Report: White House ‘concerned’ by U.K. decision to work with Huawei

FILE – In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, attendees walk past a display for 5G services from Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

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UPDATED 7:37 PM PT — Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The White House is reportedly concerned by the U.K.’s recent decision to work with Chinese telecom giant Huawei. On Wednesday, Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said the administration is disappointed in British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his decision.

Gidley added while Huawei is a security risk, the U.S. will try to cooperate with Britain to keep the countries’ relationship strong.

“It’s going to make it more difficult for us to share information at the highest levels if Huawei is involved (because) we are concerned with the security risks involved,” he said. “But as we also said, that because we have such a good relationship, we’ll make it work some way.”

Recent reports said the U.S. is considering new restrictions on China, which would make it harder for Huawei to import U.S. technology.

FILE – In this file photo dated Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves at the media as he leaves 10 Downing Street in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

This came after mainland China claimed the British prime minister supported its international trade scheme known as the Belt and Road Initiative. According to Chinese state media, Johnson praised Beijing and committed to joining the initiative during a phone call with President Xi Jinping on Wednesday.

However, 10 Downing Street has released a readout of the call that makes no mention of the controversial program. Critics have said China is using Belt and Road to gain economic and political influence in smaller countries by driving them deeper into debt.

China’s ambassador to the U.K. said Johnson and President Jinping only had a vague discussion of mutual trade.

“We know that once the U.K. leaves the EU, you will have a new free trade agreement with China, and we’re open to that,” stated Liu Xiaoming.

RELATED: U.S. Accuses Huawei Of Stealing Trade Secrets, Assisting Iran

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Top White House official: Bloomberg abused “stop-and-frisk”

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks to supporters during his visit in Greensboro, N.C., on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Khadejeh Nikouyeh/News & Record via AP)

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UPDATED 5:27 PM PT — Sunday, February 16, 2020

A top White House official said Michael Bloomberg abused the “stop-and-frisk” policy during his years as New York City’s mayor. Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short said in an interview Sunday, “stop-and-frisk” was enforced fairly under Bloomberg’s predecessor Rudy Giuliani.

However, Short said under Mayor Bloomberg, the number of arrests of African-Americans significantly increased. This came after President Trump criticized Bloomberg for his version of “stop and frisk,” despite supporting the policy in general.

Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian associate of Rudy Giuliani who is awaiting trial on charges that he made illegal campaign contribution, walks out of federal court, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mariela Lombard)

Short claimed Bloomberg took the policy to the extreme.

“The president has said under Rudy Giuliani he thought ‘stop and frisk’ was applied legitimately.” stated Short.

Bloomberg has repeatedly apologized for alleged racial profiling as part of “stop and frisk,” but he insists the policy helped bring down crime rates in New York.

RELATED: President Trump: Bloomberg Is A Mass Of Dead Energy

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White House officials do not trust China’s reporting on coronavirus infection

A worker wearing a protective suit gestures to a driver outside a tumor hospital newly designated to treat COVID-19 patients in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Chinatopix via AP)

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UPDATED 11:47 AM PT — Sunday, February 16, 2020

White House officials appeared to have suspicions about the accuracy of China’s reporting of coronavirus cases. According to a report Saturday, the U.S. did not have high confidence in the information coming from China regarding the number of those affected by the disease.

This came as a number of officials have expressed doubt that China is being fully transparent, including White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a tv news interview at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Last week, Kudlow addressed ongoing concerns following a change in China’s measuring criteria, which added 15,000 cases in a single day.

“We thought there was better transparency coming out of China, but it doesn’t appear to be,” stated the economic advisor. “It’s the great unknown and I wish we did know more because, you know, this should not be about politics or for that matter, trade.”

Chinese officials said the number of new cases are dropping overall.

