emocratic lawmakers rejected President Trump’s invitation for a border security meeting today at the White House.
Fox News reports:
A senior administration official told Fox News that the president had invited Democrats to join his lunch with members of Congress in the Roosevelt Room shortly after noon. But moments before the session, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that nobody took them up on the offer.
Sanders said in her statement, “The President has a proposal on the table that includes additional technology at ports of entry, allows minors from Central America to seek asylum in their home country, and physical barriers between ports of entry made of steel instead of concrete. Today, the President offered both Democrats and Republicans the chance to meet for lunch at the White House. Unfortunately, no Democrats will attend. The President looks forward to having a working lunch with House Republicans to solve the border crisis and reopen the government. It’s time for the Democrats to come to the table and make a deal.”
The President didn’t invite Speaker Pelosi to the meeting, and instead reached out to rank-and-file members. Pelosi gave her blessing for the members to attend, however, they ultimately decided to boycott the meeting.
Last Wednesday, the President walked out on a meeting with Pelosi and Schumer after they refused to budge on the border wall.
The President tweeted after the brief meeting, “Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!”
etween 600 and 800 migrants gathered in Honduras yesterday where they formed a caravan and began making their way to the United States.
The caravan left the city of San Pedro Sula in the early morning, and as they walked, according to AP, some migrants were pleading with store owners for food and water for their journey.
Many of the migrants interviewed by Reuters seem to be looking for work. Twenty four-year-old caravan member Darwin Perez told the publication, “I’m determined to find a good job in the United States. It’s a difficult road ahead but I hope President Trump’s heart might soften, and that he won’t be so hard and will let us enter.”
Reuters writes, “Other migrants, some traveling with spouses and children, echoed Perez’s dream to find work in the United States.”
President Trump has responded to the latest caravan on Twitter, writing, “A big new Caravan is heading up to our Southern Border from Honduras. Tell Nancy and Chuck that a drone flying around will not stop them. Only a Wall will work. Only a Wall, or Steel Barrier, will keep our Country safe! Stop playing political games and end the Shutdown!”
He also wrote that public opinion that there is a border crisis is continuing to rise, tweeting, “Polls are now showing that people are beginning to understand the Humanitarian Crisis and Crime at the Border. Numbers are going up fast, over 50%. Democrats will soon be known as the Party of Crime. Ridiculous that they don’t want Border Security!”
resident Trump joined Fox News’ Sean Hannity yesterday at the Texas-Mexico border where he reiterated his right to declare a national emergency at the border and slammed Democrats for playing politics with border wall funding.
“We have the absolute right to declare a national emergency,” he said. “This is security stuff. This is a national emergency if you look at whats happening…and you just heard the statement they came in last week or this week from Pakistan…[border patrol] got them.”
The President blasted Democrats for playing politics, telling Hannity that the border wall “would be virtually 100 percent effective and Nancy and Chuck know that but it’s politics. It’s about the 2020 campaign. It’s about running for president….it’s a shame. We’ve got to put the country first.
ot that this should surprise anyone…
Newsbusters is reporting that Wednesday’s ABC, CBS and NBC morning shows criticized President Trump’s Tuesday night address to the nation eight times more than the Democrat response speeches by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
According to Newsbusters, the networks offered up “a staggering 43 statements critical of the presidential speech. By contrast, only a scant five critiques were made of the Democratic response…”
NBC’s Today show featured 13 negative statements about President Trump’s speech. ABC’s Good Morning America had 12 negative comments about the speech and CBS This Morning provided a whopping 18 negative statements.
There were few statements critical of the Democrats, however.
One of the few statements critical of Democrats on the NBC morning show came from White House correspondent Kristen Welker, who noted: “The fact is, some Democrats, including Schumer, have voted for border barriers in the past, including the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which authorized a 700-mile fence between the United States and Mexico.”
onservative radio and television host Mark Levin slammed Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) after their response to President Trump’s address to the nation last night.
Speaking to Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Levin said, “Let’s keep a few things in mind when you watch Schumer and Pelosi, they are pathological liars. They have been in Congress over half a century. What the hell have they done about the border? They are part of the scam artists. They get amnesty, legalization, citizenship, and never secure the border.”
