CNN anchor Don Lemon on Wednesday told a heartbreaking story of President Donald Trump’s tax plan putting profound pressure on Gold Star families.
“Michael Braden was a Captain in the Army who lost his life in April of 2012, during his [unintelligible] tour in the Middle East,” Lemon noted.
“Three months prior to his death, he and his wife, Jessica, adopted a son, James, who’s now nine-year-old,” he continued.
“Since his father passed in 2012, James has been receiving money as part of the survivor’s benefit plan, where every year since his father’s death, James paid roughly $1,100 in taxes,” Lemon reported. “This year — as a result of the changes in tax code pushed through by the president and Republicans in Congress — that jumped to almost $4,500.”
“Jessica and her son, James, they are not alone. The military publication Task and Purpose found they’re among several Gold Star Families who are facing an unexpected tax burden,” he noted.
Jessica joined him to explain her family’s situation.
“How are families like yours dealing?” Lemon asked. “Because this is a massive tax increase.”
“It is, it’s huge,” she replied. “I mean, in some cases it’s meaning, you know, choosing between paying your taxes or paying for your car or food. I mean, it’s that dire in many cases.”
“We’ve already sacrificed enough. And this is just even more sacrifice,” she concluded.
‘They sense weakness’: Former senator says the world is ‘smirking’ as Trump flails away at latest China tariffs
Former Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) appeared on CNN Friday to discuss how President Donald Trump has completely mishandled his long-running trade war with China.
While talking about trade with CNN's Jim Sciutto, Baucus said that China timed its new announcements of tariffs against $75 billion worth of American goods specifically to humiliate the president.
"They sense weakness," explained Baucus, who has also previously served as an American ambassador to China. "And I think that they see a weakness in the United States today. Trump has been weakened because of the weakened American economy and they're retaliating against the tariffs that Trump imposed after there was a truce there would be no tariffs."
Trump aide Cuccinelli snaps after CNN’s Camerota shows him pictures of caged kids: ‘I’m not going to take that’
A CNN interview with acting Director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli took a contentious turn on Friday morning after host Alisyn Camerota showed him pictures of immigrant children being held in cages and asked him why he would want to hold them even longer based upon a recent policy change he instituted.
As the CNN host pressed the Trump administration official on plans to hold children indefinitely, she put pictures of the kids in cages up on the screen which angered Cuccinelli.
"On one level it protects children, but it also exposes children to the overcrowding. Here's some of the roll we've been playing for months," she began, only to have the White House official cut her off.
Trump may look unstable now — but the economy is going to make him much worse: CNN’s April Ryan
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," analyst and American Urban Radio Network Washington bureau chief April Ryan walked through how President Donald Trump backed himself into a corner by trying to build his brand on a great economy — and is coming to pieces as a result.
"April, what are you hearing? Is the economy causing the president's erratic behavior?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.
"Yes, yes, and yes," said Ryan. "This president has been touting a great economy, and this is the cornerstone since I guess since the very beginning of his administration for people to feel that he should win re-election, that he is firmly planted for the American public and he's working for them," said Ryan. "But indicators, non-traditional indicators, are saying something different. He is having a hard time trying to marry the great economy with what it looks like for the American public, particularly the grassroots."