Trump says it’s ‘highly unlikely’ he’ll pardon himself if convicted and then elected
Donald Trump gave his first television interview since leaving Kristen Welker, the new moderator of Meet the press at week-end.
Pre-taped Thursday at his home in Bedminster, there was heavy criticism of NBC for giving a platform to the four-times-indicted former president.
Welker and Mr. Trump clashed repeatedly as he talked about her and repeated lies about the 2020 election and the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, and known lies about his own indictments and on President Joe Biden.
In the live in-studio portions of Sunday’s show, Welker fact-checked the former president’s statements and led a roundtable discussion on what was said, allowing for additional corrections.
Meanwhile, on Friday night, Mr. Trump made a series of gaffes in remarks at two events, saying President Biden would lead the United States into World War II, failing to confuse who he would run against in 2024 and reiterating a bizarre claim that you need ID. to buy bread.
Earlier, the former president attacked “deranged” Jack Smith on Truth Social just hours after the special prosecutor’s office requested a restrained order of silence be issued in the Jan. 6 election subversion case.
When will Melania join Trump on the 2024 campaign trail?
“Whenever it is appropriate, but very soon,” the former president told Kristen Welker in the Meet the press interview on Sunday.
Olivier O’ConnellSeptember 18, 2023 05:30
Senate’s bipartisan approach to government funding puts pressure on divided House
On one side of the Capitol, two senators steered the debate on government funding away from partisan infighting, paving the way for bills to pass with bipartisan momentum.
A few steps away, on the Maison side, things couldn’t be more different.
House Republicans, trying to win support from the party’s far-right wing, have bolstered their government funding programs with spending cuts and conservative policy priorities. Democrats reacted angrily, calling their Republican counterparts extreme and bigoted, and withdrawing their support for the legislation.
Contradictory approaches are not unusual in such congressional fights. But the differences this time are particularly stark, creating a gap between the chambers that could prove difficult to bridge. This dynamic threatens to plunge the United States into another damaging government shutdown, potentially as soon as the end of September, when last year’s funding expires.
Leaders in both chambers are trying to project strength as they begin negotiations that will determine the fate of billions of dollars in government programs, military aid to Ukraine and emergency disaster recovery funds.
P.A.September 18, 2023 03:30
When will Trump be tried?
So far, Mr. Trump has been criminally charged four times – twice at the federal level and two at the state level. This is in addition to the two civil suits filed by the ex-president in New York.
Even though Mr. Trump’s legal team has continually pushed judges to delay trial dates until after the 2024 election, almost all of the dates for his criminal charges have been set for next spring.
Here are Mr. Trump’s trial dates so far.
Ariana BaioSeptember 18, 2023 02:30
Do Americans need ID to buy bread?
But someone seems to think so…
Olivier O’ConnellSeptember 18, 2023 01:30
Florida GOP Won’t Require Pledge of Loyalty to Run in Presidential Primary and Win Trump
The Florida Republican Party voted Friday against requiring candidates in the state’s presidential primary to pledge support for the eventual nominee, ensuring that former President Donald Trump will not have to sign a oath to participate in the March election alongside Governor Ron DeSantis.
The move is seen as a victory for Trump, who refused to make a similar commitment required for candidates to participate in national GOP debates. The State Party had just introduced the obligation to commit in May.
Since then, Trump has maintained his dominance in the Republican field while DeSantis, whom he has long targeted as his main rival, has faltered and had to lay off dozens of staffers. Trump and DeSantis have a particularly fierce rivalry in their shared home state of Florida.
P.A.September 18, 2023 00:30
Trump jokes about photo IDs as he promotes voter ID
Former President Donald Trump joked Friday about having his photo taken in Fulton County, Ga., when he discussed the need for voter ID in elections.
The former president spoke at the Concerned Women for America national summit in Washington, DC. Meanwhile, he repeated his lies that he won the 2020 presidential election and called for the passage of a voter ID law.
Eric Garcia reports Mr. Trump’s remarks Friday evening.
Olivier O’ConnellSeptember 17, 2023 11:30 p.m.
Republican presidential candidates generally overlook New Hampshire in bid to blunt Trump in Iowa
There was a time when moderates, mavericks and outsiders in presidential politics had a chance to make it in New Hampshire.
Former Sen. John McCain, an independent-minded Republican, resurrected his anemic campaign with a victory in the state’s first presidential primary in 2008. Bill Clinton, a centrist Democrat from Arkansas, became the ” comeback kid” by exceeding expectations here in 1992. And little-known Georgia peanut farmer Jimmy Carter would go on to run for president after winning the state’s Democratic primary in 1976.
But this year, New Hampshire’s primary tradition may be little more than a fairy tale, as the presidential field largely neglects the Granite State.
P.A.September 17, 2023 10:30 p.m.
Republican senator calls Republican colleagues ‘stupid’ for trying to defund the FBI
A Republican senator condemned his party’s “stupid” comments about the FBI and the Justice Department in response to the agencies’ prosecution of Donald Trump.
Iowa’s Chuck Grassley spoke with a local PBS station Friday when asked about Republicans in his party, including presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, who have taken various extreme positions against the forces federal authorities as they pursue legal action. supporters of Donald Trump, who is currently facing criminal charges stemming from two federal cases.
Mr. Ramaswamy has taken perhaps the most extreme position: supporting the complete elimination of the FBI.
John BowdenSeptember 17, 2023 10:00 p.m.
ICYMI: Trump lashes out at ‘disturbed’ Jack Smith hours after request for partial silence order
Federal prosecutors are asking the judge overseeing a case targeting Donald Trump’s alleged efforts to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election to help stop his wave of “inflammatory” attacks.
Following a grand jury indictment in the case, the former president “repeatedly and widely issued public statements” attacking Washington, D.C. residents as well as members of the court, prosecutors and potential witnesses , according to a filing in U.S. District Court on September 15.
His statements threaten “to undermine the integrity of this procedure and to harm the composition of the jurors,” prosecutors warned. Shortly after a partial gag request from U.S. Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith, the former president lashed out at his Truth Social platform and called it “deranged.”
Alex WoodwardSeptember 17, 2023 9:30 p.m.
‘I didn’t respect them’: Trump says he ignored lawyers who told him he lost the election
Donald Trump said this week that he has the right to continue trying to stop Joe Biden from becoming president after his own advisers told him his claims of election fraud were false, explaining that he did not respect advice legal advice from its own lawyers.
The ex-president spoke with Kristin Welker, new host of NBC’s flagship Sunday show Meet the presswhen asked why he tried to interfere in the certification of the 2020 election after his legal challenges failed and his White House lawyers advised him against doing so.
“I didn’t respect them as lawyers,” Mr. Trump said.
“You hired them,” Welker pointed out.
John BowdenSeptember 17, 2023 9:15 p.m.