Riley on May press conference: “This was not Twitter Trump. This was President Trump.”

The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Riley told viewers Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that President Donald Trump “was in fine form” at his first press conference as president today.

“This was not Twitter Trump. This was President Trump,” Riley said.

The press conference was a joint appearance with visiting British Prime Minister Theresa May. Riley noted that Trump took a more measured tone than usual.

“He was careful with his words. Very measured even when he got a couple of aggressive questions from some foreign media outlets,” commented Riley, adding, “I think we’ll have to see more of this if he wants a successful presidency but today I think he got the job done.”

Krauthammer on Schumer pronouncement America can’t afford a Twitter presidency: “Sore loser”

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that new Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s pronouncement that America “can’t afford a Twitter presidency” is mostly baseless.

“Sore loser,” Krauthammer said. “The tweets are working. I mean, if they weren’t, they wouldn’t be using them… Trump has used [Twitter] on North Korea, he’s used it on Ford, General Motors… and it works.”

Krauthammer went on to say that while Twitter has proven to be an effective mode of communication for the President-elect, Trump may not find it as useful after he is sworn in as president.

“I think when he's in office, it'll be a little more problematic, because people will be presuming policy out of this,” he said, concluding, “It's hard to be either detailed or specific enough in a tweet to actually make coherent policy.”

Krauthammer: Obama’s environmental plan “egregious”

Charles Krauthammer said Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier”  that President Obama’s plan to ban offshore drilling in parts of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans is “egregious” and reveals the fact that the White House is trying to “nail everything to the floor so it can’t be moved” before Donald Trump takes over.

“Of course it can be moved,” said Krathammer. “The idea that because we're not going to drill the oil or natural gas is not going to be produced is ridiculous and it's going to end up being produced in Nigeria or places all over the world where the environmental standards are infinitely less than they are in the  U.S.”

President Obama invoked a 1953 law -- the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act – which gives him the authority to act unilaterally and declare a permanent drilling ban from Virginia to Maine on the Atlantic and along much of Alaska’s coast.

Krauthammer added this move will not allow us to compete with foreign countries saying, “the Chinese are opening a coal fired plant every week. It’s not going to stop. What we don’t do they’re going to do and all we’re doing is exporting jobs, exporting the waste and exporting the danger.”

Stoddard on Obama’s Syria comments: ‘It was so painful for him’

RealClearPolitics associate editor A.B. Stoddard said Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that she was moved by President Obama’s comments at his annual end-of-the-year press conference on the massacre of civilians in Syria

“I just thought it was very poignant to hear President Obama use phrases like, ‘We were not successful,’ and, ‘I feel responsible,’” she said. “He was so heavy with responsibility, and it was so painful for him.”

Stoddard explained that the president felt there were no easy choices in Syria, and that he believed it would be too much to ask Americans, who already were in the midst of two wars, to invade that country militarily and rescue its people.

“It was a very painful discussion about how there are no options, even for Donald Trump,” she said, concluding, “[President Obama’s remarks] set up for all of us going forward the lack of choices there are at this point, and how much Donald Trump will be boxed in trying to get out of the mess in Syria.

Krauthammer on Trump’s conversation with Taiwan: ‘The Chinese are extremely sensitive’

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that a telephone conversation between President-elect Trump and the Taiwanese president was not only politically incorrect, but it could have consequences for the United States’ relationship with China.

“The Chinese are extremely sensitive about these nuances in diplomacy. They've been at it for four thousand years, and the rules were laid down by Kissinger and Nixon when they made the opening, and it was that we'd be allies of Taiwan, but we would have to observe certain rules… that Taiwan is part of China,” Krauthammer said, adding, “Once you have communications with the president of the U.S. direct with the president of Taiwan, then you are impinging on that.”

Krauthammer went on to say that the Chinese can exert power when they feel they’re being wronged.

“The Chinese, when they get upset, can do things. Like take over an island here or there, or tear up an agreement, or start threatening, or do other things that could cause a crisis. I don't think that this is going to cause one, but when he ascends to office, Trump is going to have to be briefed on stuff like this,” he said, concluding that a diplomatic misstep, particularly in the Middle East could cause a “real rupture.”

