THE NEW SARAH? Melania’s spokesperson tapped to replace Sanders

WASHINGTON — Melania Trump on Tuesday announced her official spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, will replace outgoing White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

“I am pleased to announce @StephGrisham45 will be the next @PressSec & Comms Director!,” the First Lady tweeted. “She has been with us since 2015 – @potus & I can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country. Excited to have Stephanie working for both sides of the @WhiteHouse. #BeBest.”

The stakes are high for Grisham as she prepares to replace Sanders, who’s known for her tough, no nonsense attitude toward the press. Sanders announced her decision to leave her role earlier this month.

No pushover herself, Grisham has a reputation as being a staunch supporter of Melania Trump and has more than once raised a few eyebrows with her tough responses.

Speaking to the press inside the Oval Office on Tuesday afternoon, Trump said he feels confident that Grisham will be “fantastic” in her new role.

“A lot of people wanted this job. A lot of people wanted to do it. I asked so many people, ‘Who do you like?’ and so many people said, ‘Stephanie.’ She’s here. She knows everybody. She actually gets along with the media very well,” Trump said.

“A lot of folks in the media like her very much. I think she’s going to be fantastic. So, I offered her the job this morning, and she accepted. The first lady is very happy for her. It’s a big job. It’s a very big job, but we think she’s going to do a good job.”

Sanders’ last day is expected to be June 30.

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JACKET GATE: Melania Trump’s ‘I really don’t care’ jacket causes uproar from the left as first lady takes a jab at the mainstream media

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A jacket worn by first lady Melania Trump on Thursday to a Texas facility housing migrant children in Texas led to a frenzy on Twitter from those calling her choice of clothing inappropriate.

The army green jacket manufactured by Spain based retailer Zara, declares on its back the question: “I really don’t care do you?”

The first lady was initially spotted wearing the jacket as she boarded a flight to the border at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Seemingly oblivious to the controversy, she donned the same jacket as she departed the aircraft after returning to the D.C. area Thursday evening.

When reached for comment, spokeswoman Mrs.Trump’s spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, laughed off the controversy and compared it to an incident last year when the first lady was criticized for wearing stilettos to volunteer in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

“It’s a jacket,” Grisham told Fox News. “There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe. (Much like her high heels last year).”

President Donald Trump on Thursday took to Twitter to state that his wife’s choice of jacket was a direct swing at the mainstream media.

“I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media, the president tweeted. “Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!”

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TAKING A STAND: Celebrities come out in droves in support of bullied Tennessee boy as story goes viral

MAYNARDVILLE, TN — In an age of online bullying, a young Tennessee boy has managed to turn the tide.

Shortly after picking her middle schooler up from school on Friday, Keaton Jones’ mother, Kimberly Jones, uploaded a video to her Facebook page documenting the bullying her son had been being subjected to.

In the video (https://twitter.com/Everything_TN/status/939599024994373637), the boy can be seen detailing, through tears, the torment he had been facing at the hands of several of his classmates.

“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully?” Keaton asks after telling his mother that some of the kids had poured milk on him, told him he had no friends and made fun of the way he looks. “What’s the point of it? Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and find a way to be mean to them? It’s not OK.”

Keaton, who attends Horace Maynard Middle School, goes on to say that it hurts him that other kids bully him, but hurts him more to see other kids subjected to the same fate.

“People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it. It’s not their fault,” he said. “But if you are made fun of, don’t let it bother you. They suck I guess. Hard. But it will probably get better one day,” the boy said before turning away from the camera and dissolving into tears.

Keaton’s mother, who says the boy was born with a brain tumor, documented another incident on her social media page in which the boy was mocked for the scars left behind by the surgery he had undergone to remove the tumor.

Within hours of the video being uploaded, the boy’s story went viral, with celebrities ranging from sports heroes to Donald Trump, Jr. reaching out to share their support.

“Dear Keaton Jones, hopefully you see this. Your an amazing soul my man, never let ANYONE tell you otherwise! Keep your head up & chest out. Your a solider, always remember that,” tweeted DeAndre Washington, running back for the Oakland Raiders.

“We going to the middle school next Tuesday show young Man some love we will also TWITTER LIVE some of it so everyone can show there love and support #vols #StopBullying,” tweeted University of Tennessee’s Tyler Byrd.

“Meet Keaton Jones a very smart little boy who is being bullied at school. This video is heartbreaking!! I want to bring Keaton to Vegas and hang out at UFC Headquarters. If anyone knows how i can reach the family please let me know. Thank u everyone,” tweeted UFC champion fighter Dana White.

