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.”
Controversial Contractors for Trump’s highly-criticized $3 billion food aid program hire lobbyist to tout their work
Companies receiving taxpayer dollars as part of President Donald Trump’s signature food aid program hired a longtime lobbyist to push back on criticism that the government is relying on unqualified contractors, such as an event planner.
“We’re working to take the stories of the impact this is having on farmers, processors, distributors and end users and making sure some positive aspects of the program, from both the economic and social standpoints, are out there too,” said the lobbyist and industry consultant, Dale Apley, who reached out to ProPublica on behalf of the contractors. “It’s not all just certain stories about certain companies that maybe shouldn’t have been awarded contracts.”
Ivanka Trump ‘urged’ Trump’s Bible photo-op — which could become a ‘defining moment’ of his presidency: NYT
First daughter and senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump "urged" her father to take part in a controversial photo-op with a Bible according to a new report from The New York Times.
"After a weekend of protests that led all the way to his own front yard and forced him to briefly retreat to a bunker beneath the White House, President Trump arrived in the Oval Office on Monday agitated over the television images, annoyed that anyone would think he was hiding and eager for action," the newspaper reported.