MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough blasted Republican lawmakers and Fox News for cooking up conspiracy theories as they conspire to undermine the investigation of President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) claimed Tuesday a “secret society” within the FBI wanted to take down Trump, and Fox Business host Lou Dobbs called for “war” against the Department of Justice, as Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) pushed a memo he says proves a conspiracy against the president.
“You know, in the age of Trump, things come at us so quickly that it’s important to step back and add some context yet again to what’s going on right now,” Scarborough said. “You actually have a Fox News host calling for war against the men and women of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and calling for war against the men and women, the professionals who work at the Justice Department. At the same time, you actually have a GOP senator pushing out murky allegations about a secret society inside the FBI that is plotting a coup against Donald Trump.”
The “Morning Joe” host said Republican efforts to undermine the special counsel probe were being assisted by the same foreign adversary at the center of the Trump-Russia investigation.
“This all happens on the day that they start a hashtag #releasethememo, in which Russian bots start going to push forward hashtag that the Freedom Caucus is trying to undermine the reputation of the men and women of the FBI,” Scarborough said. “All on the same day, not a coincidence, that we find out that Donald Trump is going to have to testify under oath to Bob Mueller.”
Trump aides desperately try to downplay ‘order’ to US companies to leave China
Donald Trump's top aides on Sunday downplayed the idea of US companies being forced to abandon China any time soon, as an edict from the president ordering businesses to start looking for alternatives has been met with skepticism.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House economics advisor Larry Kudlow took to the airwaves from France, where Trump is participating in the G7 summit, to smooth out tensions in the business community prompted by Trump's Friday tweet.
Trump said he has "no plan now" to bring US companies in line, and his aides quickly reinforced the message.
Trump sparks confusion at G7 before doubling down on China tariffs
President Donald Trump doubled down Sunday on his hard line against China after sowing confusion with statements that he might be willing to soften a trade war G7 partners fear threatens the world economy.
At the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, Trump announced a major trade deal with Japan and promised more of the same with Britain, once Brexit is done.
But the positives were overshadowed by a mix-up over his apparent expression of regret for the latest escalation in the US-China dispute.
"I have second thoughts about everything," he conceded to reporters when asked if he regretted his decision on Friday to ramp up tariffs on all Chinese imports, worth some $550 billion, in retaliation for Beijing's earlier hike of levies on US goods.
Persecuted Christians eye long-sought freedom in Sudan
Sudan's Christians suffered decades of persecution under the regime of Islamist general Omar al-Bashir. Now they hope his downfall will give the religious freedom they have long prayed for.
Deep within the maze of dusty alleys that honeycomb Omdurman, Khartoum's sprawling twin city, Yousef Zamgila's church is not visible from the street.
It is hidden in the courtyard of a friend's home and consists of a few iron benches, a pulpit and crosses hastily painted on pillars holding a corrugated roof.
"The previous centre got destroyed because we didn't have the right papers. They always refused... So we use the land of our neighbours," says the Lutheran reverend.