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1. Representative Rashida Tlaib, Democrat, Minnesota, posing for pictures
Trump: 'Can't impeach somebody doing a great job'
Washington, DC - 4 January 2018
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President
(Reporter)"If you could comment on the remarks made by a freshman congressperson about impeachment and following a bit of a profanity last night.
(President Trump) Well, you can't impeach somebody that's doing a great job. That's the way I view it. I've probably done more in the first two years than any president, any administration in the history of our country.
Trump says he could use executive power on wall
Washington - 4 January 2018
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
Yes, I have and I can do it if I want.
Reporter: So you don't need Congressional approval to build the wall?
No, we can use them. Absolutely we can use them. We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country. Absolutely. No, we can do it. I haven't done it. I may do it. I may do it.
Protests and closures across the US amid shutdown
Raleigh, North Carolina - 11 January 2019
4. Protesters holding banners and chanting "No paychecks, no peace"
Trump: State of Union cancellation a 'disgrace'
Washington - 23 January 2019
5. Mid, Donald Trump in Cabinet Room
6. SOUND BITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
"The State of the Union speech has been canceled by Nancy Pelosi, because she doesn't want to hear the truth. She doesn't want the American public to hear what is going on and she is afraid of the truth and the super-left Democrats, the radical Democrats, what is going on in that party is shocking
House Democrats slam Trump border declaration
Washington - 25 February 2019
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives:
"But this isn't about the border, this is about the Constitution of the United States. This is not about politics. It's not about partisanship.It's about patriotism. And so, again, once we pass this resolution, we will send it over to the Senate. All members, as I say, have taken the oath of office. We would be delinquent in our duties if we did not resist -- we did not fight back and to overturn the president's declaration."
Trump talks Mueller probe on Capitol Hill
Washington DC - 26 March 2019
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) President Donald Trump:
"I don't think they are talking about impeachment. We have the greatest economy we ever had and our country is in incredible shape, they and others created a fraud on our country, which is ridiculous where it was proven very strongly no collusion, no obstruction, no nothing. We are doing so well, we've never probably had a time of prosperity like this, it's been great."
They've got the keys to the offices, new paint inside, and parties to attend. But on January 3rd 2019, the work begins when 535 members of the new 116th US Congress solemnly swear to govern the divided nation.
Instantly, the new Congress will make history for seating a record number of women and becoming the most racially and ethnically diverse.
Republicans will take more seats in the Senate, while Democrats will grab control of the House.
Newly-elected Congresswoman from California, Katie Hill, said it reflected the "changing face of Congress", calling it "a new generation".
Immediately, they'll all be faced with resolving a stand-off over money and immigration that has shut much of the US government and vexed their predecessors.
On january 4th US President Donald Trump reacted to a freshman Democratic congresswoman's diatribe predicting his impeachment while using a vulgarity, by saying "You can't impeach somebody doing a great job." He also said the lawmaker, Rashida Tlaib, "dishonoured herself and dishonoured her family."
A few hours after taking her seat in Congress, newly elected Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan riled up a supportive crowd by calling the president a profanity and predicting that he will be removed from office.
"I thought is was highly disrespectful to the United States of America," the president said.
While many Democrats might favor impeachment, those calling for it now are largely outliers.
On January 4th U.S. President Donald Trump says he's considered using executive authority to get a wall built on the southern border.
Trump told reporters that he could officially declare a national emergency to build a border wall but wants to try to negotiate a border wall with Congress.
Trump said: "I can do it if I want. We can call a national emergency. I may do it."
He says he thinks the standoff over the border wall, which has resulted in a partial government shutdown, is going to be over sooner than people think.
In response to reporters questions about reports that members of the President's senior political team are poised to receive a $10,000 pay raise, because the government shutdown allows an existing pay freeze to lapse, Vice President Mike Pence indicated he would turn it down.
US federal employees in North Carolina took their anger to the streets, holding banners and chanting "No paychecks, no peace," demonstrating across Raleigh on January 11th.
Paychecks with zeroes on them began reaching federal workers on Friday, becoming the most tangible and painful sign yet of a three-week government shutdown that has paralyzed Washington and was all but assured to become the longest in US history.
Meanwhile, Miami International Airport is closing a terminal this weekend because Transport Security Administration's (TSA) security screeners have been calling out sick at twice the normal rate.
Airport spokesman Greg Chin said there's a concern there won't be enough workers to handle all 11 checkpoints during normal hours over the weekend.
The terminal serves United Airlines, along with smaller carriers.
Its closure means restaurants and shops that depend on departing flights will also close.
Terminal G's flights will be diverted to other terminals over the weekend.
But Chin said that if the shutdown continued and additional screeners don't show up for work, the airport could be forced to close a security checkpoint at terminals that have multiple entry points.
U.S. President Donald Trump says he will do an "alternative" event since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has blocked him from giving his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.
Trump at the White House January 23rd said that the cancellation was a "disgrace."
He did not detail his next move, saying: "we will be announcing what we're doing."
The California Democrat told Trump in a letter Wednesday the Democratic-controlled House won't pass the required measure for him to give the nationally televised speech from the House floor.
Trump said he was planning a "really important speech" and called Pelosi's move a "great blotch on the country that we all love."
He argued Pelosi was blocking him because she doesn't want to hear "the truth" about border security.
Democrats are moving quickly to try to roll back President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to siphon billions of dollars from the military to fund construction of a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.
A vote planned for February 26th in the House aims to revoke Trump's executive order from earlier in February.
The bill will likely pass in the Democratic-controlled House, and would be sent it to the Republican-held Senate, where it would take only a handful of GOP defections to pass it.
Democratic leaders said February 25th that the vote is not about the merits of Trump's wall; instead they say Trump is trampling on the Constitution by grabbing money that he can't obtain through normal means.
"But this isn't about the border, this is about the Constitution of the United States. This is not about politics. It's not about partisanship. It's about patriotism," said Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday.
The vote could be challenging for GOP lawmakers who view themselves as conservative protectors of the Constitution and the powers of the federal purse that are reserved for Congress.
But GOP vote counters are confident tally won't get near two thirds that would overturn a Trump veto.
Either way, Trump is likely to prevail in the end since he could use his first-ever veto to kill the measure if it gets sent to him, but the White House is seeking to minimize defections among the president's GOP allies to avoid embarrassment.
President Donald Trump reiterated how great he believes the findings from the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is and the "Republican party will soon be the party of health care."
Trump's comments came on March 26th as he was heading into a Senate Republican Policy lunch on Capitol Hill.
The President says he doesn't believe any Democrats are talking about 'impeachment' any longer.
"We have the greatest economy we ever had and our country is in incredible shape," said Trump.
"They and others created a fraud on our country, it was ridiculous as you are aware, and proven very strongly no collusion, no obstruction, no nothing. We are doing so well, we've never probably had a time of prosperity like this, it's been great."
The Trump administration has told a federal appeals court it wants the entire Affordable Care Act struck down, an outcome that could leave millions uninsured and reignite a winning political issue for Democrats.
The administration, in a terse filing March 25th with the court in New Orleans, said it agrees that former President Barack Obama's health care law should be declared unconstitutional after Congress repealed one part of it - unpopular fines on people who remain uninsured.
That position is at odds with previous statements by leading congressional Republicans who said they did not intend to repeal other parts of the law when they cut out its fines, effective this year.
It's also a departure from the administration's earlier stance in a lower court, where it had argued that only federal protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and limits on premiums charged to older, sicker people should be struck down.
The president's response was "let me just tell you exactly what my message is, the Republican party will soon be known as party of health care you watch."