Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX) told CNN’s John Berman on Friday that the only reason the federal government is still shut down is because President Donald Trump is afraid that the hosts of “Fox & Friends” will say mean things about him.
Escobar pointed out that there was a deal to reopen the government that passed by an overwhelmingly bipartisan majority in the Senate in late December. After Trump watched scathing criticism of the bill on “Fox & Friends,” however, he backed off his pledge to sign it.
“I think we have to remember why the government is shut down today,” Escobar said. “It really is not because of a wall. The reason that there’s a government shutdown today, and I feel like we’re taking our focus off of this, is because the president is afraid of Fox News. There was a deal to reopen the government.”
Escobar then pointed out that giving Trump what he wants with funding for his border wall would just give him an incentive to take the entire federal government hostage on a future date.
“If we give in, if we capitulate on this, then that’s sending a signal to the president that any time he wants to dig in his heels about absolutely anything, all he has to do is try to shut down the government,” she said. “This is in many ways much bigger than the conversation about a wall. This is about how we govern.”
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‘Belligerent from the get-go’: Dem senator gives blow-by-blow account of Trump’s meltdown on Pelosi
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) gave a detailed account of the emotional meltdown that President Donald Trump had with congressional Democrats at the White House on Wednesday.
Appearing on CNN Thursday morning, Menendez broke down how Trump started raging at Democrats from the second he entered the room.
"The meeting started off with the president walking in and slamming down his files on the table," Menendez said. "It was belligerent from the get-go... you have the president of the United States, who is supposed to bring our country together, particularly in times of challenges, [calling] the Speaker a third-rate politician."
Grieving British parents react on CNN to seeing Trump’s defense of woman who killed their son
On CNN Thursday, grieving British parents Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles were shown footage of how President Donald Trump reacted to the motor vehicle death of their teenage son Harry at the hands of American diplomatic wife Anne Sacoolas.
Trump has refused to waive diplomatic immunity for Sacoolas to face punishment for her actions — and tried to defuse the situation by arranging a surprise meeting between Sacoolas and the parents which fortunately never took place.
"Radd, as you watched all of that play out, describe the mood in the room and what you left feeling after that — after that surprise," said anchor Alisyn Camerota.
CNN panel mocks the White House for promoting a photo of Trump looking ‘subservient’ to Pelosi
The White House posted a series of photos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Wednesday after their meeting, showing Pelosi being the only person in the room literally standing up to President Donald Trump. It was an image that baffled the mind of at least one CNN panelist as to why the Trump people would be promoting Pelosi.
According to reports from those who were in the room, the president flew off the handle after Pelosi quipped that it seems all roads lead back to Russia for this president. It was at that point that Trump called Pelosi a "third-grade politician," though presumably, he meant "third-rate," and the meeting broke apart.