The Trump administration issued a letter Thursday prohibiting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from going on a planned trip abroad.
The president’s spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, cited the government shutdown.
“Due to the shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan has been postponed,” Sanders wrote. “We will reschedule the 7 day excursion when the shutdown is over.” She also called the visit a photo-op.
As political analysts grappled with whether the president has the authority to deny Pelosi permission to travel, it became increasingly clear that the shutdown—now in its 27th day—is not likely to be resolved amicably.
CNN’s Jim Acosta slammed Trump’s latest gambit.
“Our nation’s capital has become a playground,” Acosta said. “The president has responded in sort of a childish way is the only way to describe it to the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper does line-by-line fact check of Jim Jordan’s nonstop misleading statements during impeachment hearing
Host Jake Tapper did a special web fact-check for CNN.com where he looked line-by-line into Rep. Jim Jordan's (R-OH) claims about the impeachment proceedings.
He had four specific talking points that were disingenuous and outright false.
1. Jordan: "There was no quid pro quo in the transcript"
There absolutely was evidence in the summary of the transcript. Tapper began by explaining that Americans still haven't seen the full transcript or a recording of the July 25 phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
"If you read the summary of the transcript it clearly shows that after a discussion of U.S. military support for Ukraine, President Trump said the relationship is not 'reciprocal' and he asks Zelensky for 'a favor,'" Tapper said. "The favor? To investigate a conspiracy theory into the 2016 election and later in the call he says, 'one other thing,' he wants Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter."
‘I am not yielding!’ Rep. Pramila Jayapal shuts down Jim Jordan’s attempt to hijack impeachment hearing
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) stood her ground at an impeachment hearing on Thursday after Republicans tried to derail her arguments in favor of removing President Donald Trump.
Jayapal began her remarks by pointing out that Florida Republican Matt Gaetz was wrong to suggest that President Donald Trump was invested in Ukraine's fight against Russia.
"Why then did he decide he was so concerned about 'corruption' that he was not going to release military aid?" Jayapal said, prompting Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio to demand that she yield the floor.
"I am not yielding!" Jayapal exclaimed. "I am not yielding. I am not yielding."
Ex-GOP lawmaker Sean Duffy cornered by CNN’s Camerota: Should Trump keep using foreign help to get re-elected
On Thursday morning, CNN "New Day" host Alisyn Camerota confronted former GOP lawmaker Sean Duffy (R-WI) -- now a CNN contributor himself -- over whether he would approve of Donald Trump using his position of power to press foreign governments for help with his re-election after the ex-Congressman said he saw nothing wrong with the president's Ukraine phonecall.
Appearing on a panel with former GOP Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), Duffy tried to dismiss the pending impeachment of the president by using polls showing a decline in support for the expected Senate trial -- only to have host Camerota shoot them down saying they are an outlier by a GOP-related firm that CNN wouldn't even repeat.