Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman won’t be puckering up for Donald Trump anytime soon.
Huntsman, along with Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), has declined to take part in a Newsmax debate moderated by Trump later this month. Appearing on NBC Monday, the notorious birther slammed Huntsman as someone who wasn’t going to win the nomination anyway.
Later on Monday, Fox News host Martha MacCallum gave the GOP hopeful a chance to respond.
“I’m not going to kiss his ring, and I’m not going to kiss any other part of his anatomy,” Huntsman explained. “This is exactly what is wrong with politics. It is show business over substance. If he had any courage at all, he would be running for president of the United States of America as opposed to manipulating the process from the outside.”
“The presidency of the United State of America is more important than these silly game shows and reality shows.”
An obviously-bitter Trump had also assailed Huntsman in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd Monday.
“By the way, Mr. Huntsman called my office a number of times trying to set up a meeting,” the billionaire claimed. “I didn’t have a meeting with him and then he went on the debate and said, ‘I didn’t meet with Mr. Trump like everybody else in the room.’ So, you know, I’m sure he’ll tell the truth about that because he’s a Mormon.”
In a statement to Think Progress, Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller didn’t address the religious attack, but did dismiss the meeting claim as something that had been “litigated in the press before.”
“You’ll be surprised to find out that it’s Mr. Trump who is not telling the truth,” Miller said. “We never requested a meeting. We are focused on issues that matter not presidential apprentice.”
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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019