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Why Trump should think twice before blaming someone else for his meh 100 days

By Amber Phillips April 23 at 7:00 AM

President Trump is nearing 100 days without a victory. By way of explanation, he has pointed his Twitter trigger finger at the media, at Democrats in Congress, at conservative House Republicans — at pretty much everyone but himself.


But maybe Trump should hold up a mirror. More than half of Americans think Trump hasn't accomplished much in his first 100 days (56 percent). Of those less-than-impressed Americans, almost half blame the president for getting so little done, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Given how rarely Trump expresses humility or regret, acknowledging that he's got a learning curve could help buy him a grace period. Assigning blame elsewhere just doesn't seem to be working for him.

A caveat to this data: It's nearly impossible to separate the blame game from partisanship. Democrats are more likely than others to say Trump has not accomplished much. And only those who doubted Trump's accomplishments were asked who is most responsible. Most Republicans and Trump voters think he has accomplished a good amount.

Also, blaming the president for inaction 100 days in is not unusual. In the first three months of President Barack Obama's term, 49 percent of Americans who thought he struggled to get anything done shouldered him with the blame. (Though they split it 40-40 between President Bill Clinton and Republicans in Congress during Clinton's first 100 days.)


GOP Rep. Won't Say Whether He Wants Trump To Campaign For Him In 2018

By ESME CRIBB Published APRIL 23, 2017, 12:56 PM EDT

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on Sunday dodged questions about whether he wants President Donald Trump to campaign for his re-election in 2018.

“You’re in a tough seat,” Dana Bash asked Issa on “State of the Union,” per CNN’s transcript. “Would you want President Trump to come to your district and campaign for you?”

“I was with Secretary Kelly,” Issa replied, referring to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. “But the President?” Bash pressed.

“I was with Secretary Kelly, who is one of his greater appointments,” Issa said. “And I was happy to have him.”


Trump: Mexico Will Pay 'At A Later Date' And 'In Some Form' For My Border Wall

Source: Talking Points Memo

By ESME CRIBB Published APRIL 23, 2017, 12:38 PM EDT

President Donald Trump on Sunday took a vague tack to explaining how exactly he plans to get Mexico to pay for his proposed wall along the United States’ southern border.

On the campaign trail, Trump often pledged to crowds at his rallies that he would “build a great great wall” and “have Mexico pay for that wall.”

On Sunday, however, Trump tweeted that Mexico would pay “eventually,” “at a later date” and “in some form” for his proposed wall. He did not specify a specific date or schedule for that payment, and did not say what kind of remuneration it would entail.


In March, the White House requested more than $1 billion from Congress to begin construction.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-mexico-will-pay-later-date-some-form-border-wall

Putin's predicament: Harrowing reports of anti-gay violence in Chechnya have Russia's leader in...

SUNDAY, APR 23, 2017 10:00 AM EDT

Putin’s predicament: Harrowing reports of anti-gay violence in Chechnya have Russia’s leader in a tough spot

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov is lying about anti-gay brutality. Putin may not care — but he hates bad press


Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has publicly denied reports that gay men have been kidnapped and tortured — in some cases even killed — in the semi-autonomous Russian region. These reports have percolated around the world for several weeks, and form the basis for a major investigative report published Friday in the New York Times.

Kadyrov’s denials are not surprising. Nor is it surprising that Russian President Vladimir Putin, for now, seems to be relatively unfazed by those reports.

Meeting with Putin in Moscow this week, the Chechen leader publicly denied any anti-gay purge. In the video, sitting opposite Putin, a visibly embarrassed Kadyrov is unable even to say the word “gay.” Instead he refers simply to “provocative articles about the Republic of Chechnya.”

Putin, who is unlikely to have needed the clarification, asks Kadyrov to specify “which articles” exactly he is referring to. Kadyrov still can’t bring himself to say the word. His body language becomes immediately awkward. He shifts around in his chair and takes a deep breath. After beating around the topic for another few seconds, he admits that the subject is “even uncomfortable to talk about” — before continuing to describe the reports of detentions and killings without using the word “gay.”

To fully appreciate how improbable it is that Kadyrov is telling the truth, a little background information is necessary.


Carter Page, Investigated for Russia Link, Told by Trump Legal Team to Stop Calling Himself Advisor

Source: LawNewz

by Alberto Luperon | 10:40 am, April 23rd, 2017

Donald Trump‘s representatives are giving width berth to would-be ally Carter Page.

A December 2016 letter reported by Fox News on Saturday shows presidential transition team lawyer Donald McGahn setting very clear terms–Page must stop calling himself an advisor. The Daily Caller first reported on this letter, though not the contents, in March.

