WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump on Monday issued statement from the White House about the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Va. last weekend after white nationalists clashed with counterprotesters, resulting in one death and dozens of injuries.

Following is the complete transcript of his remarks:


“Thank you.

I’m in Washington today to meet with my economic team about trade policy and major tax cuts and reform. We are renegotiating trade deals and making them good for the American worker. And it’s about time.

Our economy is now strong. The stock market continues to hit record highs. Unemployment is at a 16-year low and businesses are more optimistic than ever before. Companies are moving back to the United States and bringing many thousands of jobs with them. We have already created over one million jobs since I took office. We will be discussing economic issues in greater detail later this afternoon.

But based on the events that took place over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, I would like to provide the nation with an update on the ongoing federal response to the horrific attack and violence that was witnessed by everyone. I just met with F.B.I. Director Christopher Wray, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into the deadly car attack that killed one innocent American and wounded 20 others.

To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered. As I said on Saturday, we condemn, in the strongest possible terms, this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America.

And as I have said many times before, no matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws. We all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God.

We must love each other, show affection for each other and unite together in condemnation of hatred, bigotry and violence. We must rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty, that bring us together as Americans.

Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the K.K.K., neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.

We are a nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal. We are equal in the eyes of our creator. We are equal under the law. And we are equal under our Constitution.

Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America. Two days ago, a young American woman, Heather Heyer, was tragically killed. Her death fills us with grief and we send her family our thoughts, our prayers and our love.

We also mourn the two Virginia state troopers who died in service to their community, their commonwealth and their country. Troopers Jay Cullen and Berke Bates exemplify the very best of America and our hearts go out to their families, their friends and every member of American law enforcement.

These three fallen Americans embody the goodness and decency of our nation. In times such as these, America has always shown its true character. Responding to hate with love, division with unity and violence with an unwavering resolve for justice.

As a candidate I promised to restore law and order to our country and our federal law enforcement agencies are following through on that pledge. We will spare no resource in fighting so that every American child can grow up free from violence and fear.

We will defend and protect the sacred rights of all Americans, and we will work together so that every citizen in this blessed land is free to follow their dreams, in their hearts, and to express the love and joy in their souls.

Thank you. God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you very much.”

Click link below for full video of the president’s speech courtesy Associated Press:



WASHINGTON, D.C. — An evangelical pastor has come forward with claims that a high ranking Republican official told him of plans to “take out” president Donald Trump.

Rodney Howard-Browne claims he is going public with the information in an effort to prevent Trump from becoming “the next JFK”.

During an appearance on Revival Ministries International (, Howard-Browne said he spent “from 9:30 in the evening until 12:30am with one of the senior ranking members of Congress” who told him of the plot and advised him that “there’s nothing we can do to stop it.”

“He said ‘there is a plot on Capitol Hill to take the president out’, I said ‘you mean by impeachment or by indictment’ – he said ‘no, to take him out, he will be removed suddenly from office’,” said Howard-Browne, before adding, “you can read between the lines”.

Howard-Browne refused to identify the Congressman who allegedly told him of the plot to kill the president but said he “had been in office since 1996”.

Howard-Browne claims that he shared the warning during an interview on the CBN Network but that network executives ordered that portion of the interview be cut out.
He says he has decided “to go public with this because we have to.”

The pastor claims the congressman informed him of the plan by the “deep state” to stop Trump because of his agenda to redirect America back toward Conservative values and that they were trying to “set the president up in every way”.

With non-lethal plans to stop him apparently failing, says Howard-Browne, the Congressman advised him that it’s now time to move on to “Plan-B”.

As a result of the meeting with the congressman, Howard-Browne has called for people around the world to “pray around the clock for the protection of the president” and asked a group of pastors who had gathered with him in the Oval Office to lay hands on Trump and pray for his safety. A photo of Howard-Browne leading his fellow pastors in prayer over the 45th president quickly went viral when it was released by the South African pastor on social media.





WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Brad Sherman, (D)-Calif., on Wednesday filed impeachment articles against President Donald Trump alleging the president interfered with the ongoing federal investigation into what, if any, role Russia may have played in the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Sherman unveiled the bill, HR 438, on Wednesday alleging Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey in an effort to thwart the federal investigation into Russian interference, and accusing the president of obstruction of justice.

“Donald John Trump has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of people of the United States,” the bill reads. “Wherefore, Donald John Trump, by such conduct warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office.”

The likelihood that Sherman’s bill will get anywhere is minute considering the only other representative to sign onto it is Rep. Al Green, (D)-Texas, who has also repeatedly called for Trump’s impeachment.

Most Democrats have scoffed at signing such bills due to the fact that Republicans control both the House and the Senate and consider arguing for such an act a waste of time. That said, House Democrats have no less waged war against the Trump administration, particularly in light of recent revelations that Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., has admitted to meeting with Russian insiders in the Spring of 2016 in an effort to obtain information on his father’s then political rival Hillary Clinton.

Asked about the impeachment bill during an off-camera moment at at White House briefing, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called it “utterly ridiculous” and “a political game at its worst.”

