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"phil rucker" Discussed on WLS-AM 890

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02:07 min | 6 months ago

"phil rucker" Discussed on WLS-AM 890

"Not set up in a minute one minute and is there a way we can do something like that by injection insiders for almost a cleaning because you see that from the lungs and it does a tremendous number will also be interesting to check out so that you don't have to use medical doctors with but it sounds that sounds interesting to me so we'll see but the whole concept of the like the way it goes in one minute that said that's pretty powerful that's from yesterday's White House press briefing Sony also during that he nodded towards doctor Burks and asked her to study the US along with weather ultraviolet lights might also cure the disease he called on the Washington post's Phil Rucker and record tried asking follow up questions so that was fake news he suggested people on here more than just rumors during the White House briefings which is probably true the president said he was there to deliver ideas but people should still consult with doctors yes he said that okay here's what happened since the president said that first off late last night because they realized they had a potential issue the brand a White House press secretary she issued a statement essentially saying quote leave it to the media to irresponsibly take the president out of context and run with negative headlines well that didn't happen to Tampa down so this morning during the signing of the latest five hundred billion plus dollar stimulus package the president again tried to essentially walk this back and he said this about an hour after the makers of Lysol had to put out a public statement saying that quote under no circumstances should R. disinfecting products be administered into the human body through injection ingestion or any other route so the president said I was just being sarcastic but is asking this court has taken a very sarcastic question to the reporters in the room about disinfectant on the inside but it does kill it and would kill it on the hands and that would.

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"phil rucker" Discussed on 1947: The Meet the Press Podcast

1947: The Meet the Press Podcast

11:58 min | 6 months ago

"phil rucker" Discussed on 1947: The Meet the Press Podcast

"You know look this. Donald Trump's entire political career. The last five years to me is a hallmark up. He never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity. The fact of the matter is is that a whole bunch of governors who are all going to put down their rhetorical arms right. Now they need you know. The whole country needs the president to succeed even though people that don't like and yet instead of using that opportunity to be to show like even the tiniest ability I mean just shows you how broken he is. Psychologically sometimes because he can't even show the smallest mark of humility and Elvis or sort of being American I. He continues to be a politician. I that's right Shaq. It would be so easy for him to just say look we were. We were slow out of the gate. Everyone was slow out of the gate. Who knew this was going to happen? But we're doing everything to fix it now and to be magnanimous and to work with these governors and not to cast about for blame and to just get the job done. It's not that hard to try to put people in place to do this now. Forget about what happened in the past disco forward but instead he is. He's looking for people to attack. He's attacking governors. Who SPEAK OUT ABOUT HIM? And it's this partisan sort of personal show up there Instead of being the president all Americans Hey Shannon one of the things that I think that I feel like we haven't made a bigger point of and maybe it's maybe it's just a sidebar note. That's worth discussing. But the you know the the one person in America whose life has been. The least changed is the presence. And I've I've wondered like how little he can but like every even people on his own staff have had their lives impact because they don't live in the building he lives in the building he has has. He doesn't actually have become some of what's happening. Well I will say. There were a number of mar-a-lago trips. We were anticipating that. We have not taken. There were a lot of campaign rallies we were doing about one week on average so firm is not getting the campaign rallies that he used to get But yet I mean that's I think that's always been a There's always obviously been this empathy gap with him in. How does he empathize with someone? Who has both people in the family have lost their job? And you know unemployment is not gonNA cover the bills or had you do empathize with someone who's caring for a sick family member who's been sick for two weeks now. Who is waking up in the middle of the night to check on them to make sure they're still breathing. He has always struggled to empathize with people On a lot of fronts and I think that all presidents probably have difficulty connecting with the average person once. They've been there but I don't think he ever really could act the average person and I think that's always lead to this this struggle we've seen in that in moments of crisis for him to be that consoler in Chief. Cliche that we always use. While we're in the middle of this little breaking news with Bernie Sanders bowing to reality here. Suspending his campaign the day after the Wisconsin primary even though we don't know the actual results yet we're not gonNA know those but before I get to the to the whatever left whatever fall-outs left of that I think that's just feels like A. Oh so he conceded type of thing and then and we move on. There was an oh by the way story in the White House this weekend. That is the White House. Shakeup at new chief-of-staff new press secretary the more things change. Though I assume Phil Rucker the most more things will stay the same. Seems that way. Check look. You can change the people in these jobs but every day president trump is going to be his own chief of staff and his own press secretary and his own lawyer and his own adviser. And we've seen this from day one He's brought in Mark Meadows of a political loyalists in a much more sort of campaign minded person to be his chief of staff in the changes that he's making already in the communications and press operations seem geared towards getting ready for the general election campaign against Biden. bringing press secretary. Who's going to be an on air television defender and spokesperson not really deal at the press necessarily in. Just get kind of a war room operation inside the White House. It's the president becomes fixated on the Campaign Shannon The task force the tension that is clearly starts to bubble up. Whether it's the odd roles. Peter Navarro is playing Or the the president deciding to play Doctor. At times you can see the pain to faces about. Jason Burks. Does this task force state attack for the through the summer or do we think this tension that bubbled is just GonNa get worse as they try to reopen country. Yeah I I don't know that that's that's a good point that we're gonNA come to a the president's patients is GonNa wear off and obviously his patients was starting to wear off You know at the beginning of the month when he was talking about or even before the beginning of the month when he was talking about reopening the country by Easter and the scientists ray had an intervention rained him back in. I mean there's been a number of these moments where his staff not even just the scientists but other staff who get it have had to hold an intervention and rain him back in? So how many times can that be done? And like we have seen through everything in this administration. Those people can only hold back the reins on this president so much before. He is just going to do it his way and say you know. Throw it away. I'm doing I'm following my gut on following my instinct. I'm pulling out of the Paris climate accord I'm putting those tariffs on whatever the drastic thing. He was contemplated at the moment was he does it now. We've got maybe three or four months laughed can they? Maybe they can hold the reins on that long. You know eight or nine months definitely not but I think Especially though as we really get in to the point where he's got a ramp up his campaign and his reelection his focus is going to start to shift there and he's GonNa Start to lose attention in this area and that's where you're going to see the patients where out that's probably where it's going to be. That's that's what. I'm thinking of quick Phil Rucker Peter. Navarro leaking a memo that. He warned about a pandemic in January. I I'm saying he did. I don't know that he did it but it was conveniently time just when he was taking it. Taking a press beating on the Chin over clashing with pouching Lo and behold here comes here. Comes this memo. But it felt like one of those moments where he was trying to brandish his own resume. He did the pre. He ended up damaging the president at the same time. What's more likely with this memo that? This memo was written circulated among mid level staff and blocked from the president or it did get to them and they're just choosing Amnesia. You know it's a good question and I don't actually know the answer but my gut says they blocked it from getting the president first of all the president doesn't actually read a lot of memos He doesn't Rita's daily briefing from the intelligence community. He prefers to be briefed orally. So the idea that they would present a multi paves document to him and he would read. It doesn't really align with reality there but Navarro is known inside the White House. It's as someone always sounding the alarm especially on China. You know a lot of people inside the administration. Don't respect him. They think he's the kind of dangerous and causing trouble all the time. And so there certainly is a scenario where It was kept from getting the president. Because they didn't want the president to overreact about China in the middle of You know what have been pretty tense trade negotiations with that country Yeah he is. He is one of the most interesting characters to cover. White House Mr Navarro was he not yes and I would second what Phil said when my colleagues and I started asking around about this memo People said to US lesson. Peter Navarro is always going around with Psalm. Memo's Chai he's China chicken little right right whether it's something China's comet et cetera. And it was just like. Yeah yeah whatever. Almost of a boy who cried wolf type of thing but of course Peter Navarro. You know to your point that all of a sudden he's supposed to supposed to look like this hero. Who saw it coming? He was in January. It was not a big secret anymore that there was something big happening out there. China shut down an entire city of like eight million people. I think it was That that's something kind of crazy going on so it was on the front page of the New York Times all the time. I'm sure what she imposed as well It wasn't a secret that only Peter Navarro knew about at that level well. I'd said that we were going to dive a little bit into the Bernie thing. But I really don't think there's a lot of impact from Bernie getting out except for one thing the fact that he's out now and not at the convention and there's not drama. This is that I think it I'm curious. I just think it makes it that much harder for trump to exploit you know angry Bernie supporters when it sort of fizzles as early as quickly as this campaign now looks at. This is if it did exactly and it's fizzled Much faster than than the Sanders Campaign did in twenty sixteen for example in. It'll trump will not be able to make the argument that The nomination was stolen from Bernie Sanders because standards just didn't have the votes to back up his case he was clearly losing to Joe Biden. It's probably helpful to the Democrats that they're become consolidation now than than in the summertime although there's a real challenge here for Biden to inject himself into the new cycled to get out there when trump is dominating every day and we're in the middle of the pandemic people don't WanNa hear about your college affordability plans or or or any of the other plans at the my I is. He doesn't need to grow avenue. Nobody wants to hear about it right now. So he should he should take it except I do think the one thing to watch for now is how strongly Bernie threw his support behind Biden. And how much help he gives the Biden campaign because that was the complaint the Clinton campaign has had is that he never really gave a full throated endorsement to Clinton and he never really helps them the way they wanted to help. He didn't do the surrogate events they wanted him to do. He did the ones he wanted to do. He had his message not their message so to see if he really becomes a partner to buy an RV continues being Bernie and going off and doing Bernie thing and not actively working against Biden of course in any way our guys. I'm GONNA pause it. There fell and Shannon. Thank you for Working from home. I guess we're all doing that base days. I hope you're staying safe and healthy fan and you have to you go out in public every once in a while. Those briefings your yeah. We have a week in the White House and then two weeks and then a week Mac. Yes so I'm in my I'm in my quarantine phase one gene week. All right yes life. Stop Streep careful guys. Thanks very much. Thanks to after your report danger. We'll be right back with enbrel after quickly..

