White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders held a surprise press briefing on Tuesday, on a day when the news cycle was consumed with news about the Trump-Russia investigation.
CNN reporter Jim Acosta was back in the briefing room after having gone to court over being banned from the premises and wasted no time grilling Sanders about the news that former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort has allegedly lied to special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s team.
“Getting back to Paul Manafort, would the president recommend that Mr. Manafort… offer full cooperation to the special counsel’s office?” Acosta asked.
Sanders refused to give a straight answer.
“We can only speak to what our role is in in that process. Not only has the president but the entire administration has been fully cooperative with the special counsel’s office, providing hours and hours of sit downs as well as over 4 million pages in documents. We continue to be cooperative, but we also know that there was no collusion and we’re ready for this to wrap up,” she said.
Acosta then broke the new rule against follow-up questions by asking about Saudi Arabia’s murder of a Washington Post columnist.
‘Stop ignoring facts for political advantage’: CNN’s Cuomo tears into Trump’s refusal to lead on coronavirus
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Chris Cuomo — still battling his own bout with COVID-19 — laid into President Donald Trump's lack of leadership throughout the crisis.
"Stop ignoring the facts for political advantage. Get real. The past is over," said Cuomo. "There can be no more letting politics reinforce our worst instincts. We need to build on our best instincts. And that said, what I'm asking you all to do now, the man at the top refuses to change."
He displayed a clip of Trump being confronted at the day's press conference, by his February claim that cases would soon be down to zero. "Well, the cases really didn't build up for awhile, but you have to understand, I'm a cheerleader for this country," said Trump in the clip. "I don't want to create havoc and shock and everything else. I'm not going to go out and start screaming, this could happen, this could happen."
‘He’s continuing to lie’: Anderson Cooper slams Trump’s two-faced attack on mail-in voting
On CNN Tuesday, anchor Anderson Cooper tore into President Donald Trump's attacks on mail-in voting.
"The president also today continued to spread falsehoods about voter fraud as a reason not to have wider vote-by-mail efforts in the general election," said Cooper. "Many Wisconsin voters are having to stand in line to vote today because the two separate court decisions by the state and U.S. Supreme Court prevented Wisconsin from moving its election day, also extending the deadline to receive mail-in ballots. Never mind the hypocrisy, pointing to the president, he himself voted by mail-in ballot. This is what he said."