January 5th – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #716

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1,021 Responses to January 5th – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #716

  1. How about the army corp? Are they getting paid! My liberal brother in law works there! I wonder!

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  2. linda4298 says:

    Karen Tumulty

    · 53m
    Let the games begin! Line for ⁦⁦@ewarren⁩ Des Moines event at 6:30 started forming 2 1/2 hours in advance. Now goes around the block.

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  3. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    Au revoir, ma jeune amie. (Goodbye, my little friend)

    And let’s not forget this:

    Good pick, Barry. Nice work.

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  4. Can’t trust anyone one!

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    • Jenevive says:

      So Pence was trying to make a deal without POTUS approval
      for a smaller amount of money? Then why did POTUS have Mike
      Pence go into negotiations this time?

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      • Robert Smith says:

        Trump’s giving everybody a chance to make it happen. Some people just don’t know how to negotiate. Pence was, if it actually happened, giving something up for nothing.

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        • smurfette says:

          Good observation.

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        • ladypenquin says:

          “Two Democratic officials briefed on today’s White House meeting say Pence -”

          This tells me all I need to know to NOT trust a single thing said. Unless Pence himself said that he had floated a smaller amount to the Dems, and Schumer rejected, none of this is credible.

          Of course, they’d say something like that. Pence is going to do what POTUS wants to do – whatever POTUS’ bottom line is – that is the line. Pence knows this, as do all the other “advisors” advising the president.

          Remember, the MSM is ALWAYS going to be looking for an opportunity to undermine the President, and separate him from his closest advisers. It’s what the press does.

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          • Dutchman says:

            THATS why Kushner is there. He has been in on every crucial negotiation PDJT has made.
            He has no agenda, and can represent PDJT, in his stead, so to speak cause PDJT TRUSTS him.

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    • jahealy says:

      This chick’s a WaPo “journalist.” I’d trust Pence long before I’d trust her.

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      • Mr Spock says:

        I don’t trust Pence one iota. He is as establishment as they come.

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        • smurfette says:

          It was noted that PDJT didn’t shake Pence’s hand nor acknowledge him and his wife at GWHB’s funeral. Pence also received one of those “bad news” envelopes handed out to GWB Jr, Clinton, Biden during the ceremony. Jimmah Carter it was noted did not get one altho he thought it was supposed to be given to all those who sat at the front row.

          Remember…..GWHB has been linked to the assassination of JFK through Bush family connection Hinckley putting shadow government LBJ in as President. GWHB was VP against Reagan’s desire, and an assassination was also attempted on Reagan.

          Which brings us to who is up for presidency if POTUS is impeached or removed from office? Establishment candidate Pence, of course. Yes, do not trust Pence.

          Potus would be better off with Rand Paul as VP in 2020.

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  5. LibertyVibe says:

    BOMBSHELL AUDIO: John Kerry on TAPE (2013), talking about how he IS AWARE that the United States Congress will never be willing authorize ground troops in the Middle East. SO, (he explains) :We must support both sides (fund/train/Arm ISIS), to stir up conflict.

    10 minute video. The first 5 minutes contain the actual audio of Kerry. The rest is explanation and political analysis of what was said.

    This is very damning. We need to show that WE understand the seriousness of what Kerry said, by screaming it from the rooftops, and calling for his and Obama’s arrest.

    If we don’t stand up now, when will we?

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  6. Interesting article about today’s meeting!

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    • The joys of the article!
      President Donald Trump’s White House is not moving from its demand for more than $5 billion in border Wall funding, which is backing Democrats into a corner as we enjoy Day 15 of the federal government shutdown.

      V.P. Mike Pence — who raised some concerns when he tried to go lower than $5 billion in a recent negotiation, and was reportedly overruled by Trump — is holding the White House line. He met with congressional leaders Saturday and would not budge on the $5 billion.

      The Democrats are still confused, and clearly lack strategy.

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      • Robert Smith says:

        The Chinese are confused on Trade vs Trump Maganomics because in past Chinese trade negotiations they told us what they wanted. COC-loving Uniparty lackeys quickly gave it up for a few pieces of silver.

