President Trump on Monday accused Democrats who did not clap during his State of the Union address of being un-American and even treasonous. His remarks came in a rambling, discursive speech at a factory in Ohio, during which he celebrated his revival of the American economy as the stock market plummeted by more than 1,000 points.
“Can we call that treason?” Mr. Trump said of the stone-faced reaction of Democrats to his speech. “Why not? I mean, they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much.”
Mr. Trump was speaking during a visit to a company near Cincinnati that makes pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders. The company, Sheffer Corporation, awarded each of its 126 employees a one-time bonus of $1,000 after the passage of the tax cut, and the White House clearly hoped to use it to drive home the message of economic health in last week’s State of the Union speech.
“Your paychecks are going way up,” a beaming president said to this more friendly audience. “Your taxes are going way down.”
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Twelve hours before deadline, dueling parties in Congress showed no signs of breaking impasse over spending priorities and Daca
The US government remained poised on Friday to suffer its first shutdown in more than four years, as lawmakers in Congress showed no signs of breaking an impasse over spending priorities and the fate of young, undocumented immigrants.
With less than 12 hours before a deadline of midnight to fund the government, the White House said the prospect of a shutdown had “ratcheted up” while blaming Democrats for objecting to the short-term spending measure that narrowly passed the House of Representatives on Thursday.
“We do not want a shutdown,” White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told reporters at a briefing on Friday, before putting the onus on Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer.
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- A new poll finds most Americans want to see special counsel Robert Mueller complete the Russia investigation.
- The NPR/PBS News Hour/Marist poll published on Wednesday reports that, among national registered voters, 69% say Mueller — whose team of prosecutors is trying to make sense of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign was involved — should be allowed to finish their work.
- When broken down by party, a majority of both Republicans and Democrats expressed the same sentiments.
- The poll released on Wednesday also found a majority of registered voters have some level of confidence in the FBI, despite repeated attacks on the agency from Trump and his allies.
Continue reading New poll suggests Trump’s attacks on the Russia probe and the FBI are having an unexpected effect on voters from both parties
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he could beat media mogul Oprah Winfrey in a presidential contest but said he did not think the actress and talk show host would run.
Trump, speaking to reporters during a meeting with lawmakers at the White House, said he liked Winfrey, whose rousing speech at the Golden Globe awards show on Sunday night sparked speculation that she would run for president as a Democrat in 2020.
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Conservatives once complained that former president Obama was too much of a celebrity but then nominated Donald Trump to succeed him. Now, as Democrats complain about President Trump’s entertainment resume and lack of political experience, are some actually looking to Oprah Winfrey in 2020?
In the wildly speculative universe of possible presidential candidates, a new lane has emerged: the liberal celebrity. Inspired by Trump’s unlikely road from reality television to the Oval Office, a crop of left-leaning actors, artists, and moguls are looking into the mirror and hearing the ruffles and flourishes of “Hail to the Chief.”
Among them, Hollywood hunk George Clooney, a longtime fund-raiser for Democrats who has fueled speculation in recent months by saying the presidency “sounds like fun.”
There’s also Kanye West, the Chicago music star who is equal parts talented and controversial, who has promised to run in 2020.
Continue reading Is this a new path to Oval Office? Start with a celebrity
The Democratic split over impeaching President Trump just burst into the open.
“Donald John Trump has, by his statements, brought the high office of President of the United States in contempt, ridicule, disgrace and disrepute, has sown discord among the people of the United States, has demonstrated that he is unfit to be President, has betrayed his trust as President the United States to the manifest injury of the people of the United States, and has committed a high misdemeanor in office.”
Continue reading “Unfit to be President”: 58 House Democrats want to start debating the impeachment of Donald Trump
US special counsel Robert Mueller has ordered Germany’s Deutsche Bank to provide records of accounts held by Donald Trump, according to reports.
The revelation is being seen as an indication the former FBI chief’s investigation is directly focusing on the US president.
Mr Mueller is investigating alleged collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia.
Deutsche Bank has previously rejected similar requests from Democrats.
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