HuffPost Politics: May 1st, 2017

Trump abruptly ends interview after wiretapping question

HuffPost Politics

President Donald Trump is refusing to let go of his unsupported claim that former President Barack Obama ordered wiretapping on Trump Tower, despite multiple intelligence agencies and congressional investigations finding no evidence of any such activity.

Trump revived the claim — again with no evidence — during an Oval Office interview with CBS’ John Dickerson that aired Monday. When asked to defend the claim, he ended the interview and walked back to his desk.

Dickerson pressed the president on whether he still stood by the wiretapping claim. Trump wouldn’t say, but claimed “our side has been proven very strongly.”

“You can figure that out yourself,” he said. “I don’t stand by anything. You can take it the way you want. I think our side has been proven very strongly, and everybody has been talking about it.”

Dickerson repeatedly asked Trump to elaborate, but to no avail.


May Day strikes hit cities around the country on Monday. Workers from coast to coast took to the streets to protest Trump’s immigration crackdown.

Trump’s administration is defending inviting Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who has admitted to murdering people, to the White House. Duterte has presided over thousands of extrajudicial killings. 

Another top executive is out at Fox News. Bill Shine, the network’s co-president, resigned Monday amid growing sexual harassment and racial discrimination claims at the network.



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