“Just spend billions and trillions more, more debt, more deficits on the redistribution of wealth, on $200 billion a year on illegal aliens,” he said. “One more time they fooled Reagan. They fooled Bush 41. They fooled Bush 43. But they are not going to fool Donald Trump who’s dealt with tougher than Pelosi and Schumer.”
Levin also praised Trump’s speech, telling Hannity it was “concise” and “truly compassionate.”
“He provided the context both in terms of what’s going on in the border, the expense, which is de minimis and who is really responsible,” he said.
resident Trump will address the nation tonight in a prime-time speech on the U.S. border and national security.
“I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border. Tuesday night at 9:00 P.M. Eastern,” the president wrote on Twitter yesterday.
Initially, there was some speculation as to whether or not networks would air the speech, however, it was announced last night that ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS and Fox broadcast network will all air the address to the nation, as well as Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) demanded they receive equal time to respond to the president’s speech.
“Now that the television networks have decided to air the President’s address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime,” they stated in a joint press release.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also announced yesterday that the President will visit the southern border on Thursday.
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will not recuse himself from his oversight role of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the bogus Trump-Russia collusion allegations.
Fox News reports:
A source familiar with the matter told Fox News on Thursday that Whitaker met with Justice Department ethics officials this week, who told him he was not precluded from overseeing Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election.
Democrats have been fighting tooth and nail to get Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation because he had been publicly critical of Mueller’s probe in the past.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Whitaker as acting attorney general would create a “constitutional crisis.” He told CNN, “The appointment of Mr. Whitaker should concern every American. If he stays there, he will create a constitutional crisis by inhibiting Mueller or firing Mueller.”
In November, despite Democrats’ best efforts, even Robert Mueller acknowledged Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general would have no impact on his investigation.
Mueller’s top attorney, Michael Dreeben stated in a 17-page legal brief that Whitaker’s new role “neither alters the special counsel’s authority to represent the United States nor raises any jurisdictional issue.”
Dreeben continued, “The Special Counsel continues to exercise the same authority, and the jurisdiction of the district court and this Court is intact.”
NN’s attempt to “fact check” President Trump on terrorists attempting to enter the U.S. hit a snag on Wednesday when the Department of Homeland Security provided the so-called news network with some disturbing facts.
It all began on Tuesday during Trump’s epic meeting with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) when the president claimed that DHS recently apprehended “10 terrorists” attempting to make their way into the United States.
“People are pouring into our country, including terrorists…,” said Trump. “We caught 10 terrorists over the last very short period of time. Ten. These are very serious people. Our border agents, all of our law enforcement has been incredible with what they’ve done. But we caught 10 terrorists. These are people that were looking to do harm,” he continued.
Never wanting to miss an opportunity to embarrass the president, CNN decided to “fact check” President Trump’s comment with correspondent Jim Sciutto stating, “DHS did not provide evidence of a single terrorist caught at the southern border over the very last short period of time as the president claimed.”
Despite CNN claiming they reached out to DHS, Homeland Security Spokesman Tyler Q. Houlton took to Twitter and told CNN “you never reached out.”
Houlton continued, “In fact, DHS prevented 3,755 known or suspected terrorists from traveling to or entering the U.S. in FY 17. That’s in addition to 17,526 criminals, 1,019 gang members, and 3,028 special interest aliens. #FactsFirst”
resident Trump completely owned the libs yesterday when he posted a video of top Democrats calling for tougher immigration practices and border security.
In a video posted to Twitter, Trump says “The Democrats are absolute hypocrites. All along they’ve been supporting walls and supporting fences and supporting all sorts of border security.”
The video then cuts to clips of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama all sounding like Republicans when it comes to border security and immigration.
“Illegal immigration is wrong. Plain and simple,” says Schumer in the video.
Hillary Clinton brags about how she voted for the border wall. “I voted numerous times when I was a senator to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in,” she says.
“We simiply cannot allow people to pour into the united states undetected, undocumented, unchecked,” says Obama.
Trump says Democrats no longer support the wall and border security because they’d rather oppose him.
“The fact is they’ve always supported fences and walls and partitions, but you know what? They only don’t want to do it because of me.”
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