On Wednesday, President Donald Trump gave an interview to ABC News in which he seemed to encourage foreign governments to interfere in U.S. elections.
“I think you might want to listen,” Trump said. “There isn’t anything wrong with listening.”
The president’s statements created an uproar, with critics claiming that he was facilitating foreign interference ahead of the 2020 elections.
On Thursday, White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley added to the confusion. Asked by Fox News whether President Donald Trump agreed with current FBI director Christopher Wray’s assertion that campaigns should inform the FBI about attempted election meddling, Gidley brought up former FBI director James Comey.
“He was very clear that if he got information and it was nefarious in any way he would absolutely take it to the FBI,” Gidley said. But the Fox hosts pushed back.
“The president responded that the FBI director is wrong,” they noted.
“First of all, I think we’re talking about James Comey,” Gidley said. “And all know James Comey sure is wrong after being a convicted liar and leaker.”
MSNBC’s David Gura mocked the apparent lie on Twitter:
PRESIDENT TRUMP, to @GStephanopoulos:
The F.B.I. Director is wrong…
HOGAN GIDLEY, earlier today:
First of all, I think we were talking about James Comey at the time…
They weren’t. pic.twitter.com/ndYNV94HyE
— David Gura (@davidgura) June 13, 2019
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‘This is how he gets us killed’: American Jews and allies horrified after Trump blurts out anti-Semitic trope
President Donald Trump blurted out another anti-Semitic trope during his brief press availability Tuesday in the Oval Office.
Trump has been having a kind of holy war with Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), two of just three Muslim officials in Congress. When speaking to the press Tuesday, he claimed that Jews have no business supporting Democrats because they're anti-Semitic. But then he took it a step further.
After getting caught having sex with former congregants, Franklin Graham’s nephew launches new church based on ‘redemption’
Tullian Tchividjian insists that when he had extra-marital affairs with congregants at his former church, they were "consensual" and not an abuse of power. Nevertheless, he's getting a second shot with the upcoming launch of his new church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, The Christian Post reports.
“I don’t care what role a person has, a consensual relationship between two adults is not abuse. And some of these people will try to make the case that, ‘Well, because you’re in a position of authority, it is abuse,’” Tchividjian, who is the nephew of evangelical figurehead Franklin Graham and the grandson of famed evangelist Billy Graham, told the Palm Beach Post this weekend. “And I’ll go, ‘OK I can see how that has been and can be used by people in those positions.’ ... [But] that just was not true for me. I was not abusing my authoritative role to try and find women.”
Conservative columnist blasts GOP as ‘partisan hacks for whom hypocrisy is second-nature’
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump once again ripped into The Squad, this time to undercut an emotional press conference in which Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MN) described the conditions her Palestinian relatives live under.
“Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long,” the president tweeted. “Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!”
Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long. Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!