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January 3, 2019

Predictions from Some in GOP: Presidency Will Not Survive 2019 Deal to Resign in Exchange For Family Not Going to Jail


Alan J. Steinberg—who served as an adviser to former President George W. Bush—wrote in an opinion piece published this week that he didn't believe President Donald Trump would be removed from office through impeachment.

Steinberg, a former Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator, said that he believed Trump would resign in 2019 in exchange for immunity. 

"Trump will not be removed from office by the constitutional impeachment and removal process," Steinberg wrote in The Star-Ledger. "Instead, the self-professed supreme dealmaker will use his presidency as a bargaining chip with federal and state authorities in 2019, agreeing to leave office in exchange for the relevant authorities not pursuing criminal charges against him, his children or the Trump Organization."

Steinberg noted in the piece that should the House of Representatives impeach Trump, 20 Republican senators would have to break with the president to remove him from office—and that seems very unlikely. Steinberg wrote that the many legal challenges facing Trump—the investigation from special counsel Robert Mueller, the probe from the Southern District of New York as well as inquiries from the attorney general of New York and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office—could lead him to leave the White House, especially as authorities close in on his family. 

Steinberg wrote for The Star-Ledger:

"Aside from all the legal nightmares facing Trump and his presidency, it appears virtually impossible for Trump to be reelected in 2020. The economy appears headed for a severe recession, as evidenced by the recent plunge in the stock market, which appears on pace for its worst December since the Great Depression.

There are only two years left in Trump’s presidential term. With his approval ratings in an abysmal state, and the forthcoming recession making it near impossible for Trump to stage a political recovery, it appears most likely that he will use the continuation of his presidency as a bargaining chip."

Steinberg is far from the only person who believes Trump will be out of office before his first term is up. 

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Former Republican Representative John LeBoutillier wrote that it seemed increasingly clear that Trump's presidency was going fully off the rails. Making predictions for The Hill, he wrote: 

"1. Donald J. Trump’s presidency will not survive 2019;

2. The downward trajectory of every aspect of his tenure indicates we are headed for a spectacular political crash-and-burn—and fairly soon; 3. His increasingly erratic and angry behavior, his self-imposed isolation, his inability, and refusal to listen to smart advisers that he hired, all are leading him to a precipice." 
The new year has begun with Trump fighting over his long-promised wall along the southern border of the United States. The president sparked a partial government shutdown when he refused to sign a spending bill that didn't include funding for the wall, and it's unclear when that shutdown might end. 

"The Democrats, much as I suspected, have allocated no money for a new Wall," Trump tweeted this week. "So imaginative! The problem is, without a Wall, there can be no real Border Security - and our Country must finally have a Strong and Secure Southern Border!" 

Trump, meanwhile, aside from his dedicated based, remains largely unpopular, with his average approval rating at 41.4 percent on Wednesday morning, according to the tracker from data-focused website FiveThirtyEight. 

June 19, 2018

"We Do Not HaveA Policy of Separating Families" DHS Head~Then How Do The Kids Get Caged?~

A 2-year-old Honduran girl cries as her mother, 
who seeks asylum, is detained at the Southern border
 near McAllen, Texas, in June.
John Moore/Getty Images

