President Donald Trump

 

President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address didn’t come without some dramatic moments on Tuesday night.

For starters, Trump snubbed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she tried to shake his hand after introducing him. Then there was the eruption of Republicans chanting “four more years” during the speech. Meanwhile, dozens of Democrats wore white to protest the president and as a means to honor the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement.

Trump spoke about the “blue-collar boom” and a “great American comeback” throughout his 78-minute speech while also outlining his plans for national security, the economy, health care and the overall future of the country. Many of his remarks garnered a wave of applause from Republicans. Pelosi, meanwhile, appeared unmoved by the president’s words.

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Democrats Are Making Trump Look Like The Adult In The Room

 

From its beginnings, there has been a complete lack of drama about the impeachment of President Trump. News stories often referred to the impeachment as “historic.” It never felt historic. It felt partisan and small.
What would typically serve as a trial’s big moment — the verdict — was in this case a foregone conclusion because of the GOP’s control of the Senate and the purely partisan nature of impeachment proceedings in the Democrat-controlled House. As a result, drama had to be manufactured in the little things. Would the Senate vote to hear witnesses? Would Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. break a tie vote? Would any GOP senators vote to convict the president?
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Wuhan Hospital Announces Death Of Whistleblower Doctor After Confusion In State Media

 

Beijing (CNN)Li Wenliang, the Chinese whistleblower doctor who warned the public of a potential “SARS-like” disease in December 2019, has died, according to Wuhan Central Hospital. The confirmation follows a series of conflicting statements about his condition from the hospital and Chinese state media outlets.

Li died of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan in the early hours of Friday morning (local time).
“Our hospital’s ophthalmologist Li Wenliang was unfortunately infected with coronavirus during his work in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic,” the latest hospital statement read.
“He died at 2:58 am on Feb 7 after attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful.”
Earlier on Thursday night, several state media outlets had reported Li’s death, following which Chinese social media erupted in profound grief and anger.
Hours of confusion followed, with Wuhan Central Hospital releasing a statement saying Li was still alive and in critical condition, adding that they were “making attempts to resuscitate him.”

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What We Covered Here

 

Trump speaks: The President spoke about his impeachment acquittal at an event that stretched more than an hour.
About the vote: The Senate acquitted President Trump on both articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, yesterday. GOP Sen. Mitt Romney joined Democrats in voting to convict Trump on one of the charges.
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Fact check: Trump Falsely Claims Comey Admitted To Seaking To Grassley

 
 

President Trump falsely claimed that, in an exchange with Sen. Chuck Grassley at a committee meeting, James Comey admitted to being a leaker.

Facts First: Trump’s claim was the opposite of the truth. Comey denied being a leaker in that meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee in May 2017.

During the hearing, Grassley said, “It is frustrating when the FBI refuses to answer this committee’s questions, but leaks relevant information to the media. In other words, they don’t talk to us, but somebody talks to the media. Director Comey, have you ever been an anonymous source in news reports about matters relating to the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation?”

Comey responded, “Never.”

Here’s the rest of the exchange:

Grassley: “Question two, relatively related: have you ever authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation?”

Comey: “No.”

Grassley: “Has any classified information relating to President Trump or his association — associates been declassified and shared with the media?”

Comey: “Not to my knowledge.”

Clarification: The headline of this post has been updated to make clear that is about what Comey said to Grassley.

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Fact check: Trump Claims Without Evidence That Vindman’s Edits Were Made To The Ukraine Transcript

 

President Trump claimed that the changes Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman requested to the transcript of his July 25 call with Ukraine’s president were indeed made, therefore the transcript was “perfectly accurate.”

“Lt. Colonel Vindman and his twin brother, right we had some people that, really amazing, but we did everything. We said, what was wrong with it? They said, they didn’t add this word or that word. Didn’t. I said, add it. They’re probably wrong, but add it. So now everybody agrees that they were perfectly accurate,” he said.

Facts First: In fact, Vindman, the National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert, testified in the House impeachment inquiry that two “substantive” changes he suggested to the rough transcript of Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky were not made. As we have noted before, the document Trump released explicitly says on its first page that it is “not a verbatim transcript.”

You can read a longer fact check here.

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Trump Thanks His Family “For Sticking Through It”

 

President Trump, speaking from the White House, thanked his family “for sticking through it.”

“This was not part of the deal,” he said.

Trump called up his daughter, Ivanka, and the first lady, Melania Trump, to the podium and hugged them both.

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Schumer Says Trump’s Speech Proves He Will Do It Again

 
 

President Trump will do it again, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said today at a news conference.

Schumer’s remarks come after Trump addressed the nation giving a fiery speech about his impeachment acquittal.

“Donald Trump just spoke for an hour and a half claiming he did nothing wrong. Then the question looms Mr. President, President Trump if you did nothing wrong why did you prevent any witness and any document from being allowed at the trial? If you’re innocent you’d be happy to have witnesses who were at the scene, documents that are evidence of what happened at the scene come forward,” Schumer said.

Schumer went on to say the President is on a “self-righteous horse,” and this is the largest cover-up since Watergate.

“If it’s a sham trial with not a witness or a document, then acquittal means nothing,” he said.

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GOP Congressman Says He Hopes “This Politically Driven Nightmare Is Over”

 

Asked about President Trump apparently questioning GOP Sen. Mitt Romney’s faith at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, “I never heard the President use the word Romney at the prayer breakfast.”

Asked if he really didn’t believe he was going after Romney, McCarthy said, “I don’t know, but I never heard him say Romney.”

Pressed further, McCarthy said: “I heard what he said at the White House, it was about an individual who voted against him, ran for president, didn’t win, I mean, that’s his vote. One thing, look, I would say today, the President’s acquitted. I would hope that this politically driven nightmare is over. If there’s anything the nation should learn, we should never go through this again. We’ve watched — this is really what Alexander Hamilton warned us all about.”

“I don’t think Romney’s effective in any shape or form,” he said.

Some background: At the National Prayer Breakfast this morning, Trump took a veiled shot at Romney for his vote. One day after Romney cited his faith as a factor in casting his impeachment vote, Trump said: “I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong.”

Then at the White House, Trump said: “You have some who used religion as a crutch. … Today — never heard him use it before. But today, you know, it’s one of those things. But you know, it’s a failed presidential candidate. So things can happen when you fail so badly running for president.”

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Utah Republicans Say Backlash Against Romney Won’t Last

 

House Republicans from Utah today downplayed the impact that GOP Sen. Mitt Romney’s vote in the impeachment trial would have on his standing within the state.

“We shouldn’t kick someone out who disagrees with us — even as important as this,” said Rep. Chris Stewart, a Utah Republican. “We want to embrace people.”

Asked about the impact Romney’s vote could have on his reelection hopes in Utah, Stewart said “that’s four years from now.”

“It’s an important vote, it’s a vote i think people will remember,” Stewart said. “But I don’t think people are going to be talking about his vote for impeachment four years from now. … I don’t think it’s the only thing they’re going to be considering at that point. I don’t think it’s going to be the first thing they’ll consider.”

Stewart added: “There’s a lot of anger there but I think this too shall pass.”

Rep. John Curtis of Utah concurred with that assessment.

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