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U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley isnt having it.

Not for the first time, President Donald Trump and one of his Cabinet members appear to be somewhat at odds. And in the past this traffic has gone one way. The former South Carolina governor is different, though, POLITICOs Eliana Johnson and Burgess Everett report.

In the span of 24 hours Haley has done what none of her colleagues in Trumps Cabinet have before: successfully telegraphed to her boss that she will not quietly suffer his public humiliations.

Haley had initially absorbed blame from White House aides who said she created confusion by speaking on national television about new sanctions against Russia sanctions which Trump ultimately decided to wait on. But within hours of White House economic aide Larry Kudlow saying that Haley perhaps had momentary confusion about the plan on sanctions, Haley fired back. She unleashed a withering reply With all due respect, I dont get confused and Kudlow had phoned her to apologize.

The White House and, perhaps as importantly, Trump, have stayed silent on the topic since then.

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Donald Trump: Latest News, Top Stories & Analysis – POLITICO

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley isnt having it.

Not for the first time, President Donald Trump and one of his Cabinet members appear to be somewhat at odds. And in the past this traffic has gone one way. The former South Carolina governor is different, though, POLITICOs Eliana Johnson and Burgess Everett report.

In the span of 24 hours Haley has done what none of her colleagues in Trumps Cabinet have before: successfully telegraphed to her boss that she will not quietly suffer his public humiliations.

Haley had initially absorbed blame from White House aides who said she created confusion by speaking on national television about new sanctions against Russia sanctions which Trump ultimately decided to wait on. But within hours of White House economic aide Larry Kudlow saying that Haley perhaps had momentary confusion about the plan on sanctions, Haley fired back. She unleashed a withering reply With all due respect, I dont get confused and Kudlow had phoned her to apologize.

The White House and, perhaps as importantly, Trump, have stayed silent on the topic since then.

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Top Republicans pressing Rosenstein on turning over documents

Two prominent House Republicans met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein this week over the pace of DOJ document production to Congress, the latest example of friction between congressional Republicans and senior Justice Department officials. Reps. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, and Jim

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Donald Trump: Latest News, Top Stories & Analysis – POLITICO

President Donald Trump wanted access to documents from an FBI raid. Fox News personality Sean Hannity wanted to remain silent.

In the end, neither of attorney Michael Cohens clients got what he wanted.

With a plot twist that you could hardly script, Hannity was revealed as a mystery third client of Cohen, Trumps longtime personal attorney. The other two are Trump and former deputy RNC finance chairman Elliott Broidy, who resigned amid allegations he had an affair and paid more than $1 million to try and keep it quiet.

Its not clear what Cohen did for Hannity, though the Fox News host has been pretty dogged in backing Cohen of late. But as POLITICOs Josh Gerstein and Lauren Nahimas report, the revelation came amid an already incredible showdown between Trump and his own justice department over access to files seized in the raids on Cohen’s home and office last week.

Hannity’s connection to Cohen was revealed after the conservative commentator one of Trump’s staunchest defenders fiercely criticized federal officials for the raids, without disclosing his own connection It was not immediately clear what sort of legal work Cohen did for Hannity. The conservative media figure, who seemed taken aback by the disclosure as he addressed it on his syndicated radio program Monday afternoon, eventually said most of the advice related to real estate.

Meanwhile, Trump himself was left in limbo when Judge Kimba Wood delayed a decision on whether he could review the review documents from the Cohen raid before the FBI.

The judge rejected Cohen’s and Trump’s request for a temporary restraining order because prosecutors agreed to hold off reviewing the records seized in last week’s raids. Wood said she was weighing appointing a special master, a neutral individual who would oversee potential attorney-client privilege claims.

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: The real threat to Donald Trump …

Napolitano: The real threat to Donald Trump

Judge Napolitano’s Chambers: Judge Andrew Napolitano explains why it was legal for the FBI to raid Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen’s office, but why the raid is not the real threat to the president.

In the midst of worrying about North Korea, Syria and Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives this fall, President Donald Trump is now worrying about a government assault on his own business, which targeted his own lawyer.

Michael Cohen has been the personal lawyer for Trump and for the Trump Organization — the umbrella corporation through which Trump owns or manages nearly all entities that bear his name — for many years. Cohen is so closely connected to the Trump Organization that one of his two law offices is located on the 26th floor of Trump Tower, just a few doors from the corner office formerly occupied by Trump himself.

On Monday, shortly before dawn, a team of FBI agents bearing a search warrant from a federal judge broke in to the offices of the Trump Organization and removed computers, files, tax returns and telephones from Cohens office. At about the same time, three other teams of FBI agents performed raids. One was at another of Cohens offices a few blocks away, and his vacant New York City apartment and hotel rooms he had been occupying were searched, too; and agents also seized personal and professional files and equipment from those venues.

Did the FBI lawfully break in to the headquarters of the presidents family business and cart away files and equipment from his lawyer, as well as legal and financial files of the president himself? The short answer is: yes.

Here is the back story.

In October 2016, when the federal government began its investigation of alleged attempts by the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch managed the work.

After Trump became president and Jeff Sessions became attorney general and Sessions recused himself from this investigation, the No. 2 person in the Department of Justice appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation. The investigation in Washington is 18 months old and has been run by Mueller for about 11 months.

If a criminal investigation stumbles upon evidence of crimes substantially removed by geography or subject matter from the location and principal responsibilities of the investigation, it is the prosecutors duty either to prosecute those crimes if feasible or to pass whatever evidence has been found on to another prosecutor closer to the place of the alleged crime.

Sometimes, keeping that evidence is a temptation too great to resist. Thats because one of the techniques that prosecutors in America use to gather evidence about a crime is to indict those at the fringes of the behavior they are investigating and then attempt, by coercion and bribery, to turn those indicted individuals into cooperating witnesses. Sometimes the indicted crime is truly at the fringes, both rationally and geographically. But the targets of these fringe prosecutions are rarely attorneys who are representing a person who is a subject of the investigation.

Until now.

Though Cohen does not represent Trump in the Mueller investigation, he does represent him in nearly all other legal matters, and his files contain a treasure-trove of confidential and financial materials from and about Trump. Judges are very reluctant to sign search warrants authorizing the seizure of legal files, with two exceptions.

