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President Trump said the U.S. Postal Service is a major obstacle between the White House and Democrats in negotiations over an economic relief package.

During an interview Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo, Trump tied the impasse to the debate over allowing widespread mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic, something which the president and his allies warn creates the potential for voter fraud.

“They want $3.5 billion for something that will turn out to be fraudulent,” he said. “That’s election money, basically. They want $3.5 billion for the mail-in votes. … They want $25 billion, billion, for the post office. Now, they need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots.”

The president also noted that “you can’t have universal mail-in voting because they’re not equipped to have it” without the funding that is being negotiated. “Now, if we don’t make a deal, that means they don’t get the money. That means they can’t have universal mail-in voting,” Trump added. “They just can’t have it. So, you know, sort of a crazy thing.”

With negotiations stalled, the president signed a combination of an executive order and memorandums over the weekend that are intended to send financial relief to unemployed people in the United States, protect people from evictions, offer student loan relief, and defer payroll tax payments.

A record 76% of U.S. citizens will be eligible to get their ballot in the mail in 2020, according to the New York Times.

Author: Mike Brest

Source: Washington Examiner: Trump: No deal on coronavirus relief package means no ‘fraudulent’ universal mail-in voting

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson demanded an immigration activist answer questions about a claim he made on the air during Carlson’s show Friday night.

The activist, Roberto Hernandez, claimed that the United States essentially had an obligation to let the caravan come into the country because the U.S.’s policies stymied Latin American countries’ development.

“You’ve demonstrated an ignorance of history sufficient that I don’t want you trying to educate us and then I just want you to answer my question about right now,” Carlson stated. “What is the justification, the legal justification for these people coming to our border and not the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, [Mexico]?”

“Well if you look at the role of the United States in Central America, in Nicaragua, in Honduras, in Guatemala, in other countries in Latin America, the United States has promoted wars to protect corporate interests in a lot of these countries,” Hernandez followed up.

He continued, “You have a lot of people who have been affected by these wars and it’s caused poverty in a lot of these countries. Currently, there is a political climate in a lot of these countries and people are coming here looking for refuge …”

Carlson cut off his guest.

Honduran migrants take part in a caravan heading to the US, on the road linking Ciudad Hidalgo and Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 21, 2018. – Thousands of Honduran migrants resumed their march toward the United States on Sunday from the southern Mexican city of Ciudad Hidalgo, AFP journalists at the scene said. (Photo by Pedro Pardo / AFP) (Photo credit should read PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

“I’m trying to take you seriously. You said most of them in the first caravan are coming from Honduras. What war are you specifically talking about that the United States promoted whose interests were benefiting from that war and when did that war end? What are you talking about specifically?” Carlson asked.

“Specifically, look at the role of the U.S. government in Honduras. I mean we can go here all day, all night but we don’t have that much time,” Hernandez responded.

“What war are you talking about? Just give me the war, tell me when it ended,” Carlson fired back. “What you’re saying is you don’t really know what you’re talking about, but you’re throwing out a talking point.”

Author: Mike Brest

Source: Daily Caller: Immigration Activist Scrambles When Tucker Demands He Answer For A Claim He Made About The Caravan

Minneapolis police officers are leaving the department in droves.

Nearly 200 officers have filed paperwork to leave the force because of what they claim is post-traumatic stress, said Ronald F. Meuser Jr., a lawyer representing the officers, according to a report by the New York Times on Tuesday. Around 20% of a department of around 850 people could soon be gone.

The news comes nearly two months after George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man suspected of using a fake $20 bill, was killed during an arrest by four police officers, sparking protests around the nation against racial inequality and police brutality.

Roughly 65 officers have left the department this year, which is higher than the 45 departures per year.

“It’s almost like a nuclear bomb hit the city, and the people who didn’t perish are standing around,” Officer Rich Walker Sr., a 16-year Minneapolis police veteran and union official, said of the mood within the department. “I’m still surprised that we’ve got cops showing up to work, to be honest.”

Floyd died on Memorial Day after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes despite his pleas for air.

The officer who pressed a knee to Floyd’s neck, Derek Chauvin, was fired from the department and has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The three other officers who were involved in detaining Floyd were also fired and charged with aiding and abetting murder.

Author: Mike Brest

Source: Washington Examiner: Nearly 200 officers have applied to leave Minneapolis police force

Author Fran Lebowitz suggested on Bill Maher’s show Friday that President Donald Trump should face the same fate as former Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and then later half-heartedly walked back the remarks.

Khashoggi was murdered and dismembered last October in the Saudi consulate in Turkey, while many U.S. lawmakers believe that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination.

Following questions by Maher on the subject of impeachment, Lebowitz stated, “Impeachment would be just the beginning of what he deserves. Not even scratching the surface of what he deserves.”

“Whenever I think about this and what he really deserves, I think we should turn him over to the Saudis…his buddies,” she continued. “The same Saudis, you know, who got rid of that reporter. Maybe they could do the same for him.”

Later on the show, Maher said, “What happened? You said something and they’re mad at you. I know this feeling. What, the thing you said about the Saudis? You were making a joke and it went too far, we’re sorry. Is that where we are?”

She answered, “That’s what the producer said. He said we’re getting blowback on Twitter or something. I saw your face when I said it. I didn’t realize that I said it. I had twelve cups of coffee, I regret saying it.”

People hold posters picturing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and lightened candles during a gathering outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, on October 25, 2018. (YASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images)

Maher then complained that it’s a live show before verbalizing a disclaimer that no one on the panel actually wants to see Trump get physically harmed.

“I did not mean that, and I regret saying it,” Lebowitz stated, before adding that, “I regret that everyone misinterpreted that because they misinterpret everything.”

Author: Mike Brest

Source: Daily Caller: FRAN LEBOWITZ SAYS TRUMP SHOULD BE MURDERED BY THE SAUDIS

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