Fox News host Shep Smith was floored by President Donald Trump’s decision to block a congressional delegation (CoDel) to Afghanistan as the Air Force bus was pulling away from the Capitol.
Trump visited the troops in the Middle East not long after the shutdown began. Republicans also had a codel that traveled for a briefing by military leaders on the ground. However, when it was time for Democrats to take their trip to Afghanistan, the president blocked it. Trump’s publication of the letter disclosed classified information about the trip.
“I know it was a slip. The president earlier made it sound like this was just some sort of PR trip,” Smith said. “They were going, the congressional delegation, to go to visit the troops and meet with allies. It’s his characterization of this as a pleasure trip is that in any way accurate?”
It’s unclear if the president views speaking to the troops as nothing more than public relations or a photo-op. However, Pelosi’s spokesperson said that the purpose of the trip to was to garner “critical national security” information from commanders on the ground in Afghanistan.
Pelosi suggested that Trump put the State of the Union on hold until the government shutdown was settled. Trump’s letter was seen as retaliation for Pelosi’s suggestion. While Trump has yet to respond to Pelosi’s State of the Union request, his campaign has already sent out fundraising emails about it.
Watch Smith’s commentary below:
Iran probes seized UK-flagged tanker — Britain to hold emergency meeting
ran warned Sunday that the fate of a UK-flagged tanker it seized in the Gulf depends on an investigation, as Britain prepared for an emergency security meeting on Tehran's action.
Iranian authorities impounded the Stena Impero with 23 crew members aboard off the port of Bandar Abbas after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized it Friday in the highly sensitive Strait of Hormuz.
Video footage released by Iran showed the Stena Impero tanker being surrounded by speedboats before troops in balaclavas descend a rope from a helicopter onto the vessel.
In an audio recording of a radio exchange, an Iranian officer can be heard ordering the tanker to change course "immediately".
For Cubans — a day at the beach is no easy task
Cuba's constitution guarantees its people access to its beaches, but many locals are unable to enjoy the island's pristine white sands and crystal clear blue waters.
While foreign tourists flock to such paradisiacal Havana sites as Varadero, which was this year named the second most-beautiful beach in the world by American travel website TripAdvisor, Cubans are typically found elsewhere.
"Not many tourists come here," said 43-year-old Rey Gonzalez, who was enjoying a day at Guanabo, a beach east of the capital.
Guanabo's sand isn't as white and the water not quite as clear as Varadero's, but that mattered little to Gonzalez, who was there with his family.
Fox News is so obsessed with Ocasio-Cortez they said her name three times as much as CNN or MSNBC
It's clear that Fox News and other right-wing reporters are trying to create boogymen in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. A new analysis by CNN media reporter Brian Stelter, revealed that the conservative network has said Ocasio-Cortez's name more than CNN and MSNBC combined.
"First, Ocasio-Cortez and her "Squad" mate Ilhan Omar have been talked about a lot more on Fox than on other cable news channels this year," Stelter wrote. "Second, the freshmen have been getting more attention on cable than seasoned leaders of the Democratic Party."