President Donald Trump is undercutting a top aide again — this time national security adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster.
McMaster told an international audience that the evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 American election is beyond dispute. Trump tweeted late Saturday that McMaster left out some details.
"General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems. Remember the Dirty Dossier, Uranium, Speeches, Emails and the Podesta Company!" Trump was continuing his efforts to pin Russian collusion on the Democrats and their nominee Hillary Clinton.
McMaster was answering a question from a Russian delegate at a Munich Security Conference on Saturday. Referring to the indictment of 13 Russians announced Friday, McMaster says "with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now incontrovertible" of Russia cyber-meddling
On the day Bob Mueller obtained a guilty plea from a lawyer in the Russia probe, former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg, who was cited 19 times in ‘Fire and Fury’, tells Ari Melber he’s “worried” about Trump’s own lawyer Michael Cohen. Nunberg says for the first time Mueller’s team asked him for an interview, and adds that Donald Trump “screws” everyone, but has done it to Michael Cohen the most.
Americans, on the other hand, are far more ready to mobilize if and when the moment comes. MoveOn.org and over two dozen activist organizations from across the political spectrum have collected over 335,000 RSVPs for nationwide protests should Mueller or Rosenstein be fired.
While organizers have been planning protests for months, the number of RSVPs has grown in recent weeks, as Trump refuses to cooperate with the Special Counsel.
"Numbers [of RSVPs] have skyrocketed of late," David Sievers of MoveOn, told Mashable in an email. "Over 100,000 in the last month, and 40,000 in the past week alone."
MoveOn has collaborated with established progressive organizations, including Public Citizen and the Sierra Club, as well as veterans organizations like Common Defense and newer activist groups like Indivisible and StandUp America, to build a collective RSVP list.
Yahoo Finance asked Kerr for his analysis of Trump’s level of humility. He says Trump is charismatic, but also narcissistic—and that’s dangerous to the organization he leads, which is now the US government.
“He fits into this category of what we call a charismatic leader—these are typically leaders that are very bold, they’re eloquent communicators, but they lead by force of their personality. And for better or for worse, these are the type of leaders that we tend to promote and we tend to elect,” Kerr says.
“The downside with the president is if you look at him and study him, you see that he has a lot of qualities of a narcissist. We used to actually say this is okay for CEOs to be somewhat narcissistic, because it makes them very driven. Well, better research has come out and said that these narcissistic leaders have a couple tendencies that really put their organization at a disadvantage.”
Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, noted the decision to conduct the raid had to be made a the "highest level" of the Justice Department and that a "neutral, detached" federal judge "who has nothing to do with politics" had to sign off on the warrant, which was, in part, made on a referral by special counsel Robert Mueller.
"I don’t know what Mueller was supposed to do other than what he did," Gowdy said, adding the referral was made because Mueller's team "came in contact with potential criminality."
"How this is Mueller’s fault just defies logic to me," Gowdy said, and cautioned the White House against agreeing to a reported plan from former aide Steve Bannon on how to discredit the ongoing federal probe.
Every day seems to bring another round of the great national question: “How is it possible that Donald Trump missed so many chances to stop this?” In fact, Trump so consistently veered in the pro-death direction that it’s hard to believe he’s not #TeamCovid.
But because that evidence is piling up, and going past, with such regularity, here’s a quick catalog of some of Trump’s biggest screw ups and moments when he so tortured competence that everyone screamed. The nation is lurching to the end of a week from hell, and it’s headed toward months in hell’s subbasement. It only seems right to make another review of exactly who put us here.
President Donald Trump suggested that he fired the inspector general for the intelligence community in retaliation for impeachment, saying the official was wrong to provide an anonymous whistleblower complaint to Congress as the law requires.
Trump called Michael Atkinson a “disgrace” after informing Congress late Friday night that he intended to fire him. In letters to the House and Senate intelligence committees, Trump wrote that he had lost confidence in Atkinson but gave little detail.
A day later, Trump was more blunt, telling reporters at the White House: “I thought he did a terrible job, absolutely terrible.” The president added: “He took a fake report and he took it to Congress with an emergency, OK? Not a big Trump fan, that I can tell you.”
The whistleblower report was not fake, but a detailed complaint written by an anonymous intelligence official who described Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democrat Joe Biden and his son. Atkinson determined the complaint was urgent and credible and therefore was required by law to disclose it to Congress, but he was overruled for weeks by the acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire.
Reporter Robert Costa revealed that Jared Kushner has been coordinating the distribution of medical supplies with Republican donors.
The Washington Post national political reporter said President Donald Trump's son-in-law has sparked confusion in those efforts by placing himself in the chain of command, and both Kushner and trade adviser Peter Navarro were contradicting advice from White House medical experts.
"When you ask about the inner circle, it is clear to me," Costa told MSNBC's "Morning Joe," "based on my reporting, that Peter Navarro, more than anyone now, whether it's on urging the president to take a position that's different than Dr. [Anthony] Fauci, or when it comes to the Defense Production Act, nudging corporations, sometimes pushing corporations to do what the White House wants, that Navarro is at the center."
"Jared Kushner is there and he's really being a liaison to different donors, to different corporate allies of this administration, which has created confusion about the chain of command, about whether corporations should work through Jared, whether they should work through Vice President [Mike] Pence and the task force," he added.
Even before the U.S. had its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus on January 21, the Trump administration knew that the outbreak was a threat. As the disease was spreading in other countries, intelligence officials issued classified reports warning that a global pandemic was extremely likely. And the Department of Health and Human Services training exercises from 2019 showed that in the event of a pandemic, U.S. hospitals would be overwhelmed and resource-deprived.
Despite those early warnings, Trump's administration didn't immediately take action to shore up supplies of essential medical equipment like ventilators, gowns, and N95 respirator masks. In fact, according to the Associated Press, the federal government didn't start making orders for bulk production of that gear until the middle of March. Kathleen Sebelius, head of Health and Human Services under Barack Obama, told the AP, "We basically wasted two months."
President Donald Trump has a “small financial interest” in the maker of an anti-malarial drug that he has been touting as a “game changer” in treating coronavirus, according to The New York Times. Over the past two weeks, Trump and his Fox News allies have aggressively promoted hydroxychloroquine as a potential cure, despite top infectious-disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci and others urging caution and noting that there was not enough evidence of the drug’s efficacy.
The Times reports the president’s family trusts all have investments in a mutual fund whose largest holding is Sanofi, the manufacturer of Plaquenil, the brand-name version of hydroxychloroquine. Associates of the president, including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, have also run funds that hold investments in the pharmaceutical firm.