1 Trump Proposes Massive Budget
President Trump is seeking more than eight-billion dollars for his massive border wall in the new budget blueprint that has been sent to Congress. It’s tucked within the $4.7- trillion dollar proposal, which makes deep cuts in domestic spending while continuing to boost the Pentagon's budget (and forecasts trillion dollar deficits for the next three years). Of course, Democrats in the House have made it clear that wall funding is a non-starter…so how this proposal will be officially received is anyone’s guess. Still, it’s worth noting that presidential budget roadmaps usually go nowhere in Congress as lawmakers chart their own course on annual spending bills. As the Constitution directs, all fiscal expenditures are to originate in the House. Considering the potential deficit and spending, reporters had a field day with acting White House budget chief Russell Vought, who decried Washington’s “spending problem." Vought argued that the President's budget plan would lead to a balanced budget in 15 years and calls the overall blueprint “fiscally responsible.”
2 Pelosi: Trump's "Not Worth" Impeachment
The talk about the potential impeachment of President Trump has been ratcheting up for weeks, but it would seem that he’s got a very unlikely ally in the “no impeachment” column…Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Not surprisingly, however, it’s not because she has anything good to say about him or that she believes he’s blameless. Speaking to the “Washington Post,” Ms. Pelosi said impeachment is "divisive" and she does not think Congress should go down that path unless certain conditions are met. “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan,” she explains. “I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country…and he’s just not worth it.”
3 US To Pull Remaining Personnel From US Embassy In Venezuela
The U.S. is now removing all remaining American personnel from the U.S. embassy in Venezuela. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the decision reflects the deteriorating situation in the South American country. “The U.S. will withdraw all remaining personnel from @usembassyve this week,” Pompeo offers via Twitter. “This decision reflects the deteriorating situation in #Venezuela as well as the conclusion that the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S. policy. US relations with Venezuela have been dicey since January when the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate president of the country. Since then, Maduro has continued turning the screws on his own people – even burning trucks of American humanitarian aid intended to help.