The first is the so-called crime/fraud exception. Under this rule, if the client is using his confidential communications with his lawyer to further an ongoing crime, fraud or tort, the communications are not privileged, and evidence of them may be seized.

The other exception is the independent criminal activity of the lawyer. That appears to be the case here. It seems that Cohen — who claims he borrowed $130,000 from a bank to pay an adult-film actress to remain silent about her relationship to Trump, which Trump denies was sexual — did not tell the bank from which he borrowed the funds the true purpose of the loan.

If so, that may be evidence of bank fraud on Cohens part. If he wired those funds over interstate lines, that is evidence of wire fraud. If he used the U.S. Postal Service to facilitate a material part of the deal with the actress, that would be considered mail fraud. Each of these fraud charges carries a prison term of five years.

When FBI agents arrive for a raid, they rarely take the time to examine fully all the documents they have seized — even if the documents are protected by the attorney-client privilege and even if the client is the president of the United States. Needless to say, there are safeguards in place to prevent the prosecutors who dispatched the agents from viewing the privileged materials.

When Mueller in Washington came upon evidence of Cohens bank fraud in Manhattan, he passed it along to the U.S. attorneys office in Manhattan. That office — not Mueller — examined the evidence and obtained the search warrants for Cohens personal and professional premises, authorized the raids of those premises and received the fruits of the raids.

What will become of Cohen? Federal prosecutors in Manhattan will now decide whether to ask a grand jury to indict him on the fraud charges, and if he is indicted, Mueller will enter the picture looking to make a deal.

Trumps lawyer was Muellers bait.

All of this has understandably infuriated Trump. His rights as a client were violated. His attorney of many years and on many matters will soon be a defendant. Can Trump restrain himself from offering to pardon those who could harm him or firing those who are tormenting him or waging war against real or imagined enemies? Will his anger, frustration and disgust at the violation of his financial and personal privacy push him and America into what even congressional Republicans fear would be a constitutional crisis?

The potential failure of self-restraint is the real threat he now faces.

Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel.

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Trump Tower Doorman Claims Donald Trump Had Child with …

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Donald Trump has a sixth child nobody knows about — a kid he had with his former housekeeper … according to a stunning revelation by a doorman who used to work at Trump Tower.

Dino Sajudinhas just doubled down on his claim, saying …”I can confirm that while working at Trump World Tower I was instructed not to criticize President Trump’s former housekeeper due to a prior relationship she had with President Trump which produced a child.”

Sajudin also admits he had a confidential agreement with The National Enquirer about the story of Trump fathering a child out of wedlock in the late ’80s.

Earlier Thursday, a report came out saying the Enquirer paid $30,000 for Sajudin’s story in order to bury it … which is similar to allegations made by Karen McDougal regarding her story of having an affair with Trump. The outlet says after investigating it determined Sajudin’s claim was false.

The Trump Organization also denied his claims.

If the story turns out to be true, it would mean the Prez has a child around 30 years of age … which would put him or her older than Tiffany but younger than Eric.

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Donald Trump: I didn’t say ‘when’ I would attack Syria with …

President Donald Trump says he’ll “forcefully” respond to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria. Trump made the remark in the Cabinet Room of the White House during a meeting Monday evening with his top military leaders. (April 9) AP

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WASHINGTON A day after saying missiles would be flying toward Syria, President Trump sowed uncertainty about his plans Thursday by claiming he never said “when” there would be an attack,and reserving a final decision for at least another day.

“Could be very soon or not so soon at all!” Trump said in a morning tweet.

Later in the day, after Trump had met with his national security team,White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, “we are continuing to assess intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies.”

Trump spoke Thursday with key allies French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

They agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged, and on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime,” a Downing Street spokesman said in a statement.

They agreed to keep working closely together on the international response.

In his tweet about timing, Trumpalso claimed success in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and elsewhere, but said he was not getting enough credit.

“In any event, the United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of ISIS,” Trump tweeted. “Where is our ‘Thank you America?'”

Trump later told reporters that decisions about a Syrian response will be made”fairly soon,” and that “it’s too bad that the world puts us in a position like that.”

Questions about the timetable came a day after Trump signaled an attack in a response to a Russian threat to shoot down U.S. missiles aimed at Syria.

“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!'”

A U.S. attack on Syria would be in a response to a chemical weapons attack on anti-government rebels, one that Trump and other officials blame on leader Bashar Assad. In his tweet at the Russians, Trump told them, “you shouldnt be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”

More: Trump huddles with military aides on Syria response amid fight with Russians

More: All eyes on Syria as U.S. weighs military strike: Here’s the latest

Trump’s national security team huddled at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the response to Syria. The president is also speaking with allies in Great Britain and France about a possible coordinated effort, though German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday her country would not participate in possible military action in Syria.

May and her Cabinet, meanwhile, met in London on Thursday and “agreed on the need to take action to alleviate humanitarian distress and to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime,” said a statement from Downing Street.

Macron, the French president, said he had “proof” that the Assad government mounted the chemical weapons attack. The French president said he would decide soon whether to back a military response.

“We have a number of options,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, “and all of those options are still on the table.”

Some lawmakers criticized Trump’s apparent telegraphing by tweet of a missile strike in Syria.

“Promising war by tweet, insults not only the Constitution but every soldier who puts their life on the line,” tweeted Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova hit Trump in a Facebook post: “Smart missiles should fly toward terrorists, not the legal government that has been fighting international terrorism for several years on its territory.”

In another series of tweets on Wednesday, Trump bemoaned the state of relations between the United States and Russia. At one point, he blamed the tensions on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Ben Sasse: Donald Trump Ready to Rejoin TPP and Help American …

He looked right at Larry Kudlow and said, Larry go get it done, Sasse said, recounting the meeting to White House reporters.

Sasse and other members of Congress and governors from agriculture states met with the president at the White House to express concerns about higher China tariffs hurting American farmers.

Senators Deb Fisher (R-NE), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and John Hoeven (R-ND),who also attended the meeting, confirmed Trumps interest in rejoining TPP.