In response to White’s video, Donald Trump, Jr., who was also touched by the boy’s story, offered to open his home to the Jones family.

“This boy is incredibly brave and the video really got to me. @danawhite, If he takes you up on your offer to see UFC Headquarters, I would be honored to host him and his family at our place if they need somewhere to stay,” Trump tweeted.

The boy’s school, who claimed that they were “unaware” of the bullying the boy had endured up until now, has refused further comment, claiming the the situations is “under investigation”.

“I’m guessing the principal will be verrrrrrry aware of the situation once Tennessee Football players start showing up this week,” New York Times columnist Jamie O’Grady tweeted in response to the school’s comments.

Fox News’ Sean Hannity took the matter a step further, saying that he would do whatever it took to ensure that the school is held accountable for the bullying that the boy had endured.

“If someone can get to me the name of the school, the principal, school board members i will gladly make the calls myself and fix this. Also if anyone knows Keaton and his parents, i will gladly fly them to NYC to be my guest & visit Fox News”, Hannity tweeted.

Kimberly Jones, who says she is overwhelmed by the love and concern shown for her son, says she never dreamed that Keaton’s story would impact the number of people that it has.

According to StopBullying.gov., 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school. Young people who are perceived as “different” from their peers are often at the highest risk of being bullied. (https://www.stopbullying.gov/media/facts/index.html).

Melania Trump declared ending cyber-bullying as one of her top priorities when it comes to her duties as First Lady. “No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorized, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn,” she said in a speech to the United Nations last September.

“We must teach each child the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of the kindness, mindfulness, integrity, and leadership which can only be taught by example.”

“By our own example we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit.

“We must remember that they are watching and listening so we must never miss an opportunity to teach life’s many ethical lessons along the way.”

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FAKE NEWS: FLOTUS slams Vanity Fair story claiming she never wanted to be first lady

WASHINGTON, D.C. — First Lady Melania Trump came out swinging on Monday against a Vanity Fair article which claimed that she never wanted to be first lady (https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/11/flotus-melania-trump-east-wing-first-lady).

Although the normally soft-spoken Mrs. Trump usually leaves battling the media to her husband, Mrs. Trump said she felt the piece so outrageous, she had to speak out to set the record straight.

“It’s not my thing. It’s Donald’s thing,” Vanity Fair claims a “friend” of Melania Trump told them of a conversation the two allegedly had regarding Donald Trump’s political ambitions prior to his becoming president. This same friend, claims Vanity Fair, told them Melania Trump thought of Trump’s plans to be president as an unattainable goal that she would never really have to worry about.

“This isn’t something she wanted and it isn’t something he ever thought he’d win,” Vanity Fair claims the source confided. “She didn’t want this come hell or high water. I don’t think she thought it was going to happen.”

Through a statement issued by the first lady’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, Trump slammed the Vanity Fair piece, calling it “false” and “salacious”.

“Once again part of the liberal media, this time Vanity Fair, has written a story riddled with unnamed sources and false assertions,” Grisham said. “As a magazine tailored to women it is shameful that they continue to write salacious and false stories meant to demean Mrs. Trump, rather than focus on her positive work as First Lady and as a supportive wife and mother.”

“As has been stated on the record many times before, she is honored by her role,” Grisham added.

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PRESIDENT TRUMP: ‘Era of strategic patience’ with North Korea ‘is over’

TOKYO, JAPAN — President Donald Trump stepped up his war of words against North Korea on Monday while speaking at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Speaking of the ongoing tensions with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Trump said the “era of strategic patience is over”.

The president made the comments as he tours Asia alongside wife, Melania Trump.

“Some people said that my rhetoric is very strong,” said Trump. “But look at what’s happened with very weak rhetoric over the last 25 years. Look where we are now.”

Prime Minister Abe said he and President Trump are in “complete agreement” on the need to step up efforts against North Korea and pledged to help the United States do whatever is necessary to curb Jong-un’s nuclear ambitions.

“We were in complete agreement as to the measures to be taken on the situation with North Korea,” Abe said, adding that he agrees with President Trump’s assertion that “all options” should remain on the table when it comes to dealing with Jong-un.

“For more than 20 some years, the international community attempted dialogue with North Korea,” Abe said. “Now is the time not for dialogue but for applying a maximum level of pressure on North Korea.”

On Tuesday, President Trump will head to South Korea, where he is expected to meet with South Korean government officials on the growing escalations regarding their neighbors to the north.

When asked by “Full Measure” in an interview that aired Sunday whether or not he would be willing to meet face to face with Jong-un, Trump said he would (http://fullmeasure.news/news/terrorism-security/president-trump-on-security).

