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Democratic strategist Laura Fink called out Fox News host Brian Kilmeade for defending former President Donald Trump against the Jan. 6 Committee even though he claimed he wasn't.
Fox News host Howard Kurtz pointed out during a Sunday segment that Trump ally Roger Stone had been caught on video calling for violence before the Jan. 6 riot.
"Roger Stone was never an insider," Kilmeade insisted. "He didn't last a few weeks with the Trump campaign even though he was pushing Trump to run really since 2008. What he said about [the video] being a deep fake is hard to believe."
"It's clearly him making a bad decision to talk to a crew that he knew nothing about," he continued, "and say things that are totally irrational, which he had no control over. I'm never going to sit here and defend Roger Stone and his antics."
Kilmeade then pivoted to attack the Jan. 6 Committee for not presenting Trump's side of the controversy.
"I don't agree with Mr. Kilmeade that Roger Stone was not a Trump insider," Fink responded. "He absolutely was throughout the administration. And his calls for violence put those closer and closer to the president, so I think the substance of the issue is more important than the structure of how it was released."
Kilmeade said that he would "never" defend Trump's speech on Jan. 6.
"But I will say this," he added. "They are looking to tell one side of a story. Can you imagine if the impeachment after the Ukraine call was just what Democrats wanted to get out? It didn't mean what they were saying was inaccurate but there was no pushback from [Doug Collins] and others to say, listen, there's another side."
According to Kilmeade, the committee should present evidence showing that Trump was resigned to leaving the White House after losing the election.
"Brian is not defending Roger Stone for a reason," Fink pointed out. "No one is defending Roger Stone. And no one is defending President Trump on the airwaves. And I think that's why you don't see the other side presented is because Republicans are running away from this."
"There would be," Kilmeade protested.
"Where are the people that are defending Trump?" Fink asked. "Why are you the only one, Brian? I mean, I think there's a reason."
"I'm not — I'm not defending Trump," Kilmeade asserted.
"Jan. 6 is challenging," Fink remarked. "It's a dark day in American history and it's one that we cannot repeat. And so to say that there's two sides to Jan. 6, I think, is missing the point."
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With Florida reeling from the massive amount of damage -- estimated in the billions -- inflicted by Hurricane Ian, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) was asked by CNN host Dana Bash how to reconcile his request for financial help from the federal government given his opposition to similar requests from other states following a natural disaster.
In a rare appearance on CNN, Rubio tried to explain away his complaints about other funding bills by stating he felt they were larded with pork-barrel projects that he didn't feel were justified.
"Senator, you wrote a letter Friday to the Senate Appropriations Committee asking for disaster relief dollars for desperately needed resources to rebuild Florida communities," host Bash began. "After Hurricane Sandy hit northeastern states in 2012, you voted no on the $50 billion relief package."
"I know you supported a smaller version," she continued. " But why should other senators vote for relief for your state when you didn't vote for a package to help theirs?"
"Oh, I've always voted for hurricane and disaster relief," the Florida Republican protested. "I've even voted for it without pay-fors. What I didn't vote for in Sandy is because they included a roof for a museum in Washington, d.c., for fisheries in Alaska. It had been loaded up with things that had nothing to do with disaster relief."
"I would never put out there we should use a disaster relief package for Florida as a way to pay for all kinds of other things people want around the country," he continued. "So I think that's that's the key at moments like this. In Sandy, unfortunately, they loaded it up, they really did, with a bunch of things that had nothing to do with Sandy. I voted for every disaster relief package especially that's clean and I'll continue to do so. When it comes to Florida, we'll do that again and make sure the package is clean and doesn't have stuff for other people in there."
"I read the congressional research report and the roof was damaged." Bash corrected him. "In any event, my question is about the future. Are you telling me that if Hurricane Ian relief contains anything that smells like pork, you'll vote no?"
"Sure. I'll fight against it having pork in it-- that's the key," he responded.
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King Charles III will not travel to next month's United Nations climate summit in Egypt, Buckingham Palace confirmed on Sunday, after UK Prime Minister Liz Truss reportedly "objected" to the keen environmentalist attending.
Britain's new monarch, who took the throne when his mother Queen Elizabeth II died last month, had intended to deliver a speech to world leaders gathering at the COP27 summit on November 6-18, the Sunday Times reported.
But the plan has been axed after Truss -- who was appointed prime minister by the late queen just two days before the latter died -- opposed it during a personal audience with Charles at the palace last month, the newspaper said.
Queen Elizabeth addressed the last UN climate summit in November 2021, with the blessing of the Tory government led by Truss's predecessor Boris Johnson.
Charles III's office appeared to distance itself from the incendiary newspaper report, insisting the king had sought Truss's advice.
"With mutual friendship and respect there was agreement that the king would not attend," it told the BBC.
The Sunday Times story comes amid speculation Britain's new leader -- already under fire over her economic plans which have sparked market turmoil -- could controversially scale back the country's legally binding climate commitments.
Her newly assembled cabinet contains a number of ministers who have expressed skepticism about the so-called 2050 net zero goals, while Truss herself is seen as less enthusiastic about the policy than predecessor Johnson.
The newspaper said she is unlikely to attend COP27 -- the 27th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change -- in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Britain hosted the last summit, COP26, in the Scottish city Glasgow. In addition to the late queen, Charles and his son William both addressed the event.
'Benching soft power'
Downing Street declined to comment on the report.
Cabinet minister Simon Clarke dismissed it as "simply not true", telling Sky News the decision had been made "consensually" and "amicably".
Meanwhile, Conservative party chairman Jake Berry told the broadcaster the government was "committed to the net zero target by 2050".
However, Tory MP Tobias Ellwood urged a rethink over the monarch's non-participation in Egypt, tweeting he hoped "common sense will prevail".
"King Charles is a globally respected voice on the environment and climate change," Ellwood added.
"His attendance would add serious authority to the British delegation. Can we really go from hosting COP26 to benching soft power at COP27?"
The Sunday Times said the episode was "likely to fuel tensions" between Charles and Truss, but cited a government source who claimed the audience had been "cordial" and there had "not been a row".
Meanwhile, a royal source told the paper: "It is no mystery that the king was invited to go there.
"He had to think very carefully about what steps to take for his first overseas tour, and he is not going to be attending COP(27)."
Under convention in Britain, all overseas official visits by members of the royal family are undertaken in accordance with advice from the government.
However, despite not attending in person, reports said the king still hopes to be able to contribute in some form to the conference.
Charles III is a committed environmentalist, with a long history of campaigning for better conservation, organic farming and tackling climate change.
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