‘Who Owns Trump TV? The Trump Organization? Is It a Kind of Campaign Contribution? Is That Legal? And Is There Any WH Cooperation?’ Asks Conservative Pundit
On Saturday CNN contributorÂ Kayleigh McEnany announced on social mediaÂ she was leaving the news network and would “be moving to a new role.”
Now taxpayers are demanding to know who’s paying for it.
“Thank you for joining us as we provide you the news of the week from Trump Tower here in New York,”Â McEnany tells viewers on Facebook and Twitter. In just 24 hours her video (above) has been viewed more than 1.1 million times on Facebook alone. (Twitter does not publicly provide viewing statistics.)
After rattling off positive economic indicators, including the unemployment rate and consumer confidenceÂ levels,Â McEnany, in her “news” video, “reports” thatÂ “President Trump has clearly steered the economy back in the right direction.” Many economists disagree, believingÂ Trump is benefiting from policies of the Obama administration, is “overstating his responsibility for recent better growth and jobs numbers,” and “might also be a drag on growth.”
McEnany’sÂ “news” is not entirely fact-based. “For decades, a steady rise in immigration has depressed the wages of American workers,”Â McEnany falsely states. She also claims Trump’s newly-announced attack on legal immigration will “raise wages, decrease poverty, and save the taxpayers billions.” That’s at best disputable.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia under President Barack Obama, Michael McFaul, said the video “Feels eerily like so many state-owned channels I’ve watched in other countries.”
And CNN investigative reporter Andrew Kaczynski noted,Â â€œYou get the same vibe from this broadcast as those paid-programming news-style programs that air at 3am.â€Â
The video begins with the Trump-Pence campaign logo and ends with a photo of Trump at a campaign rally.Â
Many on social media, even conservatives like Bill Kristol, are demanding to know if taxpayers are paying for this Trump propaganda.Â
Real Q’s: Who owns Trump TV? The Trump Organization? Is it a kind of campaign contribution? Is that legal? And is there any WH cooperation?
â€” Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 7, 2017
Are taxpayers paying for your Trump propaganda fake news network on Facebook? How much are you paying that blond mouthpiece to lie for you?
â€” Charlie Corley (@Charlie_Corley) August 7, 2017
Guess it was only a matter of time before we got a propaganda channel devoted to Trump. Wonder if taxpayers are footing the bill??? https://t.co/S5GqkEXvFq
â€” Elyse (@wraithfodder) August 7, 2017
So who is paying @kayleighmcenany to run a trump propaganda “news” site? taxpayers? trump campaign? trump himself?
â€” Jeff Lewis (@ChicagoPhotoSho) August 7, 2017
Seriously, though, who’s paying for this? If Trump Campaign, it’s just dumb advertising. If taxpayers, it’s the defintion of propaganda. https://t.co/p9fMbDKSHu
â€” ðŸ—½Bryan Edward Stone (@bestoneTX) August 6, 2017
The Philadelphia Inquirer’sÂ Rob Tornoe reports the funding of Trump TV is coming from the Trump re-election campaign.
“The program, which had previously been hosted by Trumpâ€™s daughter-in-law Lara Trump and is paid for with funds from Trumpâ€™s 2020 reelection campaign, appears to align with rumors that first appeared during the 2016 campaign of the development of a â€œTrump TVâ€ program,”Â Tornoe states.
HuffPost UK says now that thee’s Trump propaganda TV, “Trump Has Gone Full-North Korea.”
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Trump Urged Ukraine President ‘About Eight Times’ to Work With Giuliani to Get Dirt on Biden’s Son: WSJ
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that President Donald Trump “repeatedly pressured” the president of Ukraine to work with his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to get dirt on the son of his top political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
In a July phone call Trump urged President Volodymyr Zelensky “about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani,” the Wall Street Journal says.
But the Journal’s reporting in the second paragraph offers details that appear to minimize what experts have been suggesting actually happened. The Journal’s report also does not name sources or even suggest if they are White House or intelligence community officials.
“Mr. Trump didn’t mention a provision of foreign aid to Ukraine on the call, said this person, who didn’t believe Mr. Trump offered the Ukrainian president any quid-pro-quo for his cooperation on an investigation,” the Journal says.
That would lessen the magnitude of the allegations against President Trump, although they would still be impeachable offenses.
The Trump team has become expert at controlling the national conversation and forging a narrative that bends most elements of truth, then getting the conservative base to believe them.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
Some Among Democratic Base Grow Increasingly Frustrated as Pelosi Issues Statement Chastising Trump Over Whistleblower
Statement Does Not Say ‘Impeachment’
Some among the Democratic base appear frustrated with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who has not been supportive of the majority of House Democrats who want to impeach President Donald Trump. Friday afternoon the Speaker quietly issued a lengthy statement responding to the bombshell news that a whistleblower has filed a “credible” and “urgent” complaint with the intelligence community.
