On Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended President Donald Trump’s retweeting of a British white supremacist group by saying that Trump is “elevating” the discussion.
Trump retweeted a trio of wildly anti-Muslim tweets from U.K. white supremacist group Britain First. The State Department has issued a rare warning to the White House that these kinds of inflammatory tweets could imperil the lives of Americans working abroad.
Wallace rolled a clip of Sanders’ Thursday press conference in which she said that the president was just calling attention to “the issues of the day” and that she expects “he will continue to do so.”
“I think what he’s done is to elevate the conversation to talk about a real issue and a real threat and that’s extreme violence and extreme terrorism, something that we know to be very real and something the president feels strongly about.”
“Oh, Sarah,” said Wallace after the clip. “Your boss doesn’t ‘elevate’ anything.”
Watch the video, embedded below:
Trump wants Ric Grenell to keep his ambassador job while also overseeing every intelligence agency: report
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump was reported to be planning to appoint U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to serve as acting Director of National Intelligence — a position for which he has zero qualifications. The move raised immediate fears, given that Grenell is a hardline Trump loyalist.
But it doesn't stop there. Reports also suggest that the president intends for Grenell to keep serving as Ambassador to Germany at the same time as he is overseeing every U.S. intelligence agency.
‘You lost me’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez graciously defuses confrontational question
In an appearance on ABC's popular daytime talk show "The View" Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke about what she called a "disconnect" between centrist, establishment members of the Democratic Party and progressive lawmakers who have been viewed as agitators in the party.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg said that while she had applauded Ocasio-Cortez's surprise victory in her 2018 primary against Wall Street-backed former Rep. Joe Crowley, she has since cooled on the lawmaker due to what she views as a dismissal of baby boomers' past activism. Ocasio-Cortez has pushed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to back a Green New Deal, called on her fellow Democrats to support Medicare for All, and criticized Democrats who take big-money donations from the financial, for-profit healthcare, and fossil fuel sectors.
Security experts sound the alarm on Russian interference in the 2020 election: Their campaign is ‘underway’
Cybersecurity experts have been warning that it isn’t a question of whether or not the Russian government under President Vladimir Putin will try to interfere in the United States’ 2020 election — it’s a question of how successful they will be and the ways in which they will make an attempt. Three security experts (Alex Finley, John Sipher and Asha Rangappa) address this concern in a February 19 article for Just Security, warning that troubling vulnerabilities remain in the United States’ election system.