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Live: Pence delivers joint statements with Polish President

Live: Pence delivers joint statements with Polish President

Expected live at 10 a.m. ET: Vice President Mike Pence delivers joint press statements with President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw, Poland. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political…

Roll Call photographer Tom Williams wins WHNPA’s Political Photo of the Year

Roll Call staff photographer Tom Williams has won the distinguished Political Photo of the Year award in the White House News Photographers Association’s 2019 Eyes of History contest. The same photo, featuring Vice President Mike Pence in the Capitol, won first prize in the On Capitol Hill category of the visual awards. “The photographer caught an incredible face. “I was talking to his photographer so I think his detail kind of let me go about my business and I felt as though I was in some kind of secure bubble. Thanks to my fellow photographers, judges and the WHNPA for this high honor.” Williams joined Roll Call in 2000. Jabin Botsford of the Washington Post was named Photographer of the Year — the other top award given out by the association — after winning first prize in four different categories of the contest, including Domestic News and Insiders Washington. Bill Clark, Roll Call’s photo editor, also won two awards for his photojournalism. Clark won an award of excellence in the Pictorial category for the following image. Want insight more often? Get Roll Call in your inbox And he won an award of excellence in the Picture Story: Politics category for the image below.

Pence Begs Trump Not to Make Him Sit Next to Woman at State of...

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Vice-President Mike Pence has begged Donald J. Trump not to make him sit next to a woman during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, sources confirmed on Monday. According to those sources, an emotional Pence came close to breaking down in tears as he explained that being seated next to a woman other than his wife was a violation of his personal code of behavior. Pence offered Trump a variety of solutions to the problem, including introducing a third chair between him and the woman where his wife, Karen Pence, could be seated for the duration of the speech, “to make sure that that woman doesn’t try anything.” “Let Mother sit next to me, or let me sit on Mother’s lap, but don’t make me sit next to that woman alone,” Pence reportedly sobbed. According to those with knowledge about the meeting, Trump was less than receptive to Pence’s impassioned plea. “God, Mike, you’re such a loser,” he reportedly said.

Trump recognizes Venezuelan opposition leader as nation’s president

"In its role as the only legitimate branch of government duly elected by the Venezuelan people, the National Assembly invoked the country's constitution to declare Nicolas Maduro illegitimate, and the office of the presidency therefore vacant. Trump also urged other governments to recognize Guaido, adding that he "will continue to use the full weight of United States economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy." Trump continued by saying his administration will "continue to hold the illegitimate Maduro regime directly responsible for any threats it may pose to the safety of the Venezuelan people." Since then, Trump had mulled recognizing Guaido -- the president of the National Assembly -- as the country's legitimate president, and top Trump administration officials gradually ratcheted up their public statements, laying the groundwork for this step. Those deliberations came to a head this week as Venezuelans took to the streets in nationwide protests on Wednesday and with increased speculation that Guaido would formally swear himself in as the country's President, citing a provision in the country's constitution. Wednesday night, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement that said in part: "The United States stands with interim President Juan Guaido, the democratically elected National Assembly, and the people of Venezuela as they peacefully restore constitutional order to their country. ... We call on the Venezuelan military and security forces to continue protecting the welfare and well-being of all Venezuelan citizens, as well as US and other foreign citizens in Venezuela." White House press secretary Sarah Sanders did not immediately respond to a request for comment. CNN previously reported that Trump was considering recognizing Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela and that the White House was mulling oil sanctions. The next logical step is to recognize the president of the National Assembly as the rightful president," Rubio told reporters after leaving the White House.
Vice President Mike Pence on President Trump's offer to Democrats to end the shutdown stalemate

Vice President Mike Pence on President Trump’s offer to Democrats to end the shutdown...

