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 on cabinet nominees: “Trump wants to get stuff done”

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that when it comes to the significance of President-Elect Donald Trump’s choices for cabinet positions, the picks show that “Trump wants to get stuff done.”

“He doesn’t care if he creates an argument for democrats to say ‘you’re hypocritical about Wall Street,’” Krauthammer added. “He cares about results.”

Krauthammer held up Georgia Congressman Tom Price – Trump’s selection for Health and Human Services Secretary - as an example.

“He is the perfect man if you want to dismantle Obamacare,” he said. 

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.”


Krauthammer on Trump Transition Team: Reading the Trump Tea Leaves is Fruitless’

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Thursday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that when it comes to figuring out who will be in the Trump administration "trying to read the tea leaves here is really quit fruitless"  But, he said President-Elect Donald Trump is sending a message.  "The guy's putting together a team.  Let's see who he ends up with.  I think bringing in Romney, whether he gives him a job or not is quit a signal."

Krauthammer went on to say that the criticism of how long it is taking Trump to pick a team is unwarranted.  "I think criticism of the incoming administration has got is, as David Axelrod says, slightly unbalanced.  At the same point they had not made appointments and he said I don't remember being criticized."  Krauthammer added that the press can't seem to take a break when criticizing Donald Trump.   "It's as if parts of the press, who got used to attacking Donald Trump in the campaign are just itching to start those attacks when he takes office and I'm sure there will be reason to criticize him.  Can't take an interregnum of a month or two off.  Their such in the mode that they just have to do it, it's almost reflexive."

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.”

Ongoing FBI Investigation and Clarification of Reporting

Carlson: Polls are moving away from Clinton

Tucker Carlson, host of Fox and Friends Weekend told viewers on Special Report with Bret Baier that Hillary Clinton's poll numbers are "getting away from her" in light of the FBI reviving a probe of the former first lady's email server.

Normally candidates make their closing arguments in the final week as voters cast their ballots but Donald Trump's political chance has been reinvigorated after last Friday's October bombshell.

"It doesn't mean she's going to lose. But this is not going according to plan," Carlson said. "It's moving in very unexpected way."

The former secretary of state enjoys a bevy of well-known supporters who have hit the campaign trail for her; President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.

At a campaign rally in the battleground state North Carolina, the president brought up Trump's refusal early on to disavow David Duke's backing to which Carlson took umbrage,  "The president today on the trail invoking the KKK, it's as that's some sort of, you know, meaningful part of America."

"It's farther than I've ever seen the president go on behalf of a candidate ever and it's  a measure of how worried they are, really worried."


Hurt on FBI probe: “What a way to end this campaign”

Fox News Contributor Charles Hurt told “Special Report with Bret Baier” viewers Monday that the election stakes are high for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, following the announcement of a new Hillary Clinton email probe.

“If, in fact, this goes forward and Hillary Clinton loses the election, and turns out there’s nothing but yoga emails on the server or completely irrelevant, harmless emails, it’s gonna be devastating for the FBI,” said Hurt.

FBI Director James Comey sent a letter about the probe to Congress just 11 days before the Presidential election. Republican Nominee Donald Trump praised the decision, whilst Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton has questioned the timing of the decision from the campaign trail.

The FBI is also making an preliminary inquiry into the business connections of Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and two others individuals affiliated with the campaign, Fox News learned Monday.

“I think [the FBI] just raised the stakes a little bit more with this new information about Paul Manafort,” said Hurt. “…What a way to end this campaign.”

Krauthammer on WikiLeaks: Hillary Clinton "Was Obviously Trying to Hide Something"

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Thursday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that the arguments that Hillary Clinton said she used a private e-mail  for convenience "was ridiculous, she's carrying around a whole lot of devices.  It was obvious she was hiding something." The Latest WikiLeaks revelations from Clinton's Campaign Chairman, John Podesta show  the campaign trying to keep secrets.  Cheryl Mills, a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton reminded campaign members that state department e-mails were part of the public record.

While Krauthammer believes WikiLeaks shows "really dirty business." Krauthammer said "she set it up in 2009 before becoming secretary of state.  So she anticipated having exchanges that she would not want anyone to see.  So we've been asking ourselves on this set for a year almost, what exactly didn't she want people to see?"

Krauthammer went on to say, "Now we know and as we speculated, the most plausible explanation was the rank corruption of the Clinton Foundation and it's corrupt, I don't know if it's illegal, but its a corrupt relationship with the State Department."

Krauthammer said, concluding, “ there is a reason that people give donations in large amounts and that's to influence the outcome of decisions.”

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.  



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