“No New Deals”? Trump Sons Expanding Business, Talking to Dad

In December 2016, Donald Trump promised “no new deals will be done during my term(s) in office.” He’s repeatedly broken that promise as his sons have continued and initiated new foreign deals, and taken steps to further expand their U.S. holdings.

“Trump made a pledge to the American people: he refused to divest, but he promised he would make no new deals and would establish a firewall between himself and his businesses. Neither has happened, and Trump has instead repeatedly violated the country’s trust, expanding his holdings to get even richer off of his time in office.”

–Brad Bainum, American Bridge spokesperson

AP: Trump sons take helm of company, eye domestic expansion

By Jonathan Lemire, 4/22/17

Apprentices no more, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. are now at the helm of the Trump Organization and adjusting to the reality presented by their father’s presidency. They’re eyeing ways to use the […]

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PREEMPTIVE FACT CHECK: Trump Has No Accomplishments

As we near the 100 days milestone, the Trump White House is clearly scrambling to come up with a list of accomplishments. However, the real legacy of President Trump’s first 100 days in office is his ineptitude when it comes to working with Congress, spending 1 in five minutes on taxpayer-funded vacations, and abandoning his campaign promises. No wonder Trump is breaking records for lowest approval of any president in modern history.

“The first 100 days of the Trump presidency have been a disaster,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah. “What’s most remarkable is that he took office with probably the lowest expectations of all time and still failed to meet them. What a loser.”

Here’s what you can expect to hear the White House boast about next week and why these “accomplishments” are really anything but:

1. Nominated Neil Gorsuch To […]

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Call on Congress: Investigate Trump’s ties to Russia!

The country is demanding to know just how deep the ties between Donald Trump and Russia run.

Our nation is searching for answers right now, and for a chance to hold our leaders accountable. This important investigation can only be entrusted to an independent commission that will act impartially.

The numbers speak for themselves. A new poll released yesterday shows that a majority of Americans in key battleground states are searching for the truth.

The best way to get to the bottom of this is to come together and send a message to Congress. Tell them to support an independent commission to investigate Trump and his administration’s ties to Russia.

American Bridge and our allies are organizing to hold Washington Republicans accountable. Today, we’re continuing our efforts to get this message out, launching three new ads to be broadcast in New York, Arizona and Texas. In […]

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Will Trump Weaken Russian Sanctions Following $500k Donation Linked To Russian Oil Giant?

“This doesn’t look like a coincidence, it looks like laundering $500,000 in order to buy influence. If the Trump administration gives ExxonMobil special permission to ignore Russian sanctions and complete its deal with Rosneft, which began under Rex Tillerson, the American people will know Trump sold them out for a donation to his inauguration party budget,” said American Bridge spokesperson Sabrina Singh.

From The Guardian:

A Venezuelan state-owned oil company, heavily indebted to the Russian oil giant Rosneft, made a $500,000 donation to Donald Trump’s inauguration festivities, it has emerged.

Foreign donations are banned under US law, but the Venezuelan company, PdVSA, made the donation through a US affiliate, Citgo Petrol, soon after offering a nearly 50% stake in Citgo to Rosneft as collateral for a $1.5bn loan.


Under current circumstances, however, Rosneft could not take ownership of its shares in Citgo – which owns three refineries, as well as pipelines and […]

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A Timeline Of Dishonest Trump Admin Statements About Aircraft Carrier Carl Vinson’s Location

“Once again the Trump Administration has been caught in a web of lies. Why should anyone believe a word they say?” said American Bridge spokesperson Sabrina Singh. 

April 8: Pentagon Said Aircraft Carrier Was Leaving Singapore

Pentagon: “Carl Vinson Strike Group Departs Singapore for Western Pacific.” [Press Release, 4/9/2017]

April 11: Spicer And Mattis Claimed Aircraft Carrier Was Heading Toward North Korea, Touted Impact Of Its Deployment

Sean Spicer Claimed A Carrier Group Was “Steaming” Towards The Korean Peninsula.  “Question: Putting that strike carrier group in the Sea of Japan, in that region, is that also a messaging circumstance?  Or is that simply protective for our allies in Japan and Korea? Sean Spicer:  A carrier group is several things.  The forward deployment is deterrence, presence.  It’s prudent.  But it does a lot of things.  It ensures our — we have the strategic capabilities, and it gives the President options in the region. But I think when you see a carrier group steaming into […]

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This would make Trumpcare so much worse

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler issued the following response to reports about how the MacArthur Amendment to Trumpcare would gut coverage of essential health benefits and pre-existing conditions through a major loophole: 

“Trumpcare would already cost 26 million Americans their health care and discriminate against working people, the elderly, and rural Americans with skyrocketing health care prices. But these new changes would make Trumpcare even more painful for the American people — by using an insidious backdoor to hammer individuals with pre-existing conditions and ending coverage for essential services like hospitalization, maternity care and prescription drugs. It’s disgusting, and it can’t be allowed to happen.”

KEY COVERAGE EXCERPTS FROM THIS MORNING: 

Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business Health Economist Craig Garthwaite: “If you allow the essential benefits to go away, you will have lower premiums because it’s a skinner product. The people working on this don’t […]

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New American Bridge Polling: Voters Overwhelmingly Favor Independent Investigation into Trump’s Russia Ties

Today, American Bridge released the results of a new poll of persuadable voters in targeted congressional districts around the country, showing that Republican opposition to an independent commission to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia runs counter to overwhelming public opinion and endangers Republican incumbents in 2018.

The polling memo is available here.

The poll uncovers that persuadable voters are likely to be deeply concerned about Trump’s ties to Russia, and have little confidence in Republicans ability to investigate. 
– Nearly two thirds (65%) of persuadable voters are concerned about Trump’s relationship with Russia.
– A strong majority (55%) do not believe Republicans can be trusted with the investigation.
– An overwhelming majority support an independent commission (71%), and a strong majority (59%) are more likely to support a candidate who calls for an independent commission.

The survey additionally found that swing voters are most concerned about two aspects of the scandal:
– Trump’s aides’ close ties to Russians, including Paul Manafort’s alleged $12 payment from a pro-Russian oligarch.
– Reports that U.S. intelligence officials believe […]

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