Katrina Pierson, the national spokesperson for Donald J. Trump’s campaign, lashed out at CNN host Alisyn Camerota on Thursday for repeating three different positions the billionaire took on abortion within the span of three hours.
A day after Trump suggested that women deserved “punishment” for having illegal abortions, Pierson insisted to Camerota that Trump “never called for a ban on abortion.”
“He said, ‘I would ban it,'” Camerota pointed out. “You are mincing words here.”
“This is a misspeak!” Pierson exclaimed. “There was a misspeak here, and you have a presidential candidate that clarified the record. Not once, but twice.”
“But his clarifications were also confusing,” the CNN host noted.
“No, they weren’t confusing!” Pierson shouted before Camerota could finish her question. “But the clarification was that it would be a state issue. I’m not so sure what so hard to understand about that.”
Camerota suggested that the off the cuff remarks were a “window” in to Trump’s thinking process.
“It was a misspeak!” Pierson repeated. “How many times do I have to say that?”
“This was a complete misspeak during a conversation over a hypothetical concept,” she continued. “And there was a clarification issue.”
Pierson admitted that it was “fair” to ask candidates about abortion, adding, “But it should also be fair that when a candidate gives the response and clarifies that we shouldn’t make this a 24-hour headline when we have things like terrorism going on in the world.”
Watch the video below from CNN.
Vietnamese women strive to clear war-era mines
Inching across a field littered with Vietnam war-era bombs, Ngoc leads an all-women demining team clearing unexploded ordnance that has killed tens of thousands of people -- including her uncle.
"He died in an explosion. I was haunted by memories of him," Le Thi Bich Ngoc tells AFP as she oversees the controlled detonation of a cluster bomb found in a sealed-off site in central Quang Tri province.
More than 6.1 million hectares of land in Vietnam remain blanketed by unexploded munitions -- mainly dropped by US bombers -- decades after the war ended in 1975.
At least 40,000 Vietnamese have since died in related accidents. Victims are often farmers who accidentally trigger explosions, people salvaging scrap metal, or children who mistake bomblets for toys.
Chief Justice John Roberts issues New Year’s Eve warning to stand up for democracy
"In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public's need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital," he wrote. "We should celebrate our strong and independent judiciary, a key source of national unity and stability."
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According to CNN pollster-in-residence Harry Enten, Donald Trump's next 100 days -- which could include an impeachment trial in the Senate -- will hold the key to whether he will remain president in 2020.
As Eten explains in a column for CNN, "His [Trump's] approval rating has been consistently low during his first term. Yet his supporters could always point out that approval ratings before an election year have not historically been correlated with reelection success. But by mid-March of an election year, approval ratings, though, become more predictive. Presidents with low approval ratings in mid-March of an election year tend to lose, while those with strong approval ratings tend to win in blowouts and those with middling approval ratings usually win by small margins."