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Kudlow: White House is disappointed with China’s response to coronavirus outbreak

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a TV news interview at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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UPDATED 1:30 PM PT — Thursday, February 13, 2020

White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow is criticizing China over its response to the coronavirus outbreak. On Thursday, Kudlow said Beijing has not been telling the whole truth about the scale and likely economic effects of the virus.

“Is the Politburo really being honest with us?” he asked. “We thought there was going to be more transparency, but we’re a bit disappointed.”

The adviser went on to say China’s behavior is adding uncertainty to its trade relations with the U.S.

“We will feel some of the problems over in China, but it’s still quite minimal,” he said. “A couple of tenths of one percent, that’s our estimate.”

Kudlow said although the virus has been “contained” in the U.S., China must explain what’s going on within its own borders to minimize both the economic and health risks going forward.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, workers produce face masks in the workshop of a textile company in Jimo District of Qingdao in eastern China’s Shandong Province on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (Liang Xiaopeng/Xinhua via AP)

Meanwhile, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar confirmed two new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday. During his testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, Azar said the people identified as the 14th and 15th cases of the virus both traveled from Wuhan, China, and are currently under quarantine.

The secretary also said the CDC will be working with local health officials to test for the disease, which scientists have named ‘COVID-19.’

“The CDC has begun working with health departments in five cities…to begin testing individuals with flu-like symptoms for the China coronavirus,” he said. “Many questions about the virus remain, and this effort will help see whether there is broader spread than we have been able to detect so far.”

Secretary Azar also defended the president’s proposed 2021 budget. He said it prioritizes funding for the CDC’s infectious diseases programs, which will aid in preparedness for other potential viral outbreaks.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar prepares to testify about President Donald Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2021, as he appears before the Senate Finance Committee to discuss health care issues, including the coronavirus, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Kudlow: White House is disappointed with China’s response to coronavirus outbreak

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a TV news interview at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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UPDATED 1:30 PM PT — Thursday, February 13, 2020

White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow is criticizing China over its response to the coronavirus outbreak. On Thursday, Kudlow said Beijing has not been telling the whole truth about the scale and likely economic effects of the virus.

“Is the Politburo really being honest with us?” he asked. “We thought there was going to be more transparency, but we’re a bit disappointed.”

The adviser went on to say China’s behavior is adding uncertainty to its trade relations with the U.S.

“We will feel some of the problems over in China, but it’s still quite minimal,” he said. “A couple of tenths of one percent, that’s our estimate.”

Kudlow said although the virus has been “contained” in the U.S., China must explain what’s going on within its own borders to minimize both the economic and health risks going forward.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, workers produce face masks in the workshop of a textile company in Jimo District of Qingdao in eastern China’s Shandong Province on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (Liang Xiaopeng/Xinhua via AP)

Meanwhile, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar confirmed two new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday. During his testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, Azar said the people identified as the 14th and 15th cases of the virus both traveled from Wuhan, China, and are currently under quarantine.

The secretary also said the CDC will be working with local health officials to test for the disease, which scientists have named ‘COVID-19.’

“The CDC has begun working with health departments in five cities…to begin testing individuals with flu-like symptoms for the China coronavirus,” he said. “Many questions about the virus remain, and this effort will help see whether there is broader spread than we have been able to detect so far.”

Secretary Azar also defended the president’s proposed 2021 budget. He said it prioritizes funding for the CDC’s infectious diseases programs, which will aid in preparedness for other potential viral outbreaks.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar prepares to testify about President Donald Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2021, as he appears before the Senate Finance Committee to discuss health care issues, including the coronavirus, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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White House insists Vindman not ousted for political reasons

FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman walks down the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Vindman was escorted out of the White House complex on Friday, Feb. 7, according to his lawyer. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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UPDATED 8:53 AM PT — Thursday, February 13, 2020

Republicans are divided on whether Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman should be punished for testifying against the president during the impeachment inquiry.

On Wednesday, congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said it would not be appropriate for the military to take disciplinary action against Vindman for his testimony. This comes after Vindman and his twin brother were escorted out of the White House and ousted from the National Security Council last week.

