An alternately amused and baffled Dana Bash was forced to cut off Donald Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow on CNN Sunday morning as he attempted to spin the president’s plans to help out the unemployed with income supplements, changing his numbers from $400 to $800 to $1,200 all within three to four sentences.
Pressed about the president’s executive order calling for a $400 supplement — with $100 coming from the states at Trump’s demand — the State of the Union fill-in host tried to cut through Kudlow’s veering from dollar amount to dollar amount to get a clearer understanding of what the president is proposing.
As the Trump appointee kept tossing out changing numbers and seeming unable to explain where he was getting them from, the CNN host felt the need to interject and with a “reality check.”
“We need a bit of a reality check here,” she said as she cut him off. “You do agree that the only way this could possibly happen is if the states actually ask for it and create a whole new system, and is that what your expectation is?”
“That’s like topping it off, state benefits,” he attempted. “We’re talking about averages here across the country, but state benefits run about $300, $400.”
“We’re just talking about the enhanced unemployment benefit, let’s leave that out of the conversation,” Bash countered. “What makes you think that states have that $100 a week per person who is unemployed in their state to even put into this potential pot of money?”
‘Well, I think they will be able to make room,” Kudlow replied. “Our estimates from the Treasury Department in terms of the CARES Act. One was that the states have not spent all the money that was allocated to them and that there is considerable overflow that they could make use of. We are going to operate on the same principle in the executive order — we will be repurposing funds from other areas.”
Chris Wallace blames Trump for ‘awful’ debate: ‘He bears the primary responsibility for what happened’
Fox News host Chris Wallace on Thursday blamed President Donald Trump for what he admitted was an "awful" debate.
In his first TV appearance following Tuesday night's debate, Wallace noted that Trump had interrupted either Democrat Joe Biden or himself 145 times.
"He bears the primary responsibility for what happened on Tuesday," Wallace said. "At a certain point, 45 minutes in, I called a halt to the debate for a moment and said this really isn't serving America and please stop the interruptions."
Wallace complained that his team had spent "hundreds" of hours preparing for the debate only to have it spoiled by the president.
Trump’s plot to steal the election can be defeated — here’s how
During Tuesday night's debate, Donald Trump, who has gone pure fascist, once again escalated his efforts to scare people out of voting. He encouraged his followers to engage in voter intimidation under the guise of "poll watching," and told armed hate groups to "stand by." Trump also floated a number of baseless conspiracy theories about "voter fraud" that are clearly designed to discourage voting and rationalize legal efforts to stop votes from being counted.
As Democrats gain ground in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott dramatically cuts drop off boxes to one per county
Texas is in play and Governor Greg Abbott is doing everything he can to make sure Republicans stay in power.
At least four congressional seats could flip to Democrats, and Joe Biden is tightening Donald Trump's lead. Today Trump is ahead of Biden by just 3.2 percentage points in the Real Clear Politics polling average.
Governor Abbott is taking action – to make it harder for Texans to vote.
He's just issued a proclamation cutting ballot drop off boxes to just one per county "to maintain the integrity of our elections," Abbott says, calling it his duty.