During a back-and-forth with GOP counsel Stephen Castor, US Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, was asked his thoughts on previous closed-door testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton, who characterized Sondland’s dealings with Ukraine by using the metaphor of a “drug deal.”
The metaphor caught on with other GOP questioners, such as GOP House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Devin Nunes, causing some to wonder if he even knows that Bolton was being metaphorical. Nunes’ comments prompted some pushback from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who told him that “no one thinks they’re talking about a literal drug deal here. Or a drug cocktail. The import, I think, of [Bolton’s] comments is quite clear, that he believed that this bargain, this quid pro quo … was not something he wanted to be a part of.”
Others on Twitter were incredulous over the idea that Republicans were interpreting Bolton’s words literally.
I see that the GOP’s best line of defense here is repeatedly asking versions of “have you ever been part of a drug deal?”
— Alex Shephard (@alex_shephard) November 20, 2019
I find it funny that republicans keep trying to establish that trump and co. weren’t *literally* doing a massive illegal drug deal because of course he wasn’t, trump is not nearly as cool or as capable as George hw bush
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) November 20, 2019
It's not a literal drug deal. Jesus.
— Ryan Kelly (@NotThatRKelly) November 20, 2019
Am I correct that Castor and Sondland both just pretended that Hill and Bolton accused Sondland of participating in a literal drug deal?
— Dan Friedman (@dfriedman33) November 20, 2019
Guys, Bolton didn't mean it was an actual drug deal. It's an expression. Like dumpster fire or train wreck.
— John Moe (@johnmoe) November 20, 2019
Does Castor think that Bolton's "drug deal" comment was about an Actual drug deal?
— Arieh Kovler (@ariehkovler) November 20, 2019
Bolton didn’t mean a literal drug deal, you morons. #ImpeachmentHearings
— JackiSchechner (@JackiSchechner) November 20, 2019
guys, I think he means "drug deal" metaphorically
— Richard Kim (@RichardKimNYC) November 20, 2019
Are we…are we pretending "drug deal" was a literal drug deal?
— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) November 20, 2019
You gotta be a moron to not know what Bolton meant by “drug deal.” Nunes again engaging in futile questioning just to confuse.
— Sara Azari, Esq. (@azarilaw) November 20, 2019
Nunes is actually asking Sondland if he is aware of "any drug deal."
The GOP is completely out of ideas and I almost wish Schiff would let them phone a friend or buy a clue.
— Eric Klinenberg (@EricKlinenberg) November 20, 2019
Mnuchin threatens to make taxpayers pay back COVID money unless Trump is reelected
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin suggested on Sunday that Americans will have to pay the government back for any payroll tax reduction unless President Donald Trump is reelected.
In an interview on FOX, host Chris Wallace noted that the president's latest executive action on COVID-19 financial relief is "not a tax cut."
"It's a payroll tax suspension," Wallace explained. "Isn't there a danger that a lot of businesses won't pass these saving through to workers because they're going to hold on to the money because at some point, according to this executive action by the end of the year, those payroll taxes are going to be have to be paid anyway?"
‘We need a reality check here’: CNN’s Bash cuts off Kudlow’s rambling spin on Trump’s unemployment plans
An alternately amused and baffled Dana Bash was forced to cut off Donald Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow on CNN Sunday morning as he attempted to spin the president's plans to help out the unemployed with income supplements, changing his numbers from $400 to $800 to $1,200 all within three to four sentences.
Pressed about the president's executive order calling for a $400 supplement -- with $100 coming from the states at Trump's demand -- the State of the Union fill-in host tried to cut through Kudlow's veering from dollar amount to dollar amount to get a clearer understanding of what the president is proposing.
Nancy Pelosi owns Chris Wallace: ‘Clearly you don’t have an understanding of what is happening here’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) faced off against Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday over the failure to negotiate a COVID-19 financial relief bill.
In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Wallace suggested that there is an upside to executive actions taken by President Donald Trump in lieu of a financial relief bill because some people will get protections from evictions "rather than getting nothing at all."
For her part, Pelosi quoted a Republican senator who said that the president's executive action is "constitutional slop."
"While he says he's going to have a moratorium on evictions, he's going to ask the folks in charge to study if that's feasible," Pelosi explained before noting that the president's payroll tax holiday serves to "undermine Social Security and Medicare."