The hosts of President Donald Trump’s favorite morning news show gushed with praise for his attempt to walk back his defense of Russian president Vladimir Putin against U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
Trump insisted Monday in Helsinski that he believed Putin’s denials of election hacking, but Tuesday read a statement claiming that he had misspoken in one particular remark questioning Russian interference in the election.
“For the president who never admits he’s wrong, yesterday he admitted he made a mistake,” said “Fox & Friends” co-host Steeve Doocy. “He misspoke.”
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt felt confident that Trump had seen the indictments last week of 12 Russians for election hacking and agreed with the grand jury’s conclusion, and she said the president’s critics looked silly for thinking otherwise.
“Everyone went ‘what?'” Earhardt said. “‘They are behind the meddling, we have proof of that, our own intelligence is saying that.’ Then the president, that’s when he made that clarification, saying I didn’t mean that.”
Doocy expressed regret for questioning the president on the previous morning’s program.
“That’s why yesterday on this program we said it’s so puzzling the president would not say that Russia was behind the meddling, because he has said there was meddling, and it was Russia,” Doocy said. “He has said that a number of times. Yesterday he made that very clear he had misspoken, because it’s something very important. He used a double negative.”
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The disturbing Nazi-era history behind the Trump administration’s revival of the public charge clause
During the Nazi era, roughly 300,000 additional Jewish refugees could have gained entry to the U.S. without exceeding the nation’s existing quotas.
The primary mechanism that kept them out: the immigration law’s “likely to become a public charge” clause. Consular officials with the authority to issue visas denied them to everyone they deemed incapable of supporting themselves in the U.S.
It is not possible to say what happened to these refugees. Some immigrated to other countries that remained outside Germany’s grip, such as Great Britain. But many -— perhaps most -– were forced into hiding, imprisoned in concentration camps and ghettos, and deported to extermination centers.
Eric Garner’s daughter says firing Daniel Pantaleo ‘should have happened a long time ago’
Daniel Pantaleo, the police officer who killed Eric Garner in 2014 by using an illegal chokehold, was fired Monday and stripped of his pension benefits. The decision came more than five years after Pantaleo held Garner, an unarmed African-American man, in a chokehold until he dropped to the ground. Before dying, he gasped “I can’t breathe” 11 times. Despite outcry from the family and community members, Pantaleo had remained on the police force on desk duty since the killing. Last month, on the fifth anniversary of Garner’s death, the Justice Department declined to charge Pantaleo with a crime despite calls by the Garner family and their supporters that the city punish him and other officers involved. Over the years, Garner’s case has helped drive the Black Lives Matter movement for police accountability. His family is continuing their fight for justice, calling on the New York City Police Department to fire the other officers involved in Garner’s death, and vowing to block any appeals made by Pantaleo’s attorney. We speak with Eric Garner’s youngest daughter, Emerald Garner.
Italy PM says to resign as crisis comes to a head
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Tuesday he would resign, lashing out at far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for pursuing his own interests by pulling the plug on the government coalition.
"I'm ending this government experience here... I will go to the president of the republic (Sergio Mattarella) to inform him of my resignation", after a Senate debate, Conte said after an almost hour-long speech to the chamber.
"It is irresponsible to initiate a government crisis," Conte said after Salvini began his efforts to bring down the government in the hope of snap elections he hoped would make him premier.