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The White House on Monday canceled its daily Coronavirus Task Force briefing after President Trump lashed out at the media for what he called “hostile questions.”

While the White House said in its announced schedule on Sunday that a briefing would be held Monday at 5 p.m. EDT, multiple correspondents said the briefing has been canceled.

“After the President said this weekend that his virus briefings were ‘Not worth the time & effort,’ the White House canceled today’s Coronavirus news conference,” one reporter wrote on Twitter.

Kayleigh McEnany, the newly appointed White House press secretary, told reporters that there would be no briefing, The New York Times reported, but added that the briefings may rsume later in the week.

Over the weekend, Trump blasted the briefings, writing on Twitter: “What is the purpose of having White House News Conferences when the Lamestream Media asks nothing but hostile questions, & then refuses to report the truth or facts accurately. They get record ratings, & the American people get nothing but Fake News. Not worth the time & effort!”

And on Monday, before the White House announced the daily briefing would be canceled, Trump tweeted: “There has never been, in the history of our Country, a more vicious or hostile Lamestream Media than there is right now, even in the midst of a National Emergency, the Invisible Enemy!”

On Thursday, Trump was roundly mocked for supposedly suggesting the possibility of injecting disinfectant into patients to fight the coronavirus. He didn’t say that, instead saying only: “And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or, or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets on the lungs and it does a tremendous number, so it will be interesting to check that. So that you’re going to have to use medical doctors. But it sounds, it sounds interesting to me. So we’ll see.”

His comments came after Bill Bryan, head of the science and technology directorate at the Department of Homeland Security, discussed the findings of the federal government’s study on sunlight, humidity and temperature — as well as disinfectants’ — effect on the coronavirus.

“We’re also testing disinfectants readily available. We’ve tested bleach, we’ve tested isopropyl alcohol on the virus, specifically in saliva or in respiratory fluids. And I can tell you that bleach will kill the virus in five minutes; isopropyl alcohol will kill the virus in 30 seconds, and that’s with no manipulation, no rubbing — just spraying it on and letting it go. You rub it and it goes away even faster. We’re also looking at other disinfectants, specifically looking at the COVID-19 virus in saliva,” Bryan said.

On Friday, a White House official ordered a CNN reporter to swap her front-row seat with another reporter at the back of the briefing just before Trump appeared for his daily press conference with the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

The reporter, CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins, refused to swap seats, as did the other reporter. The official then said the Secret Service would get involved.

The seating chart in the briefing room is set by the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA), currently headed up by ABC’s Jonathan Karl, another reporter Trump doesn’t like.

Chris Johnson, a reporter with the Washington Blade, sent out a print pool report to other reporters detailing what happened.

“Earlier today before the briefing, a White House official instructed the print pooler to take CNN’s seat in the briefing room because the seating would be swapped for the briefing. Given the seating assignment is under the jurisdiction of the White House Correspondents’ Association, not the White House, pooler refused to move. The White House official then informed the print pooler swapping wasn’t an option and the Secret Service was involved. Again, pooler refused to move, citing guidance from the WHCA. The briefing proceeded with both CNN and print pooler sitting in their respective assigned seats,” Johnson wrote.

Friday’s briefing marked the first time Trump had held the briefing and then left without taking questions.

Author: Joseph Curl

Source: Daily Wire: White House Cancels This Week’s Coronavirus Briefings After Trump Rips Media Coverage

Forget the mom-and-pop shops, big business rules.

Huge, publicly traded companies have already sucked up hundreds of millions of dollars from the emergency funding Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) set aside for small businesses in the $2.2 trillion package passed by Congress last month.

The PPP started out with nearly $350 billion and was intended to help small businesses survive mandatory shutdowns or business slowdowns during the coronavirus crisis. But at least 75 companies — some of them with market values topping $100 million — have requested and received cash from the fund.

In fact, the federal government has paid out more than $243 million of the total $349 billion to publicly traded companies, new research published by Morgan Stanley shows.

