Archive for Pam Key

Chris Wallace: ‘There’s a Game of Thrones Quality to This White House’


Friday on the Fox New Channel, while reacting to breaking news of White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigning Friday, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace said President Donald Trump’s administration had a “Game of Thrones” quality. Wallace said, “There is a ‘Game of Thrones’ quality to the White House. I mean, you do have various power centers that are colliding with each other, whether it’s Steve Bannon and not so much him anymore, Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, the kind of hard or nationalist group of people like Peter Navarro on trade or Stephen Miller and the speeches, Gary Cohn and Mnuchin who are more globalists when it comes to economic policies.” “So, to a certain degree, this has been the team the president has wanted, and he’s known there have been divisions among that,” he continued. “And you know, yes, you can talk about wanting to put a more united team in there and more, and I think it’s a good legitimate point, a more populist team. The question though is, can they—in the end, it’s all about policy,and being able to get things through Congress.” (h/t Grabien) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Dan Rather: Trump Threatening Mueller Close to Nixon During Watergate


On Thursday night’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” former CBS “Evening News” anchor Dan Rather said President Donald Trump was threatening special counsel Robert Mueller during his interview with The New York Times. In the interview, the president said if Mueller’s Russia investigation looked into the Trump family finances, it would cross a red line. Rather said, “My experience over a lifetime covering prosecutors and the criminal justice system, is it is never a good idea to threaten a prosecutor, never mind a special prosecutor. Who can say where this goes? Every day we have something like this happens like The Time’s interview with all the rich material in it, it increases the possibility if not the probability that down the road somewhere there will be a Constitutional crisis. Certainly would be if the president decided to fire the special prosecutor, which you can’t read the interview and think he didn’t intend to be a threat. A threat to the attorney general, to the deputy attorney general, to the special prosecutor, this is unprecedented.  And the closest we have is the Nixon period of Watergate. And that didn’t turn out too well.” He added, ‘Well, I think what you have here

MSNBC’s Joy Reid: GOP’s Collins, Murkowski, Capito Leading a ‘Resistance’ to Donald Trump


Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” network host Joy Reid said Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) stalled efforts in the Senate to repeal Obamacare because they are “leading kind of the resistance” to President Donald Trump. Reid said, “When it comes to politics I think it’s such a man’s world for so long—it’s so much of politics driven by men telling women what’s best for them. And that has not caught up to the 21st century in a lot of ways. I think the most glaring spectacle we have seen is this 13 member, all male, all white commission deciding what’s best for health care, including women’s health care.” She continued, “These three Republican women are saying no. And these three Republican women are leading kind of the resistance to the bill, even within the GOP. I honestly have to say that, Nicolle, on the trail last year covering the campaign I noticed among white women, in particular, there was not a drive a see a woman in the White House for its own sake. But after the election, suddenly women are saying, wait a minute. We are being taken advantage of. And

Trump Confronts GOP Sen Heller on Health Care Repeal: ‘Look, He Wants to Remain a Senator, Doesn’t He?’


Wednesday at the White House during President Donald Trump’s meeting with Republican Senators on health care, Trump confronted Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) who has expressed his unease with the Obamacare repeal and replace bill. Trump said, “Frankly, I don’t think we should leave town unless we have a health insurance plan unless we can give our people great health care because we’re close. We’re very close. The other night I was very surprised when I heard my friends — my friends they really were and are — they might not be very much longer, but that’s OK. I think. I have to get them back.” Heller joked, “Thanks for not looking this way.” Trump continued, “No. You didn’t go out there. This was the one we were worried about. You weren’t there. But you’re going to be. You’re going to be. Look, he wants to remain a senator, doesn’t he? Okay. And I think the people of your state, which I know very well, I think they’re going to appreciate what you hopefully will do. Any senator who votes against starting debate is telling America you’re fine with Obamacare.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Rand Paul: Voting for a Clean Obamacare Repeal a ‘Victory’


Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said it was a “victory” that Senate Republicans were going to vote on a “clean” bill to repeal Obamacare. Paul said,”What I’m calling a victory is not the defeat of the plan, what I’m calling a victory is that we will get to vote on a clean repeal. I’ve been advocating that we repeal Obamacare — all of it — and we’re at least going to get a vote on a partial repeal and that is a victory.” He continued,”I wasn’t in favor of an insurance company bail out. The previous bill had about $180 billion dollars to give to insurance companies. Insurance companies have gotten rich on Obamacare. They used to make $6 billion a year in profit. They’re now up to $15 billion a year in profit. We shouldn’t be giving any taxpayer money to insurance companies, so I objected to that, but I’m actually in favor of and will vote to go to the clean repeal that’s being proposed now.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Trump on Obamacare Repeal: In 2018, ‘We Have to Get More Republicans Elected Because We Have to Get It Done’


Tuesday at the White House while commenting on the Republicans in Congress failing to pass a repeal and replacement of Obamacare, President Donald Trump set the focus on the 2018 midterm elections. Trump said “So the way I look at is in 18 when they have to get some more people elected. We have to go out we have to get more people elected that are Republicans. And we have to probably pull those people, those few people had voted against it. I don’t know, and they will have to explain to you why they did. I am sure they had very fine reasons. But we have to get more Republicans elected because we have to get it done.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

CNN’s Angela Rye Refuses to Say Trump Is Her President


Monday on CNN’s “New Day,” political commentator for the network Angela Rye refused to say that President Donald Trump was her president, instead referring to him as “your president” several times. When former Republican congressman Jack Kingston brought up the DNC, Rye said, “Right now we are talking about your president. That is the problem.” As the segment came to an end, Rye said, “He went into a press conference during the summer asking Russia to find the other 30,000 emails. There are a lot of things that your president has done to defy logic. Let’s at least acknowledge that.” Kingston interjected, “Your president, too, Angela. Your president, too,” Rye shot back, “He’s your president.” Anchor John Berman said, “the president of the United States.” (h/t The Hill) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Joe Scarborough Refers to FNC’s ‘Hannity’ as ‘State-Run Television’


Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” in reference Donald Trump, Jr’s appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” last week, host Joe Scarborough called the show hosted by conservative commentator Sean Hannity “state-run television.” Scarborough said, “If you look at what Jay Sekulow was forced to go out and say last weekend on the Sunday shows, if you look at the statement that the President of the United States signed off on with all the president’s men around him on Air Force One, coming back from Europe, lying, lying to the New York Times lying to the American people, saying this meeting was just about adoption and then the next day lying about the people that were in it.” He continued, “Then going on a TV show that basically a state-run television and being asked at the end of that TV show, is there anything else that we don’t know about? And Don Jr. Saying that’s it. And then and then the next day we find out another person attended the meeting. And then the next day we find out that somebody connected with the KGB that was basically an intel officer was at the meeting. And then the next day finding

Al Gore: Trump Just Tweets — He Is ‘Not Getting Anything Done’

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Sunday on “CBS Sunday Morning,” former Vice President Al Gore said President Donald Trump was spending every day writing “another set of tweets” and they’re not getting anything done. Partial transcript as follows: COWAN: You’ve spent half your life in politics, some of it at the highest levels … GORE: Second-highest level. COWAN: Second-highest level. Excuse me, Mr. Vice President, that’s right.  What do you make of this young administration so far? GORE: Every day it’s another set of tweets and another set of controversies, and they’re not getting anything done. Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Bernstein on Trump-Russia Collusion: ‘We Are in the Midst of a Cold Civil War in This Country’


Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” journalist and network contributor Carl Bernstein said the difference between the investigations into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and the Watergate era was the country is “in the midst of a cold civil war.” Bernstein said, “The difference between Watergate and now, one of the big differences is that we are in the midst of a cold civil war in this country, a political and cultural civil war.” He added that Fox news has created, “a different media universe,” that is “a caldron taking place in this hot house of political debate in which a fact based debate is becoming impossible in this culture.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Carville: ‘No One’ Is in Charge of the Democratic Party


