Rep. Nina Lowey: We Didn’t Talk to Hannity, Coulter, or Drudge Before Striking Border Deal


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Many have questioned just how much influence Sean Hannity has in President Donald Trump‘s administration. But according to one key point person on the border security negotiations, the answer is zero. Appearing on CNN’s New Day Tuesday, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) — who chairs the House appropriations committee — said that the Fox News host’s bashing of the agreement as a “garbage compromise” is a sign that the deal has merit. “That probably confirms for me that it’s a good deal,” Lowey said. “I would hope Sean Hannity and all the other people you mentioned aren’t running this government. This was a bipartisan deal. Senate and House. Republican, Democrat. And I think we did an excellent job that all parts of our caucuses can accept.” New Day co-host Alisyn Camerota pressed Lowey — saying that a previous deal on the issue in September had been scuttled after the Continue reading "Rep. Nina Lowey: We Didn’t Talk to Hannity, Coulter, or Drudge Before Striking Border Deal"

WATCH: CNN’s John Avlon Breaks Down Past ‘Few Months of Belated Blackface Awareness’


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After the past week of continuous blackface headlines, CNN analyst John Avlon appeared on New Day this morning and offered viewers a brief explainer on the history of racist makeup and why they still impact America today. “Why in the world are we still bedeviled by something as stupid and cruel as blackface in 2019?” Avlon rhetorically asked. In the past week in Virginia politics, the state Attorney General Mark Herring (D) was exposed for wearing blackface to dress as Kurtis Blow in the 1980s, the state Senate Leader Tommy Norment’s admitted to helping edit a 1968 yearbook filled with racist content, and a blackface photo was found in Governor Ralph Northam’s (D) 1984 yearbook. (He also admitted to wearing blackface on a separate occasion). “It’s been a big few months for belated blackface awareness,” Avlon observed. “Afterall, Megyn Kelly torched her NBC gig after a cringe-worthy conversation in which she just couldn’t quite Continue reading "WATCH: CNN’s John Avlon Breaks Down Past ‘Few Months of Belated Blackface Awareness’"

Schumer on Trump’s ‘Investigations’ Remark at SOTU: ‘He’s Scared. He’s Got Something to Hide.’


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Sen. Chuck Schumer panned President Donald Trump‘s State of the Union speech on CNN Wednesday morning, telling New Day anchor John Berman he thinks the president is “afraid” of the investigations into him. Berman asked the New York Democrat about one line from Trump that drew applause from Republicans and an eyeroll from Nancy Pelosi:
“An economic miracle is taking place in the United States and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations. If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way.”
Schumer told Berman that “one of the functions of the Congress, the Article 1 section of government from the days of the founding fathers, was oversight of the executive branch.” The Senate Minority Leader took issue with Trump’s claim that the many investigations surrounding Continue reading "Schumer on Trump’s ‘Investigations’ Remark at SOTU: ‘He’s Scared. He’s Got Something to Hide.’"

Sarah Sanders Insists Trump is Doing ‘Very Well’ in Polls: ‘Rasmussen Had Him at 45%’


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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders put some hardcore spin on President Donald Trump‘s stagnant approval ratings in an interview on CNN’s New Day ahead of the State of the Union Tuesday. CNN host John Berman pointed out that the president’s approval rating among independents has remained at a lackluster 41% since 2017. “And I present that because if the goal here is for the president to expand beyond his base, the evidence is, is that’s been a challenge. He hasn’t had results there,” Berman said. “And I wonder if you’ve thought about why?” “I think the president’s primary focus isn’t on results in the polls, of which I think there are a number of them he’s doing very well. Rasmussen had him at 45% just earlier this week,” Sanders replied [Editor’s note: Trump has tweeted about polls literally hundreds of times]. “The biggest focus that Continue reading "Sarah Sanders Insists Trump is Doing ‘Very Well’ in Polls: ‘Rasmussen Had Him at 45%’"

Ex-Trump Aide Defends Trump’s TV Binges: Watching Morning Shows is ‘Part of His Workflow’


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Former Trump aide Cliff Sims, the author of the White House tell-all Team of Vipers, defended President Donald Trump‘s very relaxed schedule in an appearance on CNN Tuesday. Axios obtained the last three months of Trump’s schedule, which revealed the president often spends the first five hours of the day in “Executive Time” in the residence, watching TV and making calls. Sims criticized whoever leaked the president’s schedule in his interview on CNN’s New Day, calling it “disgraceful.” He went on to defend the schedule, arguing that while Trump has “a lot of unstructured time… the guy works hard.” “He’s constantly in motion, he’s constantly working during the day, at night,” Sims continued. “He kind of never turns off. That’s my experience with him. So I really think it’s an unfair characterization to say because there’s a lot of unstructured time that that means Continue reading "Ex-Trump Aide Defends Trump’s TV Binges: Watching Morning Shows is ‘Part of His Workflow’"

