Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Thursday refused to say if he would back President Donald Trump’s reelection bid in 2020 when asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo — and he tried to turn the tables back on Cuomo by saying he was playing “gotcha” journalism.
Noting a CNN report by Manu Raju that found Republicans were reluctant to give their full-throated endorsement to Trump despite the fact that he’s already announced he’ll seek reelection, Cuomo asked if Johnson wanted to break the mold and give Trump his backing for the 2020 campaign.
“It’s way to early to talk about 2020,” Johnson said.
“No it isn’t!” Cuomo interjected. “Not to say that you support the guy, the president, who’s the head of your party?”
“It could be a completely different world by 2020, we have a 2018 election first, look, I understand the kind of ‘gotcha’ question you’re engaging in here,” Johnson replied. “It’s just way too early to be talking about it.”
Cuomo, however, kept pressing.
“To [not] say that you back the head of your party that’s currently president — you don’t think that’s unusual?” he asked.
Johnson replied that his main goal at the moment was to help Trump “keep this nation more prosperous.”
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White House aides want Trump to stop saying his Ukraine phone call was ‘perfect’: CNN’s Jim Acosta
On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta said President Donald Trump's aides were frustrated with the president's defense of his phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he apparently tried to use military aid to extort political dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
Furthermore, there is fear in the White House that some Republicans may defect and vote to impeach the president — which would wreck their narrative.
"I just spoke with a source close to the White House a short while ago who objected to the president continuing to say that his phone call with the leader of the Ukraine was 'perfect,'" said Acosta. "Nobody really is echoing that message on behalf of the president. It doesn't seem that anybody here in Washington, except for the most partisan of partisans feels, that the president's phone call with the leader of Ukraine was perfect."
House Democrat smacks down Trump’s claim of ‘doctored’ transcripts: ‘Those transcripts are reviewed by those witnesses’
On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," during a discussion of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's legal situation, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) trashed President Donald Trump's claim that the transcripts from the impeachment hearings were somehow falsified.
"I will say that the craziness continues," said Connolly. "For the president today to assert, based on nothing, the transcripts were doctored and don't really reflect the deposition of the witnesses we heard from — and by the way, those transcripts are reviewed by those witnesses and their attorneys before they're released for accuracy — but secondly, of course, to have the chief of staff of the president actually suing his own White House to get a decision about whether or not he's required to respond to congressional demand for testimony or the White House directive really brings us into all-new territory in terms of craziness. And it's really disturbing to watch."
Trump’s decision to cut off Ukraine aid is something ‘you would expect to read about in a dictatorship’: Ex-Obama official
On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," former Obama administration official and national security analyst Samantha Vinograd excoriated President Donald Trump for his decision — further laid out in newly released House transcripts — to suspend military aid to Ukraine.
"This process that is described and echoed in other depositions is a process that you would expect to read about in a dictatorship, where a leader rules by fiat and his national security team scrambles to find a legal justification and to sell a bill of goods to legislators and the American people about why the president has made a certain decision," said Vinograd.