On Thursday, Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez scorched President Donald Trump on CNN for his complete abandonment of his role as the nation’s protector in the face of cyber warfare from Russia.
“What we saw in the 2016 election, a foreign adversary — and not just any foreign adversary, our fiercest foreign adversary — attempted to interfere with our election, to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton,” Perez told “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota, noting that then-DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the time asked then RNC chairman Reince Priebus to make a mutual agreement to refrain from using stolen data.
“Then you see the reporting in yesterday’s news about the former Homeland Security secretary, who expressed concerns about this happening again, and was told, ‘you can’t say that in front of Donald Trump,'” Perez continued.
“We are at war right now,” said Perez. “It is a cyber war. Unfortunately, because our commander in chief is compromised, the federal government is asleep at the switch, and that is why the DNC and others at the Democratic Party ecosystem are working tirelessly to protect our data … we can’t expect help from this administration.”
“If someone calls you and tells you, ‘I’m gonna rob a bank,’ your response should be, ‘I’m calling the authorities,'” said Perez. “When the Russians called Donald Trump and said, ‘I’ve got dirt on Hillary Clinton,’ they should have called the authorities. Instead they said, ‘tell us what you’ve got.’ That’s not right. And what we’re saying is, we need to restore the basic institutions of our democracy.”
“We are at war right now. It is a cyber war. Unfortunately, because our commander in chief is compromised, the federal government is asleep at the switch,” DNC Chairman @TomPerez says about President Trump and the potential for future election interference https://t.co/T3KTkzuYYj pic.twitter.com/WdtOvsYg2P
— New Day (@NewDay) April 25, 2019
‘These are massive glitches’: CNN anchor explains how Trump’s small business loan program is failing
President Donald Trump is insisting that his administration's implementation of an emergency lending program for small businesses has been "flawless," but CNN anchor Julia Chatterley explained on Tuesday morning that the president's rosy assertion isn't close to being true.
During a panel discussion about the program, Chatterley said that the sheer number of calls from distressed small businesses has been completely overwhelming the system, which so far has been unable to handle the large volume.
"These are massive glitches," she said. "These are technology issues, the infrastructure can't deal with it... I heard one of the largest banks in the country issued billions of dollars of loans, [but] they only managed to upload applications to the tune of thirteen -- 1-3 -- on Sunday."
NYC comptroller speaks after mother dies of COVID-19: ‘Donald Trump has my mom’s blood on his hands’
New York City comptroller Scott Stringer on Monday blamed President Donald Trump after his mother died from coronavirus complications.
"She believed in government and she raised us to believe in government," Stringer told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "She's got a great story and I'm going to tell it for the rest of my life."
"I've got to tell you, Donald Trump has blood on his hands and he has my mom's blood on his hands," the NYC official added. "And he sent us that hospital [ship] that's right here in New York harbor and no one can get on that hospital, which is something that is just outrageous."
New York morgue adding shelves to refrigerator trucks to hold additional bodies: report
CNN's Miguel Marquez reported this week that a morgue in New York is scrambling to find places to store dead bodies due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Marquez recently visited University Hospital of Brooklyn, where four patients with COVID-19 died in the 40 minutes he was there.
On Monday, Marquez told CNN's John Berman that the hospital's mortuary was taking extreme measures to hold the bodies.
"Right now, their morgue -- their regular morgue -- is overwhelmed," the CNN reporter explained. "They have two semi tractor trailer trucks. They are talking about added shelves to that. Because right now they have all of the bodies on the base of the truck."