Roberts said he was very impressed that Trump instructed both Kudlow and Robert Lighthizer to explore the idea of rejoining TPP.

That would certainly be good news all throughout farm country, Roberts said.

Fischer said that the president also discussed the importance of ethanol and the renegotiation of NAFTA with the president.

Hoeven said the meeting with Trump was a very positive meeting about opening up more markets to free and fair trade.

The senators did not have a timeline for the president but appeared confident that the president heard their concerns.

Clearly its a deliberative process,and the president is a guy who likes to blue-sky a lot and entertain a lot of different ideas, but he multiple times reaffirmed the point that TPP might be easier for us to join now once the TPP 11 is alignedand that we might be the 12th party to those negotiations, Sasse said.

TPP-11 is the group of Pacific nations who signed a renewed free trade pact after Trump pulled the United States out of TPP.

Sasse,who recently returned from a trip to China, admitted that they cheated on trade and stole intellectual property but suggested that the best way to compete with them was to lead Pacific nations on global trade.

He criticized the presidents strategy of proposing higher tariffs on China to get them to play fair on trade.

Tariffs first and U.S. alone action that focuses just on tariffs and steel thats not going to solve the real problems we have, he said.

He criticized the idea of using government welfare payments to farmers to help them survive threatening tariffs from China.

They dont want welfare payments, they want to feed the world, Sasse said.

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There’s a very disturbing pattern of silencing Donald Trump’s …

AMI issued a statement categorically denying that the payments it was involved in had anything to do with Trump or Cohen or that there was any sort of partnership between Pecker, the company and the campaign. “These claims are reckless, unsubstantiated, and false,” according to the statement.

But it doesn’t take a genius to see the similarities here. In all three instances, Trump allies (Cohen in the case of Stormy Daniels; and AMI, which is run by his friend David Pecker, in the case of McDougal and the doorman) sought to snuff out a story that painted Trump’s personal life in a negative manner.

What we don’t know is what role — if any — Trump himself played in these specific instances or any other episodes we don’t yet know about.

Trump has denied knowing about the Daniels’ payment. He has said nothing — at least as far as I can find — about the payment to McDougal and the alleged payment to the doorman. Trump has denied he engaged in any affair with McDougal.

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What Is Stopping Donald Trump From Striking Syria | Time

President Donald Trump is still weighing options for U.S. military action against Syria as Western powers rallied against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over an apparent chemical weapons attack near Damascus.

The escalating tensions weighed on investors already concerned about war, with crude prices holding high levels while the lira in Turkey, which has troops in Syria, weakened for the fourth day.

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis and other members of Trumps national security team met Wednesday, after the president warned Russia on Twitter to expect a missile barrage toward its ally, Syria, saying You shouldnt be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!

Despite the rhetoric, the U.S. administration hasnt decided how to retaliate against Assad, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday, adding that the president has been in talks with a number of key allies in recent days.

Were maintaining that we have a number of options and all of those options are still on the table, Sanders said when asked about the possibility of military action. Final decisions havent been made yet on that front.

The White House said that Trump would coordinate his response with French President Emmanuel Macron, while U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May called an emergency Cabinet meeting for Thursday to discuss the British response to the apparent chemical weapons attack in Douma, a town controlled by Syrian rebels. May said she had little doubt despite Syrian and Russian protests to the contrary that Assads government was to blame for what happened in Douma.

All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible, she told reporters on Wednesday. We will be working with our closest allies on how we can ensure that those who are responsible are held to account. The continued use of chemical weapons cannot go unchallenged.

Amid the threat of conflict, oil prices hovered near the highest level since 2014. Turkeys currency weakened, while the Borsa Istanbul 100 Index for stocks was little changed at open in Istanbul after it fell below its 200-day moving average. Oil producer and insurance shares led gainers on the Stoxx Europe 600 Index.

This is the second time in a year that Washington is gearing to respond militarily in Syria. This time, Trump is under pressure to hit harder and take bigger risks than the attack in April 2017, which was limited to a single Syrian base and left little lasting damage.

Assads media and political adviser reiterated the governments rejection of accusations the country used chemical weapons, telling Al-Mayadeen TV in an interview in Damascus late Wednesday that Syria and its allies Russia, Iran and Hezbollah will prevail in any upcoming conflict. They will not win in anything they do, Bouthaina Shaaban said. We will be the winners.

The prospect of direct participation by France and possibly other allies such as the U.K. and Saudi Arabia would provide greater legitimacy for a large operation that otherwise would risk criticism as violating international law, said Andrew Bell, an assistant professor at Indiana University who focuses on international security and the law of armed conflict. A broader coalition helps build the case for a humanitarian mandate, he said.

Trump made his views clear on Wednesday, saying on Twitter that relations with Russia have never been worse and warning Moscow about an incoming fusillade. Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and smart!, Trump wrote.

Mattis, who was spotted alongside CIA Director Mike Pompeo at the White House on Wednesday, said he stands ready to provide military options if appropriate.

A strike that hits Russian assets in Syria even if unintentionally could result in a dangerous game of one-upmanship, potentially dragging the U.S. further into a conflict the president wants to leave. Russia has strengthened Syrias air-defense capabilities, deploying S-400 missile batteries.

There must be a consistent Syria policy, that is the key thing, Norbert Roettgen, an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and chairman of the foreign policy committee in the countrys parliament, said on Deutschlandfunk radio on Thursday. There is no real U.S. policy on Syria. Assad and Russia have been given a free hand militarily.

Amid the rising tensions, Syrian government forces were vacating airports and some key military positions in anticipation of an American-led strike, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based organization. An unidentified Syrian Foreign Ministry official cited by state-run TV accused the Americans of sponsoring the lies of terrorists as a pretext to attack Syria.

Eurocontrol, a European air traffic agency, asked airlines to apply caution on flights to the eastern Mediterranean region because of possible air strikes in Syria. Kuwait Airways said late Wednesday it was suspending flights to Beirut starting April 12 and until further notice.

The risk of military conflict between Russia and the U.S. in Syria is very high, said Elena Suponina, a Mideast analyst at the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies, which counsels the Kremlin. If Trump takes this step and Russian citizens are harmed, the reaction will be very harsh.

