Not all Republicans are slamming President Barack Obama’s handling of the failed Christmas day bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger offered praise for the president Sunday.
“I think that he’s doing everything that he can,” Schwarzenegger told NBC’s David Gregory. “I think that, you know, Democrats, a lot of times get the rap [that] they are not strong on security and those things. I think he has talked about the issues. I think he has been fighting for the issues.”
Few other top Republicans have been so kind to Obama. Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Politico that Obama was “trying to pretend” that the U.S. is not at war with terrorists. While Sarah Palin took to Facebook to criticize Obama for using the criminal justice system to prosecute the bomber.
“Now he must back off his reckless plan to close Guantanamo, begin treating terrorists as wartime enemies not suspects alleged to have committed crimes, and recognize that the real nature of the terrorist threat requires a commander-in-chief, not a constitutional law professor,” wrote Palin.
But Schwarzenegger avoided the opportunity to take a jab at the president. “It’s not like the president has done something wrong because he was in Hawaii or anything. It’s nothing to do with that at all. What it has to do with is simply they didn’t connect the dots and within the agencies,” he said.
This video is from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast Jan. 10, 2010.
White House spokesperson ridiculed for ‘pathetic’ spin on Trump’s trade war admission: ‘Does she think we believe that?’
Hours after Donald Trump blithely admitted that he had "second thoughts" about his trade war with China that has damaged the U.S. economy and helped set the stage for a possible recession, White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham was forced to issue a clarification about the president's comments.
Addressing Trump's G7 response about his tariffs, widely interpreted by the press as expressing some regret, Grisham issued a statement saying the president meant that he wished he had increased his market-destroying tariffs even more.
"The President was asked if he had ‘any second thought on escalating the trade war with China,'" White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham relayed. "His answer has been greatly misinterpreted. President Trump responded in the affirmative - because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher."
Here is why Trump is obsessed with Greenland
They say that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. Remember that President Harry Truman tried to purchase Greenland in 1946; now, in 2019, President Donald Trump is trying to do the same thing.
This article first appeared in Salon.
To be clear, Trump’s farcical, “absurd” idea — to borrow the adjective used by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen — is not happening, and was never going to happen. As Frederiksen pointed out, Greenland is “not for sale." Trump, for his part, has not backed down from the idea.
Iowa’s Steve King facing ouster because his campaign is broke and his allies have fled: report
Iowa Republican Steve King is facing losing his seat representing his district in the U.S. House of Representatives as his campaign finds itself broke and the Republican Party has turned its back on him after his latest round of controversial comments.
According to a report from the Daily Beast, his campaign is struggling to bring donors -- who once wholeheartedly supported him --back into the fold.
Even worse, his colleagues in Congress have also abandoned him.