Career ambassador Thomas Pickering, who served under six presidents, and a signatory to a letter rebuking President Donald Trump for declaring a national emergency over the border wall Congress refuses to fund, told MSNBC on Tuesday that the president was destroying American credibility around the world and in our own hemisphere, saying the U.S. leader was viewed as little more than a carjacker.
Pickering slammed the president for “break[ing] the separation of powers,” predicting the party would come to regret it. “Anything can become a national emergency,” he said and added that Trump’s recklessness endangered “the future stability of our constitution, our country, and the separation of powers.”
Piggybacking on that, host Ali Velshi asked if the president’s obsession with a wall, which his own intelligence services are “in consensus is not actually a national emergency”, was taking away from other national security issues that he ignores, like Russia’s interference with U.S. elections.
“Certainly our relations with Mexico are very badly tested,” Pickering replied. “While paying for the wall is gone here, it’s not forgotten in Mexico.”
“Our role in the hemisphere is in many ways injured , particularly when the president wants to lead on Venezuela,” he continued. “U.S. credibility all around the world is at stake. Would you buy a used car from a carjacker?”
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Trump declares himself the ‘greatest of all presidents’ in manic tweetstorm attacking Pelosi and Democrats
Donald Trump broke out of his Twitter hibernation on Saturday afternoon just before flying off to Florida for a pair of fundraisers, and used the opportunity to declare himself the "greatest of all presidents."
Attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for not passing his signature trade bill, Trump then went after Democrats for trying to impeach him -- saying they were making a big mistake.
On Twitter, the president wrote: ""Hard to believe, but if Nancy Pelosi had put our great Trade Deal with Mexico and Canada, USMCA, up for a vote long ago, our economy would be even better. If she doesn’t move quickly, it will collapse!"
Donald Trump sounds like a complete lunatic because he’s isolated himself in a far-right media bubble
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.
If you have an older relative who spends way too much time stewing in the conservative media, you may have experienced a moment when you not only disagreed with him, but you realized that you had no earthly clue what he was going on about. Perhaps it was when he started talking about the UN plot to eliminate golf courses and replace paved roads with bicycle paths. Maybe he stopped you in your tracks with a discourse on why flies were attracted to Barack Obama, or complained about the government insisting on referring to Christians as "Easter-worshippers" or expressed outrage over 9/11 hijackers being given leniency by Muslim jurists.
Trump’s claim impeachment ‘nullifies’ 2016 election blown up in new House Judiciary Committee report
On Saturday, the House Judiciary Committee released their report outlining the offenses committed by President Donald Trump, and the legal framework for impeachment — which clears the way for Congress to write and approve articles of impeachment against him.
One of the key issues examined by the report is the claim, repeatedly made by the president and his supporters, that impeachment would "nullify" the 2016 presidential election and the popular will — which is already a weak claim given that Trump never won the popular vote, and that impeaching Trump would still install Mike Pence as president. But the report more broadly rejects the entire claim that an election result immunizes a president from punishment for official misconduct.