President Trump

Opinion/Analysis: Blue State Blues: Shutdowns Are Different When Republicans Fight Back

Spare, if you will, a moment’s pity for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). They are not exactly enjoying the government shutdown as they might have hoped. Pelosi had already packed her bags and boarded the Air Force bus Thursday, along with a sizable delegation of House Democratic leaders, for her overseas junket. She and her comrades were, no doubt, looking forward to touring NATO’s billion-dollar-plus new headquarters in Brussels; posing for selfies on camelback by the pyramids in Egypt; grinning for photo-ops with the troops in Afghanistan. Then the order came from President Donald Trump to prohibit her use of government aircraft. Fly commercial, he suggested. There is a government shutdown going on, after all. And, as Trump noted, 800,000 federal workers will continue to go unpaid — unless Democrats stay in town to negotiate. The bus went ’round the block and back. Pelosi’s shock must have been quite something to observe. She is not used to being treated like this, you see. She apparently expected she could cancel (ahem, “postpone”) the State of the Union address due to the shutdown — and then disappear abroad. Trump’s response — blocking Pelosi’s use of the aircraft — was gutsy. It was a “drain the swamp” moment. But the timing was pure comedy gold. (Adam Schiff, stepping off the bus, looked like he’d seen a Russian.) In a statement, Pelosi’s spokesman protested that the purpose of the trip had been “to affirm the United States’ ironclad commitment to the NATO alliance,” something the president had already done earlier that day. Her real goal was to conduct an alternative foreign policy — as she did after being elected Speaker in 2007, when she paid a friendly visit to Syrian butcher Bashar al-Assad. Pelosi’s flack complained that President Trump himself had flown to visit the troops in Iraq early in the shutdown. But Trump is the commander-in-chief, and Pelosi is not. How jarring for her to be reminded that although she might pretend the Constitution grants her equal power to the president, only Trump can turn the bus around.

Exactly!!  For more, click on the text above.  Thanks to Joel B. Pollak fot that outstanding analysis.     🙂

Gutfeld on Trump’s letter to Pelosi

Citing security concerns during the shutdown, Nancy Pelosi has asked Donald Trump to give his State of the Union address in writing. Trump’s response? Canceling her trip to Brussels Thursday night right before takeoff. In the letter he said, he was “sorry to inform her,” that he’s canceling the trip. No, he wasn’t sorry. Not at all! He basically stole her lunch money. And then he ate her lunch. Still, Trump should accept her offer. And send the State of the Union address in writing: a sheet with just two words: Bye bye. Then he should hold a giant event in the middle of America. After all, the people elected Trump, not Washington, D.C. Nancy and the Dems can take shelter under their desks and watch it all on iPads. And Trump can cite his accomplishments, tell some jokes — just so the press has a reason to burn their hair. He can broadcast it on YouTube. The media will cover it in highly flammable fact-checks. It’ll be the first People’s State of the Union! If the media doesn’t show it — then we know it’s personal and political — for this is historical. And hysterical! Cuz what do the Dems do then? Do they not respond when he does it anyway — at a better place, with better-looking people? With music, prizes, farm animals and face painting? And almost no carbon footprint! Think about that! Do they hold a response? With the same cardboard cutouts from before? Nancy just offered Trump an amazing chance. It gets him out of a dull speech — and it gets “The Five” out of going to D.C. – a place with overpriced booze, incompetent politicians and substandard food. Which really, is the whole point of this monologue.

HAHA!!!  That was EXCELLENT!!  Thanks Greg!  Greg Gutfeld currently serves as host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) The Greg Gutfeld Show (Saturdays 10-11PM/ET) and co-host of The Five (weekdays 5-6PM/ET).    🙂

Trump Signs Bill Promising Back-Pay to Furloughed Federal Workers

In a moment of rare bipartisanship, President Donald Trump signed a Democrat-sponsored bill Wednesday guaranteeing back-pay to workers furloughed by the ongoing partial government shutdown. Since December 21, several government departments have been shut down due to an impasse between congressional Democrats and Trump over the president’s request of $5.7 billion to fund an expanded physical barrier at the U.S.-Mexico border. This stalemate has forced tens of thousands of federal employees to work without pay, with some 80,000 not receiving a paycheck for the first time last Friday. However, the signing of the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019, sponsored by Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., requires that all government employees be compensated for “wages lost, work performed, or leave used” during the shutdown, the Whitehouse announced in a news release. “This is an important step toward providing our civil servants with some stability and hope. But it doesn’t help pay the bills *now.* To do that, we MUST reopen the government,” Sen. Cardin said in a tweet prior to the bill being signed. Vice President Mike Pence informed U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents of the news, The Hill reported. “Just moments ago the House or Representatives passed legislation that will ensure that all the dedicated professionals at Custom and Border Protection and all of the agencies affected by this shutdown will be paid in full,” he said from the agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. The measure follows last week’s introduction of a bill that would protect furloughed federal workers from landlords and creditors filing legal action against them for failing to pay their bills during the shutdown, reported the Huffington Post. Earlier Wednesday, President Trump had a “constructive” meeting with the bipartisan group of Congress members dubbed the Problem Solvers Caucus to negotiate during the shutdown, reported CNN.

