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Trump threatens complete closure of southern border with Mexico if wall not funded; Trump considering emergency order banning Huawei and ZTE, and Michelle Obama “most admired woman” ending Hillary Clinton’s 17-year run.

Backlash against NBC for misleading report on Trump Christmas visit to troops – but they still don’t get it right; 47% blame Trump for shutdown in new poll.


1. Trump threatens complete border shutdown if wall not funded

President Donald Trump has threatened to completely shut down the US southern border with Mexico if Congress doesn’t approve additional funding to build a wall there.

Last Friday, President Trump tweeted: “We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with. Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve!”

2. Trump considering emergency executive order to ban Huawei and ZTE purchases

After considering the move for more than eight months, President Trump is considering signing an executive order declaring a national emergency that would block U.S. companies from buying equipment from foreign telecommunication makers considered a significant risk to national security, according to three unnamed administration sources familiar with the situation who spoke to Reuters.

In particular, US companies would be banned from purchasing equipment made by two of China’s biggest network equipment companies, Huawei and ZTE. Trump may direct the Commerce Department to block these companies as soon as January.

3. Michelle Obama “most admired woman” ending Hillary Clinton’s 17-year reign.

Move over Hillary. In a Gallup poll that has been conducted every year since 1946, Americans have been asked to name a woman presently living anywhere in the world they admire the most. For the last 17 years, that person has been Hillary Clinton – until now.

This year Americans gave the title of “most admired woman” to former First Lady Michelle Obama.

4. “Fake News” backlash against NBC News over its misleading report on Trump Christmas visit to American troops – but they still don’t get it right

“Fake news” condemnation was swift and hard against NBC News, forcing the news agency to revise its misleading headline and report about President Donald Trump’s “Christmastime” visit to American troops overseas. NBC’s original headline read: “Trump becomes first president since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmastime.”

But following the inaccuracy of the headline, NBC revised it slightly (making it a little better, but the article itself still not quite accurate) to: “Trump becomes first president since 2002 not to visit troops on or before Christmas.”

But here’s the rub… Even with the altered headline, the gist of NBC’s article about Trump’s visit with troops is still not correct.

NBC news itself admitted, President Trump did visit troops on or before Christmas in 2017. Yet, NBC also stated they were leaving the text of the article intact to reflect how it was accurate at the time they wrote it, which was when there was still seven hours and 47 minutes left on Christmas Day.

NBC willfully ignored the fact that President Trump actually left the White House under the cover of darkness for operational security, unannounced, to visit troops on Christmas Day, headed to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. According to the Washington Post, “Air Force One was wheels up at 12:06 AM ET on December 26.”

5. New poll finds 47% of adults blame Trump for government shutdown, 33% blame Democrats.

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday found that 47% of adults surveyed hold President Donald Trump responsible for the current government shutdown. Of those surveyed, 33% of adults blame congressional Democrats for the shutdown and government impasse. Only 7 percent blame Republicans in Congress.

One-quarter of those polled support Trump shutting down the government over the border wall. Just over a third of those surveyed, 35 percent, support including $5 million in congressional spending for construction of a border wall.