On Tuesday, CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Angela Rye asked President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign press secretary and former RNC spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany why Trump, who declared a national emergency to construct a border wall, cannot simply declare one to provide humanitarian relief to the asylum seekers suffering at the border — and the conversation went off the rails quickly.
“No arguing the facts here,” said Cuomo. “We know they’re overrun and they can’t handle it. We know they’re begging for help. Nothing is coming. The president could use the emergency declaration to help with emergency resourcing. Why not be the hero?”
“Democrats for a long time said there’s no humanitarian crisis. In fact there is one,” said McEnany.
“Why doesn’t he do something?” Cuomo pressed her.
“He said 4.5 billion in emergency funding is what I need for humanitarian assistance, no strings attached, no wall,” said McEnany. “Where is Nancy Pelosi passing this through Congress? We need Congress to appropriate the money. President Trump’s ready to sign it.”
“Senate hasn’t put it on the floor,” said Cuomo. “He can do things with the emergency declaration that would tap pockets just like he did for fencing. But he’s not doing it. It sends a message that what he cares about are the bad guys, not helping the kids.”
“Not true at all,” said McEnany. “President Trump has done everything within his power, but ultimately, Chris, you gotta solve the problem by stopping the flow of illegal immigrants to our southern border. Democrats are incentivizing it … Democrats are being irresponsible here, President Trump is doing everything in his power to stop it.”
“Here’s what we have to remember when we’re making policy in this country,” said Rye. “There’s always a human face attached to the policy. If a woman is willing to take her kids out of school from whatever country she originated or the family originated, there has to be a reason for that. I would submit to you the answer is not Lindsey Graham’s new proposed legislation, where he is willing to now detain migrant children up to 100 days. In April, over 100,000 people were detained and 60% for families and children.”
“Humanity has been distanced from policy and any time that happens you have a crisis,” said Rye. “The crisis is one of consciousness. The crisis is one of mortality. It’s one of human rights nature and we cannot divorce ourselves from that. Is he willing to tell us that the rapists and drug dealers he talked about during his campaign are these families and these children? I think not.”
“You and I are Christians,” Rye added, over McEnany’s protests. “We are believers, and at some point social justice has to be a part of policy making. At some point. So we can’t continue to say our Christianity, the Bible we read, only applies to law abiding citizens who didn’t seek asylum. We have to at some point say there’s a reason why they’re coming to this border. All ye who are heavy laden. They can’t come through the border?”
’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team
On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.
"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."
Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’
During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.
To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."
Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."
"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.
Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history
Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.
Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.
Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.