Politics Donald Trump Has Never Had Any Friends, Likes to Speak to His Family Every Day Newsweek Archives,Newsweek 14 hours ago Newsweek published this story under the headline of “Citizen Trump” on September 28, 1987. Newsweek is republishing the story.Donald Trump, America’s brash billionaire, wants the land Harry Stein’s restaurant-equipment store stands on, and he wants it badly. It’s behind Trump Plaza, a hotel and casino in Atlantic City that on a good day drops roughly $ 2 million into its owner’s pocket. Where the Steins’ store now stands, Trump wants to build a huge wall and turn it into a waterfall—a $ 4 million touch. If he can buy out Harry Stein and knock down the building, the waterfall will look better. The Stein family has been in business in Atlantic City for more than 90 years; Harry and his son Bill sit alone with Trump in a windowless casino office. No lawyers, no bankers, no aides.”I don’t really need your land,” Trump says, calmly and politely, „and, as you know, land prices aren’t nearly what they were a few years ago. And I’ll put up the wall anyway. Once we decide to build the wall, I will have zero interest in your building. So give me a number. All I want to know is if we have a deal.”Trending: Alex Jones Gets Coffee Dumped On Him in Seattle After Chasing A Guy Down on the StreetThe Steins fidget. „We were looking for $ 200 a square foot.””Three years ago I’d have given it to you.””It will cost us $ 1.5 million to move.””But you’ll save a fortune in taxes. The price you’re asking is far above what I paid others. The alternative I have is to preclude you forever. Once I don’t buy it, I don’t believe the property will have any value. The gravy train is leaving the station.”Trump tells the Steins to call his New York office in a week. He shakes hands and leaves. „You wait,” he says later, „they’ll come around. They always do.”A huge black helicopter with red lettering—TRUMP—flutters above the southern tip of Manhattan. The French-made military chopper can travel 180 miles per hour; at $ 2 million, the price Trump paid Warner Communications for it, it was a steal. He is flying to Atlantic City to promote an upcoming heavyweight fight that his casino is sponsoring. With him is Don King, the bombastic boxing promoter and heavyweight champ of hair. It is a cloudless morning, and before banking to the southwest the pilot hangs the copter directly above the gleaming twin towers of the World Trade Center for half a minute. Neither Trump nor King pays much attention to the staggering view. A reporter is present, and it’s showtime. Trump, after a long soliloquy detailing his problems with his current archenemy, Ed Koch, the mayor of New York, turns the floor over to King.”Donald Trump is a man of vision,” King bellows. „New York City needs a man like Donald Trump. I have come up with a word to describe him: ‘telesynergistic.’ That means, ‘progress ingeniously planned by geometric progression—the capability of transforming dreams into living reality, in minimal time, at megaprofits.'””Go on Don, I kinda like this,” Trump says sarcastically.”Now, I believe the rift between Donald and Mayor Koch must be healed. We must get it behind us. New York needs Donald Trump’s energy and his vision. That’s why I am offering my services as an intermediary. To act as a peacemaker, to do anything I can to help bring them together.””Don,” replies Trump, stroking his chin thoughtfully, „I’m not interested in peace. I’m interested in competence.”Donald Trump sits in his office in the midtown Manhattan building that bears his name—”the most luxurious building in the world,” he calls it. All week he has been lampooned in Gary Trudeau’s comic strip, „Doonesbury.” In one of the series, Trudeau had Trump in front of a press conference, protesting that his alleged presidential ambitions are nothing more than „a billionaire developer exercising his right to float trial balloons.””‘Doonesbury,’ ‘Doonesbury,’ everybody’s asking me to respond to ‘Doonesbury’,” Trump says, a bit exasperated. A day earlier he had said he was only vaguely aware of the comic strip and had dismissed the barbs with a wave of his hand: „People tell me I should be flattered.” Now he will lay the political rumors to rest. „I’m not running for president,” he says, „but if I did . . . I’d win. There, I said it. I didn’t think I would, but I did.”Donald John Trump—real estate developer, casino operator, corporate raider and perhaps future politician—is a symbol of an era. He is the man with the Midas fist. For better or worse, in the 1980s it is OK to be fiercely ambitious, staggeringly rich and utterly at ease in bragging about it. He is the latest of a breed unique to the decade: the businessman who becomes larger than life, like a star athlete or popular actor. Trump has made it into that rarefied group as fast as anyone, and he revels in his high celebrity status as few have before him. „There is no one my age who has accomplished more,” he boasts openly.Don’t miss: Who Benefits Most From Steve Bannon’s Exit? How Jared Kushner May Have Just Scored a Major VictoryTrump has created one of the most profitable private empires in the most public of fashions. His high profile, in fact, has been central to his success. „The aura of the Trump name,” as one of his attorneys puts it, „is a big asset.” For the new rich, says a New York real-estate broker, the name is synonymous with „status.” So Trump plasters it on practically every building he builds or casino he operates—and he promotes them brilliantly. „The P. T. Barnum of real estate,” a friend once called him. He has become so wealthy in the process, he concedes, that life has become something of „a game” for him.
