Cable news networks have been urged to stop airing President Donald Trump’s daily Coronavirus Task Force briefings.
There was a new urgency for such calls after Trump suggesting injecting disinfectant into the human body to kill coronavirus.
After almost 24 hours of shock over Trump’s comments, MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd said the network would continue airing the briefings.
Todd aired clips of Trump, then explained the network’s stance.
“There isn’t much else to say, you just saw it,” Todd said. “Because there is perhaps no better of an indictment of the president’s handling of this crisis than just hearing him suggest that ingesting disinfectant could treat the virus and then hearing him claim he didn’t say what we just heard him say.”
“And I know what some of you might be thinking in this moment, ‘Why would we air the president live — today — after all of this?’ Because we think that letting you see the president unfiltered in the moment, he’s the American — he’s the elected president, especially during a national crisis like this one. At the moment, it’s simply put, a very important thing for American citizens to see right now.”
Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’
During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.
To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."
Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."
"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.
Trump ‘crossed the line’ with the military this week — leading retired officers to revolt: former general
Appearing on CNN's New Day with host John Berman, retired Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute explained that Donald Trump finally went a bridge too far this week with retired military officials when his administration deployed military police to turn on peaceful protesters in a Washington D.C. park.
Speaking with the host, Lute -- who also served as U.S. ambassador to NATO -- said tension between the president and military officials has gradually increased over the past three and a half years, but that the past week's incidents led to a "tipping point."
After host Berman read off a list of high profile ex-military officials who have either criticized Trump or defended their former colleagues from attacks from the president, Lute was asked what had changed.
Trump is bleeding support from the only voters who have stuck with him since 2016
President Donald Trump is losing support from his evangelical base as he lurches from one crisis into another.
Numerous polls show that religious Americans, like most other Americans, disapprove of the president's performance, and that could imperil his re-election chances, reported the New York Times.
Nearly 80 percent of white evangelicals -- a group that's already shrinking as a share of the electorate -- approved of Trump's performance in March, but his handling of the coronavirus pandemic has bled 15 points from their support, according to a new poll from Public Religion Research Institute.