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Marjorie Taylor Greene hails tentative debt deal for money it claws back from 'overseas'
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R) said Saturday night that the tentative debt ceiling deal that's been reached between the White House and House Republicans includes clawing back $400 million from a CDC fund "that sends money overseas to countries like China."
Greene, who also celebrated her 49th birthday on Saturday, has previously accused President Joe Biden (D) of being "held hostage by the radical left mob" in spending talks. But her tune was more positive after reports that Biden and Speaker McCarthy had reached a deal in principle that would extend the debt ceiling and skirt default.
Her post on Twitter contained more details about what is purportedly in the deal than other reports from media agencies, but the facts have not been verified. According to Greene:
"Hearing @SpeakerMcCarthy’s soon to be finalized agreement on the debt limit will clawback $400 MILLION from the CDC 'Global Health Fund' that sends money overseas to countries like China," she wrote. Then she added:
"Here’s a few other countries that will no longer get access to these taxpayer dollars: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burma, Cambodia, China, Ivory Coast, DRC, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Malawi, Mail, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe."
The congresswoman added:
"Also on the chopping block is nearly $1.5 BILLION from the CDC’s 'Vaccine Distribution and Monitoring Program.'"
White House and Republicans reach tentative deal to avoid default: reports
The White House and House Republicans have reportedly reached a deal in principle that would raise the debt ceiling and avoid default.
The deal was reported by Reuters Saturday night, citing sources familiar with negotiations. The outlet reported:
"U.S. President Joe Biden and top congressional Republican Kevin McCarthy have reached a tentative deal to raise the federal government's $31.4 trillion debt ceiling, ending a months-long stalemate, two source familiar with the negotiations said on Saturday," according to the report. "The White House and negotiators for House Republicans have reached an agreement in principle to avert a debt default, two sources familiar with the situation said."
While specifics about the deal aren't yet available, there is some reporting showing there could still be sticking points.
"But, I’m not sure it’s completely settled. Might be one or two small things they need to finish. But close enough to move forward," the second source said, according to the report.
"Biden and McCarthy held a 90-minute phone call earlier on Saturday evening to discuss the deal," Reuters reported. "The deal would avert an economically destabilizing default, so long as they succeed in passing it through the narrowly divided Congress before the Treasury Department runs short of money to cover all its obligations, which it warned Friday will occur if the debt ceiling is not raised by June 5."
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Donald Trump says DeSantis fired his top campaign official 'like on The Apprentice'
Donald Trump on Saturday said his biggest opponent in the 2024 race for the Republican nomination for President, Ron DeSantis, fired his friend and top campaign official, just like on Trump's former show, "The Apprentice."
The former president, who earlier in the day attacked the conservative advocacy group called "Club for Growth" on social media for its support of DeSantis, posted on his Truth Social platform that DeSantis fired Phil Cox, a former executive director of the Republican Governors Association. He also had some words for Cox, who was reportedly chosen for the RGA post based on "close relationships with a number of Republican governors."
"Ron DeSanctimonious just fired, like on 'The Apprentice,' his friend and top campaign official, Phil Cox, because his campaign is a complete disaster, and 2028 is looking really bad," Trump wrote of DeSantis, utilizing a nickname he uses almost every time he speaks of DeSantis.
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"His campaign manager, who so deftly handled the Ted Cruz campaign against me, wanted to work for me, but was turned down - a 'money grubber' like no other, and won’t quit until he’s got every last penny," he added. "Now 'Rob' must change the theme of his campaign from NEVER BACK DOWN to WINNING ISN’T EVERYTHING!"
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