        Similarly, Democrats are confused because Trump didn’t insta-fold. They seem to forget that Trump has a whole additional year under his belt compared to the last shutdown rodeo. In that year, he has grown in his confidence of melding Trump being Trump with the power of the presidency. AND, he has CRUSHED it out of the park on trade vs every other nation in the world. AND, the economy is rocking on all cylinders in every area of the country.

        Trump gave them a chance to give get a deal where there could have been some give and take. Now they are going to have to bend the knee. Great start to the Chuck & Nancy show. The longer it goes on the worse it’ll get for them. I wonder if Trump will take just the $5.6 Billion or make them cry. Trump will let you save face but, as yet, he has not gotten anything from them for it.

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      • Fake Nametag says:

        Disappointing…I was hoping to hear that he was moving…up to at least $10 billion for the wall. 😉


    • BetsyRossRocked says:

      How great is it to have a smiling handsome man for President !

      Liked by 3 people

    • JohnCarlson says:

      President Trump will not settle for crumbs.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Conservativeinny says:

      I like that picture!! It is one of my favorites!!!

      Liked by 3 people

    • covfefe999 says:

      I truly think President Trump is the most courageous man on the planet right now.

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  7. Derek Hagen says:

    I’ll throw 2 suggestions out there:

    1 – Keep Making America Great Again, KMAGA (pronounced “kaymaga”. It’s more than MAGA, like the next step. KAG! just doesn’t do it for me, it sounds cut-off. I don’t want PDJT’s next campaign to have any cut-off feeling to it.

    2 – Let’s call AOC “Occum’s Cortex” – if anything can go wrong in her thinking, it will.

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  8. keithinmissouri says:

    I attended the Border Wall Rally in St. Louis today (after a bit of searching for the obscure location it was held at). It was a peaceful but spirited gathering of a couple of hundred people. What it lacked in size, it made up for in quality. Speakers included Jim Hoft (Gateway Pundit), John Schlafly (Eagle Forum), Dottie Bailey (newly elected member of the State House) and Stacy Washington (Stacy on the Right talk show). There were a number of cameras at the rally, but none looked like the local mainstream news media. If there was a theme in the talks beyond support for border security, it was to not be disappointed if President Trump doesn’t get a wall across the entire border, what he needs to get us is greater border security, which should involve walls in key locations. I went to the rally with an objective of connecting with like-minded people who could potentially guide me to avenues for increased political advocacy, and it was a success in that regard, as the gathering struck me as being a “who’s who” of the local (and largely inactive) Tea Party movement. No Antifa or opposition in attendance. It was a beautiful day for a rally with some beautiful people.

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  9. linda4298 says:

    https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/31112-does-the-constitution-allow-trump-to-build The actual building of a wall would be complicated by the necessity of purchasing some private land, for example. But, the words of the Constitution make this much quite clear. It is the duty of the federal government to protect each of the states from invasion (whether with or without a wall), and if Congress does not join the president in living up to that obligation, they are derelict in their duty. Whether the invasion is composed of armed soldiers, or caravans of civilians organized for the explicit purpose of entering the country by force, it is still an invasion — and the federal government has an obligation to stop it.

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    • facebkwallflower says:

      I do not think purchasing private land is a proble. Border ranchers have lost use of more land than the wall would use and would LOVE a big, beautiful “fence” they could never afford to pay for themselves.. (or they would have, like, years ago)

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    • bakocarl says:

      PTump addressed the eminent domain acquisition of private property for border security and said there really was no problem. The gov’t would take the property and pay a fair price for it. If the landowner felt that the land was worth more, he could take his issue to court, but during those proceedings, the gov’t still owned the property and had possession and full use of it.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        I think this problem could be handled pretty easily. You build a fence right up to the disputed land and then start another one on the other side of the property. That will funnel the illegals, drug cartels, etc. across the disputed land. They will be begging for a fence.

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  10. cripto says:

    “N. Korean Media Slams State Department Report”

    Here is a choice quote: “The article said it’s time for the U.S. to act and pay what it owes to Pyongyang.

    It also said the U.S. was demanding the North take more unilateral measures, and stressed that there’s a limit to North Korea’s good will and that it has done its part and will no longer make concessions.”