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"phil rucker" Discussed on The Chuck ToddCast: Meet the Press

The Chuck ToddCast: Meet the Press

15:17 min | 6 months ago

"phil rucker" Discussed on The Chuck ToddCast: Meet the Press

"From Washington SORTA call it Arlington Chuck. Todd this is Chuck Todd Calf. As of the time recorded this podcast. Nearly thirteen thousand Americans have died of ours in this country and our cultures evolved to try to fight the virus the political narratives of evolved as well. The question is is the president involved with it to people. Keep a close eye on all the moves inside the West one. They'll record White House. Bureau chief for The Washington Post in Shannon Petty Senior White House reporter for NBC News Digital and later ready to take a look into the crystal ball to answer. What is the new normal for the world after cove nineteen global political scientists and president of Eurasia Group in? Bremmer will discuss how this will affect everything from authoritarian regimes to America's role in the world. But I the White House response to the Corona Virus Shannon and Phil back to the podcast and I and I think I'm GonNa ask you the question that I get asked every day. Some former another and you may know what it is is. I'm sure you both get asked the same question. Which is what is it with the president at these briefings. And why do people in the media keep covering it since the U. People is we people Shed and I'll start with you You know these briefings are vague Make your case as to why the Americans should. I think there is a lot of information in these at doesn't necessarily come from the president. Actually I would say the information. He's often does it. Come from the president but I think Dr Burks and Dr Doughty have given Yo severely tremendous insights into what the scientific community is thinking about where this infection going. How BEST TO PROTECT OURSELVES And you know a essentially what cautions everyday Americans should be taken and given some some warnings there so I think there is. There is big value from that perspective. But I from the president's time on the podium these have as many people have observed serve become a substitute for a campaign rally and his opportunity to get out there invent to attack his perceived enemies of the moment And to try and get his message and his spin on the message. Directly to people circumventing what is being reported in the rest of the news media outside of Fox News so I think it is a fair criticism that these do at times turned into a political rally. But I also think the difficult balance because like I said there is real information that actually comes from the scientists involved in this and I just as a regular person feel like I have watched these and it has changed my views about how I should be protecting myself whether I should be traveling whether I going to the grocery store or wearing a mask and those sort of things Phil Rucker Do you believe you know it's interesting. You could cover these. If this were the nineteenth century you could simply ignore all the silly parts of it and just write about the information. If you knew your audience hadn't seen the briefing. You wouldn't feel like you were leaving anything out. I feel as if because we know these are televised. We feel it's necessary to cover the hijacks. Yeah I think that's right. Shaq intercept performance our quality to what the president's trying to do here. He has been under siege for months now because of his slow acknowledgement of the threat of Corona Virus. And and the time it took the administration to really take it seriously and so in turn what he's done with these briefings. It's to try to prevent image of command and control if you just have the briefing on Mute You see the president with numbers on a screen behind him that show. How many masks ventilators or whatever they're sending to stakes and then you see all these people that he's flanked by. Sometimes their uniforms members of the military sometimes the surgeon. General's there sometimes. It's the doctor's always vice. President pence is right over his shoulder. with a sign of acknowledgment and support in his body language and I think for trump. He is trying to use these briefings as an opportunity to present an image of command that doesn't necessarily align with the facts on the ground at how administration's handling it which is troubled Shannon. I WANNA go back because it's a great question that US last week. It was the way you worded it and it was funny. He didn't jump down your throat and normally he would on this issue and if the issue of testing right the biggest single you know error in our response has been the testing bockel. And you simply ask you promise. Twenty seven million tests just asking winter. We expect the other twenty six million and he. He fumbled the bed. 'cause he tries to drown us in number sometimes but it does seem as if he's behaving this way because he knows he messed up and trying to recover sort of like gum. You're walking down the sidewalk in front of the cool kids and you trip and stumble a little bit then you have to dust yourself off and start walking cooler like ever did before. Pretend nothing happened. That's sometimes how I kind of feel like he is walking out here trying to act like every you know yes I just stumbled but everything's fine now and maybe blame someone else. They'd say who put that there. How did I trip over that? Maybe somebody else? He's always gotTa Blake Sidewalk there. That's a terrible idea right. And and that's part of these briefings to is laying the groundwork for who to blame the. Who was the latest blame? Victim the governors. The Governor of Michigan was the want to be blamed over that of course Biden. The Obama Administration always gets the blame So you testing. He blame that on it. You know a a and again. It's not actually accurately says terrible faulty broken system. It's just a system created for something else for different type of disease outbreak. Don't even now. Yeah that never. He keeps saying that in. It's like what are you talking about right. It was essentially a testing system that was designed for something like A. You know a Bulla outbreak or not something that would be so widespread that you would need these sort of rapid quick response rates but they still really haven't been able to answer the question of testing and while that hindered our ability to get started. It is gonNA hinder our ability to get out of this because if we want to reopen the economy and get people back to work we have to be able to test everyone so we can quickly identify someone who wants the cases dropped down. We can identify a new case. All the contract tastes Contract tracing to quarantine people again and stop this from getting out of control and I still don't think we have a an actual answer to that question and they've created so much confusion around it I don't know if that's unintentional. Because it is just a confusing topic or if it's intentional. Because they're trying to cover up the fact that there are still huge testing whole occurring Phil Rucker in the same briefing. Where he he seemed to want to blame the WTO. It was amazing to me what he doesn't know he didn't know anything about the Peter Navarro memo and read it He didn't know any couldn't any idea. Why is it that it could be working class? African Americans could be hit harder by. This just has no idea how that could be. He had no idea what happened with Secretary of Navy. The Acting Secretary of Navy didn't know anything about that. It's a crutch obviously when he doesn't want to comment on something or he doesn't like the facts and he doesn't have an alternative explanation. His answer is I don't know anything about and chuck. We've seen that time and again right. He he knows nothing about Paul Manafort campaign chairman when when Manafort was arrested. We've seen this all the time from him. And what was so striking to just hone in on that. Navarro memo is it was dated near the end of January beginning. January third trump was getting information in his presidential daily brief About Corona virus about the dangerous about the outbreak in China that human level. What what did he ever say he was listening? Now just because somebody was briefing. Him doesn't mean he was listening yet. He tunes this out and he doesn't have much appreciation for the expertise of people in the government. People like Dr Fao. She and others but in all rounds of government and the intelligence community and the national security apparatus. We've seen this over three years of his presidency where he thinks he's the expert. He thinks he knows best and tunes out. Whatever people are telling him so I guess the question is whether I don't think this helps him. I think every day I think this is one of those moments where he thinks Shannon that the hijinks and the entertainment quality of what he brings this job still hold during a pandemic and I just think fit the hijinks that I don't know we'll I'll be curious. I don't know if the country has the same patients when suddenly they're like. Where's My job? Why am I trapped in my house? Repels going on here. Why do you keep bloviating over here? Member Mike Francesa rant. You know it's like way you know. It's like yeah. Here's a guy who was like trump voters. I what the hell's up by pillow guy went up there. Just telling you what the Hell's going on you know. Yeah I mean. We're all probably quite cynical at this point I feel like though if you liked trump before this you watch these and you're you think he is a commander in chief in charge of the country. You think he's doing the best he can. Of course this is not going to be perfect. We've never seen anything like this. You Know He. He did what he could with China if you liked him before you're going to give them the benefit of doubt here if you didn't like them before you're GonNa Watch this and thank keys. A bloviating Idiot whatever your perception of him before was and you can't believe what's happening and that he's caused the death of tens of thousands of people in this is all his fault. I think we just play to a draw again like we've seen in past crises of his presidency like we saw an impeachment people's opinions are so set on him and they've been so set for three or four years now and while it seemed like he got a little bit of a bumped in polling initially as may be about two weeks ago with his approval rating going up a little bit among Democrats little bit among Republicans. From what I've seen the past week. It looks like everything's leveled off. And we're back to the forty seven percent. Forty seven percent country with this group this group of UNICORNS IN THE MIDDLE. Who can't make up their mind or somewhere like a needle in the haystack of voters. That are somehow at this point and yet Phil Rucker. It was actually such an unforced air politically I look at the the. I look at all of this. You know look this. Donald Trump's entire political career. The last five years to me is a hallmark up. He never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity. The fact of the matter is is that a whole bunch of governors who are all going to put down their rhetorical arms right. Now they need you know. The whole country needs the president to succeed even though people that don't like and yet instead of using that opportunity to be to show like even the tiniest ability I mean just shows you how broken he is. Psychologically sometimes because he can't even show the smallest mark of humility and Elvis or you know sort of be an American I. He continues to be a politician. I that's right Shaq. It would be so easy for him to just say look we were. We were slow out of the gate. Everyone was slow out of the gate. Who knew this was going to happen? But we're doing everything to fix it now and to be magnanimous and to work with these governors and not to cast about for blame and to just get the job done. It's not that hard to try to put people in place to do this now. Forget about what happened in the past disco forward but instead he is. He's looking for people to attack. He's attacking governors. Who SPEAK OUT ABOUT HIM? And it's this partisan sort of personal show up there Instead of being the president all Americans Hey Shannon one of the things that I think that I feel like we haven't made a bigger point of and maybe it's maybe it's just a sidebar note. That's worth discussing. But the you know the the one person in America whose life has been. The least changed is the presence. And I've I've wondered like how little he can but like every even people on his own staff have had their lives impact because they don't live in the building he lives in the building he has has. He doesn't actually have become some of what's happening. Well I will say. There were a number of mar-a-lago trips. We were anticipating that. We have not taken. There were a lot of campaign rallies we were doing about one week on average so firm is not getting the campaign rallies that he used to get But yet I mean that's I think that's always been a There's always obviously been this empathy gap with him in. How does he empathize with someone? Who has both people in the family have lost their job? And you know unemployment is not gonNA cover the bills or had you do empathize with someone who's caring for a sick family member who's been sick for two weeks now. Who is waking up in the middle of the night to check on them to make sure they're still breathing. He has always struggled to empathize with people On a lot of fronts and I think that all presidents probably have difficulty connecting with the average person once. They've been there but I don't think he ever really could act the average person and I think that's always lead to this this struggle we've seen in that in moments of crisis for him to be that consoler in Chief. Cliche that we always use. While we're in the middle of this little breaking news with Bernie Sanders bowing to reality here. Suspending his campaign the day after the Wisconsin primary even though we don't know the actual results yet we're not gonNA know those but before I get to the to the whatever left whatever fall-outs left of that I think that's just feels like A. Oh so he conceded type of thing and then and we move on. There was an oh by the way story in the White House this weekend. That is the White House. Shakeup at new chief-of-staff new press secretary the more things change. Though I assume Phil Rucker the most more things will stay the same..

