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Devout Christian Mike Pence defends withholding soap from imprisoned children: It’s the Democrats’ fault

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Children in immigrant detention centers are reportedly going without basic supplies like soap and toothbrushes but Vice President Mike Pence insisted on Sunday that it’s the fault of Congress.

During an interview on CNN, host Jake Tapper asked the vice president to “talk about the kids” who have been detained for crossing the border.

“Last week, legal advocates reported there are horrific conditions for children at the border,” Tapper said, pointing to reports that say children have gone without soap, toothbrushes and other items needed for basic hygiene.

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“The administration was actually arguing in court this week that the administration should not be required to give soap or toothbrushes or showers to children detained at the border,” Tapper added. “Aren’t toothbrushes and blankets and medicine and basic conditions for kids, aren’t they a part of how the United States of America — the Trump administration — treats children?”

“Well, of course they are, Jake,” Pence replied with a shake of his head. “It’s one of the reasons we ask for more bed space.”

The vice president, who is an evangelical Christian, argued that the Trump administration will not give soap to detained immigrant children because of Congress.

“Democrats in Congress refused to expand the bed space and the capacity for us to detain people,” Pence complained.

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“This is going on right now,” Tapper pointed out.

“It’s one of the reasons we continue to call on Congress to give DHS Customs and Border Protections additional resources at the border,” Pence said.

“This is the wealthiest nation in the world,” Tapper observed. “We have money to give toothpaste and soap and blankets to these kids in El Paso County right now.”

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Pence agreed that the money is there to provide the children basic supplies.

“So why aren’t we?” Tapper asked.

“My point is,” Pence laughed. “It’s all apart of the appropriations process. Congress needs to provide additional support to deal with the crisis at our southern border.”

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Republican mocked for attacking MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace amid impeachment hearing: ‘Shouldn’t you be paying attention?’

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Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) was ridiculed online for attacking MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace during the impeachment hearings.

Stefanik, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, attacked the MSNBC host during her committee's hearing.

Wallace, a former top Republican strategist, has been a harsh critic of the administration. After Stefanik interrupted the hearing, Wallace blasted her.

"It would appear Elise Stefanik is drinking the same loony tune juice with her breakfast as Nikki Haley - going from occasionally reasonable Republicans to Trump shills," Wallace tweeted, adding the hashtag #pathetic.

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White House claims Trump ‘not watching’ impeachment hearing as his Twitter account goes silent

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White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham insisted on Wednesday that President Donald Trump is "not watching" his first public impeachment hearing.

As House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) called the hearing to order, Trump's Twitter account went suddenly silent.

But Grisham told reporters that the president was "working."

"He's in the Oval in meetings. Not watching. He's working," she said, according to a pool report.

.@PressSec tells me President Trump is not tuning in to the impeachment hearing now underway. "He's in the Oval in meetings. Not watching. He's working."

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Taylor staffer overheard Trump impatiently asking Sondland about ‘the investigations’ one day after infamous July 25 call

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The acting ambassador to Ukraine said he has learned since his closed-door testimony that President Donald Trump appeared keenly interested in the status of an investigation into Joe Biden by Ukraine.

Bill Taylor, the president's top diplomat in Ukraine, testified Wednesday that he learned last week from a staffer, after he was deposed in a closed-door hearing, about an incident that took place a day after Trump's call to his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.

"Last Friday, a member of my staff told me of events that occurred on July 26," Taylor testified.

Taylor was visiting the front of Ukraine's war with Russia at the time with Kurt Volker, then a special envoy to the country, and a member of the ambassador's staff accompanied EU ambassador Gordon Sondland to a meeting with Andrey Yermak, an aide to Zelensky.

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