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Trump 'furious' at Guilfoyle's bid for Spicer's job, 'She's using us'

Trump 'furious' at Guilfoyle's bid for Spicer's job, 'She's using us'

President Trump is "furious" at reports that Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle is gunning for White House spokesman Sean's Spicer's job, telling aides that his press secretary is a vital part of his operation, according to insiders.

Knowledgeable sources said that Trump was angered when she went to the press to announce that she was talking to Trump aides about the job.

In what was viewed as a 'diss' by Team Trump, she told the San Jose Mercury News, "Sean Spicer is a very nice man and a patriot; he's dedicated himself to this public service." She added, "I wish him the best, and I know he puts a lot of effort into it."

But she reached for his job. "I'm a patriot, and it would be an honor to serve the country," Guilfoyle said. "I think it'd be a fascinating job. It's a challenging job, and you need someone really determined and focused, a great communicator in there with deep knowledge to be able to handle that position."

That did not go down well in the Oval Office.

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Trump to unveil plans for an ‘Arab NATO’ in Saudi Arabia

Trump to unveil plans for an ‘Arab NATO’ in Saudi Arabia

When President Trump arrives in Riyadh this week, he will lay out his vision for a new regional security architecture White House officials call an “Arab NATO,” to guide the fight against terrorism and push back against Iran. As a cornerstone of the plan, Trump will also announce one of the largest arms-sales deals in history.

Behind the scenes, the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia have been conducting extensive negotiations, led by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The discussions began shortly after the presidential election, when Mohammed, known in Washington as “MBS,” sent a delegation to meet with Kushner and other Trump officials at Trump Tower.

After years of disillusionment with the Obama administration, the Saudi leadership was eager to do business. “They were willing to make a bet on Trump and on America,” a senior White House official said. 

In that meeting and during a follow-up meeting three weeks later, the Saudis proposed a broad elevation of the U.S.-Saudi relationship and proposed various projects to increase security cooperation, economic cooperation and investment, White House officials said. The Trump team gave the Saudis a list of Trump priorities, calling on the kingdom to step up actions to combat radical Islamic extremism, intensify the fight against the Islamic State and share the burden of regional security.

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has tasked various government agencies to develop a series of announcements Trump will make this weekend. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is now heavily involved. One main objective is to put forth a framework and basic principles for a unified Sunni coalition of countries, which would set the stage for a more formal NATO-like organizational structure down the line.

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Spicer Doesn’t Say Jerusalem Is in Israel

Spicer Doesn’t Say Jerusalem Is in Israel

Pressed on the White House's dodging on whether the Western Wall is part of Israel, Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not even say Tuesday that Jerusalem is in Israel.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster declined two times to say whether the Western Wall was a part of Israel when he briefed the press on Tuesday. The questions on the matter stemmed from a U.S. diplomat reportedly telling the Israelis that the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City is part of the West Bank and "not your territory," and thus Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could not join Trump on a visit to the site.

A reporter noted McMaster's refusal to clarify the matter was causing a stir and asked Spicer "why you guys can't answer that question."

"The Western Wall is obviously one of the holiest sites in the Jewish faith," Spicer said. "It's clearly in Jerusalem, but there's been—it's an issue that has had serious consideration. It'll be a topic that's going to be discussed during the president's trip between parties that he meets with, but obviously, I think, this stems from a comment that was made yesterday which was not the policy of the United States."

The White House stated on Monday that the diplomat's remarks did not reflect Trump's views.

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McConnell: Border tax 'probably wouldn't pass the Senate'

McConnell: Border tax 'probably wouldn't pass the Senate'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) border-adjustment proposal to tax imports "probably wouldn't pass the Senate."

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, McConnell said that he is meeting with Ryan and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in the hopes of reaching an agreement on a tax-reform proposal. 

"Border adjustability is a pretty controversial thing in the Senate, but we'll see what's in the final thing we agree to," McConnell said.

McConnell's comments echo other senators' remarks about the border-adjustment proposal, which would subject imports to U.S. taxes while exempting exports. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said earlier this year that the House plan wouldn't get 10 votes in the Senate.

Even among House Republicans, the proposal may be a tough sell. An analysis from The Hill has found that there are dozens of House GOP lawmakers who have concerns about the border-adjustment tax or are undecided about it.

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Hackers Sell Second NSA-Developed Cyber-Weapon On Dark Web

Hackers Sell Second NSA-Developed Cyber-Weapon On Dark Web

While a second variant of the WannaCry(pt) ransomware (based on NSA's EternalBlue exploit) was spreading across the globe yesterday, The FT reports criminal hacking groups have repurposed a second classified cyber weapon stolen from US spies and have made it available on the so-called dark web.

On Monday, the WannaCry attack, which hit 370,000 computers across 150 countries, appeared to slow. Europol, the European police agency, said the spread of the virus had stalled in Europe. But while infection rates have slowed, a Europol spokeswoman warned, "we do not think this is the end of the crisis. The hackers have already evolved the malware, and will probably continue to do so."

Notably as Europe woke up (and US opened), the infection rate started to rise once again...

But as The FT reports, intelligence and law-enforcement officials said they fear WannaCry may foreshadow a wave of similarly damaging attacks, as criminals and others race to make use of digital weapons that for years were only available to the most technologically sophisticated nation states.

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