It's good that the Trump White House is so leaky

Report: Trump Demanded Nondisclosure Pacts So Staffers Can Never Spill

It is ironic that the very existence of this unconstitutional tool meant to plug White House leaks was exposed by the press. This year's Gridiron was the first formal Washington dinner of its kind Trump has attended since taking office. The US Supreme Court, as I've reported, ruled in a 2006 case called Garcetti v. Ceballos (126 S.Ct. 1951) that public employees can be fired or otherwise disciplined for speech connected to their jobs. "Our family lived music, art, and literature; it was wonderful".

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Trump required his staff to sign the agreements, which extend past his presidency.

It was unclear whether Trump, who prefers oral briefings, read the talking points prepared by his national security team before the call. Asked why Trump was "always so nice to you", Putin said that "this is not about being nice to me personally, in my view". John McCain, who strongly condemned the call in a statement on Tuesday, saying an American president shouldn't congratulate "dictators on winning sham elections". "What we do know is that Putin has been elected in their country, and that's not something that we can dictate to them how they operate", said Sanders at the briefing, defending Trump's congratulatory message.

The White House says discipline and dialogue can co-exist, saying the U.S.is being tough on Russian Federation and the recent sanctions prove that, but the countries can and should continue to have conversations about other things. Trump's advisers were also taken aback when he told reporters that "probably we'll be seeing President Putin in the not-too-distant future", as the two leaders are not scheduled to see each other again until November, when they are both expected to attend the Group of 20 summit in Argentina.

Sanders later declined to say whether Russia's election was "free" and "fair".

USA rate hike fears pull down Sensex
The broader NSE Nifty closed 0.99 percent lower at 10,094.25, its lowest closing level since December 6. The benchmark finally settled at 32,996.76, showing a gain of 73.64 points, or 0.22 per cent.

The White House had said Monday that it was "not surprised by the outcome" of Sunday's presidential election in Russian Federation and that no congratulatory call was planned.

"This is the way Trump is", the official said.

The president, whose unorthodox governing style has included the use of Twitter as a primary means of communicating with the public, also defeated a NY federal court lawsuit asserting he's allowed foreign governments to enrich him, in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

According to reports the leaders discussed arranging a possible bilateral meeting.

But after a call Wednesday with French President Emmanuel Macron, the White House issued a statement saying, "The Presidents reiterated their solidarity with the United Kingdom in the wake of Russia's use of chemical weapons against private citizens on British soil and agreed on the need to take action to hold Russian Federation accountable".

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