In an interview that aired on Sunday, President Donald Trump told “Meet the Press” that his biggest regret is choosing Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general.
“If you could have one do-over as president, what would it be?” NBC host Chuck Todd asked Trump during their interview.
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After the president replied that his do over would involve “personnel,” he elaborated that “I would say if I had one do over, it would be, I would not have appointed Jeff Sessions to be attorney general.” When Todd asked Trump to clarify if he thought appointing Sessions was his “worst mistake,” the president reiterated “yeah, that was the biggest mistake.” He added that Sessions is “very talented” but was cut off by a new line of questioning from Todd before he could elaborate.
The NBC host asked if the current attorney general, Bill Barr, serves as Trump’s “Roy Cohn.” The president responded that “I had many, many lawyers. I mean, a lot of lawyers. Roy was one of them. He was a tough guy.” Trump avoided a question about whether Barr is “cut from the same cloth” as Cohn, instead saying that “Bill Barr is a very, he’s equally tough. He’s a fine man. He’s a fine man. The job he’s done is incredible. He’s brought sanity back. I think he’s real — I don’t think, I know, he’s respected. You know, he loves the Department of Justice. He saw what was happening. He has done a spectacular job. Now he’s in the process of doing something and I stay away from it. I really, I stay away from it. But I think he feels that what’s happened in this country was a very bad thing and very bad for our country.”
Roy Cohn was a notoriously unethical right-wing lawyer who became famous for advising Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wisc., during the so-called “McCarthy era” of anti-Communist witch hunts. He later advised the future president on legal matters.
Trump used to have a close friendship with Sessions, who was one of the first major political figures to endorse Trump’s presidential campaign while Sessions was still a United States Senator from Alabama. The two men soured on each other after Trump disapproved of Sessions recusing himself from the Trump-Russia investigation when his own potential conflict of interest was brought to public attention.
Trump also talked to Todd about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has been criticized by fellow Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., for her reluctance to pursue impeachment against the president.
“Let me ask you this, why do you think Nancy Pelosi has held off her impeachment caucus?” Todd asked Trump.
The president replied, “Because I think she feels that I will win much easier. I mean, I’ve been told that by many people.”
After Todd asked if he thought impeachment would help him get reelected, the president responded that “I think I win the election easier.”
Trump also discussed his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, telling Todd that he would discuss potential interference in the 2020 election with his counterpart.
“Are you going to tell him not to and what are the consequences?” Todd asked.
Trump replied, “My answer last week was both. I said both. I’d do both. Except they didn’t put it on. And when they did put it on people understood. But they didn’t put it on because they put a different segment on. So they ask me a question. But when I said, ‘Yeah, I’d do both,’ people saw that in the last version of it because the thing played like all weekend and on Friday. So it’s just more fake news. Chuck, there’s so much fake news.”
Internet goes wild over ‘obviously drunk’ Larry Kudlow on Fox News: ‘He’s lying while slurring his words’
Speculation was rampant on Sunday that White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow was drunk on Fox News.
"There is no economic recession in sight," Kudlow insisted to Fox News Sunday host Dana Perino.
Twitter, however, was buzzing about Kudlow's speech patterns instead of his questionable economic optimism.
"Pretty sure Larry Kudlow is drunk on my TV right now... And he is lying while slurring his words," one Twitter user noted.
"Kudlow is on fox news Sunday right now and from my 30 yrs of tending bar, I gotta say this guy appears drunk," another user observed.
Foreign diplomats preparing for the worst — another Trump win in 2020: ‘People don’t want to be stupid twice’
According to a report from Politico, foreign diplomats are not so sure Donald Trump will be beaten in the 2020 election and are making contingency plans for how they will deal with him should he be re-elected.
The report notes that the win by the New York businessman in 2016 caught foreign governments by surprise with former French ambassador to the United States, Gerard Araud admitting, "In 2016, nobody believed he was going to be elected. People don’t want to be stupid twice.”
According to Politico, "There’s no known scientific survey on the topic — few foreign officials would participate in one given diplomatic norms that preclude them from commenting on another country's internal politics. But none who talked to POLITICO were willing to say that Trump will lose. Instead, they pointed to three key advantages for Trump: He’s the incumbent, the U.S. economy is strong and the Democrats have no definitive front-runner to challenge him."
Trump Twitter-rages at ‘evil propaganda machine’ New York Times
President Donald Trump kicked off his Sunday morning by going on a multi-tweet rant about the New York Times where he blamed them for his poor poll numbers and called them "an evil propaganda machine.'
Trump began with, "The Failing New York Times, in one of the most devastating portrayals of bad journalism in history, got caught by a leaker that they are shifting from their Phony Russian Collusion Narrative (the Mueller Report & his testimony were a total disaster), to a Racism Witch Hunt....., " before adding, "'Journalism' has reached a new low in the history of our Country. It is nothing more than an evil propaganda machine for the Democrat Party. The reporting is so false, biased and evil that it has now become a very sick joke...But the public is aware! #CROOKEDJOURNALISM."