On Thursday’s edition of MSNBC’s “The Beat,” Trump biographer and “Art of the Deal” co-author Tony Schwartz laid out the president’s state of mind over the coronavirus crisis.
“Let’s understand Trump,” said Schwartz. “Trump is the chief energy officer of this land. So, in other words, his energy has a disproportionate impact on all our energy. And he already raised the anxiety of people over the last four years considerably. He’ll exploit fear if he thinks that serves him, or deny fear if he thinks that serves him.”
“That’s an important point,” said host Ari Melber. “You’re arguing, as someone who worked with him, that while we just heard about a public interest approach, you’re saying you don’t see him using public interest?”
“No,” said Schwartz emphatically. “As anybody who is in an activated fight-or-flight state, which is where Trump lives, his vision narrows and it narrows to the threat he feels and the threat he feels is not from a pandemic, even though it might likely happen. The threat he feels is to his re-election, and his power. So everything he does is going to be a response to that. And that’s not the public interest.”
‘Like George W. Bush after 9/11’: Kayleigh McEnany declares Trump Bible photo op a historic moment
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday defended the use of force against protesters in order to clear way for President Donald Trump's photo op at St. John's Episcopal Church.
At her daily press briefing, McEnany was asked why it was necessary for Trump to walk to the church, where held up a Bible.
McEnany suggested that Trump's photo op had been a historic moment.
"This was a very important moment," she explained. "I would note that through all of time, we've seen presidents and leaders across the world who have had leadership moments and very powerful symbols that were important for a nation to see at any given time, to show a message of resilience and determination."
When police killed Breonna Taylor in her own bed it wasn’t caught on video
Whatever you think about the unrest gripping this country–whether you’re outraged by cops’ across America brutally repressing peaceful protesters or the people breaking windows and looting businesses–the proximate cause was officer Derek Chauvin, who was still on the job despite being named in 18 previous complaints, slowly murdering George Floyd on the street–compressing his throat for 8 minutes and 46 seconds–as other officers looked on and a small crowd screamed that Chauvin was killing him. That video quickly went viral and here we are.
US suspends flights by Chinese airlines in spat with Beijing
Washington on Wednesday ordered the suspension of all flights by Chinese airlines into and out of the United States after Beijing failed to allow American carriers to resume services to China.
The move adds to a growing set of tension points between the world's two biggest economies in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis.
The US action, which takes effect June 16, but could be implemented sooner if President Donald Trump orders it, affects four Chinese civilian carriers, including Air China and China Eastern Airlines, the Department of Transportation said.
"US carriers have asked to resume passenger service, beginning June 1st. The Chinese government's failure to approve their requests is a violation of our Air Transport Agreement," the department said in a statement.