MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski agreed Rudy Giuliani appeared to be “intoxicated” when he admitted the Trump campaign engaged in collusion with Russia — but she cautioned against getting distracted by that spectacle.
She and “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough remarked several times that Giuliani seemed incoherent and slurred during an appearance Wednesday night on CNN, when he changed his story on collusion.
“It was late at night, it was like 9 o’clock, so maybe had you a big dinner sitting in the stomach, maybe a little woozy,” Scarborough said.
Brzezinski said Giuliani’s behavior had fueled rumors of drinking, but she said that explanation was unacceptable.
“No, you know what we’re talking about, but a lot of people are worried about that, but this is the president’s attorney,” she said. “This is someone speaking for the president of the United States.”
Scarborough joked again that maybe Giuliani had eaten too much, but he said his admission was stunning.
“This huge ball of yarn continues to unwind,” he said. “We all think we know where it’s going to end up. A big step forward, Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, admitting last night on CNN that, yes, members of the Trump campaign committed collusion.”
Brzezinski warned that Giuliani’s personal behavior was obscuring the larger truth he had revealed about the president and his relationship with Russia.
“I think that there are a lot veiled little jokes here about the possibility of Rudy Giuliani often being intoxicated when he’s talking,” she said. “I think the bigger concern, this is just analysis, is that he’s trying to normalize something that they can’t actually pull away from far enough, so they go from ‘no collusion’ to ‘collusion, what’s wrong with collusion.'”
UK travel giant Thomas Cook set to collapse: report
Thomas Cook's 178-year existence was reported to be coming to an end on Monday after the British travel firm struggled to find private investment to keep it afloat, potentially affecting thousands of holidaymakers.
The operator has said it needs £200 million ($250 million) or else it will face administration, which could affect 600,000 holidaymakers and require Britain's largest peacetime repatriation.
A source close to the negotiations told AFP that the company had failed to find the cash from private investors and would collapse unless the government intervened.
But ministers are unlikely to step in due to worries about the pioneering operator's longer-term viability, the Times reported, leaving it on the brink.
‘We are the people’: Watch Billy Porter get a standing ovation for his passionate speech at the Emmys
In a powerful and passionate speech accepting his Emmy, "Pose" actor Billy Porter showered the audience with love and proudly reminded all of their right to belong and be loved.
"Oh, my God. God bless you all! The category is love, y'all, love!" Porter exclaimed.
The epic FX show "Pose" depicts Black and Latinos in the LGBTQ ballroom culture of New York City in the 1980s in the first season and the early 1990s in the second season.
"I am so overwhelmed and so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day," he said. "James Baldwin wrote, 'It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.' I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right."
Paris show of King Tutankhamun artifacts set new record with 1.42 million visitors
A blockbuster Tutankhamun show set a new all-time French record Sunday, with 1.42 million visitors flocking to see the exhibition in Paris, the organisers said.
The turnout beat the previous record set by another Tutankhamun show billed as the "exhibition of the century" in 1967, when 1.24 million queued to see "Tutankhamun and His Times" at the Petit Palais.
"Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" -- which has been described as a "once in a generation" show -- will open in London in November.
The last time a show of comparable size about the boy king opened there in 1972 it sparked "Tutmania", with 1.6 million people thronging the British Museum.