White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders faced an intense grilling by the White House press corps on Tuesday after President Donald Trump came under heavy criticism from Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ).
Politico’s White House reporter Matthew Nussbaum asked for the White House to respond to Corker’s statement that the president regularly tells untruths and Flake’s call on Republicans to end their “complicity and accommodation” of an out-of-control Trump.
Sanders replied that both Corker and Flake are facing steep uphill battles according to polling in their home states and that for them to retire is “probably a good idea.”
Fox News’ John Roberts asked why the president is wasting time on a “petty feud with Bob Corker” when he should be trying to push through the Republicans’ tax plan.
“Look, the president is focused on doing this,” Sanders replied, shifting from foot to foot. “That’s what he’s been spending a good bit of this week doing and that’s what he will continue to do until we get the job done?”
Roberts persisted, “But why does he engage like this?”
“He’s a fighter,” Sanders said of Trump. “And when he gets hit, he’s going to hit back.”
Maybe Corker is “trying to get a headline or two on his way out the door,” she sniped.
She was asked if Trump feels any responsibility for the “breakdown in civility” in the U.S.?
She replied that Corker and Flake are unpopular at home “and I think that shows that the support is more behind this president than it is behind those two individuals.”
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Florida sheriff ordered his officers to not wear face masks — and then banned the safety gear
A Florida sheriff ordered his officers to not wear face masks -- and banned the safety gear from his office -- even as the southern US state has hit record daily coronavirus death tolls.
Sheriff Billy Woods, of central Florida's Marion County, emailed deputies Tuesday to tell them of the new mask prohibition, according to local paper the Ocala Star Banner, citing the message.
"My order will stand as is when you are on-duty/working as my employee and representing my Office – masks will not be worn," the email read.
The sheriff allowed for certain exceptions, including for officers who work in prisons, schools, hospitals or with people suspected of being infected with the virus.
Fast-moving brush fire north of Los Angeles has prompted mandatory evacuation orders for some 500 homes
A fast-moving brush fire north of Los Angeles prompted mandatory evacuation orders for some 500 homes on Wednesday as firefighters battled the flames that had burned 10,000 acres by early evening, authorities said.
The Lake Fire erupted at around 3:30 pm (2230 GMT) near Lake Hughes, about a 90-minute drive from Los Angeles.
Rapidly-spreading flames had scorched some 10,000 acres (4,050 hectares) within a little more than three hours, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
"Multiple agencies are battling a brush fire near the Lake Hughes area in the Angeles National Forest," the department said in a tweet.
‘Trump should know how to be in public with a woman who publicly humiliated him’: Trevor Noah jokes
"The Daily Show's" Trevor Noah couldn't help but notice President Donald Trump's confusion during the Q&A of his daily coronavirus press briefing. Trump was asked about Vice President Joe Biden's pick as Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate. In his attacks on Harris, Trump seemed to be spending more time defending Biden than he did attacking him.
Trump claimed the reason he was surprised Biden picked Harris is that she was "very very nasty to Joe Biden," he said she was "probably nastier even than Pocahontas," his nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). "She was very disrespectful to Joe Biden."