Sunday on New York’s AM 970, The Answer on “The Cats Roundtable,” Democratic strategist James Carville said “no one” was in charge of the Democratic Party. When asked if anyone is in charge of the party Carville said, “No, but if a party is out of power and we don’t have a presidential candidate there is no one going to be in charge until sometime in 2020 when we choose a presidential candidate. I think right now most Democrats are trying to focus on the 2018 elections and trying to recruit people and keep incumbents, and, you know, I would say we have a pretty good chance of taking the House back. The Senate is very, very difficult.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Hume on Trump-Russia Investigation: ‘There’s No End in Sight for This Firestorm’


On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” network senior political commentator Brit Hume said the meeting between Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and a Russian attorney had “very serious” political consequences. Hume said, “The revelations are damaging in one particular sense, which is it means that there’s no end in sight for this firestorm. And once you have, as Julie was explaining and you were pointing out, all these people getting lawyers and preparing to testify and all the rest of it, the burden on the White House is enormous. There was already a burden on this White House to fight these allegations. Whether they add up to anything illegal is a separate matter from what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the political consequence of this, which is very serious because it means that this is the atmosphere in which this administration and this White House is going to have to operate going forward. He added, “And then it begins to matter, Chris, about how well staff the White House is, how will staff the administration is, and all the rest of it. An administration and White House can become paralyzed by this

Hume on Trump-Russia Investigation: ‘There’s No End in Sight for This Firestorm’


On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” network senior political commentator Brit Hume said the meeting between Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and a Russian attorney had “very serious” political consequences. Hume said, “The revelations are damaging in one particular sense, which is it means that there’s no end in sight for this firestorm. And once you have, as Julie was explaining and you were pointing out, all these people getting lawyers and preparing to testify and all the rest of it, the burden on the White House is enormous. There was already a burden on this White House to fight these allegations. Whether they add up to anything illegal is a separate matter from what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the political consequence of this, which is very serious because it means that this is the atmosphere in which this administration and this White House is going to have to operate going forward. He added, “And then it begins to matter, Chris, about how well staff the White House is, how will staff the administration is, and all the rest of it. An administration and White House can become paralyzed by this

GOP Sen Collins: Eight to Ten Republican Senators ‘Have Serious Concerns’ About Health Care Bill


Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), said eight to ten Republican senators “have serious concerns” about the current Republican health care bill being promoted by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Collins said, “There are about eight to 10 Republican senators who have serious concerns about this bill. I don’t know whether it will pass, but I do know this, we should not be making fundamental changes in a vital safety net program that’s been on the books for 50 years – the Medicaid program – without having a single hearing to evaluate what the consequences are going to be.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Rand Paul: I Don’t Think McConnell Has the Votes to Pass Health Care Bill

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On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said he did not think Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had the votes to pass the Senate Republicans health care bill. Paul said, “I don’t think right now he does. The real problem we have is we won four elections on repealing Obamacare, but this bill keeps most of the Obamacare taxes, keeps most of the regulations, keeps most of the subsidies. And creates something that Republicans have never been for, and that’s a giant insurance bailout Superfund.” He added, “What I’ve suggested to the president … if this comes to an impasse, I think if the president jumps into the fray and says ‘Look guys, you promised to repeal it, let’s just repeal what we can agree to and then we can continue to try to fix, replace or whatever has to happen afterwards.'” (h/t The Hill) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Phil Donahue: Trump Era ‘Darkest Political Moment in American History’


Saturday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” former talk show host Phil Donahue said President Donald Trump’s presidency  was “the darkest political moment in American history.” Discussing Trump’s popularity among Republicans, Donahue said, “He can shoot a gun down Fifth Avenue, right? All of a sudden we got a crotch-grabber for a President.This is the darkest political moment in American history. Who’s going to argue that?” (h/t TheHill) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Dem Rep Schiff: ‘We Can’t Accept Anything’ Don Jr. or President Trump Says as True


Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” ‏Rep. Adam Schiff:(D-CA) addressed the meeting between Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and a Russian attorney. Schiff said, “Two things, two points he wants to make. First, the president didn’t know and second, even if he did, there’s no crime here. Now, to believe that we have to rely on two things: Don jr.’s representation of what happened that meeting. We have already seen, many times we can’t rely on that. He first said no meeting happened. Then he said it was about adoptions. Then admitted it was about getting information about Hillary Clinton.” “And then he wasn’t forthcoming about who was in the meeting. We can’t accept what he says about this. We can’t accept what the president says either. If you look at the president’s comments around this time, he announces a speech he’s going to give where he’s going to give the dirt on Hillary Clinton that he then cancels. That would corroborate that Don Jr. didn’t get the information he was hoping for. But of course, it contradicts the idea that he was unaware.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Maxine Waters: Trump Is ‘Embarrassing All of Us Internationally’


Friday on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said President Donald Trump was “embarrassing all of us internationally.” When asked if the Russian investigations result in no wrongdoing by Trump, Waters said, “Well, if the special counsel comes back with that kind of determination and if this country wants to continue with this president who’s embarrassing all of us internationally, who does not understand the relationship with our allies and how important it is and who will continue to have this Kremlin clan surrounding him all looking toward Putin and the Kremlin clan wanting to, you know, make sure that we lift these sanctions — if they want to have that kind of leadership if they want to have that kind of president, then America can do that. But I think that that’s not going to happen.” (h/t Grabien) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Dem Sen Warren: Trump’s White House Is a Domestic ‘Axis of Evil’

FILE- In this March 27, 2017, file photo, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., addresses business leaders during a New England Council luncheon in Boston. Warren is slated to deliver the commencement address at Boston’s Wheelock College on Friday, May 19. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
Friday in Chicago at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition convention, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said the policies of President Donald Trump’s administration added up to a domestic “axis of evil.” Warren said, “Instead of opening more doors, this White House is determined to close them. Instead of breaking down barriers, this White House is building walls. Instead of giving everyone a seat at the table, this White House is a locked down good ol’ boys network. For years—for years—Washington has talked about an axis of evil overseas. Well, there is an axis of evil here at home—oppression, suppression, and repression.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

FNC’s Wallace: ‘There Is a Huge Problem With the Credibility of the White House’

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Friday on Fox News Channel, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace addressed the reports that a man named Rinat Akhmetshin, and an interpreter were also at the meeting between Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and a Russian attorney. Wallace said the White House had a “huge problem with credibility.” “It’s one more case where there is a new revelation that the White House and Donald Trump Jr., and other people don’t put out themselves, and it ends up coming out from the news media,” Wallace explained. He added, “I think this is the biggest problem here. I think there is very little legal jeopardy for Donald Trump, Jr., but there is a huge problem with the credibility of the White House because they kept saying there is no collusion, there have been no contacts, this is all a hoax, it is all fake news. And then it keeps coming up that people we haven’t heard about did have these meetings.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Jesse Jackson: Hillary Won the 2016 Election — ‘It Was Stolen’


Thursday in Chicago at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition convention, Rev. Jesse Jackson said Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton won the 2016 presidential election only to have it “stolen” by President Donald Trump. While introducing Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez, Jackson said, “To have a head of our party who is sensitive to the plight of working people is the order of this day. Don’t forget when you lose; you tend to amplify ‘would’ve, could’ve, should’ve.’ When you win, you cover up your sins. Let nobody fool you. We worked last year; we won the election. It was stolen.” He added, “From John F. Kennedy to Nixon to Carter to Ford to Clinton to Barack if any of them had to face the impact A: of Russian interference in such a bold way— had to face the foolishness of the electoral college and the interference of the FBI, none of them—  Hillary won in spite of having a three million vote lead. So we are not going to let anybody break our spirit. We are going to keep fighting back.” (h/t NTK) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Trump Defends Donald Jr: ‘Most People Would Have Taken That Meeting’