Former Republican Rep. Mark Sanford Asks Why We Don’t Hold Trump to Same Standard as Steve King


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Amidst the bipartisan rebuke of Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) racist comments revealed in a New York Times, for which he just lost all his committee assignments, Trump-critic and former GOP Rep. Mark Sanford wondered on CNN Tuesday why Republicans don’t also rebuke President Trump. Host Alisyn Camerota jumped right in with the question when the interview began, asking Sanford directly, “Should Congressman Steve King resign?” “Not my call to make, but effectively, given what the House did last night, his resignation has already taken place,” said Sanford, who himself resigned as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2009 after his own scandal when he was governor of South Carolina before becoming a member of Congress. “Committee assignments are where the real work gets done in Congress. That’s where any individual member has real leverage in the political process. With that taken away, effectively his legs have been Continue reading "Former Republican Rep. Mark Sanford Asks Why We Don’t Hold Trump to Same Standard as Steve King"

Maggie Haberman Dismisses Trump’s Latest Rage Tweets: ‘He Has Devalued the Currency of His Words’


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President Donald Trump‘s talk is cheap. That, more or less, was the sentiment conveyed by New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman Friday following the president’s latest round of rage tweets. Appearing on New Day, the Times correspondent — who is as dialed in to the West Wing as much, if not more, than anyone else on the beat — said that Trump, by speaking so often on so many platforms, has made his speech far less impactful. “Look, he’s still the president,” Haberman said. “And so when he says something, it has a news value. It is up to all of us to decide what that news value is, and we might not all see it the same way, but there is some value to it. “[But] he has devalued the currency of his words. Not just with the tweets…there’s also a devalue in the currency Continue reading "Maggie Haberman Dismisses Trump’s Latest Rage Tweets: ‘He Has Devalued the Currency of His Words’"

Bob Woodward Sounds Off on Trump’s ‘Governing Crisis’: Mattis Departure ‘A Tragedy For the Country’


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Bob Woodward believes that the government shutdown, coupled with the departure of one of the administration’s more moderating influences, means that it may be time to panic. Appearing on CNN’s New Day Wednesday, the legendary journalist teed off on President Donald Trump‘s White House over the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis. “It’s a governing crisis,” Woodward said. “You have the exit of Mattis, which is a tragedy for the country. A tragedy for President Trump. Mattis was able to thread the needle, and try to make his points, and — quite frankly — educate President Trump on some of these issues. And the departure of him is something that I think is going down in the history books.” Woodward referenced some reporting from his book Fear — which detailed an alliance between Mattis and former economic adviser Gary Cohn. The two, according to Woodward, made a pact Continue reading "Bob Woodward Sounds Off on Trump’s ‘Governing Crisis’: Mattis Departure ‘A Tragedy For the Country’"

Ex-NATO Commander Wesley Clark: Middle East Allies Are Thinking, ‘Did Erdogan Blackmail’ Trump?


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Was President Donald Trump blackmailed into withdrawing troops Syria? According to one prominent former U.S. military leader, that question is being bandied about by American allies in the Middle East. Appearing on CNN’s New Day, Wesley Clark — the former NATO Commander and retired U.S. General — said that U.S. allies are questioning whether Trump was somehow coerced into the troop pullout by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “[Y]ou have to ask: Why was the decision made?” Clark said. “I can tell you that people around the world are asking this. And some of our friends and our allies in the Middle East are asking: Sid Erdogan blackmail the president? Was there a payoff or something? Why would a guy make a decision like this? “Because all the recommendations were against it. And it looked like all the facts are against it, too.” In Continue reading "Ex-NATO Commander Wesley Clark: Middle East Allies Are Thinking, ‘Did Erdogan Blackmail’ Trump?"

Maggie Haberman: ‘Disgusted’ Republicans Now Privately Admitting They Regret Supporting Trump


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New York Times reporter and CNN contributor Maggie Haberman appeared on New Day Friday morning and revealed insight into the current turmoil in Washington D.C. In light of the many issues challenging the Trump administration — border wall funding and threatened government shutdown, a tanking stock market, a very controversial Syrian withdrawal and a stunning protest resignation of Defense Secretary of James Mattis — host John Berman asked his guest if all of this drama was really about President Donald Trump’s survival in the White House. Calling it a “critical moment,” Haberman reported that there was waning support for Trump from the right, saying “A number of conservatives who worked on the campaign and supported the president and now say, you know, I regret doing that, and this was a mistake, this administration is, you know, off the rails, and all of these investigations that are coming to a Continue reading "Maggie Haberman: ‘Disgusted’ Republicans Now Privately Admitting They Regret Supporting Trump"

