Why Trump had a wad of cash in his back pocket Dylan Stableford Senior Editor•Why President Trump still carries cash Scroll back up to restore default view. While boarding Air Force One during a fundraising swing through California, President Trump was photographed with multiple $20 bills visible in his back pocket.The photo, taken at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View by Reuters photographer Tom Brenner on Tuesday, quickly went viral.Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on his return flight to Washington on Wednesday night, the president was asked about the photo and if he normally carries loose cash in his pocket.“I do! I do!” Trump said, pulling a large wad of cash from the right back pocket of his pants and holding it up for the press cabin to see, according to a White House pool report.Money is seen in President Trump’s back pocket as he boards Air Force One at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, Calif., on Tuesday. (Photo: Tom Brenner/Reuters)The president — who has refused to release his tax returns — explained that he doesn’t have use for a wallet.“I don’t carry a wallet because I haven’t had to use a credit card in a long time,” he said. “I do like leaving tips to the hotel. I like to carry a little something. I like to give tips to the hotel. I’m telling you, maybe a president’s not supposed to do it, but I like to leave a tip for the hotel, etc., etc.”The former real estate mogul seemed impressed that the photographer was able to capture the image, adding that he’d like a copy for himself.“Boy, that’s a good picture,” he said. “Hey, I’d like a piece of that picture.”
Trump sues Manhattan prosecutor over tax returns, says immune from criminal probe• Trump sues Manhattan prosecutor over tax returns, says immune from criminal probe FILE PHOTO: Manhattan District Attorney Vance Jr. speaks at a news conference to discuss the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act in New YorkBy Jonathan Stempel and Karen FreifeldNEW YORK (Reuters) – Donald Trump sued Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Thursday, seeking to void a subpoena for eight years of tax returns related to a criminal probe into the U.S. president and his family business.The lawsuit deepens Trump’s efforts to keep his finances under wraps, despite having promised during his 2016 White House run that he would disclose his tax returns.His lawyers also adopted the broad position that the president is immune from being subjected to a criminal probe while in office, and the U.S. Constitution requires Vance to wait until after Trump leaves the White House.Trump accused Vance of joining „the campaign of bad-faith investigations and harassment” against him by Democratic officials, including from two U.S. House of Representatives committees that have subpoenaed the Republican president’s financial records.The complaint filed in Manhattan federal court by Trump’s lawyers challenges a grand jury subpoena that Vance issued on Aug. 29 to Mazars USA, Trump’s longtime accounting firm, for personal and corporate tax returns from 2011 to 2018.Vance issued the subpoena four weeks after issuing another subpoena to the Trump Organization for records of hush money payments, including to two women prior to the 2016 election who said they had sexual relationships with Trump, which he denies.Trump said the earlier subpoena did not call for his tax records, a claim Vance’s office has disputed, and accused the district attorney of trying to „circumvent” him by demanding the returns from Mazars instead.”Because the Mazars subpoena attempts to criminally investigate a sitting President, it is unconstitutional,” the complaint said. „The court should declare it invalid and enjoin its enforcement until the President is no longer in office.”Trump is running for re-election. His current term ends on Jan. 20, 2021.Danny Frost, a spokesman for Vance, said the district attorney will respond to the complaint in court. „We will have no further comment as this process unfolds,” Frost added.Mazars is also a defendant in Trump’s lawsuit.
President Donald Trump‘s phone call with a foreign leader that has become the focus of a complaint to the director of national intelligence’s inspector general involved Ukraine, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News.
According to a readout released from the White House, Trump spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25 „to congratulate him on his recent election.”
A more extensive readout from the Ukrainian president’s office, however, noted that the two also spoke about „investigations into corruption cases that have hampered interaction between Ukraine and the U.S.A.”
The president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has publicly and privately urged in recent months for Ukrainian officials to investigate ties between former Vice President Joe Biden’s diplomatic efforts in the country and any connections between his son’s business ventures.
The Washington Post was first to report the news.
It remains unclear the exact details of the call.
DNI Inspector General Michael Atkinson in a Sep. 9 letter to the House Intelligence Committee said that the complaint rose to a level of „urgent concern” and „appeared credible” enough to warrant the notification of Congress.
The DNI’s general counsel and the Department of Justice, however, has disputed that characterization of the complaint, resulting in a constitutional showdown between members of Congress and the Trump administration regarding matters of potentially privileged material.
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Tehran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said any attack targeting Iran by Saudi Arabia or the U.S. would be considered an „all-out war.”
„If the evidence continues to show that Iran was behind this that it does constitute what Secretary Pompeo called an ‘act of war’ against Saudi Arabia,” Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo in an exclusive interview.Tune in to FOX Business’ „Mornings with Maria” starting at 6 a.m. ET on Thursday and Friday to catch the entire interview with Vice President Mike Pence.Pompeo brushed off Zarif’s comments: „I was here [doing] active diplomacy while the foreign minister of Iran is threatening all-out war to fight to the last American.”Pompeo continued saying he hoped Iran would remain peaceful during this situation, but he appeared to doubt if that would happen.”There are still those today who think, ‘Boy, if we just give Iran just a little bit more money they’ll become a peaceful nation,'” Pompeo said. „We can see that that does not work.”Panetta said while the U.S. could see a war, neither the United States nor Saudi Arabia wants to get into another Middle Eastern war.”With regards to the military option, the problem — as we all know — is that anytime there is a military strike against Iran, just based on my own experience as Secretary of Defense, it was pretty clear that the Iranians would respond to that kind of strike by attacking our forces in the region,” Panetta told Bartiromo.The recent attack caps off a summer full of enigmatic attacks and strange incidents more than a year after President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal. This recent attack cut off half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production.The Trump Administration has a close working relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but that was called into question after Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed last year in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.The president has not said whether military action would be taken against Iran. On Wednesday, Trump announced increased financial sanctions on Tehran, and the sanctions were already extremely damaging to the country.On Wednesday, the Saudis showed damaged drones and missile pieces which military spokesman, Col. Turki Al-Malki, identified as Iranian weapons. Three missiles missed their target.The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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