The event cannot be called “political activity” when WH government employees were used to organize and staff it which they were. Campaign employees would need to do that. It’s improper to call an official WH news conf and then label it political activity. But he did. twitter.com/kellyo/status/…
President defended private club members attending his news conference tonight, “Its a political activity and its also a peaceful protest.” However, “political activity”under law refers to partisan events but this was an official WH press conference. Not the same.
Obviously a presidential news conference would not normally include a live audience. The president’s paying club members get this unsual access. In era of no rallies due to covid notably few are wearing masks or distancing. Only today’s pool is there for media. twitter.com/jeffmason1/sta…
The president says using the White House for his RNC renomination speech would be cost effective and he claims legal. There has long been a separation of government and political activity in federal, taxpayer funded settings.
“They don’t really know what it was...perhaps it was an attack. Some people it was an attack and some people don’t.” That is the president on Lebanon blast today after saying he was told it was a bomb yesterday.
“We can’t go along with bailout money. We can’t go along with that” says the president claiming he would not support funding for state budgets that he claims have been “poorly run” in next covid package. Dems want to help state budgets hit by covid shortfalls
The president says Florida is a well run state because it has had two Republican governors and therefore he believes they handle mail in or absentee ballots properly while he clams the NY House race that is unresolved as ballots are counts should be held again.
The president says he is "looking at various other things I am allowed to do under the system." to address lapsed federal unemployment benefits. He cites payroll tax cut as one but that would not benefit those w/o paycheck.
NEW: Pres. Trump on Lebanon blast: "It would seem like it based on the explosion. I met with ...generals and they just seemed to feel it was...This was not some kind of a manufacturing explosion type of a event...They seemed to think it was a attack. It was a bomb of some kind".
The president at his WH briefing offered support to the people of Lebanon following today's massive explosion. He added, "It looks like a terrible attack."
That is curious because publicly it has not been disclosed that this was an intentional act or an accident.
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The president professes his love for Pennsylvania "its an honor to speak to you" citing his school ties there and then hits Biden claiming that "he left Pennsylvania" and abandoned Pennsylvania in his tele-rally. Joe Biden is originally from Scranton.
.@SenSchumer held a news conference in New York today on the status of covid relief bill, "I'm not negotiating in public" he said he wants a "robust" bill but believes Dems and WH are still apart on funding for schools and state governments.
"We don't recommend that as a treatment" for coronavirus says the president's testing chief, Adm Giroir @HHS_ASH tells @MeetThePress that despite the presidents insistence "Hydroxychloroquine, I can't recommend that."
The president is back at his Virginia golf course today. Sec. Mnuchin told reporters the president is fully available to negotiators working toward a covid relief deal. Mnuchin said he and CoS Meadows spoke to the president 8 or 9 times this weekend about the talks.
Real time split screen. The president on golf course at left. His top covid relief negotiators on Hill after talks today. CoS Meadows says he spoke to president before the meeting and will update him shortly.