GOP Leader: 'Action Will Be Taken'

And other remarks around the Sunday dial
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2019 12:35 PM CST
GOP Leader: 'Action Will Be Taken'
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

"That language has no place in America." So said Rep. Kevin McCarthy on CBS' Face the Nation about a recent remark by Rep. Steve King regarding white nationalism and white supremacy, CNN reports. "I have a scheduled meeting with him on Monday, and I will tell you this: I've watched on the other side that they do not take action when their members say something like this," said the California Republican. "Action will be taken. I'm having a serious conversation with Congressman Steve King on his future and role in this Republican Party." Sen. Ted Cruz echoed the sentiment on NBC's Meet the Press, calling King's comment "stupid" and "hurtful," per Politico. What King said, in part: "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive?" See his full remarks here. For more Sunday politics, including President Trump's alleged "temper tantrum":

  • Immorality: "I personally don't think a border wall is in and of itself immoral," said Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del) on Fox News Sunday, per the Washington Examiner. "What I think [Nancy Pelosi] may have been referring to is some of the immoral immigration policies of the Trump administration: forcibly separating children from parents at the border and detaining children in cage-like facilities." Here's what Pelosi said.
  • Anger: "And it must be leading—I think I know this work force—it must be leading to all kinds of uncertainty, stress and anxiety, and frankly, anger and resentment," said former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Face the Nation about the partial government shutdown, per the Hill.
  • The poor: "Why punish people who are applying for food stamps because the president is having a temper tantrum?" said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va) on Meet the Press, per Politico. "Open the government first."
  • The blame: "The president's been very clear, Congress needs to solve this," said House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La) of the shutdown on ABC's This Week, per ABC News. "The only people that have been unwilling to put any kind of offer on the table have been Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. The president's put multiple offers on the table."
  • The rich: "We need to ask them to pay their fair share," Julian Castro said on Face the Nation, per CBS News. "I think that we can consider different ways, different proposals, to be able to raise more revenue from the wealthiest corporations." Castro announced Saturday that he's seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.
  • The mission: "Those are all real missions," said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Face the Nation about US efforts in the Middle East to crush ISIS or influence Iran, per CBS News. "The tactical change we've made and the withdrawal of those two thousand troops is just that—a tactical change. Mission remains the same."
(Meanwhile, it turns out the White House asked for plans to strike Iran.)

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