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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Elizabeth Warren wins coveted Iowa caucuses endorsement from the Des Moines Register newspaper
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) received a coveted endorsement on Saturday evening when her 2020 bid was endorsed by the Des Moines Register newspaper.
"Who would make the best president at this point in the country’s history? At a time when the economic deck has become so stacked against working Americans that the gap between rich and poor is the highest in more than 50 years? At a time when a generation of war has stressed military families and sapped the treasury?" the newspaper asked. "The Des Moines Register editorial board endorses Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses as the best leader for these times."
Lev Parnas’s attorney hilariously trolls Mitch McConnell in bid for witnesses during impeachment trial
The attorney for Lev Parnas trolled Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Saturday in a bid for a "fair" impeachment trial.
Attorney Joseph Bondy posted to Twitter a video mashing together the audio of Trump meeting with Parnas and Igor Fruman along with the music from Rick Astley's 1987 song "Never Gonna Give You Up."
Posting the song as an online prank, known as rickrolling, dates back to at least 2007.
Included with the video was a message to McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Bondy urged the two to "vote with integrity and conscience."
President Xi Jinping warns China’s coronavirus situation is ‘grave’ due to ‘accelerating spread’ of the virus
President Xi Jinping warned Saturday that China faced a "grave situation" as authorities raced to contain a virus that has killed 41 people and caused a drastic scale-back of Lunar New Year celebrations.
The world's most populous country, which is scrambling to contain the disease that has infected nearly 1,300 people and overwhelmed health facilities, is building a second field hospital and closing more travel routes.
After more countries reported cases, Xi said at a Communist Party leadership meeting on the disease that China was "faced with the grave situation of an accelerating spread of the new coronavirus" but that the country will "definitely be able to win the battle," according to state media.