“The View” co-host Meghan McCain remained mostly silent through Tuesday’s opening segment a day after she and colleague Joy Behar reportedly continued an on-air blowup backstage.
Behar reportedly threatened to quit over McCain, who she called an “entitled b*tch,” and host Whoopi Goldberg opened the episode by warmly greeting Behar — who was wearing a Goldberg-designed Christmas sweater.
“Say, Joy, that’s a very nice sweater you’re wearing,” Goldberg said, and then Behar — who recently celebrated her 20th anniversary on the show — took a friendly jab at “The View’s” creator.
“Barbara Walters had the ugliest Christmas sweater,” Behar said, and co-host Abby Huntsman asked if the veteran journalist would have agreed. “No, that’s the tragedy of it — she thought it was attractive.”
McCain remained silent throughout the exchange, and offered only one contribution — a mild defense of some Fox News anchors she considered to be quality journalists — until pushing back on a discussion of alleged wrongdoing by President Donald Trump.
“I don’t likely living in hypotheticals in life in general,” McCain said during a discussion on the special counsel investigation. “We know Michael Flynn has cooperated more than we thought — we know that today. Each day there’s a little bit more. We shouldn’t get out ahead of our skis over what’s impeachable when we don’t know what we don’t know.”
Then she complained that Goldberg seemed to be afraid to utter the word gun on air.
“I’ve been promised before, including on this show, that we had it, that we had the smoking gun — I will still say ‘gun’ on national television,” McCain said, thanking an audience member who whooped his approval.
Goldberg quickly interrupted to explain why she’d declined to say gun, and instead whimsically referred to Mueller perhaps finding “smoking flute” evidence of Trump crimes.
“I’m sorry, the reason I didn’t say gun is because (Rep.) Steve Scalise was coming on, and I didn’t want anybody to misunderstand the joke,” Goldberg said. “That’s why I didn’t do it, just so we’re all clear — sorry.”
McCain was not satisfied with her explanation.
“If we’re not allowed to, I’m not allowed to,” McCain complained.
Goldberg insisted there was no ban on saying gun, and again explained she was being overly sensitive to their Republican guest, who was wounded last year by a gunman during practice for a congressional baseball game.
“Two days ago there was something brought up about guns, where we said, ‘guns again,'” McCain said. “I don’t know what it is today.”
“This was just me trying to be thoughtful,” Goldberg assured her.
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Iran probes seized UK-flagged tanker — Britain to hold emergency meeting
ran warned Sunday that the fate of a UK-flagged tanker it seized in the Gulf depends on an investigation, as Britain prepared for an emergency security meeting on Tehran's action.
Iranian authorities impounded the Stena Impero with 23 crew members aboard off the port of Bandar Abbas after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized it Friday in the highly sensitive Strait of Hormuz.
Video footage released by Iran showed the Stena Impero tanker being surrounded by speedboats before troops in balaclavas descend a rope from a helicopter onto the vessel.
In an audio recording of a radio exchange, an Iranian officer can be heard ordering the tanker to change course "immediately".
For Cubans — a day at the beach is no easy task
Cuba's constitution guarantees its people access to its beaches, but many locals are unable to enjoy the island's pristine white sands and crystal clear blue waters.
While foreign tourists flock to such paradisiacal Havana sites as Varadero, which was this year named the second most-beautiful beach in the world by American travel website TripAdvisor, Cubans are typically found elsewhere.
"Not many tourists come here," said 43-year-old Rey Gonzalez, who was enjoying a day at Guanabo, a beach east of the capital.
Guanabo's sand isn't as white and the water not quite as clear as Varadero's, but that mattered little to Gonzalez, who was there with his family.