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Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif, invoked the 25th Amendment while weighing in on the bitter feud between President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during an appearance Friday on MSNBC.

When asked if she agreed with Pelosi that there’s “concern” about the president’s mental fitness, Speier not only agreed; she said she believes Trump should have been removed from office long ago.

HOUSE DEM SPEAKS ABOUT HER OWN ABORTION: GOVERNMENT HAS ‘NO RIGHT IN MY UTERUS’

“I have felt for some time that the mental stability of the president of the United States is in question,” Speier said. “And I suggested invoking the 25th Amendment way back when, when he was calling the leader of North Korea ‘Rocket Man,’ and trying to gin up a war with North Korea. And I think that what we have here is someone who is obsessed.”

The congresswoman went on to echo psychiatrists who’ve diagnosed Trump “from afar” and determined he is a “malignant narcissist,” which she said involves “anti-social behavior, paranoia, and sadism.”

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After she urged everyone to “put the name-calling aside,” Speier went on to call the president a “petulant child.”

“Nancy Pelosi is a mother of five and the grandmother of many more. She knows how to deal with petulant children,” Speier added.

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President Trump greeted military personnel in Alaska during a refueling stop on Friday while on his way to Japan for a state visit.

Trump talked with American troops on the tarmac at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, posed for photos and signed caps.

“Nice stop,” he was heard saying while walking across the tarmac.

TRUMP’S JAPAN VISIT TO FOCUS ON PERSONAL TIES, NOT SUBSTANCE

“We’re here in Alaska, we’re on our way to Japan, we’re with our great military. These are great, great future leaders, right?” Trump said in a video posted on Twitter.

“We just got off the plane, I wanted to say hello, and these are tremendous people,” he continued, pointing at the troops. “So thank you very much.”

Trump also met with Gov. Mike Dunleavy during the stop, discussing issues concerning Alaska such regulations affecting Alaska economy.

Trump was set to arrive in Japan on Saturday evening local time, with the president being the first foreign leader to meet Japan’s new emperor, Naruhito.

TRUMP PAYS RESPECT TO MILITARY DEAD AT ARLINGTON AHEAD OF MEMORIAL DAY

President Donald Trump greets troops after landing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson for a refueling stop en route to Japan Friday, May 24, 2019, in Anchorage. (Associated Press)

President Donald Trump greets troops after landing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson for a refueling stop en route to Japan Friday, May 24, 2019, in Anchorage. (Associated Press)

The latest charm offensive from Japan comes amid fears among Japanese leaders that the potential U.S. tariffs on cars could be devastating to the economy.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe likely to use his close relationship with Trump to make sure his country is spared of the tariffs.

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To make that happen, the organizers of the state visit will show Trump the country’s traditions, including meeting the emperor and attending sumo wrestling matches.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A proposal to pay every American adult $1,000 per month is an opportunity to “put economic resources directly into” the taxpayers’ hands, Andrew Yang said.

Yang, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, told Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle” his plan would also be an incentive for cities to “invest in people who are struggling with substance abuse or homelessness.”

He claimed his proposal, dubbed the “Freedom Dividend,” would help fix problems faced by people who are struggling.

“It would create an economic path forward for many people who, right now, are struggling and don’t have access to, let’s say, treatment for substance abuse problems, or mental health issues,” Yang said.

2020 CANDIDATE ANDREW YANG DEFENDS $1,000 A MONTH PROGRAM, SLAMS DEMS FOR WANTING TO ABOLISH ELECTORAL COLLEGE

Yang claimed he’s traveled around the country and heard from voters who feel they are not “connected” to some of the positive results happening in the U.S. economy.

“The experience I’m having when I talk to voters around the country is that 70 percent of them are living paycheck to paycheck. Fifty-seven percent can’t afford an unexpected $500 bill,” he claimed.

“The experience I’m having when I talk to voters around the country is that 70 percent of them are living paycheck to paycheck. Fifty-seven percent can’t afford an unexpected $500 bill.”

— Andrew Yang, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate

Yang, 44, described the current economy as “winner-take-all” and said that in urban areas, poor and wealthy are living “next to each other in different circumstances.”

“We need to wake up to the fact that we’re in the midst of the greatest economic transformation in our country’s history, and start moving in the direction of just putting economic resources directly into our hands.”

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In a previous Fox News interview, Yang criticized the Trump administration’s tax cut, saying it benefits the wrong people.

“There is a lot of population that is struggling in the economy that has been charged up somewhat by a tax cut — most of which the benefits went to shareholders and stockholders instead of workers,” he said.

Fox News’ Victor Garcia contributed to this report.

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National Security Adviser John Bolton on Saturday said that there is “no doubt” that recent short-range missile launches by North Korea are in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions — suggesting that the White House may be looking at putting a sharper edge on their diplomatic relations with dictatorship.

“U.N. Security Council resolutions prohibit North Korea from firing any ballistic missiles,” Bolton told reporters in Tokyo. “In terms of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions, there is no doubt about that.”

