Louisiana Republican Senator John Kennedy found himself in the hot seat on Thursday as CNN’s Brooke Baldwin forced him to say whether President Donald Trump’s shutdown was “worth it”, after the president came away with nothing and the Republican party suffered a massive hit to its approval rating.
Baldwin, noting the Republicans’ predicament, had one question for Kennedy: “was it worth it?” Kennedy, for his part, took a folksy tone, and tried to skirt the issue.
“I think that’s part of the problem here, Brooke,” he said. “I think so many folks on Capitol Hill have been looking at this for a political lens.” He then played politics, insinuating that his Democratic colleagues were weak on border security, and threw a lot of words at Baldwin in an effort to change the subject. She wasn’t having it.
“Sir, sir sir, the question was, from December 22 to just a couple days ago when he finally reopened the government, it was the same speech we basically heard from the beginning and nothing really changed,” she said impatiently.
“He caved. Was it worth it, is my question, yes or no?”
Kennedy’s face turned red, and his jowls began shaking as the Senator stammered and stuttered before finally shouting, “Yes! It’s not over yet.”
“‘Yes, it was worth it?'” said an astonished Baldwin. “Yes, it was worth it that for 35 days, all these hundreds of thousands of Americans were not paid, were rationing asthma medicine, it was worth it? For what?”
“Let me say it again, legal immigration makes our country stronger, but illegal immigration is illegal. Duh,” a visibly angry Kennedy replied by way of defending his stance. “One way to stop it is to secure the border and you can’t secure the border without a barrier or a wall or a wangdoodle or whatever we’re calling it.” He
“Do I want a shutdown? No,” he went on. “And before your editors write the headline that says ‘Kennedy says it was all worth it’, I don’t support, I don’t support shut downs.”
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Max Boot calls BS on Republicans for trying to claim Syria is Nancy Pelosi’s fault because of impeachment
President Donald Trump is conducting foreign policy like a 1980s television character, according to conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot.
In a panel discussion about the letter Trump sent to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, Boot mocked Republicans for suddenly trying to claim that Trump's withdrawal from Syria was Speaker Nancy Pelosi's fault because of impeachment. It is unclear if Republicans are confessing the president is too distracted by impeachment to be making foreign policy decisions or if they are blaming Pelosi for military decisions.
"I mean there's a lot of really lame Republican talking points out there, Don," Boot said to CNN host Don Lemon. "But to suggest, as Rep. Liz Cheney and others have done that somehow Trump's inexplicable decision to give the Turks the green light to invade Syria — that was somehow the fault of Nancy Pelosi because of the impeachment process? What?"
Ex-counterintel official explains how lobbying laws could bring down Rudy Giuliani
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," former Justice Department counterintelligence official David Laufman explained to Chris Cuomo how President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani could go down for violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
"Why does this matter, this area of the law?" asked Cuomo.
"This was a statute enacted in the 1930s in response to pro-Nazi German elements of the United States, engaged in subversive propaganda activities so that the U.S. people or lawmakers when confronted with content, whether lobbying or an op-ed, can make an informed assessment based on who the real party is behind it," explained Laufman. "If it's a foreign party, the American people should be able to take that into account and assigning whatever weight they want."
Trump’s ‘adolescent’ letter to Turkey stuns ex-White House adviser: ‘It is unprecedented’
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," David Gergen, a former White House adviser to four presidents, was astonished by President Donald Trump's letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an warning him "don't be a fool."
"I don't want to laugh about it because it's — this is a letter that was actually sent, at least, he says it was," said host Erin Burnett. "Have you ever seen anything like this?"
"Well, Erin, many presidents write tough letters, nasty letters, angry letters, frustrated letters. The normal presidents then put them in a jar in a file called 'burn before sending,'" said Gergen. "This had such an adolescent quality to it when I read it, I immediately called my researcher, and I said, see if this is fake."