Sure, presidential historians have their own rankings of presidential greatness, but President Trump grades on a different scale, according to Late Night's "Donald J. Trump's Guide to U.S. Presidents, Vol. 1." Trump, naturally, ranks No. 1 and his predecessor, Barack Obama, was barely worth a mention, but Trump also weighed in on Grover Cleveland ("He always cracked me up when I would see him on Sesame Street"), George Washington's wife, Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton's wife. Watch below. Peter Weber
CNN's Chris Cuomo was openly appalled Monday morning over what he believes is President Trump's partisan way of reacting to allegations of domestic violence and sexual misconduct. Speaking on New Day, Cuomo compared Trump's strong response to a photo of former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) groping a woman while she slept: "The president was disgusted by this picture of obvious groping and assault," Cuomo said. "This was horrible evidence."
Next to the photo of Franken, Cuomo had a picture of former staff secretary Rob Porter's first wife, Colbie Holderness, with a black eye that she claims her ex-husband gave her during a 2005 trip to Florence, Italy. Both Holderness and Porter's second ex-wife, Jenna Willoughby, say Porter physically and verbally abused them.
"The picture on the left is the first wife of Rob Porter," Cuomo said. "This? The president unmoved."
Trump has publicly claimed that Porter is innocent, and predicted that the former staff secretary "will have a great career ahead of him." Republican strategist Alice Stewart jumped in to skewer the president on New Day: "He typically tries to downplay these allegations," she said. "He will defend the men and he will denigrate the women. This is the president's pattern."
She added: "The hard, cold reality is domestic violence and sexual harassment is nonpartisan." Watch the segment below. Jeva Lange
"He typically tries to downplay these allegations. He will defend the men and he will denigrate the women. This is the President's pattern": Republican strategist Alice Stewart reacts to Trump's tweet after Rob Porter left the White House amid accusations of domestic abuse pic.twitter.com/BayDmXiLbZ
— New Day (@NewDay) February 12, 2018
President Trump quarreled with "one of the most vulnerable House Republicans" on Tuesday after she called him out on urging a government shutdown, The Washington Post's Robert Costa reports.
Speaking at a law enforcement panel centered around the MS-13 gang, Trump had said: "If we don't change [immigration] legislation, if we don't get rid of these loopholes where killers are allowed to come into our country and continue to kill ... let's have a shutdown." He added: "If we have to shut it down because the Democrats don't want safety, let's shut it down." Immigration is not included in the bipartisan legislation being worked on at the moment in the Senate, The Hill reports.
Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) additionally told Trump: "We don't need a government shutdown on this," the pool reports. She further "emphasiz[ed] both that both parties see the downside of a shutdown, and there is bipartisan support for a crackdown on violent gangs." Trump cut Comstock off to tell her: "You can say what you want. We are not getting support of the Democrats."
"We don't need a government shutdown on this. I think both sides have learned that a government shutdown was bad," GOP Rep. Comstock says on immigration.
“You can say what you want, we're not getting support from the Democrats on this legislation,” President Trump responds. pic.twitter.com/GpHsc4pDn0
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 6, 2018
Utah Republican Rep. Chris Stewart did not stand a chance on Friday when facing a spitting mad Wolf Blitzer on CNN. The interview followed President Trump's decision to release a controversial memo that alleges his former campaign adviser, Carter Page, was improperly surveilled by the government. The FBI and Justice Department have expressed "grave concerns" about the memo's accuracy.
Blitzer furiously challenged Stewart — a member of the House Intelligence Committee, which used an obscure rule in order to declassify the memo — on the partisanship in of the process. "You voted in favor of releasing the Republican report right away," Blitzer said. "You didn't vote in favor of releasing the Democratic report right away."
Stewart, managing to get a word in edgewise, asked: "Wolf, why are we talking about that instead of talking about the contents of this memo? This is a remarkable — "
That set Blitzer off on a rant. "Because the contents of the memo, congressman, the contents of the memo are being seen as political," he said, adding: "So this has seen by at least a big chunk of the American public, congressman, as being a politicized moment in American history, which you could have avoided by simply releasing both memos at the same time, which has always been the case."