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"phil rucker" Discussed on 1947: The Meet the Press Podcast

1947: The Meet the Press Podcast

11:36 min | 6 months ago

"phil rucker" Discussed on 1947: The Meet the Press Podcast

"From Washington SORTA call it Arlington Chuck. Todd this is Chuck Todd Calf. As of the time recorded this podcast. Nearly thirteen thousand Americans have died of ours in this country and our cultures evolved to try to fight the virus the political narratives of evolved as well. The question is is the president involved with it to people. Keep a close eye on all the moves inside the West one. They'll record White House. Bureau chief for The Washington Post in Shannon Petty Senior White House reporter for NBC News Digital and later ready to take a look into the crystal ball to answer. What is the new normal for the world after cove nineteen global political scientists and president of Eurasia Group in? Bremmer will discuss how this will affect everything from authoritarian regimes to America's role in the world. But I the White House response to the Corona Virus Shannon and Phil back to the podcast and I and I think I'm GonNa ask you the question that I get asked every day. Some former another and you may know what it is is. I'm sure you both get asked the same question. Which is what is it with the president at these briefings. And why do people in the media keep covering it since the u? People is weight people shed and I'll start with you. You know these briefings are vague Make your case as to why the Americans should. I think there is a lot of information in these at doesn't necessarily come from the president. Actually I would say the information. He's often does it. Come from the president but I think Dr Burks and Dr Doughty have given Yo severely tremendous insights into what the scientific community is thinking about where this infection going. How BEST TO PROTECT OURSELVES And you know a essentially what cautions everyday Americans should be taken and given some some warnings there so I think there is. There is big value from that perspective. But I from the president's time on the podium these have as many people have observed serve become a substitute for a campaign rally and his opportunity to get out there invent to attack his perceived enemies of the moment And to try and get his message and his spin on the message. Directly to people circumventing what is being reported in the rest of the news media outside of Fox News so I think it is a fair criticism that these do at times turned into a political rally. But I also think the difficult balance because like I said there is real information that actually comes from the scientists involved in this and I just as a regular person feel like I have watched these and it has changed my views about how I should be protecting myself whether I should be traveling whether I going to the grocery store or wearing a mask and those sort of things Phil Rucker Do you believe you know it's interesting. You could cover these. If this were the nineteenth century you could simply ignore all the silly parts of it and just write about the information. If you knew your audience hadn't seen the briefing. You wouldn't feel like you were leaving anything out. I feel as if because we know these are televised. We feel it's necessary to cover the hijacks. Yeah I think that's right. Shaq intercept performance our quality to what the president's trying to do here. He has been under siege for months now because of his slow acknowledgement of the Fred of Corona Virus. And and the time it took the administration to really take it seriously and so in turn what he's done with these briefings. It's to try to prevent image of command and control if you just have the briefing on Mute You see the president with numbers on a screen behind him that show. How many masks ventilators or whatever they're sending to stakes and then you see all these people that he's flanked by. Sometimes their uniforms members of the military sometimes the surgeon. General's there sometimes. It's the doctor's always vice. President pence is right over his shoulder. with a sign of acknowledgment and support in his body language and I think for trump. He's trying to use these briefings as an opportunity to present an image of command that doesn't necessarily align with the facts on the ground at how this administration is handling it which is troubled Shannon. I WANNA go back because it's a great question that US last week. It was the way you worded it and it was funny. He didn't jump down your throat. And normally he would on this issue and official testing right. The biggest single you know error in our response has been the testing bockel. And you simply ask you promise. Twenty seven million tests just asking winter. We expect the other twenty six million and he. He fumbled the bed because he tries to drown us in number sometimes but it does seem as if he's behaving this way because he knows he messed up and trying to recover sort of like gum. You're walking down the sidewalk in front of the cool kids and you trip and stumble a little bit then you have to dust yourself off and start walking cooler like ever did before. Pretend nothing happened. That's sometimes how I kind of feel like he is walking out here trying to act like every you know yes I just stumbled but everything's fine now and maybe blame someone else. They'd say who put that there. How did I trip over that? Maybe somebody else? He's always gotTa Blake Sidewalk there. That's a terrible idea right. And and that's part of these briefings to is laying the groundwork for who to blame the. Who was the latest blame? Victim the governors. The Governor of Michigan was the want to be blamed over that of course Biden. The Obama Administration always gets the blame So you testing. He blame that on it. You know a a and again. It's not actually accurately says terrible faulty broken system. It's just a system created for something else for different type of disease outbreak. Don't even now. Yeah that never. He keeps saying that in. It's like what are you talking about right. It was essentially a testing system that was designed for something like A. You know a Bulla outbreak or not something that would be so widespread that you would need these sort of rapid quick response rates but they still really haven't been able to answer the question of testing and while that hindered our ability to get started. It is gonNA hinder our ability to get out of this because if we want to reopen the economy and get people back to work we have to be able to test everyone so we can quickly identify someone who wants the cases dropped down. We can identify a new case. All the contract tastes Contract tracing to quarantine people again and stop this from getting out of control and I still don't think we have a an actual answer to that question and they've created so much confusion around it I don't know if that's unintentional. Because it is just a confusing topic or if it's intentional. Because they're trying to cover up the fact that there are still huge testing whole occurring Phil Rucker in the same briefing. Where he he seemed to want to blame the WTO. It was amazing to me what he doesn't know he didn't know anything about the Peter Navarro memo and read it. He didn't know any couldn't any idea. Why is it that it could be working class? African Americans could be hit harder by. This just has no idea how that could be. He had no idea what happened with Secretary of Navy. The Acting Secretary of Navy didn't know anything about that. It's a crutch obviously when he doesn't want to comment on something or he doesn't like the facts and he doesn't have an alternative explanation. His answer is I don't know anything about and Chuck we've seen that time and again right. He he knows nothing about Paul Manafort. It's campaign chairman when when Manafort Was ARRESTED. We've seen this all the time from him and what was so striking to just hone in on that. Navarro memo is it was dated near the end of January beginning. January third trump was getting information in his presidential daily brief About Corona virus about the dangerous about the outbreak in China that human level. What what did he ever say he was listening? Now just because somebody was briefing. Him doesn't mean he was listening yet. He tunes this out and he doesn't have much appreciation for the expertise of people in the government. People like Dr Fao. She and others but in all rounds of government in the intelligence community and the national security apparatus. We've seen this over three years of his presidency where he thinks he's the expert. He thinks he knows best and tunes out. Whatever people are telling him so I guess the question is whether I don't think this helps him. I think every day I think this is one of those moments where he thinks Shannon that the hijinks and the entertainment quality of what he brings this job still hold during a pandemic and I just think fit the hijinks that I don't know we'll I'll be curious. I don't know if the country has the same patients when suddenly they're like. Where's My job? Why am I trapped in my house? Repels going on here. Why do you keep bloviating over here? Member Mike Francesa rant. You know it's like way you know. It's like yeah. Here's a guy who was like trump voters. I what the hell's up by pillow guy went up there. Just telling you what the Hell's going on you know. Yeah I mean. We're all probably quite cynical at this point I feel like though if you liked trump before this you watch these and you're you think he is a commander in chief in charge of the country. You think he's doing the best he can. Of course this is not going to be perfect. We've never seen anything like this. You Know He. He did what he could with China if you liked him before you're going to give him the benefit of doubt here if you didn't like them before you're GonNa Watch this and thank keys. A bloviating Idiot whatever your perception of him before was and you can't believe what's happening and that he's caused the death of tens of thousands of people in this is all his fault. I think we just play to a draw again like we've seen in past crises of his presidency like we saw an impeachment people's opinions are so set on him and they've been so set for three or four years now and while it seemed like he got a little bit of a bumped in polling initially as may be about two weeks ago with his approval rating going up a little bit among Democrats little bit among Republicans. From what I've seen the past week. It looks like everything's leveled off. And we're back to the forty seven percent. Forty seven percent country with this group this group of UNICORNS IN THE MIDDLE. Who can't make up their mind or somewhere like a needle in the haystack of voters. That are somehow at this point and yet Phil Rucker. It was actually such an unforced air politically I look at the the. I look at all of this..