“I would sit with anybody I feel. I don’t think it’s strength or weakness. I think sitting down with people is not a bad thing,” he said.

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BATTLE ON THE HOME FRONT: President caught in war of words between Melania Trump and ex wife Ivana

WASHINGTON, D.C.– First lady Melania Trump came out swinging on Monday over comments by President Trump’s ex-wife Ivana in which she refers to herself as the true “first lady”.

In an interview with “Good Morning America” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SuegUiqqDg) to promote her new book “Raising Trump,” Ivana Trump said she has direct access to the president whenever she wants it and speaks to her ex husband roughly “every 14 days”.

“I have the direct number to White House, but I [don’t] really want to call him there because Melania is there,” she said. “I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that because I’m basically first Trump wife.”

Smiling into the camera, she added: “I’m first lady, okay?”

But would Ivana Trump trade places with Melania if she could? No, she claims. In fact, she says she feels “sorry” for the current Mrs. Trump.

“I think for her to be in Washington must be terrible,” Ivana Trump said of Melania. “It’s better her than me. I would hate Washington.”

The comments did not sit well with the current Mrs. Donald Trump who was quick to issue a scathing statement in response to her husband’s ex. In a release issued through her communications director Stephanie Grisham (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/09/melania-trump-slams-ivana-for-calling-herself-first-lady.html), Melania Trump said the president’s former missus is simply a disgruntled ex who is desperate for attention and that she was simply using her former status to sell books.

“This is unfortunately only attention-seeking and self-serving noise,” the statement reads.

“Mrs. Trump has made the White House a home for Barron and the President. She loves living in Washington, D.C. and is honored by her role as First Lady of the United States,” the statement continued. “She plans to use her title and role to help children, not sell books.”

Ivana Trump was married to Donald Trump from 1977 to 1992. She is the mother of the president’s oldest 3 children, Eric, Ivanka and Donald Trump, Jr.

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TRUMP TOUCHES DOWN IN PUERTO RICO; Causes a stir after controversial comments

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — President Donald Trump arrived in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico on Tuesday to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Maria.

Accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, the president met with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has openly criticized the president’s response since the storm wreaked havoc on the U.S. territory late last month. Attending a briefing on storm recovery efforts shortly after landing at Luis Muñiz Air National Guard Base in San Juan, the president caused a stir among the media after joking that Peurto Rico had cost the United States a lot of money in it’s clean up.

“Now, I hate to tell you Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little bit out of whack,” the president said at the hangar briefing. “Because we’ve spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico. And that’s fine, we’ve saved a lot of lives.”

After pointing out that things could have been much worse for the island territory, the president again raised eyebrows when he said just 16 people died in Puerto Rico because of Maria compared to “a real catastrophe like Katrina” in 2005. “Sixteen people versus in the thousands. You can be very proud of all of your people and all of our people working together. Sixteen versus literally thousands of people. You can be very proud.”

Despite the rough start, President Trump and Mayor Cruz appeared to put their differences aside as they discussed how they can best help the suffering people of Puerto Rico. In an effort to diffuse the tensions between himself and the mayor prior to his arrival, the president praised Cruz’s efforts in aiding the people of her city.

“Well, I think she’s come back a long way,” Trump said as he departed the White House prior to catching his flight. “I think it’s now acknowledged what a great job we’ve done, and people are looking at that. And in Texas and in Florida, we get an A+. And I’ll tell you what, I think we’ve done just as good in Puerto Rico, and it’s actually a much tougher situation.”

“It’s all about saving lives, it’s not about politics,” said Cruz to Trump as they shook hands during the briefing.

After being briefed by the mayor and the governor, Trump walked through a neighborhood in Guaynabo that had been devastated by the storm. Accompanied by Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, Trump greeted locals, shook their hands with residents and took photos with them outside their homes.

Addressing the press after the president’s visit, Cruz said she felt the biggest impact from the trip came after Trump toured the region himself.

“I truly believe that they finally saw the connection, or the disconnect, between what they were hearing on the one hand and the reality of what is happening on the ground,” she said.

According to Puerto Rico officials, only 47 percent of the island’s residents have access to potable water and 95 percent of Puerto Rico is still without power. Reliable communication with the rest of the world is still also lacking, say recovery workers.

Despite the challenges that lie ahead, the president heaped praise on Puerto Rican leaders during his visit, saying officials had done a great job in such a difficult situation. While speaking to a family in one flooded neighborhood, Trump said, “Your governor and your mayor have done, really, a fantastic job.”

Seeming particularly impressed with Rosselló, Trump said, “This governor did not play politics. He didn’t play it all. He was saying it like it was. And he was giving us the highest grades.”

