Wednesday on Hugh Hewitt’s nationally syndicated radio show, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows acknowledged being open to the possibility of looking into possible wrongdoing by Joe and Hunter Biden through the use of a special counsel based on revelations from a recent New York Post story. However, Meadows told Hewitt that his emphasis in discussion with Attorney General
Monday on FNC’s “Fox & Friends,” White House chief of staff Mark Meadows dismissed claims of a Russian disinformation campaign from House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and others after emails surfaced in a recent New York Post story reportedly from a laptop of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden. Meadows said he is “not aware of
On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “The Evening Edit,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows stated that “some of the monies that appear to be flowing to the Biden family broadly come from Romania, from Ukraine, and from China,” and “I think in the days to come, you’ll see a Romanian connection as well.” Meadows said, [relevant
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Monday suggested that the Trump administration would bring a lawsuit against the social media companies that have recently restricted and blocked news reports about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter. In an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Meadows said that the online platforms try to censor conservatives and suggested that if the story about Joe and Hunter Biden was about President Donald Trump and his family, tech companies would have not blocked the story. “They have two standards: one for one campaign, one for the other. But I do believe that additional lawsuits will be filed perhaps as early as today to go after that,” Meadows said. “Listen, it’s not just the campaigns,” he added. “They’re now starting to censor, actually, reporters. That’s a dangerous place for them to go when they’re the arbiter of what they deem to be the truth.” The Chief of Staff’s comments come in the wake of a report by the New York Post alleging to have obtained emails from a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden. Many Democrats have claimed the story is an effort to discredit Joe Biden and an attempt by Russia to help elect Trump. So far, neither of the Bidens have denied the authenticity of the emails. The threat of a lawsuit was also prompted by the actions Twitter took to lock Trump’s reelection campaign account last Thursday for trying to share the New York Post story. Meadows said he has not received any intelligence suggesting that the Russians were involved in the emails being extracted from Hunter Biden’s laptop as Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has alleged. “All of this narrative that is out there that would suggest that it’s not real, that’s the disinformation. You know, Adam Schiff came on and said, ‘Oh, this is Russia, Russia, Russia,’ and again, I can tell you this is Adam Schiff once again trying to spin a story that’s not accurate.” Meadows said, “I talked to director Ratcliffe over the weekend and I said, ‘Listen, if this is a Russian disinformation campaign, we need to make sure the American people know that.’ His response to me is that he had no knowledge of that.” Schiff, who is the chairman of the House intelligence committee, has repeatedly asserted, without evidence, that the Trump 2016 campaign colluded with Russia and now is claiming that Trump is working with Russia to hurt Biden’s campaign. “We know that this whole smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin,” the California Democrat said on CNN last week, claiming that “the Kremlin has an obvious interest in denigrating Joe Biden,” and that “they want Donald Trump to win.” When Schiff was asked about specific intelligence about the Kremlin’s involvement with disinformation about Biden, the Representative was unable to provide any evidence, saying that the Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe was not “forthcoming” with intelligence. “And frankly, we haven’t got much from the intelligence community very recently, which concerns me,” added Schiff. Meanwhile, Ratcliffe told Fox News on Monday that there is no intelligence to suggest the Hunter Biden email scandal is led by Russia. “It’s funny that some of the people who complain the most about intelligence being politicized are the ones politicizing the intelligence,” Ratcliffe said. “Unfortunately, in this case it is Adam Schiff, who said the intelligence community believes the Hunter Biden laptop and emails on it are part of a Russian disinformation campaign.” He continued, “Let me be clear: the intelligence community doesn’t believe that because there is no intelligence that supports that. And we have shared no [such] intelligence with Chairman Schiff or any other member of Congress.”
