Actor Alec Baldwin publicly addressed the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins for the first time Friday, calling it a “tragedy” and saying he is cooperating with the investigation. “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” he tweeted late Friday morning, a day after he discharged a prop gun during a movie shoot in New Mexico, killing Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza. “I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tr...
'The former president was suggesting people inject bleach': Psaki smacks down Doocy over COVID deaths
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was quick to scuttle Fox News’ president anti-Biden propagandist after he tried to turn today’s news about then-President Donald Trump hiding the results of his positive COVID test barely days before standing on stage with Joe Biden at a Sept. 2020 debate into a story about President Joe Biden’s success in scuttling the pandemic.
“There’s a lot of talk about the first Trump-Biden debate today,” Doocy began. “But at the second one in 2021, roughly 220,000 Americans had already died of COVID. Joe Biden said about Trump, ‘anyone who was responsible for that many deaths should not remain as President of the United States of America.’ Is that still the standard now that more Americans have died under President Biden?
“I think the fundamental question here is what are you doing to save lives and protect people?” Psaki responded, with a tinge of anger. “And the former president was suggesting people inject bleach. He apparently, reportedly didn’t even share with people he was going to interact with that he had tested positive for COVID himself. He continued to provide a forum for misinformation, which probably led to people not getting, not taking steps forward to get to protect themselves, to wear a mask, to eventually get vaccinated. This President has made the vaccine widely available. He’s relied on the health – the advice of his health and medical experts, and he is trying to be a part of solving this crisis, getting the pandemic under control. And I think there’s a pretty stark difference between their approaches. ”
Fox\u2019s Peter Doocy asks about deaths from COVID under Trump and Biden, and WH Press Sec. Jen Psaki reminds him that \u201cthe former president was suggesting people inject bleach.\u201d\n\n\u201cI think there\u2019s a pretty stark difference between their approaches.\u201dpic.twitter.com/X0v5vBUe47— The Recount (@The Recount) 1638388613
Alec Baldwin has said he did not pull the trigger of the gun he was holding that killed a cinematographer on the movie set of "Rust."
In his first major interview since the tragedy in October, the US actor also said he has "no idea" how a live round had gotten onto the set of the low-budget Western in New Mexico.
"The trigger wasn't pulled -- I didn't pull the trigger," he said in an excerpt of an interview with ABC News released on Wednesday.
"No, no, no. I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them. Never."
Alec Baldwin Exclusive: 'The trigger wasn't pulled. I didn't pull the trigger.' | ABC News www.youtube.com
In the interview, set to air in full on ABC on Thursday evening, Baldwin did not elaborate on how the weapon had gone off.
Baldwin, also a producer on "Rust," was rehearsing a scene in which his character brandishes a Colt .45 when cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed.
The weapon was meant to contain dummy -- or fake -- rounds, and Baldwin was asked in the interview how a real bullet had ended up within the firearm.
"I have no idea. Someone put a live bullet in a gun -- a bullet that wasn't even supposed to be on the property," said Baldwin.
Prosecutors have refused to rule out criminal charges against anyone involved with "Rust," including Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.
Gutierrez-Reed has also said she has "no idea" why live rounds were present.
On Tuesday, investigators said Seth Kenney -- an Arizona weapon rental supplier -- may have supplied "reloaded ammunition" that matched the cartridge suspected to have contained the live round that killed Hutchins.
"Reloaded ammunition" refers to rounds that are assembled from component parts, not manufactured as complete live rounds.
"The Sheriff's office has taken a huge step forward today to unearth the full truth of who put the live rounds on the 'Rust' set," Gutierrez-Reed's lawyers said in a statement Tuesday.
The full, one-hour ABC interview with Baldwin airs on Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern (0100 GMT Friday).
"Even now, I find it hard to believe," says a tearful Baldwin in the preview clip. "It just doesn't seem real to me."
"I think back, and I think of 'what could I have done?'" he says.
Trump sold his Beverly Hills mansion for twice its value to an Indonesian media baron he was in business with: Book
Among the many things that David Cay Johnston ties together from former President Donald Trump's finances, is the strange profit he was able to obtain for his Beverly Hills mansion where he had the affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels.
In his new book The Big Cheat, Johnston explains that Trump bought the 5,400-square-foot property in 2007 for $7 million. In 2016 he hired a property lawyer to argue for a $6 million evaluation. Suddenly, however, in 2019, Trump sold the home for $13.5 million, nearly twice what he was hoping to get for it.
The real estate website Property Shark also noticed the odd price tag, noting that the property values in the area didn't quite match up with Trump's profits.
“There was only a 20 percent median increase from 2008 to 2017, which indicates that prices didn’t increase as drastically as you would expect in this lavish city. The median sale price for these Beverly Hills homes was $2.2 million in 2008 and $2.5 million in 2017," Johnston cited the website. Interestingly, Trump also owned the home next door, but sold it in 2009, saying he lost $850,000.
So, Johnston asked, who would pay more than twice the amount for a Beverly Hills home just because it belonged to the president of the United States. The investigative reporter discovered it was a firm called Hillcrest Asia Limited, which is a "front for Hary Tanoesoedibjo, an Indonesian media and real estate baron. A foreigner was paying the American president what at the very least was a very good price for American property."
He had no intention of moving to Beverly Hills, his wealth centered around the hope that he would build a kind of Asian version of Hollywood. It turns out Trump was going to build a set of luxury villas, a resort and golf course to go with Tanoesoedibjo's project. The Trump Organization's website still is promoting the Lido City development.
"We look forward to creating a new 'point of departure’ in the most populated archipelago in the world with this iconic resort development," the site says. "As the foremost golf course developer in the world, Trump delivers the finest portfolio of award-winning courses, set against the most spectacular landscapes, presenting new levels of challenge."
But in March, it was revealed that the project was moving forward with or without Trump.
"The Trump Organization, which had been linked with the development since 2015, had been scrubbed from the presentation and promotional materials," said Forbes citing a report by Nikkei Asia.
The story quoted "self-made billionaire" Tanoesoedibjo, who considers himself the “Donald Trump of Indonesia." He confessed that the Trump Org. "won't likely pick up yet for the time being."
They were supposed to do that project along with a “six-star” Trump tower and golf course in Bali. Tanoesoedibjo was welcomed to the Trump inauguration in 2017 and met with Don Jr. and Eric Trump.
Two months before Tanoesoedibjo bought the Beverly Hills home, the Bali project stalled. By Aug. 2019, however, Don Jr. was saying it was back on.
“Property is about location, location, location,” said Don Jr., calling the Indonesian resorts they would build “dream projects.” Tanoesoedibjo told Reuters that it would be developed by his company over three years for $1.7 billion.
Forbes noted that as late as Aug. 2020 Tanoesoedibjo's company was still promising Trump was involved.
“Inspired by the grace and charm of the area, Trump Residences Bali is tucked away in the 102-hectare grounds of Trump International Resort, Golf Club & Residences at MNC Bali Resort,” a tweet said.
“With breathtaking mountain views, Trump International Golf Club Lido - an 18 holes PGA standard golf course designed by Ernie Els, offers a fascinating experience for all members to enjoy,” said another tweet.
It's been over a year and #TrumpLido and #TrumpBali haven't been mentioned since, except on the Trump Org. website, of course.
David Cay Johnston's book The Big Cheat is on sale now.