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10:10 min | 9 months ago

"phil rucker" Discussed on Recode Decode

"I don't know But what happens then. How do you cover this then and not say this guy is stone stone cold crazy or something like that while we can't him? We're not experts on mental health and psychological fitness. But we can watch how how he's stressing these institutions now. He's testing them and when he first came into office there was a feeling that okay the legislative branch will hold him accountable and okay okay. The Democrats won the house in two thousand eighteen so suddenly that guardrail is in place. Well that's gone. There was a sense that the Justice Department would be independent from the White House. House would investigate these things properly. That seems to be gone. This Attorney General Bill Bar. WHO's very much following? Trump's orders and trying to protect him politically and and there aren't a lot of institutions. That are standing. Judiciary is one clearly and the courts have blocked a number of things That are considered illegal that the president and his administration situation of tried to do the free press is bringing a lot of this delight and serving a critical function At the moment we've watched over three years these institutions start to erode road. Another five years. I don't know what it's going to look like But our role in all of it is to just chronicle it in question it and bring it to light as best. We Canon quickly as we can. Tell me how it's changed being reported because like you're all on twitter. You're I've always said I thought that one's corrupt this one's like people like cover tech like the house was terrible. Lubar guy is like sociopath. Whatever I like I like when you once you do reporting you can sort of make that? I'm part of a change in reporting where we actually actually tell people we actually think. How does it change his political reporters because there is this sort of Washington political reporter who has been the typical one? Like you all who just were just here to cover the news. Ma'am and then there's this whole new class of political reporters who are just gloves off like and it's a really and then there's all these pundits running around. Where was that going the political because it used used to be much more point? I don't like the blurry -ness of it at all. I I understand where you want to say. I'm calling this what I want to call it but I feel really strongly that the old school way it should be the new way about reporting we tell you the facts you make the decisions the same as what the book you know. We do some analysis us and we we have some through lines and themes that we see but they're based on factual they don't reform right. But but for example you know either call your civil and opinion person or call yourself reporter. There shouldn't be a lot of middle ground we don't need to sex defy are reporting to get people to see it and to know what's going on and make their own conclusion of one thing. We're asked a lot about is like why do you call The president a liar. We were asked about this the other night and I feel as just fill Phil. We're going to use the word lie really carefully data the Washington. It was a big argument with someone there. A high ranking person when he was lying. I'm like it's ally lie. Well we're going to say he fabricates and I was like it's a lot like why not just use the word and he said it's a loaded word. I'm like it's not a loaded word. I think we can say lie when we know right. It's intentional. So for example we didn't know in real time that he was actively lying he knew in the trump tower Don Jr. moment now we know he intentionally lied lied. He was warned that information was inaccurate and he spun it but we just need to be careful about that. I I think we should stay on our lines. It does that. Make it so someone like that wins. 'CAUSE that those people win when you when you have those standards it's really interesting problem When in fact you know better in owed I well? I think just showing people is what we need to do. I actually in terms of winning or losing. We don't think about reporting that way but I will say one thing I worry about is how often when we are chasing the shiny ball. Toss us up in the air each day. Distraction and we we should be digging deeper than just his tweets we of course it's our duty he to cover what he's saying. He's the president of the United States. But there's a lot more going on. What do you think that the shiny ball thing is really a problem? And he's great at it. It's every day it's a new thing that you have to like and and you've forgotten the past six things. It's a huge problem and challenge in our reporting and it's been this way by the way from the very beginning this campaign and we've had to do at the post is it's actually double the team of people covering the president because we feel like we can't ignore how many people do have covering present right. We have seven fulltime White House. Reporters and family have and on top of that. We have breaking news team of three reporters who mostly right about. And that's the president's things early in the morning or late at night when he's tweeting things and then the whole investigative team which is another Component but you know we try to do it all. We've we've decided at the post and the Times has made the same decision to that. We can't ignore when the president says something something outlandish or attack somebody or something of value. He's the president of the United States. What he says on twitter is a statement on our sea of from our country From the leader of our country and should be covered. But we also can't let that get in the way of real digging and reporting so. There's a a assessment priorities. Ladies every day in the newsroom and a lot of the reporters covering the president are assigned to basically ignore the the shiny balls focus on the deeper reporting and enterprise pulled pulled into that world of twitter though. I mean look you just had a controversy at the post with Felicia is so miss Around some as around a Kobe Bryant this was. She doesn't cover Kobe Brighton. Right and just all she did was tweet a A story about his history which is an you know gayle king getting killed at any for just asking question about this history was saying it's inappropriate right now. They do so. It's nobody's business decide. What's appropriate when it is? I can see why people's feelings would be hurt. But I you know I. It's it's a pressure on reporters. When you have a president who's using these tools and beautifully and brazenly to be covering it and not being able to To clapback well. There's no reason for us to cut back on that particular the controversy. I would just say that. It's incredibly important that everybody who works at the Washington Post or for any organization that they're tweeting and social the media presence honors and respects and is true to the mission of what we do every day which is report without fear or favor. Now you know people have have different opinions about when we tweet about someone who just died. WHO's viewed in a lionised way? But I've think it's must be incredibly difficult for for for example Marty Baron. The Post editor executive editor to feel responsible for the tweets and INSTAGRAM's and facebook post of eight hundred and fifty professionals really tricky situation and honestly in this chasm in our country which is almost nearing civil war proportions. One inside thinks Oh. There's the evidence that that person that reporter is is a Yapper or oh. There's the evidence that that reporters in the tank for you know the trumps We just have to be so careful so priestly and it's hard to do. It's hard to do. Yeah what about you. I agree with what Carol just said. And and you know we have We're fortunate to have a big platform on twitter to share our reporting and our news information. And you know that Ah that brings. Its own pressures to like I. I'm very careful about what I tweet about expressing opinions in in the heat of the moment when trump does something and and I always lean towards sharing fact and sharing analysis that gives followers. Something that they wouldn't get otherwise without sort of letting it all out there or without saying threatening personal because we're speaking on behalf of the Washington Post people follow us because we're Washington Post reporters knock because like I'm a Super Ham. Cool Guy Right uh-huh you. You must have to go out to the woods and start screaming. That's okay last question for both of you gotta go Prediction besides besides embolden and please do. Because he's stone call. Okay no but you know what I mean. I love those like now now. He'll really take the gloves. There's been no hello. There have been no. What club are you talking about? CONTINUES TO LOUDER JAZZ hands. But Wha what is the prediction for this election coming boy. Hey by the way in case you're injured that's my landside jazz hands. If you understand jazz hands you understand. Donald Trump having watched all the apprentices. One thing Philon I feel about predicting is that. It's a bad idea but we will say also election election producing you know. It's not a very good day or week or month or year for Democrats and why didn't help but when you look at Donald Trump look at the way he electrifies his his base he can get them riled up excited chanting whatever words he's chanting whether they're factual or not and you don't really feel the same kind of thing on the democratic side so well behaved and he's an he's incumbents commits who already has a huge advantage without electricity. He's got that's the genius that's the that's the special sauce. It's going to be hard to be you know. I don't know how this will turn. He certainly is beatable historically unpopular president and yet talking the Democrats top people in the party. The last few days there is reeling Zaidi and concern That he is is in a very strong political position right now coming out of impeachment and his approval rating is up and he's going to be difficult for the Democrats to beat but they can do it and they haven't haven't Suzy Azam because there are so many people in this country especially young especially Brown especially women who are repulsed by this president and want this period in our history to be over. Are you going to keep covering the ones. Oh boy I don't you know I don't think we can ever not cover donald trump in some capacity of our lives. Yeah so you're going to keep covering them probably. What if he doesn't win? What's what's that next day like? Besides the tweet. It's a huge change. But he's not going to go away right he's not going to be the president that goes up in Marine One off to his ranch and we never hear from him for another year and memoir comes up he's going to he might be acting as shadow auto president trump tower lago. Where his now? He's now the official resident of Florida..

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"phil rucker" Discussed on Recode Decode

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10:17 min | 9 months ago

"phil rucker" Discussed on Recode Decode

"It's coming he did and we should keep in mind. That trump has gone after Romney and really ugly ways before I says he walks like a penguin Total loser for losing the two thousand twelve election this could be a new level of vitriol. Donald trump junior a tweeted that romney should be expelled from the rights. The party which is a ridiculous statement. It's not it's not up to any presidential you can't say it but that man's a move we can't say it's not chocolate deciding the Republican party but trump at the national prayer breakfast Made an attack on Romney that was just really jarring he. He was sitting right there. He you did. And he questioned Romney's faith and then later in the day in East Room of the White House he said Romney uses his religion as a crutch a political catch. Romney is one of the tasteful men in politics takeover talks about it the former leader might heard about is afraid to talk about it because he had political consequences at the time he was right. Yeah you know Mormon with Republican Evangelical Evangelos But he's Amana faith that guided this decision and I think Romney would probably argue. Trump is not Amana faith. Away from me is yeah kind kind of make the hair go up on the back of your neck to think that somebody could Republican Democrat Independent. They know who Romney is. You can't say that faith isn't the genuine in that in that claim. So what's happening behind the scenes with others one. I think the the parts that is interesting because you did get a lot of people to talk to two hundred people talking to you. These are the enablers who do not talk publicly one or just let it go and move along and I think it's one of Donald. Trump's strings is understanding that people break apart really quickly if you break them apart like if they grouped together it would be a different situation But you know look what happened with the with me to. Finally when everyone talked together they were able to talk together. But nobody does that here. It's like they grouped together in sort of fear and loathing. And you guys have written about any josh dossier wrote a piece about this. Why is that happening? What is it just I just I want to be? You know Senator Lindsey Graham or what is it. I think there's a really simple answer for that. which is trump's approval rating among Republican voters? All all the other Republican elected officials live in fear of the eighty to ninety percent of Republican voters. Who strongly approve of the president's performance in office and they're afraid that trump is going to turn his venom on them and turn supporters on them and then they're going to become a former former senator Bob corker former Senator Jeff Flake? Those guys don't are not in office anymore and probably could not win elections in their home states because they got crosswise with this president. And that's why so many of these senators voted to acquit president trump. Even they know that the evidence was not even in dispute even though some of them said publicly what the president did was wrong still acquitted him. It was an interesting little tango so he didn't do anything he did was wrong but I'm going to vote to acquit him. It was it was. So you've gotta be kidding right exactly but what do you think the enabling income from what is this is an president. There was enabling under Ronald Reagan. You've seen it everywhere you look. But they broke from Nixon eventually they broke people. Have the level of enabling. I've never seen it almost caught like it can't be that much fear he's really of course he can switch the light honor off on whether or not. You're going to get your next term. I think think Phil's exactly right and also I mean again. The the venom he can unleash On twitter against any member who comes at him. Think of all the a cute little nicknames. He's gotten for people shifted shift and he comments on people's way and then it's pretty vicious Whenever you are somebody who's on the other aside I I will say there have been a couple of profiles of encourage if people view it this way? of people who stood up to the president. I'm sometimes in private and sometimes in public in private You know he's not a perfect hero. There are no perfect heroes in this book but REX Tillerson stood up and said you're wrong Mr President when right hand hat that was explained that seeing what happens so in July twenty seventeen which is very early and seems like ancient history now but we learned a lot knew about it President trump is brought to the tank. A sort of sacred space in the Pentagon where decisions of war are made and the Joint Chiefs The REX Tillerson Secretary of state. General Mattis Secretary Tori Defense and Gary Cohn National Economic Advisor. Want to have kind of like a tutelage if you will Without making him feel patronised they want to explain. Explain to the president like why we have bases where we have them. Yeah why troops are for primer on. US Yeah like they're always fighting with them about these things and they're thinking of themselves. We just need a shared basic understanding shared language so he understands why we all can sleep safe and near and dear at night. These things keep America safe and Unfortunately silently the schoolhouse rock goes terribly awry. Because as the president is hearing these descriptions Dale on uh-huh I loved it to The president just bellowing at them and Co as as others have reported He's telling them that their You you know this is a loser. War they're losers but what we didn't know is he started to call them. DOPES and babies a woman started to cry in the room. People Start Shuffling their our papers there so they want to will themselves out of this room. Jim Mattis has his head bowed. He's he's speechless. No one's talking vice. President pence is is described. As a wax figure of those. You know know that but he was creating silicon valley part westworld character that didn't work out and Glad that for everybody somebody said you know. I learned everything I needed to learn about the vice president. Then he has a son in the military and and he was willing willing to listen to this and finally after calling them dopson babies. The President says the worst curse word he can say. I wouldn't go to war with you. People and REX Tillerson Can't take it anymore. According according to people in the room he's looking at waiting for Mattis to bark back. maddest won't do it Tillerson stands up and says that's wrong Mr President. You're wrong people don't put on a uniform. Make a buck. We're not trying to make money by charging the Koreans for our base there. This is about safety for America's jarring seen so jarring and so emotionally scarring for people in you know said why didn't anyone say anything. May I ask the the impression that that many she had was that as flag officers nobody could speak back to their commander. In chief and Tillerson didn't have that kind of responsibility. He wasn't in that chain of what about the others. Why why is there not talk back the clapback the fear You know it. It's still the fair. It's still the fear you know. Certainly the the uniform members versus Carol was saying I felt like duty-bound to follow the chain of command. There were all sorts of civilians in their room. Looking for example Mattis who in that role was a civilian in defense secretary even though he's a former marine general Who wouldn't confront the president you know? They feel like he's been elected by the American people He's rightfully Holding this office even though we all know he lost Hillary Clinton popular vote by three million votes but He Won Electoral College. He's he's in that Office for a reason and may feel like they need to honor him as long as it's within the bounds of the law. And why is that because it's the office that's the excuse as the office. They use the excuse that it's the office and you know they okay. The I think purposefully sometimes we'll be blind to other factors other factors meaning all the all the ways that trump himself Violates these norms ends or Desecrates the office in any number of of ways on any given day. There's another seen like this in the book too though I'm thinking about it as fills talking is it. Because he he's making me remember it. Kirsten Nielsen is getting rimmed out. But resident in a cabinet. Meeting screamed at by him dress down again. Dan Pence does nothing jared Kushner. She's getting yelled at because he wants to. He's talking about shutting down the border literally closing it. He's like Mr President. You know under our laws. That's it's not legal. People are allowed to cross. The border asked for asylum and then we will decide whether or not they properly can stay and he's like what do you think jeff and he's mad added Jeff sessions says Yep. I think you're right Mr President. I think we should shut down the bags right and I'm thinking Was We're learning the details of this conversation. This is the the the highest officer of law enforcement in our country. The Attorney General. And he's saying sure we can do this illegal thing. Jared Kushner in this scene takes his fingers across. This is neck to Kirstin as if to say quit it stop talking. This is not a winner. She's trying to explain the lot of the president. Nobody's giving her cover. Yeah Yeah but she's been. I mean she by doing that. She became a much reviled. Figure this stuff she does she gets all just hold the bag of crap that he had her totally. We all know what an abusive manager. Donald Trump can be learned in this reporting for the book that he's he's even more abusive than we imagined. And it comes out with Kirstin Nielsen. he he would call her late at night after watching Lou Dobbs episode on Fox business to tell her lose got this great idea for immigration. I want it done. Of course lose. Ideas are not not always legal and usually don't work anyhow so she would sort of entertain that request from the president. He would call again at five in the morning to wake her up on purpose and ask why it had gotten done and she'd have to tell him. You know Sir that the staff at the department our sleeping. The we can't get that done by the way it's not legal. He would attack her for her looks he would. I'd say she's too short at five to four two shorts to be ineffective Homeland Security Secretary. Just didn't have the look that he wanted for somebody securing the border order Well we're GONNA talk about when we get back why this works because it's it's really fascinating that it does an and also how he uses twitter and we'll get a little bit into tech because I think this is part of what's happening and this is It's a really interesting phenomena. You know. He really is the troll in chief which is kind of interesting thing when we get back when we talking with Carol Leonard and Phil Rucker From The Washington Post. Their new new book called a very stateful genius. Donald J trump's testing of America. If you enjoy hearing the most important leaders of tech and business in the hot seat beat you should check out..