Trump on Clemson White House Visit: ‘I Served them Massive Amounts of Fast Food (I Paid)”

The liberal media went wild attacking President Donald Trump for serving fast food to the Clemson Tigers, when they visited the White House on Monday. With the shutdown still in full swing, White House staff is at a minimum, and it appears that the food service personnel are also on furlough. Trump paid for the entire feast out of his own pocket. “Great being with the National Champion Clemson Tigers last night at the White House,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. “Because of the Shutdown, I served them massive amounts of Fast Food (I paid), over 1000 hamberders [sic] etc. Within one hour, it was all gone. Great guys and big eaters!” Trump also said that he thought the team would enjoy a little “fun” time during their White House visit. “We ordered American fast food, paid for by me,” the president said, according to CBS. “Lots of hamburgers, lots of pizza. We have some very large people that like eating, so I think we’re going to have a little fun.” Of course, Clemson has become somewhat famous for its fast food connection with breakout quarterback Trevor Lawrence being a huge fan of Chick-fil-A. For years Lawrence has prepared to meet his opponents by studying game films while eating Chick-fil-A. He has kept that up at college, too. “In Clemson, they say he does the same, poring over Notre Dame and Alabama defensive cut-ups while snacking on Chick-n-Minis,” ESPN’s Ryan McGee reported. Indeed, after the big White House visit, Lawrence said he loved the whole thing and said he can’t wait to come back. “It was awesome,” Lawrence said according to TMZ. “We had McDonalds and everything. It was good!” The press still went wild attacking the president for his hosting duty. Sports blogger Robert Littal attacked Trump for “believing” the “stereotypes” about college kids. “Here is the thing Trump believes every single stereotype that is out there, so the stereotype that college kids-athletes just eat fast food all the time is all he knows. These college football powerhouses are billion dollar businesses much more steak than 4 for $4,” he tweeted. Another virulent anti-Trumper, Dr. Eugene Gu, claimed Trump was using fast food as a way to “troll” everyone over the shutdown.

Wow..  What a bunch of self-righteous whiners in the dominantly liberal mainstream media!  The government is in a partial shut-down, and the President decided to go ahead and host the Tigers…and paid for it out of pocket.  And, from the videos I’ve seen, the guys had a blast!  These ESPN losers are just jealous they didn’t get THEIR invite, lol.

Analysis: Networks Trashed Trump With 90% Negative Spin in 2018, But Did It Matter?

At the midpoint of Donald Trump’s first term, the establishment media’s obvious hostility shows no signs of relenting, but polls show this negative coverage has had no discernible impact on the public’s attitudes toward the President. Since January 20, 2017, the Media Research Center has analyzed every moment of coverage of President Trump on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts, seen by approximately 23 million people each night. Click here for some highlights:

Donald Trump Oval Office Address: Border Security ‘A Choice Between Right and Wrong’

President Donald Trump delivered an address to the American people from the Oval Office on Tuesday, speaking about the crisis on the Southern border. “This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice,” Trump said in his eight-minute address, describing it as “a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul.” The president detailed the ongoing migration and illegal immigration crisis but did not declare an official State of Emergency, which would allow him to shift funding to fund border security without Congress. “This is the cycle of human suffering I am determined to end,” he said. He noted that migrant women and children were “victims” of the broken immigration system, specifically citing the more than 20,000 children brought illegally into the United States. “These children are used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs,” he said. The president described the ongoing problems with drugs and crime coming across the border, endangering the lives of Americans. He again stated his request for a $5.7 billion wall, but said that it would be a “steel barrier instead of a concrete wall.” “This is just common sense,” he said. He defended the concept of a border wall, disputing that it was “immoral” as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted. “Why do wealthy politicians build walls, fences, and gates outside their home?” he asked. “They don’t build walls because they hate the people on the outside but because they love the people on the inside.” He argued that the steel barrier would pay for itself, and paid for indirectly by the new trade deal with Mexico. Trump blamed Democrats for the government shutdown, noting that leaders used to support the idea of more border security. “They changed their mind only after I was elected president,” Trump said. “Democrats in Congress have refused to acknowledge the crisis.” He called for Democrats to reopen the government with a funding bill that included and invited them to the White House again to make a deal. “The federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: Because Democrats will not fund border security,” he said. The president specifically mentioned the tragic death of Ronil Singh and other murders and rapes committed by illegal immigrants. “How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?” This is President Trump’s first address from the Oval Office in his presidency. The president made his remarks as the partial government shutdown continued on the eighteenth day. Congressional Democrats remained resolute against a negotiation on a government funding bill that included funding for a wall on the southern border. The fight will continue into the week, as Trump plans to attend the Senate Republican lunch on Wednesday with Vice President Mike Pence. The president did not declare an official State of Emergency, allowing him to immediately shift border funding for wall construction. On Thursday, the president plans to travel to the border to make his case for more funding. “I swore to protect our country and that is what I will always do, so help me God,” Trump concluded. “Thank you and good night.”

‘The President Is Right’: Former Border Patrol Chief Under Obama Says Walls ‘Absolutely Work’

The chief of U.S. Border Patrol during Barack Obama’s presidency said Monday that President Trump is right in his view that border walls are effective. Mark Morgan said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that walls “absolutely work” and that there is no real argument against building and implementing one. He added that although he was removed from his position by President Trump’s administration, Trump’s stance on border security makes sense. “The president is right. … That’s based on historical data and facts that can be proven,” Morgan said. He said that opponents of a border wall are looking to make a political point. “I cannot think of a legitimate argument why anyone would not support the wall as part of a multi-layered border security issue,” noting his experience with the FBI in Texas. People are too concerned about the president’s style and the delivery of his case for a border wall as opposed to the substantive issues at hand, Morgan said. He added that Trump is correct in calling the issues at the border a national security problem, and that border security professionals think the same. “Why aren’t we listening to the experts and the people who do it every day? I don’t understand that.”

Neither do we, Sir.  And keep in mind.. This is a former Obama (Democrat) official, who was let go when the new Trump administration took over.  We definitely appreciate his candor and integrity on this critical issue.  To see this exchange, click on the text above.