“The research shows that several of the companies that have received aid have market values well in excess of $100 million, including DMC Global ($405 million), Wave Life Sciences ($286 million) and Fiesta Restaurant Group ($189 million). Fiesta, which employs more than 10,000 people, according to its last reported annual number, received a PPP loan of $10 million, Morgan Stanley’s data showed,” CNBC reported.

“At least 75 companies that have received the aid were publicly traded and received a combined $300 million in low-interest, taxpayer-backed loans, according to a separate report published by The Associated Press.

The AP put the number even higher. “At least 94 companies that disclosed receiving aid since the program opened April 3 were publicly traded, the AP found, some with market values well over $100 million. And about 25% of the companies had warned investors months ago — while the economy was humming along — that their ability to remain viable was in question.”

“I think you’ve seen some pretty shameful acts by some large companies to take advantage of the system,” Howard Schultz, former Starbucks chairman and CEO, told CNBC. Instead, he said the government should act “as a backstop for the banks to give every small business and every independent restaurant a bridge to the vaccine. And that is the money and the resources to make it through.”

Massive restaurant chains have also cashed in. While the PPP was designed for companies with fewer than 500 employees, restaurants and hotels were exempt from the limit if they had fewer than 500 employees per location.

The owners of large restaurants chains like Potbelly, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Taco Cabana qualified for the maximum $10 million in loans. Shake Shack, which revealed on Friday that it received a $10 million loan, faced massive backlash and by Sunday announced that it would return the money.

“When I hear that these big chains are getting millions of dollars, it’s like a slap in our face,” said Ram Mehta, owner of In-Fretta Pizza outside Dallas, in an interview with the Daily Mail. “It’s not fair.”

Funding for the PPP ran out last week, but Congress on Tuesday finally reached a deal to add $310 billion in small-business loans.

Author: Joseph Curl

Source: Daily Wire: Huge Companies Suck Up Hundreds Of Millions In Stimulus Cash Meant For Mom-And-Pop Shops

Follow the money.

Now that Democrats are voting for their candidate of choice in primaries and caucuses across the country, there’s no longer a few “perceived” front runners — there are real ones.

Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) blew away the field in the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, pulling in 46% of the vote. His next closest rival, former vice president Joe Biden, got just 19.6% of the vote, with former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg coming in third with 15.3%.

The also-rans didn’t fare so well. One-time front runner Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) got just 10.1% of the vote and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who has drawn rave reviews for her debate performances, came in at 4.8%. Sanders and Buttigieg also both performed well in Iowa and New Hampshire.

But the news gets worse for the other candidates still struggling to make a mark. Once the votes start coming in, the money dries up for the losers — and that includes the former vice president.

“Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren each started the month scraping perilously close to the bottom of their campaign bank accounts, posing an existential threat to their candidacies as the Democratic primary goes national,” Politico reported on Friday.

While Sanders started February with nearly $17 million in the bank, according to campaign finance disclosures filed Thursday night, his next closest rival (nonbillionaire class) was Biden, at $7.1 million. Warren was closest to the red, with just $2.3 million left in her account, while Buttigieg ($6.6 million) and Klobuchar ($2.9 million) were in between.

The candidates who are scrambling for votes face major problems in the coming few weeks. Collecting cash for campaign ads gets extremely difficult for Super Tuesday on March 3, when 14 states will hold votes to dole out nearly one-third of all the delegates available in the nomination race.

Candidates are now begging for money. “Joe Biden’s comeback starts here,” his campaign said in a message to supporters. “Our momentum is soaring after our second place finish in Nevada, and we’re getting ready for South Carolina and beyond. We’re making a list of everyone who donates to Joe tonight. Make sure you’re in on it. Chip in $20 today.”

Back in February, Biden was asking supporters for just $5.

Buttigieg, too, is pleading for cash. On Thursday, Buttigieg asked supporters to give $13 million to keep his campaign alive.

