Meghan McCain managed to place herself at the center of a debate about a whistleblower complaint filed against President Donald Trump.
“The View” grappled with reports that Trump dangled U.S. military aid to Ukraine in exchange for damaging information against Joe Biden, and co-host Abby Huntsman agreed that was an impeachable offense — but expressed doubts about the accuracy.
“This is a blown-up story and we have no facts, there’s no gray area,” Huntsman said. “It’s black and white, and that would give Trump all the more ammunition if this isn’t even true to say, this is what the media does.”
McCain agreed, and then changed the subject to criticism she faced from the left over her contentious interview with actress Pamela Anderson two weeks ago.
“Abby and I were struggling with the same thing,” she said. “This is what I know. We had Pamela Anderson on a week or two weeks ago, and I took her to task about Julian Assange. There are a lot of liberals okay with him, those same people are screaming bloody murder right now about this whistleblower.”
“I think all interference from a foreign country in our election, all of it is bad and should be condemned, and you can’t play party politics with this, and there’s a lot of people on the left who are doing that with Julian Assange,” McCain added.
The other panelists seemed confused by the topic change, and host Joy Behar asked her to clarify.
“Who are you mad at?” Behar said. “Are you mad at the whistleblower?”
“Excuse me, I’m still speaking,” McCain fired back. “I’m mad that there are people on the left that think that Julian Assange is okay, that he’s some kind of patriot whistleblower when he did interfere in our election. ”
That didn’t clarify things for Behar.
“I’m on the left,” she said. “I don’t agree with that at all.”
McCain complained that she had been subjected to criticism from Bernie Sanders supporters who approved of WikiLeaks dumping hacked emails online to hurt Hillary Clinton’s election chances.
“I was taken to task by many Bernie supporters who think it’s okay, and people who have difference of opinions,” McCain said. “I believe you, in particular, and I don’t want the speak for you, but I know you and I diverge on that issue, and it has to be condemned all the way around, and I get frustrated when I do that because I think all interference from foreign adversaries in our country is dangerous and should be illegal.”
“There’s a lot of people on the left that are okay with Julian Assange,” she added, but aren’t okay with this whistleblower.”
Trump rants about Christopher Columbus during press conference with Italy’s president
President Donald Trump on Wednesday insisted that he would never stop celebrating Christopher Columbus.
"The United States and Italy are bound together by a shared cultural and political heritage dating back thousands of years to ancient Rome," Trump said during a joint press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
"Over the centuries, the Italian people have blessed our civilization with magnificent works of art, science, philosophy, architecture, and music. On Monday, we paid tribute to the Italian explorer who led a voyage of discovery to the new world. A gentleman known as Christopher Columbus. To me, it will always be called Columbus Day. Some people don’t like that. I do."
Chelsea Clinton accidentally scorches Meghan McCain while dismissing congressional rumors on The View
Chelsea Clinton dismissed the rumors that she's considering a run for Congress -- while taking a subtle swipe at fellow political daughter Meghan McCain.
Clinton filled in Wednesday as co-host on "The View" for Joy Behar, who's been out all week, and was asked right away to comment on rumors that she might run for the House seat vacated by the retiring Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY).
"I understand why people are asking, and someone has asked me some version of this question for literally as long as I can remember," Clinton said.
‘Not true’: Fox News calls out Trump for lying about keeping US soldiers out of harm’s way
As the U.S. military grapples with the logistics of a quick withdrawal from the northern part of Syria, President Donald Trump drew criticism for abandoning the Kurds and endangering U.S. troops. There are also reports that the army's departure has resulted in members of ISIS escaping from prison.
On Wednesday, Trump defended his decision, insisting that U.S. soldiers were not in danger. "Our soldiers are not in harm's way," he said. “That has nothing to do with us,” he added, about the conflict between Turkey and the Kurds at the Turkish-Syrian border.
But top military officials told Fox News that this was not true. "Not true, according to top US military commanders who tell Fox this is a complicated, deliberate phased withdrawal with a lot of inherent risk," Jennifer Griffin, National Security correspondent for Fox News, wrote on Twitter. "Already US warplanes had to warn approaching foreign troops with a show of force."