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said the Trump administration will offer nearly $1.9 trillion in an attempt to make a deal with House Democrats before the election. “We’ve increased our offer up to almost $1.9 trillion,” Meadows told reporters on Monday near the White House. “[The president] is willing to give some additional money in terms of direct payments, he’s willing to give some additional money in terms of [small business loans] to restaurants and hotels and small businesses.” He reiterated on Fox News Monday that the White House remains “committed to negotiating and also committed to making sure that we get a deal as quickly as possible.” It came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office (D-Calif.) said on Saturday night that she will set a 48-hour deadline to come to an agreement on the negotiations, although it’s not clear what will happen if no accord is reached. The Tuesday deadline “relates to if we want to get it done before the election, which we do,” she told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. Pelosi’s office said in a statement Sunday she’s “optimistic that we can reach [an] agreement before the election,” adding that “to that end, we are writing language as we negotiate the priorities, so that we are fully prepared to move forward once we reach agreement.” “The White House has removed 55 percent of the HEROES Act’s language for testing, tracing, and treatment,” Pelosi said in the statement. President Donald Trump said he is ready to match the $2.2 trillion offer from Democrats, or possibly go even higher. But Senate Republicans, including Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have balked at the prospect and said they would attempt to vote on several smaller stimulus packages this week. McConnell’s last attempt at passing a smaller stimulus package in the Senate was blocked in September. Over the weekend, Trump told a local news station that he would be able to overcome Republican objections in the Senate if the White House and Pelosi come to an agreement. “If I had something that would be good, I think I could quickly convince the Republicans to do it,” the president said. Trump added that if any GOP senators oppose the stimulus package, he “will take care of that problem in two minutes.” The stimulus measures are intended to offset economic damages incurred by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic. “The President, Secretary Mnuchin, and myself have not only made modifications but made substantial modifications that come at the risk of jeopardizing Republican support,” Meadows told reporters on Monday. “The [Treasury] Secretary and I have had a number of very fruitful discussions over the last several days that give us a hope that we might be able to reach some kind of an agreement in the next 48 hours.”
Friday marked one year since Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had spoken to President Donald Trump. Though it is unprecedented for a Speaker to go that long without talking to the president, Pelosi defended this move while speaking to reporters that day. When asked by MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace if she would be open to talking to Trump
Top White House officials on Wednesday downplayed the possibility of either a comprehensive coronavirus aid deal with the U.S. Congress or even standalone measures to help specific sectors of the economy. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters that “the stimulus negotiations are off,” echoing President Donald Trump’s proclamation on Tuesday, and said in an interview on Fox
Going into the home stretch of the election, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is arguably the most important member of the White House staff. She is the public face of the administration and is in front of the media regularly. This is why her diagnosis of COVID-19, announced today, is a major blow to the President’s reelection hopes. pic.twitter.com/SKT9xq8rqs — Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 5, 2020 One of the inherent advantages an incumbent president has over a challenger is the earned media they receive as a result of their position. Joe Biden generally has to pay for his exposure. He does not do many interviews or events, so his ads are the only way he gets on television. But President Trump must be reported on by mainstream media whether they like it or not and McEnany is the primary surrogate for the President’s policies and successes while also being an excellent front-line defender against mainstream media’s lies. Can she be replaced? Possibly. But it seems more likely there will simply not be White House press briefings until she returns. That would be a mistake, but the bigger mistake would be to throw someone up there who does not handle the media with nearly the same skill that McEnany does. It’s up to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to insert someone into the role temporarily or do it himself if possible. This close to the election, the White House cannot go media-dark. Kayleigh McEnany may not be replaceable, but they need to try for now. COVID-19 may take down an independent news outlet Nobody said running a media site would be easy. We could use some help keeping this site afloat. Colleagues have called me the worst fundraiser ever. My skills are squarely rooted on the journalistic side of running a news outlet. Paying the bills has never been my forte, but we’ve survived. We have ads on the site that help, but since the site’s inception this has been a labor of love that otherwise doesn’t bring in the level of revenue necessary to justify it. When I left a nice, corporate career in 2017, I did so knowing I wouldn’t make nearly as much money. But what we do at NOQ Report to deliver the truth and fight the progressive mainstream media narrative that has plagued this nation is too important for me to sacrifice it for the sake of wealth. We know we’ll never make a ton of money this way, and we’re okay with that. Things have become harder with the coronavirus lockdowns. Both ad money and donations that have kept us afloat for a while have dropped dramatically. We thought we could weather the storm, but the so-called “surge” or “2nd-wave” that mainstream media and Democrats are pushing has put our prospects in jeopardy. In short, we are now in desperate need of financial assistance. The best way NOQ Report readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. We need approximately $11,500 to stay afloat for the rest of 2020, but more would be wonderful and any amount that brings us closer to our goal is greatly appreciated. The second way to help is to become a partner. We’ve strongly considered seeking angel investors in the past but because we were paying the bills, it didn’t seem necessary. Now, we’re struggling to pay the bills. This shouldn’t be the case as our traffic the last year has been going up dramatically. June, 2018, we had 11,678 visitors. A year later in June, 2019, we were up to 116,194. In June, 2020, we had 614,192. We’re heading in the right direction and we believe we’re ready talk to patriotic investors who want to not only “get in on the action” but more importantly who want to help America hear the truth. Interested investors should contact me directly with the contact button above. Election year or not, coronavirus lockdowns or not, anarchic riots or not, the need for truthful journalism endures. But in these times, we need as many conservative media voices as possible. Please help keep NOQ Report going. Check out the NEW NOQ Report Podcast. American Conservative Movement Join fellow patriots as we form a grassroots movement to advance the cause of conservatism. The coronavirus crisis has prompted many, even some conservatives, to promote authoritarianism. It’s understandable to some extent now, but it must not be allowed to embed itself in American life. We currently have 8000+ patriots with us in a very short time. If you are interested, please join us to receive updates.
