President Donald Trump described his defense secretary as “sort of a Democrat” and said he may leave the administration after the midterm elections, in an interview airing on “60 Minutes.”

Trump welcomed home on Saturday an American pastor freed by Turkey and said the release would improve relations with Ankara, but he denied any connection to the dispute between Turkey and Saudi Arabia over the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

For several years running, Jared Kushner — Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser — appears to have paid almost no federal income taxes, even as his net worth has quintupled to almost $324 million, according to confidential financial documents reviewed by The New York Times.

In his first “S.N.L.” appearance of the season, Alec Baldwin returned to his recurring role as the president to help recreate the strange Oval Office meeting that transpired on Thursday between the president and the rapper Kanye West.

Members of the all-male, far-right group known as the “Proud Boys” brawled with protesters after their leader held a rally at the vandalized Manhattan GOP headquarters on the Upper East Side, officials said.

Three men were arrested on assault and robbery charges at the scene – none of them Proud Boys members – and the NYPD is reviewing additional video “and other evidence” to determine whether any other crimes were committed.

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, the Democratic state AG candidate, called for additional arrests in connection to the melee, and encouraged Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance to pursue hate crime charges.

Other New York lawmakers, including NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Attorney General Barbara Underwood, condemned the attack.

Cuomo urged an investigation of what witnesses described as multiple violent clashes with the “Western chauvinist” group.

“Here’s a message from a Queens boy to the so-called ‘Proud Boys’ – New York has zero tolerance for your BS,” the governor said in a statement.

A quick stop by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Saturday in New Hampshire, which holds the first primary in the race for the White House, is sparking more speculation about a possible White House bid by the billionaire media company founder and gun safety advocate.

Bloomberg’s former campaign manager Bradley Tusk recalls when former Rep. Anthony Weiner was a real threat to the then-mayor, and what Bloomberg’s team did about it.

Trump reportedly has picked Washington attorney Pat Cipollone as the new White House counsel more than a month after the president announced that the current counsel, Don McGahn, was planning to leave his position following the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The State Department has withdrawn former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security clearance at her own request.

Clinton’s request came after retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, the man who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post issuing a stunning rebuke of Trump’s decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan.

Melania Trump revealed that the “I don’t really care, do u” jacket she wore at the height of the controversy and outrage around Trump’s immigration policy that separated children from their parents at the US border was meant to send a message — not to immigrants – but to her critics in the “left-wing media.”

The first lady also appeared to push back on claims made by her husband’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, when he said she believes the President and knows that the alleged Stormy Daniels’ affair and payment was “untrue.”

Mourners at a funeral for four sisters and their family members killed in the Schoharie limousine crash were assured Saturday that their loved ones can still see their tears and feel their heartache.

More than 650 mourners packed the pews of St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Amsterdam, N.Y., where the four sisters grew up.

Urns that rested by the altar held the remains of Amy Steenburg and her husband, and his brother, Richard Steenburg; Amy’s sister Abigail Jackson and her husband Adam Jackson; sister Mary Dyson and her husband Robert Dyson; and the fourth sister, Allison King. Each of the married couples shared an urn.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators expect to be wrapping up their work at the crash site this weekend as they investigate circumstances surrounding its case, agency spokesman Eric Weiss said.

New regulations for stretch limousines are being proposed in the state Senate in response to the crash that killed 20 people.

Cuomo said nothing was amiss in a state bidding process that landed a major campaign donor, Crystal Run Healthcare, $25 million for projects it was building, but an email shows 12 days after the state began seeking bids for a $1.2 billion grant program, company executives met privately at the Capitol with top health department officials.

Bob McManus: “Cuomo is on the verge of a blowout re-election victory on Nov. 6. He will begin a third term having positioned himself as New York’s most powerful governor in modern times — despite a long-simmering influence-peddling scandal that continues to yield convictions.”

The NY Post: “Stephanie Miner’s independent run for governor may not have much chance, but at least the former Syracuse mayor is showing that not all Democrats are in denial over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s misrule.”

Disgraced former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is struggling with depression and a drinking problem after a rift with his son and separation from his grandsons, new court documents claim.

Republican AG candidate Keith Wofford is the only statewide GOP candidate who would admit to voting for Trump but he has also donated money to Democrats, including Kenneth P. Thompson, the former Brooklyn district attorney, and de Blasio. (Wofford now says that he regrets making the donation to the mayor.)

New York City’s famed tap water has taken on a strange odor and taste — described by some as wood or dirt — since the beginning of the month, and a repair project deep in the Catskills is to blame.

State authorities began probing the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York this year and subpoenaed the group’s records, after allegations surfaced over its shady spending.

A Catholic church deacon who said he was molested by a priest as a teenager has become the second cleric to call for Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone to resign over his handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations.

The FDNY’s former pension boss, Stephen Cassidy, took a plea deal Friday for drunkenly crashing his government car in Midtown last May.

New York’s restrictions on electric bikes have loosened. E-bike sharing is poised to expand. Here’s what to expect before you head out for a ride.

Harry Siegel writes in dismay about New York, the state where “crooks and cads” can’t even “steal straight.”

Republicans have two incumbents running for reelection with indictments hanging over their heads this November. Democrats are running a senator who only escaped a 20-year prison term when a jury deadlocked in his bribery trial. And voters just don’t seem to care.

Behind the scenes, it is organizations like the SRCC, its Democratic counterpart the SDCC, and Super PAC groups with their own agendas, that are the financial backbone of state Senate campaign efforts that will decide next month if Democrats can take over the Senate after generations of Republican dominance.

Voters who want to fill out an absentee ballot in Onondaga County and five other counties in Upstate New York will have to wait until a legal dispute is resolved over judicial candidates, election officials said.

At a recycling plant in Brooklyn, fat, stealthy rats were more than a match for feral cats, scientists found.

In a shocking Brooklyn federal court lawsuit, a female undergraduate claims her human-anatomy professor at LaGuardia Community College, Hany Fam, offered her good grades for sex.

A retired NYPD detective stricken with debilitating 9/11-related anxiety will be able to stay in the home he faced losing to a bank.

Plans to join three historic townhouses on East 75th Street will create a mega-mansion of 31,500 square feet, the largest single-family home in Manhattan.

The teenage inmates who attacked 16 correction officers inside the increasingly lawless Horizon Juvenile Center last week were angry they were told to remove their do-rags, said one officer whose nose was broken by a walkie-talkie-wielding inmate.

For years, an ex-Wyoming County sheriff’s deputy “collected” troubled young men for sexual relationships. He has since pleaded guilty to murdering one.

Syracuse police Chief Frank Fowler spent four often-contentious hours on the witness stand Friday defending his department’s history on the use of force and discipline in connection with a federal lawsuit against three of his officers and the city.

Residents want to know who’ll clean up the mess after Tonawanda Coke shuts down, and worry the situation could worsen even after production ceases.

Key figures involved with the Bills stadium lease agreement have begun diverting some money ordinarily spent on New Era Field renovation and maintenance projects toward planning for a possible future stadium after the current lease between the county, state and Bills owners expires in July 2023.

New York state is launching six new Cuisine Trails aimed at boosting tourism across a three-county area in the North Country.