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‘AMERICA DOES NOT BEND’: President commemorates first September 11 as president; Vows, ‘Our nation will endure’

NEW YORK, N.Y. — President Donald Trump on Monday presided over his first 9/11 ceremony in office, marking the 16th anniversary of the most deadly terror attack to occur on U.S. soil.

With wife Melania by his side, the president observed a solemn moment of silence first at the White House, followed by a second at the Pentagon.

The first moment of silence took place on the White House grounds at 8:45 a.m., marking the moment the first plane, American Flight 11, struck the north tower of the World Trade Center. The second, at the Pentagon, occurred at at 9:03 a.m., marking the moment officials say another plane slammed into Pentagon headquarters 16 years ago.

“For the families with us on this anniversary, we know that not a single day goes by when you don’t think about the loved ones stolen from your life,” Trump said to a crowd of hundreds attending the ceremony. “Today, our entire nation grieves with you and with every family of those 2,977 innocent souls who were murdered by terrorists 16 years ago.”

“On that day not only did the world change, but we all changed,” the president said. “Our eyes were opened to the depths of the evil we faced, but in that hour of darkness we also came together with renewed purpose. Our differences never looked so small, our common bonds never felt so strong.”

“We can never erase your pain, but we can honor their sacrifice by pledging our resolve to do whatever we must to keep our people safe,” the president, himself a native New Yorker, vowed.

Joining Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford a short time later, the president laid a wreath in honor of the victims killed.

Secretary Mattis, who also spoke at the ceremony, said that America will never be intimidated by those who seek to do us harm.

“We never asked for this fight but we are steadfastly committed to seeing it through,” Mattis said at the Pentagon. “We Americans are not made of cotton candy. We’re not seaweed drifting in the current. We are not intimidated by our enemies.”

Mattis added: “Mr. President, your military does not scare.”

“The horror and anguish of that dark day were seared into our national memory forever. Innocent men, women, and children whose lives were taken so needlessly,” Trump said. “Our values will endure, our people will thrive, our nation will prevail, and the memory of our loved ones will never, ever die.”

Last week, the president proclaimed Sept. 11 as “Patriot Day.”

“We rededicate ourselves to the ideals that define our country and unite us as one,” said Trump in a statement, “as we commemorate all the heroes who lost their lives saving others.”

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FIRST LADY BLASTS KATHY GRIFFIN OVER GRUESOME BEHEADING PHOTO; REPORT CLAIMS BARRON THOUGHT HIS FATHER WAS DEAD

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Fallout continued on Wednesday over a gruesome photo released by Kathy Griffith which showed the “D List” actress holding a bloody replica of president Donald Trump’s severed head.

In addition to being called out over the photo by everyone from the Church of Satan to Chelsea Clinton, Griffin received a public reprimand from first lady Melania Trump, who went so far as to question Griffin’s mental health.

“As a mother, a wife and a human being, that photo is very disturbing. When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it,” Mrs. Trump said in a statement.

The first lady’s response comes amid reports that the president’s 11-year-old son, Barron, saw news coverage of the photo and though his father had been murdered.

According to a report published by The Drudge Report (https://twitter.com/DRUDGE_REPORT/status/869929622112157698), sources close to the Trump family say Barron was in front of the TV watching a show when the news came on and he saw the bloody, beheaded image. The child panicked and screamed, “Mommy, Mommy!” and had to be calmed down by caregivers who explained the sickening photo.

“He’s 11. He doesn’t know who Kathy Griffin is and the head she was holding resembled his dad,” the source revealed, saying his initial reaction to the image was that something terrible had happened to his father.

After a wave of backlash over the stunt, Griffin took to Twitter to apologize for the photo saying, “I get it. I went too far” but the apology was not enough to stop a host of venues from cancelling several of the stand up comedian’s upcoming shows.

In a statement released by the Mirage Hotel and Casino, the famed entertainment venue wrote: “MGM Resorts has no future shows scheduled with Ms. Griffin at any of its venues. The incident in question clearly crosses the line of respect and decency and is not something that we support or condone.”

CNN, on which Griffin has appeared each New Year’s Eve with Anderson cooper, also announced on Wednesday that it was terminating Griffin’s contract in response to the controversy.

“CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program,” the network announced Wednesday on Twitter.

Griffin had co-hosted the “New Year’s Eve Live” with Cooper, who also criticized Griffin’s actions as “disgusting” for more than a decade.

“For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in,” said Cooper in a statement. “It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.” Fellow CNN anchor Jake Tapper also condemned the photo.