On MSNBC’s Deadline Friday, host Nicolle Wallace tried hard to wrap her head around why it took so long for President Donald Trump to fire Scott Pruitt, the scandal-ridden former head of the EPA.
Reflecting on Pruitt’s tenure, Wallace said she was not impressed by the Republican Party’s inaction on the issue, given that Pruitt was under 13 investigations when he was forced to leave his post.
Sitting down with Republican Evan McMullin — who famously launched a challenge to President Donald Trump in 2016 — Wallace pressed the former CIA agent to explain GOP inaction and why Pruitt lingered on when there were other options.
“I’m sorry, the Republican Party sucks but you can still find non-criminal Republicans,” Wallace observed.
“Absolutely you can,” McMillan replied.
“Maybe,” the skeptical Wallace shot back.
China vows to hit US with ‘reciprocal measures’ after Xinjiang sanctions
China said Friday it will impose tit-for-tat measures on US institutions and individuals who "behave badly" on Xinjiang-related issues after Washington slapped sanctions on Chinese officials over a crackdown on Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in the region.
The Chinese response came after the US announced visa bans and an assets freeze on three officials, including Chen Quanquo, the Chinese Communist Party chief in Xinjiang and architect of Beijing's hardline policies against restive minorities.
"The US actions seriously interfere in China's internal affairs, seriously violate the basic norms of international relations, and seriously damage China-US relations," foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a briefing.
80+ lawmakers demand Trump rescind ‘cruel, senseless’ plan to force international students out of US
"ICE's arbitrary new policy is irrational and xenophobic, and risks the health of students, faculty, and staff."
More than 80 members of Congress late Thursday demanded that the Trump administration immediately withdraw a "cruel, senseless, and xenophobic" directive that would strip international college students of their visas to study in the U.S. if their fall coursework is moved entirely online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Former acting CIA director explains why Trump’s inaction on Russian bounty scandal will make things worse
It was revealed nearly two weeks ago that the Russian government is paying a bounty to the Taliban for killing American soldiers.
Since then, President Donald Trump has denied that he and his administration didn't know anything about it. Then he claimed it was a hoax. Now it has become clear that the stories are not only true but that if Trump read his presidential daily briefing in 2019, he would have been aware of the problem.
Speaking to the House Thursday, Trump's former acting CIA director Michael Morell explained that things are being made far worse by the president's denial.