U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) undercut President Trump, announcing she opposes his shutdown of the federal government – just hours before he will defend it, and the “need” for a border wall in a live, nationally-televised Oval Office address.
President Trump is holding America hostage as he demands taxpayers fund his border wall, refusing to reopen the government until he gets his cash.
Murkowski disagrees, and says she wants the government re-opened.
“I think we can walk and chew gum,” Murkowski told reporters Tuesday evening.
CNN’s Manu Raju reports Murkowski is calling for the federal agencies affected by the GOP shutdown to be reopened, which would require Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on bills the Senate previously passed, and the president to sign them.
Lisa Murkowski joins calls for the rest of the federal agencies to open up even before funding fight over border security is resolved, “I think we can walk and chew gum,” she tells us
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 8, 2019
Only three other Republican Senators have said the shutdown should end: Susan Collins, Cory Gardner, and Thom Tillis.
Trump aides desperately try to downplay ‘order’ to US companies to leave China
Donald Trump's top aides on Sunday downplayed the idea of US companies being forced to abandon China any time soon, as an edict from the president ordering businesses to start looking for alternatives has been met with skepticism.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House economics advisor Larry Kudlow took to the airwaves from France, where Trump is participating in the G7 summit, to smooth out tensions in the business community prompted by Trump's Friday tweet.
Trump said he has "no plan now" to bring US companies in line, and his aides quickly reinforced the message.
Trump sparks confusion at G7 before doubling down on China tariffs
President Donald Trump doubled down Sunday on his hard line against China after sowing confusion with statements that he might be willing to soften a trade war G7 partners fear threatens the world economy.
At the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, Trump announced a major trade deal with Japan and promised more of the same with Britain, once Brexit is done.
But the positives were overshadowed by a mix-up over his apparent expression of regret for the latest escalation in the US-China dispute.
"I have second thoughts about everything," he conceded to reporters when asked if he regretted his decision on Friday to ramp up tariffs on all Chinese imports, worth some $550 billion, in retaliation for Beijing's earlier hike of levies on US goods.
Persecuted Christians eye long-sought freedom in Sudan
Sudan's Christians suffered decades of persecution under the regime of Islamist general Omar al-Bashir. Now they hope his downfall will give the religious freedom they have long prayed for.
Deep within the maze of dusty alleys that honeycomb Omdurman, Khartoum's sprawling twin city, Yousef Zamgila's church is not visible from the street.
It is hidden in the courtyard of a friend's home and consists of a few iron benches, a pulpit and crosses hastily painted on pillars holding a corrugated roof.
"The previous centre got destroyed because we didn't have the right papers. They always refused... So we use the land of our neighbours," says the Lutheran reverend.