-Day 14 of the #TrumpShutdown
-Prepared 2 Shutdown Gov't for Years
-Pence & Appointees Get Pay Raises
-Hundreds of TSA Staff Called in Sick
-Millions Facing Delayed Tax Refunds
-Held Bizarre Rose Garden Exchange
-Mueller Grand Jury Extended 6 Mos
Day 670 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
America has already reached 100+ gun deaths and 250+ gun injuries in the first four days of the new year.
Visit @GunDeaths for up-to-date statistics and information
FYI: The Trump admin has quietly resumed separating immigrant families at the border.
At one agency, the children were put into temporary foster care and shelters with little or no indication that they arrived at the border with their parents: propub.li/2QcsPvY
Reminder: The Trump administration is systematically locking up thousands of children at unheard of rates - now almost 15,000 are in U.S. custody.
The government classifies these children as "unaccompanied"
House Homeland Security Committee chairman asks Nielsen to testify on Trump admin's "flawed" border security agenda hill.cm/G8CZ1cq
North Korea says it won't denuclearize until the U.S. removes its nukes from the region
An editorial in the country's state-run newspaper criticized Washington’s "unreasonable attitude" and "hostile" policies. bit.ly/2RALeCy
U.S. reportedly joins North Korea in resisting U.N. human rights investigations:
Giuliani: "When a man becomes president he shouldn’t be subject to a review of his entire life.”
Actually, he should, because Trump was never fully reviewed to begin with. nymag.com/intelligencer/…
In a country w/o independent judiciary or due process, these scapegoats create a false image of a full & fair trial for Khashoggi's murder—continuing Saudi propaganda & deflecting blame for Crown Prince's culpability in this killing & cover-up. n.pr/2RbOV2g
Day 14 since Congress & Trump have not agreed on a spending bill.
Government agencies are now shut down.
More than 420,000 government workers to work without pay, including 41,000 federal law enforcement and correctional officers. #TrumpShutdown
As we wind down day 14 of the #TrumpShutdown, let's not forget:
"I will be the one to shut it down. I'm not going to blame you for it."
@NPRJoel reports on what it means that E-Verify is down due to the shutdown.
It lets employers check if a job candidate is in the US illegally. One lawyer says the US had an “electronic wall” against illegal immigration and took it down.
95% of HUD is furloughed for shutdown.
"Most of HUD’s routine enforcement activities have been suspended, including mandatory health and safety inspections of housing for low-income families, the elderly and people with disabilities" nbcnews.com/politics/polit…
White House officials are scrambling to deal with major fallout from the shutdown that begins next month, when $140 billion+ in tax refunds could freeze and 38 million Americans face see major food stamp cuts. washingtonpost.com/business/econo…
Required to work without pay during the government shutdown, hundreds of TSA officers have called in sick to work this week from at least four major airports, sources tell CNN cnn.it/2F9mivo
"There will not be another gov't shutdown. You can count on that. Shutting down the government, in my view, is not conservative policy. I don’t think a two-week paid vacation for federal employees is conservative policy.” - Mitch McConnell, Oct 2013 goo.gl/MYc98F
Chuck Schumer: "We told the president we needed the government open. He resisted. In fact, he said he'd keep the government closed for a very long period of time. Months or even years." Via ABC
Trump still apparently has no clue how tariffs work
Fact check: Americans ultimately pay tariffs
Trump now calls for a "steel wall" claiming "we have steel companies again"
Fact check: We already have steel fencing along the border
Trump is out here talking about "drug-finding equipment."
Fact check: US continues to use dogs, scales, x-rays, drones and manpower to assist in locating drugs.
Trump claims that in California, the government has just finished building "new walls, beautiful walls, steel walls."
Fact check: Congress has not appropriated a single cent for him to build "new walls."
Trump claims that "some" of the previous presidents have told him that they should've built walls.
Fact check: No living president has expressed support in building a Trump-style wall.
TRUMP: "The southern border is a dangerous, horrible disaster."
(He claimed the border was secure just days ago!!!)
Trump confirms that he told Pelosi and Schumer that the government shutdown could go on for years. He can't cite a single shred of progress that was made during their meeting.