In a statement, Sherman said he and Green will push the Judiciary Committee for hearings on the matter and added that he hopes introducing articles of impeachment would “inspire an ‘intervention’ in the White House.”

Sherman, acknowledging the fact that the Bill is likely to go nowhere, called his efforts “the first step on a very long road,” and said he believes Republicans will eventually join the effort “many, many months from now” if the president’s “incompetence” continues.

Only three presidents in history have been the subject of impeachment proceedings. Both Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton 1999 were acquitted but were permitted to remain in office. Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 to avoid official impeachment.





WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump on Monday accused James Comey of leaking classified material in response to a report claiming that half the memos Comey wrote detailing Russia-related conversations with the president contained top secret information.

The allegations against Comey, who was fired from his position as FBI Director by Trump months ago, suggest that Comey may have violated the same rules and ignored the same security protocols that he publicly criticized Hillary Clinton for in 2016.

A report published by The Hill ( quoted “officials familiar with the documents,” who claim Comey authored a total of seven memos that detailed his talks with Trump in regard to Russia and that four of them contained classified material at the “secret” or “confidential” level.

While testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, Comey admitted to leaking at least one memo to the press in what he them claimed was an effort to get a special prosecutor appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

“So you didn’t consider your memo or your sense of that conversation to be a government document?” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) asked Comey on June 8. “You considered it to be, somehow, your own personal document that you could share to the media as you wanted through a friend?”

“Correct,” Comey answered. “I understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president. As a private citizen, I thought it important to get it out.”

According to The Hill’s report, the memos were recently obtained by Congress, much to the president’s dismay.

“James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!” the president tweeted in response to the revelations on Monday.

The news on Comey comes just one day after Donald Trump Jr admitted to having met with a Russian lawyer in the Spring of 2016 who promised “dirt” on his father’s then political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. According to the younger Trump, the information turned out to be flimsy and unsubstantial and nothing came of the talks.

Trump, Jr., claims that he met with the Russian lawyer on his own accord and that his father knew nothing of the meeting. Democrats, however, have seized the opportunity to call for Trump’s impeachment, claiming the admission serves as proof of collusion between Russia and the Trump administration to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

The White House claims no wrong doing in regard to the controversy.



WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fulfilling another of his campaign promises, President Donald Trump on Friday signed Veterans Affairs reform legislation designed to protect whistle blowers who report inappropriate treatment of U.S. veterans.

“Veterans have fulfilled their duty to this nation and now, we must fulfill our duty to them,” Trump said as he signed the legislative order. “So to every veteran who is here with us today, I just want to say two very simple words, thank you.”

During a signing ceremony in the White House’s East Room, the president called it a “national disgrace” that many VA workers involved in mistreatment of veterans were allowed to remain in their roles and that the new law will make sure it “never happens again.”

“This is one of the largest reforms of the VA in its history,” Trump told an audience filled with veterans and their families.

The legislation speeds up the process for VA Secretary David Shulkin to terminate employees, regardless of rank, and permits the agency to rescind bonuses if an employee is convicted of a felony related to his or her duties. It also provides additional protection for whistle blowers who report ill care of mistreatment of veterans being cared for by the VA.

The bill was prompted by the 2014 scandal involving a Phoenix VA medical center where patients died while waiting for health care.

“What happened was a national disgrace and yet, some of the employees involved in these scandals remained on the payrolls,” Trump said.

The House voted 368-55 last week to pass the new legislation before sending it to the president’s desk.

Despite overwhelming bipartisan support for the bill, which was approved by the Senate earlier this month, critics of the legislation have likened the order to a “witch hunt”.

“When poor performers are not dealt with it is not because the civil service laws or procedures are too difficult to utilize. It is because managers do not want to put forward the effort to properly document poor performance so that they can remove or demote these people,” American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. told the Senate.

Despite the criticism, the president called the legislation a “new day” for veterans.

“Veterans were put on secret wait lists, given the wrong medication, given the bad treatments, and ignored in moments of crisis for them. Many veterans died waiting for a simple doctor’s appointment,” said Trump. “Outdated laws kept the government from holding those who failed our veterans accountable.”

“Today,” he added, “we are finally changing those laws.”






LOS ANGELES, CA — Hollywood star Johnny Depp is under fire for remarks he made during an appearance in England to promote a film, during which he called for the assassination of American president Donald Trump.

Depp, who was appearing at a theater in Glastonbury, England to introduce his 2004 film “The Libertine”, began discussing the last time a president was assassinated in a theater, reports The Guardian (

“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” Depp asked, referencing John Wilkes Booth assassination of Republican President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

“I want to clarify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living,” Depp said. “However, it has been a while and maybe it is time.”

Depp’s comments come just one week after the politically-motivated shooting of Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise by self proclaimed “anti-Republican activist” James “Tom” Hodgkinson.

In a statement, a spokesperson for President Trump condemned Depp’s comments calling them “sad”.

“President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and its sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead,” the statement reads. “I hope that some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a democrat elected official.”