“I obviously wasn’t happy with the job he did,” said President Trump. “First of all, he reported a false call that wasn’t what was said on the call…what was said on the call was totally appropriate and I call it a perfect call.”

Vindman’s layer has claimed his client is being punished for speaking out against the president. However, several Trump administration officials have insisted Vindman was only reassigned and have dismissed claims of political motives.

Congressman Thornberry noted that it’s the president’s choice to pick his own cabinet members, but admitted the timing could stir controversy.

File – Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, attends a news conference on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Vindman, who is an activity duty service member, has since returned to the Department of the Army. President Trump said he will leave the decision of Vindman’s career up to the military.

“We sent him on his way to a much different location and the military can handle him any way they want,” he stated. “Gen. (Mark) Milley has him now, I congratulate Gen. Milley.”

Meanwhile, Vindman is expected to take part in the Army War College‘s summer class later this year.

RELATED: O’Brien says Vindmans Were Rotated Out Of Positions As National Security Council Faces Budget Cuts

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White House denies President Trump spoke to Attorney General Barr about Stone sentencing

Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley speaks with members of the press at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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UPDATED 1:34 PM PT — Wednesday, February 12, 2020

White House officials are speaking out on the president’s comments and praising Attorney General Barr for intervening in Roger Stone’s sentencing. On Wednesday, Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley spoke to reporters about the case. This came after all four prosecutors resigned in protest on Tuesday following the DOJ’s decision to change their sentencing recommendations.

Gidley denied that the president spoke to Barr about the case, but added he has the right to do so if he wanted to. The secretary also said he did not know if the president asked the attorney general to investigate anyone at any time. He then dismissed questions regarding the resignation of Stone’s prosecutors.

“Whatever grievance they have, whatever they’re upset about, that’s something you’d have to ask them – I obviously can’t speak for them,” said Gidley. “I can just tell you over here, the president made his thoughts very well known about not just the Mueller investigation, but the sentencing of Roger Stone.”

When asked about a potential pardon for Stone, Gidley said he has not spoken to the president about it.

FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2019 file photo, former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone arrives at Federal Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) agreed with the DOJ’s decision to reduce its recommended prison sentence for Roger Stone. While speaking to reporters, Graham said a seven to nine year sentence proposal for Stone was not appropriate.

He cited a letter from the victim in the case, in which the person explained they didn’t feel threatened by the former political consultant. Graham suggested the existence of the letter should be enough to reduce Stone’s sentence to three or four years.

The senator added he does not think his committee will investigate the DOJ’s decision. He also said he would not call Attorney General William Barr to testify on this matter.

RELATED: President Trump Congratulates Attorney General Barr For ‘Taking Charge’ Of Stone Case

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White House unveils budget proposal for 2021

Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought speaks during a television interview at the White House, Monday, Feb.10, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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UPDATED 1:40 PM PT — Monday, February 10, 2020

The White House has unveiled a $4.8 trillion budget proposal for 2021. The proposal includes $590 billion in non-defense spending and $740.5 billion in defense spending. It also lays out a plan to eliminate the federal budget deficit over the next 15 years.

The White House wants to cut funding next year at the Commerce Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health & Human Services, the Education Department, the USDA, the State Department and the Labor Department.

The proposal also includes several ways to reduce the costs of Medicaid and Medicare, including work requirements. The White House left a blank for a prescription drug pricing plan, which signals an openness to work with Congress.

President Donald Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2021 arrives at the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Trump administration also proposed removing the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to regulate tobacco products as part of the president’s 2021 budget request. It would make the Center for Tobacco Products, which currently oversees regulation, its own independent agency.

The president said the new agency, “would have greater capacity to respond strategically to the growing complexity of new tobacco products.”