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"phil rucker" Discussed on Recode Decode

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10:20 min | 9 months ago

"phil rucker" Discussed on Recode Decode

"So that it's misleading. It's not about the campaign. It was about adoptions and he he basically makes his son issue the statement statement. He's warned by his attorneys. There are emails that are gonNA come out and Congress in the next several weeks to months that show. That's BS right. Don't put it that that way but as one person said to us that's an eternity. Donald trump he wants to win today. He doesn't care about the fall or the late summer. He wants to win this moment right so we just did it he just well. It's like hello. He lied essentially like E. Everything is is an opportunity not to tell the truth or maybe tell the truth or whatever works in the second one he doesn't care and and you know what his supporters don't care either The Washington Post fact checker. has this running tally from the president's statements over sixteen thousand now it is an extraordinary Mary number and the pace is increasing. Which means he's lying even more now than he did? In the first year the presidency and yet the tens of millions of people who are part of Magi nation and go to his rallies and are going to vote for him in November could care less if he's telling you why it is because all parts all politicians lie. So what's the difference at least stike after. But he's Mike after essentially yeah and he's my champion and he's taken it to the to the man so to speak and in Washington swamp and they view him as advancing their cause whether he likes. Yeah I mean he's an sob but he's my sob fighting for them. And and lots of times when we you know at the post talk to his supporters and say but you know you actually tried to fight against Obamacare that protected you if you had pre existing listing conditions you know some people would argue his State of the Union address where he talks about that a lot. The other night was full of exaggerations and lies When you ask voters like well what do you think they're like? Yeah but it doesn't matter it doesn't matter He's he's such a great guy he's really. He's finally saying what I believe and we need someone to do that. All right so getting back to the reporting of the book so you here you are getting all these people to talk to you. Were you surprised during the process feels what feels like. It's written like that. Like what like thank. No actually yeah I mean there are so many moments that were surprising to fill in to me example. I mean the the president didn't know so literally turned to his chief of staff on his first trip to Asia stops off in a why is about to go visit the memorial essentially to make had a big story. Yeah at Pearl Harbor. And he turns his chief of staff and says John What what's his Pearl Harbor. What's this all about? He knows there was a battle at Pearl Harbor. But he doesn't know it's this this incredibly historic moment that propels us into World War Two and That lack is in curious that yeah some people as as narrowly educated. Some of his aides told us he's dangerously misinformed but he also just doesn't take briefings so But here he is in that setting other things that shocked us. I mean just how upset his senior aides were and how worried they are and how lucky they feel. We haven't had a real crisis racists. They I've heard that a lot from people inside the White House. I don't cover the windows but I'm surprised by how much people who've been there say to me and I don't even like I covered. I'm like hi I cover tech heck but keep vomiting up your information It is out of worry if I'm not here something bad's going to happen It's a really interesting thing and yet nothing bad. Has Things bad about these like today alone. Three to their drilling and all the stay in the national parks that nine eleven or a major world altering event that he has to respond to and deal with and it's one of the reasons why John Kelly stayed in that job the most miserable job in any presidency but especially this one to be. Yeah she for staff at the White House and he stayed for so long because he saw himself as protecting the country from a president whose decisions are made. Rashly and impulsively we. So that's kind of an issue with people that were inside because the people who talked to you on some levels I've had discussions with many of these people and I'm like well. Then say something like if you see something say something and now they talk to you guys but again. It doesn't have the same if it's on the record like John. Kelly is a good example. mcmasters another good example. People who have issues who are quietly leaking the John Bolton and we'll get to him in the next section quietly leaking these things out. But it's in that sneaky Washington way that doesn't have any effect anymore. We're not identifying sources. Mrs Yes want to stress that but the people who did speak to US I mean. They revealed a lot about their motivations. I think very honest with us about. Why was this issue of history tree that Phil described? Look you're GONNA get it. You're going to get it right so I want to be part of you getting it right number. Two the reason they WANNA be anonymous. They see the president's power to come after anyone who speaks truth to him they see his ability to humiliate and tarnished reputation to ruin. Someone's John's resume forever. People who went to work for this president who cannot get a job because they went to work for them so imagine if they went to work for him and he's coming after them who who is going to hire you there. There's a lot of anxiety about that. I I also found it interesting. There are people that are much lower down the chain who who agreed to speak to two US Anonymously and would normally run like crazy from reporters. It's not. They're not their thing. But in national security and intelligence world's they're agreeing to talk talk to us because it's so upsetting right because they don't because they have these jobs that are that they do you know that they have a lot of regard for that they think is important to keep having kept the peace over the years years and this is a system that tends to work despite patriots. Yeah so when you are doing this when you're writing this book. What was your dealings with the trump administration on this going back to them? Well we got a loaded thing. There was the Dono Pearl Harbor. There were there. Were like six or seven things that are just appall and you're talking specifically about the representative has ended the president. Well you know. We wanted to interview the president himself at all of this. He initially agreed to do an interview. Actually I spoke to him on the phone and he said come on and you guys are serious reporters. It's going to be a serious book. I want a book like this done. I'd be happy to talk to you. And he Pulled back that agreement because the hostility estimate between him and the Washington Post and the press corps writ large had gotten so extreme like so in the final months of our reporting. We probably weren't going to interview the president but we wanted to get his perspective on things we wanted to fact check everything in the book involving him. We tried to do that with the White House. We gave them more than a month to get back to us with substantive wanted answers to the episodes that we recounted and his spokespeople in the White House were unable to provide any substantive answers why We're not sure but the truth is they. They did not engage the way a normal functioning oppress operation. Wouldn't they thought they would meeting. Oh we wanted thank you. We wanted to give them a good faith chance to do this but we did verify everything in the book with everybody else. And if somebody's in the book they had a chance camps to To corroborate or to correct or to ten on tests or deny the quotes that are in there and the scenes that are in there all right so when you were doing this and ca explain why you call it a very stateful genius you know. A lot of people take issue with suspicious the president. Hey we have heard the president restarted. Well exactly word. Go fish whatever you'd have to say it and I felt strongly like let's use his own words. We came to this title saying it was good but also could be great migrate Unmatched Wisdom Genus. We we felt it was important for doing a portrait of the man. Lots of people write about this guy. How many thousands of people write about Donald Trump? Whether it's in a book or a newspaper reporting every day people are writing about Donald Trump. But if we're GONNA do a portrait of him let's use his description of himself. We wanted to stress test this definition with the people who know him best standard. His shoulder advise him on the decisions visions of war peace domestic prosperity You know the the border and they didn't in large measure believe he was stable and they did not in large measure. Believe he was a genius. However you know in stress testing it in holding that mirror up to Donald Trump we did find some people and some characteristics that show? He's a genius in some ways. He hot mess. He's a hot mess. taught us he's also a master marketer. Look at look at his success. This is a man is just as we've described who triumphed over a criminal investigation that found substantial evidence. He obstructed a criminal probe. Most people go to jail for that. He triumphed over or a impeachment process. Rapidly uncovering facts that showed he tried to engage a foreign power in investigating an American citizen. he triumphed in is has been acquitted and he and his supporters Lovin well except you look at his history. That's what he's GonNa History. This has been this has been a history of a person gets out of scrapes either. Because he was a rich kid or he's just brazen casinos. They're all wet but bottom up he left With all of his pockets full and all of his partners were in debt. He wants to handle that. Some paid. How many bankruptcies yeah but it works not to pay people it works? I see that's the issue is like everyone's like I can't believe it one the things. I'm fascinated by if you know this about me. But I've watched every episode of the apprentice. So I get this whole thing. He's not stupid everyone's like stupid. I'm like no he's not like no. No it's something episode so every episode I. I know how this is going to come for him. The ratings were down. That's what happened. In the apprentice. The stories get ever shittier and the narrative suck and then you get tired of them. That's what happens just saying maybe the next epilogue epilepsy may be just fine. You know and he'll be he'll be laughing all the way the bank but when we get back around and talk about what. It's like to work in the Washington Post where we're GONNA go from here with your book because like nine hundred things have happened since your but your book is now in case you're interested and how you deal with this onslaught onslaught of constant Twitching we'll talk about twitter and a bunch of other things when we get back. We're here with Carol and Phil Rucker From The Washington Post. Their new book is called a very stable genius. Donald J trump's testing America. We're going to take a quick.

