A day after the president declared he would be proud to let funding lapse for dozens of government agencies if he does not get the money he wants for the wall, congressional Republicans signaled little appetite to join his cause.
An agreement between prosecutors and American Media Inc. made clear that the tabloid, which trumpeted Donald Trump’s candidacy and is controlled by his longtime friend David Pecker, had flipped on the president.
The president did not dispute that he directed Michael Cohen to buy the silence of two women who alleged affairs with him. But he said his former lawyer pleaded guilty to charges related to the payments “in order to embarrass the president.”
The federal agency that oversees Radio and Television Martí also is examining how the news network came to publish a story that included anti-Semitic language about Soros, a U.S. citizen and Democratic megadonor, as well as an anti-Muslim piece.
The vote comes as House lawmakers are set to huddle with the secretaries of state and defense to challenge them about the conflict and the Saudi leader’s responsibility for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.