WH’s Huckabee Sanders Declines to Comment on Trump Backing Off Luther Strange Endorsement

Thursday at the White House press briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fielded a question from Newsmax’s John Gizzi on if President Donald Trump was “backing away” from his endorsement of Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL), a candidate for the Republican nomination in Alabama’s U.S. Senate special election. Strange is facing a challenge from former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore Trump for the GOP nod, which will be settled in a runoff election scheduled for September 26. Late in the primary campaign, Strange had received an endorsement from President Donald Trump, which came in the form of posts to the president’s Twitter account. Senator Luther Strange has done a great job representing the people of the Great State of Alabama. He has my complete and total endorsement! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2017 Luther Strange of the Great State of Alabama has my endorsement. He is strong on Border & Wall, the military, tax cuts & law enforcement. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017 Trump had also recorded a robocall for Strange at the end of the primary campaign. In that contest, Strange finished second behind Moore. But, according to The Washington Post said Trump could be backing off his
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Stengel: Harvey Is Partially a ‘Man-Made Disaster’

On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy under President Obama Richard Stengel argued that Hurricane Harvey is a partially man-made disaster and expressed concern with Vice President Mike Pence saying that southeast Texas would rebuild “bigger and better than ever before.” After saying that he “took issue” with Pence’s statement, Stengel continued, “Part of the problem with Harvey, like Katrina, is, these are man-made disasters in part. Because the thousands and thousands of buildings that have been built in Houston on floodplains, on 100-year floodplains over the last ten years. These are problems of public officials and unregulated expansion that has made these areas vulnerable. To me, it’s not about building bigger and better, it’s about building to a 500 or 1,000-year plan the way Amsterdam is and other cities that are threatened like this. This is a problem of public servants.” (h/t Daily Caller) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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