    My comment> OK la. 😀

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  11. cripto says:

    Pentagon Chief of Staff has resigned. “After two years in the Pentagon, I’ve decided the time is right to return to the private sector. It has been an honor to serve again alongside the men and women of the Department of Defense,” said Rear Adm Kevin Sweeney, USN (Ret.)

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  12. cripto says:

    “Russia screws up Korea’s arms sales to India”

    (Excerpt) “It is a boon to Korea that India is attempting to move away from its dependence on Russia for arms since the early 2000s,” said Cho Choong-jae, a researcher at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy. “Korea should emphasize defense cooperation with India to help New Delhi diversify its weapons sources.”


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  13. Conservativeinny says:

    There are some demanding Whittaker recuse himself. So far he is ignoring them


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  14. linda4298 says:

    https://www.redstate.com/streiff/2019/01/05/trump-can-probably-build-wall-without-congress/ If Trump works around Congress on this, I think he will find it to be a Pyrrhic victory. Future authorization and appropriation bills will contain language specifically forbidding the use of funds for this purpose. Prohibitions are much easier to write into laws than authorities and Senate GOP appropriators are not going to be all that willing to give the Executive, even one of their own party, a blank check to spend money as he sees fit despite the appropriations bills.

    My guess is that this is part of a negotiating strategy that has as its central message that the Administration is willing to shut down the government for as long as it takes to get its way. Considering the stakes…which is pretty much Trump’s credibility with the people who elected him in 2016…making a show of rolling out the military to start wall construction may not be a bad political move in the short run and it may be a move that Trump has no choice but to make.

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    • annieoakley says:

      I don’t care anymore. I will take a Pyrrhic victory. Congress, every last member for all of my years has promised this or that and they are ALL useless. Why are they in DC? What DO they do?

      Liked by 3 people

    • JohnCarlson says:

      RedState used to be NeverTrump and although I haven’t looked their way for years now, I would imagine they still are. Erick Erickson used to be their head creep.

      Liked by 2 people

      • linda4298 says:

        They got rid of a lot of Never Trumpers, they have some good articles.

        Liked by 1 person

      • ladypenquin says:

        RedState banished a lot of good folks from their community years before Donald Trump. If you didn’t tow their line – turned out they wanted to be “kingmakers” if if your guy or gal wasn’t on their “list” they didn’t want you there to influence anyone.

        It was there some of learned about folks who touted their conservatism, really didn’t believe in conservatism – especially not the type that would have accepted a Donald Trump. Turns out Donald Trump has done more for conservatism than they have.

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  15. cripto says:

    As you may be aware China and the US will hold vice ministerial level TradeTalks in Beijing on Jan 7-8. Deputy US Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish will lead the team. Members include Commerce, Treasury, Agriculture and a host of other experts will attend, quite a large contingent.

    In the meantime, Premier Li Keqiang visited the biggest banks today. “Li said China will strengthen counter-cyclical adjustments & further cut taxes and urged banks to take full advantage of broad & targeted RRR cuts to support private & small firms’ financing.”

    This is unusual because the gov. stressed on several occasions that they would not resort to “broad” monetary easing and policy easing would be targeted. They tried to avoid wording that could suggest broad easing.

    The rate cut is to juice the stock market ahead of the trade talks (Jing’an index went green).

    However, CICC data shows that China’s bond defaults hit a new high in 2018 ” Analysts say the trend of default expected to extend into 2019 to become a new normal. More than 6 tn yuan bonds will mature in 2019.”

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  16. Posted by SD!

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  17. patrickhenrycensored says:

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  18. patrickhenrycensored says:

    On Saturday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “America’s News HQ,” House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is “willing to negotiate.” Yarmuth also differed with Pelosi’s argument that a wall is immoral.
    Yarmuth also addressed Pelosi’s characterization of the wall as immoral by stating, “I don’t know that an inanimate object can be immoral, so I probably would differ on that characterization.”

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    • Robert Smith says:

      Her critters are running away from her. I think Democrats know which way the public is going with the Wall/Security/Gov Shutdown. I think Nancy knows also, she just thinks that politically she was going to be able to stop the wall.