Thursday in Paris a joint news conference with the French President Emmanuel Macron, President Donald Trump defended his son’s decision to take a meeting with a Russian attorney. Trump said, “My son is a wonderful young man. He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer. Not a government lawyer but a Russian lawyer. It was  a short meeting.” He continued, “I think from a practical standpoint most people would have taken that meeting. Its called opposition research or research into your opponent. I’ve had many people — I’ve only been in politics for two years, but I’ve had many people call up and say, ‘Oh, gee, we have information on this factor or this person’ or frankly Hillary. That’s very standard in politics. Politics is not the nicest business in the world. But it’s very standard where they have information, and you take the information. In the case of Don, he listened. I guess they talked about — as I see it they talked about adoption and some things. Adoption wasn’t even a part of the campaign. But nothing happened from the meeting. Zero happened from the meeting. And honestly, I think the press made a very big deal about

Pelosi: Trump-Russia Collusion a ‘Desecration of Our Democracy Not Seen Since Watergate’


Thursday at her weekly press briefing, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the meeting between Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and a Russian attorney meant the “collusion” between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia was a “desecration of our democracy.” Pelosi said, “This week we saw cold hard evidence of the Trump campaign — indeed the Trump family eagerly intending to collude possibly, with Russia, — a hostile foreign power— to influence American elections. In the month again as we celebrate the courage of our founders, Republicans in Congress have become enablers of the Trump-Russia assault on our democracy. After these latest revelations, it’s becoming clear. We have suffered a desecration of our democracy not seen since Watergate. Speaker Ryan must allow a vote on an outside independent commission to get to the bottom of the Trump campaign’s role and Russia’s assault on our democracy and prevent Putin from ever doing it again, immediately.” She continued, “It’s not just about what happened in the past, it’s to prevent it from happening again. We have an inside investigation in the Justice Department under the Special Counsel Mueller. We have an inside the Congress investigation by

Sanders: Trump’s Policies Are the Most Destructive in Our Lifetime — Thousands Will Die


Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said the Republican health care bill that President Donald Trump is urging the Senate to pass was one of “the most destructive policies being proposed in our lifetimes.” Sanders said, “I think at a frightening place, in a place where people all over this country are scratching their heads, they’re incredibly worried about the temperament of this president — I don’t have to tell you anything about that. But what we should not also ignore, it’s not just temperament and his stupid tweets, do not forget for a second that the policies that he is proposing are the most destructive policies being proposed in our lifetimes. This legislation that he is urging Congress to pass would throw 23 million Americans off of health insurance. How many of those people will die, we don’t know, but thousands of them will –that’s what we are talking about.” He added, “I have spent the last month going to Pennsylvania, to Kentucky, to West Virginia, to Ohio to make just that point. The reason you have groups like the American Hospital Association, not the most progressive group in the world opposing this legislation, they understand

CNN’s Navarro: Trump Jr Meeting Shows a Lack of ‘Judgement,’ ‘Moral Compass’


Wednesday on CNN’s “The Lead,” network political analyst Ana Navarro said the meeting between Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and a Russian attorney called into question Trump, Jr.’s “judgment” and showed “a great lack of moral compass.” Navarro said, “I know the McCain kids very well. I know the Romney kids. There is no doubt in my mind that if any of those kids had been approached the way Donald Trump Jr. was, they would have absolutely rebuffed it, they would have told their father. This would never have happened. Which tells me that we really have to question and be troubled by the judgment, the lack of judgment of the people of the White House and around that White House house because it shows a great lack of moral compass.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Elizabeth Warren Challenger: ‘It Takes a Real Indian to Beat a Fake One’


Wednesday on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Company,” Republican entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai, who immigrated from India as a child, said he was sure he could beat Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in the 2018 midterm election. Ayyadurai, who is vying for the nomination in the Republican primary, said, “I’m looking forward to going against Warren. I know how these elites work. I know I can defeat her.” He added, “I love Donald Trump. I think he’s done a great job. He’s my hero. I’m very fortunate to be part of this moment in history.” Referencing Warren’s claim that she has Native American ancestors, Ayyadurai said, “I think only a real Indian can defeat a fake Indian. I sent her a DNA test kit for her birthday, and I was very sad that she returned it. I tweeted it out, and it went viral all over the internet.” He added, “The issue of a real Indian and a fake Indian—there is a truth there because there is a woman who actually checked off the box that she is Native American. This foretells a person who is basically a self-serving elitist, is willing to cut in line as she needs, is willing to

