‘Sen. Manchin was a puppet for Schumer, Pelosi during impeachment hoax’

FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with reporters after President Donald Trump was acquitted in an impeachment trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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President Trump said he was very surprised about Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va.) vote for conviction during the impeachment trial. In a string of tweets, the president said Manchin voted against him in the Democrats’ “totally partisan impeachment hoax.”

He added that “no president has done more for the great people of West Virginia than me.”

The president went on to say “every Republican, except Romney,…voted against impeachment.” He then took a jab at Manchin by saying “he was just a puppet for Schumer and Pelosi.”

This came after Manchin said he would consider endorsing President Trump for reelection. On Thursday, the senator emphasized “everybody can change” and that he’s “not ruling anything out.”

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with reporters after President Donald Trump was acquitted in an impeachment trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

This seeming reversal of opinion left many scratching their heads following his vote for conviction just weeks earlier.

“Over the duration of this trial, I have listened carefully,” Manchin previously stated. “The House managers have presented a strong case, showing what the president did was wrong.”

Manchin has been known to be a leader in the Senate and often crossed party lines to vote for what he believes is right. He’s even used his swing vote in critical situations to help push conservative issues, such as the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.

However, this new reversal has many questioning his belief system.

He has called this switch “the most difficult and serious decision any senator could face.” He also voted to pass the controversial War Powers bill this week, which would limited President Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran.

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Pelosi backs President Trump’s warnings on Huawei

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, speaks on the first day of the 56th Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb.14, 2020. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)

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On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged foreign nations to completely cut ties with Chinese telecom giant Huawei. At a security conference in Germany, Pelosi stated that choosing to do business with the company is essentially choosing autocracy over democracy.

Pelosi noted that Huawei is becoming more dangerous than ever as it builds its 5G network, which could bring in new business partners. She encouraged the international community to come together to create alternatives to the company.

“If you want to build a collective conscience of values and respect for human rights, don’t go Huawei,” she said. “Instead, let’s internationalize, build something together that will be about freedom of information.”

On Thursday, the U.S. filed new charges against Huawei, including the company’s alleged theft of trade secrets from U.S.-based companies.

Officials said the company’s successful efforts to steal trade secrets and technology gave it a “significant and unfair competitive advantage.” This comes just days after officials said Huawei has covert access to mobile phone networks.

FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, the logos of Huawei are displayed at its retail shop window reflecting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

Meanwhile, the deadline for U.S. businesses to cut ties with the Chinese tech company has been delayed for the fourth time. Earlier on Thursday, the Trump administration granted Huawei a temporary license to continue working with American companies for another 45 days.

The Commerce Department said a number of rural broadband carriers rely on the tech company.

Huawei was blacklisted by the administration last May after it was deemed a national security risk. The company has responded to these allegations by accusing the Justice Department of attempting to “irrevocably damage Huawei’s reputation” and business.

“The U.S. Department of Justice’s new charges against Huawei are part of this campaign, this is political persecution, plain and simple,” read their latest statement.

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Tom Ridge says Trump’s Ukraine call left him ‘disappointed and troubled,’ says he won’t back president in 2020

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President Trump abused the power of his office by asking the leader of Ukraine to investigate Democrat Joe Biden, the nation’s first homeland security secretary said Tuesday.

Tom Ridge, who led the Department of Homeland Security from its creation in 2003 until February 2005, made the remarks in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania capital, just a short distance from where Trump addressed a rally in Hershey later in the day.

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“I am disappointed and troubled by the very fact that my president – and he is my president – would ask a foreign leader of a troubled country who’s been besieged by an enemy of the United States, to do him a political favor,” Ridge said at a renewable energy event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Conservative Energy Forum, PennLive.com reported. “As far as I’m concerned, it is abuse of power.”

Ridge, now 74, was a Republican governor of Pennsylvania from 1995 until 2001, when he resigned soon after taking the job of homeland security adviser to former President George W. Bush soon after the terror attacks of Sept. 11. The adviser job eventually evolved into the Cabinet-level position it remains today.

Tom Ridge was the inaugural secretary of Homeland Security under former President George W. Bush. (Associated Press)

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He made it clear that he won’t support Trump in 2020 and has said previously that he didn’t support Trump in 2016. He said his 2020 choice will be whichever candidate can bring “experience and demeanor and global perspective” to the job, when Republican or Democrat.

But he won’t publicly endorse a Democrat, he added.

“I’m going to wait and see what the Democrats do before I make my final decision,” he told PennLive. “People know how I feel about Trump so obviously I will be looking for an alternative. If not, as I’ve said to folks before, I wrote in the names of two Republican governors before because I love govs.”

Ridge added that he thinks Trump’s handling of foreign policy has allowed other countries to assert their own agendas, particularly Russia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin “has got to be one of the happiest world leaders,” Ridge said.

“Even in his wildest imagination he never imagined when he played in our election in 2016, and he’s playing with it in 2019 and 2020, that he would have four years of incredible political destabilization because of what he did and he’ll keep doing it.”

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Pierce Bush, grandson of George H.W. Bush, launches congressional bid in Texas

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A grandson of the late President George H.W. Bush launched a congressional bid Monday in Texas, while aligning himself with President Trump to jump into a crowded Republican field for the suburban Houston seat.

Pierce Bush, currently the CEO of the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Texas affiliate, told reporters he planned to talk up his nonprofit work, not his family name, in his bid to replace retiring GOP Rep. Pete Olson, NPR reported.

Bush, 33, is set to join one of the most crowded congressional races in the 2020 election. At least 14 other Republicans have been vying for Olson’s seat, which Democrats nearly flipped in 2018 and were targeting again.

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“This is not about my family. This is about the families of the 22nd Congressional District,” Bush said.

Former President George H. W. Bush leaving the field with the help of Pierce Bush, left, his grandson, before the a college football game in Houston, in 2009. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel, File)

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In his announcement video, he said the nation has been on the “brink of losing a generation to an idea that socialism and free stuff are the answers for their future.”

In an interview with The Associated Press, Bush, who has not lived in the district he was hoping to represent, backed Trump’s policies.

“When you look at the alternative first of all, how can you be anything but a supporter of the president’s policies?” he said. “I look forward to being a partner in Washington, and speaking of course with my own voice, but supporting the president’s agenda.”

One of his GOP rivals, former Border Patrol agent Greg Hill, said he had “strong doubts about any candidate who would try to parachute into our district and buy this seat.”

Bush, whose father is Texas businessman Neil Bush, didn’t mention Trump in his announcement. The president has had a fraught history with the Bush family at best.

In the book “The Last Republicans,” the 41st president said of Trump, “I don’t like him,” before famously calling him a “blowhard.” He also said he voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

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Trump mocked former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during the 2016 presidential campaign, calling him “low energy.” During a visit to Texas earlier this year, he introduced George P. Bush, a Texas land commissioner, as “the only Bush that likes me.”

While discussing Trump, Pierce Bush criticized the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against the president, calling it “an attack-at-all-costs politics.”

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