Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) on Monday had a difficult time defending President Donald Trump’s decision to fund his border wall by declaring a “national emergency” during a tough interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota.
At the start of the interview, Duffy tried to argue that a border wall was needed to stop the flow of deadly drugs from pouring into the United States, but Camerota shut him down by pointing out that the vast majority of drugs come into the country through legal ports of entry.
“How is a national emergency to build a couple hundred miles of fence going to solve your drug problem in Wisconsin?” she asked him.
Duffy dodged the question and said that we also need funding to better inspect trucks coming through ports of entry — but Camerota once again shot him down by telling him that Congress had given funding for such measures.
Camerota then asked him how he’d feel if a future Democratic president declared a national emergency to fight climate change and then diverted billions of dollars from the Defense Department to enact a Green New Deal.
Duffy admitted that Congress probably needed to enact some “guardrails” to the president’s authority to declare a national emergency, but only after Trump had built his border wall.
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‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case
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She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.
"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."
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President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN's Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump's latest CNN shill cried "political correctness."
"Look, I suspect he didn't want to offend Steve Cortes and I suspect Steve Cortes was not offended," Navarro said. "But really what a stupid thing to say. Right? To somehow ask the question about whether you love the country more than you love Hispanics -- they are one and the same."
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During the Tuesday night "hand-off" between CNN's Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon, the two chuckled about former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who made his "Dancing with the Stars" debut Monday night. Spicer bragged about being a "staunch Christian," as the reason for why he won't win "Dancing with the Stars." But Cuomo chastised Spicer for trying to score votes.