 "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says, calling out critics of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that calls for separating families who cross the border illegally. 
Nielsen defended the policy in a series of tweets on Sunday night; earlier in the weekend, her agency said it had separated nearly 2,000 children from adults over the course of six weeks at the U.S. southern border.
The DHS secretary says the separations are warranted in cases where the parents have broken U.S. law by entering the country illegally — and that her agency is treating them no differently from how the government treats parents who break any other laws. But the Trump administration is being accused of handling the cases in a way no other presidency has.
"This zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart," former first lady Laura Bush said in remarks published Sunday night.
Bush wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post in which she compared the DHS actions to the U.S. policy of incarcerating Japanese-Americans in camps during World War II.
First lady Melania Trump also weighed in over the weekend, with her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, sending a statement to CNN.
"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform," the statement read, concluding, "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."
America has "a broken immigration system," Nielsen said Monday, revisiting the issue during a speech to the National Sheriffs' Association's conference in New Orleans. She also said, "We will not apologize" for enforcing U.S. immigration laws. 
For those who want to come to the U.S., Nielsen added, "This administration has a simple message: If you cross the border illegally, we will prosecute you."
Of the children who are being held by the U.S. government, Nielsen said, "It is important to note that these minors are very well taken care of. Don't believe the press. They are very well taken care of."
The DHS policy triggered a lawsuit in February; nearly a year earlier, members of the Trump administration had floated the idea of separating families as a potential deterrent.
A number of high-profile Trump officials have spoken in favor of the policy. Last month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, "If you don't want your child to be separated, then don't bring them across the border illegally. It's not our fault that somebody does that."
Like Nielsen, Sessions also spoke on Monday at the sheriffs' conference — where he received a lifetime achievement award. In his speech, the attorney general said the U.S. is having "an important conversation" over whether it will be "a country of laws" or "a country without borders."
One reason people elected President Trump was "to end the lawlessness at our southern border," Sessions said, adding, "It's within our grasp. We can do it."
Sessions said that a loophole in U.S. policy had encouraged people to bring children to the U.S., under the belief that they would not be prosecuted. That resulted in a spike in illegal crossings, he said.
"We do not want to separate children from their parents," Sessions said. "We do not want adults to bring children into this country unlawfully, either, placing those children at risk."
Describing how the DHS and Health and Human Services agencies handle those children, Sessions said, "They're not put in jail, of course – they're taken care of. They remain in the country, even though they don't have a lawful process to be here." 
Sessions added, "That's an enormous cost that's being incurred by our government."
The backlash against the Trump administration's tactic grew into a protest march on Sunday, with hundreds of people heading to a tent city in the town of Tornillo, near El Paso, Texas, where children have been detained. The Father's Day march was organized by Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, who is challenging Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
Overall, more than 10,000 children are currently in shelters run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has published a guide for families who have been separated after parents or guardians were charged with illegal entry, noting that children who are taken into government custody are transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, "where your child will be held in a temporary child shelter or hosted by a foster family."
The guide sheet adds, "DHS and HHS can take steps to facilitate reunification with your child(ren)."
Last month, Nielsen told NPR that her agency is merely enforcing existing laws, and that criticism of the zero tolerance policy "is inappropriate and unacceptable."
That has not stopped what has now become a wave of criticism for the DHS policy of applying the law.
Religious leaders are speaking out against the policy, with Archbishop of Miami Thomas Wenski saying on NPR's Weekend Edition that the practice effectively "weaponizes" children.
Franklin Graham, son of the late evangelist Billy Graham and a prominent Trump supporter, told the Christian Broadcasting Network on Tuesday, "It's disgraceful and it's terrible to see families ripped apart, and I don't support that one bit."
In her tweets Sunday night, Nielsen accused others of distorting reality, saying, "This misreporting by Members, press & advocacy groups must stop."
The DHS secretary added, "if you are seeking asylum for your family, there is no reason to break the law and illegally cross between ports of entry."
The Obama administration also came under fire for its immigration and detention policies, with lawsuits over the practice of holding families in detention centers as well as the conditions at such facilities. By embracing a more hard-line policy, the Trump administration has set off speculation that it's using the threat of separating families as both a deterrent to immigrants and a political tool in the hopes of reshaping U.S. laws. 
"You have many people in the Trump administration denying that they're using this as some sort of political leverage," NPR's Scott Detrow reports. "But President Trump is leaning into that pretty hard."
On Sunday, Trump tweeted, "The Democrats should get together with their Republican counterparts and work something out on Border Security & Safety. Don't wait until after the election because you are going to lose!"
On Monday, the president added, "Why don't the Democrats give us the votes to fix the world's worst immigration laws?"
In Congress, Republicans have introduced a bill to end the practice of separating families, but it would also require Democrats to agree to federal funds for a border wall.
As that argument plays out, others are urging a new attempt to address the root causes of mass migration from people who want to flee troubled or impoverished conditions in countries such as El Salvador to Honduras.
Republican Rep. Will Hurd of Texas tells NPR's, Steve Inskeep:
"There's different elements of the government that don't understand what's really going on. Kids are being separated from their parents. In the last two months, there's been about 2,000. The previous about year, it was almost 700. And 100 of those kids were under the age of 4."
Hurd added, "This is just absolutely unacceptable. Taking kids from their mothers is not preventing terrorists or drugs from coming into this country. And so, why we would even think that this is a tool that is needed to defend our borders is insane to me."
NPR's Danny Nett contributed to this report.

March 24, 2018

Where is Sarah? ~~~~ S A R A H ~~~

Sarah Huckabee Sanders has a lot of explaining to do, and instead she's looking for cover.
The curtains are drawing tighter around the White House as Trump and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have essentially gone into hiding while chaos envelopes the West Wing.
As of Friday morning, there is no scheduled White House press briefing, which means only one will have taken place this week. That’s a stunning development, especially since Trump has been in Washington, D.C., most of the week. (When the president travels, there are fewer briefings.) It’s stunning even for an administration like Trump’s that actively takes cover from the press.
Three’s little mystery in terms of why Sanders has gone into hiding. It’s likely because the White House has recently been rocked by even more scandals, resignations, and firings that undercut the administration’s narrative of a fully functioning West Wing.
On Thursday, Trump’s top attorney, John Dowd, quit out of frustration that Trump refuses to follow his legal advice. Dowd had been Trump’s point person on special counsel Robert Mueller’s ever-widening Russia probe.
The White House seems to have no answers for the mountain of pointed inquiries into possible collusion with Russians during the 2016 campaign, and then what appears to be his heavy-handed attempts at obstructing justice.
“The focus on Trump himself in Mueller’s pursuits has alarmed and angered the President,” CNN reported this week.
Dowd made headlines last weekend when he said that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should shut down the special counsel’s investigation, a reckless and stunning suggestion for a presidential counsel to make.
It’s gotten so bad that even former CIA chief John Brennan this week conceded he thinks that Russian officials “may have something” on Trump, which is why he continues to bow to the Kremlin. It “continues to say to me that he does have something to fear and something very serious to fear,” Brennan warned.
In place of Dowd, Trump has hired a Fox News conspiracy nut to be his attorney instead.
Hours later on Thursday, Trump dismissed his national security adviser, the widely respected H.R. McMaster. Trump hired a warmongering Fox News conspiracy nut to take his place.
Are you sensing a pattern?
It doesn’t help Sanders that only a week ago, she insisted on Twitter that “contrary to reports,” Trump and McMaster “have a good working relationship and there are no changes” coming.
On Thursday, Trump also seemed to brag about his campaign using an embattled data analysis firm now at the center of an international election scandal.
The boast came after explosive reports detailed Cambridge Analytica’s potentially illegal activity, including harvesting Facebook data from more than 50 million Americans, and then using it — without their knowledge or consent — to help the Trump campaign.
More bad news this week? Lawsuits are piling up against Trump and they’re gaining traction in the courts.
“Trump is now facing a triple-barreled litigation drama involving a porn actress, a reality show star and a former Playboy model that promises further embarrassing allegations,” CNN reports.
It’s no wonder Sanders doesn’t want to take questions at the end of this week.
Update: The White House has since scheduled a press briefing for Friday, just its second of the week.

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