Trump campaign spokesperson Healy Baumgardner really can’t catch a break. A little more than a week after her last utterly disastrous appearance on CNN, Baumgardner was back on today to explain her boss’s positions on issues such as temporarily banning all Muslims from entering the U.S. and whether he would have a debate with Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.
Amazingly, she didn’t know Trump’s official positions despite being his campaign’s senior press representative.
“Is there going to be a Donald Trump-Bernie Sanders debate?” asked CNN’s John Berman, via Mediaite.
“I wish I could tell you, I’m not a political fortune teller, so I can’t answer that unfortunately,” she replied.
When pressed on how she could possibly not know the intentions of the candidate whom she represents, she replied that “only Mr. Trump speaks for Mr. Trump,” which seems to suggest that having her on the campaign’s payroll is utterly pointless.
Berman then asked Baumgardner to ask about whether Trump would really soften his proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States.
“I’m not sure, I can’t really answer that at this point,” she replied. “That’s something we’ll sit down and develop more specifically, as well as the other issues that Mr. Trump looks forward to addressing, and we’ll be talking about this more specifically on the campaign trail moving forward.”
After this, Baumgardner was asked to remark on Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s comments that picking a woman or a minority for Trump’s vice president would be seen as “pandering.” Baumgardner said that she couldn’t possibly comment on Manafort because she wasn’t there when he said it and couldn’t speculate on what he meant.
At this point, CNN’s Kate Bolduan got a little incredulous.
“Again, you represent the Donald Trump campaign,” Bolduan said as Baumgardner’s eyes bulged in an expression of abject terror.
“I do represent the Donald Trump campaign, you’re 100% correct,” she replied. “However, I cannot speculate based on another person who works for the campaign’s remarks and what they meant by those.”
Watch the entire train wreck below.
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."
Trump’s next 100 days will dictate whether he can be re-elected or not — here’s why
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."