Senior White House official George David Banks has “resigned” after being told that his security clearance had been denied. It makes him the third White House official to resign in just one week.
Banks, who served as Special Assistant to the President for International Energy and Environment for nearly a year, told Politico on Wednesday that his application for a permanent security clearance had been denied.
According to Banks, his security clearance had been denied because he admitted to smoking marijuana in 2013, which is illegal under federal law — however, the current policy is that they can get clearance unless they lied about it.
The allegations surrounding Porter have prompted questions about the handling of permanent security clearances as Porter, along with some other officials at the White House, were using interim clearances. The White House has also been under fire for its handling of the allegations against Porter.
Trump Replays His Own Rallies on White House TVs 24/7
Turns out Donald Trump is so thin skinned that he revels in watching moments from his rallies on a television screens that he’s installed all over the White House, including multiple ones now in the White House dining room.
. But new reporting says Mr Trump’s TV watching doesn’t stop in the bedroom: he and his associates watch his nationwide rallies on 60 inch TV that is installed in a dining room attached to the Oval Office .
“They don’t realize, it’s a lot of work,” Mr Trump reportedly added. “It’s not easy,” when asked about his TV time.
This is not exactly shocking. Trump’s obsession with both television and himself is well-documented, and what better way to combine those two favorite pastimes than to watch himself bloviate for an hour? Earlier this year at CPAC, he pointed at a picture of himself and said, “I’d love to watch that guy speak.”
People close to Trump told The New York Times that Trump spends at least that much time in front of a TV each day, and sometimes spends as many as eight hours watching television, non-stop.
The Times reports that Trump begins each day around 5:30 a.m. by turning on CNN before quickly flipping to Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.” He occasionally watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” because it works him up, Trump’s friends told the Times.
FLOTUS Trump Stars War For Christmas Early
Declaring that the US is already #bebest, Melania Trump shared that planning for “Christmas at the White House” has not only already begun but is well underway Thursday with a great behind-the-scenes shot on Instagram.
“Planning is underway for this year’s #Christmas at the @WhiteHouse! There is still a lot of work to be done, but I hope everyone will enjoy our final holiday vision for the People’s House,” the first lady captioned her post showing her wearing a gorgeous red dress as she looked over plans for the annual celebration.
In the picture, we can also see some kind of binder with photos left open, a box of ornaments, floral decor, fabric and more snaps.
Trump Sued by Former Driver for Unpaid Wages
Turns out that Donald Trump eventually screws everyone, including his personal driver of 20 years. The driver, Noel Cintron says he “was forced to work thousands of hours of overtime without compensation” before Secret Service took over the job of ferrying President Trump. Cintron no longer drives the president but his service to the Trump Organization allegedly continues as a member of its security staff.
Represented by the firm Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, the July 9 suit in Manhattan Supreme Court demands compensation for six years of service under the applicable statute of limitations.
A representative for the Trump Organization insisted on anonymity to relay comment on the suit.
“Mr. Cintron was at all times paid generously and in accordance with the law,” the representative said. “Once the facts come out we expect to be fully vindicated in court.”
For the last eight years, according to the complaint, Cintron has been earning $75,000 a year. This is up $7,000 from Cintron’s last raise in 2006, but the driver disputes that the 2010 salary was actually a raise since it came at the expense of his health insurance. By paying Cintron a little more, the Trump Organization allegedly saved itself $17,866.08 per year in premiums.
The first page of Cintron’s 14-page lawsuit is rife with indignation. “In an utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement and without even a minimal sense of noblesse oblige President Donald Trump has, through the defendant entities, exploited and denied significant wages to his own longstanding personal driver,” it states.
Later the complaint says: “President Trump’s further callousness and cupidity is further demonstrated by the fact that while he is purportedly a billionaire, he has not given his personal driver a meaningful raise in over 12 years!”
Cintron’s schedule at the Trump Organization has allegdly been a grueling one: five days a week, from approximately 7 a.m. “to whenever Donald Trump, his family or business associates no longer required his plaintiff’s services.” Typically this works out to at least a 50-hour week.
Because Trump required Cintron “to be ready … at a moment’s notice,” according to the complaint, the time in between trips could not be used for Cintron’s personal errands.
Cintron calculates that, on top of his regular pay, Trump should have paid him about $540 in overtime pay per week which is time and a half for 550 hours of uncompensated overtime per year for the past six years.
The driver’s duties also allegedly involved performing running personal errands for his supervisor at the Trump Organization, Matthew Calamari, who used to be the president’s bodyguard.
Trump has also neglected to reimburse Cintron for accrued vacation time, accrued sick days and expenses, according to the complaint.
Cintron seeks damages under federal and New York labor law. Both the Trump Organization and Trump Tower Commercial LLC are named as defendants.
Having intervened in federal proceedings involving Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, the Trump Organization is represented by Law Offices of Alan S. Futerfas.
In 2015, Newsweek quoted another personal driver of Trump’s, Eddie Diaz, as saying that the real estate mogul insisted on being chauffered in American cars. Diaz also reportedly said that he and his passenger ate together regularly, with Trump only footing the bill “once in a while.”
The Secret Service took up residence inside Trump Tower in late 2015 but had to relocate to a trailer just outside a midtown skyscraper in August 2017 after a lease agreement with the Trump Organization fell apart.
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