Wildfire Survivor From Viral Video Recounts Her Harrowing Escape: ‘We Didn’t Know What Was Coming Next’


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Brynn Parrott Chatfield — whose family’s car ride through the flames last week in Paradise, CA has gone viral, racking up nearly four million views on Facebook — is speaking out about the harrowing escape. Appearing on CNN’s New Day, Parrott Chatfield — who filmed the video — told host Alisyn Camerota that she couldn’t see in front of them, and didn’t know what was coming next. “We were scared for our lives,” Parrott Chatfield said. “We thought maybe our tires would melt. We didn’t know what was coming next in those big dark things. We didn’t know what was in front of us. It was scary. It was scary for the whole town.” Though her family made it successfully out (including her three children, who escaped a half hour earlier), they did lose their home in the fire — and her husband’s dental office was lost as Continue reading "Wildfire Survivor From Viral Video Recounts Her Harrowing Escape: ‘We Didn’t Know What Was Coming Next’"

Joe Lockhart: 15,000 Border Troops as ‘Political Stunt’ a Warning Sign That Trump is Trying to ‘Become Authoritatian’


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Former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart believes President Donald Trump‘s chatter about sending as many as 15,000 troops to the U.S. Southern border in anticipation of the migrant caravan should serve as a “warning sign.” Appearing on CNN’s New Day Tuesday, Lockhart indicated he believes the talk about troops on the border is a signal that Trump is seeking to “become authoritarian.” “He has singlehandedly, and with a great determination. sought to undermine every institution in this country that we depend on,” Lockhart said. “The media, the electoral system, law enforcement, justice, FBI, the intelligence community. And he has sought to do that and you have to ask the question why. If you go through the scope of history, the reason leaders do this is to take and gather power and become authoritarian. I think we have to watch this extremely closely.” Lockhart added Continue reading "Joe Lockhart: 15,000 Border Troops as ‘Political Stunt’ a Warning Sign That Trump is Trying to ‘Become Authoritatian’"

GOP Rep. ‘Disgusted’ By Trump Mocking Losing Candidates: May Have Cost Republican Seats


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Rep. Adam Kinzinger said he was “disgusted” by President Donald Trump‘s comments mocking GOP candidates that lost their races in the midterms — and the Illinois Republican even suggested the commander in chief may be to blame for those defeats. At his post midterm press conference, Trump took aim at Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love — amongst others — saying, “Mia Love gave me no love. And she lost. Too bad. Sorry about that Mia.” “I was disgusted when I heard it happened,” Kinzinger said on CNN’s New Day when asked about the comments. “I mean, these are members that in their districts are reflecting their district. Some of them lost because people were frankly voting against the president, and I think if the president would have shown a little more grace in that and said ‘We are going to miss them but thank you for your service. Continue reading "GOP Rep. ‘Disgusted’ By Trump Mocking Losing Candidates: May Have Cost Republican Seats"

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin and Ken Starr Clash Over Interim Attorney General: He’s ‘Obscure’ and ‘Unqualified’


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Jeffrey Toobin and former Solicitor General Ken Starr clashed Thursday over new interim Attorney General Matt Whitaker. In a CNN New Day segment helmed by Alisyn Camerota, Toobin challenged Starr about President Donald Trump‘s new pick to be the nation’s top cop. Toobin believes Whitaker’s primary — if not sole — qualification for the job, in Trump’s eyes, is the fact that Whitaker is a critic of Robert Mueller‘s probe. “You know the Department of Justice,” Toobin told Starr. “You know the kind of people who are named Attorney General of the United States. Just what about naming someone frankly this obscure and this unqualified just because he’s been critical of the Mueller investigation?” “That’s a little bit unfair,” Starr replied. “Yes, [deputy AG] Rod Rosenstein is the natural, there’s no question, to become the attorney general. I’ll concede that. But what we do know about Continue reading "CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin and Ken Starr Clash Over Interim Attorney General: He’s ‘Obscure’ and ‘Unqualified’"

Andrew Gillum: Trump Has Provided ‘Cover’ for Racists


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Last week in a debate, Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum (D) called out his opponent, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) in a viral moment — saying that, while won’t label DeSantis a racist, he feels “racists believe he’s a racist.” Now, the Democratic candidate is making a similar argument about President Donald Trump. Appearing on CNN’s New Day Thursday, Gillum — the mayor of Tallahassee — was asked by anchor John Berman if he believes Trump is sending a “racist or racial” message to Florida voters by labeling him a “thief.” “I have not called the president a racist,” Gillum said. “But there are racists in his sympathizers who believe that he may be. Which is why they go to his aid. Which is why he has provided them cover. And I believe his cover has led to much of the degradation in our political discourse.” Gillum Continue reading "Andrew Gillum: Trump Has Provided ‘Cover’ for Racists"

