After MSNBC National-affairs analyst John Heilemann noted that the “larger picture” surrounding Trump’s spate of firings seemed to come back to the “elevation” of Steve Miller, an immigration hardliner, Washington Post reporter Bob Costa revealed on Morning Joe what was really going on behind the scenes — and it was hardly “palace intrigue.”
“John, you asked how does the president see this and that’s a key word — ‘see’,” said Costa. “When you talk to White House officials you hear that the president is watching television and he’s watching specifically Lou Dobbs’ show on Fox Business and Sean Hannity on Fox News.”
Dobbs and the rest of right wing media “have been merciless in going after Department of Homeland Security and Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, saying the migrant surge is not being properly addressed,” Costa said, adding that the criticism had only “fueled” Trump’s fear of losing his base.
“This is not some kind of palace intrigue with Steven Miller orchestrating a coup at DHS,” he said. “This is the president motivated, in part by watching television and his own frustration in meetings with being told no, to take this kind of action.”
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Chris Christie hates everything about Trump’s ‘rolling sh*t show’ — but he’s voting for him anyway
Chris Christie doesn't agree with anything President Donald Trump does or says -- but he's still voting for him in 2020.
The former New Jersey governor ticked off a list of reasons he opposed most of the consequential actions Trump has taken through nearly two and a half years in the White House, and he was hard-pressed to justify his intent to vote for a second four-year term, reported The Atlantic.
Republican humiliates himself at Senate hearing as his attempt to nail Instagram for liberal bias falls apart
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Tuesday fell flat on his face when he tried to get technology experts to admit that major social media platforms were biased against conservatives.
While talking with assorted experts on artificial intelligence and algorithms, Johnson said that he had his staff members go to Politico's Instagram account and record what other recommendations the app gave to them after following it.
According to Johnson, the vast majority of recommendations that came back were for news websites like the Washington Post or progressive outlets like Huffington Post, and none were for right-wing websites such as Breitbart.
Jared Kushner says economic plan pre-condition to peace
White House adviser Jared Kushner said Tuesday that his plan for the Middle East was "the opportunity of the century" for the Palestinians but that their acceptance was a pre-condition to peace.
"Agreeing on an economic pathway forward is a necessary pre-condition to resolving the previously unsolvable political issues," Kushner said as he opened a workshop in Bahrain being boycotted by the Palestinian Authority.
While the two-day meeting will not address political solutions in the Middle East, Kushner acknowledged the need to take them up later.
"To be clear, economic growth and prosperity for the Palestinian people are not possible without an enduring and fair political solution to the conflict -- one that guarantees Israel's security and respects the dignity of the Palestinian people."