Category Archives: Verbatim

Trump Is Failing on Border Wall

“Trump is so far flunking the biggest test of his dealmaking skills as president, learning the hard way that governing in a divided Washington is not remotely like running the Trump Organization or hosting ‘The Apprentice.’”

Washington Post

Republicans Breaking Ranks with Trump Over ‘Humanitarian Crisis’

“If this is a crisis, the people dealing with this crisis should get paid.”

— Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), in an interview on CNN, calling for an end to the government shutdown.

Trump’s Address a Stephen Miller Production

“The 33-year-old White House speechwriter has a hand in virtually everything the president reads from a teleprompter. But as one of the most strident immigration hawks in the West Wing, Miller has been especially influential over the past two years in shaping the way Trump talks about his signature issue. Tuesday night was reportedly no exception. … While it’s impossible to say just how much of the address he wrote, all of the tics and tropes of Millerian rhetoric were on display. The scary immigrants (‘vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs’). The gory anecdotes (a veteran ‘beaten to death with a hammer by an illegal alien’). The decidedly un-Trumpian flourishes (‘a crisis of the heart, and a crisis of the soul.’)”

McKay Coppins

Top Republican Opposes Using Military Funds for Trump’s Wall

“In short, I’m opposed to using defense dollars for non-defense purposes.”

— Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, telling Defense News that declaring a national emergency and using military dollars for President Trump’s border wall would be “damaging” to military readiness.

Trump Jr. Compares Asylum Seekers with Zoo Animals

“You know why you can enjoy a day at the zoo? Because walls work.”

— Donald Trump Jr., on Instagram, comparing a border wall with Mexico to a fence containing zoo animals.

Murkowski Wants to Reopen Government

“I am one who is amenable to a process that would allow for those appropriations bills that have concluded some time ago that they be enacted into law — whether it’s the Department of Interior or the IRS. I’d like to see that.”

— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), joining calls today to reopen the rest of the federal government before the funding fight over the border wall is resolved, CNN reports.

Trump’s Wall Address Unlikely to Change Hearts and Minds

Statistically significant changes in approval rarely follow a televised presidential address. Typically, the president’s ratings hardly move at all. Most changes are well within the margin of error — and many of them show a loss of approval.

— From the book, “On Deaf Ears: The Limits of the Bully Pulpit,” by political scientist George Edwards.

Carter: I Never Discussed Wall with Trump

“I have not discussed the border wall with President Trump, and do not support him on the issue.”

— Former President Carter, becoming the latest former president to deny telling President Trump that he regrets not building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, The Hill reports. Trump last week claimed former presidents have discussed the subject with him.

Short Question, Very Long Answer

“Why does everyone want to impeach me, Nancy?”

— President Trump, quoted by CBS News, to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at a White House meeting on the government shutdown.

WSJ Slams Trump for Parroting Russian Propaganda About Afghanistan

“We cannot recall a more absurd misstatement of history by an American President.”

— The Wall Street Journal editorial page slamming President Trump’s comments earlier this week which echoed Russian propaganda when he defended the Soviet Union’s 1979 invasion of Afghanistan.