Sarah Huckabee Sanders to join Fox News
Donald Trump has had several press secretaries since taking office in 2017.
His first, Sean Spicer that he will be a competitor on the next season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Spicer was followed Anthony Scaramucci, whose latest feud with the president has lasted longer than his employment as White House press secretary.
Which brings us to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s longest-serving and most loyal press secretary. In perhaps the least surprising post-White House move, Sanders is joining Fox News as a contributor.
She will make her debut appearance next month on the president’s favorite show, Fox & Friends.
There she joins several former senior White House communications officials, including:
Sanders will also join her father, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who is a contributor on the network.
The outstanding question: will she follow his footsteps and run for governor?
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is imploring Democrats not to eliminate the filibuster – a procedural rule that allows the minority party to stall or block the chamber from voting on legislation or a nominee.
“If future Democrats shortsightedly decide to reduce the Senate to majority rule, we’ll have lost a key safeguard of American government,” the Kentucky Republican writes in an op-ed published in the New York Times. “And — stop me if you’ve heard this one — they’d regret it a lot sooner than they think.”
The op-ed serves as as rejoinder to one written by former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who urged Democrats abolish the filibuster.
“The Senate is now a place where the most pressing issues facing our country are disregarded, along with the will of the American people overwhelmingly calling for action,” Reid wrote. “The future of our country is sacrificed at the altar of the filibuster.”
Democratic activists have pushed the issue to the forefront of the presidential debate, urging the party’s candidates to commit to eliminating the rule which looms as an obstacle to their ambitious policy proposals.
In 2013, Reid deployed the so-called “nuclear option” and eliminated the filibuster for nominations to executive branch positions and lower-court judgeships in response to Republican obstruction of Barack Obama’s appointees. In 2017, McConnell further limited the minority’s power when he removed the filibuster for Supreme court nominees to undermine a Democratic blockade.
The demise of the filibuster is a reflection of the course, partisan nature of this political moment. Obama’s election inspired a conservative uprising against his presidency, with McConnell insisting then that the “single most important thing” for Congressional Republicans was to ensure that he was a “one-term” president. Eight years later, Trump’s victory has energized grassroots activists and liberals determined to see him removed from office.
Ezra Levin, a co-founder of the progressive group Indivisible, which is pushing Democrats to adopt such reforms, said the op-ed was a sign McConnell is starting to fear the tactic.
The economy is booming. There’s no risk of a recession. Everything is FINE. FINE!
Also from the White House: Trump is interested in a payroll tax cut to encourage economic growth in the event of a slowdown.
Somewhere in between, Trump continues to insist that the “only problem” with the US economy is the Federal Reserve. For months, Trump has attacked Fed Chairman Jerome Powell – a man he picked to run the US central bank.
Ahead of a speech by Powell in Jackson Hole on Friday, Trump compared the Fed chairman to a golfer who was unable to putt and said he had let the country down.
On Thursday, he returned to the subject, though he has so far avoided attacked Powell directly.
Man with a plan: Sanders introduces ambitious climate plan
Bernie Sanders on Thursday proposed the most ambitious plan yet to avert “climate catastrophe” ahead of a visit to Paradise, the California town destroyed by a wildfire last year.
The plan calls for a 10-year, $16.3tn national mobilization and aims to eliminate US carbon emissions by 2050, a target laid out by scientists with the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Sanders says the sprawling proposal, which he compares to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal economic programs, would create millions of jobs and rally the world’s leaders to join forces in the fight against climate change.
The plan, he says, would be paid for by “making he fossil fuel industry pay for their pollution, through litigation, fees, and taxes, and eliminating federal fossil fuel subsidies.”
Sanders’ Green New Deal would also:
- Aim reach 100% renewable power for both electricity and transportation, the top two contributors to climate change in the US, by 2030
- Complete decarbonization by 2050
- Expand public ownership of power companies and make electricity “virtually free” by 2035
- A promises to “end unemployment” by creating 20m new jobs
- Declare climate change a national emergency
- Invest a $200bn into the Green Climate Fund for countries to slash pollution.
Donald Trump’s desire to buy Greenland escalated into an international confrontation this week after he abruptly canceled a trip to Denmark, claiming the country’s prime minister had been “nasty” to him when she called the idea “absurd”.
Now a new backstory is emerging that might explain what piqued the president’s interest in purchasing the icy island.
Arkansas senator Tom Cotton said he spoke to the president about buying Greenland months ago and even raised it in a meeting with the Danish ambassador, according to Talk Business & Politics, which hosted an event in Little Rock, where Cotton made his comments.
“Obviously, the right decision for this country,” Cotton told the group’s CEO when asked about the spat. “You’re joking, but I can reveal to you that several months ago, I met with the Danish ambassador and I proposed that they sell Greenland to us.”
“I told the president you should buy it as well,” Cotton continued, adding later that Trump “heard that from me and from some other people as well.”
Cotton, a staunch conservative and a close ally of Trump, said touted such a deal as strategic on the part of the US. Greenland, an autonomous region owned by Denmark, possesses “untold” economic potential and would be “vital to our national security.”
“Anyone who can’t see that is blinded by Trump derangement,” he said.
Read a write up of the conversation here.
And more on the row between Trump and Denmark. Bet you didn’t see that one coming, did you?
Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the day’s political news. Lauren Gambino here, manning the blog for the day from our nation’s capital.
This morning begins with a shakeup to the 2020 race. Overnight, Jay Inslee, the Democratic governor of Washington who made climate change the focus of his presidential campaign, has dropped out of the race after failing to qualify for the third primary debate. The Associated Press is reporting Inslee is planning to seek a third term as governor.
Joe Walsh, the one-term Illinois congressman and conservative radio show host, says he’s “strongly, strongly considering” mounting a primary bid against Trump.
“The only way you primary Donald Trump and beat him is to expose him for the con man he is,” Walsh said on CNN’s New Day on Thursday. “And if I did it … that’s what I’d do – I’d punch him every single day.”
Trump already faces a primary challenge, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, but his campaign has yet to generate enough enthusiasm to conceivably test the president’s stranglehold on the Republican party.
Meanwhile, John Hickenlooper, the former Colorado governor who suspended his presidential campaign last month, has announced that he will run for the Senate. Hickenlooper joins a congested primary despite saying things like: “I’m not cut out to be a senator.”
“I’ve always said Washington was a lousy place for a guy like me who wants to get things done – but this is no time to walk away from the table,” Hickenlooper said in a video announcing his run for Senate to take on Republican incumbent Cory Gardner.
What we’re watching for today: Trump has a relatively light public schedule, aside from his daily intelligence briefing. At 4.30 pm, he is scheduled to present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Celtics legend Bob Cousy, who was known for his public stance against racism and segregation in the 1950s.