President Donald Trump says he will be leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center just days after he was hospitalized for COVID-19. In a tweet on Monday afternoon, the president wrote, “I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid.” He added, “Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!” I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020 Trump revealed early Friday morning that both he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the virus, as IJR reported. Later that day, he was transferred to Walter Reed for observation — however, it was unclear how long he was expected to stay there. Earlier on Monday, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said, “The doctors will actually have an evaluation sometime late morning and then the president, in consultation with the doctors, will make a decision on whether to discharge him later today.” “We’re still optimistic that based on his unbelievable progress and how strong he’s been in terms of his fight against this COVID-19 disease that he will be released, but that decision will not be made until later today,” he added. Despite Meadows’ optimism, there were concerns about Trump’s health due to reports that the president’s oxygen level dropped on Friday and Saturday. Additionally, the president was given dexamethasone, a steroid that has been used to treat severe cases of the virus. Many health experts also noted that patients may seem to recover from the virus, but days later, see a return of symptoms. However, the president was reportedly eager to leave Walter Reed and return to the White House.
This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. Update (0835ET): National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said the president has always been in control despite his illness and hospitalization. “Our adversaries knew it, our friends knew it,” O’Brien said on the Hugh Hewitt radio show. “China has a very serious health problem and they need to get it fixed immediately. They can’t keep unleashing these plagues on the wold.” * * * President Trump’s condition has improved again overnight, according to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. In an interview with Fox News, Meadows said he expects Trump to depart the White House Monday afternoon, though the decision will be made later in the day. “We’re still optimistic that, based on his unbelievable progress,” he will be released, Meadows said in an interview with Fox News, adding that “that decision won’t be made until later today.” Meadows said Trump’s condition continued to improve over the night and “the doctors will have an evaluation sometime late morning.” “Obviously this is an important day,” he said. “The president continues to improve and is ready to get back to a normal work schedule.” As we noted earlier, in addition to optimism over a COVID vaccine, optimism about the economic recovery, and optimism about a fiscal stimulus, we can now add another category of “optimism” cited by traders to justify overnight futures ramps (at least for the next few days): optimism Trump will be discharged from Howard Reed hospital any day now, perhaps as soon as today, and then stage a full recovery. Of course, fears that the White House isn’t giving the public ‘the whole story’ will create risks that an errant anonymously sourced report claiming Trump needed another round of supplemental oxygen could send stocks plunging. Such a turnaround would be remarkably quick, especially for a patient with at least two comorbidities: Trump’s age, and the fact that he’s “slightly overweight”, as Dr. Sean Conley said. But National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien said in an interview with one of the Sunday shows that Trump was “in great shape and firmly in command of the country” while he is being treated from coronavirus. In other news: Despite spending quite a bit of time with the president recently, Rudy Giuliani has tested negative for COVID-19. "I don't have it. I mean, so far," Rudy Giuliani on Fox Business. No symptoms, tested again today. “It's a very strange disease.” Says he was with Trump for 4 straight days, and with Chris Christie 3 days. “And Jared, thank God, Ivanka and I, umm, that's about it, didn’t get it." pic.twitter.com/zdFUsXqEmU — Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) October 5, 2020 Meadows reportedly spoke with Trump Monday morning and said that Trump will meet with his medical team shortly. President Trump is Breaking Down the Neck of the Federal Reserve! He wants zero rates and QE4! You must prepare for the financial reset We are running out of time Download the Ultimate Reset Guide Now!
