Top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway went onto NBC’s Today on Tuesday to try to sweep the Michael Flynn scandal under the rug — but host Matt Lauer wouldn’t let her get away with it.
On Monday afternoon, Conway insisted publicly that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had the full confidence of President Donald Trump, despite the fact that Flynn would be forced to resign from his position mere hours later.
While being interviewed by Matt Lauer on Tuesday morning, Conway tried to claim that Flynn really did have Trump’s full confidence right up until Monday evening, when it became apparent that Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with Russian officials about American sanctions.
“I think misleading the vice president really was the key here,” Conway told Lauer. “I spoke with the president this morning, and he asked me to speak on his behalf, and to reiterate that Mike Flynn had resigned. He decided that this situation had become unsustainable for him.”
Lauer, however, refused to let this statement slide.
“You’re saying that was the straw that broke the camel’s back, but the White House knew about that last month when the Justice Department warned the White House that… Gen. Flynn had not been completely honest in characterizing that conversation with the Russian ambassador,” he countered.
Conway replied that Flynn had retained the full confidence of the president throughout this ordeal until Monday night, when “obviously the situation had become unsustainable.”
“Kellyanne, that makes no sense!” Lauer shot back. “Last month, the Justice Department warned the White House that Gen. Flynn had mislead them!”
Check out the full clip below.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 14, 2017
Central Park incident just one more example of white women using their status to terrorize black men: NYT’s Charles Blow
Amy Cooper is just the latest example of white women using their privilege and femininity to terrorize black men, according to a new column from Charles Blow.
The New York Times columnist explains that a video recording of an incident involving Cooper, an investment manager, and Christian Cooper, a science editor, has a long and shameful historical precedent.
"This racial street theater against black people is an endemic, primal feature of the Republic," Blow write. "Specifically, I am enraged by white women weaponizing racial anxiety, using their white femininity to activate systems of white terror against black men. This has long been a power white women realized they had and that they exerted."
New Zealand epidemiologist: ‘We look at Trump’s behavior and we’re horrified’
To learn how New Zealand has largely eliminated COVID-19, we continue our extended interview with Michael Baker, an epidemiologist who is a member of the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Technical Advisory Group and advising the government on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He describes how the country’s response compares to the government actions in the United States and worldwide.
This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.
AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we bring you Part 2 of our discussion of New Zealand.
Trump White House hammered for covering up their own economic projections as jobs vanish
The Trump White House has decided against releasing midyear economic projections this summer, breaking precedent at a time when unemployment is expected to top 20 percent.
The Washington Post reports that the administration is not releasing updated economic projections that "would almost certainly codify an administration assessment that the coronavirus pandemic has led to a severe economic downturn" with massive job losses that have topped 36 million in just two months.