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Immigration policy of Donald Trump – Wikipedia

Illegal immigration was a signature issue of U.S. President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and his proposed reforms and remarks about this issue generated much publicity.[1] A hallmark promise of his campaign was to build a substantial wall on the United States-Mexico border. Official estimates of the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States range from 11 and 12 million, while Trump has falsely insisted the number is between 30 and 34 million.

Trump has also expressed support for a variety of “limits on legal immigration and guest-worker visas”,[1][2] including a “pause” on granting green cards, which Trump says will “allow record immigration levels to subside to more moderate historical averages”.[3][4][5] Trump’s proposals regarding H-1B visas frequently changed throughout his presidential campaign, but as of late July 2016, he appeared to oppose the H-1B visa program.[6]

After Mitt Romney lost the 2012 U.S. presidential election, Trump criticized Romney’s immigration policy, saying, “He had a crazy policy of self deportation which was maniacal. It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the Latino vote. He lost the Asian vote. He lost everybody who is inspired to come into this country.”[7] At the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump urged Republican politicians not to pass immigration reform, saying immigrants would vote for the Democratic party and steal American jobs.[8]

During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Trump questioned official estimates of the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States asserting that the number is actually between 30 and 34 million.[9] PolitiFact ruled that his statement was “Pants on Fire”, citing experts who noted that no evidence supported an estimate in that range.[9] For example, the Pew Research Center reported in March 2015 that the number of undocumented immigrants overall declined from 12.2 million in 2007 to 11.2 million in 2012. The number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. labor force ranged from 8.1 million to 8.3 million between 2007 and 2012, approximately 5% of the U.S. labor force.[10]

In 2015, prior to being elected president, Trump proposed rolling back birthright citizenship for U.S.born children of undocumented immigrants (whom he refers to as “anchor babies”). Under the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, all persons born on U.S. soil and subject to its jurisdiction are citizens. The mainstream view of the Fourteenth Amendment among legal experts is that everyone born on U.S. soil, regardless of parents’ citizenship, is automatically an American citizen, so long as the parents are not foreign diplomats.[11][12]

The Trump administration embraced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act in August 2017.[13][14] The RAISE Act seeks to reduce levels of legal immigration to the United States by 50% by halving the number of green cards issued. The bill would also impose a cap of 50,000 refugee admissions a year and would end the visa diversity lottery. A study by Penn Wharton economists found that the legislation would by 2027 “reduce GDP by 0.7 percent relative to current law, and reduce jobs by 1.3 million. By 2040, GDP will be about 2 percent lower and jobs will fall by 4.6 million. Despite changes to population size, jobs and GDP, there is very little change to per capita GDP, increasing slightly in the short run and then eventually falling.”[13][14]

Kathryn Steinle was killed in July 2015 by an illegal immigrant, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who had multiple convictions and had been previously deported on five occasions.[15] During the election campaign, Trump promised to ask Congress to pass Kate’s Law, named after her, to ensure that criminal aliens convicted of illegal reentry received strong, mandatory minimum sentences. A Senate version of the bill was previously introduced by Ted Cruz in July 2016, but it failed to pass a cloture motion.[16][17][18][19]

Trump has emphasized U.S. border security and illegal immigration to the United States as a campaign issue.[20][21] During his announcement speech he stated in part, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems…. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”[22] On July 6, 2015, Trump issued a written statement[23] to clarify his position on illegal immigration, which drew a reaction from critics. It read in part:

“The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc. This was evident just this week when, as an example, a young woman in San Francisco was viciously killed by a 5-time deported Mexican with a long criminal record, who was forced back into the United States because they didn’t want him in Mexico. This is merely one of thousands of similar incidents throughout the United States. In other words, the worst elements in Mexico are being pushed into the United States by the Mexican government. The largest suppliers of heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs are Mexican cartels that arrange to have Mexican immigrants trying to cross the borders and smuggle in the drugs. The Border Patrol knows this. Likewise, tremendous infectious disease is pouring across the border. The United States has become a dumping ground for Mexico and, in fact, for many other parts of the world. On the other hand, many fabulous people come in from Mexico and our country is better for it. But these people are here legally, and are severely hurt by those coming in illegally. I am proud to say that I know many hard working Mexicansmany of them are working for and with me … and, just like our country, my organization is better for it.”[24]

A study published in Social Science Quarterly in May 2016 tested Trump’s claim that immigrants are responsible for higher levels of violent and drug-related crime in the United States.[25] It found no evidence that links Mexican or illegal Mexican immigrants specifically to violent or drug-related crime.[25] It did however find a small but significant association between undocumented immigrant populations (including non-Mexican undocumented immigrants) and drug-related arrests.[25]

In addition to his proposals to construct a border wall (see below), Trump has called for tripling the number of Border Patrol agents.[26]

Trump has repeatedly pledged to build a wall along the U.S.’s southern border, and has said that Mexico would pay for its construction through increased border-crossing fees and NAFTA tariffs.[27] In his speech announcing his candidacy, Trump pledged to “build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”[28][29] Trump also said “nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively.”[29] The concept for building a barrier to keep undocumented immigrants out of the U.S. is not new; 670 miles of fencing (about one-third of the border) was erected under the Secure Fence Act of 2006, at a cost of $2.4 billion.[29] Trump said later that his proposed wall would be “a real wall. Not a toy wall like we have now.”[30] In his 2015 book, Trump cites the Israeli West Bank barrier as a successful example of a border wall.[31] “Trump has at times suggested building a wall across the nearly 2,000-mile border and at other times indicated more selective placement.”[32] After a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto on August 31, 2016, Trump said that they “didn’t discuss” who would pay for the border wall that Trump has made a centerpiece of his presidential campaign.[33] Nieto contradicted that later that day, saying that he at the start of the meeting “made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall”.[34] Later that day, Trump reiterated his position that Mexico will pay to build an “impenetrable” wall on the Southern border.[35]

