October 23, 2020

President Trump on Friday announced that Israel and Sudan will normalize relations — and in the process unsuccessfully sought an attack on his Democratic opponent from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The White House on Friday said that Israel and Sudan "have agreed to the normalization of relations," touting this as a "historic agreement" and calling it "another major step toward building peace in the Middle East." Trump spoke in the Oval Office about the agreement, with Netanyahu joining him over the phone, and got in a dig at Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

"Do you think Sleepy Joe could have made this deal, Bibi?" Trump asked Netanyahu. "Sleepy Joe. Do you think he would have made this deal? Somehow, I don't think so."

But Trump didn't get what he was apparently looking for from Netanyahu, who ignored the question about Biden entirely and avoided going after the former vice president.

"Well, Mr. President," Netanyahu responded, "one thing I can tell you is we appreciate the help for peace from anyone in America." Brendan Morrow

February 26, 2017

In the latest volley of his war on the press, President Trump tweeted Saturday evening that he will break with decades of tradition to skip the White House Correspondents' Dinner, which is scheduled for April 29.

The White House Correspondents' Association said in a statement it "takes note" of Trump's decision, but will not cancel this "celebration of the First Amendment and the important role played by an independent news media in a healthy republic." Several media outlets already canceled their pre- and after-parties in protest of Trump's behavior.

The last president to miss the dinner was Ronald Reagan in 1981; he skipped because he was recovering from being shot in an assassination attempt — but still phoned in a message. Bonnie Kristian

August 11, 2016

A Republican state representative said he showed up to a town hall for vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on Wednesday only to find that he no longer had a place to sit. While State Rep. Niraj Antani (R-Ohio) had initially been seated in a VIP area for elected officials, he says he was relegated to the general admission section because of a tweet he'd written about Donald Trump:

Antani, who was a delegate for Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), claimed he'd received a call from the Trump campaign Wednesday requesting he take down the tweet. Though he thought the tweet was "pretty blasé," Antani said he agreed to remove it. He found out about the seating snub afterwards.

Though Pence called Antani after the event to apologize for the "misunderstanding," Antani said he probably won't be endorsing Trump now. "I don't care about the tweet, I don't care abut the seating, this is more how they treat people who weren't with them in the primary," he said. "This is how they treat someone whose willing to come on board. I wonder how they treat people who are against them." Becca Stanek

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