In a Wednesday interview with Fox News, Sarah Huckabee Sanders struggled when questioned about President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Host Bill Hemmer asked what they’re anticipating with the Ronny Jackson nomination, and Sanders seemed to not only continue to throw her enthusiastic support behind Jackson, she also dragged Trump and the White House with her. Then appeared to backpedal when pressed.
“No change as of this hour?” Hemmer asked, knowing things change quickly in the Trump White House.
“Look, the president kind of left that up to Dr. Jackson to make that determination,” Sanders said. “At this point as the president said yesterday he is a great man. He hates to see him go through this process. It’s part of the reason I think most Americans hate Washington. Washington has become so broken that they focus so much on destroying people they aren’t even talking about his qualifications to run the V.A.. they’re talking about personal character assassination.”
Sanders neglected to note the solid week of commentary questioning Jackson’s fitness for the position to lead the VA.
“We’ve seen it time and time again,” she claimed. “And I think that we really need to look at the way the process is handled. They did this with Director [Mike] Pompeo. Somebody, who is incredibly qualified, should have been moved forward much quicker and frankly with a lot more bipartisan support. You have one of the most uniquely qualified individuals that’s coming in to take on the role of Secretary of State. Somebody who they unanimously supported in previous positions and they play political games.”
She repeated again that such vetting is why people hate Washington politics.
“I think you have to look back at how history has operated in the past,” Sanders said. “You had votes for people like Sen. John Kerry. When you have people that are voting for John Kerry both Republicans and Democrats yet they question Mike Pompeo there is something broken in the system. That this isn’t just about President Trump but it is about political politics of the worst kind.”
When nominated, there was excessive condemnation of Pompeo from his anti-Muslim history to his agreement with Trump on any and all issues. Kerry, by contrast, has a long history of diplomatic relationships and was regarded to be one of the most significant secretaries of state, The Nation wrote.
BUSTED: Trump said no one saw pandemic coming — but his own officials admitted it kept them up at night
President Donald Trump has tried to claim that the coronavirus pandemic came out of nowhere and that his administration couldn't have possibly been better prepared for it.
However, CNN reports that past statements from his own administration's officials show that the threat of a pandemic hammering the United States was long seen as a danger that the country was not equipped to handle.
"Of course, the thing that people ask: 'What keeps you most up at night in the biodefense world?' Pandemic flu, of course," said Trump HHS Secretary Alex Azar nearly one year ago.
Arkansas church vows to continue services: ‘Jesus died with COVID-19 so that you didn’t have to bear it’
An Arkansas church intends to hold church services despite recommendations from state officials to limit gatherings as part of the fight against the coronavirus.
Awaken Church, in Jonesboro, vowed in a Facebook post to continue holding services in defiance of a Health Department directive banning gatherings of 10 or more, and after churches in other parts of the country were the source of community outbreaks, reported Newsweek.
Trump’s path to re-election ‘smashed to splinters’ as his only achievement is swallowed up by the pandemic: report
In a piece for Politico, Ben White writes that Donald Trump was going into November's election with only one achievement under his belt -- a healthy economy -- and now he has nothing left to run if he wants to be re-elected.
With all of the gains made in the stock market long gone due to the coronavirus pandemic and the collapse of oil prices, White claims that the president's campaign strategy lies in tatters.
"The fundamental pillars of Donald Trump’s presidency — a hot economy, strong job growth and a rocking stock market — are all being smashed to splinters by the ravaging coronavirus, which has shuttered much of the nation and now officially ended a streak of 113 months of job gains dating back to the end of the Great Recession a decade ago," he wrote before noting the explosion of unemployment claims -- over ten million so far -- that has the country reeling.