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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that, although Donald Trump doesn’t relish the idea of another shutdown, she wouldn’t take it off the table.

“I’m not going to get into the hypotheticals of taking that off the table,” Sanders said, in what is now effectively a monthly briefing rather than a daily one. The sentiment echoed the one voiced by White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney over the weekend.

The monthly briefing kicked off with an announcement from national security adviser John Bolton that the U.S. would be imposing sanctions on Venezuela in an effort to pressure President Nicolás Maduro to step down.

But honestly, by far the most pathetic and Trumpian utterance during the brief came from chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow regarding a brutal CBO assessment that the government shutdown cost the U.S. economy $3 billion.

“I won’t acknowledge any of that right now,” Kudlow responded. “You know, in a $20 trillion economy, it’s awfully hard to make even the best guesstimates of those kinds of small fractions of numbers.” (Kudlow would know a little something about “guesstimates” being tricky since the CBO also projected today that the Trump administration was wildly off about the projections they made regarding the GOP tax cut.)

But perhaps the best news regarding the briefing didn’t actually come from the briefing itself.

Not running these briefings “live” but rather monitoring them for actual news and fact checking the claims in advance is the right call here. Kudos.

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  1. Well, I bet the Trump cult in the WH had FUN watching people suffer! It only hurts when they themselves feel it, they have absolutely NO empathy for anyone but themselves, what do they care if people can’t pay their bills, buy food, or pay their rent? So sad that the Repubtards Trump has willingly throwing themselves on the floor as his doormats aren’t doing their actual jobs of governing, they’re too busy kissing Trumps ass to care about anyone else’s problems! Every single person who is willing to ingratiate themselves to Trump should be brought up on treason, our Country isn’t even these zombies radar, it’s all about Trumps favor, and dark money to them!


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