President Trump’s vision of soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the boulevards of Washington is moving closer to reality in the Pentagon and White House, where officials say they have begun to plan a grand military parade later this year showcasing the might of America’s armed forces.
Trump has long mused publicly and privately about wanting such a parade, but a Jan. 18 meeting between Trump and top generals in the Pentagon’s tank — a room reserved for top secret discussions — marked a tipping point, according to two officials briefed on the planning.
President Trump and his advisers are privately discussing the possibility of replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and some confidants are floating prospects who could take his place were he to resign or be fired, according to people familiar with the talks.
Members of Trump’s circle, including White House officials, have increasingly raised the question among themselves in recent days as the president has continued to vent his frustration with the attorney general, the people said.
Five people briefed on the requests, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers’s recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators as early as this week.
The Trump administration can wage a legal battle in the lower courts to address more squarely whether the president’s immigration directive violates the Constitution. The White House is also mulling whether to rewrite the executive order. No matter what, the administration faces a difficult fight to restore the ban.
After weeks of focusing on a group of current and former elected officials in his search for a running mate, Donald Trump is increasingly intrigued by the idea of tapping retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn in order to project strength and know-how on national security, according to four people familiar with the vetting process.
Some of the Republican Party’s most influential fundraisers and donors are signing on to an effort to raise as much as $1 billion for Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee, a sign that apprehension about the real estate developer among the party’s money class is giving way to active support.
At least six top GOP money players have agreed to serve as vice chairs of the Trump Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee between Trump’s campaign, the RNC and 11 state parties, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions.
A top emissary for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has asked to meet privately with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) this week in advance of Trump’s visit to Washington on Thursday, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who has become one of Trump’s most trusted allies, reached out Monday to Ryan’s political advisers to request a private session with the speaker, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
In Germany, authorities held a man who was deported from Turkey in July alongside Brussels suicide attacker Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, 29, over suspicions of trying to fight in Syria. A German official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said it was not immediately clear whether the man detained Thursday had direct ties to Bakraoui.
The bomb attacks in Belgium offer new evidence of its security forces’ shortcomings in monitoring violent Islamist radicals, a failure that has allowed this country at the heart of Europe to become an incubator of terror.
One glaring example: Belgian authorities knew that at least one of the two siblings who blew themselves up in Tuesday’s attacks — Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, 29 — had entered Turkey with the apparent intent of joining Islamist militants in Syria, according to a senior Turkish security official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.
A U.N. official warned Wednesday that the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the disputed Western Sahara will have to shut down unless Morocco reverses its unprecedented expulsion order.
The official, who is familiar with the latest controversy over Western Sahara, said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants the Security Council to take action to protect the U.N. peacekeeping mission known as MINURSO.
Some major Bush donors quietly have reached out to the Kasich team in recent days to learn more about the Ohio governor and express interest in possibly supporting him, according to Republicans familiar with the conversations.
A U.S. official with knowledge of the program through which the U.S. Defense Department is training the rebels told The Post last week that they have the equipment and training to call in airstrikes, but have not been authorized to do so.
Instead, the families ate a casual dinner of hamburgers and hot dogs, according to a person familiar with how the evening went.
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“It was very social,” said the person, who requested anonymity because the sleepover was a private occasion.
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The two families talked about a range of topics, according to the person familiar with the gathering, including Sunday night’s World Cup victory of the U.S. women’s soccer team.
Puerto Rico’s cash-strapped electric utility and its creditors are close to a deal that would postpone a default by the utility when a $600 million payment comes due Wednesday, people familiar with the talks said.
“A clean reauth was already a non-starter,” said one Senate aide on the condition of anonymity because the aide was not authorized to speak on the record. “This puts the nail in the coffin.”
Guy Cecil, a top Democratic strategist with close ties to Hillary Rodham Clinton, is poised to take on a major leadership role at the pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA Action, a move designed to send an unequivocal signal that Clinton wants donors to rally around the independent group.
Cecil, a seasoned field operative who served as political director of Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid, is in final talks to join the organization, a move that would diminish the role of board co-chair Jim Messina, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.
Messina, who served as President Obama’s campaign manager in 2012, will likely remain on the board in an active advisory role, according to the person, who noted that several details still need to be worked out.
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The massive sums that Bush has been stockpiling in his super PAC have alarmed Clinton personally, according to people familiar with her sentiments.
A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray “banging against the walls” of the vehicle and believed that he “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” according to a police document obtained by The Washington Post.
The prisoner, who is currently in jail, was separated from Gray by a metal partition and could not see him. His statement is contained in an application for a search warrant, which is sealed by the court. The Post was given the document under the condition that the prisoner not be named because the person who provided it feared for the inmate’s safety.
Hat tip to Dan Gillmor.
A months-long internal investigation of Brian Williams by NBC News has turned up 11 instances in which the anchorman publicly embellished details of his reporting exploits, according to a person familiar with details of the probe.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), off to a fast fundraising start as an official candidate for president, is planning an aggressive series of events to haul in cash in his home state in late April and early May, a person familiar with his campaign plans said Wednesday.
One of the events will involve billionaire businessman and philanthropist Norman Braman, who is expected to be one of Rubio’s biggest financial backers, said the person, who was granted anonymity to describe behind-the-scenes planning.
The Secret Service has put a senior supervisor on leave and suspended his security clearance after a female employee accused him of assaulting her after-hours at agency headquarters last week, the agency said Wednesday.
The D.C. police’s sex-crimes unit and a government inspector general are investigating the female agent’s allegation that Xavier Morales, a manager in the security clearance division, made unwanted sexual advances and grabbed her on the night of March 31 after they returned to the office from a party at a downtown restaurant, according to two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the probe.
Two Secret Service agents suspected of driving under the influence and striking a White House security barricade disrupted an active bomb investigation and may have driven over the suspicious package itself, according to current and former government officials familiar with the incident.
The Obama administration is investigating allegations that two senior Secret Service agents, including a top member of the president’s protective detail, drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late-night party last week, an agency official said Wednesday.
Status: Agency spokesman Brian Leary confirmed that an investigation is underway.
This weekend he’s raising millions more at fundraisers in Florida, according to people familiar with his fundraising schedule.
Senior NBC officials seriously considered firing anchor Brian Williams because he lied to his viewers about riding in a military helicopter hit by a rocket-propelled grenade during the Iraq war, according to a top network official.
This article is riddled with anonymous sources. Hat tip to Jack Shafer.
The satellite industry official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation, likened the Swift system to a cellphone that sends data to a satellite. He described ACARS as akin to an app for a mobile phone.
Status: Still unverified, has not been mentioned by authorities.