According to an exclusive report from NBC News Monday morning, the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry targeting President Trump has created the “first rift” between him and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The report alleges that “Trump has fumed for weeks that Pompeo is responsible for hiring State Department officials whose congressional testimony threatens to bring down his presidency,” adding that Trump “confronted Pompeo about the officials — and what he believed was a lackluster effort by the secretary of state to block their testimony.”
Appearing on MSNBC this morning, former Obama State Department official Tara Sonenshine was asked by MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson about Trump’s recent accusations against his own administration for its alleged hiring of “never-Trumpers,” as well as his admission that Pompeo’s hiring of diplomat Bill Taylor was a “mistake.”
“Well first of all, Mike Pompoeo is in a box,” Sonenshine said, adding that he “has to walk into a State Department that [Ambassador Bill Taylor] last week said was a ‘hollowed-out State Department.'”
Sonenshine then cited reports that says there’s currently an environment in the State Department of “political intimidation and harassment.”
“People don’t feel that [Pompeo] has their back, that there’s cover,” she continued. “So it’s getting very cold for Mike Pompeo in the State Department. If it becomes very cold in the White House, it’s very untenable for him.”
Watch the full segment below:
Pro-Trump reporter banned from White House briefing room for ignoring social distancing guidelines
On Wednesday, the White House Correspondents Association announced that it would be banning One America News Network reporter Chanel Rion from the press briefing room, after she repeatedly refused to follow social distancing guidelines imposed as a safety precaution against coronavirus.
The WHCA taking action after OANN staffer Chanel Rion repeatedly broke the agreed-upon rules --> https://t.co/8uTRLaVSbd
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) April 1, 2020
Even Trump criticizes Mike Pence’s answer about why the administration won’t open Obamacare exchanges
At Wednesday's coronavirus task force press briefing, reporters asked Vice President Mike Pence to justify why the administration is refusing to reopen the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces for a special enrollment period in response to the pandemic — and the vice president's answer was so evasive and unhelpful that even President Donald Trump teased him for it.
Pence replied that he was working with insurance companies to eliminate copays for coronavirus-related treatment — which doesn't help people who have no coverage and can't enroll because the administration hasn't authorized enrollment.
Trump hints he may have to bail out ‘our great oil companies’ at coronavirus presser
On Wednesday, at the daily press conference on coronavirus, President Donald Trump suggested that he might be left with no choice but to offer assistance to oil companies.
"Now, gasoline's going to be 99 cents a gallon or less, you know that. That's already popping up. 99 cents," said Trump. "So that's look giving a massive tax cut to people of our country."
"I'm going to meet with the oil companies on Friday," continued Trump. "I'm going to meet with independent oil producers also on Friday or Saturday, maybe Sunday. But we're having a lot of meetings on it. I think I know what to do to solve it. But if they're unable to solve it, then I think I know what to do to solve it. But it's tough. I think I know what to do to solve it. We don't want to lose our great oil companies. We're the number one producer of oil in the world. I do believe there's a way that can be solved or pretty well solved, and I'd rather not do that."