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
‘Brutal and unacceptable’: Calls for arrest of NYPD cop who put woman in the ER during protests
The Speaker of the New York City Council is demanding accountability for a NYPD officer caught on tape violently striking a woman during protests of police violence.
Video of the incident appeared on social media on Friday. The video appears to show the cop running up a shoving the woman, launching her off her feet.
She is reportedly now in the ER after suffering a serious seizure.
"This officer needs to be charged with assault," Speaker Cory Johnson posted on Twitter. "Hard to watch. Brutal and unacceptable."
This officer needs to be charged with assault.
‘I’m getting shot’: Shocking video shows police in Louisville hitting journalists with pepper bullets
Police fired pepper bullets at a camera crew doing a live broadcast of the police violence protests in Louisville on Friday evening.
"WAVE 3 News reporter Kaitlin Rust appeared to have been hit by rubber bullets reportedly fired by an LMPD officer during a protest in downtown Louisville," the station reported.
Rust was wearing a fluorescent safety vest at the time of the incident.
"I'm getting shot," she shouted.
The news anchor asked, "who are they aiming that at?"
Law enforcement files discredit Brian Kemp’s accusation that Democrats tried to hack the Georgia election
It was a stunning accusation: Two days before the 2018 election for Georgia governor, Republican Brian Kemp used his power as secretary of state to open an investigation into what he called a “failed hacking attempt” of voter registration systems involving the Democratic Party.
But newly released case files from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reveal that there was no such hacking attempt.
The evidence from the closed investigation indicates that Kemp’s office mistook planned security tests and a warning about potential election security holes for malicious hacking.
Kemp then wrongly accused his political opponents just before Election Day — a high-profile salvo that drew national media attention in one of the most closely watched races of 2018.