-Day 16 of the #TrumpShutdown
-Sticking 2 Demands 4 Border Wall
-May Declare Nat'l Emergency Soon
-Visits Camp David 4 Brief Meeting
-Flip-Flopping on Syrian Withdrawal
-Russia Filling Void 2 China in Trade
-Ivanka Violated Conflict of Interest
Day 672 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
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"
"When I came here this country was headed to war with North Korea and now we have a very good dialogue," Trump says.
"You would right now be in a nice, big, fat war in Asia with North Korea if I wasn't elected"
Classic Trump fear-mongering!
Trump says the US is negotiating a location for a second summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, whom Trump says he has spoken to "indirectly" cnn.it/2GXNFLF
Lawmakers across the aisle have supported an independent U.N. investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, but efforts have been stymied by the White House.
Saudi trial in Khashoggi murder case "not sufficient": UN rights office ndtv.com/world-news/kha…
Day 16 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 16 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."
Snoop's message to furloughed employees during the #TrumpShutdown is really quite something 👀
“The goal is not to open up the government; the goal is to fix a broken immigration system...We will not give in to this radical left ever until we can find a rational way forward that will have a wall as part of a border security plan." -Lindsey Graham
Steny Hoyer accused Trump and Republicans of holding federal employees "hostage" in the hopes of getting Democrats to acquiesce to a border wall plan Trump hasn't fully explained. "We don't think the wall is good technology to do the objective." nbcnews.com/politics/congr…
Q: Which former presidents told Trump that they should have built a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border previously?
Mick Mulvaney: "I have no idea. I have not asked [Trump] that question." Via CNN
Trump prepared to leave for Camp David strategy session with senior WH officials to discuss "Border Security (caps his)" and other policy objectives for 2019.
It'll be his 8th visit to Camp David compared to Obama 16 visits & George W Bush 49 times, at this stage.
Trump speaks to possibility of declaring a national emergency ahead of meetings with senior White House staff at Camp David: "I may declare a national emergency dependent on what's going to happen on the next few days."
Trump says border security funding is “a very important battle to win.”
Reminder: Democrats have offered $1.6 billion for "border security".
Here's the video of Chris Wallace fact-checking Sarah Sanders on her false claim that terrorists are streaming over the border with Mexico.
"The state department says there hasn’t been any terrorists found coming across the southern border."
Armed Services Chair Adam Smith says he wants to hold hearings on Trump's politicization of the military: "He has campaign rallies when he's talking to troops. I don't think you should use the military to advance your agenda." Via ABC
Dems once again asked the WH today for a full breakdown of what Trump wants that $5 billion for, a Dem official familiar with the meeting emails. No "full justification" for the request was offered, the official says.
It's kind of amazing that VP Pence has been relegated to meeting with congressional staff.
Here's what that means in Washington code: It show he has no clout to make any deal, and it completely devalues the office he represents.
Trump is edging closer toward a radical move to fund border wall
—by declaring a national emergency—after the prospect of a deal with Dems to re-open government dimmed today.
W.H. lawyers and budget staff have been looking into idea for a while. bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Mick Mulvaney telling @jaketapper that the $2 trillion deficit increase under Trump required Democratic votes is just a flat out falsehood. They used budget reconciliation to pass tax reform so they wouldn’t need Democrats.
White House chief “not too concerned” about Trump misstating history and defending Soviet invasion into Afghanistan
John Kelly had clamped down on the flow of info flow to Trump. Since then, "it has devolved into anarchy," an ex-admin official tells Axios.
"It’s like the old [pre-Kelly] days of the administration, just with less people ... The wild, wild west."
A Republican who voted for Trump says he may be forced to move his factory to Mexico, because Trump's tariffs are threatening to drive him out of business: nytimes.com/2019/01/06/bus…
Trump economic adviser Kevin Hassett predicts "a heck of a lot of'' U.S. companies will join Apple in announcing lower than expected earnings because of Trump's trade war. bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Look who's benefitting from Trump's trade war?
Putin said Russia would supply soy beans and poultry meat to China and that the U.S. had effectively given up on that market.
Trump on Syria:
•Dec 19: US Leaving NOW; ISIS Defeated; Military drawing plans for 30 Days
•Dec 22: ISIS largely defeated
•Dec 23: Withdrawal to be slow
•Dec 26: Let’s get out
•Dec 31: No Rush
•Jan 2: Syria is sand & death
•Jan 6: I never said quickly
Emails show the 3 Trump associates who secretly steered the VA edited the budget for a gov't program, weighed in on job candidates, and were treated as having decision-making authority on policy.
None served in the military or elsewhere in gov't.
CREW says that Ivanka Trump used her official position to promote a White House program that she stands to profit from.
They've filed a complaint against her.
The Justice Department's public integrity section is examining whether ex-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lied to his agency's inspector general investigators, WaPo reports.
Officials have not yet decided whether he should face charges.
Rep. Adam Schiff, asked on @CNN about a House Dem's profanity against Trump, notes that Trump in a tweet turned Schiff's last name into an expletive (Schitt).
"[Trump] is not in a position to talk about language," he says, as no one has done more to coarsen politics.
Frank Pallone, the new Democratic chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, announces its first hearings on:
*Impacts of climate change
*Impacts of the federal judge's decision to strike down Obamacare
*Trump admin's family separation policy bit.ly/2C6ZzwQ
In case you missed yesterday's thread:
Here's video of Lindsay Graham calling the Dems the "radical left."
It's not the "radical left" who has shut down the government, threatening to declare a national emergency for a wall that was supposed to be paid for by Mexico.