U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democratic leaders' cut short a White House meeting after Republican President Donald Trump had a "meltdown" over a House of Representatives vote condemning his Syria withdrawal.
On a day when President Donald Trump tried to minimize the crisis in northern syria (NATSOUND)(English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "This has nothing to do with us.." The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday issued a rare, bipartisan, and overwhelming rebuke to the president over his decision to pull American forces from Syria and pave the way for a Turkish military assault against U.S. Kurdish allies.
The bill passed with 354 votes in favor to just 60 against, with dozens of Republicans joining Democrats to condemn the president's pullout.
That led to a heated face-to-face meeting a short time later between Democratic leaders and the Republican President.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. DEMOCRATIC HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI, SAYING: "More than 2 to 1 of the Republicans voted to oppose what the president did, probably got to the president because he was shaken up by it.
And that's why we couldn't continue in the meeting because he was just not relating to the reality of it." And it wasn't just democrats pushing back on the president - Majority leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday said he thought the decision to pull troops from Syria was a mistake.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL SAYING: "I've told him certainly personally and publically I disagree with the decision." The Syria crisis has stoked divisions between Trump and some of his staunchest defenders in his own party.
(UPSOUND) (English) REPRESENTATIVE LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SOUTH CAROLINA) SAYING: "To President Trump, it's now time for you to act like Ronald Reagan, not Obama." Republican Senator Lindsey Graham warned pulling U.S. troops from Syria would lead to a resurgence of Islamic State, and said that if ISIS terrorists killed Americans their blood would be on Trump's hands.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) REPRESENTATIVE LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SOUTH CAROLINA) SAYING: "This is a defining moment of Trump's presidency.
If we abandon the Kurds it will be to our shame and to our national security detriment and Trump will own the reemergence of ISIS." Trump dismissed Graham's criticisms at a news conference Wednesday.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "Lindsey Graham would like to stay in the Middle East for the next thousand years with thousands of soldiers and fighting other people's wars.
I want to get out of the Middle East.
I think Lindsey should focus right now on judiciary." Graham fired back on Twitter writing..."when it comes to america"s national security i will never be quiet".
US President Donald Trump, in an interview with Axios political reporterJonathan Swan, said the United States has better numbers than many othernations in terms of coronavirus deaths. He pointed out the number of deaths asa percentage of coronavirus cases.
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According to a confidential UN report, North Korea is pressing on with its nuclear weapons program and several countries believe it has "probably developed miniaturized nuclear devices to fit into the warheads of its ballistic missiles." Gloria Tso reports.
United States president Donald Trump tells reporters that countries all overthe world are "exploding" with coronavirus. Mr Trump said the US governmenttask force to tackle the crisis had not been given enough credit for its work.
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[NFA] U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said talks with the White House on a new coronavirus aid bill were not yet on a path toward reaching a deal on Friday, hours before the expiration of a federal unemployment benefit that has been an essential lifeline for millions of Americans. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
Senator Mitch McConnell has a strong suggestion for his fellow Republicans. He is saying do whatever it takes to salvage their campaigns, reports CNN. This is ahead of what Republicans increasingly fear could be a devastating election for their party. In recent weeks, the Senate majority leader has become concerned over Republicans losing control. WIthout Senate majority, Republicans will struggle to pass and block specific legislation.
[NFA] U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday he did not understand the White House effort to discredit him and urged an end to the divisiveness over the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying "let's stop this nonsense." This report produced by Chris Dignam.
US President Donald Trump on Thursday asked for the US Elections to be delayed. "With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA," Trump wrote on Twitter. "Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???" Trump said. The date of the presidential election — the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in every fourth year — is enshrined in federal law and would require an act of Congress to change, including agreement from the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. One Republican governor, Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, quickly shot down Trump's idea: “Make no mistake: the election will happen in New Hampshire on November 3rd. End of story. Our voting system in NH is secure, safe, and reliable. We have done it right 100% of the time for 100 years – this year will be no different."
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U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday defended himself in front of a Democratic-led House of Representative committee, denying accusations that he abused his power to help President Donald Trump's associates.
[NFA] A deadline looms before enhanced unemployment benefits expire, and Republican lawmakers are desperately trying to hammer out an agreement within their own party on relief efforts. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
On Tuesday, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham defended Dr. Anthony Fauci following a slew of attacks against him from the White House. "We don't have a Dr. Fauci problem," Graham told reporters. Graham said the country needed to focus on how to get things back to normal. "I have all the respect in the world for Dr. Fauci. I think any effort to undermine him is not going to be productive, frankly." Graham's comments came after the White House circulated misleading talking points over the weekend.
A divided Senate Judiciary Committee approved sweeping subpoena power on Thursday for a politically charged congressional probe of an FBI investigation into Republican President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and its contacts with Russia. Jillian Kitchener has more.
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, who is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Thursday urged her colleagues on a Senate panel to vote against a resolution granting subpoena authority to the Republican Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, calling it 'unprecedented'. The Republican-led panel however ended up approving it in the end.
As the novel coronavirus pandemic grinds the American economy to a pulp, US President Donald Trump's popularity with voters has gone the same way. According to CNN, the national political landscape has clearly and significantly shifted in favor of the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee Joe Biden. Given Trump's inability to wrest control of the crisis, it's unsurprising that his reelection chances have taken a substantial hit. It's not that Trump hasn't tried.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States' top infectious disease expert, said on Friday at a congressional hearing that he was 'cautiously optimistic' that there will be a vaccine for the coronavirus by the "end of this year and as we go into 2021." Colette Luke has more.
[NFA] A new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday found broad concerns in both political parties about the integrity of the U.S. election and about half of the registered voters surveyed said they worry that an increase in voting by mail will lead to widespread fraud in the Nov. 3 contest. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
[NFA] Portland had its first night in weeks without tear gas after state police took over from federal agents guarding a courthouse that has been the focal point of violence between protesters and tactical officers. Freddie Joyner has more.
China's ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app, two people familiar with the matter said on Saturday. Ciara Lee reports
White House aides say President Donald Trump has grown to recognize the extreme political peril he's created for himself. And according to CNN, that awareness has dawned less than 100 days until the election, and has triggered a litany of 'nobody likes me' utterances. Sources say when the president speaks with friends, his grievances are long and his complaints are ample. However, they say his willingness or ability to alter course seems minimal.