CNN Baffled By Trump’s 3AM Tweet: ‘He Was Elected to be President’ Not ‘a Mental Patient’


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President Donald Trump’s call for unity appears to be over. After news broke of a spate of bombs being delivered to numerous Democratic leaders and Trump critics, he has returned to criticizing one of the very organizations that received an explosive device. At least that’s the assessment of cable news hosts and pundits who were left confused and aghast by the Commander in Chief’s 3 AM tweet in which he criticized the critical coverage he was receiving by what he called “lowly rated” CNN. Trump tweeted at 3 AM this morning: As John Avlon Continue reading "CNN Baffled By Trump’s 3AM Tweet: ‘He Was Elected to be President’ Not ‘a Mental Patient’"

Maggie Haberman: Trump Has ‘Been Warned Repeatedly,’ Russians and Chinese Are Listening When He’s on His Cell


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Maggie Haberman appeared on CNN’s New Day Monday to discuss her blockbuster New York Times story of Wednesday night — in which she and colleague Matthew Rosenberg reported that Chinese spies have been listening to President Donald Trump‘s private phone calls. “He’s been warned repeatedly that the Chinese and the Russians are listening when he is on a cell phone,” Haberman said. “Whether it is the personal iPhone that he continued using until last year and has held on to primarily because it has phone numbers listed in it that he couldn’t store in the other one, or whether it’s the government one. All that they can do is strip it down as much as possible, a government phone. Those are not secure. You can still listen in. He was warned that this was a problem, and he has often ignored the warnings. He has gotten better about using Continue reading "Maggie Haberman: Trump Has ‘Been Warned Repeatedly,’ Russians and Chinese Are Listening When He’s on His Cell"

Ex-Clinton Spox on Why Sarah Sanders is Killing the WH Briefing: She Knows She’ll Be ‘Thrown Under the Bus’


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Former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart has sympathy for the woman who currently holds that post, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Speaking on CNN’s New Day, Lockhart, who served as the chief spokesperson for President Bill Clinton, addressed why he believes Sanders no longer briefs the White House press corps. “I now know why, and I fully understand why Sarah Sanders doesn’t do briefings anymore,” Lockhart said. “You know you’re going to get thrown under the bus. You just don’t know what row you’re going to end up in.” Lockhart’s remark came during a New Day discussion on President Donald Trump’s rhetoric ahead of the midterm elections. (The CNN chyron for the discussion read, “Trump Spreads Lies & Stokes Fears Ahead of Elections.”) Lockhart doesn’t expect much to change on this score. “You can’t shame the shameless,” Trump said. “A traditional politician, if they lied over and over Continue reading "Ex-Clinton Spox on Why Sarah Sanders is Killing the WH Briefing: She Knows She’ll Be ‘Thrown Under the Bus’"

CNN’s New Day Links Khashoggi Murder to Trump Rhetoric: ‘Literally Glorified Attacks on the Press’


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During a Thursday night rally for Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT), President Donald Trump recalled the congressman’s assault of a journalist amid cheers from a supportive crowd. “We endorsed Greg very early but I had heard that he body slammed a reporter,” Trump said to the Missoula audience as they shouted and clapped. “And he was way up…this was like the day of the election, or just before, and I said, ‘Oh, this is terrible he’s going to lose the election,’ then I said, ‘Wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well, I think it might help him,’ and it did.” CNN’s New Day not only took great exception to the Commander in Chief’s comment and directly linked it to the alleged political assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. After airing the clip of Trump’s comment, co-host John Berman snarked  “I want to start with nothing like making a Continue reading "CNN’s New Day Links Khashoggi Murder to Trump Rhetoric: ‘Literally Glorified Attacks on the Press’"

Sen. Blumenthal: Trump’s ‘Vile’ Attack on Dr. Ford Disrespected Entire Survivor Community


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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) tore into President Donald Trump for his comments Tuesday night mocking Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault accuser Christine Blasey Ford. Appearing on New Day Wednesday, the Connecticut Senator — who himself has been the target of attacks from Trump in the past few days for fabricating his service in Vietnam — ripped the president for comments he termed “vile,” and expressed fear for the impact Trump’s words might have on other survivors. “This vile, mocking attack on a credible, immensely, powerfully eloquent survivor of sexual assault is a mark of disrespect and disregard,” Blumenthal said. “Not only for Dr. Blasey Ford, but for the entire survivor community. It shows dramatically why sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes in the country. One-third of all women are survivors, but only a fraction come forward, because of the kind of public shaming and character assassination, and other Continue reading "Sen. Blumenthal: Trump’s ‘Vile’ Attack on Dr. Ford Disrespected Entire Survivor Community"