John Cassidy of The New Yorker wrote that Trump is “the latest representative of an anti-immigrant, nativist American tradition that dates back at least to the Know-Nothings” of the 1840s and 1850s.[36] Trump says “it was legal immigrants who made America great,”[37] that the Latinos who have worked for him have been “unbelievable people”, and that he wants a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to have a “big, beautiful door” for people to come legally and feel welcomed in the United States.[38]

According to experts and analyses, the actual cost to construct a wall along the remaining 1,300 miles of the border could be as high as $16 million per mile, with a total cost of up to $25 billion, with the cost of private land acquisitions and fence maintenance pushing up the total cost further.[32] Maintenance of the wall could cost up to $750 million a year, and if the Border Patrol agents were to patrol the wall, additional funds would have to be expended.[32] Rough and remote terrain on many parts of the border, such as deserts and mountains, would make construction and maintenance of a wall expensive, and such terrain may be a greater deterrent than a wall in any case.[32] Experts also note that on federally protected wilderness areas and Native American reservations, the Department of Homeland Security may have only limited construction authority, and a wall could cause environmental damage.[32]

Despite campaign promises to build a full wall, Trump later stated that he favors putting up some fences.[39]

In February 2017, Reuters reported that an internal report by the Department of Homeland Security estimated that Trump’s proposed border wall would cost $21.6 billion and take 3.5 years to build. This estimate is far higher than estimates by Trump during the campaign ($12 billion) and the $15-billion estimate from Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.[40]

In August 2017, the transcript of the January 2017 phone call between President Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto was leaked; in the phone call, Trump conceded that he would fund the border wall, not by charging Mexico as he promised during the campaign, but through other ways.[41] But Trump implored the Mexican President to stop saying publicly that the Mexican Government would not pay for the border wall.[41]

Critics of Trump’s plan question whether a wall would be effective at stopping unauthorized crossings, noting that walls are of limited use unless they are patrolled by agents and to intercept those climbing over or tunneling under the wall.[32] Experts also note that approximately half of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. did not surreptitiously enter, but rather “entered through official crossing points, either by overstaying visas, using fraudulent documents, or being smuggled past the border”.[32]

On September 12, 2017, the United States Department of Homeland Security issued a notice that Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke would be waiving “certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements” to begin construction of the new wall near Calexico, California.[42] The waiver allows the Department of Homeland Security to bypass the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Migratory Bird Conservation Act, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Noise Control Act, the Solid Waste Disposal Act, the Antiquities Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act.[43] The state of California, some environmental groups, and Rep. Ral M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) filed suit challenging the waivers granted to permit the building of a border wall.[44][45] On February 27, 2018, Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel ruled that under federal law the administration has the authority to waive multiple environmental laws and regulations in order to expedite the construction of border walls and other infrastructure, so that wall construction can proceed.[46]

In August 2015, during his campaign, Trump proposed the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants as part of his immigration policy.[47][48][49] During his first town hall campaign meeting in Derry, New Hampshire, Trump said that if he were to win the election, then on “[d]ay 1 of my presidency, they’re getting out and getting out fast”.[50]

Trump has proposed a “Deportation Force” to carry out this plan, modeled after the 1950s-era “Operation Wetback” program during the Eisenhower administration that ended following a congressional investigation.[48][49][51] Historian Mae Ngai of Columbia University, who has studied the program, has said that the military-style operation was both inhumane and ineffective.[49][51]

According to analysts, Trump’s mass-deportation plan would encounter legal and logistical difficulties, since U.S. immigration courts already face large backlogs.[48] Such a program would also impose a fiscal cost; the fiscally conservative American Action Forum policy group estimates that deporting every undocumented immigrant would cause a slump of $381.5 billion to $623.2 billion in private sector output, amounting to roughly a loss of 2% of U.S. GDP.[52] Doug Holtz-Eakin, the group’s president, has said that the mass deportation of 11 million people would “harm the economy in ways it would normally not be harmed”.[48]

In June 2016, Trump stated on Twitter that “I have never liked the media term ‘mass deportation’but we must enforce the laws of the land!”[53][54] Later in June, Trump stated that he would not characterize his immigration policies as including “mass deportations”.[55] However, on August 31, 2016, contrary to earlier reports of a “softening” in his stance,[27][56][57] Trump laid out a 10-step plan reaffirming his hardline positions. He reiterated that “anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation” with priority given to those who have committed significant crimes and those who have overstayed visas. He noted that all those seeking legalization would have to go home and re-enter the country legally.[35][58]

Trump frequently revised proposals to ban Muslim immigration to the United States in the course of his presidential campaign.[6] In late July 2016, NBC News characterized his position as: “Ban all Muslims, and maybe other people from countries with a history of terrorism, but just don’t say ‘Muslims’.”[6] (Rudy Giuliani said on Fox News that Trump tasked him to craft a “Muslim ban” and asked Giuliani to form a committee to show him “the right way to do it legally”.[59][60] The committee, which included former U.S. Attorney General and Chief Judge of the Southern District of New York Michael Mukasey, and Reps. Mike McCaul and Peter T. King, decided to drop the religious basis and instead focused on regions where Giuliani says that there is “substantial evidence that people are sending terrorists” to the United States.[60])

In December 2015, Trump proposed a temporary ban on foreign Muslims entering the United States (the U.S. admits approximately 100,000 Muslim immigrants each year)[61] “until we can figure out what’s going on”.[62][63][64][65] In response to the 2015 San Bernardino shooting, Trump released a statement on “Preventing Muslim Immigration” and called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on”.[66] In a December 2015 interview, the host Willie Geist repeatedly questioned Trump if airline representatives, customs agents or border guards would ask a person’s religion. Trump responded that they would and if the person said they were Muslim, they will be denied entry into the country.[67]

Trump cited President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s use during World War II of the Alien and Sedition Acts to issue presidential proclamations for rounding up, holding, and deporting German, Japanese, and Italian alien immigrants, and noted that Roosevelt was highly respected and had highways named after him.[68][69][70][71] Trump stated that he did not agree with Roosevelt’s internment of Japanese Americans, and clarified that the proposal would not apply to Muslims who were U.S. citizens or to Muslims who were serving in the U.S. military.[72][73]

