David Taintor

David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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President Donald Trump is not one to leave a slight unaddressed.

After Sen.-elect Mitt Romney wrote in the Washington Post Tuesday that Trump “has not risen to the mantle of the office,” the President poked back on Twitter.

Trump’s tweet referenced outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), a frequent and vocal critic of the President who nevertheless often voted to advance the Trump agenda.

Romney penned the op-ed just days before he is set to be sworn into the Senate.

“With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring,” Romney wrote.

Read Romney’s op-ed here.

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Michael Cohen continued to claim that he has never been to Prague in a tweet on Thursday, hours after McClatchy reported that foreign intelligence services have data that places Cohen’s cellphone in the Czech capital in the summer of 2016:

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attacked CNN on Thursday over a report that President Trump signing “Make America Great Again” hats may have violated a rule against troops participating in political activities. Sanders tweeted in response:

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CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said Thursday that President Trump’s strategy amounts to this: cater to the base.

I mean, he is gonna close down the government because Ann Coulter got mad at him. And that’s, you know, where we are on the budget side. And Mattis is a representative of a broad Washington consensus about military matters. He is not known as a particularly political person. But he’s out now,” Toobin said.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Wednesday morning that Republicans would introduce a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through Feb. 8.

Earlier Wednesday, the White House signaled it was open to a short-term solution to avert a government shutdown, according to the Washington Post. White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway told reporters the administration would “certainly” consider a continuing resolution.

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