CNN’s John King noted that Kellyanne Conway paused for quite a bit before telling a reporter that she didn’t know whether President Donald Trump planned to pardon the convicted criminal who ran his 2016 campaign, Paul Manafort.
King aired clips of Trump airing his “familiar mantra” that “there was no collusion with Russia,” and reminded viewers that Manafort’s trial was in fact about conspiracy.
“Judge Ellis sentenced Manafort to nearly four years in prison, minus time served. That light sentence departed from the sentencing guidelines and is sparking outrage in some quarters,” said King, cutting to video of Conway. “But first the question raised again by that public appeal from Manafort’s lawyer — is the president considering a pardon?”
“Has the president ruled out a pardon for Paul Manafort?” asked a journalist. Conway paused for several seconds before responding.
“I didn’t discuss that with the president,” she finally replied. “I haven’t heard him say that.”
“I want to start with you with the pause, I love the pause” King said to reporter Kaitlan Collins as the entire table began laughing. “I love the pause, very smart pause.”
“We were waiting for something to come,” said Collins with a chuckle. “The president was asked again about it today and he said he’s not the one who discusses the pardons, it’s us who keeps bringing it up.”
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CNN’s Cuomo destroys Trump for cutting off aid to governors he doesn’t like: ‘This is not about you’
On Friday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Chris Cuomo tore into President Donald Trump for attacking Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) at a time when her state is in dire need of federal help amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"Governors all over the country are echoing the cries of the sick, the scared, the desperate on the front line, and the president's response to their calls for help? Ask nicely," said Cuomo, playing a clip of Trump at the day's press conference.
"All I want them to do, very simple. I want them to be appreciative," said Trump in the clip. "I say, Mike [Pence], don't call the governor of Washington. You're wasting your time with him. Don't call the woman in Michigan. It doesn't make any difference what happens. If they don't treat you right, I don't call."
Trump refuses to invite Speaker Pelosi to coronavirus bill signing after she delivers the votes for him
On Friday, CNN reported that President Donald Trump is not inviting any Democrats to the signing ceremony for the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package — even though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and the rank and file Democrats in Congress played a huge role in its negotiation and passage.
"On the signing ceremony, it appears no Democrats have been invited to President Trump's signing ceremony, despite the fact that every now and then he says that the country needs to come together, how great it is that the bill passed the Senate 96-0," said anchor Jake Tapper to reporter Kaitlan Collins. "Is there a strategy behind this? Is he trying to make it seem as though only Republicans are bringing this well-needed aid to the American people? Or is this just petulance and pettiness?"
Sanjay Gupta does the math on how many could be killed by COVID-19 in the next 2 weeks — and it’s frightening
During a panel discussion on health authorities and governors across the country begging for desperately needed ventilators to combat the effects of COVID-19, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta sketched out the numbers for how many will be needed and said he was stunned that President Donald Trump is still dragging his feet.
Speaking with "New Day" host John Berman, the doctor noted that U.S. is still behind the curve when it comes to getting a handle on the pandemic.
"We heard from the president last night questioning whether he really believed that New York City needed the 30,000 ventilators that Governor [Andrew] Cuomo says he needs. What is the need?" host Berman asked. "Doesn't the federal government tell us how many ventilators we need and how many we have, and isn't there a discrepancy there?"