When will President Trump finally agree that EPA boss Scott Pruitt is a grifter whose many scandals disqualify him from public service?
Miller, who is embroiled in a few controversies of his own after fathering a child by another Trump staffer and then allegedly stalking the mother, said he “absolutely” sees a reason to keep defending Pruitt.
Miller praised Pruitt, offering a Trumpian condemnation of the media and praising Pruitt’s “deregulation” and for helping lead the country out of the Paris climate accord.
“There’s the misleading story that tried to say Pruitt was spending a bunch of money recklessly to go to the G7 meeting in Italy, when in fact he spent half as much as his predecessor did a few years previously,” Miller said. “The Chick-fil-A story is way overblown. It’s not as if he was asking for free Chick-fil-A for life. He made a phone call because his wife wanted to purchase a franchise.”
“Some of these things are a little bit goofy, Miller said. “You can’t send staffers on some of these errands for you. You’re going to have a higher degree of scrutiny at this level and the administrator has to be extra careful.”
Overall, Pruitt has doubled the spending of other EPA administrator, Walsh said, tearing into Miller’s anecdote about the G7 travel costs. When Obama’s EPA administrator went, she took a large contingent of people, whereas Pruitt is going with a small crew but traveling in luxury.
“He’s indefensible,” she said. “[Trump] campaigned on draining the swamp. [Pruitt] is the swamp. Scott Pruitt is an incredible grifter and I don’t understand why the president can’t say ‘We don’t accept that. We don’t tolerate that.’ I’m sorry, but when you are a cabinet member, calling and saying ‘Oh, my wife would like a Chick-fil-A franchise, that’s not acceptable. It’s abusing your power.”
Miller was not swayed.
“People buy Chick-fil-A franchises every single day,” he said. “He probably wanted to make an introduction, he probably wanted to be supportive of his wife.”
“Oh come on,” Walsh said.
Trump’s failed Federal Reserve nominee doesn’t even know what the interest rate was 10 years ago
On Tuesday, CNN's Chris Cuomo invited on Stephen Moore, supply-side economist and President Donald Trump's failed pick for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, to discuss the state of the administration — and Moore made a hilariously wrong remark about interest rates that suggests the country was better off without him.
"There's no greatest economy ever," said Cuomo. "You know these things ... he's doing well. He's not doing better than we've ever seen before, and you guys got the benefits of juicing the economy with this tax cut. Fair point?"
"Let me say this, I think it's a pretty darn good economy," said Moore. "I'll cite a few statistics. It's a pretty darn good one. We have the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years ... and for blacks and Hispanics and women."
WATCH: Spike Lee tears into Trump for empowering white supremacy
On Tuesday, director Spike Lee talked with CNN's Anderson Cooper about race, slavery, and President Donald Trump — and pulled no punches on any of it.
"I think that most woke historians would say that this country, the United States of America, was built upon the genocide of people and slavery. I mean, that's a fact," said Lee. "And I think that if we Americans came to study how this country started, we wouldn't be talking about kick immigrants out, you know, because if it wasn't — I mean, Native Americans, people brought here as slaves, everyone was immigrants. I woke up this morning and went on Instagram and felt my ancestors, not the only one saying this but I think it's a very important date today in American history."
Former Defense Secretary warns: ISIS is back, and Trump can’t ‘pretend it’s not there’
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former Defense Secretary and CIA head Leon Panetta warned that ISIS is gaining strength in the Middle East again — and that after all of President Donald Trump's boasts that he had utterly defeated the terrorist organization, now it is time for him to get serious.
"Roughly estimated 15,000 ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria now," said host Kate Bolduan. "Secretary Pompeo saying the terror group is, in some ways, stronger than it was three or four years ago. How big of a concern should the news be for Americans?"
"It should be a very serious concern for the president of the United States and for our country," said Panetta. "Because his first responsibility is to protect our country. And we learned from 9/11, the fact that these terrorists have one fundamental aim, which is to attack the United States and attack countries in the West. And now what we're hearing is that ISIS is clearly re-mobilizing to the tune of almost is 15,000-18,000, that are mobilizing into secret cells, mobilizing into attack teams, conducting not only attacks but kidnappings and assassinations and bombings, as we saw in Afghanistan. So this is, in the end, a national security threat that the United States cannot simply stand back and pretend it's not there."