On Wednesday, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo clashed with Robert Ray, the former independent counsel who took over from Ken Starr, over President Donald Trump’s reaction to the Russia investigation — a conversation which grew heated when Ray suggested that Trump’s attacks on the press were justified.
“Chris, it’s human,” said Ray.
“Everything is fake unless he likes it,” said Cuomo sarcastically.
“Go back to George W. Bush,” said Ray. “You don’t think he suffered under the reality of the fact that the Democrats were essentially saying that it was a stolen election by the Supreme Court of the United States?”
“But he didn’t call all media liars and fakes and say the FBI was subverted by a deep state,” said Cuomo.
“That makes it difficult to govern,” said Ray. “And this president understands that attacks on him, they get to the question of undermining the legitimacy of his election, where it was an electoral college victory but not a popular vote victory. That’s a political reality.”
“As a guy who holds himself out as an integrity guy, a guy who gets invited on the show because you’re an integrity guy, you’re not going to really defend lying and calling everything that the media does fake and everything the Democrats do fake and subversive, just because you feel you’re under siege?”
“No, agreed,” said Ray, backtracking somewhat.
“Because that’s the problem with people on the right. You know what I mean? Everything he says is okay.”
“I am not prepared to say everything under the sun is a hoax,” admitted Ray. “I’ve tried to call them as I have seen them to be fair. I have said things with regard to the conduct of the investigation where I didn’t think things were fair.”
‘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.