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.
Trump officials could not have been ‘completely clueless’ about what he was doing: CNN correspondent
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," White House correspondent Abby Phillip highlighted how Fiona Hill's testimony made the claim by other officials that they weren't aware of the scheme to extort dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden from Ukraine much less plausible.
"The idea Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election is completely unfounded," said Phillip. "This is important because it puts in context some of the other testimony we heard ... from Ambassador [Kurt] Volker and another top NSC official, Tim Morrison, who replaced Fiona Hill, that the conspiracy theory was a legitimate function of the government, it was okay for President Trump to seek that kind of investigation, was perfectly normal to them. And it wasn't until they learned 'Burisma' equaled 'Biden' they learned there was something weird or nefarious going on."
Pro-Trump reporter John Solomon attacks Fiona Hill for debunking his Ukraine conspiracy theories
On Tuesday, National Security Council official Fiona Hill testified that the right-wing narrative Ukraine colluded with Democrats to interfere in the 2016 election — rather than Russia working to help Donald Trump — is a "fictional narrative" and a piece of propaganda promoted by Russia.
One person was enraged at this testimony — John Solomon, the notorious right-wing reporter who covered Ukraine's supposed interference in the 2016 election extensively. He fired off multiple angry tweets attacking Fiona Hill:
How dare Fiona Hill question my patriotism or suggest I was part of a Russian disinformation campaign without a single fact. My sources were all US officials or Ukrainian officials aligned against Russia. Her accusations must have made Joe McCarthy smile up from hell.
Democrats declare there’s enough evidence for a vote on impeaching Donald Trump: report
On Thursday, according to CNN House Democrats are announcing that they have enough evidence to move forward with the final vote to impeach President Donald Trump.
Breaking: Dems say enough evidence to move forward on impeachment. Vote likely by mid-December. They will not wait for courts to force additional witnesses - @Phil_Mattingly reporting.
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 21, 2019