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are working on a $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package that could be voted on next week, a key lawmaker said on Thursday, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reiterated that she is ready to negotiate with the White House. With formal COVID-19 relief talks stalled for nearly seven weeks, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal said new legislative efforts got under way this week after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said in congressional testimony that lawmakers needed to provide further support for an economy reeling from the pandemic. “The contours are already there. I think now it’s about time frame and things like that,” Neal told reporters when asked about the potential for new legislation. He predicted a vote could come within days. “I assume, since the House is scheduled to break for the election cycle, then I think next week’s … appropriate,” said Neal, adding that Pelosi would determine when a legislative package might be introduced. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy dismissed the new initiative as partisan. Pelosi also faces pressure from moderate House Democrats who say they want to see bipartisan aid proposals that have a chance of becoming law. “If it’s a messaging exercise, it’s worthless,” Representative Dean Phillips, a freshman Democrat from Minnesota, told CNN. He said the effort risked looking like Senate Republicans who had unsuccessfully pushed their own partisan coronavirus aid bill. “Many of us are getting sick of that,” Phillips said. Stocks reacting positively to the announcements from Congress, with the S&P reaching a session high shortly after, before paring some gains. Formal talks between Pelosi, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows broke down without a deal on Aug. 7, with the two sides far apart. Pelosi and Mnuchin have since spoken by phone. “We’re ready for negotiation,” Pelosi told reporters on Thursday, saying she had last spoken to Mnuchin on Wednesday. Pelosi and Schumer, who initially sought a $3.4 trillion relief package, have since scaled back their demands to $2.2 trillion. Neal said a new legislative package would be somewhere near $2.2 trillion. Some media reports said it could be $2.4 trillion. But it was not clear whether the White House would agree to such a sum. Meadows has said that Trump would be willing to sign a $1.3 trillion relief package. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans, who have not been involved directly in the negotiations, initially proposed a $1 trillion bill, which was rejected by many Republicans who thought it too large and by Senate Democrats who said it was too small. Senate Republicans later tried and failed to bring a smaller $300 billion bill to the floor. (Reporting by David Morgan and Susan Cornwell; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Daniel Wallis)
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows weighed in on Attorney General William Barr’s comparison of the coronavirus lockdown to slavery. On Thursday, Meadows spoke with reporters on the driveway to the White House’s West Wing where he was asked about Barr’s remarks and whether or not he agreed with the sentiment. “Attorney General Barr, last night, said that lockdowns instituted by governors across the country is the worst violation of civil liberties in history except for slavery,” a reporter said, and asked, “Do you feel that way?” Meadows opted to focus on Barr’s arguments about protecting individual and civil liberties as he expressed concern about the lockdown’s impact on those liberties. “Well, when we look at lockdowns, when you look at individual liberties and who we are as a nation, a nation of freedom, many times when we give up those civil liberties, and I’m one that believes those simple liberties are inherent,” Meadows said. He added, “They’re enshrined by our constitution, and we need to protect those because when bad things happen, we sometimes, not always, but sometimes start to take away the liberties that are enshrined in our and are part of our constitutional rights, and make us different as Americans than many other countries.” See Meadows’ remarks below: The reporter went on to ask Meadows about other times civil liberties have been abused in American history, like internment camps. “But the worst in history? I mean Japanese internment camps?,” the reporter asked. Meadows admitted that he believes civil liberties have been “trampled on” due to the coronavirus lockdown. But, he ultimately distanced from Barr’s remarks as he conceded that he would not have made that type of analogy. “Yeah I’m not familiar with the quote,” Meadows said. “Obviously, we’ve got a number of times where civil liberties have been trampled on, and certainly when we start to look down at forced confinement, those are tough. To compare them with the Japanese internment camp, I don’t know that he made that analogy, I certainly wouldn’t.” Meadows remarks came just hours after Barr’s remarks at a Constitution Day event. At the time, the attorney general participated in a Q and A session as part of the event. At the event, he expressed concern about the coronavirus lockdown as he described it as an “intrusion on civil liberties” comparable to house arrest and slavery. “You know, putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders, is like house arrest,” Barr said. “Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history.”