In May 2016, Trump retreated slightly from his call for a Muslim ban, calling it “merely an idea, not a proposal”.[74] On June 13, 2016, he reformulated the ban so that it would be geographical, not religious, applying to “areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies”.[74][75] Two hours later, he claimed that ban was only for nations “tied to Islamic terror”.[74] In June 2016, he also stated that he would allow Muslims from allies like the United Kingdom to enter the United States.[74] In May 2016, Trump said “There will always be exceptions” to the ban, when asked how the ban would apply to London’s newly elected mayor Sadiq Khan.[76] A spokesman for Sadiq Khan said in response that Trump’s views were “ignorant, divisive and dangerous” and play into the hands of extremists.[77]

In June 2016, Trump expanded his proposed ban on Muslim immigration to the United States to cover immigration from areas with a history of terrorism.[78] Specifically, Trump stated, “When I am elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world when there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe, or our allies, until we understand how to end these threats.”[78] According to lawyers and legal scholars cited in a New York Times report, the president has the power to carry out the plan but it would take an ambitious and likely time-consuming bureaucratic effort, and make sweeping use of executive authority.[79] Immigration analysts also noted that the implementation of Trump’s plan could “prompt a wave of retaliation against American citizens traveling and living abroad”.[79] In July 2016, Trump described his proposal as encompassing “any nation that has been compromised by terrorism”.[80] Trump later referred to the reformulation as “extreme vetting”.[81]

When asked in July 2016 about his proposal to restrict immigration from areas with high levels of terrorism, Trump insisted that it was not a “rollback” of his initial proposal to ban all Muslim immigrants.[82] He said, “In fact, you could say it’s an expansion. I’m looking now at territory.”[82] When asked if his new proposal meant that there would be greater checks on immigration from countries that have been compromised by terrorism, such as France, Germany and Spain, Trump answered, “It’s their own fault, because they’ve allowed people over years to come into their territory.”[83][84]

On August 15, 2016, Trump suggested that “extreme views” would be grounds to be thrown out of the U.S., saying he would deport Seddique Mateen, the father of Omar Mateen (the gunman in the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting), who has expressed support for the Taliban.[85][86][87] On 31 August, during a speech in Phoenix, Trump said he would form a commission to study which regions or countries he would suspend immigration from, noting that Syria and Libya would be high on that list.[88][89][90] Jeff Sessions an advisor to Trump’s campaign on immigration at the time said the Trump campaigns plan was the best laid out law enforcement plan to fix this countrys immigration system thats been stated in this country maybe forever.[91] During confirmation-hearing testimony, he acknowledged supporting vetting based on areas where we have an unusually high risk of terrorists coming in; Sessions acknowledged the DOJ would need to evaluate such a plan if it were outside the Constitutional order.[92]

Trump has on several occasions expressed opposition to allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S.saying they could be the “ultimate Trojan horse”[93]and has proposed deporting back to Syria refugees settled in the U.S.[94][95] By September 2015, Trump had expressed support for taking in some Syrian refugees[94][96] and praised Germany’s decision to take in Syrian refugees.[97]

On a number of occasions in 2015, Trump asserted that “If you’re from Syria and you’re a Christian, you cannot come into this country, and they’re the ones that are being decimated. If you are Islamic … it’s hard to believe, you can come in so easily.” PolitiFact rated Trump’s claim as “false” and found it to be “wrong on its face”, citing the fact that 3 percent of the refugees from Syria have been Christian (although they represent 10 percent of the Syrian population) and finding that the U.S. government is not discriminating against Christians as a matter of official policy.[98]

In a May 2016 interview with Bill O’Reilly, Trump stated “Look, we are at war with these people and they don’t wear uniforms….. This is a war against people that are vicious, violent people, that we have no idea who they are, where they come from. We are allowing tens of thousands of them into our country now.” Politifact ruled this statement “pants on fire”, stating that the U.S. is on track to accept 100,000 refugees in 2017, but there is no evidence that tens of thousands of them are terrorists.[99]

Trump has proposed making it more difficult for asylum-seekers and refugees to enter the United States, and making the e-Verify system mandatory for employers.[26]

On January 27, 2017, Trump signed an executive order (Number 13769), titled “Protecting the Nation From Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals”, that suspended entry for citizens of seven countries for 90 days: Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, totaling more than 134 million people.[100] The order also stopped the admission of refugees of the Syrian Civil War indefinitely, and the entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days.[101] Refugees who were on their way to the United States when the order was signed were stopped and detained at airports.[102]

Implicated by this order is 8 U.S.C. Sec. 1182 Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate. 8 U.S. Code 1182 (Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952).

Critics argue that Congress later restricted this power in 1965, stating plainly that no person could be discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of the persons race, sex, nationality, place of birth or place of residence. (8 U.S. Code 1152) The only exceptions are those provided for by Congress (such as the preference for Cuban asylum seekers).[103]

Many legal challenges to the order were brought immediately after its issuance: from January 28 to January 31, almost 50 cases were filed in federal courts.[104] Some courts, in turn, granted temporary relief, including a nationwide temporary restraining order (TRO) that barred the enforcement of major parts of the executive order.[105][106] The Trump administration is appealing the TRO.[106]

On March 6, 2017, Trump signed a revised executive order, that, among other differences with the original order, excluded Iraq, visa-holders, and permanent residents from the temporary suspension and did not differentiate Syrian refugees from refugees from other countries.[107]

On June 26, the Supreme Court partially permitted the executive order to come into effect and invalidated certain injunctions that were put on the order by two federal appeals courts earlier. Final oral hearings concerning the legality of the order will be held in October 2017 at the Supreme Court.[108]

In late October of 2017, Trump ended a ban on refugee admissions while adding new rules for “tougher vetting of applicants” and essentially halting entry of refugees from 11 high risk nations. This has led to a 40% drop in entrants.[109]

