President Donald Trump on Friday denied knowing anything at all about Matt Whitaker, the man whom he’s controversially appointed to be his acting attorney general.
During his lengthy rant to reporters on Friday on the White House lawn, the president responded defensively to questions about why he appointed Whitaker to run the Department of Justice — and he even denied knowing the man he tapped to be the nation’s top law enforcement officer at all.
“I don’t know Matt Whitaker,” Trump claimed. “Matt Whitaker worked for Jeff Sessions. And he was always extremely highly thought of, and he still is. But I didn’t know Matt Whitaker.”
However, during an October 11th interview with “Fox & Friends,” the president literally said that he knew Matt Whitaker.
During the interview, Fox host Steve Doocy asked Trump if there was any truth to a Washington Post report claiming that the president was considering replacing then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Whitaker, who at the time was Sessions’ chief of staff.
Trump wouldn’t say one way or another whether he really intended to replace Sessions with Whitaker, but he was full of praise for the man who would go on to become his acting AG.
“I can tell you Matt Whitaker’s a great guy,” Trump said. “I mean, I know Matt Whitaker.”
Watch the video below of Trump below.
Maddow reveals how one state stood up to Trump’s USPS cuts — and won
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow's opening segment on Friday focused on a positive story of political pressure stopping one of the Trump administration's attacks on the U.S. Postal Service.
Maddow reported how NBC Montana reporter Maritsa Georgiou had doggedly reported on the removal of postal boxes in Missoula, where she is based. Missoula has been a long-time Democratic Party stronghold.
Montana has a competitive U.S. Senate election in 2020, with Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock challenging first-term Republican Sen. Steve Daines.
As Georgiou chased the story, she learned there were also plans to remove boxes in the battleground of Billings. And more planned for the blue town of Bozeman. And other towns.
Pepsi joins the chorus of people dunking on Tucker Carlson over Kamala Harris
The Pepsi soda company mocked Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Friday evening.
On Tuesday, Carlson flipped out after a guest attempted to teach him how to pronounce the name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is running for vice president on Joe Biden's ticket.
Video of the exchange was posted on Twitter by Nikki McCann Ramirez, a researcher at the watchdog group Media Matters for America.
Tucker Carlson loses it when a guest corrects his pronunciation of Kamala Harris's name pic.twitter.com/1fHIrPGuwN
Chad Wolf’s authority is ‘illegitimate’: Hispanic Caucus chairman demands DHS chief ‘resign in disgrace’
Immigrant rights groups and Texas Democrats are urging a review on the legality of Trump administration immigration policies after a government watchdog found two of the White House’s top immigration officials are not legally eligible to serve in their respective positions.
The Government Accountability Office on Friday determined that Chad Wolf, acting Department of Homeland Security secretary, and Ken Cuccinelli, a senior official performing deputy secretary duties, aren’t legally qualified to hold those posts.
United We Dream, an advocacy group pushing for immigration reform, said the GAO’s conclusion calls into question the latest guidance from the DHS on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that was initiated in 2012.