Last year, White House Domestic Policy Council head Joe Grogan hinted that the president was looking into the move. He made the following comments on the issue:

“When I was in the Bush administration this conversation started — I said this is a moronic idea. FDA regulates drugs that help people and you balance safety and effectiveness. It regulates devices which help people and you balance whether or not they are safe and effective. This stuff is awful. Tobacco has no redeeming qualities and it shouldn’t be regulated by a health agency like this.

President Trump said the new agency would also oversee the sale and regulation of e-cigarette products.

RELATED: Draft Of 2021 Congressional Budget Shows Trump Admin. Efforts To Cut Wasteful Spending

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White House unveils budget proposal for 2021

Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought speaks during a television interview at the White House, Monday, Feb.10, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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UPDATED 1:40 PM PT — Monday, February 10, 2020

The White House has unveiled a $4.8 trillion budget proposal for 2021. The proposal includes $590 billion in non-defense spending and $740.5 billion in defense spending. It also lays out a plan to eliminate the federal budget deficit over the next 15 years.

The White House wants to cut funding next year at the Commerce Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health & Human Services, the Education Department, the USDA, the State Department and the Labor Department.

The proposal also includes several ways to reduce the costs of Medicaid and Medicare, including work requirements. The White House left a blank for a prescription drug pricing plan, which signals an openness to work with Congress.

President Donald Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2021 arrives at the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Trump administration also proposed removing the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to regulate tobacco products as part of the president’s 2021 budget request. It would make the Center for Tobacco Products, which currently oversees regulation, its own independent agency.

The president said the new agency, “would have greater capacity to respond strategically to the growing complexity of new tobacco products.”

Last year, White House Domestic Policy Council head Joe Grogan hinted that the president was looking into the move. He made the following comments on the issue:

“When I was in the Bush administration this conversation started — I said this is a moronic idea. FDA regulates drugs that help people and you balance safety and effectiveness. It regulates devices which help people and you balance whether or not they are safe and effective. This stuff is awful. Tobacco has no redeeming qualities and it shouldn’t be regulated by a health agency like this.

President Trump said the new agency would also oversee the sale and regulation of e-cigarette products.

RELATED: Draft Of 2021 Congressional Budget Shows Trump Admin. Efforts To Cut Wasteful Spending

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Man outside White House threatens to assassinate President Trump

FILE – This Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, file photo shows the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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UPDATED 12:25 PM PT — Sunday, February 9, 2020

A man threatened to assassinate President Trump on Saturday. It all unfolded at the White House, where 25-year-old Roger Hedgpeth reportedly told a Secret Service officer that he intended to kill the president.

He said he was planning to use a knife, which he had brought with him.

“I am here to assassinate President Donald Trump,” stated Hedgpeth, according to police reports. “I have a knife to do it with.”

After the man was arrested, police found a 3 1/2 inch knife in his possession. Hedgpeth was charged with making threats to do bodily harm.

He has since been taken to a mental health hospital to be evaluated.

President Donald Trump walks to the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman escorted out of the White House

FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman walks down the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Vindman was escorted out of the White House complex on Friday, Feb. 7, according to his lawyer. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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UPDATED 2:45 PM PT — Friday, February 7, 2020

The National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman is no longer an official at the White House. On Friday afternoon, Vindman was escorted out by security and reportedly told his services at the NSC were no longer needed.

“Today, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman was escorted out of the White House, where he has dutifully served his country and his president. There is no question in the mind of any American why this man’s job is over. LTC Vindman was asked to leave for telling the truth.” – Ambassador David Pressman, counsel to Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman

His twin brother Yevgeny, who also worked as a lieutenant colonel for the U.S. Army, was allegedly escorted out at the same time.

Other reports claimed Vindman told his colleagues he would leave the NSC in the coming weeks to take up a position at the Pentagon.

FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2019, file photo National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. Vindman was escorted out of the White House complex on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, according to his lawyer. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Vindman testified against the president during the impeachment trial. There’s been speculation the Trump administration was considering taking action against him following his testimony.

