( Daily Mail ) Donald Trump turned his first ever Congressional Picnic into a family fair on Thursday evening, with the President, his wife Melania and daughter Ivanka all letting their hair down for a night of celebration.
Photographs from White House’s South Lawn showed Melania kissing babies as she and her husband mingled with people in attendance.
Meanwhile, Ivanka played with her daughter, Arabella, in the Rose Garden.
Melania was wearing a $2,255 Mary Katrantzou ‘osmond grid’ print dress on the night.
The president also shook hands on the lawn, which had been decorated to look like Manhattan’s Central Park – apparently in tribute to the New Yorker who now spends his weekdays at the White House.
Earlier, Trump used his short speech at the event to call on Republicans and Democrats to come together during a short speech at the Congressional Picnic in Washington.
The president opened his brief remarks by saying his ‘thoughts and prayers’ are with congressman Steve Scalise, who was wounded after being shot during a practice session ahead of the Congressional Baseball game earlier this month.
‘We are so touched that joining us here this evening are Steve and Jennifer’s children… in fact, we just gave them a beautiful tour of the White House. They got the A-tour,’ he continued.
First Lady Melania Trump and 11-year-old son Barron finally moving into the White House together with Melania’s parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, who both live in the US but still return to their home country of Slovenia every year.
The Knavs are also expected to become more familiar faces around the White House as they help care for their grandson.
Deranged! NSA leaker Reality Winner so full of rage against President Trump she planned to burn down the White House and travel to Afghanistan to join the Taliban, federal prosecutors claim based on evidence seized from her home.
Via WSB Atlanta:
An Augusta woman charged with leaking classified information was indicted by a federal grand jury on a single count.
A federal magistrate judge held a detention hearing for Reality Winner Thursday afternoon.
She entered a not-guilty plea. The judge denied bond.
Based on evidence seized from her home, federal prosecutors detailed Winner’s alleged plans to burn down the White House and travel to Afghanistan, pledging her allegiance to the Taliban.
They said in recorded jailhouse calls, she told her mother how to play her side of the story in the media— as someone who was scared she’d disappear from an interrogation room in her Augusta home after Saturday’s raid.
Prosecutors said a phone call to her sister expressed her confidence in how to play the court during her bond hearing.
“I’m pretty, white and cute,” she allegedly told her sister. Prosecutors said Winner told her sister she would braid her hair and cry in court.
The government said it will likely add to the indictment and more charges are expected to come.
- CONFIRMED: Three leakers of classified information at the White House have been identified and are expected to be fired
( Daily Wire ) At least three people inside the White House have been identified as serial leakers of classified information and are expected to be fired by President Trump before the long holiday weekend ends, according to two news organizations
“CBS News has confirmed from two sources that three leakers of classified information at the White House have been identified and are expected to be fired,” CBS News reported this week, adding, “Officials within the Trump White House believe leaks of Mr. Trump’s conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are a ‘deliberate attempt’ by officials who are holdovers from President Obama’s administration and are trying to damage the Trump presidency.”
A smaller news org, One America News Network, was the first to break the story, reporting that the identities of three suspected White House leakers have been handed over to authorities.
Reporter Trey Yingst wrote on Twitter that the suspected leakers had been identified:
Strange red lights were seen in the windows of the second-floor residence of the White House around 8:30 p.m. the lights seemed to be strobing inside the building.
Breaking 911 reports:
What appeared to be flashing red lights appeared from the second floor of the White House Sunday evening.
Livestream webcams showed the strange sight—the flashing stopped after about 20 minutes.
There was no official statement from the US Secret Service or The White House.
WSVN anchor Robbin Simmons tweeted out a video of red flashing lights from inside the White House at 8:30pm EST Sunday.
New Kushner-Russia Story Stokes Concern of West Wing Leakers
( Lifezette ) The latest claim stems from a supposed meeting that President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn had on Dec. 1 or 2 with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak. According to The Washington Post, U.S. officials who reviewed intercepts between Kislyak and Moscow saw that Kushner requested “a secret [communications] channel with Moscow rather than relying on traditional government systems.”
This alleged request by Kushner, the White House aide who conceived of and planned Mr. Trump’s just-concluded, multi-country trip, “adds to a broader pattern of efforts by Trump’s closest advisers to obscure their contacts with Russian counterparts.”
The Washington Post apparently received its tip about this story through an anonymous letter it received in December — whose full contents the newspaper has not revealed. The letter stated, in part, that Kushner raised the issue with Kislyak about setting up the secure communications channel. It also discussed “arranging a meeting between a representative of Trump and a ‘Russian contact’ in a third country whose name was not identified,” the newspaper reports.
Inside the West Wing, discovering and prosecuting those responsible for the constant drumbeat of leaks has become a top priority. While most of the focus has been on current U.S. intelligence personnel and former Obama administration officials, there is now increasing concern that some of the recent leaks involving Kushner could be coming directly from the West Wing.
A government source familiar with the Trump White House’s inner circle put it this way: “It is sad there are so many insecure people in the West Wing, who don’t care about serving their country or pushing the president’s agenda.” When pressed about the identity of this “insecure person,” the source demurred. “Instead, they are solely focused on themselves and planting false stories, to put targets on other people’s backs, to shift attention from their own records.”
Read more: RUSSIA LEAKS FROM WITHIN WEST WING
Yep! Lock them up! Newt Gingrich appeared on Fox & Friends Weekend with some hard hitting advice on how to deal with White House leakers : “You start putting a few people in jail, you’ll see the leaks dry up dramatically.”
Newt Gingrich: “I wrote my newsletter this week on the very real notion that we should lock people up who leak secrets. Let me draw the distinction; there’s political garbage from people who go across to the Starbucks near the White House and they sit and they tell insider stories. That’s unfortunate you ought to fire them if you can find them.
But that’s not the same as violating the Secrecy Acts. People who violate the Secrecy Acts ought to go to jail. What happened with the Manchester information for example, after the bombing in Manchester, undermined the British investigation, weakened our relationship to our allies and it’s dangerous.
Whoever leaked that should go to jail. You start putting a few people in jail, and you’ll see the leaks dry up dramatically.”