On Monday, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins said during a panel discussion with CNN’s Jake Tapper that the White House is scrambling to defend President Donald Trump’s unprecedented statements about Valdimir Putin.
“White House officials don’t know how to defend this. Not a single person I have spoken to from the White House has been able to spin this, or frame this in a positive light for them,” she said. “They realize that the president stood there next to the Russian president and publicly challenged the U.S. intelligence in front of the entire world on the world stage, and gave Vladimir Putin all of this legitimacy even after he attacked our election.”
Collins said they were “speechless.”
“I talked to several officials today. They were speechless and dumbstruck. They truly didn’t know what to say. The aides that traveled with the president got on Air Force One, turned the phones off and are on their way back to Washington,” she said.
Collins continued: “They’re not fielding inquiries and left it to the people in D.C., to clean up the mess. The president is trying to do that on his own watching the coverage of this.
President Trump’s comments during the joint press conference with Putin came after he spent two hours with him in a close door meeting.
“I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,” President Trump said.
After the press conference, President Trump tweeted: “As I said today and many times before, “I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people.” However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we cannot exclusively focus on the past — as the world’s two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!”
Alabama is prosecuting a pregnant woman for manslaughter for being shot in the stomach — but not her shooter
On Wednesday, AL.com reported that Marshae Jones, a 27-year-old woman from Birmingham, Alabama, was indicted on manslaughter charges.
Her crime? Allegedly instigating a fight that led to her being shot in the stomach and losing her pregnancy. The woman who actually shot her, on the other hand — 23-year-old Ebony Jemison — is walking free after a grand jury rejected the case against her.
Immediately after the shooting, which allegedly stemmed from a fight over the baby's father and took place outside a Dollar General in Pleasant Grove, in December, prosecutors announced their intention to charge Jones for having a miscarriage.
Jared Kushner whines: ‘I don’t think it’s a fair question’ to ask about dead family in the Rio Grande
In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner complained it was not "fair" to ask why the Trump administration isn't able to protect the lives of migrant families — even though he is supposedly the Trump administration's point man for immigration reform.
"You've also been tasked by the president to work on immigration," said Blitzer. "I'm sure you've seen the horrific photo of the father and 23-month-old daughter who drowned crossing the Rio Grande. And you've heard about the truly deplorable conditions for migrant children, that kids don't have toothpaste, soap, toddlers don't have diapers. You're a father, you're a man of faith. Why isn't the Trump Administration doing more to protect the lives of kids?"
Trump supporters shout down Hillary Clinton in Miami ahead of debate — even though she’s not there
Supporters of President Donald Trump held a small rally outside of the Miami, Florida debate site, where they seemed to be confused about who was running in 2020.
According to NBC News reporter Allan Smith, the supporters had a megaphone where they were shouting "Lock her up!"
A few Trump supporters outside the debate hall in Miami chanting "lock her up" into a megaphone
— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) June 26, 2019