“I was concerned by the call. What I heard was inappropriate, and I reported my concerns to Mr. Eisenberg. It is improper for the President of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen and political opponent.”

– Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman

The official’s lawyer said Vindman came into the public eye only when subpoenaed to testify before Congress and did what the law demanded.

“He did what any member of our military is charged with doing every day,” said Pressman. “He followed orders, he obeyed his oath and he served his country, even when doing so was fraught with danger and personal peril.”

The NSC has declined to comment.

Donald Trump Jr. weighed in on Vindman’s exit, suggesting it was a “tough scene for Never Trumpers on the NSC.”

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President Trump celebrates his acquittal at the White House

President Donald Trump holds up a newspaper with a headline that reads “Trump acquitted” as he speaks in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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UPDATED 1:13 PM PT — Thursday, February 6, 2020

President Trump addressed the nation on the Democrats’ impeachment process the day after he was acquitted by the Senate. On Thursday, the president called his impeachment a “disgrace” that “should never happen to a president ever again.”

He touted his success by holding up a copy of Thursday’s newspaper, which read, “Trump Acquitted’ on the front page.

President Donald Trump holds up a newspaper with a headline that reads “Trump acquitted” as he speaks in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

He went on to thank Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for helping navigate the White House through the “sham” process.

In a series of tweets, Vice President Mike Pence celebrated the president’s acquittal and said the “American people will always be grateful” to those who supported him.

“We gathered at the White House today to congratulate our president and to thank…every member of the House and Senate who stood strong for fairness, due process and the separation of powers in the Constitution. You defended this president and you defended the presidency. This president, this administration and the American people will always be grateful!”

– Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States

President Donald Trump reacts to audience members during a campaign rally at Drake University, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Meanwhile, President Trump’s chances of winning reelection are at an all-time high. Newly released data from betting website Oddschecker.com showed the odds for the president winning a second term in office are close to 60 percent.

This came after the president’s approval rating reached the highest level of his presidency earlier this week.

The latest Gallup survey showed the president’s approval rating at 49 percent, which was six points higher than the company’s previous poll. Half of the registered voters included in the poll said they want President Trump reelected.

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White House: Bolton’s book contains ‘significant amounts of classified information’

FILE – In this March 5, 2019 file photo, national security adviser John Bolton adjusts his glasses before an interview at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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UPDATED 3:13 PM PT — Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The White House has issued a formal notice to former National Security Advisor John Bolton regarding the classified information found in the manuscript of his upcoming book. In a letter to Bolton’s attorney last week, a National Security Council official said the manuscript contains significant amounts of classified and top secret information.

The official emphasized that under federal law and nondisclosure agreements Bolton signed, the manuscript may not be published or disclosed until the classified information has been removed. According to the letter, the manuscript is still under review as officials assist the former adviser in identifying classified information.

President Trump ripped into Bolton following reports on the contents of his upcoming book.

In a series of tweets, he took shots at the former adviser’s career. The president claimed Bolton couldn’t get approved for the UN ambassador job and begged him for the NSA position, despite objections from other advisers.

President Trump also called out when he mistakenly said the “Libyan model” on TV while referring to North Korea. He added, “If I listened to him, we would be in World War Six by now.”

The president then blasted his new book, calling the allegations leveled in it “nasty and untrue.”

The book reportedly claimed that last year, President Trump wanted to withhold military aid to Ukraine until their government agreed to investigate Democrats who wronged him in 2016, including the Bidens.

The president denied Bolton’s account and said the former adviser is only trying to “juice book sales.”

A copy of a letter from the National Security Council at The White House that was sent to former national security adviser John Bolton’s attorney objecting to “significant amounts of classified information” in the manuscript, including at the Top Secret level, is photographed Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Wayne Partlow)

In response to the letter, Bolton’s attorney issued a response of his own on Wednesday. In the statement, the attorney wrote that none of the information provided “could reasonably be considered classified.”

