While discussing the Trump administration’s preparations for Hurricane Florence as it prepares to make landfall in the Carolinas, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd noted that President Donald Trump’s comments about the superstorm were a bit off.
“He does seem to sell the hurricane the way he sells a condo,” Todd said, eliciting laughter from his panelists.
“I’m serious!” the host said before playing a clip of the president’s remarks about Florence.
“They say it’s about as big as they’ve seen coming to this country and certainly to the East Coast, as they’ve ever seen,” Trump said in a video published to his Twitter account earlier in the day. “We’ll handle it. Get out of its way, don’t play games with it, it’s a big one.”
“It may be as big as they’ve seen and tremendous amounts of water,” the president added.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2018
Todd noted that the Washington Post‘s Ashley Parker wrote in an editorial about Trump’s Florence comments “have offered a particularly revealing glimpse into Trump’s penchant for the dramatic.”
“He absolutely speaks in hyperbole,” NBC correspondent Julia Ainsley noted. “You can see his strategy here. Does he want to show after this if we do have a great recovery effort, it was him, he stood up to this?”
“He alone can fix it,” the host quipped, referencing the Trump’s “I alone can fix it” comments at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
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"It's incumbent on Democrats to make this case," Rothman said. "Right now they are presenting a united front because it's still primary season. Once we get into the general (election campaign) there will be more pressure on them to explain their position, but it's incumbent on Democrats to make the case."
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This article first appeared in Salon.
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Specifically, Napolitano addressed the letter sent to Congress by White House counsel Pat Cipollone, which claimed that the executive branch did not have to comply with any subpoenas of documents until the House formally voted to open an impeachment inquiry.
"The Republicans changed the rules when John Boehner was the Speaker of the House allowing each individual committee to issue subpoenas without a House-wide vote," he explained. "So those subpoenas are valid, and those people who resist them, ignore them, who put them in a drawer, do so at your peril."