-Day 22 of the #TrumpShutdown
-Longest Shutdown in U.S. History
-Workers 'Better Off' Not Getting Paid
-Goes On Wild Morning Tweetstorm
-Devising Plan 2 Decimate Medicaid
-Concealed Details of All Putin Mtgs
-Seized Notes From Own Interpreter
Day 678 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"
Kevin Dinnin, the CEO of the contractor that ran the controversial tent city for migrant children in Tornillo, Texas, says the facility is closing down because he refused the government’s request to detain more youths bit.ly/2HhGVbk
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he'll meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visit to Saudi Arabia
Can't wait to see more pics of Pompeo sharing laughs with MbS
Day 22 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 22 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."
You know Trump will now boast of setting the record 🙄
Secret Service agents, including members of the protective services division, are increasingly anxious and angry about working without pay.
“They are asking you to put your life on the line and not paying you —it's ridiculous," a 20-year vet says.
“The workers, many of them still in their T.S.A. uniforms after finishing their shifts, showed up to collect food at a makeshift pantry the foundation set up in a parking lot near the airport” nyti.ms/2H8eBbF?smid=n…
Trump’s Top Economic Adviser Says Shutdown is Good: “A huge share of government workers were going to take vacation days...so then they have the vacation, but they don't have to use their vacation days,” Kevin Hassett said.
They're STILL working!
‘Is this how you make America great again?’ — Sen. Jon Tester held nothing back in his impassioned speech against Trump’s shutdown
Mitch McConnell could end the shutdown. But he’s sitting this one out. - The Washington Post
Webpage, posted in 2012, argued that border barriers don’t tackle the root causes of migration of fraudulently overstay.
After union met with Trump, Border Patrol union deleted 2012 webpage opposing border wall
Third tunnel discovered near Arizona border amid debate over border wall
Kinda defeats the purpose, amiright?
Nicholas Rasmussen, who ran the National Counter Terrorism Center under Obama and Trump: "There is no wave of terrorist operatives waiting to cross overland into the United States. It simply isn’t true."
It would take an estimated 10,000 construction workers more than 10 years to build the kind of 1,000-mile wall Trump has said he wants, according to WaPo.
The White House issued an official response to this story 10 hours before Trump tweeted that he “just learned” about it.
Not a parody account
This 2016 tweet has not aged well
Of note: Trump has never been critical of the president of Russia, unlike virtually every leader of US allies
“How could there be chaos? This is an empty shell of an organization."
[tumbleweed of court filings rolls by]
The White House called a lid for the day, per pooler @PhilipRucker, which means we won’t see Trump the rest of the day — unclear whether there is a lid on his tweets.
"If it's correct the FBI's principle interest in obstruction was not as a discrete criminal fact pattern but as a national security threat, this significantly blurs the distinction between the obstruction and collusion aspects of the investigation."
Pompeo on NYT story that FBI looked into whether Trump worked for Russia:
"The idea that's contained in the New York Times story that Trump was a threat to American national security is -- is silly on its face and not worthy of a response.”
Trump has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administration washingtonpost.com/world/national…
After closed door mtg with Putin, Trump took his interpreter's notes, told linguist not to reveal what had transpired to other administration officials. Pattern of concealing communications with Putin.
“As a result, U.S. officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump’s face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years.”
Given the news that the FBI was looking into whether Trump was working on behalf of the Kremlin, Trump's meeting in Helsinki with Putin deserves further examining.
Flashback: The Clinton campaign put out a 6 minute video detailing Trump's alleged Russian ties a month before the election.
Interesting to revisit in light of recent reports.
New Foreign Affairs Cmte. chair Eliot Engel says he'll investigate what, exactly, Trump agreed to in his private meeting with Putin last summer.
"It's been many months since Helsinki, and we still don't know what Putin and Trump talked about."
"the Obama administration expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections" nytimes.com/2017/01/12/us/…
All Senate Judiciary Democrats are calling on the DOJ inspector general to scrutinize and potentially investigate the department's ethics practices, especially Matthew Whitaker's decision not to recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller probe. thedailybeast.com/senate-democra…
So, the Trump DOJ had evidence that the Harris/GOP's NC-9 vendor had committed election fraud in 2016 and did nothing to prevent in in 2018. The GOP doesn't care about preventing "fraud," it only cares about suppressing the vote and winning. wapo.st/2FpUVhE?tid=ss…
The Trump administration is reportedly devising a plan to decimate Medicaid through executive action. Attacks on Medicaid are attacks on access to health care.
Never too busy to do promotional work for Fox TV shows
PIRRO: "Are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?"
TRUMP: "I think it’s the most insulting thing I’ve ever been asked... If you read the article, you’ll find they had nothing... It’s called the failing NY Times for a reason..." (then pivots to Comey)
Just to reiterate, @JudgeJeanine straight-out asked Trump if he's working for Russia.
He did not directly answer the question.
"I haven't actually left the White House in months," Trump tells @JudgeJeanine
Reminder: He was just at the border on Thursday following a trip to Iraq.
In case you missed yesterday's thread:
Here's the video/audio where Trump, for some reason, refuses to give a direct answer to question whether he is a Russian asset or works for the government of Russia.