President Trump got his revenge on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a truly Trumpian way. Just an hour before a delegation of Dem members of congress were set to leave for a trip overseas, Trump revoked their use of military air travel to do so. It’s best to cancel the trip and focus on negotiations, Trump wrote in a letter. But Pelosi and pals are free to fly commercial, he added. The government shutdown has now entered its fourth week.
MEANWHILE, the White House has also cancelled a U.S. delegation’s planned trip to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the move was made out of consideration of the 800,000 federal workers either furloughed by the shutdown or currently working without pay.
President Trump unexpectedly rejected an offer to temporarily fund the government in favor of insisting on more border wall funding on Thursday. Trump informed GOP leadership in an Oval Office meeting that he would not sign a stopgap funding bill that had passed the Senate, announced House Speaker Paul Ryan after the hour-long meeting. That means it’s back to the drawing board for Congress, which faces a Friday deadline to either pass a bill that Trump will sign or face a partial government shutdown.
—QUOTABLE: “President Trump just met with Republican Members of the House. Not surprisingly, they all feel strongly about Border Security — stopping the flow of drugs, stopping human trafficking, and stopping terrorism. We protect nations all over the world, but Democrats are unwilling to protect our nation. We urgently need funding for border security and that includes a wall.” -Sarah Sanders
President Trump says he’s not sure whether the White House would win a lawsuit with CNN that it’s now embroiled in. The network filed suit after Trump officials yanked the press credentials from their top correspondent, Jim Acosta, after Acosta went too far in his latest grandstanding event at a recent press conference. There isn’t necessarily a First Amendment right for any journalist to have access to the West Wing regardless of their behavior. In this case, the White House says Acosta laid hands on a press pool intern, while CNN contends the action will have a chilling effect on reporters.
—QUOTABLE: “The White House cannot run an orderly and fair press conference when a reporter acts this way, which is neither appropriate nor professional. The First Amendment is not served when a single reporter, of more than 150 present, attempts to monopolize the floor. If there is no check on this type of behavior it impedes the ability of the President, the White House staff, and members of the media to conduct business.” -Sarah Sanders statement
The White House has suspended Jim Acosta’s credentials. The CNN reporter who got into yet another heated clash with President Trump at a press conference this week learned of the move to evict him from the press pool when a Secret Service officer confiscated his credentials that give him access to the White House. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders cited Acosta’s tussle with a young female press aid during the conference where he refused to give her the microphone.
—QUOTABLE: The White House will “never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.” -Sanders
Clinton News Network’s grandstander in chief got into another verbal scuffle with President Trump. At a Wednesday news conference, CNN’s Jim Acosta pretended to ask a question, but instead gave a speech about his thoughts on Trump’s characterizing the caravan as an “invasion.” Acosta, known for his attempts to pick fights with Trump and White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, refused to give up the microphone after the president answered his question and continued to challenge Trump on a TV ad his campaign ran. CNN should be ashamed of itself for employing Acosta, Trump said, bIecause he’s rude.
—QUOTABLE: “I tell you what, CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person…You shouldn’t be working for CNN. You are a very rude person. The way that you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. And the way that you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.” -Trump
It didn’t take long for President Trump’s foes in the media to blame him for Saturday’s synagogue massacre that left 11 dead. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Sunday lashed out at the Washington Post, which ran headlines directly linking Trump to the attack—as well as the attempted bombings last week. “Is there any tragedy the Washington Post won’t exploit to attack President @realDonaldTrump?” Sanders tweeted. As a matter of fact, the gunman, Robert Bowers, had ranted in previous posts that he didn’t like Trump because the president has too many Jewish advisers in his administration.
—“Is there any tragedy the Washington Post won’t exploit to attack President @realDonaldTrump? The evil act of anti-Semitism in Pittsburg was committed by a coward who hated President Trump because @POTUS is such an unapologetic defender of the Jewish community and state of Israel.” -Sanders tweet
In the wake of a spate of attempted bombings of left-leaning politicians and organizations, President Trump on Wednesday condemned “political violence of any kind” and called for unity. Suspicious packages and homemade bombs sent to Bill and Hillary Clinton, the Obamas, George Soros and others prompted a major federal investigation, the president said. To boot, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders offered a lengthy condemnation and promised the would-be terrorist responsible will be found and justice will be served.
—QUOTABLE: “As we speak the packages are being inspected and a major federal investigation is under way…An investigation is being conducted to bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice. We will spare no expenses.” -Trump
—QUOTABLE: “[W]e condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures. These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.” -Sarah Sanders
Sarah Sanders struck back at CNN correspondent Jim Acosta on Wednesday. The grandstanding Acosta asked Sanders if Brett Kavanaugh was the “victim” in the whole episode over allegations of sexual impropriety lodged against him. Acosta was apparently indignant that President Trump would mock accuser Christine Blasey Ford at a rally the night before. Both Kavanaugh and Ford are victims of the Democrats’ smear machine, to paraphrase an emotional Sanders. The campaign has been “disgraceful,” and the Dems are “exploiting” the women who have come forward.
—QUOTABLE: “I think Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh are victims at the hands of the Democrats. I think it’s absolutely disgraceful what they’ve done and exploited this process … They are exploiting all the women that have come out to make any type of accusation. This isn’t the process that should have been done and certainly everybody deserves to be heard but that includes Judge Kavanaugh and that should be part of this process.” -Sanders