Vice President Mike Pence defended President Donald Trump for shutting down the government to force legislative action on his border wall, and said they could try it again next week.
The vice president appeared Wednesday on “CBS This Morning,” where he praised Trump for forcing the 35-day-long shutdown to gain leverage to demand $5.7 billion in funding for his long-promised border wall.
“I never think it’s a mistake to stand up for what you believe in,” Pence said, “and I think what the American people admire most about this president is he says what he means and he means what he says in a very real sense.”
“He said there’s a crisis at our southern border,” Pence added. “He said he was determined to get the funding to build a wall and secure our border, and he was willing to take a stand to accomplish that.”
Congressional Democrats have vowed they would never fund a border wall, and Pence refused to guarantee the president would not force another shutdown when a temporary agreement ends Feb. 15.
“Well, I think our hope is that there’s not, but I can’t make that guarantee,” Pence said. “The simple truth is that Congress needs to do their job. The president laid out last night a common-sense approach to deal with what is a very real crisis on our southern border.”
Do you think the shutdown was a mistake? – @JeffGlor
"I never think it's a mistake… to stand up for what you believe in and I think what the American people admire most about this president is he says what he means and he means what he says in a very real sense." –@VP Pence pic.twitter.com/x9MHuVQ9Hn
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 6, 2019
Pro-Trump conservatives ‘trading short-term political gain for long-term ruin’: columnist
Writing in The Atlantic this Wednesday, Rachel Shelden contends that Republicans are finding themselves "boxed in" after enabling President Donald Trump's conspiracy theories about mass voter fraud in the 2020 election.
According to Shelden, the current situation Republicans face is similar to the aftermath of the 1860 election.
‘NO WAY!’ Trump starts off Thanksgiving by whining about his election loss
President Donald Trump started off Thanksgiving by whining about his election loss to Joe Biden.
Biden earned a record 80 million votes, with ballots still being counted, and the president reacted to that news Thursday by insisting his loss was impossible.
"Just saw the vote tabulations," Trump tweeted. "There is NO WAY Biden got 80,000,000 votes!!! This was a 100% RIGGED ELECTION."
Twitter immediately slapped a disclaimer on his unfounded claims, which have been rejected over and over by courts and were disputed by the Homeland Security official who oversaw election security -- until the president fired him.
Trump will soon be a ‘dumpy 74-year-old wheeling around the golf course’ while awaiting ‘his next cheeseburger’: columnist
Daily Beast columnist Margaret Carlson on Thursday published a brutal opinion piece in which she danced on President Donald Trump's political grave and relished the thought of his fading into irrelevancy.
In her column, Carlson acknowledged many liberals' fears that Trump will never leave the national spotlight, but she said the soon-to-be-ex-president is more likely to be treated more like a washed-up celebrity that a political icon.
"To those worried we will never rid ourselves of Trump, watch as he shrinks before our very eyes in a Washington minute from leader of the free world to a broken-down real estate developer up to his ears in debt," she wrote. "On Monday, Trump was just another dumpy 74-year-old man wheeling around the golf course in a motorized cart wondering how long it would be until his next cheeseburger."