On January 25, 2017, Trump signed Executive Order 13768 which, among other things, significantly increased the number of immigrants considered a priority for deportation. Previously, under Obama, an immigrant ruled removable would only be considered a priority to actually be physically deported if they, in addition to being removable, were convicted of serious crimes such as felonies or multiple misdemeanors. Under the Trump administration, such an immigrant can be considered a priority to be removed even if convicted only of minor crimes, or even if merely accused of such criminal activity.[110] Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, who came illegally to the United States when she was 14, may have become the first person deported under the terms of this order on February 9, 2017. Garcia de Rayos had previously been convicted of felony criminal impersonation related to her use of a falsified Social Security card to work at an Arizona water park. This conviction had not been considered serious enough, under Obama, to actually remove her from the country, although she was required to check in regularly with ICE officials, which she had done regularly since 2008. The first time she checked in with ICE officials after the new executive order took effect, however, led to her detention and physical removal from the country. Greg Stanton, the Mayor of Phoenix commented that “Rather than tracking down violent criminals and drug dealers, ICE is spending its energy deporting a woman with two American children who has lived here for more than two decades and poses a threat to nobody.”[111] ICE officials said that her case went through multiple reviews in the immigration court system and that the “judges held she did not have a legal basis to remain in the US”.[112]

The Washington Post reported on 10 February 2017 that federal agents had begun to conduct sweeping immigration enforcement raids in at least six states.[113]

Federal Reserve officials have warned that Trump’s immigration restrictions will likely have an adverse impact on the economy. Immigration is a core component of economic growth, they have said.[114]

Ilya Somin, Professor of Law at George Mason University, argued that Trump’s withholding of federal funding would be unconstitutional: “Trump and future presidents could use [the executive order] to seriously undermine constitutional federalism by forcing dissenting cities and states to obey presidential dictates, even without authorization from Congress. The circumvention of Congress makes the order a threat to separation of powers, as well.”[115] On April 25, 2017, U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued a nationwide preliminary injunction halting the executive order.[116][117] Subsequently, Judge Orrick issued a nationwide permanent injunction on November 20, 2017, declaring that section 9(a) of Executive Order 13768 was “unconstitutional on its face”[118][119] and violates “the separation of powers doctrine and deprives [the plaintiffs] of their Tenth and Fifth Amendment rights.”[120]

President Obama’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) Executive Order from 2012 enabled an estimated 800,000 young adults (“Dreamers”) brought illegally into the U.S. as children to work legally without fear of deportation. President Trump announced in September 2017 that he was cancelling this Executive Order with effect from six months and he called for legislation to be enacted before the protection phased out in March 2018, stating I have a love for these people, and hopefully now Congress will be able to help them and do it properly. Trump’s action was widely protested across the country. Business leaders argued it was unfair and could harm the economy.[121]

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Donald J. Trump, savior of Europe? – MarketWatch

If youve traveled around the Continent lately, you probably have a pretty good idea of how Europeans feel about Trump. And if you havent, all you need to do is look at a recent Gallup poll that shows the approval of U.S. leadership dropping from 44% at the end of Obamas presidency to a dismal 25% for Trumps first year.

However, according to Adam Triggs of the Brookings Institution, our European friends could very well be thanking the president by the time hes done.

Triggs admits its an unusual thought, considering some of the trade-war rhetoric being hurled around, but he wrote in a post that Europe has a chance to capitalize on stimulus in the U.S. with some much-needed spending of its own.

Trumps fiscal stimulus is no small thing, Triggs explained. The U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and the decision of Congress to raise spending limits over the next two years, implies a significant easing of U.S. fiscal policy.

For the U.S., that sugar hit will boost the economy, at least in the short term, in Triggss view. While higher interest rates and a stronger dollar will ultimately provide some headwinds to U.S. growth, theyll only serve to give our trading partners a leg up.

The logic is straightforward: When a country undertakes stimulus alone, an appreciated exchange rate tends to offset some of the short-term benefits of stimulus, Triggs said. But when your trading partners are stimulating at the same time, much of this exchange-rate effect is neutralized. Combined with increased demand for your exports, this means a bigger bang for your stimulus buck.

The depths of the financial crisis in Europe may have passed, but Triggs pointed out that unemployment remains at eye-wateringly high levels in some areas Greece, Spain and Italy particularly among the younger generation.

So, he said, if ever there was a good time to bump up spending in Europe and put people back to work, now, thanks to Trumps policies, is that time.

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James Comey just went to war with Donald Trump

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Donald Trump: Syria Attack Could Be Very Soon or Not So Soon

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by Charlie Spiering12 Apr 20180

Never said when an attack on Syria would take place, he wrote on Thursday. Could be very soon or not so soon at all!

Despite his hesitation to launch a military attack in Syria, Trump indicated that he wanted credit for helping take out the Islamic State in the Middle East.

In any event, the United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of ISIS, he wrote. Where is our Thank you America?

The president warned Russia on Wednesday that he would strike Syria with nice and new and smart’ missiles despite their threat to retaliate.

You shouldnt be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it! he wrote.

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President Trump said Thursday that he did not forewarn the Russians and Syrians of an upcoming missile strike in his Wednesday tweet.

Never said when an attack on Syria would take place. Could be very soon or not so soon at all! In any event, the United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of ISIS. Where is our Thank you America? Mr. Trumptweeted.

On Wednesday, the president sent another tweet warning Russia that missiles will be coming earning him much criticism for tipping off the Russian-backed Assad regime.

After new reports of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar Assad, the U.S. and other world leaders are trying to decide what to do next about the situation in Syria. Last spring, Mr. Trump ordered missile strikes after photos of children killed or severely injured by gas agents surfaced.

The Assad regime and Russians both deny any use of chemical weapons.

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ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In his blockbuster 2016 campaign for president, Donald Trump made a lot of big proposals to fix our countrys problems that he said could be accomplished relatively quickly.

His biggest proposal was to build a big, beautiful wall along our 2,000-mile border with Mexico. But one year and three months into his presidency that wall is still a figment of his imagination, and most likely will never be built.

But thats just one half of his proposal. To build a wall of that size and length would cost about $80 billion and very probably a great deal more. The other half of his pledge to voters was that Mexico would pay for it. And millions of his supporters believed him.

Throughout his whirlwind campaign, Mr. Trump would ask the legions of voters who packed his rallies, Who is going to pay for the wall? And his supporters would roar back, Mexico!