“We are now also up against a billionaire who is throwing colossal sums of money on television instead of doing the work of campaigning,” Buttigieg wrote in an email to supporters. “We need to raise a significant amount of money — about $13 million — before Super Tuesday on March 3rd in order to stay competitive.”

Buttigieg was referring to former New York City mayor Michael Bloomber, who has spent more than $463 million in the first two months of his campaign, according to a report filed to the Federal Election Commission. In January alone, Bloomberg dumped $220 million of his own money into his campaign — an average of more than $7 million per day. Those expenditures including $126 million on TV ads and $45 million in online advertising.

And Bloomberg has a net worth estimated at $64 billion. That means he’s spent just 0.7% of his fortune so far. Unlike other candidates, he has vowed to spend his own money, so you won’t see him asking for contributions.

Author: Joseph Curl

Source: Daily Wire: Biden, Buttigieg Begging For Money As Campaign Cash Runs Out; Warren’s In The Red

Bernie’s coming.

The Democratic socialist from Vermont, who has been running for president for more than five years, is suddenly rising fast in the polls as voters in Iowa and New Hampshire prepare to cast their ballots in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. And that’s making plenty of Democrats nervous.

“Bernie Sanders could be the nominee of our party,” fellow candidate Pete Buttigieg’s campaign said in a recent email to supporters. “Bernie’s campaign is out-raising and out-spending us. If this continues, there’s a good chance he wins the Iowa caucuses.”

As he rises to the top, Sanders is enjoying the chance to needle the establishment that controls the Democratic Party. “They’re looking at recent polls in New Hampshire and in Iowa, and they’re saying, ‘Oh my God, Sanders can win!’” the senator told a packed auditorium in Ames, Iowa.

“Suddenly, we have the Democratic establishment very nervous about this campaign. We got Wall Street nervous,” Sanders told a crowd of roughly 1,100 Sunday night in Sioux City. “They’re starting to think, could this really happen?”

A slew of new polls for Iowa and New Hampshire — the first two states to cast ballots in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination — show Sanders is surging. Iowa’s caucuses are next Monday, while the N.H. primary is a week from today.

The very latest poll for Iowa by Emerson put Sanders at 30%, former vice president Joe Biden at 21% and Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 11%. Sanders is leading in Iowa in the latest New York Times/Siena poll, too, at 25% to former South Bend, Indiana Buttigieg’s 18% and Biden’s 17%. That was a six-point gain for Sanders.

In New Hampshire, a poll released Thursday by WBUR-TV gave Sanders a commanding 12-point lead over his rivals, with Buttigieg in second and Biden in third. Biden is dropping in all the latest polls, but not as much as Warren, who is plunging late.

And another N.H. poll, this one by CNN/University of New Hampshire released on Sunday, showed Sanders has pulled out to a nine-point lead over Biden (at 16%) and Buttigieg (15%). An NBC/Marist poll published over the weekend also gave Sanders a 5-point lead over his rivals.

RealClearPolitics.com keeps a running average of all polls. In Iowa, Sanders has gone from 18% on December 1, 2019, to 25% this week, giving him a 3-point lead. Meanwhile, Warren has gone from 22.5% on November 1 to 13.5% this week.

But Sanders’ far-left proposals — massive new taxes, free health care for all, free college, more open borders — have some in the center worried.

“We issued a warning a year ago that Sanders could win the nomination and would likely lose to Trump. And we’ve been the only ones really taking the fight to him,” Matt Bennett, the vice president of the centrist Democratic think tank Third Way, told NBC News.

“It’s past time for other Democrats to come off the sidelines and for the media to start doing its job to vet a serious contender for the nomination,” he added. “We simply can’t stand by while there’s a threat that Democrats could nominate a guy who would hand such nuclear-level ammunition to the Trump campaign.”

Author: Joseph Curl

Source: Daily Wire: Panic On The Left As Democrats Realize Bernie Could Actually Win Nomination

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is demanding that Democrats be allowed to subpoena witnesses at the impeachment trial of President Trump, citing a new report from The New York Times.

