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
Morning Joe destroys your Facebook friends’ excuses for voting for Trump
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said most of the people he grew up hate President Donald Trump, but they're voting for him anyway.
The "Morning Joe" host said they share many of his concerns about the president and his fitness for office, but he said they always offer excuses for holding their nose and voting to give him four more years.
"It's good talking to them and just saying, so why are you voting for this man?" Scarborough said. "'Well, he's a terrible guy, he's a horrible example for my kids, I'd never invite him over to the house, he's despicable -- I hate him, I just hate him,' but and then, fill in the blank, AOC or Nancy Pelosi or Bernie Sanders or regulations or tax cuts or 401(k)s, and I say, so, well, we have right now a president of the United States who is demanding that his attorney general arrest the former vice president of the United States, his chief political competitor. This is something that happens or happened in the former Soviet Union, this is something that happens still in Russia."
Trump ‘is hemorrhaging support’ and is flailing badly to win it back: reporter
President Donald Trump is trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden in the polls, and one veteran journalist said that he seems clueless about how to stop the bleeding.
Journalist Alex Wagner, the host of Showtime's "The Circus," told CNN on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's flailing attacks on Dr. Anthony Fauci and "60 Minutes'" Lesley Stahl are not part of some grand strategy to stage a comeback in the 2020 presidential election.
"The idea that President Trump has somehow hatched a multi-pronged plan to make a closing argument in the last remaining days of the election is a fallacy," she said. "He is hemorrhaging support among suburban women and seniors, and what is he doing? Taking on a fight with the elder statesmen of the most venerable news brand in America. She is an older woman at precisely the time he needs to be getting women and seniors."
Progressives unite for last-ditch effort to delay Amy Coney Barrett vote — by impeaching Bill Barr
Progressive activists are urging House Democrats to essentially kill two birds with one stone by impeaching Attorney General Bill Barr -- which would delay the confirmation vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
"Attorney General Barr has acted to subvert the laws that he, as our nation's chief federal law enforcement official, is duty-bound to uphold," more than 20 progressive groups signed in a joint letter.
"Attorney General Barr has made a career out of undermining our democracy and it is pellucidly clear that he has been ramping up efforts to undermine the upcoming elections and invalidate the votes of millions of Americans," the groups wrote.