Meghan McCain blamed “both sides” for the breakdown between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats, and “The View” co-host Joy Behar placed the blame squarely on the Republican Party.
The conservative McCain longed for the days of Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill, who are held up as examples of bipartisan comity despite their bitter opposition to one another, and she blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for Trump’s threat to stop governing unless investigations ended into his presidency.
“I don’t understand why Nancy Pelosi was talking about (Trump) engaging in a coverup before a meeting, I don’t know why he took the meeting,” McCain said. “It’s the worst kind of party posturing on both sides. Joe Biden’s message of working with the other side is looking really good to me. America can do so much better than this.”
Behar challenged her claim that both sides had contributed to the partisan breakdown.
“I don’t really appreciate this false equivalency,” Behar said. “Let’s not forget that Mitch McConnell famously said — let’s remind everybody, when Obama got into office, his main objective was to obstruct Obama. This business of Nancy Pelosi is just as bad as he is is a bunch of baloney, in my opinion.”
McCain insisted everyone was at fault, but Behar shut her down.
“Not everyone is at fault,” she said. “Look at the original mover here, Mitch McConnell.”
McCain complained she was being unfair.
“As long as you demonize all Republicans, even the spirit of what you just said makes me not want to have a conversation with you,” McCain said. “We have to put this crap aside, even us here at ‘The View,’ as well, and politicians in D.C. At a certain point, we have to work together for America.”
“I, for one, am sick of party politics and what happened in the past,” she added. “There’s blame all around. You can make the argument it started with Newt Gingrich, we are in the present right now.”
Trump and everyone around him are trying to prove they can do worse with Russia in 2020
President Donald Trump's insistence on siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin is creating a doomsday scenario for the 2020 presidential campaign.
On MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" with Nicolle Wallace, the panel discussed the ethics of government officials refusing to brief Trump on delicate aspects of their efforts to contain provocations from Russia.
"In a normal White House these comments and questions would be right questions," analyst John Heilemann said. "But clearly what’s going on is that much of the national security establishment looks at Trump said he’s not fully on board with the objectives that we’re pursuing by trying to keep Russia at bay."
Far-right Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini in Washington to stress Italy’s closeness to Trump administration
Matteo Salvini, the far-right Italian deputy prime minister, spoke during a visit to Washington on Monday of his "closeness" to President Donald Trump's administration.
Salvini, whose powerful League party did well in last month's European Parliament elections, met Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and was due to meet later with Vice President Mike Pence in the White House.
Salvini, whose party is often at odds with their coalition partners, the Five Star Movement, played down his own role in cracking down on boats trying to save migrants crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa.
Pentagon releases photos saying it proves Iran was responsible for oil tanker fire
The Pentagon is releasing high-resolution photos showing what they say proves mines were not the only cause of the oil tanker fire that President Donald Trump has alleged was an attack.
CNN Pentagon reporter Barbara Starr said that the Pentagon released the photos after so much doubt surrounded the allegations. The legacy of the war in Iraq has prompted many to speculate that the claim of an Iranian attack is part of a ploy by the Trump government, who is eager to go to war with Iran.