Trump backer Ben Ferguson appeared on CNN Thursday morning to downplay the massive amount of turmoil occurring in the White House right now — but he found himself simply getting laughed at in response.
When asked by CNN’s Alisyn Camerota why incoming White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci seemed to blame White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus for the leaking of his financial disclosure form in a tweet posted on late Wednesday night.
Ferguson tried to claim that Scaramucci was simply trying to inform Priebus that his disclosure form had leaked to the press, not blame the chief of staff for it.
“They both agree that the leaks are a problem,” Ferguson insisted. “Reince has been very clear at the White House, especially recently, that leaks are a massive problem. I do not believe for a second when he tagged him he was accusing Reince Priebus of anything.”
This prompted panelist Bill Kristol to loudly snicker. Kristol then explained that the release of Scaramucci’s disclosure wasn’t some criminal leak because it was not some piece of classified information.
“Why is it called a financial disclosure form?” he asked. “Because it’s meant to be disclosed.”
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Canada’s Trudeau admits to racist ‘brownface’ makeup in high school Halloween costume
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized Wednesday for wearing brownface makeup to a party 18 years ago, as he scrambled to get on top of a fresh blow to a re-election campaign dogged by controversy.
Time magazine published the photograph one week into a federal election campaign with Trudeau's Liberal Party in a tight contest against the Conservatives led by Andrew Scheer.
Trudeau, 47, whose party won a landslide victory in 2015, has already been under attack for an ethics lapse and other controversies.
The black-and-white photograph shows Trudeau, then 29, wearing a turban and robes with his face, neck and hands darkened at a gala party in 2001.
A veteran teacher explains why Trump is incapable of learning
While dyslexia has been mentioned now and then as one of the reasons Donald Trump is so ignorant of what it takes to govern in a free society, I want to explore it as foundational to his inability to learn and grow while in office—and also as a way to link disparate troubling elements in his makeup.
White House pulls new FEMA nominee for barroom brawl — but not for his boss’ bribery
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow began her Wednesday show detailing that Jeff Byard, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead FEMA, has withdrawn his name from nomination because of an "altercation" previously reported.
Already Trump's FEMA is having problems because of the lead FEMA officials being named in serious bribery scandals. Byard's boss, in particular, is under a 10-count indictment. To make matters worse, a former deputy is also under indictment, but for a completely different case involving a 2013 Navy scandal.
"Any mystery around that part of the guy’s past would have been cleared up this past year in August when he was indicted by a federal grand jury for his alleged involvement in that Navy bribery scheme," Maddow reported. "He was arrested thereafter."