Mia Love, one of five defeated GOP House members whom Trump mocked the day after the election. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. The obvious irony involved in this week’s bizarre Oval Office confrontation with congressional Democratic leaders was that the president went into it on the brink of avoiding a partial government shutdown and wound up defiantly bellowing his determination to shut it all down if he didn’t get exactly what he wanted in the way of border wall funding. But this unraveling of Trump’s position was made worse by another thing that happened in the meeting: Nancy Pelosi goaded him into insisting belligerently that he did too have enough votes from House Republicans in support of his full border wall demand. Now he may have to prove it, as the Hill notes: Now, [House Republican Whip] Scalise, Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) are under enormous pressure to prove their ally in the White House was correct and that … [Read more...] about Oops, Trump Now Needs the Votes of Those GOP House ‘Losers’ He Mocked
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Giuliani is the first Trump-linked official to seemingly publicly admit that the new travel and refugee ban was originally intended to be a Muslim ban. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, during a Saturday interview on Fox News, seemed to indicate that the executive order President Trump signed on Friday was, by design, the best legal way to fulfill Trump’s desire to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. without illegally banning Muslims. Recounting the process which led to the new executive order, Giuliani said that Trump had asked him to put a commission together to come up with “the right way” to implement Trump’s oft-proposed Muslim ban, legally. To accomplish that, the commission, which included lawmakers and lawyers, then decided that “instead of religion, danger” would be the focus, according to Giuliani. During his presidential campaign, Trump had repeatedly called for a “total and complete … [Read more...] about Giuliani Says Travel Ban Was Legal Way to Enact Trump’s Muslim Ban
Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Defense: Trump clashes with Macron at NATO summit | House impeachment report says Trump abused power | Top Dem scolds military leaders on Trump intervention in war crimes cases Trump administration releases 5M in military aid for Lebanon after months-long delay Senate Democrats ask Pompeo to recuse himself from Ukraine matters MORE (D-Conn.) on Friday said that he has spoken with a "handful" of Republican colleagues who would consider voting to remove President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE after House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments Bloomberg: Trump should be impeached On The Money: Congress races to beat deadline on shutdown | Trump asks Supreme … [Read more...] about Dem senator says he knows ‘handful’ of GOP colleagues considering vote to remove Trump
Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Most weeks, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with contributor Alex Carp about the biggest stories in politics and culture. Today, the threat of government shutdown following Trump’s Oval Office meeting with Democratic leaders, the president’s search for a new chief of staff, and thoughts on who should host the Oscars. With funding for some federal agencies set to expire in less than two weeks, President Trump turned his Oval Office meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer into a reality-TV standoff over his border wall. Did their exchange increase or decrease the chance of a shutdown? My profound hope is that Trump makes good on his threat and shuts down the government right before Christmas. He will set his party back even further than he already has, and do so at a time when congressional Republicans are going to be trapped with angry constituents back home during the holiday break. I still can’t get … [Read more...] about Will Trump Follow Through on His Incredibly Dumb Shutdown Threat?
Just 4 in 10 Republicans say they think President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE discussed an investigation into Democratic presidential rival Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Castro hits fundraising threshold for December debate Buttigieg draws fresh scrutiny, attacks in sprint to Iowa MORE during a phone call with Ukraine's president, despite Trump acknowledging having done so, according to a new Monmouth University poll.The survey, which was released Tuesday, found that 40 percent of Republican respondents said Trump "probably did" raise the idea of an investigation into Biden and Biden's son over unsubstantiated allegations of corruption during a July 25 conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Meanwhile, 29 percent of Republicans … [Read more...] about Poll: 40 percent of Republicans say Trump ‘probably’ mentioned Biden on Ukraine call