White House senior advisor Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox News Wednesday to confirm President Donald Trump’s decision to hold the State of the Union, despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s request that he delay the speech until the government shutdown is resolved.
Fox News reporter John Roberts started the segment by calling the fight between Pelosi and Trump vicious. Conway took issue with that, putting the blame solely on Pelosi.
“I just want to correct politely one thing John Roberts had said. The president is not being vicious toward speaker Pelosi. I was there in the Oval [Office] when he was writing this letter, when he was setting out as were others. He was not being vicious at all,” she added. “He wants people to make the plans. I contend that there has been some opaqueness from the speaker, some uncertainty surrounding whether or not the State of the Union would take place on Tuesday as scheduled or in Congress, in the capital, as is tradition.”
“The president intends to go to the chamber on Tuesday night to address a great nation and give them updates on the state of our union,” Conway said.
“I think it would be remarkably petty of the Speaker to disinvite the president of the United States to address the nation that they both serve at the highest level.”
Mike Pompeo heads to Saudi Arabia after US blames Iran
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was to fly to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to discuss possible retaliation after Washington said it had proof that attacks on Saudi oil installations originated in Iran.
Vice President Mike Pence announced that Pompeo was on his way to Saudi Arabia to "discuss our response."
"As the president said, we don't want war with anybody but the United States is prepared," Pence said in a speech to the Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington.
"We're locked and loaded and we're ready to defend our interests and allies in the region, make no mistake about it," he said, echoing President Donald Trump's words on Monday.
‘I’ve heard enough’: Representative refuses to ask Lewandowski questions because it’s giving him ‘a platform’
In a brief moment of the Corey Lewandowski hearing Tuesday, Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) refused to allow the top Trump advisor any more time to promote himself or his political campaign.
She probed whether President Donald Trump had ever promised to pardon Lewandowski, which he refused to answer.
"The president did indicate that he’s going to support your Senate campaign. Didn’t he?" Scanlon asked. But Lewandowski said he wasn't sure.
"Okay. Well, I just want to know for the record when Mr. Lewandowski asked for the committee to give him a little break an hour and a half, two hours ago, he took the time during that recess to launch his Senate campaign website with a tweet," she continued. "And I think that fact says an awful lot about the witness’ motivation to appear here today and I’ve heard enough. I yield back."
Putin aims a weaponized barb at Trump over Saudi attack – and hits the mark
Russian President Vladimir Putin joked this week about selling defense systems to Riyadh following weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities. The gag was aimed at US President Donald Trump and it hit the mark with the precision of a guided weapon.
It was a masterful piece of trolling by the czar of trolls – a snide, disparaging jibe with an element of truth twisted into absurdity for maximum effect and laughs. At a joint press conference with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts in Ankara on Monday, Putin cast his bait into the volatile Persian Gulf region just days after devastating attacks on Saudi oil facilities exposed the limits of the Gulf kingdom’s expensive defense systems.