President Donald Trump kicked off his appearance at Thursday morning’s National Prayer Breakfast by showing up 40 minutes late, waving newspapers in the air to brag about his acquittal, then delivering a speech in which he attacked and threatened his political opponents, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, seated just feet away from him, and Senator Mitt Romney, who cast the only Republican vote to convict him just one day earlier.
“I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong,” Trump accused.
“Nor do I like people who say ‘I pray for you’ when they know that that’s not so. So many people have been hurt and we can’t let that go on. And I’ll be discussing that a little bit later at the White House” he threatened.
Speaker Pelosi has frequently said in earnest that she regularly prays for President Trump.
“As everybody knows, my family, our great country and your president has been put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people,” Trump said, as the Washington Post reports. “They have done everything possible to destroy us and by so doing very badly hurt our nation. They know what they are doing is wrong, but they put themselves far ahead of our great country.”
The Post calls the annual event one “that draws lawmakers and others in the spirit of reconciliation and bridge-building.”
President Trump: “I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong. Nor do I like people who say ‘I pray for you’ when they know that that’s not so. So many people have been hurt and we can’t let that go on.”#NationalPrayerBreakfast pic.twitter.com/79XCLpD7GP
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 6, 2020
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Clarence Thomas’ Wife Is Helping Trump Purge ‘Snakes’ From the White House — and Replace Them With Fox News Regulars
The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is spearheading an effort to purge the White House of staffers perceived as disloyal to President Donald Trump.
Ginni Thomas, a conservative activist and wife of the Supreme Court justice, has been advising the president as he seeks to rid the government of “snakes” since his impeachment acquittal, reported Axios.
Thomas heads a network of activists, including GOP Senate staffer Barbara Ledeen, that meets weekly in the offices of conservative legal group Judicial Watch to make recommendations for White House staffing.
She sent one memo directly to the president last year, according to a source close to Thomas, but a presidential personnel office review found some of her recommendations were not appropriate candidates — but Axios reported that Trump may revisit some of those names now that impeachment is behind him.
A source with direct knowledge of the memo told the website that Thomas recommended former Sheriff David Clarke for a senior Homeland Security role and Fox News regular and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino for a role with Homeland Security or as a counterterrorism adviser.
Thomas also recommended Devin Nunes aide Derek Harvey and Federalist contributor Ben Weingarten for the National Security Council, and she suggested talk radio host Chris Plante for press secretary.
Harvey served on the National Security Council until he was pushed out by former national security adviser H.R. McMaster — who was eventually removed himself after Thomas and her Groundswell network pushed for his ouster.
Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, who reported the story, declined to say whether any of the officials targeted by Thomas had pushed back against her campaign.
Trump National Security Advisor Blasted for ‘Weaponizing’ Classified Intel Against Bernie Sanders as Nevada Caucuses
President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor was blasted online on Saturday for a smear against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) while Nevada Democrats were caucusing to choose the DNC’s 2020 presidential nominee.
Josh Dawsey, White House reporter for The Washington Post, broke news on Saturday about what Robert O’Brien said in an interview to air on Sunday.
National security adviser Robert O’Brien tells ABC in interview to air tomorrow that he hasn’t seen any evidence of Russia seeking to help Trump. Asked whether Russia might be helping Sanders, he says reports could be credible. “That’s no surprise. He honeymooned in Moscow.”
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) February 22, 2020
O’Brien was quickly criticized for his comments. Here is some of what people were saying:
It is disgraceful for the national security advisor to lie about intelligence and spin it into a partisan attack. Trump will use the full weight of the intelligence community to try and win this election. https://t.co/aDu0uGWGmK
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) February 22, 2020
Trump doesn't have advisers anymore, only enablers.
— Cam Kay (@canmore2018) February 22, 2020
The next phase is starting and it's scary.
— JeriB (@knittingamma) February 22, 2020
I'm sorry. THIS is not a security advisor response. This is a Trump edict. The facts have been shredded.
— Patriot🇺🇸Citizenmdg (@Clancy_Dew) February 22, 2020
So even the NSA is just a campaign hack for Trump now
— Mark Gray (@rich29uk) February 22, 2020
Such a good little Trump soldier.
— Paul 👻 (@pablo_honey1) February 22, 2020
Aaaand, the ruse is over before it begins. O'Brien is no national security advisor. He's just a Trump schill & our nation is less safe as a result.
— Jeff Meyer (@meyerjef) February 22, 2020
Can anyone really trust anything trumps installed cronies have to offer anymore?
— James Lewis (@jlewis019) February 22, 2020
Such an odd talking point.
Yes, Bernie Sanders celebrated his honeymoon in Russia.
But if you think that matters, wouldn’t you point out that President Trump hosted the Miss Universe pageant there in 2013 and has sought to build a Trump Tower in Moscow? https://t.co/zp7I9HHI4V
— Shelby Holliday (@shelbyholliday) February 22, 2020
I know the Trumpsters think they are being terribly clever here. But this only amplifies that Sanders directly condemned any interference while Trump can't even muster the gentlest criticism of Putin. The contrast is really something… https://t.co/dq02sXikNn
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) February 22, 2020
politicization of US intel agencies kicking into high gear with eight months to go https://t.co/g7A8xfrYdz
— rat king (@MikeIsaac) February 22, 2020
Yes Sanders honeymooned in Moscow as opposed to Trump who held a beauty pageant in Moscow, took money from Moscow investors, hired aides linked to Moscow, heaped praise on Putin, and publicly asked Russia to get his opponent’s emails in the midst of the 2016 election campaign. https://t.co/4uThdP4GB3
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) February 22, 2020
To keep your job in the Trump administration you have to act like a partisan hack even in jobs that were not traditionally held by hacks. Grenell will fit right in with O’Brien and Pompeo. https://t.co/ASgriIKMXm
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) February 22, 2020
This NSA may not know much about foreign policy but he certainly knows how to deliver talking points written by his boss. https://t.co/hdUkrTyYIc
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) February 22, 2020
This will get worse. Using intelligence agencies to attack Democratic rivals. Also, has Trump ever admitted Russia interfered? Criticized Putin? Nope? Thought so. https://t.co/LuINoUFH5f
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) February 22, 2020
Weird, because Robert O'Brien said in 2016 during the primaries that Trump had a "bromance" with Putin and that Trump played up, "how chummy he will be with Vladimir Putin if he is elected."https://t.co/hR7JRvURzA
— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) February 22, 2020
Watch: Trump Laughs, Jokes After Supporter Calls for Shooting Migrants
President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Panama City Beach, Florida Wednesday night was the usual raucous affair – except for one exchange which has many even more outraged than usual.
Complaining to supporters from the Florida panhandle that migrants are trying to enter the U.S. through the Southern border, the President asked, “How do you stop these people?”
One supporter, as The Guardian reported, responded, “Shoot them!”
President Trump laughed, paused, then turned it into an applause line.
“That’s only in the panhandle can you get away with that statement,” Trump proclaimed. As the audience broke out into cheers and applause, Trump, who himself has called labeled immigrants “animals,” repeated: “Only in the panhandle.”
At his rally tonight, Trump says the government is unable to violently attack immigrants, someone in the crowd shouted “Shoot them!”
The crowd & Trump erupt in laughter & cheers. Trump says, “Only in the panhandle can you get away with that statement.”pic.twitter.com/SgQd2OH9ti
— jordan (@JordanUhl) May 9, 2019
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