Sarah Sanders Tangles With MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson Over ESPN: ‘I’m Just Asking You To Be Respectful’

Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders went after ESPN host Jemele Hill over her calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist,” stating that Hill’s comments were a “fireable offense.” Trump followed up Sanders’ remarks by tweeting out this morning that ESPN should apologize to him. During today’s press briefing, Sanders was confronted by reporters for her comments and she continued the White House’s war with the Worldwide Leader as she hammered away at the network, claiming they were being hypocritical for not at least suspending Hill. Towards the end of the presser, MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson tried to get a clear answer from Sanders on the subject and ended up getting into a bit of a back-and-forth with the spokesperson. “Hallie, I have already taken a question from you,” Sanders told Jackson as the reporter tried to get her attention. After the MSNBC reporter said she Continue reading "Sarah Sanders Tangles With MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson Over ESPN: ‘I’m Just Asking You To Be Respectful’"

White House Official Doubles Down on Trump’s Blaming of ‘Many Sides’ for Violence

Almost immediately after President Donald Trump condemned what he saw as the “many sides” to blame for today’s violent unrest in Charlottesville, political reporters expressed curiosity on what exactly he meant. The ugly events occurred in reaction to a group of White Nationalists protesting and counter-protesters showing up to express their disgust.

The fact that the President refused to express specific condemnation for the hate group at the center of these events, and instead blaming both sides was seen by critics as a “dog whistle” appealing to a racist base of support or an “awful false equivalency.

MSNBC’s White House Correspondent Hallie Jackson sought specific clarification from a White House official, which she then reported on Twitter:

“The president was Continue reading "White House Official Doubles Down on Trump’s Blaming of ‘Many Sides’ for Violence"

MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson Confronts Pence Press Sec. Over NYT Report: ‘What Is So Offensive About It?’

MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson spoke with Marc Lotter, press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence, this morning, pressing him on the level of outrage by the VP’s camp to a New York Times piece from this past weekend. One of the revelatory nuggets in the Times report about the Republican “shadow campaign” for 2020 is how Pence may be planning a run just in case:
Mr. Pence has made no overt efforts to separate himself from the beleaguered president. He has kept up his relentless public praise and even in private is careful to bow to the president. Mr. Pence’s aides, however, have been less restrained in private, according to two people briefed on the conversations. In a June meeting with Al Hubbard, an Indiana Republican who was a top economic official in Mr. Bush’s White House, an aide to the vice president, Marty Obst, said that they Continue reading "MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson Confronts Pence Press Sec. Over NYT Report: ‘What Is So Offensive About It?’"

GOP Sen: ‘I Don’t Think It’s Important’ For Trump to Understand Health Care Intricacies

GOP Senator Bill Cassidy went on MSNBC Live Thursday morning to talk about the complexity of the new health care bill, and said it is not important for President Donald Trump to understand it as well. MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson read a statement from Trump’s interview with the New York Times Wednesday night, in which he talked about how he views health care:
“So pre-existing conditions are a tough deal. Because you are basically saying from the moment the insurance, you’re 21 years old, you start working and you’re paying $12 a year for insurance, and by the time you’re 70, you get a nice plan.”
Jackson pointed out the confusing nature of his statement, so she asked Cassidy, “Does he get the intricacies of what you guys are discussing in the senate?” Cassidy, who spent the earlier portion of the interview explaining the details of the health care Continue reading "GOP Sen: ‘I Don’t Think It’s Important’ For Trump to Understand Health Care Intricacies"

WaPo Reporter: Trump Voters Don’t Care About Russia Because ‘Names Are Incredibly Hard to Pronounce’

On MSNBC Wednesday morning, Hallie Jackson wanted to bring a different voice to the conversation by interviewing Donald Trump voters in Central Virginia. Joining her was Washington Post White House Correspondent Ashley Parker, who suggested that difficult and hard-to-pronounce Russian names were alienating Trump country voters from the story. Jackson talked about her recent trip to Virginia and said she was surprised about how unconcerned voters there were with the Trump Jr. meeting. “What they didn’t talk a lot about was Russia, you bring it up and then the sense is ‘well maybe that is a concern, but not at the top of my mind,'” Jackson said. To demonstrate she showed a clip of Lori Valantiejus, a Trump voter in Virginia. “Everybody has said there is nothing illegal about what he did. It might have been a stupid choice, but we all make stupid choices,” Valantiejus said. After that, Jackson asked Parker Continue reading "WaPo Reporter: Trump Voters Don’t Care About Russia Because ‘Names Are Incredibly Hard to Pronounce’"

Did MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson Get Her Mic Cut After Questioning Trump on Russia in Poland?

President Donald Trump took a few questions from the press for the first time in a long time in a joint press conference today with Polish President Andrzej Duda. The event concluded with MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson asking tough questions to President Trump about Russian interference in the the 2016 General Election. Trump continued to question if Russia acted solely in that effort and wondered just how many US intelligence agencies have claimed as much, before the press conference ended abruptly. Some have suggested that Ms. Jackson’s microphone was cut, suggesting perhaps that the organizers of the press conference were made uncomfortable by the intrepid reporter’s interrogation. Sky News published a breathless headline “Reporter cut off during Trump questions.” NY Times reporter Glenn Thrush hit the same note on twitter saying:

Trump in Poland: ‘Nobody Really Knows’ if Only Russia Meddled; Asks Why Obama ‘Did Nothing About’

President Donald Trump opened his second foreign tour with a joint press conference with President of Poland Andrzej Duda, which ended with a series of tough Russian meddling questions asked by MSNBC White House Correspondent Hallie Jackson. Ms. Jackson asked of the President “Will you once and for all, yes or no, definitively say that Russia interfered in the 2016 election?” Trump replied  “I think it was Russia and I think it could have been a lot of people interfered. I said it very simply. I think it could very well have been Russia, but I think it well could have been other countries, and I won’t be specific, but I think a lot of people interfere.” He then continued by blaming President Obama, asking “Why did he do nothing about it? He was told it was Russia by the CIA as I understand it,” adding Continue reading "Trump in Poland: ‘Nobody Really Knows’ if Only Russia Meddled; Asks Why Obama ‘Did Nothing About’"