IRANIAN PRESIDENTIAL AIDE SAYS TRUMP WILL ‘GET A WAR’ FOR LISTENING TO ‘THE MUSTACHE’ JOHN BOLTON

The former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. made the remarks ahead of President Trump’s four-day visit to Japan, and said Trump would talk with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about “making sure the integrity of the Security Council resolutions are maintained.”

North Korea’s tests earlier this month were the first launches since 2017 and are seen as a way to pressure the U.S. to compromise on its demands for North Korea to denuclearize.

The launches stopped in 2017 after an escalation in rhetoric from President Trump, who warned of “fire and fury” if North Korea kept up its aggression, and a slew of U.N. Security Council resolutions that imposed a broad range of sanctions on the country’s exports from from coal to seafood.

That in turn led to historic meetings between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and President Trump. The two leaders met in 2018 and earlier this year, but that relationship appears to have broken down since then.

The North requested sanctions relief in exchange for partial denuclearization measures. The U.S. balked at the request, insisting sanctions would not be relaxed until complete denuclearization.

Bolton’s remarks are in contrast in tone to President Trump’s reaction to the launches. Trump tweeted this month Kim “knows that I am with him & does not want to break his promise to me.”

TRUMP SAYS KIM JONG UN ‘KNOWS THAT I AM WITH HIM’ DESPITE LATEST NORTH KOREA TEST

“Deal will happen!” he said.

Bolton on Saturday told reporters that the administration’s position on denuclearization is consistent and described as “appropriate” the recent seizure of a North Korean cargo ship that was involved in banned coal exports. He added that the U.S. is prepared to resume talks at any point, saying that Special Representative Stephen Biegun is ready “to get on a plane and go anywhere.”

But Pyongyang on Friday said that negotiations won’t resume until Washington abandons its disarmament demands, and accused the U.S. of making impossible demands and therefore deliberately sabotaging the talks.

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Bolton on Saturday said that he takes “much of what they say with a grain of salt” and suggested the two sides discuss the return of a U.S. naval intelligence ship held by the North Koreans since the 1960s.

Bolton also said he backs a summit between Kim and Abe, who has recently said he is willing to hold a summit with Kim without preconditions — having previously said he would not do so without clear steps from the North Koreans to denuclearize.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Democrats‘ continued subpoenas for documents and witnesses pertaining to the Trump administration are a way to “inflame their base,” according to a Republican lawmaker.

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., claimed on “Hannity” that Democrats are trying to energize their voting base with their investigations into President Trump.

Guest host Jason Chaffetz asked why Democrats would call witnesses who “can’t attend” and would subpoena documents “they know can’t be released.”

PELOSI URGES TRUMP AIDES, FAMILY TO STAGE AN ‘INTERVENTION’ FOR THE ‘GOOD OF THE COUNTRY’

“They are trying to inflame their base. You served on the [Judiciary] committee with me, so you know how some of the people are who we faced on a regular basis,” Biggs claimed.

“They are trying to conduct an impeachment investigation without getting to impeachment,” he added. “The Democrats are ready to rock and roll.”

Biggs claimed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is doing everything in her power to “pull back on the horses” and keep her caucus “in check” on impeachment.

“I don’t think she can hold them back much longer,” he said.

Biggs charged that Pelosi “put gas on the fire” by accusing Trump of a “cover-up.”

“Those are the key phrases of the Nixon impeachment and Bill Clinton’s impeachment. She has to be so careful.”

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On Thursday, Pelosi criticized Trump’s alleged behavior at a White House meeting on infrastructure that was cut short.

“The president stormed out, pounded the table, walked out the door,” Pelosi told reporters. “Another temper tantrum, again, I pray for the president of the United States. I wish that his family, the administration, and his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country.”

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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson vented his frustration on Friday with Democrats, criticizing them for their reaction to President Trump giving Attorney General William Barr authority to declassify information related to the origins of the Russia probe and accusing them of trying to “distract” Americans.

“Politicizing the Justice Department, that’s what they’re concerned about? Politicizing the Justice Department didn’t seem to be a main concern when FBI agents spied on and then slandered [former Trump campaign aide] Carter Page an entirely innocent American citizen. When another two FBI agents were caught talking about an insurance policy against trump becoming president, and then promising to stop him, that wasn’t politicizing the Justice Department either according to them,” Carlson said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

TRUMP GIVES AG BARR AUTHORITY TO DECLASSIFY DOCUMENTS RELATED TO 2016 CAMPAIGN SURVEILLANCE

Trump on Friday promised to uncover the origins of the Russia investigation for all to see after he approved the declassification of documents related to the surveillance of his campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., criticized the president for allowing classified materials to be released.

“While Trump stonewalls the public from learning the truth about his obstruction of justice, Trump and Barr conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies.  The coverup has entered a new and dangerous phase.  This is un-American,” Schiff tweeted Thursday.

Carlson called Schiff a “nut case” and accused Democrats of trying to distract Americans.

