On CNN Wednesday, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice ripped President Donald Trump for ignoring intelligence on Russian bounties against American troops.
“My job was to brief the president, to bring to the president all that he needs to hear, not what he wants to hear,” said Rice. “When I served President Obama, he would sometimes joke that I and others who brought bad news were the ‘doomsday people,’ but he always listened to what we had to say and he never conveyed the impression that news was too bad to be worthy of him hearing. You don’t intimidate the messengers … this president is derelict in his duty, brushing off information that is critical to the life and death of our service members and does so because he doesn’t want to hear bad news.”
“Is there any reason that you can see to justify not raising intelligence like this directly to the commander in chief?” asked anchor Jim Sciutto.
“There is absolutely no reason, Jim,” said Rice. “When it comes to our men and women in uniform, in a war zone, in harm’s way, and one of our arch-adversaries, in this case Russia, escalating their hostility towards the United States by actively paying Taliban terrorists to kill our forces, I would have walked into the Oval Office as soon as I saw that information and if it were raw and unverified, I would have said, Mr. President, we have immediately here some very troubling information that the Russians are paying the Taliban to kill our forces. I’m going to run this to the ground. I’m going to work with the intelligence community to figure out how strong it is. In the meantime, we’re going to work on options for you to respond appropriately to Russia and we’ll get back to you when we know more.”
“Let me just say, I don’t believe that they didn’t tell him,” added Rice. “I’ll bet a dime to a dollar that … John Bolton did just that and walked into the Oval Office and told him what he needed to hear. I think they’re obscuring that. Prevented him from talking about it in his book, and now those around him who don’t have the backbone that Bolton had probably were too scared to tell him when it was put again in the Presidents’ Daily Briefing. This is a top intelligence product. Everything in that is meant for the president’s eyes. He doesn’t read it. The National Security Advisor has the obligation to make sure he at least knows what’s in it.”
‘The hydroxychloroquine of economic policy’: Krugman warns ‘greater recession’ could come from Trump’s stimulus
Speaking to CNN on Sunday, Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman explained that the things President Donald Trump did on Saturday would provide little help to Americans desperate to survive amid a worse recession since the Great Depression.
Amid the coronavirus crisis, the U.S. entered another recession, and jobs were lost so quickly by the shutdown that the unemployment rate soared to 14.7 percent. In the 2007-2008 recession, the rate tapped out at 10 percent. The highest U.S. unemployment rate was 24.9 percent in 1933 during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.
"This new thing, what it is, is both limited and it calls for a new program," said Krugman about Trump's proposal. "It calls for complicated actions from the states. More money. And one thing we learned it's that our unemployment insurance system in this country is not designed to do complicated things. The virtue of the last round was that it was very, very simple. Just $600 a month and even so, a lot of people took a long, long time before they got those benefits."
‘Sounds like he’s not getting the job done’: Acosta hammers Trump aide for being a ‘dealmaker’ who can’t make a deal
President Donald Trump's campaign aide Jason Miller told Congress that they need to get back to Washington to pass a stimulus package. The comment came as Trump was spending his weekend in Bedminster, New Jersey, golfing at his resort. Meanwhile, Trump's campaign seems to also be off message about the president's executive orders, revealing that apparently, they didn't work because a stimulus is still needed.
CNN's Jim Acosta probed Miller on how Trump could claim to be a "dealmaker" and so brilliant at making deals if he can't even manage to make a deal with Congress on the COVID-19 stimulus package.
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While no one accused White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow of being drunk on the air this morning (well a few did), he definitely seemed unprepared to speak with "State of the Union" fill-in host Dana Bash, seemingly to unable to get his talking points and numbers straight when asked about Donald Trump's plan to supplement unemployment payments.