President Trump did something Tuesday night that he has rarely done since taking office: He used the presidential bully pulpit to reach beyond his hardcore base of supporters to make his case to the American people. Speaking from the Oval Office for the first time during his presidency, Trump embraced our country’s tradition as a nation of immigrants, declaring “America proudly welcomes millions of lawful immigrants who enrich our society and contribute to our nation.” He then offered a cogent explanation for why he believes we face what he called “a humanitarian crisis — a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul” along our southern border. He pointed out the human cost of our broken system to illegal migrants, expressing compassion for the “children [who] are used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs” and the “women [who] are sexually assaulted on the dangerous trek up through Mexico.” He shared … [Read more...] about Trump won the night in Oval Office speech
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In a contentious Oval Office meeting, President Donald Trump and the Democratic congressional leaders — Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer — disagreed over funding for a border wall, mangling some facts in the process. The president claimed that “a lot of the wall is built,” and he cited statistics purporting to show “it’s very effective” at stopping illegal immigration. But his figures correspond to those in a Customs and Border Protection video on various border security strategies deployed before he took office, from 1992 to 2016. And in most sectors Trump cited as successful, there is very little fencing designed to stop pedestrians. In advocating a border wall, Trump claimed that “people with … medical problems are pouring in … in many cases, it’s contagious.” Scientific evidence doesn’t support the idea that migrants pose a public health risk. Another reason the president cited was that “drugs are … [Read more...] about Fact check: The Trump-Pelosi-Schumer scuffle in the Oval Office
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump told Democratic leaders in a remarkable on-camera clash he would be "proud" to shut down the federal government if he doesn’t get the $5 billion he demands for a border wall with Mexico. “If we don’t get what we want ... we will shut down the government," Trump said during an exchange in the Oval Office with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. Pelosi and Schumer gave as good as they got, telling Trump he lacks support for border wall funding – even while Republicans still control the House – and is irresponsible in threatening to halt the government over a project that would be ineffective at best. "You don't have the votes," Pelosi said. Trump wants $5 billion for a border wall as part of a government funding bill, contending the barrier would stop criminals and drug dealers from entering the country. … [Read more...] about Trump clashes with Pelosi, Schumer about border wall funding as government shutdown looms
(CNN)Welp, that was fun. The meeting between President Donald Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was one of the more fascinating things to watch in real time that most aides CNN spoke to Tuesday had ever seen -- including those who are usually in the room for such meetings. Why? Because of just how clearly all sides were playing for the cameras and audience by the time it was all said and done. It was political. It was base rallying. It was confrontation. It was pure, very public positioning for future talks on an issue where the impasse has been clear for more than two weeks. "It was lights, camera, action," was how one senior Democratic aide -- who was thrilled with results -- put it. Both sides are claiming a piece of post-theatrical victory, but make no mistake, even Republicans on Capitol Hill acknowledge the President seemingly walking right into saying -- and outright embracing -- the blame for a shutdown was a strategic error … [Read more...] about State of Play: Trump, Pelosi and Schumer met over border funding. Now what?
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday to shut down the government over his demand for a multi-billion dollar border wall during a remarkable televised clash with the top House and Senate Democrats in the Oval Office. Trump traded taunts and threats with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a sign of what divided government in Washington could look like once Democrats take over the House next month. Trump repeatedly touted the importance of securing funding for border wall construction and was rebuffed by the Democratic leaders who made clear that they would hold Trump responsible if the government shuts down later this month. Trump accepted ownership, telling the Democrats he would be "proud" to shut down the government over border security. "I'll tell you what, I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck," Trump told the top Senate Democrat. "So, I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it … [Read more...] about Trump defends shutdown threat after clashing with Pelosi, Schumer