“For two and a half years we listened to their absurd theories about Russian collusion. The goal was to distract us from the implications of the 2016 election. And more broadly to keep Americans from noticing what is happening to their country. The dying small towns, the needles and garbage flooding the big cities, the overrun border, the Middle Eastern wars that persist for no reason. The grotesque and growing income inequality on the coast. The rise of China abroad, etc. these are actual problems. In some cases they are full-blown crises,” Carlson explained.

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Carlson added, “They need solutions and serious people to think about those solutions every day this farce about Russia and coverups continues is another day that America gets weaker and more divided.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump from building sections of the border wall with money secured under his emergency declaration.

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A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s plan to spend billions to construct a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border with Defense Department funds.

U.S. District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam’s ruling applies to wall construction in specific areas in El Paso, Texas and Yuma, Arizona. Trump declared a national emergency in February to redirect funding from the Department of Defense to begin construction of his long-promised border wall.

“In short, the position that when Congress declines the Executive’s request to appropriate funds, the Executive nonetheless may simply find a way to spend those funds “without Congress” does not square with fundamental separation of powers principles dating back to the earliest days of our Republic,” wrote Gilliam, who was appointed to the bench by former President Barack Obama.

In this Nov. 21, 2018, file photo, two Honduran men pose as a photographer, at left, takes their picture after the group climbed the border wall separating Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, before climbing back down on the Mexican side, seen from San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

In this Nov. 21, 2018, file photo, two Honduran men pose as a photographer, at left, takes their picture after the group climbed the border wall separating Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, before climbing back down on the Mexican side, seen from San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

THAT LOOSE CHANGE LEFT AT AIRPORTS MAY BE USED TO HELP FUND BORDER OPERATIONS

The move was a workaround Congress, which had not given in to his demands to fund the barrier. The wall has been Trump’s signature promise. Gilliam’s ruling doesn’t prevent the Trump administration from using other sources to fund the wall.

He said Trump’s plan to divert Pentagon funds for border-wall construction was unconstitutional because the argument White House relied on applied to unforeseen needs, Politico reported.

“Defendants’ argument that the need for the requested border barrier construction funding was ‘unforeseen’ cannot logically be squared with the Administration’s multiple requests for funding for exactly that purpose dating back to at least early 2018,” the Obama nominee wrote.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.

Trump declared the national emergency after a stand-off between him and Democrats over border wall funding resulted in the 35-day partial government shutdown.

Around 20 states, environmental groups and civil liberties groups sued the administration to halt plans for the wall.

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“This order is a win for our system of checks and balances, the rule of law, and border communities,” Dror Ladin, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, said in a statement. “The court blocked all the wall projects currently slated for immediate construction. If the administration begins illegally diverting additional military funds, we’ll be back in court to block that as well.”

The ACLU filed a motion on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition to block wall construction.

This is a developing story. Check back with Fox News for updates.

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Why are Obama-era intelligence officials so concerned with President’s Trump’s call to declassify information regarding the origins of the Russia probe?

“Because we don’t know exactly what they did,” Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York said Friday on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”

Trump vowed Friday to uncover the origins of the Russia investigation for all to see after he approved the declassification of documents related to the surveillance of his campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

DOJ AGREES TO SHARE SOME MUELLER DOCUMENTS WITH DEMOCRATS

“We are exposing everything,” the president said Friday.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., blasted the president for allowing the release of classified materials, calling it a “corrupt escalation of the president’s intention” to politicize the intelligence community.

York argued that the president and Attorney General Barr are trying to get to the bottom of a story that has become a public concern.

“We are learning in dribs and drabs something we need to have a bigger picture on that’s what the president and attorney general are trying to get at,” York said.

As for concerns that confidential material will be released York says that that will be Barr’s job to ensure that what needs to remain confidential will.

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“There are a few things that need to stay secret. Most of it can be released. These are judgments that the attorney general is going to make to give the public an idea of what happened,” York said.

York added, “But, in this, especially since it’s a matter of such public concern, one party has wanted to use this Trump-Russia affair to try to remove the president from office. I mean, there is the highest need for public knowledge about this.  This is the president’s way by delegating it to the attorney general to do it a fairly orderly but fast fashion.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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L. Francis Cissna, the director of the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services, submitted his resignation Friday at the direction of President Donald Trump, according to multiple reports.

He’ll be replaced by former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Politico reported, citing an unnamed source. 

His resignation takes effect June 1, BuzzFeed reported. Cissna served for more than a decade at the Department of Homeland Security, and was appointed to lead USCIS in the early days of the Trump administration.

According to Politico, the ouster has been in the works for weeks as Trump shakes up his officials. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Ronald Vitiello, who was acting director of  Immigration and Customs Enforcement, left their positions last month.

Republican lawmakers had urged the president to keep Cissna, but White House adviser Stephen Miller pushed for the ouster, Politico reported.

“We are the government servants charged with lawfully, efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits, while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our nation’s values,” Cissna wrote in an email to staff, Politico reported.

“I have always been and will remain keenly aware of these charges and your diligence in fulfilling our mission.”

USCIS oversees legal immigration. Under the Trump administration and Cissna’s leadership, the agency has been a key element in the hardline crackdown on immigration. 

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