TIME reporter Molly Ball told CNN on Monday that Trump’s refusal to deal seriously with murderous authoritarians like Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Salman has Republicans in swing districts ‘cringing’, but there’s not much they can do about it.
Asked by host Poppy Harlow whether Trump’s embrace of Saudi Arabia, Russia, and North Korea was “helpful to other Republican candidates,” Ball was decidedly amused.
“Republicans that are in marginal districts, swing districts, swing states, purple states, they know that this election is first and foremost a referendum on the president,” she said. “The more he’s in the frame, the more he reminds people how much they either like or don’t like him.”
“The president is unpopular overall, particularly in these swing areas,” Ball said, and pointed to the Trump’s low approval ratings with the general electorate. “The more he’s stirring up controversy, the more he’s sort of hogging the spotlight, the more I think those Republicans sort of cringe and wish he would find something else to do for a few weeks.”
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CNN’s Toobin unleashes hell on Trump’s ‘outrageous’ attacks on Stone jury
On CNN Wednesday, chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin laid into President Donald Trump for his ongoing public attacks on the jurors who convicted his former campaign strategist and friend Roger Stone. Trump and his allies have been arguing that the verdict is invalid because the jury forewoman had a Twitter account in which she criticized the president.
"To be honest, I don't know what Judge Jackson is going to do. I don't really know how significant these statements are. So I wouldn't make a prediction about what she's going to do about the new trial situation," said Toobin. "But as for what the president said, it is so outrageous to attack jurors. I mean, these are ultimately private figures. They didn't volunteer. The judges, you know, need jurors. The legal system needs jurors. And the idea that the president would single out jurors repeatedly for criticism..."
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After two days of massive stock market declines over fears of the rapidly spreading coronavirus, President Donald Trump lashed out at CNN and MSNBC on Wednesday morning for reporting on the worldwide health hazard -- and was immediately slapped down on Twitter.
According to the president, who also announced a press conference to address the concerns his administration is bungling the response to the crisis, set for Wednesday night: "Low Ratings Fake News MSDNC (Comcast) & @CNN are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus (sic) look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible. Likewise their incompetent Do Nothing Democrat comrades are all talk, no action. USA in great shape!"
Trump claim of coming coronavirus vaccine blown up by health expert
Appearing on CNN's " New Day," on Wednesday, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases claimed that Donald Trump's administration is running behind on containing the coronavirus -- and that the public shouldn't expect a viable vaccine for at least a year.
Speaking with host John Berman, Dr. Anthony Fauci addressed the efforts of the Trump administration attempting to get their arms around the rapidly growing health threat before cautioning viewers not to expect an immediate fix.
"I want to ask you one more question which is one of the things the president said yesterday," host Berman stated. "We're very close to a vaccine. Now, I know this is something you know a lot about -- this is your job. How close are we to a vaccine?"