Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney seems to have freaked out after the New York Times revealed he leaned on Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to keep President Donald Trump out of the loop about election security preparations for 2020, issuing a swift personal response that showed up in the Washington Post moments afterward.
“Kirstjen Nielsen was trying to get Russian election interference on the president’s radar,” said host Hallie Jackson. “But according to one senior administration official, Mick Mulvaney, the acting chief of staff, said ‘it wasn’t a great subject and should be kept below President Trump’s level.’ And now Mick Mulvaney is responding.”
“He is responding on the record,” said reporter Kristen Welker. “This is a swift response, and as you know to get something like this on the record so quickly doesn’t happen every day.”
Mulvaney’s response, probably unsurprisingly, laid the blame for Russia’s meddling at the feet of the Obama administration. But Welker had a fact check.
“Of course, the former Obama Administration did take some steps, we know that Obama pushed President Putin directly and also slapped some sanctions on Russia,” said Welker. “What is the Trump administration doing?”
“They will tell you they have had a robust response,” Welker said of “interagency” collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice “shore up and strengthen” the security of the electoral system.
“But critics would argue, ‘look, it doesn’t go far enough,'” Welker added. “They want to hear President Trump get tougher on this subject himself.”
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Trump impersonated a CNN anchor — and a US president — during epic meltdown at Texas speech
President Donald Trump offered multiple impersonations during a campaign rally in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.
Trump showed the crowd his impersonation of a president of the United States -- and a CNN anchor.
"No guns. No religion. No oil. No natural gas," Trump said. "Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas under those circumstances. Couldn’t do it."
In fact, Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas when he ran for president as the state refused to print any ballots with his name.
He then showed the audience two impersonations as part of his 87-minute speech.
"I used it to say, I can be more presidential. Look," Trump said, as he shuffled awkwardly on stage.
WATCH LIVE: Beto O’Rourke holds ‘Rally Against Fear’ to counter Trump’s re-election rally
While supporters of President Donald Trump gathered on Thursday in the American Airlines Center Dallas, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke held a "Rally Against Fear" less than 15 miles away in Grand Prairie.
O'Rourke's presidential campaign said the rally was to "directly confront Donald Trump’s dangerous hatred and division on the night he tries to spread it across the battleground state of Texas."
"We will not be defined by this president’s fear, his hate, or the differences between us that he tries to exploit but instead by a renewed sense of hope and a unified vision for the future of our country. In this moment of smallness, paranoia, and division, Texas is going to lead the way with our strength, our courage, our diversity, and the big, bold, ambitious things we want to achieve together," the campaign said.