As seen on â€œThe 700 Club,â€ Sept 7.: Dutch Sheets Warns of 'Intense Spiritual Warfare' Surrounding Kavanaugh Hearings; Denials from Key Officials Pour in as Hunt for Anonymous NYT Op-Ed Writer Begins; Why the 'Booming' Economy Could Be the ...
- Hello everyone, welcome to the 700 Club.
President Trump has takena number of hits this week,
from a book depictinga chaotic White House
to an op-ed in the New York Times by
an anonymous senior staffer.
One story you won't hear much about,
however, is the positive economy.
New numbers out today show21000 jobs were added in August
and that's a message thepresident's team wants to get out
because they believe it could affect
the upcoming midterm elections.
Heather Sells has more.
- If Republicans hold thehouse this Novemember,
the economy could be a big reason why.
It is a key talking pointfor the president right now,
he brought it up again lastnight at a Montana rally.
- We've created over 4 millionnew jobs since the election.
- [Heather] It's not a terribly hard sell,
consumer confidence is soaring;
recently hitting an 18 year high.
Unemployment is at near record lows,
and business investment helped push
the second quarter GDPbeyond expectations.
Still, the mainstream mediadoesn't talk about it,
much less give any credit tothe president or his tax cut.
Media watcher, Dan Gainor,says it's no surprise.
- When you find out the economy's growing,
not even at 4.1%, but 4.2%,
for GDP there's barelyany coverage at all.
When you get all timerecord low unemployment for
African-Americans, barely any coverage.
- [Heather] Hearkeningback to Bill Clinton's
famous quote, "It's the economy, stupid."
Conservatives like RalphReed believe most people
are focused on what'shappening in the country,
not inside the beltway.
- I don't believe that the voters care
about what the media cares about.
That was amply demonstrated in 2016.
I think for the average American,
that is not ideologically motivated,
they're not really
hard right or hard left,
they're interested inkitchen table issues.
- [Heather] That's why many inside the GOP
want to emphasize accomplishments
such as new approachesto North Korea and Iran.
Plus more conservativefederal court judges
and a likely supreme court justice.
- I would ignore the articleand I would ignore the book,
and I would tell the Americanpeople what I've done
and what I'm gonna do.
You've got an incredible story for less
than two years of being president.
- [Heather] Many people believe,
with a strong positive message like that,
the GOP will lose seatsbut keep the house.
Heather Sells, CBN News.
- We live in amazing days, don't we?
You wanna say, that it's like Nia Mya:
Mr. President, justkeep building the wall.
Well, in other news, it lookslike the on-again, off-again
talks with North Korea aremoving in the right direction.
Charlene Aaron has more from our
top stories in the CBN news room.
- That's right, Terry.
New reports that Kim Jong Un wants
to revive stalled nucleartalk with the U.S.
North Korea's dictatorreportedly laid out a timeline
saying he wants to get rid of all
his nucs during President Trump's term.
Talks had broken down,with the president even
canceling a summit between Kim
and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Now the two leaders areexchanging compliments.
Kim says he has faith in the president
and Trump tweeting back "Wewill get it done together."
And more follow-up fromthe bombshell op-ed
published by the New York Times,
reportedly written by a seniorTrump administration official
it takes direct aim at the president.
Many on the presidentsteam are coming forward
to say they didn't do it.
As CBN's Jenna Browder tells us,
the administration reportedlyhas a list of suspects.
- Everyone, including President Trump,
wants to know who wrotethis anonymous op-ed.
Last night he was on the campaign trail
in Montana venting about it.
- But for the sake ofour national security,
the New York Times shouldpublish his name at once.
I think their reporters shouldgo and investigate who it is.
That would actually be a good scoop.
- [Charlene} In the piece,
the unnamed senioradministration official,
says there's "quiet resistancewithin the administration."
And that many "are workingdiligently from within
"to frustrate the president's agenda
"and his worst inclinations."
The White House reportedly hasa list of about 12 suspects,
as denials from keyadministration officials pour in.
- Well look, anyone who wouldwrite an anonymous editorial
smearing this presidentwho's provided extraordinary
leadership for this country,
should not be workingfor this administration.
They ought to do the honorable thing,
and they ought to resign.
- [Charlene] Among others,Secretary of Defense
James Mattis, AttorneyGeneral Jeff Sessions,
and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,
also deny writing the piece.