Pelosi: Schumer and I Are ‘The Voices for Winning’ Back Congress in 2018


Tuesday in an interview with San Francisco’s KTVU, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D- CA) said she and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are the “voices for winning” back majorities for Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections. Pelosi said, “We’re the voices, the Senate leader and I are the voices for winning those races in the House and the Senate, and we’re ready.” (h/t WFB) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Pelosi: Schumer and I Are ‘The Voices for Winning’ Back Congress in 2018


Tuesday in an interview with San Francisco’s KTVU, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D- CA) said she and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are the “voices for winning” back majorities for Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections. Pelosi said, “We’re the voices, the Senate leader and I are the voices for winning those races in the House and the Senate, and we’re ready.” (h/t WFB) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Ann Coulter: Republican Obstructionists ‘Hate Trump Every Bit as Much as MSNBC Does’


Tuesday on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Company,” conservative columnist Ann Coulter said Republicans on Capitol Hill were “slow-walking” President Donald Trump’s agenda. She went on to add that they “hate Trump every bit as much as MSNBC does.” Coulter said, “I do think we’re getting a little Republican obstructionism with Trump as well. Come on. It takes 51 votes to confirm a nominee, so they put in, what, these blue slips and say, ‘no I’m holding.’ A one-person filibuster? No. McConnell should say you’ve taken this too far. We’re not going to let you put in your blue slips or yellow slips or whatever they call them and have one person stop a nominee. In one case,  Thom Tillis, he is going precisely against the Trump agenda. He refuses to confirm the head of the Immigration Service unless he can get a bunch more cheap foreign workers for the Chamber of Commerce.” She continued, “McConnell could do something, and also I think some of these Republicans like Tillis ought to be called out.” Coulter added, “A lot of them really, really hate Trump every bit as much as MSNBC does and they’re slow-walking everything, and they are not helping

Gorka: Donald Trump Jr’s Russian Lawyer Meeting Was ‘Standard Political Practice’


Tuesday on MSNBC, Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, and host Stephanie Ruhle sparred over the meeting between Donald Trump, Jr. and a Russian attorney. Gorka said, “Look, I think Donald Jr.’s statements stand for themselves, an individual who at the time had no connection to the Russian government, requested a meeting under false pretenses. Once the discussion began, and this individual started to talk incoherently, the topic changed to the issue of Russian adoptions, which was a very hot item under the Obama administration, and at that point, the meeting ended. And I think the very important thing is not just the statements from Mr. Trump Jr. but the fact that after that meeting there was no other connection, no phone calls, no further meetings because this individual did not meet in good faith. Donald Trump Jr. is not part of the administration, and so this is a massive nothing burger.” Gorka continued, “That meeting was not organized in good faith, the person who requested it had an ulterior motive, not from the one they indicated, which is a standard one, collecting negative information on your political opponent. Every party does that. But when it turns out she

Dem Sen Kaine: Trump Jr Meeting a Russian Lawyer ‘Potentially Treason’


Tuesday, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), the 2016 Democratic vice-presidential nominee, told reporters on Capitol Hill the news that Donald Trump, Jr. met with a Russian attorney moved the investigation “beyond” obstruction of justice to “potentially treason.” Kaine said, “The investigation — it’s not, nothing is proven yet, but we’re now beyond obstruction of justice in terms of what’s being investigated. This is moving into perjury, false statements and even into potentially treason.” (h/t The Hill) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Gorka to CNN’s Camerota: ‘More People Are Interested in Cartoons’ Than CNN

