- Welcome ladies andgentlemen to this edition
of the 700 Club.
You know, if you're like me,this impasse is ridiculous.
What the Democrats havedone is just shocking
and the President walked out of a meeting.
He said, it's just a waste of my time.
It wasn't a temper tantrum,he gave 'em all candy
before they started.
But nevertheless, it's ridiculous.
Now here's the solution folks.
There's no question that thePresident of the United States,
the Chief Executive candeclare an emergency.
There's no question aboutit, he has that power.
And some of theseCongressional Republicans say
well, we're gonna sue,well what is your standing?
How have you been injured?
How can you be a plaintiff?
How can you have standing?
The answer is theycan't have any standing.
And any court that getsinvolved would just be
breaking down the separationof powers that we have
in our Constitution.
So the President can declarea National Emergency.
When he does, he can say Ineed money that's already
been appropriated into the Defense Budget.
There's at least $10 billion in there
for military construction.
He can say I need to construct something
down on our southern border
and I'm gonna takeabout five billion of it
and I'm gonna build a wall.
There's no question he can do it.
Now, people they'll blow and stutter
and make all that noise.
But they can't stop him.
And I cannot imagine anycourt with the possibility
of the exception of somebodyout in the 9th Circuit,
who would try to comeout and legally and say
he can't do it.
Because he can, he'sChief Executive Officer.
So he declares an emergency, takes funds
that are already appropriatedfor military construction
and he says this is forthe military and I'm gonna
build a wall.
So he builds the wall.
Then what happens?
He goes to the Democrats and he says,
look, I want a deal on DACA, I want to get
those undocumented workers,I mean those Dreamers,
I want to give them legal statuswhich they don't now have,
I want a law about that.
Then I want someappropriations for more judges,
for more border agentsand for some drones.
I don't want any more wall,I've got the wall already.
He does that and thegovernment opens up again
and everybody gets happy.
That's what can be done.
But we cannot have anymore of this nonsense.
And the President is obviously frustrated
and the American people are frustrated
because this is posturing.
When you consider thatSchumer and Pelosi and all
those people have alreadyhad a chance to vote
and voted for a hugeappropriation for border security,
much more than what's being discussed now,
they've already voted for it.
Obama voted for it.
Clinton, Bill Clinton in hisState of the Union Address
talked about the necessityof closing our border.
It was just, they've all been for it.
The only reason they're not for it now
is because Trump wants it andso they want to frustrate him.
We can't have that when onebranch of the government
wants to frustrate the other one.
Let's work for America for heaven's sakes.
- It doesn't look like that'sgonna happen anytime soon.
- Well, it might if hedoes what I'm saying,
if he just takes a boldmove and says, alright
I'm gonna do it and I'm gonna build a wall
and here's the money, it'salready been appropriated.
- Well, he's the Presidentof bold moves and after
yesterday's- [Pat] Well that's what
- Fruitless meeting, he walked out.
And it wasn't a tempertantrum it was because
it wasn't going anywhere.
He called it a waste of time.
Charlene Aaron reports.
- President Trump headsto the border today
as the divide over fundingfor a barrier grows wider.
A meeting between PresidentTrump and Democratic
lawmakers Wednesday overthe government shutdown,
now in its 20th day, lasted just minutes.
The President abruptly ended the meeting
because Democrats refusedto discuss funding
a border wall.
- They demanded once again,that before any negotiations
could begin, that we would have to agree
to reopen the government.
- Unfortunately, the President just got up
and walked out and we saw a temper tantrum
because he couldn't get his way.
- [Charlene] GOP MinorityLeader, Kevin McCarthy
says it didn't happen that way.
- Not once have the Democratsoffered anything back.
The way they have displayedand their behavior
is embarrassing to me.
And the way to come out to this floor
and talk about a meeting in a manner
that did not take place in there,
is disturbing to me.
So I tell the Democrats,get back into the room.
- [Charlene] The Presidentalso met with Congressional
Republicans at the Capitolurging them to stay unified.
Some, like GOP Senator, Lisa Murkowski
questioned the shutdown.
But the President says GOPleaders are on the same page.
- I think we're going to win.
Republican are totally unified.
Now, if you would ask the samequestion to the Democrats?
- [Charlene] This, justone day after Trump spoke
from the Oval Office, callingthe southern border situation
a humanitarian and security crisis.
Wednesday in a bill signing, cracking down
on human trafficking, Trumpsays securing the border
is necessary to stopping it.
- We cannot defeat themenace of international human
trafficking if we donot secure our border.
- [Charlene] ComeFriday, federal employees
won't be getting paychecks,but the President insists
they still support him.
- These are terrific patriots.
A lot of them agree with what I'm doing.
- [Charlene] A spokesmanfor the Federation
of Government Employeescountered the President's claim.
- We oppose being held hostage.
- Meanwhile, eight House Republicans
joined Democrats to pass abill to keep the Treasury open
so tax refund checks can continue.
