The Latest: Trump denies calling White House a 'dump'

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration (all times EDT):

9:45 p.m.

President Donald Trump is denying he called the White House a "dump."

Trump is responding on Twitter to an article posted Tuesday on the website

The story recounts a scene in which Trump was chatting with some club members at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. Trump reportedly told the members he visits the property so frequently because "That White House is a real dump."

Trump denies he made the remark. "I love the White House, one of the most beautiful buildings (homes) I have ever seen," he writes on Twitter. "But Fake News said I called it a dump - TOTALLY UNTRUE."

Trump has spent nearly every weekend of his presidency visiting various properties he owns and leases, including Bedminster.


7:50 p.m.

President Donald Trump is re-shuffling his ambassador picks.

The White House announced Wednesday that Trump has tapped former Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Jamie McCourt to serve as ambassador to France and Monaco.

It's a change from June, when Trump nominated McCourt to serve as ambassador to Belgium. The White House has since withdrawn that nomination.

McCourt is an attorney and the former co-owner, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, according to the White House.

Records show she has also contributed to numerous candidates over the years on both sides of the aisle, including Trump.

The White House and McCourt did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the change.

The Senate must confirm the nomination.


10:10 a.m.

One of President Donald Trump's earliest staffers is leaving his White House post.

George Gigicos, who plans the president's travels, will be returning to Trump's campaign operation. He'll again organize the signatures rallies that drove Trump's campaign and have continued in his presidency.

That's according to a person familiar with his decision who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the yet-to-be announced change.

The person says Gigicos's departure has been coming for several weeks and is not related to the recent departure of chief of staff Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) .

Gigicos was one of Trump's longest-serving staffers. During the elections he ran a skeletal operation that consisted of few aides beyond campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, communications aide Hope Hicks and social media man Dan Scavino.

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