A Trump pardon of Joe Arpaio would break Justice Department guidelines Liz Goodwin 9 hours ago In this 2016 photo, Donald Trump is joined by Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio at an Iowa campaign event. Trump says he may grant a pardon to Arpaio following his recent conviction in federal court. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)WASHINGTON — President Trump could use his pardon power for the first time next week if he announces at his Phoenix campaign rally that he’ll wipe away former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s criminal record.But the pardon, if Trump decides to issue it, would be highly unorthodox and break with the Justice Department’s guidelines for clemency, according to legal experts.“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” Trump told Fox News in a recent interview of the six-term sheriff who built a national profile for himself by cracking down on unauthorized immigrants. “He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot, and I hate to see what has happened to him.”Trump could issue the pardon as early as Tuesday, Fox News reported, when he’s appearing at a campaign rally in Phoenix. Arpaio warmed up crowds for Trump on the election trail, boosting his vow to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and deport unauthorized immigrants. Arpaio, 85, told NPR he’d be honored to receive the pardon.Arpaio was recently convicted by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton of contempt of court for ignoring a judge’s 2011 instructions in a racial profiling case. The conviction is just a misdemeanor, however, and Arpaio is not expected to serve any jail time for it.It’s very rare for a president to pardon a misdemeanor offense. The Justice Department even has a policy against processing clemency petitions from people with misdemeanor convictions, saying it prefers to focus on felony convictions. People with felony convictions are prevented from voting in many states, while misdemeanor convictions do not trigger the same “civil disabilities,” the department says.Additionally, Arpaio has not applied to the Justice Department for a pardon, another break in protocol. Generally, prisoners and ex-cons petition for a commutation or pardon to the Justice Department, which processes the petitions and sends its recommendations to the White House Counsel’s Office. That office sends its recommendations on to the president, who then makes the final call on who to pardon. President Barack Obama, for example, granted clemency to nearly 2,000 prisoners and ex-felons during his eight years in office and denied more than 20,000 petitions. Obama focused on shortening the sentences of those serving more than 10 years in federal prison for nonviolent drug crimes.Still, it would not be unprecedented for a president to pardon someone who has not formally requested it through the Justice Department. And as Trump has noted himself, the Constitution gives presidents a broad and unilateral pardon power. President Ronald Reagan pardoned two high-ranking FBI officials who were appealing convictions of authorizing secret break-ins into Vietnam protesters’ homes during the 1970s while hunting for the Weathermen. Those men had also not petitioned for clemency when Reagan granted it to them.“While Trump can do it, it would be a deep tragedy if he does, and a dark moment for the institution of clemency,” said Mark Osler, a professor at the University of St. Thomas. “There are over 11,000 petitions for clemency pending right now; he hasn’t ruled on one. Many of them are from people who have served far too much time for a crime that did far less harm than Arpaio’s.”Last month, Trump wrote he had “complete power to pardon” whomever he wanted. He made the declaration amid an angry Saturday-morning Twitter spree after the Washington Post reported he asked his lawyers whether he had the power to pardon associates, family members and perhaps even himself in connection to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.One former Justice Department official who did not wish to be named when discussing the president said it would “look really bad” if the Trump administration doesn’t start issuing clemency to regular people while doling out pardons to political associates like Arpaio. Nearly 2,000 people have applied for a presidential pardon or commutation since Trump took office, while he inherited thousands more petitions from the previous administration.Arpaio says he is grateful for the president’s loyalty. “As far as the situation on a pardon, I didn’t ask for it but I will accept it if he does do it,” he told NPR. “This president understands what I’ve been going through. There aren’t many politicians around, believe me. I learned that real quick over this situation. You don’t see anybody next to me, and I’ve endorsed so many people.”In 2011, a federal judge ordered Arpaio and his department to stop detaining Hispanic people to question them about their immigration status while the court decided whether the stops entailed unconstitutional racial profiling. His department continued making the stops and detaining people, but Arpaio says that’s because he didn’t understand the order. He lost his reelection bid in November.Arpaio’s attorneys are asking for a new jury trial and have filed a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Politics 1 picture that explains the remarkable White House staff turnover CNN 8 hours agoPresident Donald Trump was in the midst of an hour-long „congratulatory” call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the White House’s readout. In the photo, he is surrounded by his White House brain trust: chief of staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist Steve Bannon, press secretary Sean Spicer and national security adviser Michael Flynn. Just over 200 days later — 202 to be exact — the only men in that picture still employed at the White House are Trump and Pence. …Just over 200 days later — 202 to be exact — the only men in that picture still employed at the White House are Trump and Pence.And while Priebus, Bannon, Spicer and Flynn have all been let go (or left), that picture doesn’t even capture the breadth of departures at the senior staff level in the first seven months of the Trump administration.Take the job of communications director.In the Trump transition, the job was offered to Jason Miller, who accepted before eventually demurring — citing a desire to spend more time with his family. Eventually Mike Dubke was brought in to fill the role in February. He resigned just three months later. Spicer took over many of those duties until late July when Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier and Trump friend, was hired. (Spicer quit in protest.) Scaramucci was out after just 11 days. (But what an 11 days!) Now longtime Trump loyalist Hope Hicks has the title.The staff chaos belies Trump’s attempts to cast his administration as a well-oiled machine. „Don’t believe the main stream (fake news) media. The White House is running VERY WELL. I inherited a MESS and am in the process of fixing it,” he tweeted on February 18.The picture above proves just how wrong Trump’s assertion was — and is. This is a flailing administration, beset on all sides and with no clear idea where it even wants to go.
World Spanish terror attack victims came from all over the world CNN 9 hours ago(CNN)At least 13 people have been killed and 120 people have been injured after two terror attacks in Spain’s Catalonia region this week. On Thursday, a van plowed into pedestrians visiting Barcelona’s iconic Las Ramblas, the city’s busiest tourist promenade. Early on Friday morning, five armed attackers drove a car through a crowd of people in the town of Cambrils, 75 miles southwest of Barcelona. The victims of the attacks hailed from at least 35 different nations, according to authorities. Spain is one of the world’s top three vacation destinations, with Barcelona its most popular destination — welcoming about 8 million international visitors a year. Two Italians were the first among the …