petty thy name is trump
March 10, 2020

President Trump has endorsed Jeff Sessions' opponent in Alabama's GOP Senate runoff, in the latest slight to his former attorney general.

Trump tweeted on Tuesday night that he is backing Tommy Tuberville, calling him a "REAL LEADER who will never let MAGA/KAG, or our Country, down!" Tuberville is the former football coach at Auburn University, and over the course of two swooning tweets, Trump called him "terrific" and "a winner," adding that he will "protect your Second Amendment (which is under siege), is strong on Crime and the Border, and truly LOVES our Military and our Vets." Tuberville not only has Trump's support, he has his "Complete and Total Endorsement."

Last week, Sessions and Tuberville finished on top in Alabama's Republican primary, but because neither had more than 50 percent of the vote, they'll meet in a runoff on March 31 to see who will face Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in November.

Sessions was one of Alabama's senators when Trump picked him to be his attorney general in 2017. He was the first senator to support Trump during his presidential campaign, but fell from his good graces when he recused himself from overseeing the investigation into whether Russia meddled in the 2016 election. Before Sessions was forced out in 2018, Trump publicly belittled and mocked him, saying he wished he had picked someone else to be attorney general. Catherine Garcia

April 11, 2019

Wanting to retaliate against Democrats critical of President Trump and his border wall, the White House tried twice to push U.S. immigration authorities into releasing migrant detainees in "sanctuary cities," The Washington Post reports.

Sanctuary cities are places where local authorities have said they won't turn over most undocumented immigrants for deportation. The Post spoke with Department of Homeland Security officials and obtained emails discussing the plan, which included targeting the district of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). According to a congressional investigator who spoke with a DHS whistleblower, Trump adviser and immigration hardliner Stephen Miller came up with the plan.

The White House first proposed the idea in November, when a migrant caravan was headed for the southern border, and again in February, when Trump was fighting with Democrats over funding for more beds in migrant detention centers. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials reacted negatively to the proposal, citing budget and liability reasons, and the legal department finally said in February that the plan was inappropriate, the Post reports.

In a statement, the White House said "this was just a suggestion that was floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion." A spokeswoman for Pelosi said the "extent of this administration's cynicism and cruelty cannot be overstated. Using human beings — including little children — as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants is despicable." Catherine Garcia

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