You were merely one of the many people named to a foreign policy advisory committee in March of 2016 — a committee that met one time. You never met Mr. Trump, nor did you ever ‘advise’ Mr. Trump about anything. You are thus not an ‘advisor’ to Mr. Trump in any sense of the word.

This essentially comes from the top. Remember, McGahn is currently White House counsel. Other Trump aides certainly haven’t been afraid to publicly distance themselves from Page, an oil industry businessman.

Here’s an April 22 tweet from Dan Scavino, White House Director of Social Media, and the social media honcho for Trump’s campaign. He’s backing up claims by former Trump campaign manager Jason Miller and press Secretary Sean Spicer that Page wasn’t a major part of the team.


Read more: Link to source

Jeff Sessions on Mexican Border Wall: 'We're Going to Get It Paid for, One Way or the Other'

Source: Mediaite

by Justin Baragona | 10:50 am, April 23rd, 2017

Appearing on this morning’s broadcast of ABC’s This Week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pressed by host George Stephanopoulos over who will be financially responsible for the proposed border wall along the US/Mexican border.

With President Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric about getting Mexico to pay for the wall as a backdrop, Stephanopoulos asked Sessions if there is “any evidence” that country is going to pay the United States for its construction.

“Well, we’re going to get it paid for one way or the other,” the AG noted. Sessions went on to explain that there is excess money in tax credits going to Mexicans that the US can utilize to help finance the wall.

“There are a lot of ways we can find money to help pay for this,” Sessions added. This led an incredulous Stephanopoulos to ask, “How are you going to capture that money?” The attorney general responded that the government just needs to change regulations and enforce them properly, then $4 billion a year can be saved.

Read more: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/jeff-sessions-on-mexican-border-wall-were-going-to-get-it-paid-for-one-way-or-the-other/

Trump budget chief: Border wall will 'protect millions of low income Americans' who lose Obamacare

Source: RawStory

23 APR 2017 AT 10:35 ET

After years of Republican obstructionism under Democratic President Barack Obama, Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday that it was the Democrats who are guilty of “stunning” obstructionism because they will not negotiate on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

During an interview one Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace noted that the President Donald Trump had offered Democrats a deal: If you fund the border wall, payments to Obamacare will not be cut.

“You are holding hostage health insurance for millions of lower-income Americans,” Wallace pointed out.

“Actually, what I would say is they’re holding hostage national security,” Mulvaney replied. “Again, something they supported in the recent past when President Obama was in the Senate.”


Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/trump-budget-chief-border-wall-will-protect-millions-of-low-income-americans-who-lose-obamacare/

DHS Chief: Trump 'Will Be Insistent' On Funding For Border Wall In Spending Bill

Source: Talking Points Memo

By ESME CRIBB Published APRIL 23, 2017, 9:09 AM EDT

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Saturday predicted that President Donald Trump “will be insistent” on including funding for his proposed border wall in a spending bill that Congress must pass to avoid a government shutdown.

“Will the President go to the mat and insist on funding his border wall as part of the stopgap government funding measure?” CNN’s Dana Bash asked Kelly.

“I think it goes without saying that the President has been pretty straightforward about his desire and the need for a border wall,” Kelly said. “So I would suspect he’ll do the right thing for sure, but I would suspect he will be insistent on the funding.”


Read more: Link to source

Nancy Pelosi: 'Of Course' You Can Be a Democrat and Pro-Life

Source: Mediaite

by Josh Feldman | 10:14 am, April 23rd, 2017

You may have heard that Bernie Sanders is getting flak from Democrats for supporting a pro-life candidate in Nebraska. Daily Kos withdrew its support of Omaha mayoral candidate Heath Mello after learning about this.

On Meet the Press this morning, Chuck Todd spoke with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi about “what should unify the Democratic party” and asked her if it’s possible to be a Democrat and also pro-life.

Pelosi said “of course” it is, telling Todd she’s served for years with Democrats who don’t share her position on that issue.

She went on to argue that Democrats are unified on “our values” and “our commitment to America’s working families.”


Read more: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/nancy-pelosi-of-course-you-can-be-a-democrat-and-pro-life/

Video of interview at link, above

Freedom Caucus Member: Trump Primary Threats To GOP Are 'Counterproductive'

By ESME CRIBB Published APRIL 23, 2017, 10:19 AM EDT

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) on Sunday said that President Donald Trump’s threats to support primary challengers against members of Congress who don’t vote for his legislative agenda are “counterproductive.”

“He sent as his emissary Mick Mulvaney, who I’ve known for a long time,” Sanford said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” referring to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

“He said, ‘The President hopes you vote against this, because he wants to run somebody against you if you do,'” Sanford said. He said Trump has “made those kinds of threats to any number of different members within the conference.”

“You know, it all I guess fits in love, war and politics,” Sanford said. “But I don’t think it’s particularly productive to his own legislative agenda, and we’ll see what comes.”

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