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May 16, 2018

President Trump "fully reimbursed" his attorney, Michael Cohen, for "2016 expenses," per his public financial disclosure released Wednesday.

In October 2016, Cohen paid $130,000 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels as part of a hush agreement, to keep her from discussing an affair she says she had with Trump in 2006. The president, who denies the affair, previously denied knowing about the payment, but his attorney Rudy Giuliani revealed earlier this month that Trump had in fact repaid Cohen. Trump later sought to downplay the accuracy of Giuliani's explanation, saying the attorney still needed to "get his facts straight," but Trump himself tweeted an admission that he had reimbursed Cohen, arguing that the payment was not related to his presidential campaign.

The financial disclosure is the first official acknowledgement that Trump was involved with the payment to Daniels. It does not list the reason for the expense, but notes that the value of the reimbursement was between $100,001 and $250,000. Per the form, Trump reimbursed Cohen in 2017. Summer Meza

3:56 a.m.

In a tweet Monday night, President Trump said that "next week," Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents "will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States." Trump appears to be referring to a real plan "in preparation for months that aims to round up thousands of migrant parents and children in a blitz operation across major U.S. cities," The Washington Post notes, but "publicizing a future law enforcement operation is unheard of at ICE."

"U.S. officials with knowledge of the preparations have said in recent days that the operation was not imminent, and ICE officials said late Monday night that they were not aware that the president planned to divulge their enforcement plans on Twitter," the Post reports. "Executing a large-scale operation of the type under discussion requires hundreds — and perhaps thousands — of U.S. agents and supporting law enforcement personnel, as well as weeks of intelligence gathering and planning," and ICE, busy with the surge of migrants at the border, doesn't appear to have the numbers or the budget to deport "millions" of people.

Still, Trump's acting Homeland Security Department leadership appears more compliant than the officials he pushed out in April, notably Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and ICE director Ronald Vitiello. Both "were ousted after they hesitated to go forward with the plan, expressing concerns about its preparation, effectiveness, and the risk of public outrage from images of migrant children being taken into custody," the Post reports.

The Trump advisers pushing the plan argue a big, dramatic show of mass arrests would serve as a deterrent and warning to undocumented immigrants in defiance of deportation orders, but there are risks other than bad publicity, the Post notes, including the likelihood "that families will be inadvertently separated by the operation, especially because parents in some households have deportation orders but their children — some of whom are U.S. citizens — might not." Read more at The Washington Post. Peter Weber

2:43 a.m.

A twee episode of "Carpool Karaoke" took a dark turn on Monday's Late Late Show when James Corden and former first lady Michelle Obama had a little spat about which country produced better musicians, the U.S. or the U.K., and that turned into a contest of national pride and an all-star game of dodgeball. The stakes? Determining once and for all which country is better. "It really is that simple," the announcer explained.

"You would not believe how easy it was to get people to do this," Obama said after unveiling Team USA. "All I had to say was, 'You're going to throw a ball at James Corden.'" Her team included Mila Kunis, Allison Janney, Melissa McCarthy, Kate Hudson, and Lena Waithe. Corden's team didn't gel quite as easily, but it was only slightly less impressive: Harry Styles, Benedict Cumberbatch, Game of Thrones' John Bradley, and Corden's Late Late Show bandleader, Reggie Watts — who, he noted, is American. So who won, Team USA or Team UK? The pleasure is in the journey, but you can find out the final score below. Peter Weber

2:01 a.m.

President Trump is officially kicking off his re-election campaign with a rally in Orlando on Tuesday, "and it makes sense he'd do it in the home of Disney, because his ideas are goofy and his base is snow white," Stephen Colbert said on Monday's Late Show. "Turns out, Trump's approval rating in Orlando is only 29 percent, and most of that is from SeaWorld, after he held that big meeting with the Prince of Whales."

So far, things are a little rough for Trump's campaign — he's trailing Joe Biden badly in a new Fox News poll and also leaked internal polls. "But Trump solved the problem of low poll numbers by firing his pollsters," Colbert said. "That's like firing a canary in a coal mine for its 'bad attitude.'"

Trump "talked about polling in an interview that aired last night with George Stephanopoulos," Colbert said, and he laughed at Stephanopoulos busting Trump for lying about reading the Mueller report, Trump calling Stephanopoulos "a little wise guy," and Trump tossing acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney from the Oval Office for coughing. "Can you imagine working for that guy?" he asked.

The Daily Show's Trevor Noah also marveled at Trump's all-access interview with Stephanopoulos, focusing on Trump's evident love of giving tours, how he "basically treats polls the way some people treat their bathroom scales," and Noah's "favorite moment from this interview," Trump's coughing fit.

