June 13, 2019

President Trump's comment that he would accept dirt on an opponent from a foreign government drew criticism on Thursday both from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and numerous Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

In a news conference, Pelosi blasted Trump and said his statement is evidence that he "does not know right from wrong," which she called a "very sad thing."

The House speaker said Trump is "indifferent" to "any sense of ethics" and that "everybody in the country should be totally appalled" by what he said. She also asked "how much more" Republicans can "bear of the president's unethical behavior."

Trump's comment did draw some Republican criticism on Thursday, including from Graham, who called the remark a "mistake" and said that "the right answer" to the question of whether to take dirt from a foreign government "is no," CNN reports.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) also said that Trump's comments were getting into "dangerous territory," The Washington Post's Seung Min Kim reports.

Still, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in a news conference did not directly criticize Trump's remark. While saying that "I don't want to see any foreign government try to interfere in our elections," when asked if Trump's comments were right, he told journalists that they're "talking about a hypothetical." Brendan Morrow

2:30 p.m.

Mort Drucker, the beloved artist known for his work at MAD magazine, has died at 91.

Drucker died Wednesday at his home in New York, his friend John Reiner confirmed to The New York Times. Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper his death was not thought to be related to COVID-19.

After joining MAD in 1956, Drucker's hilarious caricatures satirizing pop culture soon became iconic, and he illustrated more than half of the magazine's movie parodies from the 1960s through 2008, per the Times. In a 2000 interview with the Times, he noted, "I think I've drawn almost everyone in Hollywood."

Among Drucker's other notable work includes the poster for George Lucas' American Graffiti; according to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucas personally drove to Drucker's home on Long Island to convince him to draw it.

"The World has lost a not just an extraordinary talent but a shining example of kindness, humility and humor," the National Cartoonists Society said in a statement.

MAD fans on Thursday quickly began sharing their favorite cartoons from Drucker's legendary career, including his parodies of Jaws and Star Wars. "Many of his illustrations are as vivid in my mind as the movies and TV shows that inspired them," The New York Times' Dave Itzkoff wrote.

Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper that Drucker's final words to him were, "I'm the luckiest man — I've had a wonderful life." Brendan Morrow

2:11 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump is officially donning a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, although the jury's still out on whether her husband will follow suit.

In a social media post Thursday, the first lady shared a photo of herself wearing what appears to be a surgical mask, touting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation "to wear cloth face coverings."

"Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing," she wrote. "It is recommended to keep us all safe."

Melania's masking comes one week after President Trump announced he would not be wearing a mask, despite the CDC-issued guidelines urging people to do so. At the time, Trump implied that it would be odd to be "sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk" while wearing a mask, so it's unclear how he's taking this news.

The photo of the first lady appears to show her wearing a surgical mask rather than the CDC-recommended "cloth face covering," the former of which is recommended only for use by health care professionals and medical first responders amid critical supply shortages.