3 Things to Know Today
1 Trump Hits Media Over Coverage Of Pittsburgh Visit
President Trump took to Twitter and described his visit Pittsburgh this week, saying he was "treated so warmly" but railed against the media coverage of his visit to the site of the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history. The President dismissed "Fake News" stories about protests against his visit to the Tree of Life Synagogue and insisted he was "shown great respect." The tweet included a video, set to music, of Trump viewing memorials outside the synagogue and greeting wounded law-enforcement officers.
2 GOP Civil War Over Birthright Citizenship Breaking Out
President Trump had strong words for those who think his stance on birthright citizenship is all about fear mongering. Especially towards speaker of the House Paul Ryan who criticized Trump’s promise to end the practice. “Paul Ryan should be focusing on holding the Majority rather than giving his opinions on Birthright Citizenship, something he knows nothing about! Our new Republican Majority will work on this, Closing the Immigration Loopholes and Securing our Border!” Trump tweeted yesterday afternoon. President Trump had said that he plans to sign an executive order ending the practice that allows for children of non-American citizens who are born on U.S. soil to become citizens. Speaker Paul Ryan said that ending such an act would be unconstitutional.
3 Vets Slam U.S. Moving Troops To Border
President Trump has decided to deploy more than 5,000 troops to the US-Mexico border. In fact, that's more troops then we have serving in some of the world’s most dangerous combat areas. Operation Faithful Patriot raises many questions, especially among veterans who feel this is nothing more than a political stunt by the president. “Donald Trump thinks unarmed people who are fleeing horrors and are still 1,000 miles away are a national security threat a week before election day?” said Will Fischer, a former Marine who now works for the VoteVets, a progressive veteran’s organization. Will went on to say, “It’s a political ploy to blow upon the embers of racism and nativism, and he is using the military again as a political prop to advance his own agenda.” These new troops will join over 2,000 National Guardsmen who are already at the border. That means we're looking at more than 7,000 American forces mobilized in that area to protect against Central American migrants that are still some 900 miles away from the border.