President Donald Trump complained about the sacrifices he’s made over the standoff promoted by his demand that the federal government remain closed until he can secure funding for his proposed border wall in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday.
“I don’t need this!” Trump said. “Look, I could have done something a lot easier, I could have enjoyed myself. I haven’t left the White House because I’m waiting for [Democrats] to come over in a long time. You know that.”
Trump them complained that he did not get to join his family in Florida for Christmas or his traditional New Year’s Eve party.
“I stayed at the White House during Christmas, I stayed at the White House at New’s Year’s,” he said. “My family, I told them: Stay in Florida and enjoy yourselves.”
Trump complained that “it’s about politics.”
“It’s about the 2020 campaign,” he said. “Democrats aren’t feeling too good about it.”
Watch the full exclusive interview below.
WHO declares Ebola epidemic in DR Congo an international emergency
The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a "public health emergency of international concern," a rare designation only used for the gravest epidemics.
The Ebola epidemic in DR Congo, the second deadliest on record, has largely been contained to remote areas, but this week saw a patient diagnosed with the virus in the eastern city of Goma, the first case in a major urban hub.
House holds Bill Barr and Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress
The House has officially voted to hold Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress.
Both men refused to abide by a subpoena from the House for documents so they that could investigate actions by both departments.
The last person to be held in contempt of Congress was Bill Barr when he was held in civil contempt, but this was a criminal charge.
In the case of Ross, he is accused of lying under oath to Congress and they requested documents to prove it. Ross refused to provide the information necessary.
Ross has called the contempt charge "political theater" and of no real substance. If that was true, he shouldn't be afraid to provide the documents. Still, he refused.
There are enough votes to impeach Trump if it comes to the floor: CNN’s April Ryan quotes congressman
On Wednesday, the House voted 332 to 95 to table articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump brought forth by Rep. Al Green (D-TX). Democrats were divided, with 137 members agreeing to table the resolution. All 194 Republicans and independent Justin Amash also voted to do so.
But despite the resounding defeat for Green's measure, one congressman told CNN commentator and American Urban Radio Network director April Ryan that while many Democrats want to continue with investigations for the time being, he believes there would be enough votes to pass it if it actually made it to the floor.