The act of gathering intelligence for the United States is both incredibly important and also incredibly dangerous. Donald Trump’s predecessors have understood this and treated intelligence with respect and care.
On Wednesday, Donald Trump outright said that he wasn’t planning on accepting the results of the election in November. Considering that the election results have yet to be tabulated, it is clear that the President doesn’t like his chances.
In the early days of the COVID-19, Donald Trump was normally flanked by Dr.’s Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx. The two medical professionals were seen as voices of reason after Trump would spout dangerous nonsense.
The stories we tell ourselves, especially the ones we tend to repeat over and over and that circulate throughout our political and cultural discourses, matter. They impact us. They carve neural pathways, so to speak, in our collective cultural mindset, in our political nervous system. They set expectations for us about the future, map out and set the course for our imagination of possibilities, preparing us for, priming us to accept, some future outcomes more than others. In this sense, they can make us feel powerful and hopeful or demoralized, powerless, and anxious.
Michael Cohen believes Donald Trump doesn’t want to release his tax returns because he could end up owing large amounts in back taxes and penalties once forensic accountants take a look at them.
The President’s former lawyer and fixer spoke to CNN about Trump’s taxes on Wednesday. He suggested they would show Trump isn’t as rich as he claims but that wasn’t his primary concern.
“He doesn’t report the income he claims,” Cohen said.
“His wealth is not as significant, and I imagine they were probably lenient in how they took deductions.”
Watch part of Cohen’s comments:
— New Day (@NewDay)
September 16, 2020
Joe Biden and the Democratic party had a great month of August. There was a successful convention and a jaw dropping amount of money raised. Biden has also maintained a healthy position in national polls.
Throughout the month of September, the former Vice President hasn’t had to do much to help himself. And that’s because Donald Trump is encountering scandal after scandal and they are all his own doing.
First came the military losers and suckers comments. Then came the deluge of damaging taped interviews from Bob Woodward. And yesterday, a whistle-blower alleged that the DHS is manipulating the way threats are reported to the American public.
Biden chose to hit Trump on his National Security issues during a Thursday interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. The Vice President told the host:
“You wonder why people in the intelligence community wondered from the very beginning whether you could share data with him, ’cause they don’t trust him. They don’t trust what he’ll say or do. He seems to have no conception of what constitutes national security, no conception of anything other than what can he do to promote himself?”
On Monday, an excerpt from Michael Schmidt’s book became public. In his upcoming book, the New York Times writer claims that Mike Pence was advised to be on standby in the case that Donald Trump be put under anesthesia.
The Trump campaign has, unsurprisingly, denied the story. The White House Doctor, Sean Conley was willing to come out and back up the President. When asked about the incident on Tuesday, Dr. Sanjay Gupta said that the Doctor’s story doesn’t add up.
The story doesn’t add up,” Gupta said. “Still, even after all these months, the story still doesn’t add up in part for the reasons that you’ve mentioned.”
The Doctor continued, “This was a very unusual visit. Dr. [Sean] Conley got in the vehicle with the president — that doesn’t happen. Typically the physician, White House physician, is in a separate part of the convoy of the motorcade because they need to take care of the president if something were to happen and then he’d be able to get to that vehicle. All these things just don’t add up.”
Gupta closed his comments saying:
“We talked to previous White House doctors; most things you can take care of in the White House unless it really comes to some sophisticated imaging. Obviously anything, as John [Harwood] mentioned, that would require anesthesia, that’s typically either the brain or the heart — that’s typically what it involves. So we asked Dr. Conley about it that and what he subsequently said is that the president did not have any chest pain nor was he evaluated or treated for any urgent or acute issues and did not undergo any specialized cardiac or neurological evaluations.”
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said that Trump is trying to cover-up Russia's efforts to pick the next president.
James Clapper has warned Russia will interfere in the 2020 election because of how successful it was in 2016. He suggested the country may be interfering already.
The former Director of National Intelligence argued on Monday that Russia would involve itself in the 2020 presidential election during an appearance on CNN.
New Day host Alisyn Camerota asked Clapper, who is now a CNN contributor, about Russia possibly using recent unrest in American cities to affect events using social media.
What message should Americans take from the following:
– ODNI will not brief Congress on Russian election interference
– Trump has not warned Russia away from election interference
– US intel community assesses Russia is again interfering to denigrate Trump’s opponent
A White House official reportedly dismissed concerns about a lack of Coronavirus safety measures at the President’s speech on Thursday be saying everybody would catch it eventually.
Donald Trump delivered his Republican National Convention speech from the White House lawn in front of a large crowd. There were few masks apparent and no social distancing.
CNN’s Jim Acosta reported on the extraordinary remark from one official about the event. He spoke to the network’s Wolf Blitzer.
“Yeah, Wolf, we not only heard a lot of gas lighting tonight, we possibly saw and witnessed some super-spreading from this event,” Acosta said.
Watch the video:
On the lack of social distancing or face masks at Trump’s #RNC2020 acceptance speech in the middle of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, a senior White House official tells @Acosta: “Everybody is going to catch this thing eventually.” 🤯 pic.twitter.com/0T5e6r3BSx
A former official at the Department of Homeland Security has said top advisers to Donald Trump doubted he had the mental acuity to do his job correctly.
Taylor said he spoke “daily” to “people literally didn’t feel like he was up to the job.”
“I’m telling you with every fiber of my being that some of the President’s closest advisers did not think he had the mental acuity to do the actual job,” Taylor said.
Watch the video:
“Some of the President’s closest advisers did not think he had the mental acuity to do the actual job… He can’t focus and he fidgets and he gets confused… I hardly ever saw Donald Trump read a document he was handed,” says Miles Taylor, a former DHS official. pic.twitter.com/T7gRT77Les
A majority of Americans feel embarrassment by the U.S. handling of the Coronavirus and most of them are very angry at the direction the country is heading.