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"phil rucker" Discussed on The Chuck ToddCast: Meet the Press

The Chuck ToddCast: Meet the Press

11:25 min | 9 months ago

"phil rucker" Discussed on The Chuck ToddCast: Meet the Press

"Good afternoon from New York. I'm Chuck Todd and this is the Chuck Todd cast today. The Senate continues. Its impeachment hearings. We're GONNA have opening. Statements finally getting underway to house impeachment managers essentially with about seven eight hours per day for the next three days telling their stories of what they believe. The president did illegally and why they believe he should be ousted from office but in the business. I'm calling this. PODCAST is what we call a little bit of counter programming You might remember. There's this thing called. The Iowa caucuses. They are less than two weeks away. So we're going all in on on Iowa if you want impeachment news. That's my buddy Kornacki. He's got a wonderful article to podcasts. Go listen to it if you want Iowa listen to this one my guest Jeff Link. He's he's doing something unusual this year. He's not working. For a presidential candidates a longtime democratic strategist and Iowa and he is actually fronting a a nonprofit if it group that is trying to bring attention to rural America. It's called focus on rural America. They did some polling to the most recent poll that is out there. Jeff Link knows a lot about first first and second choice while that matters and he believes his poll later in the show. I'll be joined by Phil Rucker in Carolina there the authors of the new book. That's gotten the president's attention it's called a very stable. Genius Richly reported well source book with a lot of new detail about the president's behavior office. And what those around him did or did did not do but first jeff link. I think he's a little hesitant. Probably being so public on here I think he thinks his poll slightly better than than and sellers. But find out out we're GONNA find out well and gets high grades. There's no doubt about it. That's right. You're a new student. Good luck excellent. We'll check thanks. It's really good to be with Hugh and We're looking forward to having you out or you hide out I I. I'm hoping to be there more than just a night. it is it is All of that's up in the air for all of us Me and I'm going to have a team of people there. I'm a lot of it. Depends on where we are in the Senate trial and where duty calls on on that front. But it's It's let me ask you this. How far less than two weeks away? How much has the impeachment trial trial? been like a wet blanket on Iowa I. I don't think it's been that much of a wet blanket. I I I honestly don't think people are tracking the impeachment impeachment. Trial Minute by minute. I people here. No it's going on but You know honestly whether below zero the last three days. That was more of of a topic of conversation than the impeachment trial largely. Because I think people believe McConnell has put the fix in on this and it's just a matter of how long it's it's GonNa take before McConnell does what he wants to do anyway It's unfortunate for the senators that that are stuck in DC and are able to campaign out here in New Hampshire But I I don't think people are really kind of on the edge of their seats with this one all right Not You and I have. I've I've been a source on multiple caucuses I we've been through four or five of these competitive Democratic caucuses in one way or the other Compare this one to eight four in two thousand and sort of you know I. I think this feels more like oh four than any of the others in in sort of the last couple of decades. But you tell me Yeah I swell and I'm old enough to remember eight. I started Working on the first Joe Biden for president right about eight hundred eighty eight or eighty four very similar so yes. I'm glad you brought up eighty. Yeah I think bigger field so I think it feels like Like eight in. Oh four in in eight. There were a lot of candidates but essentially at this point. It was all about Obama Obama and Clinton and Edwards. Let's not forget it was a genuine three way race. Yes it was. It was but this is different because you know we have Ford five way race. You think there's four four different potential winter or not and I do I think it is just as plausible for any of the top four to win and as it is for any of the top four to get fourth. How about fifth and is in his at behind? uncommitted or behind me Well you know we. We asked in our poll whether if your first choice was not viable meaning not at fifteen percent of the people that attend your precinct What will you do will you Caucus for somebody else we go uncommitted stay uncommitted or will you go home and Seventeen percent said they would stay uncommitted committed and that means that we could have a number of precincts that elect a delegate to the county convention as uncommitted. Well it's not the uncommitted as one one before people forget Jimmy never won the Ivankov. That's right. He finished second right He did what the new rules on. UNCOMMITTED I WANNA fill people in unlike previous years. You could sit on committed when you got to your precinct. And if they even whether whether the uncommitted grouping made threshold of fifteen percent or not and you could still leave it this time. The rules indicate that uncommitted treated like a candidate. And if you hit fifteen thresholds been made and you can't lose support. Yeah Yeah it's it's a big change And I- in any group. If you're if you're with a candidate who's viable you can't move and you know in the past If you were say you were with the with the candidate with the most people in your caucus sometimes you would send Some of your group Group To another campaign so that they could get a delegate Right to keep your your opponent the most dangerous opponent from getting the extra trudell at you. You send people to somebody else and that sort of gamesmanship is gonNA be Either more limited or it's going to be a little trickier to execute cute. Let me. Let's go through things a little bit here. The top four candidates who's who of those four who's got the the the least amount of statewide coverage if you get my drift right. I my guess. Is that both Bernie and Biden have wide support support. Meaning they'll probably be make threshold in the most precincts. Is that a fair assessment. Or Am I over looking Warren here. A little bit I think Nick Warren probably makes threshold in in most precincts as well and Pete is a little uneven I gotta I I think all four make threshold in a lot of places you know. There's you think that fifteen is a hard floor even for Warren I look. I'll be honest I have. It feels like warns bleeding support. Well but remember. She had the strongest organization the earliest they have been everywhere. They have strong relationships. CBS throughout the state with their precinct captains and with their organization. So I remember being told that about Dick Gephardt two thousand four. How did that work out? Well I I would. I would put the Warren Organization up against the Gephardt Organization in. Oh four Any Day of the week They they really have done a nice job. And you gotTa give them credit had it for that And so I think that's that's kind of sustained her even though she was down in our poll from where she was in September. She's still in second place she's she's still above viability I think I think she's GonNa be a factor Amy Yang Star. Yup I assume amy has basically her strength is probably I assume north. You know the closer to Minnesota a stronger she gets. I think so and I think she'll do pretty well in western Iowa. Okay spent more time there than most right. She's done the floods she she made. Yeah upstairs she she made a big deal out of being. Hey this is like the iron range. Yeah that's right. And she did the ninety nine counties so she's she's been everywhere where although she hit like twenty seven counties in two or three days in December so everybody knows that trick. Yeah okay that graphic but I I gotta tell you I was. I was having coffee with somebody. This morning. who is expected to be a warrant supporter in she said. Yep I think I'M GONNA end up with with closure I think I think club could Have a good night on On Caucus night to mourn register endorsement. You know newspaper. Endorsements mean less and less all the time per democratic primary voters in certain communities still care about certain newspaper endorsements and is that still the case with the register You know the registers GonNa have an impact in centralized. I think it state-wide imprimature is is not what it once was. I mean you know back in the eighty eight cycle or Ninety two or two thousand I think thank statewide. It had more of an impact didn't really help Edwards and four. I mean Edwards basically went from fifth to second and I think it was a surprise. Yeah when when it's when it's news I don't think they're going to endorse two candidates. I bet they pick one But I think It'll be interesting to see I. I wouldn't be surprised if they pick KLOBUCHAR or if they pick budget I had somebody. That's what I keep hearing is that it's down to those two somebody tell me that it really depends ultimately what the editorial page team thinks their mandate is meaning. Are they there to protect Iowa's place in the process. And if that's that's the case that's one type of candidate and if they're there to represent mid Westerners then that's perhaps another rationale for who they pick pick like it of it as someone said to me who's been through the process with the editorial going through the interview it's clear saving preserving Iowa's status as an important first state matters a lot to the editorial board and that will have some impact on who they pick. Well it'll be interesting to see what their rationale is You know I think the register editorial board will be in a similar position to a lot of Iowans right now. And that is the really conflicted. what we saw in our poll Five or six candidates. Seven candidates have extremely high favorables You Know Net plus sixty plus sixty five The Iowans like this field and I think that's part the reason why they're having such a hard time settling on a candidate. is because that they're satisfied with the field they like what what Each of these candidates is saying A and and how they're representing themselves and I think that's why the reason that they're satisfied with the field or they like all these candidates but they haven't been convinced either one any the Mar- the are the answer to be trump. Well certainly the the premium is is if someone could look in the mirror and say oh well this is the candidate that can beat trump in November..

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Whistleblower complaint about President Trump involves Ukraine