Blitzer later told Stewart, shaking his head, that "you must be very upset that your committee has now been blown apart. Going back many, many decades, I've never seen the House Intelligence Committee so partisan as it has become over the last several months." Watch the uncomfortable debate below. Jeva Lange
President Trump has boasted he has "one of the great memories of all time," although he didn't do much to prove it on Thursday during an appearance at the GOP retreat in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. When Trump got to the end of thanking Republican leaders by reading their names off his teleprompter, he asked Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), "Did they forget your name?"
They hadn't — just moments before, Trump had thanked the Senate majority whip by name. Trump, though, asked with light-hearted frustration: "What's going on here? John Cornyn, but everybody knows. They didn't put his name up but that's okay."
On Morning Joe, the hosts mockingly rewound the tape. "The mind of a 14-year-old at the peak of life!" host Joe Scarborough said.
Co-anchor Willie Geist's concerns were with someone else. "I love that he throws the speechwriter under the bus," Geist said. "'He didn't put your name in there, for god's sakes!' He said it like 10 seconds before that." Watch the strange moment below. Jeva Lange
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Watch this Seattle radio station's brutally hilarious play-by-play of a man trying to break in to employee's truck
On Wednesday night, "we captured surveillance footage of a vandal trying to break in to one of our employee's vehicles in our parking lot," Seattle's KIRO talk radio said Thursday. "We didn't find out until this morning when our engineer reviewed the surveillance footage. The suspect is still at large and is probably worse for wear." That footage might have been interesting to see by itself — you have to watch until the end — but KIRO had the inspired idea to get morning talk host John Curley to give a play-by-play.
Last night we captured surveillance footage of a vandal trying to break in to one of our employee's vehicles in our parking lot. While the suspect is still at large, we took the liberty to have John Curley give his play-by-play of the incident.
Take a listen pic.twitter.com/FYQTiJsTDt
— KIRO Radio 97.3 FM (@KIRORadio) February 1, 2018
That's gonna hurt. Peter Weber
The Morning Joe team skewered the GOP on Tuesday for making "a deal with the devil" after the House Intelligence Committee voted Monday to release a secret memo that reportedly accuses senior FBI officials of misusing their authority to obtain a surveillance order on President Trump's former campaign associate, Carter Page. "I understand Donald [Trump's position]," a disbelieving Joe Scarborough said. "He will take any sleazy tactic he can to save himself and his family from going to jail. But Paul Ryan? A guy from Janesville, Wisconsin. A guy I campaigned for in 1998 … What does he get out of this?"
Panelist Jim VandeHei didn't have much sympathy for House Republicans. "They made a deal with the devil and they feel good about it," he said. VandeHei further skewered House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) for ignoring warnings from the Department of Justice that releasing the memo would be "extraordinarily reckless."
"What Nunes did is unprecedented," VandeHei went on. "Never in the history of this committee has this committee voted to declassify classified material. Never."
Co-host Mika Brzezinski concluded: "Joe, Republicans seem to be on the yellow brick road."
"The yellow brick road to hell," Scarborough agreed, adding: "Bad things are going to happen to [Trump] legally. The Wizard of Oz didn't get indicted. The Wizard of Oz didn't go to jail." Watch below. Jeva Lange
CNN's Chris Cuomo got into a battle of premises Monday with Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah as the pair scuffled over the question of whether President Trump is taking seriously the sanctions he unhappily agreed to impose on Russia last year.
Monday notably is the deadline for Trump to impose the sanctions, which Congress approved with a veto-proof majority in August as a response to Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election. Already, many critics are concerned the president might not "follow the law as it was passed by Congress," as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) fretted to Politico on Sunday.
Shah took issue with the suggestion that Trump's decision to wait until the last minute to impose the sanctions means he is not taking them seriously. "I just want to challenge the premise you're going about here, which is to state that this president has somehow not been tough on Russia," Shah argued to Cuomo on New Day. "It was just last month that the president authorized the sale of offensive weapons to Ukraine, which is something the previous administration was not willing to do in its fight against Russian separatists."
"Raj," Cuomo replied, "I have to question your premise of questioning the premise. You don't think that a pretty clear case is made, not just by how long it took to effectuate these recent sanctions, but that the president's talk about Russia is so consistently mild compared to what he says about other foreign countries?"
Shah hit back: "I certainly don't agree with your premise at all," he said. Listen to all the premises below. Jeva Lange
White House principal deputy secretary Raj Shah says the Treasury Department will act on last year's Russia sanctions today, adding that Trump "is, on a lot of fronts, challenging Russian interests" https://t.co/tZcyGrRxAQ
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