Those are the findings of a new CNN poll released on Wednesday. In bad news for President Donald Trump, his approval rating on Coronavirus has hit a new record low.
Fifty-eight percent of Americans said they didn’t approve of Trump’s handling of the pandemic, while 55% said the worst of the Covid-19 outbreak is still to come.
CNN found that nearly 7 in 10 Americans are embarrassed by the country’s response to the Coronavirus, with a clear partisan divide on the issue. Some 93% of Democrats are embarrassed, though 61% Republicans are proud.
Another startling finding is the number of respondents who said they were “very angry” with the way the nation is headed. A slim majority – 51% – said they were very angry.
This may be a record high. According to the CNN report, the previous high points were 35% in 2008 and 2016, meaning the percentage is significantly higher this cycle.
An overwhelming majority of Americans – 8 in 10 – are “at least somewhat angry” with the direction the country is heading in, while 52% are not comfortable returning to life as usual.
President Trump has usually dismissed polls that look bad for him, but these numbers have been
born out across numerous surveys
Every 4 years, parties use their national conventions to introduce their up and coming stars to America. Who could forget Barack Obama’s incredible speech from the 2004 event propelling him to the presidency just 4 years later?
Of course, Democrats want voters to get a better look at Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer and Nevada’s Catherine Cortez Masto. But a number of prominent Republicans will also be speaking at the event.
Among these former GOP lawmakers will be former New Jersey Governor Christine Whitman and New York congresswoman Susan Molinaro.
But the biggest of these names is former Ohio Governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate John Kasich.
Prior to Kasich’s speech tonight, some of his remarks were released. The now CNN contributor will tell voters, “I’m a lifelong Republican, but that attachment holds second place to my responsibility to my country. That’s why I’ve chosen to appear at this convention. In normal times, something like this would probably never happen, but these are not normal times.”
Kasich will also talk about his relationship with Biden:
“Yes, there are areas where Joe and I absolutely disagree. But that’s OK because that’s America. Because whatever our differences, we respect one another as human beings, each of us searching for justice and for purpose. We can all see what’s going on in our country today and all the questions that are facing us, and no one person or party has all the answers. But what we do know is that we can do better than what we’ve been seeing today, for sure. And I know that Joe Biden, with his experience and his wisdom and his decency, can bring us together to help us find that better way.”
Trump tried to upstage Joe Biden adding Kamala Harris to the Democratic ticket, but CNN and MSNBC did not cover his White House event.
President Donald Trump attacked CNN and Jim Acosta, its chief White House correspondent, following a report that quoted a source on the official coronavirus task force that he doesn’t understand the severity of the pandemic.
Donald Trump has spent much of this year’s election period railing against voting by mail. He’s taken this tact despite the fact that he, William Barr and Kayleigh McEnany have all taken advantage of the voting method.
This morning, the President floated the idea of delaying the election until the COVID-19 pandemic dissipates. CNN’s Kaitlin Collins is now reporting that Trump’s claims could backfire and end up depressing Republican voter turnout.
Collins made the comments on Wolf Blitzer’s nightly show. She told the host, “It sounds like he’s heard that reaction on Capitol Hill from people that are normally his allies, being pretty blunt, saying that’s not going to happen, the election is going to happen November 3rd.”
The reporter continued:
“When he was asked to explain that tweet that he sent this morning, he started to talk on having to wait to find out who won the election, if there is mail-in voting, talking how long it would take to tally votes, go through ballots. That’s the argument he stayed on as he talked with reporters, instead of defending his tweets.”
Peter Navarro doubled down on criticism of Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday during a contentious interview on CNN. He also defended the use of an unproven Coronavirus drug.
The White House economic adviser repeatedly clashed with CNN’s John Berman on issues like Fauci, hydroxychloroquine and even the pointlessness of their conversation.
Berman asked Navarro about the doctor President Donald Trump praised he believes sex with demons causes illness and that alien DNA is used in medical treatments. Navarro tried to dismiss the issue.
“I know you’re having fun,” Navarro said.
“Oh God, I’m not having fun with this,” Berman replied, “I’m deadly serious. My question is : Why lean on Stella Immanuel to make a medical point?”
Navarro tried to avoid the question and pivot to
The President of Latinos for Trump wondered on Tuesday why people were panicking so much about Covid-19. She also downplayed the significance of deaths and cases.
Bianca Garcia spoke to CNN’s Alisyn Camerota as part of a panel of voters who backed Donald Trump in 2016. As the head of Latinos for Trump, she was naturally supportive of the President.
Watch the video:
These six panelists voted for Trump in 2016, but three of them will not be voting to reelect the President, largely due to his response to the pandemic.
“We had to close our gym for 84 days…I want to point out this all happened while President Trump is president,” a voter said pic.twitter.com/6eQfcNOjrl
CNN cut off an interview with Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh after he started pushing the coronavirus patient killing drug hydroxychloroquine.
Brianna Keilar first told Murtaugh that he was lying when he tried to blame the lack of masks on Obama and Biden:
— Peter Wade 🤦♂️ (@brooklynmutt) July 21, 2020
Later, she cut off the interview when the Trump campaign spokesman started pushing hydroxychloroquine:
When Trump spox @TimMurtaugh pushes hydroxychloroquine on CNN, @brikeilarcnn responds by saying he's doing a "real disservice to Americans," ends the interview, and goes straight to a doctor who says Murtaugh's comments were "irresponsible and being said for political reasons." pic.twitter.com/v31SxGI244
CNN refused to carry Joe Biden's speech about healthcare, but gave Trump 3 hours of live airtime for his Tulsa rally disaster.