December 2, 2019

Yes, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney is still running for president.

The moderate Democrat hasn't been seen in the 2020 primary debates since July, and never had a noteworthy poll showing despite launching his presidential campaign literal years before anyone else. And yet on Monday, Delaney spun two fellow moderates' decisions to end their campaigns as a sign of his own "endurance," ignoring the fact that he's funding his floundering campaign himself.

In a Monday press release, Delaney noted the departures of Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and former Rep. Joe Sestak from the 2020 race. "But former Congressman John Delaney is staying in the race," the release continued, praising his "endurance" in doing so.

Delaney has the distinction of being the longest-running Democrat in the 2020 race after launching his run to not much fanfare in June 2017. He's also among the most well-funded campaigns, with more than $27 million raised. There's just one catch: More than $24 million of that fundraising came from Delaney himself, and it's not exactly hard to keep running a campaign if you're paying for it yourself.

Delaney's "endurance" also didn't translate into popularity or even notoriety, seeing as the most recent Economist/YouGov primary poll found 59 percent of respondents said they didn't even know who Delaney was. Kathryn Krawczyk

August 13, 2019

After declaring he "couldn't care less" that the presidency is "costing me a fortune," President Trump went on to complain at length about the billions of dollars he claims to be losing because of the job.

Trump visited the Shell Petrochemical plant in Monaca, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, and spoke to hundreds of factory employees who were paid by Shell to attend the event, The Associated Press reports. Although this was an official White House event, Trump spent a good chunk of time insulting the media and 2020 presidential candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). He also took credit for the building of the plant, despite its construction being announced in 2012.

Trump went on to lament that "this thing is costing me a fortune, being president. Somebody said, 'Oh, he might have rented a room to a man from Saudi Arabia for $500.' What about the $5 billion that I'll lose?" Trump was referring to people arguing that the Constitution's emoluments clause prohibits his businesses from accepting payments made by foreign governments.

He added that he has to spend a lot of money on lawyers "cause everyday they sue me for something," and "it's probably costing me from $3 to $5 billion for the privilege of being — and I couldn't care less — I don't care. You know if you're wealthy, it doesn't matter. I just want to do a great job." Trump has not released his tax returns, so his exact net worth is unknown. Catherine Garcia

February 15, 2019

The Trump Organization announced Thursday it won't be rolling out its new budget and mid-priced hotel brands, Scion and American Idea, after all, The Associated Press reports.

President Trump's sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are now running the company, and in a statement, Eric Trump blamed the failure to launch on "fake news" and "Democrats who are only interested in presidential harassment and wasting everyone's time, barraging us with nonsense letters. We already have the greatest properties in the world and if we have to slow down our growth for the time being, we are happy to do it."

In March 2017, the Trump Organization said more than 20 developers signed letters of intent to open Scion hotels. Ultimately, only one deal was made, with Chawla Hotels, to open as many as four properties in Mississippi, AP reports; that deal is off. The company said it could do something with the brands down the road, possibly when Trump is out of office. Catherine Garcia

January 31, 2019

During an interview Thursday with The New York Times, President Trump didn't show any concern about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, saying Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told his lawyers he's not a target.

Trump also said he never spoke to longtime friend and Republican operative Roger Stone about WikiLeaks publishing hacked Democratic emails during the election, or ordered anyone else to talk to him about it. Stone was indicted and arrested last Friday, charged with making false statements and witness tampering.

Trump called his friend "a character," and told the Times it bothered him that FBI agents arrested him at his Florida home at 6 a.m. "I think that was a very sad thing for this country," he said. Catherine Garcia

September 20, 2018

It's not surprising that President Trump told Hill.TV on Wednesday, "I don't have an attorney general," people close to him shared with The Washington Post.

Trump doesn't feel like anyone is protecting him, they said, and he remains angry over an anonymous senior official writing a critical op-ed for The New York Times, as well as unknown staffers feeding unflattering information to Bob Woodward for his new book, Fear. It's not just Trump wondering who has his back — his family members and longtime friends are also looking at everyone suspiciously. "Everybody in the White House now has to look around and ask, 'Who's taping? Who's leaking? And who's on their way out the door?' It's becoming a game of survival," a Republican strategist who works with the White House told the Post.

Trump may not have a clue who wrote the op-ed or spoke to Woodward, but he does know that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself last year from the Russia investigation, leading to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and that's why he directed so much of his ire toward Sessions on Wednesday. "I don't have an attorney general." Trump lamented. "It's very sad." He told Hill.TV that Sessions was "mixed up and confused" in his Senate confirmation hearing, and even though the attorney general has taken a hardline approach to immigration, Trump is "not happy at the border, I'm not happy with numerous things." Catherine Garcia

May 22, 2018

When President Trump welcomed someone named Melanie Trump home from the hospital this weekend, there was never any doubt that the tweet was composed by the man himself — but maybe there should have been.

Trump is known for firing off tweets at all hours of the day, and they often have misspellings, typos, and other errors. It's been assumed that he crafted most of his more colorful messages, with the rambling sentences and random capitalization a sure sign of authentic authorship, but two White House staffers told The Boston Globe that aides are drafting tweets that are indistinguishable from posts written by Trump.

When someone wants Trump to tweet about a specific issue, they write him a memo and include three or four sample tweets that follow Trump's style down to the excessive exclamation points. Trump chooses the one he likes best, the staffers told the Globe, and while he sometimes will tweak it a bit, he often tweets messages as is. While aides do try to channel their inner Trump when drafting the tweets, they draw the line at misspelling words and names on purpose.

There are other clues, too. The staffers said that if there are photos attached to a tweet or hashtags, assume that an aide tweeted for Trump, and even if the tweet is difficult to decipher, that doesn't mean anything — the staffers are becoming experts at mimicking Trump's distinctive style of tweeting, and think typos and errors appeal to the average American. As Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, noted to the Globe, "Grammatical conventions tend to be elitist and always have been." Catherine Garcia

January 16, 2018

Lindsey Graham misses the good old days.

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, the South Carolina Republican lamented that President Trump had changed in a disturbing way over the last week, clearly referencing the president's disparagement of Haiti, El Salvador, and unnamed African nations as "shithole countries."

"[Last] Tuesday we had a president who I was proud to golf with, call my friend, who understood immigration had to be bipartisan ... but he also understood the idea that we had to do it with compassion," Graham said before making a plea to the president: "I don't know where that guy went. I want him back."

After he made his remarks, Graham ran into reporters outside the hearing and told them he believed the president's staff was to blame for this whole ordeal: "I think someone on his staff gave him really bad advice between 10 o'clock and 12 o'clock on Thursday." He added: "We cannot [make a deal on immigration] with people at the White House who have an irrational view on how to fix immigration." Kelly O'Meara Morales

August 29, 2017

Only 16 percent of Americans "like" how President Trump "conducts himself as president," a new Pew Research Center poll released Tuesday revealed. A notable 58 percent of Americans reported they did not like Trump's conduct, while 25 percent said they have "mixed feelings" about it.

Republicans approved of Trump's conduct more than Democrats did, but still only 34 percent of Republicans reported liking the president's behavior. Meanwhile, 46 percent of Republicans reported having "mixed feelings," and 19 percent flat out said they disliked Trump's conduct. Just 2 percent of Democrats reported liking the president's conduct, while a whopping 89 percent said they did not.

In another striking finding, the poll revealed that nearly half — 45 percent — of Americans agree with the president on "no or almost no" issues. Only 31 percent of Republicans agree with Trump on "all or nearly all" issues.

The poll was conducted Aug. 15-21 among 1,893 adults. Its overall margin of error is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points. Becca Stanek

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