It’s been yet another week of scandal for President Donald Trump and his White House, with aide Rob Porter’s sudden resignation amid spousal abuse allegations, and reality television star — and former staffer — Omarosa Manigault appearing on Celebrity Big Brother to trash the presidency. Nobody is more aware of the administration’s propensity toward chaos than MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd. He took to MTP Daily this evening to deliver a stunning rebuke of Trump and what this country has become under his watch. “I’m not gonna go full Howard Beale here, but it’s close,” he said, referring to an infamous scene from the film Network, in which a news anchor screams that he is not going to take it anymore. “It feels like we’ve reached a level of crazy in this White House and it’s difficult to take it anymore.” Todd went on to dismiss the Trump White Continue reading "Chuck Todd Sounds Off On Trump WH Scandals: ‘It’s Like We’re Living Inside of a Parody’"
On the same day that Donald Trump repeatedly advocated for a government shutdown in the name of stricter immigration laws, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd stated that Americans can’t take their president “seriously or literally anymore.” The comment Todd responded to involved Trump saying, “If we don’t change it, let’s have a shutdown. We’ll do a shutdown and it’s worth it for our country. I’d love to see a shutdown if we don’t get this stuff taken care of.” However, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to explain away the president’s bizarre pro-shutdown remarks with a statement suggesting Trump shouldn’t be taken literally. The Meet the Press Daily host responded with the following monologue on his show today:
“We can’t take the president literally, and that’s a serious problem… We’ve hit the point where you can’t take anything this president says seriously or literally — not on Russia, Continue reading "Chuck Todd on Trump Shutdown Remarks: We Can’t Take Him ‘Seriously or Literally Anymore’"
Chuck Todd confronted former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus this morning about comments he made last year about the infamous Don Jr. Trump Tower meeting. He played video of Priebus, on Fox News Sunday last July, saying the meeting was “very short” and “apparently about Russian adoption.” Todd brought up the statement at the center of a ton of scrutiny regarding that meeting, asking Priebus, “Who told you the adoption story?” “That’s what I’ve always heard,” Priebus said. “I mean, I heard that from members of the family… That’s all I ever heard it was about. In fact, I still believe what I said in that clip, that, in fact, it was a meeting about Russian adoption.” Todd asked him if “he felt misled” after finding out more information and seeing Don Jr.’s emails. Priebus insisted that the people involved “truly believed that it Continue reading "Chuck Todd Grills Reince Priebus Over Past Comments About Trump Tower Meeting: Were You Misled?"
Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus appeared on Meet the Press this morning and reacted to the reports since his White House departure about President Trump wanting to fire Robert Mueller. In addition to that bombshell report that Trump ordered Mueller’s firing but backed off after the White House counsel threatened to resign, Chuck Todd also brought up a recent report saying both Priebus and Bannon were concerned Trump would fire the special counsel––something even a lot of Republicans have warned about. Priebus said, “I never felt––of all the things that we went through in the West Wing––I never felt that the President was going to fire the special counsel.” He denied ever hearing Trump say any words to that effect, and when Todd asked him if the White House counsel raised that concern, Priebus said, “Not in particular.” Todd noticed just how careful Priebus was Continue reading "Reince Priebus: I ‘Never Felt’ Trump Was Going to Fire Mueller"
Chuck Todd faced off with both Republican congressmen Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan this afternoon about the Nunes memo and the amount of “hype” that’s gone into it. Jordan and Meadows both said the memo raises serious questions about the Carter Page FISA application, though Todd questioned them about the “partisan” manner in which this was approached in. He confronted both Jordan and Meadows about whether the memo is really as advertised and he directly asked them, “Do you believe the Russians tried to infiltrate our election?” Meadows said “there was no collusion,” to which Todd shot back that there’s only been no evidence of it yet. He asked, “Why is the President so afraid of this investigation?” Jordan emphasized there’s no evidence of collusion and noted the origins of the dossier and its connections to the Democrats. He said the fact that high-ranking people from the FBI Continue reading "Chuck Todd Confronts Two GOP Reps: ‘Why Is the President So Afraid of This Investigation?’"
President Trump held a pre-State of the Union lunch with news anchors today, and one report says he did in fact use the opportunity to needle the press a bit. Specifically NBC News. Politico‘s Michael Calderone reveals in his new report that Trump singled out Chuck Todd and Lester Holt:
The president took a needling tone with Chuck Todd, the host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” telling the group that Todd’s the nicest guy in the world until he gets on the show and then becomes “a monster.” He had a more pointed exchange with NBC News anchor Lester Holt regarding a May 2017 interview in which the president said he considered the “Russia thing” when deciding to fire former FBI director James Comey. The president accused Holt of editing the interview to remove Trump comments the president claimed were almost “Shakespearean,” according to attendees. Holt responded Continue reading "Trump Reportedly Took Shots at NBC’s Chuck Todd and Lester Holt During Anchor Lunch"
Chuck Todd opened Meet the Press today with the political backdrop for tonight’s State of the Union:
“The state of our republic is in a bit of trouble. The leader of our democracy seems intent on at least trying to corrupt part of the Justice Department, either wittingly or unwittingly, in an attempt to, well, deal with the Russia probe… It sure looks like there’s been a systemic effort to destroy people or institutions around the Russia probe and around special counsel Bob Mueller.”Todd recapped all the news from James Comey‘s firing to Andrew McCabe‘s stepping down yesterday, bringing up the memo being touted by Republicans and suggesting that Trump may just be “going after the fact-finders.” Todd then brought on OMB Director Mick Mulvaney to preview the State of the Union, but not before asking him about Russia probe-related matters. Watch above, via MSNBC. Continue reading "Chuck Todd: Looks Like There’s ‘Systemic Effort to Destroy’ People Around the Russia Probe"