Good Thursday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The WH has not sent out the president's agenda
Trump, Melania makes surprise visit to the the troops
President Trump and First Lady Melania took a surprise trip to visit the troops in Iraq while, simultaneously, vicious media and Twitter harpies were clucking that Trump is the first president since sliced bread not to visit the troops. You all know the drill. The troops seem to love the president, even if the media don't.
"I don’t know if you folks are aware of what’s happening -- we want to have strong borders in the United States, the Democrats don’t want to let us have strong borders. Only for one reason. You know why? Because I want it," he said.
Trump said the "brilliant young faces, these warriors" in the crowd were inspiring him to try a new strategy, in which he insists he does not want a wall after all.
"I think I’ll say, I don’t want the wall. And then they’re going to give it to me! I figured out the solution," he said.
Historical picture of the day:
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!
On January 25, 2011, President Barack Obama called for a solution to illegal immigration.
On this one issue, President Donald Trump agrees with his predecessor.
On the issue of Jerusalem, Trump fulfilled a promise Obama made and never kept. Will Trump fulfill Obama's promise on illegal immigration?
Just before Christmas, Trump tweeted that he has confidence that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will defeat the Islamic State (ISIS).
I'm sorry, Mr. President, but Erdogan is not to be trusted. He uses the war against ISIS as a smokescreen to kill the Kurds.
Remember how Erdogan imprisoned Pastor Andrew Brunson? He's not to be trusted.
This does not necessarily mean withdrawing from Syria is a mistake (although I suspect it is), but trusting Erdogan on these matters certainly is.
Did Trump call U.S. troops "suckers"?
Wisconsin conservative radio host Charlie Sykes seems to think so.
Here's what the president said, however, as reported by NBC News:
In a speech to troops, Trump doubled down on his decision to withdraw troops from Syria and his longtime argument that America's military power is being exploited by other nations.
"America shouldn’t be doing the fighting for every nation on earth, not being reimbursed in many cases at all. If they want us to do the fighting, they also have to pay a price," Trump said. "And sometimes that’s also a monetary price, so we’re not the suckers of the world. We’re no longer the suckers, folks. And people aren’t looking at us as suckers."
Whatever you think about the withdrawal from Syria, Trump did not call U.S. troops "suckers." Sykes should apologize for this baseless attack.
Ohio's "heartbeat bill," which would have prohibited killing unborn children with a detectable heartbeat, went down in flames today after the Senate failed by one vote to override Gov. Kasich's veto of the bill.
Sen. Bill Beagle, who will be term-limited out at the end of the year, voted with four other Republicans and (allegedly) Republican Gov. Kasich to sell out unborn children. Beagle was one of the Republican senators who had voted the bill out of committee and voted yea on the final version of the bill, but he sided with Democrats when push came to shove. There are a lot of benefits to term limits, one of which is that these folks ultimately end up showing their true colors on their way out the door. In Beagle and Kasich's case, they waved a giant middle finger at pre-born children.
Read more here.