“If he is called to testify, it seems certain that he will be asked questions that will elicit much of the information contained in the chapter of his manuscript dealing with his involvement in matters relating to Ukraine,” wrote Chuck Cooper. “We do not believe any of that information could reasonably be considered classified, but given that Ambassador Bolton could be called to testify as early as next week, it is imperative that we have the results of your review of that chapter as soon as possible.”

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White House responds to ABC recording of President Trump ordering Parnas, Fruman to get rid of Yovanovitch

FILE – In this file photo dated Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, FILE)

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UPDATED 10:45 AM PT — Saturday, January 25, 2020

The White House is responding to a report from ABC News, which claimed it heard a recording of President Trump asking to “get rid” of ousted Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. On Friday, Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said every president in history has had the right to place people who support his agenda and his policies within their administration.

The recording allegedly captured President Trump telling Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman “Get her out tomorrow, I don’t care, take her out okay?”

The president has repeatedly denied knowing Parnas or Fruman.

“I don’t know Parnas, other than I guess I had pictures taken, which I do with thousands of people,” he said. “I don’t know him at all, don’t know what he’s about, don’t know where he comes from, know nothing about him.”

This undated image released by the House Judiciary Committee from documents provided by Lev Parnas to the committee in the impeachment probe against President Donald Trump, shows a photo of Lev Parnas with Trump in Florida. (House Judiciary Committee via AP)

According to ABC, the tape was made on April 30th, 2018 during a dinner at the Trump Hotel in D.C. The president reportedly gave the order after Parnas told him Yovanovitch was telling U.S. Embassy workers in Ukraine he was going to be impeached.

RELATED: Conway: Parnas’ Claims Of Ukraine Collusion Make As Much Sense As Debunked Russia Hoax

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White House unveils new visa rule to rein in ‘birth tourism’

Fernando Arredondo of Guatemala reunites with his daughters Andrea, left, Keyli, right, and Alison, second from left, at Los Angeles International Airport, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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UPDATED 6:00 PM PT — Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Trump administration is unveiling a new rule that aims to rein in so-called ‘birth tourism.’ The State Department rolled out the rule on Thursday, which will enable customs and consular officials to deny visas to foreigners suspected of seeking citizenship for their child by giving birth in the U.S.

It will only affect the B-1 and B-2 non-immigrant visas, which are temporary visas given to visitors for tourism or business. The new rule also require applicants who seek medical treatment to submit their arrangements to customs officials, along with their visa applications. They will also have to prove they can pay all associated costs.

The Department of Homeland Security has warned that birth tourism attracts the attention of human smugglers, who prey on travelers to help secure citizenship for their children.

Photo via CBP Twitter.

The practice has inspired the rise of so-called “maternity hotels” on U.S. soil, where immigrant women have paid tens of thousands of dollars to carry out the scheme. The CDC estimated around 10,000 children are born each year to parents with U.S. tourist visas.

It’s still unclear how the rule will be enforced. The White House said officials will not be able to directly ask women if they are pregnant.

Analysts said the legislation could signal the administration is looking for other ways to end the abuse of birthright citizenship.

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White House assures American people are safe amid deadly coronavirus outbreak

Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley speaks with members of the press at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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UPDATED 4:50 PM PT — Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Trump administration is addressing the health of the American people amid an outbreak of the deadly coronavirus. On Thursday, Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley responded to concerns of the virus spreading from China to the United States.

He said the American people “should rest assured they are safe” and added the administration is monitoring the situation in real time. Gidley went on to say the president has been briefed and remains consistently vigilant in making sure this doesn’t spread throughout the country.

“The CDC has the lead on this, they have all the information, as they continue to monitor it,” said the secretary. “But the American people should rest assured that we’ve taken all the precautions necessary…and we’ll continue to do so.”

Wuhan is an important flight hub and it is thought that travelers from the airport could have carried the new strain of Coronavirus prior to the airport’s closing January 23;

The first U.S. case of the new strain was reported on Tuesday, when a man from Washington state tested positive for the virus. He is expected to make a full recovery.

