Former President Donald Trump‘s Monday interview with Harris Faulkner of Fox News came to an odd closure, when the pair disagreed with each other over who had initiated the interview.
Toward the end of the interview, Faulkner brought up Trump on Sunday night calling Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas‘s Sunday television appearances “pathetic, clueless,” noting that most former presidents usually refrain from commenting on such things after leaving office.
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“Most ex-presidents like yourself don’t weigh in at this level,” she said. “Why did you feel you needed to on this issue?”
“Well, you called me. I didn’t call you in all fairness,” Trump replied.
Faulkner grinned and pushed back, saying “you wrote the statement last night.”
After that, the former president went on to slam how the Biden administration is “destroying our country,” saying “they are destroying it with woke”—and, from there, ripped into cancel culture.
Eventually, Faulkner decided to bring the interview to a close, saying “we did call you and we’re glad you did, and we now have more information than we had on some of the issues with your border policies as well and thankful for your time.”
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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.
Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.
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