CBN News has learned Vice President Pence
held a conference call withmore than 200 faith leaders
Wednesday in an attempt to rally support
for the President positionon border security.
White House Administration sources say
the Vice President stressedthe humanitarian angle,
as well as the drug crisisat the southern border.
Charlene Aaron, CBN News.
- Well, they mayor of NewYork has gotten himself
in a bit of a bind when he said look,
I think there ought to be free healthcare
for everyone, whetherthey can afford it or not,
whatever their status is,whether they're illegal aliens,
whether they're longtimeresidents, whoever,
and we're gonna givethem all free healthcare.
Boy oh boy, did he open himself.
People from New Jersey wouldbe flocking into New York City
and I imagine the Presidentcould load a few buses
of immigrants and take them up to New York
and say you get free healthcare.
Go on to New York Cityit's already guaranteed.
Well, you talk about crazybut what they're trying to do
is set a one payer systemwhere the government picks up
the tab for everybody.
It's socialism and it won't work.
The British have triedto socialize medicine
and the healthcare is horrible.
And we've got the besthealthcare in the world
but it's got to be private.
You cannot have the government healthcare.
Look what happens in theVeterans Administration,
if you want to say, thisis an example of people
who die waiting in line to get treatment.
It's just horrible.
We can't have it.
Efrem Graham has more.
- Pat, New York mayor, Bill DeBlasio
is taking fire for his planto give free medical care
to the uninsured, including300,000 undocumented immigrants.
NYC Care will cover medicalcosts from pediatrics
to geriatrics for anyonewho can't afford insurance,
regardless of ability topay or immigration status.
DeBlasio said it shouldbe a model for the nation.
- The solution, the ultimate solution
is single payer healthinsurance for this whole country
or Medicare for all.
That's the ideal.
That's what we need. (clapping)
- DeBlasio estimates thecost at $100 million dollars.
One Republican statelawmaker says the mayor
is using city funds like his personal ATM.
She also said the mayorshould lower property taxes
on senior citizens forcedto sell their homes
rather than buy healthcarefor people who are citizens
of other countries.
Attorney General nominee, William Barr,
assured Republican Senatorshe will not interfere
with Robert Mueller'sRussian Investigation.
Wednesday Barr met withSenate Judiciary Chairman,
Lindsey Graham ahead ofhis confirmation hearings
scheduled for next week.
- I asked Mr. Barrdirectly, do you think Bob,
Mr. Mueller's on a witch hunt.
He said no.
Are you committed tomaking sure Mr. Mueller can
finish his job.
- Graham also said, Barrand Mueller are good friends
of more than 20 yearsand their wives attend
a Bible study together.
Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein,
who's overseeing theinvestigation announced
he's stepping downafter Barr is confirmed.
Some Democrats want Barr to recuse himself
from the Mueller probe,because of his previous
statements criticizing the investigation.
- Well, this whole thingwould never have happened
if Rosenstein had beendoing what he should
have been doing.
But he set the Presidentup, brings in all these
supporters of HillaryClinton, puts them together
and this Mueller probeand they begin to go after
this, that and the other
to find Russian interference.
So far they've found noevidence of collusion,
no evidence of Russian involvement,
and they've been at it nowfor a long period of time.
It's time to shut it down.
But it's a good thing RodRosenstein is leaving.
But if the previous AttorneyGeneral had not recused
himself, and turned thatdepartment over to Rosenstein,
the President wouldn't bein the mess he's in now.
But it's terrible to find he is in charge
of the Justice Departmentand yet people in the Justice
Department are trying to unseat him
and destroy his effectiveness.
It's not a good thing,
but I will shed no tearwhen Rosenstein leaves.
- Pat, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo
is in Egypt today, meeting
with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
He's also making a MiddleEast policy speech in Cairo.
It's part of a ninenation tour in the region
promoting the Administration'shard line on Iran.
Wednesday, he made anunannounced stop in Iraq.
In Baghdad, Pompeo metwith several Iraqi leaders,
including Iraq's President, Prime Minister
and Foreign Minister.
The Iraqi leaders expressedgratitude for US support
saying, it is crucial in the fight against
the Islamic state group.
The Secretary also went tothe northern city of Irbil
where he met Kurdish President Barzani.
Pompeo's trip comes as theUS tried to address questions
over a planned US troopwithdrawal from Syria.
As President Trump is slowing his plans
to pull US troops out ofSyria, all eyes are Turkey.
America's NATO ally isanxious to rid its neighbor
of Kurdish fighters and it's pushing back
against US concerns aboutprotecting the Kurds.
Now, Syria's Christiansfear what a Turkish invasion
will mean for them when the US leaves.
CBN's Jennifer Wishon explains.
- For President DonaldTrump, getting US troops
out of Syria fits neatly
into his America First Foreign Policy.
