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PRESIDENT TRUMP: 'FAKE NEWS MEDIA' WILL 'SO, SAY ANYTHING IN ORDER TO GET ATTTENTION'
MERCEDES SCHLAPP: It's interesting that the president said there's no trust between himself and the media. But it's also, where there is no trust is between the American people and the media. I mean, when you look the a the fact that Americans, less than 20 percent actually trust the media, I think it's very telling of the fact that there's a lot of questions that surround what the mainstream media is pushing forward. I mean, we've seen these ridiculous stories coming out, of, for example, MSNBC, one of the hosts trying to say that President Trump bombed Syria because they were trying to get off of this Russian story. I mean, the conspiracy theories. It's the fact that they're not necessarily reporting the news as it is. And in an objective way and I think that's frustrating. The social media, the domino effect, the stories that they launch out from the mainstream press with a very liberal bias and then you're talking about tens of thousands of retweets and Facebook postings and it becomes viral. So, they could have a story that's incorrect and fake, as President Trump would say and then it goes out as being a true story.
Rachel Campos Duffy: It drives them crazy they can't run the narrative for him, that he actually gets to do what he wants, that he says, come on over to the rose garden, we're going to celebrate this thing. Here is the deal, these congressmen are going to have to go back to the district and defend the health care bill. And what they've done with their bias, the media, they've given Republicans a fair shot explaining this and what's going to happen in the senate to the American people. Right now the American people don't trust the media and trust what they're saying and i think that fair-minded Americans are going to give a fair hearing. They are disgusted and conservatives have always known that the media was biased, but now everybody knows because their hysteria is on full, naked, ugly display.
Richard Fowler: He's a media manipulator. They covered is rallies, wall to wall, no other candidate got that coverage in the Republican run-up to picking the nominee. Number two, you have to separate personalities and opinion from actual news. So the hard-working journalists at other networks, like at Fox, do their job and get them. There are opinionators.
PRESIDENT TRUMP TO ERIC BOLLING: THE BORDER WALL WILL BE BUILT
Rachel Campos Duffy: Well, we are going to pay for it. It's going to happen. There's an infrastructure bill coming up, maybe there's going to be money in here. But, I think the important thing here is this is another media out of touch moment, Eric. The American people are ecstatic. Border crossings are down-- illegal border crossings down 70 percent. That's the story. Imagine if Barack Obama had had that kind of success? That's the story. Good on Trump for bringing up all the other things that the media doesn't cover, all the children, and the women that have been hurt, murdered, raped, coming up the border. That's also stopping. The media is so terribly biased on this, that's the story and if Donald Trump doesn't tell it, no one's going to hear it, although the American people got it.
MERCEDES SCHLAPP: The Democrats don't want the wall, end of story. They want the infrastructure that money to go to roads and bridges. For the Democrats, it's more about the open border mentality. But I have to say, Eric, I mean, there are ways to pay for this wall. One is through seize assets from drug lords. I know Senator Ted Cruz introduced the El Chapo Act. If they would seize these up to $14 billion. We just saw the Justice Department come out with the study and audit in 2015, showing that these seized assets were $8.5 billion. There is money there to fund the wall. The question, do the Republicans and GOP leadership have an appetite to fight for this border? And I think that's going to have to-- the lead is going to have to come from the white house and ensuring that Speaker Ryan makes it a priority to put funding in for the border wall. It will be a fight in Congress.
Richard Fowler: This is comedy at best. Comedy. This is another example of Donald Trump failing on a campaign promise.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: TRILLION DOLLAR INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN IS JUST DAYS AWAY
Rachel Campos Duffy: I disagree with Mercy and with Richard. What the Republicans are opposed to, are fake shovel ready jobs. This is the builder in chief. He will get it done. Democrats want it and the base does. The leadership is obstructionist and the base they need to win over, the ones they lost in the election, they want energy, they want coal, they want the pipeline, and what I see happening here is the ultimate political try angulation. We're right now, thanks to Donald Trump winning back Reagan Democrats we lost and it spells trouble to the Democrats and Richard knows it.
MERCEDES SCHLAPP: It's how the bill is presented. The Republicans are moving forward with what will probably be federal tax credits in this bill, as well as public-private partnerships. Guess what the Democrats want? The Democrats want direct federal spending. It's about how this bill is going to work itself out. And the Democrats have been very cautious and very hesitant. They don't necessarily say they're going to support the bill, the liberal Democrats because they want direct federal spending as opposed to how President Trump and the Republicans are laying out the plan.
Richard Fowler: He won't have a problem with that, but the hawks-- Obama proposed a bank which is nowhere near a trillion dollars and Republicans opposed it vehemently. It's a flip-flop. If they do that.