Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) says that when he met with President Donald Trump in November to discuss the secretary of state position, Trump's team was committed to moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

"They were ready to move the embassy at 12:01 on Jan. 20, maybe 12 and 30 seconds,” Corker told Politico in an interview published Monday morning. “That was going to be their first move.”

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In a series of tweets on Sunday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) asked "whoever monitors Twitter" at the White House to ask President Donald Trump to focus on issues like transparency and protecting whistleblowers.

Grassley, known for publishing his thoughts on Twitter, also asked Trump to ask Russian President Vladimir Putin about his retaliation against political opponents.

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President Donald Trump on Friday indicated that his administration will come out with new security measures while his executive order is on hold.

"We are going to keep our country safe. We are going to do whatever is necessary to keep our country safe. We had a decision which we think will be very successful with," Trump said at a White House press conference when asked about his order suspended by federal courts that would suspend the refugee program and bar visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries. "So we'll be doing something very rapidly, having to do with additional security for our country. You'll be seeing that sometime next week."

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When things don't go President Donald Trump's way, he often furiously dashes off an attack via Twitter, attempting to delegitimize the target he believes has done him wrong. Friday morning, his ire was directed at a federal appeals court that decided the previous evening to continue staying his executive order on immigration: "A disgraceful decision!"

Since he announced his bid for the presidency, Trump has not shied away from hurling personal insults at members of the federal judiciary in a manner not seen in recent history. The President has not only gone after judges he believes will or already have treated him unfairly, but he has also hit sitting Supreme Court justices.

Below is a rundown of Trump's attacks on the judiciary.

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Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's national security adviser, spoke about sanctions in a call with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. before inauguration, current and former U.S. officials told several news outlets.

The reports contradict public statements made by the Trump team denying that Flynn spoke about U.S. sanctions with Russian officials before the President took office.

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) was confronted with hundreds of people at a town hall outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, on Thursday night, where the crowd jeered at the congressman and grilled him on investigating President Donald Trump.

The audience filled almost all of the 1,000 seats in the Brighton High School auditorium, and a crowd of about 1,500 people stood outside the event, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

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White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said on Thursday evening that President Donald Trump is still behind her "100 percent" following an interview during which she openly promoted Ivanka Trump's fashion line.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Thursday that Conway had been "counseled" about the incident, and when asked about it by Fox News' Martha MacCallum on Thursday evening, Conway declined to elaborate.

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During a phone call on Thursday with Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Donald Trump said that he would honor the "one China" policy despite Trump's impromptu call with the leader of Taiwan shortly after the election.

"President Donald J. Trump and President Xi Jinping of China had a lengthy telephone conversation on Thursday evening. The two leaders discussed numerous topics and President Trump agreed, at the request of President Xi, to honor our 'one China' policy," the White House said in a statement on the call. "Representatives of the United States and China will engage in discussions and negotiations on various issues of mutual interest."

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When President Donald Trump jumped to his daughter's defense and bashed Nordstrom for dropping Ivanka Trump's clothing line, his tweet amounted to a misuse of office, ethics experts told TPM.

Larry Noble, general counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, told TPM that Trump's tweet "is the cleanest example where there’s no question that he has brought the government weight to bear on a private business interest."

"This was a clear example of him crossing the line where he used the power of the White House to basically defend a business his family owns, and that is wrong," Noble said.

The move could open Trump up to legal action, the experts said. And by jumping to Trump's defense and promoting Ivanka Trump's line in a Fox News appearance Thursday morning, Kellyanne Conway likely broke a federal ethics regulation herself.

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