In a highly contentious CNN interview, Ken Cuccinelli, Director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services, snapped at CNN’s Alisyn Camerota after she called him out as a liar for denying knowledge of Donald Trump’s grotesquely racist tweets on Sunday.
Appearing on CNN’s “New Day” to discuss ICE raids, the Trump aide claimed he was too tied up over the weekend with immigration details to be aware of the tweets that have dominated the news for almost 24 hours.
With Cuccinelli professing, “Well, I didn’t see that tweet actually. I spent the weekend reading litigation and regulatory materials related to asylum,” the CNN host refused to let up asking him to condemn the president’s remarks about non-white Democrats going back to where they came from.
“Now that I’m reading it to you is just the concept of the president of the United States telling duly-elected Congresswomen of color to go back to where they came from, the countries they came from,” the CNN host pressed. “These are U.S. citizens, so you don’t find that racist?”
“No,” he immediately replied to which she shot back, “So how do you see it?”
“I don’t, you’re going to have to ask the president about that,” he parried.
“The problem is that you represent his immigration policy. You are the acting director of the U.S. –” Camerota began, only to have him cut her off and with smug “So let’s talk about immigration policy.”
With Cuccinelli insisting that he didn’t spend time on Twitter over the weekend because he was too busy, he then complained that the host was not letting Trump’s tweets “go” so he could talk about what he wanted to talk about.
“You are the representative of immigration,” she charged.
‘Yes, I’m not the representative of Twitter,” he smirked.
That was when the CNN host busted him for lying.
“Did my colleague, Jake Tapper read you that tweet yesterday?” she asked.
“Yes, he did,” the immigration czar admitted.
“So you have heard this tweet before and you have had 24 hours to process it,” she pressed.
“So what? So what?” he snapped. “I told you I haven’t been on Twitter in 24 hours. I’m not in there doing the Twitter war.”
‘Do your damn job — or get the hell out!’ Chris Cuomo’s epic rant on Trump and Pence’s failed COVID-19 response
CNN's Chris Cuomo closed his Monday evening show with an epic commentary where he demanded President Donald Trump do his job or leave.
He begged Americans not to go numb to the graphs, maps, and death toll numbers that are soaring.
"People are frustrated and tired of it," Cuomo explained. "The president is banking on that. That's his strategy. You get bored and disinterested. You'll even ignore the pain and commitment from the people he called heroes. The ones who choose to walk day after day into hospitals that are all too often out of control. To be there with those who are afraid who often die alone and care for the suffering. They can see with their own eyes what he is telling you is B.S."
‘Lie, deny, and defy’: CNN’s Cuomo says Trump’s deceit is as ‘toxic’ to America as COVID-19
On Monday, CNN's Chris Cuomo tore into President Donald Trump's claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are "totally harmless."
"99 percent of COVID cases are harmless, says Trump," Cuomo said. "Remember, the White House numbers puts our death rate at around 4, 4-plus percent. Is that harmless? To the 130,000 plus dead, to their families, to the tens of thousands who suffered terribly, to all those suffering now, harmless?"
"Maybe if he gave a damn, maybe if the president of the United States were not ignoring and coming up with new ways to reportedly get you to live with a pandemic, maybe then he would know just how stupid that statement is," said Cuomo. "I will say this. Trump's strategy of lie, deny, and defy all facts and decency is just as toxic to our society as 99 percent of COVID-19 cases. But he is being honest about one thing, and it matters, especially now, especially to you, the president's supporters. Because you also own what he is saying right now. His blatant pitch to bigots. He has no position on whether the Confederate flag should be flying in America in the year 2020."
Trump is ‘in a meltdown’ because he ‘doesn’t know who to blame’ for his failures: Republican John Kasich
On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), once a rival presidential candidate to President Donald Trump, assessed his leadership failures.
"He's flailing," said Kasich. "He's in a meltdown. He looks at his polls and doesn't know who to blame. He blames his advisers and is even blaming Fox News now. He's flailing. He doesn't know how to stop things. So I think he's just throwing everything out over the period of the last three days, hoping he's going to strike a chord."
"What he doesn't realize is that base he has, the edges of that base are beginning to fray," said Kasich. "That base is getting smaller and smaller. Because he's a Republican, he's causing a brand problem for Republicans. And mark my words. There's going to be a point in time where these folks are going to leave. Then many of them will say, I was never a part of this. I never supported him. In the meantime, because they had gone along, they have enabled him to do these kinds of just totally outrageous things."