Deputy assistant to President Trump Sebastian Gorka participates in a discussion during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center February 24, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland. Hosted by the American Conservative Union, CPAC is an annual gathering of right wing politicians, commentators and their supporters. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Tuesday on CNN’s “New Day,” Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, and co-host Alisyn Camerota had a heated exchange about the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian attorney. When asked if it was a good idea for Trump, Jr. to meet with the Russian lawyer, Gorka said, “Was it a good idea for the DNC to send its operatives to the Ukrainian embassy?” He continued, “If there’s a meeting that was wholly appropriate but which led to nothing, let’s compare that to the DNC sending its people to the Ukrainian Embassy to coordinate oppo attacks against our candidate. If you want to see collusion, it’s in the DNC. I mean it is up to their necks.” “Who did this woman work for at the time?” Gorka added. “Do you know? She did not work for the Russian government.” He continued,”There was no connection. She was a private lawyer who had an interest in the Russian adoption program and used a pretext to get a meet with the campaign which the campaign representatives almost immediately realized was not done in good faith, That she had another agenda. And therefore the meeting ended.” After more back-and-forth, Gorka said, “You

Hume: Trump Jr.’s Meeting With Russian Lawyer Was a ‘Farce, ‘Almost Laughable’ — Not Collusion


Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume said the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer had “the element of a farce.” Hume said, “The meeting probably went nowhere. The whole thing has the element of a farce.” He continued, “I would be more concerned if the episodes themselves, the meetings turned out to be some substantive meeting in the sense they pointed in the direction that there were some cooperation and collusion going on. So far what we’ve seen doesn’t seem to do that. And it’s not hard for me to imagine people associated with the president’s campaign might have forgotten them. This meeting seems to be eminently forgettable, almost laughable.” He added, “We’re having a conflation being made here between this woman whom the Kremlin, perhaps not truthfully, but the Kremlin is saying they don’t know anything about it. Putin doesn’t know this woman. You can’t be a prominent lawyer in Moscow without in some way being connected to the Kremlin because the Kremlin is connected to nearly everything in Russia. But that doesn’t make her a Russian agent, certainly doesn’t make her a Russian official as she is

Behar: Trump Is Putin’s ‘Bottom’ — GOP ‘More Cowardly Than They Are Patriotic.’


Monday on ABC’s “The View,” co-host Joy Behar made a joke referencing a submissive sexual role saying President Donald Trump was President Vladimir Putin’s “bottom.” Behar grabbed her co-host Sunny Hostin’s hand to demonstrate saying, “See, when Putin shook hands with Trump, he did this. This is Putin’s hand on top. So Trump was a bottom. Get it?” As the audience groaned, she added, “What? He was on the bottom, that’s all.” When the discussion turned to Republican politicians standing by the president, Behar added, “Trump’s base is still — 80 percent of Republicans are still okay with him, and these people you’re talking about, they are worried about the next election. They’re all a bunch of cowards — more cowardly than they are patriotic.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Kellyanne Conway to CNN’s Cuomo During Heated Exchange: Aren’t You Embarrassed?


Monday on CNN’s “New Day,” White House aide Kellyanne Conway and host Chris Cuomo had a heated exchange. The argument centered around a New York Times report that in June 2016 Donald Trump Jr., then-campaign chair Paul Manafort, and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner met with a Russian lawyer linked with the Kremlin. After a long question by the Cuomo, Conway said, “Aren’t you the least bit reluctant, if not embarrassed that you now talk about Russia more than you talk about America? Doesn’t this bother you?” Cuomo shot back, “No Kellyanne, this matters.” Conway said, “I think America matters.” The back-and-forth continued with Conway saying, “Chris, you were just — okay. Listen. You were just able to speak two minutes uninterrupted, and I frankly think it was more punditry than reporting. So I would like to respond. If we were in court, your side would not even survive a motion to dismiss because you’ve got nothing. On this one, Don Jr. Has very clearly said he was told that there would be some kind of information helpful to the campaign. It quickly became very apparent there was not. Let me say something about who goes into these meetings in the

DNC Chair Perez: ‘People Will Die If The Affordable Care Act is Repealed’


Sunday on NBC’s “‘Meet the Press,” Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez said that people would “die” if the Affordable Care Act was repealed. Perez said, “I meet people who are worried to death because this Republican repeal bill is not a health care bill, it is a tax cut bill for the mega-wealthy masquerading as a healthcare bill.” He continued, “People will die if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. Don’t take my work for it. This is the assessment of people who looked at the bill.” He added, “It is a five-alarm fire, and you don’t fight a five-alarm fire with only a gallon of gas. That’s what they’re trying to do.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Priebus: Trump Team Meeting With Russian Lawyer ‘May Spin Out of Control for DNC’


