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John Wagner

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Annapolis, MD, United States

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Recent articles by John:

Trump says he directed Sarah Sanders ‘not to bother’ with White House press briefings

In a tweet, the president contended that reporters are rude and do not cover the administration fairly. → Read More

‘No cave!’: Trump, Pelosi vow not to yield in government shutdown standoff

The president accused the Democrats of “political games,” while the House speaker said Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are “holding Americans hostage.” → Read More

Trump points to a migrant caravan and unverified claim about Muslim prayer rugs as he continues push for wall

Morning tweets from the president carried the latest arguments that Democrats have derided as scare tactics. → Read More

Democrats vow aggressive investigations into report that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress

The chairmen of key House committees said Friday they will get to the bottom of a story by BuzzFeed that Cohen alleges the president suborned perjury, which would be a crime. → Read More

Trump heads to Pentagon to tout expanded missile defenses a day after 4 Americans killed in Syria

The president is expected to unveil the first update to U.S. missile doctrine in nine years. He has yet to publicly comment on the killings in Syria, for which ISIS claimed responsibility. → Read More

Michael Cohen does not dispute report that he paid tech firm to rig polls for Trump

The former lawyer and fixer for Trump said he acted at the direction of the president “out of blind loyalty.” → Read More

Former Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn: Shutdown is ‘completely wrong’

The onetime adviser to the president spoke out in a Boston Globe interview about his appointment as a fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. → Read More

‘Think how bad of a husband you have to be to act this way’: Trump’s campaign manager unloads on George Conway

A tweet by Brad Parscale took aim at the spouse of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, a frequent critic of the president. → Read More

White House aspirant Tulsi Gabbard apologizes in new video for past views on gay rights

In a nearly four-minute recording, the Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii said she is now a champion of LGBTQ issues. → Read More

Pelosi asks Trump to postpone State of the Union address because of government shutdown — or deliver it in writing

The request, citing security concerns, comes on the 26th day of a partial government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history. → Read More

Trump blasts Democrats, points to border wall construction elsewhere in the world

In morning tweets, the president offered his latest arguments for wall funding as a partial government shutdown continued for a 26th day. → Read More

Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, says Steve King should ‘find another line of work.”

The assessment came as Democrats weigh what action to take against the veteran lawmaker who questioned whether the term “white supremacist” was offensive. → Read More

Trump points to new caravan coming from Honduras as impasse over wall funding continues

In a morning tweet, the president wrote that “only a Wall” will keep the United States safe. → Read More

Trump rejects suggestion to allow government to reopen temporarily while talks continue

Speaking to reporters, the president said he would not embrace an idea floated by Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.). → Read More

‘Who cares?’: Trump dismisses a question about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calling him a racist

Speaking to reporters, the president also said he is unfamiliar with a Republican lawmaker’s recent defense of white nationalism. → Read More

Trump tweets that he’s looking forward to addressing farmers in Nashville. His speech is actually in New Orleans.

The president’s errant post was quickly deleted from Twitter. It came amid a flurry of tweets on other subjects Monday morning. → Read More

House prepares to break for weekend, all but ensuring longest shutdown in U.S. history

President Trump continued to publicly push his case for a border wall on Friday amid no signs of serious negotiations with lawmakers. → Read More

Trump says he knew nothing about Manafort sharing polling data with Russian associate

The president was asked about his former campaign chairman as he departed the White House. → Read More

Shutdown showdown: Trump heads to the border as impasse over wall drags on

The president plans a day trip to Texas in an effort to gain leverage in his standoff with Democrats in Congress. → Read More

Shutdown impasse: Trump heads to the Hill after Oval Office address

The president and congressional Democrats are trying to shore up their positions as a standoff continues over funding a border wall. → Read More