One of President Trump’s more controversial pledges at his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — that the United States would halt joint military exercises on the Korean Peninsula — touched off confusion on Capitol Hill as an influential GOP senator asserted the exercises would nonetheless continue.
That was apparently the message delivered by Vice President Pence to Senate Republicans during a private lunch earlier Tuesday, according to Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) — although that was immediately disputed by Pence’s office.
“I think what the vice president said today — and we’ll continue to clarify what the president had talked about — exercises will continue with South Korea,” Gardner said during a news conference with other GOP leaders. “I look forward to further comment and clarification from the president when he gets here.”
Everything is running as smoothly as usual.
Federal regulators on Tuesday disputed the Trump administration’s claim that struggles facing the coal and nuclear industries threaten the reliability of the nation’s power grid.
“There is no immediate calamity or threat,” the Republican chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told Congress. Existing power sources are sufficient to satisfy the nation’s energy needs, FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre added.
Four other commissioners from both parties agreed there is no immediate threat to the grid. The comments before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee contradict a recent White House directive ordering action to keep coal-fired and nuclear power plants open as a matter of national and economic security.
You can tell they’re just liberal plants because they didn’t refer to “beautiful clean coal” every time they said “coal.”
* George Conway eviscerates President Trump’s claim that Robert Mueller’s investigation is unconstitutional. By the way, this George Conway is Kellyanne Conway’s husband.