Schumer said the Times report shows that top Trump administration officials have “direct knowledge” of Trump’s decision to withhold nearly $400 million in U.S. aid to Ukraine.

“Last night The New York Times published a new story detailing the machinations President Trump and his aides took to withhold military aid from Ukraine,” the New York Democrat said in a press conference on Monday.

“This new story shows all four witnesses we Senate Democrats have requested — [acting White House chief of staff] Mick Mulvaney, [former adviser] John Bolton, [Office of Management and Budget Associate Director] Michael Duffey, and [White House aide] Robert Blair — were intimately involved and had direct knowledge of President Trump’s decision to cut off aid in order to benefit himself.”

“Simply put: in our fight to have key documents and witnesses in a Senate impeachment trial, these new revelations are a game changer,” he said. “This new reporting shows that there were serious concerns raised by Trump administration officials about the propriety and legality of what the President was doing.”

Schumer cited an old TV show as a reason why Democrats should be able to call witnesses.

“As Sergeant Joe Friday said in Dragnet, ‘Just the facts ma’am.’ That’s all we want: the facts. We don’t know how these witnesses will testify. We don’t know what the documents, if we get them…our hands on them, will say. Maybe it’ll be exculpatory of President Trump or maybe it’ll be further condemning President Trump’s actions. We don’t know! But we should see them regardless of what they say,” Schumer said.

In the Times piece — headlined “Behind the Ukraine Aid Freeze: 84 Days of Conflict and Confusion” — reporters conducted interviews with “dozens of current and former administration officials, congressional aides and others” and reviewed “previously undisclosed emails and documents” and thousands of pages of impeachment testimony to compile “the most complete account yet of the 84 days from when Mr. Trump first inquired about the money to his decision in September to relent.”

Trump spoke by phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25 and asked for his help in examining a reportedly corrupt company that employed Hunter Biden, son of former vice president Joe Biden.

“So far, neither Senator [Mitch] McConnell, nor any Republican senator, has articulated a single good reason why the trial shouldn’t have these witnesses or these documents. President Trump hasn’t given a reason. McConnell and Trump do a lot of finger-pointing and name calling but they never refute why these witnesses shouldn’t come, why these documents should not be there,” Schumer said.

“So I hope every Republican senator should read this story and explains why they would oppose our reasonable request for witnesses and documents in the Senate trial. This story makes the choice even clearer: Will the Senate hold a fair trial, or will it enable a cover-up?” he said.

Author: Joseph Curl

Source: Daily Wire: Schumer Calls New Report A ‘Game Changer,’ Demands Witnesses At Impeachment Trial

The Trump administration is preparing to enact a new rule that will allow the federal government to send foreigners who enter the United States illegally and do not apply for asylum back to their home countries in Central America.

The rule, set to be published on the federal registry on Tuesday, stems from new “Asylum Cooperative Agreements” (ACA) with Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador approved in the last several months.

Under the new agreements, the three Central American countries are required to stop foreigners from attempting to get to the U.S.-Mexico border. Should a country fail to do so, and foreigners are eventually apprehended at the U.S. border, the U.S. government can send the foreigners back to the country through which they immigrated. The move follows a rise in “caravans,” huge groups of Central Americans crossing numerous borders to get to the United States.

“The United States recently signed bilateral ACAs with El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras in an effort to share the distribution of asylum claims,” the new rule states. In an attempt to share the burden, “this interim rule is intended to aid the United States in its negotiations with foreign nations on migration issues.”

“Specifically, the rule will aid the United States as it seeks to develop a regional framework with other countries to more equitably distribute the burden of processing the protection claims of the hundreds of thousands of irregular migrants who now seek to enter the United States every year and claim a fear of return. Addressing the eligibility for asylum of aliens who enter or attempt to enter the United States will better position the United States as it engages in ongoing diplomatic negotiations with Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) regarding migration issues in general, and related measures employed to curtail the irregular flow of aliens into the United States,” the policy says.

