Sen. Kaine Says Trump Is 'Lying' or 'Delusional'

Virginia senator heats up DACA blame game
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2018 12:11 PM CDT
Sen. Kaine Says Trump Is 'Lying' or 'Delusional'
US Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) speaks at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va.   (Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star via AP)

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine fired back at President Trump Sunday over DACA's demise, which Trump blames on Democrats. "He is either lying or he is completely delusional,” Kaine says on CNN’s State of the Union, per Politico. "If President Trump believes in DACA, all he has to do is retract his executive order from September where he broke a promise to Dreamers and said he was going to end the program." Indeed, Trump axed the program in September, undoing President Obama's effort to let so-called Dreamers—undocumented immigrants brought to America as children—get work permits and stay in America. Negotiations between Trump and Democrats over DACA have repeatedly failed. "DACA was abandoned by the Democrats," Trump tweeted Friday. "Very unfair to them!" In other political news:

  • John Bolton says tariffs against China could give the country "a little shock therapy." On New York AM 970 radio Sunday, the incoming national security advisor says Trump's proposed $60 billion in tariffs should limit China's infringements of intellectual property patents and copyrights. "The United States lives by these agreements," says Bolton, per the Hill. "All we're asking for here is for the Chinese to do the same."
  • Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy sees Trump shaking up his administration yet again, Politico reports. A good friend of Trump's, Ruddy said on ABC's This Week: "The president told me he’s perplexed by all of these reports, there’s chaos at the White House, more mass staff changes. He did say that he’s expecting to make one or two major changes to his government very soon, and that’s going to be it."
  • Sources tell Foreign Policy that Bolton is expected to "clean house" with staff changes at the National Security Council. "He is going to remove almost all the political [appointees] McMaster brought in," per one source.
  • Gun control advocate and former astronaut Mark Kelly says the Parkland school shooting "could be different" in sparking new legislation, Politico reports. "These young people seem quite motivated" and "want to see change," he says on This Week. "So that's why I think this could be different."
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