Pelosi’s statement, which was not posted to her social media accounts as of this writing, made its way through Twitter via a handful of reporters.
“If the President has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his Administration and our democracy,” Pelosi said, as a Politico congressional reporter pointed out:
Pelosi issues lengthy statement on the whistleblower complaint:
“If the President has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his Administration and our democracy.” pic.twitter.com/JMZJs0E2Aq
— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) September 20, 2019
Nearly two-thirds of House Democrats support impeaching Trump, or beginning a formal impeachment inquiry at the very least, according to Politico. But the majority of the nation does not, nor do a majority of Democratic voters, according to recent polls.
“Only 37 percent support beginning impeachment proceedings, while half oppose it,” Politco reports, citing its own polls.
Speaker Pelosi’s statement concludes with this:
“We will continue to follow the facts and explore every possible option to ensure the American people get the truth. We would hope that Republicans would join us in supporting the Constitution.”
Some online are calling her statement “weak,” while others are disappointed with the lack of specific threats of action, and others are expressing exasperation with the Speaker not supporting impeachment:
Weak as usual @TeamPelosi . Trump has clearly crossed the impeachment line with this one.
— Peter Archer (@PeterArcher37) September 20, 2019
With all due respect @SpeakerPelosi , when is enough enough? What repercussions has this administration faced so far under a Democratic House majority?
— PhatboyNYC (@PhatboyNYC) September 20, 2019
And this is why Dems are perceived as weak and Trump looks like a winner. Pathetic. If Pelosi et al don’t get it together soon, they will cost Democrats big time by depressing the vote.
— Debra King (@Kingwoman) September 20, 2019
Weak sauce from Pelosi. I’ll believe it when some damn ACTION is taken.
— Van Hammersly (@MrVanHammersly) September 20, 2019
Suggestion for Sunday shows: Invite Speaker Pelosi and ask her what would merit impeachment? Is there a red line somewhere, or is impeachment something from the past that shall never be sought again, ever?
— Jorge Guajardo (@jorge_guajardo) September 20, 2019
Speaker Pelosi has issued a statement warning of serious, unnamed, repercussions. In other words, nothing. This still does not seem to be enough to make them act.
— Regina Maher (@Regina_Maher) September 20, 2019
You hear that Trump? You only have 100 more scandals before Pelosi pounces…on another mildly written statement of concern. Wouldn’t wanna be in your shoes.
— Kenneth Jimenez (@MrKennyJimenez) September 20, 2019
Here it is. Pelosi apparently feels like she’s done her job. No mention of impeachment. Absolutely no consequences for this administration. What is it going to take? pic.twitter.com/Va3cyFAmjz
— Mark Yelsits (@MarkYelsits) September 20, 2019
DId you read Pelosi’s “statement”, It makes you want to go back to bed, pull the covers over your head and sob for the loss of our country and soon democracy as a concept. I have a headache.
— hfb (@HarrietBurandt) September 20, 2019
After a week has passed, at last a statement…that advances the effort to secure the complaint in no concrete way. https://t.co/IXDbbzv8h3
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) September 20, 2019
Incredibly I think Pelosi has already blown it with this statement. You have a tiny window of time in which to cement the narrative in the public discussion that this warrants impeachment and she just watched it pass. Now this will just fade into the miasma of Trump crimes.
— Jeff Rector (@jrector83) September 20, 2019
I just read Pelosi’s statement on the whistleblower. I want to throw my phone across the Fucking room. WTF??
— Farrell McManus (@farrellmcmanus) September 20, 2019
WATCH: Trump Says He Hasn’t Read Whistleblower Complaint – in Next Breath Claims ‘Everybody’s Read It, They Laugh at It’
President Donald Trump has spent a good part of the day trying to minimize the news about a reportedly damning whistleblower complaint filed against him by an intelligence official. During an Oval Office press availability Trump threw many different claims at reporters, claiming both that he had no idea what was in the complaint or which country’s leader it involved, then claimed his conversation with the country’s leader was “great” and “beautiful.”
Minutes later he was asked again about the whistleblower report, and if he had read it.
“No I haven’t,” Trump replied.
“It’s – I, I just tell you it is – everybody’s read it, they laugh at it,” Trump said, making a face as if to denigrate the report.
It’s unclear who “everybody” is, but if it to have been even widely distributed Congress would need to investigate, given only the Director of National Intelligence and the IG should have access to it.
He went on to call it “another media disaster,” despite the intelligence community inspector general – who he appointed – calling the whistleblower complaint both “credible” and “urgent.”
TRUMP: “Our media has become the laughingstock of the world … the media of our country is laughed at all over the world now. You’re a joke.” pic.twitter.com/2n2eNRhanO
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 20, 2019
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