Fox News’ Shep Smith on Tuesday cut away from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s impassioned argument for Donald Trump’s border wall to fact-check him in real time.
After McConnell claimed he’s optimistic that a “negotiated solution” resulting in a border wall will emerge between Congressional Democrats and Republicans that will pass both the House and the Senate, Smith laid down the law.
“Democrats insist that proposal is not possible,” the host said.
Smith went on to detail the history of the border wall fight, noting that Trump campaigned on the promise that Mexico would pay for it before punting it to Congress after the country refused.
“Now the president says he will keep the government shut down, he said for months or years if necessary, while waiting for the funding which the House of Representatives says it will not give,” he added. “So there’s the impasse. One side or the other must budge at some point.”
“At the moment the ones in charge of the purse strings are Democrats in the House of Representatives,” Smith concluded, “and they’re not giving him the money — at least not now.”
Fox News host’s insane anti-LGBT screed: Activists are trying to make kids transgender by ‘eliminating gays’
Fox News host Greg Gutfeld went on a lengthy deep-dive into what he claims are the motivations of LGBT activists, falsely accusing them of trying to increase the number of transgender children by "eliminating gays."
There is exactly zero truth to Gutfeld's claims, which he made on Fox News' "The Five" on Monday, as Media Maters reports.
Hope Hicks denied under oath knowing about Trump’s hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels
Former White House communications director Hope Hicks on Wednesday denied under oath knowing anything about the hush-money scheme set up by former Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen to pay off President Donald Trump's former mistresses.
"Hicks told lawmakers today that she did not have knowledge during 2016 campaign of hush-money payments made in run-up to election," reports CNN's Manu Raju. "Also she wouldn’t discuss what she learned about those payments during her time at White House because of immunity claims."
Hicks told lawmakers today that she did not have knowledge during 2016 campaign of hush-money payments made in run-up to election, per sources. Also she wouldn’t discuss what she learned about those payments during her time at WH bc of immunity claims https://t.co/GZWqzCzpGX
Federal Reserve chair defiant in face of Trump threats: ‘The law is clear — I have a four-year term’
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell sounded a defiant note on Wednesday as he announced that there would be no further cuts to interest rates for the time being.
Even though President Donald Trump has been publicly calling for a rate cut to spur additional economic growth ahead of his reelection campaign, Powell kept interest rates at their current level and signaled that he did not foresee any interest rate cuts for the rest of the year.
Powell was asked by a reporter if he was concerned about being "demoted" by Trump in the wake of this announcement, the Federal Reserve Chairman said he wasn't worried.