It’s day 22 of the partial government shutdown, marking another historic achievement for the Trump administration as it becomes the longest shutdown in U.S. history.
Saturday, President Trump finished his day on Twitter, by announcing he’d be interviewed by Fox News show host Jeanine Pirro.
The interview which can be found in full at Fox News.com lasted about 21 minutes or so.
According to the transcript provided by Fox News President Trump offered little in the way of new information about why the border wall, is needed now, and wasn’t needed for the two years his party controlled the majority in both the House and the Senate.
Some highlights via transcript:
Trump: So we have a humanitarian crisis to put it mildly [at the Southern Border].
Tiff: According to government officials illegal immigration is down by roughly 80 percent from where it was in 2000. The United States Border Patrol (who is currently not being paid due to the government shutdown) published a detailed spreadsheet “total illegal Alien Apprehensions by month for the fiscal years 2000 – 2017, the total according to the report of illegal entry aliens apprehended at the Southern Border for 2000: 1,676,438, illegal entry aliens apprehended at the Southern Border for 2017: 303, 916.
Trump: Well, I have the absolute right to call a national emergency. Other Presidents have called many national emergencies for things of lesser importance, frankly than this and I have the right to do it.
Tiff: He isn’t wrong, but as has been noted by smarter people than me, in order for President Trump to succeed in using the 1976 National Emergencies Act, he must show there is a true emergency. FYI, one does not show there is a true emergency by saying, I have the right to do it, but oh, hey, I’m still waiting it out.
For example, President G.W. Bush, declared two National Emergencies in the wake of 9/11, the first according to the Washington Post, was issued on 9/14/01, the second followed nine days later. For what it’s worth according to another Washington Post article, President Clinton declared 17, while President Bush declared 12, and President Obama declared 13. According to the article these emergencies generally involve, “economic sanctions against foreign actors whose activities pose a national threat.”
Trump: Well, I haven’t actually left the White House in months and in all fairness, I’m doing a lot of other work. It’s not just that, but that’s a very important element of what I’m doing because we have to get the southern border done and I’ve been here virtually every night.
Tiff: But, but, but, he hasn’t left the White House in months!
Trump: I think it’s the most insulting thing I’ve ever been asked. I think it’s the most insulting article I’ve ever had written and if you read the article, you’d see that they found absolutely nothing, but the headline of that article, it’s called the failing “New York Times” for a reason. They’ve gotten me wrong for three years. They’ve actually gotten me wrong for many years before that.
But you look at what’s going on, you know, I fired James Comey, I call him lying James Comey because he was a terrible liar and he did a terrible job as the FBI Director. Look at what happened with Hillary Clinton and the e-mails and the Hillary Clinton investigation. One of the biggest screw-ups that anybody’s ever seen as an investigation.
And what happened after I fired him, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok his lover, Lisa Page, they did it and you know, they’re all gone. Most of those people, many, many people from the top ranks of the FBI, they’ve all been fired or they had to leave and they are all gone.
This is what they were talking about and obviously, nothing was found and I can tell you this, if you ask the folks in Russia, I’ve been tougher on Russia than anybody else, any other – probably any of the President period. But certainly the last three or four Presidents, modern-day Presidents, nobody’s been as tough as I have from any standpoint including the fact that we’re doing oil like we’ve never done it. We’re setting records in our country with oil and exporting oil and many other things.
So which is obviously not great for them because that’s what they – that’s where they their money for the most part, but many other things, so I think it was a great insult and the New York Times is a disaster as a paper. It’s a very horrible thing they said and they’ve gone so far than people that were necessary believers are now big believers because they said that was a step too far. They really are a disaster of a newspaper.
Tiff: The New York Times on Friday published a detailed report that explained that in the wake of President Trump firing then-FBI Director James Comey, “became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests.” The investigation took two forms, one was criminal whether President Trump fired Comey in order to obstruct justice, the other investigation was a counterintelligence investigation. Of note in President Trump’s answer, to the straight forward question, “so I’m going to ask you, are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?” He does not say “no,” he simply calls the story insulting and the newspaper founded in 1851, “a disaster of a newspaper.”
For what it’s worth:
The full interview of the authors of the New York Times report, can be found at NBC News.
Trump: Well, Jeannine I would. I don’t care. I mean I had a conversation like every President does. You sit with the President of various countries. I do it with all countries. We had a great conversation. we were talking about Israel and securing Israel and lots of other things and it was a great conversation. I’m not keeping anything under wraps. I couldn’t care less.
I mean it’s so ridiculous. These people make it up. “Washington Post” that’s basically the lobbyists for Amazon you know. He uses that. Bezos, who’s got the bigger problems than anybody right now, but Bezos uses that as his lobbyists, okay as far as I’m concerned and the “Washington Post” is almost as bad, they’re probably as bad as the “New York Times”.
Think of it, I have a one-on-one meeting with Putin like I do with every other leader. I have many one-on-one, nobody ever says anything about it. But with Putin, they say “Oh, what did they talk about?” We talked about very positive things because look, we are beating everybody. Our economy is the strongest in the world right now, Jeanine. Nobody even close.
