3 Stories You Should Read 3/29/2019: Border Closure Deadline, Adam Schiff, Betsy Devos
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In the category of: Expect delays…
President Donald Trump on Friday repeated his threat to close down the border between the United States and Mexico, but this time he noted he would act next week if Mexico doesn’t step up.
“If Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States through (sic) our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week,” he tweeted.
The tweets follow a period in which the Department of Homeland Security and border officials have said their resources have become strained.
Earlier this week, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said the “breaking point has arrived” for the US immigration system.
In the category of: How low can we go?
The president’s crude insults indicate he’ll fight dirty in response to Democratic oversight efforts.
Hours after House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) went viral when he responded to a Republican effort to get him to resign his chairmanship over Russiagate by ticking through the major pieces of evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during a hearing, President Donald Trump responded with insults worthy of a playground bully during his rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“Little pencil-neck Adam Schiff,” Trump said, prompting boos from the crowd. “He has the smallest, thinnest neck I have ever seen. He is not a long-ball hitter. But I saw him today — ‘well, we don’t really know, there could still have been some Russia collusion.’ Sick. Sick. These are sick people.”
In the category of: He’s not immune to publish pressure after-all.
“The Special Olympics will be funded,” Trump blustered on the South Lawn in front of a group of reporters. “I just told my people, I want to fund the Special Olympics. . . . I’ve been to the Special Olympics — I think it’s incredible, and I just authorized a funding.”
He claimed that he had just heard about the proposed cut—which has been a part of all three of the budgets he has proposed to Congress—on Thursday, and said that it was those other guys in his administration who were responsible for that idea, not him.
“I have overridden my people,” he lied.
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