ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Friday cornered White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for blatantly lying about former FBI Director James Comey.
During an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Stephanopoulos took Sanders to task for claiming that her lie about “countless” FBI agents thanking her for firing Comey was a mere “slip of the tongue.” In reality, he noted, Sanders repeated the claim about FBI agents being happy about Comey’s dismissal twice in the days after the initial statement.
“That’s not a slip of the tongue, Sarah, that’s a deliberate false statement,” he said.
“Actually, if you look at what I said, I said the slip of the tongue was in using the word ‘countless,'” Sanders explained. “There were a number of FBI [agents], former and current, that agreed with the president’s decision.”
Stephanopoulos was having none of it, however, and he pointed to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that Sanders admitted to the special counsel that her comments about Comey “were not founded on anything.”
“It was in the heat of the moment, meaning that it wasn’t a scripted talking point,” she said. “I’m sorry that I wasn’t a robot like the Democrat Party.”
Watch the video below.
Pressed repeatedly on her comments on FBI agents, Sarah Sanders tells @GStephanopoulos, “It was the heat of the moment, meaning that it wasn’t a scripted talking point. I’m sorry that I wasn’t a robot like the Democratic Party” was about Mueller probe. https://t.co/mOQZNKl1wy pic.twitter.com/y3xcNwVYHg
— ABC News (@ABC) April 19, 2019
A whopping 14 percent of new US COVID-19 cases are coming from Texas
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Texas’ new confirmed cases of the coronavirus now make up around 14% of the U.S. total — measured by a seven-day average — a significantly higher proportion than its 9% share of the nation’s population. Since July 1, the U.S. has reported 358,027 new infections. Of those, 50,599 were in Texas.
On Tuesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported more than 10,000 new cases — representing nearly 20% of the nation’s new cases for the day. It could be a “catch-up” from the July 4 holiday, DSHS spokesman Chris Van Deusen said, noting that numbers reported Sunday and Monday were lower.
Devastating new ad uses Ronald Reagan’s words against Trump to stunning effect
The Lincoln Project is not the only right-wing group that has been creating attack ads slamming President Donald Trump. Another is Republican Voters Against Trump, which uses the words of President Ronald Reagan in its latest video to illustrate Trump’s failures as president.
In the ad — which lasts one minute and 40 seconds — RVAT contrast Reagan’s words with images of the U.S. during the Trump era. The message is not subtle: Under Trump, the United States is a long way from Reagan’s vision for the country.
The ad isn’t aimed at liberals and progressives, many of whom would argue that Reagan’s economic policies were bad for the American working class during the 1980s. It asks Republicans: “Has your party left you?”
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