- But I don't want to be in Syria forever.
It's sand and it's death.
- [Jennifer] But as theUS prepares to draw down,
Assyrian Christians fear,they'll be wiped out
as Turkey eyes a new openingto go after its foe, the Kurds.
In an open letter to the world,
Syriac Assyrian Christians write,
They're referring to theongoing cross-border operation
into the Kurdish city of Afrin,launched by Turkey in March.
And it's not just the Turkish military.
Christians fear Turkey's Islamist agents
who have no respect forreligions outside of Islam.
Aykan Erdemir is a former member
of Turkey's Parliamentand current Senior Fellow
at the Foundation forDefensive Democracies.
- Will we see jihadistscoming back, enslaving
religious minorities, killingthem, destroying churches?
Talking about the extinctionof an ancient way of life.
We're talking aboutChristianity in its cradle,
Yazidism in its homelandbeing completely destroyed.
- It's interestingbecause just last month,
HR 390 became law, which says,
Does that, what's going on with the US
and the threat that you've just laid out,
does that contradict this?
- I think we're sendingmixed signals, certainly.
- Turkey has a growingnotorious reputation
when it comes to religious freedom.
In its latest report, theUS designated Turkey a
when it come to allowing Christians
and other religious minorities
to practice their faiths freely.
Still, President Trump isstanding firm on his decision
to bring US troops home.
What's the solution here.
What can be done?
- In the Middle East, there'sno such thing as a vacuum.
The moment you create avacuum, you can be sure that
Iran will be there, theirproxies will be there.
You can be sure that therewill be Sunni Jihadists there
and their patrons as well.
And also Russia.
- One option would be forthe US to recognize Kurdistan
as a nation.
But like everything in the Middle East,
Erdemir says that's complicated
because large populationsof Kurds are spread across
a number of countries, including Iran.
For now, it appears USpolicy is putting 2,000 years
of Christians historyand tradition at risk.
Jennifer Wishon, CBN News.
- There is reason for concern.
- Thanks, Jennifer.
I totally agree with what she just said.
Ladies and gentlementhe answer, very simply,
the Kurds are peace loving people.
They want a republican ordemocratic type of government.
They are our strong allies.
The Peshmerga has foughtbeside us for years
and they deserve treatment.
We cannot abandon the Yazidis.
We cannot abandon the Christians.
And we cannot abandon the Kurds.
What's the answer?
They have a country.
All the President's gottado is issue a proclamation
that in his opinion, thegovernment of the United States
now recognizes a homeland for the Kurds
in what is called Kurdistan.
And that includes NorthernIraq, it includes Northern Syria
and the territory they alreadyhave under their government
with the headquarters in Irbil.
It would be a simple thing to do.
It's something that's gotta be done.
And then to say, if thereis an unprovoked attack
against the Kurdish nation of Kurdistan,
we will consider it an attackagainst the United States.
And then we arm the Kurds.
We don't send the weaponsto Baghdad any more.
We sent it to Irbil and wesent it into Northern Syria
and we say, here are theweapons, you defend yourself.
And then our troops come home.
It would be a great move andwe've got to see that done
or we recognize a nation of Kurdistan.
And then those Kurds cantake care of themselves
if we give them the necessary weapons.
So let's hope, but otherwise,there's gonna be a bloodbath.
You remember what theydid to the people who
were the progenitors of our dear friends
who came over to thiscountry, who were forced out
because of the genocide of the Kurds,
of the Turks I should say,against the Christians
years and years ago.
That spirit is still thereand we cannot allow it
to come back and gainascendancy in the Middle East.
We can't do it.
And Erdogan has insultedBolton, he's insulted Trump
and he literally made fun of John Bolton,
the representative of the United States.
We can't have that happen.
- Pat, turning now to somehealth news here at home.
A milestone in the fightagainst cancer in America,
the death rate from thedisease has decreased
for 25 years in a row.
The National CancerSociety reports death rates
have fallen 27% since theearly 1990s, much of that
is due to people quitting smoking.
The lung cancer death rateamong men has dropped nearly 50%
since 1991 and the rateof prostate cancer death
has dropped by more thanhalf in the last 20 year.
However, cancers linkedto obesity are seeing
a higher death rate,including pancreas, liver
and uterine cancer.
Pat, back to you.
- Well, that's an encouraging thing.
You know, we
realized that as long as alarge majority of the population
were smokers, we couldn't deal against it.
But once the population smokingbegan to drop below 50%,
then below 40%, thenbelow 30% the law and the
lawsuits against the tobacco company
began to bite and people began to realize
that smoking caused cancer,so they're stopping smoking.
But the detection rates ofcancer are just wonderful.
And I'm thrilled to see that.
- It's really true, it is.
And I think people arechanging lifestyles.
There's a lot of information about
what we eat, when we eat,a lot of it delivered here
on this program.- Delivered all them time.
We're delivering. (laughing)