The government remains closed as the Republican’s, President Trump, and the Democrats fail to reach an agreement over $5.7 billion that President Trump wants to build a Southern Border Wall.
On Saturday President Trump shared with the nation a deal he would like to make with the Democrats that would re-open the government, fund the wall, and grant a 3-year extension on DACA.
As the News Blender reported on Saturday, Axios explained the deal ahead of President Trump’s address, the Democrats quickly signaled the deal was dead on arrival.
The deal via the Axios article is as follows:
- $800 million in “urgent humanitarian assistance.”
- $805 million for drug detection technology ports of entry.
- 2750 additional border agents and law enforcement.
- 75 new immigration judge teams to reduce court backlog of 900,000 cases.
- A new system to allow Central American minors to apply for asylum in their home countries and reform to promote family reunification for unaccompanied children.
- 3 years of legislative relief for 700,000 DACA recipients, which will give them access to work permits, social security numbers and protection from deportation.
- 3-year extension of TPS.
- $5.7 billion for border wall.
In a statement shortly after the speech Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the bill would be up for a floor vote sometime this week.
Sunday amid reports that Democrat support is unlikely, President Trump took his case to Twitter, where so far he has tweeted eleven times.
1. But LITTLE media mention!
On Friday The New York Times reported that the consumer sentiment index fell, “to the lowest point,” since President Trump was sworn in.
The article notes that part of the reason for the fall in optimism for the economy was the government shutdown and the end of year stock market slump.
The article does point out that overall the economy is still doing well by conventional measures, “The unemployment rate is near a five-decade low, wage growth is accelerating, and overall economic growth in 2018 was on track to be the strongest since before the 2008-9 recession.”
On Tuesday Fox Business anchor Melissa Francis asked White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett about the revised estimates of 1.7 percent GDP growth for the first quarter, he answered, “So what happens is that when the Bureau of Economic Analysis, when they calculate GDP, what they do is they basically have to estimate how much the government produces, and their estimate of how much the government produces is based on just government workers going to work and getting paid.”
He goes on to explain that they had made estimates early when the shutdown first began, but government contractors had been excluded from that early estimate, so he believes the damage to GDP growth, “is a little bit worse,” than first thought.
2. Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that good old fashioned Global Warming right now!
CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers on Friday explained where on the east coast to expected the heaviest and iciest conditions for the winter storm baring down over this weekend.
3. Best economy!
As the News Blender has previously reported, both Senate Republicans and Senate Democrats past a C.R., that funded the government until February 8th, 2019.
As the News Blender has also previously reported after January 3rd, 2019, Democrats in the House have passed several funding measures which have not been taken up in the Senate.
4. Amnesty will be used only on a much bigger deal, whether on immigration or something else.
President Trump’s Tweet in part: No, Amnesty is not a part of my offer. It is a 3 year extension of DACA.
In the deal President Trump hopes to reach with Democrats he explained he would extend DACA, an Obama era policy that allows in part Dreamers the ability to work and attend school even though they are illegal, if they were brought to our country as children.
The author of “In Trump We Trust,” reacted poorly to President Trump’s offer of extending DACA.
For what it’s worth: She’s talking about deporting adults, who have lived in “Our” country since they were toddlers…
President Trump’s tweet in part: Amnesty will be used only on a much bigger deal, whether on immigration or something else.
Opinion: Um. So, he’s saying that for maybe immigration or “something else” he will agree to Amnesty? Or what…what does this sentence even mean?
President Trump’s tweet in part: but be careful Nancy!
Opinion: Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States and instead of showing us he’s the “best negotiator,” with a “good brain,” he is trying to bully via tweet…#BeBest.
5. And by the way, clean up the streets in San Francisco, they are disgusting!
Opinion: When in doubt insult….#winning
6. While a contract is a contract, I’ll get back to you soon!
History House.gov explains that the State of the Union is a Constitutional obligation the President has to give information to the Congress on the “State of the Union,” this address to Congress can be in written form.
As the News Blender reported here, and here, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sent president Trump a letter to request the State of the Union be postponed while the government remains partially shutdown. She explained in her letter with the agency responsible for planning and providing security being unfunded and the workers not getting paid, safety was a concern. In response, the President sent his own letter revoking the use of military aircraft to fly overseas to speak with NATO command and military personal.
7. Wow, just heard that my poll numbers with Hispanics has gone up 19%, to 50%.
NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist released a poll that showed among those Latino’s surveyed that 50 percent approve of the President’s job performance while 46 percent disapprove, with 4 percent unsure.
This is a gain from the last poll conducted from November 28th-December 4th, 2018, which showed his approval rating with Latino’s at 31 percent, while 64 percent disagreed, with 5 percent unsure.
The more recent poll that saw the increase in approval with Latino’s was conducted January 10th-January 13th, 2019 and showed overall the President’s approval rating is at 39 percent approve, while 53 percent disapprove, with 8 percent unsure.
According to the poll PDF, “the samples were then combined and balanced to reflect the 2017 American Community Survey 1-year estimates for age, gender, income, race, and region. Results are statistically significant within ±3.8 percentage points. There are 873 registered voters. The results for this subset are statistically significant within ±4.2 percentage points. There are 324 Republicans and Republican leaning independents and 417 Democrats and Democratic leaning independents. The results for these subsets are statistically significant within ±6.8 percentage points and ±6.0 percentage points, respectively. The error margin was adjusted for sample weights and increases for cross-tabulations.
8. Building, after all, is what I do best, even when money is not readily available!
Opinion: This statement from the President is very much in line with what we heard throughout the 2018 midterm elections at all his rallies.
9. Thank you David!
As the News Blender covered, here and here, BuzzFeed News on Thursday published an article in which they accused the President of suborning perjury as it relates to his onetime lawyer Michael Cohen and Cohen’s testimony on the Hill.
Friday Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office released a rare comment regarding the story calling BuzzFeed’s article “not accurate.”
As of Sunday morning BuzzFeed is standing by the story.
The Personal attorney for President Trump, the former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani was asked by CNN’s State of the Union’s Jake Tapper if President Trump or anyone connected with President Trump talked to Cohen about his Congressional testimony. In so far as how it related to President Trump’s building of a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Here are a few highlights:
10. The Media is not giving us credit for the tremendous progress we have made with North Korea.
Opinion: As a reminder currently there are 800,000 federal workers either working without pay or not working at all. And again I stress he is the President of the United States, whining that the media doesn’t love him enough over meeting with North Korea. And one more thing, currently nothing has happened beyond the meetings with North Korea, that deserves credit. I mean what does he want a participation ribbon?
Also as a reminder the President often refers to “journalists” as the enemy of the people.
11. Propaganda Video
Trump: From this day forward a new vision will governor our land. From this day forward it’s going to be only America First-America First. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. I will fight for you with every breath in my body and I will never ever let you down. We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it can not be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and sprite of America. We will not bend. January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
As of 3:34 p.m. eastern President Trump has re-tweeted 10 times.