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Government shutdown all but certain after Trump refuses to sign funding bill

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Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday announced that President Donald Trump would not sign the government funding bill passed on Wednesday by the Senate — all but ensuring the government will shut down at the end of the week.

Ryan told reporters that Trump is refusing to sign the bill because it does not have adequate funding for border security, including money for his proposed wall on the Southern U.S. border.

“The president informed us that he will not sign the bill that came from the Senate last evening because of his legitimate concern for border security,” Ryan explained. “So we are going to go back to the House to work with our members. We want to keep the government open.”

Trump had signaled this week that he would sign the government funding bill and then find other ways to pay for the border wall, such as dipping into the military budget and ordering the United States Army to build it.

However, the president got absolutely hammered all morning on Fox News — including by his favorite morning show “Fox & Friends” — for seemingly caving on funding the wall.

Within hours of Trump taking a pounding from his own media allies, the president reversed course and said he would not sign any funding bill that did not meet his standards for border security.

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Here is how ABC gave a helping hand to Donald Trump in his bid to be re-elected

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On Friday morning, some affiliates in ABC News’ digital division posted an article promoting an online “birthday card” for President Donald Trump — who turned 73. The “card” turned out to be linked to a petition website created by Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC). And those ABC affiliates, according to the Daily Beast, helped Trump and the RNC add to their e-mail lists.

“Happy Birthday, Mr. President!,” the content read. “To help him celebrate, the GOP has made him a digital birthday card.”

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Trump perfectly trolled with Obama’s stock market success after president warns of crash without him

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Reporting on one of Donald Trump's Saturday tweets -- where the president darkly warned that the stock market would collapse if he is not re-elected -- a financial reporter for Bloomberg slyly pointed out that Trump financial successes since he became president are "middling" -- and that his predecessor was more successful.

According to Bloomberg's Roz Krasny, "President Donald Trump, gearing up for the official start of his 2020 campaign, warned that the U.S. would face an epic stock market crash if he’s not re-elected," noting his tweet stated, "The Trump Economy is setting records, and has a long way up to go....However, if anyone but me takes over in 2020 (I know the competition very well), there will be a Market Crash the likes of which has not been seen before! KEEP AMERICA GREAT."

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Sarah Sanders’ lies were worse than reported — here is how she got away with them

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In her tenure as White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders became legendary for her ability to lie at the podium.

But according to conservative commentator Andrew Egger, writing for The Bulwark, Sanders' real "success" for the Trump administration did not come from how frequently she lied — it came from the fact that most of her lies were boring.

"Her morose, plodding style and Bartlebyesque refusals to grant reporters a single inch of ground poured cold water on news cycle after news cycle that might otherwise have ignited," wrote Egger. "The downside, of course, was that she lied a lot. But even here she distinguished herself from [predecessor Sean] Spicer, whose sweaty, frantic tall tales—that was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period!—always invited heaps of instant ridicule. Deadpanning her way through boring, misleading briefing after boring, misleading briefing, Sarah Sanders managed to take most of the fun out of calling her out—as much of a victory as Trump could typically hope for, under the circumstances."

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