Washington Post journalist David Fahrenthold explained his latest reporting on President Donald Trump’s business ties to Saudi Arabia, and other panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” wondered how that affected his foreign policy.
Republican senators have broken against the Trump administration, which disagrees with the CIA assessment about Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s involvement in the grisly murder of Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi — and the newspaper’s most famous reporter linked that to the president’s business.
“The Saudis are always throwing around money,” said journalist Bob Woodward. “Let’s face it — Donald Trump is a walking conflict of interest on something like this. Billions of dollars the Saudis will throw around to make sure they have a good relationship with Trump and the administration, but this is a little piece of it, and you have to ask the question, why doesn’t somebody say no, let’s not do this?”
Woodward said voters should have been able to see Trump’s tax returns — which presidential candidates have revealed before the election — to see where his business conflicts with U.S. foreign policy.
“If we had his tax returns, it would be the road map to not everything, but I know from talking to people in the IRS and in the Trump Organization, that is the key,” Woodward said.
The veteran reporter said he regretted being unable to reveal Trump’s tax returns before the election so voters could make an informed decision.
“Even though he refused in 2016 to release them, it would be great if somebody were to get them,” he said. “I tried in 2016 and failed and regret that piece is not there. I mean it would be like somebody, a senator, running for president, and you say, ‘Well, you can’t have his voting record, it’s secret.’ It would be absurd.”
Trump has figured out how to get taxpayers to renovate one of his golf courses: MSNBC panel
President Donald Trump has figured out how to have taxpayers pay to renovate his Trump National Doral Miami golf course, according to an analysis by MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle.
"Before setting himself on fire on Ukraine yesterday, Mick Mulvaney came into the White House briefing room to break to the nation the fact the that the Trump Doral golf resort turns out to be -- in his estimation, organically, just sitting there -- the best possible place to have a G-7 Summit of world leaders," MSNBC's Brian Williams reported. "That was provision number one. There’s no better place that we can find. Number two was, the president will not profit from said G-7."
Bill Maher reveals plan to ‘bribe’ Trump with one billion dollars — for him to leave office
The Constitution has two mechanisms to remove President Donald Trump from office prior to his term ending on January 20, 2021: impeachment and the 25th Amendment.
HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher noted that Trump could also choose to resign.
Maher waved around a $1 million check that he said he would give to Trump to quit.
He said he also knew 1,000 people who would do the same -- which would land Trump over $1 billion.
Maher said even poor people would pawn their wedding rings to add to the pot.
Trump can’t fire Mulvaney because nobody else wants to be his chief of staff: report
White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will likely stay on at the White House despite his public confession of a quid pro quo in the Ukraine scandal at the center of the impeachment inquiry, The New York Times reported Friday.
"But Mr. Mulvaney’s job has been anything but normal since the news conference on Thursday at which he seemingly undermined the Trump administration’s strategy for avoiding impeachment by acknowledging that Mr. Trump had sought a quid pro quo for providing Ukraine with American aid," the newspaper reported. "In the chaotic aftermath, the president’s Republican allies are questioning Mr. Mulvaney’s savvy and intelligence even as the Trump campaign is defiantly turning one of his lines from the news conference into a T-shirt."