When reached for comment, a representative for the Secret Service said the agency has been made aware of Depp’s comments and confirmed that they are investigating.

“The Secret Service is aware of the Mr. Depp’s comments. For operational security reasons, we do not discuss specifically or in general terms the means and methods of how we conduct our protective responsibilities,” the spokesperson said.

Depp’s comments are the latest in a string of controversial statements by Hollywood celebrities that have called for the death of President Trump.

Earlier this month, comedian Kathy Griffin faced a wave of backlash after being photographed holding up a replica of the president’s bloody, severed head. The incident led to a boycott of Griffin’s shows and venues across the country cancelled her upcoming appearances. Many of Griffin’s sponsors also dropped her as a direct result of the controversy.

“Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself,” the president wrote on Twitter. “My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”

Facing similar backlash, Depp issued a statement on Friday apologizing for his comments in an effort to calm the controversy.

“I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” Depp told People Magazine ( “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”

Despite Depp’s atonement, calls have surfaced on social media for an immediate boycott of Depp’s movies and for the actor to be fired from Disney, the company that produces his films.

“@Disney Do you support Johnny Depp’s statement “when was the last time an actor assassinated a President?” After shooting just days ago?” one Twitter user asked the entertainment giant?

So far, there has been no official response from Disney over the controversy.



WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump ordered the drop of the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. military’s arsenal on Thursday in response to the death of a U.S. Marine.

The The MOAB — Massive Ordinance Air Blast — also known as the “Mother of All Bombs” was dropped on an ISIS tunnel complex in Nangarhar Province after a Green Beret was killed fighting ISIS there, a U.S. defense official has confirmed.

It was the first time the a 21,000-pound bomb had been utilized since it’s development in 2003.

“The strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. Forces conducting clearing operations in the area while maximizing the destruction of ISIS-K fighters and facilities,” the Pentagon said in a statement, referencing the term for the Islamic State’s Afghanistan branch.

In a statement from the White House, press secretary Sean Spicer said the strike targeted a “system of tunnels and caves that ISIS fighters used to move around freely.” Spicer added that the U.S. “took all precautions necessary” to minimize civilian casualties.

Gen. John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, signed off on the use of the bomb at Trump’s direction, according to the sources.

Trump, during his presidential campaign, had famously vowed to “bomb the sh-t” out of ISIS if elected.



MOSCOW, RUSSIA — Russian president Vladimir Putin met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today in an apparent about face.

Putin, who had earlier in the week refused to meet with Tillerson amid tensions over the American strike on Syria, spoke with Tillerson in Moscow for nearly two hours, a U.S. Embassy spokesperson has confirmed.

The meeting comes after harsh words by president Trump toward Russia, who he claims assisted Syria in a deadly chemical strike on Syrian civilians that killed dozens of people.

“If Russia didn’t go in and back this animal (Syrian president Bashar al-Assad), you wouldn’t have a problem right now,” said Trump.

Sources with close knowledge of the meeting said that Tillerson pushed Putin to cooperate with the United States in helping to bring Syria under control. Despite a long standing friendship between Tillerson and Putin, the meeting was described as “tense”.

During the 24 hour period leading up to Tillerson’s landing in Moscow, the White House accused the Russian government of hiding evidence that proved al-Assad was responsible the gassing of his own people, launched from a base where Russian troops are operating.

In a statement, an angry Putin shot back that the charge was fabricated and accused President Trump, who American media claimed had collaborated with Putin to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 election, of fabricating the evidence to create a fake confrontation.

“This reminds me very much of the events of 2003, when U.S. representatives in the Security Council showed alleged chemical weapons discovered in Iraq,” said Putin, referring to intelligence that Mr. Trump has also cited in recent months. “The exact same thing is happening now,” he argued.

Sean Spicer, when asked about to expect in regard to the meeting between Tillerson and Putin on Wednesday, said Tillerson was expected to focus on the mutual interests of the United States and Russia but that Tillerson would also put Putin on notice that the U.S. will not tolerate further acts of aggression by Russia or their Syrian ally.

“I think there is a shared interest in defeating ISIS in the region that we have a national security concern that should align with their national security concern,” he said. “Russia right now is an island. It’s Russia, North Korea and Iran … Russia is among that group the only non-failed state.”

Russia is only “isolating” itself by standing by Assad, he added.

The Kremlin had said earlier in the week that Putin would not meet with Mr. Tillerson upon his arrival, but on Wednesday the Russian leader’s spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, said Putin would “consider” meeting with Tillerson at some point “depending on how Tillerson’s other talks” went.

As a matter of protocol, Russian leaders have greeted virtually all new secretaries of state since the end of World War II, and the initial refusal was considered to be a major snub to U.S. Russian relations and was cited by many political experts as a an effort by Mr. Putin to show Tillerson that just who was in control.

Before heading back behind closed doors, Putin and Tillerson shared a stiff handshake and made no eye contact.

Russia has said that despite U.S. concerns, they will continue to back their Syrian ally and will do “whatever it takes” to ensure that al-Assad has the military backing necessary to thwart off another U.S. attack.