The Headlines Haunting Michael Flynn and the Trump Administration

“Michael Flynn is a liar and it looks like the White House is running a cover up operation. What else is the administration hiding?” said American Bridge spokesperson Sabrina Singh. “Nearly 100 days in to Trump’s term and all we have is a growing list of lies surrounding Flynn, the Trump administration, and their ties to Russia. The American people deserve an independent commission investigating these developments so they can finally learn the truth about this imploding scandal.”

CNN: Pentagon warned Flynn in 2014 against taking foreign payments; IG launches investigation

Fox News: Letter shows Michael Flynn warned about foreign money; IG launches probe 

The Washington Post: Top Pentagon watchdog launches investigation into money that Michael Flynn received from foreign groups 

NBC News: Pentagon Investigating Michael Flynn for Foreign Payments

The New York Times: Michael Flynn Under Defense Dept. Investigation Over Foreign […]

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Spicer and Mnuchin Suggest Trump is Coming for Retirement Savings

At today’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer casually announced that Trump’s tax plan will not protect tax deductions for 401(k) retirement savings accounts:

“The current plan right now both protects charitable giving and mortgage interest, and that’s it.”

Spicer was doubling down on a statement from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin at yesterday’s briefing where he said, “we are going to eliminate on the personal side all tax deductions other than mortgage interest and charitable deductions.”

Regardless of whether or not the White House tries to clean this up, it’s clear that the administration has one overarching goal: to slash taxes for those at the very top no matter who gets hurt. And it’s just one more reason why the White House’s two page tax “plan” is grossly insufficient.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah issued the following statement:

“The White House can’t paper over the truth: Trump’s tax plan is a punch in the gut for hardworking families […]

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First 100 Days: Trump’s Economy Puts Trump First, Sells Out American Workers

President Donald Trump is selling out American working people. One hundred days into Trump’s presidency, we’re still waiting on the self-described “greatest jobs president that God ever created” to put forth a comprehensive plan to create American jobs. 

The “Contract with the American Voter” – the 100-day policy agenda Trump outlined during the campaign – promised a $1 trillion infrastructure package within his first 100 days in office. It’s yet another Trump failure – and yet another broken promise: Trump’s budget actually cuts infrastructure spending.

Trump’s latest ruse is his tax plan, which will overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest Americans at the expense of working people fighting hard to get ahead. Among other things, Trump’s plan: 

Slashes tax rates on corporations (including the Trump Organization, Trump’s own privately held company);
Eliminates the estate tax (so the wealthiest few — including Trump — can pass along tens of millions to his kids without paying their fair […]

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Trump’s tax plan is a slap in the face to “the forgotten men and women”

Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office have been marked by dangerous incompetence and abandonment of the voters he pledged to help – especially working Americans.  His tax reform proposal continues this alarming trend; even his childcare credit is just another masked giveaway to high-earners that leaves working families in the cold.

“Donald Trump’s tax proposal is a slap in the face to voters who trusted him to deliver on his economic promises,” said Jessica Mackler, American Bridge President. “The values shown by this plan are the same that have defined every reckless economic policy that Trump has tried to force on the American people: taking from Americans who are struggling in order to benefit the wealthiest Americans, and throwing in sweetheart deals for himself and his own businesses. Trump’s tax reform would explode the federal deficit with some of the largest tax cuts in American history for the rich and for corporations while leaving families behind.”

The tax […]

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Today’s Trumpcare news shows who Trump really is

“Donald Trump’s first 100 days have proven that he can’t even negotiate with his own party, that he is a dangerously inept manager, and that he is anything but the populist who campaigned last year.  But worst of all, his Trumpcare push has shown us who he really is: a malicious huckster who won’t hesitate to cause pain for millions just to make himself look strong, and the swamp’s best friend,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates.

Trumpcare would destroy protections guaranteeing insurance coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions – like diabetes or cancer.
Behind closed doors Republicans in Congress have carved out an exception to protect themselves from what they’re trying to do to the people they represent.
The Trump Administration is holding the healthcare of 7 million working Americans who count on the Affordable Care Act hostage as he struggles to keep the government open.

