During a long and very contentious interview with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, CNN “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper snapped back at Donald Trump’s righthand man for trying to mock him for not wearing a mask during the interview where Meadows was not in the studio.
After grilling Meadows for agreeing to designate Vice President Mike Pence as an “essential worker” so he can continue to campaign for Donald Trump after his office became a COVID-19 hotspot, the CNN host pressed Meadows why the president continues to refuse to wear a mask and doesn’t demand it of his rallygoers.
“Jake. when you look at that, under Joe Biden’s America, he would lock everything down,” Meadows insisted.
“That’s not true,” Tapper shot back.
“How do you know that? Have you asked him that question? Ask him that question, Jake,” Meadows parried.
Moving on, Tapper asked, “Should the American people abide by CDC guidelines? You’re not even asking your supporters to wear masks.”
“We pass them out, Jake,” came the reply, with Tapper pressing, “Do you know how many people in Minnesota have gotten a virus because of a Trump rally?”
“You come with us to a rally with us,” Meadows replied. “We’ll show you, we give out masks.”
“They don’t wear them,” the CNN host shot back.
“Well, it’s a free society,” the White House official attempted. “You’re not wearing one right now, Jake.”
“There is literally nobody else in this room,” the stunned Tapper replied. “There is literally not one person in this studio.”
“So you’re saying you always wear a mask?” Meadows accused. “Wherever you go? Come on, Jake, the American people know that is not true. I know it’s not true.”
“I wear a mask except when I’m in here and my office and home,” Tapper fired back. “That is true — 100 percent. I wear a mask when I walk in the hallway at CNN. Okay?”
US lawmakers renew stimulus push as focus shifts to Biden
President-elect Joe Biden will present his economic team on Tuesday, as a bipartisan group of senators make a renewed push for another stimulus package to help the faltering US economy.
With Covid-19 cases spiking, the world's largest economy faces an uncertain outlook that Biden and his economic team led by nominee for Treasury secretary Janet Yellen will have to work to remedy.The diverse group, with women and minorities in key roles, will face millions in jobs losses and a rising wave of small businesses shutting their doors and major corporations laying off their workers.
Outgoing Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin agrees on the need for more federal help for workers left jobless and business battered by the pandemic.
‘Conjecture and musings’: Dem senator tears into Trump ‘election fraud’ witness at Michigan hearing
Michigan state Sen. Jeff Irwin (D) blasted former state Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) at an election fraud hearing on Tuesday.
At a state Senate Oversight Committee hearing, Colbeck suggested that there was a plot to use voting machines to steal the election from President Donald Trump.
For his part, Irwin noted that Trump had not requested a recount in Michigan.
"If you were on the losing end, much like, say, President Trump or candidate John James, would you have requested a recount?" the Democratic lawmaker asked.
"I've doubts with the integrity of the recount process," Colbeck replied. "So, I probably would not have done that."
Dem senator shames Steve Mnuchin to his face: ‘You’re leaving the country worse than you found it’
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on Tuesday shamed Trump Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for his decision to not extend the Federal Reserve's emergency lending facilities that were designed to keep the economy afloat during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Brown started off by giving Mnuchin a blunt assessment of the state of the economy that he will be handing off to his successor.
"Last week, 778,000 people filed for unemployment insurance," he said. "In October, 3.4 million homeowners were past due when their mortgages, many of them will run out of forbearance options by April. As many as 40 million renters will spend the holidays worrying that they will be evicted on January 1st if their government, if we don't do our job."