“The View” hosted a Washington Post reporter who revealed bombshell claims about President Donald Trump’s phone conversations with a foreign leader, and he explained to co-host Meghan McCain exactly why those allegations were so explosive.
Two former U.S. officials told the Post that an intelligence official was so alarmed by promises Trump made on the call that they filed a whistleblower complaint that acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire refuses to turn over to the House Intelligence Committee.
“We have heard presidents promise things to foreign leaders before,” McCain said, “like President (Barack) Obama was caught on a hot mic telling then-Russian president (Dmitry) Medvedev he would, quote, have more flexibility after the election. Can you tell viewers why there’s a difference between that and this?”
Post reporter Shane Harris said Trump’s conversation was considered to be markedly different than typical conversations with foreign leaders.
“That’s a great question,” Harris said. “When we saw that conversation with Obama, you’re kind of seeing the horse trading and the deal making.”
“While we don’t know what the substance was or the details of the conversation with Trump and this leader,” the reporter continued, “it was enough that this fairly experienced intelligence official, we think, looked at it and said, this isn’t just normal negotiating. This isn’t kind of the give and take and the back-and-forth. There is something happening here that rises to the level of some kind of abuse, and the inspector general looked at it and found that at least under the law, that was a credible allegation.”
McCain then asked the reporter if he wasn’t just trying to make the president look bad before establishing all the facts in the story.
“Just last week CNN was slammed for erroneously reporting a thinly sourced story that they had to remove a spy from Russia that possibly could have endangered him,” she said. “Is there a rush to report on Trump because people want to pin things on him, and just because he does so many things that are, as you said, deeply unconventional for a U.S. president?”
Harris agreed that was a fair question, and explained why the Post ran this report based on the evidence at hand.
“People have been asking me today, like, why didn’t you wait and find out the information like the substance of the call was?” he said. “We know there was an allegation for some days, and already it was a huge story, and extraordinary just because of the nature of it, and members of Congress, including Adam Schiff, have been implying it was deduced the president was involved and knowing the president himself was the subject of this complaint, and the nature of it, a communication with a foreign leader, that that was significant enough to report and let the American people know about.”
WATCH LIVE: Trump holds mask-optional Mount Rushmore rally and fireworks celebration
President Donald Trump left the White House during the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday to attend an Independence Day event in South Dakota.
Trump was told not to attend but did so anyway.
“Trump coming here is a safety concern not just for my people inside and outside the reservation, but for people in the Great Plains. We have such limited resources in Black Hills, and we’re already seeing infections rising,” the Oglala Sioux president, Julian Bear Runner, told the Guardian. “It’s going to cause an uproar if he comes here. People are going to want to exercise their first amendment rights to protest and we do not want to see anyone get hurt or the lands be destroyed."
Trump Jr’s girlfriend tests positive for COVID-19 in South Dakota ahead of the president’s event: report
Yet another senior Donald Trump advisor has tested positive for COVID-19.
"Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of President Trump’s eldest son and a top fund-raising official for the Trump re-election campaign, tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday before a Fourth of July event at Mount Rushmore, a person familiar with her condition said," The New York Times reported shortly before Trump's speech began.
Trump supporters shouted ‘go home’ at Native Americans protesting Mount Rushmore rally on their land: report
The protesters argued that it is their land after the Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1868, which was ratified by the U.S. Senate.
The Black Hills of South Dakota, where Mount Rushmore is located, was among the lands the tribes received to bring about an end to Red Cloud's War, which is also known as the Bozeman Trail War.