"It's like a real-life episode of The Office," Noah laughed. "He's looking at the camera, the camera's going over. ... You have to give it to Trump — he might not be a good president, but he's a fantastic television professional." Also, he added, "I don't think it was a coincidence that his chief of staff just happened to cough right when Trump was talking about releasing his tax returns. Yeah, that didn't sound like a real cough, it sounded more like a 'Shut the f--k up about your taxes!'"

The Late Show had the same thought. Peter Weber

1:54 a.m.

If you use cocaine and call yourself an environmentalist, Colombian President Iván Duque considers you a hypocrite.

During an interview with The Guardian on Monday, Duque discussed the different ways cocaine production harms his country. "There are many people who present themselves as environmentalists, and if they want to be coherent, they must understand all the environmental damage that is caused by the production of cocaine — not just destroying tropical forests, [but] spreading chemicals in protected areas and destroying human capital," he said, adding, "How can you present yourself as a defender of the environment when you are creating so much harm? There needs to be an end to hypocrisy and inconsistency."

Colombia is the world's top exporter of cocaine. Coca is the source of cocaine, and after years of spraying coca crops from the air with herbicides, Colombia stopped the practice in 2015; farmers had complained their legal crops were also being destroyed and the herbicide was linked to cancer. Duque told The Guardian he is bringing back aerial spraying, and it will start in a few weeks. The right-wing president added that his decision has nothing to do with the United States pressuring him to do something about an increase in cocaine exports to the country. Catherine Garcia

1:17 a.m.

With 50 seconds on the clock, Ryan Warren scrambled to grab as many non-perishable items as possible, knowing they would soon fill the shelves of the Calgary Food Bank.

Warren and his partner, Chantal Leroux, were "really excited" when they learned they won a shopping spree at Bragg Creek Foods, Leroux told CBC News. They were told they would have 50 seconds to grab what they wanted, up to $500. At first, Leroux pictured all of the items they could stock up on, but then it hit her: this was "a great opportunity to be able to give back."

On Saturday, Leroux and Warren arrived at the grocery store with a game plan: grab items that wouldn't spoil, so they could go to the food bank. During the allotted 50 seconds, Warren grabbed everything from canned vegetables to coffee to diapers, racking up a $598 bill (because they were helping the food bank, the extra $98 was covered). That wasn't all — before the shopping spree, Warren asked for donations from local businesses, and presented the food bank with a check for $1,500. This, Calgary Food Bank employee Avaleen Streeton said, was "absolutely phenomenal." Catherine Garcia

12:27 a.m.

Seth Meyers spent Monday's Late Night picking apart President Trump's headline-making interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, but he kept coming back to one thing.

During the interview, Trump declared that he's totally fine with Congress somehow obtaining a copy of his financial statements, even though he won't be the one to provide them. As he was saying this, acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney did something that grates on Trump's nerves: he started to cough. A visibly irritated Trump demanded that Mulvaney leave the room immediately, then shook his head at the idea that anyone would think to cough during such a moment. "Just remember, the next time Donald Trump says he has a great health care plan, the plan is if you cough, get the f--k out of here," Meyers said.

Because of Trump's rambling answer about the financial statements, Meyers said it's entirely possible that Mulvaney and Trump set up the cough as a signal to stop answering a question, but Trump forgot. "Also, I love he thought his answer was so good that the coughing ruined it," Meyers said. "Dude, you'd be better off if every answer you gave was interrupted by coughing." Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia

June 17, 2019

Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart lambasted Congress in Congress last week for slow-walking funding for 9/11 first responders, and "because the situation is urgent, yesterday Jon then met with the only constituents the Republican lawmakers listen to, Fox News," Stephen Colbert said on Monday's Late Show. Stewart singled out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as the main obstacle, and McConnell went on Monday's Fox & Friends to respond: Members of Congress "have a lot of things going on at the same time," he said, and "many things in Congress happen at the last minute," and Stewart appears to be "looking for some way to take offense" and shouldn't get "so bent out of shape."

Stewart popped up from underneath Colbert's desk with his own rebuttal. "Honestly, Mitch McConnell, you really want to go with the 'we'll get to it when we'll get to it' argument for the heroes of 9/11?" he asked. "Listen, senator, I know that your species isn't known for moving quickly," he added, explaining that the turtle joke was "just a little red meat for the base. But damn, senator, you're not good at this argument thing."

Stewart, it turns out, is pretty good at it, and he left McConnell with a suggestion — that he meet with 9/11 first responders tomorrow — and some food for thought: "If you're busy, I get it. Just understand the next time we have a war, or you're being robbed, or your house is on fire, and you make that desperate call for help, don't get bent out of shape if they show up at the last minute, with fewer people than you thought were going to pay attention, and don't actually put it out — just sort of leave it there, smoldering for another five years, because that's show s--t's done around here, mister. I'm sure they'll put it out for good when they feel like getting around to it." Watch below. Peter Weber

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