Sarah Sanders is conducting the White House press briefing. - Live updates: ...

Sarah Sanders is conducting the White House press briefing. - Live updates: ...
Sarah Sanders is conducting the White House press briefing. 

- Live updates: ...

23 min ago

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will take reporters' questions at 2:30 p.m. ET. Here are some things that could come up:

told reporters last month he didn't know about the $130,000 his lawyer paid to Stormy Daniels, but today he described how he reimbursed that money. So which is true? Rudy Giuliani's interviews last night — in which he directly contradicted the President at least once — have many in the White House taken aback. Does have confidence in his new legal adviser? Giuliani also outlined conditions for a possible interview between the President and special counsel Robert Mueller. Will sit down with Mueller if those conditions are met? NBC News is reporting that federal investigators have wiretapped 's longtime layer Michael Cohen, and at least one call between Cohen and the White House was intercepted. What was the call about — and was it with ? The President has teased the possible release of three Americans held captive in North Korea. Will they be released? If so, when? Speaking of North Korea, are there any more details about 's upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un?

2 hr 22 min ago

Several White House officials were taken aback by Giuliani's dramatic interview Wednesday night.

One senior White House official told CNN that Giuliani's performance came off as "clumsy" to them.

Two White House officials told CNN that managing the situation is now out of their control, and several others pointed out that Giuliani and have their own conversations before Giuliani goes on cable news — further proving that the President is his own communications director. 

A source familiar with the conversation confirmed that was not at all upset about Giuliani's performance. 

2 hr 23 min ago

From CNN’s Dana Bash and Kaitlan Collins

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Rudy Giuliani's cable rollout as a member of President 's legal team, and the torrent of statements he made Wednesday night, caught many in the White House off guard and flat-footed, highlighting the continued chaotic nature of the President's communications strategy.

Giuliani told CNN Thursday he and are in sync.

"You won't see daylight between me and the President. The strategy is to get everything wrapped up and done with this so that it doesn't take on a life of its own."

The former New York City mayor said he spoke to before and after his explosive announcement on Fox News last night when he said the President had reimbursed his attorney Michael Cohen for the $130,000 payment to the porn actress Stormy Daniels.

But Giuliani conceded that White House officials were caught off guard by his comments.

"They were, there was no way they wouldn't be," he told CNN Thursday. "The President is my client, I don't talk to them." 

Case in point: White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley had pre-taped an interview with Fox News Wednesday that was set to air in the 11 p.m. ET hour. But after Giuliani announced had in fact paid back Cohen for the hush money payment, Gidley had to return to the studio for a live interview.

Gidley told Fox host Shannon Bream that he had "no idea of the topics of the show" and referred questions to the President's outside counsel.

"I'm not an attorney," Gidley told Bream. "I just work at the White House."


2 hr 37 min ago

President is giving remarks at a National Day of Prayer event at the White House

"It is wonderful to be here on this glorious spring morning as we celebrate the National Day of Prayer at the White House, in the Rose Garden. I want to thank Vice President Mike Pence and Karen for joining us, very special people," said.

He added, "You'll see some very good announcements very shortly," although he did not elaborate.

2 hr 59 min ago

From CNN’s Steven Jiang

Kim Jong Un reaffirmed North Korea’s commitment to denuclearization in a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Pyongyang on Thursday, according to China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

“Denuclearization of the peninsula is DPRK's firm position,” the ministry quoted Kim in a statement. “DPRK commends China's positive contribution to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, and is willing to strength strategic communication with China,” Kim was quoted as having told Wang.

Kim's comments come as President is planning to meet Kim.

3 hr 9 min ago

President is shifting his story about the Stormy Daniels controversy following the revelation by his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, that the President reimbursed a payment to the adult film actress by Michael Cohen.

said today denied that campaign money was used to reimburse Cohen and that he was paid via retainer.

But — and his staffers — have previously said he was not aware of the $130,000 Cohen paid Daniels.

Here are some of the times team denied the President had knowledge of the payment:

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, March 3: "There was no knowledge of any payments from the President, and he's denied all of these allegations." Principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah, March 26: "The President strongly, clearly and has consistently denied these underlying claims. And the only person who has been inconsistent is the one making the claims." himself, April 5: "No. I don't know."

3 hr 51 min ago

Obtained by CNN’s Kaitlan Collins

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Vice President Mike Pence is putting a trip to Brazil on hold so "all diplomatic and national security resources" are available to , who's planning to meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un soon.

Alyssa Farah, press secretary to the Vice President, released this statement:

“The Vice President is delaying his trip to Brazil in order to ensure all diplomatic and national security resources are available as President  plans for his historic talks with the Kim regime. The Vice President looks forward to traveling to Brazil in the near future and will continue to work closely with U.S. allies in Latin America to further strengthen our importance alliances in the region."  

3 hr 54 min ago

From CNN's Clare Foran

Rudy Giuliani, a recent addition to President 's legal team, sketched out a set of terms on Wednesday for a potential interview between and special counsel Robert Mueller in an interview with The Washington Post.

Giuliani told The Post that if the President participates in an interview with Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, it would need to be no longer than "two to three hours" of questioning. The interview would need to based on "a narrow set of questions."

5 hr 3 min ago

Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that President Donald paid back his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, the $130,000 in hush money that was used to pay off Stormy Daniels.

That's a direct contradiction to what has previously said. The President has denied knowledge of the payment, which has since spurred a lawsuit against the President.


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