President Trump offers temporary protection for people brought to U.S. illegally as children in bid to secure border wall funding; Vice President Mike Pence breaks down the proposal on 'Fox News Sunday.' FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing…
Karen Pence criticized for teaching at Christian school

Karen Pence criticized for teaching at Christian school

The vice president's wife will be returning to her old job as an art teacher. #TheStory #MarthaMacCallum #FoxNews FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news.…

White House Considers Using Storm Aid Funds as a Way to Pay for the...

In a sign of growing unease about the partial government shutdown, some Senate Republicans came off the sidelines to hash out a deal that would reopen the government as Congress worked toward a broader agreement tying wall funds to protection for some undocumented immigrants and other migrants. Vice President Mike Pence and other members of Mr. Trump’s team let it be known privately that the president would not back such a deal. “It kind of fell apart,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, who was among those Republicans seeking a deal. “It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier,” he said later in a brief statement. Administration officials are debating whether they could make such a move without the president declaring a national emergency, an action the White House counsel’s office has explored. But Mr. Trump’s advisers, including his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, have urged him to try to find other approaches than declaring a national emergency. “If Congress approves this trade bill, they’ll pay for the wall many times over. “We can declare a national emergency,” Mr. Trump said. Privately, he told Mr. Graham’s group that the president also would not support a proposal that would reopen the government for three weeks while Republicans and Democrats work to hash out a broader legislative deal on the wall and temporary grants of legal status for the two groups. The president is allowed to divert unspent money from projects under a national emergency.

Political pressure leaves little room for resolving shutdown

As the third government shutdown of President Donald Trump’s tenure stretched into its 19th day, political pressures on Trump and the Democrats have left little room for compromise in the standoff over funding for a border wall. Each side appeared dug in even deeper after a White House meeting between Trump and Democratic leaders on Wednesday as the economic livelihoods of some 800,000 federal workers hang in the balance. Trump’s focus now is squarely on his conservative base and its support for the wall that came to symbolize Trump’s promise for a hard-line, unrelenting approach to immigration. Falwell said he has told Trump he’s doing the right thing. Officials maintain the issue is a political winner, though they have urged the president to be more aggressive in making his case to the public — and to any wavering Republican lawmakers. Trump on Wednesday acknowledged the political pressure from within his own party not to back down. The second ones would be the House. At the same time, 86 percent of Republicans backed the proposal. Both party leaders on the Hill and the handful of presidential hopefuls starting to compete for the Democratic nomination have called on Democrats to hold strong. Republican pollster Frank Luntz suggested there would be little political price to pay for those associated with the extended government shutdown, which is just days away from becoming the longest in U.S. history — even if most Americans blame Trump and his party.

Scott Walker says he will chair Trump’s Wisconsin re-election campaign

Former Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday he plans to hold a key role in President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign in Wisconsin while reiterating his interest in a potential 2022 bid for governor or U.S. Senate. “I’m going to help chair [Trump’s] and Vice President Pence’s re-election campaign here in Wisconsin,” Walker said. “I want to be a part of making sure that we keep this president, this administration intact.” Walker’s comments come just days after leaving office as one of the state’s top Republicans and position him firmly as a supporter of a figure he had staunchly opposed during the 2016 presidential primary. In November he lost a third-term re-election bid to state Superintendent Tony Evers, partly because of a public backlash against Trump. In his comments Wednesday during a Fox News interview, Walker reiterated his interest in potentially running for the seat currently held by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, “if” Johnson opts not to run again. Johnson has previously said his current six-year term would be his last. When Walker dropped out in September 2015, he urged other candidates to do the same to prevent Trump from winning the nomination. The former governor in a recent interview with The Associated Press praised the president for his judicial appointments, tax law and trade agreements, but said he has disagreed with some of Trump’s divisive social media rhetoric. He said he would not challenge Trump for the party’s nomination in 2020.
Pence: Pelosi said no to border security and wall

Pence: Pelosi said no to border security and wall

Vice President Mike Pence, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and other republican leaders speak to reporters after meeting with Democratic leaders about a deal to end the partial government shutdown. Pence and McCarthy said President Donald Trump was calm during the…
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