In the midst of negotiations to avert a “dangerous” government shutdown, President Donald Trump tweeted a throwback video of him performing at the Emmys.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2018
The government will shut down on Friday at midnight if the budget is not passed. Trump has withheld signing off on the budget until he gets approved funding for his border wall, which Senate Republicans are not signing off on.
“Lawmakers are scrambling at the last minute, and then you have the president teasing his Farm bill event with this tweet. What do you think of that?” CNN’s Pamela Brown asked reporter Ryan Nobles.
Nobles explained that it is causing division between Trump and Senate Republicans because the president is hard to work with. He also said that people are not getting a “clear” understanding of the president’s goals.
He noted that Vice President Mike Pence was at a closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans and “promised” that if they delivered a “clean and continuing resolution” that he would sign it into law.
However, Trump changed his mind.
“Now here we are and he has completely backtracked. I think it’s difficult for Republicans leaders to work with the president when his mind changes so often. And when you couple it with a tweet about an old Emmys appearance it makes you wonder what he is focused on at this stage in the game,” Nobles said.
“We are dangerously close to the government shutting down and this is what the president is talking about,” he said.
Watch their full interview below via CNN.
Brian Williams compares Corey Lewandowski’s opening statement to the North Korean news lady
MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday noted the similarities between former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee.
"Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager who is now considering a Senate run in New Hampshire, testified before the House Judiciary Committee today," Williams reported. "It is likely his North Korean anchorwoman-quality opening remarks were meant were one viewer (Donald Trump)."
Ri, who has earned the nickname "Pink Lady," is known for her enthusiastic reading of government-approved news.
Watch the video below from MSNBC.
‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case
Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."
She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.
"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."
WATCH: Ana Navarro keeps shouting down Trump booster — even as CNN host cuts to commercial
President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN's Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump's latest CNN shill cried "political correctness."
"Look, I suspect he didn't want to offend Steve Cortes and I suspect Steve Cortes was not offended," Navarro said. "But really what a stupid thing to say. Right? To somehow ask the question about whether you love the country more than you love Hispanics -- they are one and the same."