The 11th Hour with Brian Williams

07:59 min | 1 year ago

Whistleblower complaint about President Trump involves Ukraine

"Quickly to the breaking news reporting yet again tonight. Washington Post is up front on this story reporting that a complaint about President trump from this yet unknown whistle so blower inside the administration involves a promise made to the nation of Ukraine the complaint according to the post centering on trump's communications with a foreign leader later. The complaint was made August twelve and B. C. News has compiled a list of the president's phone calls known to us and has so far confirmed that he spoke with at at least nine different world leaders during this relevant time period including a call with Ukraine's president indeed there on July twenty fifth one with Putin July thirty first also we should note that on August fifteenth former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and his chief deputy the veteran sue Gordon left left the administration still with US Carol Lennox Phil Rucker Jeremy Bash as is frequently the case. I have more questions for our guests than time. Allowed so Carolina's Lennick here goes Congress truly does not seem to know and if the law works. They're not supposed to know the identity of this whistle blower. Do you get that same feeling about the White House. Oh deep breath. I would just say that we don't know for certain Brian. Here's one thing I wanNA say about the whistle blower however this person's in a bit of a bind agree with Jeremy Very brave person to put their neck out like like this and some intelligence operatives have essentially said this is a career defining moment you're skiing off the edge of a mountain and and there may be no turning back it. It seems like it is definitely within the houses ability to know exactly who this is. This whistleblower has some advocates in the in the Inspector General the Inspector General has basically sent a letter saying you know we'd like to send this whistle blower to you directly Congress if we're not allowed to tell you what this complaint is about out and that that may be something that's going on behind the scenes right now discussion about whether or not this whistleblower can come forward with their own complaints and figure this out with the committees right now at this moment the acting director of National Intelligence has not given any approval for that but that is one option for this whistle blower Jeremy Bash another aspect of whistleblower law there was rudy tonight on CNN speculating this was a Democrat holdover deep inside the administration used the phrase deep state again as everyone was expecting is he allowed to talk about whistle blowers that that way is there not some equivalent of witness intimidation in these cases while I think clearly they want to silence anybody who sees wrongdoing by the president azan or by somebody at the White House they want to silence that person they want to cover things up but I'd like to see the leadership of the National Intelligence Director off director's his office have at least as much courage bravery as this whistleblower one of their subordinates usually in military or intelligence organization you want the leader to have as much bravery and courage as one of the troops that they command so we need to see that leadership from the from the community from the community head Joe McGuire but we also need need to see the Justice Department and the White House step aside and let the law play out. I do want to emphasize what Carol emphasize earlier. which is that if you look at the July twenty fifth phone phone call between trump and Zalewski this is really potentially about a holding out the prospect that we would withhold military assistance from Ukraine Ukraine unless unless the Ukraine investigate Joe Biden who of course trump believes is the most direct threat to his reelection? That's what this is about this is this is the two thousand sixteen campaign all over again except this time trump is president. He's got military aid to hold as a weapon to achieve his objective okay Phil Rucker. Obviously an unsaid part of this is that there may be more there may be more individuals like this this our mutual colleague. Nicole Wallace reported after talking with two veterans of the Intel business that they keep noting. Here's another their phone call from inside the House saying the house is on fire and I am guessing fill the White House may be bracing for the fact doc that there could be more yet Bryan. They're always could be more with this. President and it's one of the main reason for that frankly is his lack of discipline in in his interactions with foreign leaders. This is not a president who reads from notes or who follow a script he sort of free wheels these conversations he thinks that makes makes him an effective leader and negotiator when he's going head to head face to face or you know the handset handset with a counterpart around the world but the problem according to people in the White House is that he he will oftentimes say things he's not exactly prepared to say or doesn't fully appreciate the ramifications of those comments we saw it very early on in the administration with that pretty raucous phone call he had with the then Australian Prime Minister the contents of which were reported soon thereafter in Washington Post and created a real diplomatic problem for the administration there could be many other instances of this and one other thing to keep in mind minded about the whistle blower and his or her say right now. This is an administration that has gone to extreme lengths to try to silence people who from the inside we'll try to tell the truth they investigate and try to rat out sources two journalists they try to withhold information from being sent to Congress they try to block testimony to the oversight committees in Congress and so you can expect that president trump also his top aides in the White House are going to do everything they can to find who this whistle blower and and punish this person or multiple people. If there's another occurrence hey gang we asked a lot of you tonight because we're covering this breaking news in real time it's all the fall of the Washington Post but our thanks go to Carol Lennick to Phil Rucker to Jeremy Bash for rolling with all of it. We greatly appreciate it coming up for US tonight a former. FBI This is special agent weighs in on just what we're talking about tonight what this means to the intelligence community when we come back this whistle blower is under what I can only imagine must be the most intense pressure because on the one hand there is this terrifying element called the espionage act and if you violated by sharing anything that is truly sensitive and endangers our national security. Iran world trouble the new reporting tonight that a presidential conversation involving Ukraine alarmed an intelligence official enough for that official to kick it up. The chain Clint Watts former. FBI VI special agent is here with us. He's also happens to be a distinguished research fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and also happens to be the author of messing with the enemy surviving in a social media world of hackers terrorists Russians and fake news so we thought we would have you here and ask you is a whistleblower whistleblower considered the last line of defense would be would be seen as that way and particularly. I think in this circumstance if you look back what did we you just get done with two Plus Years Muller investigation where people were scrutinized publicly were brought out to Capitol Hill brought to so the Muller Committee questioned interrogated spilled out onto twitter so to make this decision to be very high level intelligence officer in

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"phil rucker" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams

The 11th Hour with Brian Williams

02:18 min | 2 years ago

"phil rucker" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams

"It's already happened. I'm going to read your own writing back to you a number of Trump's supporters advance the false flag theory on social media and talk radio arguing that the potential explosive devices may have been sent by liberals with the intention of reversing the mob. Argument and painting Democrats as victims of unruly conservatives. I want to show you a photo of Disentis rally said to be of the crowd in Florida tonight, lower right, fake, news fake bombs. Phil Rucker as this already gone around the world of politics, while it's gone on the air on Rush Limbaugh talked about theory on his show that millions of people many of them Trump supporters around the country, listen to and he's just one of many conservative talk radio hosts and pundits. And and people with big social media following who have been advancing this false flag theory throughout the day. I don't think it's going to go away. It's important to point out. And I think most of the viewers understand this that this is not a theory based in any concrete evidence of any kind. It is right now completely unfounded. We don't know anything about who the suspect is or suspects. It could be multiple people or group of people. Who sent these packages? We simply don't know waiting for law enforcement to tell us one thing Brian. I think is worth pointing out you mentioned you played that clip at the beginning of this segment about the president saying it's time for people in the political arena to stop demonizing. Their opponents talking about them as morally deficient. I mean, this is a president who campaigned for the better part of two years by calling his political opponent crooked crooked Hillary, so perhaps follow his own counsel. But he's the one who has created these nickname couldn't help. But notice of device arrived at the office of low IQ Maxine Waters today as well. Hey, thanks to our panel. And let's take a minute to to point out that but for an apparently inept bombmaker, we could be covering such a very different night in America tonight. But we are blessed to have with us Phil Rucker Joko oven and Robert Costa coming up after a break, the governor of Ohio, John casick joins us to talk civility in politics. After this unsettling day..

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Trump links yanking John Brennan's security clearance to Russia probe

The 11th Hour with Brian Williams

04:49 min | 2 years ago

Trump links yanking John Brennan's security clearance to Russia probe

"The president tonight quoting one of his supporters who. Appeared on Fox News. John Brennan is a stain on the country. We deserve better than this from the briefing room. Earlier today, here is how the White House press secretary laid out the reasons for stripping Brennan's clearance while threatening to take similar action against other Trump critics. Any benefits that senior officials might glean from consultations with Mr. Brennan are now outweighed by the risks posed by his erotic, conduct and behavior. Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations whiled outbursts on the internet and television about this administration. As part of this review, I'm valuating action with respect to the following individuals. James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice. Andrew McCabe Peter Struck Lisa page and Bruce or not only are they all Trump crew. Some of those under evaluation are closely tied as you know to the Russia investigation our own Andrea Mitchell reports. The president's own director of national intelligence. Dan Coats was not aware in advance of today's announcements announcement nor were other senior intelligence officials. The White House was asked for evidence that John Brennan had actually somehow abused his clearance, but declined to provide any. Have any reason to believe or evidence to suggest Brennan has misused classified information or monetize access to as was alleged earlier by this ministry. Again, I'm laid out the reasons for the decision that was made on this specific instance. We'll continue to review the other actions manager, absence of you not saying those things you didn't find it? No, I would make any assumptions. I'm telling you what the decision was based off on. In this case today statement, pulling Brennan security clearance was dated July twenty six. That was a big indicator that it was standing by on the skids ready for weeks and was pulled out and announced just today. John Brennan is famously one of the stone cold faces in that photo taken in the White House situation room. The night, Osama bin Laden was killed. Finding bin Laden was a huge part of his job and his life's work after nine, eleven Phil Rucker of the Washington Post. Put this out tonight. It shows Brennan's major postings in his decades of. Service to this country, much of clandestine CIA station, chief Saudi Arabia CI station chief director of terrorist threat integration center director of national counterterrorism center, White House, homeland security adviser. CEA director briefed three presidents earlier Brennan himself spoke by phone with our colleague, Nicole Wallace. I do believe that Mr. Trump decided to take this action. She's done with others to try to intimidate him suppress any criticism of him or his administration. And we've, oh ki my security clearances is is way of trying to get back at me and this is not going to turn me at all. I'm going to continue to speak out. I think he fears individuals who could damage him damage his his standing on the American people look at the way he's been referring to Muller Muller who is a national treasure. And I common within the law enforcement and Justice communities who's doing his level best to investigate Russian interference in the election and the denigration of Bob Muller as well as his team of investigators is is reprehensible. I think Mr. Trump is getting more and more concerns were more desperate. I would say more and more frightened as there is a closer and closer magnification of some of the things that those around him have been involved in just a short time ago tonight to other Intel chiefs, who's clearances are under review also spoke out. The White House just messaged the entire American intelligence community. If you stand up and say, things that upset the president or with which he disagrees, he will punish you. And that is a horrible message to be sending to folks who are there to tell you objective truth, the bigger issue here, Chris to me is what this implies the implications of this for the first amendment. And the other question I have is, where does this end? Both of those two gentlemen have fifty plus years

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"phil rucker" Discussed on MSNBC Morning Joe

MSNBC Morning Joe

02:47 min | 2 years ago

"phil rucker" Discussed on MSNBC Morning Joe

"It's easy given the fact that as Phil Rucker pointed out earlier, give it how much the president allies given the documented, four thousand lives or something. And of course the first eighteen months the presidency. It's easy to lose focus on how extrordinary this statement was what the president said on Twitter on Sunday President basically came on Twitter and a casual enraged fit. What on Twitter and basically said that he misled the American people, he dictated a statement helped shape a statement that was an outright. Why. By about a pivotal moment in the history of the presidential campaign. And the history of this investigation basically said it mid straightforward lake on the record and said, this meeting was about colluding with a foreign government are attempting to collude or conspire with a foreign government to get dirt on my presidential opponent. Not only did he admit that openly offhandedly, but he basically said, I lied about this. I bet align about this. Everyone around me is lied about this and it's Ben lying about this. It is I, I would say, Peter Baker ask you because you are crock ler many presidential administrations you've you've seen a lot of things you've seen. A lot of is there's not a president. We've covered who we've not seen the lie, but I will say that even by the standards, Donald Trump about the standards of any president I've ever covered. This is one of the most extraordinary admissions of having lied on the record of any president. I can't think of anything But in. in the annals of presences that I know about, that's anything like this or not just as gratuitous, but potentially consequential. Well, it is consequential course where we've, we've seen these reports Muller's looking at the president's tweets as part of his look into whether structure of Justice. And certainly we've seen in the last couple of weeks more tweets would add to that. To that possible case, this being one of them, the other being his, not quite order to Jeff Sessions to shut down the investigation. So you've got a president here that any lawyer would would. Certainly be leery of having a client because you can say anything at anytime undermined his own cases, own defenses. Own story is own version of the truth, and it's, it must be frustrating to the lawyers. Jay Secolo is shown, right? Right. Before you were talking there about, you know, being given bad information who gave him bad information that that's that's a pretty important thing. And if I was a lawyer in a situation being given bad information, you have to wonder whether it's worth staying, whether you're, you're putting yourself in professional jeopardy. You worked for president who used language to soar to.

