“The View” co-host Sara Haines noticed something about President Donald Trump’s relationship to Russian president Vladimir Putin — he won’t use his name.
“They corrected one sentence,” Haines said, referring to Trump’s attempt to walk back his defense of Putin against U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
“The things that were not corrected, if you read the whole transcript or you watched the video coverage, were his lines about foolishness,” Haines said. “He has faith in the intelligence but he also thinks Putin is super strong. He had, like, eight bullets where he put us under Putin. It just felt like a propaganda machine.”
But something jumped out at Haines as she studied the transcripts.
“The only time a first name is mentioned in the transcript was when President Putin called him Donald one time,” Haines aid. “Then he replied every time with Mr. Putin.”
It’s actually even worse than that. The name Mr. Putin is used in the transcripts only once, by RT reporter Ilya Petrenko.
Putin called the U.S. president Mr. Trump once, Mr. President six times, the president four times and Donald once.
“We are glad with the outcome of our first full-scale meeting because previously we only had a chance to talk briefly on international fora,” Putin said. “We had a good conversation with President Trump, and I hope that we start to understand each other better. And I’m grateful to Donald for it.”
The two men referred to one another as President Trump or President Putin numerous times, while Trump three times deferred to Putin as “the president” when asked about the possible extradition of 12 Russian nationals indicted in the special counsel probe.
“Frankly, I’m going to let the president speak to the second part of your question,” Trump said. “But just to say it one time again, and I say it all the time: There was no collusion. I didn’t know the president. There was nobody to collude with. There was no collusion with the campaign. And every time you hear all of these — you know, 12 and 14 — it’s stuff that has nothing to do — and frankly, they admit, these are not people involved in the campaign.”
Co-host Joy Behar was struck by the apparent imbalance in respect the Russian president had for his American counterpart.
“The puppet is supposed to be nice to the string master,” Behar said.
Brian Williams compares Corey Lewandowski’s opening statement to the North Korean news lady
MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday noted the similarities between former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee.
"Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager who is now considering a Senate run in New Hampshire, testified before the House Judiciary Committee today," Williams reported. "It is likely his North Korean anchorwoman-quality opening remarks were meant were one viewer (Donald Trump)."
Ri, who has earned the nickname "Pink Lady," is known for her enthusiastic reading of government-approved news.
Watch the video below from MSNBC.
‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case
Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."
She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.
"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."
WATCH: Ana Navarro keeps shouting down Trump booster — even as CNN host cuts to commercial
President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN's Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump's latest CNN shill cried "political correctness."
"Look, I suspect he didn't want to offend Steve Cortes and I suspect Steve Cortes was not offended," Navarro said. "But really what a stupid thing to say. Right? To somehow ask the question about whether you love the country more than you love Hispanics -- they are one and the same."