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‘Stupidity on top of moral corruption’: Morning Joe panel blasts Trump cabinet’s ‘ridiculous’ travel

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A “Morning Joe” panel marveled at the exorbitant private travel costs already racked up by Trump administration officials.

MSNBC’s Willie Geist, filling in for co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, said the ongoing revelations about Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price’s taxpayer-funded flights betray a larger ethical issue within the administration.

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“It’s the bad mindset of the people at the top,” Geist said. “They shouldn’t be even thinking of getting on these planes. How could the process exist within these departments that people in the legal affairs department, the ethics office, how could they possibly sign off on it?”

Price has racked up nearly $1 million in air travel at taxpayer expense since May, but MSNBC analyst Mark Halperin said he may survive and keep his job.

“If they can find someone else to take his job, he probably won’t survive it, but it’s not clear anyone wants that position right now that would be confirmed,” Halperin said.

MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace said President Donald Trump’s cabinet officials didn’t enjoy the same immunity from political consequences that supporters seemed to grant him.

“When Donald Trump says that (he) could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and (his) base would forgive (him), he’s largely correct,” she said. “But that does not extend to his crony cabinet.”

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MSNBC producers played clips of Price complaining years ago about wasteful spending by Obama administration officials, and Halperin said the hypocrisy was staggering.

“The mindset that would cause a cabinet secretary to do this, particularly one with a record of speaking out against government waste and protecting taxpayers, is just phenomenal,” he said. “He can say it was approved all he wants. There’s been very little reporting that I’ve seen about who signed off on this, who generated these requests, but if you’re an adult who understands how the world works and you’re in the government and you get on that many charter flights, particularly some of the ones to Philadelphia and Nashville and places (where) he owned homes, the level of bad judgment is, for many people around the president, disqualifying.”

MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch said Price and other administration officials hadn’t just wasted taxpayer money, but also wasted their own time by taking private planes for short trips.

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“There’s ethics and stupidity,” Deutsch said. “If you’ve gone from Washington to Philadelphia, forget the expense. To go to the airport, get on a private jet, and then get to Philly and go back — it’s actually less time to take an Amtrak. That’s the ridiculous thing. Just the efficiency of just how you manage your day that I need this largess. so that’s stupidity on top of moral corruption.”

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Trump personally asked what ‘tanks’ could be used to break up George Floyd protests

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On Tuesday, The Daily Beast detailed how President Donald Trump himself has been behind the push to use the military to control the protests against the police killing of George Floyd — to the extent that he actually asked about specific military equipment that would be available for that purpose.

"[Defense Secretary Mark] Esper, along with other cabinet secretaries, stood next to the president during the remarks in the park after participating in an hour-long call with governors in which he said they needed to 'dominate the battlespace' to quell the protests," reported Erin Banco, Spencer Ackerman, and Asawin Suebsaeng. "But three senior Pentagon officials who spoke with The Daily Beast said they viewed the secretary’s comments on the call as a way to publicly show support for the president. They did not expect the department to actually implement a plan that would reflect the president’s rhetoric and force additional troops upon the states."

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FBI has ‘no intelligence’ Antifa was involved in Sunday’s violence at DC protests: report

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"he FBI’s Washington Field Office “has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence” in the violence that occurred on May 31, according to an internal FBI situation report obtained exclusively by The Nation. That same day, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he would designate Antifa a terrorist organization, even though the government has no existing authority to declare a domestic group a terrorist organization," Ken Klippenstein reported for the magazine.

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NYC protesters defy curfew — with a profane message for Mayor Bill de Blasio

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Protesters in New York City continued to march after 8 p.m. on Tuesday -- in open defiance of a curfew order from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Jan Ransom, who covers courts and jails for The New York Times, posted video of protesters chanting, "f*ck your curfew."

Wonder what protesters think about @NYCMayor’s 8 pm curfew?

Just listen. pic.twitter.com/8H38XNGfQt

— Jan Ransom (@Jan_Ransom) June 2, 2020

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