Goldberg: Enormous Moral Hazard in Trump Carrier Deal

Jonah Goldberg told viewers Wednesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that president-elect Donald Trump reaching a deal with Carrier to keep jobs in Indiana is “brilliant politically.” Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he would make an announcement “concerning Carrier A.C. staying in Indianapolis.” 
Conservative syndicated columnist Jonah Goldberg warned that while convincing Carrier to  keep 1,000 jobs in US is a “big win for Trump politically,” it can also be a “moral hazard.” Goldberg explained that because of president-elect’s actions, “white house now can be baited into these kinds of tax giveaways and corporate welfare” to save few jobs.
Jonah Goldberg declared that despite some drawbacks, Donald Trump’s handling of Carrier is “not all that objectionable.” Goldberg said at the end of the day, Carrier deal is “great politics.”

Krauthammer: Trump Not Investigating Clinton’s ‘Right Thing to Do’

After President-elect Donald Trump moved away from his pledge to investigate the Clinton Foundation and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her email practices Tuesday, Syndicated Columnist Charles Krauthammer lauded Trump’s decision.

“I think it’s right to do,” Krauthammer said on Special Report. “We do not want to see national political opponents putting each other in jail.”

He called the equivalent of pardon.

“Maybe she would be convicted, but that’s not what we want to do,” he stated.

Krauthammer admitted there would be people asking about justice, but said something’s for the country are just more important while comparing it to the pardon of Former President Richard Nixon over Watergate.

“He [Nixon] never was tried, but it was done so the country wouldn’t have to suffer that long national nightmare anymore,” he said. “Which I think many people today who objected at the time recognized.”


Schlapp: Transition process is ‘a bit chaotic’

Mercedes Schlapp told “Special Report with Bret Baier” viewers Tuesday that the transition between Presidential Administrations is “a bit chaotic.”

“I think what you're learning in this transition, period, is the fact that there's many voices involved, many influencers,” said Schlapp. “There's a lot of strong opinions on where people should go.”

President-Elect Donald Trump is in the process of determining who will fill the top cabinet positions in his Administration. Schlapp believes former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and adviser to Trump throughout his campaign, will have his pick of positions.

“He has been with Trump through good, bad, ugly and so he obviously will be favored to maybe be at the Department of State,” Said Schlapp. “I thought for Giuliani it would make sense for him to move on with either Department of Homeland Security or Attorney General, but obviously, he put that off the table pretty quickly.”

Krauthammer Says Trump Is Holding His Own In The Polls Despite Recent Issues

Syndicated Columnist Charles Krauthammer told viewers on Wednesday's Special Report with Bret Baier that with the race tightening, American voters are right back where they started at beginning of the year.

Both candidates stumped in battleground states with Donald Trump in North Carolina and Hillary Clinton in Florida.  New Fox News polls are showing a tight national race with Clinton having a three point lead over Trump but Florida poll shows Trump up by a couple of points in the Sunshine State. 

"The enthusiasm for Trump surely exceeds that on the part of the Democrats for Hillary Clinton," is how Krauthammer explained the close numbers. 

But it's more than that Krauthammer said because "when the bottom dropped out for just a few days of the Trump campaign...Trump could have just disappeared.  He didn't.  He's held his own."

The syndicated columnist was referencing when the Republican nominee was caught on tape making rude remarks about women but Krauthammer believes it's not just those comments that are narrowing the poll numbers, it's the issues that Clinton has been dodging too. 

"There's been this Wikileaks releases which have cumulatively, not individually but cumulatively reinforced the impression of a thoroughly corrupt campaign...and you add ObamaCare, which is an extremely important issue, that swayed two mid-terms elections and crushed Democrats, Krauthammer said.  

Flaws in Obamacare

Major flaws in Obamacare are of absolutely no surprise to anyone who has studied the law. Back in 2010 I asked President Obama about many of them at the White House. Here is part of that conversation:



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