‘It Was Delusional’: CNN’s David Gergen Rips Trump’s Health Care Bill Reaction

Following President Donald Trump’s response to the news that the American Health Care Act had been pulled — at his request — after there was a lack of support among the House GOP caucus, CNN political analyst David Gergen tore into the president for not taking responsibility for the failure of the healthcare bill. “It was delusional in some ways,” Gergen told host Jake Tapper when asked his thoughts on Trump’s reaction. “And I thought, [Speaker of the House] Paul Ryan manned up. He took responsibility.” He added, “This is a man who just shoved it off on other people and described things in ways that are just misleading.” The ex-presidential advisor went on to describe Trump’s beginning of his presidency as perhaps “worst first hundred days we’ve ever seen in a president.” Prior to Trump’s response, Ryan held a press Continue reading "‘It Was Delusional’: CNN’s David Gergen Rips Trump’s Health Care Bill Reaction"

Jake Tapper on Failure of Health Care Bill: ‘Republicans Could Not Get Their Act Together’

Prior to the start of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s press conference today following the pulling of the American Health Care Act from a House vote, CNN anchor Jake Tapper laid into the Republican Party for not being able to deliver on the signature issue they’ve been running on for the last seven years. Highlighting that the bill is essentially dead, Tapper proceeded to give a bit of a political history lesson. He pointed out all the times President Donald Trump said on the campaign trail that he’d make great deals and that he alone could fix the problems. The CNN host also noted how the GOP had pushed an ultimatum that it was this or Obamacare before taking them to task. “Republicans couldn’t get their act together to deliver on this promise to the American people to repeal and replace Obamacare with another Continue reading "Jake Tapper on Failure of Health Care Bill: ‘Republicans Could Not Get Their Act Together’"

CNN’s Dana Bash Grills Paul Ryan: How Do You Tell Your Constituents You ‘Can’t Figure It Out’?

During Speaker of the House Paul Ryan‘s press conference today after he pulled the American Health Care Act from getting voted on in the House, CNN correspondent Dana Bash asked the GOP leader a very pointed question. “Mr. Speaker, you all swept the House, won the majority with a promise to repeal Obamacare,” she stated. “The majority in the Senate with the promise to repeal Obamacare. The White House with the promise to repeal Obamacare. Bash continued, “How do you go home to your constituents and send all of your members home to their constituents saying, you know what, it’s not even 100 days into the administration, sorry, folks, we just can’t figure it out?” Ryan acknowledged that it was a “good question” but that he didn’t have a good answer for her. He went on to say Obamacare was “collapsing” before moving Continue reading "CNN’s Dana Bash Grills Paul Ryan: How Do You Tell Your Constituents You ‘Can’t Figure It Out’?"

Anderson Cooper on Health Care Bill: Does Trump Fly Off to Mar-a-Lago and Have ‘Paul Ryan Take the Hit’?

After it was announced this afternoon that the American Health Care Act had been pulled after it was scheduled to go to vote today, following yesterday’s postponement amid a lack of support from GOP members of the House, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper snarkily commented on who would take the brunt of the damage. With Speaker of the House Paul Ryan scheduled to hold a press conference on teh bill’s future in a short matter of time, host Wolf Blitzer wondered aloud if we would see President Donald Trump make an appearance. “Or does he try to have Paul Ryan take the hit and not communicate about this for a couple of days and Mar-a-Lago comes up for the weekend,” Cooper noted, with the rest of the panel snickering. Blitzer would note a short time later that the White House had already stated that Trump would Continue reading "Anderson Cooper on Health Care Bill: Does Trump Fly Off to Mar-a-Lago and Have ‘Paul Ryan Take the Hit’?"

Ex-CIA Director: I Was at Meeting Where Michael Flynn Spoke to Turkish Officials About Erdogan Foe

flynn A former director of the Central Intelligence Agency has just revealed that he was at a meeting where Michael Flynn spoke to members of the Turkish government about removing an opponent of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from the U.S. and taking him to Turkey. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that James Woolsey has told them that he attended the meeting on September 19th. At that time, Flynn — the former National Security Adviser who resigned last month over communications with the Russian ambassador — was an adviser to Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign. Woolsey said he was shocked about the topic of the discussion and felt it could be illegal.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, while serving as an adviser to the Trump campaign, met with top Turkish government ministers and discussed removing a Muslim cleric from the U.S. and taking him to Turkey, according Continue reading "Ex-CIA Director: I Was at Meeting Where Michael Flynn Spoke to Turkish Officials About Erdogan Foe"

John Lewis on AHCA: ‘I Oppose This Bill With Every Breath and Every Bone in My Body’

Approaching a scheduled House vote on the American Health Care Act this afternoon, following yesterday’s postponement of the vote and President Donald Trump stating that he was done negotiating and wanted a vote today, a number of representatives took to the House floor to speak out on the bill. One of those House members to deliver a floor speech was Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who expressed his fervent opposition to the AHCA in extremely impassioned remarks. “We cannot abandon our principles,” the civil rights icon bellowed. “Mr. Speaker, we cannot forget our values. I’ve fought too hard and too long to back down now. I will fight any bill that turns the clock back Continue reading "John Lewis on AHCA: ‘I Oppose This Bill With Every Breath and Every Bone in My Body’"

‘It’s Absolutely True, Sir!’: MSNBC’s Ali Velshi Battles Ex-GOP Senator Over Healthcare Costs

MSNBC’s Ali Velshi welcomed former Republican Senator Tom Coburn to discuss the American Health Care Act. A nail-biter vote on the bill is expected today after it was postponed once due to lack of support within the GOP caucus. Right off the bat, the two battled about support among the American public for the GOP Obamacare replacement plan. Coburn told Velshi it wasn’t correct that Republicans don’t widely embrace the AHCA. When Velshi pointed out the poll numbers on his screen, Coburn said he couldn’t see them. They further tussled about polls and whether the public understood what’s in the bill. After some back-and-forth over the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of the healthcare proposal, things got heated. Velshi attempted to point out how much more America spends on healthcare than other developed nations. “That’s not really the problem with healthcare,” Velshi told the ex-senator, in response to Continue reading "‘It’s Absolutely True, Sir!’: MSNBC’s Ali Velshi Battles Ex-GOP Senator Over Healthcare Costs"