Maine Independent Senator Angus King told CNN Wednesday that presidential advisor Stephen Miller is to blame for the ongoing government shutdown because he poisons any legislative compromise for immigration.
Host Alisyn Camerota noted the details of President Donald Trump’s offer to Democrats, which included what she called “big, big changes” to current asylum laws, and asked King if the bill would have his support.
“No,” he replied flatly, saying he had two major issues with the legislation.
“One is do we accede to the president’s requests, whatever it is today, with a gun to our head, with a shutdown, with 800,000 people furloughed, not being paid,” King said of the president’s hostage-taking. “The fear is this will become the routine way to do business around here.”
King said his other issue was the president’s “supposed compromise” which he said wasn’t anything of the sort.
“This wasn’t a compromise, this was the president’s offer,” he continued. “But in it were these major changes in asylum laws.”
“And this is typical, this is Steven Miller’s signature,” King said, clearly exasperated.
“You think you’ve got a deal. He’ll stick something in at the end to try to gain a little bit more in terms of limiting immigration, even legal immigration. Now we’ve got something that really makes it impossible to vote for.”
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In an audio recording released by CNN, Kushner tells Woodward that "the most dangerous people around the president are over-confident idiots" because they can get past Trump’s “defense mechanisms.” He added that those advisors had been replaced with "more thoughtful people who kind of know their place."
CNN special correspondent Jamie Gangel said the clip revealed two important things about Trump.
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A former lifelong Republican told CNN this week that he's been so displeased with President Donald Trump's performance that he's no longer a member of the Republican Party.
During a CNN voter roundtable, a man named Dale explained that the GOP's embrace of ignorance and misinformation under the president had really soured his opinion on the entire party.
"When I joined the Republican Party, when I turned 18 years old... it was known as the party of ideas, it was a party of pragmatism, it was a party of logic," he said. "It seemed like those ideals are becoming further and further away from the party that I had joined."