On Friday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” New York Times writer Tom Friedman excoriated President Donald Trump for his tweets encouraging the protests against state coronavirus lockdowns.
“The president is egging on people who have been protesting their state restrictions, sometimes in large, crowded groups,” said anchor Wolf Blitzer. “Is he potentially putting these people’s lives in danger?”
“Well, Wolf, what the president did today is just another reminder that in electing Donald J. Trump as president, the American people did the most reckless thing they’ve done in our history,” said Friedman. “I think the governor of Washington State got it exactly right. It’s unhinged. The job of the president right now is to be the nation’s chief scientific officer, tell us where we are, what’s working where. And secondly, to be the nation’s chief procurement officer. Get people the testing equipment they need if they are going to end sheltering in place restrictions over the next few weeks. Those are his only two jobs right now.”
“Fomenting revolutions in blue states with Democratic governors, unhinged is the only word for it,” added Friedman. “I don’t know what mental illness he has, Wolf, but it’s important that we in the press don’t catch it, it’s important that we continue to do our job.”
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President Donald Trump over the weekend once again attacked the man whom he appointed as his first attorney general because he recused himself from the Russia investigation in early 2017.
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said on Monday that the president doesn't seem to care that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be a strong ally on issues like immigration if he won back his old Senate seat, and is instead focused on making him pay for not shutting down the Russia probe right from the start.
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President Donald Trump spent his Memorial Day weekend angrily lashing out at his enemies while promoting unhinged conspiracy theories that baselessly accuse MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of murdering a former intern.
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South Carolina beachgoer demands Asian-American CNN reporter ‘get out of his country’
A CNN reporter faced intolerance over her face mask and ethnicity at beaches in the South over the weekend.
CNN's Natasha Chen said that she was interviewing the mayor of Tybee Island on Saturday when she was jeered for wearing a face covering.
"Somebody saw us and the mayor and I were both wearing masks and they yelled at us to take them off," Chen recalled on Sunday. "Somebody claimed that sunlight is the best disinfectant."
In a subsequent report, Chen revealed that she had also been harassed while working in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
"Within the past hour, there was a person who was not happy with what we were covering," Chen said. "We've been talking to people -- who have all been really nice, by the way -- talking to us about how they're social distancing, what they're seeing with the crowds on the beach, but this person didn't like it."