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Trump ‘raged’ at Paul Ryan over border wall demands in White House meltdown: report

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Anecdotes from within the White House reveal that President Donald Trump got into intense arguments over his border wall demand with top Republicans — and his own aides.

The Washington Post reported that Trump’s internal wall negotiations have been a year in the making.

“President Trump knew that lawmakers were unlikely to ever give him the billions of dollars he wanted to build a wall on the southern border, so in early 2018, he gave aides a directive: Find a way to do it without Congress,” the report recounted.

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During a March meeting in the White House residence, the Post reported, Trump exploded upon learning that his aides “had secured only $1.6 billion for border fencing in an omnibus spending bill.”

Two people with information about the conversation said the president “fumed” to then-House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) about the funding, threatening not to sign it because it was far short of the more than $5 billion he’d called for.

“We gave you what you wanted!” Ryan reportedly rebutted.

Trump, who was “swearing profusely,” insisted that the House Speaker’s assertion wasn’t true before asking who’d said that. He then learned that his own aides had negotiated the deal, the report noted.

The exchange happened around the same time that White House aides released a statement saying Trump wouldn’t sign the spending bill — another misstep that sent him into a “rage” and led him to declare that his aides didn’t represent his wishes.

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“He was eventually convinced by his equally angry chief of staff, John F. Kelly, to sign the measure — although he remained furious with Ryan and his own team,” the report noted, adding that soon after the episode, Trump decided he’d try to get the wall without Congress.


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Stefanik voters turning on GOP lawmaker after she threw away her credibility to defend Trump

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Over the course of the impeachment hearings, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has gone from a relative backbencher who sells herself as a moderate to voters in Upstate New York, to a theatrical partisan grandstanding for President Donald Trump and a top target of ire from Democrats.

But according to Politico, at least some of her voters appear turned off by her new stance.

"While Stefanik once able to strike a delicate balance between her Republican identity and her positions on issues like climate change, some think those earlier convictions are gone, like Phillip Paige, a former Stefanik backer and a member of SUNY Potsdam’s College Republicans," wrote Politico's Anna Gronewald. "A native of the 21st district’s Madrid, New York, Paige said he started to lose faith in Stefanik when she began supporting Trump as the party’s nominee in 2016. Paige supported John Kasich’s candidacy in that election. 'A lot of her boots-on-the-ground young Republican crowd has really become quite disillusioned,' he said. 'We saw her as what we thought the future of the Republican Party was and that really has been disproven. Unless, maybe the future of the Republican party is Donald Trump.'"

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GOP ridiculed for hyping Ohio anti-impeachment protest — and only a handful of Trump supporters showed

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The official Twitter of account of the Republican National Committee was buried in mockery after hyping up a video of anti-impeachment protesters in Youngstown, Ohio, where it appears only a handful of people showed up.

According to the tweet, "Ohioans are sick and tired of the Democrats’ impeachment charade. It’s time to STOP THE MADNESS!"

However, in the video from WKBN, which can be seen below, few people chose to show up for the cameras.

As one commenter noted with tongue-in-cheek, "Thought Ohio had a few more people than that."

That was the general consensus in the comments.

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Melania Trump scorched by columnist for standing by president’s Thunberg bullying: ‘Indefensible’

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In a piece for the Washington Post, columnist Karen Tumulty called out first lady Melania Trump for her statement defending her husband's bullying of 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg in a fit of jealousy after she was selected Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

Responding to a statement from the White House that stated, “BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children. It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do. Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” Tumulty wasn't having it.

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