Michael Steele, the former Republican National Committee chairman, said President Donald Trump had purposefully “manufactured” a crisis to revive his imploding presidency.
The MSNBC contributor appeared Thursday on “Morning Joe,” where he said the president was preparing to declare a national emergency to send a signal to his base supporters.
“I don’t see any wiggle room for Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer to go back into the White House and say, ‘Here’s $2 billion or $3 billion for the wall,'” Steele said. “That’s just off the table.”
Steele said the president wanted to declare a national emergency over the southern border, and he said the shutdown would help him accomplish that.
“We are where we are because this is actually where Trump wants to be,” he said. “This idea of a national emergency, while he tinker-toyed around with it, he said, ‘Well, I may, I have the authority to do it, I might do it’ — he absolutely wants to do it, because it is the only offer has.”
Steele said the emergency and resulting court challenge would buy Trump some much-needed time.
“He’ll throw it into the courts, let them work it out,” Steele said. “He’ll go to the base and say, ‘I did everything, I got the money for the wall, we’re going to start building the wall,’ and then six months, eight months, whatever time is left over to figure all of that out — he will have moved on.”
Steele said the situation would likely play out again, sometime down the road.
“There will be other emergencies that will be manufactured and put on table for the House, the Senate, the nation to deal with,” he said. “But we’re here because this is where the president wants us to be right now.”
Sorry Devin Nunes: Impeachment TV ratings aren’t down — they’re up and ‘the best all year’
The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee misinformed viewers of the impeachment hearing with a falsehood while going out of his way to insult witnesses.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) attempted to downplay testimony from Ambassador Kurt Volker and former NSC official Tim Morrison.
"Well, Ambassador and Mr. Morrison, I have some bad news for you, TV ratings are way down," Nunes claimed.
"Way down," he repeated.
Why the CDC warns antibiotic-resistant fungal infections are an urgent health threat
In 2013 I took care of a gentleman who underwent surgery for what all his physicians, including me, thought was liver cancer. Surgery revealed that the disease was a rare but benign tumor, rather than cancer. As you might imagine, he and his family were overjoyed and relieved.
However, two weeks after this surgery, he developed a liver abscess – an encapsulated tissue infection. Surgeons operated to remove the abscess. Two days later, test results revealed that the abscess was caused by a fungus called Candida that was resistant to echinocandins, our most powerful drugs against this fungus.
Federal prosecutors will interview Ukraine gas company executive for probe into Rudy Giuliani
The Associated Press reported Tuesday afternoon that federal prosecutors are going to interview an executive working with a Ukraine state-owned gas company as part of their investigation into Rudy Giuliani.
While Giuliani was working to stir up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, he was also working on scoring cash from a lucrative deal with the gas company Naftogaz.
The AP said that a lawyer for Andrew Favorov has revealed that his client is slated to meet with the U.S. Justice Department.