Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's support for Saudi Arabia in the wake of a deadly shooting by a Saudi national at a Florida naval base is underscoring the latitude Trump gives the Kingdom's rulers, even as Congress has pushed to limit the ties between Washington and Riyadh. The December 6 attack on a military base in the Florida panhandle -- a political stronghold for the President -- raises questions about whether Trump will feel any political fallout as Florida Republicans warn Saudi Arabia not to interfere in investigations and call for a review of foreigners training on US bases. Also in question: the extent to which Saudi Arabia will help with the investigation. The FBI is presuming the attack, which killed three US young servicemembers, was an act of terrorism, a word the President has yet to use, though he has tweeted about Saudi condolences and promises of cooperation. Speaking at the White House the day after, Trump said Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz … [Read more...] about Trump stresses Saudi Arabia response to Navy base attack as Florida Republicans take harsher tone
Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo speaks to the media before officers from the Houston Police Department escort the body of Sgt. Christopher Brewster out of the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences building to a funeral home in preparation for Wednesday's planned visitation and a funeral planned for Thursday, in Houston, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. less Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo speaks to the media before officers from the Houston Police Department escort the body of Sgt. Christopher Brewster out of the Harris County Institute of Forensic ... more Photo: Mark Mulligan, Staff Photographer Photo: Mark Mulligan, Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 19 Caption Close Image 1 of 19 Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo speaks to the media before officers from the … [Read more...] about Houston police chief rips McConnell, Republican leaders for fearing NRA after sergeant is killed
Washington (CNN)Florida Republican Rep. Ted Yoho announced on Tuesday he will not seek another term, saying he will "pass the baton onto a new generation" and honoring his campaign promise not to serve more than four terms. Yoho represents Florida's 3rd District and is serving his fourth term. He is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, one of the committees that has participated in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and Ukraine. "I ran on a pledge to serve four terms - eight years and come home," he said in a statement to supporters. "Many told me I was naive and they're probably right. I was told the district has changed three times and so the pledge isn't binding and I could rationalize that. However, I truly believe a person's word is their bond and should live up to their word. I also meant that after eight years I will come home and pass the baton onto a new generation. Now, I am doing that." Yoho will continue to serve until his term expires in … [Read more...] about Republican Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida will not seek reelection in 2020
The Senate voted Wednesday to shorten Democrats’ time obstructing President Donald Trump’s nominees on the floor in order to speed up the nomination process. The vote was set up by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday, with expectations that it would fail so that the so-called nuclear option could be used. McConnell introduced a procedural cloture vote Wednesday that was shut down 51-48. The cloture needed 60 “no” votes to fail, so McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the failed cloture vote, making it so Republicans only need a majority vote in order to use the nuclear option.Senators voted 51-48 in order to speed up Trump nominees’ confirmation processes, which Democrats have continued to stall. Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Susan Collins of Maine voted against the rules change. The nuclear option will cut Democrats’ debate time from thirty hours to two hours, making the confirmation process for Trump’s nominees … [Read more...] about Senate Republicans To Officially Use Nuclear Option To Confirm Trump Nominees
Contrary to a lot of heated rhetoric from Democrats, most Republicans understand that Russia was responsible for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s server in 2016 and other efforts to sow mischief in the electoral process. They’ll even admit it when pressed.The problem is they want everyone to believe that Ukraine did the same thing. It didn’t. To make the case, the Ukraine conspiracy theorists take a handful of anecdotes about individual Ukrainians and insinuate or insist this thin gruel amounts to something as sinister as the Russian effort. While the effort is a propaganda gift for Russian President Vladimir Putin, they’re pushing this piffle to show they’ve got the president’s back amid the impeachment drama. They’re trying to legitimize Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine, but it takes some huge leaps of faith.The president subscribes to a fever swamp illusion that goes by the shorthand “CrowdStike.” This … [Read more...] about Opinion: Republicans acknowledge Russian election interference. So why are they so irrational about Ukraine?