Yet, from the very beginning, the president of Mexico repeatedly said his country would never pay for the wall, and told Mr. Trump that at a meeting late in the campaign. (More on that in a minute.)

But Mr. Trump continued to insist he would make Mexico cough up the money, though never detailed how he would do that.

Throughout the campaign he described a wall that would be made of thick precast concrete slabs and soar 35 to 40 feet into the air.

Its going to be a high wall; its going to be beautiful, he said, adding that it was going to be so easy to make Mexico to pay for it.

But it wasnt long before cracks began to appear in his vision of a wall along a border that in many places, experts said, it could not be constructed because of its impassable terrain. At best, the wall would be about 1,000 miles long.

Then, when the time came to pass this years deficit-filled, $1.3 trillion budget, Congress began to have second thoughts about President Trumps wall, which many considered to be a huge boondoggle. And, by this time, the administration had reduced its request to $25 billion.

But Congress balked on giving the president even that much money, eventually offering him a measly $1.3 billion that was to be used only for primary pedestrian fencing and secondary fencing to back up existing fencing.

Before the budget bill arrived at the White House for his signature, it was unclear Mr. Trump would sign it. Yet sign it he did, arguing that if he vetoed the bill, it would jeopardize the huge increase in new defense spending.

Yet, soon after he signed the bill, Mr. Trump told a group of Baltic leaders at a White House meeting last week (April 3) that Weve started building the wall.

Incredibly, despite budget language prohibiting the wall, Mr. Trump began telling others that the wall was being built anyway, The Washington Posts fact checker, Glenn Kessler, reported this week.

On March 28, he even tweeted photographs and declared: Great briefing this afternoon on the start of our Southern Border WALL! Mr. Kessler writes.

On March 30, he told a rally in Ohio that you saw those beautiful pictures We started building our wall. Im so proud of it. We started. We started. We have $1.6 billion, and weve already started.

In fact, what Mr. Trump had seen during a tour in California in March were mere prototypes of a concrete wall, not an actual wall along the border.

Indeed, the language in the appropriations bill he signed into law specifically makes clear that None of the $1.57 billion appropriated for border protection may be used for those prototypes, Mr. Kessler reported.

Is this a case of Mr. Trump inventing his own reality, or a failure on the part of his senior advisers to thoroughly brief him on the budget bills contents?

When Mr. Trump met with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in 2016 during a campaign trip to Mexico City to discuss the wall, Mr. Trump told reporters their discussion was substantive, direct and constructive.

We discussed the wall, he said after meeting privately with Mr. Pena Nieto. We didnt discuss payment of the wall.

But in a tweet following the event, Mr. Pena Nieto said that he made it clear to Mr. Trump that Mexico will not pay for the wall and that the two went on to other topics afterward, according to a report filed by CBS News.

In a famous remark about political chicanery, Abraham Lincoln once said you can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people some of the time, but you cant fool all the people all the time.

Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and contributor to The Washington Times.

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Trevor Noah Says Donald Trump’s Missile Tweets Are A Blind …

Trevor Noah criticized President Donald Trumps tweeted threats to fire missiles at Syria in retaliation for its domestic chemical attack.

But not for reasons you might think.

The Daily Show host on Wednesday had a problem with the presidents choice of words. Trump seemed to be acting more like a matchmaker than world leader when he responded to Russias warning that it would shoot down any U.S. missiles by tweeting: Get ready Russia because they will be coming nice and new and smart.

It sounds like hes trying to fix them up with the missiles, Noah said. Its like hes saying to the Russians, I know you dont like blind dates but these missiles theyre really nice, really smart. Just come, no pressure. Its just a launch.

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Donald Trump Now Less Likely to Sit for Robert Mueller …

Washington: An interview of U.S. President Donald Trump by special counsel Robert Mueller was less likely after this week’s FBI raids on Trump’s personal lawyer, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Trump was infuriated by Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on Monday on the New York law office and home of Michael Cohen, which followed a referral by Mueller.

Further suggesting that tensions could blow over, a third source familiar with the matter said the relationship with Mueller remained strong and constructive and discussions were expected to recommence soon.

Russia has denied U.S. intelligence agencies’ findings that it interfered in the 2016 campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump’s favour. Trump has denied any collusion and has repeatedly attacked Mueller’s investigation as a politically motivated “witch hunt.”

Trump’s outburst after the FBI searches raised concerns among critics and lawmakers, including some in Trump’s own Republican Party, that he might try to have Mueller removed.

The president denied a New York Times report on Tuesday that he had sought to fire Mueller in December. “If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him,” he said on Twitter early on Thursday.

White House lawyers Ty Cobb and Donald McGahn have told Trump that firing Mueller would leave him vulnerable to charges of obstruction of justice, two officials told Reuters on Tuesday. They said Trump must have “good cause” to order the Justice Department official overseeing the Russia probe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, to oust Mueller.

Advice from Former AideOne of the sources familiar with the matter and another person said on Thursday that Rosenstein is on shaky ground. The second person said the feeling among White House and Justice Department officials was that Rosenstein was abdicating authority and not putting constraints on the investigation.

Rosenstein was at the White House on Thursday discussing the status of congressional requests, another of the sources said.

Steve Bannon, a former senior adviser to Trump, has encouraged White House aides to advise Trump to fire Rosenstein, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing unidentified sources. It also said Bannon wanted the White House to stop cooperating with the Mueller investigation and fire Cobb.

Cobb, the lawyer in charge of the White House response to the Russia investigation, has stressed cooperation with Mueller. The White House has said it has turned over tens of thousands of pages of documents to the special counsel’s team.

Trump said in one of his Twitter messages on Thursday that he had full confidence in Cobb.

A bipartisan group of senators put forward legislation on Wednesday to protect Mueller and his investigation, which the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to consider next week.

If passed, the legislation would allow the special counsel to be fired only for good cause by a senior Justice Department official, with a reason given in writing; provide recourse if the special counsel was fired without good cause; and preserve the staffing and materials of a pending investigation.

“Anyone advising the President – in public or over the airwaves – to fire Bob Mueller does not have the President or the nations best interest at heart. Full stop,” Republican Senator Orrin Hatch wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

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