CNN’s Jake Tapper kicked off his interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Sunday morning by confronting him with a video promoted by Donald Trump that showed a Florida supporter shouting “white power” and pressed him to explain why the president would do such a thing.
Invited on to talk about the administration’s efforts to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, Azar was immediately put on the spot by the “State of the Union” host who showed a clip from the viral video.
“I do have to ask you,” Tapper began. “I’m stunned that the president retweeted this video in which one of his apparent supporters shouts white power. I assume that that’s not a message you stand by.”
“I’ve not seen that video or that tweet, but obviously neither the president, his administration nor I would do anything to be supportive of white supremacy or anything that would support discrimination of any kind,” Azar attempted.
“Do you think that was a mistake by the president?” Tapper pressed.
“As I said, I’ve been here getting ready to speak to you,” the Trump administration official replied. “I’ve not seen that, and so I don’t want to comment further on that. But obviously the president and I and his whole administration would stand against any acts of white supremacy.”
“We just played it for you, but I’ll move on,” the CNN dryly replied.
Brad Parscale mocked over demotion: ‘Apparently there is a limit to how much you can grift’
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced on Facebook that campaign manager Brad Parscale has been demoted, after several months of a reportedly rocky relationship and frustration from the president over his sinking poll numbers.
Commenters on social media buried Parscale in mockery over the news.
Irony: Brad Parscale just got demoted on Facebook. pic.twitter.com/HZ2jWVS5iJ
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) July 16, 2020
‘No silver lining, no encouraging trend for the president’: Pollster explains how Joe Biden is beating Trump by 15 points
A polling analyst for the highly-regarded Quinnipiac Poll explained how former Vice President Joe Biden is beating President Donald Trump in the latest survey by a whopping 15 points.
"Independents are a key factor behind Biden's widening lead as they now back him 51 - 34 percent, while in June, independents were split with 43 percent for Biden and 40 percent for Trump," Quinnipiac reports. "There is also some movement among Republicans as they back Trump 84 - 9 percent, compared to 92 - 7 percent in June. Democrats go to Biden 91 - 5 percent, little changed from 93 - 4 percent in June. "