REPORTER: Why not reopen the government and negotiate afterward?
TRUMP: "We have terrorists coming through the southern border... They drive right through and make a left. Not gonna happen, not gonna happen."
Trump says his demand for $5.6 billion for border security is "firm"
Until Ann Coulter let's him off the hook.
@HallieJackson: "Are you still proud to 'own' this shutdown?"
TRUMP: "Well, you know, I appreciate the way you say that, but I'm very proud of doing what I'm doing... you can call whatever you want... it's just words."
Trump on impeachment: "You can't impeach somebody that's doing a great job, that's the way I view it. I've probably done more in the first two years than any president, any administration in the history of our country... there was no collusion."
Asked to detail how the USMCA trade deal will result in Mexico paying for the wall, Trump instead goes on a rant about how NAFTA was bad.
(He never answers the question.)
Trump admonishes @kaitlancollins, "You're not in the construction business, you don't understand something. We have a rebuilt great steel business in the United States. Steel is stronger than concrete...you can't really see through a concrete wall."
Trump claims, "China is paying us tremendous tariffs."
(China is in fact paying the US no tariffs -- tariffs are taxes paid by importers.)
Trump explains how his government plans to use eminent domain to seize land needed for the border wall.
Trump says he "may" grant himself emergency powers to build the wall.
"It's called a national emergency," he says.
Asked once again to detail how Mexico will pay for the wall via the new trade deal (it won't), Trump ends up ranting about... [checks notes] ...gas prices.
Trump preposterously claims that he doesn't think his cabinet members are even aware they're getting a big raise tomorrow, won't commit to asking them to forego it while the government shutdown is ongoing.
Trump’s bizarre Rose Garden news conference shows why he’s impossible to negotiate with
A former Trump adviser tells the Post that Trump is "willing to send the Army Corps of Engineers down to the border and start digging" if he doesn't get what he wants on the wall...
Ret. Adm. James Stavridis: "I'm glad that the generals stepped into the breach. But in the end, each of them had to ask himself, At what point does my serving in this White House become less a guardrail and more an enabler?" time.com/5492636/donald…
The WSJ editorial board on Trump's comments that the Soviets were right to invade Afghanistan in 1979: "We cannot recall a more absurd misstatement of history by an American President"
The federal grand jury in DC that Mueller has been using was just extended for another six months.
The original 18-month term was set to expire but the chief judge of the DC District Court has extended the grand jury's mandate.
Nadler on CNN: "We're not going to wait for the Mueller report. There's plenty for the Judiciary Cmte. to look into right now, specifically the attempt to have a massive fraud on the American people ...rigging an...election...whether it's by hush payments or by collusion."
Hill Dems look to block Treasury from lifting sanctions on Deripaska-linked businesses
In 2017, Trump promised 2 new expansions of its hotel biz -- 39 new properties, split btw a line of suburban motels & line of boutique hipster lairs.
2 years later, zero have opened. They hope the first motel will open in Miss. in a few months.
VA secretary Robert Wilkie did not list his membership in pro-Confederate groups or speeches to them on his confirmation paperwork despite submitting a sworn affidavit he disclosed all speeches, published works and group memberships. cnn.com/2019/01/04/pol…
@mattgaetz, a sitting GOP Congressman, scheduled to host a Fox News show today, his office says
"Fair and balanced"
Fmr. CIA Director John Brennan: I'm hoping Republicans realize Trump is unfit for office.
Trump: Rashida Tlaib "dishonored" the country with "impeach the motherf-cker" remark hill.cm/RB0OtcE
Rashida Tlaib defends call to impeach "motherf-cker" Trump: "I will always speak truth to power" hill.cm/JMf1I9p
In case you missed yesterday's thread:
This is truly amazing. The Justice Department admits that, under Trump, it effectively made up and misstated information to link immigrants to terrorism, but that it won't retract or correct the culprit report.
WH: “Acting Chief Of Staff Mick Mulvaney invited White House senior staff to Camp David for a staff retreat to lay out the administration’s 2019 priorities. Trump will join the team and lead meetings on Sunday.”