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"phil rucker" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams

The 11th Hour with Brian Williams

03:12 min | 2 years ago

"phil rucker" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams

"Rachel was talking about this earlier on our air tonight phil rucker talked about earlier are also trump instruction wants this fight everything about this right now so far they have enjoyed they like the liberal outrage they like the mainstream outrage they like this is a fight that they are courting and we've seen reporting about it the new york times and elsewhere this is an issue that trump wants to run on this is an issue that i think he's wrong about the politics and i'll say why in a second but they are enjoying this this is not a moment of tension in the white house is not a moment of on ease does not conflict not a more the presence sitting around i think in a state of found ambivalence about what's going on these are the politics that he wants right now i think that the pictures were about to see when those the pictures they've already been devastating for the administration i think when we see these tender age shelters as they're calling them babies in toddlers in in similar kinds of silla we've seen already the pictures they have been explicitly hiding from us for days those pictures are going to be horrible you're right that republicans did not confront him in that meeting but we're now seeing republican senators sending the president letters and putting this on his doorstep we're now seeing republican governors saying they will not send or pulling back national guard from the border and finally i think that we saw stephen miller today in the new york times saying this is a ninety ten issue for the president if you define this as secure borders versus insecure borders and open borders it's a ninety ten issue the presence on the right side the way this issue is unfolding is not like that right now it's not close to a ninety ten issue because this is not a discussion about secure borders anymore this is this question about about child abuse and the foot the combination of the photographs and the fact that his party is for the first time i believe really starting in kind of a significant way to turn against him maybe not as loudly as we would like them in some cases or to his face but at least we're seeing republican senators and governors said a second ago the trump the amen chorus that the party has become for him is really nervous about this right now and i think that what we're what they are going to discover is that this is not a ninety ten issue for them at all in fact that they are on the wrong side of this issue politically and they are miss playing this horribly in addition to being grotesque in the kind of morals and decency department phil rucker hundred eight degrees in texas the safter noon you just saw the perhaps the pictures of the tents that have been airing all evening what some have tried to dub already trump villes in the in the under the banner of the hoover villes of different era in our country but this is among the places where children are being housed we hasten to add that government is rushing to point out that they have enormous air conditioning units to feeding fresh air to all of those tents but that's their existence phil i'm gonna ask you to prognosticate a little bit and that is where are we heading and why are we hearing talk of a government shutdown of all things in september of this year perhaps well to speak to the government shutdown threat that's threat that president trump has made repeatedly and is making now privately that if he does not get the funding that.

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"phil rucker" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer

AM 970 The Answer

01:54 min | 2 years ago

"phil rucker" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer

"In america that's a separate question we never got to that i m madda jon tester for launching and if johnny isakson was involved in it i've been watching the media dance around they're saying johnny it comes on on board i haven't seen him anywhere say he was on board with that two pages of allegations of you philip you know i think it staff have indicated that he was on board but he's been quiet about it he certainly hasn't objected publicly to the allegations he hasn't come forward and said that that was inappropriate for tests or that he doesn't stand by that release and it was said by the staff to have them privately blessed by but there's a lot there are a lot of questions about those allegations that were put forward and that you page summary by senator tester in the democratic committee the democratic staff rather if the veterans affairs committee a lotta validations are not proven yet they're they're my reporter colleagues at the post to found no evidence for example that jackson crashed the government car while intoxicated which is one of the most explosive that's that's a career destroying thing i must say i was i talked to jake tapper this weekend about his great new book the hellfire club and it's all about mccarthyism i have in my hand a list of fifty four names of people who are communist in the state department why have in my hand a list of two pages of allegations made by his former colleagues in the old days when i was in the reagan white house counsel's office you got the raw f b i file full of stuff full of crap you know i could say i know phil rucker and is soccer bad and and i've always been offended by sock and they would put that in and then the white house counsel would take that up to the senators on the committee but they weren't allowed to take notes they were allowed to read it right so they they had no opportunity to say they got it and then they can decide whether or not to investigate themselves this was just full blown mccarthyism well we'll have to.

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"phil rucker" Discussed on KGO 810

KGO 810

01:37 min | 2 years ago

"phil rucker" Discussed on KGO 810

"Thank you the big the big book a higher loyalty is coming out and james comey former fbi director fired by president trump while technically was rod rosenstein but fired by president trump and the scandal is unfolding i'm gonna tell you though go back and watch my video i've been re tweeted out from last summer where i called what president trump did to james comey very much like a mob boss just saying i was there saying that on the air at the time but joining me from the washington post the article today is three big takeaways from james comey's new book cowboys join joe joins me on the phone right now cal thanks for coming on the show thanks for having me and for the reading rainbow flashbacks i appreciate it serious alger there one of the best shows ever and i mean it really was a great show so dow speaking of reading yeah we scooped up before it officially on shelves on tuesday phil rucker my colleague did the heavy lifting of reading through most of it and wrote a pretty extensive report about it i yesterday afternoon and so i tried to distill it even further from three hundred and four pages down to just what i thought were three significant takeaways well let's let's get to that because i think this is important right i mean in any book there's going to be a lot of stuff that may or may not be really important so what are what are the big what are the big things that you've found.

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"phil rucker" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams

The 11th Hour with Brian Williams

02:02 min | 2 years ago

"phil rucker" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams

"Particular meeting in trump tower is that no point komi writes does the president or any of his advisers around him when presented with information with with proof with a russian interference election at no point do they say well how did this happen and how can we stop it from happening again phil rucker you point out as jonathan just did the instances of trolling in this book it gets detailed it gets personal i've heard some folks on television tonight already say that it may take away from the haft and the seriousness of the book that komi can't help himself but get into that do you think trump can avoid reacting to this book i think we're going to see a reaction at some point whether it's later tonight or do you know six o'clock in the morning or later on the weekend but i don't think the president's going to be able to restrain himself from commenting on on what he seeing on television tonight about this book in terms of the trolling it's interesting there are chapters in this book that had nothing to do with trump extensively it's a memoir it's the story of jim commes life and yet you're reading it and you think about trump and i think that's by design there's a whole chapter about how komi was bullied in elementary school and high school thrown against the locker teased beaten up mocked by his classmates and he gets into the psychology of the bully he also ruminates on the psychology of the liars why people lie how when they tell small lies they then tell big lies they encircle themselves with fellow liars and it creates a whole culture of life around lying and i think that's a very deliberate move by komi to try to paint a portrait of this president's as frankly unethical and unfit to hold this office joyce fans while i'm holding it in my hand and while high of skimmed it in great haste tonight because it came to us late in the day you and i are the two in this conversation who haven't read it so based on what you have read press reports from these two.

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"phil rucker" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

02:10 min | 2 years ago

"phil rucker" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Of your known among people in politics have been of a loose cannon he's one of the only people i've ever blocked on twitter either he's kind of a little bit nutty and the idea that the white house is is perpetuating that this is just such a respectable individual and and it's shameful that democrats are are holding back it's it's pretty ridiculous if you if you know anything about rick grenell even just as a twitter troll but well you know just not to amplify with the caller was talking about but obviously seems to be somebody who is not thrilled with gay people and yet phil rucker you know this the evangelical community i'm not saying that the caller was necessarily evangelical but people who are socially conservative have been among the most ardent supporters who have stuck with trump through all of this and i i don't see any of that changing not at all through all of the allegations that that women made against him abuse and harassment during the two thousand sixteen campaign and we've seen it again over the last few months of stormy daniels the adult film star who alleges a sexual encounter with trump in a hundred thirty thousand dollar pay off of hush money as she tells her story evangelical sticking with the president you know they've they they know what he's all about they know what has life has been they know his morality they know his history with women and they made a calculation in november of two thousand sixteen to support him and elect him over hillary clinton and he's followed through on behalf of evangelical by by appointing a number of conservative judges at in the federal courts and district courts the circuit courts and then of course the one seat on the supreme court and i think i think they're going to stick with him for a while although if it's really about the judges which is does seem to be at least part of it seems to me that they would certainly get that from mike pence i so i don't quite understand that calculation but nonetheless they'd get that and much more than what you're talking about anjelica.

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"phil rucker" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show

The Nicole Sandler Show

01:40 min | 2 years ago

"phil rucker" Discussed on The Nicole Sandler Show

"You know what i'm talking about he's great he's a tweet today that had the picture of her taking the tests and just i kind of want to see him i want to see him on tv he's too much fun i know what you're saying but i don't care yeah well sixty minutes episode is is allegedly airing this sunday right trump is saying she owes him twenty million dollars because she's been talking about their alleged affair and thereby you know breaking the right well good luck with that and of course if it does air which i'm hoping it will you're going to see that lawyer michael manati all over the place all over again so yeah only just time it'll be more fun okay so how could be did another white house lying session today yeah i actually saw most of it she's she's something way oh boy phil rucker of the washington post he did to tweets that i put out sanders says trump did not raise russia's meddling in the two thousand sixteen us election in his phone call congratulating putin on his recent victory the recent victory where they were stuffing the ballot boxes on tv on video they you can actually see people pulling multiple balanced and then stuffing them in the boxes and part two of the tweet is same with russia's poisoning of an ex spy in britain sanders said it did not come up so trump called putin to congratulate him but did not have stern words or any words on election meddling or poisoning on anything.

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"phil rucker" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

01:47 min | 3 years ago

"phil rucker" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

"My colleague phil rucker showed up in an event and the next thing you know he's being invited to have lunch with trump so you know it it is uh there's a codependency with the media and trump uh that i think is also something that future historians are going to have a lot of interesting when you you've spent a lot of time writing about the political moments in which we have been um this one is obviously unusual not just because of trump but because of the extraordinary polarization that we have uh we're have you been able to give much thought to where you think this is going is the trump is this a is this a an epic that will pass and and politics will return to where it was or will he become a model for future candidates who carol much less about political parties than about their own persona i find it hard too figure that one out i i remember you know during the two thousand twelve campaign barack obama's favorite phrase seemed like it was break the fever you know that that an election could could break the fever could serve reset everything back to normal and it's a sweltering right now and you know then one cycle later it's anything but breaking the fever so what exactly comes along to stop this this cycle this sort of frenzy that we are in i can't it seems like it would have to be some.

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