On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” White House chief of staff Reince Priebus discussed a New York Times report that in June 2016 Donald Trump Jr., then-campaign chair Paul Manafort and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner met with a Russian lawyer linked with the Kremlin. Priebus called it a developing story and said it might be a “big nothing burger, then warned it “may spin out of control for the DNC and the Democrats.” Partial transcript as follows: WALLACE: Right. Let’s start with the breaking news that in June of 2016, there was a previously undisclosed meeting, and let’s up all the players on the screen, Donald Trump, Jr., this was during the campaign, Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior advisor, and then campaign chairman Paul Manafort, met at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Why did they meet and why are we just learning about it? PRIEBUS: Well, first of all, Chris, I don’t know much about it other than what I’ve communicated with various members there on the screen. It was a very short meeting. It was a meeting apparently about Russian adoption and after about 20 minutes, the

Howard Dean: Trump Administration Is a ‘Criminal Enterprise Running This Country Right Now’


Sunday on MSNBC, former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean said The New York Times report that in June 2016 Donald Trump Jr., then-campaign chair Paul Manafort and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner met with a Russian lawyer linked with the Kremlin meant we have “a criminal enterprise running this country now.” Dean said, “I think at this point, Trump is Trump. He’s going to lie. He’s going to do all these things he does. And the real savior for democracy is going to be Robert Mueller. He’s going to find out the truth. We’re never going to get the truth out of Donald Trump. He doesn’t tell the truth. Even his supporters know he doesn’t tell the truth, but they like him anyway.” He added, “Putin is still in the Ukraine murdering people. He’s murdering journalists left and right. We’re going to find out from Bob Mueller whether he did, in fact, influence the United States elections. It’s beginning to look more and more like he did. Now we see overnight that there was a meeting between Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and a very — somebody close, very close to the FSB and Putin. So drip, drip, drip, drip. This is

McCain: Tillerson ‘Divorced a Fundamental of American Democracy’

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 10: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., attends a news conference in the Capitol introducing a bipartisan bill to increase sanctions on Russia for it's role in U.S. computer hacking, January 10, 2017.(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Sunday on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had divorced “a fundamental of American democracy.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at the G20 summit on the civil war in Syria “maybe” Russia has “the right approach,” and the United States has the  “wrong approach.” Mccain said, “You can’t make that up. You can’t make that up. These are the same people that use precision-graded weapons to strike hospitals in Aleppo where sick and wounded people are. This is just … you know, in preparing myself mentally to be on this show. ‘I said, John, you’re not going to get upset, you’re not going to get emotional,’ but I have met white hats. I know what the slaughter has been like. I know that the Russians knew that Bashar al-Assad was going to use chemical weapons.” “And to say that maybe we’ve got the wrong approach — look, I agonized over voting for or against Tillerson for secretary of state, not that I didn’t admire his success and all the great things he’s done, but the things that he said in the past, he has divorced a fundamental of American democracy,” he

Nikki Haley: If China Does Not Stop North Korea, We Will ‘Start Looking at Trade Relations With China’


Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” when asked about North Korea recently successfully testing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially reach Alaska, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said if China did not help stop North Korea’s aggressive behavior President Donald Trump has said he would “start looking at trade relations with China.” Haley said, “I think there are a lot of options on the table when it comes to dealing with China. The ball is in their court. They’re either going to go along with us and the rest of the international community and say, yes, we think that what North Korea did was wrong or they’re not. The president knows what all his options are. All the options are on the table, as always with President Trump. And I think we’ll handle it accordingly. Ammunition comes in multiple forms. And I think we always have to look at what those options are ahead of what the actions are going to be by China.” She added, “I think there will be a response if they don’t go along with that. The president has made it clear that he will start looking at trade relations with China.”
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