Legendary CBS News anchor Dan Rather paid tribute to John McCain Monday on “Morning Joe”, saying that his reputation as a “popular everyman hero” was forged from his service in Vietnam. “He understood what it was supposed to be like as a legislator in the United States Congress, both as a congressman and a senator.”
Rather highlighted how McCain’s imprisonment by the North Vietnamese irrevocably changed the young pilot. “If you look at John McCain and his record before he went to Vietnam, before his imprisonment, then you compare it with what happened to him afterward, there’s virtually no comparison,” Rather said. “He finished low in his classes at the Naval Academy, and he was known, he said himself with a great smile, he was a hell-raiser when he was a younger man.”
That all changed after his POW experience. “Why wouldn’t we believe being in a Vietnamese prison for almost six years -six years- wouldn’t change a man?” Rather said. As a result, McCain “understood that to legislate you have to talk to people on the other side. Somewhere along the line you have to compromise.”
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Trump announces toughest sanctions ‘ever’ on Iran
President Donald Trump on Friday announced new sanctions on Iran's central bank, calling the measures the toughest ever imposed on another country by the United States.
"We have just sanctioned the Iranian national bank," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
"These are the highest sanctions ever imposed on a country," he said.
The Trump administration has vowed a response after US officials blamed Iran for weekend blasts on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which caused a sharp hike in global crude prices.
The United States already maintains sweeping sanctions on Iran including on its central bank, with anyone who deals with it subject to prosecution.
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When asked about the importance of Australia's mineral industry, the president praised the country for doing so much to extract resources in what he described in an environmentally friendly way.
"Coal, as an example, you're the leader of safety in coal digging and we've actually studied it," the president said. "We're doing a lot of coal. You have very little -- you have almost no -- used to have a thing, black lung disease, and in Australia you almost don't have it anymore, you've got all of the dust down."
The View explodes in confusion after Meghan McCain makes Trump’s Ukraine debacle all about herself
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"The View" grappled with reports that Trump dangled U.S. military aid to Ukraine in exchange for damaging information against Joe Biden, and co-host Abby Huntsman agreed that was an impeachable offense -- but expressed doubts about the accuracy.
"This is a blown-up story and we have no facts, there's no gray area," Huntsman said. "It's black and white, and that would give Trump all the more ammunition if this isn't even true to say, this is what the media does."