Democrats 'not smart enough' for Trump's tax returns, Sanders says

Saul Bowman
April 16, 2019

"If anything, you should consider it on the Democrat side to be an olive branch".

The re-election campaign of U.S. President Donald Trump raised more than 30 million U.S. dollars in the first quarter of 2019, CNN reported on Sunday.

The revenue department, which reports to the USA treasury, is in no mood to comply, taking the lead from the White House which has unequivocally said it will never allow for the President's tax returns to be turned over to congress "No, never", acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has said.

Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on border security, facilitation and operations, said in an interview that Miller needs to come before her panel to "make his case for these awful policies to the American people instead of being this shadow puppeteer".

The exchange between the president and Oakland's mayor comes after another week of twists and turns in Trump's quest to implement his immigration agenda.

The White House did not respond as to if the president asked Mnuchin or even the IRS head to intervene. Democrats say he should, therefore, come answer questions.

Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office released a statement blasting the idea.

"On Saturday the president tweeted that ".So interesting to see the Mayor of Oakland and other Sanctuary Cities NOT WANT our now "detained immigrants" after release due to the ridiculous court ordered 20 day rule.

Last week, Ashley Etienne, a spokeswoman for Pelosi, told The Washington Post, "The extent of this administration's cynicism and cruelty can not be overstated". "The idea that the administration thought in any way that it would be acceptable to use families and children, human beings, as political retribution against their enemies should infuriate every American regardless of political affiliation".

After the Homeland Security Department played down reports that it had mulled a proposal from the White House to release undocumented immigrants in sanctuary cities, Trump struck a different note on Friday, tweeting that he was "strongly looking at" sending "thousands" of them to the cities.

"I never offered Pardons to Homeland Security Officials, never ordered anyone to close our Southern Border (although I have the absolute right to do so, and may if Mexico does not apprehend the illegals coming to our Border), and am not "frustrated".

Laws make it hard to quickly return Central Americans, and many of them spend years in the US waiting for their immigration cases to play out.

On Sunday, Democrats denounced the proposal as a political tactic. Last week, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned, and the president replaced her with Kevin McAleenan as acting DHS secretary, who was serving as Customs and Border Protection commissioner. "There is no budget for that goal", Cardin said.

"My understanding is that it is not legal". "This is clearly a political move for the president".

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