oh okay
March 23, 2020

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is defending getting a coronavirus test despite not showing any symptoms, saying that if he hadn't been tested, he never would have known he contracted the virus and could have spread it to his colleagues.

Paul announced on Sunday afternoon that he tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. His office said Paul is feeling fine, and thought he should receive a test because he travels often and in recent weeks attended several events. Republican senators told CNN that on Sunday morning, Paul was at the Senate gym, a move deemed "irresponsible" by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.). He also sat very close to other senators during lunches last week, including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who has decided to self-quarantine.

In addition to receiving blowback for gallivanting around prior to finding out his test results, Paul is also under fire for getting a test despite not showing any symptoms, which goes against Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. This, he said, is unfair.

"For those who want to criticize me for lack of quarantine, realize that if rules on testing had been followed to a tee, I would never have been tested and would still be walking around the halls of the Capitol," Paul said in a statement Monday. "The current guidelines would not have called for me to get tested nor quarantined. It was my extra precaution, out of concern for my damaged lung, that led me to get tested." Catherine Garcia

September 17, 2019

President Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said that while he is a "truth-teller" while under oath, the same can't be said for when he's not.

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Lewandowski was asked by Barry Berke, an attorney for the Democrats, about comments he made to MSNBC host Ari Melber in February. During the interview, Lewandowski told Melber he didn't remember Trump ever asking him to "get involved" with then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions or the Department of Justice.

Earlier in the hearing, Lewandowski confirmed something that appeared in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report — that in 2017, Trump did ask him to tell Sessions to limit the scope of Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, in order to get the attention off his campaign. Lewandowski said he didn't do this because he was going on a trip with his family. He also said he thought it was a "joke" when Trump said he would fire Sessions if he didn't meet with Lewandowski.

After being caught in the lie, Lewandowski said "perhaps I was inaccurate at that time," adding, "I have no obligation to be honest with the media." Catherine Garcia

June 14, 2019

Fox & Friends knows President Trump's got some explaining to do.

After Trump caught heat for telling ABC News that he'd be open to receiving dirt on an opponent from a foreign government, the subject inevitably came up when he called in to Fox & Friends on Friday. The hosts invited Trump to "clarify" his comments on Thursday, but his birthday-morning call didn't do much to settle the dust.

While Trump told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that he would "maybe" report information from a foreign government to the FBI, he told Fox "of course" he'd present "anything bad" to the agency.

"I don't think anyone would present me with anything bad because they know how much I love this country," he began. But if he were hypothetically offered dirt by someone who momentarily forgot about his patriotism, he would definitely check it out. "Of course you have to look at it because, if you don't look at it, you're not going to know if it's bad," he explained, suggesting a foreign government could be reaching out to let him know how great his opponent is. "But of course you give it to the FBI or report it to the attorney general or somebody like that."

While Trump previously conflated opposition research and interference from a foreign government, on Friday he only mentioned undefined "bad" information, leaving it up to interpretation exactly what would be worth reporting. He wouldn't want "bad" things affecting an election, Trump concluded — "I thought that was made clear." Summer Meza

February 1, 2019

Fox & Friends has reached the bizarre conclusion that when liberals use the term "extreme weather," it's somehow a sign of defeat in arguing that climate change exists.

Co-host Ed Henry on Friday morning's show teased an upcoming segment. "We know it's cold outside. Now the left is actually using new terms for global warming like 'extreme weather,'" he said. "Why do they keep changing the language? Are they just pushing the same old agenda with new words?"

Before an interview with broadcaster Mike Slater, a graphic appeared to explain "the left's shifting terminology," with "global warming" becoming "climate change" and "climate change" becoming "extreme weather." Slater told Henry that the left is "not winning the argument" on climate change and so they "change the words," just like how they apparently changed "undocumented immigrant" to "DREAMers," though the latter term specifically refers to undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors. He also insisted the reason scientists stopped using the term "global warming" is that it's "a hard sell when it's six degrees outside."

Henry laughed through the segment and chimed in to say, "Anytime there's bad weather, they're going to say, 'ah, we're right!'" The segment weirdly concluded with Slater arguing that it's members of the Tea Party who really care about protecting the environment because at their protests they were "always cleaning up after themselves." Watch the segment below, via Media Matters. Brendan Morrow

April 28, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday suggested it's reasonable to believe the government's vetting of ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn simply didn't catch the fact that he'd made tens of thousands of dollars off his work for foreign governments. Sessions said in a series of television interviews on Today and Good Morning America that he's confident Trump's transition team, which was tasked with vetting Flynn, is doing "the best they can." "We need to do a good job of vetting that," Sessions said, but paid foreign government work is "a complex issue, and I'm not sure anyone could be expected to find that."

The heads of the House Oversight Committee revealed this week that Flynn may have broken the law by failing to inform the U.S. government of his work or disclose his payments. Flynn made an estimated $56,200 in 2015 from three firms with ties to the Russian government. His lobbying company also reportedly made more than $500,000 for its work on behalf of the Turkish government.

Flynn served as Trump's national security adviser for just 24 days before stepping down, after it was revealed he'd misled Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. After he was forced to resign, Flynn registered as a foreign agent, which he'd apparently been advised to do previously.

Sessions noted Friday that he is not involved in investigating Flynn. He said he's certain the Justice Department will "do their responsibility, whatever that is." Catch a snippet of Sessions' Good Morning America interview below. Becca Stanek

October 4, 2016

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson has figured out a foolproof plan to keep America out of foreign wars: Simply don't learn where other countries are.

See? Ha! Hard to fight a war in a place you can't find, isn't it?

While maybe not so foolproof after all, the argument was apparently raised by Johnson when he defended himself for failing to know what Aleppo is as well as being unable to name a single foreign leader he respects, The Hill reports. "You know what, the fact that somebody can dot the I's and cross the T's on a foreign leader or a geographic location then allows them to put our military in harms way," Johnson explained to MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday. He added, "We elect people who can dot the I's and cross the T's on these names and geographic locations as opposed to the underlying philosophy, which is let's stop getting involved in these regime changes."

Makes you think, huh? Watch the interview, below. Jeva Lange

See More Speed Reads