As part of the new policy, the three countries will receive increased law enforcement and monetary assistance from the U.S., including hundreds of millions of dollars the Trump administration has not passed along as the border crisis surged.

The new rule follows another President Trump put in place earlier this year. The administration enacted the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), which became known as the “Remain In Mexico” policy. The protocols require that foreigners who enter the U.S. illegally be processed, then released into Mexico — not the United States — to await their hearings.

Instead of waiting, though, thousands of migrants who were returned to Mexico gave up their asylum claims and went home, Fox News reports.

So far, the administration has returned more than 55,000 migrants to Mexico. The assessment describes the policy as an “indispensable tool in addressing the ongoing crisis at the southern border and restoring integrity to the immigration system.” It says that it has completed almost 13,000 cases as of Oct. 21.

The new assessment, significantly, cites estimates from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that approximately 20,000 migrants are currently being sheltered in Mexico near the U.S. border as they still seek entry to the U.S. The assessment says that number, though, suggests “a significant proportion of the 55,000+ MPP returnees have chosen to abandon their claims.”

In an assessment of the Migrant Protection Protocols filed last week, the government said, “At peak of the crisis in May 2019, there were more than 4,800 aliens crossing the border daily — representing an average of more than three apprehensions per minute.”

Author: Joseph Curl

Source: Daily Wire: Trump Admin Plans New Rule To Send Illegal Aliens Back To Home Country

President Trump offered to hold an annual meeting of world leaders at his golf resort in Florida. Then, the media and Democrats went berserk.

So, Trump on Saturday rescinded the invite.

“Based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020,” Trump wrote on Twitter. The president said his administration “will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately.”

Democrats accused Trump of trying to use the presidency to make money by hosting the G-7 international summit at the resort owned by his family.

Mick Mulvaney, the president’s acting chief of staff, announced the choice of Doral on Thursday, saying his staff had visited 10 other possible venues and concluded the Trump resort was “far and away the best physical facility.” On Sunday, Mulvaney said he was “honestly surprised at the level of pushback” after the announcement.

On Thursday, Mulvaney had downplayed Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, as a possible site. “I understand the folks who participated in it hated it and thought it was a miserable place to have the G-7,” adding that it was too small and too far away from airports for an international summit.

On Saturday, before Trump announced he would withdraw Doral from consideration, presidential candidate Joe Biden blasted the president. “Hosting the G7 at Trump’s hotel? A president should never be able to use the office for personal gain,” the former vice president said.

After Trump reversed his decision, the president took to Twitter to say he was simply trying to pick the best venue. And he said he was “willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA.”

“I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders. It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms, and each delegation would have … its own 50 to 70 unit building,” Trump wrote.

Trump went on to say the Doral site “would set up better than other alternatives. I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!”

I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders. It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms, and each delegation would have…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2019

…..its own 50 to 70 unit building. Would set up better than other alternatives. I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2019

“Noah Bookbinder, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington,” told the Associated Press that “Trump’s reversal Saturday ‘is a bow to reality, but does not change how astonishing it was that a president ever thought this was appropriate, or that it was something he could get away with.’”

Author: Joseph Curl

Source: Daily Wire: Trump Scraps Plan To Host G-7 At His Florida Golf Resort At ‘Zero Cost To The USA’

The goalposts they are a’ changing.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said on Sunday that there need not have been a desire for a quid pro quo agreement between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for their phone discussion to lead to the president’s impeachment.

Democrats claim Trump was withholding millions in U.S. aid, which he wanted to exchange for Ukranian help investigating the business dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, who made upwards of a million dollars from a gas company in the country. Now, Schiff says no quid pro quo is necessary.

“We have discovered in short order not only the contents of that call, but also the preparatory work that went into the call. The effort to condition something the Ukrainian president deeply sought, and that was a meeting with the president to establish that this new president of Ukraine had a powerful patron in the president of the United States that was of vital importance to Ukraine, was being conditioned on digging up dirt on the Bidens,” Schiff said on Sunday’s episode of CBS’s “Face The Nation.”

