President Donald Trump has boxed himself in with demands to fund his border wall, according to panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
The president forced a government shutdown in an attempt to pressure Democrats into funding the wall, but co-host Mika Brzezinski said the Republican Senate majority shows little interest in approving the bill.
“There is some reporting or some sense that we have that Republicans are really frustrated that they are in this position,” she said. “They’re trying to translate for the president and he keeps doubling down on his stupid wall that nobody wants.”
Trump is hosting a bipartisan White House meeting in hopes of reaching a compromise, but Brzezinski warned Democrats not to trust the president.
“Listen to me, this man can’t be trusted, this man has proven over the course of years that he cannot be trusted, that his word cannot be trusted, that he will say one thing and walk out of the meeting and completely say something else and run over you,” she said. “That’s what he will do. So what do you do when you’re going into negotiate with someone who has been proven internationally, repetitively to be completely untrustworthy?”
Republican strategist Rick Tyler said Trump had left himself no room to negotiate a bill that even Republicans didn’t appear to support.
“The Democrats have no reason to negotiate,” Tyler said. “I mean, their opening position is, Nancy Pelosi says to the president, ‘Mr. President, your campaign promise was that you would build a wall and Mexico was going to pay for it. Mexico is not paying for the wall, so you cannot fulfill that promise.'”
Republican voters support a wall, but two-thirds of all voters do not, and Tyler said Pelosi was coming back as House Speaker with a much stronger position than the president.
“Nancy Pelosi is going to control the agenda for the next two years, not Donald Trump,” Tyler said.
Joni Ernst accused of involvement in ‘dark money’ re-election scheme: report
According to a report from the Associated Press, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) has been accused of illegally working with an outside group to help her re-election prospects in a tough 2020 fight with Donald Trump on the ballot.
According to AP: "An outside group founded by top political aides to Sen. Joni Ernst has worked closely with the Iowa Republican to raise money and boost her reelection prospects, a degree of overlap that potentially violates the law."
"Iowa Values, a political nonprofit that is supposed to be run independently, was co-founded in 2017 by Ernst’s longtime consultant, Jon Kohan. It shares a fundraiser, Claire Holloway Avella, with the Ernst campaign," the report continued. "And a condo owned by a former aide — who was recently hired to lead the group — was used as Iowa Values’ address at a time when he worked for her."
What makes Christmas movies so popular
If you are one of those people who will settle in this evening with a hot cup of apple cider to watch a holiday movie, you are not alone. Holiday movies have become firmly embedded in Americans’ winter celebrations.
The New York Times reports a massive increase in new holiday movies this year. Disney, Netflix, Lifetime and Hallmark are now in direct competition for viewers’ attention, with both new releases and reruns of the classics.
Mike Pompeo under increasing scrutiny as as Trump impeachment ramps up: report
On Saturday, WVAS Radio's Scott Simon profiled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — and how the impeachment investigation is shaping his political situation.
"As the impeachment inquiry against President Trump continues its march through Congress, questions are churning around his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo," wrote Simon. "For example, did he know, as witnesses testified before House investigators, that President Trump sought political favors from Ukraine in exchange for millions in U.S. assistance? Why did he take days to reveal he was on the now infamous July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy? And does he believe allies of the president who — despite the findings of the intelligence community — claim that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election?"