Panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” agreed President Donald Trump’s weekend “Twitter tsunami” betrayed a deepening sense of anxiety — and showed some new bombshell was likely to explode soon.
The president referred to Michael Cohen as a “rat” after his former attorney implicated him in a criminal conspiracy, and he threatened to sue “Saturday Night Live” over jokes made at his expense.
“This is what mob bosses say, and by the way, when you use the word ‘rat,’ that is somebody who is telling the truth to the feds,” said host Joe Scarborough.
He also pointed out another Trump suggestion that has seemed to fly under the radar.
“We had a Republican president suggest without irony that somebody should break into DNC headquarters,” Scarborough said. “We’ll just let that hang out there. The president is unhinged.”
Remember, Michael Cohen only became a “Rat” after the FBI did something which was absolutely unthinkable & unheard of until the Witch Hunt was illegally started. They BROKE INTO AN ATTORNEY’S OFFICE! Why didn’t they break into the DNC to get the Server, or Crooked’s office?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2018
MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude Jr. said the president’s tweets demonstrated how fearful he was of the investigations circling Trump and his family.
“It seems like he’s in a full-blown panic here,” Glaude said. “The walls are closing in. One of the interesting things about this is that Trump has consistently undermined basic republican principles, and one of those has been a kind of defense of the rule of law. He’s just flouting this at every turn in light of his own self-interest.”
“The idea of Donald Trump invoking language of a mobster, rat,” he continued, “only confirms in the kind of commonsense understanding he has mobster-like qualities, and so I think all of this is an indication that he is in full-blown panic mode. The Twitter tsunami indicates he knows something else is coming down the pike — an anvil is about to drop, not a shoe.”
California confirms third case of China virus in US
A patient in California's Orange County was Saturday confirmed as the third person on US soil infected with the new deadly virus that originated in China, health officials said.
The infected person was a traveler from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the epicenter of the outbreak, the Orange County Health Care Agency said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the patient had tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus, it said.
The individual was in isolation in a local hospital and was in good condition.
"There is no evidence that person-to-person transmission has occurred in Orange County. The current risk of local transmission remains low," the health care agency said.
Japan will evacuate nationals from China virus city: Prime Minister Abe
Japan will evacuate all its nationals from China's quarantined city of Wuhan, the epicentre of a deadly virus, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday.
"We have decided to send back all (Japanese citizens in Wuhan) to Japan if they wish so, by every means including a chartered flight," Abe told reporters.
"We are coordinating with the Chinese government at various levels, and we will accelerate the process to realise a swift implementation" of the evacuation from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in central China, Abe said.
Earlier, a foreign ministry official told AFP that 430 Japanese were in Hubei province.
Netanyahu hopes to ‘make history’ at talks on Trump peace plan
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced hope Sunday that he can "make history" in Washington this week during talks on US President Donald Trump's peace plan for the Middle East.
Netanyahu has been invited to meet Trump at the White House on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the project, which has already been dismissed by the Palestinians.
"We are in the midst of very dramatic diplomatic developments, but the climax is still ahead of us," Netanyahu told reporters ahead of a weekly cabinet meeting.
"In a short while, I'll leave for Washington to meet my friend, the President of the United States Donald Trump, who will present his deal of the century... I'm full of hope that we can make history," he added.