President Trump has said the U.S. is in a good position to handle any cases of the new virus. While speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Wednesday, the president said the U.S. has a plan in place and has the situation totally under control.

“We think it’s going to be handled very well, we already handled it very well,” he said. “The CDC has been terrific, very great professionals, and we’re in very good shape.”

The deadly coronavirus has killed at least 25 people and infected more than 830 others.

RELATED: Coronavirus: A Global Health Emergency?

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Netanyahu accepts President Trump’s invite to White House to discuss peace plan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during the dedication of a monument honoring the veterans and victims of the siege of Leningrad in Jerusalem, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.(Marc Israel Sellem/Pool Photo via AP)

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UPDATED 2:40 PM PT — Thursday, January 23, 2020

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accepted President Trump’s invitation to visit the White House next week. On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence invited Netanyahu, along with his chief election rival Benny Gantz, to discuss stalled Mideast peace plans.

Pence said the visit will be an opportunity to “discuss regional issues as well as the prospect of peace in the Holy Land.”

Netanyahu said he “gladly” accepted the invitation and added it was his idea to invite Gantz to Washington. He said he didn’t want to lose this historic opportunity for a peace plan backed by the U.S.

“I think the president is seeking to give Israel the peace and security that it deserves,” stated the prime minister. “I gladly accept his invitation to come to Washington and discuss with him his ideas of how to advance peace, and to work closely with him to advance that goal.”

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greet each other at the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. January 2020. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

President Trump tweeted about the visit, saying the U.S. is looking forward to welcoming to Netanyahu and Gantz to the White House next week. The president also responded to reports he will release the full plan this spring. He said the details and timing of their closely held peace plan are purely speculative.

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Analysts: White House counsel Cipollone snubs Rep. Nadler, scores major win for Trump’s legal team

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President Trump’s legal team marked its first major victory in the ongoing impeachment trial in an effort to sway public sympathies in favor of the president.

During debate on the impeachment case in the Senate Wednesday, White House counsel Pat Cipollone fiercely criticized House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler for making false allegations against President Trump.

This comes after Nadler accused the president and his attorneys of lying to the Senate. However, Cipollone said Nadler has shown disrespect for the legislative body.

“We’ve been respectful of the Senate,” he stated. “Mr. Nadler came up here and made false allegations against our team, he made false allegations against all of you, he accused you of a cover up.”

Impeachment manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., second from left, and other impeachment managers, walk to the Senate chamber with for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump at the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Chief Justice John Roberts called on trial participants to avoid using inappropriate language or manner of speech. Analysts say Cipollone’s rebuttal of Nadler could further erode the case for impeachment.

Additionally, Cipollone called out Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) for pushing false allegations regarding the Ukraine phone call. He pointed out how Schiff knowingly manufactured a fraudulent version of the call and read it to the American people. The White House counsel slammed the California Democrat for the ultimate lack of transparency.

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Maxine Waters says Trump will invite Putin to the White House if the Senate doesn’t remove him

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Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., warned Friday that President Trump will invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House if the Senate doesn’t remove him.

Waters made the remarks on Twitter after a contentious week in D.C.

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“Revelation by former WH officials proves what we've known all along: Trump is #PutinsPuppet,” Waters tweeted. “Trump repeated Putin's talking point that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the ‘16 election. Mark my words. If the Senate doesn't remove him, Trump will invite Putin to the WH next yr.”

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Waters, a frequent Trump critic, was apparently referring to a Washington Post article that cited multiple former White House officials who claimed on condition of anonymity that Trump seized on the theory that Ukraine, not Russia interfered in the 2016 election because Putin suggested it to him.

One aide told The Post Trump said he believed Ukraine interfered because “Putin told me.”

Waters was one of the more than 200 Democrats and one Independent who voted to impeach the president on Wednesday on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not yet sent the impeachment articles to the Senate where a trial would take place and is considering withholding them until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agrees to bring in witnesses the Democrats want to hear from.

