On Wednesday, President Donald Trump sat for an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, during which he doubled down on the very thing that led to him being caught up in the Russia investigation in the first place.
“If foreigners, if Russia, if China, if someone else offers information on an opponent, should they accept it or should they call the FBI?” Stephanopoulos asked the president.
“I think maybe you do both,” said Trump. “I think you might want to listen. There’s nothing wrong with listening. If somebody called from a country, Norway, we have information on your opponent, oh, I think I’d want to hear it.”
“You want that kind of interference in our elections?” said Stephanopoulos incredulously.
“It’s not an interference,” said Trump. “They have information, I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go, maybe, to the FBI. If I thought there was something wrong. But when somebody comes up with oppo research, right, they come up with oppo research, let’s go to the FBI? The FBI doesn’t have enough agents to take care of it. But you go and talk honestly to congressmen, they all do it, they always have, and that’s the way it is. It’s called ‘oppo research.'”
Later in the interview, Trump reportedly admitted that he had never called the FBI before in his life — even though Russia repeatedly did try to offer his campaign such information during the 2016 presidential election.
‘We have no defenses!’ Nurse who got infected with COVID-19 paints dire picture of equipment shortage on CNN
A nurse in New York City who had been infected with the coronavirus told CNN's Poppy Harlow on Friday that he and his colleagues are being sent to work in dangerous situations where they don't have sufficient protective equipment.
Thomas Riley, a registered nurse at New York's Jacobi Medical Center, told Harlow that the stories that have been reported about equipment shortages are very real and that medical workers' lives are being endangered because of it.
"It feels like we're in a war, and like we're soldiers in a war, being sent out without camouflage, without Kevlar," he said. "We have no defenses against this, and they're giving us very little."
NYC’s de Blasio delivers frightening new revelation about extreme ventilator shortage in his city’s hospitals
Appearing on CNN's "New Day" early Friday morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio predicted health care facilities in his city have only enough available ventilators to provide relief for COVID-19 patients to get the city through Sunday.
Speaking with host John Berman, the mayor said urgent action needs to be taken by the federal government if hospitals have any hope of keeping up with the exploding demand for additional life-saving health equipment.
"I've said this for weeks, there's no plan," de Blasio began. "There's no order that's been given by the commander in chief, the nation is in a peacetime stance while we're in the middle of a war. If they don't do something different in the next few days, they'll lose the window."
Trump administration battered by doctor for creating bureaucratic nightmare to get patients on USNS Comfort
Appearing on CNN on Friday morning, two doctors harshly criticized Donald Trump's administration for sending the Navy hospital ship U.S.N.S. Comfort to New York City with so many restrictions regarding the coronavirus epidemic that it is hardly being used.
Speaking with "New Day" hosts John Berman, who called the inability to fully utilize the ship as a "bureaucratic mess," one doctor said the ship is basically worthless because no COVID-19 patients will be allowed on -- but no one can be sent to the ship until they have been tested and there are few test kits available.
With host Berman pointing out only 20 patients are currently residing on the 1,000=bed Comfort, Dr. James Phillips of George Washington University Hospital admitted it was frustrating.