China is down 38 percent. Russia is not doing well with its economy. Most countries are not doing well. We’re doing phenomenally even though we’re paying interest rates because we’re normalizing, you know, Obama had zero interest. Anybody can do that and our economy is now better than ever. We’re almost at our high with the stock market again, so it’s really – can you imagine where they say that I met with Putin. I met with every leader end of – just about individually.
I meet with Modi. I meet with – in Japan, I meet with Abe. I meet with all of them, but nobody says I did, but I meet with Putin, and they make a big deal. Anybody could have listened to that meeting. That meeting is open for grabs.
You know, the whole Russia thing, it’s a hoax. It’s a terrible hoax. You know it probably better than — you, Gregg Jarrett, Dan Bongino — people that look at it, it’s a total hoax. Everybody knows it and it’s really a shame because it takes time and it takes effort. Everybody knows there was no collusion whatsoever. They have found no collusion and they won’t find collusion because I had nothing to do – I was a better candidate than Hillary Clinton. She was a terrible candidate and the fact is, I was obviously a good candidate.
I won every debate. I won everything I did and I won and I won easily, 306 to 223, I believe and that’s a big difference in the college – in the Electoral College, but it’s really – it’s really a shame, Jeanine. It really is a shame. It’s such a waste of time.
Tiff: On the heels of the New York Times story the Washington Post reported that President Trump went to great lengths to conceal details from “his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former U.S. officials said.” According to the article the result of his shielding of these communications has led to U.S. Officials saying that 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. Such a gap would be unusual in any presidency, let alone one that Russia sought to install through what U.S. intelligence agencies have described as an unprecedented campaign of election interference.” In President Trump’s response to that article, he tells us, that while he and his team members are under investigation for working with Russia to conspire against American interests, he “doesn’t care,” he like all President’s have conversations with foreign leaders even listing those adding what he says, he and Putin discussed “We had a great conversation. we were talking about Israel and securing Israel and lots of other things and it was a great conversation. I’m not keeping anything under wraps. I couldn’t care less.”
As President on White House.gov, they place, his statements, readouts of calls, readouts of meetings with his foreign counterparts, however, when one searches for a readout of his meeting in private with Putin, it doesn’t appear, however, when one searches for readout of his meetings with the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, one finds 3 pages worth, for example this one from September 2018.
Onward to Sunday Tweets With President Trump.
On Sunday President Trump tweeted (so far) five times.
1. Many Hispanics will be coming over to the Republican side, watch!
As day 22 of the Government shutdown continues, new polling data has been released that focuses on who holds the most responsibility for the continued impasse for the prolonged historic shutdown.
A CNN poll conducted by SSRS shows that 55 percent of those polled blame President Trump for the shutdown, while 32 percent of those polled blame Democrats in the Congress, while only 9 percent blame both, 1 percent blame neither, with 3 percent saying they had no opinion.
The SSRS poll was conducted “via telephone by SSRS, an independent research company.” The “interviews were conducted from January 10 to January 11, 2019 among a sample of 848 respondents. The landline total respondents were 303 and there were 545 cell phone respondents. The margin of sampling error for total respondents is +/-4.1 at the 95% confidence level.”
Another poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC finds 53 percent blame President Trump and Republicans for the shutdown, while only 29 percent blame the Democrats in Congress, while 13 percent them both equally, with 2 percent blaming neither, and 4 percent saying they have no opinion.
The poll was also conducted by SSRS, via telephone, between January 8th to the 11th, the random sample size was 788 respondents with 58 percent reached by cell phone while 42 percent on landlines.
2. The building of the Wall on the Southern Border will bring down the crime rate throughout the entire Country!
Tiff: Utopia! Is finally in our grasp!
3. They are having fun and not even talking!
Tiff: He’s only mad because he hasn’t played golf lately. According to Trump Golf Count, they have his last outing as November 25th, 2018.
4. Drugs, Crime and so much that is bad – is far greater than a Shutdown, which the Dems can easily fix as soon as they come back to Washington!
The Hill reported on Friday that House Democrats passed bills that would fund some agencies shutdown through February 8th, while a separate bill would fund other agencies currently shutdown through September 30th, 2019.
The Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), blocked the House’s effort, The Hill quotes him as saying, “The last thing we need to do right now is trade pointless — absolutely pointless — show votes back and forth across the aisle.”
According to the article, “McConnell has pledged that he will not bring up a bill that Trump doesn’t support.”
Tiff: Currently the most affected by the government shutdown, is the Department of Homeland Security, that department is responsible for securing our border, the people responsible for our border security, the Border Patrol, and the Coast Guard, aren’t being paid to do their jobs.
5. Thousands of illegal aliens who have committed sexual crimes against children are right now in Texas prisons. Most came through our Southern Border
Tiff: As has been reported by print media, government agencies, and cable news, most drugs, criminals, and even 6-12 terrorists, have tried to gain entry at our ports of entry. It’s not to say illegal crossings or drug smuggling does not happen at unprotected by fences or walls or border patrol areas of the Southern Border, it’s just to note, the drugs, the bad actors, that enter our country, typically do so at ports of entry which already have fences or walls, or border patrol.