On Wednesday, President Donald Trump held a press conference to address the midterm elections, in which Democrats took the House. Trump had several antagonistic interactions with reporters, including CNN’s April Ryan, who he told to sit down after refusing to answer her questions. Trump also revoked CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass.
On Friday, President Trump threatened to yank more press passes and called April Ryan a “loser” who “doesn’t know what the hell she is doing.”
Ryan phoned in to CNN to respond to the President’s comments.
“First of all, thank you for being kind enough to understand that those words are terrible for a sitting United States President versus someone who’s been covering presidents from before him and will probably after he leaves” Ryan said. She pointed out that she’s done her job for more than two decades.
“I’ve had a great working relationship with all three Presidents, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Hussein Obama.”
“Reporters are the underpinnings of this nation,” Ryan added. Even though she may have clashed with former administrations, she notes that she was always respected.
“Guess what? At the end of the day it was part of the American process, what our founding fathers put in place for accountability of the United States,” she said. “And this President doesn’t like that, so I’m a loser?” she asked incredulously.
She says that she’d been asking about voter suppression, a far more serious problem than voter fraud.
“He heard my voice and his response, he tells me to sit down, in a condescending, very ugly manner.”
‘Rather than leading — he lies’: MSNBC panel says Trump is a ‘danger to the country’ because he can’t be trusted
MSNBC commentators, former assistant US Attorney Maya Wiley and Rick Wilson, explained that President Donald Trump's most significant barrier is making it past his own lies to save America from the coronavirus.
"There's a case tonight being tested in Walton County, Florida. The heart of Trump country," said Wilson, referring to the panhandle county east of Pensacola. "That's not going to be something you can just walk away from if it turns out to be a real case. We're seeing these things popping up all over. The safe bet was always to say, 'This could be bad. We'll do everything we can to stop it.' But he can't stop himself from self-aggrandizing and lying about things. And it's actually -- setting aside my normal criticism of Trump -- this is a danger to the country that he is not a trustworthy person for the American people. Even people who like him now he BS's them all the time. Now, if he says it's not a problem and people are being hospitalized, it is a problem."
Trump ‘just wants this problem to go away’: President desperate to get coronavirus ‘off his plate’
President Donald Trump is desperate for the coronavirus problem to go away, and he doesn't exactly care how it happens.
According to New York Times reporter Annie Karni, sources are telling her that the biggest concern Trump has is more about the markets than the deaths of Americans from the virus.
"First, let's establish, this is a president who tried to change science with a Sharpie when it came to hurricane path prediction," said MSNBC host Brian Williams. "That picture lasts forever."
"Even his allies on Fox and his allies outside the White House were kind of channeling to that proverbial audience of one that this was a great opportunity to look presidential and to tell the facts," said Karni. The Donald Trump we saw out there in the briefing room was very casual, kind of left the facts to the other people that accompanied him out there. But he clearly publicly and privately just wants this problem to go away. He wants to downplay it. He thinks -- he has called people who are talking about fears about it alarmist. He doesn't want to be alarmist, and he's kind of holding on to any comment that makes it sound like this will naturally be a problem that is removed from his plate. That's what we saw publicly, and that's what he's been saying privately as well."
Seth Meyers: You know Trump isn’t the chief law enforcement officer because he couldn’t pass the physical
"Late Night" host Seth Meyers warned that the United States is sliding into authoritarianism under President Donald Trump.
Sounding the alarm Wednesday evening, Meyers cited reports that Trump was making lists of disloyal people, purging them from their jobs, hiring unqualified cronies in top posts, and claiming he has the right to interfere in criminal cases.
While speaking to the press last week, Trump even announced that he's allowed to be involved in all criminal cases because he's the chief law enforcement officer of the United States. It's actually a title used for the attorney general.