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By Phaedrus
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After claiming to CNN on Wednesday that “nobody” in the White House talks about Hillary Clinton, President Trump’s special counselor Kellyanne Conway said on Fox Thursday that administration officials discuss Trump’s vanquished 2016 election opponent because they are forced to.

“I know people love to talk about how we’re so obsessed with Hillary Clinton here,” Conway said on “Fox & Friends.” “The fact is, we only have to talk about her because people won’t let go of an election that she lost miserably.”

In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday night, Conway insisted Clinton is never discussed in the West Wing.

“We don’t care about her. Nobody here talks about her,” Conway said. “Nobody here talks about Hillary Clinton, I promise you.”

Conway’s claim came just hours after Trump brought up Clinton multiple times, unprompted, at the White House during a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
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By Phaedrus
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Trump's Deputy Drug Czar Is A 24-Year-Old With A Flimsy Work History
HuffPost Dominique Mosbergen,HuffPost 12 hours ago

A 24-year-old appointed to a top position in the White House drug policy office has come under scrutiny in recent days for his scanty résumé and lack of qualifications.

A new Washington Post report reveals that one of Taylor Weyeneth’s few previous jobs ended ignominiously. Weyeneth was “let go” from a New York law firm in 2015 because he didn’t show up to work, the paper reports.

Weyeneth was appointed last year as deputy chief of staff of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, or ONDCP, which coordinates federal drug-control efforts, and questions have recently been raised about his fitness for the role.

Prior to his work for the Trump administration, the only job he’d held since graduating from college in 2016 was working on President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the Post reported earlier this month. As a high schooler, Weyeneth worked for a family firm that processed health products; and as an undergraduate, he had a job as a legal assistant at the New York law firm O’Dwyer & Bernstien.

The Post’s new exposé over the weekend reported that Weyeneth had fudged details in the résumé he submitted to the government, including the length of time he’d spent at the law firm and as the vice president of his college fraternity.

Weyeneth was “discharged” from O’Dwyer & Bernstien for failing to come to work, a partner at the firm, Brian O’Dwyer, told the paper. He “just didn’t show,” O’Dwyer said.

Weyeneth has been reassigned to “administrative work,” following questions about his background, the Post reported, although he continues to hold the title of deputy chief of staff. A replacement as the office second-in-command is being sought, the paper said.

ONDCP didn’t immediately answer HuffPost’s request for comment.

The reports about Weyeneth have emerged as the opioid epidemic, which Trump declared a public health emergency in October, continues to escalate. Politico reported this month that “virtually nothing of consequence has been done” by the White House to address the crisis, despite Trump’s promises to tackle the “scourge of addiction.”

In fact, the Trump administration is allegedly planning to slash the ONDCP budget by 95 percent, Politico reported.

Last week, 10 Democratic senators signed a letter excoriating Trump for hiring Weyeneth, and for his failure to adequately tackle the opioid crisis.

“You have claimed that the opioid epidemic is a top priority for your administration, but the personnel you have staffing these key agencies ― and the lack of nominees to head them ― is cause for deep concern,” said the lawmakers, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). “This crisis knows no bounds, and we are committed to working across party lines with anyone who is serious about addressing this devastating epidemic.”

As the Associated Press notes, ONDCP has no permanent director.
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By Boro Friend
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Well the Dem's are suddenly worried about national security. We will see what happens in 2 or 3 weeks. Apparently it's no big deal to you, so release the memo.
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By Phaedrus
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Agreed. Release the memo. It's just like the agent a few weeks back who supposedly had explosive material, but said he could not release it because of top secrecy. Turned out he could because of whistleblower protection and it turned out to be nothing. But, for a short time, the Right-wing press was able to make a lot of noise about it. The memo is more valuable as a propaganda tool and is a classic move, like people running about saying they have a list of names of subversives.
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