In a Thursday discussion with CNN’s “The Lead” panel, national affairs correspondent “The Nation” Joan Walsh was appalled by President Donald Trump’s constant defense of his Veterans Administration nominee.
Dr. Ronny Jackson, the president’s White House physician, removed his name from consideration to be V.A. Secretary, and the president was not pleased.
“He’s a great man,” Trump said of Jackson at a White House event Wednesday. “He got treated really unfairly. He’s a hell of a man, too.”
Walsh quickly jumped in to call out the president’s claims.
“You know who’s treated unfairly? The veterans of America,” she said. A similar claim was made by Republican Meghan McCain Wednesday. “That’s who’s treated unfairly. This man had no business being nominated. It is like we were saying, one reason: the president trusts him. He gave the president a really, really nice clean bill of health that some of us wondered about at the time.”
“Said he would live to be 200,” Tapper recalled.
“We could all be so lucky,” she replied.
“That’s not really a medical diagnosis,” Tapper qualified.
“I don’t think there’s any science involved right there,” Walsh laughed. “But our veterans deserve better and always did and all this news is terrible. But he was really unqualified before this terrible news came out and he had no business being there.”
“I just have to say, as someone who has covered confirmation battles since the 90s, I have never seen a White House so unprepared to answer questions,” Tapper said. “You know what it reminded me of in when the McCain campaign, John McCain, God bless him wherever he is now. But whenever the McCain campaign was asked about Sarah Palin and they didn’t know about her almost. And this is what it reminded me of.”
In another matter, Tapper wondered if the recent Fox & Friends” interview with Trump was the perfect evidence for why the president’s lawyers refuse to let him speak to special counsel Robert Mueller.
“That’s why he has lawyers and frankly he needs them,” Republican commentator Margaret Hoover agreed.
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‘Not surprised at all that the president sides with the white nationalists’: Native American Congresswoman
One of the first two Native America women blasted President Donald Trump for siding with white nationalists on Saturday.
Following the fatal "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in 2017, Trump claimed there were "fine people" on both sides when he defended the alt-Right and Neo-Nazi event.
Two years later, Trump has gone even further, blaming only the anti-fascist activists confronting far-right marching in Portland, Oregon in a way that reminds many of the invasion of Charlottesville.
Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) was asked about Trump's tweet by CNN's Ana Cabrera.
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"When you watch what’s happening in Portland, thankfully everything right now is peaceful, but does it sort of give you that knee-jerk reaction where your hackles kind of go up, just given everything your family has been through?" Cabrera asked.
"My hackles don’t really go down anymore," Bro replied. "I am constantly tracking these things around the country as they happen. Yeah, I think after two years ago, mine will never completely go down again."
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