- I come from a place whereif you're not in a position
to execute the commanders intent,
you have a singularoption, it is to leave.
- [Charlene] First Lady MelaniaTrump is also speaking out,
and accuses the writer ofsabotaging the country.
Former Trump campaign aidMicheal Caputo tells CBN news
there's a simple way toget to the bottom of it.
- Look at the departments ofyour government Mr. President.
Find the departments that have purged
all Trump supportersfrom those departments.
That's where you'll find this culprit.
- [Charlene] He also says that timing
of the op-ed shouldn't be lost,
and encourages the presidentto not let it distract him
from the midterm elections.
- It's designed to depress the turnout
of the president's base so that
the democrats will win theHouse of Representatives.
In the end, this op-edis about impeachment.
- A lot of ideas are being thrown out,
one that seems to be stickingis from Senator Rand Paul,
who says the president shouldforce administration officials
to take lie detector tests.
In Washington, Jenna Browder CBN news.
- Political grandstanding atthe Brett Kavanaugh hearings
has many claiming they're more about
the next presidential election
than confirming a supreme court justice.
However, some in the hearing room
are looking beyond politics,
even as the partisan dramagoes on all around them.
CBN Capital Hill correspondent,Abigail Robertson, explains.
- Day three of Judge Kavanaugh's hearing
turned into one of the rowdiest yet.
Democratic Senator Cory Booker
took a controversial swing coming out,
announcing he publiclyreleased committee confidential
documents he thought thepublic deserved to see.
- I'm ready to acceptthe full responsibility
for what I have done, theconsequences for what I have done,
and I stand by the public's right
to have access to this document.
- [Abigail] Senator JohnCornyn then pointed out,
Booker could be expelled fromthe Senate for his actions.
- I just think it's importantthat we remind one another
that there are clearrules about the discussion
of confidential material andthat there can be consequences
to the violation of those rules.
- [Abigail] To which, Booker responded...
- Apply the rule, bringthe charges. Bring it.
- [Abigail] As it turnsout, what Booker described
as his Spartacus momentwas all just for show.
As President Bush's records representative
quickly released a statement saying
they were "surprised to learnabout Booker's histrionics
"because we had already told him
he could use the documents publicly."
The chaos of the day was not limited just
to the hearing room, however.
As opponents of Kavanaughexpanded their protest
around the Hill and, in determent,Chuck Crowsley's office.
- (chanting) Chuck Crowsley come out,
we have some things to talk about.
- [Abigail] Evangelist Dutch Sheets,
whose lead a prayer team inthe hearing room this week,
told CBN news his grouphas interacted often
with the protestors and learned
they're more organizedthan people realize.
- Some of my friends haveseen them being paid,
it's an orchestrated effortto try and make a statement
and convince the nationthat they're the mainstream
and this is what people want.
But it's not true andwe know it's not true.
- [Abigail] Sheets told CBN he has felt
an intent spiritual warfare this week.
- For so long I feel like the enemy
had been making such progress,
that he's now just kind of amped it up,
you know I've gotta stopthis shift that's happening.
And so, I think the warfare iseven more intense than ever.
- [Abigail] As for JudgeKavanaugh, he spent his last day
in the hot-seat answeringmany of the same questions
as the day before and reaffirming Senators
he will be a fair justiceon the Supreme Court.
- I'm on the sunrise side of the mountain
and I'm an optimist about the future.
- Witnesses supporting anopposing Judge Kavanaugh,
will be the next to testify.
It will be an opportunityfor the committee
to hear unique perspectivesbefore making the decision,
whether to send thenominee to the full Senate
with a favorable recommendation.
Reporting from Capital Hill,Abigail Robertson CBN news.
- Anne Graham Lotz is praising God
despite a recent breast cancer diagnosis.
The evangelist andauthor announced the news
in a statement on her website this week.
Lotz says she is holdingfast to the promises of God
and that he has given her wisdom
and clear guidance through this journey.
Lotz will undergo surgeryscheduled September 18th
at North Carolina CancerHospital in Chapel Hill.
She continues to ask for prayers.
And we will definitely bepraying for her, Terry.
- Well that is true, Anne Graham Lotz an
inspiring teacher of theWord and someone for whom
we are so grateful as we watchher live her faith out loud.
Be praying for her please.