Trump news today: Campaign confirms not hiring Laura Loomer as Donald Trump attends UFC fight

Donald Trump repeats resentments in first speech since arrest

Donald Trump’s 2024 campaign has backed out of a plan to hire right-wing extremist Laura Loomer after the job offer set off a furious row in MAGA world.

Mr Trump reportedly told aides to give the “proud Islamophobe” a role in his reelection campaign, despite concerns over her history of inflammatory statements and embrace of fringe movements.

On Friday afternoon that backlash spilled on to Twitter where Ms Loomer and Georgia Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene traded insults.

The offer to join the Trump campaign was withdrawn late on Friday, a senior Trump aide told the New York Times.

The row comes the day after an interview between Stormy Daniels and Piers Morgan aired in which she expressed some sympathy for Mr Trump but also called his arrest over the hush money payments to her and other “progress for women”.

The former president meanwhile raged at the Biden administration’s review of Afghanistan, which blamed him for the chaos that unfolded as the US left the country in August 2021.

His Truth Social rant followed Mr Trump describing his arrest and arraignment as the “Best Day in History”.


House panel subpoenas ex-Manhattan prosecutor who criticised pace of Trump probe

The House Judiciary Committee is attempting to compel testimony from a former Manhattan Assistant District Attorney who resigned last year after criticising District Attorney Alvin Bragg for not pursuing a criminal case against former president Donald Trump.

Chairman Jim Jordan on Thursday issued a subpoena for testimony from Mark Pomerantz, a veteran New York attorney who left a high-profile law firm to serve as a prosecutor under Mr Bragg’s predecessor, Cyrus Vance Jr, but quit the district attorney’s office last March before leaking a highly critical resignation letter to news outlets.

John Bowden and Andrew Feinberg filed this report from Washington, DC.

Bevan Hurley9 April 2023 05:00


Could a New York judge finally force Donald Trump to shut up?

But there was another first during the proceedings, lesser noticed, that could have profound implications on the next election and beyond. It raises the prospect that a New York judge may succeed where many others have tried and failed, and force Mr Trump to be quiet.

Bevan Hurley9 April 2023 04:00


Crowd ‘erupts’ as Donald Trump sits in front row at UFC 287

Donald Trump was greeted by huge cheers as he sat in the front row at UFC 287 on Saturday night, next to Mike Tyson and Dana White in the Miami-Dade Arena.

The former president is known to have a friendship with UFC president White, and has attended numerous past events staged by the mixed martial arts promotion.

You can follow the fight live here…

Lucy Gray9 April 2023 03:48


‘He still owes me dinner!’ Stormy Daniels jokes about Trump

Mr Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 criminal charges connected with $130,000 in hush money payments made to the adult movie actress.

Following his arrest and arraignment earlier this week, Ms Daniels told Morgan about the evening she alleges she slept with Mr Trump following a golf event at Lake Tahoe.

Graeme Massie has the story.

Bevan Hurley9 April 2023 03:00


Everything should be going right for the GOP; instead they’re getting bad headlines

On the surface, Republicans should have all the reasons to feel confident. President Joe Biden’s approval ratings are still fairly low, as a Fox News poll shows he has a 56 per cent disapproval rating. Inflation remains stubbornly high, even if it isn’t skyrocketing the way it once did. Friday’s latest jobs report shows that while the labour market is strong, the Federal Reserve’s increased interest rates caused it to slow down as it tries to tamp down prices.

Those numbers typically signal a bumpy road for a president seeking re-election. Instead, Republicans got hit with a bevy of negative headlines from both the national and state level.

Bevan Hurley9 April 2023 02:00


Trump campaign withdraws offer to hire Laura Loomer: report

After a furious backlash led by Marjorie Taylor Greene, Donald Trump’s 2024 reelection campaign has withdrawn an offer to hire far-right extremist Laura Loomer, according tothe New York Times.

A report that Mr Trump had instructed campaign officials to hire the “proud Islamaphobe” set off internecine fighting within MAGA world.

Ms Greene and Ms Loomer exchanged barbs on Twitter on Friday, before a Trump campaign aide said that the job offer had been rescinded.

(Getty Images)

Bevan Hurley9 April 2023 01:00


Clarence Thomas says luxury trips with GOP megadonor ‘personal hospitality’ from ‘dearest friends’

US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has released his first public statement since once again coming under fire from court watchdogs and US lawmakers following a ProPublica investigation finding that the conservative justice has accepted luxury trips from a prominent Republican donor for more than two decades.

In his response on 7 April, Justice Thomas called Texas developer Harlan Crow – an influential GOP donor who has supported right-wing candidates, causes and legal efforts – one of his “dearest friends”.

Alex Woodward has the story.

Bevan Hurley9 April 2023 00:00


GOP cries foul over Trump hush money judge’s donation to Biden campaign… of $15

Conservative critics of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg‘s case against Donald Trump are claiming the judge overseeing the proceedings is biased because he donated $15 to Joe Biden‘s campaign.

Bevan Hurley8 April 2023 23:00


Trump arrest shows ‘progress for women’, Stormy Daniels says

The former president has pleaded not guilty to 34 charges of falsifying business records in relation to $130,000 in hush money paid to Ms Daniels over her claims of a sexual relationship.

Ms Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, told Piers Morgan that she did not believe there was a double standard in the treatment of Mr Trump, a Republican, and previous Democratic politicians such as John F Kennedy, Bill Clinton and John Edwards.

And she rejected Republican claims that Mr Trump was specifically being targeted by prosecutors.

Graeme Massie has the story.

Bevan Hurley8 April 2023 22:30


Watch: What did we learn from Stormy Daniels’ interview with Piers Morgan?

Five things we learnt from Stormy Daniels’ interview with Piers Morgan

Stormy Daniels sat down with TalkTV’s Piers Morgan to discuss Donald Trump’s arrest in a bombshell interview that aired on Thursday evening (6 April). Mr Trump appeared in court this week as part of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s grand jury investigation into a $130,000 hush money payment he is accused of making to Daniels in 2016 via his then-lawyer Michael Cohen, in exchange for her silence. During the discussion, Ms Daniels made a number of explosive revelations, including her reaction to seeing Mr Trump’s arrest, where her political allegiance lies and the threats she has suffered as a result of their history. Here are five things we learnt from the interview. Click here to sign up for our newsletters.

Bevan Hurley8 April 2023 22:00

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