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Waters has been calling for Trump’s impeachment since 2017.

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Bernie Sanders’ awkward ‘And I’m white as well’ remark draws mixed — and puzzled — online reactions

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Sen. Bernie Sanders sparked a range of responses on social media after Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles with a comment he made as a moderator was asking him about recent comments by former President Barack Obama.

“Senator Sanders, you are the oldest candidate onstage … ” Politico magazine’s Tim Alberta began.

"And I’m white as well," the 78-year-old Sanders interjected before Alberta could finish.

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"Yes," Alberta replied, amid what seemed like an awkward silence at Loyola Marymount University. Alberta then continued with his question.

“How do you respond to what the former president had to say?”

Alberta had asked Sanders to respond to comments Obama made in Singapore earlier in the week.

“Former President Obama said this week when asked who should be running countries that if women were in charge you’d see a significant improvement on just about everything,” Alberta pointed out. “He also said, ‘If you look at the world and look at the problems, it’s usually old people, usually old men not getting out of the way.'”

Sanders responded: “I got a lot of respect for Barack Obama. I think I disagree with him on this one," prompting some audible laughter from the audience. “Maybe a little self-serving, but I do disagree.”

He then said the U.S. was becoming an "oligarchy" with an economy that serves only the "one percent."

“Here is the issue. The issue is where power resides in America. And it’s not white or black or male or female. We are living in a nation increasingly becoming an oligarchy. We have a handful of billionaires who spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying elections and politicians.

“You have more income and wealth inequality today than at any time since the 1920s. We are the only major country on Earth not to guarantee health care for all people, which is why we need Medicare-for-all. We are facing an existential crisis of climate change…

“The issue is not old or young or male or female,” Sanders continued. “The issue is working people standing up. Taking on the billionaire class. And creating a government and an economy that works for all. Not just the one percent.”

But some critics on social media fired back at Sanders, saying his age, gender and race were all factors that helped him become wealthy.

“But @BernieSanders would like us to believe that being a White male doesn't give him and his ilk any systemic advantages,” one Twitter user wrote.

Others accused Sanders of being a hypocrite — given he criticizes the rich but reportedly owns three homes.

Several pointed to what they described as “awkward silence” and “crickets” in the crowd after Sanders’ “I’m white as well,” quip failed to resonate. But mostly people online seemed unsure what the comment meant. Some asked Sanders to explain what he was trying to say while others had their own interpretations.

“Does this count as "White Supremacy" ???” one user wrote, tagging Sanders and Obama.

Another user asked: “Can you elaborate as to that response?”

“Oof! "And I'm White As Well" is not the bumper sticker Bernie Sanders needs,” a third chimed in.

One user seemed to defend Sanders, saying that being a white man was now considered "political baggage."

"Of course white men have privilege. But in today's environment, it's political baggage as well. It was a question about diversity and on that page, all that goes against Sanders. It was a self deprecating moment," she wrote.

One person applauded the remark, saying Sanders was acknowledging his own “white privilege.”

“Bernie Sanders, so far, is the only white candidate to say this tonight and recognize white privilege. I think that's worth something,” Charlotte Clymer wrote.

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Another user said Sanders' remark was "his middle finger to the gender and racial purity test of the left. Basically saying, stop getting (fake) distracted on what gender or race I am and listen to what I have to say."

The debate came a day after a highly contentious vote to impeach President Donald Trump, which showed in dramatic relief how polarized the nation is over his presidency. With the Republican-controlled Senate likely to acquit him, the stakes are high for Democrats to select a challenger who can defeat Trump in November.

The forum highlighted the choice Democrats will have to make between progressive and moderate, older and younger, men and women and the issues that will sway the small but critical segment of voters who will determine the election. The candidates sharply disagreed about the role of money in politics, the value and meaning of experience and the direction of the American health care system

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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