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      • patrickhenrycensored says:

        And this from Schiff:
        “There are days when I feel I’m on a ship and the rivets are popping off, and we’re taking on water, and I’m despairing about what’s happening to the ship of state. But then I realize we are still afloat, and we will get through this. Now, where it ends, I don’t know. I presume it ends with Donald Trump being voted out of office. But Bob Mueller will have a lot to say about that. We shouldn’t prejudge what he concludes or the evidence that he’s gathered.”


  19. patrickhenrycensored says:

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  20. patrickhenrycensored says:

    Elizabeth Warren: “I’m not a person of color. I’m not a citizen of a tribe. Tribal citizenship is very different from ancestry. Tribes and only tribes determine tribal citizenship and I respect that difference.” https://t.co/l2VbG2dDWC pic.twitter.com/adGpw9WXoV

    — The Hill (@thehill) January 5, 2019

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  21. cripto says:

    From USTR, on the KORUS agreement:
    Dec 7
    Great news today! Korea’s National Assembly approved our update to our KORUS FTA. This improved deal is a great achievement for our nations and workers. See the amended agreement and other outcomes: https://ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/korus-fta/september-2018-korus-amendment-and-modification

    Too bad the military cost-sharing with SK negotiations are stalled.

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  22. patrickhenrycensored says:

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  23. Donald J. Trump
    ‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump
    5m5 minutes ago

    Will be going to Camp David tomorrow morning for meetings on Border Security and many other topics with @WhiteHouse senior staff.
    772 replies 898 retweets 3,551 likes

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  24. Perot Conservative says:

    Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump
    “Will be going to Camp David tomorrow morning for meetings on Border Security and many other topics with @WhiteHouse senior staff.”

    Is Camp David bug free, better than the White House?

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  25. patrickhenrycensored says:

    The removal of Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) from office, do to inappropriate and unstable actions becoming of a congresswoman.

    Liked by 2 people

    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      The Constitution states that any member of the House or Senate can be expelled with a two-thirds majority from the relevant chamber. … Censure, which requires a mere majority vote, is less severe.

      Liked by 2 people

      • alligatriot says:

        Meh. The dimms say the Constitution has outlived its usefulness.

        Oh, wait. Fancy Pantslosi says according to the Constitution she is the equal of the President of the United States.

        I’m so confused .….

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  26. Bogeyfree says:

    Why Is It Bad?

    1. Why is it bad to want to protect Americans?

    2. Why is it bad to protect our borders?

    3. Why is it bad to want to reduce illegal drugs coming into the country?

    4. Why is it bad to uphold our laws on illegal immigration?

    5. Why is it bad to demand immigrants come in via our front door?

    6. Why is it bad to want fair and more even trade deals?

    7. Why is it bad to ask our NATO allies to pay their fair share?

    8. Why is it bad for Americans to keep more of their hard earned pay?

    9. Why is it bad if more Americans are working than ever?

    10. Why is it bad to add record manufacturing jobs in America?

    11. Why is it bad for companies to be free from excessive gov regulation?

    12. Why is it bad to put American pride ahead of foreign interests?

    This is my simple note to PT for his next common sense tweet?

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  27. tom says:

    It has been pointed out that Israel gets the most foreign aid money. Many dems on congress hold dual citizenship with Israel. Coincidence?

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  28. Risa says:


    Interesting appointment to Florida Board of Education. I remember this father being a firm supporter of President Trump.

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  29. covfefe999 says:

    I posted about Rachel Dolezal in the open thread. She committed welfare fraud. And changed her name to Nkechi Diallo. lol

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  30. Troublemaker10 says:

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  31. Robert Smith says:

    Bloomberg News on China… I think there might be a little China worship there.
    Central authority – GOOD. US BAD due to elections.

    China probe landing on moon is amazing and may fuel humanity to the STARZ!


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  32. Troublemaker10 says:

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  33. Robert Smith says:

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  34. Bert Darrell says:

    No surprise. The Guardian publishes a fake story about Paul Manafort meeting with Julian Asange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London and refuses to provide any proof … because there is none.


  35. Ivehadit says:

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