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100 Days: Trump’s Dangerous Ties To Russia

Spying, lying, denying, secret payouts, flip-flops and money laundering have come to define the first 100 days of the Trump administration’s dangerous ties to Russian oligarchs, gangsters and Vladimir Putin. Phone records and intercepted calls confirm that members of Trump’s campaign were in “constant communication” with Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 election and the web of connections seems to grow every day.

Currently former Trump aides Michael FlynnCarter PagePaul Manafort and Roger Stone are all under FBI investigation for their various communications with Russian officials. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  In the first months of this administration, we’ve learned the following about the key players in Trump’s orbit and their ties to Russia:

Michael Flynn: resigned as National Security Adviser after it was discovered that he secretly spoke to the Russian Ambassador to discuss […]

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New ​Bridge Project Ad ​Takes On ​Trumpcare’s Latest Attack on Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

As we close in on the 100th day of the Trump Administration, a new Bridge Project digital ad highlights Donald Trump’s latest cynical attempt to force Trumpcare through Congress – only this time with changes that would make it even more agonizing for American families.  Trumpcare would now give states a backdoor to roll back protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, which is an assault on every American’s access to health care and would decimate the finances of millions across the country. 

To watch Bridge Project’s new digital ad, “Trumpcare Guts Your Coverage,” click HERE.

“Donald Trump has used his first 100 days to turn his back on all of the people he spent the campaign promising to help. His self-serving agenda puts everyone else last, and Trumpcare’s tax-breaks for the very wealthy are a key example. But evidently it wasn’t devastating enough, as Republicans have now added a gigantic loophole that throws […]

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Flashback: Trump Trashing Executive Orders

As the White House brags about President Trump signing “more executive orders than any other president in over a half century,” here is a reminder of how little Donald Trump thought of Executive Orders and the Presidents who signed them.

Trump On Executive Orders:  “I Don’t Like Them And Our Country Wasn’t Based On Executive Orders.”  “John Dickerson: Let me ask you about executive orders in general. Like them, don’t like them, that the president uses them to go around Congress? Donald Trump: Well, I don’t like them. And our country wasn’t based on executive orders…” [“Face the Nation,” CBS, 1/3/16]

Trump: Here’s A Guy Just Goes — He’s Given Up …. Just Goes And Signs Executive Orders On Everything. “Nobody really knew that we even had an executive order, such a thing. It’s supposed to be you get along with Congress, and you cajole, and you go back and forth, and everybody […]

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First 100 Days: Our Misogynous, Racist President’s Un-American Agenda

Donald Trump ran a divisive and un-American campaign fueled by virulent racism and xenophobia. And the life-long misogynist didn’t back off his sexist and abusive past during his candidacy, refusing to apologize for his bragging about sexually assaulting women and even attacking his numerous accusers as they came forward.
It should come as little surprise, then, that Donald Trump is no better a person now, as president, than he was as the Republican nominee, or during his prior 70-years of discriminating against people of color, denigrating women, and exploiting others for personal gain.

 

Rather than bring the country together as he said he would — and indeed he the chance to do so — Trump has instead continued to divide us.

When not fearmongering and trying to legislate his racist and alienating campaign promises — see: his deportation force, $70 billion-dollar taxpayer-funded wall, and two unconstitutional Muslim bans — Trump has attacked women’s healthcare access […]

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Tonight Should Be Awkward For President Trump

Tonight, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, two of the most vocal Republican critics of Donald Trump, will be dining at the White House. In advance of this hypocritical photo-op, here is what they have been saying about President Trump as a reminder that you can’t believe the rhetoric from any one at the table tonight.

“Senator Graham thinks Trump’s tweets undermine his ability to govern and Senator McCain basically called him a dictator. What you’ll see after tonight is purely political doublespeak that will again prove none of these men can be taken seriously when it comes to their empty rhetoric and so-called principles. Hope they like meatloaf,” said Trump War Room Rapid Response Director Emily Aden.

Background: 

McCain On Trump Calling The Press The Enemy: “That’s How Dictators Get Started.” “TODD: Do you believe the press is the enemy? You believe any group of Americans are the enemy of another group of Americans? JOHN MCCAIN: I was talking […]

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