Summary: President Donald Trump lashes out at Steve Bannon for his inflammatory comments in the new book, “Fire and Fury.” (Photo/Getty Images).
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump unleashed his own version of “fire and fury” against former advisor Steve Bannon coming on the heels of Bannon’s comments in the new book “Fire and Fury.”
Not one to let any criticism of himself slide, Trump blasted Bannon in an official White House statement, saying that his former chief strategist “lost his mind” and was essentially a loser.
“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating 17 candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party,” Trump stated. “…Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country.”
Trump’s harsh critique came after Bannon’s interviews with author Michael Wolff were released this week. Bannon allegedly said that the Donald Trump, Jr.’s meeting with Russians during the 2016 election was “treasonous” and that Donald Trump Jr. should’ve gone to the FBI instead of taking the meeting at Trump Tower. According to Wolff’s account in the book, Bannon said, “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.Bottom of Form
Wolff reportedly interviewed more than 200 people to assemble his latest book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” spending time with Bannon, who was surprisingly candid about his criticism of the Trump administration.
“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers,” Bannon said to Wolff, according to The Guardian. “… That’s the brain trust that they had… The chance that Don Jr did not walk these “Jumos” up to his father’s office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero.”
The revelation that Trump’s inner circle of Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort met with a Russian lawyer to get information about Trump’s political rival Hillary Clinton was revealed last summer by the New York Times. Months before, special counsel Robert Mueller was hired to run a federal investigation to probe Trump’s alleged ties to Russia and whether or not the foreign power illegally influenced the 2016 presidential election.
Throughout the Russian probe, Trump has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, but Manafort and other Trump former allies have pled guilty to lying to the FBI during Mueller’s probe.
“You realize where this is going,” Bannon allegedly said in Wolff’s book. “This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first, and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to f-cking Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr, and Jared Kushner … It’s as plain as a hair on your face.”
“Fire and Fury” will be released next week and is on Amazon’s best seller list as of this report, although the book is not technically on the bookshelves.
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Medicare Takes Aim at Medical Identity Theft: Protecting Seniors From Fraud
Criminals are increasingly targeting people age 65 or older for personal identity theft. In 2014 alone, there were 2.6 million such incidents among seniors, according to the Department of Justice.
A growing offshoot of identity theft is healthcare fraud, which can result when someone unlawfully uses another person’s Medicare number. Medical identity theft can lead to inaccuracies in medical records, which in turn can result in delayed care, denied services and costly false claims.
That’s why Medicare works with the Department of Justice, taking aim squarely at would-be thieves. In the largest law enforcement action against criminals fraudulently targeting the Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare programs, 412 people around the country, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, were charged in 2017 with bilking U.S. taxpayers out of $1.3 billion.
New Medicare Card for 2018. (Video Courtesy of YouTube)
The next big fraud-fighting push is well underway — and its focus is protecting the personal information of senior citizens by removing their Social Security numbers from Medicare cards.
People with Medicare don’t need to take any action to get a new Medicare card. Beginning in April 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will mail out newly designed Medicare cards to the 58 million Americans with Medicare. The cards will have a new number that will be unique for each card recipient. This will help protect personal identity and prevent fraud because identity thieves can’t bill Medicare without a valid Medicare number. To help with a seamless transition to the new cards, providers will be able to use secure lookup tools that will support quick access to the new card numbers when needed.
Healthcare fraud drives up costs for everyone, but healthcare consumers can be an effective first line of defense against fraud. Follow these tips to help protect yourself:
- Treat your Medicare number like a credit card.
- When the new card comes in the mail next year, destroy your old card and make sure you bring your new one to your doctors’ appointments.
- Be suspicious of anyone offering early bird discounts, limited time offers or encouraging you to act now for the best deal. That’s an indicator of potential fraud because Medicare plans are forbidden from offering incentives.
- Be skeptical of free gifts, free medical services, discount packages or any offer that sounds too good to be true.
- Only give your Medicare number to doctors, insurers acting on your behalf or trusted people in the community who work with Medicare, like your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).
- Report suspected instances of fraud.
- Check your Medicare statements to make sure the charges are accurate.
- Don’t share your Medicare number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by telephone, email or approaches you in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance. Medicare will never contact you uninvited and request your Medicare number or other personal information.
- Don’t let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare number.
- Don’t allow anyone, except your doctor or other Medicare providers, to review your medical records or recommend services.
- Don’t let anyone persuade you to see a doctor for care or services you don’t need.
- Don’t accept medical supplies from a door-to-door salesman.
Learn more about how you can fight Medicare fraud at Medicare.gov/fraud, or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). You can also visit a local SHIP counselor, who can provide free, one-on-one, non-biased Medicare assistance.
With a common sense approach to protecting health information, senior citizens can be effective partners in fighting Medicare fraud.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Trump Children’s Health Insurance Tweet Contradicts White House Administration
Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump contradicted his own administration on Thursday when he tweeted that funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) should not be included in a short-term plan to fund the government.
Trump’s tweet sent on Thursday morning, seemingly undercut the “Stopgap Spending Bill,” leaving many confused at what could be construed as an “Anti-Chip” tweet.
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