Jake Tapper cornered Sean Spicer on Monday over the White House Press Secretary’s insistence that Donald Trump’s immigration executive order is not a Muslim ban, using the president’s—and press secretary’s—own words against that administration talking point.
“Chaos has of course rippled from Washington D.C. to airports and foreign capitols around the world,” Tapper said, referring to the Trump Administration’s decision to fire acting Attorney General Sally Yates over her refusal to defend the executive order. “Today, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was complaining the members of the media are unfairly using the term ‘ban’ to describe the president’s action.”
Tapper then showed a clip of Spicer’s press conference, wherein the press secretary scolded the media for using the word “ban.”
“Okay, but I could have sworn I heard somebody in the Trump Administration using the term ban before—was it possibly President Trump on Twitter?” Tapper asked coyly, displaying this tweet on the screen:
Referring to Spicer’s argument that the president is “using the term that the media’s using,” Tapper noted, “It seems odd though, if you object to the term you shouldn’t use it, right?” He then played a clip of Spicer himself referring to the executive order as a “ban.”
“Okay but to be fair, that was Sean Spicer on Sunday,” Tapper said. “Surely he has not used the term since then, such as—I don’t know—last night when he spoke at George Washington University.“
The host then showed a video from last night, showing the White House press secretary clearly calling the executive order a “ban.”
“Okay, everybody clear now?” Tapper asked. “Nobody should follow the lead of the biased media and call the executive action a ban. Instead, follow the White House and call it a ban.”
Watch the clip below, via CNN:
Trump has figured out how to get taxpayers to renovate one of his golf courses: MSNBC panel
President Donald Trump has figured out how to have taxpayers pay to renovate his Trump National Doral Miami golf course, according to an analysis by MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle.
"Before setting himself on fire on Ukraine yesterday, Mick Mulvaney came into the White House briefing room to break to the nation the fact the that the Trump Doral golf resort turns out to be -- in his estimation, organically, just sitting there -- the best possible place to have a G-7 Summit of world leaders," MSNBC's Brian Williams reported. "That was provision number one. There’s no better place that we can find. Number two was, the president will not profit from said G-7."
Bill Maher reveals plan to ‘bribe’ Trump with one billion dollars — for him to leave office
The Constitution has two mechanisms to remove President Donald Trump from office prior to his term ending on January 20, 2021: impeachment and the 25th Amendment.
HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher noted that Trump could also choose to resign.
Maher waved around a $1 million check that he said he would give to Trump to quit.
He said he also knew 1,000 people who would do the same -- which would land Trump over $1 billion.
Maher said even poor people would pawn their wedding rings to add to the pot.
Trump can’t fire Mulvaney because nobody else wants to be his chief of staff: report
White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will likely stay on at the White House despite his public confession of a quid pro quo in the Ukraine scandal at the center of the impeachment inquiry, The New York Times reported Friday.
"But Mr. Mulvaney’s job has been anything but normal since the news conference on Thursday at which he seemingly undermined the Trump administration’s strategy for avoiding impeachment by acknowledging that Mr. Trump had sought a quid pro quo for providing Ukraine with American aid," the newspaper reported. "In the chaotic aftermath, the president’s Republican allies are questioning Mr. Mulvaney’s savvy and intelligence even as the Trump campaign is defiantly turning one of his lines from the news conference into a T-shirt."