California state rep: ‘Trump and Sessions should come here and arrest Xavier Becerra’

A California state lawmaker is asking President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to come to the state and arrest its Attorney General Xavier Becerra for "crossing the line" in enforcing an immigration law.

"He’s crossed the line, this is now a criminal defense, the Department of Justice needs to come," Travis Allen, a GOP assemblyman from California said on Fox News Monday night. "Sessions needs to come and Trump need to come to California to literally arrest and indict Xaiver Becerra for breaking federal law."

Allen, who is running for governor in the state, was responding to comments Becerra made last week in regards to enforcing a new California immigration law.

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Trump aide tries to distance White House from ad attacking Democrats

A top White House aide on Sunday tried to distance the administration from an online ad accusing Democrats who oppose President Donald Trump’s immigration policies of being "complicit" in murders committed by undocumented immigrants.

On Saturday, the president’s reelection campaign released the ad, titled "Complicit," which hammers Democrats for opposing Trump’s proposed border wall and other unspecified border security measures. "Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants," an announcer says over images of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

Democrats and Republicans have been at odds over immigration, culminating in a government shutdown this weekend. But Republican leaders have shied away from backing the online ad.

"It’s done from a political organization," White House legislative affairs director Marc Short told NBC’s "Meet the Press" Sunday. Continue reading “Trump aide tries to distance White House from ad attacking Democrats”

Trump tells Senate GOP to go nuclear

President Donald Trump began the second day of the government shutdown imploring Senate Republicans to invoke the so-called nuclear option, having the chamber vote on all legislation on a majority basis.

"If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.’s!," the president wrote on Twitter shortly after 7:30 a.m.

In the past, key GOP senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have rebuffed the president, telling him that going nuclear and ending the legislative filibuster could be a damaging move in the long term. If Republicans lost control of the chamber, a 51-vote threshold for legislation could potentially make it easier for more liberal priorities, such as universal health care, to pass the Senate.

A spokesman for McConnell said Sunday: "The Republican Conference opposes changing the rules on legislation."

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Flake compares Trump’s treatment of press to Stalin’s

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s declaration that media is "the enemy of the people" is a throwback to Josef Stalin that should have no place in political discourse.

"I’m saying he borrowed that phrase," Flake told MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt of Trump’s choice of words. "It was popularized by Josef Stalin, used by Mao as well — enemy of the people. It should be noted that Nikita Khrushchev who followed Stalin, forbade its use, saying that was too loaded and that it maligned a whole group or class of people, and it shouldn’t be done.

"I don’t think that we should be using a phrase that’s been rejected as too loaded by a Soviet dictator."

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Trump: Hawaii officials ‘made a mistake’ with false alert

President Donald Trump on Sunday said Hawaii officials "made a mistake" when a false alert went out that said the island was about to be hit by a ballistic missile attack, and he said the federal government would be involved going forward.

"That was a state thing, but we are going to now get involved with them," Trump told reporters in Florida. "They took responsibility. They made a mistake."

Hawaii officials said Saturday that "human error" caused an incorrect emergency alert to go out telling residents to seek shelter. It took more than 40 minutes for a correction to be sent, despite the fact that officials said they knew within minutes that there was no threat. Hawaii Gov. David Ige and top emergency officials have pledged a probe into the matter.

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Trump: ‘I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed’

President Donald Trump told reporters Sunday that he is the "least racist person you have ever interviewed," after lawmakers said he referred to some foreign countries as "shitholes" during a bipartisan immigration meeting last week.

"No, no, I’m not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed," Trump said in Florida, according to a pool report. "That I can tell you.”

Critics of the president seized on reports that Trump questioned why the U.S. admits people from what he called "shithole" countries and said he would prefer more immigration from places like Norway. The White House has not denied that he used the term, but Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.), who attended the meeting in question, said they didn’t recall Trump making such a comment. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told a newspaper that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S. Continue reading “Trump: ‘I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed’”

Trump picks fight with WSJ over interview

President Donald Trump began Sunday morning by picking a fight with the Wall Street Journal, slamming the newspaper’s coverage of a sit-down interview with him for getting a word wrong.

"The Wall Street Journal stated falsely that I said to them “I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un” (of N. Korea). Obviously I didn’t say that," the president wrote on Twitter. "I said “I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un,” a big difference. Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters…"

He added: "…and they knew exactly what I said and meant. They just wanted a story. FAKE NEWS!"

For its part, the Journal is standing behind its transcript of the interview. Late Saturday night, the newspaper released audio from their interview with the president, which it claims proves that the president said "I" and not "I’d."

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