“So, you see that as the quid quo pro, not just the military aid?” host Margaret Brennan asked.

“Well, first of all, there doesn’t need to be a quid pro quo,” the California Democrat said. “But it is clear already, I think, from the text messages that this meeting that the Ukrainian president sought was being conditioned on their willingness to intervene in the U.S. election to help the president. That is a terrible abuse of the president’s power. Now whether that abuse goes further, that is the withholding of military aid also as leverage, there’s certainly strong indication that’s true as well.”

Weeks before Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump put on hold $391 million in aid. He says he did so to pressure other nations to contribute more money and to take time to examine programs. Democrats, though, say it was a clear quid pro quo: Dig up some dirt on Biden and his son, or no money.

But The New York Times’ Kenneth Vogel posted an interesting statement on Twitter last week in the midst of the mess. “The Ukrainians weren’t made aware that the assistance was being delayed/reviewed until more than one month after the call,” he wrote.

Here’s exactly what Trump said in the call regarding Biden’s son, according to a transcript released by the White House:

I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was shut down and that’s really unfair. A lot of people are talking about that, the way they shut your very good prosecutor down and you had some very bad people involved. Mr. Giuliani is a highly respected man. He was the mayor of New York City, a great mayor, and I would like him to call you. I will ask him to call you along with the Attorney General. Rudy very much knows what’s happening and he is a very capable guy. If you could speak to him, that would be great. The former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad news, so I just want to let you know that. The other thing, there’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution, and a lot of people want to find out about that, so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution, so if you can look into it … It sounds horrible to me.

In an odd twist, Joe Biden is on tape discussing his push for the Ukrainian government to fire Viktor Shokin, bragging that he had threatened to withhold $1 billion until Shokin was canned. “If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,” he says he told Ukrainian leaders. “Well son of a bitch, he got fired,” Biden says with a smile in the video clip.

Now that’s a quid pro quo.

Author: Joseph Curl

Source: Daily Wire: GOALPOST SHIFT: Schiff Now Says There Doesn’t Need To Be A Quid Pro Quo

Back in April, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined several other lawmakers to blast President Trump for keeping U.S. troops in Syria.

“The 2015 introduction of U.S. military forces into hostilities in Syria was never approved by Congress, in violation of the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973,” says the letter, signed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Republican Sens. Mike Lee and Rand Paul and freshman Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar. “We believe that the stated intention of withdrawing our forces is appropriate, and we look forward to the orderly return of our service members from this theater of conflict.”

“It is long past time to rein in the use of force that goes beyond congressional authorization, and we look forward to pursuing this longstanding bipartisan objective with your Administration,” the letter reads. “Finally, we hope this will serve as a model for ending hostilities in the future — in particular, as you and your administration seek a political solution to our involvement in Afghanistan.”

So, fast forward to this week. The Trump Administration announces that American troops will begin a withdrawal from the Syrian border to make way for a Turkish incursion into the region.

Trump said Monday on Twitter: “The Kurds fought with us, but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so. They have been fighting Turkey for decades. I held off this fight for almost three years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous endless wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home.”

And he went further on Wednesday, retweeting a post about the “endless quagmires in the Middle East.” “Should have never been there in the first place!” Trump wrote.

But NOW, Ocasio-Cortez thinks America ought to stay in Syria.

“Trump’s sudden withdrawal from northern Syria & endorsement of Turkey’s actions could have catastrophic consequences & risks laying the ground for immense violence and suffering,” she wrote Tuesday in Twitter.

That stance is completely opposite of her long-held position that the U.S. must pull out of Syria.

When she was running for Congress in 2018, she vowed to work to end U.S. involvement in not just Syria, but across the Middle East.

“Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the United States has entangled itself in war and occupation throughout the Middle East and North Africa. As of 2018, we are currently involved in military action in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia,” her campaign website says. “Hundreds of thousands of civilians in these countries have been killed either as collateral damage from American strikes or from the instability caused by U.S. interventions. Millions more have fled their broken countries, contributing to the global refugee crisis.”

America should not be in the business of destabilizing countries. While we may see ourselves as liberators, the world increasingly views us as occupiers and aggressors. Alexandria believes that we must end the “forever war” by bringing our troops home, and ending the air strikes that perpetuate the cycle of terrorism throughout the world.

She also wrote on Twitter in April 2018 that “A ‘mad king’ President, with majority disapproval of Americans, just decided to bomb a nation without the Constitutional requirement of Congressional approval.”

Author: Joseph Curl

Source: Daily Wire: FLIP-FLOP: Ocasio-Cortez Was Against U.S. Involvement In Syria Before She Was For It

President Trump’s approval rating on the economy has soared to an all-time high, according to a CNN poll released on Thursday.

In the survey, 56 percent said they approve of the way Trump in handling of the economy, compared with 41 percent who disapproved. Trump has consistently been in the mid-40s and low 50s throughout his term, but the 56 percent rating is a new high.

“Here’s is the Trump card for the president: 56 percent of Americans approve how he’s handling the economy,” gushed CNN’s political director David Chalian in a report about the poll. “This is the highest number we’ve ever seen in CNN polling. … That 56 percent, if you stack it up historically, it’s the high-water mark in the entirety of the Trump presidency in CNN polling.

“As you know — James Carville made famous — ‘it’s the economy, stupid.’ We know the sensibility about the economy heading into an election matters a ton,” Chalian said.

The numbers were high, even though the methodology said that of the 1,007 people surveyed, “33% described themselves as Democrats, 26% described themselves as Republicans, and 41% described themselves as independents or members of another party.”

Meanwhile, as CNN hit new lows in its ratings, another poll released on Wednesday showed Trump’s overall approval rating has hit the highest level in two years, at 43 percent. That rating is the highest since an April 2017 CNN poll, which came about 100 days mark of his presidency.

On Monday, Trump wrote on Twitter that yet another poll had good news as well. “Gallup Poll: 56% of Americans rate their financial situation as excellent or good. This is the highest number since 2002, and up 10 points since 2016.

“A majority of Americans, 56%, rate their current financial situation as ‘excellent’ (12%) or ‘good’ (44%), while 29% rate it as ‘only fair’ and 15% as ‘poor.’ This overall positive rating has increased 10 percentage points since 2015 and is currently the highest since 2002, though it is statistically unchanged since last year. Likewise, the 57% of Americans who now say their overall financial situation is getting better has risen 10 points since 2016 and is at its highest numerical point since 2002,” Gallup wrote.

Asked about the new numbers, White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney also quoted Carville, the top architect of Bill Clinton’s victory in 1992.

“You hate to sound like a cliché, but are you better off than you were four years ago? It’s pretty simple, right? It’s the economy, stupid. I think that’s easy. People will vote for somebody they don’t like if they think it’s good for them,” Mulvaney said.

As Trump’s numbers go up, CNN’s numbers go down. The liberal network’s prime-time ratings plunged 26 percent in April, compared to 2018. MSNBC’s ratings, meanwhile, fell 14 percent compared to last year.
According to Nielsen Media Research’s ratings, CNN suffered its lowest-rated month in viewers since October 2015. CNN had just 767,000 average primetime viewers, down from 1.04 million in April 2018. “In the 25- to 54-year-old demographic that advertisers covet most, it was the network’s least-watched month since Aug. 2015,” The Hill reported.

In prime time, Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC for the 208th month in a row. MNSBC had double the viewership of CNN — and Fox News tripled CNN total viewers.

Author: Joseph Curl

Source: Thegatewaypundit: CNN GUSHES: Trump’s Approval Rating On Economy ‘Highest Number We’ve Ever Seen ’

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